May 19, 2015

Where the Heck Has Christina Been?! Behind the Scenes of The Mane Objective

Update from The Mane Objective

I can't believe it has been so long since I've updated the blog! This is really unlike me, and I don't like it one bit! I haven't written a blog post here or anywhere else (gasp) in about two weeks. Even before that, I was only updating about once a week. And for that, I'm sorry. I know many of you look to my blog as a resource for thoughtful, honest, and helpful content about natural and transitioning hair. For that, I am grateful.

Please don't abandon me!

The truth is, I've been super busy because God has been blessing me immensely in the career department. I know I don't really talk too much about what I do outside of the blogosphere, but I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek into Christina Patrice beyond The Mane Objective.

Let's do a little rewind. Back in 2011, I made a return to my alma mater to become the full-time director of a non-profit program aimed at helping at-risk youth pursue higher education. I loved every minute of the work (even if some of the office politics got on my last nerve). My heart was filled as I laid the foundation for my staff to be able to engage and support youth across Inglewood and Hawthorne. But then reality set in around November/December 2013: I was on a contract. A contract that was expiring in July 2014. What the heck was I going to do? Pursue another program management-style position? Try to go back to school (which I am absolutely dreading)?

At the same time, things for The Mane Objective were really taking off. The pageviews were rolling in, I got accepted to the Glam Contributor program (from which I had been rejected at least 3 times prior lol), I was creating content like crazy for Black Girl with Long Hair and NaturallyCurly.com, companies were knocking on my door for collaborations, and more. I started doing math in my head (not the best idea, FYI) around my bills and saving goals, and figured that if all else failed, I just might be able to make it as a full-time blogger. So as my contract at UCLA was coming to an end, I focused almost all of my energy on creating content and being about that blogger life. I applied for jobs here and there, but my heart wasn't in the process.

Once July hit, I was nervous and a little afraid. What the hell had I just done? Can I really do nothing else but blog for the rest of my life? Was that even a thing that people did (and not just pretended to do for the 'gram)? For the first 3 months, I was good. I absolutely loved being in charge of my own schedule, writing whenever the creative muses took hold of me, having fun on social media, and more. Then I began feeling run low around month 4. Blogging full-time had lost its appeal. It began feeling forced as opposed to fun. Watching waves and waves of "natural hair bloggers" crop up out of nowhere began to irk my nerves for some reason. Seeing people take my style (and sometimes my content too) without credit started making my left eye twitch.

I wanted out. I needed out. I felt myself taking blogging too seriously, and it was becoming a source of anxiety instead of a creative outlet. At the same time, my investment in understanding social media began to blossom. Analytics became my new best friend. Instead of looking at the who of blogging, I started focusing on the what, when, where, why, and how. And oddly, it was fun. So I kept at it, kept blogging, and started applying for jobs in a completely different career direction: content creation and social media strategy.

It was scary, intimidating, and didn't go over too well with those closest to me. Could I really change careers so drastically? Would anybody take me seriously enough to give me the chance? Am I gonna make enough money? Lawwwwd, what about my bills?!? Luckily, there was a solution for all my nervous uncertainty: prayer. I began praying about this new direction. I talked to God, and asked for peace. I wanted to ask him for a lot more -- a job, money, a sign, a sneak peek at His plans for me...but I know that He's not my cosmic wish-granting fairy Godfather. Many of us have committed Philippians 4:6 to memory, but didn't bother going on to verse 7. Verse 7 doesn't say that God will grant us everything we want, but rather that our hearts and minds will be guarded with His peace that surpasses all understanding. Knowing that, I could only ask for peace and for my own faith to be strengthened in this process.

Let's be clear: none of this means that I didn't worry, or grow concerned, cry, doubt myself, or want to quit and slide back into my comfort zone (education/program management). But when I tell you that every single time I fixed my mouth to complain, God came through...believe me. Whenever bill time was coming up and I thought I'd be short, He pushed through one or two (and sometimes three) sponsored opportunities. When I got frustrated as all heck and started doubting Him, I backslid into what I have a bad habit of doing -- thinking I know more about what's better for me than God does. I started trying to strong-arm situations, started trying to bend His plans to my will. I even started applying for jobs only in my comfort zone areas, and guess what? I haven't heard back from a single one of them to this day.

But when I finally snapped back to reality and realized that He had set me on a certain path, the friggin' floodgates opened. I mean so much blessing that I've literally and figuratively run out of room enough to receive it. Since March, I've been offered 3 contracts to work with clients in developing and executing their social strategy, forged a long-term partnership with a brand, and got offered a job with a digital marketing agency in Southern California.

All. Without. A. Background. In. Marketing.

If that ain't God's favor, I don't know what is.

This post may be getting long and a little preachy, but I can't come this far and not give God His proper dues. I also wanted to do more than the run-of-the-mill "sorry guys I been busy with life, but good things are happening" post. Most of all, I wanted to be an encouragement to those of you who still stop by my blog, share my content, comment, follow, and engage with me on social media.

With God on your side, you can do anything. He will open doors you never thought possible, and take you places you didn't ever think you could go. All you have to do is be open and available. My pastor said something nearly a year ago about God using people who are "unqualified but available" to fulfill his work.

I'm a living, breathing, 2015 testament to that word.

Update from The Mane Objective

Stay blessed, be encouraged, and talk to me in the comments section! I missed you guys!

May 6, 2015

Revert Your Curls After Flat Ironing in 3 Easy Steps

Revert Your Curls After Flat Ironing in 3 Easy Steps

:::knocks gently:::
Are y'all still there? Or did you abandon me because I haven't posted in like a week?

Hopefully, you guys are still with me. I'm just going to come right out and say it: I'm sorry. I know those of you that follow my blog dutifully have been disappointed in the lack of content lately. I'm not one to make excuses, but I can honestly say that I've been crazy busy transitioning to an entirely new career field. It's been challenging, time-consuming, and most of all, rewarding. But in the process, everything for The Mane Objective has been slacking off. I'm finally beginning to achieve some semblance of balance, so I'm hoping to get back to pushing out consistent content at least 3 days a week. My goal is 4 days, but I'll make peace with 3. I'll share with you guys what it is that I'm up to really, really soon!

Now let's get on with this post.

I recently flat ironed my hair using the methods here, and after almost a week, I grew tired of my straight hair. I missed my curls, and wanted them to come right back without fuss or drama. Luckily, I was able to nail my reversion back in 3 simple steps, with some slight wash day tweaks. Some folks thinks it takes a few wash days to bounce back, but I'm here to let you know that you don't have to spend the next month fighting with limp curls. Especially if you took proper heat protecting precautions beforehand. Follow these 3 simple steps and have your #curlspoppin again in no time:

Note: If you have heat damage, these steps won't work. Heat damage is irreversible, but the tips I give here might be worth trying!

