UPDATE 2017 Edition of NATURAL HAIR PRODUCTS I Use

Hello everyone!  I decided since I am trying to grow my hair out a little to make it healthier then decide to cut it down the lines, I wanted to share with you through extensive research the hair products I use and why I use them for a healthier hair growth.  If you are interested in this post, please keep reading. 🙂

  • DIY Coconut Honey Hair Mask

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I wanted to start backwards and tell what I do the night before I wash my hair.  I use a homemade Coconut Honey hair mask.  I prefer using canned coconut milk but you can use the regular jug milk if you have that.  I open up my can of coconut milk and take out all the coconut paste and leave the rest aside.  I mixed the coconut paste and three tbsp of honey then apply to my hair since I have thin hair.  If you have thicker hair, I recommend adding a tbsp of any oil of your choice.  If you have coarse hair, add one tbsp of three different oils.  Keep in for at least an hour, overnight is for best results.

  • Baking Soda Shampoo and Lavender Vinegar Conditioner

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After using this mask overnight, I wash my hair with the baking soda shampoo and vinegar conditioner recipe.  If you want the recipe on how to make it, I’ll link my post here: https://alyjchannel.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/diy-all-natural-hair-growth-shampoo/.

 

 

  • Shea Moisture Heat Protectant Oil Serum

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I have raved about this product many, many months ago and yes, I am still using the same bottle I did when I first bought it.  I started using this on the ends of my hair now and use the leftovers for the rest of my hair becoming too oily.  For most of you who know me, knows my hair can be oily on top and frizzy, dry on the bottom regardless of how much I skip washing my hair or deep condition the ends.  This oil contains several different oils and extracts that will benefit your hair as well!

  • TRESemmé Heat Tamer Spray

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Another product way back when, I used called TRESemmé Keratin Heat Protectant Spray, replicates this product.  If I remember correctly, this product does contain some Keratin as well but I bought this product because YouTubers have raved about it and I see why!  It makes your hair so smooth and protects up to 450°F.  I typically air dry my hair and use the flat iron on a 10°F setting so this product definitely protects my hair to the full extent.

  • Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray

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This is a good texturizing spray for when I style my hair.  I spray a little mist all over my hair before doing my curls and the spray provides a good little grip for your hair to also help hold up.  Not to mention, the smell reminds me of my time in Florida!  Sea salt is a great detoxer and the sea salt component creates the beachy waves look.  If you use too much, your hair will dry out.  It may be best for people to add in a little of your favorite oils {essential oils, coconut, olive, etc.}

  • Renpure Originals Biotin and Collagen Shampoo and ConditionerIMG_2100-2.jpg

About once a week, I like to do a deep wash and condition for my hair, especially if I go swimming a lot in the week.  I like to use this product because it contains a lot of beneficial nutrients like keratin, biotin, coconut oil, etc.  This product also does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate {sfs free shampoo} and if you don’t know what sfs is, I will have a website linked for facts about it:  http://www.livestrong.com/article/174367-dangers-of-sodium-lauryl-sulfate/.  {I will have another post soon on a couple other of their shampoo and conditioner products}.

 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!  Remember, if you try any of these products, please tag me on any of my social media sites! -> Twitter @alysonpaige1998, Instagram: @alysonpaige1998, or Snapchat @alysonthegreat0.  Until next time, love you guys! POSTS 3:30PM CST, MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS.

Disclaimer: These products are not sponsored.  This post is strictly my personal product reviews.

♥ Aly J ♥

Everyday Skincare Routine

Hello everyone ♥  I have decided since it is Spring and the “allergy villains” only use their powers for bad {that being create acne} what better thing to write about skincare and benefits??  As most know, washing your face is great especially for removing the dirt and grime from your pores {considering that there are 20,000+ pores on your face}.  If you are interested in knowing what I do for a Spring cleaning on my face, please keep reading.

  • MAKEUP REMOVAL 

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Number uno is taking that makeup off.  If I am wearing makeup one day, I ALWAYS take off my makeup before actually washing it.  Reasons being, I feel like no only will it dirty my spin brush but only circulate the makeup and dirt on my face, not fully remove, if I do not remove beforehand so this is a have-to step for me.  I like to use Walmart’s Equate Beauty Night Soothing Towelettes because baby, these are bomb.  It takes me about one to remove, if not two if I do a heavy eye makeup.  I get the double pack for $5.97 since I split it with my two sisters and they seem to last a long time still.  If I want extra makeup removal, I like to go in with ELF Micellar Water and Thayer’s Organic Witch Hazel on a cotton pad and run that through my face to reassure all makeup is off.

