AfroVeda Curl Define (follow up)

Over the past few weeks or so, I’ve been doing sort of an informal comparison of AfroVeda Curl Define and Goddess Curls Gel (Curls Brand).  I wanted to make sure that I was fair in my review and comparison of both products.  Again, I have to say that I like both products.   Also, I must be fair in saying that they are not the same type of product.  One is a cream and the other is a gel.  The only comparison that I am doing is comparing the results when I use each product for a braid out.

I am doing this follow up, because in my review of AfroVeda, the pictures of my braid-outs were either too far away or were pictures of my hair in a puff, where you could not fully see the results.  I wanted to post new pictures of my hair after using AfroVeda, so that you could really see what my hair looks like after using this product.

Here is the top of my braid-out.  This braid-out was done on freshly washed hair.  After washing I applied AfroVeda Curl Define to small sections of my hair, before braiding into about 12 – 15 braids.

I must say that my hair was very soft to the touch after using the AfroVeda.  There are definitely some conditioning qualities to the product.  I love the texture created and there is actually quite a bit of shine!

On my first review of the product, I rated the product as “not bad”, but based on the results of this braid-out, I would probably bump my rating up to (great product):

I have about half a jar of this product left.  I am not sure if I am going to repurchase it after I run out.  I think it would consider repurchasing it if it were available in a store close to me (i.e. Target…hint,hint).

For now, I will continue to use this product.  I may even consider using it on my daughter to see what effect it has on her hair.  We’ll see…overall, I think this product is definitely worth checking out.  I hope this review helps!

Goddess Curls Gel (follow up)

I recently did another braid-out using the Goddess Curls Gel.  I wanted to post additional pictures, for comparison to my hair after using the AfroVeda Curl Define.  I’d also like to reiterate that I like both products.  Please keep in mind that one product is a gel and the other is a cream, so a full comparison would not be fair.However, based on the price, availability, braid-out results and shine that the Curls Gel provides, I’d go with the Curls Gel (see my Goddess Curls review here).  Here are recent braid-out pictures:

Here is my latest braid-out using the Goddess Curls Gel.  Again, my hair came out very shiny, but not greasy.

Here’s a close up of the texture using the Curls gel.

I have never mentioned this before, but I do not like the way the ends of my hair turn out when I do braid-outs.  They just sort of sit there dry, with no definition. I’m thinking that I may have to try Curly Nikki’s twist-n-curl or try a braid-n-curl technique.

Last pic…yep, I need to try something new with the ends.  However, Goddess Curls Gel is still all that (my opinion of course)!

Anyone else have any experiences using this gel?  Do you like it?

AfroVeda Curl Define

Product Description: Directly from website, “style and define your curls or twists, while naturally  hydrating every strand and infusing hair with maximum moisture and softness”.

Ingredients: Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rice Milk, Water, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Nettle Leaf, Ayurvedic Botanicals of Ashwagandha Powder, Bhringaraj Powder, Brahmi Powder, Amalaki Herb and Neem Leaf; Bay Leaf, Horsetail Leaf Extract, Palm Oil, Glyceryl Stearate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, (an edible, natural, ultra-mild self-emulsifying wax), Aloe Vera Leaf Gel, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate (a natural preservative), and love. Essential oil blend of Sweet Orange and Vanilla.

(Note: This product is preserved with a paraben-free, wide-spectrum cosmetic preservative. Please use within 6-9 months, refrigerate or freeze for longer-term storage )

Product Review: Before I begin this review, I have a confession to make… I was afraid to put this product in my hair in the beginning because it smells and looks like cake frosting 🙂 .  Unlike most of my other products, I did not purchase this product myself.  It was sent to me by a very good friend of mine for Christmas.  I was happy to receive it, but the initial scent and texture threw me off.

When I finally decided to use it, I was pleasantly surprised.I first used it back in January during my birthday weekend.  The consistency is a bit thick, but if you rub it between your hands it sort of melts into a lighter cream.  Here are pictures of my hair after using this product:

This picture was taken back in January.  I applied the AfroVeda to each section of my hair before I braided it up as shown.

