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Mar 23, 2022

Simple Tips To Get Your Best Hair Yet

Your hair is one of the first things people notice. How much time do you spend maintaining it every day? Between washing, drying, and styling, there's a good chance that time adds up. Most people devote effort because they want their hair to look its best. A few simple tips can help you achieve your most luscious locks yet. 

Select the Right Products

There's a reason that stores have an entire aisle devoted to hair care products, and it isn't just because consumers have a preference. Different products work better for certain hair types. 

Before making your next purchase, assess your hair. Pay attention to your hair texture, scalp condition, areas of concern, previous chemical treatments, and goals. Select products that are suited to you. Some companies make personalized shampoos and conditioners for the best fit. Function of Beauty reviews will tell you more.

Shampoo Correctly

You've been washing your hair your whole life, but you may not be shampooing it correctly. To protect your hair and get optimal results, using the right shampoo is just the start. 

Consider washing your hair less often and following these steps. Fully saturate your hair with lukewarm water. Focus the correct amount of shampoo onto your scalp while rubbing it gently. After rinsing, you should apply conditioner onto the shaft of your hair. Do a final rinse with cool water and gently squeeze your hair dry instead of rubbing it.

Adjust Your Diet

If you're suffering dull, lifeless hair, undiagnosed hair loss, or slow growth, your eating habits may be to blame. A lack of some nutrients is detrimental. You should try to maintain a well-balanced diet

While your exact dietary needs may vary, there are a few general tips. Foods such as fish, walnuts, and vegetables are rich in essential fatty acids that help your skin, nails, and hair. Protein is also very important, so get at least one serving per day. Taking a daily multivitamin is also an easy addition to better your hair's health. 

Avoid Heat

It's widely known that heat is damaging to your hair. However, you may be having a hard time avoiding it. If you find it necessary to use hot styling tools, try to limit the duration, lower the temperature, and use a heat protectant spray.

There has been an increase in trends and tricks for no heat styling. Removing heat from your routine means embracing your hair's texture. Your curl pattern may even improve without styling interference. Balms, mousses, and texture sprays can help tame the natural look. The internet is a gold-mine of tutorials for heat-free curls and up-dos.

Perform Maintenance

Your hair won't look its best without regular maintenance. Even if you are growing your hair out, it's vital not to skip regular trims. Split ends happen to nearly everyone and will continue to move up your hair shaft if left alone. Deep conditioning treatments and hair masks are also helpful.

Maintaining great hair doesn't have to be a full-time job. Incorporating these simple tips into your routine will make a visible difference.

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Mar 13, 2015

Curly Q's for Curly Kids (Review)

Being a mom of three biracial kids means I have been through my fair share of taming the beast known as, "the curls". The fact that I am Indian and have straight hair made it very difficult to know what to do with all of those curls! I recall trying dozens of products to help make it easier to handle and a whole lot of trial and error. Fast forward to today... my girls handle their own hair (thank God) and my son's hair is a lot easier to maintain for the most part. I do sometimes have issues with his hair getting too poofy and it just doesn't look good. I received a couple of products made by Curly Q's to test out on my little one's hair. I got the Coconut Dream Conditioner and Curly Q Milkshake Light Curl Lotion.

The first thing that really stood out to me is that the bottles say "Curl care fit for a Prince or Princess". I like that since my son would question me on what I am putting on his hair. He has that manly man thing going on that he gets from his dad, so I love that it says, 'Prince'.

Now the real question is, does it work well? I shampooed William's hair, rinsed and then put a little bit of the Coconut Dream conditioner on. I'm glad I only used a tiny bit because it is extra rich and emollient-- a little goes a long way. William immediately told me that it smelled yummy. I agreed, you can instantly smell coconut and when he rinsed his hair out, all you could feel is softness.
I put a tiny amount of the Curly Q Milkshake to keep his curls under control and it really does give them a more polished look. His hair stays very soft and manageable without getting poofy. I have been so pleased with how his hair has been looking and others have noticed as well. My oldest daughter (20) borrowed both products while we were on vacation last week and she fell in love with them. It is hard for her to find products that work well with her curls and she has spent a small fortune trying different things out.

I love how the Curly Q's site explains full details on all of their products. It makes the selection process a lot easier. Their prices are competitive yet fair for what you get. I don't ever mind paying for quality. Curly Q's offers a variety of hair products for all ages including a line exclusively for babies and kids. I wish Curly Q's was available when my girls were little. I think it would have made doing hair less stressful.

If you have curly haired kids or if you have curly hair, I highly suggest you try out the Curly Q's line of products. Be sure to check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for product promotions and updates.

I received product samples for review purposes and all opinions are 100% my own as always. 
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Feb 10, 2014

Playing with my later-in-life curls with Ouidad

For the first 35 years of my life, I had the most straight hair. It was so straight that I could wash it, let it air-dry and it would come out completely silky-straight. Now that I'm 40, it's safe to say that my hormones have changed and it has affected my hair quite a bit. I now have some loose curls and waves that have to be tamed for my hair to look neat. I received some products from Ouidad for review. 
Pictured are; Ouidad's PlayCurl Volumizing Stying Spray and Ouidad Salon Series Mongongo Mulit-use Oil Treatment. 

I decided to test out the PlayCurl volumizing spray to see what it would do to my hair. I washed and conditioned my hair with some Ouidad products I have from a previous review and sprayed my towel-dried hair with the PlayCurl product. I then very lightly diffused my hair, but left it pretty damp to finish off air drying. This is the result....
I really love how more defined my waves are and my hair had a lot of body and volume. Even my husband noticed my fuller hair! I have also used the spray to blow dry with and it adds a nice boost of volume. I really like it. I do still have some straighter parts, but the extra volume seems to mask it well. 

My older daughter tried out the Mongongo Oil Treatment in her hair. She has been trying to maintain her natural curls and has had the hardest time finding a good moisturizer. She applied the treatment into towel-dried hair and lightly diffused. Here is the end result. Gorgeous, huh? After using the product for 2 weeks, she is still happy with it and says it really works. 
You can find these Ouidad products on the Oiudad website and at ULTA stores. The PlayCurl Volumizing Styling Spray comes in a 8.5 ounce bottle and retails for $22. The Mongongo Oil treatment comes in 2 ounces for $36 and 4 ounces for $58. 

You can also find Ouidad on Facebook and Twitter. There are some great tutorials for curls of all kinds on their website and Youtube channel. 

I received complimentary products samples in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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