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New! #Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Stronger Hold Gel & Restore + Revive Bi-Phase Spray.

Hey!

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I have another detailed review for you. Shortly after completing my latest Ouidad review, these two products were sent to me.

Advanced Climate Control Line

Stronger Hold Gel & Restore +Revive Bi-Phase Spray

These two are apart of Ouidad’s Advanced Climate Control line and the official launch date will be April 3, 2018. Keep reading to see how you can get 20% off your purchase of these two products. Promo code posted below.

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The Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Stronger Hold Gel.

Fresh Wash-n-go with #Ouidad’s Advanced Climate Control Stronger Hold Gel

Before using this gel, I went through the same steps I did in my previous review. These steps are important when it comes to maximizing the benefits of this line.

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Advanced Climate Control Stronghold Gel

CoilySue86 Wash-n-go & #Ouidad Stronger Hold Gel

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Advanced Climate Control Stronghold Gel

#CoilySue86 Fresh Wash-n-go & #Ouidad Stronger Hold Gel

This gel does have a stronger hold. It dries faster though. I kept having to add a little water to my fingers while separating my hair. However, it doesn’t leave my hair crunchy or flaky. It adds shine and enhances the definition of my coily hair.

The hold does last a couple days. As I type this, it’s been two days since I’ve applied this gel. It’s gotten softer, but the frizz hasn’t formed. My coils are still collected.

The Advanced Climate Control Restore + Revive Bi-Phase Spray.

Advanced Climate Control

Restore + Revive Bi-Phase Spray

This spray is a mix of pink-colored oils and a clear liquid. You have to shake it a little before spraying to get the benefits of this spray.

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Revived Coils with #Ouidad’s Restore + Revive Bi-Phase Spray

I used this spray the next day after taking off my bonnet. My hair was smashed down, basically having helmet hair.

It added moisture to my hair and allowed my coils to spring back up. Of course, I had to use my hands a little but the curl definition wasn’t disturbed. The water in the spray did not reverse the hold of the gel that was previously applied. Which, that was something that I was afraid would happen.

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My hair after the gym two days later.

My coils are still frizz-free-ish. I Say free-ish because you know… Natural Hair rebellion. 😆

Y’all!

This photo had me shook, though because I was in the gym sweating two hours ago and my hair still has definition!

Final Thoughts:

I really like this line for my wash-n-gos. The Advanced Climate Control line makes it easier to keep a wash-n-go.

These two new products will go on presale April 3, 2018.

Advanced Climate Control Stronger Hold Gel

Advance Climate Control Restore + Reive Bi-Phase Spray

*Promo code to get 20% off your purchase from April 3rd to April 12th. PRESALE20

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#Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Line: Does It Work on Kinky Curls?

Hey! How’s it going?

I have a very detailed review for you.

The wonderful people at Ouidad has recently reached out to me to review their Advanced Climate Control line. This line of hair care products offers to prevent frizz, flyaways, and unwanted volume and helps curls look more defined.

I’m always excited to try new products. Especially, when they are offered to me. However, I was skeptical of how these products would work for my hair because 1.) my hair is rebellious, even the baby hairs rebel and 2.) they don’t often show women with my hair type in their ads.

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I was curious to see how this would work on my hair in the climate I am in.
I just moved to Kansas City, Kansas from Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve noticed that this state is much drier than it is in Ohio. In my home state, it is much more humid considering lake Erie was close enough for me to walk to.
Here in Kansas, they get “fire weather” alerts. Yes! It gets that dry.
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Ouidad ACC Line

So? Does it work on kinky curls? Does it work on tightly textured afro coils?

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Allow me to break it all down to you.

Before:

This is after my first attempt at using Ouidad’s Advanced Climate Control line.
It didn’t turn out so well. I’ll explain more at the bottom of this review.