Step 1: Hydrating Pre-Poo
Pre-pooing with oil is popular among many naturals, but in the case of reverting from straight hair, it's not all that helpful. Chances are, you've applied any number of silicone-based heat protectants to your hair prior to blowing out and styling, which is good. Heat protectants are designed to to slow water loss from the hair, block humidity, and delay the transfer of heat from styling tools. Silicone serums and creams are the reason why you can run your flat ironed hair under water, and it will stay bone straight (and make your heart sink) initially. Adding oil on top of that won't do your hair any favors. Beyond that, you've likely spent the duration of your straight hair venture avoiding water and water-based products. If you wash your hair frequently (like I do) or moisturize daily, your hair is likely screaming bloody murder by the time you're ready to revert. I know my hair was. Wetting your hair down with a spray bottle and applying a moisturizing conditioner like tgin Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner is the ideal way to get the reversion and rehydration process started. Simply section detangle, saturate with water, and apply a generous amount of conditioner. You can sit under a hooded dryer if you like, or just don a plastic cap for about 15-20 minutes. Bonus: break out that Q-Redew!

Step 2: Clarify
One thing you most certainly don't want to do fresh on the heels of flat ironing is co-wash your natural hair. Co-washing is great, but you really need a clarifying shampoo to get up all the humidity-blocking and anti-frizz silicones that allowed your straight natural hair to be great. I used Be Kekoa Be Clair Sulfate-Free Clarifying Shampoo, and got my curls back in one shot. My hair and scalp were clean, and my curls had returned -- all without my hair feeling dried out or stripped. When your clarifying shampoo is gentle yet effective, you can get everything with your natural hair texture back right in one shot. No need for a repeat after that lather and rinse!

Step 3: Deep Condition the Right Way
After clarifying your curls, deep conditioning is a critical step. But not just with any ol' deep conditioner. Because your hair has been devoid of moisture, subject to high heat temperatures, and bent into a structure (straight) that it's not accustomed to, having the right deep conditioner makes all the difference. To revive and re-invigorate your curls, deep condition with a product that's going to hydrate, elasticize, restore protein, soften, and smooth. My favorite all-in-one treatment for this purpose is ApHogee Texture Treatment. After 15-20 minutes with this super thick miracle worker in your hair, rinse with cool water and proceed with your regular styling regimen.

See? It's super easy! And here's my curls, just as springy, wild, and shrunken as they want to be:

Revert Your Curls After Flat Ironing in 3 Easy Steps

And just because I'm trying to get back in y'alls good graces, here's a cool pinnable image for your future reference:

Revert Your Curls After Flat Ironing in 3 Easy Steps

What's your process for reverting your curls after wearing flat ironed hair?

Apr 30, 2015

Review: Be Kekoa Be Moist Hydrating Conditioner

Be Kekoa Be Moist Hydrating Conditioner Review

I'm gonna let you guys in on a little secret:

I'm in love with Be Kekoa. No like seriously, there's a legit product love affair going on. 

Ever since Be Kekoa walked into my life, wash day has been something like a dream. You know those blog posts and YouTube videos that lament wash day, or advise you to block out 18 hours of your day just to see it through? Yeah, I'll be having none of that. #noshade.


I'll tell you guys until I'm blue in the face about my undying love for Bae Clean, because of how amazing it is. You can even see it in action in my wash day video. Because I've been spending the past two months getting reeeeeeally intimate with the Be Kekoa product line, I'm going to start rolling out reviews of my faves. I'm going to try really hard to stick with products that you can access online, because Be Kekoa does offer some products as salon-only exclusives, which is no fun for you ladies living outside of Southern California. Anywho, next in line is the Be Kekoa Be Moist Hydrating Conditioner. You guys know how I roll:

Availability: Since Be Kekoa is Brandie's own salon line, products are available for purchase exclusively online at www.bekekoa.com, or directly at her salon in Temecula (for those not too far from Riverside County). She's in the process of growing her distribution, and you can catch Be Kekoa products at Angie's Head 2 Toe Salon in Hattisburg, Mississippi (for those of you reading this who live down south). Be Kekoa has recently expanded all the way in Australia -- and can be ordered at afropuffs.com.au

Affordability: At $16 for 8oz, the Be Moist Hydrating Conditioner is a little outside of that $10-$12 range for most natural hair products, but is well worth a few extra dollars.

Ingredient List: Click here for the full ingredient list.

Top Ingredient 411:
  • Cetearyl Alcohol: Considered "fatty alcohol" -- NOT to be confused with drying alcohols such as ethyl. Acts as a lubricant, thickener, and emollient. Also give conditioner its velvety feel without making hair greasy. Is additionally used to keep product ingredients from separating.
  • Behetrimonium Methosulfate: Gentle surfactant made from non-GMO rapeseed (canola oil), and is one of the mildest detangling ingredients out there. It doesn't cause buildup or irritation to the scalp.
  • Glycerin: Generally vegetable-based humectant that absorbs and retains moisture from the air. Makes conditioners and deep conditioners with this ingredient ideal for use with steamers
  • Cyclopentasiloxane: Emollient and hair conditioning silicone-based compound. It is water-thin and evaporates easily, so it does not weigh the hair down. It gives your hair a wet, slippery, soft feel without greasiness or making it dry and crunchy.
  • Cyclotetrasiloxane: Conditioning silicione
  • Cocoa Seed Butter: Rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, B1, B2, and potassium which fight signs of aging and damage, promotes shine, strength, and growth. Cocoa butter also contains flavanols, which are natural UV protectants
Product Claim/Description: This radical formula combines a lightweight polymer with rich conditioning oils to enhance manageability and shine. Separates and lifts curls, leaving them with a natural, carefree bounce. Proteins and nutrients are delivered into the hair shaft to maintain smooth, individual curls that are safe from humidity. Fortified to protect color.

