Hair, Reviews

Jessicurl Curly Hair range & Dessata Brush Review

April 21, 2015

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If you’re a fellow curly girl, you already know that finding great curly hair products in Dubai can be next to impossible. There are a few options, but I usually resort to Amazon.

This is why I am SO excited to post this review, I’ve heard so many great things about Jessicurl and I think it’s amazing that such a great curly hair brand is now available in Dubai.

British Beauty Brands (Jessicurl’s official distributor here) sent me the Rich and Radiant collection which is specifically for thick, curly hair that lacks moisture. They also sent me the Dessata detangling brush.

A brief intro about my hair- the hair that used to be purple? It’s a stretched out, dehydrated mess. I’ve tried tons of products in attempt to get some kind of curl pattern going on but none have worked. I usually resort to braiding my hair overnight. The rest of my hair is Type 3.

A brief intro to Jessicurl- the American brand was created in 2002 by Jess, who started out on the message boards of NaturallyCurly.com. She shares her own hair routine here, and comes across very knowledgable and helpful in their instructional videos and FAQs section. She also has gorgeous hair!

The brand promises to be silicone and sulphate free, as well as vegan. While the products are not 100% natural, they’ve enlisted all ingredients here and explained them well. Their products come in two scents- Island Fantasy, Citrus Lavender or you could opt for no scent.

I recommend visiting their website, I especially love their How- To videos.

Now, on to the Jessicurl routine I tried. I’ve gotten 3 uses out of the pack they sent me, so here’s what I can tell you for sure: Technique is everything. My usual method left me with wiry, undefined waves but trying out the Jessicurl method left me with shiny, defined curls.

Jessicurl  cleansing cream review

The Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream is my favorite product from the range. It’s a moisturizing cleanser that leaves my scalp squeaky clean, my hair soft, and it does not dry out my hair at all. I usually follow the no shampoo method because shampoos make my hair feel like straw, and leave me with dry, frizzy hair and a destroyed curl pattern. This cleansing cream is perfection, it lathers up and cleanses like a shampoo but it’s so gentle and it doesn’t fade my hair colour. I am 100% purchasing the full size version!

Jessicurl Too Shea! and Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment

Step 2 involves detangling my hair with a wide tooth comb. This can be a breeze or a nightmare depending on  how emollient your conditioner is. Both the Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner and Deep Conditioning Treatment made the detangling process easier. Too Shea! is meant for regular/ daily use while the Deep Conditioning Treatment is meant to be more of a weekly indulgence. They were both lightweight and hydrating, and neither left me with any greasiness or build-up issues.

Here’s the weird part- I felt like they were both equally hydrating on my hair, but I actually prefer the Too Shea! conditioner. It’s quicker to use (you only need to keep it on for 3-5 minutes) but I felt like it had the same effect as the Deep Conditioning Treatment (which you keep on for 20-30 minutes). Also, it didn’t weigh my hair down like the Deep conditioning Treatment did, so if you have fine hair, this is a winner. I also loved it as a leave in conditioner!

Jessicurl Confident Coils and Jessicurl Rockin' Ringlets review

After washing the conditioner out, I move on to Step 3- styling. This is where the technique comes in! I flip my hair upside down (without wringing out any water) and apply Rockin’ Ringlets on to my soaking wet hair. Rockin’ Ringlets encourages curl formation and definition, while providing light to medium hold. You only need a tiny amount of product, and make sure you scrunch your hair to help form those curls. This stuff puts the waves back into my stretched out, damaged curls. I love it!

The next step is such a smart tip that I feel stupid for never thinking about it- scrunch the hair with a cotton tshirt to absorb the excess water. It definitely speeds up drying time and helps avoid weighing down curls. So genius, yet so simple. Also, I’m sure you already know this if you have curls but in case you don’t- never use a regular towel on your hair, only a microfiber towel or a  a cotton tshirt, as the regular ones cause major frizz.

