Pre-Pooing?

                                                 (Took this with my DSLR)

Now for you girls who have no clue what the title is about, no worries. I am not here today to talk about any bodily functions.

Pre-pooing is short for Pre-Shampooing. I don't know much about it, and I plan on doing some research on it.

What I want to know is.. do you pre-poo?

Don't forget I have a contest going on.. I've had a couple people enter, but not many.. Win a free product from Moroccanoil!

The Contest

Hair Feelings

I love the way my hair feels right now. It feels moisturized and luxurious. It makes me so happy. Pretty soon it will be long enough to put in protective styles. I feel more self confident and sure about my hair. I hope you guys do too.

Moroccanoil Series Post 2- Curl Control Cream

Author's Note: Moroccanoil was kind enough to supply me with samples.

When it came time for me to try the curl control cream by Moroccanoil I have to admit I was skeptical. My curls are not big wavy Taylor Swift curls. My curls are eensy weensy kinky curls. What could a curl control cream do for me?

Turns out, lots.

The description on the back states this: An advanced technology that offers intense conditioning and a curl memory factor that controls frizz for extended periods. Delivering exceptional movement to hair while enhancing natural curls and offering optimal hold. 

Optimal hold to me reminds me of the Rave hair spray that my mom used to put on my hair *cringe* My hair wouldn't move for ANYTHING. Still I decided to persevere and see what this could do.

The directions tell you to put a generous amount in your hair after shampooing and conditioning. Then it tells you to diffuse or let dry naturally. I never use a blow dryer on my hair, so I went ahead and let it dry like normal.

First thing I noticed was that the cream does not have the Rave mega hold stiff and sticky consistency. My hair was still touchably soft. I had my husband do the touchably soft  test. Then I noticed something else. After picking out my hair my curls had some semblance of definition. They looked like individual curls, not a grouping of kinky curls. I was impressed. My hair still felt moisturized throughout the day and not dried out like it had been for  the past few weeks.

I've noticed a difference in my hair since using these products. I asked my husband for confirmation and even he says it seems like my hair is growing. I enjoyed the curl control cream. It is nice, but it is not a necessary part of my beauty regimen. I think I would use it more if I were going out on the town, but it is not needed for every day use. 

Contest time

The lovely people at Moroccanoil have sent me an extra product to give away to my loyal readers. One person will be chosen at random to receive a brand new bottle of Moroccanoil oil treatment for all hair types. There are many ways to get many entries for the contest.

  • Sign up to follow this blog (one entry)
  • Follow me on twitter- mrsckugs (one entry)
  • "like" my page on facebook- facebook.com/thetaleofgoingnatural (one entry)
  • comment on every entry within this blog (three entries)

You have a chance to enter the contest 6 times! I will end the contest on  the 16th. That gives you a week to get your entries in!

Hope to see some of the entries soon!

I know, Few days no posts

Sorry Guys. I have not been ignoring the blog. On the contrary; If you look around the site you will see some touches I have added. I have also been leaving messages on the facebook page (facebook.com/thetaleofgoingnatural) as well as twitter (mrsckugs) I just went away for the holiday to see my fahhjahhh. in New York. He lives in a sleepy little town by the name of Canandaigua, NY. Lovely little place. A good times was had by all. I will be back tomorrow with a review of more Moroccanoil products and just to chit chat about my family and the talk that a few of us had about natural hair.

A Special Man

For those who don't know, or are sort of blind to the picture to the right, I am Black. As a Black woman for all of my life I had relaxed hair. It's what I did, it is pretty much always what I did (except for that short time in elementary/middle school where I had a Jheri curl.. we don't talk about those days).

                                                          (I am sorry I don't have any up loaded decent shots of me natural. I will get to it I promise!)

My husband, being white, does not know much about African American hair care. Why should he? When we have kids I am sure it will be different.

However, he knows what he likes. He didn't like the fact that I never would let him touch my hair when it was relaxed. He would see women with Afros and natural hair and ask me why didn't I do that? It seemed to him it would be like less hassle and I would be running around a lot of times with my hair looking like I just got out of a windstorm.

I half listened to him because... I half listen to everyone.

My big chop came not as a statement, but as a necessity. I had my hair in micros and it just matted it all up. Ugh. I know a lot of spouses would not be supportive of their wife having natural hair. They prefer the smooth silkiness of relaxed hair. Not my husband. He couldn't be happier.

He loves touching and rubbing my hair. I think the happiest he ever was (Other than our wedding day, or when our tax return came) was when I told him that I was not going back to a relaxer.

Today is my husband's birthday. I love him a little more each and every day. I thank him for being the wonderful special man that he is. Happy Birthday Jeff, I love you!!!

Moroccanoil Series Post 1

Editors Note: Moroccanoil was very kind in sending me samples of their products.

I have decided to post this as a series. There are several things that I have to try and I have not gotten through all of them yet.

It is generally a rare moment when I fall in love with a product, especially a hair product. Don’t get me wrong; I was ready to fall in love with anything hair related from Carol’s Daughters and was sorely disappointed.

When I read the information on Moroccanoil I was really impressed by them. You see, every single one of the products has Argan Oil in them. It’s really rare tree oil found only in certain parts of the world, mainly Morocco. Moroccanoil harvests their Argan Oil under a free trade program. It helps women and children in Morocco by improving working conditions, setting up schools and things like that. So by purchasing the product right off the bat you are helping your fellow man.

