TANGLE TEEZER…A Coily Girl’s Review

First of all, there are mixed reviews in the natural community regarding this product. As with any product, I researched reviews of it prior to purchasing simply because I DO NOT have the money to spend wastefully on ANY product claiming to help my hair!! I try to use wisdom through actively researching products prior to purchasing. Well, on a lighter note….here goes my review of the Tangle Teezer.

Here is the product description

Ask yourself – are you a hair criminal who is repeatedly guilty of torturing your hair with inappropriate brushes or combs that only tug, tighten and tear tangles from your hair? If the answer is yes, help is at hand. Hair rehabilitation is painless and easy with Tangle Teezer. Change your hair brush not your lifestyle. A Tangle Teezer hair brush will break the cycle of broken hair and give tangled hair the brush off. A revolution in detangling hair, it has the ability to flex and not pull upon contact with tangles, gently and effortlessly delivering smooth and shiny hair in an instant. The result? Hair perfection. Your perfect hair care partner, Tangle Teezer Original is a gentle pain free hair detangler that has been referred to as the miracle brush that detangles like nothing else. Its secret is it allows you to manage and style your hair as never before, transforming tangled hair into stress free, style-able hair and encouraging your hair’s natural shine and thickness to return.

Truthfully, my initial feeling was that “now that’s TOO good to be true!!”, but after seeing countless youtube videos and blog postings stating that it was like a “holy grail” for natural hair detangling, I got excited and went out to buy one!! I paid a whopping $17.00 for mine only to find out a couple of months later that the price had been reduced to its current status of approximately $10.00.

I begin using it a couple of months ago. I would start on clean hair, fully conditioned with a conditioner that had slip(although the product markets that you can detangle on wet, damp or dry hair). I would start at the ends and work my way down to the roots of my hair. Understand that I have 4b/c hair and the strands tend to coil around each other VERY easily so knots, tangles, matting, you name it is ever so prevalent(without proper detangling of course).

After a couple of uses, I noticed that hair was left in the bristles. This is typically normal when detangling. The problem is that if the hair present is absent of the little “white” bulb on the ends, its breakage and not normal shedding. Furthermore, the hair strands were really little, and appeared that it was split ends!!! Yes, split ends!!! Being that 4b/c hair tends to split more frequently and consistently than other hair types, I am overly cautious at ANY product that will make this worse and my job of fixing it HARDER!!

I IMMEDIATELY dumped the Tangle Teezer. I did not even consider to try it on my 2 little girls head, nope!!! It’s in the cabinet on retire mode currently. I have to say that it did appear to really detangle my hair, better than my old trusty dandy shower comb, but is the potential for major split ends worth it? My answer to that question is NOPE!! I continue to use my shower comb to detangle after every wash and condition session. I will probably grab the Tangle Teezer every so often to do a deep detangling(well not that often) but I would not recommend it to be used on a regular basis.

Jane Carter Solution Moisture Nourishing Shampoo Review

Well, I’ve tried LOT’s of shampoo’s advertising their specializing in natural and curly hair care(although they advertise all hair types)!! To sum it up,here’s my review of the Jane Carter Moisture Nourishing Shampoo. In  my opinion, it’s OK. Yep, just ok. I would not buy it in the future. Here’s why:

The ingredients include:

 

Deionized Water, Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, PolyQuaterium 7, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Wheat Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Panthenol, Caprylic Acid, Glycine, Potassium Sorbate, ,Citric Acid.

I was shocked at the ingredients…it  has a SULFATE! Sulfates are not good for hair, especially natural, chemical free hair! They can strip it and much more. Most of the times, when there are ingredients that are present but hard to pronounce(look at the end), they could be detrimental. I understand that the preservative is needed in order to keep the product. I do like the fact that it does contain some good ingredients including Certified Organic Aloe Vera(a favorite of mine), glycerin, panthenol and wheat protein. The directions state to use a “little”. They are right. I wash my hair while its twisted and in sections. As I took down each section, I added,what I thought was a little and it dried that section OUT!! Then I proceeded, this time, making sure that I used only a little and it worked ok. I’ve tried some other natural products that I liked more but on a scale of 1-10, I give it a whopping 6. That’s good in my book. I’ve also used it on my girls hair(product overall). So in my opinion, do not buy this product because there are much better, all natural products on the market that does not contain sulfates and other harmful ingredients.

