Monday, December 20, 2010

Ms Jessie's Review

This is really late but I just realized I hadn't posted about this. My beautiful sister got me the sample pack from Ms Jessie's a few months ago (Thanks Alli! love u!) and I have been working my way through the products slowly but surely. In the sample pack there is the curly pudding (scented and unscented), the buttercreme (scented and unscented), curly merengue, creme de la curl shampoo and conditioner, the rapid recovery treatment, the super sweetback treatment, the stretch silkening creme and the quick curls creme.

I have done detailed reviews on the curly pudding and the buttercreme here and here. In short, I loved the results I obtained with them but I have since found that I can attain similar results using the ORS smooth and hold pudding. I would still use them if I wanted to treat myself but if you are on a budget, other cheaper easily available products can do a similar job. The shampoo was good as a clarifying shampoo but I have been able to attain similar result using cheaper products so I wouldn't purchase this product. 

The conditioner was not anything to talk about, my cheapie conditioners from HE and Suave have given me way better results. Both deep conditioning products were ok but not better than my staple ORS hair mayo or many other very cheap deep conditioner treatments I have gotten at CVS or elsewhere so I wouldn't purchase these products either. I have yet to try the other products, mainly as I am not sure they would work with my hair texture. I want to try the curly merengue on a roller set or a spiral set at some point. The stretch silkening creme I will probably do a spiral set or a twistout to see if it works. the quick curls will have to wait till it warms up around here because I am not risking getting sick to test it. lol Hope this quick summary review is helpful!

If you are interested in trying any of these products, Ms Jessie's has a bogo sale going on until December 31st 2010 midnight EST. Check it out!

Guess what I got for Christmas?!!!!!

My wonderful family got me a Huetiful Steamer! OMG exactly what I wanted. lol. Love you guys! So obviously I couldn't wait until Christmas and decided to give it a try today. I took the parts out of the box and was about to begin assembling when I realized that a part was missing, the bracket that connected the hood to the steamer. :( I was so sad I emailed my sister then called Huetiful and left them an email. When I called I was told to leave a message and somebody would get back to me. What?!!! I can't talk to somebody now?!!! 

So all disappointed I was packing my steamer back into the box and low and behold, there is the bracket in the styrofoam. LMAO Feeling like an idiot I go to email them back to say "hey I found it" only to find they had already responded to tell me where to find it. lol. Just as I sent off my apology email, my phone rang, it was a Huetiful rep calling me back! So customer service got 5 stars immediately. lol

Assembling this thing gets another 5 stars. The directions are clear, the pieces are common-sensical and I had my steamer ready to use in under 5 minutes. Today I co-washed with my HE long-lasting relationship and deep conditioned with my ORS Hair Mayo. I sat under the steamer for 40 minutes. Immediately after coming out from under the hood I noticed that my hair appeared more 'open', I don't know how to describe it, it's like it's moistly frizzy. lol. You could tell that the follicles were open and that a lot of the product was absorbed. I left the hair mayo in my hair under a plastic cap for another 2 hrs and then proceeded to wash it out and do my ACV rinse.

After letting my hair dry for a while, I spritzed my hair with my diluted infusium, oiled my scalp using doogrow hair oil, applied my adapted kimmaytube leave in and sealed with coconut oil. Can I say detangling was a breeze?!!! OMG my hair has gone through so many changes that I didn't think were even possible in the last few weeks thanks to my coconut pre-poo and the leave in but this steamer made detangling my hair even easier! It was like cutting through soft butter with a hot knife. I was done braiding in my usual protective style in about 1/2 - 3/4 the time it usually takes. I can't wait to continue using this steamer in my regimen to see the effect on the health of my hair. I plan on using it every time I deep condition, which is usually once per week. This couldn't have come at a better time as the overnight soaking wet hair in the dead cold of new england winters is a recipe for catching pneumonia. lol No more overnight deep conditioning for me for a while! Enjoy the pics!

dirty old braidout

getting ready to co-wash. texture, length and thickness shot lol

my fully assembled steamer heating up. one page instructions, easy to assemble pieces = 3 minutes assembly time

Bubbling away

Steaming right

Getting my deep condition on. towel around my head for that hot dripping water

Hair post ACV rinse, no product. Are those some ultra moisturized curls or what?!!! love it!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Back to the box braid

Hi Loves
I am still enjoying the results of my coconut prepoo. It is amazing that more than a month after doing this prepoo I am still enjoying easier to detangle hair, less shed hair for my ziplock bags, softer hair and my curls are the same as before! I absolutely love it. I am also enjoying my adapted kimmaytube leave in. These two together have given me the softest hair ever! 

This week I cowashed with HE longlasting relationship, deep conditioned with my ORS Hair mayonnaise and did my ACV Rinse. I oiled my scalp with doogrow hair oil mixed with jojoba and jamaican black castor oils. My leave ins were infusium 23 and my adapted kimmaytube leave in. I sealed with coconut oil. 

I have been doing twists in my hair for months now but today I decided to go back to my original box braids for a change. I did 16 braids in all and omg my braids were so shiny and long I had to take a pic. I then went back to my pics from January when i first started documenting me taking care of my hair and it is amazing the progress I've made. See the pic below to see for yourself!