First Impressions – Eden Bodyworks Co-Wash 

Happy Friday! I'm back today with a first impressions of Eden Bodyworks Natural Cleansing Co wash. The goal of this co wash is to cleanse as well as condition the hair. 

Cowashing is great for your hair because it's a quick and easy cleanse between washes that does not strip your hair. I used to cowash with my regular conditioners but I decided to opt out for a actual co wash product. Using your regualar conditioners is a great cost effective way to cowash, and I recommend it when your starting out or run out of your cowash product. 

My first cowash product was As I Am Coconut Cowash. I wanted to love this product because it is highly raved about but unfortunately it did not work for me. This product made my hair squeaky clean which was great and had an amazing smell to it but it left my hair feeling stringy. I hate that feeling because my hair has no slip to it no matter what product I put in it afterwards. I was not amazed by the price either. 

So let's get to what you came here for. I was skeptical about trying another cowash specific product because of my first experience . It also does not help that the packaging does not state that your hair may feel a particular way after use.

On this second go around I wanted to look for a cheaper cowash and one that actually made my hair feel soft as well. I did some research before I went to the store, and Eden Bodyworks Cowash seemed like the best option for me. 

This baby rung up to $8 and is amazing. I specifically focus the cowash on my scalp and when I rinse the product it seeps down to the rest of my hair. I liked the cream/butter like feeling of the product and the refreshing feeling on my scalp.  

After rinsing the product out my hair, my hair felt soft, clean, and moisturized. I can proudly say I found my match. If your like me and want a conditioning cowash then this product is for you. It also will not break the bank. I give it 5 stars! 

(Side note: As I Am Coconut Cowash could be your match as well. You may have to experiement with it to see what your hair likes. I picked mine up from Walmart and I was able to return it after use). 

Thanks for reading and as always, I'll talk to you all in my next post, muah! 


My Top 4 Summer Makeup Tips

What better way to take in the last few weeks of summer than to soak up the sun for a shoot. I recently linked up with my girl Rai and we did another amazing shoot by the pool. If you haven't already, go check out my last post I did with Rai. It was an arcade shoot that turned out just as amazing as this shoot. Make sure to follow her on Instagram @shotbyrai for more of her beautiful work.

So let's get to today's topic- Summer Makeup Tips. Due to living in a hot and humid environment most of my life I've always tried to stray away from putting on makeup, if I'm planning to be outside for a while, especially in the summer time. So that is why I wanted to share these tips for those of us who want to enhance our looks without having to feel nervous about the heat.

I wanted to talk about tips I like to use for summer makeup because they've actually helped me when doing this shoot with Rai.

#1. Always try to opt for transfer resistant/ waterproof makeup. These type of items will help so that your face won't melt off and so that you can look and feel good.

#2. Try to use products with sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. The better we protect our skin now the better we'll look when we're 50, lol. But still protect your skin when your 50 as well , haha.

#3. Use less makeup than you normally would. Since it's hot and you most likely will sweat you don't want to have a cakey face full of makeup. Try to keep everything light (bb cream, concealer).

#4. Don't forget your glow! I love to highlight, but in the summer it's a must. Apply your favorite highlight so when the sun kisses your skin you'll have that effortless glow.

I hope that these tips help you all. I also like to use these tips year round because here in Texas it will get hot in a minute. I wanted to keep it short and straight to the point but let me know if you all want more of my tips as well as in depth makeup that works well with the summer heat. Also tell me what are you alls tips on how to maintain a beat face in the summer. Talk to you all in my next post, muah!

Pantene Gold Series First Impression

I was lucky enough to be sent some free goodies from Pantene by Influenster. The new Pantene Gold Series hair care line is dedicated to African American hair. 

I tested out these products recently so I wanted to give my first impression opinion to you all. When using these products I did not deep condition or do a L.O.C method because I wanted to see how the products performed on their own. 

The Pantene Gold Series does include more products than what I will mention, so I will just go over the products that were sent to me. 

*All product perks: moisture, smell, and slip.*

First things first, the shampoo. Initially I was pretty nervous when I seen that the shampoo did contain sulfate and it lathered but once I used it I was amazed. Sulfate is not good on the hair but this shampoo has a light lather and was still moisturizing. After rinsing, my hair felt clean and soft. 

Second, the conditioner was one of my favorite things from the products because of its amazing slip and how easy I was able to detangle my hair. The conditioner did not contain any sulfate so it was extra rich in moisture. I also noticed that I had less hair shedding when I detangled my hair. I did have to go into the conditioner more to cover as much of my hair as I wanted but it was worth it. I also used this baby as a leave in when I applied the butter creme. 

