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Glide Thru Detangling Brush – Review & Giveaway


Howdy Folks! I have a Glide Thru Detangling Brush all my own and I am going to be giving one away too! Yay!

I was fortunate enough to win a Glide Thru Detangling Brush and Crave Naturals sent me a message in Twitter, asking me for my information on shipping me my prize. I instead asked them if they could hold my prize and if, instead of mailing it out to me, I could give it away on my blog. Crave Naturals being the wonderful company that they are did me one better! They offered to not only let me give one away, but to send me one to review as well… Okay, can I say that I am IN LOVE (once again) with Crave Naturals? Well, I AM! 🙂

Glide Thru Detangling Brush You may recall a recent review in which I mentioned Crave Naturals. They are the makers of my favorite Eyelash Curler, “Whiplash” (you can see my review of their Eyelash Curler HERE). And just like the Whiplash, the Glide Thru is another very wonderful product by Crave Naturals. I have baby fine hair and, as most of my fellow Cosmetologists said, when they cut and/or styled my hair, I have more than 2 full heads of hair on my noggin. lol As I am sure you can imagine, someone just breathing in the same room as me can mess up my hair and it tangles easily. Imagine a head of hair like mine and what a mess I have to deal with every morning upon awaking! Yes horrible.

My hair has always been like this, and I recall crying as a child as my Mother would try to brush through the rats nest (snarls, tangles, whatever you want to call it)… just thinking of it the sounds of the torn out hair, breakage etc rings in my ears. OH, wait a minute, it’s because that sound is still pretty familiar, until about a month ago when I received my own Glide Thru Detangling Brush, no wonder why the thought brought back the sounds like it was yesterday.

My Mother did try that No More Tangles product, and all that did was leave my hair oily and made it get dirty easily. Finally my Mother had my Aunt cut my hair into a Pixie Cut, oh how I cried, “I look like a boy!” My poor Aunt and poor Mom, her arms must have been tired!

Glide Thru Detangling Brush and Box it came in The Glide Thru Detangling Brush has saved my arms, my scalp and my hair from breaking off. The brush is easy to use, it has a nice ergonomic handle, that can be used in both the right and left hand comfortably. I like the way it sits in my right hand best and would love to see the style of the handle set up the opposite way for us lefties, but it is actually very comfortable in the left hand. I just think that just the thumb up on the bristle area of the brush is a slightly more natural and comfortable position, since I am a lefty (for the most part) I find myself holding the brush with all my fingers up at the bristle area and not on the handle when I try to brush with my left hand.

Want to know the easiest way to use this brush on children’s hair? Start brushing near the ends/tips on the hair, brushing downward. Slowly work your way up (perhaps an inch or two at a time), always brushing downward from that next inch or so up on the hair and all the way thru to the ends each time. You will hear less crying while you’re getting rid of those nasty tangles. Lets face it children’s scalps are more sensitive than ours.

  • The Glide Thru Detangling Brush is so great for the hair, it doesn’t have the little nibs that stick out of other plastic bristle brushes that grab at and clench over your hair, causing damage.
  • This Brush is so safe that you can use it on wet or dry hair!
  • It does work very well adding a gloss to your hair, especially when used on wet hair.
  • It is best that you don’t use an “all in one” shampoo and conditioner with this, use it with your rinse out or leave in conditioner (or weekly reconstructive conditioner) as an assist.
  • This brush does work with all hair types, be it thick, thin, damaged, chemically treated or virgin hair (virgin hair is hair that has not had ANY chemical treatments, perm, relaxer, color treatments)…
  • also would work great on hair that is curly, straight or anything in between.

For the Cosmetologists & Stylists out there, this would be a perfect addition to your brushes and combs! <- if you know or have a wonderful hairdresser, this would make a great gift as a tip and a thank you for their wonderful service!

Buy this brush and more by Crave Naturals on Amazon

Also you may buy any of the Crave Naturals products on their website.

I am very happy with my Glide Thru Detangling Brush and I am pleased to run this Giveaway so that one of you lucky readers can win one of your very own.

Thank you to Crave Naturals for being such a wonderful company, I am so happy that you entrusted me with my 2nd review for your wonderful products on my site and that you have been so generous with offering one of my lucky readers a Glide Thru as a prize. I am sure they will love their new brush, just like I love mine!

I just received a thank you tweet from Crave Naturals, after the very first tweet about this brush! They let me know that they have an Instagram Photo Contest up and running through this month, I will be entering, how about you? Details are here:

This giveaway is for people age 18+ and USA only.
For the Fuel My Blog Vote, please only vote for me if you really like my website… I probably shouldn’t bribe you with points to vote for me, but I could sure use the votes, thank you! <3



Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product (named above) for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Photos by: Me (Mariah Lockwood).