Stop the “X” Mas MADDNESS!!

I am about to rant and rave!! Yes! Yes! Christmas is “Christ” plus Mas, not XMAS!! That’s societies way of taking the “Christ” out of this holiday season.Truthfully, Christmas originally had nothing to do with Jesus Christs’ birthday! Yes I said it!! Biblical and historical scholars all agree that Jesus was not born on December 25. Instead, He was born either in the month of September or January, totally different from December 25. Also, the first church, including the Apostles, did not celebrate His birthday in a long list of holidays and festivals that they did observe.

 

Christmas did not actually become a well known “christian” holiday until after Emperor Constantine of Rome issued a proclamation demanding the citizens of Rome celebrate it. But it was definitely not celebrated in its pure sense. Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity while laying on his deathbed. His last wish was that his kingdom, Rome, become religiously unified. Understand that this kingdom had a diverse amount of various religions: Judaism, Christianity and Paganism. Constantine himself was a pagan who worshiped over 1000 gods prior to converting to Christianity. Although his true conversion is open for discussion, some do believe that he was sincere.

More importantly, in order to unify his long divided kingdom, Constantine decided to merge the pagan holiday “Winter Solstice” with the celebration of the Christian God “Jesus” birthday.  Constantine did not know Jesus’ real birthday but he was all too familiar with the celebration of Winter Solstice, being that he, his family and a vast majority of Rome had celebrated it amongst their hundreds of pagan holidays, since the beginning of this kingdom. He felt he had a brilliant idea. So the pagans and the Christians would now be happy and live in peace with one another. It was hard for the pagans at first to accept Christianity, their leaders new found religion but “besides, it can’t be any different from we worship, Winter Solstice, being that its on the same day!” That’s right!!!

I challenge you today to actually do an intense study on some of these holidays that are suppose to be HOLY days to the believers of Jesus. I am a fundamental Christian who research every holiday, prior to celebrating. Christmas, Easter and Halloween are some of the most demonic and pagan filled holidays to grace the planet. What does Santa Claus and Ornaments have to do with the birth of Christ. Most Christians believe that they are biblical based things and continue to partake of them because of tradition that has been passed down throughout the generations of the church. Truthfully, “Christ” has been taken out of the CHRISTMAS for years. Christmas is a catholic term, not a CHURCH term. The catholic church coined it CHRIST-MAS. Do a study on what Mas represents.  It literally means “service”, so we are stating “Christ-service”. Most have no idea of a MAS is or represents. Furthermore, being that we celebrate on a pagan holiday and not his true birthday, we are actually giving honor to a pagan god. Most are unaware of this fundamental fact. Ignorance does not condone one’s sin’s. So for this holiday season, consider all !!

 

Make sure that you are staying true to God, His Spirit and His word!! Let’s celebrate Jesus Christ this season and Him being the ultimate gift from God for us all. Let’s focus on helping others, including the imprisoned, the impoverished, the fatherless and the sick. This is what Jesus desires for us to do in His name to honor Him. It’s not about giving and getting gifts from others, its about the ultimate Gift our father in heaven gave to us…His only begotten Son!!! Yeshua!!

My Natural Hair Regimen

Being natural can be high-maintainence or low-maintainence, depending which route is best for that individual. I have a pretty hectic live, running a home business, assisting my husband in his business, ministry and foundation, as well as taking care of our 4 children’s. 

