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Dove Amplified Leave-in Conditioner on Type 4 Hair (Review)

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I can’t say that I’m much of a product junkie–that was me circa 2013 when I started down my natural hair journey.  However, if a product looks promising, I won’t hesitate to give it a shot. Enter the Dove Amplified Leave-in Conditioner.

My tried and true process of testing any new product that isn’t specifically formulated for high manipulation styling is by inserting it into my wash and go routine.  There are five staples I need to achieve a defined, long lasting wash and go (by long-lasting, I mean a week):

  1. A really good detangling shampoo.
  2. A great conditioner. I’m talking about the kind you wash out, but with a lot of slip (since this is the point in which I usually detangle my hair).
  3. A fantastic leave-in conditioner.
  4. An oil.  Not so heavy that it weighs down my hair–but certainly not too light that it doesn’t do anything for it.
  5. Last but not least, a strong gel that doesn’t leave a crunch in order to set my curls and coils in the style that we all know as a wash and go (biggest misnomer of them all, huh?).

First things first. I received the Dove Amplified Leave-in Conditioner as part of a collaboration with Influenster and Dove, but the opinions in this review are completely my own and 100% honest.

What does Dove Amplified Leave-in Conditioner claim to do?

The conditioner is part of Dove’s Amplified Textures line for waves, curls and coils. The line was created to enhance the natural beauty of textured hair and the conditioner claims to nourish coils, curls and waves.  It is infused with jojoba oil to provide long-lasting moisture that leaves hair defined, shiny and protected from daily styling damage.  Exciting stuff, no? Let’s get into it.

What do I think of the conditioner?

I received just the standalone product. Upon opening it, I thought it was a very intricate, yet simple design–I like the swirls on the bottle as it kind of reminds you of long flowing curly locs.  

By the time I actually got to the part in my wash day routine that I would use my leave in conditioner, the first impression that struck me was–Oh. My. God. This scent is DIVINE.  I don’t even know how to classify it.  It doesn’t smell like floral notes or anything (a smell I don’t really like as I find it overbearing). It smells almost like cologne or perfume for your hair. It’s hard to describe–and I can’t touch on just one thing, per se–but you know when someone just smells good wearing the right amount of cologne? It kind of smells like that.  When I sat down next to my husband after being done with wash day, he was like “My goodness, you smell delicious!”

The most impressive part? That scent lasted for a couple days afterwards, which is pretty amazing because I workout.  And I don’t mean walking on the treadmill while I’m on my phone in designer track suit trying to look cute working out–I mean Zumba dancing, high intensity, sweat dripping into your eyes working out.  So even after AALLLLL of that, my hair still smelled great!

As far as consistency goes, it’s not super thick.  I’m okay with this because I don’t really want that in a leave-in conditioner as I don’t want my hair being weighed down by products that will stay in  for a long period of time.  But it did provide a good amount of slip. 

Full-disclosure, I don’t know how much of the slip factor is going to be impacted by the shampoo and conditioner you use because I didn’t get this as part of the line, I only received a standalone conditioner. I used the leave-in with my tried and true shampoo and conditioner which are part of Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla line and they also provide amazing slip  (I LOVE this line and can give a separate review on it if you guys would like me to–let me know in the comments!).  Whether or not my shampoo and conditioner impacted how effective the leave-in was, I don’t know.  But I will say I was able to finish my hair in the same amount of time that I normally would (less than an hour for a shower and to go through the whole wash and go routine).   That being said, it was pretty good on the slip point.

Results

The first time I used Dove’s Amplified Leave-in Conditioner, I think I was in a rush because of work and so I forgot to add an oil the way I normally do.  I don’t know if that omission is what affected my style, but I did notice that my hair was not as defined as it normally is when I go through my routine and use my staple products.  Although, it did feel pretty moisturized.

For this reason, I normally go through two or three iterations before giving a full review of a product.  The second time I used the product, I decided the only thing I was going to change was literally just the product.  I followed my routine intentionally, including the oil this time, using all my other products the exact same way I would use them and just swapped out the Dove conditioner at the point I would use my leave in. 

It turns out that my hair  came out actually pretty defined.  So I think the first impression may have just been a function of me deviating from my original process. All in all, I’d say that my definition ended up pretty much the same as when I use my other products, with the added benefit of my hair smelling absolutely fabulous for a few days!

