Friday, November 27, 2009

product review and perfect curl technique: kinky curly spiral spritz

i took a trip to whole foods and of course, made a bee line to the kinky curly products. ive been wanting to try the kinky curly spiral spritz for some time, so i bought some. this is the product description according to the website (

The perfect styling product for individuals with fine or wavy hair types.

SPIRAL SPRITZ is a wonderful natural alternative to silicone serums.

This lightweight Aloe based spray is made of all natural ingredients and contains
vitamin B-5 to add moisture to your hair and completely eliminate frizz!

Can be used to style wet or dry wavy hair and provides a flexible hold..

Works great to smooth, moisturize and re-fresh 2nd day hair and remove frizz on all
hair types.

**TIP - Use SPIRAL SPRITZ TM to reactivate your style when you do not wish to re-wet and re-style your hair with the Curling Custard TM. Spray lightly when using to refresh your style. A little goes a long way!

the first time i tried it i detangled/brushed out baby girl's dry hair. i sprayed the spiral spritz in my hands, smoothed it onto her hair and then combed to reclump her curls. fail. it looked like a bird's nest.

on my second attempt i wet her hair and added her leave in, then i smoothed on the spiral spritz like i did the first time. the result was beautiful ringlets with a gentle hold (which ive been looking for).

id compare it to a gel, rather than a hair refresher or spritz of any kind. its great for anybody who is looking for definition, frizz busting, and hold. i havent the foggiest idea on how to use this stuff on dry hair, but if i figure it out, i'll definitely report back. despite that, i still like this product. kinky curly has done it again!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

giving thanks

happy thanksgiving!

i love thanksgiving for two main reasons: (1) im a big fan of stuffing my face with my family. that way i dont feel bad when i go back for seconds or thirds. or even when i unbutton my pants and sit in a turkey coma at the table. and (2) it marks another year of me going natural. i didnt exactly plan on going natural, so i dont have an exact anniversary date. i just wanted to chop off all my hair and start over, which i did. a few days later (thanksgiving day) i made my sister cut my hair even shorter and ive been living life as a curly ever since.

6 years have passed and i finally feel like i have "regular" hair now. im not stressed out about length and how fast my hair will grow. ive managed to get over wanting a different texture and im no longer searching for products that will deliver an unattainable result. ive gone through my styling obsession period and ive settled on being perfectly content with wash n gos. i dont obsess about every ingredient nor do i attempt time consuming hair rituals and routines. i know one lather with a sulfate shampoo wont totally destroy my hair. ive relocated my flat iron from the bathroom to the linen closet in the hall. im not afraid of stylists and i know theyre not all out to get me. essentially, my life no longer revolves around my hair. it is what it is. i am not my hair, but my hair is me.

Monday, November 16, 2009

celebrity curls i love: janet jackson

im not going to get into whether or not this is her hair via growing it herself or the beauty supply store :) i just love seeing janet rock this look. i love curly hair on janet, period.

pics from and

Sunday, November 15, 2009

just discovered the webcam and these are my favorite pics

i think these pics are funny...and to relate it to hair, this is my second day hair. i put it in a pineapple (loose high ponytail) last night and slept on my trusty satin pillowcase. when i woke up this morning, i took my hair down and my hair was ready to go!

long time, no see!

not much has been going on with me and my hair. im still in the process of growing it back out to BSL (bra strap length) and i can proudly say that ive stayed away from any random haircuts. and we all know thats a huge accomplishment for me!

ive started using gel again, just to switch up my look. my hair doesnt look too much different with or without gel, but using it does give me a tiny bit less shrinkage and a bit more control. in general, ive started using a bit more product in my hair. i had just been using elucence mb conditioner + castor oil. i would just mix the two in my hands and rake it through my hair. most recently ive been using the same conditioner and oil, but ive been adding a bit of veggie glycerine to that mixture. its been raining ALOT recently, so i figured it would be a great time to use glycerine. after i mix the conditioner oil and glycerine, id apply my gel. ive been shingling the products through--first the conditioner/oil/glycerine and then the gel. all in all, it still takes me less than 10 minutes to do my hair, but by the end of the day i still have a controlled look. at night if i go out, i can fluff my hair to get the volume i like, without frizz or humidity being an issue. here are some recent hair pics:

the first and third photo are at a packed club. without gel, my hair would just be a shrunken poof. i constantly had my hands in my hair and it looked that good thanks to good ol' fantasia ic gel w/ sparkelites.

moving on to the munchkin. i flat ironed her hair (bad mommy) just to get an idea of how long it was. she looks just like a geico caveman with straight hair, so thank God her curls finally came in (she was born with straight hair and didnt get curls until late in her infancy). as you can see in the pics, i didnt try to get her hair bone straight. just one swipe of the flat iron. i did it right before she went to bed and then i wet her hair first thing in the morning. i love her curls!

the munchkin stumbled across a great hair moment as seen in these pics:

i had given her a bath and used burts bees super shiny conditioner as her rinse out. then on her towel dried hair, i applied herbal essences long term relationship leave in split end protector for long hair and combed it through. she ran off to jump on our bed, took a nap, and then woke up with this gorgeous hair. the long term relationship leave in is something i use in her hair once a week. i use it sparingly because it makes her hair feel product-y and stiff if i use too much. i like for her hair to move, so i prefer to use only a small amount.

i think thats all thats been going on with our hair recently. i am considering coloring my hair again. i have a gift card to a local salon and spa so im deciding whether or not im just going to go for color or use it to try some ojon products. either way, i'll keep you posted!