Aaaaaaaand this is why I keep an arsenal of bobbi pins in my purse. When I left out this morning I had a FLYY twist-out. But the humidity had other plans. When I got to work I had to run to the ladies’ room, pull out the bobbi pins and do a quick updo. I separated a front piece, twisted the back into a French roll, secured with pins, then slightly rolled the front into a pompadour. I secured the sides with a couple more pins just to be safe.
Also, my necklace broke beyond fixing and they’re calling for severe thunderstorms today. Great. Don’t I look so excited? But no worries; today is an important one and I plan to make it! Lol!
What’s in my hair:
• Eden Bodyworks coconut shea leave-in conditioner
• Beija Flor Creme Brûlée for Kinks, Coils and Curls (needed more hold for the twist-out).
• Lots of bobbi pins - my humidity-ridden hair is stubborn.
If you want your own arsenal, Sally’s sells the bobbi pins in a cute little container for about $2.99.
STYLE WITH EDEN: THE NEW EDEN BODYWORKS COCONUT SHEA LINE
Eden Bodyworks came to DC last week for their “Style With Eden” event, where they introduced their new Coconut Shea line - a cowash, leave-in conditioner, curl defining creme, pudding soufflé, and control edge glaze (a gel). After a great night of coconut cocktails, light refreshments, a panel discussion (including a word from founder Jasmine, who created the line when she was just 13 years old!) on hair, skin care and fashion, guests left with a swag bag of sample products and a full-sized product from the coconut shea line. Each bag varied, but mine carried the leave-in conditioner.
• $8.99 for an 8-oz. bottle
• Available online, or at Walgreens, Walmart or Sally’s Beauty Supply
• Light, refreshing coconut shea scent.
• Sulfate, mineral oil, dye and paraben free, like all of the Eden Bodyworks products
At first I was hoping to get the glaze because I’d already heard good things about it from attendees of earlier Style With Eden events in different cities, but I’m always up for a good leave-in conditioner (and it was FREE) so why not? Last night I rinsed out the straw curls, shampooed and conditioned with my Eden Bodyworks peppermint tea tree samples (definitely going to use this during the hot summer days), and applied the leave-in. First impression: This stuff is GREAT! Better than the hair milks from the two previous lines I’ve tried, honestly.
I noticed how the conditioner runs clear after rubbing it in my hands, and is a little thicker than the milks. Also, immediately after applying, I noticed how well it coats my hair and provides a little elongation. I allowed my hair to air-dry for about an hour before applying my LaBella Body Care Curl Royale Hair Cream and doing another twist-out. In the morning my hair had shrunken a bit, but the moisture was not lost on me. This product was also recommended as a daily refresher at the Style With Eden event, and really, as thick as it is, this product can stand on its own without having to add a styler, particularly during the warmer months.
Overall, I recommend this leave-in conditioner. The likelihood of a repurchase is high, but we’ll see after a few more uses.
I did straw curls for the first time last night. Ever. Even when I had a relaxer, I’d never gotten straw curls. But after watching Backsyncfan’s YouTube tutorial (link below), I decided I’d give it a shot.
What I used:
• Entwine Couture Butter Creme Hydrator
• Entwine Couture Creme Jellè Styler
• Entwine Couture argan oil
• 1 box of drinking straws (100 in a box, but I used about half that)
• bobbi pins (LOTS!)
On freshly washed hair parted into sections, I took the Butter Creme Hydrator and smoothed it into each section, following up with the argan oil. Then I took an even smaller section and smoothed it with the Creme Jellè styler, and rolled it onto a straw (which I cut in half), securing at the top with a bobbi pin. Then I repeated. This took about an hour and a half to do, but as I do them more often, the time will likely decrease.
There was no way I was going to sleep in these, so I sat under the dryer on low heat for about 45 minutes before taking them out without separating, then slept on a makeshift satin pillowcase (tied a satin scarf around a pillow). The next morning, I teased them out. To be honest, I didn’t like them. They were reminiscent of my coil-outs back when my hair was shorter, except they just looked weird now. My roots were more frizzy than I like (often happens on wash day and i havevto stretch them), and it didn’t look full enough to me, even after lifting the roots with a pick. Maybe it was the way my hair was parted (no particular parts were made). Maybe the curls were done too large. Whatever the reason, Backsyncfan’s were better.
I’m probably gonna rinse them out tonight or tomorrow. Maybe revisit later.
Check out the tutorial here —-> http://youtu.be/EYfYAXc2dhU
Taken yesterday morning. While I normally pineapple my hair at night, I re-twisted it for extra measure because I was attending an Eden BodyWorks event last night and wanted to look nice. It worked.
What’s in my hair:
• Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
• Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding
I hadn’t used the Whipped Pudding since last fall (and spent the winter months using my Black Friday purchases), so now that I’ve re-upped, I remember now why I liked it so much. The hold and definition is pretty freaking awesome.
Man. This was soooooo hard to watch. Chris Smith and Chris Kelly were truly best friends. I’m sad I couldn’t make it to Atlanta last week to pay my respects to Chris Kelly. But from what I saw on TMZ’s live stream, the service was well put together.
THE HAIR CHRONICLES: THE OYIN HANDMADE JUICES
I got these samples in mid-April, when temperatures were in the 80s and we all thought spring was here to stay. As I type this, temps are in the 60s and it’s raining, making it feel cooler than what it is. Go home, spring; you’re drunk.
Anyway, with the changing temperatures, and with my dwindling product supply thanks to my no-buy, I re-upped on some favorites for the summer from Oyin Handmade (Shine & Define and Whipped Pudding), and decided to sample their liquid leave-in conditioners, since with the upcoming summer heat, it’ll be a light and refreshing option.
• $4.00 for 2-oz sample size, $13.99 for a full size 8-oz bottle online at www.oyinhandmade.com
• Available in 3 scents: Greg juice (herbal-lavender smell); Frank Juice (myrrh and frankincense); and Juices and Berries (fruit punch scent)
• Trivia: the name Juices and Berries is a play on a popular quote from the cult classic film “Coming to America.”
On wet, freshly-washed hair, I spritzed the Greg Juice in sections and made fat twists, then allowed my hair to air-dry for 3 hours before I followed up with the Shine & Define and made smaller twists, adding my MangoShea as a sealant on my ends. The pros: the Greg Juice made my hair easy to detangle, the scent was nice and light, and my hair was very soft. The only con is that the juice is sticky, and my hands felt like I’d wasted real fruit juice on them and let it dry. I had to dilute it with water to remedy that.
The 2-oz bottle is actually a nice size, as I still have a good amount left, so I’ll probably continue getting the mini sizes. And with my dilution, it’ll last twice as long.
Overall, I like this product, and will definitely use it in the summer months as a leave-in as well as a refresher. Try it for yourself and tell me what you think!