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Neutrogena Visibly Even Foaming Wash: Thoughts and Review.

In body products, Face, For Everybody, Hair Care, Netrogena Visibly Even Foaming Cleanser, Skin Care on March 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Hey Kids. Welcome back.

Welp, its been about a month since I brought the Neutrogena Visibly Even Foaming Wash back into rotation after not using it for at least 3 years. I had put it on hiatus in favor for Proactiv… my skin was starting to break out in a major way, and I needed to switch products to keep it under control.

After a while, especially as I get older, I noticed that when I do break out, my skin tends to leave spots where the breakouts used to be… and the spots don’t clear up as fast as they used to (dammit). Also, I was intrigued by the fact that a few of my friends suggested Neutrogena to keep my skin tone even overall. And that’s where the Visibly Even came into play. I happened to see it at Target on sale for a decent price. So  I decided to pick it up and give it a try… see if it could do my skin any good.

The good news? Yes. I do see a difference. And its pretty decent. After about a month of using it at least twice a week, I can see a noticeable fading in breakout scars across my face. Also, my skin tone across my entire face is much more even than it has been previously (I also think upping my vitamin intake also helped out a bit). I see it tends to be much more effective when I use this product after steaming my face for about 15 minutes with my Face Steamer. I wash my face with the cleanser, which also includes exfoliation beads for removing any dead skin…. throw on some Bio Oil on top for moisturizing, and call it a day.

Now on the flip side of this, I do have a tip. No matter how good this stuff is… nothing really gets any better than a good old face steaming, a nice facial scrub, followed by rubbing a bit of FRESHLY cut lemon juice onto your face. Yes, lemon juice. Why? high in vitamin C and other vitamins, this inexpensive home remedy is great for fading scars on your face, as well as other parts of your body. The high amounts of citrus, one of the main ingredients for Neutrogena’s face wash, is KEY in helping your skin even out its tone. So if push ever comes to shove and you run out, or if you’re just broke and you wanna try something new, I’d definitely look into trying out the Lemon Juice Method.

Thats all I’ve got for you today. Hope the info helps you. If you have any questions… just ask.

-E

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Using Bath and Body Works True Blue Spa Products on Your Hair? GENIUS.

In Bath and Body Works, body products, For Hair, Nails, True Blue Spa on January 10, 2010 at 11:11 am

hey people.
well, something interesting i ran across while going through blog details. it looks like someone out there found me through an interesting search term that i wish i would have thought of sooner: “using lay it on thick bath and body on hair.” WOW. well, i got a couple thoughts and ideals on this one for you, if youre out there reading this.

first of all… whoever you are, you are GENIUUUUUS. i dont know why i didnt think about this sooner. maybe i did, and i forgot because i stopped using the product for a year or two. but once i saw that search term, light bulbs started flashing in my head.

now we need to get specific. now while the lay it on thick shea butter is a GREAT moisturizer for your skin and hands (especially in this dry, cold season) and has great potential for your hair… i want you to know about their lotion product that is made SPECIFICALLY for your hands… the Lay It On Thick Hand Cream. this one, the last time i remember, has added biotin and shea oil for brittle nails… which is also AWESOME for your hair. also, its fragrance free, which is also a plus since i dont need any extra chemicals in my hair. i will be watching out for anything like waxes or things like that… dont need any surprises when i try to wash out my hair.

so yeah. thanks for the great ideal. and your timing was even better; they are having a buy two, get two free sale at B&B right now. im going to buy now, and start this ideal with my new braiding cycle. and i will definitely keep you updated.

Favorite Products Right Now: Dr. Bonners Almond Soap/Lay It On Thick Lotion: Bath and Body Works.

