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7 Styling Products I Found At Sally's


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7 Products LifeOfJoslyn Found At Sally's

For the past several months I have been doing a ton of protective/low manipulation styling.  You can actually see my hair just about everyday if you follow me on Instagram (LifeofJoslyn), I update my stories pretty frequently and I usually add a fun voting poll!  With protective styling it means lots of buns, ponytails, and wash n go's. These styles require daily styling products so I decided to give a review on 7 different styling products that I've found at Sally's.  I purchased each of these products with my own money so these are my honest opinions...and I was sure to include a couple that I didn't like.  Now here's my disclaimer:  The review that you're reading is my opinion based on how the products worked on my hair.  My opinion isn't law.....yet :-)


Ok first up:  As I Am Smoothing Gel: 

This is favorite gel right now.  It has a thick, jelly-like consistency.  It's not drying at all and it doesn't flake on me.  What I like best is that while it smooths my hair, I can still comb through it the next day; it doesn't make my hair hard or overly stiff.  My only critique is that I wish it came in a bigger jar!  This is the 3rd jar I've purchased.  Disclaimer: I only use it for smoothing my hair into a bun or ponytail, I haven't used it for wash n go's.

Next up:  Hicks Edges:  So I almost always find this hiding on the bottom row at Sally's.  I don't believe that there is a full hair care line that Sally's carries for this brand, I've only seen this product.  As far as edge smoother's go its pricey at a little over $15!  I picked this up on a recommendation of a friend and let me tell you:  IT WORKS!!  It lays your edges without drying them out and without making them too stiff. It almost has the consistency of a pomade.  If you want to try it wait until Sally's offers a 25% off coupon and check it out.  If you hate it, return it!  This is my second jar of Hicks.

Alright: Now we have "The Mane Choice Crystal Orchid Biotin Infused Styling Gel."  I like the amount of product you get in the jar and I like the consistency of the product which reminds me of aloe vera gel.  This product is just ok for me and I think I'll save the rest of the gel until this summer because it was drying on my hair.  I tried it to  smooth my hair and it does smooth but my hair was SO DRY at the end of the day that I decided to place it to the side.  So I will revisit in the summer when I wear my hair wet more often.

Oyin Hair Dew.  Ya'll:  So I picked this up because you don't hear a ton about the brand and I know that sometimes when a brand is low-key that it might be a secret gem.  I mean, I started buying Carol's Daughter when she was still making it in her home and back then those were some of THEE best oils and cremes you could buy!  Oyin Hair Dew?  MAJOR disappointment!  I tried it so many ways:  On damp hair, on damp hair followed by an oil, on dry hair followed by an just was NOT moisturizing AT ALL!  The best way I can describe it is when you purchase a super cheap body lotion and put it on your hands only to find yourself just as ashy five minutes after you apply it.  This was the hair equivalent for me.  There was another product that I like from this line that I'll review on a different post but the hair dew will not be a recurring purchase for me.

Next we have Silk Elements Pure Oils Hair Butter:  By the time you read this post this product will be in a return bin at Sally's.  This product comes with a seal over it so you can't see it or smell it before purchase.  It has a gritty texture that would make this product an excellent body scrub but an awful moisturizer.  I put some in my hands and rubbed them together and all of these crumbly white bits fell into my lap and the rest dissolved into an oil.  My hair hated it and I had pieces of grit in my hair from where it wasn't rubbed together enough.  This is way too much work to moisturize your hair.  I won t repurchase.

Up Next:  Mielle Organics Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk:  Ya'll I LOVE this moisturizer!  It's not too light and not too heavy and has a light coconut scent.  It moisturizes my hair by itself and it works even better when I use an oil after it.  I've used it on wet hair after I co-washed and I've used it on straight dry hair and that makes this one of my few all purpose hair products.  I actually like a lot of products from this line but I believe that this is my 3rd bottle of hair milk. I recommend this one!!

Last but certainly not least:  The Mane Choice Growth Oil:  So while the gel from this line is "just ok" this oil right here?!  I LOVE IT!  What's funny is that I bought this during a "buy 2 get 1 free" sale because I already had every other Mane Choice product.  I have always used organic coconut, grape seed, or almond oil on my hair so I wasn't expecting much from this oil but I was pleasantly surprised!  This oil is the perfect consistency:  Not to light, not too heavy, and not too runny.  I have been using it on damp hair before I apply gel and also on the ends of my hair.I love the applicator nozzle and I can't wait to use it on my scalp the next time I get braids.  I would recommend this oil for scalp and hair...This is definitely staying in the rotation and I will repurchase!

