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AfroVeda. Ovation Cell Therapy (Long Term). Dr. Bonners. Emu Oil.

In African American Hair Care, For Everybody, Skin Care on December 24, 2010 at 5:39 pm
Monistat Long Term Results. Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty. On Black People. Egyptian Carrot Seed Oil. Neutrogena. The New Proactiv. The New Bare Minerals. Wacking off my hair due to dryness (my fault). Starting over again. East Coast. Switzerland. Spain. France. New Phone. Man. I have been busy.

Please forgive my absence here, since I’ve been over at Music Nerdery holding it down, building the rep up, getting jobs and getting paid off of that. Once I got that site established… everything kind of just took off from there and got me distracted. Along with other family drama… and life blessings.

If you just give me a minute… I’m coming back to get back at this. With a whole new layout much like Music Nerdery is about to get. Then we can get back to all hair, all the time. :)

Dr. Miracle’s Braid Relief Spray Formula. This is pretty awesome.

In African American Hair Care, For Everybody, Hair, Hair Care, Hair Products on April 9, 2010 at 8:30 am

Hey People. Time to get you updated on some new win.
Now even though this is made for the braided and locked ladies, I’m basically suggesting this for anyone who’s interested. Looks like I run across this Great Braid/Scalp Relief  Spray from Dr. Miracles Product Line.

Now it’s designed for ladies who have braids, twists or locks in their hair. You know those first two days when you get braided/tightened up can be uncomfortable at times, and there are tons of sprays out there that say they  offer relief. Well, at this point in the game, I’ve tried the majority of them. And while most are fairly decent, Dr. Miracle’s Braid Relief Spray is the only one that is literally blowing my mind.

Lightweight and non-greasy, the spray smells lovely (like a mix of eucalyptus and peppermint) and feels even better. After braiding up the hair, I give it a direct spray and wait for the magic to happen… a wonderful warm and tingling sensation that kicks in within 2 minutes of application… and gives you and your scalp a much-needed release from the tension of fresh hair braids. And my hair braider doesn’t even do tight braids (it’s why I love her)… but I still use it just for the feeling of freshness and tingly I get when using it… it just feels so good. It says that it promotes healthy scalp and hair stimulation… and with the way it feels, I really wouldn’t doubt it.

So heads up, braided up and loc’ed ladies. You should actually give this braid spray a try. They aren’t playing… it does what it says it came to do. Definitely worth looking into. Hey, even if you don’t keep your hair loc’ed or braided, I’d say you’d give this a try regardless. This is one of those products where you’re not going to lose, no matter the hair type.

Enjoy.

Ovation Cell Therapy: Thoughts and Full Review. | MegaTek vs. Ovation Cell Therapy.

In African American Hair Care, For Everybody, For Hair, Hair Care, Hair Growth, Hair Products, Ingredients, Natural Hair on April 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm

All Gone.

Hey People. Thanks for stopping by.
Welp, I’ve run out of Ovation. And as I promised, I am giving you a full-out review of Ovation Cell Therapy. I’ll try to give you all the Pros and Cons of this product.

Now as some of you know, I went ahead and ordered Ovations “Starter Package” kit, a bundled package of all their products in a smaller, 6 ounce size. This is great, since I really wasnt trying to buy their full-out Kit… as it’s just more than I need with my hair in braided status 90% of the time… and really, $100 dollars is more than I want to spend on just 3 hair  products right now. I’m not broke, but it is a recession kids. So the $60 dollar Starter plan was just right for me.

So in between braiding, I gave my hair a good wash down first with MicroTek Shampoo, a great wash that is good for stripping any dirt and oils out your hair and killing any bacteria/germs on your scalp for good hair growth. Been good to me since I ran out of that Neutrogena a few months ago. From there, I thoroughly washed the hair again with the Ovation Shampoo. Lightly scented and an interesting blue color, its took to my hair nicely and have me a good lather from the get go.  Wasnt too heavy or harsh, and when rinsing, didn’t leave it dry at all. I actually noticed a softer curl to my hair than I usually get with other shampoos… their MegaTek line included.