In body products, Dr. Bonner's Peppermint Soap, Face, For Everybody, Skin Care on December 10, 2009 at 9:18 am

hey people. tryinta keep you updated a bit more often, since i kinda sucked at that last month. lol. i wanted to update with this post sooner, but caught a cold. since im shaking off the flu now, we can get started.
ive got a couple of things to go over. but first, we can start with two of my new favorite body products. well, neither is really new to me, but I havent told you about them, so they are probably new to you. lol.
Dr. Bonners Almond Scented Soap and surprisingly… Bath And Body Work’s Lay it On Thick Shea Butter Lotion.

we’ll start with Dr. Bonners, since ive touched and talked about this product in the past. always a great product for all over body use, 100% natural and organic, and always for fair trade. ive been using it since i was a kid… it was all mom ever bought. mostly because one bottle can last you for up to 3 months, if you dilute and use it correctly. well over the years, their product has expanded to different oils and scents, and i just found almond. man this stuff smells great. all of it smells great really, with peppermint being my favorite… but if youre looking for a non-minty, milder version of this great soap, this is the scent youre going for. this was great for those long tub soaks, and the oil in the soap is a great skin softener. you should really try it out sometimes.

so then, when you get out the shower, smelling all nice and fresh… youve got to put on lotion, right? now the problem is dry skin for me. normal lotion hasnt worked on me for years… even good old lubriderm left me ashy after a few hours. after a while, i just switched over to cocoa butter and vitamin e oils. after hearing about my troubles, a coworker introduced me to her new favorite lotion, called Lay it on Thick. now when anyone mentions buying products at Bath &Body Works, i usually am suspicious. they are great for scents, but their lotions… i wasnt too sure about. until this.
Now they werent lying when they named it “Lay it on THICK.” lool. the product ($20 for a big 10 oz bottle) is so thick coming out the container that you have to squeeze extra hard to get it out. which is a good sign for me. made from shea butter, macadamia nut oils, vitamin e, vitamin a extract and several other yummy ingredients for the skin… it goes on like a thick, rich cream over the body. the best part about is that the product absorbs into the skin so fast… youre rarely left with any over-oily or greasy feeling on your body. it kept my skin moist for the fully day… with no ashy or dry spots popping up at any point. and scented like almonds (yay!) with a touch of vanilla… the smell is another nice win. nice, but never overpowering. i had stopped using this product for a while because i was really into my bio oil and vitamin e set up i had going… but after running out of bio oil, i broke out what was left of this lotion, and was reminded of how kickass it really is. if you need a little heavy moisturizer this winter season, id say give this a try. ill be switching to this while i give the bio oil a well deserved break.

well, thats all i have for now. im rusty with this after a while. lol. well be getting back to the hair shortly. making decisions on whether i wanna go get a trim or leave it growing for as long as i can. also, since im almost out of ovation (and you will be hearing about that shortly)… im planning out what product to move to next. i think ill finally be giving Surge a try.

ill be back later.
-E

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.

Your Hair WTF Of The Day:

In body products, Wat? on October 9, 2009 at 3:07 pm
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wat?

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lol. Garnier. if amy winehouse couldnt bring back the beehive… neither will you.
good effort tho. :D

-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

Bio-Oil is the Truth and The Future Pt. 2: For Your Face | MegaTek and your Nails.

In beauty, body products, Face, For Everybody, Nails, Nerdery on September 4, 2009 at 2:38 pm

hey there.
so. its time to get into bio-oil for the face. while it has been a certified win for me body-wise (great for evening tone, reducing scars and stretchmarks), ive been trying it on my face, seeing if it would produce the same result. now my main concern with bio oil and my face is clogging my pores.  i already have fairly oily skin, and i will break out if i dont watch it.  what i was hoping for was help with these little lines im starting to see around my eyes, dark circles under my eyes, along with any fading of old acne spots.
welp, i pretty much got what i expected all across the board. the good news is yes. bio oil is nice for your face. especially for people who have dark circles under their eyes. it evens out the tone of your skin across the board. especially for acne spots. ive got alot of fading in old marks on my face, which dont seem to clear up as fast as they used to (oh boy. lol). another win is the fact that it has helped decrease  those little lines under and around my eyes… and kept those lines from deepening any further. its pretty great.
the bad news? yeah. i do break out a bit. even if im washing and witch hazel-ing every night, im still gonna catch a blemish here and there. i had to break out the proactiv for the first time in a while to calm it down a bit, and that is working (their green tea moisturizer is pretty good too… i got it for free tho. dont know if id pay for it just yet). and any blemishes i do catch from the bio oil are REALLY small… and heal up quickly (odd enough). the best thing for me to do at this point is only use it under my and around my eyes. maybe on my neck and chest too.
in all, id definitely give it a try if youre curious. i would highly suggest that you make sure you have a good facial soap on you (neutrogena face bar or dr. bonners peppermint soap are good for me). i wash at night, apply the bio oil to the undereye area, sleep with it on, then wash it off first thing in the morning. if i need it (which i usually do), ill throw on the proactiv green tea moisturizer for a nice morning tingle.

