Friday, March 21, 2014

Suave Professionals Natural Infusion-Macadamia Oil & White Orchid Conditioner

When it comes to Conditioner, Suave is one of my favorite brands for the price and because they are pretty good at moisturizing my hair. I usually buy the Coconut Conditioner or the Shea Butter and Almond Conditioner, but I decided to try a different one this week for co-washing; Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Macadamia Oil with White Orchid.
Upon opening the bottle the scent turned me off. It's not very strong but in my opinion it has a sickening-sweet smell. It's probably the White Orchid, but whatever it is I don't like it. Immediately I knew that I would not be using this conditioner too often because I didn't think I could stand having that scent in my hair, not even for an hour. I poured some of the conditioner into my hand and it came out really thick, which is good. I worked the conditioner into each section of my hair, and though the smell was getting to me, I was pleasantly surprised by how easily I could finger comb my hair because I had a lot of tangles. I used the wide tooth comb and it too went through smoothly. After rinsing, my hair was very soft and manageable and the scent did not stay in my hair, which was a relief. I really like the consistency and how well it detanged my hair. I will most likely be finishing the bottle, but I probably won't buy it again. Hopefully the other Suave Infusions work just as well, and smell better.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Taren Guy-Reality & Rumors

Over the years I've come to like Taren Guy, her hair, and what she is doing to help women empower themselves. Though I haven't watched her YT videos in a while I still consider myself a fan; I like her and a few other "Natural Hair Gurus." I don't agree with everything she does or has to say, but still I'm a fan. Oh How I love her Hair!

Taren announced a new pregnancy at the end of last month and the internet started buzzing- I mean Boy! It's crazy that this is such a BIG Deal!
My thought at the news was- OH WOW... she's having another baby ok, she seems really happy! Well Congratulations to her! She received much congratulation from fans and followers... as well as some negative feedback...
...Let's just say some people really don't wish her well. Some of the things I came across were disturbing and these are people who don't even know her. These people want to see her Broken in a ditch...and they want to be the one to drag her there. With so much chatter about her situation it has some people who never heard of her before curious to Learn-Who is Taren Guy?

The Reality-
From her own words - Taren is a Mom, a Vlogger, a Model, A Spiritual person... She is currently on tour empowering women to not only Luv and Learn their Hair, but to Love themselves. She is in a relationship with a man she's seems to be really Happy with and they are expecting a New baby. She's admitted that she has made mistakes in her past, but is learning from them and encourages other women to do the same. But some people just aren't buying it.

The Rumors-
The hate that's being blown in her direction is nothing new. Almost two years ago a certain forum discussed a topic where her  name was thrown in because she's a mother of three children with two different fathers. Someone told her about the forum which led her to create the YT video "Single Mother's Damaged Goods," where she addressed the rumors. Then out of the blue an anonymous person who claimed to know Taren started posting on numerous sites "The Truth About Taren916."  It was every where, even posted in parts on Twitter. This person was labeled as a "stalker.". Soon after that a popular gossip website posted her "Single Mother's..." video onto their site along with the header "Woman with more than one Baby Daddy Says some men aren't equipped to Handle a Single Mother," which received negative feedback.
So since the announcement of her latest pregnancy All the rumors have started up again...
The multiple baby's daddies discussion, rumors about who she's been with, old twitter beefs, rumors about who her man is, stuff about the status of her children, and talk about her being a home-wrecker...etc.
Wrong is wrong, if the accusations are true, but if she were not "Taren Guy YT guru" would the same people still want to see her dragged in the mud for supposedly being a bad mother and a "loose woman?" We all know someone who is "unfit." We just shake our heads at their situation, say a few things about them and keep going. This type case, whether man or woman, is nothing Brand New unto the world. But when the person with "questionable morals" becomes famous, despite everything else then it's an outrage and should not be.

Then the question is-What if she's being fake? Her business is about Empowering Women, but instead what if it's really been about her stuffing her pockets?  Could anyone continue to support someone who is lying to her fans and followers? Most likely No. I could not continue to support that. But I wouldn't say anything negative, I'd just pray that she can get her mind right.