How to dry curly hair I then apply a small amount of Confident Coils Styling Solution, it’s supposedly pretty potent and too much of it can weigh your hair down. It basically provides hold, definition and keeps curls frizz free. I scrunch again and then move on to drying my hair with a diffuser. I dry my hair until it’s about 70% dry because any more than that cause major frizz and puffiness on me.

I’m pretty much done at this point, I let my hair air dry which takes ages. It makes this next tip super hard to stick to but it’s crucial in curly hair care- Don’t touch your hair until it is completely dry. I’m terrible at this FYI, it’s torture for me. Can you tell by how miserable I look in the photo? Hahah!

jessicurl best curly hair products review When my hair is finally dry, I scrunch it for more volume, and that’s it! The products don’t leave my hair crunchy or weighed down, I’m left with soft, bouncy, touchable curls :)

Here’s why I’m impressed with Jessicurl- while my natural curls look fab, the bleach- damaged hair at the top of my head usually just hangs straight but with their products, it’s wavy. Like I said before, most of the stuff I’ve tried before had zero effects on this hair.

I’m definitely looking forward to using their products more and experimenting with combinations, you can combine their styling products to see what works best for you. Going through their FAQs on the website will give you a few ideas. The only negative I experienced was frizz, it could be that my hair is so dry or that I live in Dubai, but I feel like I need a little more frizz control so I’m going to give their Spiralicious Styling Gel a shot.

jessicurl best curly hair products review Jessicurl Awe Inspiraling Spray Review I only used the Awe Inspiraling Spray on the damaged hair, the rest of my hair was still curly and intact. This revived the curl pattern but I would recommend using it along with Confident Coil or using it on damp hair because the scrunching technique left me with a lot of frizz.

And finally, let’s talk about the Dessata brush!

Dessata detangling brush

I had never heard about it before but I wanted to compare it to the Tangle Teezer. For one thing. the Dessata brushes cost less. You also get the option of choosing from funky, colorful designs and they have a mini and original size. Ergonomically, the original sized brush is easy to hold and use. I found the Dessata brush more effective in detangling, it definitely performs better on thick hair. I also saw a dramatic difference in terms of hair shedding, this brush seems to pull out less. The only con I can point out is that it’s slightly less pain- free, but I’m ok with that since it detangles a lot better and I don’t lose as much hair.

The original brush costs AED 50 and the mini costs AED 40.

Ok, let’s conclude this super long (but hopefully helpful and informative) post.

In short, Jessicurl products are a win for me. I’m interested in trying more of their products, especially The Oil Blend and Stimulating Scalp Massage (I’ll keep you posted!). You don’t have to get the entire collection, I’d recommend trying out a cleansing and styling product based on your hair type first. They have a helpful list here.

Prices of all products are listed on the British Beauty Brands Facebook page

If you’re in Dubai: All products listed in this post are available for purchase from Britsh Beauty Brands Dubai. You can contact them on Facebook, or visit their website. Jessicurl products are also available at Zanedo.

These products were sent to me but as always, my opinions are 100% honest.

OOTD

Missguided Plus size Green Tartan Skater Dress

April 13, 2015

I am LOVING this dress! I needed some green tartan in my life and this is a nice, stretchy option that I can wear through summer. Also, I am going through a hat phase, it kind of came around due to an abundance of bad hair days and now I’m just enjoying how stylish they make me feel.

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Dress- Missguided

Hat- Forever 21

Boots- Zara (old) ( similar here and here or you can customize your boots with these)

Necklace- Forever 21 (sold out)

OOTD

All Things Shiny and Bright

March 31, 2015

Before we go on with this outfit post, I wasn’t joking with the title. I’m wearing neon green with a shiny silver backpack. Prepare yourself.

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Jacket- New Look Inspire (OOS, similar here and here) / Shorts- Matalan (OOS, similar) / Boots- f & f (OOS, similar) / Backpack- New Look / Sunglasses- Asos (old, similar)

OOTD

The Maxi Shirt Trend

March 22, 2015

When my friend Chris visited from Florida, I made sure she shopped her butt off and that definitely included a trip to my fave plus size stores around Dubai. Both of us spotted this sheer maxi top on one of the blown up posters in the Yours store but unfortunately, it wasn’t in stock yet.

