Thursday, December 19, 2013

Curlformers Review + Giveaway

Giveaway December 19, 2013-January 3, 2014

I think we all know what curlformers are unless you have been living under a rock. Curlformers are a styling tool that offers an easy and fun way to create gorgeous curls without damaging the hair because heat is not required other than to dry the hair if you choose. Curlformers came about in 2008 when Hair Flair Ltd. in conjunction with Sally Beauty Supply launched this cool hair styling accessory.

The video below demonstrates how to use the curlformers and softhood as well as shows the results of my daughter and I using the curlformers on our natural hair.

Tips for using curlformers:

1. For natural girls, after you wash/condition etc. use Lotta Body Setting lotion mixed with water. The amount of water depends on how hard you want your curls to be. The more water you use, the softer the curls will be. This will help your curls hold and last longer OR use As I Am Twist Defining Cream. It produces awesome results. You can see me use it on my daughters hair here.

2. Load both of the rods first, then do 2 at a time. It will make the process go much faster.

3. If your curlformer doesn't curl properly, Don't take the hair out to start over. Run your thumb down the middle of it and release it. It will curl perfectly into place. You can watch our quick how to video here.

4. Keep a spray bottle handy. Curlformers apply smoothly to damp hair.

5. I found that with our thick natural hair, the softhood took a very long time to dry the hair. I suggest the softhood for fine/thin hair.


Long Corkscrew Curlformer Set


Softhood (Dryer not included)

PRIZE: We will be giving away one Long Corkscrew Curlformer set (Retail $58.95) and one Softhood (Retail $15.95) to one winner!
DATES: The giveaway starts on December 19, 2013 and ends on January 3, 2014.

What you must do to win:

You must enter via Rafflecopter below. The first 2 options are mandatory to qualify. The 2 required options are: 1. Subscribe to Brown Girls Hair Youtube Channel. 2. Follow @BrownGirlsHair on Instagram. All of the other options are not required, but the more you do, the better your chances to win. If you choose to tweet, you can do one tweet per day for extra entries. Be sure to include @BrownGirlsHair in your tweets. READY....SET....GO.....
Good Luck!

If you already have curlformers, please share your hair style pictures on our facebook page. We will also share your pictures on our Instagram!

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Pillsbury Reindeer Cookies

Pillsbury Reindeer Cookie

I was surfing the web today looking for a Christmas treat that my daughter and I could make for our friends and family. I came across this cool reindeer cookie idea above on Pillsbury's site.

Raining Hot

As I searched Pinterest, I found someone else's version of the cookie that used M&M's for the eyes and nose above on raining hot I like the M&M idea better!

I got the instructions below from Pillbury's website. This is for a large amount of cookies.

  • 60 min
  • total time1 hr 25 min
  • ingredients4
  • servings60


roll (30 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated gingerbread cookies
small pretzel twists
semisweet chocolate chips (about 1/2 cup)
candied cherries, cut in half, if desired


1Heat oven to 350°F. Divide dough in half; refrigerate one half until needed. With hands, shape one half of cookie dough into 7 1/2-inch-long triangle-shaped log. (If dough is too soft to cut, place in freezer 30 minutes.)
2With thin sharp knife, cut dough into 30 (1/4-inch-thick) triangular slices; on ungreased cookie sheets, place 2 inches apart. Place 2 pretzel twists on each triangle near corners for antlers.
3Bake 7 to 11 minutes or until set. While warm, lightly press 2 chocolate chips into each cookie for eyes and 1 cherry half for nose. Remove from cookie sheets. Let stand until chocolate chips are set, about 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining half of dough. Store between sheets of waxed paper in tightly covered container.

I'll post a picture of our cookies when we make them this weekend! What's your favorite Christmas treat to make and eat? By the way do you remember our reindeer sock bun?

You can see the tutorial here!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

As I Am & Curlformers on Natural Girls Hair

This video shows me using As I Am products with curlformers! You can view the written product review here.  It gives more details about the products used and how they effected our hair.


As I Am Product Review

As I Am Products
I purchased all of the products at a local Sally's Beauty Supply Store with my own money. This review is not sponsored by any company.

It is truly my own opinion and experience with these products as all of my product reviews are.

I have used these products on 3 different heads, My Daughters, My Mother's, and Mine. I am going to give you the results of each person's hair while using the products and after the products were used.

All of the products in the As I Am line smell exactly the same!

Coconut CoWash

How I used it: I washed our hair with the cowash just as I would with shampoo.

My Daughters Experience
The cowash cleaned her hair well. It left her hair with a warm fresh coconut scent. Her hair felt soft and well conditioned. It didn't take a lot of product to saturate her hair.

