First of all, I would just like to thank the sponsors of this challenge, Jamaica Mango and Lime, for sending all of us such wonderful products. Wow! Before this competition, I had heard of this brand but never used their products. I thought that they were only for people with dreds. Boy was I wrong. I loved these products especially for my twists. Twists and twist outs have been some of my favorite natural styles to wear because they are so low maintenence and promote length retention.
This weeks challenge was especially hard for me because I had to do my hair and do my first shoot the same day I received the products because my photographer was going out of town. The style I chose to do was mini-twists. I think mini-twists are beautiful and they last a long time, especially when these products are used with them. To do these twists I applied Jamaican Mango and Lime Springing Gel in sections from root to tip. Then I took two strands and twisted them. I had to apply a little extra to my ends because they are the driest part of my hair. However, believe me when I say a little goes a long way. For using this Springing Gel on my whole head, I barely made a dent in the jar. My twists looked hydrated and springy and beautiful! I loved the result.
For my first shoot, I took the pictures on the campus of my university. I wanted to challenge the traditional tropical paradigm and show that with Jamaican Mango and Lime, one can feel tropical anywhere! I actually really liked the sensation of limes in my hair.
On Thursday night, I washed and conditioned my hair using Jamaica Mango and Lime Tingle Shampoo, Protein Conditioner, and Cactus Leave in Moisturizer. I have been searching for a good protein conditioner aside from my usual mayonnaise and egg mask and I think this one might be my choice. This conditioner didn’t dry out my hair my other protein conditioners. Also all of these products make my hair smell amazing.
For the rest of week, I had two papers due and a quiz due on Thursday, but I knew that although I wanted to challenge the traditional tropical paradigm, I also wanted to show the products in a “tropical” setting or at least a beach. On Friday after a long week, I drove out to the Ocean Beach in San Francisco (which still isn’t completely tropical, but it works) and since my photographer was out of town, I had one of my friends take the pictures for me. I thought that my green swimsuit looked vintage and I wanted my hair style to like a pinup girl from the 40s. For this style i finger curled and pinned a few sections of hair and then I added a single lime for style. I enjoyed both of these shoots, and I did all of my hair and makeups for this challenge.
Moral of the story, put the lime in the mango and put it in your hair! 🙂