Dove Amplified Leave-in Conditioner on Type 4 Hair Wash and Go

That aside, I would like to try the product with the rest of its line to see how it performs with the products that it was formulated to be mixed in with. Not to say there’s anything wrong with mixing products to see how well a product performs on its own, but formulation  does affect performance. I’ve found that products  work best in my hair when I tend use one line for washing and conditioning and another line for styling (if I can’t use the full line for both or if the line doesn’t have products for all parts of the washing and styling process). But if a line has the full kit and caboodle, then I’ll use the whole thing. I’ve found products perform best when they all come from the same line, so I’d be excited to see how this leave-in works with the rest of the Amplified Textures line and its complimentary products.

That being said, I think Dove’s Amplified Leave-in Conditioner does a pretty good job as a leave in on its own, even combined with the other products that I normally use. So big ups to Dove in trying to break into the natural hair and curly hair market and providing a yet another option for us curlies–it’s exciting stuff!

I’d be interested in hearing what you think. If you’re thinking about trying this out, let me know in the comments.  If you have already tried this out, I would love to hear how you found it and what your hair felt like. And if you’ve tried out the whole line, I’d love to hear from you guys!!  If you’d also like to see me go through my wash and go routine and how I make it last all week, let me know that too!

Alright, I’ll see you guys in the next post.

With curls and care,

PA

Mother’s Day Gifts: Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Mom During Quarantine

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Mother’s Day is literally around the corner. And if you’re like me, you just realized it’s even May!

Whether you can spend time with your mother this year or have to celebrate apart due to COVID-19, I’m sharing 10 gift ideas for mom to make her Mother’s Day extra special.

FOR THE PAMPER-LOVING MOM

If mom is the type of person to bask in a spa day, but has been stuck at home thanks to the ‘Rona, these gifts will really create that in-home spa alternative she’s secretly (or not so secretly) craving:

Plush Fluffy Slippers to kick off that in-home spa feel.

Soft Plush Bathrobe to go with those plush slippers. Unless walking around the house naked is her thing. Hey, no judgment here!

Bath and Body Lavender & Honey Gift Set – to set the mood. This gift set includes bubble bath, shower gel, body lotion, bath salts and more. With its rich lavender aroma, she’ll really think she’s at the spa.

This lavender candle will complete the relaxing spa-feel she craves.

FOR THE PRACTICAL MOM

Make mom’s life easier. If she’s been itching for an appliance, tool or hair or skin product that will simplify her daily life, even in some small way, make her day with these options:

Roomba Vacuum

I bet it’d be nice not to vacuum anymore and I certainly would welcome the break! (If the hubby’s reading this – hint, hint!)

Instant Pot

Speed up mom’s dinner routine and help her get dinner on the table quicker and with less mess. I love both my instant pot and the fact that I really only have to use one pot most of the time! Makes clean up a breeze.

Carol’s Daughter Hair Gift Set

For the natural-hair mama with little time on her hands, but who doesn’t want to sacrifice a good, healthy hair routine, getting the right hair products will really save her time so that she can get back to being the heroine that she is. I really love the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla line of products because it instantly infuses your hair with moisture and allows detangling with little to no effort (can we say SLIP!). I’m in and out of the shower with a fresh wash and go in under an hour!

FOR THE NEW MOM

There’s never a prouder moment than becoming a new mama. So letting her announce her mom status loud, proud and unapologetically, may be just the ticket!

Mama Tees

Whether it’s professing her status as a Mama, getting matching mommy-and-me tees, noting her super hero status, or just basking in the meaning of being a mom, these tees are sure to bring a smile to her face.

Mama Jewelry

Mama necklaces are a nice touch, but I must say that my “Mama” bracelet is definitely one of my favorite pieces. That said, I LOVE the mother-daughter cut out pendant above! The fact that the baby bear is cut out of the mama circle just resonates with me because my daughter is carved out of my heart.

FOR THE LONG DISTANCE MOM

Echo Show

Sometimes just seeing your face and hearing your voice is all it takes to warm mom’s heart. If you’re unable to get together with your mom this mother’s day, send her the Echo Show and connect! Put on a performance to entertain her or virtually eat a meal together. With the sound and visual quality, it’ll almost be like being there in person.

I hope this list is helpful. If you have other ideas for mother’s day gifts or are just excited to share what you have planned for Mother’s Day, I’d love to hear about in the comments below!

With grace & love,

P.A.

Don’t Make New Year Resolutions!

It’s a new year and like every year, people are out there making new resolutions in order to start the year off on a good foot.

This year, however, I’m not making new year resolutions.  I can never get them right. Most of the time, I don’t remember what they were halfway through the year after life settles back in and the holiday glow (and all my good intentions) fade. Before I know it, my resolutions have flown out the window.