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Advanced Climate ControlÂŽ Defrizzing Shampoo

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Advanced Climate Control Shampoo

The advanced climate control defrizzing shampoo is sulfate free! Yay!
Yet, it still offers a beautiful lather and it gets my scalp clean. It can effectively wash my hair and I won’t be left with that super squeaking clean that makes my strands stick together.

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Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo.
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Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo. CoilySue86

But does it “defrizz” or even prevent frizzing?
Actually, yes. This shampoo made my strands more collective. Meaning that they were collecting and curling together.

The shampoo does offer a little slip to help with finger combing as you clean your hair. I was very surprised by that. It’s not often you can find a shampoo or cleanser that offers slip.
Advanced Climate ControlÂŽ Defrizzing Conditioner

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Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner

The advanced climate control defrizzing conditioner is the real MVP (Most Valuable Product) here. I wasn’t expecting this to be thick, creamy and provide enough slip to my hair for me to be able to detangle.

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Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner. CoilySue86

You can that my coils were collected and cooperating with each other just after applying the conditioner.

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The instructions said to leave in for 3 minutes. Of course, I left it in longer as I finger-detangled my hair. Which, this is the real key to making sure you prevent frizz.

Make sure that your hair is thoroughly detangled and oiled before applying the next two products. Please do not skip this advice.
Advanced Climate ControlÂŽ Featherlight Styling Cream

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Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream

The second in line for the position of MVP, the advanced climate control featherlight styling cream also helped me with detangling my hair.

However…

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Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream. CoilySue86

It is imperative that you apply your favorite oil or cream BEFORE applying this product. This cream dries fast and doesn’t add any oil or butter to keep the hair from drying out and sticking together. Yes, you want your strands to collect and curl but please learn from my mistake. Apply the oil before applying this cream.

I do feel like I need to use quite a bit on my hair for each section. Even though my strands are fine, I felt like I needed two quarter-sized amounts to collect and weigh my coils down.
Advanced Climate ControlÂŽ Heat and Humidity Gel

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Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel. CoilySue86

The advanced climate control heat and humidity gel is good. This dries fast. Using this gel with the cream is a beautiful thing. It collects the strands to nicely, adding definition, and adds slip for detangling.

It doesn’t make the hair hard and crunchy. There will be some flexibility to your hair when it dries.

Related Post:Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Stronger Hold Gel & Restore +Revive Bi-Phase Spray

Final Results: Third Time’s the Charm?

The first time I tried these products, I attempted to do a twist-out. I made the mistake of skipping the oil and leave-in. I thought the cream would add some oil or butter like a leave-in. I treated this like a leave-in conditioner and I should have used a leave-in before applying the cream and gel. As mentioned, they dry very fast. In fact, you can see how my hair looked a week later in my before-photo at the top. So, I decided to start over.

The second time I tried these products, I remembered the oil. However, I made the mistake of messing with my hair by trying to style my hair in a stretched wash-n-go. My hair was still slightly wet and I thought it would dry just fine.

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Stretching my wash-n-go. CoilySue86

Nah! My hair looks like the model’s hair in the ad. There’s nothing wrong with it but I wasn’t aiming for this.

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Stretched wash-n-go results. Meh. Makeup-Free CoilySue86

I tried to feel proud of the result, but it wasn’t working for me. You can see how defined my hair is in the back and near my edges, but the ends weren’t having it. My hair stuck together and was hard to gently separate the curls after the products dried.
I was actually pissed at myself because I should have left my hair alone.

The third time, I figured I’d just do it all over again. I shampooed, conditioned, applied the cream and gel. Then, I sectioned my hair, finger detangled while smoothing the product into smaller sections, and raked the product through with my fingers and let it air dry. In short, a classic wash-n-go.
The Final Results & Thoughts:

After:

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Wash-n-go Results with Ouidad – CoilySue86
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Wash-n-go Results with Ouidad – CoilySue86

It took me three tries, but I really like how it turned out. This is the most defined coils I’ve ever had. EVER! I’m not used to so much shrinkage and I don’t do wash-n-goes often because my hair tangles easily and frequently. My hair also takes all day to dry. It’s just the hair that I have. I may try them more often when the weather gets warmer and I am outside more.

