Soft Winter Skin and Strands

Winter can cause your skin to feel dry and damaged and what better than a great shea butter or oil to slather ALL over your skin in order to help protect your body’s biggest organ. Natural oils can penetrate the dry, cracked areas of your skin caused by the cold winter air. After the oil penetrates the skin, it then serves as a healing ointment that can help mend those cracks and repair damaged skin. As with all things, there are differences in all of our skin types and finding the right natural oil that works on your skin is key. Some folks kneel to the coconut Gods and others, well, avoid all things coconut on their hair, on their scalp, and on their skin because of breakouts or rashes that may be caused by the oil. In all things, Do You!

I went to Duane Reade/Walgreens recently and there was a major sale on all of my favorite hair and body products. I picked up some goodies in order to help keep my skin and strands super soft.

 

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When we think of the benefits of lavender we automatically think of relaxation and calm. I used to bath my little one with a bit of lavender essence when she was tiny right before bed so that she slept well. This Shea Moisture oil is one that I use right out of the shower and I use it to protect my skin in the morning and at night. 

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There is enough oil here to last you about a month when used twice daily.

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Can a product really get rid of cellulite? Nope, I don’t think so that is why this Nivea “Skin Firming and Toning Gel” promises an “appearance” of firm skin! Lol. I love it. I’ll take a firm skin appearance for 100 Alex. 

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And what is a drug store visit without a hair product buy? I have been wanting to try this Pantene Gold Series line and there was no better time to do it than during a buy one get one-half off. I, like most women with curly hair, can never have enough conditioner and Pantene has been a staple of mine since High School. The smell, the slip…amazing. I wore my hair curly all week and that means the detangle game is going to be strong on wash day. I will be trying this conditioner.

 

Wash Day Rituals: L.O.C and Wash n Go.

So it’s been a busier than usual hair week for me. I decided to do a “Wash n Go” early in the week because I wanted to try a Pantene Mousse instead of a curl cream. Before curl creams, my only weapons for curly hair  victory was the mousse and gel. The mission was always to find a gel and mousse that did not leave my curls crunchy and hard. Crunchy curls are no fun to feel or detangle. I popped in to Walgreens/Duane Reade in NYC and saw they were having a BIG sale on hair products. They had an amazing 3 for 2 deal and I was there for it. I ran out of Pantene shampoo and conditioner and decided to re-up and then thought about trying the mousse for the wash and go. I saw “volume” on the canister and was sold. My hair has been thinning and I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older of if my hair is just plain old damaged. I’m a lover of “big hair” and anything selling me volume is considered sold.

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The Pantene Trio.

It guaranteed volume and that’s what it delivered honey! My hair was big and I was loving every minute of it. The only thing I added to this combo was some hair oil. Curly girls know that dry hair is the devil.

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The curls were soft and bouncy. Just the way I like them.

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So after about 3 days of volume and big girl curls, it was time to detangle (insert scared emoji face here). It really was not that scary. The front of my hair always detangles easily but the back, eeek. The nape is always a bit scary because this is the portion of your head that rubs against your coat or sweater and those elements cause the hair to tangle. I whip out the large tooth comb and my spray detangler and get to work and the hair was detangled in less than 15-minutes. The next day was a wash day for both my daughter and I and thought that the L.O.C Method would be good for getting some oils and moisture back into the hair and prepare for buns and braids.

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L.O.C Tools

 

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Right, L.O.C Method? What’s that? Look above. I like the method and quite frankly, you were probably doing this before someone coined it as a method. After doing the L.O.C, I like to braid or plait my hair. I feel like everything is soaking in and I don’t have to worry about putting my hair through another detangle session anytime soon.

Which rituals have you been using lately?

What are Your Summer Hair Essentials?

Summertime is upon us and not only are our clothes more cool and carefree, so is our hair! My styles range from free flowing curls to high buns. Me, like most, have some products that are always in my hair stash and others change along with the styles that I choose to wear.

When I’m doing loose and carefree curls I opt for a curl cream or a curl custard. I opt for a “wash and go” or a “braid out” to achieve curly styles.

This is a "wash and go". To keep curls defined I apply a custard or curl cream after I wash and condition my hair.

This is a “wash and go”. To keep curls defined I apply a custard or curl cream after I wash and condition my hair.

A curl custard like this one from Pantene does the job for free flowing curls or an up do. The Eco Gel is every curly girl's must have for keeping stray hairs at bay.

A curl custard like this one from Pantene does the job for free flowing curls or an up do. The Eco Gel is every curly girl’s must have for keeping stray hairs at bay.

A great shampoo is essential for ridding your hair of products without having a drying effect. This Cantu shampoo does just that. The Carol's Daughter Hair Mimosa is a staple for me. I gives my hair sheen and moisturizes without being extra greasy. Remember, dry hair breaks! The LottaBody Edge Control keeps these edges in check.

A great shampoo is essential for ridding your hair of products without having a drying effect. This Cantu shampoo does just that. The Carol’s Daughter Hair Mimosa is a staple for me. I gives my hair sheen and moisturizes without being extra greasy. Remember, dry hair breaks! The LottaBody Edge Control keeps these edges in check.

Finding the right products to keep your hair protected and cute in the Summer sun is Just as important as your denim shorts and flip flops.

Finding the right products to keep your hair protected and cute in the Summer sun is Just as important as your denim shorts and flip flops.