A few pictures have been pulled from another site, with the word of an "unknown" user who says "ABCDEFG is the truth because I said so." Is that really enough proof for fans to go running for the hills? Is it time to light the torches for the witch hunt?
The latest rumors too are questionable - Why didn't this person say something sooner? If they were being silent to protect their relative, then why put their business out there to attract more drama any way? Are these things For Real or just some perfectly Made up story? Perhaps by the same person who went from forum to forum a couple years ago posting about Taren's character?
Without an actual person who is directly involved in all the said drama on video,  holding up their ID, and a Newspaper with the date and latest headlines, and hearing them say--This and That is True, while on a polygraph machine with the operator nodding his head confirming it's the truth, LOL, I'm Kidding, But who knows! And Why care so much? Because people love celebrity drama.

Truth About Social Media -
When it comes down to it Social Media gets crazy and is filled with Crazy people. People who hide in the shadows behind their computers and sometimes even coming out of the shadows to do harm.

You don't have to be a Celebrity or well known Guru to have experienced it and know that until the real Truth comes forward then all that juicy talk is just Gossip, not the Gospel.

BUT...Playing devils advocate for a moment I can understand; being that non-fan of someone you feel has no morals and it seems unfair for them to be on top of the world.... Being happy to see or believe anything negative said about that person. But I have to check myself- Is it right for me to hope a person fails? Or to even Celebrate their failures because I don't like them? What will I achieve spending my time hating someone? It's a waste of my own God given energy and time to give that much work and attention to someone I supposedly dislike.

What is happening with Taren is normal Celebrity treatment- the Good and the Bad. The more people say her name the more fans and even "haters" she'll receive. She just may be the Beyonce of Youtube lol.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In & Dry Hair

I finally bought a 16 oz. jar of Cantu Shea Butter Conditioning Cream. I usually choose the African Pride Shea Butter moisturizer over this one because reading the ingredients list it always seemed much better than the Cantu, in fact the African Pride brand is one of my favorite moisturizers (except the scent which is very strong). A few days ago I was out running errands and remembered I needed a new moisturizer ,but they didn't have the African Pride.... I've heard and read so many great reviews about Cantu Shea Butter I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to buy it....
Well...I am not liking it in my hair.

After washing and moisturizing my hair, the very next day it was very dry. I applied it again with water and sealed with a heavier oil, but still it was dry within two days. Last night I tried it again and sealed it with Softee Shea Butter hair grease, the ends of my twists immediately curled and I figured -Ok I needed a heavier oil, BUT when I woke up this morning certain parts of my hair were as dry as straw still!
I thought I could use this product once or twice in a week as I usually use moisturizers, but I ended up having to reapply this conditioner almost every morning. When sealing with hair grease didn't work I knew there had to be something in it that doesn't agree with my hair. I re-read the ingredients list and noticed there were a few things that I missed when skimming it the first time.

Ingredients:   Water (Aqua, Eau), Canola Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chhloride , Glycerin, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Etract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Saliva Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dimenthicone PEG-8 Meadowfoamate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate/Tetracaprate, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, DMDM Hydantoin, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Polyqiaternium-4, Polyqiaternium-32 & Mineral Oil & PPG-1 Tricedeth-6, Hydrolyzed Wheat Potein PG-Propyl Silantetriol, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans & Sodium  Hyaluronate, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride.

Glycerin- Most products include glycerin of course. At times it just does not work in my hair, especially in the winter months and since this product has it listed as 5th, it could be one of the reasons why my hair continues to dry out.

The Proteins- Products with too much protein tend to make my hair hard, I had this same issue with Shea Moisture after a while.

Dimethicone- My hair has never had a bad reaction to Dimethicone, so i can't say that it is what dried my hair out, but I have read that it can. Perhaps working along with all the other drying products, it doesn't help.

Mineral oil- I always say I have no issue with using mineral oil or petroleum as a SEALANT. Conditioning creams that contain these products are not Moisturizing to me.

I have no idea what a few of the other products are but I will never buy this product again. I need to find someone to give it to so that I don't throw it away, especially not after spending $7 for it.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hair Grease Q & A - How and Why I use Hair Grease

I am often asked what I use on my hair, and lately I've mentioned how I've solved my excessive breakage issue; Hair grease.
Because Hair grease is on the list of products that are bad for hair I am asked a lot of questions which I happily answer. I decided to post some of those questions here with my answers.

