I am just trying to understand my hair, to learn what works and what doesn't, to experiment, make mistakes, and to embrace my hair in it's entirety..... because Roots Don't Lie

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Zig Zag Hair Style Inspired By AccordingtoChloeC

Hey Guys,

I stumbled across AccordingtoChloeC on YouTube and I was an instant fan. She put up this video of a zig-zag hairstyle she did on her straightened hair, and I thought to give it a shot. It took me 2 attempts to figure it out but I must say I love the results. Here is her video, and what mine looked like




I did this hairstyle on a 3 day old bun, so mine is not as smooth as hers... but a success nonetheless

Bella Joya

Monday, March 18, 2013

Picture Day: Le Afro

Hey guys,

I finally took out my protective style, although I only had it in for 3 weeks. I was one week shy of my 4 weeks goal but oh well these things happen. I got a little camera happy and took quite a bunch of pictures, and what's the point of having a blog if I can't offload the hundreds of selfies I take everyday.. Lol


PS: Excuse the messy counter top!!! all that black rubber stuff is how I got my hair stretched out without using any heat. More on that to come soon.

Do y'all see my edges are coming back to life!!!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New Protective Style

Hey Guys,

I used a hair brand called Pro-10 and I used 2 and a half bags of hair. Color 1-B on the top and bottom, and half of color 30 in the middle. This is a synthetic hair, and I am not entirely sure how to take care of it, but I have not put water on it at all. I have oiled my scalp once, when it started itching and I find that really helps. The plan is to keep this in for a month, and I am now in week 2. Fingers crossed.

Week 1:


Week 2:


Bella Joya

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Product Trial Group: February 2013

Hey Guys,

Continuing with our product trial, Here is our review for the month of January 2013 
Here is a review of the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque done by Ms. Tega

Product Review: Shea Moisture

A few months ago I did my first product review as part of a series being that was started up by Joke over at Roots Don’t Lie. I took a break from testing over the holiday and I came back with my hair already done, so I didn’t take part in last month’s product series. Well, I’m back now and the product for this month was from the Shea Moisture Line.

Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque:

Price: $9.99 at Target.
Purpose: An all-natural, intense treatment deeply moisturizes and repairs dry, damaged or over-processed hair. This rich treatment deeply moisturizes and repairs hair, while providing a protective barrier for the hair from heat and styling aids

Trials: One

How I used it:

1. Deep Conditioner: applied to wet hair after washing; applied liberally to clean hair, covered with a plastic cap, applied heat with a hand dryer for approximately 5 minutes and then left the cap on for 30minutes. 

 Ingredients: De-ionized water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter) (denotes certified organic ingredients), Argan oil, vegetable glycerin, emulsifying wax, sea kelp extract, Panthenol (vitamin B-5), essential oil blend, avocado oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinalis (sage) leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract, soybean oil and Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) seed oil.

Review: Because my hair had been in Havana Twists for a month, I couldn't do just a co-wash as I usually would. I washed my hair with diluted castile soap first to ensure a proper cleanse. With deep conditioners, I usually just put on a plastic cap and leave the conditioner to do its thing, but due to the fact that this was my first time with this product, I tried to follow their directions to a T, hence the use of heat. While I was applying the product, I wasn't impressed. I kept thinking about how I didn't like the texture and I was getting no slip, but then I realized it's meant to be a mask and likened it to one of my clay treatments.

After washing this product out, I wasn't impressed by how my hair felt at all. I can't help but compare new products to what already works for me. And when I use my Rhassoul/Bentonite clay, all clumps and tangles in my hair literally fall out once the clay is being rinsed. I didn't get that effect with this product. It claims to deeply moisturize, but my hair has definitely felt better than after the use of this product. My hair wasn't in bad shape or anything like that, but it just felt... different. I can't explain what it felt like, but I can explain what it didn't feel like. My curls were too loose, my hair looked dull (it wasn't dark or shiny); my hair basically didn't feel like cotton candy. And that's how I like to describe my hair in top shape... Soft like cotton candy. :)

Usually, I would have given it a few more tries because I hate to give up on products, but I had to put my hair back in twists (with my current work schedule, eliminating extensive hair care during the week is the best way for me to survive). But now that I already own the product, I'll definitely try it again in the near future; and if I get different results, I'll be sure to update this review.

Buy again: No. (Mainly because I already have all natural masks that do a superior job when compared to this product. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.)

 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
For more on Ms. Tega, check out her blog Social Hermit, and also her prior product reviews for the Product Trial Group Product Trial Group: Maiden Edition
Bella Joya