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Wash And Go, To Grow And To Dazzle 2020 Challenge

LavenderMint

Well-Known Member
So.... I’ve basically been in the house since I had mini-Mint in early 2020.
Suffice to say: I am BORED & have been itching to do something new.

So on my break from my students, I ran over to Ulta & bought some CurlSmith hair makeup. :spinning: :look: 2 Ruby & 1 Rose Gold.

I am under the dryer right now & I Have Thoughts. I’ll also have to post pics on my IG & Pinterest because it was a serious pain looking for reviews by tighter coily-kinky-curlies OR ladies with deeper skin tones. Very frustrating.
I’m going to wait until later this weekend to post the pics because I want to see the color & hold fully dry with a few days to live in it.
 

kimpaur

Well-Known Member
So.... I’ve basically been in the house since I had mini-Mint in early 2020.
Suffice to say: I am BORED & have been itching to do something new.

So on my break from my students, I ran over to Ulta & bought some CurlSmith hair makeup. :spinning: :look: 2 Ruby & 1 Rose Gold.

I am under the dryer right now & I Have Thoughts. I’ll also have to post pics on my IG & Pinterest because it was a serious pain looking for reviews by tighter coily-kinky-curlies OR ladies with deeper skin tones. Very frustrating.
I’m going to wait until later this weekend to post the pics because I want to see the color & hold fully dry with a few days to live in it.

Please do!
I’ve been using Get Hued Color Gel in Bronze and I love it,plus it’s black owned. This Curlsmith gel is really calling my name though since I can just pick it up at ULTA vs waiting for it to ship

I’m curious about the difference between the two

And I agree-why aren’t there more red-headed naturals?
 

Britt

Well-Known Member
Yep. She thinks she is the queen of curly hair and no one else knows what they are talking about and that they should all just “stay in their lane”

After my 1st interaction with her in the DS I almost dropped my membership. Luckily the other people there made up for her nastiness.

I’m thinking that SeeSomeCurls isn’t going to be nearly as successful as the DS. They need nicer people to help everyone like Cassandra and Roni. Once people watch all the videos and attend a few lives there will be no reason to keep subscribing.

It’s really kind of sad because I love their message that all black women can wear their hair the way it grows out of their head with pride and confidence.

She had another “snarky” live with Sonnie where she said people who put food in their hair are just as bad as the gorilla glue woman. I didn’t watch that one, but I’m sure it would have pissed me off.
I agree with all of this.
I remember when I finally joined the DS I was so underwhelmed. I learned more tho watching the videos there, listening to them and really watching their YouTube videos. I didn't post questions too much, b/c I saw how things are over there. It sucks b/c I do love their message and their main message is that there is nothing wrong with your natural hair, it's fine how it grows out your head, embrace it and stop trying to change it. They have a lot of priceless gems and they have changed how I look at natural hair, my views towards YouTubers and even the forums. My mindset towards hair and products have changed a lot, and I'm grateful for that. I do think they are very knowledgeable and educated about hair.
 

Nightingale

On the Grow and Keeping it Simple
Yep. She thinks she is the queen of curly hair and no one else knows what they are talking about and that they should all just “stay in their lane”

After my 1st interaction with her in the DS I almost dropped my membership. Luckily the other people there made up for her nastiness.

I’m thinking that SeeSomeCurls isn’t going to be nearly as successful as the DS. They need nicer people to help everyone like Cassandra and Roni. Once people watch all the videos and attend a few lives there will be no reason to keep subscribing.

It’s really kind of sad because I love their message that all black women can wear their hair the way it grows out of their head with pride and confidence.

She had another “snarky” live with Sonnie where she said people who put food in their hair are just as bad as the gorilla glue woman. I didn’t watch that one, but I’m sure it would have pissed me off.
I agree.

For natural newbies, I'd definitely recommend their book or to join See Some Curls for a month or two, but no more than that.
 

DVAntDany

Well-Known Member
So.... I’ve basically been in the house since I had mini-Mint in early 2020.
Suffice to say: I am BORED & have been itching to do something new.