Shampoo and Conditioner

The first two products that I have tried were the Moisture Repair Shampoo and Moisture Repair Conditioner. They worked amazing with my hair. Usually after I shampoo and condition, I have to have some sort of leave-in conditioner in my hair right off the bat to be able to put a comb through my hair. Not so here. As soon as I got out of the shower I was able to gently comb through my curls. That is heaven in my world. My hair felt soft and manageable even before any other product went into my hair. LOVED IT. That was very exciting for me. Now both of these products say they are for chemically damaged hair. I think that if you are working with dual textures in your hair (you still have relaxed hair because you have not transitioned all the way into a full natural style, but have stopped getting relaxers) this would be a great go to shampoo and conditioner for you.

Intense Curl Cream

After I stopped marveling at how great my hair felt, I decided to apply the Intense Curl Cream to my hair. It is considered a leave-in conditioner. I applied one pump of the curl cream. It is thick and a little goes a long way. It wasn’t heavy but it left my hair feeling soft. There are no heavy perfumes either to compete with my perfume or my deodorant. I liked that. It absorbs quickly as well. I had my husband touch my hair and he was excited by the fact that it wasn’t greasy. When I first got my relaxed and damaged hair cut off my beautician told me that I would need a heavy leave-in conditioner. What she was saying was that I would need something that is non water based. I think I have found one that I completely LOVE in this Intense Curl Cream.

Glimmer Shine Spray

We all want our hair to have that healthy glow about it. A couple of sprays of the Glimmer Shine Spray and I had just that. It’s not a hair spray and it is not alcohol based. It is just a finishing spray that gives your hair a little bit of extra shine.

Another big thing that I want to share with you guys about these products that I have tried thus far. When I wake up in the morning, my hair is still soft! It’s not all crispy and dried out. My hair still feels moisturized without feeling greasy. So far I love Moroccanoil’s products. I have a couple more to review and then after I get done reviewing I plan on having a contest to give away a product from them. Stay tuned!

Dairy Queen-The end of the Saga

A few entries back I chronicaled my issues with Dairy Queen. Today I am ready to lay down my pen (fingers?) of justice.

The particular owner of that Dairy Queen wrote me, what I feel, is a heartfelt letter with an apology. It explained everything. She was gracious and kind about it all. I feel like today in a technical age people tend to lose sight of the fact that their customers make their world go around. I feel like the woman that wrote me the letter has not lost site of that at all.

I wanted to thank her for listening to my problem, doing her research and doing something about it.

I’m a bit of a lamer.

 I am new to the whole natural hair scene. there are some things I don't know and I am not scared to admit that. When I go to different blogs and things They use abbreviations and things like that, and don't have a page to explain them. I promise you that when I figure those things out, I will have a separate link and page for those things. This is my promise to you. I get frustrated not knowing what something means. I think that might be the geek in me. I need to know ALL. I crave knowledge more than my hair craves moisture.

To Wrap or not to Wrap, that is the question.

With relaxed hair there is a specific rule you must follow no matter what. You must wrap your hair at night. Most people know what I am talking about. You know somewhere you have that satin scarf that you delicately wrap around your head at night. I was no different.

This practice I have carried over into the natural world. It might just be me, but I feel as if my hair feels better in the morning when it has been wrapped over night. It feels like I am maintaining some moisture in it. I have asked my beautician if she wraps her hair (she has gone natural and was the one to encourage me to go natural as well) she said she does not, but her sister does. I guess the choice is up to you. So do you wrap?

Why I will not be going to Dairy Queen EVER AGAIN.

Okay, so today's entry is obviously not about hair. This is another lesson on how you do not treat a customer.

My hubs and I were watching a movie last night. Before we started the second one, I had a hankering for a Strawberry and Golden Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen last night.

We drive to DQ and get in the drive through line to place our order. My husband orders his chocolate concoction of a blizzard first. He is in the middle of ordering mine when he is cut off by a loud aggrivated voice from the drive through speaker box. "Chocolate xtreme blizzard large...that all?" Jeff and I giggle, because obviously he was in the middle of ordering something else. "Uh no...can I also get a large strawberry and golden oreo blizzard with extra golden oreos and a chicken basket?" she repeats our order to us LEAVING OUT MY PRECIOUS EXTRA GOLDEN OREOS. Jeff repeats extra Oreos one more time before we drive up to the window.

I hope no one is surprised at this point that my beloved blizzard does not have extra Oreos in it. She then tells us to pull around the side to a black door where our chicken basket will be delivered. We then drive around to a BLUE door and wait.

While we are waiting a random girl gets out of an SUV. She doesn't have on shoes, she has on socks. She knocks on the blue door and someone lets her in. A minute later she is yanking crates and thing out of the door. Helping the employee with the trash.

I look my husband dead in the eye and say "If that girl with no shoes on, in a tank top and booty shorts delivers my chicken basket to me, I am never coming back to DQ.

Do I even need to say what happened? I do? Okay.

The girl with no shoes on, in a tank top and booty shorts delivers my chicken basket to me. WHO IS THIS WOMAN!?

I am irritated, annoyed, and bothered by DQ. I will not be going back. Baskin Robbins may not have Golden Oreo Blizzards, but I have never seen anyone without a uniform behind the counter!