Be Kekoa Be Moist Hydrating Conditioner Review

Performance/Delivery: First things first -- Be Moist smells heavenly. It's romantically floral and slightly sultry. If this were a perfume or body oil, I'd totally wear it every day and call it my signature scent. It's not overbearing, and doesn't break me out into the sneezes. The consistency is creamy and smooth, without being too thick. It definitely straddles the line between regular and deep conditioner (it can be used for both). The first thing I noticed upon applying this to my hair was the slip. Oh my goodness, the slip. If your conditioner is difficult to work through your hair, you're losing, period. Be Kekoa Be Moist plays no games in that area. The second thing I noticed was how my hair drank it up. It absorbed right into my hair, letting all the moisturizing goodness go to work. Be Moist is the perfect companion to Be Clean or Be Clair. I've used Be Moist so many different ways -- as a quick conditioner, as a deep conditioner, with heat, with steam -- and all around, the results are phenomenal (although my favorite experiences have been under a steamer).

Be Kekoa Be Moist Hydrating Conditioner Review

Once rinsing Be Moist out of your hair, be prepared for the shine of a lifetime. I mean, epic shine. Shine that will have folks asking what you have in your hair shine. Shine that almost made me forget how dull my color treated hair actually is. Be Moist has my hair feeling smooth, sleek, and looking brilliantly shiny after every use. Don't believe me, just watch:



Drawbacks: What is considered a drawback for some of you is not necessarily a drawback for me. If you're into that type of thing, Be Moist isn't Curly Girl-friendly. It does contain silicones, but it's important to understand that all cones are not created equal. Some are heavier, some are more occlusive, and others are lightweight and evaporate. To learn more about the main silicone in Be Moist (cyclopentasiloxane), check out this quick post from The Beauty Brains. But if you're a strict adherent to the Curly Girl Method, Be Clean is out of the running for you.

Bonuses: Color. Protection. I've got to be honest -- I love my red hair dye, but having colored curls has been such a pill lately. It's a lot of work to maintain, as I can attest to here. But I am thankful for conditioners like Be Moist that work in a number of different ways to help keep colored hair on your head. One, the slip eases tangles and helps prevent breakage. Intense hydrating keeps the hair from becoming brittle and dry, and the lightweight silicones help smooth the hair shaft. It can still work wonders for non-colored hair, but if you've got dye, Be Moist is a must.

Bottom Line: If you need a multi-faceted conditioner that will work wonders whether used for 10 minutes or 2 hours, Be Moist is the one.

Overall Product Rating: 4.5 stars. I just need a bigger bottle!

Best Practices: Treat Be Moist like you would any regular or deep conditioner. No special rules here :)

Have you tried Be Kekoa Be Moist Conditioner?

Apr 19, 2015

3 Vanity Habits Stalling Your Healthy Natural Hair Journey

3 Vanity Habits Stalling Your Healthy Natural Hair Journey

DISCLAIMER:
Before you guys get all angry with me and want to burn me at the stakes, let me say this: all opinions expressed within this post are my own. They are not meant to deride, disrespect, or suggest that beliefs contrary to mine are unworthy or inaccurate. I'm not attempting to bombard you with regulations, or create new natural hair "rules". I'm far from what most would consider a "Natural Nazi". I'm just sharing what I think, what I feel, and what could possibly be keeping some of us from achieving the healthiest hair possible.

Being "hair-ready" for the 'gram is one thing, but what happens wit that hair after all the photos are filtered and posted is another. 

I could go on a week-long diatribe about the intersection of vanity, self-worth, and how social media drives our narcissism and need for attention, but that's not what this post is about -- kinda. If you guys notice, I've been doing a little less social posting and blogging recently. The reason is twofold. One, I'm a little busy with a few other things (which I'll share in a later post). Two, every once in a while I like to sit back and observe -- trends, what's popular, what's not, and what is and isn't working. I even did a little experiment with you guys -- and I'll reveal what that was later. In the process of being more observant, I've began to notice some trends with natural hair that I'm really not a fan of. I don't mean to be all preachy and judgy (see disclaimer above), but there are some things that used to be "few and far between" that are becoming increasingly commonplace. I'm always Team #DoYouBoo, but I just want us to understand that a lot of this "doing" comes at a price -- the health of our hair.

Let's discuss what 3 vanity habits may be keeping you from your healthy hair goals:

1. Picking & Teasing to the Gawds
I know, this may seem weird to some of you. Picking and teasing is par for the course for many popular vloggers and Instagrammers. It's how they achieve that big, otherworldly fullness that gets reposted and oogled over. Make no mistake -- I think the results are consistently gorgeous. But the truth is, in order to maintain that fullness, the hair has to be consistently manipulated -- leading to breakage, increased tangles, and a wash day that nightmares are made of. Most of our hair grows up and out, so relatively speaking, fullness isn't difficult to achieve (unless you have low density hair). If you want to experience big hair without the damaging side effects, try getting a cut or trim to add shape back into your hair, or experiment with lighter hold products like curl creams and leave-in conditioners. Breaking a gel cast is fine, as is a little fluffing and shaking (I do both). But I'm not really feeling the idea of picking and teasing hair to fool folks into thinking I've got more hair than I actually do, and risking having less hair in the end because of it.

2. Nightly Overmanipulation
If you know me, then you know I'm probably closer to a lazy natural than anything else. Even as a transitioner, I didn't believe in nightly manipulation of my hair. It's just entirely too much work. After blogging, working, running errands, (sometimes) cooking, and working out pretty much daily, I'm pooped. I can't muster up any nightly regimen that's more than a minute and a half long. I know many ladies feel the pressure to make that twist-out last, or keep that braid and curl popping all week, but in the long run, nightly manipulation (and over-manipulation) can be doing more harm than good. You may notice over time that the ends of your hair are thinning, or that you've got more breakage along the parts you section your hair. These are signs that nightly overmanipulation of your hair isn't working for you. To be honest with you all,  had to fall back on banding because I started noticing a lot more fuzzy short root syndrome (aka breakage) where my banded sections were. I have a way less harmful workaround that I'm using now, which I share in my updated routine post. If you're used to re-braiding, twisting, or perm rodding nightly to maintain your style, I challenge you to get creative and think outside the box when it comes to your nighttime routine. Keep it simple, but possibly look for nontraditional ways to maintain your look. For example, my boyfriend's mom (not to be putting her business out there like that lol), uses a flexi rod around sections of her hair to help gently stretch the roots and keep the hair secure in her scarf during pineappling. Heck, even I put a different spin on a wig net for a while...

