Natural Hair Essentials To Buy Right Now


If you follow @TheSassyNation on Snapchat, then you're ahead of the game and aware that everybody's favorite natural hair care line, Shea Moisture, has been on promo at Walgreens for a few weeks now. Last week it was a BOGO half off situation. This week it's get 3 for the price of 2. IDK how much longer they'll stay on promo, this is the third week so far. I actually copped mines last Saturday. It seemed like the perfect time to stock up on their Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) infused Strengthen, Grow & Restore shampoo and conditioner.

I've been having great success with moisture retention using JBCO and other products that use it as a key ingredient. So when I saw that Shea Moisture expanded the JBCO line to include a few stylers, such as the Edge Treatment, I decided to give it another try. 

I've only used the JBCO conditioner and masque in the past, but didn't care for it because I couldn't use it as a leave in, since it seemed to dry my hair out. It wasn't until I later examined the content that I discovered it's conditioner has got protein listed pretty close to the top of it's ingredients list. Hence, the drying effect as a result of prolonged use (as in a leave in). For my hair, this is a no-no, and should be avoided unless the intent is to follow up with a moisturizing treatment.

However, my hair has been severely lacking protein and until recently I'd forgotten about this line and what it could be used for. So in addition to restocking it to restore my protein balance. I also got the cult fave Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Protein Conditioner.

Now, about Aubrey Organics... When I first started my natural hair journey I was obsessed with only using products that were natural. This line was one of a handful that not only had a variety of products that worked, but was accessible on the ground in stores like Whole Foods. 

I remember talking to the regional reps at the ALIVE! trade show about how wildly popular their products were in the natural hair community. They had no idea why they couldn't keep up their hair conditioners on the shelves. I explained to them that most naturals washed their hair primarily with conditioner and used shampoo sparingly.

So, when I found out from my local health food store that one of the co-founders was recently deceased and they'd been manufacturing and distributing way below the norm, I figured I'd better stock up. If you use Aubrey Organics and are having trouble getting your hands on, really, anything in the product line (lotions, soaps, etc.), you may want to consider stockpiling a few things as well.

In the meantime I plan to resume my normal routine of using this specific conditioner as a part of my 2-step deep conditioning process, which I wrote extensively about here. Let's just say having both protein and moisturizing conditioners in one's curly hair arsenal and knowing when to use which is critical, yet very easy to learn. For now, here's a quick look at the result from my dry twistout using that JBCO edge gel. As expected, moisture levels are waaayy up, I feel blessed! :) 

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SASSY NATION: 1st SASSY NATION GIVEAWAY! Carol's Daughter Transitioning 1-2-3 Kit


Have you entered the Sassy Nation Giveaway yet? Tomorrow is the last day!!!!!!


Sassy Hair: It’s our 1st Giveaway

To say thanks for your continued support, we are happy to announce our very first giveaway. We wanted to make it something worthwhile. So, this one is for all of our transitioners out there— WE SUPPORT YOU & your decision to give natural hair a go. To help you on your way, enter to win a Carol’s Daughter Transitioning 1-2-3 Kit.Winning is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Make sure you are following us here on Tumblr & reblog/like this post, so we know who you are (most important)

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The winner will be announced next Friday, July 13th. Good luck & have a safe holiday week(end)!

Sassy Hair: Elasta QP Product Review

To get this make-up look I followed this tutorial via SexyCandiEyes on YT. I must admit I was loving my big, sexy hair.

Had a nice little girl’s night out with my good friend Tiff at Cynthia & Peter’s Bar One Lounge in East Atlanta.

2 Clubs later… the thrill is gone “/

The main ingredient ^^^ Elasta QP

The verdict: Overall, I loved how full my hair turned out. However, I did not love having to blow it out first to achieve the big, stretched appearance. I will likely revisit using this product again in the fall when there is much less humidity and potential for frizz. The next time, I’ll try banding to stretch the hair as an alternative to using heat.

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Recap: World Natural Hair Show ATL

                                          Youtubers- MyNaturalSistas

The ‘fros and curls were in full-effect as hundreds of natural-haired women converged upon Atlanta for the 15th annual Taliah Waajid’s World Natural Hair and Beauty show.

Although I’m not newly natural, attending hair meet-ups is a relatively recent phenomenon in my world. I’d heard stories of massive crowds and treasure troves of free samples at hair events like these, so I was pumped. I didn’t even let the twenty minute wait in parking lot traffic, only to be redirected across the street, deflate my excitement bubble. Not even the thirty minute wait in line to purchase tickets was able to steal my joy. My curls were poppin’, I had my list and clipboard in hand, and my camera in tow. I’d reached the natural hair Mecca and I was on a mission to conquer my first coil show.

Once inside, I was pleasantly surprised that despite the crowd, walking around was a breeze. Yet, as I circled around to find out what vendors were actually there …

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Water Soluble Silicones: A Guide for Curly Cuties

*check out her serious silicone side-eye* …giggles

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Like most naturals who practice the CG method, I try to only use products that are natural and good for me (most of the time). The more I peruse sites of some of my favorite curly-haired bloggers, the more I realize that there are many whom flaunt and even tout the praises of products with ‘cones. *scratches record* But wait, I thought that was a no-no?

I like shine. I like bouncy-bounce curls. So to find out the deal, of course, I did a little digging. It turns out that there are, in fact, are a number of curl-friendly, water-soluble 'cones that can easily be removed from the hair strands without the use of harsh surfactants and sulphate shampoos. Say whaaat? Yes, chile.

Curious, aren’t you? Mmm-hmm, me too. Here is a snippet from on the great 'Cone Compromise.

However, despite their numerous benefits, curlies are frequently admonished to minimize use of silicones or to avoid them entirely…

Happily, polymer chemists have spent time developing and optimizing water soluble silicone-based polymers for various reasons. These materials impart many of the desirable properties of ordinary silicone polymers, but they are more easily removed from the hair via rinsing, conditioner washing, or cleaning with mild shampoos, and do not require the use of harsh sulfate-based surfactants. They can also enhance moisturizing properties or add humectant qualities. These silicones provide more options to curly ladies and gentlemen.

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If you still don’t believe do your own research then try for yourself. It’s all very scientific. In the meantime, I’ll be doing some product reviewing of my own, so stay close for an upcoming report.


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