Product Review: Eden BodyWorks Coconut and Shea Natural Curling Jelly on Type 4 Natural Hair

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I was first introduced to this product when it was part of the swag bag given at a natural hair event i attended a while back. Being the product minimalist that i am, this has been the primary way that i would discover new products to try. Swag bags are the best! Definitely nostalgic of those party bags we used to leave with  as a kid, just a more practical grown up version haha.

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Getting a swag bag of new products to try out is only half the battle. Some lucky somebody gets to use them but it's usually not me, since more often than not they get gifted to a family member or friend. At this point i can't eem remember what made me reach for the product, but when i did i was immediately impressed with its Ahh-mazing SLIP! It's goupy consistency reminds me of natural aloe vera gel, the slimy stuff you get when you scrape the fleshy insides of the plant. 

I thought i would put this product to the test on a WashNgo. Usually when i style my hair  in a washngo i start off on freshly washed, throughly detangled hair! I layer my products using some variation of the loc method( L=liquid or leave in, O=oil of your choice, C=Cream, usually a heavy styling product) using whatever products i have on hand. For my leave in i try to use one that absorbs well into my low porosity hair without leaving a white residue. I am deathly afraid of running the risk of that residue not drying clear so i hold off from using white opaque products till i get to the C in the LOC method. I had some Mixed Chicks leave in laying around that i was trying to finish up so that is what i used as my L.

For my O, my oil of choice is always castor oil. TropicIsles Jamaican Black Castor Oil with the lavender scent is bae af! Castor oil has always been linked with encouraging hair growth. I can't say if the oil has had anything to do with how dense my hair has gotten over time because it's been my day one oil! Used it in my regimen since my transitioning days! 

How i used this product

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I split my hair into three equal parts, parting horizontally. Clipped away the sections i wasn't working with, then i would separate that section further into three. I always use this strategy when styling my hair! It has been instrumental in helping me retain length and reducing breakage caused by parting and manipulation and you can see me demonstrate it here

I had never tried a jelly type product before and i was very skeptical. Although i have fine strands, i've always preferred heavier products to tame my coils. Using a heavier product allows me to have more control on how much frizz i create while fluffing  after my hair has dried. Whenever you're trying a new product you should always start off with a small amount of product to test out how well it works on that section and gradually  add more to your liking! So after i prepped my section with my leave in and my oil, i squeezed a dime size amount of the jelly to apply to my hair. I distributed the product along the section and was blown away by how slippery the product felt against my strands! Like, do you understand how much of a game changer this product is?!!! Washngo's are synonymous with knots! Naturals with type 4 hair fear washngoes the way dudes fear getting their side chicks pregnant! So to be able to slip and slide your fingers through your strands with a styler while defining your curls makes this product nothing short of heavenly! 

The definition the Eden Bodyworks Natural Curling Jelly gave my hair was too good to be true! I didn't want to risk having puffy root after my hair dried. So i followed my instinct and recruited my ole faithful EcoStyler Olive oil gel to hold me down. I applied enough to my roots to where i felt would ensure my curls clumped and spread the residue down the length of my hair down to my ends. If the section felt more sticky than slippery i would spritz some water to make it juicy. And when it dried... Oh Baby!!! My curls was on poppington and that aint eem the best part!!! 

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It don't matter how long it takes you to wash and detangle and style your hair. We all gotta suffer through it! It's non negotiable! Healthy hair is in the habits ( ooouuuu you should tweet that haha and make sure you give me credit for coming up with it hahaha). But after we've send hours doing our hair we usually gotta wait a while for it to dry. Especially for a washngo, that can take anywhere from 2 hrs to a day depending on if you diffuse or let it air dry. Ya'll! My hair dried in TWENTY MINUTES!!!! You read that right, 20 mins! If you follow me on snapchat you would have seen me post the snap with the time stamp of what time i started to diffuse and 20 mins later it was dry! ( high heat, medium speed, safe distance)! 

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Ya'll, this product combination has been my winter wasngo routine for two winters! But because it dries so damn fast it's perfect for year round! I mean, if you don't have to spend forever and a day waiting for your washngo  to dry then why would you? With the consistent results i get by using this Eden Bodyworks Natural Curling Jelly i have repurchased and will continue to purchase it! The results of getting three fast drying, non crunchy, super defined washngo's has earned Eden Bodyworks Natural Curling Jelly as a go to styler for a product minimalist like myself! I -am-obsessed!

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Tips

The only con i have with this product is the slight flakes i get in the front of my hair but i honestly don't think its due to the Eden Bodyworks Natural Styling Jelly. I haven't found any product that doesn't leave white flakes in my bangs area. Even shampoo and conditioner leaves some amount of residue. Thats another struggle for another post. If you are leary about whether or not this product in combo with any other will create flakes you can try my girl Rose's method of mixing a drop of each on the back of your hand and seeing if they create white clumps. Also, really saturating your hair with water is also a tried and true strategy to diluting white residue from your strands, but the trade off is the drying time. Play with those to determine how it will work on your hair. 

Those are my thoughts on this bomb product! I will be posting a video showing you how i use this product.Let me know what you think of my results? Thank you guys for checking out my spot! Feel free to be nosy and take a look around 🤗.

