Archive | February 2016

The Mane Choice

I want to tell you about a multi-cultural healthy hair growth company that is not new, but is growing by leaps and bounds more and more everyday.  The company is called The Mane Choice and the founder Courtney Adeleye birthed the company in 2008 as a result of growing her own natural hair in the healthiest state possible.

She has an entire line of products and her hair vitamins are one of the items that most people using the line HAVE TO HAVE.  Her line has grown over the years and now includes a line of products for straight hair (either naturally or flat ironed straight), a line of products for curly hair, shears and a flat iron.

My introduction to the line was in the January Curl Box Natural Box.  Curl Box is a subscription service but their “Natural Box” can be purchased without a subscription for $40. www.curlbox.com  In the box was: Manetabolism Vitamins (1 bottle), Detangling Hydration Shampoo, Detangling Hydration Conditioner, 3-in-1 Conditioner, and Growth Oil.  All of these were full sizes so you know that $40 was a steal.  Looking back, I should have bought 2 boxes, but hey . ..  lesson learned.  All of the products are infused with Biotin, which we all know is great for hair, skin and nails. The products have been said to grow hair back even in cases of people having alopecia and other scalp issues.  I was sold at the word “biotin”.  I have a bald spot in the top of my head that I am looking to grow back so I had to give these products a go.

Let’s start with the vitamins.  They are great because they did not break me out.  I have taken almost a whole bottle and NO breakouts.  You can even take 2 at once instead of 1 pill with one meal and 1 pill with another meal.  This is major.  I want to wait until I finish the bottle and finish another before coming back with a review of hair growth.

I love wearing my hair out so washngo styling is my go to.  I washed my hair and conditioned with the products and styled using just the 3-in-1 Conditioner (in true Curly Girl fashion) and it turned out well and my hair was really soft and smelled good.  The next time I just washed with conditioner and styled with the same conditioner – good results again.  I finally decided to buy the gel and the deep conditioner – they gave me my whole entire life and part of someone elses’.  OMG!!!!! The gel gave me great elongation without my hair being hard and crunchy.  I was even heavy-handed the first time and still no crunch.

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So now we have come to the last washday in the blog.  I do my washngos at night during the week in the winter.  I had not washed my hair in 2 WEEKS because I had caught a nasty cold. My hair had been in a flat twist or puff on top of my head the entire time.  I took my hair loose and shampooed WITHOUT DETANGLING.  I wanted to put these products to the test with my hair in the crappiest state.

I washed my hair with the shampoo and then used the Green Tea and Carrot Mask Treatment.  I left the treatment on under a plastic shower cap (without heat) for an hour and rinsed it out.  I then applied the 3-in-1 Conditioner in sections and applied the Growth Oil in sections and on my scalp in the bald spot and hairline. I then took small sections of hair and raked the Biotin Infused Styling Gel through it until my whole head was done.

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(The first 2 pics show the before and last 2 below are after the gel was applied).

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What can I say?  It works!  I turned my hair over to these products when it looked like who did it and why and it gave me silky bouncy hair.  When I tell you that the tangles melted and were no more. . . . I would not have believed it had you told me that would happen. These products are a win-win.  They do what they say, they smell great, they are made with healthy ingredients AND they make your hair grow???  What’s not to love.  I’m sold, sign me up, give me my purple crown and let’s go.  I will continue to update you with the progress of these products.  Hair growth takes time and TLC so I will continue to document to let you see how the journey is going.

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Ode to a New Natural

This is a post for the person that is either on the fence about “going natural” or have been natural for a year or less.  The whole “going natural” term is really a little maddening because we are not “going” anywhere.  Your hair is simply returning to its’ natural state.

I posted the picture to show just how intimidating this can look to a new natural.  The sad thing is: that’s not even all of the products I have.  That was just a portion.  A new natural will either look at the picture filled with glee and ready to spend money or think “this is overwhelming” and run for the hills.

I listened and participated in a Periscope session yesterday with Naturally Glam and she did a mini rant and discussion on how the natural hair community makes things way harder than it needs to be.  I agree with this statement.  If you look at the natural hair tutorials on YouTube you will see endless videos on what you need to do to make your hair look fabulous.  According to them you must: prepoo, deep condition (sometimes oyournight), detangle, shampoo, detangle, rinse, detangle, use a leave-in conditioner, detangle, use an oil to seal and then apply the styler. That was a run-on sentence for a reason – because it just goes on and on and on.

There are so many methods out there: Maximum Hydration, Curly Girl, Modified Curly Girl, Baggie Method, Inversion Method, Banding Method, LOC, LCO . . . .  This by itself is enough to make your head spin, but we are not done.

If you are not using the “best” products then you might as well go hide under a rock in shame because you hair just isn’t going to grow.  You must use either Rhassoul or Bentonite clay to wash your hair.  You must use oils that have come from a land far, far away.  You just have to have a steamer: either a floor model or hand held.  Your diffuser must be shaped ergonomically correct and have a cold shot option.  You must have a microfiber towel. You must comb your hair with Denman brush (no shade, just saying). If you don’t think the products online or on the shelves are natural enough then you must make your own.  So now you are looking at YouTube and reading blogs about people going to the Farmers Market and organic food stores and getting their Haas avocados, cold pressed virgin olive oil, eggs, mayo, honey, etc. and spending a pretty penny to do so.

I just want to let you know that it doesn’t have to be this hard. Wash day doesn’t have to take all day.  Doing our hair isn’t a constant chore.  I purposely picked the products in the picture because these companies are known for having products that are multi-purpose. Your wash day can be cut in half or done in a hour or less with some of these products. In the picture you see: Uncle Funky’s Daughter, Carol’s Daughter, The Mane Choice, Naturalicious, Curl Collection and Mielle Organics.  I did not include Wonder Curl products in the picture because – c’mon people, that’s a given.  I’m a Wonder Curl affiliate and all of her products are on the Wonder Curl tab on my blog and in another place in my house just for them.  All of these products have made wash day quick and easy.

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So for a new natural I say, don’t be intimidated.  Find what your hair likes.  It will be trial and error but no one comes out the gate knowing that the first product they try is the winner.  Just know that it doesn’t have to be a major production to do your hair.  The point of going natural is to enjoy the ride and celebrate your new found freedom – not to be held hostage by products and procedures.  You don’t have to get caught up on all of the crazy practices listed above.  If you are a lazy natural, then be lazy. Find a quick routine that fits your lifestyle and go with it.  The most important thing is to enjoy your hair. Love your hair and it will love you right back and show that in strength and growth.