Tuesday, 19 April 2016

HOW TO BUY HAIR PRODUCTS LIKE A PRO

Hi Friends!
 It's been a while eh? I have never been so busy in my entire life!! Thankfully I have learned to cope and I hope I can make more time for blogging. Now to the post for today: Buying hair products without regret.
I remember how hard it was to choose hair products when I newly bigchopped. I didn't know anyone who had natural hair so I had to rely on blogs and YouTube for hair styling and product suggestions. I went all out back then. Buying different hair products that somehow ended up in a pile I call the Rejects. I still cringe when I think of how much money I wasted back then. Since that time I have grown. Now I understand that buying products is an art. You can't just buy any product you see and hope for the best. Here are 5 tips to help you up your hair product buying game (-;

READ REVIEWS
I cannot stress this enough. Always read at least 5 reviews of a product before you buy it. How to do it? Simple. Just type in the product name in full and write reviews at the end. It should be something like this : ORS REPLENISHING CONDITIONER REVIEWS. A lot of reviews will come up for your viewing pleasure. Naturallycurly is a great site to check out hair product reviews from. Its an online community of women with natural hair giving their reviews on natural hair products they've tried before. You can also find good reviews on Amazon. Note that even if a products has tons of good reviews, it doesn't mean it will work for you. Its just a guide to help you chose better. And don't feel ashamed to whip out your phone in the shop. Its your money. Look at the product and feed the name right into your browser and read away.

 ALWAYS READ THE INGREDIENTS
It might be time consuming but  its best to read the ingredients to see if there are ingredients you'd prefer to stay away from. For instance many naturals including myself avoid products with petrolatum, mineral oil and lanolin. So when I want to buy a new product I read the ingredients to see it contains anyone of these 3 ingredients. You should also check to see if the ingredients you want are in there. For example, I check for water as the first ingredient in any leave-in I intend to buy and then I read on to see if humectants like glycerine are also present before I finally make a choice.

BUY WHAT YOU NEED
One mistake I've seen people make is buying products they do not need. For instance you may find a natural with super thick dry hair buying a volumizing conditioner. I mean really???? What she needs is a moisturising conditioner. That's why its super important to read the LABEL carefully so you don't end up buying something that wont help your hair. Learn what labels mean so you know exactly what you are buying. Another thing to consider is this: do I really need this product? Lets say I just read a blog post about Rhasoul clay, do I really need to buy it? Ask yourself how will a clay treatment fit into my regimen. I wish I had thought of that before I spent N3500 buying Rhasoul clay I only used once and will most likely never use again.

TWICE IS NOT AS NICE
So you've read the reviews, examined the ingredients with a microscope and all seems well and then you pick two or three of the said product and proceed to check out. You get home and you try the product out and alas! Your hair says nay. What next? You'll be stuck with 2 or 3 products you dont need. The only thing worse than buying a hair product that doesn't work for you is buying more than one. Always buy a first time product one at a time and be sure you like it before re-stocking.

COMPARE PRICES
With the Nigerian economy being the way it is everyone is trying to make or save a buck or two. That being said, retailers of hair products can be funny so you need to keep a sharp eye out. One seller might stock Cantu Shea Butter for N2500 and still another seller will stock that same product for N2200. Its best to compare prices first before buying so you can make the best choices.

These are just a few tips that have helped me with product buying. I hope they help you too. if you have any other suggestions to add please comment down below.

Thanks for stopping by...

KimB


Friday, 18 December 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW // ORS REPLENISHING CONDITIONER

Hi guys,                                                                                                                                                     
I'm here with another review. This time its the ORS REPLENISHING CONDITIONER. Do not let the name fool you, it's actually a deep conditioner and not a wash out conditioner. Here's my honest review:

Meet the product:
   



Product claims:
 Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner helps to restore moisture & repair  damaged hair.

Ingredients:
Water, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycerin, Polyquaternium 37, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Quaternium 80, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citral , D Limonene, Linalool, , Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate , Dicaprate, PPG 1 Trideceth 6, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, PEG 9 Dimethicone, Anthemis Nobilis Extract (Chamomile), Salvia Officinalis Extract (Sage), Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Achilea Millefolium Extract (Yarrow), Actinidia Chinensis Fruit Juice (Kiwi), Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, EDTA, Triethanolamine, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 15985, CI 19140.

 Directions:
 After shampooing apply a generous amount to hair and comb through for thorough distribution. Place a plastic cap over the hair and sit under a warm dryer for 10-15 minutes or leave on the hair for 45 minutes to 1 hour without heat. Rinse thoroughly.