What kind of hair grease do you use?
So far I've only used Softee.  I've tried the Softee Castor oil, the Coconut, the Mango Butter, and I've recently purchased Softee Herbal Grow. I like the Mango Butter the best because it adds extra softness to my hair.
(Ingredients- petrolatum, shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil, fragance, yellow 11, red 17)

What does hair grease do for your hair?
Hair grease helps my hair retain moisture so it does not break, it adds shine, and helps my twist-outs hold texture and definition.

How do you use it? Do you put it on your hair or do you oil your scalp?
I only use it on my hair, I do not oil my scalp with it. I wash and condition my hair, put in my leave in and twist my hair. When my hair is about 80% dry I moisturize each section of hair first with a water based moisturizer (that has no petroleum or mineral oil) then I seal with the hair grease.

Hair grease is bad for hair, why don't you use an essential oil like coconut oil or castor oil instead?
I use hair grease because it is the only oil that helps my hair retain moisture. I've tried those other oils and then some, but they didn't work for me like hair grease does. I haven't had any negative effects from hair grease so far as I have had with certain essential oils.

I thought the bad ingredients in hair grease made hair dry which causes breakage?
The petroleum and or mineral oil in hair grease can cause breakage IF hair grease is all that is used on the hair. Petroleum and mineral oil block out moisture temporarily which can cause breakage if used improperly. A moisturizing product has to be used before pomades and grease is used. Hair grease is NOT a moisturizer, it's a sealant.

What do you mean temporarily block moisture? I heard that hair grease coats the hair and causes build up that cannot be removed unless a harsh sulfate shampoo is used.
Nothing last forever. If you ever had your hair pressed in the past you remember that after a day or so humidity and sweat would cause your pressed hair to start to shrink and revert back. That would happen because of moisture. If hair grease blocked out moisture totally then hair would not swell and revert back. As a child my pressed hair would not last more than two days. Even now when my hair is stretched, it swells and shrinks whenever any kind of moisture comes in contact.
Currently I do not use sulfate shampoos. ACV clarifies my hair just fine. So far I have not had build up from using hair grease.

I read that hair grease clogs pores which blocks up the hair follicles, causing scalp acne and hair to fall out.
I do know from experience that if hair grease is used without moisturizer that it can cause breakage, but I don't know about it causing hair to fall out, not to say it's not possible since  everyone's hair is different. Some people may have negative effects from grease but this can also be said about other products as well. I don't use it on my scalp so I haven't had that effect, though I have had clogged pores and painful acne from other oils. So far no face acne either, though other oils have caused that too.

I have very porous hair and my hair is always dry, should I use hair grease too?
I don't tend to give hair or skin advice because everyone is different.  I would suggest you try other oils first, such as shea butter to see if that will work. If you want to try hair grease give it a shot to see how it works in your hair but remember to moisturize hair very well BEFORE you use it. And pay attention to how your hair responds to it. My hair likes it but I have to use protein more often or my hair will suffer a moisture overload.

My Experience- I honestly don't find hair grease to be bad. In the past I did suffer breakage because I didn't use moisture first, but so far it has helped my hair greatly. Everyone's experience will be different with ANY product, this is one of the reasons why some people love it hair grease and some simply cannot use it... It's true for different hair types it can be too heavy or greasy in their hair. So far for me it's been just what I needed, until I find something that works better.
It is important that we research the "what's" and "how's" when trying to decided if something is right for us.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Luv and Learn Your Hair Tour Chicago! #llyhtour

Some friends and I attended Taren Guys' Event Luv and Learn Your Hair sponsored by Motions. I took a few pictures with my Galaxy.

It was so Nice!  The event was held at Castle-632 N. Dearborn.
All I can say is that it was a Beautiful experience. Hundreds of Naturals with Various hair styles, from curly to straight to loose and wild to up-dos, braids/twists and locs. Gorgeous.

Taren and Jennifer Rose
I didn't get to meet Taren because my group had to leave before the panel discussion ended but I did run into MeechyMonroe and Ms.Vaughn at the mirrors in the ladies room...Meechy complimented my hair and Ms.Vaughn talked with us for a while. They were VERY nice....I didn't get any pictures with them because it didn't seem proper to ask for photos in the bathroom lol.
It was just really Beautiful and I hope for more events like this.

Ms.Vaughn, MeechyMonroe, and Jennifer Rose

Himay10nence & Monroe Sisters
Motions Hair Models