Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I Give the Tangle Tease Two Thumbs.....

 So like I said in the last post, I went to Sally's and bought the Tangle Tease the very next day.  I search the whole store for that comb and could not find it until I went to the very front and looked at an end cap display located near the register.  There were two left: pink and black.  I wanted the pink one!  They come in a clear rectangular box, and claim they are "ideal for all hair types" and "gentle."

So I got the tangle teaser all the way back to my house, sat on my couch, opened the box and looked at the Tangle Teaser.  The shape of the thing reminds me of those ped eggs:

Just big and awkward.

Sorry this pic sucks, but I hope you get the idea.  This is one big, awkward hair tool.

Please, somebody tell me why does a comb have to be shaped like a sliced oval especially since unlike the the Ped Egg, where nasty crusty foot scrapings are trapped in the hidden compartment, there is no hidden compartment on the Tangle Teezer to trap shed hair?

See look, perfect round shape for loose shed hair to fall.  I need to get on their product development team.  Hire a sister!

   Hmm..maybe they need to get on that idea....

Anyway, my hair was in twists at the time:

 I was willing to take down a few twists just to test it out.  But before any hair gizmo or gadget goes anywhere near my labor of love it has to pass my scratch test.  I always take whatever device whether it be a comb or hair barrette and scrape it against my arm or finger to test how jagged it is.  If it is smooth, then I will use it on my hair.  If it scratched me, it doesn't go anywhere near my hair.

So I look the teezer up and down, and notice that some of the teeth are not that smooth and well made. To some people this may not be a big deal, but I am spoiled by my seamless comb.  The ends of the tangle teezer could have been smoother and  at least rounded, but no, it looks like they took a knife and just cut straight across them and left blunt edges.

So I took the teezer and scraped it against my arm.  I yelled out, "aww heyall naw!" and packed the comb back up in the box, threw it in the bag with the receipt. It took about 30 minutes for the sting of that comb to completely wear off.   Too rough for me.  I'll stick with my magic star jumbo rake comb if I need something to detangle with. In the end, I give the Tangle Tease two thumbs down.  I am not even going to try to use that thing on my hair....

Hot Oil and Braidouts Part II

If you missed out on the last post, you can catch up on what happened here:  Click Me to Catch Up!

And the Beat Goes On:

After I finished taking down my braids, and looked in the mirror, I saw this:

Do you see that crap?!?!?  Clumps of product in my braidout!  Some combination of products that I used last night was not compatible.  It wasn't the burnt sugar pomade mixed with my beloved world of curls because I used that almost all over my hair and these product clump balls were only concentrated to a few areas. I think it was the shine and define mixed with either aloe vera gel or world of curls.  Next time I am going to leave it out and see what happens.

I would have tried to get it out, but I was in a hurry, and I prayed it didn't look as bad as I thought it did.  Womp womp!  So yeah, please keep this in mind as you view these pics (pretend like it isn't there lol!).  I saw just how visible it was when I took these pics, too embarrassing:

Blew it up so you could see the product that clumped together in my braidout!  URGH!

Clumping product straight cramped my style something serious....

Stupid crap ruined my braidout!

My Final Verdict on the Burnt Sugar Pomade

Despite the product clumping, my hair was really really soft.  And trust me, with my fickle non-cooperative fro that is saying a whole lot.  So I would definitely recommend not only hot oil treatments, but I would recommend the burnt sugar pomade by Oyinhandmade as well. And let me reiterate again: I do not believe the burnt sugar pomade is what clumped, it probably was the shine and define.  And the shine and define probably doesn't do that alone.  So don't let my experience effect your decision to try it.  I just used the wrong combo with it.  I will try it again later.  As far as the burnt sugar pomade, I don't know how well it works alone, but I like it as a companion piece with my moisturizer.  It is some decent stuff.

