Monday, October 31, 2011 - Nisus

Happy Halloween!

Hope you all had a spectacular Halloween weekend! I sure did :-D
I went to a notorious house party on Sat night, hung with my home girls Friday night and this morning at work we had a lil company party.

Also this weekend- we had snow. Here in the DMV it came down fast and furious for a little while, but it didn't stick to the driving surfaces and it melted off the trees and grass by evening. In the North however, this storm dropped over 6" of heavy wet snow and knocked out power to most everyone I know back home in CT, and snapped countless trees. The picts I saw of my childhood yard show destruction there unlike any storm I've seen in my life. I really hope power is restored quickly and no one faces any ill health effects from the lack of heat or power :-(

Picture is of my yard in CT. Very scary for real.

Well, I was "Jane" from Tarzan for the party on Sat night. And for work I was "Cleopatra." Both costume attempts were extremely half baked and not very convincing lol. I didn't spend any money nor go out of my way this year to "be anybody" but interesting for this blog is that I whipped out my phony-tail from a wedding I was in years ago to have a straight ponytail and look different today. Yes. WEAVE. lol. I posted it on FB and the reactions are typical - mostly everyone LOVES it. SMH. I can't wait for tomorrow. I plan to wear my fro out in all it's glory. Bwahahaaa. Change!

This is from Sunday when I got my hair ready for the ponytail.  Had to slick my hair the heck back! Then slept on it to get it set.


And me at work this morning.

Head piece I got from Nicey's a few months ago. 



I didn't take any pictures on Sat night- waaaay to much was going on.  But thus far I saw this one floating around on the net so I grabbed it. *EDITED* I also got a few more from my friend Jemima (pictured with me below) :-)



Be safe tonight everyone!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - Nisus

Let's Talk About Hair on TV

I'm a big fan of Tracie Ellis Ross already (see here) My mom says her charachter from girlfreinds reminded her of me amongst my crew of women folk, and I have even had the shape of my hair compared to hers, though my curls are quite different (IMO! lol)

But I was thrilled last night when I was watching Read Between the Lines and they were covering natural curls VS pressing VS relaxing, and they underpinned it with acceptance by others vs yourself. 
Watch below.

Monday, October 10, 2011 - Nisus

Stretched wash and go

Nothing really to report on but I have a few picts of a stretched wash and go from this past weekend.

I was out and about Friday night and wanted to wear my hair out.  I stretched it with my hand held blow dryer manually that morning, and I wore it at work in a few buns whenever I was sitting at my desk.  That night I let it free on the town lol.

I did the wash and go the day before on Thursday morning with some Fructise cream I am trying out and the Eco style Argen oil (yellow) gel.  It was an average wash and go, with pretty good next day results.  I've added some shea butter daily to keep it soft and shiny, and as of today I have still not washed my hair lol.  I have it in a big flat twist in front and a side bun.  SO I guess it was successful as a styling session for longevity! 

here are picts from being out Friday night:



Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - Nisus

Product review: NEW! Royal Curl™ Curl Shaping Crème

You all know I give all these products a fair shot right?

So I got this about 1.5 months ago from a local store - Yes Organics I think it was.  And OH, it sounded so lovely! 

In a hive, there’s only one queen whose diet is only Royal Jelly, a nutrient packed super-food with 17 amino acids, vitamins A, C, D, K and multiple B-vitamins. We use the Queen Bee’s Royal Jelly in Curl Shaping Créme to naturally tame frizz, define curls and smooth waves with silky hold. Pure Aloe Vera Gel and Agave Nectar quench your hair’s thirst without the grease, while powerful Green Tea antioxidants and intense moisturizers defend against damaging heat and humidity.

All natural: No harsh, or drying chemicals like alcohol, sulfates, petrolatum, parabens or phthalates.

Transforms Kinks To Defined Curls and Soft Waves


I tried it right away on a wash and go- following the directions, forsaking all other products and using my fingers to distribute it.  That was not good.  It dried frizzy and a bit crunchy, lacked sheen, and was clearly not going to yield me day 2 hair.  I also felt there was a slight residue by the time it dried- making it look a bit dull all over.  FAIL.

But I was not ready to give up.  The ingredients seemed so good!  and maybe it just needed some oil?

Just this weekend I tried it again.  This time I took the cream and some oil in the tub with me and applied it liberally to wet hair with oil added to help with dryness and residue, I hoped.  It is very thin and does not have inherent slip.  So though it was not clumping I was still like- "well maybe I will get a more shrunken and piecy wash and go."  That's not always bad- my lil curlies are dope.  I finished applying it and it looked quite alright soaking wet.  I sat under a hair dryer for an hour, since I was just home chilling on a weekend evening, and let it just dry without touching it.  Even still- I had a shrunken shiny wash and go.  No ringlets and a bit frizzy but it seemed like the helixy shape of the "inner hair" was intact and I would have a few days of nice textured hair.  I did multiple bantu pineapple knots and went to bed.

The next morning.....  FLAKES.  Flakes galore!  they spawned over night and were everywhere!!  root to tip.  what sucked worse- it was like flakes on top of sheeny zig zaggy hair that would have otherwise been fabulous, if not a bit velcro like. I did some yard work but eventually knew I had to wash it out and start all over.  sigh.

So my conclusion is, you can't use much of this product before you get flakes, yet if you don't use a lot you will NOT get definition on anything crookeder than curly hair.  My hair is spongy and fluffy, but it will coil and curl with the right product.  THIS is not it.  This is totally false and misleading: "Transforms Kinks To Defined Curls and Soft Waves."

I am not amused.

I still have half a jug left- it comes in a large 15 oz jar, like kinky curly. Maybe I will try it on a twist or braid out this winter, but I have a stronger suspicion that this jar will collect dust unless someone wants it! Who has time for potential fails on cold weather hair?

I didn't take picts because I never even got to a styled head of hair with this mess. By the time I finished my yard work and really began pulling my hair apart I had already turned on the water in the shower lol.

(oh hell- I just noticed the pic of the girls' hair on their website! What kinks??? smh.) 
ZERO out of 5!






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