Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I DYED My Natural Hair! (Shea Moisture Color Review)

Hola, curly mamas! I dyed my hair for the first time! I used Shea Moisture's new color system in medium golden blonde. My hair is now reddish, or the ends of it are. I thought about doing only the ends because one kit wouldn't cover my whole head, so whatever I had left over, I used at the front of my hair.The details are in this video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwLpvsKatQ4

Since Blogger won't let me post the video here at the moment, I just shared the video link with the details.
I LOVE my new hair color! It's not as potent as it would be if I were to color my hair a second time, which is what I plan to do. But it's what I expected it to be.
My hair is BEYOND soft after using this formula. I am sold on this hair dye! Here are a few pics...

The color did not turn my hair blonde, which was awesome because I didn't want it to be anywhere near blonde. LOL! It only lifts two shades from your original hair color. I love the packaging and the fact that they give you shampoo and conditioner to use, and the finishing elixir. Everything in the dyeing process smelled really good, too. And if you know me, I am very big on smells. LOL! Very simple instructions, very simple process. 
I have realized one of my mistakes; I didn't comb the color through. I didn't realize that that's what it stated on the instructions because I am so used to not using a comb on my hair. I was just using my fingers to rake through and then twist my hair back up. I should have used a comb to really get it more even. But hey, the first time is always a trial and error process. I know what to do next time to get better results. I am beyond happy anyway. I am no longer afraid of coloring my hair! I am 26 years old and I finally did it! Haha!

Hope you enjoyed the review and the video review. Peace out till later, folks! Let me know your experiences with this hair dye if you've tried it. xD


~Epic Realist~

Monday, April 29, 2013

Hair Show Goodies & Shea Moisture Color?

Morning, curly mamas! I really enjoyed the hair show this month. There was a brunch first, where Coco Natural's (Natural Hair Freedom) meet up group met to eat and enjoy hair talk from a few YouTube hair celebrities. The restaurant was packed; there was at least 50 naturalistas in there. They even ran out of chairs! After that, we all went to the hair show in our separate cars.
Syriah was my little marketer, even though at first, that wasn't my intention. I brought business cards to give out, and I just randomly thought of the idea to have her give them out to the ladies instead of me. You know how it is; it's hard to say no to a cute little child with gorgeous hair. Not to brag, but hey.
Syriah did a great job of handing out the cards. She passed out over 30 of them to anyone who paid her any attention, and even other strangers without me reminding her. She would insist that everyone have a card. She had a ball there.
I even met Afrikanhairgod! :)
So I only had a small amount of money to spend this time (bummer), but I went to the hair show with the sole purpose of getting some Shea Moisture hair color. Since I hadn't had a chance to get to Target, I knew that they'd have some for sale at the show. Because of the brunch, I was afraid that they'd be sold out because the brunch lasted from 10:00-12:00, and we didn't get to the convention center until 1:00 because everyone was standing around, chatting. This color system is new and popular, and only sold in Target as of now. But they weren't sold out. I was able to get two Shea Moisture things, the Yucca and Baobab Anti Breakage Masque and some hair color! I was ecstatic. It was 10 bucks, 5 bucks less that it would have been at Target.
I was skeptical as to which color to get, because I want either a medium brownish color or a slight reddish color. I was leaning more towards the brown, so I talked with the Shea Moisture consultants and they suggested this color. I was scared because it said blonde, but she informed me (and every other worried woman) that this color would not make their hair blonde unless their hair was already light brown from the start. This color only lifts your hair about two shades lighter from the color it started with. So I said, okay. I'll give it a try.
Then she told me that because of my hair length, I'd have to get TWO boxes of color, and that it would be 20 bucks. I was like awww maaaan... I didn't have twenty bucks. I'd already bought one thing and I had ten bucks left to spend. I didn't think that I'd need two because I have a lot of hair. So I got this one anyway and decided that I'd just dye the ends of my hair only... maybe. I'll have to see how much is really in the bottle.
I got tons of samples there, too. Click the link for the other pictures that I took. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.447479738672205.1073741825.256662627753918&type=1

Shea Moisture Anti Breakage Masque Review
I have already tried the Anti Breakage Masque yesterday as a deep conditioner. I left it in for an hour with a bag over my head, and when I washed it out, it was absolutely AWESOME! I can honestly say that this is the best conditioner/deep conditioner that I have ever purchased. I am in LOVE with it. It gives my hair the blow-dried look and softness without blow drying, and it's also a protein treatment. I haven't put anything else in my hair since the deep conditioner, and my hair stayed baby soft and de-tangled in twists all night and dried. The reason I didn't apply anything else in my head is obvious; because I am going to try the color system today and I want my hair to be completely free of product. :-)
So, my three toddlers are going down for a nap in about thirty minutes, and then there will be peace and quiet for me to to do my thing. I need absolute concentration when doing something like this for the first time. I have already done the skin test... no allergic reactions. Hooray! I'm counting down the minutes until I can finally use some color and give myself a whole new look!
Wish me luck, guys. You know I'll be posting pics if this comes out right. ;-)
Peace out till later, folks!


