Mizani’s New Line for Curly Girls: True Textures

Mizani products scream ethnic luxury.  They are the preferred brand of stylists all over the world. During my relaxed days, I went through many bottles of Hydrafuse Conditioner. Heck, just last week I finished off my bottle of PuriPHying Shampoo for the excessive buildup in my hair.  I’m very happy that Mizani sees that natural curls are here to stay, not just a trend. They have created the True Textures collection. You’ll be happy to find a sulfate-free shampoo, moisturizing masque, and various styling products.

The Perfect Curl ($18) lightweight creme gel is a product that’s worth a shot.  Sadly, I had to bash many products that were made for curls, but were thick, super smelly and overpriced.  This however, is not. Just section wet hair and finger comb through. My preferred method for my teeny curls was to apply to drenched hair, then shake hair like a wet dog.  The curls would pop on their own, and then I could separate them as needed. Want more proof? I found the most awesome picture review of these products at Curls, Coils and Kinks! Makes me miss my fro, (although mine wasn’t as fabulous as hers!)

You can find Mizani products at Ulta, JCPenny Salons (along with most major chain salons inside malls) and beauty supply stores!

Throwback: Erin with Short Blonde Hair!

I’ve been through a lot with my hair. Over the past 5 years, I’ve been relaxed, natural and loc’ed. And while I love my natural hair, my relaxed hair days were a ton of fun too! The picture above is circa 2005. I used to go to the salon every week and get my hair wrapped, set and curled. I was rocking short flips in the front, in the back, anywhere!

There were some staple products that made my hair thrive during these days. I don’t think I had discovered Redken yet (which if I had, I probably would have stayed relaxed MUCH longer), but I was a Mizani/Nexxus/Miss Key freak!

Miss Key 10 en 1 is a Dominican conditioner that I used as a conditioner and deep conditioner. I swore by it. I lived for it. Anytime I go to beauty supply stores in NYC I am still tempted to pick up a jar, even though it did nothing for my natural hair. The Redken products that I wish I would have found are the “Extreme” collection. I used these on my natural hair, and they were great, but my hair was in pretty good shape at the time, so I didn’t really need it. But, as for my relaxed hair that was extremely chemically treated, dyed, blow dried, sizzled and anything else you could think of…Extreme would have been a God send!

My stylist Veronica has always done the BEST hair color and styles on me. They were always very rich in color and looked SO vicious. If you’re in the DC/MD/VA area, visit her salon, Hair On You. For all of my favorite products for relaxed hair, click the “relaxed hair” tag under this blog post to see the many product reviews I created back in the day. If you’re really bored, here is an online photo album with my relaxed hair progress!

Scandalous Has a New Look, Baby!!!

I had a new banner made last weekend, but since I loved the gray background of SB, we opted to go for a more daring, Scandalous look! I LOVE it! Bold, stylish, in your face, and sexy. The creator, Kyle, did a fantastic job. He’s a young entrepreneur working hard to make it in the graphic design world, so be sure to check out his portfolio and impressive resume at www.kocponline.com!!

Hope you enjoy the new digs! Stay tuned for reviews and stories featuring Mizani, Shu Uemura, MAC and a very special exclusive with Nars!!!

Mizani Moisturefuse, and more!

As I told you all a few weeks ago, I decided to dabble in Mizani again. It was a staple product line for me back in my relaxed days. The one thing that stood out to me the most was Moisturefuse conditioner, the creamiest, most succulent conditioner that my relaxed locks had ever felt. I tried this on my natural hair last year, and for some reason it just didn’t work out.

I used it again, and haven’t omitted it from my regimen yet. I simply cannot stop using it! I’m going to have to buy a liter of the stuff. At the moment, this is my favorite conditioner! I haven’t been able to say that for a very long time!
One product that I’d like to give a whirl is Humidity Resistant Mist . Here’s what Mizani had to say. “ Split ends and frizziness are natural enemies of healthy, vibrant hair. To combat these, MIZANI has developed HRM: Humidity Resistant Mist. This finishing spray is uniquely designed to reduce the formation of split ends and frizziness, as well protect against surface damage caused by chemical treatments. HRM contains a UV sunscreen to help protect hair from sun damage, while still providing a weightless hold.” Humidity sucks…I’m so not a fan. Especially with this natural mane of mine. I’ll let you know how it goes!!

