Hair of the day today – a more “tamed” version of the sideswipe

So I am loving how simple it is to just do three big flat twists in the back to hide my ends from rubbing against my clothes, and then two on the side. This style is too simple, yet can be worn any and everywhere. I am really loving the definition that I get from the twist & define butter made my 4c naturalhair. (Me) Now this is day two of my twist out. I left the two strand twists in for three days and took them out Sunday, so here is today’s hair. I still have a great soft and moisturized hold too.

Here is the back.

Hope that you like it. If you have created your own version of the sideswipe, please feel free to send me pictures of it so that I can show them. Thank you !

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Hair care products and the pH Adjuster Sodium Hydroxide – By Chicoro

Hair Care Products and the pH Adjuster Sodium Hydroxide 

You already know about pH and that most if not all of store bought hair care products are formulated within a specific pH range.

Last time, I mentioned most hair care products have their pH adjusted during formulation.  Many ingredients can be used to adjust the pH of a product.

One pH adjuster of which you may want to be aware is sodium hydroxide. Sodium hydroxide is the same component used to relax hair and chemically straighten hair permanently. Sodium hydroxide is in many products. Sometimes it will be written on the back of the ingredients where you can see it and sometimes it will not appear on the ingredient’s label at all.

Sodium hydroxide is very corrosive and can burn and damage body tissue. In hair care products, when used as a pH adjuster, it is considered harmless because it turns into a salt at the end of processing.  Usually, when I see sodium hydroxide in a product, it is either the last ingredient or one of the last ingredients.

Product Ingredient Labeling In the United States

Product ingredients are listed on the back of a label in order of quantity. The ingredient that is the most prevalent will be listed first.  If an ingredient is less than 1%, it may be listed on the product ingredient label, too. The catch is that once an ingredient is less than 1% of the product, it can be listed in any order. Let’s say I have water, oil, amino acids and honey in my product. Water and oil make up 50%. But, my amino acids are .5% and honey is .4%. Although there are more amino acids in this product, I can list honey first. That is because anything less than 1% can be listed in any order. When you look at the back of this product, you won’t be able to really know if there is more honey or amino acids. The order won’t help you.


The other interesting thing is that for a product to be considered a relaxer it can consist of 1% to 10% of sodium hydroxide.  In theory, a product could be out there with up to 1% sodium hydroxide, used to adjust pH. Technically, all you need is 1% of sodium hydroxide in your product for it to be considered a relaxer.   Although I am reaching here, it is important to know and understand what is in your hair care products. I personally skip products that have sodium hydroxide in them. But, since it is considered an end product used for processing and becomes a harmless salt, it doesn’t have to be declared or written on the ingredients label. Who knows how  many products may contain sodium hydroxide but don’t state it. Be aware.  Use knowledge, not fear or marketing, to make the best hair related decisions for yourself.

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Product review – Tropic Isle living Jamaican Black Castor oil Hair food

Ingredients: Jamaican black Castor oil, Shea butter, Avocado oil, Neem oil, Grapeseed oil, Vitamin E, Candellila wax, Bees wax, Carnauba wax.

Claims: Nourishes and moisturizes hair daily. Use for hair breakage, dandruff, thinning hair, dry hair.

Size: 4oz

Price: $7.99

Directions: Rub into scalp daily & comb hair into any style desired. For adults & children.

Texture: It feels like a really heavy butter, Not grainy though.

Scent: This product smells like Raw African Shea butter

I have used this on hair and scalp. I did not want to try it on my scalp because of the waxes blocking my pores, but I did it anyway and it stunted my growth. I saw the difference in growth because I did not use it on my first set of kinky twists, but did with the second set. I think that this is way too heavy for the scalp, but just perfect for thick, kinky, Afro textured hair. This Jamaican Black Castor oil hair food is very heavy, so if you do not have thick kinky Afro textured hair, I would suggest that you not use this on your hair.

When applied directly to the hair, it instantly softens up and makes the hair moisturized and more manageable for styling. I use it on my daughter’s hair when she likes to wear her puff because the Shea butter and the Castor oil help to protect against the sun, wind and harsh weather. I love this product for softening dry hair to prepare for styling, it does the job. The moisture lasts for at least 2 days.

Final thoughts.

I would have to give this product a 4 out of 5 stars only because it says to use on your scalp and it did not work for me, other than that it really moisturizes and softens the hair. Especially the ends. As far as the price, I think that it is reasonable for the size. I do not use it everyday, so it lasts a while.

If you are experiencing breakage or thinning hair, I would definitely recommend this product to you, but it is very heavy.