3. Starting Everything with a Blowout
I know ladies, stretched hair is ev-er-ry-thang. It helps you achieve more elongated styles, and allows you to show off a little extra fullness with a side of length. For some of you, it may even ease the drama and tangling associated with highly textured hair. But too much of a good thing can be bad for your healthy hair journey. Blow drying with heat causes a "flash drying" effect, which literally zaps the moisture from the surface of the hair as well as the water deep within the cortex. As a result, the cuticles of the hair become dry, stiff, and brittle. When the hair is flexed or moved, the pressure of the movement causes the cuticles to crack In this weakened state, making the hair more susceptible to breakage during manipulation such as styling and combing. You can help counter that with some of these tips, but I would also encourage you to find other ways to achieve similar results. Loosely twisting or braiding the hair and sitting under a hooded dryer (indirect heat) or air drying before styling works, as does loosely stretching and clipping around your head (a la silk wrap). And of course, if you're going to use direct or indirect heat anyway, at least use a good heat protectant.

More: Organic Heat Pro All-Natural Heat Protection Spray Review
More: How to Flat Iron Natural Hair and Not Get Heat Damage

Well ladies, that's all I got. Remember, I'm always a fan of doing you -- but if the healthiest hair possible is your goal, you may want to re-think these practices in your regimen. What vanity habits did you have to fall back on in pursuit of healthy hair?

Apr 16, 2015

How I Use Be Kekoa Products on Wash Day

How I Use Be Kekoa Products on Wash Day

Wash day (for me) in an intimate process, which is why I haven't had a "wash day video" until now. I'm not totally comfortable with the idea of setting up my camera while I shower, and I am not a fan of the idea of wearing clothes//a swimsuit while I shower. Plus, the few times I did try to capture even a few still shots of my hair during cleansing, my lens would fog up. But I really wanted to show you guys how easy my wash day has become since Be Kekoa came in to my life. Plus, I just had to let you all witness the super slip and performance of Be Kekoa products that I rave about. In this video, you'll see me use:

How I Use Be Kekoa Products on Wash Day

Be Kekoa Enzyme Scalp Cleanser: A water-based spray formula with natural enzymes to help cleanse and soothe scalp conditions like dandruff, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis. Unfortunately, this product is sold only in the Be Kekoa Salon in Temecula, CA. My Cali curlies can get their hands on this one by visiting Be Kekoa Salon.

Be Kekoa Be Clean Cleansing Conditioner: aka Bae Clean. My absolute hands down favorite Be Kekoa product. It's creamy, moisturizing, has tons of slip, gently cleanses, and gives the scalp a cool tingly feeling while leaving the hair soft and shiny. I can go on and on forever about this stuff, so for the sake of space, just click here to read my Be Kekoa Bae Clean review. For more information and to purchase, visit www.bekekoa.com

How I Use Be Kekoa Products on Wash Day

Be Kekoa Be Clair Sulfate Free Clarifying Shampoo: Review on this gem coming soon! I already talked about it in this article here, but Be Clair skyrocketed to my favorite shampoos list because it lathers well, cleanses without stripping, and has tons of slip. Yes, I can completely detangle my hair with shampoo on my clarifying wash days -- and in this video I show you proof. I might change this shampoo's name to Bae Clair... For more information and to purchase, visit www.bekekoa.com

3 Shampoos with Super Slip: http://bit.ly/superslip

Be Kekoa Be Moist Hydrating Conditioner: Another product I'll be reviewing this month. I absolutely love how versatile Be Moist is -- you can use it as a regular rinse out conditioner, a deep conditioner, or for a penetrating steam treatment. It's up to you! It has tons of slip and soaks right into the hair, which lets me know that my hair is taking in everything it needs (and trust me, my hair needs all the help it can get). For more information and to purchase, visit www.bekekoa.com

How I Use Be Kekoa Products on Wash Day

Be Kekoa Kukui Nectar Hydrate Conditioner: This is Be Kekoa's Curly Girl-friendly conditioning offering that Brandie Kekoa makes herself. It is a super moisturizing conditioner that provides tons of shine and hydration -- but I've also discovered that I really like it as a leave-in. It plays nicely with Eco Styler Gel, as you can see.  Unfortunately, this product is sold only in the Be Kekoa Salon in Temecula, CA. My Cali curlies can get their hands on this one by visiting Be Kekoa Salon.

Check out the video below, with Be Kekoa products in action:



And lastly, a nice little reminder straight from the Be Kekoa Salon:

How I Use Be Kekoa Products on Wash Day

Will you be giving Be Kekoa products a try?

Note: This article and video is sponsored by Be Kekoa. Per the FTC, I have to tell y'all that. But you guys know, I'm completely honest in how I feel about products whether a review or video is sponsored or not. All opinions expressed are my own, and I agreed to do this video because I believe in Be Kekoa products and I love using them.

Apr 14, 2015

Update: My Ridiculously Easy Nighttime Routine

Easy Nighttime Routine for Natural Curly Hair

Hey guys, so this post has been a wee bit overdue -- but it's finally here!

The reason there's been such a delay is because I've been experimenting with different techniques for nighttime curl preservation that not only keep my curls for a few days, but that aren't super extensive (read: don't take 20 minutes), and don't involve a whole lot of manipulation.

In my last nighttime routine video, I used my Q-Redew and Soultanicals Fluffalicious Curl Nutricious to refresh and rehydrate my day 2 hair, and then followed that up with some fancy pants banding. I was pretty much on the band-wagon (haha) since that video was made, up until a few months ago. Too much of a good thing can be bad, and I was beginning to notice that along the parts I banded, there was a little more breakage. So the crazed freak in me began searching for other alternatives to banding.

I tried pineappling without any stretch on my super shrinky front parts -- nope. I tried a reverse pineapple -- just tying my hair down and leaving the ends out -- more nope. I modified banding to one big section in the front of my hair, and that resulted in even more nope. I almost took the L and went back to banding -- but then I started thinking. Most days when I'm at the gym, I use my huge Karina banana clip to pull my hair back and out of my face, and it serves me well. I wondered if it would serve me the same overnight?

So for the past month, I've been testing it out. And although my hair isn't as super stretched as it would be with the banding and scarf pineapple, I'm still enjoying the way my hair turns out with this new routine. and without the increased nightly manipulation, my hair is thriving, there's no breakage, and my wash and go's last a few days longer.

Without further delay, here's my new ridiculously easy nighttime routine:

Step 1: Refresh curls with Be Kekoa Curl Refresher Spray and seal ends with JBCO.
Easy Nighttime Routine for Natural Curly Hair

Thanks to regimen tweaks like adding Roux Porosity Control to my wash day, my hair seems less chronically dry, and I'm able to go the first 3 days of my wash and go without applying heavy moisturizer. Be Kekoa Curl Refresher spray keeps my hair soft and hydrated, thanks to the aloe vera and glycerin content. If my hair is feeling especially dry, by day 4 or so I'll break out the Q-Redew and a heavier moisturizer (like one of my favorites listed here). Pretty much nightly, I rub a little JBCO between my palms and scrunch it into the ends of my curls. I discovered that scrunching oil in helps prevent frizzing and the disrupting of the curl pattern, while still protecting my ends. I also dab a little JBCO around my edges.

