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Monday, March 14, 2011

Cornrows / Two Strand Twist

I usually wear my hair in two strand twists or a bun when protective styling, but this week I really wanted something a little different. So, I cornrowed the front and one side of my hair. Then two strand twist the end of each cornrow and the hair that was left out. I curled the twist with flexi rods. I really like the style and it will definitely become a staple protective style for me.

Here's the pictures:

It was really late when I decided to do this style, so there's no video...sorry!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Herbal Essence Touchably Smooth Conditioner

I've seen several great reviews for various Herbal Essence conditioners, but none for the Touchably Smooth conditioner, so I decided to give it a whirl to see if it can compare to my beloved HH Hello Hydration. I've been using it exclusively for a little over a month as a co-wash, rinse-out, and leave-in.

What they say: It's in the stars! See smoothness in your future? How about some protection from humidity? Try this deep conditioning formula for all hair types so your path to soft, smooth hair is perfectly clear.

What I say: HH Touchably Smooth is one of the best smelling conditioner's I've ever smelled. It smells like a bed of beautiful flowers on a warm spring This conditioner definitely makes my hair feel extra soft, however it really does not live up to the claim of making hair smooth. The few times I've used it for a leave in, I found that it doesn't play very nice with other products, such as oils and gels. I honestly can't be too disappointed that it's not a great leave-in because it wasn't specifically designed for that purpose. I believe that this conditioner would be great to use in the summer time for co-washing. Will I use the rest of my stash? Of course. I love the smell, I love the way it makes my hair feel. Will I ever buy it again? I'm still not sure about that. It has some good qualities, but I've used better. It really depends how well it blocks humidity during warmer weather.

Tangle Teezer - First Impressions

I received my Tangle Teezer about 2 weeks ago. I've used it once on myself to detangle after clarifying and deep conditioning. My hair was soaking wet with no product for detangling. At first I was hesitant to use this brush without a detangling product, but it was a breeze. I was able to detangle my entire head in about 5-10 minutes. It usually takes approximately 20 minutes. The best part is, I experienced absolutely no breakage. I was quite impressed.

I've also been using the Tangle Teezer on my son's hair. The first time I used it on him was to dry detangle before I washed his hair. His hair is generally fairly easy to comb through, whether it was dry,wet, or damp, but this time it was completely effortless and took practically no time at all. I did notice one downside to dry detangling...there were a few broken hairs, but not enough to be completely distraught about. 

The next time I used it on his hair, I dampened it a little with a few spritzes of water. It was still very easy to use and an added broken hairs. So for now on, I'll be sure that his hair is at least damp when I use the Tangle Teezer.

So far, I can say that I'm in love with the Tangle Teezer. I will be taking Curly Nikki's advice to not use excessively and keep a check on my son's ends as well as mine because we both have thin strands of hair and it seems that a few thinned haired people have expressed adverse effects from using the Tangle Teezer.

The next time I use it on my self I'll be sure to do a video.