  • SOAP WASH

IMG_9113.JPGSecondly,  I go in with an inexpensive {$4} organic face soap I got from Kroger.  Block Soap is a handcrafted artisan, organic soap infused with olive and coconut oils with shea butter.  I want to compare this soap to Shea Moisture’s Raw Honey soap {for those with more oily skin, I recommend using this one more because it’ll clean and remove excess oils but give a healthy moisturization}. I absolutely love this soap, it contains little black beads to help get inside your pores and does not dry out my skin at all.  It is the perfect hydrating soap for all skin types, I really do highly recommend getting it! {I use my regular Vanity Planet spin brush to wash my face then rinse with hot, to release dirt, then cold water, to kill bacteria}.

  • EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN

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This step is crucial in skin care.  Like when you want to grow out your hair and are trying to heal your ends so you consistently do a hair mask, exfoliation of the skin needs the same treatment.  I love to exfoliate my skin 3-4 days at most a week.  I typically skip every other day to scrub off any dead skin.  I recommend exfoliating at least once a week every week.  Consistently exfoliating your skin helps penetrate a healthy hydration to oily or dry, crackling skin.  If you have dry skin, cracks in the surface of your skin is what allows bumps to form.  With oily skin, the excessive amount of oils clog pores.  Exfoliating removes the layer of dead and/or oils for a cleaner, healthy and hydrated base.  I use St Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub for a heavy exfoliation and brightening mixed with Simple’s Smoothing Facial Scrub for a organic, light exfoliation {I LOVE THESE!! I used almost all my brightening scrub and recently found the natural scrub; highly recommended} also, I use my regular Vanity Planet exfoliation spin brush to wash my face then rinse with hot, to release dirt, then cold water, to kill bacteria.

  • USE TONER

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Using a toner is just as important as exfoliating your face.  Using a toner will help with the pH balance of your face.  I like to use Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner Lotion {$11 @ Kroger but well worth for what you are paying for}.  I had taken an old spray bottle nozzle and cut down to size in order to spray and even application on my face.  Since I was running out I had to make my own solution {another post to come} so the solution color is not the same as what you’d see in store {which is clear}.  Ever since using this toner, I’ve noticed a difference in my skin.  I used several of witch hazels and did not notice a complete difference {reason why I use it as a natural makeup remover}.  I spray an even amount on my face then with clean hands, gently pat the product into my skin.

  • OIL OR SERUM

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Lastly,  since Spring time typically has me a lot drier than usual, I like to apply an oil or serum to my face.  All of you know from my last couple of posts that I fell in love with the La Cruz Coconut Oil {If you have not had a chance to see the post, please check it out here: https://alyjchannel.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/de-la-cruz-coconut-oil-face-and-hair-moisturizer-review/}.  This oil was $2 at Kroger in the aroma oil section by the hair supplies.  I take about a dime to nickle size amount and evenly apply around my face, then with clean hands, gently pat product into skin.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!  Remember, if you do not follow me on any of my most commonly used social media sites, please go ahead and do that so I can see your latest creations and you’ll be featured on my channel -> Twitter @alysonpaige1998 or Snapchat @alysonthegreat0.  Until next time, love you guys! POSTS 3:30PM CST, MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS.

Disclaimer: These products are not sponsored.  This post is strictly my personal product reviews.

♥ Aly J ♥

 

ALL NATURAL HAIR GROWTH MASK

Hey loves, welcome to another week of Aly J’s Channel.  Today, I have whipped you up a quick little formula that can give you long, luminous hair straight from the kitchen.  Yes, you heard that right, straight from the kitchen.  If you are wanting to know this easy formula, please continue reading!

Okay, so of course we need a couple things to start with first, that being: honey, cinnamon, olive or coconut oil.

Okay, in a bowl, combine 1 tbsp of honey and 1 tbsp of cinnamon.  If your hair is super long or thick, you can add more if needed just remember to keep them each even amounts.  After combining the cinnamon and honey, add about a cup of olive oil or coconut oil until paste is formed.  Apply mask to scalp and leave 10-15 minutes.  Wash with a gentle shampoo and moisturizing conditioner.