So on my break from my students, I ran over to Ulta & bought some CurlSmith hair makeup. :spinning: :look: 2 Ruby & 1 Rose Gold.

I am under the dryer right now & I Have Thoughts. I’ll also have to post pics on my IG & Pinterest because it was a serious pain looking for reviews by tighter coily-kinky-curlies OR ladies with deeper skin tones. Very frustrating.
I’m going to wait until later this weekend to post the pics because I want to see the color & hold fully dry with a few days to live in it.
I’m looking forward to seeing your end results.
 

DVAntDany

Well-Known Member
Welcome @DVAntDany!! It sounds like you have a good idea what’s working for you & your curls are cute! We all have some different strategies going on here & I’m looking forward to seeing your wng journey.
Thanks.

I have kind of given myself a challenge. I have to perfect and fall in love with the wash n go by the end of this year. If not, I’m going back to locs.

I miss my wake up and go hair. That is not necessarily possible with loose hair, but I’ll settle for easy styling with lovable results.

Yeah, there is always braid/twist outs and rod sets , but I’ll never get back the countless hours of sitting under a hooded dryer or days stuck in Celie braids.

I’m a woman on a mission and I pray I don’t fail. It’s always been my dream to have long butt length hair that I can wear out and enjoy. I’ve done the whole protective styling and hiding my hair to grow length. I have messed it up (countless times) the moment I decided to start enjoying it whether it be by poor handling skills or color. Darn you ,color!

I thought that I was getting somewhere with locs and now all of that hair is in a bag. I didn’t even cut or shave my hair off. It all pulled out with the roots bulbs still attached. I swear I’m not practicing insanity. My goals may be the same, but I have re-strategized and have a new course of action. I’m just sick of getting so close to my goals and loosing it all.
 

DVAntDany

Well-Known Member
I’ve been thinking about using a denman brush to make products that don’t clump or reduce frizz work. I can make do with finger coils/twirls and all is good, but that is work.

I went to Sally’s a month ago to find one. They were out of the D3 brush, hair clips and water bottles. So I wound up purchasing the giant and heavy D4. In the past it was great for blow drying my hair straight. I can’t seem to get it to work the two times I’ve tried it.

Do you all think it’s worth investing in the D3 while my hair is still so short? I wanna try Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls. I just don’t think that is going to do much for my hair.
 

toaster

Well-Known Member
@DVAntDany I bought the book a while ago, but there should be an option to just buy the book. I think it’s really helpful. They also have a few videos on YouTube (or at least they did) that were really helpful as well!

I would try to pick up the Miss Jessie’s product from target and try it without the brush. That way you can either return it if it doesn’t work, or pick up the brush if you really want it, without having to buy both!
 

LavenderMint

Well-Known Member
I would love to joint this challenge please if it’s not too late


  1. Please tell us about your hair (texture, pattern, porosity, length, etc) 3” 3c
  2. What is your current regimen (frequency, techniques, products, etc) Cowash everyday with cone free conditioner mixed with honey and EVOO
  3. What are your length goals from joining this challenge? S shoulder length
  4. What are your styling goals from joining this challenge? I cover my hair with my hijab
  5. Any current struggles or concerns? Not deep conditioning enough
  6. Please share a starting photo of your hair (optional but highly recommended)
Welcome!! I had so much trouble with consistently deep conditioning at first. I scandalized a friend of mine (a white girl with very curly hair) when I told her I didn’t do it lol she was dumbfounded & made me promise to do it more :lachen:
For me, the hurdle was I felt like I had to do both a dc and a rinse out but I’m often so short on time that it was an impossible choice. Choosing to just do one or the other has had a great effect, as well as squishing in the conditioner (but my hair is high po so it doesn’t really need the extra help)

Are you using anything to hold your curls?
 

LavenderMint

Well-Known Member
Alright, so this is a lot of pics.
Curlsmith hair makeup gel in “Ruby”.

pros:
-used over UFD with no problem
-no noxious odor
-decent hold, no frizz!!
-washes right off of hands as advertised
-once dry, no transfer.

cons:
-I didn’t even do my whole head but used the whole tube.
-hard to get every last drop of colored goodness because tube
-“Ruby” looks more like a copper color than a RED-red but ehhhhhh my hair is dark so I wasn’t expecting to cosplay a fire truck anyway

Bonus: Mr. Mint is seriously digging it and volunteered to buy 2 tubes of turquoise next, suggesting I skip rose gold altogether

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I made the pics small so they'd all upload.

overall, I really really like it and can’t wait to try the other colors.
 

DVAntDany

Well-Known Member
@DVAntDany I bought the book a while ago, but there should be an option to just buy the book. I think it’s really helpful. They also have a few videos on YouTube (or at least they did) that were really helpful as well!

I would try to pick up the Miss Jessie’s product from target and try it without the brush. That way you can either return it if it doesn’t work, or pick up the brush if you really want it, without having to buy both!
Maybe I wasn’t looking in the right spot. I’ll check again to see if I can find anything other than courses available. I’ve never watched them on YouTube so I’ll get around to doing that today.

I’ll see if I can purchase those sample/travel packs when I head back out to civilization. I kinda live in the middle of nowhere.
 

DVAntDany

Well-Known Member
Alright, so this is a lot of pics.
Curlsmith hair makeup gel in “Ruby”.

pros:
-used over UFD with no problem
-no noxious odor
-decent hold, no frizz!!
-washes right off of hands as advertised
-once dry, no transfer.

cons:
-I didn’t even do my whole head but used the whole tube.
-hard to get every last drop of colored goodness because tube
-“Ruby” looks more like a copper color than a RED-red but ehhhhhh my hair is dark so I wasn’t expecting to cosplay a fire truck anyway

Bonus: Mr. Mint is seriously digging it and volunteered to buy 2 tubes of turquoise next, suggesting I skip rose gold altogether

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I made the pics small so they'd all upload.

overall, I really really like it and can’t wait to try the other colors.
Impressive. It looks super natural for a colored gel. Now I want to try.
 

GettingKinky

Well-Known Member
Whew! Wash day was a bit of a chore today. After my stylist colors my hair I just leave with it in a naked puff and wear that until my next wash. I skipped my midweek wash so after a week and with 2 days of naked hair it was soooo tangled.
I had to detangle in 8 sections instead of my usual 4.

I tried UFD under jello shot today. It makes the jello shot much easier to spread, but now my hair feels a little sticky. I’ll see how it wears.
 

toaster

Well-Known Member
I caved and got the kinky curly leave in and custard. Can't wait to try it.

Any tips on how to apply the custard in the shower without getting the container wet?
It’s so annoying when gels come in jars! I try to keep the cap on the custard until I need it, and try to keep it away from the water spray. At the end, I tip it over a little to get any excess water out.

Remember to apply more knot today than you think you need and a little less custard than you think you need! I find that’s how it works best for me.
 

toaster

Well-Known Member
Whew! Wash day was a bit of a chore today. After my stylist colors my hair I just leave with it in a naked puff and wear that until my next wash. I skipped my midweek wash so after a week and with 2 days of naked hair it was soooo tangled.
I had to detangle in 8 sections instead of my usual 4.

I tried UFD under jello shot today. It makes the jello shot much easier to spread, but now my hair feels a little sticky. I’ll see how it wears.
I ordered a huge UFD during the sale. Can’t wait to try it under pop lock and the earthtones gel.
 

oneastrocurlie

Well-Known Member
@DVAntDany another stylist that people follow on Twitter and IG is Jennifer Rose. She recommends less expensive products than the As and from what I gather her attitude is more tolerable.

If Jennifer was more tolerable than the As (I have no idea who they are exactly. I just see them mentioned here) then they must have been A LOT. lol. Jennifer is pretty "forward". She cusses regularly on her lives.
 
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