Saturday, November 29, 2014

Got Gorilla Snot? (REVIEW)

Hola, curly mamas! This is my mini product haul. I had ten bucks to spend and I was out of conditioner AND leave in, so I found new products to try. By the way, that leave in is full of proteins, so my hair will probably act up with it, but I wanted to try it anyway. 
I finally found that Gorilla Snot that everyone in the Facebook 'Beads, Braids, & Beyond' hair group always raves about! Walmart actually had it this time. This is a Mexican product, so most of the text is in Spanish. I have already tried it all of these products, but this Gorilla Snot is the main one I have been aching to try.
Quite frankly, I was a little intimidated to try something with this name. I mean, wouldn't you? What it it really was gorilla's snot? LOL! #IJS


Gorilla Snot Review

Consistency: VERY gooey/gluey substance. Extremely sticky!
Look: Yellow and slimy
Smell:  very light chemically smell, not strong
Ingredients: Water, PVP (used for crunchy hold) Alcohol, PEG-150, Sorbitol (binds water), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba Gum (Guar), Fragrance, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 10 (CI 47005), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Green 8 (CI 59040)
Not at all the best ingredients, especially the alcohol, and I haven't used any alcohol products in ages, and the artificial colors are a no-no
Effectiveness: Highly effective for slicking down hair; however, it has the tendency to leave white flakes after a day (in my hair, that is). Didn't do so in Syriah's hair for some reason when I left her hair twisted with this stuff
Overall grade: B+
Why: This gel is AWESOME for slicking down every little piece of hair that sticks up, BUT the hold is way too crunchy for my taste. I would honestly never try this gel for a wash and go because my hair would be rock hard and would probably barely even move after drying.  Also, I'm not fond of the color additives. They're totally unnecessary. But for edges, this product is BEAST! Yes, I would use it again, but sparingly.

So, that's my review for this product. Keep a look out on YouTube. I will have a video review on this soon. Hope you enjoyed this review! Peace out and Happy Holidays! <3

~Epic Realist~

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Once Upon a Curly Clan...

Heya, curly mamas! I just wanted to upload some pics of my kid's recent hairstyles. 





Lani (6 months)

These styles were done with a leave in and a gel (except the baby) and lasted a whole week. When I take Mari's hair out after a week, the moisture is phenomenal when I protect her hair in styles like this. Then she can rock a twist out/braid out for the next week before I wash. I absolutely cannot wash every kid's hair every week, so I've pushed their hair washing days to biweekly instead of weekly (except the baby who's hair gets washed during baths).  It's just too much freakin work! lol
I've started selling my whipped shea butter again as well, so it's been super busy around here. I'm still homeschooling and cooking and all that other SAHM jazz. So hair is sometimes at the bottom of the list. But moisture is still a top priority for everyone, regardless!



So that's my quick update for now. Got babies to feed and housework to do, even though it's Saturday. Blah. Hope you enjoy the hair pics! If you check out my YouTube, I am doing a series on my DIY avocado and banana deep conditioner. ;) 

Peace out! 
~Epic Realist~

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Watch My Hair REVERT Back To Curly!


So, this is the follow up video I mentioned that I was going to do on my previous blog post! This is how I made my hair revert back to curly. I got NO heat damage! Hope you guys enjoy this video! The style is slightly different than what I usually do, but I still enjoyed it.

Peace! ~Epic Realist~

Monday, November 10, 2014

Did I Get Heat Damage? O_O

Heya, peeps! I wanted to mention that I washed my straight hair out a few days ago. I couldn't take the itch! It was straight for a week like always, and then my scalp was on fire as it always is when I don't wash my hair every week. I missed my curls, anyway. This is why I can never do protective styles and keep them longer than two weeks, because my scalp starts to feel like needles after about 7 days. -___-
Now, I have wet my scalp and added some oil sometimes when my scalp itches, and then gave it a little massage to loosen up whatever is causing my scalp to itch in the first place. But unfortunately, it's only temporary. The relief is there for a little while, about a day and then it's back to Itch City. I don't have any tea tree oil, which I have heard is great for itch.
Soooo, on wash day, I sprayed my hair with aloe vera juice and water that I had in the fridge and watched my hair revert. I added EVOO along with that onto my hair and scalp as a pre-poo and then covered my hair with a plastic bag for two hours. Felt so good using something cold on my scalp! I made a video doing this process that I will edit and upload soon.
I washed my hair with a cheap sulfate shampoo and did an ACV rinse afterward. My hair felt amazing, and not an OUNCE of heat damage. Woo hoo!
Don't get me wrong; I'm going to miss my straight hair. I don't do it often, so when I do, it's wonderful. It looked amazing, too, as you can tell from the pic of me and my hubby lol! But it's all good. No heat damage. Three years natural, almost four. I know my hair now, and I am doing a great job with it. Yay!
Stay tuned to my YouTube channel. I have more videos coming up, including family vlogs! ;)

Peace out till later, curly mamas!

~Epic Realist~

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Versatile Styles, Postpartum Shedding, Etc.

Heya, guys! I wanted to show you a protective style that I wore two weeks ago for a little over a week.

Do ya like? After taking this style down (only because my scalp was itching like hell), I wore a super bomb twist out for another few days. ;-)


My hair was still very moisturized when I did decide to wash it. I hadn't used anything to re-moisture it throughout the week, either. ;-) What I used to do the first style was the Shea Moisture Curling Souffle and my holy grail oil on top. That's all I used! That stuff usually leaves my hair sticky. but the stickiness wasn't that bad this time. In the past, I could never figure out how to use that souffle, and trying to do a wash and go with it back then always turned out a HOT

                                          Here's a video about my postpartum shedding!

I have also found a style for Symari (two year old) that keeps her hair in tact without her waking up with severe bed head. -__- It works very well! And when I'm done, I take the style out after 6-7 days and she can rock a super moist twist-out for another few days.




Jamian's hair is still growing. The rat tail is longer than ever, and so is his little fro on top. So cute! Some people mistake him for a girl, which I don't even see how, but oh well. He could care less. lol


Soooo, that is all for now, peeps. Check out the Facebook page for daily hair tips and tricks! Peace out till later! ;-)

~Epic Realist~