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Ouidad Mongongo Oil Review (& Giveaway!)

Ouidad’s Mongongo Oil Multi-Use Curl Treatment is this season’s new curl must-have!

I recently gave it a try and my results have been awesome! First let’s talk about the oil

Mongongo Oil comes from the Mongongo tree found mainly in Southern Africa. It has many uses for hair, skin, and nails similar to shea butter. However, when in oil form, it gives a weightless appeal.

Ouidad’s Mongongo Oil has 4 different uses.

1. Conditioning
2. Leave-In (Styling)
3. Heat Protecting
4. Finish

I used the product after a “wash & go” and incorporated all four of the uses. Here is the before pic:

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My hair is washed, detangled, and damp with no product.

Here are the after results, after scrunching and blow-drying upside down:

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The Mongongo Oil allowed my curls to find their definition and still provide shine even after using heat. It also did not weigh my curls down like hair oils that I have previously used. With my curl pattern, I have learned that unlike my fellow naturalistas, some oils do not enhance, but weigh down my curls. This is one of the few oil based products that allowed my hair to keep its natural bounce but still retain moisture! Score!

So what are my biggest faves about Ouidad’s Mongongo Oil?

  1. The texture of the oil is weightless. My curls are able to be themselves and not be weighed down in order to retain moisture and be protected.
  2. It fits in my makeup bag. Perfect size.
  3. It is in a spray bottle. It’s not messy and it is convenient for styling or a quick touch-up.

And although I do not have any cons:

I will say that if your hair texture is thicker than mine which is a 3b, you may want to mix a dime-sized amount of your preferred conditioner with the Mongongo Oil. If you are used to heavier oils such as olive or coconut oil, transitioning over to Mongongo may not give you the desired moisture and style upon the first couple of uses. That’s just my advice!

Ouidad’s Multi-Use Curl Treatment is a hit!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @ItsPronouncedKayla to win this awesome product and try it for yourself!

<3 Keila

 

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I Had a Mini-Meltdown and Cut My Hair Off

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So yesterday I woke up and decided to chop my hair off. I had been thinking about it for months but yesterday’s impulsiveness felt different. I got out of bed and immediately started deep conditioning my hair in order to prepare for the big event. Was I going to do a full big chop? Did I really know what I was doing? I know my years of hair modeling would make or break this moment, lol. A part of me wanted to message all of the stylists I’ve worked with for help, but I didn’t want to be talked out of it. I had to make a “f*ck it” decision and live with the consequences. I needed some validity behind the adulthood that I’ve been feeling so weird about lately.

I think it was because I hadn’t taken scissors to my hair since 2014 when I first found out I was pregnant. The ancestral superstitions echoed deep into my postpartum. I never questioned why, I just never did it. I let everything over the last 18 months linger in my hair; I let things get tangled in my hair and also my spirit. My head was heavy literally and figuratively.

Anyways, as my deep conditioner was setting, I was looking for the shears. We still haven’t completely settled in our new home so sh*t is really just everywhere still. I made it pretty far organizing my hair and makeup products, but let’s be real– who really finishes organizing that stuff? But seriously, where are the shears? I legit couldn’t find them! This is when the real panic kicked in. I had already made my social media announcements, so I had to follow through. People were waiting, right? Probably not, but my last tweet before all the festivities started was:

“Stop saying what you’re going to / finna / about to do and just do it.” -KEILAdascope

Again, I had to follow through. Not for anyone else, but for myself. I demanded that my boyfriend go get me some shears, immediately. It was an emergency! He did, without complaint, but with slight concern for my current state of sanity, lol. It was time! I washed out the Deep Conditioning Mask by BIOLAGE and parted my hair in four sections. At first I tried to pretend like I knew what I was doing but finally I just started cutting away.

Before

I totally forgot to save the original “BEFORE” picture of my hair and last length check, and it got deleted from snap chat 🙁 but this was the most recent full front picture, and the back went 1in past my bra hook.

I did it! Snip, snip, snip. It felt liberating. I wanted to keep going but I thought about how I would have to budget in a weekly or bi-weekly line-up in my mani & pedi fund and was not about that life.

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And here is the final result!

I love it. I feel lighter, more free. I feel 25! But per usual, what does that even feel like? My quarter life crisis/ and mini-meltdown turned into a makeover and full day of pampering! So now, stay tuned for my next blog where I show you what new goodies I got to play with!

<3 Keila

Summer Solstice Hair! (NEW COLOR ALERT!)

Hey all!

So Orlando hosts one of the biggest beauty expos in the world, right? And the stars graciously set me up to be able to be a part of this show as a Model for six years straight! But that’s not the coolest part! The coolest part is that these last four years, I’ve gotten to do shows for one of the coolest hair families, EVER! MATRIX!

Back in January, MATRIX hosted their DESTINATION educational convention and I had two great stylists take my hair color to a whole new level! (This was also the show that I had ice grey locs for, and was featured on Behind The Chair’s website and various magazines, hehe!) Anyways, so back in January, I was still in my new mommy phase and scared to try anything new with LIFE, even moreso my hair, but I trusted my Matrix family and we rocked out with some bangin’ Bayalage and I came back this past weekend and took it even further!!!
summersolsticeI love the both of these colors, they fit right into the seasons and I can match up my hair color with various palettes for my makeup and clothing! Being a new mom I kinda aged myself into thinking that I couldn’t do wonderful things like color my hair ORANGE and wear it big and curly, but between the amazing stylists Dan CsiCsai, Chrystopher Benson, and Canadian stylist Caroline Robitaille (who is also a fellow redhead and gives great Mom advice), I came out of my shell! In my next post, I’ll give some insight in how I’m maintaining my color (and texture) and what products I’m using. Stay tuned!

<3 Keila