Benefits

HONEY: The humectant in honey helps regulate and obtain moisture in our hair strands and honey is overall known to help strengthen hair follicles for healthier, strong hair.

CINNAMON: Cinnamon is a commonly used spice that helps improve our overall health but specifically our hair.  There is no specific way to tell how cinnamon is good for our hair by research but scientists do mention that it helps stimulate our scalp and hair follicles kind of like peppermint does.

OLIVE OIL: Olive oil increases shine and softness, reduces breakage, and moisturizes the hair.  The science behind olive oil is its monounsaturated fats that help blood circulation to stimulate for stronger, thicker follicles.  I guess olive oil is not just for cooking after all!

COCONUT:  Coconut oil does not only lock in moisture but contains several of fatty acids that binds protein from the root to tips of the follicles in order for it to strengthen.  Coconut oil also provides nutrients to the hair and contains antibacterial and antifungal properties to fight prevent any dandruff and lice.  Lastly, coconut oil helps increase blood circulation for lengthier hair.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!  Remember, if you try this recipe, please tag me on Twitter @alysonpaige1998 or snap me on Snapchat @alysonthegreat0.  Until next time, love you guys! POSTS 3:30PM CST, MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS.

♥ Aly J ♥

De La Cruz COCONUT OIL FACE AND HAIR MOISTURIZER review

Hello loves!  Today, I am going to review the moisturizer I had recently got from the grocery store {on May 3, 2017: Wednesday}.  It has been more than a full week so I thought that was a good range to start reviewing the product, at least my first thoughts about it.  If you are interested in seeing my thoughts about this product, continue reading!

  • Instant thoughts {1-2 days of using}

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My very first thought was that a little goes a long way.  I had placed too much on the first night, I had to pat down excess oils and even then there was a lot.  I only recommend using about a nickel-size amount for dry skin and about a dime size for oily skin.  It certainly did give me glowy skin and healed parts of my dry patches on my right cheek.

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  • Makeup Wear Test

I had decided to wear it under my makeup for those with terribly dry skin {like me} who needs a moisturizer.  The wear test was surprisingly well!  I chose to test on a more eventful day to test the biggest wear and tears. I went to school, cooked when I got home, went to my boyfriend’s and held a movie date night fort, ran around pretty much all day.  I put on my makeup at around 10pm then worn the makeup until a little later passed midnight so about fourteen hours worth of wearing.  The makeup did wear a little around the chin area about 8-9pm  but that was about it.  A factor not counted for were allergies, when I kept rubbing my eye and my eyeliner was kind of erased.

  • Final thoughts {5-7+ days}

I will say I love this product!  After including in my daily skincare routine, I feel like I have gotten even better results than before.  My skin stays hydrated and glowing all day.  Although it is in a small container, a small amount goes a long way.  Another couple of features I love about this product is that it is fully natural, affordable {$2 @ Krogers}, and you can use it for your hair also!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!  Remember, if you try this product, please tag me on Twitter @alysonpaige1998 or snap me on Snapchat @alysonthegreat0 your opinion about the product.  Until next time, love you guys! POSTS 3:30PM CST, MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS.

Disclaimer: These products are not sponsored.  This post is strictly my personal product reviews.

♥ Aly J ♥

DIY ALL NATURAL, HAIR GROWTH SHAMPOO

Hello loves, Aly J here, back with another news report * in newscasters voice*.  Today I will show you a simple, affordable DIY shampoo that you could easily make in the comfort of your own home.

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All you will need for these two solutions we will be making are: baking soda, vinegar, water, and two squirt bottles.  You will need two bowls, one for the baking soda solution and the other for vinegar.  For short hair, do a ratio of 1 part baking soda or vinegar {1 tbsp} and 3 parts water {3 tbsp} and for long hair a 3:9 ratio.  Place the baking soda solution in one bottle and the vinegar solution in another {essential oils can be added to the vinegar solution if the smell does bother you, this is optional}.  Shake each solution before each use.

Instructions: Use the baking soda solution first.  Apply to the head and massage then leave to sit for three minutes.  Rinse thoroughly.  Use the vinegar solution second.  Do as you have done the baking solution, apply, wait three minutes, then rinse.

