Review: Protective Style with TGIN

So just after New Years, I received an email stating that TGIN (Thank God I’m Natural) was having a sale. So I secured my uber great price of $9.99 and free shipping and went big. TGIN is sold a select Walgreens, just none in my area. So sale and free shipping were the way to go. I purchased: the Butter Cream Moisturizer for Natural Hair and the Twist and Define Cream for Natural Hair .

This is the first time that I have flat twisted my entire head myself. So as you can imaging, it took forever. Mostly because I kept taking breaks to chill with the kiddos and the Marine or snack or watch t.v. or sit down or almost anything that didn’t involve twisting my hair. My shoulders are a tad sore from trying to get the sides and back and the Girl stated that the back looks good. In fact, she actually complimented my hair which almost never happens.

So anyway, back to the products. They smell good. Not overwhelming but not anything to right home about. I don’t want hair products that have strong smells. Interferes with my natural glory. 🙂

I started off on clean but dry hair. I spritzed it with water or Jane Carter’s Re-Store Moisturizer (I really use this because it smells yummy) and then the TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer followed immediately by the twist and define cream. I sectioned my hair leaving what amounted to a mohawk in the center. I used one of CharyJay’s protective updo’s as a template. First time yall. I flat twisted the sides toward the mohawk and then individually twisted the center. I gathered pieces in the back and began to twist them up the middle. Pinned it. Then I wrapped the front around until it kinda resembled a Pompadour. Pinned it.

Okay, so that was a style. Not a great style as the ends were pointy (in hindsight I should have rolled them on rods but I didn’t). The back of my hair, the nape (you know, the kitchen) is relatively short.  So the most I can do with it is one flat twist in that area… and then pray it stays. It didn’t. I had to re-twist if several times but that is the transitioning life isn’t. Since my hair is not really long, there were a ton of hair pins attempting to keep it together.

I know, I know. This is a long review. Here is the best part, first, the ends didn’t untwist like they did with the Qhemetics. Second, The flat twist out ways so defined  it was obnoxious. Remember, most of this hair is bone straight. I wore the twist out for one day before I started loosing the definition. The roots/new growth had super powered definition. If my entire head of hair had been natural, I think I would have had the bomb diggety (yes… bomb diggety) twist out. I have worn it for a second week in a halo. A very textured flat twist halo.

Were there any cons? Yes, the moisturizer seemed to leave white residue on my flat twists that just dried and looked crusty. I don’t know that using the moisturizer in updos is the way to go as there is not way to rub it in and it doesn’t soak in. I really don’t like the crusty. But perhaps a bit of oil added to it will make the difference.

Would I recommend it? Heck yeah. There was not any stickiness afterwards, and the twists were so well defined. I am gonna try a regular twist out his weekend with rods on the ends and see how that works.

Review: Andre Walker Hair – The Gold System for Naturally Kinky

ImageI recently purchased two items from Andre Walker Hair: Gold System for Kinky product line. My deft purchase occurred when Good Morning America (GMA Deals) had what equates to a Flash Sale featuring these products. Well, let’s clarify that. My Mom called regailing about the deal and how much she wanted to try it. So I bought her some and that means I was forced (ahem) to buy some for me too. So what did I get? I purchased both the Crème Gelee and the TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner. What did I think?:

The Skinny!

Beautiful Kinks Styling Crème Gelee

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-69, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Schinziophyton Rautanenii (Mongongo) Kernel Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum)

Claims:

Shine, hold, definition, moisture – and never crispy, flakey, or dry. Infused with African Mongogo Oil and formulated to be your only leave-in styler, The Gold System Beautiful Kinks is superior in every way.

  • Paraben Free
  • Sulfate Free
  • No Animal Testing

Results:

So… My hair is not totally ‘kinky’. It is in fact, transitioning (relaxed to natural) so there is about 6 months worth of coiled curlies. This may have had an impact on my twist out results. I made sure to coat each strand with special attention paid to those ends. The twists were very sleek and skinny. Tight even. So my initial thought was that I would have great definition. If my hair were longer my twists would have looked like Senegalese Twist extensions.

Day 1 hair. I untwisted my hair and then began seperating each twist. BAD NEWS. Frizzy was all that resulted from those sleek super tight slender twists. So now what? Don’t separate that is what.  Alright, not the look I was going for but I can live with it.

Day 2 hair. Someone took all the body my hair had (which really wasn’t that much) and ran off with it. Even the curly ends are flat, lifeless and well relaxed. Before work, I added a couple of rods to try and reset the curled ends but they fizzled.

Day 3 hair. crowning flat twist is all I can do at this point. The definition has faded for about half of the twists. Drowned kinda wavy rat.

Likes:

  • The product has a nice smell but nothing to write home about.
  • The Gellee is very rich and creamy. Definitely feels like a luxury item.
  • The container still looks full!!! I used what I thought was a lot of product yet, only a small amount seems to have disappeared from the container. I love getting a lot when I am expecting a little. Cheese.

Dislikes:

  • Every time I touch my hair this product is on my hands. I touch my hair a lot. I know I shouldn’t but those are the facts. I wash my hands a lot too.
  • Curled ends fell after the first day.
  • Separated twists became frizzy. I really don’t like frizz.
  • The twists that were simply untwisted but not separated (hope that makes sense) lost all body by day two.

Products life on my shelf:

Suspect. I doubt that I will throw this away since I am way to cheap money conscious or even better… frugal for that to occur. I can probably figure out some product combinations that will make this useful. That may entail gifting it or waiting for more curly and less straight hair to emerge. Keeping it in the current rotation isn’t going to happen though. Unfortunately, this product Coiled Gloryisn’t for me or my transitioning hair right now.

You can watch the video here.

So tell me, have you tried Andre’s gellee? Did you like it?