From there, I put in the rinse out conditioner, the Ovation Cell Therapy itself. It has the same texture and smells much like its cousin, MegaTek Pet Rebuilding Conditioner. It goes into your hair and give it this weird rubbery texture or feeling, but I put it in knowing I was going to leave it in for at least 15 to 20 minutes while I did my thing in the shower. At the end of that 20 minutes… my hair was feeling WELL moisturized and incredibly softer, which is the exact same thing the pet rebuilding conditioner did… but Ovation definitely left it softer.

Finally, I went ahead and put a nice amount of The Ovation Creme Rinse In… that’s the one that you can leave in or use as a daily conditioner if you wish. I just left that in for the last 5 minutes of my shower. Once again, beautifully scented, this went into my hair with a completely different feeling than the Cell Therapy itself… just thick and creamy going in and coming out.  Gave my hair a nice bounce and lightly conditioned feeling even after rinsing… and without leaving a residue type-feeling in my hair. And left it smelling nice and fresh (as most shampoos should).

Now  while I got a great ideal of how the products felt and worked on my hair in the shower, it wasnt until I went to work on my hair where I really felt the results come through. Now with my lovely 4B hair, combing through it post shower is pretty complex. Welp, not this time around. Between the two Ovation Conditioners, my hair was incredibly soft and manageable… and surprisingly easy to get the wide tooth comb through.  I was pretty surprised actually. Also, not a lot of breakage while I’m combing through it… really important to me, since my hair is easy and prone to breaking whenever it feels like it, basically.

After hitting it with some Infusium 23 and a SMALL amount of Darcy’s Peach Kernal Oil, I set my hair up for the blowdry. And I have to say, the biggest results came here. My hair was so soft after blowdrying. It was actually kind of weird. It was well moisturized without feeling to heavy. And it’s actually become better with each use.

Its been a minute since I’ve sat down and blogged like this, so I’ve had the chance to use the whole thing since coming in. And my hair has just become  softer and easier to manage after each use. And I actually MEAN that. It’s not like those commercials that say that in their adverts, then you use it and your hair still feels like crap afterwards. No. This stuff actually worked. And when it comes to leaving your hair soft, manageable and incredibly healthy feeling, this is just about one step up from where MegaTek had me at when I used their products.

Growth for my hair was on par as well… nothing accelerated that I could see by eye, but then again, please consider that I’m using at least 2 other products (Shapley’s MTG, rosemary) for rapid growth. Its kinda like adding extra icing on the cake. Not really gonna make a difference, but its good to have there. lol. I do see much healthier hair than I’ve had with other products in the past. My breakage with this product was normal. Nothing heavy and no unusual shedding. The only thing that’s beating this line of product when it comes to no breakage is the MegaTek Pet Rebuilder. Doesnt leave the supersoftness that Ovation does, but it can stop some hair breakage in a quick minute (with consistent use).

Basically, thumbs are up for Ovation Cell Therapy. I’m don’t know about accelerated hair growth, but it’s defintely great for keeping it soft and manageable. Also really good for bringing out the color in your hair as well. The shampoo is really great for that. As for MegaTek…. since you know… they are the same company… I love their leave in conditioner but I’m also gonna be looking into new ones pretty soon. I will be keeping their MegaTek Pet Rebuilder in heavy for a while… I really like the anti-breakage properties on this one. Its been really consistant and helpful when my hair gets weak or dry… keeps it from breaking.

Also, I’ll be picking up a bottle of MegaTek’s new leave in, silicone/oil free leave in conditioner… their new Avocado Extract spray. It looks and sounds like it has potential.  Ill keep you updated.

Thanks for sticking around.

The Instyler is Pretty Cool. Review and Thoughts:

In African American Hair Care, Hair Care, Hair Products, InStyler on March 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Hi hair nerds. Again, thank you for your patience and understanding.

Well I’ve got tons of info. While I was gone, I did get my hands on the InStyler (thanks Stephanie!). I’ve got a few reviews and thoughts on it.

Now, anyone with 4B hair knows that you’re still gonna have to do a bit more work with out hair if you want to get it straight. The good news however, is that the instyler does work on 4b hair really, really well. I was surprised. While I knew that totally straightening my hair with this tool might not been possible, it still did really good job on my hair.