For this time around, I happen to use a little too much product and you can see it in the some of the photos. However, the product does dry clear.

I think that when it comes to kinky curly coily hair, that the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control products are only meant for wash-n-go days. I don’t think they’re meant for any other style for me. I say this because of the fact that because the idea is to have frizz-free curls and any extra manipulation of the hair will defeat that purpose.

Also, the cream and gel dry really fast and you really don’t have much time to work with the products while styling.
Would I recommend these products?
Sure! I actually would. I say this because I now know what to do when it comes to using these products. In addition, I notice the quality of my coils improving with each use. Meaning, I noticed them collecting more on their own without much effort.

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IC Fantasia Curly & Coily Line. | Honest Review! (Video) 🙄#TBT

Hey! I thought I would share a post I made early this year reviewing the Fantasia IC or IC Fantasia line.

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My honest review of IC Fantasia Curly & Coily line.
https://youtu.be/N3dtTH0uHRM

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How to Save & Earn Cash on Hair & Beauty Gifts with Ebates & Groupon!

Are you struggling to figure what to get your naturally curly friends and family?

Are you wondering what you get your favorite makeup artist this Christmas?

Are you trying to find products to protect your hair this winter, but don’t want to spend a lot of money?

I’m going to give you some juicy info on how you can use rebate and coupon site to save cash on your spending this holiday season.

Is it possible? Sure!

Is it legal? You bet!

The popular rebate site Ebates has a link to get rebates for using Groupon. As I write this, you earn back 6% of your Groupon purchase. Along with that, Groupon sends emails daily of current deals and coupons with an extra percentage off your eligible purchases. Keep reading to see current deals on hair and beauty products.

Related: My Favorite Hair and Skin Care Products of 2016.

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To Earn Those Free Rebates…

First, follow these steps to save money on your holiday hair care and beauty shopping this year.

  1. Visit *Ebates.com
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  3. Seach for Groupon in the Ebates search bar.
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  6. In the Groupon search bar, type in whatever you are looking for. (Flat Iron, Organic shampoo & conditioner, satin scarves, makeup brushes, etc.)
  7. Once, you’ve found what you wanted, add it to the cart.
  8. Before checking out, check your emails or the homepage for a coupon code for an extra percentage off.
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  10. Proceed to Checkout and make your purchase.
  11. Check your Ebates account and look at your cash back balance to see how much you’ve earned. If you don’t see it after a few days (or weeks depending on your purchase), go here to inquire about your rebate.

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What is on your wishlist this holiday season? 

How do you save money on your purchases?

Do you like to shop before or after the holidays?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Are We Obligated to Buy Black? My Response to Harsh Criticism Toward a Fellow YouTuber.

Hey, Everyone! I’m glad you paid a visit to my site. 😀

Are we obligated to buy black only? I buy black, but not all the time. I’m going to tell you why I asked.

So, couple nights ago I was up late catching up on my favorite YouTube channels and I clicked on Naptural85’s latest video on the Pantene Gold Series line. She did a great job reviewing the product like she normal does for product reviews and D.I.Y.s.
Watch the video here.
Yes, I am a fan of her’s, but not a Stan! Meaning, I am not one to think that she can do no wrong and I don’t agree or like everything she does. But in my head, she is a sister from another mister.
Usually, when I like a review, demo, vlog, etc. I may skip reading the comments because folks like to troll HARD! Yet, I read through the comments and I can’t remember why. Maybe I was going to leave a comment or question about the product… I don’t know because I got really distracted by comments like these.

“Pantene is hiring Blacks but it is not Black-owned. Of course they are not stupid, they know where the money is going to come from. Please support Black-owned companies. Keep the profits in the community!”

“sick and tired of whites profiting off of us. With all that’s going on in this world, I refuse to allow that to happen with MY money. Pantene doesn’t give a damn about any of us. They’re just trying to make a dollar. I will only support those who have a real interest in me and my people.”