Lastly, the butter creme was amazing because it coated my hair well and sunk into my hair nicely. I noticed that my hair did not drip as much as it normally does when I apply a product, and I’m sure that’s because my hair was absorbing the butter creme well. 

I used the butter creme in combination with the conditioner as a leave in to do four braid outs over night. Once I woke up I seperated the braid outs, shook my hair, and picked it out a little to add definition. My curls were soft and manageable than ever before. I also noticed that the curls were more defined and I had less frizz with my front curls compared to how they usually be. 

Con: I would like Pantene to eventually make larger sizes of the shampoo & conditioner because I can see myself using up the products within a month or less. 

Overall I love the products and I feel that they do cater to black hair and Pantene did an amazing job with celebrating our culture with this line. I look forward to trying out the rest of the collection and repurchasing these pieces in the future. 

Have you all tried out this line? If so, how did you like it, let me know in the comments. Talk to you all in my next post, muah! 

5 Tips to use when Taking Down a Protective Style 

As you all know I have been wearing a protective style lately (two strand twists), and I recently just took them out. I have had the style in for over a month now, and I decided it was time to go through the dreading process of taking it down. 

I consider the take down process just as important as the process of applying the style. When applying a style you want to take your time and properly do it so that the style comes out right. Well think of the take down process in the same light. Having your hair in a protective style for a while promotes hair growth but also causes your hair to be in a fragile state because it has not been touched. 

In today’s post I will go over some important tips that I use when taking down a protective style. 

1. Coat your hair will an oil 

Most likely your hair is dry and needs moisture especially if your taking down a weave, so I suggest oiling your hair to give your hair some slip. The slip will allow less breakage and overall an easier process for you. 

2. Be Gentle 

I cannot stress enough how important it is to be gentle with your hair. Your hair is in a fragile state, so you would want to carefully take your time letting it down. I used to want to rush and speed up the process, and that only led to more hair shedding and breakage. You want to protect the hair growth you have. 

3. Detangle Detangle Detangle

Detangling your hair is very important in the take down process because you will have many knots and built up dead hair that you need to comb out. If you notice you have a lot of hair fall out when removing a protective style, and that’s because you have not combed your hair for the length of time your style has been in. So you will need to comb any hair that’s been built up within that time.

 I like to finger detangle before I get the comb mostly because I want to be gentle and my hands are more gentle than a comb. When I do use the comb I use a wide tooth comb. When detangling you want to start from end to root because you will have less breakage that way and detangling will be easier. 

4. Wash, Condition, and Deep Condition 

When washing your hair focus on the scalp. This is the part of your head that needs the most love, especially if you have not washed your hair throughout the whole protective style. Also the product will rinse down the rest of your hair once rinsed out. I like to wash my hair a good two or three times just to makes sure that my hair is good and clean. And remember a sulfate free shampoo is the best option for your hair.

When conditioning, I regularly skip to deep conditioning but since my hair has been protected for so long it needs that extra love. I condition and deep condition to add that extra moisture back into my hair . I add the conditioner to my ends first because they need the most love and when conditioning I detangle more just to get any remaining knots out.You would also want the conditioner to be sulfate free as well , so that your hair is not stripped of its natural moisture. 

The deep conditioner will help add extra moisture back into your hair and add softness. I like to purchase the deep conditioner packets from Target or Walmart and use half for one wash and the other half for my next wash. Or you can purchase the deep conditioners in a container which in the long run may be cheaper. I heard great things about Aussie Moists deep conditioner so I plan to try it out in the future. 

5. L.O.C Method 

After shampooing and conditioning my hair I like to apply the L (leave in conditioner) . O (oil). C (cream) method. This method is extremely important because it gives your hair moisture and locks it in. I also notice that my curls are a little out of shape after taking down a protective style, so this will help your curls get it together if your like me. 

I like to use Shea Moistures Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave in conditioner because it provides good slip to my hair and coats my curls really well. As far as an oil, Africas Best Oil is amazing because it too provides good slip and the price is prefect (literally, under $2!). For cream, lately I’ve been using Cantu curl cream. It’s best to use this product on wet hair because it soakes in better and won’t leave a white cast on your hair. 

That goes for the Shea moisture leave in as well. The Africas Best Oil can be used daily on wet or dry hair. Just know, your hair soakes in product more when it’s damp/wet. 

After this step I just style my hair as desired and get ready to take on the world. 

Thank you all for reading today’s post, I hope this has given you tips that you can use on your next take down or wash day. Talk to you all in my next post, muah!