Making this top knot on clean hair now takes me less than 3 minutes and I don't even need a mirror. Here's how you can do it, too.
If I had to define 2014 by beauty or cosmetic product I would have to say it was the year of the lipstick. In 2014 I resolved to wear more lipstick and that I did. While reaching for multiple lipsticks was a conscious thing, the other products on my Best of Beauty of 2014 list came to be including based only on their performance and my subsequent love of them. To write this post I checked my list of empties, repurchases and products that showed serious signs of use. Here is my list of Best of Beauty Picks for 2014.
Prior to growing out my relaxer I never really gave much thought to shampoos. Fast forward to present day and I'm borderline obsessed with finding the best shampoo for my 4C natural hair. If I get the shampoo step wrong my whole wash day can be ruined. Dramatic, I know but it feels like the truth. If the shampoo is too drying or irritating I have to figure out the best conditioner and treatments to rehydrate my hair. Not only that, I also have to figure out how to stop my scalp from getting excessively dry and flaky. More often than not, the only thing that stops the itching is another wash (Who has time for that? Not me!) The struggle to find the right shampoo is very real so when I do, I stick with them and then I most definitely have to share. I'm currently loving these 3 shampoos for my 4C natural hair:
When I think about my kinky, coily hair I definitely get why 'tension release' is a part of this shampoo's name. If my hair were less "tense" I would have an easier time dealing with it...or so I think. The Dark and Lovely Tension Release Shampoo is formulated to thoroughly cleanse without drying out hair or scalp. It uses an anti breakage recipe that helps to "reinforce hair fiber for strong, flourishing, healthy-looking hair that can grow to its full potential." There is no shortage of foam when using and I only have to shampoo once. $9.99
I came across this brand through my COCOTIQUE Beauty Box and fell in love with several of their products after visiting their Newark, New Jersey salon. The Nude by center Stage Cuts Hydrating Shampoo is a low foam botanical rich formula that cleans hair and scalp leaving both super soft and hydrated. I do a double shampoo with this but I don't mind because the scent is amazing. (Use COCONUDE for 20% off. Expires November 29, 2014)
I am yet to use a Leonor Greyl product I don't like. Shampooing Reviviscence is a deeply reparative shampoo that works wonders on my hair and scalp. It is specifically made for dehydrated, colored, damaged and brittle hair. It contains hydrolyzed silk and quinoa, lactic acid, glycerin and several botanicals to help moisturized and repair damaged hair to restore shine and manageability. It lathers well and only requires a single shampoo to get hair and scalp clean. $67
One of the biggest struggles for me with my natural hair is detangling. It is a process I dread when I'm prepared (i.e. using and army of products) and a process I absolutely loathe if I have to do it on the fly. Since cutting my hair (for the second time) almost two years I have used one leave in conditioner consistently, a carry over from my relaxed days. I cocktail it with other products until I got the desired result...In short, it worked but wasn't ideal.
A few months ago beauty guru and digital diva behind Melton Digital, Nicole Melton, Instagrammed Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Leave-in-Conditioner as one of the best Leave in conditioners for natural hair. I bought it the next day.
The first time I used Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Leave-in-Conditioner I got mad. Really mad. I was all, "why am I just learning about this product? Why didn't someone tell me before now? Don't they know my struggle?"
The product worked so great that it was a bit scary. I couldn't see all the ingredients because Sally Beauty stuck the security tag over ingredient lists. (Do better Sally Beauty, some of us like to read.) Following my detangling and blowout in record time I took to the web to find the ingredients to see what kind of magic was in the bottle. I learned that it is "enriched with Aloe Vera, Coconut, Olive, Soy, Argan Oil, Shea and Mango Butter" but contains silicones, glycerine and propylene glycol. (See complete ingredient list below.) Honestly, none of that mattered because using only one product, my hair was soft, silky and manageable for the first time since I cut it. So, even if it contained essence of Lucifer, I would still use it. It is that good.
Bottom line, if you have natural 4b and/or 4c hair, run, don't walk, to get Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Leave-in-Conditioner. It will save you time, money and if it works for you like it's been working for me, you might even get a little mad thinking about how much better your hair care routine would have been had you found it sooner.
Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Leave-in-Conditioner Ingredients
Aqua, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera, Dimethicone, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/ Ginseng Extract, Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glycerin, DMDM Hydantoin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Phenyl Trimethicone, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, d-Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lyral, Methyl Ionone Gamma.
Hair is made up of about 70% protein known as keratin. The occasional use of a protein treatment can greatly benefit hair, promoting growth, luster and strength. I use this treatment about once every couple of months and I always notice an improvement in my hair.
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt ( bring to room temperature)
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- Mix all ingredients together and apply to freshly shampooed hair (avoiding scalp.)
- Cover with plastic cap and wait 20 to 30 minutes.
- Rinse and follow with a moisturizing leave-in conditioner and style as usual.
I'd recommend this for dry, damaged, natural or processed hair.