if youre reading, hope it works for you.

now, on to part two… megatek and your nails. the surprise win.
now from the get go… ive always had a hard time growing out my nails. i didnt do it much as a kid because 1. i couldnt (lol), and 2. i played piano, and if your nails were too long, my teachers would stop pratice and make me cut them. lol (whatup ms. kliensasser/huang). as ive gotten older, its gotten better. i can grow them out, but only to a certain point before they get brittle and break. and they grow so slow.
now my main and only intent for using megatek was for moisturizing and strengthening my hair, which its doing great (hope to have more results for you in a few more weeks). but it turns out its ALSO really great for both strengthening and growing your nails too. its been great. it was weird, because after using the megatek on my hair, i found myself having to trim my nails much more often than i used to. and when i cut them… they were really strong and thick. sure enough, when i started applying megatek directly to my nails… i got great results. so yeah ladies… if your also looking for nail strengthening, megatek is also a winner for you.

thats about it for now. next post, ill be talking in depth about monistat and your hair. i know a lot of you freak out when you read it, but  you know i wouldnt be talking about it if it didnt work. also gonna look into taking bio oil to the next level… and using it in my hair. i have tons of pros and cons to go through before i do it tho.

thanks for stopping by and reading.

-E-

Shapley’s is the Real Deal | Rosemary and Infusium for Strengthening and Growth | Okay. So Ill try Ovation Therapy | Other Hair and Skin Care Nerdery.

In African American Hair Care, beauty, body products, For Everybody, Hair, Hair Growth, Hair Products, natural hair care, Nerdery on August 18, 2009 at 6:35 am

hey people. long time no blog. sorry about that, as i have been birthday partying with friends, sending family back to college, and just generally getting my house in order for the last week and a half.
but lets get back to it. lol.

first and foremost… Shapley’s MTG. wow. what an unexpected win this product has been. i honestly went into using this product with NO ideal how it was going to turn out… and its been nothing but WONDERFUL. the fact that it smells like a barbeque sulfur party in your hair (and everyones invited!!!) is almost negated by the results that ive gotten in the last month alone. ill give you a background on what it is and how ive been using it on my hair.