I’m guessing I’m not alone here.

It’s not that I don’t want to  lose weight, become more intentional, or be a happier, kinder, better version of myself.  But how in the world do you achieve those things anyway?? If I lose 1 pound, there. I lost weight.  Now I can get back to the business of gaining it all (and probably then-some) back again. But that wasn’t the point of the resolution, was it?

No.  This year I’m setting concrete goals, not resolutions. Measurable, achievable goals. I’ve found the secret to being successful at goal setting–even if they are annual goals–is to keep them few and keep them specific, then chop them down into bite-size mini goals.

For example: I have a goal in the following 5 major categories:

  1. Spiritual
  2. Family
  3. Financial
  4. Career
  5. Personal

I then broke each goal down into measurable, bite-size steps for each month. For example, a personal goal of mine is to lose the 30 lbs of pregnancy weight that I gained (Yes, I’ve been gone for a while dealing with life and in that time I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl that is now a vivacious 13 month old). That sounds like a lot.  But when you break it down into mini-goals per month, it doesn’t seem that bad.  However, I took it one step further and made it concrete. Understanding that I might have more resolve in earlier months than later months and knowing that any weight loss journey is full of ups and downs and yo-yo-ing weigh-ins, my goal specifically for January is to get to a certain number.  Not an unrealistic number, but to lose 2 lbs.  And just like that, the pressure is off because I can lose 2 lbs. I haven’t met a soul who couldn’t or didn’t think that was achievable.

As another example, a career goal of mine is to develop my creative side by becoming a brand ambassador. How do I break that down into mini goals? Simple. First, I picked a brand that was looking for an ambassador and that I naturally liked and used (or would use). Since I’m into fashion and Rent the Runway has kept me in style through the various stages of my changing body (who wants to buy whole new wardrobes through pregnancy and post-partum anyway??), they were an easy match.  Now, the challenge was figuring out how I fit that into my already mom-living, big-law practicing, ever-busy life. I took a realistic look at the thing I would enjoy doing with the little free time I have and realized, I can do at least 1 IG post a month.  If later down the line, I’ve seamlessly figured out a way to easily take the time I need to put out one quality content post a month that people find helpful or engaging and I find I have time for more, then I’ll ramp that up to 2 posts a month.

My IG post is going up today.  If you check it out, you can get up to $200 off an Unlimited membership at renttherunway.com with a special promo code!!

I’ve found the secret to achieving goals for the new year is to be concrete, account for flexibility and changing circumstances, but have your ultimate goals always at hand and in your face as a reminder.  I put my goals into an excel spreadsheet that I can look at daily and adjust down the road if need be.  Though, I wouldn’t recommend more than 2 specific goals per overarching category. See a sample below:

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Let me know how you’re approaching your new year goals (not resolutions!) this year.

With wishes for a #LifeLivedWell,

PA

I’ve Been Featured on Island Kinks!

I’ve been featured by the lovely  Isle of Azure of Island Kinks!

Isle of Azure documents her own natural hair journey, showcases other naturalistas, and shows how different plants, oils and commercial products found in the tropics help keep our tresses healthy and strong.  It’s a dynamic blog you’ll be sure to enjoy!  Check out the feature here.

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With Love and Soul.

 

The Second Annual Love Your Tresses Valentine’s Giveaway!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, KOURTNEY C. FROM NEW JERSEY!!!


 

In honor of Valentine’s Day, D’aller Naturel is hosting its second annual Love Your Tresses Valentine’s Giveaway!

Enter the Love Your Tresses Valentine’s Giveaway to win SheaMoisture Products!!!

 

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Bundle

One lucky participant will be randomly selected to win a SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Bundle (a $50 value):

  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Transitioning Milk
  • SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

Rules & Restrictions:

Must be at least 13 years old to enter.

Shipping available only to U.S. addresses.  No shipping to P.O. Boxes.

An entry will be randomly selected on February 14, 2016.  The winner will be contacted after selection, for shipment information.  Should the selected winner not meet the requirements above or not respond to the shipment inquiry within 5 business days, another entry will be randomly selected.

It’s easy! Enter here!
(Opportunities for additional entries available)

May the odds be ever in your favor!

*This giveaway is NOT sponsored by SheaMoisture.  All products made available by D'aller Naturel.

 

Flirty Paisley Valentine’s Day Look

It’s February and you know what that means! Valentine’s Day is around the  corner.