How I used product:
 As a deep conditioner,under a heating cap for 30 minutes or with a shower cap for upwards of 1 hour.


The good:
  • Cute functional packaging. I love the smooth bottle and the cap. You can control just how much product you want to take out at any given time.
  • The consistency is right for a deep conditioner. Its thick without being pasty.
  • It has sooooo much slip, the tangles just slip right out
  • It has nice citrusy smell. Reminds me of tangerines.
  • Its easily accessible. Every store I know stocks it.
  • Its affordable.
  • A little goes a long way.

The bad: None

The Ugly: None

DarkChild rating : 8.5

Price: N980

 It has become my staple deep conditioner. Try it out and see if you like it.

Thanks for stopping by :-)


KimB
  

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW : SHEA MOISTURE JBCO STRENGTHEN, GROW & RESTORE LEAVE IN CONDITIONER

Hi guys,                                                            
It's been ages since I've done a product review right? Sorry about that. I have bought tons of products since the last time but I haven't had time to do a proper review of each one. Its better later than never not so? I'm starting with the SHEA MOISTURE JBCO STRENGTHEN, GROW & RESTORE LEAVE IN CONDITIONER (now that's a mouthful isn't it?) I bought sometime in July.



Meet the product:
   


Product claims:
 This reparative leave-in conditioner softens and detangles hair while controlling frizz. Perfect for  those who regularly colour, straighten, perm or heat style their hair, as well as kinky, curly or wavy natural styles. Formulated with nutrient-rich Jamaican Black Castor Oil and certified organic Shea Butter to nourish, moisturize and support elasticity so hair resists breakage when detangling. Conditioners provide a protective layer that improves the appearance of split ends. Peppermint oil stimulates the scalp for an invigorating experience. 
Ingredients:
 Water (Aqua),  Ricinus Communis (castor) seed oil, Stearyl Alchohol, Cetyl Alchohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,    Panthenol, Dicaprylyl Ether Hydroxyethylcellulose,  Glycerin (Vegetable), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Vinegar, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil.

 Directions:
 Apply to clean, towel-dried hair. Work a generous amount of product into hair from root to ends. Gently comb through for even distribution. Do not rinse. Apply additional product as needed depending on hair length and condition.

How I used product:
I used this product on dry hair, on damp hair and in the Kimmaytube leave-in mix.
 Here's my verdict:

The good:
  •  No sulfates. No parabens. No phthalates. No paraffin. No gluten. No propylene glycol. No mineral oil. No synthetic fragrance. No PABA. No synthetic colour. No DEA. No animal testing.
  • It is just the perfect consistency for my hair. Not super thick and  not too runny.
  • It sinks into my strands immediately. No white patches at all. 
  • It leaves my hair moisturised for up to 3 days with proper sealing. 
  • It look , smells and feels like melted Vanilla ice-cream. Love it!
  • A little goes a long way.
The bad:
I wish it came in a different package. A bottle with a pump perhaps? I feel that a product with its light consistency should not be in a jar. I had 2 major spills when someone jarred my hands and I was really upset because it's kinda expensive.  

The Ugly:
 Nothing!

DarkChild rating : 8.5/10

Price: N3600

It wasn't easy moving on from Cantu but my hair had had enough of the white patches. I'm glad I bought this leave-in. I love the smell and the way it makes my hair feel- soft and moisturised. I would definitely repurchase it.
Thanks for stopping by :-)
KimB

Saturday, 10 October 2015

TEMPORARY HAIR COLOUR = GREY

Hi guys,
   I would really love to colour my hair. I think about it all the time especially when I'm on Instagram. The only reason I haven't had a dye job is because of fear. Walahi I don't want anything to happen to my precious curls by mistake. I was so glad to find this super cheap temporary hairspray at Blenco the other day.






It doesnt look like much but its a really cool spray. I didn't know how the silver would come out but I must say I love how it looks.


I think its a steal for N350. I must warn you though about the smell. It is terrible. I always spray my hair outside so that the air will diffuse the pungent chemicals in the spray.


 6 shades of gray
All you have to do to get is out is a quick rinse.


