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Ode to Olive Oil

5 Jan

We spend a lot of energy looking for the next big thing to tame frizz or soften skin. However, nature often provides simple solutions to our beauty dilemmas. Let’s talk about olive oil… 

How it’s made

Olive oil is generated by grinding whole olives into a paste. Pressure is applied to the olive paste until oil separates from the paste. It takes an average of 45 pounds of olives to create 1 gallon of oil, depending on the size & type of olives used. “Extra virgin” refers to oil that is generated from the first olive press. It is the most expensive & highest quality olive oil because it has not been altered or refined. The delicate flavor of EVOO, makes it ideal for use in salad dressings, soups & stews.

Why it’s great

Olive oil is rich in vitamins & antioxidants. When used topically, it slows the aging process by defending your cells against free radicals. Studies show that replacing butter & animal fats with olive oil in your food preparation will help lower HDL (bad cholesterol) & raise LDL (good cholesterol) levels in your blood.

Beauty Uses

  • Exfoliator. Add ½ cup of brown sugar (or sea salt) to ¼ cup of EVOO. Use this all natural scrub to slough off dead skin cells.
  • Eye makeup remover. I have not personally used olive oil in this manner, but I’ve read rave reviews about the ease of makeup removal. Added bonus: EVOO will condition the sensitive skin around your eyes & with continued use, can prevent wrinkles & thicken your eyelashes.
  • Moisturize. Got scaly skin, ashy elbows, crusty cuticles or dry scalp? Don’t fret, it happens to the best of us… especially in the winter, LOL! Just rub some EVOO on any problem areas & you can kiss the dryness goodbye!
  • Pre-poo hot oil treatment. Warm desired amount of EVOO in a bowl or a cup. Massage the oil into your hair & scalp. Wrap your hair in a warm towel, or plastic bag & let it sit for up to 30 minutes before washing.
  • Deep condition. Add 1-2 ounces of EVOO to your favorite conditioner & apply to freshly washed hair. This is a cheap way to stretch out expensive conditioning treatments. The oil also provides additional slip, making detangling a breeze. Wrap your hair in a plastic bag for up to 30 minutes before rinsing w/ cold water. * NOTE: I wouldn’t do an olive oil pre poo AND an olive oil DC in the same hairwashing session.
  • Sealing ends. The tips of your hair are the oldest part, which means they’ve been exposed to the elements for the longest period of time & are more susceptible to damage than the rest of your hair. Using EVOO on the tips prior to styling gives your ends added protection against breakage.

Have you tried olive oil? How do you use it?

Sources: Choose Olive Oil as a Healthy Alternative by Laura Bofinger & The Passionate Olive by Carol Firenze


October Beauty Acquisitions

18 Oct

Death to SSKs

15 Oct

I am one of those people who constantly plays in their hair. I can’t help the fact that my curls feel… well, HEAVENLY! Last week I was on the phone with a client, twirling a lock of hair, when I felt a tiny bump towards the end of the strand. What was that?! Upon inspection, I determined that it was indeed the dreaded SSK. So I did what any reasonable person would do… I grabbed my scissors & cut that sucker off! My coworkers thought I had lost my mind. I kept finding them, so I began conducting daily search & destroy missions 😦 *cue waterworks & violins*

Single strand knots (also called fairy knots) are just one of the many varieties of split ends. They can be caused by:

  • Thermal stress (heat styling)
  • Mechanical stress (excessive manipulation)
  • Chemical stress (hair color, relaxers, etc)
  • Lack of moisture (damage from the inside out) Continue reading

My Deep Conditioner

25 Sep

During the majority of my transition, my go to deep conditioner was Pantene Relaxed and Natural Breakage Defense Deep Conditioning Mask. It provides excellent slip for detangling, smells heavenly, is extremely affordable @ $6 for a 7.6 ounce jar & made Giovanni feel like BUTTAH. The only problem is that I could NEVER find it in stock 😦 Pantene was trippin when they discontinued it. Google it to see for yourself; the natural hair community was both horrified & outraged *insert TEARS*After that I searched frantically for a replacement DC. I found ones that smelled good, but had minimal slip… or ones that conditioned well, but they smelled like broccoli & cabbage puree or they cost $18 a jar. So I decided to “make” my own, which I playfully refer to  as my “hair crack” after Queen Latifah’s mystery concoction on the movie Beauty Shop 🙂

After reading CurlyNikki’s review of Lustrasilk Shea Butter & Mango Cholesterol Plus, I bought a 20 ounce jar @ my local BSS for under $5. It was to be the base product for my DC. To it I added an entire bottle of VO5 Moisture Milks Passion Fruit Smoothie Conditioner to the mix ($1 for a 15 ounce bottle @ my local Dollar Tree). During a Sally’s PJ run, someone recommended Wild Growth Hair Oil, so I bought a 6 ounce bottle for $7.99. Continue reading

The Protein Cocktail Review…

23 May

It’s that time again… HAIRWASHING DAY!!!

