Curlbox: Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Review

Happy Saturday!

I just wanted to do a review today on a product I received within my February Curlbox.  For those of you that don't know, Curlbox is a monthly service that delivers a box full of hair products, geared towards those of us with natural hair... kinks, zigs, zags, and curls alike.  I've been able to test a variety of brands since first subscribing to Curlbox, and have happily found many products that are now staples in my hair regimen.  View My Hair Closet by clicking HERE

I'm extremely excited about finding the below product because its filled an empty space in a part of my hair regimen that is vital! Moisturizing! 

...Now, I'm not talking about conditioning - deep or leave-in- ...I'm talking about, good ole fashion juice to satisfy my parched strands.  Check my find out below...









So. contrary to what I just said... BeautifulTextures Moisture Butter, is not a juice.  Its really doesn't have the consistency of a butter either, like one would think.  (I think of Body Butters from the Body Shop, which has a much smoother texture)  The substance of this product is a bit looser...not watery though.  It does glides on nicely, however which helps with usage.

How do I take care of my hair's health using BT Moisture Butter?

I follow the "Moisturize and Seal" Method which just means I keep my curls moisturized by first applying a water based product (BeautifulTextures...first ingredient always should be H20) and then applying an oil or oil based product, coating the strands from root to tip, concentrating on the edges.  I generally like to use coconut oil, as it is one of the only oils that coats as well as penetrate the hair shaft.  It is important to "Seal" your hair strands with oil, as this will keep all of the moisture within your hair for a longer amount of time. 

How do I produce hair styles using BT Moisture Butter?

80% of the time, my hair is set in small-medium sized Two Strand Twists.  Wearing my hair in a curly style is a treat that I only do when I'm going to a special event or need to take photos for something.  Flat ironing my hair only occurs once per year, generally around Christmas time.

Either way, I've tried a variety of setting lotions to make my Two Strand Twists neat. (I've listed these favorites on my product favorites page as well)... but BT Moisture Butter really works well.
On the package there are actual directions on the many ways you can use this product and what you can mix it with, to expand its usage as well.

For Two Strand Twists, simply section your hair off into the desired size, dip the tip of your finger into the butter (forcing you to only use a small amount) and smooth this amount from the top of the hair strand to the tip.  Then, proceed to twisting.  Your twist will be neat, smooth, and well moisturized.

If you decided to wear a twist out, my experience shows that your hair (mine is a mixture of tight coils and waves...) will remained defined.  Overall I'm happy with this product and definitely recommend it!

What moisturizers/moisturizing methods do you use to keep your curls, kinks, and twists tight? let me know by commenting below!

Happy Hair Journey!
xo
StyleSkinny 

StyleSkinny's De-tangling Regimen



I consider myself a pro when it comes to stretching out styles, but because I care about the health of my hair more than the presentation, I like to wash, condition, and steam weekly, even if that means getting rid of a perfectly good style earlier than its natural demise. Many people have different wash schedules, and this is totally fine.  However, in my travels and studying, I've learned that hair naturally sheds an average of 100 strands DAILY.  All of these loose strands, tangled into the attached strands, along with everyday dirt and dust, and occasional fuzzies from my knit scarves make it almost necessary to wash my hair weekly. 

This leads me to the purpose of this post. DE-TANGLING!
 De-tangling to me is like an art... its something that you need to practice, get a pattern down, pick your best tools and products etc. and furthermore, it can't be rushed.  Proper de-tangling is one of the most important processes in your hair regimen. You must remove those shed hairs and separate the strands to prevent knots and breakage.  Afro hair tends to be fragile by nature so proper gentle handling of the hair is imperative to prevent mechanical breakage from improper manipulation.  
Read ahead to see the steps that I take to produce a head of knot-less curls and kinks!


Start with a water based de-tangling spray.  Suave De-tangling Spray for Kids has been my go to for yearssss.  It's super gentle and smells like Apples.:) As you can see in the photos, I grab a clump of dry hair out of my puff, and saturate it. It may take you longer, but doing this process in small sections is easier and a better method.  Sometimes I clip my hair into 6 sections as well, as my hair is super thick.  



The next thing to do is begin to separate the strands.  I exercise two methods.  
1. Finger De-tangling 2. KimmayTube's Harp method.   
Finger De-tangling just means that I do not use any tools.  I do not place a comb or brush of any kind in my hair.  I do it all by hand as I like to feel each strand, in order to catch knots.  Gently working out knots with my fingers, and cutting them out if necessary is the correct way, vs. ripping the hair apart.  (If you view hair under a microscope after ripping it, you will be able to see the beginnings of frayed edges.  A good clean cut with sheers prohibits split ends in your future)

Kimmaytube's harp method uses the motion of playing a harp to separate strands a few at a time.   Gently "plucking" each strand of hair to separate it from the next. Click HERE for a link to the video explaining this method. 





Next, apply a cream based de-tangular product.  During this session I used LUVNaturals "Don't Be So Clingy." (pictured above) But I also love to use, "Kinky Curly Knot Today" (pictured below). LUVNaturals is Kimmaytube's (Kim Love) new line of products which can be purchased at www.LuvNaturals.com.  (They ship super fast!)  I've placed a penny next to the mini glob of product I use, so you can see how much is used per section of hair. Now, gently finger de-tangle a bit more.
 
Lastly,  separate the chunk of hair, and twist it or braid it.  This will section off the hair so you know what you have completed, and the de-tangled section doesn't mesh with the knotty section.  You should end up with a fat twist oozing with product. ...and don't be afraid of the unavoidable shrinkage!




What are your favorite products and strategies for de-tangling your curls?

xo-StyleSkinny