More pros for the instyler? It really does leave your hair looking shinier and feeling much softer. And your ends will definitely be nice and straight. It probably has something to so with that rotating iron and brush that’s attached to it, I’m sure. And I do like the brush feature attached… it basically ensures that your hair will NOT get tangled at any point during straightening. It also isn’t as time-consuming as I thought it might be… it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to do your entire head decently.

The Cons? Yeah. If you have 4A or 4B type of hair… you’re STILL gonna have to hit the roots with a pressing comb. while the InStyler does wonders for the shaft and ENDS of your hair… it’s a little tough to get close to your roots without burning yourself, and even if you do, you still can’t hit those roots the way you need to in order to keep your hair straight throughout the day. I WAS able to get to the roots without burning my scalp (with practice), but even so… I went to a grammy afterparty and QUICKLY sweated out the roots, while the rest of my hair stayed straight. But I went into this knowing that I’d still have to break out the pressing comb ahead of time. I know my hair. lol.

On the side of that… sometimes, the InStyler can be a bit hard to master on the mechanical side. What do I mean you ask? Well, the problem with the InStyler is that it only rotates going in ONE direction (or I havent figured out how to get it spinning the other way). This can make it hard to curl your hair in the direction that you want to, ESPECIALLY if you’re a lefty. You also have to make sure that the iron is constantly rotating downwards if you want to straighten your hair to the best of your ability without damaging it. Hopefully with future models, they’ll figure out how to make the rotating iron rotate in whatever direction you need in order to curl/straighten your hair.

Other than that… if you’re just looking for a basic straightening tool that’s cost-effective… or if you’re looking for something that’s one step above your normal flat-iron… this is a great choice for you. Especially if you have hair that’s 3B and below. This InStyler will be a breeze for you. 4A and up women… definitely helpful, and worth the money. But don’t be mad when we gotta break out the Pressing Comb to hit those edges…. You know what it is. But still. A great tool regardless.

Yes, I want to post up a picture. Maybe later. I’m not too keen on that yet. lol.

Also, again, I want to thank you for your patience. A few family members took ill… my uncle just passed of renal failure, and then my mother took ill with gallbladder issues. I’ve been running around taking care of business and other blogs… but I’ve been meaning to get at you guys for a while. Thanks again for caring.

Have fun!

Quick Emergency Post: Hair Dryer Broke. Looking for Hair Vitamins. Taking Suggestions for New Ones.

In African American Hair Care, Hair Dryers on January 10, 2010 at 3:49 pm

After 15 years, the dryer finally gave out on me.
now the added expense/work of finding a new dryer is in order.
now im in no mans land, as i have no ideal whats good out there in hair DRYER land.
hoping you guys out there might have some suggestions for me, as to a quality (but not obnoxiously expensive) hair dryer for that good old 4B textured hair.
i see all kindsa things like ceramic ionizing stuf… oh boy. lol. might just call the hairdresser on this one.

im also looking into vitamins for my hair as well… sometimes this just sounds like a scam, but doing the research, i can see how this can play an important role in hair growth. so im open to any suggestions there too.

unless you guys know anything? please share. if not, ill do the research and post about it later. lol.

-E

When it comes to Accelerated Hair Growth… its Monistat vs. Shapley’s. So lets get into it.

In African American Hair Care, Hair, Hair Growth, Hair Products, Monistat and Hair Growth, shapley's MTG on January 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm

hey people. thanks for sticking around.
welp, it’s about time i got into a in-depth post about the benefits and downsides to both shapleys and monistat on your hair for faster hair growth. i used both for exactly 6 months last year, so i have a good ideal of whats going on. it’s about time i went over the pros and cons of each. so let’s get started.

so lets start with monistat. so i know there are still alotta women out there reading this that are like… “holy sh*t, what are you putting in your hair?” lol. i totally understand, because i had the same reaction. so lemme explain the logistics. there is a growth inhibiting bacteria that exists at the scalp of every woman on the planet. the more of this bacteria grows on the scalp, the harder it is for you to grow hair. the monistat is important in the fact that it has an antibacterial property that neutralizes said bacteria at the scalp, leaving your scalp extra tingly and allowing your hair to grow faster than it prolly has in a while. and i can definitely speak on that. you do get instantaneous results when using monistat on a every-other-week basis (which is what i did… i didnt wanna do too much, too fast). within 2 weeks, i saw growth like never before… resulting in about 2 inches of hair within 3 months. it was pretty amazing.