 

Can you believe that I’ve added, “PTA Board Member” to my list of already hectic “things to do”? I’m grateful for all that God has truly blessed me with. Being that I often do not have time to stick to “every little particular”, I have to keep my regimen, simple and basic! In addition, I do not have monthly budget of hundreds of dollars to spend on products, so I’ve almost tackled the art of budgeting to get the results that I am looking for. Here goes.


Every Week/2 Weeks- (depending on style and what’s going on)


  • Take hair down from previous style to get ready for wash
  • Apply oil and water pre-poo to hair, gentle remove tangles(if any) and as much shed hair as possible
  • Place hair in 8-10 large twists and or clips, place plastic cap on hair, leave on for 1 hour
  • Get in the shower, let the steam heat my hair for a couple of minutes(while in plastic cap)
  • Then proceed to rinsing my whole head with warm water for about 4-5 minutes
  • Gentle pull out remaining tangles/hairs
  • Shampoo(sulfate-free shampoo) or c-wash each section at a time, rinse, then apply conditioner
  • Begin detangling(while hair is soaking wet with conditioner) with a wide tooth comb(shower comb)
  • Place each section in either big twists or pin up with a clip
  • Continue with my shower cleaning(while my conditioner sits on my head)
  • Rinse out conditioner, get out, unravel each twist/section to apply my homemade deep conditioner recipe
  • Re-twist after putting my DC on, then put on my plastic cap 
  • Sit under the dryer for 30 minutes or let leave on for 2 hours(without sitting under the dryer)
  • Rinse out all of the conditioner, section by section
  • Style as usual(usually a protective style, twists, buns, etc.)



 

Moisturizing Deep Conditioning Recipe

 This recipe is great! It works to seal or lock in much needed moisture, shine, strengthen and so much more. I use it on a regular basis(I love changing up my conditioner recipes). Natural hair craves moisture in order to thrive and grow. If you want to keep your hair moisturized(dry hair or not), retain length and prevent split ends, deep condition with this on a regular basis.

Moisturizing Deep Conditioning Recipe

1/2 cup Cheapie Conditioner(i.e. Suave Naturals or VO5)

1/2 cup of Honey

2-3 TB EVOO

2-3 TB EVCO

1 Egg

Directions: Mix egg, stir in remaining ingredients. Once mixture is mixed well, consistency will be slight runny. You can transfer into an applicator bottle, use your hand or applicator brush to apply. Apply mixture on clean, damp hair. Its best to apply mixture onto small sections of hair, making sure to work in from the root to the ends. Then, cover hair with a plastic cap. If using heat, leave on for 15-30 minutes. If not, leave on for 1 hour. Rinse out completely. Style

How To Detangle Black Hair In 4 Steps!

During my original attempt at going natural, a certain issued consistently remained difficult for me…DETANGLING!!At that time way back in 2003, I had not idea of how to detangle by dry, coarse, 4c type natural hair coils.  My hair would break and shed and this led to me ultimately re-applying relaxer. That was one of the biggest mistakes of my life! If I knew THEN what I know NOW, I would have remained a naturaly curly chic and my hair would be down to my waist by now(no pun intended). Now, after being natural for 3 years(this second go round), I’ve learned a lot about detangling.Natural black hair is very fragile, contrary to popular belief. Most believe that natural hair is not prone to breakage because of its seemingly appearance of strength but coils and kinks are sensitive to breakage even more than other types! Because of this, those with natural hair need to be extremely gentle and cautious when detangling to prevent breakage. I’ve almost gotten it down to a fine science and my hair has definitely thanked me for it by growing and remaining healthy. If your experiencing problems with detangling your natural hair, I’ve put together a short list on how to detangle natural black hair in breeze,easily and conveniently!
1. Use Detangling Tools!

-Regardless of which tool you choose, make sure to pick one that is keen on helping detangle your hair. There are various one’s currently available including a your fingers, shower comb, ouidad double detangler, denman brush, tangle teaser and others. I prefer to use a shower comb to detangle my 4c hair after I’ve used my fingers to detangle, remove tangles and remove any knots that are present

2. Detangle In Small Sections!

-I usually part my hair into medium size sections before detangling. I will either twist, braid or use a hair clip to keep each section in place as I detangle.