” Sponsored products always get rave reviews, even though many people who use it don’t have the same result!”

“Love you Whit, but I support Black owned as much as I can. Pantene is white own and they see profit in including Black people..they’re not stupid, so I kind of ignore your tutorial sorry. Then again…Panteen got the big bucks and since your family is expanding maybe it’s not about Black but about green. I know your life long dream is owing a home and Boston is very expensive. This makes sense. Pantene has the big bucks for sponsorship, you do you.its about your family and your financial situation.”

What the hell?! Who are these people?!

That last comment is from Satan. That woman let Satan use her to be messy. I’m not playing when I say that either. She hit on VERY personal points of Whitney’s life and tried to make her feel guilty for doing what everyone else in the world does and that is whatever the hell they want. You don’t come at someone and mention their body, family, home, and money. That is one of the many things Satan does to bring us to crumble in defeat. Just pointing out who the real enemy is and no, it’s not that woman.

Everyone does whatever they want. Unless you are a newborn baby or have a disability, whatever you twitch your muscles to do is in your control to do. Period.

Yet, I respect some of the concerns that most white-owned companies don’t care about us and we should support our own people. White-owned companies are jumping on the fact that many of us have returned to our hair to its natural state because they are losing money from the fact that we no longer buy their relaxers or other products that cause more damage to our hair. They were the ones who lied and convinced us that our hair isn’t normal or manageable.

White-owned companies not caring about us is nothing new! Why are we acting like that’s a new thing? Did we think they cared about us when they we selling us relaxers? Flat irons? Teaching our children in their schools? Creating food deserts in our community causing us to heavily rely on their McDonald’s, Rally’s/ Checkers, and Burger King?

Anyway, my responses below shows a better light on how I feel about these comments and the notion of an obligation to buy only black-owned.

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Apparently, I watch too much WWE with my husband and read the original comment in my Steve Austin voice.

There are more comments that follow my statements. Feel free to visit the video’s comment section and find my following responses.

I also, don’t care if the video was sponsored. I’m not going to get on a virtual soapbox and mention every unnatural, unsponsored or sponsored, and non-black-owned products that Whitney has featured on her channel. But they can be found if you search for them.

She COULD feature only black-owned hair care products on her channel and the same goes for me and my channel, but how honest would that be if that is not what we do in real life?

Why are people expecting YouTubers do create videos for free when you don’t do what you do for free? And millions of people watch YouTube videos all day long and the revenue from those ads are literally pennies compared to the work that goes into creating content that is pushed out daily for viewers. Creating high-quality (or even low-quality. Ahem!) YouTube videos frequently isn’t cheap or easy. This is coming from someone who is just getting close to 500 subscribers after I started almost two years ago.

Now, mind you I would have said the same thing if it were anyone else’s channel because I am strongly tired of some people acting like that there is an obligation to buy ONLY from black-owned companies. No one should feel so pressured to buy or even demo products and services JUST because they are black-owned. That’s like saying, I’m obligated to buy from companies ran by women because I am a woman. No! I buy what works, what fits, what costs less, what makes me feel better, what fits my values, from companies who show women that look like me, and what I like!

Every product or service that is black-owned won’t be to our liking and we aren’t obligated to keep spending money on things we don’t like. That’s wasteful.

If you want everything you use to be black-owned, there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ll be behind you. However, until you can find everything you want to use that is black-owned, keep using whatever the hell you want.

To me, the first step to acting like a free black woman is to realize that I am free to do what I please with what and whom I please and I shouldn’t be treated as if my “black card” is real and attached to how I spend my money… or lack thereof.

So, if we are obligated to buy black-owned everything? Then, we should be earning black-owned money, right?

Thanks so much for reading. Please subscribe to stay updated on posts that are coming out. I recently purchased some products that are black-owned and I will be doing an honest first impression with those products.

Please, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Take care!