~Epic Realist~

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Work-out Hair and... World Natural Hair Show!

Hiya, curlies! I am showing you guys how I wore my hair yesterday when I went outside to work out. Hubby and I rode our bikes alone for the first time EVER, since my mother in law had the kids for two days. Woo hoo! So we rode a long way together and back, adding to my 'biking every other day' routine that I've been doing for the last few weeks to get in shape and lose weight.
It was beyond time for my hair to be washed already since I didn't do it on Monday or Sunday, so I prepped my hair with coconut oil as my pre-poo. Then I put it into a high puff ponytail, somewhat like the 'pineappling' method. A lot of the oil dripped down my neck when I went outside in the sun, but I didn't care. I wasn't trying to look that cute. O_O
After biking and hiking for nearly three hours, we got home and I hopped in the shower. Washed my hair like normal. Then I conditioned it using the last of my Roots of Nature Green Tea conditioner. My hair felt awesome and sweat-free. It fell like it always falls when I use coconut oil before washing it, although overnight results are always better. My hair is also shedding a lot less since taking vitamins. Yay for results once again!
Well, besides all that, I have some excitement going on for once. The Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Show is coming back to Atlanta in two days! It's the spring one this time. I've been waiting for this event ever since I left the fall one in October. I'm quite sure that I'll have more fun this time than I did last time because not only do I know what to expect, but I have lots of people to meet on Saturday from a meet-up. So I definitely won't be lonely. :-)
Yes, I am bringing little Syriah with me again, because she had a ball last time and I want her to be involved in the natural hair beauty at a young age. Plus, she doesn't get out of the house much right now, she's four years old, and LOVES people. So she's excited about going with me.

So, I am super excited for Saturday. Two more days until the spring show! 
Talk to you curlies... um, more than likely when I get back on Saturday. Hehe.

Peace out! 

~Epic Realist~

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I Can Haz Length Check Update? ^^

Morning, curly mamas! I wore a protective style updo yesterday, which is very rare because I like to show my length. I'm a complete sucker for long hair, always have been. I wear my hair in protective styles all day long at home, so when I go out, I like to have it down and out.
But it was cold and rainy (ugh, bipolar weather), so I pinned it into a low messy bun with a scarf. I don't have many scarves. I used one that I recently got for two bucks at the beauty supply store and tied it up. It came out better than I thought.
I also have a length check update. I can say that I'm offically BSL now! This is with me trimming off about two inches of it last month to get rid of straggly ends, but my hair is growing ridiculously fast lately. Between the vitamins that I started taking and the constant use of castor oil, my hair is growing like a weed. So happy. Also, its been shedding less as well.
My hair (obviously) wasn't stretched here, but this is what I could get out of the length check at the time. My arm doesn't hurt now when I reach for my longest piece of hair and pull it out. It would probably appear longer if I had straightened it, but I didn't feel like it. I can tell my hair is growing because I check my bangs about every week because of the KCCM castor oil challenge. I'm so proud of my progress. :-)
So, that's my progress for now. I've been keeping up with my hair routine, the kid's routines, housework, homeschooling, my marriage, writing, creating hair products and selling, gaming, and artwork all at the same. Soooo busy. Oh, the life of a SAHM. Hehe.

Peace out till later, folks! xD
~Epic Realist~

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hair Tip #2

Hola, curly mamas! I bought a new water bottle for the first time since... I don't even remember when I got my first spray bottle ever. It's been at least over six months. I know that I put the date on it somewhere, but it probably rubbed off a while ago. My old one had gunk in it that I could not get out, and it was worrying me. It began to look like mold, and since it was really hard to wash out because of the small neck area, I couldn't ever get to the dirt. So I got rid of it and got a new one.

Hair Tip #2: Pay attention to the condition of your water bottles. If you have put something other than water in them for a long period of time, the spray bottle, which isn't usually easy to clean, could contract mold and dirt. You could be spraying mold into your hair and not know it. 
I bought a new water bottle for the first time since... I don't even remember when I got my first spray bottle ever. I know that I put the date on it somewhere, but it probably rubbed off somewhere. My old one had gunk in it that I could not get out, and it was worrying me. It began to look like mold, and since it was really hard to wash out because of the small neck area, I couldn't ever get to the dirt. So I got rid of it and got a new one.
Previously, what I had in the bottle was water, Tresemme conditioner, and a little bit of whatever oil I had. That's probably where the most build up came from.
The bottles are cheap in beauty supply stores, no more than two bucks. What I currently use in my water spritzing bottle is water, vegetable glycerin, and peppermint oil. I love this new mixture, and the veggie glycerin is working WONDERS for baby Mari's curls. It definitely keeps them moist longer than normal.
Just a friendly reminder to replace your water bottles often. I will surely keep my eye out for bacteria sooner! ;-)

~Epic Realist~