3. Use Water & Detangling Agent!

-Some choose to use a conditioner designed specifically for detangling, regular(cheapie) conditioner or water/oil concoctions or mixtures. Since my hair is thick and coarse, I find that using a water-based conditioner like Suave Naturals or any cheapie conditioner works best for my hair. I usually detangle my hair only on wash days after I’ve washed my hair. After shampooing, while my hair is dripping wet, I apply cheapie conditioner, make sure my hair is saturated and began detangling.

4. Detangle From The Ends Up!

-This is where most people fall off. Because of time, frustration or lack of patience, we tend to want to bypass this necessary step. Regardless of hair type, detangling from the ends up to the root makes ANY detangling session so much easier. You see less hair breakage, less shed hairs and less matting. By doing this, you ensure that you are properly detangling your hair.

Trimming Natural Hair- A Quick Guide Tutorial

Let me start off by stating that split ends is the Achilles heal of the curly and natural hair world. It much easier for the strands of a curly haired individual to wrap itself around another, making hair more prone to split ends. The tighter or curlier the coil(see Hair Type Chart), the more prone. Cutting or trimming natural hair split ends will keep these little rascals at bay. Not doing so will not promote growth or help retain length. It’s the direct opposite. Hair grows at an average of 1/4 to 1/2 a month regardless of what you do. Some will see more growth by taking certain steps but all hair grows around the length per month. Letting split ends go without trimming in an effort to save or “salvage” your hair, will promote and increase breakage and further damage. If this happens, you will have to go to a professional hair care salon for them to do a major cut! Let’s take a look at what split ends really are.


Split Ends Are….

-hair strands that are split at the ends and continue up the shaft.

-formed when the inside of the hair shaft or cortex split, traditionally a the ends


Popular Causes of Split Ends Are….

-excessive use of curling irons, hot irons, electrical heat products, blow dryers, pressing combs and the likes

-stressful hair techniques, including improper or harsh detanglling and combing, excessive combing and brushing

-stressful hair styles, including wearing a particular style for long periods of time, example: wearing tight ponytails for an extended time-frame.

-Damage to the cortex and cuticle caused by harsh chemical treatments, such as relaxers, permanent dyes, etc.

-Faulty and incorrect use of barrettes and bobby pins.

-Hard water and swimming pool water. All of these are filled with chlorine and if used or done too often, it can damage the cortex of the hair strand, ultimately causing split ends.

 


Here is a photo of various types of split ends…

 

With natural or curly hair, sometimes, the split ends manifest is what we call “fairy knots“. I hate these little boogers. Fairy Knots or “single strand knots” are knots that are present on the hair strand. They can be found in various spots on the hair strands, including, the ends, middle or top. The upper knots are caused when the end of the shaft have already split up! These are a direct result of split ends. In order to keep these to a minimum, I recommend trimming them!


If asked, most believe the myth that there are miracle products that “get rid of split ends”. This is far from the truth. There are no product known to man that can get rid of these, regardless of what a product advertises. There are some that are on the market to help keep hair conditioned and moisturized, keeping wear and tear low, decreasing one’s chancing of getting split ends. Let’s see proven ways to avoid split ends on natural hair.


Way To Prevent Split Ends Are….

-Keep ends moisturized by applying a water-based moisturizer or water, then sealing them with an oil(grease, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, castor oil, etc.) or cream sealant. Dry ends lends to split ends. By keeping hair ends moisturized, you can prevent or minimize split ends. I use my Shea Butter mixture recipe to seal my hair after either applying moisture, a water-based leave-in or Kimmaytube leave-in recipe. If you choose to wear heated styles, try styles that require less heat such as strawsets and rollersets.

