Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hair: Kimmaytube's Leave In Conditioner

So I have been trying different things in my hair and after searching on YT I came across Kimmaytube's leave in recipe. So I decided to give it a try. Here is the recipe using the products I bought:

2 tablespoons of a silicone free leave in (KC Knot Today)
2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice (Aubrey Organic 98% Aloe Vera Juice)
2 teaspoons of castor oil (Home Health)
2 teaspoons of jojoba oil (Desert Essence 100% Jojoba Oil)

Now, of course you can use any brand of products. The point from what I gather is to maintan pH balance in the hair. I occasionally use this mix, not too often. I probably should to see if it is actually doing something, I do notice that my hair feels moisturized, but thats not surprising since there are two oils in the recipe. 

So you can try it if you havent and let me know what you think. There are a million vids on YT of people using this recipe. You can check out Kimmaytube on the YT by viewing her channel, she offers some very helpful tips on how to grow your hair.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Books: Gangsta Twist 1 & 2

The reviews are in!!! I have not only just finished up reading Clifford Johnson's Gangsta Twist 1 BUT I just finished reading his Gangsta Twist 2. So, lets get started with GT1.

If you recall I started this book on the 7th of this month and I finished it the day before yesterday which was the 9th. Not because it was short, but because I couldnt put it down. This book is the perfect example of how you should never stop at the cover or the back of the book.

Taz and his crew Keno, Bob, Wild Bill, Bo-Pete and Red go on missions to shake down drug dealers for their "work" and their money. The missions are set up by Won, an O.G who enjoys getting over on his competitors. He knows that the only way for him to stay on top is to get rid of the ones in his way.

 Taz hooks up with Sacha Carbajal, a successful attorney who puts everything she is into her man and their relationship. Every event in this book comes back full circle. Taz finds himself caught between trying to keep his promise to his crew by not telling the love of his life how he really gets down and not fully lying to her. He also finds himself caught between being a father and living by the streets.

This book is a true page turner. You will definitely find yourself gasping out loud as the story goes on. You will fall in love with the love between Sacha and Taz. The only thing I didnt like about this book is to me, it wasnt written well. Meaning, there was somethings that were worded funny to me. Somethings were too detailed while others where detailed wrong. But easily overlooked because the story as a whole is off the chain.

Once I found out that there was a Gangsta Twist 2, I was all over it. I couldnt wait to have it delivered so I ordered it to my Kindle. Gangsta Twist 1 left a lot of unanswered questions that were finally being answered in the sequel. Although GT2 has its own set of questions that need to be answered.

This is where it really gets deep. This is where Taz's closest relationships are tested. He is in a battle for his daughter's heart with the man who he believes to be responsible for the death of one of his closet friends. The streets are hot and they are about to get even hotter as the body count continues to grow. Taz doesnt know how much more he can take as he is watching his crew fall apart.

As the story continues, you have to pay attention, because by the end there will be somethings that are totally unexpected. Something I sure as hell didnt see coming at all.

This book I had read in a day! It was that good. The only thing that pissed me off is that, even though GT1 question were answered, GT2 leaves you asking questions as well. Which means there needs to be a Gansta Twist 3. I would love to see how Sacha and Taz are doing along with the rest of the characters in the book. Also, I do believe he changed Sacha's last name in this one. In GT1 it was Carbajal and then in GT2 it was Epps that was weird. Cliff did not disappoint at all with GT2. It definitely will draw you in and keep you there.

Overall, I will HIGHLY recommend both books for a great read. Gangsta Twist 1 can be found at Walmart or Walmart.com, I paid $11.96 in the store, as well as Amazon.com. Gangsta Twist 2 can be found as well at Walmart.com or Amazon.com.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Hair: Curls Unleashed

This is a first impressions product review on the product Curls Unleashed from Organic Root Stimulator. This is my first time trying anything from this line (Organic Root) so I was super excited about it. The product must be fairly new, I seen it advertise in the Sally flyer I get in the mail and had to jump on it.  They hadnt even put the product out on the shelf yet.

After seeing the product, I jumped on YT to see if someone had used and reviewed the product and there were only a couple of reviews on this product. So I had to jump on it and see what this product was all about. I didnt buy all the products in the line, I only got three.  So let me tell you about the products I got.

The first is the Sulfate Free Shampoo.
Lavish in the ultimate shampoo experience as your hair is gently cleansed, moisturized and detangles with lemon balm, rosemary and hops.
• Non-stripping
• Moisturizing
• Great Lather

This product does not strip the hair of its natural oils and is gentle enough to use daily. Packaging is BPA free and recyclable. 

