Review: Vitagood Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush

Hey Everyone!
Since this baby came in the mail, wash day has been way less dreadful. I’ve seen numerous reviews about this gadget on Youtube, and pretty much each and every one barely had anything negative to say about it. I had to try it for myself! Anything that promises to promote a healthier scalp, control dandruff, lift away dead skin cells, massage and invigorate your scalp, AND simply just make wash day a lot easier for me, I’m all on it like white on rice. Simply said, this Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush does all the work your fingers ordinarily would, and I’m here to tell you all about it! The price for this is originally $39.99…yes, you read that correctly. I don’t know about you but I wasn’t trying to pay that regardless of how great it is. Thanks to Whitney aka Naptural85, I was able to get this brush for just $12.00 (Inserts Shout Here)! Yeah, there was no resisting after that.
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PROS:
– Really easy to use
– Feels great
– Affordable (Once you find coupon codes :D)
– Cleans your scalps amazingly & thoroughly
– Portable & Easy to travel with
– Waterproof
– Easy to handle

CON:
– Hard to open and put in the AA Battery

My Thoughts:
Honestly this Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush does exactly what it advertised to do. I have to say I did have a hard time trying to unlock it so I could unscrew and insert the battery, but besides that it’s great. Not only does it save me time but it also effort! I will be using it for shampooing and definitely cowashing. I feel like it will really take my cowashes to another level of clean! Since it is winter my scalp has been getting dry and itchy lately. I noticed after using this my scalp is less itchy. Because I’m naturally heavy-handy I have to remind myself not to apply too much pressure when using this, because I really don’t need to. The soft rubber tips and the vibration does the work for you. All I do is gently massaging this in my scalp in circular motions. This product is something would recommend for any hair type. Although if your hair is curly and/or kinky it’s probably more likely to tangle, so I would use this while working in sections, holding that ends of the section, just to keep everything organized and manageable. On the other hand if your hair is straight, you don’t have to worry about that. It would also make for a good gift. I got Mandisa one for Christmas. :) She will be back to comment on her thoughts on it as well. I personally want to know what she thinks.

I hope this helps!
Talk to you soon,
Irene

Bentonite Clay Mask

Hey Everyone,
I hope you all are doing well and if you’re in the New York area staying warm!
Anyways I’m actually writing a post about my first experience using bentonite clay on my hair,
just a few hours after using it. That’s how excited I am to share everything with you. I purchased
my bentonite clay off of Ebay months ago, with every intention of using it for my hair, and I’m just
now getting around to it.

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Cleanses & Softens
Bentonite clay is super absorbent and has the ability to clarify your hair without leaving it with that stripped feeling, which I can testify to today. When I rinsed the clay out of my hair, I never expected it to make my hair feel so soft like I just conditioned it. I made sure after rinsing to check my scalp for any build up, dirt or residue. Mind you I haven’t washed my hair in two weeks before this, and my scalp was CLEAN folks.

Prep
Before you get ready to mix your clay, I would recommend wearing an old t-shirt because this can get a tad messy. I made sure to have clips on hand so I could separate my hair into four workable sections. To mix your mask, its important that you’re using both a plastic bowl and spoon because the clay can draw the impurities out of metal.
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Mix
I used a very simple recipe. All you need is apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, water, and of course the clay. I personally didn’t measure anything. I poured some clay into the plastic bowl, then the apple cider vinegar (it will start to sizzle), about a tablespoon of olive oil, and water. Just eyeball it. The trick is to add the ingredients a small amount at a time, until you reach that creamy smooth consistency. I ended up with more than I needed and used the extra as a face mask. :) IMG_4568

Application
I separated my hair into 4 sections, working from back to front. Before smoothing the clay into my hair, I sprayed each section thoroughly with water. This just helps the mix to distribute MUCH easier. I applied it to my hair, roots, and scalp, smoothing it all the way to ends. Once it was on every inch of my hair, I left it in for about 30 mins, but not to the point where it was rock hard. Then I rinsed it out with warm water with no trouble. Make sure you rinse thoroughly
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I was super surprised by the results! You could probably tell that already. I will definitely be doing this more often. My curls were clumped together, super defined, popping, and completely frizz-less! I was in love. I deep conditioned afterwards for added moisture, but I really didn’t have to. Stay tuned for my wash and go attempt!

