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Wash Day Plus A Light Protein Treatment


                Hello Darlings!! I have seriously been thinking about combining my wash day posts with my outfit posts. This way I can briefly tell you what I did with my hair and talk about the outfit later in the same post. Now that I have two children that I have to help with homework from Monday to Friday, I don't really have time to write a post on Tuesday and another one on Wednesday. So, I will be posting new articles on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only. This will also give me time to visit your blogs and support them whichever way I can. Now let's talk about the hair!  Last Friday was hair day for me. I washed my hair and did some crochet braids, which you probably saw if you read yesterday's post.


I love doing a protein treatment before considering a new protective style. A protein treatment strengthens
the hair and helps you keep the style for a long time.

{1} I mixed my Africa's Best Hair Mayonnaise with my Suave Naturals again. I wanted to have a good protein and moisture balance. I applied the mix to my hair and left it on for 35 minutes.

{2} I used Alberto V05 Clarifying conditioner to co-wash my scalp.

{3} I did a quick tea rinse using black tea because my hair tends to shed after removing my protective styles.

{4} I used a little bit of Mane 'N Tail to deep condition my hair.

{5} I applied Jojoba oil to my hair while it was 85% dry, followed by Giovanni Direct Leave-in conditioner.

The Wash Day Experience




            Since I became totally addicted to Misfits on hulu.com, I spent the rest of the day watching the show and doing my crochet braids. I only got up to go pick up the kids, shower them, and help them with homework. My wash day was good. I experienced some shedding, but nothing major. I hope your wash day was a complete success, too. 
 

Outfit Of The Week:: Big Hair Plus Black And Blue


            It was not my intention to have my hair looking so big when I washed it on Friday. I just wanted to have my normal wash day, have some crochet braids, and go on with my life. Well, you can see what it turned into! Truth be told, I love big, sexy hair. I figured that this Afro needed the assistance of  some serious prints, a sheer top that is not too overwhelming and can help with the heat. I kept the blue going by pairing the top with one of my favorite pair of jeans. I love the sexiness that comes with cut-out shoes. Thank God for whoever created them. They go so well with skinny jeans. And this look would not be complete without them.




Hugs&Kisses!
 

I Am A Giveaway Winner:: Check Out My Bhcosmetics Special Occasion Palette

          
             Hello Darlings!! I have missed you guys! I know I was only M.I.A for 3 days, but it seemed like an eternity. It took me almost one day to get my hair done on Friday. Between washing it and installing the crochet braids, I did not have much time to do anything else. Now I am back! This is a quick post about my giveaway win. Yep! I won something from miss Dianna's blog again. I entered her July giveaway hoping that I would win this super cute eyeshadow and blush palette. I actually prayed about winning it. I guess dreams  do come true, because I am currently enjoying my new palette. I love the colors, and how easy it is to apply them. I wish I could share this one with you Diana (with one N). I am on that perfecting our makeup skills journey with you.




 Check out Dianna's blog here if you have a minute. She is super cool and fun to hang out with.

Thanks, Dianna!
 

New Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash Giveaway WINNER


       Hi guys! I want to thank all of you who entered the giveaway. Thanks for supporting my blog. Thanks to my over-sharers. I have read and re-tweeted your tweets on twitter. But as you already know, the winner is randomly selected and there can only be one winner. Please help me congratulate
the winner.

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Washing My Hair With Matrix Biolage HydraSource Shampoo


              Hi guys!! I used Matrix Biolage HydraSource shampoo to wash my hair yesterday. I read enough good reviews about it to make me want to try it. I was so happy when I got my samples in the mail. I just could not wait to try it to see what everybody was raving about. I did not realize how small my twists were until I started to take them down. My hair felt a little dryer than usual this time around. I am not sure if it's because of the baking soda that I used to wash it, but I am sure that I will not be using it again. Detangling my hair was made easy by my new deep conditioner.

#WashDayExperience 

Deep Conditioner/Detangler
{1} I mixed a generous amount of Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner with 2 tablespoons Africa's Best Hair Mayonnaise, and two tablespoons of honey. I used the mix to detangle and deep condition my hair for 45 minutes. This is the best detangler I have used after removing my protective style so far.

{2} I put my hair in 8 loose braids and washed my scalp only with the shampoo. I massaged my scalp very well to remove all the product buildups. I removed the braids before rinsing my hair with warm water.

{3} I used the conditioner that came with the shampoo to condition my hair. There was only a small amount in the packet, but I made it work because it was thick enough.

