Best Drugstore Beauty: The Natural Hair Edition

Natural Hair

When it comes to hair, the drug store is the holy grail of products. I learned over the years that expensive doesn’t always equal best, no matter what type of hair you have. Some of the best conditioners and styling products I ever used fall under the $10 mark.

Organix Argan Oil and Shea Butter Shampoo

This sulfate and paraben free line of hair products has ton of products that deliver great looking curls. The Argan Oil and Shea Butter Shampoo is the most moisturizing of them all, leaving hair crazy soft.

TRESemme Flawless Curls Conditioner

Hands down this is one of the best conditioners for my curls as well as the best bang for my buck. Infused with Vitamin B1 to gently condition hair while taming frizz it has the right amount of slip to make detangling a breeze. It also leaves your curls crazy soft, whether you use it before or after shampooing.

EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel

My edges would be looking crazy if it wasn’t for this hair gel. Made with 100% pure olive oil, this gel gives superior hold without flaking or drying your hair out.

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

The priciest product out of the bunch, it’s worth the slight splurge if your hair needs a styling product with some serious hydrating power. From twists to wash and goes, you get curly hair perfection each and every time.

Cream of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment

If you want to see results right away, this conditioner from Cream of Nature is the way to go. After the first use my hair was so much softer and curls much more defined I almost didn’t believe it (so I had to use it again…and again!)

Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle

No time to sit under a dryer for 30 minutes to deep condition, Aussie has you covered with the 3 minute miracle. By the time it takes you to apply and detangle, you’re ready to rinse while still getting the strengthening and moisturizing benefits of a longer conditioning session.

Hollywood Beauty Tea Tree Oil

When dry scalp is a serious problem, massaging it with a little bit of tea tree oil does the trick. Drugstores like Walgreens carry an affordable size bottle of it (just have to look way down on the shelf).

Be sure to check out the eyeshadow and lipstick drugstore editions!

What’s your favorite drugstore hair product?

Fierce Hair: Fall Worthy Braids

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you may have noticed that braids and I are having a moment. It’s my latest hair obsession, from five strand fishtails to waist length box braids. Could it be the casual chicness they bring to a beauty look? Or the edge a girl needs in her life without doing anything drastic. Either way, it’s a trend worth rocking this fall. With cooler temps and the holidays around the corner, you need something low maintenance, incredibly fierce, and gives your hair the break it needs from the day to day styling.

Ready to jump into some braided hair goodness? Here’s some inspiration to get you started!

Side Braid

Black Hairstyles

Fall Hair Trends

Byrdie

Natural hairstyles

The Right Hairstyles

Side Braid

Beauty High

Natural Hair

TotalBeauty

Fall Hair Trends

Buzzfeed

Fierce Hair: Short and Sassy

I know I’ve talked about Fall Hair trends before, but  one I’ve noticed cropping up this season is rocking short lockes.  Celebrities like Megan Fox and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting have chopped their long hair to rock super cute and very sassy hair-dos. They’ve proven that short can be the new sexxy. There’s a sense of creative freedom going against the notion of ‘longer is better’ in a way that gets you noticed.

And who doesn’t want that?

Pop HaIr Cuts

Pop HaIr Cuts

Short hairstyles

Short Hairstyles

Short Hair Cuts

Short Black Hair

Short Hair Cuts

Short Hairstyles

The Right Hairstyles

Bob

Indugly

Short Hairstyles

Short Hair Cuts

Which short hairstyle would you wear?

A Summer Hair Regimen for Us Fine Curly Girls

Natural Hair

How I rock my hair 90% of the time

For the past few months I’ve been trying to change up my hair routine. I feel like my hair growth has stalled a bit and the sun is doing a major number on my hair. Not only that, my little girl is really shaping up to be an Olympic swimmer so we’re  spending at least two days a week in the pool. Most recently, I dyed all of my hair for the first time ever and though I didn’t get the color I was looking for (I got a tint of burgundy instead of burgundy), my hair needs extra TLC.

After a few tweaks I’ve finally nailed a hair routine that gives me stronger hair and, most importantly, super moisturized curls that only require refreshing up to two times a week (as opposed to every morning). From start to finish, my hair routine takes an hour and half.

Natural Hair Products

Prepoo with My Favorite Conditioner

I’ve read how great prepooing your hair is a gazillion times, yet never bothered to add it to my routine. I thought I just didn’t have the time. But my hair was getting drier by the day and once I started doing it during my review of Motions new hair care line, I discovered all the moisturizing goodness I was missing!

So while my daughter is eating lunch, I coat my hair with TRESemme  and put it up in a bun. By the time I eat something and get my munchkin off to bed for her nap, 30 minutes have already gone by and it’s time to rinse.