Step 2: Secure hair within banana clip.
Easy Nighttime Routine for Natural Curly Hair

I use this Karina Bronze Banana Clip that I purchased from Ulta. It's considerably bigger and heftier than your run of the mill banana clip, which in my opinion, makes it great for thick, textured hair.

Step 3: Tie satin scarf over hair.
Easy Nighttime Routine for Natural Curly Hair

Yes, I leave the ends of my hair hanging out. I don't find myself having too many issues with this, especially since I sleep on a satin pillowcase anyway.

Step 4: Turn on Netflix.
Haha, I'm kidding. Actually, I'm not. Netflix is a part of my nighttime routine. #dontjudgeme.

See? Simple! Thanks to this new routine, my bedtime prep is like a minute and a half, and my curls are thriving from the decreased manipulation. The hair pulled back into the banana clip (not tight at all, I still like having my edges) provides just enough stretch to the front of my hair. Bonus: this is a good nighttime method to try for transitioning hair, to preserve and maintain texture-blending styles.

How many times have you changed your nighttime routine since going natural? Share in the comments below!

Apr 8, 2015

#WorthEveryPenny: Shea Moisture Professional Curl Memory Leave-In Conditioner Review

Shea Moisture Professional Curl Memory Leave-In Conditioner Review

Yes y'all... Shea Moisture has a new line of products, and they're geared toward professionals. +Diane Mary actually hipped me to this one -- she mentioned it on Instagram at the same time that I was actually headed to Sally's. Yes, product junkies totally enable each other. As it turns out, the new Shea Moisture Professional has three different offshoots -- Curl Care, Color Care, and Keratin Care. You can check all of the products out (thus far) here on the Sally's website. As far as this product review is concerned, I'm going to be talking about the Shea Moisture Professional Cocoshea Biolipid Complex with Agave Nectar and Black Seed Oil Curl Memory Leave-In Conditioner. Yes, Shea Moisture is about that stealth mode product release life. And yes, they're still about that super extra hella long name life, too. To keep things sweet and simple, I'll be calling it Curl Memory Leave-In from here on out.
Shea Moisture Professional Curl Memory Leave-In Conditioner Review
Availability: Right now, I only see Shea Moisture Professionals products at Sally Beauty. I don't have any insider information on the distribution plan, so I have no idea if there are plans to put it in local beauty supply stores, Target, or Ulta.

Affordability: Be prepared to pay more for Shea Moisture Professional Curl Memory Leave-In Conditioner, and the professional line in general. The professional products are $21.99 without a Sally Beauty Club membership, and $19.99 with. The Curl Memory Leave-In was $19.99 and comes in a 16oz jar.

Ingredient List: Water, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blends), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Maltodextrin/VP Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Buter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Nigella Sativa SeedOil, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Glyceryl Undecylenate

Top Ingredient 411:
  • Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides: Fractionated coconut oil that is light weight, nutrient rich, and fast absorbing. All the benefits of coconut oil without the heaviness.
  • Glycerin: Generally vegetable-based humectant that absorbs and retains moisture from the air.
  • Cetyl Alcohol: Considered "fatty alcohol" -- NOT to be confused with drying alcohols such as ethyl. Acts as a lubricant, thickener, and emollient. Also give conditioner its velvety feel without making hair greasy. Is additionally used to keep product ingredients from separating.
  • Shea Butter: Emollient fat from the nut of the East or West African shea nut tree used to moisturize and soften hair.
  • Fragrance: Proprietary essential oil blend.
Product Claim/Description: Lock in definition, reduce shrinkage, block humidity. Discover the difference natural science makes to curly hair. Our proprietary Cocoshea Biolipid Complex helps define and lengthen even the tightest curls to reduce shrinkage. Natural lipids sheathe hair strands to help block humidity. This rich styling aid smoothes down hair cuticles and enhances curl patterns. Locks in definition while blocking humidity for lasting curl memory and frizz-free styles. Certified organic Shea Butter, Cupuacu Butter, and Black Seed Oil blend in a nourishing formula while Agave Nectar helps reduce frizz.

Shea Moisture Professional Curl Memory Leave-In Conditioner Review
Performance/Delivery: I can honestly say that I'm impressed by this product -- and it has definitely knocked their JBCO Leave-In out of the running. But before I share all of that, let's do a quick rundown. As far as the fragrance is concerned....ehhhh, I don't love it (like I love that Zanzibar Marine), but I don't hate it either (like that JBCO). It's just okay. To be so high up on the list, I expected something stronger, but it's nowhere near an all-out assault on my nostrils. The fragrance is kinda sweet and warm (with a sliiiiight undertone of play-doh), but I can't quite peg it. It's definitely work-withable though. As far as consistency, it appears a littlethicker than the JBCO leave-in, but when you actually work it through your fingers, it spreads easily and is relatively thin.

Now, let me tell you why I'm impressed. The second I decided to spend $20 on some Shea Moisture, I prayed for them. I prayed that whatever they claimed this jar would do, that it would do it well. One of Shea Moisture's great appeals (besides being a super dope Black-owned brand) is product quality relative to price point. This professional line upsets that balance a little bit. But when I tell you this leave-in is worth every dime, believe it. The Curl Memory Leave-In has cool slip (not tons but definitely enough), is really easy to work through the hair, and better still, my hair soaks it right up. It's super moisturizing without being extra greasy, which I appreciate. 

I did some fairly easy testing to gauge the claims of the Curl Memory Leave-In over other leave-ins I've used. Calling something "curl memory" and making repeated definition, elongation, and anti-frizz claims is pretty strong messaging, so I had to take the product to task. On both occasions, I used Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel -- so any differences in the appearance of my hair can be directly attributed to the Curl Memory Leave-In. 

In these photos, my hair is styled with another leave-in and Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel, on day 1 hair when wet, and later on at night after air drying.

