Curly Tee Towel Review

20160416_105409 I purchased the Curly Tee Towel because of the design. I wash my hair in the shower so before I start to style it I like to lotion up and put some clothes on. With regular towels it’s a challenge to keep them in place which I do all these. The Curly Tee Towel not only stays in place, it also provides other benefits according to their website.20160416_165340

Benefits:

– Reduces breakage and retains length
– Frizz free hair
– Absorbs water
– 100% cotton jersey
– Vegan & earth friendly
see more Curly Tee Towel benefits on the site.

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It comes in 2 sizes and the extra large is big enough for my locs. Before I purchased the Curly Tee Towel I was drying my hair with a microfiber towel which helps eliminate frizz itself so I didn’t notice a change in frizz but it was less than normal towels. 20160416_183701As far as water absorption, my microfiber towel was more absorbent but like normal towels the microfiber towel doesn’t stay in place when I get ready as the Curly Tee Towel does. However, since the Curly Tee Towel is less absorbent if you leave it hanging long the water kind of pooled at the bottom and started dripping down my back. I have locs so they are harder to dry anyway so people with other hair types probably do not experience this problem. Next time, I’ll tie it on top and see if I experience the same problem. So, it’s kind of give and take between a microfiber towel and the Curly Tee Towel but given the length of my hair and my need for something that stays in place, I think I’ll stick with the Curly Tee Towel unless someone comes out with a great microfiber design.

Locs Detoxing Deep Cleanse

Today is hair day and I decided to try a deep cleanse on my locs. Ingredients that I used included 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of apple vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sea salt, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 4 drops of lavender essential oil. I filled my bathroom sink with water and added the ingredients. Then I let my soak for about 10 mins. I don’t use a lot of product besides aloe vera gel so I think most of what you see comes from sweating during my workouts and dry scalp.

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The ingredients used have many benefits to the hair.

Baking Soda is an alkaline product has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It clarifies the scalp removing extra product and impurities.

Apple Cider Vinegar destroys the fungus that causes dandruff and restores the pH balance of the scalp. It helps nourish the hair, giving it a shine and soft texture.

Sea Salt helps open the pores, improve circulation, stimulate cell growth and draw out toxins from the skin. Sea salt also helps accelerate the locking process because it dries out the hair and increases the friction between the hairs which leads to more knotting.

Lemon Juice has antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and astringent properties that help improve the appearance and condition of your hair. It helps balance the pH level of your scalp and reduces excess oil secretion which causes dandruff.

Lavender Essential Oil has anti-inflammatory, antifungal,antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. Lavender oil is regenerative and helps promote hair growth.

Here is a before and after picture of the water I soaked my locs in, pretty gross!

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This is the first time I have done a deep cleanse on my locs since I started my locs and it wasn’t too awful considering I’ve been locked for 2-1/2 years so I probably will not do it too often. I will maybe do a deep cleanse once or twice a year. Even though these products have many benefits they are also drying and I already suffer from a really dry scalp. Since I don’t use a lot of product in my hair I don’t think it’s necessary to do often.

Home Health Castor Oil

20150728_125333Castor Oil is a pure, natural emollient oil. It softens and nourishes skin. Excellent for massage into joints and muscles, Hexane and Paraben free. Castor oil is also known to stimulate in hair growth.

Ingredients:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed oil.

Product Review:

I use this product when I make my DIY Aloe Vera Loc Gel. It is the only castor oil I’ve tried as of yet but so far so good. My hair has seemed to grow more since using this product instead of aloe vera alone but I don’t know if my hair growth is solely due to the castor oil because I always use it with vitamin E as well. I will continue to use castor oil in the future, maybe not this brand, I’ll try others to see which one works best for my hair. I hear a lot about Jamaican Black Castor Oil so I may try that one next.

Queen Helene Aloe Vera Deodorant

20150607_071511I have been trying to find a natural deodorant that works for me and it hasn’t been easy until I found this a few months ago. This deodorant is paraben and aluminum free. It controls my odor like no other natural deodorant has. Some natural deodorants, such as Toms, cause a burning sensation and peeling under my arms. This deordorant is gentle and has a nice scent. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a natural deodorant. It comes in 4 scents: Aloe Vera, Mint Julep, Tea Tree, and Vitamin E. I have only tried Aloe Vera so far but I will try the others in the future.

Ingredients:

Propanediol, aqua (water), glycerin, sodium stearate, zinc ricinoleate, polyglyceryl-3 caparate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, allantoin, behenyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, glyceryl stearate, silica, sodium bicarbonate, sucrose cocoate, zea mays (corn) starch, amyl cinnamal, benzyl alcohol, benzyl salicylate, butlyphenyl methylpropional, cinnamyl alcohol, citronellol, eugenol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellol, isoeugenol, limonene, linalool, fragrance (parfum).