Cleanse with a Sulfate-free Shampoo

This part of my routine never changes. Sulfate free shampoos get my hair clean without drying it out.  Since my hair is already soft from the prepoo, it stays that away even after shampooing.  My shampoos of choice: Coconut Milk, Moroccan Argan Crème, and argan oil & shea butter shampoos from Organix. I’m telling you, this brand is awesome for natural hair and super easy on the wallet too!

Deep Conditioning

This was another piece of natural hair advice I often ignored, also believing I didn’t have time. Coloring my hair made me put that idea to bed, going with conditioners that required heat for my low porosity strands. I also took a break from my comb and use my fingers to detangle. It’s gentler on my hair, especially my ends which get the most tangles.

The Creme Of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment is by far my favorite. 15 minutes under a hair dryer is all I need to get the soft and strong hair I need. If I’m super pressed for time, I’ll use the Motions Deep Conditioning Masque which only needs 5 to 10 minutes with low heat.

Styling

I’ve tried to expand my styling horizons; from chunky flat twists to cute summer do’s like this one. However, nothing compares to big, fluffy goodness of my Wash N Go especially if I stick to the way I always do it. My leave in­-conditioner from Cantu Shea Butter goes on first, followed by a moisturizing cream, like the Curl Enhancing Yogurt from Organix. I seal everything in with olive oil and apply either my Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper for the Brazilian Keratin Mousse for hold while my hair air dries.

Maintenance

While I love my satin pillow, I found that it was still doing a number of my sensitive edges. So after pineappling my hair with the Mixed Chicks Spring Bands, I throw on my satin bonnet and then lay on my satin pillow. If my hair is feeling little dry, especially if it’s getting close to my weekly wash day, I use a refresher spray and my leave in to bring my curls back to life.

 

Your turn ladies! What’s your summer hair routine?

Get Summer Perfect Curls with Motions New Natural Textures Product Line

 

The Motions brand and I go way back to my relaxer days. Their shampoo was the only one I use because it always left my hair soft and moisturized. Since I went natural I sadly had to let it go for more curly friendly products. So you can only imagine how excited I was when they reached out to me to try out their new Natural Textures Line.

With 9 products that take us from cleansing to styling, it promises healthy and great looking hair whether you’re rocking wavy, coily, or kinky curly hair.  I’ve been using their products for the last few weeks for my normal wash-and-goes and even a braid out attempt. Armed with their products and their online tips for my hair type, this is how I got my summer curl game going with Motions.

Natural Hair

Day 1 Hair

Wash And Go

  1. My hair has been really dry lately so I did a prepoo with the Smoothing Conditioner. Formulated with shea butter, coconut, and avocado oils helps restore hairs pH balance and keep the frizzies  away.  I applied it to my dry hair, put it up in a bun, and left it in for 30 minutes.  My hair already felt crazy soft by the time I was ready to shampoo.
  2. Next up was the Moisturizing Cleanser. Made with the same yummy ingredients as the conditioner, it’s just as creamy with a rich lather. My curls were clean without feeling dried out.
  3. To keep the moisture party going, I applied the Deep Conditioning Curling Masque. It had great slip that helped with detangling. Then I wrapped it up in a plastic cap and sat under a warm dryer for 10 minutes. I rinsed it out with cold water and I had awesomely soft curls.
  4. After my leave in conditioner, I used the Hydrate My Curls Pudding to strengthen and moisturize my hair, giving it some hold without weighing down. It also smells amazing and doesn’t leave any residue behind.
  5. I always need a little bit more hold, so I finished off with the Define My Curls Crème, which is more of pomade than a cream. I made sure to use a little bit and only on my ends.
Type 4 Hair

Day 3 Hair

My hair stayed soft and moisturized all week, especially with the Curls Pudding as my refresher.

Braid Out

  1. I followed the same cleansing and conditioning routine as my wash-and-go.
  2. I used the Hydrate My Curls Pudding as my moisturizer.
  3. Dividing my hair into sections, I put in a little of the Define My Curls Crème and combed it through.
  4. Then I did three cornrows straight back, putting perm rods on the ends.
  5. In the morning when my hair was dry, I poured a little of the Radiating Hair Gloss on my finger, took them down, and fluffed.
Type 4 Hair

Braid Out

Though it wasn’t my usual “big hair don’t care” hair style, it was a nice change. Unfortunately the humidity was too much for it to handle so the curls didn’t last too long.

All in all, I was happy with the new Motion’s natural hair line. The Smoothing Conditioner was an awesome prepoo and the curl pudding is a great moisturizer for the summer.

Are you a fan of Motions? Have you tried any of their new products?

 

FTC Disclosure: Products were received as a free samples for review. All opinions are my own.