Monthly Archives: March 2014

Aussie Moist: Great Conditioner. Horrible Ingredients

 

I recent’y tried Aussie Moist conditioner for the first time, after seeing the enormous amount of hype concerning it. To give a itttle background, I have stopped using products containing silicons on my hair, because in general my hair hates them.

I have low porosity hair. Products with silicons are not beneficial in my eyes, because they only coat your hair strands. The actual moisture does not actually penetrate. Products with silicons usually have extremely great slip, and your hair feels super soft while applying, which tricks people into thinking it is actually moisturizing their hair, only to discover after their hair dries, the moisture disappears.

Silicons form a film over your hair, which becomes thicker with constant use, preventing good beneficial producta from actually getting to your hair. This causes you to feel like even some of the best products or products that once worked for you is no longer doing so. Silicons can also only be stripped out of hair by using a harsh sulfate shampoo or dish detergent.

Aussie Moist conditioner did exactly what a silicon contain conditioner does.. From the moment I applied it, I knew what the outcome was going to be. My hair felt amazing, but I could literally see little conditioner bulbs, just sitting on top of my strands instead of being absorbed into them.

I still continued to apply the product, because I promised to do a full review of it on naked hair.

All I used was Aussie Moist Conditioner on my hair, washed it out, applied a little bit as a leave in, and that’s it.

The results were undefined, puffy, cottony, frizzy, but extremely soft and and manageable hair. The conditioner did not penetrate my actual strands.

Would I re-purchase this product? No.

Would I recommend this product to someone else? Yes. I would recommend this product to anyone who doesn’t care about silicons being in their hair products. I have been natural since 2010 and almost all my products contained cones, but after making the decision to start over on a healthier journey, I have eliminated them.

However, doing this Aussie Moist review on naked hair inspired me to do a “Naked Hair Week” challenge, where I won’t be using hair products, minus my wash out conditioner. I plan on doing this all of next week with my Tressemme Naturals Silicone Free Conditioner, and Garnier Fructis Pure Clean conditioner, which is an amazing silicone free option in place of Aussie Moist. I probably love it on type 3 textures more than Tresemme Naturals, because it is light and creamy. I’ll have to remind myself to do a naked hair review on that 🙂

I will compare my naked hair using silicon free/organic conditioners that actually penetrate the hair’s strands, to show the difference in its appearance compared to Aussie Moist and other cone containing products.

Naked Hair using only Aussie Moist:

^ temporary hair color spray (see reviews)

temporary hair color spray (see reviews)

 

Foundation-less Summers. 9 Organic Things to Restore Youthful, Glowing Skin

Growing up skin care was the least of my worries.

I spent my childhood summers playing outside in the humid Caribbean climate, and laying face up on the beach, glaring into the sun, while other summers I spent in the less humid, but stinging hot Los Angeles sun at tennis matches.

I never thought Black people had to use sun screen. My parents never encouraged me to use it. I was always an earthy child, and to them, I was just being a kid.

However, as I got older I noticed the damage all of this had caused my skin. I didn’t notice until an old classmate saw me in 2009 and said she almost didn’t recognize me because my skin looked like I had taken a trip to Africa. Her face was so in awe that I began laughing.

After running into her, I went home and realized my skin not only looked darker, but dull, which was worse. I started to exfoliate and take vitamin c, drink water (I still have to force myself), and my skin started looking more vibrant, as I scrubbed away the dead skin cells.

I also started to use sunscreen before leaving the house in the summer, and became a natural fanatic when it came to my skin around the time I went natural with my hair in 2010.

Below are 9 organic products, all of which are great for renewing skin and restoring  youth:

1) Avalon Organics Vitamin Cleansing Milk– I used this with an exfoliating brush on my face and neck

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2) 100% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum– Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance found in skin, collagen and other areas of the body when we are younger, but as we age, we stop producing it. This makes it easier for sun damage to occur, as well as dryness and loss of collagen and elastin. HA serum helps replace the loss, giving the off a glowing skin tone and supple appearance.

3)Power C Gummies- they really make your skin glow.  I took these along with hair, skin an nails vitamins and my skin looked amazing.

4)Coconut Oil-works as an excellent sun screen and makes the skin glow. If you moisturize with it at night,in the morning your face will be glowing. Coconut oil is known to penetrate really well.

5) Coco/Shea Butter-My dad’s side of the family are prone to eczema, and I had it as a baby. My mom was disgusted by it and would rub me down with a block of pure 100% coco butter (the real thing in raw form) every morning and night. People always asked her how she got my skin so clear from it, and she always boasted about using that. Shea butter is said to work the same, but 2 winters ago I broke out with eczema for the first time since I was a baby on my upper arms and immediately bought raw coco butter and my spots are 95% gone now.

Coco and Shea butter also works as a great sun screen

6) Raw Aloe Vera Plant– In my eyes aloe vera is a miracle plant. Growing up mother’s husband was an herbal plant fanatic. He’d put aloe vera on my elbow or knees for every cut/bruise, instead of drug store products. Aloe Vera has excellent healing properties. He would also eat the bitter stuff inside raw. It helps restore youthful skin. I need to make a trip to Farmer’s Market to get some.

7) Glycerin–  Glycerin is a serum like product that works with the humidity in the air to absorb moisture naturally into your skin, which gives off a supple effect. It makes your skin really soft, and is said to be great for eczema and psoriasis, dry skin etc, because of it’s ability to draw in moisture.

