Summertime, and and your hair roots are sweaty;
Scalp feels itchy, and your split ends are dry.
Your curls are knotted and your pockets are empty;
But hush, little bellas – don’t you cry
A little badly misappropriated music to kick off a new weekly feature, miladies!
I’ve lived all my life in climates that offer a kind of perpetual summer, and believe me, I’ve experienced and seen it all. The heat can damage your hair and burn your skin, and the humidity brings out the frizz and breakouts. Hot weather calls for a different kind of beauty regimen. Over the next few weeks, I’ll feature special summertime beauty reviews, giveaways, jams, and Ask Afrobella questions.
The heat in Trinidad feels like you’re baking, but at least there’s occasional breeze to keep the air moving. Here in Miami, summer’s a whole ‘nother story, and it’s about sweat, humidity, and hurricanes. You walk outside in the morning and it’s like you’ve entered a steam room — your hair wilts and your makeup instantly starts melting. Not a leaf stirrs in the trees. And depending on how hot it is and how much time I’ve spent outside, my hair turns a completely different texture. Knotty, gnarly, extra coarse, sweaty, and frizzled. It rains just about every day, which can break the heat, but just makes for a soggy, heavy feeling in the air. It’s hard to keep my curls looking fresh and springy with weather like that trying to battle my flyness.
Recently I was sent an amazing package of items from Elasta QP, and I must say, I was very pleasantly surprised. I always had the impression that these products were for women with relaxed or chemically treated hair. And while not all of the products worked well for my hair texture (the Intense Conditioner left my hair looking like a frizzy mop), some of them rocked my world. So far, two Elasta QP items are proving to be my summer salvation.
Allow me to introduce you to the DPR-11 Remoisturizer. It’s that heavy, super-thick, slather-it-on hair conditioner I’ve been craving. When I was at my busiest last week – driving the fam to and fro, going to work and meeting deadlines – I didn’t have the time to really take care of my hair the way I love to. Around this time a week ago, I hadn’t even passed a comb through my hair in over a week, and the undergrowth was almost impenetrable. Your girl was starting to look like Phil Spector, pre courtroom makeover. So I took a long, rejuvenating shower and slathered on some DPR-11 at the beginning, as a conditioner wash. It’s got a mild, pleasant, vaguely floral smell. After five minutes or so, I was able to easily comb through my curls (working from the bottom up, don’t forget), and restore my hair’s sanity. I haven’t had the downtime to sit under my old-fashioned steam cap with DPR-11, but I know it’d be great for lengthy deep conditioning treatments. It left my curls weighted down to perfection, soft, and springy.
My sister Petal has relaxed, colored hair, and she adores the Recovery Oil Moisturizer. “It’s definitely a cut above the other products I used to use, like that nasty Pink Oil. The Elasta QP is like on a good, salon level quality of product,” she said, after I called and woke her up this morning. (ha ha, love you Petal!)
My favorite, favorite Elasta QP product, and I’ve been using it daily for almost two weeks now so I can say this without hesitation — is the Mango Butter Moisturizer. Oh, it’s amazing. First of all, it smells like heaven. Like fruity perfume. I really, really dig the smell. I slick it on my hair when I’ve just come out of the shower, and it makes my curls so happy! If your summertime hair issues involve frizz, limp curls, or dry hair, this could be the product you’ve been looking for. It’s brilliant for wash-and-go natural hairstyles. Plus, did I mention that it smells like heaven? Oh yeah!
So all of this reviewing leads me to my biggest giveaway yet!
The good people at Elasta QP will be sending THREE of my lucky readers the amazing gift basket you see before you. It contains the following items:
Scalp Stimulating Shampoo 10 oz
Scalp Stimulating Conditioner 10 oz
Breakage Control Serum 6 oz
Mango Butter Moisturizer 4.6 oz
Design Foam 7.5 oz
Reflect 10 oz
Glaze 4 oz
DPR-11 16 oz
Recovery Oil Moisturizer Bonus 12 oz
Elasta QP for men Soft Hair .75 oz
Elasta QP for Men Glaze .4 oz foil package
Elasta QP for Men Wave + Styling Gel .75 oz foil package
QP logo Black Hat
QP logo V-neck T-shirt
QP logo Air Freshener
QP mini brochure
Altogether, the package is worth about $50! So you can try out all of their amazing products, hand some over to the afrofella in your life, and rock the hat for the days when you couldn’t reach for the Mango Butter Moisturizer (or are protecting your locks from the heat on the beach).
So how do you get in it to win it, you ask? In the comments, please tell me your biggest hot weather hair dilemma. At the end of the day on Monday, I’ll pick the three best questions to send over to Elasta QP’s hair experts, who will provide detailed answers next week. What are you waiting for? Get crackin’, bellas!