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Janomi Hair Oil and Leave-In Review.

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Hey there! Welcome to my updated blog, here at Ebony Glass Co.

I have a new review of Janomi Hair products created and owned by a black woman, Adrienne Janomi. She is one I admire and respect. She has worked very hard to create his business and her brand to be what is now. 

She currently sells hair oil, a leave-in conditioner, a styling butter, a detangling comb, and more.

In this review, I will talk about and demonstrate how I achieved the best twistout I’ve ever had using her Citrus Juice leave-in conditioner and the Essential Hair & Scalp Oil.

Watch the Review Here

*This post is unsponsored.*

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Janomi Hair Review: Results After Fluffing the Twistout.

You’ll see during the demo that I continuously split my twists to add volume to my hair. This is a good trick to do if you weren’t blessed with a “high strand out”. 

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The Citrus Juice Leave-In Conditioner:

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This is the best leave-in I’ve ever used. Hands down and no exaggeration. My hair feels so soft and manageable after using this. I’ll never go back to another leave-in.

This oil is best sprayed on damp hair if you are the type with high-porosity hair. Spray this on your ends and work your way up. Doing this will add moisture and help to seal it in. It’s light enough to use on the scalp and light enough to use on locs.

You can also spray it on your scalp to soothe itching and dryness. 

The Essential Hair & Scalp Oil:

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This is one of the first Janomi Hair products that I’ve ever tried. This oil leaves my hair so smooth, soft, and hydrated. When you pair it with the leave-in, you’re doing your hair the biggest favor. 

It’s best to apply this oil after you’ve sprayed the leave-in conditioner. If you are not planning on twisting your hair, it’s best to apply the oil to your scalp and massage in.
If you are going to twist your hair, apply the oil to your scalp after so that you can have better access to your scalp.

To watch the full review, watch the video below.

 

Again, use the promo code “EBONY” to get 15% OFF of your purchases until December 31, 2018. Let me know what you have ordered. Try it and then come back to tell me about it.

Talk to you later!

~Ebony
CoilySue86/ Ebony Glass Co.

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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.
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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

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.

 

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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

DOUBLE #DIY: Fluffy Double Whipped Shea Butter Cream & Lotion! #CoilySue86

Hey, everyone! Thanks for visiting my page!

I have two D.I.Y.s for you! I am excited to share this one because it’s my oldest homemade product and I’ve been making this for almost four years. Well, the first part of this recipe I’ve been making for years, but the second half is new and I love it! I use them both in my hair and on my skin. The lighter option for my hair is the Shea butter lotion for everyday use.

Now, I know! I know! There are thousands of homemade whipped shea butter recipes out there, but this one is better. This one feels as good as it looks. That’s right! Fluffy, light, buttery, nourishing, moisturizing, smooth, and never greasy! There are no hidden clumps or very very VERY little clumps (depending on your Shea butter and where you get it from). Beauty Naturals Express has the best fair trade organic unrefined Shea butter from Ghana at a great price with fair shipping prices. AND it’s a black-owned-business! Woot woot! And their customer service is on point with me. Soooo…. Yeah!

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A quick breakdown of the ingredients:

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Unrefined Organic Shea Butter: Raw and unrefined is how you want your shea butter if you want to get most of the vitamins, anti-aging, and healing properties.

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Unrefined Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: The second ingredient, that left unrefined, will have the most benefits. It’s a very penetrative oil and adds shine to your skin and hair. It’s antifungal and antibacterial. The cheapest and most legit unrefined virgin coconut oil I’ve found is at my local Aldi’s. Simply Nature Organic Coconut Oil for $4.99 a jar! The second cheapest jar is at my local Whole Foods. 365 Brand Unrefined Coconut Oil for $6.99 per jar.

Sweet Almond Oil: Hypoallergenic (unless you have an almond allergy), which is perfect for sensitive skin. This prevents and treats eczema, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. It also hydrates the skin.

Jojoba Oil: It’s an oil that closely resembles our own skin oil (sebum), is a great moisturizer to add to your Shea butter mix. This oil is high in vitamin e and softens and conditions the skin.

Vitamin E Oil: I happen to use food-grade oil. This oil is a great antioxidant and natural preservative to use in your skincare products to fight wrinkles and aid in the reversal of skin damage.

Double-Whipped Shea Butter Recipe: (Video posted below)
A half-pound of unrefined organic Shea butter
1/4 cup of blended oils
1/8 cup of sweet almond oil
1/8 cup of jojoba oil
1 to 2 dropper full of vitamin e oil
And add any essential oils of your choice
1/2 cup of unrefined organic virgin coconut oil
A large mixing bowl
A plastic or wooden spatula
A hand mixer with mixing beaters and a whisk beater.
A clean and dry jar.

Instructions: 
Put the Shea butter into a bowl and begin to mix for about a couple minutes to break up the larger clumps.
*If the Shea butter is really cold and hard because some people refrigerate their butter, take it out for a couple hours to a whole day ahead of time.
Take your 1/2 cup of coconut oil and add half of it to the bowl and start mixing for a couple minutes. (Set aside the remaining oil for your lotion.)
*If your coconut oil is cold and in a solid-state do not microwave it or heat it up over the stove. Just sit it out a couple hours ahead of time or add it to the mix as a solid and it will warm up as it’s being mixed.
Take your 1/4 cup of blended oils and pour half of it in and begin mixing again for about three to five minutes or until you start to see peaks forming in the Shea butter. (Set aside the remaining oils for your lotion.)

Stop and use the spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl and to check for any clumps pea-sized or larger. If there are some, keep mixing for another two to three minutes.
After that, eject the mixing beaters and attach the whisk beater.
Scrape the sides of the bowl again to form a mound of Shea butter.
Begin to use the whisk attachment to help eliminate small clumps and to further whip the butter into a smooth cream. Whisk for about three to five minutes and check for clumps.

When done, add your Shea butter to a clean and dry container. Make sure you set aside about 3/4 cup to a whole cup of your whipped Shea butter for your lotion.
When adding your Shea butter to your container, tap the container on your fist or the table to settle the butter down and eliminate large bubbles of air. I avoid piping in the Shea butter with a plastic sandwich bag because I, personally feel that it’s a bit wasteful of plastic and Shea butter that remains in the bag.
This whipped butter will stay fluffy and should last about three to four months.

 

Double-Whipped Shea Butter Lotion Recipe: (Video posted below)
3/4 cup to 1 cup whipped Shea butter
Your remaining oils plus another 1/4 cup of blended oils.
Any essential oils of your choice.
A small bowl
A whisk.
A thoroughly washed and dried pump bottle.
A kitchen funnel (Optional)

Instructions:
Add your oils to the bowl.
Adding a dollop at a time of Shea butter, whisk the butter in with this oils until smooth.
Use your funnel, or in my case the pump, and bottle your Shea Butter Lotion.
The oils lightly separate over time, but it’s nothing that a gentle shake can’t fix.

Give this a try and let me know what you think! I will respond!

Happy mixing!
Thanks for reading!

Ebony/ CoilySue86/ Ebony Glass Co.

 

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