Monday, June 23, 2014

DIY In July and Coconut Oil Giveaway!

It's DIY in July here on Relaxed Hair Beauty... Yes I know it is still June but I am on a coconut oil high! My coconut oil challenge with Hairlista continues and since I have so much coconut oil in the house, I have been in the kitchen mixing up some wonderful hair and skin products.

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Coconut oil is an all-round amazing product. I love it so much that I refuse to pay a fortune on beauty products anymore. With coconut oil, I get results that are comparable to or even better than the skin and hair products I have purchased online or in store. 

So coming up in July I will be featuring my favorite DIY coconut oil beauty recipes! These recipes are great for relaxed or natural hair, and coconut oil works wonders for the skin.

Be sure to subscribe to receive my latest posts and also to enter my first blog giveaway here at Relaxed Hair Beauty! Scroll down below to enter!

All of our blog readers will have a chance to win a 14 ounce jar of Simple Truth Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Unrefined Cold Pressed)!

Upcoming "DIY in July" beauty recipes with Coconut Oil:

*Shaving Oil
*Facial Scrubs
*Body Scrubs
*Deep Conditioners
*All Natural Deodorant (I know what you're thinking but it really works! Haha..)
*And more....

Stay tuned for DIY in July!


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Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Roller Setting Lotion Cocktail Mix

First, let me say, "My name is Candra Evans and I am a hair product junkie." (Smile)

My hair pantry is filled with conditioners, setting lotions, oils, and such. So in light of that, it is easy for me to play the mixologist with hair products.

For those hair products that did not work well on their own, I sometimes mix them with other products to make a better product! If you have a stash of this and that, and you want to use them up, hair cocktails can be fun to try.

Disclaimer: Before mixing products it is very important to read the ingredients of each individual hair product. Understand what each product is formulated to do on its own before mixing them together. Make sure that the end product is offering something that meets your hair needs. 

Diane Mesh Rollers on Amazon
Now for my new roller setting lotion cocktail mix!

My hair is severely dry so I have spent months searching for the perfect setting lotion for my hair. Products that others raved about just wasn't working for me. I did not try every setting lotion on the market but I tried enough to give up.

So for awhile I abandoned setting lotions and only used conditioner and jojoba oil. Using a conditioner and oil helped with maintaining some softness, but my curls fell pretty quickly.

So back to the drawing board I went. But, it wasn't cost effective to keep buying one brand of setting lotion after the other. I have enough half filled bottles in my pantry.

So, I searched YouTube (naturally) to see if other ladies were having the same issue. Maybe I could use something I already have in stock. I found a video by YouTuber loulaysious. I took her setting lotion recipe and adjusted it based on what I had in my hair pantry.

I believe this cocktail works for my hair because each product focuses on either moisture or hold… two things that I was desperately lacking in my roller sets.

Using a plastic water spray bottle…

I filled 3/8 of the bottle with Softsheen Carson Dark and Lovely Healthy-Gloss 5 Leave-In Treatment
I filled 1/4 of the bottle with Nutress Wrap-Guard Foam Wrap Lotion
I filled 1/8 of the bottle with Lusti Organics Olive Oil Detangling Spray
I filled the rest (1/4) of the bottle with water 

The Dark and Lovely Leave-In Treatment and Nutress Foam Wrap can be found in stores or online. I purchased the Lusti Organics Olive Oil Detangling Spray at the Dollar Tree.

The Pros…

My hair stays very moisturized and soft after my hair is dry (Healthy Gloss 5 leave-in treatment)
Detangling and smoothing each section with my comb is easy (detangling spray)
My curls are smooth and defined (foam wrap lotion)
My hair has a lot of body and movement

The Con…

My drying time seems to take an extra 15 to 20 minutes compared to using only water and conditioner…but in exchange for soft hair that is not dry and breaking the next day, I can live with that.

If you do not have these exact products in your stash, I would assume that comparable products would have similar results. The key is defining what your hair needs to achieve the desired result, and identifying what products are formulated to meet the need.

The total ounces of the leave-in treatment, wrap lotion, detangling spray and water combined will ensure that I will not run out of setting lotion any time soon. More money saved!

Overall I am relieved and happy that I can achieve the roller set that I have always wanted! No more dry roller sets!

Blessings and Happy Mixing!


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Add Some Rest To Your “Relax”ation

When I get my hair relaxed, the relaxer is adding stress to my strands in order to achieve a straighter texture that will last. So, two weeks before and two weeks after I get a relaxer I keep hair manipulation to a minimum and let my hair rest.

My R&R relaxer routine includes low manipulation styles and protective styles. Low manipulation styles are styles that require minimum handling.

