Sunday, April 17, 2011

Shielo Product Review

I received some samples from Shielo a few months ago and here is my review...

Shielo HYDRATE Moisturizing Shampoo

Claims:Moisturizes and fortifies dry or over-styled hair. Certified organic extracts of white tea and shea. Sulfate Free. Serious hydration to address the needs of thick, dry or overstyled hair. A great treatment for all hair types that become dry from chemical processing or the stress of heat styling. Avoids dehydration by keeping hair moisturized, fluid and free flowing.

Ingredients: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamide MEA, Fragrance (Parfum), Hexapeptide-11, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract(1), Hydrolyzed Algae Extract, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cysteine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract(1), Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract(1), Arctium Majus Root (Burdock Root) Extract(1), Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,Benzophenone-4, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Butyloctanol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Glycol Distearate, Hexylene Glycol, PEG-150 Distearate, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Phytantriol, Polyquaternium-59, Polyquaternium-47, Silicone Quaternium-16, Silicone Quaternium-3, Trideceth-7, Trideceth-12, Undeceth-11, Undeceth-5, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 6 (CI 15985)(2) (1)Certified Organic by Organic Certifiers, Ventura County, CA (2)Food Grade *Paraben-Free Formula

Key Ingredients:

UV protectants and antioxidants from White Tea enhance color protection.

Shea Butter adds a protective moisture barrier to seal the hair shaft.

Hibiscus and Vanilla Cactus help soothe the scalp, which can become dry and irritated from color treatments.

Price: $22.49 for 8 oz

Sale Price: $20.00

First impression, the shampoo had a pleasant peach scent. I tried this shampoo on the thickest and most driest section of my hair. I lathered once with a little bit of it and my hair felt velvety smooth. I liked the first lather so I decided to see how my hair would respond to two lathers. To my surprise, after the second lather, my hair still felt velvety smooth and not squeaky clean like most shampoos. I was able to lightly detangle with my hands without trouble. I like this shampoo. It gives the velvety smooth feeling I get with my current shampoo but more hydration especially if lathering multiple times. The price is kind of high for an 8oz bottle, but if you are willing to part with the cash I believe it is worth the money.

VOLUME Volumizing Conditioner

Claims:Restoring and thickening for all hair types. Keratin + Amino Acids. This must-have conditioner for full thick hair is enriched with nanofilaments designed to thicken each hair shaft. The conditioner is featherweight and detangles fine or limp hair with ultra light silk fibers that separates strands to create a fuller look. The results are thicker, healthier, more beautiful hair.

Key Ingredients:

Keratin amino acids, the strongest protein for hair, fortify each strand for a fuller, thicker hair.

Soy Protein provides structure and support for thin or weak hair.

Hyaluronic acid strengthens, conditions and replenishes hair providing flexibility and shine.

A├žai Berry Extract, rich in antioxidants and natural caffeine, stimulates the scalp and protects hair against free radical damage.

UV protectants guard hair and shield color against the sun’s damaging rays.

Price: $24.99 for 8oz

This conditioner had a pleasant pear scent. Because I was able to detangle with my hands during the shampoo phase, I didn't need to do much detangling in the condition phase. Therefore the conditioner distributed easily on soaking wet hair; which means I did not have to use a lot. My hair maintained it's softness especially on my ends which need the most care, naturally.

I cannot speak on how well it adds volume because I don't have any issues with volume, and because I styled in twists I couldn't tell a difference.

Overall, this conditioner was good. However, it would've been better to try the matching conditioner to the moisturizing shampoo. $24.99 for 8oz is pretty steep for me because I tend to be heavy handed with conditioners, but if you add on soaking wet hair you will find that the conditioner spreads easily limiting the amount you actually need to use.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's That Time Again!!

October 21st 2007 I married my best friend.
Today is our Two Year Wedding Anniversary!

Unfortunately, recently, many close to me have had or are currently going through difficult issues in their marriages. I want to take this time to share some words of wisdom and encouragement to those of you who may be going through the same. I also want to share something with those of you who aren't yet married.

First to those who are not yet married:

WAIT on God! Get close to Him! Get a relationship with Him where you rely on Him for EVERYTHING! Learn to pray and trust in His word and His divine guidance and protection! You are going to need it as a wife! You want a God fearing man!!! A man who knows he has to answer to a higher power! If he doesn't know this, he is liable to do whatever! I am not saying a God fearing man will not fall short, he is still human. What I am saying is, even when he messes up, his love for God will compel him to get right! This is why you MUST know how to pray!!! You must pray to keep peace in your home. WAIT on God! Let Him send you the man He has specifically for you! DO NOT go looking for your husband...he will find you!!!''A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.''

To those that are married and are going through some difficulties and are determined to save their marriage:

WAIT on God! TRUST God! PRAY! It works!!! You may be fine one morning and the next may seem like your world is over. PRAY!!! It works! NOBODY gets away with anything!! So watch what you do and don't concern yourself with what your spouse is doing. Learn the difference between when you are in your emotions and when you are rational. If you are in your emotions, STOP and PRAY! Ask God to calm you down, guide, and direct you. Trust God to fix the situation. What you do in the meantime is PRAY and get as close to God as you can!!!! Put Him first and watch Him work in your life!!!

Is my marriage perfect? NO!!

However, we have the SUPER GLUE that holds it together...Jesus!!!!!!

