Reviewing: As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner


As I Am’s Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner

Description:

Every curly knows that co-washing is the ideal way to remove product build-up from your hair between regular washing. This light, no-suds cleansing conditioner cream gently removes residue and contains a special blend of natural ingredients for healthy hair growth.

  • Spreads easily throughout hair
  • Gently cleanses hair and scalp
  • Adds and helps hair retain moisture until your next cleanse
  • Makes detangling a breeze
  • Gentle enough for daily use
  • Safe for color-treated hair

Ingredients

Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) and Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¹, Cetyl Alcohol², Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol², PEG-40 Castor Oil, Stearlkonium chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil², Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil¹, Phytosterols¹, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract¹, Quaternium-18, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Methylisothiazolinone. Source: 1-Natural, 2-Coconut

Price    $7.99

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The Mini Twist Mission


I’m a serious naturalista when it comes to making mini twists last.

Why??
Because I can NEVER get them to last for as long as I want to.

I normally strive to go about a month, that is always my goal. But in reality, my twists can barely make it to two weeks.

Now I don’t know what makes this trial run so….special. But I’m determined to get to at least 3 weeks. I took somewhat special concoctions to get my hair prepped and ready to last a good month in these babies, and the last thing I wanna do is turn around and take them out come day seven of wearing them. Nelly was treated in a good ol’ egg protein treatment as directed by in the last post, and then after that, I shampooed with Yes to Cucumbers shampoo diluted (1 oz shampoo to 1 oz avocado oil and 6 oz water), and then slightly conditioned with suave naturals strawberry condish (love that line!) and rinsed out while in the shower. After I got out, I mixed up what must be a favorite mix of conditioners and oils. The names of them? I’m pretty sure it consisted of:

  • ORS Replenishing Conditioner (the ones in the pack or the really big bottle)
  • Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner
  • Desert Essence’s Green Apple Ginger (Thickening) and Red Italian Grape (Color Treated) conditioners
  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Honey

I believe that was everything. Mixed all that up til it was a smooth and creamy consistency and saturated my hair in it while going in sections. Wrapped it into a plastic cap under a plastic cap UNDER a satin scarf and left it to marinate overnight for a good 8 hours or so. Leaving a deep conditioner in overnight is completely optional and up to you, but I prefer to know my hair is soaking in moisturizing goodness for as long as it can. Especially after a protein treatment. But up to an hour with a towel over your head is just as acceptable. It’ll still be moisturized and good to go. 🙂

After rinsing out the conditioner, I proceeded to put my hair into 19 plaits (or the single braids) and let them airdry which pretty much took the rest of that day. All that was used on that was my beloved Bee Mine’s Bee Hold Curly Butter for slight moisturizing, then it was tied down with a silk scarf and left to airdry. This idea was coined by youtuber ThinkandGrowChic who calls it the “Braidout Method”. I’ve been using this method ever since I learned about it last year to do mini twists on dry and stretched natural hair as opposed to constantly using heat via “Blowdryer”. It’s a healthier alternative and I love the way they curl and crinkle, though I do still do mini twists on blowdried hair when I want that “straight and sleek” look. Here is the method here:

Using that method is how I put in this set of mini twists. I contined to use the Bee Hold Curly Butter to moisture and set them, and after I was completely done, I sealed the moisture in by using castor oil only the ends. Though it did take me the course of 3 days, a couple hours each day, but I did make it through and they came out VERY nice in my opinion. The more that I do these crinkly mini twists, the more attracted I am to this look as opposed to the sleek, everything-has-to-be-in-place look. Will be going for this one more often!

The game plan of these will be to keep them in for up to a month. Every other day or so, moisturize with either water or curly butter and seal in with castor oil. They MUST survive!

Welp, until next time

Toodles!

Mushy Hair? Pack In Some Protein!