About a week later, I saw it in person at the Yours SS’15 press preview and let the Yours team know how much I loved it because I really wanted them to inform me when it would be in store. A few days later, it showed up at my door step… #bloggerperks. They definitely made my day!

I’m totally feeling the maxi shirt trend right now, and I think this top was a nice incentive for me to shake off my winter comfort zone and get my chubby arms out again! I embraced my sleeveless game, and then winter came, and now I’m all shy about going sleeveless again but hey, just like every body image hurdle, I just have to keep pushing myself to be bolder.

It helps that I felt super edgy and chic in this top :) I love wearing it with my new boyfriend jeans.

Yours Clothing Black sheer chiffon maxi shirt, DIY plus size boyfriend jeans, River Island studded nude shoes, New Look cuff, aliExpress necklace, Rebecca Minkoff Avery tote

Yours Clothing Black sheer chiffon maxi shirt, DIY plus size boyfriend jeans, River Island studded nude shoes, New Look cuff, aliExpress necklace, Rebecca Minkoff Avery tote

AliExpress maple leaf gold necklace

Yours Clothing Black sheer chiffon maxi shirt, DIY plus size boyfriend jeans, River Island studded nude shoes, New Look cuff, aliExpress necklace, Rebecca Minkoff Avery tote

River Island studded nude shoes

Yours Clothing Black sheer chiffon maxi shirt, DIY plus size boyfriend jeans, River Island studded nude shoes, New Look cuff, aliExpress necklace, Rebecca Minkoff Avery tote

Yours Clothing Black sheer chiffon maxi shirt, DIY plus size boyfriend jeans, River Island studded nude shoes, New Look cuff, aliExpress necklace, Rebecca Minkoff Avery tote

New Look gold and white cuff

Yours Clothing Black sheer chiffon maxi shirt, DIY plus size boyfriend jeans, River Island studded nude shoes, New Look cuff, aliExpress necklace, Rebecca Minkoff Avery tote

Yours Clothing Black sheer chiffon maxi shirt, DIY plus size boyfriend jeans, River Island studded nude shoes, New Look cuff, aliExpress necklace, Rebecca Minkoff Avery tote

Yours Clothing Black sheer chiffon maxi shirt, DIY plus size boyfriend jeans, River Island studded nude shoes, New Look cuff, aliExpress necklace, Rebecca Minkoff Avery tote

Sheer chiffon button down maxi shirt c/o Yours Middle East (Available online here) / boyfriend jeans are cheap oversized skinny jeans that I DIYed one weekend (similar options here and here) / Shoes – River Island (old) / Cuff- New Look (old) / necklace- AliExpress / bag- Rebecca Minkoff

 

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Events, Style Inspiration

New Look for Spring Summer 2015

March 16, 2015

I know this is a picture heavy post, but I just wanted to make sure you have a thorough shopping list :) Here’s what’s in store for New Look SS’15!
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OOTD

Outfit on Repeat

March 3, 2015

I’ve already shown this dress off in a previous post but I really liked this outfit so I decided to blog it. It’s nothing amazing, but I was really feelin’ myself. Plus, I was super comfortable, I survived a whole evening at The Dubai Mall in these shoes!

Forever 21 plus biker jacket, Asos Curve peter pan contrast collar dress, New Look golden brogues, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote Forever 21 plus biker jacket, Asos Curve peter pan contrast collar dress, New Look golden brogues, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote Forever 21 plus biker jacket, Asos Curve peter pan contrast collar dress, New Look golden brogues, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote Forever 21 plus biker jacket, Asos Curve peter pan contrast collar dress, New Look golden brogues, Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote

Asos Curve dress (OOS) similar here / Forever 21 Plus faux leather biker jacket (OOS) similar options here and here and here / New Look golden brogues / Rebecca Minkoff mini MAB tote (on SALE in select colors here)

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