the downside to this? welp, after i stopped my use of monistat after about 4 months in… i started to get a LOT of shedding/breakage of my hair. a LOT. a little more than i was comfortable with. my hair was pretty thick to begin with, but the goal of keeping my hair braided for the last 3 years was to thicken it up a bit… my hair is really thin and fine, so even at its best, it still could be thicker. now, it wasnt a HORRIBLE amount of hair lost, but it was more than i was willing to part with at the time. so while i had AMAZING growth while using it… i didnt really like the shedding/breaking result at the end. with a little help from megatek conditioner, i was able to stop and save a lot of  my hair.

from there, i moved on to shapley’s mtg. i was introduced to it by a good friend of mine (hey @inaccuratemap) who is into vetrinarian care,  and had heard through the grapevine that people had started getting their hands on Shapley’s… an oil based equinarian product used on horses to help them regrow hair lost from various horse reasons. lol. the principle for shapleys is the same for monistat… it contains an antibacterial that kills hair growth-inhibiting bacteria, along with other things. it just happens that someone, somewhere along the way, someone got the nerve to try it on their hair, and had amazing results. at that point, shapley’s had a little rabble around the internet, so i decided to give it a try.
lord, im glad i did. lol. just like monistat… i had amazing results with shapley’s. now it wasnt instant in the way that monistat was… i had to use it for at least 2 to 3 weeks to really start seeing results. and when results came, it was simply fantastic. not only did i get new growth around the edges of my scalp… i started seeing large amounts of new growth all over my scalp. it was pretty amazing. now here the key thing… i had absolutely no breakage or shedding of hair when i stopped using it for a while. so anything you grow actually STAYS with you after growing it out.
the downside to this product… yeah. it smells. like backyard sulfur barbeque going on in your head. and when first applying it, the smell is pretty strong. as the day goes on, it wanes a bit, but youll still be left with a little bit of it left on you. i usually like to put some megatek conditioner or herbal essence in my hair for cover, which usually works.  i wouldnt suggest this product if you cannot wash your hair often (at least weekly)  to get rid of the smell. for me, i have braids, so it makes the situation a bit easier to work with.

really, after weighing the pros and cons of everything, im going to have to default with Shapley’s MTG as the product to use for accelerated hair growth, hands down. you get the growth that you want without losing any thickness in the process.
while monistat was amazing, i wouldnt suggest it if you have thin/thinning hair, fine hair, or your just working on thickness. now if you have a head FULL of hair… this might be the thing for you, as you prolly wont even see the shedding that will happen. but for the fine haired people out there… id think twice and test it out before you go all in.

once again, i hope all this info helps you out in someway. this is the result of all the work i put in last year for my hair. lol. funny thing is that i started this post waaaay back in november of last year, and im just now finishing…. so i wanna apologize for being held up. once again, ill do my best to give you all the good hair info as i get it. :D

take care.

Ingredient Listing for all the Ovation Products; Thoughts on Darcy’s Botanicals so far.

In African American Hair Care, body products, For Everybody, Hair Products, Ingredients, MegaTek, MircoTek on December 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm

hey people. hope all is plentiful out there in hair land for you.

so im totally geeked. i got my Ovation Cell Therapy and Darcy’s Botanicals a few days ago. i love ordering stuff for my hair. lol. heard nothing but great things about Darcy’s so i was really eager to get my hands on this and get it into my hair.

ive also got alotta requests to list the ingredients on ovation cell therapy bottles since ive got them. im reminded that we need to be aware of what is in our hair products, especially if youre pregnant (hey raina!).  i should have thought about this when i had my megatek bottles, but of course, i JUST threw it away (dammit). but since megatek and ovation are the same company, i figure ill list what i have on here. if i get some more megatek, ill be sure to list those ingredients too.

the ovation special system (starter) kit.

the ovation special system (starter) kit.

alright. so here we go.