How I Plan to Get Rid of the Product Clumpage

I will retwist my hair tonight, and maybe lightly dampen it with aloe vera juice (maybe).  I will not add any more product to it, that will be overkill.  I will give you the final run down tomorrow as an update.

Next Update:

The Tangle Teezer Review I promised.
Edited: It's up!

Hot Oil and Braidouts Part I

Hey ya'll hope all is well with you. I am going to break my update into 2 separate posts because I have a lot to share.  Well, here is Part 1:

Hot Oil

Last night I finally decided to wash my hair.  I haven't washed my hair in almost 3 weeks...it was time.

I decided to try something different after reading, "Plaited Glory," by Lonnice Bonner again (really good read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves natural hair.  I borrowed my copy from the local library), I decided to try a hot oil treatment.  I use to get them all the time as a young kid, shoot, I think everyone did back in the early 90's.  They were one of those bandwagon things to do back in those days along with Luster's Pink Lotion.

Bonner hyped up her wonderful experiences with hot olive oil on her hair so much I decided why not?  I already cover my hair in coconut oil before I wash it anyway, why not heat it up first?

So I heated up about 1/4 cup of olive oil and coconut oil, tested it on my arm to make sure it wasn't too hot, and slathered it on my hair.  I let it sit for 20 minutes then rinsed, then shampooed.  After I was done conditioning, my hair felt so soft!  So I would definitely recommend hot oil treatments for anyone who is having trouble with dryness.

Burnt Sugar Pomade and Shine and Define

After I wash my hair, I usually move right into a protective style.  However, I didn't wash my hair until 11:30 at night.  So I decided to just prep my hair for a braidout.  Normally, all  I use for braidouts is my world of curls activator gel and aloe vera gel.  But back in September, I bought Oyin's burnt sugar pomade, and shine and define. I haven't even used it yet (product junkie much?)?   

So I smoothed world of curls first, then I added either burnt sugar pomade or shine and define.  I used the burnt sugar pomade more than the shine and define because I felt like the shine and define was too light for my hair.  I really liked the way that the burnt sugar pomade felt going on my hair.   And oh my goodness, I am so glad I did that.  The burnt sugar pomade smells good too!  Just like maple syrup. 

I woke up in the morning to this right here:

Kind of scary huh?  It took me about 1 hour to take them down.  I went to the mirror to check out the finished product and.........

  the story continues on Hot Oil and Braidouts Part II.

Monday, January 17, 2011

All Up in My Fro 2

Any tips for newbies that are transitioning to become natural?

When you transition to go natural, I say that you should stop using heat all together. The goal is to make your relaxed hair mimic your new growth, not the other way around. The reason for this is that using heat on your natural hair can cause damage to your natural hair pattern, causing it to be altered, or permanently straightened.
Instead, you can do roller sets, braid outs, and twist outs, as well as braids with your own hair.
When your hair starts to grow out and you have 2 different hair textures, it is best to comb through your hair while it is damp, with conditioner on it. The conditioner helps to give your hair some slip so that it is easier to guide the comb through the two different textures.

Something else to keep in mind is that the line of demarcation, the point on your hair strand where your natural hair and relaxed hair meet, is very weak. So you need to be extra gentle with your hair while you are combing it and handling it. Use the widest comb possible, do not rip through your hair, and before you even think about using a comb, go through your hair with your fingers first to remove all of the major tangles.
And something else to consider: this is from my experience, working with two textures of hair is HARD! Do not be discourage and think that it will be this difficult when you are natural. Natural hair is a lot easier to work with and plus, if you don't like it, guess what? It's hair, it will grow back. How will you know you don't like your natural hair, your natural hair is hard to work with, or any other negative thoughts about your hair, until you have really dealt with it? Give it a try, hit me up, I will try to answer any question you have.

Set of twists done in Summer, 2008

Can you wash twists/Do you wash your twists?