Thanks for stopping by,

KimB

Monday, 28 September 2015

HAIR ADVENTURES// MAKING MY OWN HAIR TRIGGER EXPLOSIVE GROWTH ELIXIR

Hi Guys,
     Like I promised on Instagram I am going to gist you guys about my Hair Trigger DIY gone wrong! As you may already know, DIY is my thing. I love it. I also love hair growth about as much. So when I heard about Hair Trigger Growth Elixir from Dabs of NHCG I knew I had to get it. I went to their website and saw this;

 Promises: "Hair Trigger Explosive Growth Elixir is an extraordinary formulation of vitamins, all natural herbs, and oils slowly infused with the special capsaicin properties of Cayenne Pepper. This blend has been proven to accelerate hair growth and thickness deep into the root of the follicle Where Healthy hair actually begins. The result is up to double - triple* your normal rate of hair growth in as little as 2 months with noticeable results in as little as 1 week. Some have grown from their normal rate of .5 inches to an accelerated growth rate of 1.5 inches in just 1 month!"

 So I mailed her (This was about 2 years ago when I began my hair journey) a list of the things I wanted to buy for my hair and Hair Trigger was number 1 on the list. I eagerly awaited her response for the price. To my shock I saw - Hair Trigger -8 oz N5000. I shouted!!! For one product???  Ha! I told her to remove it from my list kia kia but I couldn't stop thinking about the 1.5 inches I could get in one month. I would look at my small fro in the mirror every morning and say ''all you need is some trigger mehn" but I was still not willing to part with the 5k. One morning I discerned that my reflection was tired of hearing "all you need is some trigger". I knew it was time to make my own, after all the inventor of the Hair Trigger was a human like me. So just like any serious inventor I went to the hair trigger website and stole the secret formula:

Ingredients: Avocado oil, castor oil, clary sage oil, jojoba oil, rosemary oil, safflower oil, biotin, silica, black tea, cayenne pepper, garlic, onion

Remember this was two years ago. I was still new in this hair business so didn't recognize most of the names there so I decided to go with the ones I knew. I wrote a checklist of all the ingredients and studied them one by one. It looked something like this:

Avocado oil- Huh? Avocado we eat has oil?Hian
Castor oil - Check
Clary sage oil- Clary sage? What in the world is that?
Jojoba oil- Jojo wetin?
Rosemary oil- Huh??
Safflower oil- Double huh??
Biotin- Google says it occurs in egg yolk and green veggies. I'll just up my intake that's all.
Silica- Cecilia? Gerrarahere!
Black tea- I'll drink it. I'm sure it will work best internally.
Cayenne pepper-  check! See highlighted above. It is the main component of the 'Trigger.
Garlic- Check
Onion- Check!

After removing the "strange" ingredients I was left with : Castor oil, Cayenne pepper, Garlic and Onions. No problem. I went to Ajah Market and bought them.
From the  product description on the Hair Trigger website, I found that the ingredients are infused into an oil. After some research I decided to use olive oil to create the infusion. I got 2 small bottles and some olive oil and prepared my ingredients.

Cayenne pepper prep
Onion and garlic prep

I infused each one for 15 days exactly. How happy I was to see the " homemade Hair Trigger" I was going to attach MNFR after my name from now on and if anyone asked me what that meant I would proudly say Manufacturer!!!

I sieved out the debris

My homemade "Hair Trigger"


After combining the oils I added the castor oil and shook it vigorously. I shampooed my hair, air dried and proceeded to trigger my scalp. At first I didn't know why I was dizzy. Then it hit me!! Define pungent, putrid, fetid, malodorous, stinking and combine them all! That was what was on my hair.  My entire room was covered with the horrible smell of concentrated garlic and onions. I quickly washed it off. I waited for another week and decided to try again. I decided to prepoo with it this time. I put it on while breathing with my mouth to avoid the smell. I covered with a showercap and slept immediately. Woke up and took my showercap off. The smell knocked me off my feet. I shampooed desperately. Once. Twice. I air dried and ran my fingers through my hair. The smell was faintly present. I shampooed again and co-washed with a conditioner ( cant remember which one now). Thankfully this time the smell was gone. I looked at the bottle of "hair trigger" sadly. It had to be tossed. I was not a manufacturer after all. And funny enough my hair still grew without it. Moral of this long story: Buy the Trigger, don't do it at home.

Ps.
I still refuse to fork out 5k for 8 oz of product.


Thanks for stopping by,
KimB


Saturday, 19 September 2015

DIY // HOW TO MAKE A TEXTURED HAIR DONUT

Hi guys,
    Its DIY time again folks and this post is about how to make a hair donut. You may be unfamiliar with the name but it looks something this:

It is used to create bigger, fuller looking buns with  medium length hair. I have one  I bought some time ago for N250 so imagine my surprise when  saw this online:



N1500 for ordinary foam? I asked my Instagram followers if they wanted a tutorial on how to make a hair donut and they said yes,so here it goes:


MATERIALS:
Foam (flat foam)
scissors
Thread and needle


I'll explain what the Marley hair is doing there later.

