MY TOP 5 TIPS FOR LENGTH RETENTION

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Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a wonderful day! I just wanted to give my two cents today on my top five ways to retain length. This is strictly my opinion and what has been working for me, but I’m sure everyone can benefit from most of these tips provided.

1. MOISTURE, MOISTURE, MOISTURE: I believe the most important step you can implement in your routine is keeping your hair strands hydrated. I have already talked about hydrating from the inside out in a previous post, but let me remind you, drinking water and plenty of fluids is very important! What you put inside of your body will very well show in your outer appearance. Also, spritzing your hair with a water based conditioner or simply water every night or when it becomes dry can have a major impact on the health of your hair. Hair tends to break when it is dry and brittle, so keeping your strands from becoming this way can ultimately help you retain length.

2. DEEP CONDITIONING: Finding a deep conditioner that works for you is very important to the health of your hair. I deep condition my hair once a week.  A good deep conditioner will provide moisture for your hair. It will also help your hair take on the stress and manipulation you put your hair through in between your wash sessions.

3. SATIN SCARF OR PILLOW: Cotton pillowcases rob the moisture in your hair. Satin scarves and pillowcases enable you to retain the moisture you worked so hard to get and it also protects your ends! So make sure you invest in a satin pillowcase if you are not keen to sleeping with a scarf on your head at night.

4. GETTING TRIMS REGULARLY: I regularly (maybe too regularly) trim my ends. I tend to go overboard, but I digress. Dusting (trimming an eighth of an inch) your ends regularly will help keep split ends at bay. Your hair cannot thrive with split ends creeping slowly up your hair shaft! Get rid of them! It’s nothing worse than a girl holding on to scraggly, see through ends for the sake of some “length”. As your can probably tell this is a pet peeve of mine. Ladies, trim about every eight weeks or when you deem necessary, just please don’t walk around with scraggly ends you will have to get rid of them at some point in order for you to retain length in the future!

5. MINIMIZE YOUR USE OF HEAT: I straighten my hair maybe twice a year and probably won’t do it again for another couple of years. I say this for two reasons, first of all, it doesn’t last long enough and secondly, it only takes one time for you to acquire heat damage no matter how careful you are. Everytime I have straightened my hair I have acquired some sort of heat damage and I’m back at square one nursing my hair back to health. And to make matters worse, my hair may have remained straight for a day or two, so that’s months of work for a day of straight hair. The trade off is not worth it for me. So if possible, use heat sparingly and when you do make sure your use some sort of heat protectant!

Hope these tips are helpful!! Have a good one:)

Importance of a “Cheapie” Conditioner!

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First question you may ask is, what is a cheapie conditioner? Well, simply, a cheapie conditioner is a conditioner you use for everything, from co- washing to deep conditioning, or even a leave in when you have ran out of styling products. You may use it to gently cleanse your hair or you may mix it with your favorite oil and use your new concoction to deep condition. Whatever the use, you need a whole bunch of conditioner. That’s the beauty of a good, cheap conditioner.  You can be as heavy handed as you need to be and you will never have to worry about it breaking your pockets. My favorite “cheapie” conditioners are Suave Naturals and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration! I bought two bottles of Suave Naturals for $3. I will get plenty use out of those bottles of conditioner. I will use it to detangle, co-wash, deep condition, and a leave in! If you haven’t found a good cheapie conditioner please do so a.s.a.p! It is life changing! And if you are on the hunt to find a good one, try Suave Naturals or Herbal Essence and let me know what you think! Conditioner is the ONE thing you never want to run out of!

Feature Friday: Sharlene

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1. Tell me about yourself.

My name is Sharlene and I am from Louisiana.

2.How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

I was a slow transitioner. I grew my hair out for 2 1/2 years wearing protective styles such as braids, weaves, and braidouts. I chose to grow my hair out instead of doing the big chop solely because I wasn’t brave enough to do so. During my transition stage I experimented a lot with my hair because I had to learn how to work the 2 textures helped me start to discover what works best for my hair.

3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?

I can truly say I grew to love my texture. When I started my journey going back natural, very few were doing so there was a lot of trial and error with my hair but that made me appreciate the journey so much more but I definitely had those “WTF mornings” with my hair. Once I learned how to treat my hair properly and learned what works best for my hair; I began to appreciate it a lot more and experiment with different products and styles I am still learning.

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4. How would you describe your hair?

