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Keeping moisture in my very porous naturally kinky curly hair is no small feat.  While I want my hair moisturized and manageable, I don’t want products that will weigh my hair down or irritate my scalp.   Hair that is properly moisturized is less prone to breakage and tangles.  During the most epic winter ever (I exaggerate a bit) these three products were instrumental in adding moisture (and shine) to my dry hair. Hopefully they will do the same for you.

Acure Moisturizing Root Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, Argan Stem Cell + Mint

Acure Moisturizing Root Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

Long name, great results. This conditioner is formulated with a host of organic botanical ingredients including acai berry, blackberry pomegranate, rosemary oil, argan oil and cocoa butter.  It is described as an acidifying treatment that will protect the hair cortex by locking in moisture and color. It uses Argan stem cells to strengthen, nourish and regenerate hair at the root. This conditioner feels great on my hair. While it doesn’t have great slip, it conditions my overly dry and coarse hair in minutes, leaving it feeling soft. I was a little skeptical to massage it into my sensitive scalp but I did and there was a slight tingling sensation but no irritation. Acure Moisturizing Root Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, Argan Stem Cell + Mint is available here and retails for $12.99

Organic Coconut Oil

It seems I can’t write a hair care story without including Organic Coconut Oil.  For me, it is one of the best conditioners for natural hair but it all comes down to how I apply it.  I apply a dollop to damp hair, work it in from roots to ends then cover with a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for 15-20 minutes. I then wash once with a gentle shampoo and condition as usually would. I follow up with a leave in condition and an oil like Optimum Amla to seal in the moisture.  Read more about coconut oil here and here.

ALTERNA Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-in-Conditioner

ALTERNA Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-in-Conditioner

(Long names seem to be a trend) This product is formulated to provide moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, anti-breakage, heat protection, light hold, UV protection, manageability, and strength. Phew, that’s a lot! I like it because it provides lightweight moisture and enough protection that I can blow dry and flat iron my hair (up to 400 degrees) without any noticeable heat damage. I can also layer other products over it as needed without any flaking or product build-up.  ALTERNA Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-in-Conditioner is available here and retails for $25.

 What  Products Do You Use to Add Moisture to Dry Hair?


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Now here’s a little known fact about me: I have pretty much given up on hair salons. *shock* *awe*

Oh, yes! I generally find salons to be a huge waste of time. . . and money. Why? Well — apparently, my hair is the most complex hair type in the world. It’s true! I sit in the chair and instantly, highly-skilled, trained professionals are rendered clueless. Now I have enjoyed a few good experiences here & there (Phyto Universe/NYC is awesome — Ask for Ron…De Ja Vous/NYC does amaze blowouts — ask for David, Eli, or Ricky), but for the most part, I shy away from salons and do my own hair at home.

I am regularly invited to partake in services offered  by celeb stylists, colorists, etc. . . I generally, respectfully decline — these things rarely end well for me. My hair proves to be too challenging for most. And frankly, I tire of sitting there having to walk “professional stylists” through the do’s and don’t’s of combing, brushing, blowing, curling, and styling my hair. It really is a bit much!

Enter Dana’s Loft, a quaint “look-away-and-you-might-miss-it” hair salon on Manhattan’s too-cool-for-school lower east side. Upon my arrival I was greeted by Dana. Yep, “the” Dana of “Dana’s Loft”. She was kind and welcoming. Before putting product to head, Dana asked lots of questions about my hair, styling products, hair care routine, hair goals, etc. Oh, hey now. . . that’s a rarity! Dana’s initial intake process immediately put me at ease. I really appreciate that she took the time to ask about the state of my hair and how I maintain it. It’s quite rare that stylists do this — Instead they tend to quizzically examine your hair, make you feel even more self conscious about your less than pristine ends, and then recommend a host of products to repair your ol’ tired-looking hair. It’s enough to make a girl cry. . . ask me how I know :/

Well there were no tears during my visit to Dana’s Loft — only cheers! And here’s another thing that I really enjoyed during my visit. . . Dana was the only person to handle my hair. Remember the good old days when your stylist handled your hair from start to finish? Well this still exists at Dana’s Loft. . . perhaps it was a slow day or perhaps it was my lucky day — not sure, but it made me feel really good to have my hair handled by just one person. I didn’t have to worry about two or three different people in the mix.

