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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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?
I am not going to lie to you. I am picky and finicky. I have a standard I expect to be reached with customer service. Before I got my degree I worked in customer service for years (Old Navy anyone?). When a company disappoints me starting from the gate, it makes me wonder what the product is going to be like.
Let me back up.
I was on facebook, and one of the businesses I friended on there is StrawberriCurls . She is a naturalista and my beautician hipped me to her. I noticed the other day she was doing a contest. The winner got some sort of product. I wanted to check out the product so I went to the website.
For those of you that do not know, I have an Associates Degree in Computer Information Technology. I am currently in school for my Bachelors. I looked at her sales page, and it kind of hurt my heart and my head. Some people are not tech savvy though, so I wasn't going to hold that against them. I boldly went forth and read the descriptions of everything.
I decided that I was going to purchase the Curls Nurture Cream and Hydrating Hair Butter. Lord knows I need some hydration. I noticed that the Hydrating Hair Butter was currently out of stock. Not a huge deal, I will go ahead and add it to my cart, and I am sure they will send me a notice saying when it will be in and so forth and so on.
I placed my order. I did not receive a confirmation in my e-mail, I didn't really get anything. I ordered everything on 06/14/10. I noticed that Texture Playground had put up a blog on the same day saying that they would have larger sizes of what I ordered in stock starting tomorrow (06/15/10). So I assumed that maybe what I ordered would be back in stock, since it is the SAME EXACT THING, ONLY LARGER!!
You know what they say about assuming right?
So no confirmation, no contact from the website at all. I keep checking my bank account and my Paypal to see if the money has been withdrawn. FINALLY on 06/19/10...5 DAYS AFTER I PLACED MY ORDER Paypal shows a tracking number for the USPS for me.
I am a little nervous to receive this product. If it is as half assed as how they run their site, lord help my hair. Review on the actual product to come when have received it and am able to use it.
Today has been a rather lazy day. I haven't done anything to my hair. Probably won't as I don't fathom going outside much today. I have been doing some research on curlynikki.com and http://www.nappturality.com/ for different things to use on my hair. My main problem with my hair is dryness. No matter the season, my hair is always dry. I am keeping a list of oils that I plan on purchasing. Right now I am just using an olive oil/leave in conditioner mix that I make myself.
I want to get more creative on hair styling also. My hair is fairly short right now though. There isn't much in the way of styling options that I see thus far. If you have any ideas do not hesitate to let me know.
Natural? What is Natural. For me Natural wasn't a well thought out plan, a choice, or a dare. I didn't weigh pros and cons, think about my big chop daily, or ask friends about it. It came about in a rather matter-of-fact type of way.
I had micro braids put in my hair. My relaxed hair. When it came time to take them out, I discovered that the girl who put them in wasn't as compentent as I originally though. I had mass clumpy tangled hair, that was in noway going to untangle. My hair dresser suggested I go natural. I am glad that I did. She cut my hair so that an inch or two was maybe left around. She put it in little divided curls and sent me on my way.
I was always taught I had "bad hair" That I needed to straighten it within an inch of its life for it to be okay.
That is not the case any longer.
I love being natural. There is an ease with it, that I have never experienced in my life with my hair. I get up, wash my hair, pick it out and go.
The reason why I started this blog is that, I want to show other girls out there, that it is okay to be natural, while discovering new tricks and secrets along the way. For right now, I use olive oil to moisturise my hair, and Suave conditioner in the shower. I want to learn how to do new things weith my hair, and learn to love and completely accept it. I still have my days where I miss the length and the straightness, But I am not giving up.