This is me in New Orleans celebrating my birthday back in January.  This braid-out is the result of the AfroVeda and the braids in the picture above.

I just thought I’d throw in one more picture showing the braid-out.  I was pleased with the way the braid-out came out.  It was highly defined and very soft to the touch.

Here’s my latest venture in using this product.  I decided to brush this braid-out back into a puff.  Again, I used AfroVeda, applying it to each section of my hair before braiding it up.

Here’s another view of my AfroVeda puff.  The front, sides and back of my hair was smoothed down using Eco Styler Gel.

Here’s a close view of my puff.  Overall, I like the AfroVeda curl define as a braid-out aid.  However, if I had to compare it to the Goddess Curls Gel, I’m going to go with the gel.  Why?  Well the Goddess Curls gel is cheaper at $7.99 (at Target, no shipping) vs. $15.50 + shipping  for the Curl Define.  Also the Goddess Curls Gel makes my hair shinier, which I like.  I will continue to use the AfroVeda curl define from time to time, because I do like the way it makes my hair feel, but I am not sure if I would repurchase it once I run out. I am very grateful to my friend, L.L., for sending this to me and giving me an opportunity to try it out!  Thanks again girl!

Please check back for further thoughts on this product.

Video: Wash-N-Go on Type 4 Hair

The purpose of this video is to show type 4s that we can also enjoy wash-n-go hair without applying a ton of products. This was supposed to be another short style quickie video, but I decided to add a lot of pictures, making this video over 3 minutes.  So here’s my wash-n-go hair in its most natural state!

Video: Style Quickie #1

This is a very short (under a minute) video of a braid-out/twist-out combination style that I recently wore to a concert.  If you have liked us on Facebook and/or are one of our Tumblr followers, then you may have already seen this style.

This style was achieved from the cornrow/two-strand twist style that I posted here – http://cbpublish.com/myhairjourney_files/video-cornrow-two-strand-twists-style/ I must say that I was unsure of how the two different textures (cornrows & twists) would look, but I was pleased with the end result. I was glad that I didn’t have to end up brushing it back into a puff.

Here are the results once again:

Here’s the braid-out in the front…

and twist-out in the back.

Goddess Curls Gel (Curls Brand)

Product Description: botanical curl gel to define, defrizz and hold curls

Ingredients: Water, Sorbitol, Polyacrylate-14, Polyquaternium-7, Polysorbate 20, Fruit Certified Organic Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Plumeria Alba Flower Extract, Bossaccharide Gum-1, Carbomer, Certified Organic Butrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aminomethyl Porpanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin

(Note: Contains certified organic ingredients; contains no silicone or mineral/petrolatum oil; Sulfate-Free, Paraben-Free)

Product Review: (please see disclaimer in sidebar)

My product junkism has been creeping up on me every since Target stores have begun carrying a lot of the new natural hair products in their stores.  Suddenly I don’t have to pay high shipping prices in addition to the purchase price of these products.  I’ve been in search of a good hair gel to smooth out my puffs for a while.  Before I discovered Eco Styler Gel, I tried this gel.  I did not, I repeat, I did not like this gel as an aid to smooth down my puffs.  I can’t describe why, but I just did not get the results that I wanted.  I put this product to the side for a short while.

A few weeks later, I had plans to attend the Basement Soul Lounge here in Memphis to listen to  music and poetry. I needed to decide what to do with my hair.  I decided to go with a braid-out, so I washed my hair, detangled it and decided to try this gel out once again.  This time I applied the gel to each section of hair, before braiding it for my braid out.  I loved the results!  In fact, it was the softest shiniest braid out that I’ve ever had the pleasure to wear 😛 .  Check out the results:

This is my hair just before I began taking my braids down for the braid-out.  My hair was braided up about 2-3 days ahead of time.  Notice how shiny the braids are.

Here’s what I got after removing the braids.  Look at the shine!

Here’s one side of the braid-out

Here’s the other side pinned back with bobby pins.  Look how black & shiny it looks.  Not even coconut oil makes my hair look like this.  By the way, my hair was not greasy at all.