For my visit, I decided to live a little and try out extensions. I’m generally not that girl but every now and then you have to go for the gusto. Dana added a few layers of hair from Creme de la Creme Tami Roman collection (Caution: the website plays music. . . a small pet peeve of mine). I’m rather easy going when it comes to hair so I stressed wanting a very natural look. And Dana executed just that. I left feeling like my exact hair wishes were met. Dana was so sweet, so thoughtful, and above all – extremely knowledgeable. I left knowing that I’ll definitely return. If you’re in search of a super good hair salon experience, try Dana’s Loft.

My friends have really got it good. By virtue of our friendship they often get to test out some of the hottest, coolest, newest beauty products known to wo-man. For example, over the years, my dear friend Chrissy has written nearly half a dozen reviews for TTB:

Without further fanfare, here is Chrissy’s review of Rio de Keratin’s Cocolada Treatment, an at-home keratin treatment that claims to eliminate frizz, soften curl, and add shine and manageability for up to 30 days.

After one application of the “all-natural” (product claim) at-home treatment, here’s Chrissy’s verdict!


I have been wanting to try a keratin treatment for years! However I could not bring myself to commit the time nor funds required for a salon visit. Also, part of me wasn’t sure how my dry and frizzy strands would respond to the keratin process. So when Felicia approached me with Rio de Keratin, I thought – PERFECT!

After reading the directions for the at-home kit, I knew I wouldn’t be able to undertake these thick and out of control curls on my own. Help from a very good friend (Felicia!!!) is required. If you have bob length hair, you might be able to manage on your own.

My total processing time (wash, blow dry, apply treatment, second blow dry and finally flat iron) took about 3 hours. The results were immediate. My hair felt healthy and silky smooth instantly. I normally have the frizzies during the summer but the keratin treatment has been helping to keep the frizz at bay. No need for any serums or sprays to tame them anymore. A quick run through with the flat iron in the morning keeps the frizz away all day. I am very happy with the texture and shine the keratin treatment gave my otherwise dry, frizzy, hard to manage hair! See my results below:

BEFORE (Psst! This is Felicia…uhm, why is her “before pic” so darn cute?! LOL)


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Somewhere around 1989 I abandoned the pre-shampoo treatment concept. Bye-bye V05 Hot Oil Treatment. But like all things 80’s it’s baaaaack! And just like certain things from the 80’s that never really left (Egad, like your auntie who still wears heavily contoured blush)….if you google the term “pre-poo” (which is short for “pre-shampoo”), you will stumble upon numerous hair bloggers and vloggers singing the praises of the pre-poo. So clearly, pre-poo has been around for quite some time. I however, have not included the pre-shampoo step in my routine for many years.

After a little chat with my hair homie, Kitiya of MischoBeauty, I decided to revive the ol’ pre-poo. Kitiya recommended many different oils. I decided to save myself a few bucks and go with a blended cocktail of oils currently taking up space under my sink…Jojoba and Coconut. In a rather unscientific manner, I applied generous portions of both to dry hair, massaged from root to ends, and then covered with a hot towel and plastic cap for an hour.

After one hour, I rinsed my hair then followed up with shampoo (Creme of Nature Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo) and conditioner (Pantene Time Renewal Conditioning Mask). From there I applied PhytoSpecific PhytoGrowth Serum to my scalp, Macadamia Hair Treatment Oil and Nourishing Treatment Cream to my hair, and styled as usual.

The end result was shiny and more manageable. My hair appeared healthier and had lots of body. The finish was sleek yet not weighed down. In a nut shell, my hair was PERFECT! See for yourself:

So yea, the pre-poo is my new BFF!

Not one to leave well enough alone, I decided to investigate current pre-poo’s on the market and share the deets with you:

PhytoSpecific Revitalizing Oil is a light yet rich pre-shampoo treatment that hydrates both hair and scalp. The key ingredients include:

  • Castor, Peanut, and Soybean oil to hydrate, nourish and fortify
  • Vitamin E to protect hair against external stress (Antioxidant alert)
  • Keratin Derivative to restructure and strengthen weak hair

PhytoSpecific Revitalizing Oil is recommended for hair that is dry due to chemical processes. It is also recommended for individuals with scalp irritation and/or flaky scalp.

In May Ojon will introduce its latest product, Restorative Pre-Cleansing Treatment. Featuring the brand’s signature Ojon oil, the treatment is designed to cater to dry, damaged hair types. The pre-poo contains a combination of ingredients rich in amino and essential fatty acids. Key ingredients include: passion fruit, babassu, macadamia, and crambe seed.

Do you pre-poo? If so, please share your recommendstions. I’d love to hear about the products YOU use. C’mon!…everyday I share with you…now share with me:)

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