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Seed Phytonutrients- Farmed Skincare

Hi Friends,

Farm to skin with Seed Phytonutrients

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday filled with love and tons of laughter.  I wanted to share with you all a new  skin care brand that will be launching in spring 2018. Seed Phytonutrients  !  After waiting patiently for a few months,  I was sent a sample package of the hair and skin care line. It actually arrived just in time, right around the time NYC starting getting cold.  Seed Phytonutrients  is a totally organic, “farm-to-body” collection of plant-based body- and hair-care products.

 

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This company grows and harvests their own seeds for each product right on their farm in Pennsylvania sweetly named Shiloh Farms. Everything they grow and harvest is then package in sustainable bottles.

 

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Their bottles are green, recycled and hold up against any type of moisture.  No more plastic bottles in your showers and bathrooms. I mean, this company founded by  Shane Wolf and Michael Ranspot have made a commitment to reducing waste, minimizing carbon foot print and creating a hair and skin care brand that is good for you and that works!! So, a skin care brand that works and is completely NON TOXIC! Seed Phytonutrients  will be available soon so, I don’ t have price points to share. But, something tells me the line will be affordable. This line is a 100% WIN WIN !

 

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Hit them up for a few samples

I was fortunate to get a change to  try the hair cleanser, conditioner, body moisturizer, hand wash, and facial cleanser!  These products smell amazing ! The body moisturizer works miracles in this cold NY weather, and I have been using it as a hand cream. I cannot wait to get my hands on the hand salve. The facial cleanser softens, cleans and refreshes your skin with less than a dime size amount.  They even sent me the cutest recycled little tote bag, great for quick trips to the farmers market.

 

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Brand Launch- April 2018

I sincerely cannot wait to get my hands on this amazing, organic and  sustainable farm to body skin and hair care collection. This is an un–sponsored blog review and the line hasn’t even launched yet but, I could not wait to share with you all!

I wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR ! See ya in 2018.

xoxo, Andrinique

 

Beauty, Hair

Winter Curl Protection ~ Curls Blueberry Bliss

Hey Friends,

 

Winter Curl Protection ~ Curls Blueberry Bliss

Happy almost Christmas ! Baby, it’s cold outside ..Which in curly girl language means OH NO, my hair, and winter curl protection.

It was  Curls Blueberry Bliss to the rescue and the timing could’nt be more perfect because, as  I have  just partnered with CURLS.  They sent me the Curls Blueberry Bliss line to try. Initially had only been using the Reparative leave- in conditioner and was obsessed with it until recently. My obsession is for the entire CURLS BlueBerry Bliss line.

It smells like Blueberries

First of all, it legit smells like blueberries. That’s because it’s made from ORGANIC Blueberry Extract. You guys know I am all about that organic beauty, hair and lifestyle.  I have found that some “organic ” hair brands though organic, don’t always work so well. So, I find myself mixing and cocktailing brands to get my curly hair healthy, shiny and most of all FRIZZ free  CURLS Blueberry Bliss line does it ALL !

The products apply smooth and easy and the hold is no joke and no crunch 🙂 Here are some of the ingrediants and benefits from the CURLS  Blueberry Bliss collection. 

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BENEFITS of Certified Organic Blueberry Extract- found in EVERY product

 

PROTECTS, STOPS BREAKAGE, and SPEEDS UP HAIR GROWTH

Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E and vitamin B complex which is protects color treated hair. Blueberries are rich in vitamin C, which is essential for healthy, strong, break resistant hair. Without adequate vitamin C, your hair is prone to breakage and thinning. The proanthocyanidins found in blueberries have been proven to cause the hair follicle cells to grow.  Also, the presence of Vitamin B helps increase hair growth by improving oxygenation and circulation of blood in the the scalp.

 

To REPAIR,  RESTORE, PROTECT and GROW your hair! 

So, there is the science and here are my winter wash go curly hair products  from the CURL Blueberry Bliss Collection:

Repartative Hair Wash

Reparative Leave In Conditioner

Curl Control Jelly

Hair Growth Oil

Reparative Hair Mask

 

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Hair types and curl patterns

It really is a relieve and refreshing to find a hair care line for curly girls that has everything our hair needs and is GOOD for our hair. The mixing and matching of products, and trying so many different brands not to mention spending a fortune, only to find out some work but for most d0 not. I have multi- cultured hair because I am multi- cultural. My hair is low proristy, it’s 3-A in the back, 4-A in the middle and 3-B in the front and Curls adapts to my different hair types.  Oh, and the price point is beyond reasonable.. Not going broke on hair care products with this line !

The CURLS line also has a line for Kids, Babies and the newest line for type 4 hair patterns called The Cashmere and Caviar Collection  Happy Holiday’s

 

If you are interested in trying the line at small discount, let me know in the comments and I will get a special fortyplusten code for you 😉

xoxo, Andrinique

Beauty, Hair

A smoothie for curly hair- my hair care routine

Hello Friends

I’m saying hello friends now instead of ” Hi Ladies” because according to my google analytics,  men are making up 30% of my readers ..WHAT ?!! OK!  Dudes welcome 🙂

I haven’t posted a current hair products blog in a while, and since I am using different products, I figured I would. As we all know, our hair, skin and body for that matter adapts to a regular routine and are not as effective over time. I began to notice that my hair was no longer doing well with the DevaCurl line. I mean in all fairness, I had been using ALL DevaCurl products for 6 straight months. My hair stop responding to the products.. I starting see more frizz, my hair was  dry and I only had about 70% definition. NO BUENO !