My Mom's Experience
I did not use the cowash on my Mom's hair.

My Experience
The cowash cleaned my hair well. It didn't take a lot of product to saturate my hair. It took less than my daughters of course. I used about 3 to 4 tablespoons full on my whole head.

Would I purchase this again? YES hands down. It works amazingly for us!

Leave In Conditioner

How I used it: I put our hair in 4 sections and applied it to our wet hair section by section. It was easy to tell if I covered an area because it made our hair soft.

My Daughters Experience
It made her hair feel soft. It made detangling very easy.

My Mom's Experience
I did not use the cowash on my Moms hair.

My Experience
The same as my daughters. It made my hair feel really soft and detangling was a breeze.

Would I purchase this again? YES, I am on bottle #2 now because my son used the first one up!

Twist Defining Cream

How I used it: I used this to do a curlformer set and twist out. I applied it after the leave in conditioner on damp hair. Then I brushed it through with a goody vent brush. Then I applied the curlformers for the set or twisted the hair for the twist out style. 

My Daughters Experience
It provided incredible hold to her curls, twist, etc without drying her hair out or flaking. This cream is truly the best holding product that I have used to date. Her curls were soft, bouncy, and shiny! I even found that when I use this on her ponytails and take down her plaits, they are wavy like a braid out! Too cool!

My Mom's Experience
It provided a great hold to my Moms twist out as well. It didn't leave her hair feeling heavy and loaded while holding her twist together.

My Experience
It held my curls as well. I used this on a curlformer set and I was pleased with the shine, softness, and bounce that my curls had. 

Would I purchase this again? YES. This works wonderfully on curl sets, twist and braid outs! This really makes my daughters hair look really shinny. It also adds moisture to. A little product went a long way.

Smoothing Gel

How I used it: I used it both on wet and dry hair to lay down the edges.

My Daughters Experience
When I used it on her dry hair, I found it to flake up once it dried. When I used it on her wet hair to do the curlformer set, there was no flaking and it held well. I have found that this works better on wet hair in small amounts.

My Mom's Experience
I didn't use this on my Mom's hair.

My Experience
I did not use this on my hair because I didn't like the flaking that it produced on my daughters dry hair.

Would I purchase this again? No. I will stick with the eco gel. It's cheaper and does a better job for us.

Double Butter Creme (not pictured)

How I used it: I put it on our curls, twists, etc after they were dry. I used it as a moisturizer as needed on dry hair.

My Daughters Experience
This cream does an excellent job of keep her hair moisturized during the day. I apply it daily on her hair. I have skipped a day at times and her hair is still in good shape. It doesn't take a lot of this cream to get the job done. It's smooth and keeps her hair shiny and moisturized between washes. 

My Mom's Experience
I didn't use this on my Mom's hair.

My Experience
My scalp is naturally oily so I don't normally apply any moisturizer to my hair. I applied a very small amount of this to my curlformer curls and I was pleased. I like that it didn't way my hair down and it didn't make my hair feel oily but it complimented the other products in the line by adding moisture to my curls as the days went by. It did bring life back to my curls once they were 3 days old.  

Would I purchase this again? The verdict is still out on this one. I will have to use it a few more times in different weather conditions to determine if this will be a stay in my hair product arsenal.

Final Thoughts

Overall my hair loves As I Am products. It brought back the bounce and body to my hair that I had in my perm days. I really love that about it. I also like that all of the products smell the same. My hair holds a constant coconut fragrance that is soft and pleasant. Even on wash day our hair still smells good!

It works wonderfully on my daughters hair too! I really love the leave in and the twist defining cream on her hair. I can't wait to do a full twist and braid out with this product on her hair soon.

I also plan to purchase the shampoo and other products that I have not tried in this line. 

**You can view me using the products in my dauthers hair HERE!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Holiday Hair Accessories

If you are looking for some cute unique hair accessories for the holidays, Apples Eye Designs has some really nice ones in their Etsy shop! Check them out and hurry to buy so that you can have them in time for your Christmas events! Use the coupon code below for FREE shipping until December 31, 2013!

Christmas Tree with Pearls

Reindeer Hairbow

Christmas Bow

Christmas Tree

Click here to purchase and use coupon code Chirstmas2013 to get FREE shipping until December 31, 2013!!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Quick Curlformer Tutorial Natural Hair

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Brown Girls Hair

This is a quick tutorial on how to use curlformers. These are great for all hair types including natural hair! In this video, I used the Long Corkscrew Curls.

The softhood featured in this video can be purchased for 15.95 on!



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