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Wash Day for Box Braids

Wash Day for Box Braids

Originally Posted October 20th, 2017
Post contains affiliate links

Previously on Tackle That Fro:

Recently, in the Tackle That Fro series, I shared my thoughts on Protective Styling. Following the list of events, is the routine I used to cleanse and care for my hair while I wore my hair in braids. Keep in mind that my routine is a little different compared to how I normally take care of my natural hair.

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But still all the while, I like to keep my products to a minimum. I like to wash my hair once a week no matter the style and I’ll explain why. To read the previous Tackle That Fro posts, simply click any of the links provided at the top of the article.

Background on My Hair

My dad has this weird thing about him where he sweats from his scalp. Unfortunately, genetics played out and I inherited it from him. It may be a little TMI, but hey I’m just being honest.

As strange as it may sound, sweat aside, my scalp can also be quite dry. So I will usually look for a cleansing shampoo and I’ll pair that with a deep conditioner.

Hair Products & Tools

Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect Shampoo

Shampoo

As I mentioned before, I usually go for a cleansing shampoo but this one was close by. With a cleansing shampoo, I know that all of the dirt and build up from the week is gone. This Pantene Repair & Protect boasts that it can restore smoothness, shine, and manageability when used daily. I’m not sure about all of that, but it did get my hair clean. I pride myself on being a person of integrity and honesty, I will say that this may be my last time using this shampoo and I will explain why.

I know some naturals are careful about the products they use because of the ingredients. Some only use natural ingredients and try to stay away from modified ingredients or chemicals. These things don’t bother me that much. I’ve learned through my major in Graphic Design and taking Advertising classes that the first ingredients listed on the back of a product are the main component of that product.

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So to my dismay when I looked up the ingredients of Pantene’s Repair & Protect Shampoo the first four ingredients were: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Citrate. Water is obvious. Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Cocamidopropyl Betaine are used just to produce more foam and bubbles. Sodium Citrate is supposed to help with the pH level of the shampoo and help smooth the surface of the hair cuticles.

Now once again, my issue is that these ingredients are the main component or the foundation of this shampoo. Its main ingredient is a filler that makes foam, and that’s not really something I’m looking for to get my hair clean. I kind of went on a tangent there, I apologize, I promise that this is still a wash day routine, moving on.

Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment

Conditioner

After the ingredient shock from the shampoo, I decided not to look up Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner. I admit that I’m turning a blind eye, but in my defense, I’ve gotten spoiled by this conditioner and I don’t feel like changing to a different one. I use this as my staple conditioner, no matter what hairstyle I’m prepping for. The directions say to leave it in for 3 minutes, but I honestly don’t think anyone leaves it for just three minutes.

 

Olive Oil Eco Styler

Eco Styler

When I’m wearing a protective style, I only use this gel to slick down my edges. I’ll apply it then put on a scarf until the gel dries.

Conair 1875 Hair Dryer

Hair Dryer

This one is probably self-explanatory. I used to do the t-shirt method, but I found that my hair would still be a bit damp even after the t-shirt had absorbed all it could. And I don’t particularly like walking around with wet hair so using a hairdryer was the next solution. I sat down while I dried my hair. We have a garden stool in our bathroom that we put in there for decoration, but I end up using it more for a chair.

 

Accessibility in the Shower

I won’t say how long I was in the bathroom doing all of this, but I made sure I had something to drink and music to keep me distracted. Now standing in the shower would have killed me, so I did all of this sitting down because I knew it would take me a long time.

Because of my injuries and chronic illnesses, sometimes I make use of a shower chair. I’ve linked one that looks like mine, below. It’s not glamorous or anything but it gives me the needed stability and comfort I need.

Shower Chair

Body Acne

Just as a tip, always make sure you wash your hair first, then wash your body. You can avoid developing body acne this way. I learned this tip from Jackie Aina. I linked that video below so you can watch it.

My Steps

  • I don’t immediately wash my hair when I get in the shower. I like to let the water run on my hair. This way I’m getting a chance to massage my scalp and loosen the build up from the base of the braids. I do this for a few minutes, then I’ll proceed to shampoo.
  • While I’m shampooing my hair, I try my best to avoid using my nails. And I do this so I don’t disturb the braids or frizz up my hair. While my hair is in the style I want to maintain its form as much as possible.
  • I shampoo twice, and then I move on to the conditioner. It’s kind of tricky maneuvering around braids, but I do my best to apply the conditioner to my scalp. Because the conditioner is thick I dilute it a bit with water. I only let it sit for what I think is five minutes before I rinse.
  • After finishing my shower, I sit down again and blow dry my hair.

Do you have a different routine for your hair depending on the style? How many products do you use? And, do you care about the ingredients in your hair products?