8) Dr Bronners Magic Peppermint Soap– I love this soap! it’s better in the summer, because it makes your skin feel refreshed and cool after a shower, which feels awesome after being outside in the heat. It is made from all natural oils and ingredients. It is extremely moisturizing. I use it in the shower in place of regular soap with an exfoliating brush all over my body.

9) WATER! – I am so so bad at drinking water. The rule is to drink half of your weight in ounces. I’m 5’1, 110 pounds (I think lol. Haven’t weighed myself in forever), which means I should be drinking around 55 oz of water a day (7 glasses of water).

How To: DIY Spring Braided Headband

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Snip an elastic headband so it becomes the shape of a string or use black elastic

Grab pieces of braiding hair according to how thick you want braid/ braids

Measure braiding hair around forehead. The length should be long enough to go a little past both ears.

Braid the pieces of hair, then burn both ends so it doesn’t unravel

Take a sewing needle and black thread and sew together one end of the braid/braids to one end of the elastic. Do the same with the other end.

It is better and easier if you hand sew it rather than on a machine

Also, when measuring, don’t stretch the elastic, or the headband would end up being too tight

Baking Soda Cleanse for Low Porosity Hair (Learn About Porosity)

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What is hair’s porosity?

-Simply how easily products are able to penetrate the hair strands. This is EXTREMELY important in choosing products and a regimen that benefits your hair.

There are three types when it comes to hair’s porosity:

LOW POROSITY – Hair strand cuticles are tightly compact. This is bittersweet because ideally hair has a tougher surface; a natural barrier, it is less prone to heat damage, chemical damage etc, and overall is said to be strong hair. However, it also has a difficult time letting beneficial things like moisture in, but once in traps it pretty well.

NORMAL POROSITY– Hair strand cuticles are lightly raised, allowing and trapping the perfect amount of moisture and product in.

HIGH POROSITY- Hair strand cuticles are open. This is also bittersweet because although moisture effortlessly rushes to penetrate the hair shaft , heat, and chemicals works the same way, which can weaken this type traumatically with constant or unprotected use since strands are already fragile. Also, as fast as moisture penetrates hair, it leaves.

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How can I test my hair’s porosity?

-The easiest way is to fill a glass with room temperature water, place a strand of naked hair in it, and monitor what it does. If after 15-30 mins, it’s still floating or near the surface, you have low porosity hair.

If it floats somewhere in the middle of the glass, you have normal porosity hair

If it sinks near the bottom, you have high porosity hair.

Other ways are basically by observation. If you’ve ever had a relaxer or hair color, and had to keep the product in your hair longer than the recommended time for it to process efficiently, then chances are you have low porosity hair. Vice-versa, if your hair process products like these fairly easy, you may have high porosity hair.

How does baking soda help low porosity hair?

Baking soda is an alkaline . It opens up the hair’s cuticles dramatically. This is wonderful for low porosity hair to finally allow moisture in and get the full benefits of products, instead of them just sitting on the surface of your hair shaft.

You can conduct a baking soda cleanse every 2 weeks, monthly, or less. I like doing mine every two weeks, because I love the results on my hair. I weirdly love fluffy, mushy curls, and this makes my hair like that. Almost too mushy. It also loosens/swells my curls.

Oppositely, if you have high porosity hair you want to dodge baking soda treatments like the plague! You do not want your cuticles being exposed anymore than they already are.

To help high porosity hair, try apple cider rinses. Apple Cider is an acid. It closes, tightens, and smooths cuticles.

Tip: If you are dealing with low porosity hair, besides baking soda treatments occasionally, stay away/limit silicon use. Silicons coat your hair shaft with a film. Your cuticles do not need any more help closing. Constant use of silicons can shut the cuticles altogether, preventing even the best products from penetrating your hair.

Also the “sealing step” if you have natural hair, is not necessary. You can oil your scalp and ends, “pre poo” and detangle with oil before washing, but beyond that try to leave your strands as naked, open, and receiving as possible. I found that light butters in place of oil works for me.

My hair is type 3C for the most part (a little looser in the front), but still obiously 3C overall. I’m not a fan of claiming multiple textures. I like to keep things simple, and i think one texture throughout everyone’s hair always dominates the others.

I have sharpie-sized fluffy curls (Think Rachael True, Cree Summer, Mel B, Kelis)

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I appreciate the hair typing system because it makes things so much easier when looking for tips and ideas. Many tips are universal, but sometimes having someone with simiilar textures to help you overcome your struggles is so relieving.

If I haven’t already mentioned, I got my first perm at 13, so I am pretty familiar with my natural hair.

I care for my hair by doing wash and go’s 3 out of 7 days a week (Click Tutorials tab to see how I do it). I prefer wash and go’s over braid outs, twistouts, bantu knots etc. I prefer my curl pattern to do it’s own thing.

I have low porosity hair (Google it). My hair thrives on water and humidity

I don’t seal with oil, but I do use it on my hairline and ends (castor oil) and coconut oil preferably to detangle before washing.

I don’t have issues with staying away from heat, because I’m lazy about flat ironing my hair. I only flat iron less than a handful times a yr, starting last yr (2013).

My protective styles are usually the typical bun, a pigtail (when my hair was longer), wrapped in a scarf and covered with a hat, or flat ironed. My scalp is sensitive to styles kept for long periods.

I try to use organic, all natural ingredients mostly, and keep my routine as simple as possible. I’m a content plain Jane when it comes to styling my hair.

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