Pipe Cleaner Curls on Locs

20150815_132100This was my first attempt at pipe cleaner curls on my locs. It didn’t come out quite right but I still like the results. I had two problems:

  1. I sat under the dryer for 2 hours and my hair still wasn’t totally dry when I took out the pipe cleaners so some of the locs didn’t really curl but I like messy hair. 20150815_132426
  2. I have really fuzzy hair so the fuzz of my locs and the fuzz of the pipe cleaners acted as velcro so I had to peel some of my locs from the pipe cleaners.

I did notice that the drier areas of my hair didn’t stick much so if I had to do it all over again I’d probably do it at night so I could sleep with the pipe cleaners in my hair, giving them time to totally dry and for the curls to set . Or, I might just use flexi rods so I won’t have to worry about them sticking to locs like pipe cleaners.

Tools Used:
Pipe Cleaners
Aloe Vera Gel

20150815_092656Step by Step:

1. Prep pipe cleaners by bending one end to make a loop.

2. Wash hair.

3. Retwist locs one by one. Place the end of the individual loc on the pipe cleaner above the loop and start rolling pipe cleaner up the loc until you get to the scalp. Bend the free end of the pipe cleaner over the loc to secure it.

4. Repeat until entire head is done. Let locs dry completely before removing pipe cleaner.

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For the visual learners, check out my video I posted on YouTube:

Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap

Uses:

Authentic Black Soap is an “all in one” option for cleaning, and is ideal for faces and babies, shaving, shampooing, and as a general hand & body wash. Scented with invigorating peppermint essential oil. Suitable for all skin & hair types.

Ingredients:

African Black Soap (Saponified Shea Butter and Palm Kernel Oil) and African Mint Extract.

Product Review:

I purchased this product when I couldn’t find Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Soap. This product is okay. I use it for my hair and body but I like it better for my body than my hair. I have only tried the peppermint scent. I may be willing to buy it again if I can’t find Dr. Bronner’s but I think I’ll try a different scent.

 

Two Strand Twists Loc Petals

11391296_1009770515724316_8832071822667098488_n Most Loc Petals I’ve seen have been on really long locs. My locs are medium length so it’s muc easier to do because my hair only require one loop. Again, I like to do my styles on two strand twisted locs.

Here is how I do them:

Step 1 – First, I palm roll my locs.

Step 2 – Then, I two strand twist them.

Step 3 – Next, I add flat twists to one side.

Step 4 – Finally, I fold my loc in half and rubber band the end to the root. I don’t always rubber band the ends, sometimes I just stick the ends between the two strand twists.

This style is real easy and doesn’t take a whole lot of time. You don’t even have to have locs in order to do this style. Just two strand twist your loose natural hair to create the same style.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps: Liquid Castile Soap

20150607_071355Uses:

for washing body, face or hair, but also powerful enough for tasks like dishwashing, mopping, laundry and even pest control.

Ingredients:

Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Tea Tree Extract, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol

Product Review:

I like this product due to it’s multiple functionality. I use it as a body wash, shampoo, and a laundry detergent. I’ve tried the lavender, peppermint, rose, and tea tree. Tea tree is by far my favorite. Peppermint is really strong and you don’t want to accidentally get it on you private parts…OUCH!! The tea tree soap can be applied over your entire body. The lavender and rose just didn’t do it for me when it came to my hair. This product also comes in bar soap form but I prefer the liquid.

Flat Twists on Locs

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Flat twists on locs are easy to do. Everyone has their own way of doing them. Just like most loc styles I prefer to do mine on two strand twisted locs. I have actually never tried flat twists on single locs yet.

Step 1 – Palm Roll Locs.

Step 2 – Two Strand Twist Locs.

Step 3 – Is illustrated in the video below.

I usually end this style with loc petals (post and video coming soon!) or I will just leave it as is.

Must Haves: Lavender Essential Oil

Benefits:

Offers both physical and emotional relief for problems as varied as burns, migraines, insomnia, insect bites, skin problems, infections, stress and nervous tension.

Personal Uses:

Lavendar essential oil is a must have for me. I use it in my laundry and I recently discovered it’s benefits on bug bites. My bug bites always to swell up and get infected so in order to avoid going to the doctor for antibiotics I looked up home remedies. All I did was apply full strength lavendar oil to my bug bite and put a bandage on it all day. The next day the swelling was completely gone.

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