Nelly the fro (yes I have named my hair!) usually doesn’t have a moisture overload problem. But I now know what she feels like if that should ever happen again! My personal experience with protein-deprived hair is hair that:

1.  Loses elasticity. Does not spring back like it used to.

2.  Looks flat and lifeless.

3.  Ends do not curl up or have a hard time doing so without wetting it down.

4.  Stretches…and stretches….and stretches….and then (possibly) breaks.

5.  MUSHY HAIR! (oh, you’ll know…)

 

There is a such thing as Protein/Moisture Hair Test out there. This test is used to show whether your hair is protein- or moisture-deprived and what you need to add more of or possibly if your hair is sitting pretty in a neutral stage.

The Hair Test

  1. Grab a wet piece of your hair, preferably a long piece, and twist the ends of the hair around your index fingers.
  2. If the hair stretches but shrinks back after releasing tension, your hair has a good moisture and protein balance. Congratulations! Keep to your regimen.
  3. If the hair stretches a lot and does not shrink back, you need to add protein to your regimen to correct this.
  4. If the hair breaks as soon as you try to stretch it, you need to add more moisturizing treatments to your regimen.
  5. If the hair stretches and breaks, then you may want to try adding a better protein and moisture balance to correct this. Perhaps alternating between moisturizing and protein based deep conditioning weekly.

 

Okay, so we’ve clarified I need protein! Now what?

Okay, you little kitchen chemist, we can either head to the stores and find some protein suited conditioners, or we can head on into the kitchen and whip something up. For those of you that would rather stroll down the aisles of a beauty depot or walmart….. always look for conditioners that contain some sort of these few ingredients:

  • Collagen (or Collagen Amino Acids)
  • Silk Amino Acids
  • Silk Acids
  • Wheat Amino Acids
  • Hyrdolized… (Collagen, Animal Protein, Silk Protein, Wheat Protein, Vegetable Protein, Keratin Protein, Soy Protein, etc…)
  • Keratin
  • Keratin Amino Acids
  • Rice Protein
  • Milk
  • Egg

 

The Aphogee 2-Step treatment is supposed to be very good in terms of protein. I, personally, have not tried it so I cannot give a true testimony on it nor will I since I like whipping up my own things anyways. =)

BUT! For those of you who would rather get into the kitchen and whip it up like a mad scientist, an egg protein treatment never hurt nobody! I’ve also heard of fellow hair growers using peanut butter as well, which I would think is a good idea. Peanut butter…protein. Yeah. I’ve never tried it because….I dunno. I just feel like it would be a bit of a hassle to rinse it out but that is just me. I shampoo after egg protein treatments anyways, so onward to my own recipe!

 

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1-2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 3/4 (about) cup of your choice conditioner (just to thicken up the batch)

Of course, all of the oils and honey (and even the conditioner) are just optional ingredients. But opt for adding in conditioner to at least thicken the mixture up a bit.

Combine all of these ingredients and whip it thoroughly until it becomes almost like a smoothie, a milky cream. It won’t have any chunks in it by the end result. Apply to your hair in sections and try to leave on for at least 20-30 minutes under a plastic cap. It WILL run so keep a towel near you. After that, hop in the shower, shampoo and condition and you would be good to go though I HIGHLY SUGGEST you follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner for at least an hour for best results. Your hair will come back springing to infinity, and your curls are promised to be popping like crazy!

 

~MsKraizy!

Free Write: “Oh To Be Natural”


She could have stood there and hated herself immensely. Throwing her mind back and forth wondering if God made a mistake when He sent her to this earth with her gravity-opposed hair. She could have stood there and cried as if the Devil had laid his hand on her shoulder himself, personally, with a straightening comb. She could have called her tangling coils every name in the book that here mama would not allow her to speak in anyone’s presence. But she had no time to pout, for it was a school day. And she had to rush off to be mocked or, hopefully, ignored by her fellow classmates.

She silently crept by her mama’s bedroom, taking two seconds to see her mama and some other body secretly cuddling underneath the thick spread. She didn’t bother to say goodbye, she had no need to. Her and her mama didn’t get along anyways. With her ancient backpack murdering her right shoulder with its almost unbearable weight, she went on outside and went her way to the bus stop which was only five minutes away.