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Giveaway reminder

I just wanted to remind everyone that I am doing 2 giveaways:

The first one ends Dec. 24th, 2011 at midnight and I am giving away for free 1 16oz tub of Raw African Shea butter. To enter click here


The second giveaway is my favorite conditioner. 1 12oz Shea Moisture Restorative conditioner. This giveaway ends Thursday 12/15/11 @ midnight. To enter click here

Have a great day!

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My natural hair products – Where I store them

This is where I store all of my natural hair products.

I keep them in the living room on the bookshelf because it is cool and dry. If it gets hot out, I take my Coconut oil and put that in the refrigerator.

What about you, where do you keep your natural hair products, do you keep them all in one box or in the bathroom under the sink?

We must make sure that our natural hair products are stored properly to prevent mildew and molds from forming,

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2nd giveaway – 12oz Shea Moisture Restorative conditioner


Hi everyone. Once again, I am not affiliated with any vendors and I purchase these products with my own money.

I love Shea Moisture products, so I am going to giveaway one 12 oz bottle of my favorite conditioner. I use this conditioner as my rinse out and my leave in. It keeps my kinky hair soft and moisturized.

Entry rules:

All that you have to do is submit a FREEDOM FRIDAY picture of your hair for next Friday’s post. Tell me how you came up with the style and what products you used. That’s it.Send your entries via the email envelope on the right hand side of the page (follow us) with FREEDOM FRIDAY as the subject.

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I will choose who will win, and post it Friday, 12/16/11, with the FREEDOM FRIDAY post.

Once the winner is chosen, they will give me their mailing address and I will send via the post office. Happy giving and thank you in advance for participating.

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Jamaican Black Castor oil hair food

I just received mine in the mail yesterday.

I decided to try this because I love Jamaican Black Castor oil and I have been looking at reviews on this. So I am going to do a review on it in about a month.


Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Shea Butter, Neem oil, Grapeseed Oil, Vitamin E, Palm Stearic, Candedilla wax, Canauba Wax, Cactus Oil

It is soft like a Shea butter mixture and smells like Shea Butter and the Castor nut. I am glad that the wax is on of the last ingredients in lieu of one of the first. I have a little spot at the crown of my head where I had a bald spot and the Castor oil has grown it in some so I applied a dab of Jamaican Black Castor oil hair food to my spot yesterday and my hair has been so soft since. Nice and moisturized, so I cannot wait to use it when I take my kinky twists out and on my daughter’s hair. I am really enjoying learning and studying about all of these natural products that God placed here for us to take care of ourselves with, it is just amazing.

Stay tuned for the review.

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1st giveaway – Raw African Shea Butter 16oz

Good afternoon all,

I am so excited to do my first giveaway. I am not affiliated with any vendor and I purchased this product with my own money.

I am going to be giving away 1 – 16oz tub of Raw African Shea Butter via USPS mail.

Entry requirements-

#1- Reply to this post on how you would use this product and why your kinky hair needs it.

#2- Like the Face book page. You can find that here or you can search it on Face book under 4cnaturalhair. Also leave a natural hair tip for others on the page.

So, the cut off for the giveaway is Saturday December 24, 2011.

I will choose someone randomly (You must do both 1 & 2 in order to qualify) on Christmas day and then post the winner so that they can contact me and give me there info for mailing. What a Christmas gift!

Have a great day and happy giving!

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Distilled water or Tap water?

Distilled water, what is it?

Distilled water is any water that has been boiled until it changes into steam. Once the steam is allowed to cool down and condenses into liquid form again, the result is a  purified form called distilled water. By doing this, you are removing a number of microscopic contaminants, impurities, along with dissolved minerals such as calcium and iron. And these mineral deposits can damage the hair over time.

Distilled water is safe to drink, but it is often used for research where water purity is essential.

Are distilled water and Tap water the same?

No. Distilled water is pure water, where all contaminants, gases, chlorine, impurities and bacterias have been removed.

Cons of  distilled water:

* Excess amounts of distilled water consumed by the body absorbs more carbon dioxide.

* Regular intake of distilled water causes rapid loss of electrolytes in the body which can lead to dehydration.

Pros of distilled water:

* Excellent source of water to create your own products to prevent or reduce the spoiling process, due to lack of contaminants normally found in regular tap water.

* Softens the hair, since it is known as the “soft water” due to the distillation process.

Tap water -

Tap water has chlorine added into it to make it alright for us to use and drink on a daily basis. The more chlorine that we use in our hair, the more damage we can get over time.

I personally use distilled water to create my moisturizing mist and anything else that I will spray in my hair. What about you do you notice the difference when you use distilled water vs tap water?



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