Here’s the front.  I received a lot of compliments on my hair that night.  Overall, as a gel for brushing back puffs, this gel fails on my hair.  However, its use as a braid-out aid more than makes up for it.  I feel that this is a great product and at a price of $7.99 at Target, this gel is a winner in my opinion!  This product is also available at Target.com and of course Amazon.com.

Video: Cornrow & Two Strand Twists Style

I am pleased to present yet another how-to styling video.  This one was requested by one of our facebook followers. This is a fairly easy style that I like to do when I want a protective style, but do not want to two strand twist all of my hair because of time restraints  (ok, ok you can call it laziness 😉 ).  First, here are a few pictures of the style, then you can check out the video below:

While I was finishing up my twists, my husband received his new Arch by CCB sweatshirts in the mail.  I just had to show mine off.

I'm wearing an Arch by CCB sweatshirt

Arch by CCB sweatshirt & running shoes

Video: Stretched Afro

I finally got around to creating a new Stretched Afro how-to video (see my old video here: Stretched Afro).  In the process, I stumbled upon a new technique.  Rather than use a comb or pick this time, I used my Tangle Teezer (see my note below).  The result was a very fluffy afro.

Note: I was checking out Curly Nikki’s site and she posted an updated review on the Tangle Teezer, saying that it may have caused excessive split ends in her hair.  Some of the other commenters agreed. I wanted to make sure that you all knew that some people have had this happen , thinking it may have been caused by the Tangle Teezer.  If you are interested in doing a stretched afro without using the Tangle Teezer, you can use my old method of combing the hair out with a comb (also mentioned in the video).  Whatever you use, the key is to be gentle with your hair!

Here are a few pictures of my latest stretched afro, along with the new video:

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist

Product Description: (Directly from their website) Imparts a high‐gloss shine, while providing hold and hydraQon to hair.

Product Usage: Spray liberally through towel‐dried hair from roots to ends and use a wide‐tooth comb to distribute evenly. Style as desired. May be used
on dry hair to freshen hairstyle.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Bu@er)*, Silk Protein, EssenQal Oil Blend, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Algae Extract, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E). *Denotes CerQfied
Organic Ingredient.

Product Review: First off, I almost want to classify this product as a “must have”, but it’s really a “I’d really like to keep on hand at all times” type of product, not a must.  I was exposed to this product through my sister, Co, who initially gave me the product to “borrow”.  Well, I never gave it back 😆 , it’s that great!  Don’t worry, I eventually purchased her another one.  This product is one of those Target purchases that I mention in my poll here: Are You a Product Junkie (visit the link & vote).   Rather than give you a long drawn out review of the product, I’ll show you how I use it in pictures:

This is the same twist-out seen here: Creating a Twistout, a few days later.  I used the mist spray as a daily mist to keep the twist-out looking moist and defined.

I believe the slight hold that the mist provides helped to keep the texture in place.  Now when I say hold, I’m not talking about a hair spray type hold.  I’m talking about a very, very light hold.

Again, this is the same twist-out a few days later.  So we’re talking about 4 days after first untwisting my two-strand twists.  This time, my hair has been brushed back into a puff and accessorized with a Mardi Gras broach.

Here’s the back of the puff.  The texture here looks almost as good as it did the first day the twist-out was created.

Here’s my twist-out puff the next day accessorized with a flower accessory created by me.

(Check out my video here, to see how to create your own)

Here’s the last view of my 5 day old puff.  Overall, I wore this twist-out for almost two weeks, lightly spraying the mist each morning.  Don’t get be wrong, I’m not claiming that the mist was the sole reason for my twist-out lasting so long.  My twist-outs always last a long time.  What the mist did, was keep the hair from drying out like it typically does when I wear a twist-out for a long time.

I purchased this product at Target for $9.99 and I love it.  If you don’t have a Target near you, you can also purchase it from Amazon.com: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist – 8 oz. (Note:  Please see my disclosure in the right sidebar. Item is shipped and sold by Target)

Creating a Twist-Out

Here’s the video that I promised on how I created the twist-out seen here:

Video Length: 1:44

Created By: LV Burns

Music: Late Night Jam Session, by Singa Bromfield

Or view it on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAd_MyxqZS0

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