I hope this helps one of you!
Until next time!
– Irene

A Little Dose of Vintage

Hey Lovelies,
I’m coming at you today with a super simple vintage style! I have no idea what inspired me to try out this hairstyle, but I was standing in the mirror one night just fiddling around with my hair and this is what came of it! It’s crazy simple.
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All I did was start on heatless super stretched hair! I chose to keep the back out, because I was feeling the volume (as always) but you can style that however your heart desires. Then I parted the front section of hair, using the arch of my eyebrows as a guide. Once I figured out how much hair I wanted, I rolled the bang under and pinned! Done!
I hope you like!
I would love to see your own spin on this style!
Until next time,
Irene

Valentine’s Day Inspired Hair

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Hello Lovelies!
Happy February! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I figured this was the perfect time to post this new hair style I achieved on old stretched hair. I personally think that this hair style is sexy yet classy enough for a date night with your significant other, but also cute for dinner with your friends! One of the things I love about natural hair is it’s versatility, so it’s completely up to you! I don’t intend on doing anything for Valentine’s Day, but wherever you are or whatever you’re doing, make sure your spending the day with the people|person you love!

I started this look on a week old blow out using the tension method. My hair wasn’t bone straight at this point. In fact the roots were beginning to revert and my hair was getting puffy. Which is perfect because for this particular style, the more volume the better!

Starting from the back of my head, clipping the rest of my hair out the way, I grabbed a medium sized strand of hair, moisturized it with Dr. Miracles Soft Hold Curl Crème, and wrapped it around my finger, just like I would if I was wrapping my hair around a curling wand. Then I slid the hair off my finger, making sure not to disturb the curl I just created, and pinned it down. That’s it!

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I put on my silk scarf and left the pinned curls over night. The next day I was rocking voluminous and soft curls. Make sure to separate, pick, and fluff to your liking. To preserve the curls at night I did the same routine. Here are the final results!

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I hope you like!
Until next time,
Irene <3

Michel Mercier Detangling Brush Review

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Hello Lovelies,
Happy New Year! I hope the holidays treated everyone well. I spent some time with my family and nothing is better than that. Today I’m going to review a product my wonderful sister in law and brother got for me. They both know I’m into hair care and I’m a boarderline product junkie. So this was right up my alley. Lol. The first time I ever heard of this brush was when Whitney, also known as Naptural85 on YouTube reviewed it on her hair channel. You could watch it for yourself. I’ll leave links at the end of this post. It was pretty in depth and she had mixed feeling about the brush, as do I and I’m here to tell you why.

My brush is dedicated to thick hair. They also have two others for normal and fine hair. My brush in particular has 428 different bristles varing in heigts, thickness, and locations. No I didn’t count each individual bristle if you were wondering. Lol I’m not that crazy. The box gives you a nice description.

It claims to
– Smoothly massage the scalp while brushing
– Quickly detangle
– Pleasant brushing experience
– Reduced hair loss and breakage

(Advices to replace every 8-12 months for best results)

My thoughts
Before using this brush I made sure to detangle my hair like I always do before washing my hair. While using this detangling brush during my shampoo and conditioning process, I did notice that it was gliding through the knots I wasn’t able to get when I intially detangled my hair. I don’t think I would use this brush during my washing routine without first detangling my sections like I normally do. Just because I feel light it would pull out unessary hair. I also liked how it smoothed and clumped my curls together. The design of the brush is really sleek and slim down the handle. I didn’t have that much trouble controlling the brush in my hand. I did notice it was easier for me to hold it from the head of the brush though.

I took a picture of the amount of hair I lost using this while my hair was wet (left)
and how much I lost using it on dry hair (right). I do like using it more on damp hair than I do soaking wet.
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I do have thick hair (4a & 4b for reference) but I know there are hair types out there thicker than mine.
I personally dont think that this would work as well on really thick coarse textures. This brush isn’t cheap as well.
Although I’m thankful for this gift. I probably wouldn’t have purchased it with my own money. You
might be able to try a cheaper alternative.