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Wash day for box braids

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La Vie en Rose Collection by LaRose Bath and Beauty Review

La Vie en Rose Collection

by LaRose Bath and Beauty

Review

Originally posted February 8th, 2018

It has been quite some time since there has been a beauty review on my blog. My goal is to start the process of changing that today. Back in January of 2018, I won a giveaway. It was hosted by Simply Shaiz and the products were from LaRose Bath & Beauty.

I will be sharing my thoughts on the moisturizer, clay mask, and toner that I was sent. Heziah was kind enough to share her discount code with me, I will put that at the end of the post.

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Information About LaRose Bath & Beauty

LaRose Bath & Beauty uses organic and natural ingredients to make its products. I took a moment to get familiar with the website and I really like the Ingredients Page. Not only does it list what they use, but it gives an explanation of how it helps. This will be useful to some who want to find more information about natural products. Or what is in inside their current products.

La Vie en Rose Collection

 

Organic French Rose Clay Mask with Crushed Rose Petals

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Ingredients: clay (french rose), organic rose petals

In the directions, it gave the option to mix with either water or honey. I chose honey. Clay by itself is great for oily skin, and getting the toxins out of your skin. Honey naturally has plenty of antioxidants and it is good for redness. Putting both of them together seemed like a no-brainer for me. The smell was an added bonus, it was very relaxing.

Following the instructions, I applied it to my face and let it dry. My skin didn’t feel overly dry afterward. It felt clean and smooth. This is definitely a mask that I would recommend.

Organic Rose Water Face Toner

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Ingredients: Organic Rosa Damascena Distillate (Rose Water)

I absolutely love how simplistic these products are. Since I started my blog I have become more consciously aware of what my products are made of. Reading just one ingredient is like a breath of fresh air. This toner is really good. I’m used to using my homemade ACV toner and the vinegar has to be distilled because it is so harsh. Comparing the two, the Rose Water Toner is so light and refreshing.

Organic Rose Hips Infused Moisturizer

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Ingredients: Organic Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Organic Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa (Rose Hips), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed oil

All of the oils listed in the ingredients are great for moisture and dry skin. You would think with all the oils listed it, using this would leave your skin dripping with oil. That is not the case at all. Some of these oils penetrate in the skin that your face won’t shine or glisten. When I applied it, I could tell that my skin was moisturized but not heavily done. This was actually my favorite product out of the trio.

More Info

I have supplied the links to each product in the subheadings. Please let me know what you thought about this review, and if you would ever buy from LaRose Bath & Beauty.

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If you would like to purchase any items, please use my friends code for a discount. It is: Shaiz10

You can also find LaRose Bath & Beauty on:

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Originally Posted February 6th, 2018

I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Sonam of Kind Culture originally nominated me three months ago. It has taken me too long to make this post, and for that, I apologize. I have been nominated again recently and that helped kick me into high gear. I will warn you that this may be a long post.

Information about the Sunshine Blogger Award

The award was created to encourage a sense of community and support for bloggers. I have been nominated by Kind Culture, Oddball Content, and Helen’s Journey. Thank you all for nominating me! Please go and check out their blogs, you won’t be disappointed.

Rules For The Award

  • Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and give them 11 questions to answer
  • Notify your nominees

Let’s get started!

Kind Culture’s Questions

The Sunshine Blogger Award

What has been your all-time favorite post to work on?

I would say, “Nana! The Pot’s Burning!” because it was a personal piece. It involved a story from my mother’s childhood. And I got to write about my family a little bit. It took me a long time to write this one, but I don’t think I would have done it differently. I love reading the comments. Everyone relates to it.

What is one piece of advice you can give to anyone that wants to start their own blog?

Do it, don’t hesitate. I waited a long time to start blogging because I kept psyching myself out. Sometimes I wonder what I could’ve accomplished if I started sooner.

How different is your life from one year ago?

I was actually thinking about this the other day. My physical health has gotten a bit worse but I would have to say that my mental health has made such an improvement. To me, that’s what is really important. With life, there are things that we can’t change or have no control over, but we can choose to be happy.

Where is one place that you always wanted to go?

Tennessee. As I’ve gotten older I realized that I will probably always be a country girl. I don’t like visiting busy, fast-paced places. I’ve always wanted to rent a cabin for the week and relax.

How has your journey as a blogger been for you?

Insightful. I have learned more about myself since I have been blogging than ever before.

What is your all-time favorite film? And why?

I pick the Night at the Museum series. I’ve never been a fan of serious or scary movies. Family oriented films are more my speed. I think I like the films because it combines comedy with history.

Tell us about a book that made an impact on your life

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Yes, there’s a story behind this, lol. I took an AP Lit class in high school. At the time, I thought “I love English and Creative Writing so why not try AP Lit.” Once I got the summer reading list my tune suddenly changed. That summer was so horrible, I felt that I couldn’t connect to any of the books.

