I’m two hours away from hopping on a plane to St. Louis! My baby shower is Saturday and I’m arriving early to spend some QT with the fam. So excited 😀
Before I get out of here, I wanted to share a product experiment with you. Long story short, my PJ lost it’s mind and wandered into Aveda the other day while at the mall shopping for a shirt for the baby shower. The sales lady fed me lots of gourmet chocolates (with yummy raspberry fillings!) and I felt obligated to purchase something, lol! I ended up buying Light Elements Defining Whip— a medium hold styling cream. This was Saturday afternoon… by Saturday night, I came to my senses and had it bagged up with the receipt by the door. It was 20 friggin’ dollars and I felt guilty about purchasing it without doing any research beforehand. By Monday, it was still sitting there and curiosity got the best of me. I decided to give it a chance. I’m glad I did!
I did a henna gloss (which I’ll discuss later… I actually provided my recipe on the forum), rinsed, applied a DT for 3 hours, and then styled as usual. Instead of Deva Set it Free, I used the Defining Whip for hold… about a pea sized amount for each twist (10 twists total). It is very slippery (due to the marshmallow root), easy to distribute, and was quickly absorbed by my hair. The fragrance I could do without… it’s a bit strong, but fortunately does not linger!
This morning, I took the twists down to reveal perfectly defined, shiny, soft ringlets! I have minimal frizz and the best part is that my hair feels light and productless! I’m in love, but wonder if the smoothing came from the henna gloss. I’ll report back after styling again later this week!
Products used: Yes to Cucumbers + Aveda Defining Whip
p.s. My henna gloss recipe:
-100g of Jamila henna mixed with warmed green tea
-1 cup of Tresemme Naturals Conditioner
I combined the two in a bowl and applied. It was sort of runny, which I HATE, but very easy to rinse out. My hair was not dry or hay like upon rinsing like it is after a full strength henna… it was actually quite soft and silky! I still got considerable conditioning, color, and smoothing, it was sort of like a mild henna treatment.
Beautiful 🙂 Have fun at your baby shower and with your family!
CocoDreamee, henna will turn lighter hair orangey red with the first treatment and will get progressively darker (auburn) with each treatment. If your hair is naturally Black, your new growth will grow in darker than your length.
Ok ladies…my curiousity is piqued with this henna talk. My hair is already bleached and colored. How will henna affect the semi permanent color I have? It's a deep, deep wine color, pretty dark. But as it rinses out it reveals that bland orange type color from the bleach. To henna or not to henna
I tried a twist and curl last night, and it turned out to be a disaster! I think you have beautiful hair, so your twist and curl come out so beautiful! I haven't seen any 4b hair that has a successful twist and curl where it looks really pretty. Can someone help?
Looks good! Very shiny, too.
Would this one also work for a wash´n go in your opinion?
Currently I am using Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer (love it much!!, )giovanni direct-leave in and mixed chicks leave-in rotation.
Have fun @ the baby shower and let them celebrate you,your husband and your little one!
How long did you leave it on?
Love the shine, and your hair looks like silk! I'm curious to see what your findings are on whether or not it was the Henna Gloss, the Aveda or both. Whatever it is, I'm impressed. Thanks for sharing!
Wow….you look like Alana Davis only darker skinned. Beautiful!
I agree with you on the Aveda store. Their marketing makes you feel so guilty if you leave the store without purchasing. The last time I went they offered me some hot tea. : )
Shine shine and defined! Beautiful results!
Safe travels to and from St. Louis. Enjoy your shower and time with your family.
Glad you tried the henna gloss. Your hair looks great! Now you got me wanting to try that whip. Did you place your part differently this time? Usually it's in the middle but in the first pick it looks off to the side. Anyways still looks cute. Have fun at your baby shower in STL
By the way, I crave shine and smoothness (i.e., frizz free).
Thanks for the inspiration!
Your hair is absolutely beautiful!
I have extrememly thick hair that has never been colored (not sure I ever want to). Would you recommend a henna gloss for a "color virgin" with thick hair?
CurlyNikki, I'm beginning to think you just have fabulous hair growing out of your scalp hun! I've tried a couple of things you used, and my hair looks…well, less than fabulous. Still, I always look forward to your latest product trial. Have a great trip!
Your curls look sooo amazing!! What's the difference between a henna gloss and a full henna application? I'm BC'ing in July and I'm still debating if I should attempt to henna.
Hey Nikki! Before you go….how long did you leave the henna mix in?? *Curious minds want to know!! lol
What is the henna gloss and how long do you leave it in?
Thanks ladies! I hope so… but who the heck knows. My hair is totally unpredictable. I'll give it another try and hope for the best 🙂 If you guys try it out, let me know what you think. You can always return it… unless you're like me 🙂
Gorgeous!! Now You Gonna Make Me Try It, LOL….Have Fun @ The Baby Shower!
At $20 a pop, it better be the cream!! lol It looks so good