Scrunchie Power! My (not so) Secret Obsession

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Scrunchies have managed to creep their way back into mainstream fashion in the last few years. They were on the runway for Marc Jacobs three years ago, worn by Hilary Clinton last year (and scrutinized ) and who could forget their presence during the Olympics when all of the young female gymnasts sporting one to match their leotard attracted lots of public attention. Whether or not the scrunchy is on trend or not has not deterred my liking for them.

Here I am sporting my Goody brand scrunchies in my favorite go-to hairstyle: a bun and a high ponytail:

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Now let’s rewind to the early 90s…

I used to wear these back in the 90s when I was young gymnast and dancer. They were a go-to hair accessory to ensure my locks didn’t get in the way of my art form. I had them in loads of colors and they did a great job of keeping my hair tucked away while also not being too rough on my fragile and naturally dry brittle hair.
Interestingly enough, after researching a bit online, I discovered the scrunchy was originally invented in 1986 by a woman by the name of Rommy Revson. Rumor has it, she created the scrunchy for herself in order to have a hair tie that wouldn’t snag or pull on her fragile her. By sewing fabric around the elastic, the fabric would act as a barrier between the elastic as to not pull or snag in the hair. Cool stuff. makes sense as to why I’ve chosen to adopt the scrunchy into my hair care regimen.
I have accumulated a pretty solid collections of plain, but colorful scrunchies ranging from black to blue to yellow to green. They aren’t crazy or festive, just meant for their original, intended job. I wear the scrunchies when I pineapple my hair at night. But not only that, when I’m in a rush and have to go off to work or out with friends or family, I put one on my wrist in case of a hair emergency. I personally think they’re cute and practical. They can look chic and not overdone if worn a certain way.
My main reason for liking them? They are gentle on my hair and have YET to get tangled up in my curly hair!
I love my scrunchies and the look of them in my hair despite much public disdain for the look. In the end,  for me they’re practical and comfy. And I am a 90s kid after all, so I might as well embrace it! What is your take on scrunchies?

Product Review: As I Am Coconut Cowash

I’ve had this product for a couple months now and thought it’s finally a good time to give my opinion of the product so this won’t be a first impressions kind of post. I realize that loads of ladies have already done reviews and most raved about it. I’m happy to say, I just purchased my 2nd container of the product from Amazon.com because I liked it so much.

This is a great alternative to shampoo, so if you do “no poo” washes, cowashing is a great way to cleanse your hair and scalp without stripping your hair of necessary oils. As you may know, sulfates, which are readily in most shampoos (unless otherwise noted as sulfate free) lather and strip your hair. I personally like to shampoo once a week because I have dandruff and product build-up issues, but on the days I don’t shampoo, I like to cowash. This product is also CG friendly if you use the Curly Gurl Method. Methylisothiazolinone, which is listed in the ingredients list of the product is a PRESERVATIVE and not a silicone, in case you’re wondering. 🙂

Product size: 16oz
Product price point: $6.99-$8.99
Availability: Sally’s Beauty, Amazon.com, AsIAmNaturally.com
Product features: “This light no suds conditioning cream gently removes residue including all of the things you’ve used to style and maintain your coils and curls. Now it’s time for a sparkling new beginning. This cowash is different from any other because it contains a special blend of natural ingredients that work to promote healthy hair growth from the follicular level.” -As I Am Naturally

Ingredients: Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) and Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¹, Cetyl Alcohol², Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol², PEG-40 Castor Oil, Stearlkonium chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil², Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil¹, Phytosterols¹, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract¹, Quaternium-18, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Methylisothiazolinone

Directions: Wet hair thoroughly. Rub a liberal amount of As I Am Coconut CoWash within palms and distribute throughout hair. Work product through hair and massage scalp with fingertips as you would a conventional shampoo. Carefully detangle hair with a wide-tooth comb. Rinse well.

Application: I wet my hair completely root to tip and then lathered the product on in sections. Because this product also has amazing slip, I will detangle in the shower with my shower comb. I detangle from tip to root since my ends tangle more than the rest of my hair. I then rinse is out completely and leave none in. Once, I did leave it in and it left my hair a little drier than I like… So, I don’t recommend it as a leave-in.

Scent: Because the key ingredients are *Tangerine, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Saw Palmetto and Phytosterols* it smells delicious. Not quite as strong as a Pina Colada, but similar to a coconut sweet. I smell the tangerine and coconut oil together.

Verdict: 4.8/5 – LOVED IT. This is officially a holy grail product in my hair care regimen. The only thing I don’t like, which many others have already mentioned, is the tub. I prefer pumps in all my products because it’s the easiest to get out. It’s a jar, so water can easily get in it in the shower and it’s inconvenient to dispense. For the size, the price and the ingredients this is not only very affordable but also good for your hair and scalp! I love cost effective products. One tub has lasted me over a month, too! I’m not heavy handed, though.

Have you used any As I Am products? Which one is your favorite?

 

*Product was purchased with my own money. I was not paid to do this review.

Whose shea/mango butter mixture? – Mine!

I have to admit it, making my own hair/skin mixtures is a little hobby of mine that I enjoy. I’m a mixtress at heart, with unfortunate product junkie tendencies.You’d think making my own hair care products would cut down the actual amount of products I purchase, ummm, not so much!

A few months ago, I purchased a plethora of oils and butters from butters-n-bars.com (using a coupon code, of course *curlynikki). My box arrived with: golden jojoba oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil AND mango butter. I already had shea butter on hand, as I frequently like to purchase from a variety of different vendors. :3

Anywho, after literally weeks, maybe even months of investigating the benefits of various oils and butters, I finally was ready to make my very own shea/mango butter hair mixture. Below are all the products I used (a bit overwhelming, tbh – you are always welcome to minimize) as well as the tools (purchased at the $1 store) needed to create my own mixture.

I purchased my ingredients from: butters-n-bars.com, amazon.com, the Body Shop and my local asian market.

My Shea butter/Mango butter Mixture Recipe (in order from most used, to least used)

  1. 4 oz of Mango butter
  2. 2 oz of African Yellow Shea butter
  3. 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  4. 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1 tablespoon of rose water (for scent)
  6. 1 tsp of jojoba oil
  7. 1 tsp of castor oil
  8. 1 tsp of sweet almond oil
  9. 1 tsp of honey
  10. 10 drops of tea tree oil

 

Method of mixing: I used the whip-freeze-whip method for mixing my butter. I first whipped together the mango and shea butter together, then added all of the oils and whipped again. I then placed the mixture in the freezer for 10 minutes until it hardened slightly. Whipped it again for about 10 minutes and the butter fluffed out to be about 12 oz from using 6oz of butter (so it became twice its size). I then put it in a zip-lock baggy, cut a whole from the corner and pressed it out like icing for a cupcake… got this method from napturals85 on youtube, haha.

Verdict on my recipe: Since I’ve been using this mixture for roughly two months now, I can finally give an in-depth opinion. And this is not biased or anything, but, I LOVE IT. The consistency is that of a thick butter. When you rub your hands together, the butter melts into an oil. I have to be light-handed with this recipe though because it has a tendency to over-moisturize my hair and make it limp. That is why I use this product only once a week, instead of every day. The scent is not my favorite, but I like that it keeps my hair shiny and curly for up to third day hair.

 

What ingredients do you use in your shea or mango butter hair mixture?