{4} I applied extra virgin alive oil to my hair while it was still damped, followed by my anti-frizz serum. I also added some conditioning cream and jojoba oil as leave-ins.


The Wash Day Experience
     



             The whole process went well. I love these new hair care products by MATRIX BIOLAGE. I always have a good experience with their products, but this shampoo is exceptionally good. And the conditioner, too. I was not quite sure what to do whith my hair after washing it. All I knew was that I needed another protective style right away because they make my life so much easier.
I used the last two packs of 100% Kanekalon hair that I had in the house and got myself some box braids.  I am so happy about the result. It will take me less time to remove them because each individual braid is so big.

*Thanks for all your feedbacks on my last post. I was happy to know that baking soda does not work well on every hair type. It's not something that should be done on a regular basis, at least for some of us. 
 

Outfit Of The Week:: Finding The Perfect Dress For Date Night


           Hello Darlings!! I was so happy when my husband asked me out on a date,  that I decided to buy a new dress. We go out whenever we have a chance, but when hubby actually says the word DATE, that means, "I want to take you somewhere special, and you can pick the place. Any place. I don't care." I had another conversation going in my head, "Wow, somebody is feeling generous!  Why not buy something new while he is that happy." Shopping for clothes is easy for me. I just have to think about the shoes that I already have in my closet. Unless there is that special pair of shoes that I just cannot leave the store without. I picked a dress that ties at the neck. It is flowy; and I could easily pair it with my brown wedge shoes. My curls were still amazingly fresh after the last wash day. I did not really have to do anything to the hair. What do you think about the makeup? Am I getting better? Oh, my cheeks are pink!



  
        We had a very good experience at the MARIETTA DINER. Our waitress was nice. The only problem was that they gave us too much food. We had to take some food home for the kids because there is no way we could have eat all this food.
             As always, thanks for reading my blog. Hugs&Kisses!
 

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream REVIEW


          Hi Angels!! I hope you had a super wonderful weekend. Mine was uneventful, thanks for asking! Don't you just love it when a company makes a product with you in mind? I am so excited about this product and I cannot hide it. I paid less than $4.00 for a 10.2 oz bottle, and it is worth every penny. I know that I mentioned this product more than once during my wash day experiences, but today I am finally reviewing it. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream promises to keep your hair frizz free for up to three days. Sounds like a miracle product, right? Let see how it did!  


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

  • For frizzy, dry, unmanageable hair
  • Intense soothing for long-lasting frizz control and shine
  • Argan oil from Morocco and apricot
  • Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream
    The Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream will help you control your dry, frizzy hair which can be difficult to manage. This conditioning treatment contains Argan oil from Morocco and apricot oil for intense nourishment. Use it every day to sooth your locks and keep them frizz free for up to three days, even under humid conditions. Spread it evenly on your dry or damp hair from root to tip by using your fingers or a comb. This long-lasting hair conditioner works wonderfully for straight, curly and wavy hair. The product is available in a 10.2-fluid ounce recycled PET bottle, so it's great for your hair and the environment.



    INGREDIENTS

    Aqua/Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Behentrimonium Chloride, Pyrus Malus Extract/Apple Fruit Extract, Parfum/Fragrance, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trideceth-6, Argania Spinosa Oil/Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine Hcl, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil/Apricot Kernel Oil, Citric Acid, Saccharum Officinarum Extract/Sugar Cane Extract, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Ci 19140/Yellow 5, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract/Lemon Peel Extract, Ci 15985/Yellow 6, Camellia Sinensis Extract/Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract. Fil D46895/2.



    My Opinion
    Pros
    • So affordable
    • Conditioning and moisturizing
    • Tames Frizz 
    • Fortifying
    • Softens curls
    • Wonderful Apricot scent
    Cons
    • Hard to get the product out of the container
    The bottom line

                I use this product as a leave-in conditioner every time I wash my hair. I get tempted to use a lot sometimes because it smells so good and it works so well on my hair type (kinky, 4c hair).  But a little bit goes a long way. Using too much of this product can weight the hair down and also cause product buildups. I make sure I use enough to keep my hair conditioned and moisturized. The product also makes my hair very strong.  The scent is not annoying or overpowering. I find it a little bit hard to squeeze the product out of the container. Maybe a container with a pump would help. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream is affordable and gets the job done. If you have curls that won't behave or turn frizzy all the time, this product is for you. 


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