-Stay away from excessive heat. Delete or keep heat usage to a minimum. I only use a blow dryer once or twice a year to do something different with my hair and I only flat iron once a year. Find a regimen that will avoid or keep it down!

-Wear protective styles! This has been a lifesaver for my 4c, coily hair. Protective styles are style also known as “leave it alone” styles. They are styles that you do where your ends are protected and or tucked away, preventing them from being exposed to the elements of nature, rubbing up against your clothing and they help to retain hair moisture. These include, buns, twists, braids, cornrows, updos, etc.

-Maintainence the ends of your hair. After initially trimming off the split ends of your hair, the job is not over! You should trim on a regular basis to prevent future split ends from occurring. Using these preventative measures will ensure the salvage of your delicate ends, thus improve growth retention. The ends of your hair are the oldest part of your hair and needs proper care, moisture and conditioning to decrease splitting and breaking. Be gentle with your hair,it will hate you if you handle it rough. When its feeling dry, try using deep conditioning treatments, your hair will love it!

-Seasonal weather protection. During the extreme heat of the summer and dry, harsh cold temps of the winter, our hair is extremely prone to becoming dry and brittle, which can lead to breakage.In the summer and winter months, take extra precaution by applying a moisturizer or leave in before leaving the house.

-Stay away from rubber bands!! Use Ouchless ponytail holders or elastics instead. Rubber bands lead to breakage.

-Dust in between trims. Some mistake dusting for trimming. Dusting is trimming only approximately 1/8 inch off the ends. Only do this if your ends are in good shape for maintainence and keep split ends from having the chance to form.

-Replace faulty bobby pins and barrettes immediately! If you’ve noticed that the heads of your bobby pins are missing, throw them away. When they get like this, using them will definitely cause breakage and split ends. You can buy a pack of 100 for around $2.


There are numerous ways that you can trim your natural hair. Many choose to go to a professional and let them do it but many, including myself, can afford often visits to the salon. I’m living on a budget! Also, so many naptural’s and curlies have went to the salon only to leave with a cut instead of a trim. Some stylists become “scissor happy” in my opinion. A decent trim is 1/4-1/2 depending on the amount needing to be trimmed or damaged. With that being said, you can trim your own hair just as efficiently as going to the salon. A trim


Four DIY Ways To Trim Split Ends

1. Braid and Trim: This involves braiding your hair into small or medium braids and trimming the ends. See a pic below of how to determine how much of the braid is actually split ends.


2. Twist and Trim: This involves putting hair into small or medium twist sections. This method is similar to the braid method mentioned above but using twists instead.


3. Search and Destroy: This is coined “search and destroy” because it involves searching your hair to find split ends on each curl. S&D’s are time consuming, tedious and not for the faint of heart. Furthermore, it should only be used if you have a visible curl pattern not coils. Those with looser curl patterns, like type 2-4a hair types, can really be successful at this method. Its harder for those of us with type 4b/c hair to do this only because its hard to actually see the split end at the end of each strand. Our hair is coily so its hard to see each curl.


4. Blow Dry/Straighten then Trim: Many prefer to blow dry or straighten their hair in order to trim the split ends. If you usually wear your hair straight, you might find that this is the best technique for you. This involves blow drying and or flat-ironing/straightening your hair, combing or brushing to the ends of small sections, holding the ends in your fingers then trimming the split portion.




Tips, Tips and more Tips!!:

*Always trim your hair with hair shears. Avoid regular scissors because they can cause rips and tears within the hair strand causing additional split ends or breakage.


*Sit up and sit straight when trimming so that your hair can be even all over. If you have shorter hair, ask a friend or family member to help, especially in the back.

*Take your time and be patient when trimming

*You can trim on wet or dry hair. I prefer trimming on dry hair, especially when doing the braid or twist and trim method. It’s makes seeing the split ends easier.

*Trim only the amount needed, as often as needed. Try to find a trimming regimen that works for you and your hair. I trim my hair once every three months, unless I see an increasing number of knots and ball.