Protective styles are styles that keep the oldest parts of our hair, the ends, tucked away and protected from clothing, wind, rain, sun and anything else that could be damaging.

Styling my hair in such a way that requires minimum day to day maintenance allows my hair to rest before the relaxer, and to recover well after the relaxer.

Rest for my hair also means no direct heat, no excessive re-twisting and re-braiding, very little combing, and keeping wash days simple yet effective. I have learned over time that I get the best relaxer results when I leave my hair alone for awhile and stray away from hair tools, accessories, and styles that could cause my hair to become too weak to take the relaxer process.

Before and after my relaxer treatments I incorporate protein treatments to strengthen my hair since the relaxer is breaking down the natural protein bonds of the hair shaft.  Rest and low manipulation allows the protein conditioning treatments to restore my hair freely without interference.

Adding rest to my “relax”ation process also gives my scalp a chance rest. You do not want to do a lot of combing, pulling, and brushing at the scalp right before getting a relaxer. This could cause scalp irritation during the relaxer process.

Over all I baby my hair and treat it very gently near relaxer time. It has paid off well to let it lay, breath, and truly relax.

Happy Hair Growing!


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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My Hair Feels Lush! #CoconutOilChallenge Week Two Update!

As I head into the third week of Hairlista's Coconut Oil Challenge, I can already see a change...Hallelujah! :D

I shouldn't be surprised to get such lush and rich results from using a product that is organic and God-given. Over the last week I have received so many compliments regarding the thickness, length, and softness of my hair. 

I give credit to the hair journey in general, but incorporating coconut oil to my regimen the way I have has been the icing on the cake. 

Even after running in 70 and 80 degree temperatures, my hair holds up wonderfully. It retains its moisture and softness. I let down my pony tail and it falls right back into its roller-wrapped style. This never happens!

The advanced level of the challenge calls for two deep conditions with coconut oil each week. This has probably been the most difficult part of the challenge. Usually I am either too busy, too tired, or both. Yet, the sacrifice of an extra deep condition is amazing.

On top of the basic requirements for the challenge, I have also been sealing my hair with coconut oil at least four days a week. I do it lightly, but it still holds in the moisture well.

Here is a quick review of my coconut oil challenge regimen and coconut oil benefits!

Coconut Oil Benefits

1. Coconut is easy to find and all natural (Use organic, unrefined coconut oil)
2. Conditions Hair
3. Decreases Shedding
4. Promotes Hair Growth
5. Fights Against Dandruff and Other Scalp Issues
6. Prevents Breakage
7. Prevents Split Ends

In order to comply with the advanced level of the challenge, I have put together the following regimen for this challenge.

My Summer Regimen With Coconut Oil

Tuesday & Saturday
  • Apply coconut oil to hair and scalp for 1 hour or longer before washing hair...(include scalp massage)
  • Add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil to my moisturizing deep conditioner...sit under heated dryer for 20 minutes
Monday & Wednesday & Friday
  • Apply coconut oil lightly to scalp only and massage
  • Moisturize hair and seal lightly with coconut oil

Do you incorporate coconut oil in your hair regimen? 

Happy Hair Growing, Love, and Blessings!

~ Candra

Monday, June 2, 2014

It's Giveaway Time! My 4 Favorite Moisture Hair Products (Closed)

It's giveaway time! 

To say thank you and celebrate 100 subscribers on my YouTube Channel, I am giving away four of my favorite moisturizing hair products...great for relaxed or natural hair!

This is just a small token of my appreciation. I wish I could give so much more.

Giveaway Rules:

1. Go to my giveaway video and subscribe to My YouTube Channel.
2. Leave a comment on my giveaway video saying "enter me" and let me know what your favorite moisturizing hair product is.

The giveaway will be open until Sunday, June 22nd at 11:59 pm. One winner will be selected randomly and announced on my channel. Once the winner has been announced, you will have 72 hours to contact me with your shipping information. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and you must be over 18 years of age to enter.

So far this is a low entry giveaway, so take advantage of a great chance to win free products!

Thank you again and God bless!

~ Candra

Candra Evans
P.O. Box 128787
Cincinnati, Ohio 45212

My Current Hair Stats

  • Hair Texture? Texlaxed (Relaxed)
  • Relaxer Brand - Design Essentials
  • Natural Hair Type? 4b/4c
  • Salon or Box Relaxer? Salon
  • The start of my healthy hair journey? November 22nd, 2012
  • Hair length at the start of my hair journey? Should Length
  • My current hair length? Grazing APL (arm pit length)
  • Goal Length? Full APL

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