No Buy Challenges Make Me Sad…But I’m Making a List!

Ugh, I said I wouldn’t buy anything for the rest of June. I hate it when I do that, because as SOON as I say it, someone has a sale, or someone raves about something and I WANT IT! So….I’m going to make a list of things to buy once June is over. This may grow during the month, so check back! I promise, I won’t buy everything on July 1st.

– Mozeke Coconut Kokum Hair Milk (Holding off, got the Hair Milk from Shea Moisture from Target)

– Essential Wholesale Simple Aloe Jelly

– Organic Creations Daily Use Conditioner w/ Chocolate Fragrance Oil (I learned that this is the base used for my Jasmine’s Babassu Condish, getting the 1/2 gallon for $18 rather than pay $15 for 8 oz!) – I don’t think I want this one anymore b/c of it’s performance as a cowash rather than a leave in. I want condishes that can do both!

– Darcy’s Botanicals Peach Kernel Hydrating Milk w/o glycerin

– Curl Junkie Coco Cocoa Curl Creme (Got it!)

– Marie Dean Strawberry Yogurt Hair Smoothie and Curly Styling Cream

– LongAid Activator Gel (I think I might try both of them…not sure how my hair will like collagen, although that’s in my Califia and I love that) – Ummm sooo…I was having a really annoying day and I totally bought this. But I got it at Walgreens for like $6!!! Cheaper than lunch, so leave me alone! I’ll review it soon. 🙂

– Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars: Carrot Milk & Honey, Nettle bars (looking for new poo bars because someone *cough cough* visited me and thought my poo bars were body bars…you know how much soap you use to cleanse your body?! smh)

Have you tried any of these products? If so, let me know how you liked them!

Also…things I need to repurchase:

– Herb N Life Head Sprung – Since I finally found a spray bottle that works well, I’m going to mix this is water to dilute and use it to refresh my wash n gos (Got it!)

– Elucence Moisture Balancing Condish – Let’s talk about how mad I am that this is 20% off this week and I can’t go against my no buy policy! Willpower….

xoxo

6 comments

  1. Off topic. You probably posted this somewhere on this blog and I missed it. But WHO is that baby in the avatar? You? I always smile when it pops up in my e-mail box. Love that pose.

  2. I adore ur blog! btw u are a junkie…. seek rehab. *sideeye* lol buuuut i have a question! So im still in transition, I’ll be a year in July. but my hair in the back is like 4 inches new growth and the front only maybe an inch! can u say mullet? & i am SUPER SCARED abt the big chop!! My relaxed hair refuses to curl like it used to now & Id do str8 styles but i despise my flat iron…. seriously >:o[
    I just graduated from college (Grambling State ’10 WHOOOP!) so funds are kinda low and i am taking notes on ur HG’s lol but can u do a beginners MUST HAVES?! Along with some words of encouragement :0(

    1. Yes, my name is Elle, and I am a junkie. But rehab is for quitters! 😉

      When/if you BC, are you going to have your back and front evened up? Mine was like that because of my mohawk – it was way longer on the top than the sides and back, and it was imperative for me to just bite the bullet and have it super short all over! Otherwise, it looked like a curly flat top – NOT THE WAY! I personally BC’ed because all the transitioning styles I tried didn’t work on my hair, since my relaxed hair was very porous and took days to dry in buns/braids/rollers…it was way too time consuming to spend an hour rolling my hair only to have it still be almost soaking wet in the AM when I needed to go to work. 95% of the time I ended up rewetting and doing a wash n go anyway.

      For me, my HG while transitioning hands down was Kinky Curly Curling Custard. Most of the other gels I tried left my relaxed hair limp and didn’t help hold a curl at all. It’s a little expensive, but lasts a long time. Also, using honey and extra virgin olive oil for deep conditioning works awesome for me, and both of these ingredients are cheap and easy to pick up. As for conditioners, I am in crazy love with Tresemme Naturals for my cowash and rinse out. I get an amazing amount of slip, it smells great, and it makes my hella thick hair easy to detangle. Seriously, those people should pay me! That condish is mah bebe. Depending on where you live, you may want to try Ecostyler (Olive Oil or Krystal) or Long Aid gels as well – I’m protein/glycerin sensitive though so I use these sparingly. For a good moisturizer, I’d try AfroVeda Cocolatte Moisture Mask (if you get it at http://www.goodhairmart.com you get cheaper and quicker shipping) – it’s about $12 for 8oz, which is pretty standard for natural products. Hope that helps, and let me know if you need more suggestions.

      For words of encouragement? Well, for one, you have to be patient – it often takes your hair a while to get used to being in it’s natural state, especially if you’ve had relaxers for 20+ years (like I did!). Also, I believe that if you care for your hair properly, it’s going to have no choice but to be fierce! May sound kind of corny, but if I’m letting my hair do it’s own thing, I feel as if I need to nurture it so Izzy grows up to be everything I want her to be, lol! When I was relaxed, I simply thought that “caring” for my hair meant styling it with a flat iron/curling iron – brrrrrnnnnt! Also, it’s important to have modest expectations; I have seen many women on the hair board cry out for help because they BC’ed and thought they would get 3b/c curls and ended up with 4a/b (note – 4a/b hair is awesome). If you find yourself looking in the mirror sadly thinking, “Why doesn’t my hair curl?” you need to take a step back and prioritize, because you should be thinking about moisture and minimizing breakage. Anywho, that’s all I got. If you have more questions, feel free to holler!

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