Radical Selfcare

 Photography by  Cocoandclick

Photography by Cocoandclick

This is it! This is what I've been mentally preparing for all year long. Christmas is but 2 days away and i feel like i've been studying and preparing all year for this final test. All of my #hicoselfcare efforts has been to survive the holiday season. I’m usually hella depressed and tend to hibernate from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day🤦🏽‍♀️. Not even exaggerating! I used to cry so heavy i'd be drained and needed days worth of sleep to recover. This year is the first of 33 years of life that I actually feel the mythical holiday spirit! ( correction i just celebrated my 34th birthday here and here ). Family members may say otherwise but for self preservation reasons, i don't have a single positive memory from my childhood pertaining to Christmas. Last year I got a tree reluctantly 🙄. Wasn't my idea ,but i didn't want to be a grey cloud and wild rain🌨 over other people's holiday cheer.  This year I gave myself a migraine from how excited I was to get a tree. What a difference a year of self care has made.  

I was reading the holiday posts of one of my new favorite blogger, Ondia J, and answering her prompts got me to thinking about how far i have come on my Mental Health Journey. In an effort to both document this milestone as well as share my testimony i wanted to share my thoughts to some of the question she asked her readers about their holiday experience. So, how did i get to this destination of Joy and Holiday cheer you ask?

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Well first off, it is not a destination. I haven't arrived at a magical latitude and longitude that unlocked a hidden realm in my life. I've spent the past few years reading books, challenging every negative thought, changing the conversations i have with myself. Constantly editing my moods. Heavy Heavy Lifting! Ugh! What has impacted me most is my Practice of Gratitude! Learning that you have to go beyond having just a attitude and instead taking every opportunity to practice gratitude was the pivot my logical mind needed. Being grateful for every single thing every single day keeps my mind busy long enough to not rest too long on a negative thought. It allowed me to take responsibility for the role I play in my own unhappiness. I may be a victim of my childhood but as a grownup I no longer have to identify myself as that unhappy child. Reaching that point of self awareness allowed me to intercept, when i found myself bored and stirring up bad memories to entertain my mind. Playing the victim game and replaying the highlights. I realized i had become addicted to the internal conflict. Trapped in the cycle of playing the victim, expecting to always be taken advantage of and forever waiting on the day to be rescued or for things to magically BE better. Till i read *The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle. He reminded me that i am already whole. A complete being. Lacking nothing. I challenged myself daily to believe that. It changed my mindset. If i am attracted to something in other people it is because i am what i attract. It starts with me. I am who i was waiting for to rescue me. 

With both my constant practice of gratitude and believing whole heartedly that i am already whole; i found myself experiencing the magic of the holiday with a new sense of celebration. With the fog of my depression lifted, i was just so grateful for life, being given another day to live.  I was even able to recognize some elements of the holidays that i didn't realize brought me joy. 

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Christmas is all about the tradition of lights, decorating a tree, and exchanging gifts. Things i've always thought were so cliche. Till last year i was given a hand made chunky wool throw i had been obsessing over and raving about on my instagram. The victim in me always has me feeling like no one really listens and pays attention to me. So when that special someone presented me with that thoughtful imperfect hand made gesture that she had dedicated hours to making, i shirked with joy! I didn't even know i was capable of such a startling sound. I was beyond shocked! My frozen heart was flooded with warmth! I couldn't have asked for a better holiday present. I am so grateful that in that moment i was present enough to allow that experience to awaken the joy in me. It set a new precedent for the holidays. One that i hold on to with everything in me! 

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So this year we got a tree the day after thanksgiving! Postponing the joy of decorating it till after my birthday, only heightened the intensity. Its not a "pinterest worthy" tree but what it symbolizes is far greater than what can be captured by a camera. For years and years and years I've felt like a victim of the holiday season. Reminded of what i never had growing up, hoping one day things would get better. Wishing i had some holiday tradition to feel normal and validated. Now i do. I've had it all along. I just had to stay out of my own way long enough to make the connection. As Eckhart Tolle said "The past cannot survive in your presence" .

Today i plan on gathering my ingredients to make myself some Rum PoPo (Belizean version of Eggnog), and wrapping the gifts to put under my tree. I hope this feeling carries over to the years to come. And in the event it doesn't i will cherish this memory just the same! How do you cope with the holidays?

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P.S. In an effort to be more about what i say i am about, i want to share and show support to a women that i am inspired! And i do hope you check out Ondia J on her blog or her instagram @theondiaj. She is so so talented, truly! 

*The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle is a book that has singlehandly transformed my life! I do intend to go into greater detail in my upcoming posts. Its impact has been so powerful that i couldn't possibly summarize it on a single post. I do hope you decide to sign up for my email list so you are notified of my upcoming posts. Thank you so much for your continued support!

 

 

 

 

 

Who is Keisha Nicole? (20 Insane Facts About Me) Part ll

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So i went and counted the eggs before they hatched. In other words i announced the part two before i even recorded the dang gone video 🙈. Please forgive me and i hope you find my part two video worth the wait. You guys know i love love love to interact with you so feel free to comment on the shenanigans that has occurred in my life. And while i have you...what do you think of my little spot i got here? Take a look around! Till next time