surprisingly enough, this is (once again) an equine product mainly for use on animals like horses, cats, dogs when they have patchy spots in their fur and need help growing it out. it was brought to my attention by a close friend of mine who has a nerdery for horses AND hair; a great combination. lol. after convincing me of the product, its results, being reassured that this is tested safe for humans (it is),  and being forewarned about the smell, i decided to give it a try. figured i had nothing to lose.
once it got here, i discovered that this was an oil-based product, with a bit of yellow grit (the active ingredients) built in.  i was thinking it would be some kind of creme,  and usually i keep a good oil moisturizer on me, so it was on me to  figure out a way to use it effectively. most of the time, i take whatever oil im using and add it to my daily Rosemary Spray for extra moisturizing. so instead of using my usual palmers organic olive oil for hair as the oil in my Rosemary Spray, i switched it out for the Shapley’s… also hoping it would negate the smell a bit.
well i gotta be honest… the rosemary didnt help the smell ANY. as a matter of fact, the shapley’s just made the rosemary smell worse. hilarious. but i started using it every other day for the last 4 weeks. i try to use MegaTek Conditioner and the Olive Oil spray as a cover for the smell of the Shapley’s, but the smell usually disappears over the span of a day or so. i also gave my braids a weekly rinse, which also helped out alot.
as for my results… ridiculous, frankly. and a little overwhelming.
along the edges of my scalp where there was  no hair (it usually gets braided up)… i have new growth of hair all around. some people like to call this baby hair. iont care what you call it, its GREAT to see it come in so thick and full for once. mainly the results can be seen in the new growth of my hair; the points between my scalp, and the spot where my braids were started. and this is amazing. usually, i can get an half inch out of my hair every 5 to 7 weeks, which is when i usually take out and rebraid my hair. we just passed the official 4 week mark as of LAST monday… and i already have reached the half inch of normal growth… along with extra growth thats just… not normal for me. lol. its to the point where i have to go get my hair rebraided two weeks earlier than normal… because the new growth is out of control (and making my braids look kinda raggedy. lol).

i will go through a few more braiding cycles using this product, then post some pictures of the results. i took photos of where my hair was after getting it trimmed up in late may. hopefully these results are real, and ill see a difference in the photos. but if this is really is my hair… then the results are really, really amazing. i would STRONGLY recommend this product to anyone whos looking to grow out hair… but doesnt mind a product that doesnt smell exactly like peaches and roses. lol. i will definitely keep you updated on this.

next up by special request…
what is and how to make the Rosemary and Infusium 23 moisturizing spray (for Raina).
now rosemary is something i love and adore for my hair. ive harped on about it in several previous blogs. high in natural biotin (wonderful for hair) and supposedly really great for cell stimulation and circulation, this has been nothing but hair nerd win for the last 3 years of this whole hair growth process (thanks for the tip, gramma!). as time goes on, i find leave in conditioners and hair oils that i like to team up with the rosemary for an extra kick. but what i found to be the best so far is Infusium 23. now this was a product that i hadnt used in my hair at all since cutting it all off and starting over… which means it was like brand new to my hair follicles. and the hair LOVES it. especially teamed up with the rosemary.
making it is really easy. follow my previous log on rosemary for pointers. go get some rosemary, boil it down for about 15-25 minutes, run it thru a coffee strainer to remove any dirt or unnecessary grit.  then go ahead and pour that into a spray bottle. from there, i use this formula for mixing the two together… 3 parts (3/4ths) rosemary tea and 1 part (1/4th) of infusium. oil is optional. from there, shake the two up, and get to spritzing on your scalp.
so whats the point of mixing them? well, its basically like a double team for your hair. the rosemary promotes health and normal growth, while the Infusium ensures that my hair stays healthy and strong. while optional, you can throw in an oil like Shapley’s or Palmers Olive Oil… and youve got an all around daily moisturizer that just… cant be beat.
try it out. you can do the rosemary by itself or mix in the infusim and/or whatever oil you like… but its definitely worth a try.

now i didnt forget about the MegaTek in all of this. lol. ive been using MT more as a sidenote to moisturize the braid and hair shaft, while using the shapley’s/rosemary mix  directly on my scalp for conditioning/growth. once i take out the braids in a few days, we’ll get into MegaTek, her cousin MicroTek the Shampoo, and its nephew MegaTek Coat Rebuilder (which is COMPLETELY different than the regular leave in MT conditioner… the Coat Rebuilder MUST be rinsed out according to directions). excited about that too.

okay. ovation cell therapy. wow.
since blogging about it a few days ago, ive noticed that ive received a LOT of hits to the blog from women who are looking for news and results on how Ovation works. which means a LOT of you out there are looking into it and are just as interested in it as i am. i really am intrigued by the product… just not the price. lol. it is okay however… since they do have a 6 ounce starter system for their product… which would be perfect for me. enough to figure out if it works or not, and not too much to be wasted if i absolutely hate it. its still going to be at least $60 for the entire treatment; shampoo, deep conditioner and a leave in creme for daily use. it comes together, and you cant split them apart… making it so pricey. but its better than the $120 that they want for the full starter kit. honestly ladies, its going to be a while before i even get to use it… ive got a full bottle of MicroTek shampoo that still needs to be used in its entirety before i purchase anything else. but yeah. it looks like Ovation is next in line. then Surge.
but again, im jumping ahead of myself. lol. again, ill keep you updated on when i buy and start to use it, of course.