Curls Unleashed™ No Restrictions™ Moisturizing Conditioner is great to use for added moisture. This product is also great for transitioning, “co-washing,” detangling and conditioning.
• Moisturizes
• Detangles
• Can be used as a daily conditioner
• Prepares curls for styling

This product provides the conditioning your hair needs and deserves to maintain healthy looking hair. Packaging is BPA free and recyclable.

Curls Unleashed™ Take Command™ Curl Crème helps shine, define and moisturize your curls without shrinkage. This product is great for twists, twist outs, coiling, freestyles and updos.
• Moisturizes
• Defines Curls
• Anti-Shrinkage
• No Flaking

This product does not flake and stretches your curls. The Take Command Curl Crème also does not contain petrolatum, mineral oil, SD alcohol, or parabens. Packaging is BPA free and recyclable.

MY REVIEW: Let's start with the shampoo. For this to be a sulfate free it lathers very well. It had a pleasant smell and my hair felt very clean. The moisturizing conditioner, I didnt mind that it was in a jar as oppose to being in a bottle, the only thing is, it is very goopy. I think the shower floor got more on it then I did in my hair. It's not thick, but it is not watery either. Other than that, it gave me a nice slip and made detangling very easy. It was very easy to get my fingers through my hair as I was rinsing the product out. The curl defining creme was by far my favorite. I wasnt so sure about it upon first glance, because it didnt feel like a creme it felt more like a jelly. I applied it and added twist to my hair for a twistout. When I took the twist out, OMG, the curls are crazy! They are well defined and I didnt have much shrinkage at all. My hair feels incredibly soft and you can feel the moisture in my hair. I was afraid that it would leave a residue because it has a different sort of texture to it and my hair was drying, but to my surprise when I took down my twist there was no residue at all.

Overall, I am happy with the products I have from this line. I really cant keep my hands out of my hair. I really like the way it feels. There are a couple of other products from the line that I want to try, so I will be getting back to you about that.  You can find the products at sallybeauty.com. The products, price wise, range between $10.99-$14.99 without you beauty club card. also check out their site which looks to be fairly new, but you can see all the products from the line and what they do for your hair, the site is curlsunleashed.com. Oh, dont forget to "like" their facebook page as well.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hair: New Product Alert: Motions Naturally You

Looks as though every black hair care line is jumping on the natural train. Motions now has a natural hair line. I dont know how excited I am about trying this, only because I have not been impressed with Motions in the past. I havent seen the products in the store just yet, but believe you me I will be looking. The line comes with a moisturizing cleanser, a smoothing conditioner, a radiating gloss, a curl defining creme, a hydrating curl pudding and a deep conditioning mask. Now, it doesnt say on the Motions website whether or not the products are all natural or if the shampoo is sulfate free. It just says it is for all natural hair types. As excited as I am about all these new natural hair care lines, it makes me wonder "what took so long?" However, click on the photo to go and check out each individual product for yourself. If you have tried any products from this line, please let me know, post a comment. And I will be looking for this line and if/when I purchase it I will def do a product review. Holla!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hair: Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment

The other day I got up the nerve to buy and use the Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment. I had heard mixed reviews about it and figured since my hair has never has a protein treatment, it was time I had one.

My hair is not badly damaged. I use heat...a lot, and have suffered from some heat damage because of it. Doing some research, I discovered that heat breaks down the proteins in your hair, so I figured if I am going to be breaking down the proteins, then I need to replace them and so I bought this and the Aphogee Keratin and Tea Tree Spray.

The first thing that got me was the fact that the small bottle cost me like almost $7. Ok pass that, I pour the contents into a spray bottle because it is liquid. Your hair must be wet and freshly washed. I sectioned my hair into sections and began to apply the treatment.

I had always heard regardless of the review, that the smell is horrible. Well I didnt notice it in the bottle, but my goodness. As I was spraying it the smell was horrendous. It was like nothing I have smelled in my life. It began to harden almost immediately. The spray is messy and it gets everywhere.

Ok, the word in the streets is that you could notice results after the first use. Well, needless to I didnt notice any "first time" results. The only thing I notice is that my hair wasnt as frizzy after I washed it as it usually is. BUT, that alone is NOT enough for me to pay $7 per use and dealing with the nasty that is this product. This is the third Aphogee product that I have been disappointed in. I am down to the the spray, if I dont see anything with this, I am just gonna chuck it up to this line is not for me.

So in the end, I will not be purchasing this product again. Big up's to the peeps who hair it works in. I think I am just going to do a lighter protein treatment.