Friday, April 30, 2010

Karen's Body Beautiful Products

Since my 1 year nappy anniversary is just around the cornor, I've decide over thenext few weeks to share with everyone some of the products I LOVE. First up is Karen's Body Beautiful (KBB). I can not sing the praises of these products enough. If Miss Karen ever went out of business or god forbid changed her formula I would just die. KBB products are apart of my every day routine, just like brushing my teeth and washing my face, I reach for KBB products.
My first love is the Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Cream. My hair loves this stuff and drinks it up. Here is the product description: Enriched with ingredients that stimulate hair growth and strengthen your hair shaft, Karen’s Hair Cream, moisturizes and adds sheen to dull, dry hair. Excellent for natural, relaxed or pressed hair. Use twice a week on hair and scalp or more as needed. (Works best on dry hair.) A little goes a long way with this product. I tend to add a nickel size amount to my hair every other day. The ingredients are simple: Shea Butter, Rosehip Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Essential and/or Fragrance Oils, Vitamin E & Carrot Seed Oil. The product comes in a 8 oz tub and because you use such a small amount it will last you a really long time which makes it well work the $16 price tag. As with all KBB's products you can choose from a variety of fragrances for your product.

For those of you who prefer hair butters, the Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Butter is second to none! The hair butter is a bit more heavy than the hair cream. Go lightly with this product, if you over do it,it will leave a greasy feeling on your tresses. That greasy feeling will absorb after a day or two, but i live to touch my hair and can't stand it when product residue is left on my hands. Here is the product description: Made only from rich, thick butters and luxurious oils, Karen's Hair Butter conditions, softens and adds sheen to fragile, stressed hair. Great for natural, relaxed or pressed hair. Use twice a week on hair and scalp or more as needed. I personally use this product when my hair is feeling extra parched...maybe once a week, and usually at night so my hair gets a chance to absorb the product. Again this hair butter is filled with good stuff: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Jojoba Butter, Aloe Butter, Essential and/or Fragrance Oils, Grapefruit Seed Oil & Vitamin E. Again, you will pay $16 for 8 ounces and can choose your own fragrance.

Last up is what Karen's Body Beautiful is widely know for, her Hair Milk. I will be honest, in general I'm not a big fan of hair milks, they just aren't heavy enough to moisturize my hair. What I can tell you is that this hair milk makes a wonderful leave in conditioner for my hair, I also use the hair milk to achieve a killer, well moisturized twist out...a dab on each section leaves hair soft and shiny. 8 ounces of this product will run you $16 and again you can choose your own fragrance and it's filled with great ingredients: Purified Water, Jojoba and Avocado Oils, Vegetable Wax, Vitamin E, Panthenol, Arnica and Calendula Flowers, Echinacea, Nettle and Horsetail Extracts, Vegetable Glycerin, Wheat Germ Oil, Fragrance Oil and Natural Enzymes. The product description is pretty open: You're only a few dabs away from lush radiant and soft hair. Karen's hair milk moisturizes the detangles, defrizzes and defines your curls. Apply a generous amount to hair when damp. Also can be used on dry hair to refresh and moisturize. Can be used several times a week or daily.

FYI...KBB sells atrial size hair sample pack of her products so you don't have to committ to a full size/full price item. I actually saved the trial size containers and fill them with KBB product when I on vacation. BTW, the trail size hair butter and hair cream will last you a long time since you onlyl need to use nickel or dime size amount of the product.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Best Damn Detangling Conditioner EVER!!

I am coming up on my year nappy anniversary, and the one thing I have learned over the past year is what works for my hair. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner. It is thick, rich, hydrating and only 3 bucks!! This is my favorite conditioner to detangle with, it's so thick, rich and just coats my hair which results in great slip.
I've used it a few times for co-washes and it works wonderfully. Slowly but surely my hair product shelf is becoming less cluttered as I hone in my on my staple products, and what a bonus when one of the products is $3 and I can pick it up locally as opposed to ordering it online and paying for shipping :(

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Kink of the Day (KOTD)

A VERY shrunken twist out but it's still FLY!!! LMAO

Friday, April 23, 2010

QuellyRue Design...Lovely Hair Accessories!

Oh how I love pretty things, especially when they come in cute packages!!! I am always on the lookout for unique and different hair adornments to give my fro a little kick, and QuellyRue Designs have lovely handmade pretty things for your hair.
I bought this lovely crochet hat with a flower adornment. The flower is also removable...can we say versatility!!!! And I couldn't pass up one her her chic and funky headbands.
These are unique and will set any hairstyle off!! Feel free to bite my style and stop by the QuellyRue Esty site, she has everything from hats to headbands to scarves, brooches and MORE!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Denman Brush...Friend or Foe??

The Denman Brush...naturals either love it or hate it. I have to admit the first time I used it I hated it. I felt like it was ripping my hair out and I'm sure it was. I don't think my hair was long enough the first time I used the Denman. In my opinion you need a certain amount of length to allow the brush to glide through and work its detangling magic.

I recently came across this video which shows you how to remove teeth from your Denman or Denman knock-off. Since I removed some of the teeth from my brush I LOVE IT!! If you aren't so sure about your Denman try using it with some of the teeth removed. I love it for detangling now. I should say that I actually only detangle with the Denman 1 or two times a month when i want to do a really thorough job and get all those little hair balls and shed hair out of my head.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sorry I've Been MIA

Heres a little summer time hair inspiration for hair loves humidity! It has always grown well in the summer months relaxed or natural.

Sorry I've been MIA, but honestly not much has been going on with my hair. To be honest I have gotten a bit lazy...not neglectful of my tresses, just lazy as far as doing much with it.

I do have an update on the JAZZING color rinse! The results were great and it lasted about 12-15 washes. Keep in mind that this does not equate to 12 weeks because I co-wash my hair 1-2 times a week in addition to a full washing/detangling session weekly. So I would say that the color result lasted a solid month. I will definitely be doing it again since I'm not trying to have gray hair just yet. I know in the future I may want a more permanent solution but for the next year I am content with the JAZZING color rinse.

I also think I will be paying my trust braider a visit and have her two-strand twist my hair. I have never worn twist out before. Though I do twist my hair, I do so for a twist out style and will cover my head up if my hair is in twist. Lets just say if I pay her to twist my hair I will being sporting those bad boys for at least a week. I will keep y'all posted.
I promise to post more frequently. I'll have to share my theory on shedding with everyone and I have a few product reviews to share with everyone.