So, I reached into my hair care bin ( literally ) and pulled out some Design Essentials, some Curls BlueBerry Bliss, and one DevaCurl product that my hair initially didn’t like. Shea-Moisture-curl-enhancing-smoothie

Of course, if you know me, the more organic the line brand, the better. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Curls BlueBerry Bliss and HairRX  are all 100% natural, Deva Curl  B’leave in, though it is sulfate, paraben and silicone free, still has toxic fragrances in it.  On the Think Dirty app, with 10 being the worst, this product is a 9 ..YIKES !  The Think Dirty app tells you how toxic the ingredients are that you’re using, and how they affect your system. I only use a dime size, rubbed into my palms to scrunched into the very ends of my hair. Design Essential is a 9 also, I only use it twice a month. I have to find another shampoo ! I wash my hair every 5 days and don’t add any additional products in it between washes. Here’s my how- to:

  1. Pre-poo with HairRX  day before I wash to detangle and add as much moisture as possible.  I massage into my head and section my hair into twist, and then I cover my head before I go to bed.
  2. Wash my hair focusing on the scalp while  l avoid piling my hair onto of my head.
  3. Once a week I deep condition my hair. I tend to use a different non toxic DC every week to try out different brands. I sometimes mix deep conditioners and I make sure there is a good mix of protein free and protein based products.. too much protein is no no for my hair. #proteinoverload. I then add some essential oils to the mix.. I like lavender, tea tree and peppermint 🙂
  4. Rinse the DC out after 20 -30 mins, and add a leave in- Curls blueberry Bliss Reparative leave in
  5. On soaking wet hair, I apply Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing smoothie in sections, ( I have a lot of HAIR ) But, I only need to use a quarter size per section. ( 6 sections in total )
  6. Scrunch in some B’ leave in for extra hold, and wala !

At night, I place my hair on top of my head in a pineapple and sleep on a stain pillow case.

That’s how I manage my big curl fro !

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xoxo, Andrinique

 

Beauty, Hair

My Curly Hair Routine- Devacurl

Hey Ladies,

I am always asked questions about my hair so of course, it made sense for me to write a blog for the mass’s. I get questions like; how do you style your hair? what products to you use, how do keep it healthy and soft ? Inquiring minds wanted to know..

So you know, I did not always rock my natural hair, it was a process. As I got older and more comfortable in my own skin, I wanted to be my most authentic self. I know longer wanted to intentionally put toxins into my body, and as a result, damaging my hair.

Full transparency, I chemically processed my hair for YEARS ! As teenager, my friends all had straight hair and I had curly, thick, BIG hair and I did’nt like being different.  I wanted to fit in !  So, one day I had a friend chemically straighten my hair, I was 14! That’s when it all began, and there was no going back . It wasn’t until YEARS later in 2013, I decided I was done putting chemicals in my hair, and began on my journey back to healthy hair, and rocking my natural hair. I BIG chopped all of my hair and all the damage along with it ! I’m happy to report that I haven’t had a blow out or used chemicals, heat, or  flat irons on my hair for over 4 years.

It was’nt easy! There were many times I was so ready to go back and take the easy route of styling my hair because my natural hair was so damaged, and unruly.  But, I hung in ! I can honestly say over the last 4 years, I have used 90% of the products on the market for curly hair, I have mixed product lines, made my own hair product cocktails, I literally did and try everything.. Hundreds of $$$$$ later, I found the products that work!  But first, here I am with straight hair:  #tbt2010

My WASH- N- GO:

  1.  I first wash my hair with DevaCurl no- poo , I wash the roots in a massaging motion. Tip ~ Don’t pile your hair on top of your head. Piling your hair on top of your head and scrubbing is not necessary and only causes the hair strands to be roughly handled thus breaking and frizzing up your hair.. Oh, and DON’T scrub your scalp, massage it 🙂
  2.  I then condition with DevaCurl one decadence conditioner. Tip ~ I use my fingers at this point to detangle my hair ( you can use a Denman  brush or wide tooth comb ).  I leave this on while I continue with my shower.
  3.  I rinse out the conditioner with cool water ( to close the hair cuticle and cut out frizz )
  4.  I deep condition my hair once a week with DevaCurl Heaven in Hair.. smells soo good and really hydrates my curls- hydrated curls are frizz free curls !  I use this as a leave in, ( just 20%, I rinse the rest out )
  5.  I leave my hair soaking wet when I get out.. yes, dripping ! my hair dry’s so fast and I need to apply my styling products while my hair is soaking wet or else it starts to get frizzy.
  6. I add DevaCurl  Ultra Defining Gel DevaCurl Wave Maker into a small bowl and I mix it together ( this could be two separate steps, but adding them together shortens the process. I don’t have time to spend hours on my hair ! #alltheshortcuts
  7. I section my hair in 4 and rake the mixture into my hair so it’s all evenly distributed.
  8. After getting the styling products into my hair, I flip my hair upside down and start scrunching my hair.. scrunch to define the curls naturally and upside down to add volume ie.. create the fro, I like BIG hair ! how ironic now
  9. I let my air hair dry for about 30 mins, then I sit under my dryer for 45 mins with the temp on medium. Finally, I diffuse to remove any product cast and soften and FALA ! 

This all takes a little over and 1 hour..BUT, I only have to do this once a week,  my ” wash N go”  last 5 days, and by then it’s time to wash my hair again anyway ! 🙂

DevaCurl and Olaplex I have to use a olaplex now since adding pintura highlights to my hair , My hair LOVES it.  I only use the Olaplex when getting my highlights touched up .. yes, along with the grey !

Hope this is helpful, If you have any questions, leave a comment for me and I am happy to answer !

xoxo,

Andrinique

Deva Curl No Poo Decadence

Deva Curl One Condition Decadence

Deva Curl Heaven In Hair

Deva Curl Arc Angel Gel

Deva Curl Wave Maker

Olaplex Bond Perfector