“Hey look, it’s the Mop Reject!” One kid shouted while in the midst of his own circle of friends. The four of them pointed her way and laughed, but she kept on. After that slightly embarrassing moment, no one else directed any attention her way. The bus came and she slid into her usual first and foremost seat of the bus. No one else sat by her, nobody bothered. She would rather each and every one of the students pile to the back of the bus then have even one person sit in the seat across from her, let alone right beside her.

What was supposedly a thirty minute bus ride always felt like a long and lonely hike on Mount Everest for her. Sitting in her same position, hands tucked underneath each other guarding over her chest and her face always looking down, she never bothered anyone. And no one ever bothered her. Until this one particular moment, she felt fingers pulling at coils in the back of her head. She turned abruptly, and her eyes met a beautiful red-skinned young boy. He had a baby fro himself, and beautiful hazel green eyes paired with a smile so bright. She had never seen anyone so remotely beautiful for her to understand what beauty was. She only knew that this was probably the last time someone so handsome would look at her again until she caught herself dwelling in that moment.

“I like your hair.” He said. She still said nothing, but a small smile appeared as she sharply turned away in shyness. He continued to pull at her curls, until she turned around to meet his smile again, this time his smile seemed bigger. “I’m new here. What’s your name?”

“Alasia.” She muttered softly. Her heart pounding ten pounds harder than usual. She didn’t really speak, sometimes even when she was spoken to. So why was this kid still trying to carry on a conversation? Was he that desperate for a friend?

“My name’s Tess.” Alasia looked at him in disbelief. She had never heard a name like that and it fit him so beautifully. “I know, you don’t hear my name that often around here, huh?” He laughed and Alasia’s smile continued to grow.

The bus ride came to a closing as it pulled into Meller Middle School, driving around the circle and slowing down at the back entrance of the school. As usual, Alasia sat and waited for everyone else to come off the bus, Tess one of the first few to get off. She managed to sneak a peek out of the bus window and saw he was standing there waiting… for her? Alasia finally collected her things and got off and met Tess’ beautiful eyes once again. “Do you always wait for everyone else to get off?”

Alasia only nodded and gripped her sweaty palms onto the straps of her backpack. Tess didn’t mind doing much of the talking, though he did at times seem annoyed that she wasn’t answering back so much. Then the conversation began to trail into something that interested her very much. “I think you’re the only girl I’ve seen here that wears an afro.” She only blinked at him. “Seriously, I mean, everyone I’ve seen have perms and weaves or something like that. And all the guys get haircuts. It’s not too many of us out here!” He laughed and for once, she felt the beauty in her coils, the strength in numbers of her thick, coily and pretty much mangled hair.

They continued to walk and talk, and she learned how much Tess got ridiculed of wearing his own thick mane out. “I don’t really care too much about it anymore. My momma put it to me like this. God didn’t send us here with a little note that said “My bad”.” They both laughed and continued talking until they hit the front office. Tess had no idea where most of his classes were, and Alasia really had nowhere else to go. The bell rung, and as the rest of the students hurriedly filed into first period, Alasia and Tess continued to stroll to their own first period. Tess really did not want to separate from her it seemed, but Alasia did not like being late. He waited until she was out of eyesight before he continued to his own class. Nappy is not so bad after all.

~MsKraizy

 

 

 

(Not sure if I’ll keep writing to this one. It was only a free write, but if you guys want me to keep writing to it, let me know!)

The Life of Uncommitted Coils…


I am probably the most inconsistent person I’ve ever met! lol Always trying to keep fancy blogs, and regimens, and lifestyles, and it never seems to last me more than about….ehhh….6 months? lol You’ve met your uncommitted match! Heck, I may not even keep up with this blog! So join me, on my uncommitted path of uncommitted-ness……I’m sure you’ll find this uncommittingly excellent! lol

~MsKraizy!