~Ebony/ CoilySue86

SoCozy Boing Curl. First Impression Review with Full Kid Wash Routine! Little Boys with Hair.

Hey, There! Welcome if you’re new and welcome back if you’re not.

I’m super excited to share this first impression review with you. I’ve posted the whole video on my channel. If you’re not much of a video watcher, then continue on reading.

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afro-shotThis review is sponsored by SoCozy and BrandBacker, and features my 5-year-old son, Vasel (Pronounced vuh-seL).

SoCozy specializes in quality hair care products for kids and they’ve sent my products to review for you all. They also told me to tell you that they are hosting a #SplashHappy Vacation Sweep for a family vacation all on them! Keep reading all the way to the bottom for more info on how to enter.

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The Sweet Creme Shampoo:

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Vasel, his Afro, & SoCozy Shampoo.

“A gentle curl cleanser that removes dirt and buildup while reinforcing and preserving curls’ natural moisture balance.” – SoCozy

Did it do what they said it would?

Yes! The shampoo was really gentle on his hair. It gave his scalp and hair a very rich lather and it rinsed away very well from his hair. It didn’t leave his coily hair feeling overly cleansed or squeaky clean or even a weird residue. It didn’t even dry out his scalp. Which is always a concern, especially during the winter months.

The Sweet Creme Conditioner: 

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Vasel, his Afro, & SoCozy Conditioner.

“An ultra-hydrating formula that conditions without weighing curls down and easily detangles to prevent breakage and frizz.” – SoCozy

Well, is it ultra hydrating? Does it prevent breakage?

Yep! This is the thickest, creamiest, and most slippery conditioner that I have ever found to work for his hair. I’m not sure if I’ll come across another product that works as well as this, but this stuff is legit! I can easily finger detangle or detangle with a comb with this conditioner. It takes a little while to rinse it all out, but you can still feel a protective layer of conditioner on his hair after rinsing. And it’s very hard to find conditioners that feel like they are still there doing their job.

The Sweet Pea Leave-In Conditioner:

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Vasel, his Afro, & SoCozy Leave-In Conditioner.

“A multi-purpose leave-in conditioner that repairs curls and infuses them with much needed moisture while preventing frizz.” -SoCozy

Does it repair the curls, Ebony? Did it prevent the frizz? Inquiring minds…

I don’t know about “repairing curls”. However, I did use it after washing and as a refresher. So, it is multi-purpose.

This is a light leave-in conditioner. It is runny. However, you can still feel the conditioner left in his hair after it dries. I sprayed some on his hair prior to getting out of the shower and I did have to apply more to his hair after his hair had dried. I also applied some to his hair prior to putting it in a protective style before bed. It is very hydrating and it did >>reduce<< the frizz.

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Nighttime Protective Style w/ Frizz Reduced.
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Nighttime Protective Style. A little blurry, but you can see his hair is tamed.

If I were to give the SoCozy Boing Curl line a star-rating, it would be five stars out of five stars. I’m going to tell you why.

  1. I am elated to finally have found products that really work for his hair. It’s been a real struggle, even with products that cater mostly to natural hair.
  2. The brand really does give attention to the fact that children have specific needs to their different hair types.
  3. The products helped to create a couple of the most tear-free wash days we’ve ever had.
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The SoCozy Boing Curl caps are flat to allow every last drop to become accessible.

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Enter to Win!

Click here to enter — http://socozy.com/sweepstakes

Thanks so much for visiting my site. I’m glad you came.

Please, feel free to leave any comments or questions!

Talk to you later!

Ebony/ CoilySue86

Anemia vs. Growing Healthy Natural Hair.

On my journey of being my natural self, I have made some discoveries about my health. I have been natural for almost five years and I have constantly struggled with my looking and feeling weak. The hair around my hairline would seem to have the slowest growth or not grow past one or two inches over the course of five years. The hair wouldn’t really curl and would shed easily with the white bulb attached. This would still occur after using castor oil and products with whatever is supposed to help reduce or prevent shedding.