In Ovation Color Intesifying Shampoo:
*Deionized Water *Sodium Laureth Sulfate (derived from Castor Beans) *Cocamidopropyl Betaine *Glycol Distearate (From Palm Oil and) Steareth 4 *Palmitamidopropyitrimonium (OMG) Chloride (from palm oil) *Cocamide DEA (Castor Beans) *Lavender Extract *Saw Palmetto Extract *Glycosaminoglycans *Aloe Vera Barbadnsis *Clove Extract *Thyme Extract *Sodium PCA *Acetamide MEA *PEG-75 Lanolin *Allantoin *Polyquaterium 10 *Citric Acid *Metaylparaben *DMDM Hydantoin *Tetrasoium EDTA *Salt *D&C Blue#1 *Fragrance

In Ovation Cell Therapy Conditioner:
*Deionized Water *Stearalkonium Chloride *Glyceryl Stearate *Cetearyl Alcohol *PEG-40 Castor Oil Pantheol *Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein *Cetrimonium Chloride *Tocopheryl Acetate *DMDM Hydantoin *Methylparaben propylparaben *Tetrasodium EDTA *Fragrance.

In Ovation Creme Rinse Conditioner:
*Deionized Wther *Behentrimonium Methosulfate *Cetearyl Alcohol *Cetyl Alcohol *Cetrumonium Chloride *Aloe Vera Barbadensis *Sodium PCA *Hydroxyethylcellulose *C-13/C-14 Isoparaffin *Trideceth-3 *Trideceth-6 *Dimethicone *Propylparaben *DMDM Hydantoin *Fragrance

Now… on for Darcy’s Botanicals.

The Darcy Power Combo. Most of its for me.

The Darcy Power Combo. Most of its for me.

i have to admit… i heard the best part of Darcy’s, along with the product quality and the fact that everything is all natural/vegan… is the scents that she infuses into her products. i was really eager to give it a smell. i bought the Peach Kernel Hair Milk and Peach Kernel Hair and body oil (right two bottles) for myself. and as promised… the smell is intoxicating. its almost like biting down into a peach… it smells so good. i ended up ordering the madagascar vanilla styling creme for my little sister whos staying with me… so she could stay out of my Peach Hair Milk and Oil. lol. and as a treat… she sent a extra 3 ounce tester of her coconut aloe moisture pudding! free stuff is always great. lol.

ive been thoroughly satisfied with the product as well. i started off with the Hair Milk first, as ive heard nothing but good things about their leave in conditioner products. the hair milk is rich in moisture and creamy without being overly-oily or greasy. it goes on light and absorbs quickly into my braids without a problem. plus, the peach smell is the only thing that seems to overpower the smell that Shapley’s MTG leaves in my hair… which i will forever be grateful for. lol. as for the body and hair oil… its really rich and smells twice as good as the hair milk. not only does my hair love it… my skin is in love too. leaves me moisturizer and lightly scented of peaches. i dont get ashy within 5 hours like i do with most oils, so that is always a plus. lol.

the vanilla styling creme is also a plus. starting off thick and rich, you can rub it with your palms, and it melts into a richly scented conditioner type oil. great for the lil one, who is natural haired, and hair is 4B/thicker/drier than anything you can think of. really good moisturizer for her hair, and shes using it every other day. i use it on my braids once in a while, just for the oils and the vanilla smell.

welp, thats the basic updates and info on darcy’s and ovation. sorry for the long delay. i actually started writing this blog in october and was overwhelmed. it wont happen again. ill be keeping you up to date more often, and more info. pics of progress coming up next! take care.

The New Power Combo: Ovation Cell Therapy and Darcy’s Botanicals.

In African American Hair Care, Hair, Hair Care, Hair Growth, Hair Products, MegaTek, MircoTek, natural hair care on October 15, 2009 at 11:06 am

hey people. hope all is good in hair land.

so after researching and digging deep for the new hair product combo for the next few months… i decided that i was gonna roll with the Ovation Therapy for washing and conditioning, and Darcy’s Botanicals for oils and hair cremes and whatnot. Darcy’s came with a strong recommendation from another hair blogging pro who knows her products. made from all natural, 100% vegan products, its great for naturally curly hair. plus, they have a hair and body oil scented with peach nectar… im intrigued to see what it feels and smells like.

as for ovation, im going with the product to see what the exact difference is between it and MegaTek… since they are from the same company. i had great results with the leave in and wash out MegaTek conditioners stopping breakage with my hair, so i want to give ovation a try and see if theres any real difference between the two. i ended up ordering the special system kit… 6 ounce bottles of the shampoo (which i never use up anyways), creme rinse and conditioner for about $55 dollars. its alot cheaper than ordering the 12 ounce bottle set, which would be $110 easily. ill keep you updated on progress with that as well.

a little later, ill get into the results from shapleys as well. its been REALLY good for me… so well start going through the pros and cons in a little bit.

thanks for dropping by,

-E

This is the Dr. Bonners Appreciation Blog.