Shea Moisture Professional Curl Memory Leave-In Conditioner Review

Shea Moisture Professional Curl Memory Leave-In Conditioner Review

And now with the Shea Moisture Curl Memory Leave-In and Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel, my hair is still wet and freshly styled in the first photo, and completely dry in the second picture:

Shea Moisture Professional Curl Memory Leave-In Conditioner Review


On completely wet hair, you can see that my curls definitely pop more while soaking wet with the Curl Memory Leave-In. When my hair is completely dry with Curl Memory versus with the other leave-in, my curl hasn't expanded as much, isn't frizzy AT ALL, and has incredible shine. Don't get my wrong, I love my hair in all the photos, but I can appreciate how Curl Memory helped "lock in" my curl on day 1, giving me the ability to get 5 days of definition, body, bounce, and moisture out of my hair. I could have gotten 6 days, but it rained. Here's some day 4 curl love:

Shea Moisture Professional Curl Memory Leave-In Conditioner Review
Honestly, this day 4 hair looks better than some 2nd day hair I've had.....
Now compare the Curl Memory Leave-In photos to this grid of days 1-3 with Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel and another leave-in:

Shea Moisture Professional Curl Memory Leave-In Conditioner Review

I. REST. MY. CASE.

Drawbacks: Other than the price point, I can't really say there's a downside. Perhaps if they dropped it down to a 12oz jar and knocked about 7 dollars off? Even still, I'm hesitant to fully label the price point a drawback. If something works, it works, period. Although I'm not too proud to admit that I clutched my necklace when they scanned the jar and the price flashed on the screen. Lol.

Bonuses: For those of you who are all about the CG method life, the Curl Memory Leave-In is Curly Girl friendly. The absence or presence of silicones doesn't rock my boat one way or the other, but it's a nice tidbit of knowledge for those that do care. Another bonus I really appreciated about the product is how friggin moisturized it kept my hair. For the first two nights after using the Curl Memory Leave-In, I didn't need to put a single product on my hair before bed or at any point during the day. On the days following that, I didn't need to apply any heavy moisturizers -- just my Be Kekoa Curl Refresher Spray and Zotos Professional 180 Frizz Resister Dry Shine Oil Micromist (review on both coming soon), and my hair stayed super soft and retained definition for 5 days.

Bottom Line: Worth. Every. Penny. Yes I will buy it again, and yes it is an instant holy grail product. If you feel like your leave-in conditioner isn't laying a great foundation for your naturally curly hair style, this one is well worth exploring.

Overall Product Rating: 5 stars, without batting an eye. Oh, and it made Eco Styler not be drying or crunchy. #WorthEveryPenny

Best Practices: Apply the Curl Memory Leave-In to soaking wet hair in large sections. Before defining your curls in smaller sections, apply a little bit more of the leave-in before adding your gel or curl definer.

Will you be picking up anything from the Shea Moisture Professional line?

Apr 4, 2015

Spring Cleaning: 3 Signs You Need a Trim this Season

Spring Cleaning: 3 Signs You Need a Trim this Season

Spring's here! Spring's here!

Not that you needed a reminder or anything. I used to be a Summer-or-bust kind of gal (thanks, college), but more recently, I've been feeling the blossoming possibilities of springtime. Not only is the LA weather gorgeous (that's like 87% of the time anyway), but spring signifies new life, new beginnings, and a freshness that just can't be captured during any other season.

So yeah, about those ends....

Most haircare professionals will tell you that you should get your hair trimmed at the turn of every season. That works out to about every 3 months. If you regularly apply heat to your hair (blow dryer or flat iron), or have color, keeping that diligent of a schedule is a must. You can always adjust the frequency of your trims (up or down) depending upon your hair's specific needs. But, there are three signs you shouldn't ignore when it comes to your hair.If you're stumbling upon at least one of these signs, you need to make an appointment with some scissors -- either your own, or a pair in the hands of a trusted professional. Key word: trusted.

More: 2 Ways to Maintain Your Deva Cut at Home

Spring Cleaning: 3 Signs You Need a Trim this Season

Sign #1: Detangling Gets Harder
The first tell-tale sign that it's time for a trim is a fairly easy one to recognize. If you're like me and have a holy grail product that detangles your hair like it's nobody's business (for me it's Be Kekoa Bae Clean), and all of a sudden it's not working, that's a sign. True enough, your HG product not working could also be a sign that it's time for a shampoo. But if you notice it stops working riiiiight around the ends of your hair, shampoo ain't gonna fix that. Break out the scissors. You don't have to trim everything that's tangled -- just examine your ends closely (when dry) and you'll be able to pinpoint exactly where the troublemakers are. Once you nip them in the bud, detangling will become a breeze again, and all will be right with the universe.

Sign#2: Your Styles Aren't Working
For the past few weeks, I've been in a styling slump without the slightest clue as to why. I couldn't quite blame it on the styling products -- they're pretty much the same. I know which curl definers are a slam dunk for me (click here to read more about those). I wanted to blame my frequent workouts, but refreshing should be able to fix that. It seemed like no matter how I banded or pineappled, my hair was a mess the next day -- it just fell wrong. Believe it or not, a trim solved all that. As our hair grows out, the curls get weighed down and causes our natural hair to lose shape. Further compounding the problem, gnarly ends make otherwise healthy curls look limp and blah. Trimming away the dead weight will put the spring right back in your curls.

Spring Cleaning: 3 Signs You Need a Trim this Season

Sign #3: More Wispy Breakage than Normal
If on wash day you start seeing more wisps of breakage (you know what those little C and S shaped tendrils look like) than normal, you're likely due for a trim. Yes, some breakage is normal, but protein treatments and protective styling will only get you so far. Our ends weather and suffer cuticle damage as they age, leading to increased breakage. Nip breakage in the bud and keep your hair healthy by maintaining regularly scheduled trims.

All 3 signs had to hit me before I realized I was due for a trim. Don't be like me and ignore the warnings. How does your hair tip you off that it's time for a trim? Happy Spring cleaning!

Apr 2, 2015

Product Review: Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Age-Defy & Color Protect Conditioner

Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Age-Defy & Color Protect Conditioner

In 2014, I ragged on Shea Moisture a bit for being about that extra long product name life.

It appears that in 2015, they show no signs of slowing down whatsoever. The full name of this product is Shea Moisture Community Commerce Zanzibar Marine Complex Age-Defy & Color Protect Conditioner. That's 12 words, in case you cared. Enough ragging on Shea Moisture. Hopefully one day they'll pay attention to lil' ol' me and we can have a conversation about these incredibly verbose product names. Anywho, let's get on with this review.

Just so you guys know, this one is hot on the heels of the product release. I went into supersonic mode trying to hunt these products down. Not because I'm a product junkie or anything...but because you know, I care about you guys and want you to walk into Target armed with a detailed and honest review. The young lady in Target had to hunt these down in the stockroom for me, because they hadn't put up the endcap yet. #Shoutout to Target in Manhattan Beach for being about that extra-mile-for-customers life.