Re-Trying Mizani

I’m going to give Mizani haircare another shot. My former stylist used Mizani, and only Mizani, to nurse my hair back to health after a terrible chemical burn from a relaxer. I went to him every two weeks, and my roller wraps would be SO fierce. I really forgot about that hair, ah to be fourteen again. Well no, not really.

Anyway, here are the products that I am going to try.
Botanifying Conditioning Shampoo
Moisturefuse Moisturizing Conditioner
Spradiance High Gloss Serum

I’ll Give you the scoop in April, during the Scandalous Beauty Hair Event!!! Do you use Mizani products?? Which are your favorites? Lemme know!

The Relaxed Days…

Sometimes, I miss being relaxed. Rarely actually. I’m not one of those natural girls that preaches her nappturality or is spiritually attached to it. My hair was just weak and brittle during my bone-straight days, so I tried a different approach. Even with my natural hair, I’ll probably wear it blown out and flat-ironed. My hair began to flourish as I learned some tricks of my girls at the LHCF. I tried a few, and these are what helped bring my hair back to life! Here’s some new info and a compilation of previous posts.

Keracare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo was my favorite hair cleanser. It seemed to wash my hair without stripping it, which I loved. I always felt like my hair was genuinely clean when using it, which I did once or twice a week.

Mmmmm. Mizani Moisturfuse Conditioner. I forgot how much I adore this stuff. I’m in love with My Keracare Humecto, and I adore this stuff as well. This is by far the creamiest conditioner that I have ever come in contact with. Just the feel of it on your hands reminds me of an uber expensive body cream. The second that it touches your hair, your can feel how moisturized your tresses instantly become. Yep, its a bit expensive. But it’s soooo well worth it. If you have any signs of dry hair, this is the first conditioner that I would recommend.

Now, If you want to put out a few more dollars, this Keracare Essential Oils for the Hair is the TRUTH. The moment you see and smell this stuff, you know that it is salon quality. The shine is unbelievable, and I can almost bet that no matter how damaged your hair might be, this will make it look like a million bucks. You will find nothing but sunflower seed, peanut, castor, coconut, jojoba, sesame, aloe vera, almond, and olive oil goodness in this bottle. This does contain to things that I have never heard of, propylparaben and BHA, as well as perfume. But, I don’t care! I use this stuff sparingly, because it is expensive. I still use my Surge Lotion Motion #9 when I’m feeling cheap. I highly recommend you order online at Irby’s.
They have outstanding prices! $9.99 for 4oz and $15.99 for 8 oz.

I also loved deep-conditioning my hair. Often times, I always used olive oil. This tried and true beauty trick is a winner! I’d drench my hair in oil, put on a shower cap, and handle my business. After a half-hour minimum, my hair was penetrated with moisture. Any brand will do, just go to the supermarket and pick up a bottle! Or, go ahead and mix some with your favorite conditioner for a custom made treatment.

I didn’t have relaxed hair when this came out, but I know both naturals and relaxed sistas that use it and have miraculous results!

Whoever says that your hair can’t grow fast is very wrong. I am so thrilled to have found Boundless Tressed Growth Serum!!! I bought this after reading tons of threads on my favorite discussion board, Long Hair Care Forum. I noticed a frantic thread titled “Naturallady…I need odorless MTG!!!!” For those of you that don’t know, MTG is an oil that helps your hair grow. It was origionally made for people, but marketed for horses. Let’s not forget it smells like bacon. Hmmm. Anyway, this odorless MTG reportedly made your hair grow quick, and didn’t have a smell! I had to buy it. It only took me a week and a half to see noticable results. That is insane! I have a full hairline again!!! I am soooooo happy! My hair is softer and less coarse! The best part…a bottle is only $12!!!! So if you want long, flowing, thick, healthy hair, check this out!!!

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I really, really wanted to try this. Our friends at Phyto created the Phytospecific Phytorelaxer. It’s about time that someone realized they could make oodles of money for creating this! The site says “Phytospecific Phytorelaxer Index 2 is a gentle formula for straightening and smoothing normal, thick, and coarse hair. Egg and soy complex gently straighten even resistant hair and is very mild on the scalp. Does not contain Lye.” Phytorelaxer=WAY less damage. There is also the Index 1 relaxer for fine/delicate hair. I believe I read that Oprah uses this on her hair, don’t quote me though.

Until next time, Stay Scandalous!