So those are the 7 that I reviewed for this month but I've got MANY more to review!  What are some products that you're wondering about?  Leave me a comment below and I might pick them up for review!


As always, thank you so much to take the time to read my blog,it means the world to me.  Feel free to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!!  Until then, I'll keep you posted on my protective styles!! Love ya! :-)


Updates and Straightening My Hair!

I did it!  After months of trying to figure out a way to straighten my hair without it turning into a poof ball I FINALLY figured out the combination of products that work for my hair!  Before I give the details, let me give you a little background and update on my hair:

As you know, in November 2016 I cut my hair into a bob.  This was my version of a "medium chop" to get the majority of relaxed hair cut out.


LifeofJoslyn's Bob



At the end of April 2017, I got box braids.  So how it works it that you have to show up for your appointment already shampooed and blow-dried.  I washed my hair a couple of hours before my braiding appointment and while my hair was wet I cut off all the remaining relaxed ends.


LifeOfJosly'ns Relaxed Ends


I knew that my hair was gonna look crazy and not have any shape but I immediately blow dried my hair and then went to get braided up.


LifeOfJoslyn's Box Braids

I figured "While my hair is braided up for 6 weeks I'll have a little more growth AND this gives me time to come up with a master plan!!'

Y'all:  I couldn't take those braids more than 3 weeks.  I loved the way they looked and how convenient they were but they were SO ITCHY OMG. So down the braids came.

Once the braids were out I had no idea what to do with my hair so I got an emergency same day appointment to get my hair straightened and trimmed.  So this picture is me FULLY natural:


LifeOfJoslyn Straightened Big Chop



While the stylist did an awesome job I noticed that she did a"hard press" using a pressing comb on my roots….enter heat damage


LifeOfJoslyn Heat Damage Wet


So now all the cute curly styles I had been waiting to do I CAN'T because the front of my hair is COMPLETELY straight!! UGH!!

So while I am growing out the heat damage I've sworn off pressing combs.  This time I decided to try feed-in braids (cornrows) to see if they'd be a little lighter than the box braids.  I LOVED THEM!!

LifeofJoslyn Feed In Braids

So now that brings us up-to-date.  Because I am growing my hair back with as little setbacks as possible,  I have been wearing my hair in a slicked bun with moisturizer and oil on the length of my hair....but sometimes I MISS MY HAIR AND I WANT MY HAIR STRAIGHT lol!  So through a lot of trial and error (I went through a lot of poof ball hair to get it just right),  I've come up with the products and the process that works for me.  Here we go!

I start off by using a clarifying shampoo to remove all the residue (natural oil, gel, moisturizers) off my hair for maximum swingage.


I shampoo my hair twice, then I apply this protein conditioner for 3 minutes.  This will help protect my hair from all the direct heat I'm about to use AND it helps to maximize shine

So after I rinse the protein conditioner I follow up with a MOISTURIZING Conditioner.  My current and longtime favorite is Alterna Caviar Mositurizing Conditiner.  I apply it thoroughly and then apply a plastic conditioning cap and then sit under my bonnet dryer for 30 minutes.

LifeofJoslyn PlasticCap
LifeofJoslyn Bonnet Dryer

So after deep conditioning it's time to blow dry!  I put my hair into 4 sections and I apply ONE PUMP of serum per section.  It's tempting to apply more than that but this serum by Paul Mitchell is highly concentrated so one pump per section is all you need. This gives me glossy and lightweight blow drying results while further protecting my hair from the heat.  Check out the video below to see how I did it.  I'm working on the technique for now but you a general idea lol

These are the tools used in the blow-drying video

These are the tools used in the blow-drying video

So once I finish blow-drying my hair I begin to flat iron.  I use what's called the "comb-chase" method.  What I do is "chase" my comb with my flat iron.  Doing this allows the hair to be as straight as possible as provides for silky flat iron results.  See the short video below to see the method

So that's it!  I didn't add any shine serum, gloss or spray because the blow dry serum did all the shine work!  Check out my final results, the video's are less than 1 minute each!

What products do you use to straighten your hair?  How would you tweak my technique?  Comment below!  As always, thank you so much for visiting my page, it means so much to me