When I washed my hair in twist I just make sure not to rub them too much or manipulate them too much while they are wet. I don't wash my twists more than 2 times because more than that for me = matting. You have to find out what your own limit is. Some people can rinse everyday with no problem. If I did I would have a bird's nest.

Now, since my hair is short right now, I don't really wash my twists because more than likely they will unravel. So I just wash my hair every 2 to 3 weeks

Old fuzzy twists that look like starter locs.  Take down was a *itch!

How do you prevent your twists from tangling?

Try parting your hair into several mini sections, maybe 20 or so, and section them off.  Only work with one section at a time.  For each section, you should use your finger, a comb or some other instrument to  part out each small section of loose hair that you will twist.  When you make your part, make sure that it is a clean part, free of stray hairs from other sections being mixed in the twist. Doing this helped me out a whole lot to reduce tangling.
Also I think the fact that our hair sheds 100 strands a day  and twists do not hold the shed hair in place the same way braids would, helps to cause tangles.  Braids are usually done slightly tight, with little give in them.  Twists are not as tight as braids, and because of that the loose shed hairs in twists have a better opportunity to latch onto other strands of hair contributing to tangling...
So you can actually get the best of both worlds by braiding your roots and twisting the rest.  The downfall in doing this is that it takes a lot longer to take this style down.

Twists With Braided Roots

You just have to figure out how long your hair can tolerate twists and go from there.

One week old twists

How do you maintain your twists/braids?

I don't use a satin bonnet, nor do I regularly wear scarves because they end up smooshing my hair down and causing it to get fuzzy quicker. I tend to sleep on my stomach, which helps to preserve it longer by default.  When I moisturize my twists, I try not to manipulate it that much while it is wet or damp with product.  Manipulating the hair while it is wet is what helps to aid in frizzing. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tangle Teezer Bandwagon

Hey ya'll!  I've been visiting a few hair boards as usual today and the buzz lately has been on this hair comb called the "Tangle Teezer."

Most of the reviews for this comb have been fairly positive.  People have reported that they lose less shed hair, that it works way better than that debil denman brush *shivers*, and it makes detangling a breeze!  As some of you may already know, I bought a Magic Star Jumbo Rake Comb last summer, and even before then and after then I am a finger detangler. But daggone if I haven't been sold on this comb with so many positive reviews from people of every hair type.  They are sold at Sally's Beauty Supply and they cost about $10.  From what I hear, the teeth are really flexible and have more give, and they are seamless!  Seamless!  That sold me right there!

Sally's is right by my place of employment so I plan to check them out today and see what all the hype is about.  If you have already tried the tangle teezer what has been your experience with it?

More Online Hair Goodies

Lately I have been on a hair accessory binge, stocking up for spring!  I'm going to try to do a haul sometime soon, but for now, I want to share with you some really cute online finds:

Woo chile...this is gorgeous for 3.99 (shipping is 5):

*Faints* at the sight of this beauty:

veils r us for $9 plus shipping

And hey to all the new subscribers!!! I see you out there!  Thank you so much everyone for your support, old and new!  Have a safe weekend!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

How To Make Thin Twists and Braids Look Fuller

Early last year, I did my god daughter's hair for my best friend.  As I explained at the time of the original post, Li li has thin and fine hair, the complete opposite of my hair.  If you have thin and fine hair too, one way to make your hair appear fuller is to do brick layer parting.

Check out these set of bricks and notice how the bricks are not stacked one on top of each other:

The vertical lines meet each brick right at the middle.  That is what you want to do with your braids and twists.  You do not want them stacked right on top of each other, rather yet you want each vertical part to be right underneath of a braid or twist right above it.  When you do this, you see less scalp, which helps to make your hair appear fuller.

The best way to achieve this look is to style your hair one horizontal row at a time.  When you get to the next row either below it or on top of the previously completed row, make sure you make the part for the next braid or twist right underneath of the braid or twist right below/on top of it.  This is how your twists or braids end up with the brick layer parting.

Check Exhibit A:


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