Something’s buzzing in the beauty world, or should we say slithering. The manicure technique that takes at least 2 1/2 hours and costs about $150-$300, has one main ingredient…molted snakeskin. Cutting each piece of skin custom to your nails gives it a textured look, a trend that’s been growing since the textured leggings and tights started popping up a few years ago.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past 5 months it’s the importance of deep conditioning. Black hair is notoriously dry, especially in it’s natural afro state. Why? I have no idea. Could be any reason from the tightness of your curl pattern to not drinking enough water. The why isn’t really important though, it’s how you deal with it. I prefer deep conditioning once a week, and doing co-washes every few days. Sitting under a dryer for 10-30 minutes with a shower cap on can go a long way with keeping your hair soft, strong and hydrated. I’ve actually left the conditioner in over night before my first time getting my hair blown out at the hair salon.
I’ve been sort of obsessed with hair care products this year, and determined to figure out how to blow-out my own hair. So on my last trip to Walgreens I came across the Conair 2-in-1 Hot Air Brush. It reminded me of the Instyler that I was debating trying, but it’s less than half the price. So for $26 I figure I’ll try it out and either love it or worst case scenario I can return it or give it away.
Let’s just say the hot air brush left much to be desired for my texture hair anyway. It comes with two interchangeable brushes: one is 1 inch wide with bristles like a normal brush and the other is slightly bigger with hard plastic bristles. Their both set on metal hardware which I’m sure is done to keep the heat evenly flowing, and the heat goes from 125 to 250 degrees with a HI and LO setting. However the HI setting is only accessible at 125 degrees, if you turn up the heat any higher (which isn’t easy without a flathead screwdriver- because I usually keep flathead screwdrivers next to my hair appliances smh) the brush locks into the LO position. I guess it’s Conair’s way of trying to protect our hair from heat damage? Which I guess I appreciate but it ended up not too helpful for straightening my hair. I didn’t want to flat iron it so after two hours of playing with it I finally gave up, looking like an unloved bush baby 😦
Yesterday I tried a blow out + braid out which I’d never done before and loved it. The original plan was to blow it out and then flat iron it but I ended up not having the energy for that (yup I’m lazy I admit it). So after I blew out my hair using Hair Rules Blow Out Your Kinks…I fell asleep without even wrapping it SMH! Woke up with my hair looking like a flying saucer so I braided it, in maybe 20-25 small braids for the following 36 hours and came out with this! The lightness of the blow out and the volume of the braids may have this being one of my favorite styles, especially in the summer.
Now I’m no stranger to Carol’s Daughter, my family’s been using Lisa’s products since she was still based in Brooklyn! This is the first time however that I’m using their Hair Balm. My mom must probably it a while ago but it’s been sitting in the beauty cabinet for months, and I never noticed it back there until I took an “inventory” of the beauty products we have in the house and decided to try it out.
Initially I used it on my twist out fro as a daily conditioner in between washes. While it does help to condition my afro I had to use a lot to get it to make a difference, so I think I’ll be using the Kinky Curly or Karen’s Body Beautiful more for that purpose. Now that I’ve blown out/flat ironed it (I’ll do a spotlight on the Hair Rules products I used a bit later) I was looking for something to put in my hair that wouldn’t make it curl back up again. The Hair Balm was perfect! It immediately added a shine and softness to it, that wasn’t like a synthetic hair shine but a healthy natural shine, which I loved. It smells amazing also, I can’t explain the scent but know its GOOD! Now I’m wishing I didn’t use so much of the bottle on my afro and I’d have more to use now, but it’s $13 and I’ve been using it for over a month with about 1/3 left. One drawback: it leaves my hands very greasy when applying and if I, or anyone else, touches my hair my hands end up greasy again Not a huge deal though so I’m still putting this on my list of favs!