Now, I hate clichés and tend to rebel against commercialized holidays–including Valentine’s Day.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t rebel by not spending time with my significant other, oh no. I just rebel against anything that looks Valentine-y. Like wearing red or pink. Or toting around a box of chocolates.

Last year, my Valentine’s look was blue and gold.  This year, I’m taking it dark, yet flirty in this black paisley fit and flare dress with mock neck collar from New York & Company.

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It’s seriously edgy . . .

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Yet flirty enough to knock the socks of your boo!

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Better still–it’s versatile enough for a day or night look.  So no matter what your honey has planned, you’ll be ready and fabulous!

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Let me know what you think of this outfit.  What do you plan on wearing this Valentine’s Day?

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Goals, Goals, Goals

I’m hitting the ground running in 2016, and no, I’m not making the traditional new year’s resolutions.  I’m making goals for my blog and posting it so that you all keep me accountable!

This past year was hectic and life took me away from blogging for months at a time.  But you all were patient and hung in there with me, and for that I am extremely grateful.

Things have since settled a bit, but my new normal is busy.  I’m an attorney at a large law firm with an unpredictable schedule.  I’m rarely home for dinner (let alone have time to cook – as you all know I have an entire section of this blog dedicated to food!) and I could easily be at work for 12 – 18 hours a day, and sometimes more.  With my new reality in mind, I know that I have to scale back on my extra-curricular activities [play sad violin here] 🙁 .

However, I love this blog so I’m not giving up on it.  BUUUUTTTTTT, I won’t be able to post as frequently as I would like.  I’m aiming to publish three new posts a month.  Yes, that’s it.  That’s all I can probably manage, and it might still be a lofty goal.

But here is how I envision this working:  D’aller Naturel is a lifestyle blog with three pretty distinct categories of interest. So, I’m going to publish one new post a month per category–“Go Natural”, “Go Healthy”, and “Go Happy”.  Not to worry, I’ll be posting more frequently about related matters on my social media, particularly InstaGram, because these are quicker and gets to you relevant information on the areas you’re interested in.  Be sure to follow me there as well!

If you’re new to my blog, please read the run-down on the type of posts each section contains to find which section (or multiple sections ) you might be interested in.

I’m counting on you guys to keep me accountable.  If you haven’t seen a post in one of the three sections in any given month, leave me a message via the contact form and I’ll quit slacking 😉 .

What are your goals for the new year???

You Guys Really Loved These In 2015

I almost can’t believe that 2015 is coming to a close.  I didn’t nearly get as much accomplished this year as I wanted to, but I also learned that you can only do what you can do–we’re only human after all and life happens.  Nevertheless, I’m thankful for each and every one of you, for your support, your insight and your encouragement over the last year.

I’ll be tweaking a few things in the new year, but I think these will be changes everyone will like (or can at least live with).  In the mean time, enjoy a look back through the top 15 posts of 2015!

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What In The World Is Pre-pooing?

What is pre-pooing and how does it differ from deep conditioning? If you’ve asked this question before, you’re not alone.

Pre-poo is really just a fancy term for a pre-shampoo treatment.  The treatment is done BEFORE shampooing your hair to help aid against a shampoo’s tendency to strip your hair of its natural oils and moisture.

There, that wasn’t so bad was it? Okay.  Now what? Isn’t that the same thing as a deep condition before a shampoo?

Not exactly, but close.  The major difference between a pre-poo and a deep conditioning treatment is the use of oil.  If you’re not using oil, you are not pre-pooing. The trick is to use a penetrating oil that can enter the hair shaft.  My favorites are coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil.

Several studies show that coconut oil is hands down the most penetrating of the oils due to its high percentage of triglycerides and monosaturated lipids (small, compact molecules that are tiny enough to fit into the cuticle-membrane).  Therefore, it’s one of the better oils to use and most certainly my favorite.

The process is easy.  Similar to the way you would apply a deep conditioning treatment or mask, separate your hair into sections, and saturate it with the oil of your choice.  Cover your hair with a plastic cap and (optional) sit under a dryer at low heat anywhere from 15 – 30 minutes or wrap your head in a turban or some other heating device like a hot head steaming cap to help the oil penetrate your strands.

Some people like to mix in some deep conditioner with the oil as a DIY pre-poo treatment (check out my trial of this method with SheaMoisture products).  After some trial and error, I prefer to mix only oils for the perfect penetrating blend.

Once you’re done, rinse and proceed to shampoo.  Your hair should retain more moisture and oil than it would have otherwise.

Do you pre-poo? Are you considering it? Share your experiences in the comments below.