Before I became natural, I wouldn’t notice shedding and thinning too much because my hair was straight and would lay closer to my scalp. Especially, after I would smooth it down with gel or jam.

I’ve briefly mentioned before that I am anemic and that I felt that it contributed to my current problems with my hair.

Well, I was right.

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Reduced hair shedding during washing and styling.

I’m sure that there is more to why my hair sheds the way it does and I will find out the more I make more visits to the doctor and dermatologist. However, it’s been over ten years that I have been dealing with anemia (low hemoglobin). Doctors would say to me, “Your hemoglobin is a little low, but you should be fine.” How Sway?! It makes me angry because I always feel that “little low” with lightheadedness, fatigue, mood swings, dark circles around my eyes, cold hands, and feet, hair thinning, et cetera. I do not feel good when my iron is a “little low”.

Last year, I was prescribed iron tablets at 65 mg and to take one twice a day. While I was taking iron supplements along with two 1,400 mg flaxseed oil capsules, I had reduced the shedding of my hair by 50% to 60% within six to eight weeks of taking them every single day without missing a dose. In addition, my scalp was less dry and flaky.

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At the beginning of taking the iron supplements and during.

In the above photo, you can see my hair looking extremely sparse. It doesn’t help that I have an indented hairline, but any hair loss is noticed there first. I also looked very tired. Then, in the bottom half of the photo my twists and my hairline looks healthier and not as sparse. I also look more energetic. Both photos were taken right after a wash or co-wash and applying the LOC method.
Related Post: It Was Time For Change. So, I Cut My Hair. My Mission to Self-Heal.

Unfortunately, I stopped taking them about two months ago because iron supplements are tough on the stomach and I wanted a break from taking them. Plus, I got tired of taking pills after what I went through this summer. And of course, the shedding returned along with the persistent low energy with cold hands and feet. However, my edges don’t look as sparse like they did back in May.

So, I am back on the supplements at the same dosage along with the flaxseed oil at the same dosage. With this, I’ve been including flaxseeds in my oatmeal, drinking homemade kombucha, and eating more vegetables, not only to fight stomach upset and constipation from taking iron but to also provide healthy nutrients that help my hair grow to be as healthy as possible. When those don’t seem to work to reduce constipation (sorry to be so graphic), I occasionally take Swiss Kriss to get me back on track.

Nature Made Organic Flaxseed Oil 1,400 mg - Omega-3-6-9 for Heart Health - 300 Softgels                                      Nature Made Iron 65 mg. (from Ferrous Sulfate) Tablets 180 Ct

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Supplements I take for anemia, hair growth & health.

I am determined to grow my hair as healthy as possible but I can’t do that unless I get my health together. Healthy hair begins on the inside. So, I plan to stay on the supplements, eat more iron-rich foods, possibly obtain a cast-iron skillet, and tell you all about how they are working for me. So, subscribe to my blog to stay updated.

Thanks for reading!

Ebony/ CoilySue86

Anti-Dandruff Hot Oil Mix | Fall & Winter Hair Care.

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Just in time for the fall and winter season, is this hydrating and soothing hot oil mix. The ingredients included in this mix help to fight against dryness and dullness of the hair, and fight against an itchy, flaky, scalp.

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oilolive-oil
  • 1 or 2 dropper full of Vitamin E Oil
  • 2 flaxseed oil capsules (2 teaspoons of flaxseed oil)
  • 8 to 10 drops of Peppermint Oil
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  • 8 to 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • A heat resistant bowl, cup, or bottle.

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Combine all the ingredients in your bowl, cup, or heat resistant bottle.
If you aren’t  going to use this right away or you have some left over, refrigerate the remaining oils because flaxseed oil can spoil.

Leave me a comment below on the video to let me know if this mix works for you.

Thanks for visiting my page!

Ebony/ CoilySue86

New Hair Profile!

hp-part-one-snapshotHair Type, Big Chop Story, & Length Check!