In African American Hair Care, body products, Dr. Bonner's Peppermint Soap on October 6, 2009 at 4:42 pm

hey ladies and gents. hope all is well.

i just wanted to drop by and send some praises to a product that i have literally been using since birth (thanks mom!). growing up in san diego, near where the product is made… it wasnt a popular soap… but all moms EVER bought. now, 20someodd years later, i see a regularly “boho,” low key, only sold in health food stores-product hitting the mainstream… first moving up to trader joes for buying… then whole foods… and now i see it popping up in places like American Apparel (wtf?) and Target (omg).

soaptastic.
READ IT!

Dr. Bonners.
hands down, one of THE best soaps EVER. save a couple of emergency exceptions, the only soap ive ever used my whole life. and after running through a few other soaps and body washes… its really the only soap i want to use.
its a great multi purpose wash. made of nothing but peppermint oil and water… its a great full body wash that will leave you feeling fresh and tingly after every use. its also a great wash for braids, locs and curls when you just want to freshen up your hair. great as a shaver… also a great skin softener for those long baths we get in once in a while. in addition, its a GREAT morning wash for your face. leaves your skin feeling fresh without feeling dried out later on.
and yes… you can even use it for dental. because its 100% natural, you can brush your teeth, tounge, retainers… WHATEVER with it. as a kid, i had braces and headgear after going through jaw surgery. then i had a retainer. the whole time, both my mother AND my dentist told me to use this at least 3 times week on my braces, gear AND retainer… it keeps all the gear fresh without doing damage that long term exposure to listerine or other mouthwashes can do to metal, rubber and acrylic (yeah, i had ALLADAT going on. lol).

the best part… its really, reallly, REEAAAALLLLY economical.
the key to dr. bonners soap is that you never use it straight. dr. bonners straight out the bottle is like using concentrate. if you dont dilute it (like it says ALL over the bottle), it can go from a fresh tingly clean to a fresh minty light burning. LoL.  you always take the soap and mix it into another bottle . i usually go with 40% soap and 60% water. breaking it down like that can make one bottle of bonners last for about a month and a half before having to get a new one. economic greatness.

i usta hate the fact that my mother would make me use this soap all the time. and i mean ALLLL the time. it was a TREAT if i could get some ivory soap in my house for variety. lmao. but after growing up and using all the different stuff out there… i can see why this was all she stuck to. everything else… honestly just leaves me with some kinda funny feeling residue that i just cant stand. some just have ingrediants i dont want on my body. dr. bonners is the only thing i use that doesnt leave my skin dried out… and something i can use ALL OVER the body. and i always come out the shower feeling and smelling fresh. its basically the best product evar. ill never use anything else.

placed HIGH on the recommended list…. check it out if you EVER have the chance.
-E

Heads up Ladies. MegaTek and Ovation Cell Therapy are the SAME COMPANY and PRODUCT.

In African American Hair Care, For Everybody, Hair, Hair Care, Hair Products, MegaTek, MircoTek on October 2, 2009 at 8:18 pm

hey. dropping in with the quick update that i thought you guys would reeeeally wanna know.
so last blog, i was talking about how im doing some research as to what hair products ill be using for my next cycle of hair braiding. while doing some research on ovation and MegaTek, i find out that they are the same company. it turns out that EQyss, the makers of MegaTek, are the parent company for Ovation Cell Therapy.

(Ovation Cell Therapy)
http://www.ovationhair.com/aboutovation.htm

(MegaTek’s Maker EQyss)
http://www.eqyss.com/about_us.asp

so yeah. very important info to know. also makes making a choice a lot easier, since they are the same thing. lol. ill probably give ovation cell therapy a go. just to see if theres any difference. looks like well also be bringing in something from darcys botanicals… but well see.

so yeah. heads up for you all.

-e