These solutions are not meant to foam up like actual shampoo.  As in my last post {go check it out: https://alyjchannel.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/diy-all-natural-hair-growth-dry-shampoo/} I mentioned benefits of baking soda.  With these shampoo solutions combined, your hair will naturally thicken and define, prevent split end breakage, stimulate hair, add shine and reduce frizz, detangle, cleanse, balance pH in the scalp, and contains antibacterial and antifungal properties.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!  Remember, if you try any of these solutions please tag me on Twitter @alysonpaige1998 or snap me on Snapchat @alysonthegreat0.  Until next time, love you guys! POSTS 3:30PM CST, MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS.

♥ Aly J ♥

DIY ALL NATURAL HAIR GROWTH DRY SHAMPOO {for light and dark hair}

Hey loves, today I am going to show you a vegan dry shampoo you can make yourself with at-home ingredients making it more affordable!  All these products will the shown with the benefits for your hair below the ingredients mentioned. Lets have a look!

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  • Benefits:
  1. CORNSTARCH: Cornstarch does not really perform many other actions than to absorb oils the best while also still being a natural, vegan product so yes, it is still essential.  Using organic cornstarch is best recommended
  2.  BAKING SODA: Baking soda will be the best cleaner for this formula.  Baking soda ensures to reduce hair loss and promotes hair growth.  Baking soda also reduces the amount of dandruff.  With these powers combined, baking soda can help strengthen our hair follicles and leave a healthy shine.  Lastly, the alkaline in baking soda helps balances the pH level of our scalp leaving it to be healthy and clean!
  3. COCOA POWDER: Cocoa powder contains some of the highest levels of antioxidants than any other natural product.  It helps bring a healthy shine and volume to the hair.  Also, cocoa powder helps our scalps blood circulation to flow and stimulate causing an increase rate in hair growth. {Tip: For lighter hair, only add in about 1 tbsp at a time.  Always remember, “you can always add but never take away.”}
  4. LAVENDER OIL: Lavender oil is oil extracted from a flower called Lavandula angustifolia.  Any person can use this oil and not get greasy because the oil does not seep in your hair, it seeps deeply into the skin to moisturize.  Massaging lavender oil into the scalp can help blood circulation to promote hair growth and reduce hair loss.
  5. PEPPERMINT OIL: Peppermint oil is one of the most popular and efficient oils of most to use for hair.  It is one of the greatest natural oils to help rejuvenate for healthier hair and promote hair growth. Did I mention, it’s also hypoallergenic?

I love this formula so much and hope you guys will love it too! If you use my recipe, please Snapchat me a photo @alysonthegreat0 or tweet me @alysonpaige1998 {I do retweets}.  I post every Monday and Friday at 3:30pm CST so stay tuned for next time.

♥ Aly J ♥

DIY Facial Mask for acne reduce 💆🏽

This mask is literally really moisturizing and soothing. There are only three ingredients while they all perform multiple functions. Let me list the ingredients and then I’ll put the performance:


1. Milk: milk rewinds aging and softens / moisturizes the skin.

2. Nutmeg: nutmeg is a huge acne reducer; spices help a bunch in acne.

3. Honey: honey is also a big, natural acne reducer; honey can be used for getting rid of bacteria in anything like in eye infections, acne of course, wounds, etc.

Mix all these ingredients together {I did not measure exactly; I added honey the most, then a lot of nutmeg, and 1/4 c of milk (honey and nutmeg should be more than 1/4 of a cup} and then take a flat foundation brush to apply to the best to the affected area or just all over the face as a full mask. This mask softens the face, reduces acne, and leaves like a Christmas aroma on your face. This is an all natural mask so it is safe to eat. It’s suppose to purify the vicious bumps. If you have many problems with acne, this is a definite try!

If there are posts recommended, please tell me down below 👇🏽👇🏽 I love doing skin care blog posts because lately I have been dealing with a bit of acne issues myself. I started going on a search for new products to try because I ran out of the St. Ives brightening wash. The ELF Daily Cleanser has been really good to me. It takes away excess oils but does not leave the skin dry. This was just an earlier youtub searched DIY facial masks and decided to give it a try. In the morning, I’ll probably update y’all with feedback about how this went and then use more than once and see how it works then. I hope y’all enjoyed this DIY facial mask!

~ALY J 🎀

Facts about M.A.C 

I know this will probably disappoint some, others probably wouldn’t care. I really care when it comes to makeup and you guys knowing the truth behind what you’re buying. Now I am not saying that you should never purchase stuff from here or listen to my suggestions, but I do hope I can at least have this word go out so let me make this as short as possible. 