 

I know I already did a hair profile. (Click here to see it.)  However, I thought I would better show you my hair with these super quick videos. Those few photos I had in the last hair profile didn’t really do justice in showing you the details that make up coily hair.

 
My Hair Type!
 
My Big Chop Story!
Length Check!
Thanks for visiting my page. I would be happy to have you as a subscriber on YouTube and as a follower on blogger, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and Periscope. I am CoilySue86 on every social media platform.

See you later!

Ebony/ CoilySue86

Short & Simple Co-Wash/ Pre-Poo Routine on Fine Coily Hair.

Short & Simple Co-Wash/ Pre-Poo Routine on Fine Coily Hair.

A super quick video of what I apply to my fine 4a hair to condition, detangle, and soften before I shampoo or co-wash. I am using my homemade oil mix and Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle.

 

Another super quick video of my co-wash routine with Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner. I did this after I applied oil and conditioner to make co-washing easier.

I got the idea of using oil and Trader Joes’ Tea Tree Tingle from Naptural85.

Her original video found here.
The 25 Minute Co Wash + Detangle! Thick Long Natural Hair – Naptural85

10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Naturalista!

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This is for all the curly, kinky, coily, nappy, textured women and men out there. Many of us naturally textured people understand that talking about our hair can be fun, exciting, and greatly informative. We may even receive uplifting compliments and pieces of advice that keep us moving along on our journey toward healthy gravity-defying hair.
Sometimes, talking about it be annoying, angering, and stressful. The things that are said to us, what we read, and overhear can disappoint, discourage, and disturb us to the point of feeling defensive and possibly inadequate about our literally outstanding mane.
Before I begin the list, I need to state that there is nothing wrong with some of these comments. However, depending on the circumstances of when they are said, to whom they are said, and why they are said can be contradicting to that love that exists for naturally textured hair. Many of these comments may come from people who claim to have love natural hair and may have natural hair themselves.
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Natural Hair Is Beautiful But…

 

10. “Why Does Your Hair Look So Nappy?”
UhErrrrmm… Okay. Riddle me this, Batman. How else is my hair supposed to look?
The word “nappy” isn’t as offensive to me as it was when I was seven years old and had relaxed hair. Back in the day, “nappy” was an offensive term and too many people it still is. It’s used to say that one’s hair is matted/ unkempt, unclean, and lacks definition and style.
From my understanding of coily hair and what nappy really means… there’s nothing wrong with it. Let me further explain. My hair is washed, conditioned, moisturized, detangled (only to re-tangle), healthy, and when left un-manipulated, becomes a nappy looking Afro. Which is A-Okay with me.

However, don’t ask us as if something is wrong with our hair being nappy and not defined enough for you. Just appreciate it as it is. If you can’t, just leave us to do that for you.

Carol's Daughter

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My Natural Hair Profile. What Do We Have In Common? ~CoilySue86

Hey, everyone! How’s it going? I hope all is well.

I want to give you all my hair profile. I think that it will help everyone determine what ways we are alike and if the products and styles I have or will try on my blog and vlog would help you too.

Hair Profile Update Here!

My Hair:
Type: 4A Coily
Length: Medium
Texture: Very Fine Strands
Density: Medium to High Density
Porosity: High.
Growth: Average to slow growth.
Color: Dark Brown. Lighter at the Ends. Never color treated.

Current Problems:
Growth: Has slowed down a lot over the past year.
Porosity: Is so high that my hair releases moisture just as easily as it absorbs moisture. It also stretches and stretches and doesn’t recoil.
Ends: FAIRY.KNOTS.GALORE. And they reappear quickly after dusting. Tangles very easily.
*Edges: Thin and seemingly doesn’t grow. Grows less than the rest of my hair. Making it difficult to achieve crown braids or twists. *Sad Panda*
Texture and Density: These two aren’t really a problem, but when it comes to having voluminous braids and twists they aren’t full looking.