My hair is SUPER THICK, with every curl pattern imaginable.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

I cowash weekly, shampoo when needed (ex. if I have a lot of buildup from working out), deep conditioning twice a month or more depending on what my hair needs because sometimes my hair is super dry. During the week my hair is almost always in some type of braid (French braid or goddess braid) or bun for work. Braids are just so low maintenance and an easy style, which also cuts down on my time when getting ready in the morning. I use the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner and Hello Hydration interchangeably when I co wash. The leave-in Kinky Curly Knot Today: Leave-In/Detangler is my Holy Grail. I absolutely love how it makes my hair feel and it makes it so much easier to detangle. When I deep condition I use the Shea Moisture Deep Conditioning Masque and I’ll perform my hot oil treatements with Olive oil to add moisture when my hair needs a little more TLC. My favorite oils to use are coconut oil and jojoba oil. I use the jojoba oil more on m when my ends and the coconut oil when I do my scalp massages or just to refresh my hair from an old style. And lastly, for my braid and twist outs I use either Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie or the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner. I love how both of these products give my hair definition and leave my hair nourished.

6. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?

I maintain a healthy length by keeping my hair in some type of protective style (French braid, goddess braid, bun, etc.) during the week and keeping my hair moisturized when wearing a style where my hair is out such as a twist out or braid out. I am a big advocate on little to no heat on my hair because I have had severe  heat damage from excessive straightening in the past. I aim to straighten my hair no more than twice a year and during that time I get a trim if needed.

 

 

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7. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?

The best things about being curly are being able to wear my hair any way I please and the styles are still cute. I don’t have to worry about slicking down my edges or worrying about having the perfect bun. Curly hair is so versatile; it gives us all curly girls a way to express our personality and style through our hair.

8. Is there any advice you would like to give to other fellow curly girls?

Be patient, I know that’s said once to many but it’s very true. Embrace your hair at every stage and be creative.

 

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9. Where can we find you?

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/Sharleneyvonne

Instagram: Sharleneyvonner

Blog: http://www.sharleneyvonne.blogspot.com

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FEATURE FRIDAY: DANYELLE

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1. Tell me about yourself.

My name is Danyelle Paine and I am a graduate student of New Orleans Baptist Seminary. I am a divine specimen made by God. I love the color purple, reggae music, and Betty Boop. I play the guitar. I can speak English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. I love to serve and volunteer in the homeless community. I am aiming to change the world.

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

I have been natural all of my life. In my house we got hot combs. I never had a perm and was afraid of them because I would hear people say they burn. I couldn’t imagine having my head burn for a period of time so that my hair can be straight.

3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?

My mother taught me that straight hair is good hair. The way my hair coiled and curled was nappy. So I grew up ashamed of my natural hair. It was in college that I began to embrace my natural hair. I loved the way my hair looked because it was different. Straight or curly it’s all good hair. Texture does not determine quality.

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4. How would you describe your hair?

I would describe my hair as very thick with two types of curls. I have some tight curls in the very back with looser curls in the front. About 3 years ago, I got locs and I love them. I embrace my hair to the fullest.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

I am big on clean hair that smells good. So I would wash my hair every couple of days or weekly. I also love to use a great daily moisturizer.

6. What products can’t you live without?

I can not live without my black bees wax with jojoba oil, Suaves Almond and Shea Butter shampoo and conditioner (it’s cheap and a great moisturizer). I use Pantene Pro V relaxed and natural hair mask for my leave in conditioner. I also use castor oil with some olive oil as a moisturizer.

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7. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?

I maintain the length and health of my hair by loving my hair. When you love your hair, you take time to care for your hair. I also grease my hair weekly to keep the moisture.

8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?

I have learned to not be afraid of my hair. I learned to always have a protectant on my hair, if I am applying heat. My favorite heat protecting serums are Paul Mitchell smoothing serum and Chi silk infusion.

9. Is there any advice you would like to give to other fellow curly girls?

My advice to all of the natural ladies of the world is to firstly love you. Once you’ve established that then love your hair. Embrace your hair and recognize it for the beauty that it is. If you’re hesitant about going natural and are afraid of the big chop, then start slow. Chop a little at a time because going natural is the best thing for your hair. Your hair will be its healthiest. To all my newbies, do not run because you do not know how to style your hair. I educated myself by YouTube. I watched those videos until I was a pro. You can do it and it does take time.

10. Where can we find you?

You can find me on facebook @Danyelle D-nice Paine and Instagram @danyola

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Product Review: Aphogee Curlific!