  • MAC FOUNDATION 


    This will be mainly about the foundation. Now, for most who use it, their product stays in your pores for 4-5 PER application. I would calculate how many times you used it by both 4 and 5 then divide both numbers by two, that’s the average time it’ll take to remove ALL the makeup from your pores. The cakey, pore-clogging makeup was not meant for us. If you have mega acne, rocky skin, or oily skin that can irritate acne, my personal solution would be to see a dermatologist in order to get treatment because acne may be severe. 

    • MAC HISTORY

    MAC makeup is made very cakey and long lasting. This makeup was originally just used for theatre makeup so it would allow the actors to not have to reapply constantly. The market has gotten to MAC to where now everyday women wear the makeup. 

    • MAC brushes

    Their brushes run high and last so much longer for makeup artists who use the brushes constantly. It is best to save your money and find good brushes cheaper if you don’t do it for a living.

    • Discounts

    Makeup artists get 40% all makeup from MAC for a special program rewards account they sign up for.

    • MAC Abbreviation Meaning

    Makeup Art Cosmetics 

    • Skincare products

    MAC isn’t known for their skincare products. The ingredients are hard to come by but the we know they support cruelty-free makeup. Their skincare consists of numerous of chemicals such as sulfates, PEGs, etc.

    That’s most of what I have, if you liked this post please like and share, if you have a suggestion or question please feel free to comment down below 👇🏽👇🏽

    ~ALY J 🎀

      New product review 🎀💄💅🏼 {pt.1}

      I would like to start with a couple of hair products.

      • Garnier Whole Blends collection: shampoos and conditioners.

      Oh, how I just love these shampoos and conditioners. The smooth finish it gives and a more natural product it is. The after smell it leaves in your hair is amazing and also the smell lasts for awhile. This shampoo and conditioner collection has been recommended by hair specialists and a lot of just regular customers on Garnier because it helps not only smooth out your hair and not give you a dry scalp but if women are looking for a help in hair growth, this will be a good thing to try out. I have only used this products for some weeks now, I would say close to the end of my schooling for high school which was May 31st. 

      • Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil. 

       
      What I love best about this product is that it is a five way product:

      1. Apply before using shampoo to wash hair.

      2. Add a drop or two to your conditioner to make the hair easier to detangle.

      3. Apply to have hair dry faster while blow drying better than using a leave-in conditioner.

      4. Use on ends of hair to soften them.

      5. Use overnight or in the day time as a leave-in.

      I do like to use all ways since it leaves my hair silky. This item is best used for when you’re wanting to grow your hair out longer and thicker. I say that because this product really does help detangle hair, softens the ends and moisturizers the scalp, protects from heat, and gently washes. It’s a multi tasking product for about $5 so I think it is affordable and worth it! 

      • Nivea Post Shave Balm 

      Now this is probably going to be the most talked about. As y’all may know, I watch numerous of makeup videos. This has been a reoccurring item that is in most “must-haves” videos. I bought mine for $5 to test it and Oh… My… Gosh…, it is the best primer I’ve used so far. Not only does it kind of bring a bit of moisture to the face but it also gives a super tacky base coat with just a little about {nickel sized}. The second most common ingredient, glycerin, which is the super glue in the cosmetics industry. The science behind glycerin is since makeup is a active dry ingredient typically with powder and such to set, glycerin acts the opposite, the active wet ingredient activates and creates a tacky surface in order for things to stick to it but also reduce irritation. The balm sits on top of your face so it does not sink into your pores like other primers. This means that you can get the same application of a smooth, flawless finish and it not be clogging to the skin. The scent is like a man, has a cologne smell which is nice. That’s all I really have to say about this product!

      • ELF Daily Cleaner face wash


      This product I was first skeptics about. I typically go for bigger known facial wash products like Clean & Clear, Clearsil, or Neutrogena but when this came out, I thought it give it a try. The smell reminds me of something so anyone who owns this product as well please comment down below of what the smell reminds you of 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽 anyways, this product is like a makeup wipe. It’s great to use before a good, deep clean. It’s a daily wash to just wash the oils and makeup off the face just simply but for me I typically do a deep clean so I wash the makeup with this then deep clean. If you don’t like makeup wipes this is a great product worth trying out {$5}.

      That’s it for my favorites haul post! Please like, share, comment this post, tell your friends about my blogs.

      ~ALY J 🎀

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