 

If you are unsure of how to determine your hair type, density, and texture; click these links here to help you learn more about your hair.
Because NaturallyCurly.com is awesome! I’m just saying. They’ve been a blessing to me.

Now, let us continue.
I’m still experimenting with getting my hair to be the healthiest it can be. To remedy some of my problems I have been researching, seeking consultation, and experimenting with the following ideas:

High Porosity and Fairy Knots:

Hair stretches and stretches and doesn’t recoil.

From my understanding, there are things I can do externally and internally to combat high porosity hair.
Internally, taking supplements like B6, B3, and Omega-3s can help to make sure that your hair and the hair follicle are getting nourishment and being properly hydrated from the start of growth.

I had my physician check my blood for any vitamin deficiencies to confirm what I am already lacking.
I am borderline insufficient in Vitamin D.
I am anemic and I have been for years. I’ve started taking an iron tablet twice a day. I also take one 1400mg of organic flaxseed oil capsules everyday.
Also, I am certain I am dealing with a hormonal imbalance that may be affecting my overall hair health, but I can not confirm without a visit with the endocrinologist.


Externally, I need REAL PROTEIN TREATMENTS! After doing some research, I’ve learned that egg, oil, avocado, and other protein rich foods have the protein molecules that are just too large to penetrate our hair shaft. Proteins like hydrolyzed wheat, rice, or even soy have the protein molecules that are small enough to penetrate our hair.
So, I recently purchased hydrolyzed wheat protein from Green Beauty via Amazon. I am doing weekly deep protein treatments with a mix of hydrolyzed wheat protein and my favorite conditioners. I do this after shampooing my hair. From my understanding, the hair has to be really clean in order to have the protein penetrate the hair shaft; making our hair softer, stronger, and shinier.

I am also looking into leave-ins that allow much slippage after my hair is dry. I am looking for products with marshmallow root and slippery elm bark. I plan on trying My Natural Sistas leave in detangler recipe one day to make my own slippery leave in. For now, I am using the L.O.C Method with As I Am Leave-In Conditioner, my homemade oil mix, and my Shea butter mix to seal it all in. Then, I detangle, keep my hair in protective twists, and wear wraps and hair bands throughout the week until the next wash day. So far, my hair seems to be responding and I will talk more about that in another post or even a video.

 

Bedtime hair puffs.

*Edges and Growth:
Internally, I was taking the New Chapter Women’s One Daily which is one of the best multivitamins I have ever come across. I recently fell off taking them, just because the tablets have other ingredients that may interfere with the absorption of the liver medication I am on. Even though all the multivitamin ingredients are all natural, I am on a very strong medication for a liver condition. A condition that I can not go into too much detail about right now, but I have been dealing with this problem for a long time, long before I knew it was there, and I am certain that it has been having an effect on my hair, skin, and nails.

*I believe my “thin” edges and slowing growth are genetic. I may not have noticed how they looked in the past because my hair was relaxed and just as thin as my edges. Also, my edges have a distinct shape. A shape that I remembered that my mother had and my son also has those edges. So, I am not super worried about my edges being “thin” or my growth appearing slow. However, I still will work to try to improve the quality of my edges and growth.

Texture and Density:

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Like with my edges and growth, these problems can be dealt with internally and externally… if genetics aren’t the cause. And there isn’t too much we can do about genetics. Yet, there are things I can do and not do to prevent problems with texture and density. My strands are really fine coils. They are so fine, that when I think I’ve grabbed one or two strands of hair, I actually have 3 or 4.
So, when I try to have full looking twists and braids, my hair looks flat every time. Yet, when I have a twist out, braid out, or an Afro, my hair looks full. So, I am the type that may have to add hair to get full looking twisted or braided styles. I’m not sure if I am twisting or braiding my hair too tight, but I need a little extra help.

So, I hope that I can be of some help to you all and I could use your help as well.
Please let me know what we have in common and what you have been doing to remedy your problems.

Talk to you all later!

Ebony/ CoilySue86