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Product Review: Kinky-Curly Come Clean

14 Dec

Come Clean

Ingredients: Purified water, organic mandarin orange fruit, organic marigold flower, organic white willow bark, organic sea kelp, c14-16 olefin, sulfonate & cocamidopropyl betaine (coconut derived), citric acid, sea salt, phenoxyethanol, natural fragrance.

  • Price: 3 out of 5
  • Packaging: 5 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 4 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 4 stars

My comments: Come Clean is a silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, protein free, glycerin free, cruelty free, organic curl cleanser. It has a light citrus scent & unlike most sulfate-free shampoos, it produces a frothy lather. I paid $11.99 for this 12 ounce bottle at Target. NOTE: It may say “moisturizing”, but this is a clarifying shampoo. My hair was squeaky clean after using it. I know it’s not a good thing for your curls to “squeak” b/c that means they’ve been stripped all oils, but it had been 17 days since my last hairwash, so Giovanni was in need of extreme cleansing. If you have product build-up, hard tap water, or you think your hair needs a fresh start, then you would probably benefit from using this curl cleanser. Just be sure to deep condition afterwards. ūüôā


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‚Äôs 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‚ÄĚ diameter rollers on the majority of my head & 1 ¬ľ‚ÄĚ 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!

My Hair Regimen… the details

2 May


The two shampoos I use are Elasta¬†QP¬†Creme Conditioning Shampoo & DOO GRO Moisturizing¬†Growth Shampoo. Elasta¬†QP¬†is great b/c it’s sulfate-free, dirt cheap (I got this bottle for $2.99) & it cleans your hair without drying it out. If you are a faithful follower of the Curly Girl Method, you’ll probably like this shampoo.¬†However, if you use a lot of synthetic¬†or petroleum-based products, Elasta will not¬†remove all of the product build up. On occasion, I use products containing¬†silicones¬†& other synthetics, so¬†when I need to clarify (every 4-6 weeks), I use DOO GRO¬†shampoo (costs about $5). I’ve been using DOO GRO¬†since my permie days & I have always liked it. CAUTION:¬†DOO GRO¬†contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate. To minimize the drying effects of SLS, I dilute it mine with water (about 5:1 ratio).


V05 Moisture Milk Conditioner ($1) & Suave Almond &¬†Shea Butter Conditioner ($3) are two inexpensive conditioners that I use from time to time, especially for co-washing my hair. They smell awesome!!! Co-washing is simply washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo (it’s also part of the curly girl method I referred to earlier). The rationale is that most conditioners contain enough cleansing agents in them to clean the hair & scalp sans the harsh detergents. I do co-wash my hair, but only about once a month. Plain conditioner doesn’t remove enough oil/sebum/product build-up for me to use it solely.


Our hair is made up of about 70% keratin protein. Proteins are responsible for giving hair it’s strength & structure. Chemical processes (such as relaxers & hair dyes) work by breaking down those protein bonds to permanently alter the texture of or deposit color onto our hair. On the molecular level, damaged hair looks like swiss cheese, so protein treatments help you fill those gaps & prevent breakage. Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is an intensive treatment that I only use every 6-8 weeks. It costs about $7 & smells like dinosaur urine, but it really works!!! **NOTE: Follow the instructions on the label, or you will not¬†be pleased with the results** On the week after¬†I use Aphogee¬†there’s almost no hair in my brush/comb, which means it’s staying on my head & I’m a fan of that! ūüėČ Mane n Tail Deep Moisturizing¬†Conditioner¬†($5) is a protein-rich conditioner that I use in between protein treatments. I use it like you would any regular conditioner.


Protein can cause your hair to become hard or brittle, but you can counteract that side-effect¬†with a deep conditioning¬†treatment. I deep condition my hair just about every time I wash it; that’s about 2-3 times per month. The two products I’ve been using lately are Pantene¬†Pro V Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Deep Conditioning Mask ($6) & my DIY “hair crack”… Pantene¬†DC Mask is the friggin¬†truth!!! It smells amazing, makes detangling¬†a breeze & noticeably softens your hair. The only problem I have is that it is NEVER IN STOCK!!! Walmart, RiteAid, CVS, Winn-Dixie, Target… doesn’t matter where you go, they’re always out. The scarcity thereof either speaks to the popularity of the product, or the meanness of the Pantene¬†people ūüėź Yeah! So my hair crack is¬†just an¬†amalgamation of¬†different conditioners & oils… I’ll¬†post my recipe at some future point in time.


After I wash, condition, detangle & towel dry my hair, I divide it into about 6 sections, add product & roll it up (back to front). Because naturally curly hair is particularly dense, it is best to apply all hair products in sections, for controlled & even distribution. These are the styling products I use to achieve my roller set: TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray ($5), African Pride Leave-In Conditioner ($5) & The Body Shop Macadamia straightening balm ($12). In a spray bottle I combine equal parts water & African-Pride Leave-In. I do this because I prefer soft hold & it can make your hair hard, not to mention sticky, if left undiluted. I apply all three products to each section of hair before rolling it up. Piece-o-cake, no?


These are the oil-based products you apply to your hair during styling¬†to seal in moisture & impart shine. I also use them for (pre-shampoo) hot oil treatments. My favorite oils/butters are Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ($8), Mango-scented Shea Butter (smells so pretty, cost me about $4), Organic Root Stimulator¬†Nature’s Shine Spray ($5)¬†& Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil ($5). WORD OF CAUTION: apply these products sparingly, cause errbody knows a greasy head is NOT a fabulous one!


Sistas¬†will act a plumb fool about our edges, won’t we?!?!¬†I’m not even gonna lie to you, natural (i.e. un-relaxed) edges prefer to be wild & free… the way God intended, but fortunately for us, the cosmetic powers that be have made all sorts of gels & pomades that can encourage your hairline to “behave” more civilized. How do¬†I use it? I scoop out a small smear of product & rub it across my hairline, then I brush it back & tie it down.¬†I leave it tied for a few mintues while I finish getting ready. When I take it off… VOILA! Slick edges!¬†My favorites are Shea Butter ($4), Oyin¬†Burnt Sugar Pomade ($5+ shipping) & EcoStyler¬†Olive Oil Styling Gel ($4). Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade ($4) is a carry-over from my permie¬†days… It’s BAD for you b/c it¬†has mineral oil & a bunch of other synthetic ingredients in it. But I’m being honest with you & putting it on my list b/c I actually use it & it¬†works *hangs head in shame for leading you astray*… Oh & don’t be like me & buy 16 products that do the same thing, just PICK ONE.


NOW you see why I call myself a product junkie… And these are just my favorites! SMH