When school started, I found out it was too late for me to drop the class. I was stuck. We began to read Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and I fell in love. Actually, I was the only one who did. Everyone else in the class hated the book. They said they didn’t understand it. I just loved how sarcastic the characters were.

How you made any new years resolutions?

No, I have come to the conclusion that I just don’t believe in them. For some, they do help. But I would rather set goals.

What is the boldest choice you ever made?

To chop off all my hair and go natural. I  kind of dived head first on that one.

What is your spirit animal?

Definitely a turtle or a sloth.

Who inspires you in life?

My mother is my biggest source of inspiration. She has been through so much, but she is the strongest person I know.


Oddball Content’s Questions

The Sunshine Blogger Award

What is your dream job?

Blogging professionally. It’s never boring and there are so many topics to discuss.

What do you think your life will be like in a year? And in ten years?

Oh, my that’s kind of scary to think about. In a year, I would like to see myself happy and doing what makes me happy. In ten years? I have no clue.

What is your proudest achievement?

Going self-hosted was huge for me. I honestly didn’t think that it would be a possibility until it happened.

What is your favorite blog post you’ve ever written?

Other than the one I listed above, I really enjoyed writing, #WhatTheHealth| The Illusion Of Social Media. It was the first time that I had shared something personal. It allowed me to draw back the curtain on a topic that I think we are all affected by.

Apart from blogging, what are your hobbies?

I love creating and writing. Some days you may find me with my sketch pad or a notebook writing poetry. I used to make jewelry but I stopped doing that last year before we moved.

How would you describe your fashion style?

Bohemian Funk

What’s the best place you’ve ever been to?

NYC. I’ve been twice and it is such a fun experience. There is just so much to do.

If you had £1000 (or equivalent in your currency), what would you spend it on? Or would you save it?

I would pay up some bills and save the rest.

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done? What would you do if you were a little braver?

Stick up for someone who was being bullied. I made a great friend in high school that way. I think back on my high school days sometimes. There were a lot of people that needed friends. I kind of wish I was braver back then and I could have been that person.

What is/was your favorite class at school, college or university?

Always English and Math.

What is one thing you want to learn or change in 2018?

I want to learn as much as I possibly can about blogging.


Helen’s Journey’s Questions

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Where in the world are you based and have you ever met up in person with any fellow bloggers in your local area?

I live in Ohio, USA. And I know of other people in my area who blog.

If blogs had to have a theme tune that played every time people came onto your website – which song would you choose?

It would be the instrumental of, Falling by John Park.

Why did you choose the specific niche you write about for your blog?

I went with what I know I guess. One day I sat and wrote down my basic interests, from that I found my niche.

Tell us about the best photograph you have taken, that is featured in one of your blogs (include a copy of the photo in your answer).

This my accidental profile picture. I have such a hard time taking pictures of myself. I never really know where to look in the camera. But I needed to take pictures for a review. So I’m learning to get more comfortable in front of the camera. I sat down and took a bunch of pictures in a series. In the end, I came up with this.

I turn 35 in September and I’m planning on a getaway holiday with a group of friends to celebrate, somewhere with no more than a few hours flight from England, some September sun & cool places/buildings etc to see – where would you recommend and why?

I have no idea lol.

Which social media app do you get most blog traffic through and what makes it work so well for you?

Twitter is the best one. I find it easy to interact with my readers and fellow bloggers.

How long have you been blogging and have you ever taken time out away from blogging during that time?

I started blogging September 14, 2017. Since then, I think I have taken a week or two off. I think it is a good idea to do if you feel yourself getting stuck or losing inspiration. It brings things back in to focus.

If you had to choose a smoothie recipe to represent your blog what would it be?

Mixed berry.

Have you ever heard of Fibromyalgia other than from me/my blog/my social media?

Yes, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia when I turned 20.

What piece of advice would you give bloggers for creating images and for taking photos / flatlays / blog feature images etc?

There is no wrong or right way to do it. Personally, I love using Canva.com to create my blog and social media images. Do what comes naturally to you. When I first started, I felt so pressured because I thought my pictures had to look a certain way.

Do you make money off blogging? If so how?

Sometimes, it depends on the type of sponsored post that I am doing. The majority of brands that I have worked with so far have sent products for my review.


I Nominate

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I nominate you. Yes, I’m talking to you. If you haven’t been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, then you have today.

My Questions For You

  1. What is your favorite quote, why?
  2. If you could work with a brand/company who would you pick?
  3. How do you deal with writer’s block?
  4. Night or Day?
  5. Where do you draw most of your inspiration from?
  6. What has been the hardest blog post for you to write?
  7. Which of your social media do you check the most?
  8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  9. What color represents you the best? Why?
  10. If you could start your blogging journey over, what would you do differently?
  11. How often do you post on your blog? Why do you think it works for you?

And that’s it for today. Thank you so much for reading!

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