Ingredient List: water, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, glyceryl caprylate, hippophae rhamnoides oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, carrageenan, panthenol, argan oil, glycerin, hydroxyethylcellulose, tocopheryol acetate, laminaria saccharina extract, algae extract, sodium benzoate, aloe juice, plankton extract, hydrolyzed conchiolin protein, weber tequiliana azul extract, glyceryl undecylenate, fragrance (essential oil blend)

Top Ingredient 411:

  • butyspermum parkii (shea butter): emollient fat from the nut of the East or West African shea nut tree used to moisturize and soften hair.
  • stearyl & cetyl alcohols"fatty alcohols" -- NOT to be confused with drying alcohols such as ethyl. Both act as a lubricants, thickeners, and emollients. They also give conditioner its velvety feel without making hair greasy, and are additionally used to keep product ingredients from separating.
  • behentrimonium chloride: quaternary ammonium compound and close cousin of cetrimonium chloride. Also penetrates the hair, conditions, and acts as an anti-static and anti-microbial agent.
  • glyceryl caprylate: natural vegetable-based product thickener and enhancer made from the esters of glycerin and coconut or palm kernel oil
  • hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil: nutrient dense oil of the sea buckthorn berry, rich in essential vitamins, amino acids, and omegas which stimulate the follicles, rejuvenate the scalp and hair, and fight the signs of aging hair. Most prized for omega-7 content, which plays a critical role as a building block for hair and skin, fighting dryness, aging, and oxidative damage.

More: Why You Need Sea Buckthorn Oil in Your Regimen

Availability: Because this new addition to the Community Commerce line is available exclusively at Target as a part of the Made to Matter initiative, this one can't be found anywhere else. Target stores and Target.com are pretty much your only options.

Affordability: The 13oz bottle is regularly priced at $10.99, which is standard Shea Moisture pricing. Currently, all Shea Moisture products at Target are on sale, so I got two bottles (there was no way I was sending homegirl to the stock room for just one bottle -- that's rude!) for $9.89 each.

Product Claim/Description: With Black Pearl Protein and Sea Buckthorn Oil. Hair renewal recipe. A nutrient rich daily conditioner, infused with our exclusive blend of oils and marine botanicals including Carrageenan (Red Algae), that restores moisture. Added protein fortifies and strengthens protecting hair from color-fade, environmental stressors and future damage. Hair looks youthful and vibrant. Zanzibar Marine Complex is a blend of Kelp and Carrageenan (Red Algae), rich in polysaccharides, that protects and moisturizes hair. Black Pearl Protein natural marine minerals, a symbol of timeless elegance, fortifies and supports hair structure. Sea Buckthorn Oil, rich in Omegas 3,6,7 & 9, quenches and conditions for stronger and thicker hair.

Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Age-Defy & Color Protect Conditioner

Performance/Delivery: First things first -- let's talk fragrance. Ah-MAY-zing. It reminds me a lot of the Manuka & Mafura line with that sweet-ish, sultry fragrance. Honestly, this stuff smells pretty darn sexy. Like, I might just have to go hunt down the body collection so I can be on my Shea Moisture smell good all Summer long. I see Shea Moisture is all about making up for the fragrance faux pas with the JBCO line.

Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Age-Defy & Color Protect Conditioner
The consistency of the Zanzibar Marine Complex Conditioner is relatively thin, which is somewhat of a shock. I expected a little bit more thickness than what I got, but it's all good. It spreads easily and soaked right into my hair, both times that I tried it. I tried it first to detangle a section of my 4 day old dried out and trifilin' wash and go....and it was a pretty "meh" experience. I definitely didn't get as much slip as I anticipated. I proceeded to detangle as much as I could (I'd rate the sheer detangling power at about a 3 out of 5), and then shampooed the section to start off with a clean slate. I applied a generous amount of the Zanzibar Marine Complex Conditioner, and worked it through my hair. It was at this point that I discovered the conditioner isn't meant to detangle with (for me at least), it works best on hair that is already detangled, but has enough slip to easily work through and not tangle your hair back up. I filed that away in the memory bank.

I left it in my hair for about 5 minutes (the directions say 3 minutes, but 2 extra minutes never hurt anyone), and upon rinse-out, I cycled through a few different emotions. First, I was hopeful. As I rinsed the conditioner out, my hope faded because my hair didn't feel buttery smooth. After completely rinsing, my faith was virtually restored, because my hair felt pretty darn good. Not buttery velvet-like, but it definitely felt moisturized -- you know that hearty, moisturized feeling when your hair soaks up every bit of goodness that your conditioner had to offer? Yeah. It felt like that. When I looked in the mirror, I was low-key blown away. My hair had an intense vibrancy and shine --like, of epic proportions. I can honestly say I was unprepared for that shine -- especially from a silicone-free conditioner.

Drawbacks: The lack of slip initially was a bit of a bummer for me. It's not a total deal-breaker, just a ding on the record. Also, the fragrance (although I absolutely LOVE it) might be a bit overwhelming for some. But if you've ever smelled pure sea buckthorn oil, then you know why. That. Stuff. STINKS.

Bonuses: Aside from being totally enamored with the fragrance, I really am blown away by how vibrant it leaves the hair. You guys may think I'm making a big deal about shine, but when you have color treated hair, shine is like, the hardest thing to come by. Permanent dye dulls the hair, unless you go like, super dark brown or black. I've been trying to get my luster back, and I have a few products in my arsenal that help, but this could be a total game changer.

Bottom Line: As a color protecting conditioner, I definitely recommend this to anyone of any type or texture of hair that has color. I can't speak to the long-term color preservation (holler at me in two months) of the product, because it hasn't been out that long. But I can attest to the shine and vibrancy that it delivers to otherwise dull color-treated hair.

Overall Product Rating: A solid 4 Stars. It's a solid product overall, and it definitely delivers on that age defy/rejuvenating tip. I'm definitely looking forward to trying it in conjunction with the Zanzibar Marine Complex Leave-In Conditioner.

Best Practices: I definitely recommend using this conditioner during your wash day after you've already detangled. I don't recommend detangling with it -- especially for tangle-prone color treated hair.

Will you be trying the new Zanzibar Marine Complex line?

