Coloring My Hair with Clairol

My hair has gone through some changes this year. Good and bad. I started the year off with locs down my back, then I chopped ‘em all. Then I got this cute and curly cut. My barber disappeared and so out of desperation, I went to another barber. He practically shaved me bald and now I think I’m going to grow my hair out and start my locs again. I adore super short hair and it was so easy to deal with when Elle was a newborn but I’m missin’ styles.

And color.

Clairol hair dye

This is a sponsored post through Glam Media and I got the opportunity to test Clairol Professional ‘Classic Collection’ hair dye. I haven’t dyed my hair in almost a year which is sooooo unheard of for a hair dye addict like myself. I picked the shade Classic Moongold which is level 7 medium cool blonde. I picked this one because I knew it would lift my dark brown hair enough to show a difference. Dyeing dark brown hair without bleaching is challenging but I’d much rather do it WITHOUT bleach. I did an at-home bleach dye once, honey and it was a bad idea.

You know you dye your hair a lot when you already have the tools at home. I had gloves, a mixing bowl, brush and everything…

Clairol Professional ‘Classic Collection’ hair dye

Dyeing short hair is a breeze compared to when I used to dye my locs. Loc’d hair had to be rinsed out several times to ensure that you got every bit of the dye out. But when you’ve got an inch of hair or less on your head, it just makes everything easier. Oh, and I did my brows too. Because I’m big on my brows and hair matching. If even a little. By the way, I didn’t use the developer that was provided. I already owned Clairol’s Developer in 30 and used that instead. I’ve dyed my hair enough to know the 30 is optimal for my natural hair color.

So I mixed and mixed…

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And I applied.

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It was beyond easy and even those who are weary of doing hair color at home will probably love how seamless this is. Wanna see the turn out? Stay tuned for next week’s post!

Classic makes a comeback. Clairol Professional’s new ‘Classic Collection’ offers 16 timeless shades with a modern formula for brilliant shine and deep conditioning.

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Clairol Professional via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clairol Professional.

 

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Hair Talk: Pantene for Natural Hair

Did I tell you gals (and the few guys that read Clumps) that I chopped off like 6 inches of my hair a few weeks ago? Yah. I’ve been itchin’ to do it for about a year now and I finally took the plunge. My friends aren’t even surprised at this anymore. They were all like, “Oh, you cut your hair off? Again? Cool.” I’ve done huge chops THREE times. It ain’t a big deal but it’s necessary. I love going from long hair to short hair in seconds. It’s so euphoric.

And let’s face it, nooooobody has time to be bothered with hurr when I’ve got to get me and Baby Clumps out of the door in the morning for work and daycare. Naw. Hair is basically a luxury.  And since I have shorter and less complicated hair, I’ve been able to play around with more products. Through Glam Media I was sent these 2 kiddos…

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Okay, so I knew Pantene had a natural hair line but I didn’t know that the Clarifying Shampoo was paraben-free. Um, wow! That’s a huge deal.

 

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I was actually a fan of both the shampoo and conditioner. I used both of them continuously for a week and here’s what I thought…

The Clarifying Shampoo

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I NEED a clarifying shampoo. Whether I’m rockin’ locs or the short fro, my hair tends to really hold on to product.  This is good for styling but when it’s time to wash my hair, I want it to be super clean. And not in a stripped kind of way. This clarifying lotion was really effective at not only cleansing my scalp and hair but keeping that moisture in too. After rinsing, I didn’t didn’t feel like my hair was crunchy! And trust me, finding a clarifying lotion that isn’t crunchy is beyond difficult.

The Deep Conditioner

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As far as deep conditioners go, I don’t have too many requirements. I just like for them to leave my hair moisturized and soft. In fact, I’m a big fan of co-washing and could easily use a deep conditioner a few times a week. This one works nicely for me. It doesn’t weigh down the fro and I’ve actually been using it as a leave-in conditioner. It’s niiiice!

Good products = a happy fro. 

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Truly Relaxed and Truly Natural – Two collections From Pantene for healthier hair* no matter what your style. *Vs. non-conditioning shampoo

 

 

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pantene via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pantene.

The Man Repeller GLOSSYBOX

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I haven’t reviewed a GLOSSYBOX since last year and it’s already March. Time freaking flies. Cliche, I know but it’s always really apparent when I’m playing around with beauty stuff. This month GLOSSYBOX partnered with blogger The Man Repeller. I’m not familiar with this blog so I’m not sure how it all went down. It appears to be a fashion blog that focuses on a lot of International fashion. If you have some insight on The Man Repeller, please let me know. In the meantime, let’s check out this GLOSSYBOX…

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As in all of the boxes, we’ve got a magazine that features season trends and whatnot…

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And then the main event…

At first glance, I was excited because for the first time in a while, it looked like this GLOSSYBOX contained items in which I was interested in using them allllll.

Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution -full size $225

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I’ve featured LMdB products before but I haven’t tried any of their skincare products. Aaaand for obvious reasons. They are a bit the expensive side. I haven’t tried this yet but I don’t think I want to. Because then what if I like it? Then I’ll be stuck having to spend THAT much on a skincare product? Nah bro.

Narciso Rodriguez for Her Eau de Toilette Spray – full size $77

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Okay, so we all know I kicked wearing perfumes to the curb years ago due to the fact that they give me migraines but even if they didn’t, I wouldn’t re-open my love affair for ‘em with this one. It smells like old ladies. No bueno.

Living Proof Prime Style Extender (hair primer) – full size $20

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I’m not a fan of hair products in beauty boxes (mainly because they are almost never geared toward my hair type) but this is a decent sample size if I were interested in using a hair primer.

Vincent Longo Lipstain – full size $23

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Yay! I full size product. I love everything about this richly pigmented red lipstick. It is definitely the star of the box for me.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume mascara – full size $25

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mini mascara in a beauty box so yaaaaay for that. I’m a mascara snob in that I’d much rather use a full size mascara than a mini one but for a sample box, it works. Plus, I can use this mascara in my cosmetic bag for travels.

OPI Can’t Let You Go Liquid Sand nail polish – full size $9

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Fantastic choice! It’s not only a full size nail polish but it is OPI’s newest formula.

Fresh  Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum – full size $35

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I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m excited to. It’s a good pick for a beauty box because it’s large enough to let you try out the mask the serum at least 2-4 times.

Overall:
I always judge the value of a GLOSSYBOX by the variety of products and if what is given has a value that reaches or exceeds the cost of the $21 box. Looks like this one did a darn good job. We got a hair, nail, skincare, cosmetic and perfume sample. Two of the samples were in full size and together they cost more than the cost of the box. Not a bad box for this month. The lipstick and nail polish are true winners in my book.

Are you a GLOSSYBOX subscriber? What did you think about this month’s? Oh! And if you aren’t a subscriber, head on over to the site and sign up.

 

Blue hair don’t care thanks to Milani’s Color streaks

I’m not a gal that appreciates her natural hair color. Which sounds oh so awful but seriously…my naturally dark brown hair is just boring. Not that I need hot pink hair to feel alive but come on…a little hair color ain’t never hurt no one. I was super excited when Milani released their Limited Edition Color Streaks.

These were a July 2011-exclusive item but I’ve still been seeing them in stores so you may be able to grab a few. I believe they retail for around $7.99 or so. Simply put, these Color Streaks are hair mascaras.

These little temporary tubes of hair dye can add a pop of color to your locks with just one stroke. Or ten. My belief is products like these really aren’t made for my hair type. But considering that my hair type is pretty specific, I don’t get offended by it. These are probably easier for guys and gals with straighter hair. That wasn’t going to stop me for giving it a try!

After some stained fingers….

I had a few blue locs.

Which eventually turned green after a day at the beach.

I absolutely loved the look. Then again, I’m the same gal that has dyed her hair red, orange and purple. The color washed out right after one wash. I wouldn’t call it a “dye” because it certainly isn’t as toxic as one. But if you’re desirous of some quick color and can still find these, I’d say scoop ‘em up.

And I know what you’re thinking…this can’t be used on the lashes. The consistency is slightly water-y and there is a memo on the tube that says not to do. Granted I’m a rule breaker but I don’t mess with the ojos. 8)

Huetiful Hair Steamer

I know, right? A hair post over here at Clumps? Hair talk is usually saved for my hair blog but I’ve had to the opportunity to review the Huetiful hair steamer and wanted to share it with the Clumps fam. After all, with the cooler weather hitting us, who couldn’t use some added moisture to the ole’ crown, eh?

Call me loca but I’ve never heard of a hair steamer until I saw natural hair bloggers posting about Huetiful’s.

Natural Beauty: Making Black Cocoa Shampoo

[Editor's note: This is a re-post from my natural hair blog Loc Rocker. The information was just too grand to limit to just one blog. Very rarely do my blogs cross paths but in this instance...it was inevitable. For all things natural hair, Loc Rocker (and the fabulous blogs on the site's blog roll) is the place to go.]

While I like to travel nationwide for beauty industry events, lately I’ve been wanting to be more active in the Greater Orlando community. It was at one of my Urban League Young Professionals meetings where I met Karen, the founder of Peace and Beauty Project. Karen’s passion for helping young girls and natural beauty fell in line with so many of the things that I am trying to do. I feel so blessed to have crossed paths with her.