Love you all!

Stay encouraged!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009


The beginning of October I went to MEXICO!!!!!

To prepare for my trip to Mexico, I did something drastic.....

I went from this:

(Sorry for the dirty mirror)

To this:

This is how long it now is when stretched:

9/25/09 (15 months and 12 days post) I had 4-5 inches cut off of my hair!!!!! I guess you can say I big chopped! I only have about an inch of relaxed hair left in the back (less than an inch in a few places), and a few inches on the top . I wanted my hair even all around which is why more relaxed hair is left on the top layers. The last time I chopped all the relaxed hair off I was left with an uneven mess! This time around I can still pull my hair back in a bun while my hair grows out. I will do mini chops along the way until all of the relaxed hair is gone!

Why did I chop before time? I haven't been swimming in over 4 years! I was going to Mexico and I wanted to swim! I didn't want to worry about dealing with the two textures. It was soooo much easier to deal with my hair with all that relaxed hair gone!!!!

This is how I wear my hair EVERYDAY!

I know boring, but this is how I keep my mind off of my hair and as a result I mess with it less and I am able to retain all of my growth!

So now is the grow out phase!!!!!

(I took the Regulation section of the CPA Exam the day before my trip to Mexico. I am currently studying for the Business section. I have that test as well as the Auditing test this month. PLEASE pray for me!)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

May and September

Not the best comparison pics, I'll do better next time!

10 months post 5/2/09

15 months post 9/16/09


I am soooo busy as of late! I am attending review classes to sit for the CPA Exam. STUDYING is my life right now. I know it will pay off in the end. Please pray for me!!!

So today I washed my hair. I prepoo'd on dry hair with Hairveda's Strinillah Deep Conditioner (it didn't work well as a DC on my hair) and mixed in Vatika Frosting. My hair felt so soft!!!! I then cowashed with Moist Conditon 24/7 and then did a DC with AO White Camellia. Here is a pic of my hair with the prepoo in. I am 15 months post, yay! I was pleased with the amount of growth. Almost felt like doing a mini chop. However, I decided to continue to grow my hair to waistlength (personal goal) and then start doing mini chops if my big chop date is still ahead.

Sorry, not a good pic. I couldn't find the digi camera.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My Straightening Regimen

Okay so I have been straightening a lot lately. I did it once for a bachelorrete party, and two bridal showers. Did it again for a wedding and will do it one more time for my graduation and another wedding the next day.

So this is my regimen for when I straighten.

NOTE: Since I am transitioning and over 10 months in, I DO NOT detangle with my Jilbere shower comb or Denman brush. I lose TOO much hair when I detangle that way.

Evening before I straighten:

Section hair in four sections

Scalp Massage with oil, detangle with hands ONLY! if needed.

Prepoo with oil and/or conditioner for about atleast 3o minutes with cap. Detangle with my hands ONLY! if needed.

Shampoo-I apply shampoo using a color applicator bottle. I target my scalp only, and let the suds cleanse the length of my hair. I do this once per section. To minimize tangles I hold the length of my hair with one hand and use the other hand to massage my scalp.

Condition Rinse-I use a light conditioner, something you would cowash with, to do this. I apply to both my scalp and hair. I massage it in like it is a shampoo. I do this because I only shampoo once. This step will finish cleansing while at the same time soften up my hair. To minimize tangles I do the same thing that I do when I shampoo.

Protein-I do this to add strength to my hair. It can be a light or heavy protein. It depends on how my hair is feeling. I DO NOT use heat or steam it in! Everytime in the past I used heat or sat under the steamer (that was DUMB) with protein, I ended up with matted hair. I have learned my lesson.

Deep Condition-I deep condition with heat or sit under my steamer. I have a microwave heat cap, a Pibbs Dryer, and a steamer. I use whatever I feel like using at the time.

After my final rinse of cold water, I apply Chi Silk Infusion to each section

I then set my hair in four plaits to air dry overnight

Next morning:

I Blow dry each section of hair on low setting and warm heat to completely dry and straighten out. If I run into any tangles I use my fingers ONLY to detangle. When blow drying, I start at my scalp and go to where my new growth ends. I then use my fingers to loosen up any resistance. Then I blow dry the length of my hair.

I then flat iron or use my Maxiglide on each section.

When complete I crosswrap my hair.

Not such a good pic, but I do this so that my edges lay down in the direction I am going to wear it. I don't like how the side of my hair that is combed in the wrong direction, comes out in a regular wrap.

If I get it set in pin-curls, I comb my hair to the back and then do four pin-curls at the nape of my hair. This is how it comes out.

The following are different variations of what I do if I don't want to wear it out.

I hope this helps someone!

Hair Prep and Final Hair Pics for Cousin's Wedding! Pic Heavy!

Sunday, May 3, 2009 my cousin had her wedding. Although it rained, It was beautiful! I was a bridesmaid. I starting crying as soon as the wedding march music started to play. The flower girl didn't even come out yet! I know! I'm a cheddar head! Here are some pics of my hair prep, make up, final look, and wedding shots.

Freshly washed. New growth and texlaxed ends.

New growth and texlaxed ends.

New growth ends at the top of my finger.

Half and half

Almost done straightening!

Took scarf off, ready to get hair set

After make-up was done hair is still set in pin curls.

The Bride!

Groom and his Bride