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Mar 28, 2015

My New Secret Weapon in the Battle Against Dry Natural Hair: Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner Review

My New Secret Weapon in the Battle Against Dry Natural Hair: Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner Review

If you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug), then you caught wind of my secret keepin' and hint dropping post:

My New Secret Weapon in the Battle Against Dry Natural Hair: Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner Review
I've been keeping a secret from you guys...I've been quietly testing out a new product (well, new o me at least) in an effort to re-invigorate and renew my curls. It's been helping sooooo much with frizz, smoothness, moisture retention, and shine. So what product is it? You'll just have to check he blog tomorrow! Oh, and if you recognize the bottle, just give me a wink ;-) -- don't ruin the surprise lol!
By the way, shoutout to @ecramology @edforward @jordan_spiva @cocoababy1222 @discreet_virgin @rachelsocially and @jdotdoc for winking with me!

Well now the secret is out: I've been playing in Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner. I remember first reading about Roux Porosity Control on Princess Linzz's Blog, and it was one of those things I filed away in my PJ memory bank, should I ever need it or encounter porosity issues. Lo and behold nearly a year and a half later, I'm glad I read Lindsey's post (hey boo!). As you guys know, getting real deal hair dye has rocked my lil' curly world. My colored hair behaves differently, looks differently, and interacts with products differently. As many bloggers and vloggers can attest to, getting your hair colored changes the porosity of your hair. It's drier, duller, more brittle, and takes a lot of work to maintain.

That's where Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner comes in. Keep reading for my full breakdown, and how I include it in my wash day regimen!

Ingredient List: Aqua (Water) (Eau), Propylene Glycol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Parfum (Fragrance), Oleyl Betaine, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Keratin Amino Acids, Butylene Glycol, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Polysorbate 20, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Biotin, Linolenic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Inositol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Mica

Top Ingredient 411:

  • Propylene Glycol: Humectant that improves moisture binding activity which results in silky smooth hair.
  • Dicetyldimonium Chloride: Cationic surfactant and conditioning ingredient used to provide smoothness, shine, and ease of combing.
  • Parfum: Fragrance.
  • Oleyl Betaine: Hair conditioning and anti-static agent.
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride: Naturally derived (guar bean) thickener and stabilizer

Availability: Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner is sold at Sally Beauty, as well as tons of beauty supply stores nationwide. You can use their nifty online store locator to find a retailer near you. I purchased my Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner at C&J Beauty Supply on Crenshaw & Imperial.

Affordability: It normally retails for $10 - $11, for a 10.1oz bottle, which isn't terribly priced. I got lucky though -- C&J actually has tons of the Roux products (I was told they had major overstock) for 50% off -- so I got mine for $5 each. Yes, I bought like 7 of them. #judgemeifyoumust #myhairneedsit

Product Claim/Description: Corrective care for porous, age-weakened hair. Equalize porosity and return hair to a balanced state for increased smoothness and vibrancy. Our scientifically proven formula enriched with keratin and anti-oxidant vitamins closes the cuticle with a pH of 4.5 to rebuild a barrier of protection and achieve predictable results prior to chemical service. Our rejuvenating Instant Vitality Complex works to infuse moisture, add manageability and a luminous shine. Used daily, it repairs porous hair and keeps damaged hair healthier and revitalized for more beautiful, younger-looking hair from the inside out.

My New Secret Weapon in the Battle Against Dry Natural Hair: Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner Review

Performance/Delivery: So. Much. Yes. Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner is very thin and super slippery in consistency. It's white, pearlesque, and will easily slip through your fingers or run out your hands if you're not careful. Now, before I tell you about everything Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner is, let me tell you what it is not. It's not a deep conditioner, regular conditioner, leave-in conditioner, or any sort of double-dipping replacement for a product in your regimen. It's a completely new addition, and an extra step (albeit short) in your wash day routine. Should you decide to use it, please know that the extra 30 seconds - 1 minute it adds is totally worth it.

We've chatted a few times here on the blog about porosity, so I'll try to keep this straight and to the point. Hair color, heat straightening, and other processes impact the porosity of the hair. Hair that is highly porous loses moisture easily, lacks shine, feels rough, has increased frizz, and is more prone to breakage. Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner helps correct porosity issues in the hair, and can be used after washing or before a chemical service.

More: 5 Deep Conditioners for Medium/High Porosity Hair 

My New Secret Weapon in the Battle Against Dry Natural Hair: Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner Review

I use Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner (okay, I'm tired of typing that, let's call it PCCC for short) as the final step in my wash day, right before adding my leave-in conditioner. I apply it generously from the ends of my hair on up. I don't finger it through, I smooth it on. It's very slippery, but because of where I use it during wash day, there's no point in me trying to detangle with it. I still use deep conditioners and mud rinses as well. So my wash day goes something like shampoo or co-wash ---> deep condition ---> mud rinse ---> Roux PCCC ---> leave in & style. Not bad, right? It's not a terribly inconvenient step, and it stays on my hair for 1 minute, tops. As a result, my hair is shinier, waaaaaaay less frizzy, smoother, stronger, and less prone to drying out. In other words, my hair behaves more like it did before I started playing around in hair color. For me, that's a huge relief.

My New Secret Weapon in the Battle Against Dry Natural Hair: Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner Review
Don't mind the white stuff -- I had just twisted my hair back shortly before this picture. It goes away.
Drawbacks: Not eeeeeven gonna lie on this one. The fragrance is skrong. It's definitely a chemical-esque smell that they tried their darndest to cover with perfume. Very far from natural. Something milder and in the minty family would have worked better for me, but the fragrance most certainly won't keep me away from this gem.

Bonuses: Colored. Hair. On. Fleek. When you use hair dye, natural curls become less elastic, more prone to breakage and splitting, and can end up feeling rough (and getting tangled more too). Roux PCCC solved alladat. My curls have more spring, just in time for well, Spring (let me be corny!).  In the brief time it was on my hair, I saw it work instantly:

My New Secret Weapon in the Battle Against Dry Natural Hair: Roux Porosity Control Corrector & Conditioner Review

Oh, and that's a huge bonus too. It works on the spot.

Bottom Line: If you've been fighting with your hair ever since getting a dye job, or have higher porosity hair in general, Roux Porosity Control Corrector and Conditioner is definitely worth a try.

Overall Product Rating: 4.5 stars. I can't deny how well it works, but the fragrance just gets me.

Best Practices: I highly recommend using it at the end of wash day, to help lay the cuticle flat and prepare the hair for styling. I recommend leaving it on for no more than 2 minutes, and rinsing it out with cool water.

For some of you, Roux may be old school. Did you use it back in the day? Newbies, have you tried it out? Leave your thoughts below!

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