Two weekends ago I asked Karen if I could help with her Natural Beauty Lab event. I helped with the preparation and took photos. O.M.G….the event was a HUGE hit.

The event was hosted in the dining hall of a beautiful bed and breakfast in downtown Orlando.

 

The first thing we blended was a Black Cocoa Butter shampoo.

And yep, it smells and feels as good as it looks. We started off with unscented castile soap.

We then funneled a bit of black cocoa butter.

We dumped in some aloe vera…

And at this point, we were able to scent it however we liked. Cocoa Absolute was a huge hit among most of the ladies.

….I ventured more to the mint essential oil, instead.  I just LOVE how mint feels on my scalp.

And bam! A homemade organic black cocoa butter shampoo…

I haven’t washed my hair yet (ironically I washed it the day before, womp!) but the next time that I do, I will be using this. Can’t. wait. In the meantime, I’ve been using it as a hand soap and has been leaving my hands incredibly smooth…a rarity when you use castile soap solo.

We made other products but I don’t think I took enough pictures of everything. I volunteered to be photographer but somewhere between laughing it up with everyone, live tweeting and mixing, I forgot.

Check out the darling baby beauty in the house. She is the daughter of a fellow blogger, Scottie…over at The Basics. Also in the house was Ortancis from The Orlando’s Natural Hair meetup group and Fara from Pure Essence Body Care. I’ve raved about Pure Essence before when I discovered them at Whole Foods’ farmers market. And Fara’s locs…O.M.G. I’ll be featuring her soon. On Loc Rocker, of course.

If you are in or around the greater Orlando area, shoot an email to Brittany@LocRocker.com.  The Peace and Beauty Project will be having more events. And did I tell you about Orlando’s 1st Beauty and Natural Hair show? That’s a post for another day but I am beyond excited.

Peace, y’all. And beauty.

Natural Beauty: ONE hits Target

I just love how natural products and brands are becoming more widely available. AND affordable. I mean, two years ago you couldn’t find eco-friendly lip balms in your neighborhood Target.

Say hello to ONE.

ONE is brand that not only believes in healthy and natural formulations, but they also package their products in eco-friendly housing.

From the products that I tried, the skin conditioning bar ($6.49) is my favorite. It is full of lavender oil goodness but the packaging is also made from recyclable material.

I’m impressed at the relatively small ingredients list! The bar is amazing. It slathers on like a regular body butter but it isn’t greasy. And I love the fact that the smell isn’t too overpowering.

ONE also has hair products including solid shampoo and conditioner bars ($6.99).

Don’t judge its size. One of these is equivalent to three 8 oz bottles of shampoo. I haven’t tried it on my locs just yet but I will do a formal review soon.

We’ve covered body and hair so what could we be missing? Ah! Cosmetics, of course. ONE has lip butter balms ($2.99).

While I’m not the biggest fan of the scent, this shea butter based balm feels great on the lips without drying them out. The ingredients list makes me smile.

I’m lovin’ it! You can find ONE at any Target location.

Have you seen ONE in your Target yet?

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Clairol Professional Jazzing giveaway!

I’m a fan of hair color. I can’t deny it. I suppose it started when I was 14 when I got my first set of blond highlights. And then I discovered the power of Kool-Aid. I would mix 4 packets of orange and 3 of red (not cherry, lol) to make a fierce dye. Never mind that every time it rained, my hair would stain my shirts. It was all worth it.

Back when I had an afro I used Clairol’s Jazzing in Bluest Black. The results…

Super goth B! I remember the evening after I did that dye job I went and got my nose pierced. What can I say? Darker hair does something to you! LOL

I have also loved Clairol’s Jazzing temporary colors. They aren’t as damaging as a permanent color but still manage to give you intense color. Loves it!

Clairol is giving away 2 bottles of Cherry Cola Jazzing temporary hair color.

Simply leave your email address in the comment section. It’s that easy!

Oh…..and while you are at it, check out their Facebook page. Each day they are giving away gift cards, concert tickets, cameras and more. And if you already have some Jazzing in your hair, enter the Fierce Fridays contest and share your before/after pix to win a 3-day, 2-night fierce hair makeover in NYC by celebrity hair stylist Tippi Shorter.

Dang, I wish I could enter. But I already have 4 different colors in my hair and my hairstylist says “no no”. *sigh*

This contest is open to International readers and ends Friday, February 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm EST.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: Color your hair at your own risk. I highly recommend consulting with a professional cosmetologist before dyeing your hair. Never mind that I’ve colored my locs 4 times in 14 months….like parents say, do as I say, not as I do. :)