Thursday, February 25, 2010

February Relaxer Update!

After 12 weeks of stretching, I finally relaxed on February 20th! The night before I relaxed, I prepped my hair by sectioning it in 6 sections. Then I used Mane n' Tail detangler to detangle my roots in each section. Ladies, please....if you're going to stretch for a long period of time, please detangle your hair the night before the relaxer to prevent hair loss from a frustrated stylist! Trust me, I learned my lesson! After detangling, I applied coconut oil on my previously relaxed hair, then twisted up the section and moved to the next section.

My cousin (a licensed cosmetologist), came to my house to relax my hair for me. She relaxed with Affirm, then neutralized with Mizani Neutralizing and Chelating shampoo. I wanted to try a Jet Black rinse. Since my cuticles were open after the relaxer, she applied the rinse to my hair so that the color can absorb better. This was my first time ever getting a rinse. I love it, but I hate that it leaves stains :( Then, she conditioned my hair, blow dried, trimmed and flat ironed! I was very pleased with the results! I was actually a few strands away from reaching APL, but my cousin gave me a blunt straight across trim, which left me at full shoulder length. She understands my hair journey, and wants me to have thick even hair from the roots to the ends. I'm not mad at her. My hair seems to grow quicker with trims anyway. I loved my hair and got so many compliments! Enjoy the pics!

The Process:
After relaxing, applying the rinse, then treating, she blow dried my hair.

This is my length before the trim she gave me.

This is my after the trim.

My bangs before the trim.

My bangs after the trim.

Flat ironing for the finished looked. Those black stains you see on my neck/ears/scalp are from the rinse.

Finished results (the back).

Finished results (the front).

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Finally got my Macbook Pro!

Yayy I finally got my Macbook Pro! I was originally supposed to get it for Christmas, but ended up getting it in February instead. I had to save up A LOT and my mom also helped out a bit, thanks mom! Finally I can start making nice creative videos for my lovely subscribers on Youtube! Once I get the hang of my Mac, I'll get started. It's a big step up from a PC, and I'm a college nursing student with a lot of studying on my hands. Hopefully in between all the studying, schooling, and working, I'll find some free time to sit down to teach myself how to use this beauty! I decided to go with the 13.3" because its the PERFECT size for me. I already have a desktop, so i really don't see the need to have a huge laptop. The 13.3" is perfect to travel to school, and just about anywhere in my house. I could be on my bed, living room, where ever lol. Hair videos coming up very soon!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Product Review: Mane 'N Tail Detangler

Company Info:

  • The solution for hard-to-comb hair
  • Provides a rich, luxurious shine
  • Hair becomes easily manageable
  • Restores lost moisture
  • Reduces split ends
An exclusive pH balanced Detangler formula that is easy to use and helps eliminate tangles and knots and the appearance of dry split ends while adding additional conditioning and styling benefits. Your hair becomes easily manageable with a rich and luxurious shine. Mane 'n Tail Detangler, the solution for hard to comb hair.


Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, PEG 7 Amodimethicone, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Leaf Extract), Larrea Divaricata (Chaparral Extract), Tussilago Farfara (Colts Foot Flower Extract), Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut Seed Extract), Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet Flower Extract), Trifolium Pratense (Clover Flower Extract), Fragrance (Parfum), Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Trideceth-6, Hydroxycitronella, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.

What I think:
This product does exactly as it promises! I went to the Beauty Supply store in search of the Surge 14 plus detangler, but they no longer make it. I asked the lady that works at the store if they sell any good detanglers, and she directed me to the Mane 'N Tail Detangler. The first time I remember using this was back in November, the night before I relaxed. Normally, the night before i get a relaxer, I like to detangle my hair to reduce breakage, shedding, and also make it easier for the stylist. 12 weeks worth of type 4b/c new growth for a stylist to deal with is no joke! I sprayed this directly on my new growth, rubbed it in a bit, and took my wide tooth comb to glide through. The comb literally glided through my new growth like butter! My tangles basically melted away! I will definitely purchase again once i run out. I only use it the night before I relax, which means a 12 oz bottle will last me a year or so! I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Price: 12 oz is $4.99