Cut the foam into a rectangle. Try to make it as straight as possible.


 Fold the rectangle in half.


Sew the edges together. (Pay no attention to the black smudges)

After you are done sewing, turn it inside out so the sewn part is inside.                                                  
                                              

 It should look like this when you are done:


Fold the top inside. Next, fold the bottom part inside to overlap the top end.

It will look like this.


 Now turn it inside out and sew the overlapping edge down on the foam.


Turn it inside out and you have a perfect hair donut.

 You can use it like this but it might show under black hair especially if the hair is not thick. Its best to use black foam for this purpose but if you do not have black foam ,You may spray it with black hair dye or paint it with a black marker to make it black.


THE TEXTURED HAIR DONUT
I went a step further and made mine a textured bun. Why? It makes my buns super big  and the added texture camouflages any bald spots in my bun.

MATERIALS:
Hair donut from above
2 strands of Marley hair
Hair bonding glue

Take the 2 strands of Marley hair


Pancake the edges. In lay man's terms pull the hair apart by the edges till its a frizzy mess.


 Cover the donut with hair bonding glue.


Proceed to wrap one strand around the donut


Take the strand from out to in making sure to press down firmly so it attaches to the glue. Ensure the strand of hair completely covers the glue under it.


 Just keep wrapping it around, moving the strands to cover the next space. One strand should completely cover half of the bun. Take the next strand, firmly press down on the glue and then continue wrapping the donut.


 Wrap the last piece over the glue and cut off any extra hair. Press down firmly to make sure the hair stays put. Check through the circumference of the donut to make sure there is no exposed glue as this could rip out your hair on contact. If there's any glue exposed just pull some strands to cover it.


Making sure the donut is still stretchy.


A perfect textured hair donut:


 I would have loved to show you guys how I use it on my hair but I just had a major trim (story for another day) and I'm protective styling with crochet braids right now. This is how it works though:
Source

I hope this tutorial was helpful. When I can I'll do a demonstration with my own hair. If you are not already following me on Instagram please do.

Thanks for stopping by,

KimB

Saturday, 5 September 2015

APHOGEE 2 STEP PROTEIN TREATMENT REVIEW

Hi guys,
   I don't know if I have mentioned it before but I have been shedding like crazy for months. I don't know how I still have any hair left on my head. My hair is also breaking and doesn't seem to retain moisture as much as it used to. After a really terrible day of detangling( I use a wide tooth comb now) and I knew I had to get help. I have seen quite a few Instagram testimonials on the Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment so I decided to try it out. Its a hard protein treatment that promises to stop breakage and shedding. I read a few reviews online first then I got right into it.

I decided to get the sachets since its my first time. The white sachet contains the protein treatment while the lilac sachet is the balancing moisturiser.  N1000 






The instructions were simple.


To begin I laid out my products. From left to right- Aussie moist conditioner , applicator bottle, ORS shampoo, ORS replenishing conditioner(DC) and the Aphogee treatment.

     STEP ONE: PREPARATION
  • I thoroughly detangled my hair. I did this because the treatment makes hair very hard so to prevent severe tangling and breakage during the process its best to detangle first.
  • Shampooed with the ORS creamy Aloe shampoo. Its best to shampoo the hair before applying a protein treatment to get the best results.
  • Sectioned my hair into 4 twists to make my hair easier to manage.


Freshly shampooed twists
STEP TWO: APPLICATION
  • After reading the instructions I donned plastic gloves and set to work. I opened the sachet and poured its contents into an applicator bottle to make it easier to apply and to reduce spillage.
  • I applied the treatment liberally on each twist concentrating on the ends before I moved up to the roots.
  • When I was done I brought out my long abandoned blow-dryer to dry the hair. I wish I could have skipped this step but I wanted to follow the instructions on the pack to the letter so I could get the best results. I blow-dried on a  medium setting for about 15minutes. The hair became really hard and shrunk up into 4 small balls.


I poured the treatment into the applicator bottle.



I loosened the twists to shorten drying time. After 15 minutes of blow-drying my hair was as hard as the bristles of a scrubbing brush and it had shrunk to a TWA

STEP THREE: MOISTURE BALANCING
  • As soon as the treatment dried up I went under the shower and let warm water run down my hair till the treatment washed out. I did not agitate the hair at all. I just let the water do the work.
  • After I rinsed thoroughly with warm water I applied the accompanying balancing moisturiser( lilac sachet) all over my hair and I left it on for two minutes before rinsing it off.  My hair felt  like it had lost 60 % of its length. its wasn't as soft as I wanted it to be so I immediately co washed with the Aussie Moist conditioner. After I rinsed off I deep conditioned with the ORS replenishing conditioner.


