Brushes, combs and picks – OH MY!

My brush/comb collection has grown an absurd amount since I started paying more attention to my hair’s overall health and maintenance. I like to blame THAT on youtube and natural hair forums and especially talented bloggers – *ahem* hehe. If you were to ask me what my favorite channel is, I’d have to say that it’s youtube!  Because over time, I’ve built a trust to some beauty gurus and their channels and their opinions on certain products and tools. In fact, I’ve watched countless videos comparing the Denman D3 to the Denman  D4, and the tangle teezer to the Ouidad and so on and so forth. All these videos secretly were feeding the product junkie in me.

Many beauty and hair gurus stand by one said brush/comb whereas others swear by the finger combing method. I’ve tried finger combing, and it doesn’t do much for me, unfortunately, despite me not wanting to shell out any more money than I need to in order to have untangled and luscious locks. Ok, I lied a bit. I’m a product junkie at heart and love trying out new things and finger combing is the boring way to get my hair looking pristine. >_<

The picture above is my basket of non-heat styling tools, that desperately need to be cleaned, so please don’t mind that. These babies have a date with apple cider vinegar next week since they’re due for a good cleaning. Inside my basket I have: Denman D3,  Cricket pick, Cricket big & little comb, shower comb, wide tooth comb, vent brushes, John Frieda Paddle brush, a boar bristle brush (or two), fine tooth combs, a rat tooth comb and MORE! … a lot, lot more. I don’t use these all at once, obviously, but I use them according to the style I’m sporting that day.
My TOP used BRUSHES & COMBS
(1) Cricket anti-static hair friction
From?: Amazon.com
Price: $4.70*
How I use it-
Since my hair has grown to BSL (inching towards WL), its gotten flatter at the roots and lost a bit of its voluminous luster it used to have when it was at SL and shorter. So what I do to get back a bit more volume is I pick at my roots and pull upwards. I do this upside down and standing straight up, usually using a styling product such as eco styler gel or my Curls Unleashed mousse. This pick is also great because it’s anti-static, so I won’t have static roots – haha.
(2) Diane 9-inch Rat tail comb
From?: Amazon.com
Price: $2.29*
How I use it-
If you’re a habitual part switcher (one day you like your part in the middle and the next on the left side) such as myself, a rat tooth comb is your BEST friend. One thing I find aesthetically unpleasing about myself is when my part zigs and zags all over the place, unintentionally. I like my part to be as even as possible, unless I purposely want a zig-zag. One finger doesn’t cut it, but this comb is great! I like the tail on this comb because its thick and can part my hair easily and fast.
(3) Conair Boar Bristle Brush
From?: Duande Reade
Price:  $5.29*
How I use it-
My hair is notorious for baby hair frizzies! They love sticking up, especially when it’s humid. Normally, I don’t mind this if I’m wearing my hair out. But if I want my hair back in a slick ponytail or cute bun on top of my head, my hair needs to lay flat. I brush my edges down very gently with this brush, using my blue or pink ecostyler gel. And the remaining hair, I brush smoothly into a bun or ponytail using a little bit of water, cantu shea butter, and a drop of an oil such as jojojoba oil or olive oil.
(4) Shower comb
From?: Sally’s Beauty Supply
Price:$1.69*
How I use it-
My favorite place to detangle my hair is under the shower, especially in the winter when its cold. This is also my favorite way to detangle because its the fastest. I’m a wash-n-go kind of girl and like my hair to be detangled by the time I’m out of the shower. I keep one conditioner for cleansing and one for detangling in my shower and start at the ends of my hair and work my way up my hair.
*Note: This is AROUND what I paid. So depending on where you decide to purchase this product, it may be more ore or less than the price I listed. 🙂
What are YOUR most used brushes/combs? Or are you finger comber with magical fingers?
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Product Review: Dove Nourishing Oil Care line

Disclaimer: I purchased both of these products with my own money. I was not asked or paid to review these products!