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I know I told you in a previous post that I was very excited that Aphogee decided to jump on the bandwagon and began creating products specifically for curly haired girls! When my hair was relaxed, I used Aphogee’s original hair care line and I found it worked really well in my relaxed hair, especially the leave in conditioner. I was really hoping and wishing they delivered on this natural hair care line, because many of you product junkies know that it didn’t work well for some lines who transitioned from relaxed hair care lines to natural hair care lines. Well let me tell you something, Aphogee did not disappoint. So far I have tried the Aphogee Curlific Texture Treatment and the Aphogee Curlific Moisutre Rich Leave-In and I am loving them! Let me start with the leave-in conditioner:

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  • Product Promises: Curlific! products are pH optimized for maximum results and contain our exclusive PropHyatmine Complex, utilizing proteins for strength, emollients for shine and humectants for softness. Curlific! is serious care for textured hair.
  • Uses: Snarls and tangles are a challenge on any head, but textured hair can be the toughest! The oval shape of curly strands can “interlock” like no other  and are also more prone to dryness. Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In solves both problems. Easy to use on wet or dry hair , it enhances the look and feel of your hair and helps eliminate the styling challenge!
  • How to Use: After showering and blotting hair dry, spray Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In directly onto hair the hair, taking care to avoid the eyes. Work through hair evenly and proceed to style as usual. Between shampoos, spray a small amount  into palm and work through hair before styling to detangle and to protect against heat.

Soooo, after I shampooed and finger detangled with conditioner, I rinsed the conditioner out and dryed my hair with a cotton t-shirt. Then, I applied this Moisture Rich Leave-In conditioner. My hair seemed to melt in my hands, It was so soft and manageable. It felt like silk. I feel like Aphogee really researched curly hair and chose ingredients that was necessary to protect our curls and make them more manageable. My hair was shiny and tangle free for days! And my styling process was a breeze. I would recommend this product to every curly girl, no matter your hair type! I love this leave-in conditioner just as much as I loved the original Protein Rich Leave-In conditioner by Aphogee!

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  • Product Promises: Curlific! products are pH optimized for maximum results and contain our exclusive PropHyatmine Complex, utilizing proteins for strength, emollients for shine and humectants for softness. Curlific! is serious care for textured hair.
  • Uses: Wavy, Curly or Coiled hair types are more susceptible to damage than straight hair, due to the structure and styling resistance. Weekly use of Curlific! Texture Treatment maintains beautiful hair, regardless of the environment or styling regimen. A MUST FOR COLOR TREATED CURLS!
  • How to Use: Shampoo with Curlific Textured Hair Wash. After rinsing with warm water, work a liberal amount of Curlific! Texture Treatment through your thirsty locks. Leave on a minte and then rinse, finishing with cool water.

Once again, I shampooed my hair then applied this Texture Treatment. I left it on for about three minutes, then rinsed with cool water. This was definitely a treat for my hair I did not detangle before hand,  so I was pleasantly surprised when I rinsed my hair and my tangles melted away. My hair was soft, defined and I did not have to do much finger tangling afterwards. I can’t say that I have noticed a huge difference in my curls over a long period of time because I’ve only been using this product, once a week for three weeks. I can say that everytime I do use it, my hair feels healthier and it is easier to manage. My hair is color treated,so I’m hoping this product keeps my colored treated tresses healthy. I cannot wait to grow this color out, but I digress! To all my fellow curly, kinky, wavy, or coily haired naturalistas, I would definitely give Aphogee Curlific! line a try. You won’t be disappointed. Please share your experiences with Aphogee Curlific! in the comments below! I will be giving  the shampoo and curling cream a try soon, so stay tuned!

For a live review + demo please visit my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiOHo60xcAk&list=UUcy24C6D0PTKsiu9uJLYx4

 

Feature Friday: Felicia

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1. Tell me about yourself.

My name is Felicia! I am a graduate of McNeese State University (get an education)! I love talking/ listening to people about life in general. I’m currently working with children with autism ( Behavioral therapist). I also attended Bible college at Cottonwood Leadership College in California. I love traveling, hanging with friends, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

I have been natural since March 14, 2012. I decided to go natural because I wanted my natural hair color to come out more. I was confident that I could pull of any look. I also wanted to see the true texture of my hair. I thought to myself is, “Is my hair as nappy as I think”?

3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?

I did not embrace my texture at first! However, my first reaction was it’s not that bad but I need a wig.

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4. How would you describe your hair?