Right after rinsing out the protein treatment


After conditioning with Aussie Moist I got some of my length back

After deep conditioning my hair felt a lot softer and less shrunken

RESULTS
After doing the treatment I wasn't sure if I would go through the process again because of the blow-drying required. This was the first time I was using heat in over two years and I wasn't too pleased but i soon had a change of mind when I saw my results:


Incredible right?
Aphogee recommends the treatment be done every 6 weeks but I think that's too often for my hair. I must say that while my hair feels stronger and the shedding has lessened considerably my hair feels a lot drier. I'm constantly moisturising now and I might get a trim soon. All in all the treatment packs a solid protein punch and i will revisit it in due time.  

Thanks for stopping by,

KimB


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

GREAT FINDS // MEASURING SPOONS

Hi guys,
    If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that my all time favourite supermarket is called Blenco. I have gotten some pretty incredible things from there. There's all kinds of cereal, pasta, drinks, home appliances infact anything you can reasonably imagine. But my favourite part of the store is the hair goods section - pure joy!  This time however I found something awesome for my hair business in the home goods section:


 It's a set of measuring spoons from Ecko. The set contains a tablespoon, teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon and 1/4 teaspoon written clearly on each spoon to prevent confusion. If you are a mixtress like me you'll realise that this is an incredible find. No more eyeballing products. I've used it for some concoctions and I was too thrilled at the ease with which I went about my business.  It costs N780 which might sound a bit pricey for 4 little spoons but  its actually worth every Naira for the ease and accuracy you get.

Thanks for stopping by...
KimB


     

Sunday, 28 June 2015

HOW TO MAKE AND APPLY CLIP-IN EXTENSIONS

Hi guys,
     Its DIY time again! Since I started my Hair Journey I have avoided sew-in weaves like a plague. One reason is that I just hate having hair butchers stylists pinch and prod my hair with giant needles all in the name of fixing and second is the thought of all the damage said needle would do to my delicate strands. I wore wigs for a long time till I discovered clip-ins. If you have never heard of them, heres what they look like :



So basically, you sew the clips on to the pre-cut wefted extensions and when you are done, you open the clips, attach them to your hair and then snap them close. Cest fini. Its pretty easy. Here's how I make and apply my clip-ins. I used this really pretty synthetic weave from Expression :

N600


Step One:
 Cornrow your hair. You should do this first because you will need to measure the side to side length of the extensions before you cut them.
I did a side part

I braided the ends and tucked them in.
Step two:
Measure the length of each track from side to side starting from the back:  Each track should be meaqsured from the first cornrow on the left to the last on the right i.e. from ear to ear. When you are satisfied with the length move on to the next step.


Step Three:
Once you are satisfied with the length double the weft and cut it. You need to double it because if you use only one weft it will not be full enough. You may then need to make more tracks and use more clips. Most wefts are not thick so I either double it or triple it so I can achieve the fullness I want.


Step Four:
Sew the doubled or tripled wefts  together to form one thick track.


Step five:
Sew the clips on from one end to the other. Depending on the length of the track I use either 3 or 4.



Once you have sewn in the clips you are done with the track. All that's left, is for you to snap each one open and push the tiny combs into your hair and snap them close to attach. I found that my rows are usually too thick for the clips to snap close, so I attach the combs to the topmost strands of my hair on the row. I do not push the comb all the way through to the scalp, I skim the top of the row and pick as much hair as the comb will take and then I snap it close. Its best to attach the track to the hair as soon as you are done making them so you can figure out where you want your next line to be. I usually start from the back and take it line by line till I get to the front.

The front closure:
This bothered me for some time because my hair is natural and most of the extensions I like to use are synthetic so the difference would have been very clear. I tried to make a closure myself but after watching 2 YouTube videos I knew it would take more time than I could spare at the moment so I decided to do something else. After thinking for a while the answer came to me. What I did was:

1. Measure out the track:


2. Cut it , double it and sew it together to form one single track:


3. Fold the track in two and sew the top together tightly:


4. Turn the track inside out and straighten each side so it lays flat:


5. Turn the track and sew the clips facing opposite sides (to get a better grip):



and voila! A full closure:



Here's my final look:



I love how convenient clip-ins are. I made 3 clip-in weaves that I interchange when I want to go into protective styling mode. I don't sleep with them on most times,  as they can be very uncomfortable. I hope you find this tutorial helpful.

Thanks for stopping by friends,
KimB