6 May

In case you were wondering, today was hair washing day! I just thought I’d share my process with you. Consider yourself honored to gaze upon my mug sans makeup… few people have had the privilege. Hahahaha! ENJOY


I’m kinda ol skool in that I still scratch my scalp before I wash my hair. What can I say? Shampoo is more effective after debris has been manually removed from the surface of your scalp. I parted my hair, scratched the scalp & applied a thin line of Tea Tree Oil.  After my entire scalp was covered in oil, I applied Head & Shoulders dry scalp conditioner to the length of my hair & let it sit for about 15 minutes prior to washing my hair.

Tip of the day: The surfactants in your shampoo (& conditioner) cleanse your hair by attracting & suspending dirt, dander & debris, so that they can easily be rinsed away with water. However, they require a little bit of manual friction to get the process going. If you’re dissatisfied with the performance of your shampoo, it could be that you need to put more elbow grease into your routine. DO NOT scrub your scalp until it bleeds (LOL)… just until it feels clean!


I poured a little less than a teaspoon of Head & Shoulders classic clean shampoo into a small (empty) bottle, filled it the rest of the way with water & shook it up. I used this diluted shampoo solution to wash my hair… poured it directly onto my parted scalp, scrubbed & rinsed until it was clean.


My grand debut of Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Replenishing Mask (YAY)!!! After towel drying my hair, I applied the treatment in sections until my entire head was covered. Then I detangled my hair in sections (using my TANGLE TEEZER), covered it with a plastic baggie & sat under the dryer (low heat) for 20 minutes & rinsed it out. My thoughts on this mask?!? I like it fine; unfortunately it’s no more spectacular than any other mask that I’ve tried. It smells amazing & provided excellent slip for detangling. I was a bit heavy-handed with it & used half the jar in one day on my shoulder length hair (SMH)… but I like it, so I’d buy it again.



I divided my hair into about 5 sections, added product & rolled it up (back to front). TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray, African Pride Leave-In Conditioner & The Body Shop’s Macadamia straightening balm. In a spray bottle I combined equal parts water & African-Pride Leave-In. I did this because I prefer soft hold & it can make your hair hard, not to mention sticky, if left undiluted. I applied all three products to each section of hair before rolling. I used 1” diameter rollers on the majority of my head & 1 ¼” diameter rollers in the very back where my hair is longer. I roll my hair towards the back of my head, so the curls roll under.



 After rolling my hair, I sat under the dryer for about 2 hours (low heat). I let my hair cool off before removing the rollers. I applied coconut oil to each section & this is how it turned out…

I haven’t decided how I’m gonna style it yet… I’ll post those pics later this weekend… HAPPY FRIDAY!

Confessions of a product junkie…

4 May

Every single time I go shopping, whether it’s for groceries or clothes I feel the need to browse the beauty aisle(s). Whether I’m at Walmart, Target, Rite-Aid, Dillard’s, TJMaxx… I just gotta know what they have to offer in the way of beauty products.  My disease is called product junkism. Maybe you’ve heard of it, or perhaps you suffer from it yourself…? IDK about you, but my PJ-ism always seems to flare up around the same time I get the Ulta sale paper in the mail. Have you been to Ulta?!? It’s my version of heaven. I swear I can hear the hallelujah chorus performing when I step in the building. So I just wanted to share with you the acquisitions from my most recent trip to Ulta… ENJOY!

Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Replenishing Mask

Ingredients: Water/Eau, Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance/Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

 I know exactly what you’re thinking: Sham you have gone off the deep end! This DC is neither natural nor Curly Girl approved (dimethicone… HELLO)! I know, you guys, I know. But the bottom line is that I need a new DC Mask… I’m scraping the bottom of my numero uno (pictured below) & I haven’t been able to find a jar ANYWHERE! Grrr @ Pantene! The two have a few common ingredients & I’ll try just about anything once. It smells divine & it only cost me $5 @ Ulta, which means it’s probably $4 @ Walmart. I plan to use it this week, so I’ll keep you posted & let you know what I think.

But my favorite DC is Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Deep Conditioning Mask

Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alchohol, Amdimethicone, Behentrimonium Choride, Cety alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Panthenol, Pathenyl ethyl ether, Fragrance, Lysine hcl, Methyl tyrosinate hcl, Histidine, Benzyl alcohol, Disodium edta, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium hydroxide.  

What else did I buy @ Ulta?

Orly Top 2 Bottom: Two-in-one Basecoat/Topcoat & a handy-dandy buffer block. I plan to do a DIY pedi this weekend 🙂


 What will you buy on your next trip to Ulta?