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The LHDC Kit

I’ve been trying to make an effort to support independent businesses instead of just using whatever big beauty company products are on the shelf. I came across Belle Bar Organic on instagram and followed them long enough to ascertain that their products were making women swoon with delight. Their comments are full of love, and their posts are always informative and empowering. One day they decided to revamp their company and I slid in just as they were going on hiatus to order the Long Hair Don’t Care kit that included everything I would need to pamper and revitalize my 4C fro.

This was their pre-reboot kit, so what you get now may be a little different. Five luxurious products, instructions, and tools. Like, how cute is that little wooden measuring spoon? And the thoughtful touch of including a muslin tea bag for the Green Tea hair rinse. Everything was made to order, so while I ordered this in May it didn’t arrive until late June. I was so excited when it got here! It was definitely worth the $139.00.

The labels are beautiful! I love the clean design with a block of color that highlights the name of the treatment. Plus the lovely line drawings on the side. It just feels so well thought out and cohesive. I felt beautified just owning this array of intelligent luxury.

So far I’ve used the Onion & Garlic hair oil (addicted, and yes there’s a faint odor.), the Hibiscus & Black Soap shampoo, and the Fenugreek hair mask. I use the Green Tea Length Strengthening Tea Rinse more than I should… it smells amazing, and since you store it in the fridge after brewing it keeps my head feeling cool and refreshed. It’s only been a few weeks, but I’m loving the ritual of mixing masks and brewing tea, and organically pampering my hair in a way that I never could before. I’ll probably post about that at the end of the summer when the products have had time to work.

I’m still working on my Javascript stuff (only a few more days and then bootcamp is over…I’m crying a little) but Belle Bar Organic just relaunched their website with old and new products, a cleaner and easy to navigate design, updated kits- and a faster shipping time. Stop by! Buy some stuff! They are worth it.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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Beauty: in which we dig into the hair products more seriously #haircare

So after going to the beach a few weeks ago, I found myself feeling fine with my body but I was now dissatisfied with my hair. I’ve been seeing other women with big, fluffy heads of natural hair and it made me remember that while I’ve tested a slew of products, I didn’t really do much to actually make my hair grow. Sometimes I braid it, but as far as length is concerned I haven’t put any effort into it. Now I’m like… hmmm.

So this month I decided to start really putting in some work.

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Pura D’or sent over some reinforcements. 100% Argan Oil for rehydration and nourishment of skin and hair, and the amazing 100% Rosehip Seed Oil. The Rosehip Seed Oil is used as a pre-shampoo scalp therapy. You massage it into your scalp and let it sit for 2 to 5 minutes. I figured the massage can only help by stimulating my hair follicles, and the Rosehip Seed Oil kicks in to handle flakage. Massaging and combing is basically removing the excess dead skin on your head and the oil kicks in to moisturize the skin the hair grows out of. This can only be a good thing long-term. 20160630_124457.jpg

We already talked about the Scalp Therapy shampoo and Healing Conditioner, the next step in my haircare regimen. Once I’ve cleansed and conditioned, I part my hair and do two strand twists and bantu knots. That gives me a chance to use up the Phyto Specific Moisturizing Styling Cream.  It’s formulated especially for hair like mine, but with so many products coming in it’s been shoved to the back of the hair product bin. Once I get all of the hair twisted up I spritz it with the IT Hair Care. I’ve started using the Curl Keeper H2O Water Bottle, too.  I’ve been using it to mist my hair when I let the twists out. Mist, run a little Curl Keeper frizz control gel on and I’ve got a cute, curly afro. There is no way that this much work won’t pay off in the long run.

Or by December.

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I’ve been using my Pro Beauty Tools hairdryer on the regular now. I figured, again, it can only help. And it means water trapped in my textured hair won’t just randomly roll down my back at the grocery store. And it makes sets my twists so that I end up with a curly fro. It’s a visual difference, and emphasizes how much my hair has grown since January. It makes me feel one step closer to my goal, which has to keep me going until the end of the year.

See you in 5 months.

 

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian