Accessory + GIVEAWAY : : The Ebonnet by Eboni Curls

Accessory + GIVEAWAY : : The Ebonnet by Eboni Curls

*** GIVEAWAY CLOSED — But you can still read my review of the Ebonnet :o) ****

Hello!!! I know I know, I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks :o( Hopefully I haven’t lost you! I just get tired sometimes, especially when I’m super busy with work and life, I have to put some thangs on the back-burner to be able to keep my sanity. Hope you understand :o)

BUT! What better way to say I’m sowwy than to have ANOTHER G I V E A W A Y!! hehe :o)

Before I get into the details, let me do a mini review of what your potential prize will be, so you’ll know why you want to win!! So my hair has grown over the past couple of years and so with that, I needed to make some adjustments to my night time hair preservation method. It’s not  working for me anymore, I’ve been using the same scarf for YEARS ((I know each and every one of ya’ll has one too, don’t lie lol)), and it’s not long enough anymore. My hair is exposed in the back and we know that is no good when you sleep because your ends, the most delicate part of hair, will rub against the pillows and cause breakage, split ends, single-strand knots, etc.

I’m trying to “recover” from some of that damage by really keeping my hair super, super moisturized (just did a day-long Greenhouse Effect Treatment this past weekend, which I’m trying to do every weekend now) and sealing my ends every day using lots of butter ((The Natural Root’s Gourmet Shea butter is my choice of the moment, yummy! hehe)) and of course… using my new Ebonnet by Eboni Curls!

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Product Description
This Ebonnet has it all! Delicate fabric that will protect your hair while you are sleeping, a drawstring and elastic that will provide optimum comfort while adjusting with your growing hair and paired with a chic pattern! Who says you cannot look cute during sleep? The drawstring will allow you to expand this luxurious bonnet so your beautiful tresses are not disfigured while you protect your hair at night. This drawstring Ebonnet will also stay in place during your slumber. This bonnet is double lined with high quality Charmeuse Satin.

The owner/creator’s name is Eboni (duh!) :o) and I found this gem by searching Google and stumbling across her bonnets. She also makes shower capsscrunchies, pillow cases, scarves….EVERYTHING you need to preserve your hair at night! Perfect! The Ebonnets retail for $45 on her shop’s site. I immediately hit her up and asked about her bonnets and we’ve been curlfriends ever since! lol :o) we just collaborated on designing her new logo and making some updates to her website! She just debuted the logo this week so definitely check it out on her site. It’s so cute, I love it! ***SIDEBAR — Eboni is SO sweet, another genuine soul that I rarely come across these days. It’s just amazing, the women I’ve met through La Coco Bella, it has connected me with some amazing women!

Alrighty, here’s why this bonnet is essential for every natural, it protects ALL of your hair and is custom handmade, yes, custom handmade to fit your head! I have a big head as it is ((go head and laugh lol)) so I appreciate this along with it being big enough to accommodate the length of my hair now. My hair isn’t all smashed in the morning anymore lol

The best part about the Ebonnet ((besides being able to choose from a BUNCH of really cute designs and colors)) is it’s double-lined and made from REAL Charmeuse satin, which is a super soft, smooth polyester material almost like silk but more durable and light weight. It retains your hair’s natural oils and moisture so this means your hair stays moisturized, soft and over time, much healthier!

I let Eboni decide which design to make and it just so happened she had a brand new pattern and needed to name it, well she named it LaCocoBella! (the one in the pic above!) I am so honored and have been geeking ever since lol :o) I absolutely love the design and I probably would have selected it any way, seriously, it’s so me! The colors!!! She was also so generous and gave me 2 matching scrunchies!

I’ve been using it almost every night, except when I am letting my twists dry overnight. My hair would never dry, it keeps the moisture in that well! lol It has a fully covered elastic band, that is thick and has a drawstring. I love that it won’t damage your edges since its smooth and wide, no friction. The “poof” part is big enough so my hair is not compacted and can breathe! My only slight complaint, besides having your boyfriend make jokes about you lol, ((guys wouldn’t understand anyway so forget them lol)) is that it does make my head a bit warm because its so insulated. BUT I get warm easily, especially when I sleep. It hasn’t made me sweat out my hair or anything like that so it’s not an issue, plus its about to be cold as hell out here on the East coast so it may be a good thing lol I actually use it to my advantage when I am doing greenhouse effect treatments. I wear the Ebonnet over the plastic shower cap to make it even more insulated, works like a charm!

Last, I am SO happy Eboni sent me scrunchies as well because this has actually improved how my hair looks in the morning so much. I now do the “sort-of” Pineapple method (<—Google it, I may make post about I how I do it sometime) but I make two “pineapples/ponytails” on top of my head instead of just one. I never really considered the pineapple method because it mostly works best on curlies with longer hair that is finer in texture/thickness (the hairtype 3’s). My hair is really course and creases easily when there is any type of binding on it (i.e. pins, rubberbands, etc.) but since I separate my hair into smaller sections, it keeps my hair from creasing because there’s less hair in each scrunchie and fits looser around my hair. ((I hope I didn’t just confuse the heck out you with all that lol))  Basically, the scrunchies keep my hair stretched and its made my hair look much better the next day!

Overall, I really, really love this Ebonnet and I plan on using it for many years to come! It is SO durable and so well-made, truly a quality piece of work! Eboni you are a genius for these!

Ok so the super fun part now….GIVEAWAY TIME!!

One lucky winner will receive the Ebonnet with the design in the pic below. It’s called Jungle nights and is a really beautiful gold and black pattern with palm leaves, and my fav, leopard print! It’s also lined with pink satin.

Use the Rafflecoptor below and GOOD LUCK!!!

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***Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway runs now until October 22, 2013 12:00am EST ***

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Tip Tuesday : : Perfecting a Twist-out! Tip #5

Tip Tuesday : : Perfecting a Twist-out! Tip #5
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Ok so you know I was lying when I said I would have a hair tip EVERY Tuesday right?! lol I knew I’d end up eating my words lol sorry!! And how the HECK is it already OCTOBER!?

Anywho, here’s the latest tip on how to perfect your twist outs. Oh and in case you missed them, here are the last 4:

5 : : Avoid Water based products

I know this sounds kind of backwards right? Avoid water but our hair needs moisture?!  Well, water based products definitely have their benefits BUT remember, frizz is caused by moisture ((water)) and the point is to reduce frizz if you want your twists last longer and look neater.

The thing with water-based products, and when I say products, I mean whatever you apply when you’re setting your twists, is that your hair and the product MUST dry COMPLETELY before you attempt to un-twist. This is especially important if you live in humid climates since the moisture in the air will “activate” the water-based product making your hair moist again and result in frizz. Try sticking with oil/butter based products if your goal is longevity!

***SIDE BAR: This tip MAY apply to products containing humectants…for some people. I say this because aloe vera is a humectant BUT I get THE best twist-outs when I use products that contain aloe. But those products are still not water based, they are oil based. So maybe the combo of aloe and the oil/butter sort of “cancels” out the frizz? I am not sure and it could just be me but I figured I’d put that out there ;o)

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Moisture : : Bee Mine Juicy Moisturizing Daily Spritz

Moisture : : Bee Mine Juicy Moisturizing Daily Spritz

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So this is a product I have had for quite some time now, just haven’t had a chance to review it ((sowwy!)). My bottle is actually almost gone too lol Time to re-up! It’s from, you guessed it…Bee Mine!! My fav brand of course :o)

It is the lovely  Bee Mine Juicy Moisturizing Daily Spritz which is yet ANOTHER 5 star reviewed product. I am telling you, there is almost perfection in everything Bee Mine is! It STILL amazes me! It’s like when something is too good to be true but it really is true lol Any who, the Juicy Moisturizing Daily Spritz retails for 8oz. for $12.97 and comes in Bee Mine’s signature Island Mango Scent.
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Product Description
Bee Mine Juicy – Moisturizing Daily Spritz is an excellent moisturizer for natural & relaxed hair.  It is loaded with organic aloe vera juice, ayurvedic herbs and nourishing essential oils to stimulate the scalp and strengthen your tresses.  Use daily as a mid day refresher bedtime moisturizing treatment.

Ingredients
Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Herbal Infused Purified Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pure Glycerin, Ayurvedic Herbs, Select Herbs, Polysorbate 20, Essential oils of Tea Tree, Peppermint & Grapefruit, Vitamin E Tocopherol Oil, Fragrance,  Paraben & Formaldehyde Free Preservative.
Silicone-free / SLS-free / Paraben-free

As you may know by now,  ALL of Bee Mine’s products are 99% Natural AND Organic. This truly sets Bee Mine apart from any other natural hair brand out there. An ENTIRE product line, not just a couple products, that is 99% Natural and Organic. This is probably the #1 reason why Bee Mine is so effective and consistent. So I say that to bring your attention to the juicy ingredients! ALL of these power packed ingredients perfectly mixed together in a spray bottle. ((I know I always sound like a Bee Mine salesperson but I just can’t help it lol I have NO affiliation with the company and I do NOT get paid to say the things I say! I am just honest! :o)))

The first ingredient is Aloe vera juice which immediately had me sold. My hair loves anything to do with aloe vera and then herbal infused purified water is next. I don’t know which herbs it’s infused with but I am certain that they are all amazingly beneficial to our hair of course :o). I do know it has ayurvedic herbs as well, probably amla, brahmi, neem or henna even since those herbs appear in other Bee Mine products. It’s got my beloved coconut oil, vitamin E, and essential oils and glycerin to really moisturize  your hair. Remember, both aloe vera and glycerin are humectants so they will pull moisture into your hair and since this spritz contains water (moisture), it REALLY locks it in! THEN the oils SEAL the moisture in. It’s like this spray is the perfect balance of chemistry to truly moisturize your hair and notice a difference.

I use this spray whenever I re-twist my hair during the week. I usually don’ re-apply any product (unless I just really need to), just spray each section with the Juicy spritz and then re-twist (adding a lil butter to my ends to make sure they are sealed and protected). This spritz is also really good for your scalp as well! It is comparable to the Bee Mine Bee Sensitive Serum but without the sulfur so sometimes I will use this in place of the serum if I am feeling lazy lol. I have also used this when I wear a wash-n-go to help revive my curls and give an extra boost of moisture when needed.

I definitely notice a difference in the moisture level of my hair since I introduced this to my hair arsenal. It’s one of those products that the more you use it, the LESS you need because it really balances my hair and makes it “normal” if that makes sense. I have tried several moisture sprays and even make my own occasionally but this will be something I always keep stocked :o)

— Have you guys tried anything from Bee Mine since you’ve heard me obsess over them!? lol just curious :o)

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Tip Tuesday : : Perfecting a Twist-out! Tip #4

Tip Tuesday : : Perfecting a Twist-out! Tip #4

lacocobella_hair_tipHello! Here is a re-cap of perfecting a twist-out along with Tip #4! :o)

4 : :  Twist using a mixture of a butter and gel product

This is actually something I JUST discovered and am kind of mad I never thought about before lol I first tried this when I made my homemade flax seed gel and I LOVED my twists! The gel provides super hold and keeps frizz at bay and the butter cancels out any crunchiness from the gel and keep the hair moisturized and soft! It’s a perfect combo. I also like how the gel keeps my hair from feeling oily from the butter as well. When using a gel, avoid gels with alcohol and use gels like the flax seed, aloe, eco-styler or this one from Koils by Nature or from good ole Karen’s Body Beautiful :o) Anything with aloe as the first or second ingredient almost always gives me amazing results!

— Have you utilized any twist-out tips yet!? Have they helped?

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Tip Tuesday : : Perfecting a Twist-out! Tip #3

Tip Tuesday : : Perfecting a Twist-out! Tip #3

lacocobella_hair_tipHey!! Back with another tip for perfecting a twist-out….my fav hairstyle!

3 : : Let your twists “set” longer

I try to twist my hair as early as possible the day before I decide to untwist them. This gives my hair more time to “set” AND dry completely. Letting them set longer also makes your hair smoother which means less frizz! Now I am not one to actually wear the twists out (I don’t like the Color Purple look on me lol ), but if I do, I may rock a hat or scarf if I am just running errands and what not. The point is, the longer you leave the twists in, the “deeper” the curl pattern from the twists are set in!

Lastly, Here’s a re-cap of the fist 2 tips I share these past couple of weeks. If you have some of your own tips, feel free to drop me a line and share the knowledge :o)

Tip #1 – Twist your hair when it is still wet/damp, like 90% wet but not dripping
Tip #2 – Make your twists smaller

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Cream : : Coco Curls Moisturizing Styling Cream

Cream : : Coco Curls Moisturizing Styling Cream

OMG! WHY have I never tried this cream yet!?!? I have seriously been missing out…like for real ya’ll lol I don’t know if this is just a product that is slept on because I have seen it before, but never heard much said about it. I guess that’s probably why I never tried it, never really stood out in my mind. Plus I don’t really use many creams since I prefer butters so I didn’t think to look into it.

But THANKFULLY, I received a 2oz sample size of this AMAZING styling cream in my super wonderful OnyxBox, that I received from We Are Onyx a few weeks ago ((don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!!)). It’s the Moisturizing Styling Cream by Coco Curls! You can buy it directly from We Are Onyx’s website ((remember, that was one of the cool things about the OnyxBox! You can buy all the products you sample so you don’t have to search all over to find them. Smart!)) And of course you can also get it directly from Coco Curls’ website :o) 2oz for only $5, 8oz for $15 and 16 oz for $25.

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Product Description
Coco Curls can be used as an all-in-one for any natural style, as it combines the properties of both SHINE & MOISTURE, as well as HOLD & DEFINITION. A small amount goes a long way and works best with wet hair. You don’t have to worry about a white residue or greasy after affect – perfect for wearing a 2 strand twist style right out the salon! Coco Curls is made with all natural ingredients, that combine to nourish and strengthen natural hair and it is also a wonderful body butter for your skin!

Ingredients
Aloe Vera Juice, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxypropyl trimonium Honey, Lactobacillus Ferment, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (and) Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Fragrance Oils.

OMG…let me first start by telling you how YUMMY the scent is! It is very sweet, bakery like, almost like a yummy, buttery frosting but for your hair! The scent lingers for a couple days and I LOVE that. Every time I “whoosh” my hair and get a nice wiff of the scent lol Definite points on that :o)

The texture of the cream is very light and emollient, like a heavy lotion or something like that I am just learning that my hair actually responds really well to lighter products. I have always been caught up in thinking I can only use heavier, thicker butters ((still use those to seal my ends of course! I have been using my Gourmet Shea butter by The Natural Root lately)) BUT I realized that when lighter creams/butters contain ALOE as one of the first ingredients, my hair LOOOOOVES it!! This cream reminds me a LOT of the Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter…but possibly even better! Yup, I said it :o) It really is THAT good!

It provided me with an AMAZING amount of hold, definition and I have virtually NO frizz! My hair is shiny and healthy looking. I think this product gives me THE best twist outs! The product description is extremely accurate and sums it up! The results reminded me of when I featured pure Mango Butter in my Ingredients 101 series (( I know I know, I have been slacking on those posts lol)). OMG I can’t sing enough praises about this cream! There was NO residue or greasiness, super light, fluffy curls! A little goes a Long way also! I have the 2oz size and so far I have used it twice and I have enough left for about 3 more times.

And here is what did it for me…..my twist-out lasted ALL week, ESPECIALLY after I did a Cherry Lola treatment which makes my curls even more defined. Didn’t have to reapply, re-twist or anything for days. My hair looks great EVERY time I use this wonderful cream. The weather also had a huge spike in humidity levels and even a bit of rain and my hair STILL looked almost as good as it did on Monday! Amazing lol

This cream is like a magical gem I was so fortunate to stumble upon. I WILL be buying more of this when I run out AND this is going on my essentials list!! Thanks WeAreOnyx for putting me on!! This is the only product that Coco Curls sells (at least from what I saw) but they definitely have a GREAT product and I hope they add more sooner than later!!

Scroll down for some flicks! NOTE: The pics below are the first time I tried the cream. The second time was after I did the Cherry Lola treatment and my hair looked EVEN better, especially at the end of the week.

Here is my first day hair..

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…and here is my second or 3rd day hair, I can’t remember!lacocobella_coco_curls_moisturizing_styling_cream_6 lacocobella_coco_curls_moisturizing_styling_cream_7 lacocobella_coco_curls_moisturizing_styling_cream_8 lacocobella_coco_curls_moisturizing_styling_cream_9

..and here is a pic I posted on my instagram this week. This was my hair the 2nd time I used the cream and after a Cherry Lola treatment :o)

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I am in LOVE!!

HAS ANYONE TRIED THIS CREAM!?!? and if so, WHY you ain’t tell me bout it!? lol :o)

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GIVEAWAY!! : : Subscription to OnyxBox!!!

GIVEAWAY!! : : Subscription to OnyxBox!!!

ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!! Yayy!! I think I love doing giveaways because I love allowing you all to get to try some of the things I love! Sooooo this time around, I am giving away a subscription to We Are Onyx‘s OnyxBox! I recently did a review on a box I was sent and I loved it so much that the sweet gals over at We Are Onyx allowed me to give away a subscription! Here is your chance to try this CUSTOMIZABLE box for yourself! YES, you will get to choose what products you want to try from their site and receive 4 samples of your choice and they will throw in a 5th as a surprise! How many box subscriptions let you do that!? :o)

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Oh and also, We Are Onyx JUST revamped their website so be sure you check it out! They made major improvements which makes the experience of We Are Onyx even better and more interactive. Definitely a very personal company that caters to our needs. Got to love that :o) Alrighty, so the giveaway will start today and run until Sunday, September 8th 11:59pm EST (open to U.S. Residents only, sowwy). Lots of ways to enter and get extra entries so check out the handy dandy Rafflecopter below Oh and be sure to Like We Are Onyx in Facebook because you will get TEN entries!!! :o)
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