As I was skimming the aisles of my local CVS, my eyes were enticed by pretty gold and ivory packaging of Dove’s new Argan Oil-based product line. I immediately knew I had to try it. Now that mainstream drugstore brands are catching onto the natural ingredient/natural hair fad (I’d call it more of a lifestyle change and awareness by consumers such as myself *ahem*), you can find big name brands trying to gain the attention of naturalistas everywhere with jargon such as “coconut oil”, “argan oil”, “organic”, and “paraben-free”/silicone-free” and more clearly visible on product packaging!

I knew I had to try it. I try to steer clear of buying products based on their “looks”, but I’m somehow always tricked into glossy, sleek and clean-looking packaging. Good job Dove marketing team 😉

The two products I decided to try out are: (1) Dove Nutritive Therapy, Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner and (2) Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum with Argan Oil.


(1) Dove Nutritive Therapy, Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner
Product size: 8oz
Product price point: Around $6.50
Availability: At most drugstores and grocery stores
Product features: “Conditioner and treatment in one
-Dramatically transforms even extra dry, rough and frizzy hair
-Formula with Weightless Nutri-Oils replenishes essential nutrients
-Deep nourishment for amazing smoothness
-Advanced care and repair for beautiful hair” – Dove website

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Lactic Acid, Behentrimonium chloride, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Dipropylene Glycol, Amodimethicone, Polyurethane-39, Petrolatum, Disodium EDTA, DMD Hydantoin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PEG-7 Propylheptyl Ether, Cetrimonium Chloride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, PEG-180M, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Trehalose, Gluconolactone, Adipic Acid, Sodium Sulfate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Iron Oxides (CI 77492).

Application: I applied this product in the shower after co-washing with TRESemme Naturals conditioner (a staple in my hair routine). I squeezed about enough product to lather it on from root to tip. I let it sit on my hair for about 5 minutes before rinsing out the rest of the product. The consistency is of a thick butter and it comes out in two colors: yellow and white, kind of like crest toothpaste, haha. I got more than enough slip for my dry, fine curly “3c” hair.

Scent: It smelled very good, like most Dove products. However, it does not have a natural scent, it is definitely perfumed (as you can see within the ingredient list). I’d say it has a light floral/cream scent with a hint of almond.

Verdict: 3.5/5 stars. Love the scent, love the packaging, I wish the consistency were a little less thick and provided some more slip because I didn’t feel like it penetrated as much as it could have. It left my hair feeling pretty soft, but alas, I’ve felt it softer and more to my liking with other products. Repurchasing is unlikely however, as I know products that are better suited for my hair type and texture.


(2) Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum with Argan Oil

Product size: 1.35 fl oz (40 ml)
Product price point: Around $6.50
Availability: At most drugstores and grocery stores
Product features: “The Dove® Nourishing Oil Care Collection transforms dry, rough and frizzy hair into beautifully smooth hair that’s easier to manage and style.

Dove® Weightless Nutri-Oils, now enriched with Argan Oil, penetrate hair rapidly to deeply nourish, instantly smooth frizz and revitalize shine without weighing hair down.” -Dove website
Product Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Dimethiconol), Phenyl Trimethicone, Amodimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil.

Application: I applied this after having used the daily treatment conditioner out of the shower. I wore a microfiber turban for about 20 minutes and applied it when my hair was damp and not dripping wet. It felt like a typical serum or an oil; consistency similar to that of an oil such as extra virgin olive oil. It’s clear and lightweight. I applied 5 pumps in total since my hair is a little bit passed BSL (bra strap length) when curly. It felt similar to that of Organix Coconut milk serum, as far as texture.

Scent: Similar to the conditioner… I smell a bit of almond mixed in with a light floral scent. Before I was saying it smelled like a creamy light floral. Smells beautiful!

Verdict: 4/5 stars. I liked the serum more than the conditioner. I loved the packaging, the smell and the consistency. I felt it locked in moisture and left my hair bouncy and somewhat defined. In the future, I will need to use some kind of mousse or gel to hold the curl better, but overall, it made my hair smell lovely, look good and didn’t leave it greasy!