I would describe my hair has thick and soft. I would describe it as a sponge, it soaks up products. It can be dry at times, kinky curly, and volume. In some parts my hair has a curl pattern especially when its wet but even after being natural for over a year, I still have to cut straight ends.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

First and foremost, I am not diligent on my regimen. I do feel eating healthy promotes hair growth, as well as drinking lots of water. I always begin and end my hair wash with cold water. I shampoo some times but I definitely wash my hair with conditioner  and style with a leave in conditioner. I have my spray bottle with bottled water and conditioner. I can’t and don’t style my hair unless it is wet. I try to wear protective styles so I only wash once a week! I will do a twist out and put a cap or cute beanie on.

6. What products can’t you live without?

I can not live without cocout oil (organic)!!!! I used Miss Jessie’s Crème de La Crème (Target) my first year. I will be testing out Shea Moisture soon. I also used Hawaiian Silky (Sally’s Beauty Salon).

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I maintain length and health by keeping my hair moisturized. I tend to have a tendency to want to touch my hair when I am bored at home so I try to wrap my hair as soon as I get home. I have noticed braids/ kinky twist have helped the length of my hair. I love pulling it all up and doing a twist out. I believe it was a protective style that I could look back and see the growth.

8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?

I have learned to embrace every stage! I regret not rocking my boy cut because everyone can’t be you! Own your look because only you are brave enough to stand out of the crowd. I learned that my hair can grow! When I was perming my hair, it never grew. However, with in a year my natural hair length was longer than it has ever been since childhood!!!

9. Is there any advice you would like to give to other fellow curly girls?

I would say embrace it! Seek out twist out tutorials on YouTube!! If your twisting and it doesn’t feel good it probably will be the best twist out ever!!! Do not use products with alcohol on a regular basis. Try to incorporate more fruits into your diet. Don’t give up on your hair. I would pray over my hair as I washed 🙂 YouTube or tutorials will not solve every problem, you have to train your hair! It’s like your baby, you have to see what works for it and nurture your progress. You are training your hair it takes patience.

10. Where can we find you?

Fb, instagram, twitter, etc..

Instagram: Seasonchanger

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FEATURE FRIDAY: ADRIENNE

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1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Adrienne. I love being active and anything athletically competitive and I LOVE movies, particularly RomCom & Action! I’m not the best at styling my hair but I try, that’s what counts right?!? Also, I’m blessed to be married to my love and new hubby! @malc04

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

It’s been about 4 years. I noticed my hair was unhealthy, my ends were terrible. I wanted my hair to grow so I figured I had to change something.

3. Have you always embraced your natural texture?

Not always, I sort of went back and forward with it when I was younger. I love my hair now, straight or curly.

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4. How would you describe your hair?

Long & thick, curl pattern is 3b.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

I typically wear my hair straight. I go to my hair dresser often because I feel more comfortable letting a professional style it rather than flat ironing it myself and potientially damaging it. When I wear my hair curly, I always use Curl Enhancing Smoothie right after washing it and apply mousse to the ends to enhance my curls.

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6. What products can’t you live without?

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum, Curl Enhancing Smoothie, & mousse

7. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?

I very rarely flat iron (usually twice a month), and when I do, my hair dresser usually does it. I use heat protectant, and I don’t color or highlight.

8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?

I can live without a relaxer and it’s not nearly as hard to maintain as I thought it would be.

9. Is there any advice you would like to give to to other fellow curly girls?

It’s all about what you want, try out different methods and products (by word of mouth) to find what works best for your hair and what you prefer.

10. Where can we find you? Fb, instagram, twitter, etc..

Twitter: @AMoneySmooth

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Feature Friday: Lizzie

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Hi everyone, this will be my first Feature Friday of many! I am very excited to provide a platform for fellow naturalistas of every texture to share their natural hair stories with everyone! The first Feature Friday is Lizzie from Lafayette, Louisiana, my BEST friend! Her hair is dope and she will tell you all about it! Hope you all enjoy!

1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Elizabeth, I go by Liz. I love the natural movement! In addition, I love new challenges, and I admire people who are passionate and purposeful in their lives.

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

I have been natural since after high school. I didn’t really decide to go natural. My mother stopped putting perms, because she was sure that her hair was falling out because of it. For this reason, I stopped as well (8 yrs ago). However, I discovered the Chi iron and wore that out. I didn’t really wear my hair in its “natural state” until I started AmeriCorps (Community Service Program) 3 years ago. I started wearing it this way because I would sweat, and it was hard to maintain straight hair. Also in the program so many girls had textured hair and it was welcoming.

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3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?

No, I thought for awhile that my hair was pretty, but it was something that needed to be “done” or straightened in order to be beautiful. That has changed however!