Thats my honest opinion! Here’s another https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrcKkfzfw1s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZLCSpqUTmo
I hope it helps.
Much Love, Irene

Looking Back….

Hello! I hope you’re having a beautiful week so far! Today, I want to come to you with a double whammy. You get a two for one today! The importance of journeying your progress to see growth and not giving up! Let’s get into it!

So I recently shared with you that I had achieved my hair goal set in 2013 of 14 inches of hair. It didn’t really occur to me that my hair had grown that much, but through this blog (where I journaled about my hair), I was able to see just how much it has grown. I am flabbergasted.

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Talk about a drastic change in length! The first picture might not be from this past year, but you get my drift! The last two pictures are definitely from this year and there is a definite change in length. In the second picture, my hair barely reached my neck! But in the third (and fairly recent) picture, my hair reaches my shoulder EASILY! Let’s not even talk about that first picture, where I had eye length curls.

The thing I want to focus in on is that those are three pictures of the same hairstyle!

And they look so different!

I remember the first picture. I hardly wore my hair out because I was ashamed of my short hair, but NOW? When I’m not protective styling, I wear them twists OUT, honey! The bigger the hair, the harder they stare, and I love the attention LOL

I guess the takeaway from this is — please be sure to journal your progress. Even when it looks like there’s no significant growth, you just might be surprised!

Until next time,

Mandisa <3

How to Reach Your Hair Goal

Hi beautiful ones! Since the New Year is still upon us, I decided to take a look back on my hair goals. Guess what? In New Year 2014, I set a goal for myself of 14 inches, and in my latest straightened hair post, I shared with you guys that my hair has reached 14 inches! I really did not think it would LOL but it did. I am pretty proud of myself! *pats back*

My hair was 8 inches last year and it’s hard to think about my hair being that short! But I told myself that I would reach 14 inches by next year,and I did it. I set a personal challenge, took care of my hair properly, and achieved the goal that I set out to achieve. In this post, I’ll tell you how I did it.

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1. Protective Styles

Protective styles were ya girl’s BEST FRIEND. I did it all. Wigs, braids, twists, no protective style was left undone. Some were with my hair, and for some I had some help. It didn’t matter the season either. I did them in the summer, spring, winter, and fall! I really believe in the power of protective styling. All the protection while looking amazing!

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2. Deep Conditioning and Protein Treatments

I made it a point to deep condition and/or protein treat EVERY SINGLE wash day. Deep conditioning brings moisture into the hair, and moisture leads to less breakage. Protein makes the hair strong, which also leads to less breakage.

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3. No Unnecessary Trimming

I did not trim my hair in all of 2014 ( I don’t think.) I know we want our hair to be healthy, and in order to do so, oour ends have to be clipped. However, overcutting them just ensures that you won’t see any growth, and you could be chopping off  perfectly healthy hair.

4. Heat Moderation

I’m not saying I didn’t use ANY heat in the past year, but I definitely kept it to a minimum. Heat pulls moisture from your hair and less moisture leads to — you guessed it– breakage. That’s why it’s so important to properly moisturize before you use any heat tools.

5. Take Time and Be Patient — Show your hair some love!

I do think that this is at the HEIGHT of importance for hair of all textures. I really took my time and spent a lot of time caring for my hair during 2014. I was gentle with it, I didn’t overmanipulate it, etc. If you take care of it, and show it that you will put in the work, it will grown (HONEST!)

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I put a star next to it because I was on it for almost six months! Do I think that Hairfinity alone deserves the credit for me reaching my hair goal? No, simply because I didn’t see any drastic growth while I took it. I could be wrong. I don’t plan on taking it again, so if I don’t reach my hair goal in 2015, we know why LOL

So, here’s my hair growth goal for 2014. Considering that I retained my six inches in 2014, I’m gonna go for it and say that my hair will be 20 INCHES by January 1, 2016! Eep! But that’s what I did last year, I added six inches to my current length. So there it is! You lovely people can hold me accountable.

Until next time,

Mandisa <3