bringing me to other random nerdery… the overWHELMING amount of hair products i keep running into that id love to try. man, i cant keep track… surge, ovation, kinky/curly, pantene, aussie…. so many products, and LITERALLY… so little time. its hard to pick which comes next. but as i find them, i will blog about them… just so i can remember everything i need to get back to.

also, on the skin care tip… Bio Oil has been great for my face, but like i said earlier… is causing some breakouts because of its naturally dense oil texture. great for evening  out the skin tone and helping lil mini wrinkles… not so much for blemishes. so i bought some proactiv to help balance that out. now proactiv has always worked for me when it comes to breakouts. but again, like the hair, there are so many products out there that im ready to test and see what works for me. especially when it comes to my pores. my normal neutrogena pore refining cleanser isnt kickin it anymore. :( after asking my girls, i found some great products from several different brands and techniques im looking into. oil cleansing, mud masks (always effective), aveeno, clinque and the winner so far… murad. everything is offering something different… but im just keeping an eye out for anything that helps with pores and stops these wrinkles from coming in. again, ill keep an eye out and keep you updated.

well, thats basically everything ive got for now (which is still to much, lol). ill be back in no more than 2 days to tell you how the MircoTek goes with my hair. looking forward to it.

-E

Surge vs. Ovation Cell Therapy: The $110 Hair Commitment?

In beauty, body products, Hair, Hair Growth, Hair Products, Nerdery on August 4, 2009 at 4:06 pm

boy. i dont know about this one.
ive been reading a lot about a new product on the market called Ovation Cell Therapy.  ive also been doing a little bit of research on the product, and what the big deal is. what ingredients are they using, what are the results people have been getting, and most important, is it really worth the $100 (plus shipping) they are asking me for.
http://www.ovationhair.com/

now, i have no problem spending the money. however, if i am going to do it, id love to know that there WILL be some kind of results. other than the online guarantee you get at the site, and their testimonials (that i dont even know are real or not). but i wouldnt be intrigued if there were not decent reviews out there in google land.

really, ive been looking around at several products lately… im just hearing about something called surge. supposedly really great for accelerated hair growth and repair. they have a braid sheen and everything. too bad its kinda hard to track down on the internet. not really available on amazon like other products… gotta go hunting for this one. however, the talk ive heard about it is great, and its not nearly as high priced.

eventually, i plan to use both, but surge seems to be winning right now.
ill keep you updated, since im still in the middle of MegaTek and Shapleys right now.

since were on that, might as well talk about what progress im getting out of MT and SMTG. so far… its been wonderful. growth and thickness wise. ive combined the shapleys with my daily rosemary spray (and no, it did NOT help the smell at ALL, lol) and have been spraying it directly to the scalp and root of my hair.  ive been taking the megatek after that and moisturizing the remaing shaft of my hair/braids, and sprizing it with a little palmers olive oil for extra spoilage.

now maybe its just me, but i have a LOT of new growth already for my braids, and i just got them done three weeks ago. were at a point ALREADY where i would normally get my hair rebraided because some of the new growth (especially in the back of my head) is serious and long. and the thickness from the megatek is ridiculous. my braids are frizzing out with whatever results im getting right now. plus, as always, megatek leaves my braids feeling nice and conditioned, while neutralizing the shapley’s smell.

greatness.

really excited to see what its looking like in about 2 or 3 braiding cycles (12 to 18 weeks).

anyways, if youve heard of any of these products before… let me know if you had any results or good progress with them. im always looking for feedback.

-E