4. How would you describe your hair?

My hair is soft and very curly, a S pattern, it is thin looking when wet and when it’s fully dry, it is thick and bountiful.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

My hair is colored, so I use sulfate free, color shampoos most of the time. I wash my hair once a week. I condition with regular conditioner for colored hair, and I condition with 3 minute Aussie Moist conditioner, which is warmed with Olive oil. After a while my hair is soaking wet, I apply color protecting serum. After, if I am wearing my hair stretched, I towel dry (I know frizz…but I am not wearing my hair out) and I braid it into 4 braids with just leave in conditioner and then do protective styles (several different buns…etc) for the week.

6. What products can’t you live without?

Curl Enhancing Smoothie

7. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?

I wash my hair once a week, and I do not straighten my hair often.

8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?

That I love my hair just the way it is, and that when you know what to do, it is easier to manage than straight hair.

9. Is there any advice you would like to give to fellow textured ladies?

Yes, have fun with your hair.

10. Where can we find you?

I can only be reached here! So please hit up Jai if you’re interested in learning more, we should do a video together!

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Benefits of Drinking Water for Healthier Hair

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I’m sure you have heard over and over again that you should consume 8 to 10 glasses of water per day in order to stay healthy and hydrated, but did you know the amount of water you consume directly affects hair growth? Water is the main source of energy for every cell of the body including the cells that drive hair growth. Water makes up 1/4 of the weight of the hair strand. Dehydration directly impacts healthy hair growth. A lack of water can result in a lack of moisture in your hair which further results in dry and brittle hair. Hair may actually stop growing at the maximum genetic rate if you don’t intake enough water. Water keeps the body hydrated and it is the carrier of nutrients. It promotes a healthy shine in hair and skin. Drinking more water can be the best thing for your hair, especially if it is dry and brittle. If you’ve tried everything else to bring life to your hair and nothing is working, drinking water may be exactly what your hair regimen is missing.

Product Review: Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Moisturizer and Leave-In H2 Conditioner

I promised a product review in my last post so here it is! I’ll start with the Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer by Elasta QP.

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  • Product Promises: “Moisturizing Butter of Mango and Olive Oil creates this intensely rich thermal proctecting treatment. Use Olive and Mango Butter Moisturizer daily for softer fuller looking hair.”
  • Uses: “Apply daily to target dry ends and help prevent breakage.”
  • Styling Uses: “Excellent for Fingerstyle, Two Strand Twist and Spiral Rod Sets. Transitioners can apply to blend textures. Texturizers can define curls and waves.”

I have used this product a couple of times and my experiences were different each time. I’ve used this product on wet and dry hair and I’ve found it worked better for me on slightly damp hair. My favorite feature about this product is the smell, it smells sweet and heavenly. I LOVE it. The product is labeled as an “Intensive Treatment” but I wouldn’t necessarily say it lived up to that title. I spritzed my stretched, dry hair with the Leave-In H2 Conditioner, sealed it with coconut oil, then used the moisturizer to dry and add moisture to my dry ends and it did the job. My twistout results were pretty good when I used this product, but I have gotten better results and more moisture using Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie ( I absolutely love that stuff). I just so happened to have a jar of the Elasta QP moisturizer that I’m trying to get rid of because (*clears throat, cues violin*)  I have Hair A.D.D and I am a recovering product junkie!!! I am trying to use all the products I bought just because I seen it down the aisle at Walgreens! Don’t judge me! Ultimately, this product did the trick and I would definitely use it again. The Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer is good in my book! Now lets get to the really good stuff, the Leave-In H2 Conditioner.
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  • Product Promises:” Moisturizing Butter of Mango and Olive Oil leaves hair incredibly soft, and silky-smooth with great body, movement and shine. Perfect for natural, braided and straight styles leaving hair texture feeling like silk without build-up, dryness or frizz.”
  • To Use: “Shampoo and rinse hair well. Spray Leave-In H2 liberally into hair. Gently comb through hair. DO NOT RINSE.  Style as desired. For straightening curls, waves or smoothing frizz, blow dry hair.”

Let me start off by saying, this is a staple in my regimen! I absolutely love it! Like the moisturizer, the smell is amazing. I will literally be sitting in my car or in class, and in my head I’m wondering, “Man what smells so good?” Then I realize, the wonderful smell is my leave-in conditioner! That is my favorite thing about this product. I also feel that it is very effective as a leave-in conditioner in my hair. It does create body and movement in my hair as well. There is no build-up and it mixes well with my other products. This product gets an A+ from me. I would recommend this product to a fellow natural, but do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you! Hopefully, this review is helpful to you all and please feel free to comment and let me know how these products worked for you! Thank you all for taking the time to read this review!