Medicare Advantage Plan Thru AARP – Testosterone Treatments


Hi there friends, I know strange subject for me to blog about, but I want to share some experiences with people that may benefit from it.

Some Background:

As some of you know, my husband and I are both disabled, and finances are always tight here with our health care and our being on Social Security Disability.


As a result of my husband’s bladder cancer, and the hospital he had the tumor removed at leaving in the radioactive liquid in my husband’s bladder too long and my husband’s massive treatments years ago for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with all the radiation there too (or at least this is what doctors suspect as the culprit) my husband stopped producing Testosterone.

Shot, needle and bottle picture

Creme Versus Injections:

The good news is that low or no testosterone problems are perfectly treatable and there are choices out there for men with this problem. There is a cream out there that helps a lot, however it costs so much money that between that and my husband’s other medications we couldn’t afford to keep up the cream as my husband hit that notorious doughnut hole early last year. After talking to the Pharmacist and doing much research into his plan through AARP we realized we could afford a treatment, injections. Injections that he can’t give himself… YIKES!

Note: for those on a plan like my husband’s plan, check into getting the larger bottle of Testosterone for the injections ordered by your doctor, the small ones cost the same as the larger ones on our plan. So we asked the doctor to order a larger bottle for us.

Sexy NurseMariah’s Plays Nurse (maybe I need a sexy nurse costume?)

Yup, I had to have the nurse, at the Urologists office, tutor me in how to give an injection in my husband’s rear. It was explained to me where the placement of the Sciatic Nerve is located, how to find the correct placement, dividing the butt cheek, visually into quarters and how to ready the needle and get it into the skin.

picture showing where injections in the butt go.

For a tattooed guy like my husband you may not believe this, but he hates shots (tattoos are quite different from getting a shot, really it is) but every two weeks I must inject him with this drug. I was so very scared to do to give him a shot that we put it off… welp, last week I finally did it. I cleaned the area with a cotton ball soaked in Rubbing Alcohol and readied him for the injection, warning him as I recalled “don’t push…quick motion…” and I did it. After I finished injecting him, I realized I had been holding my breath all along, and as my husband announced “I’ve had worse” I broke down and cried.

I still shake when I think about it, but for this minor inconvenience the lack of paying a premium for the cream, worrying about coming into contact with not only the cream but the bottle it came in or the area that he applied it, it’s worth the savings to go with the injections. And I am proud that I could actually do it, I fear so much hurting anyone that I didn’t think I could give him the shot, but I know how important it is to his feeling of well being as it helps greatly with mood, energy, heart health, weight control and our time together in the bedroom. We are aware of the risks of treating my husband with Testosterone but thanks to our wonderful Doctors, they are monitoring his Prostate with blood work on a regular basis.

Just thought I would share this, hoping that it may help others out in a financial situation like ours, we have to seriously budget everything and many times do without things to take care of our health, just this one change in the type of Testosterone is going to help us out a lot financially. And hey, I actually did it… this is my proverbial self pat on my back here. lol

Here is wishing you all, Happiness and Good Health!



Malibu C, Beautiful Hair for The Beautiful You! Review

Logo from Malibu CFriends, I want to introduce you to Malibu C, with a review with that has your hair care in mind. Whether it be at home haircare or in a salon, Malibu has the products for it.

First let me apologize to Malibu C for the lateness of this post. With so much going on at home, with family, health and then the laptop over heating and crashing this summer with our record breaking temperatures we dealt with a lot here. I won’t get into it fully, but I’ve never experienced a summer like this, nor have I a year like this as well.

All the products, both Pro and Non-Pro products are 100% Vegan Continue reading Malibu C, Beautiful Hair for The Beautiful You! Review

Shielo’s Leave in Antioxidant Protection for your hair – review and giveaway


Shielo www.shielo.com logo

Hi folks, the wonderful people at Shielo offered to send me their Antioxidant Leave in Protectant for hair and you know me and beauty items, I just had to try it out!

The Antioxidant Protectant contains ingredients for UV protection, so if you are like me it’s great for your hair, it’s great for natural and dyed hair as well. My hair is dyed and I have had experiences in the past with just taking the dogs to the door and letting them out in the fenced in yard had severely lightened my hair. That was last year as a matter of fact, and I have to say that with several months of using their product I haven’t experienced the fading that I had previously… and for that I am very happy, I was beginning to feel that I will have to always wear a hat on my head, because another product (which shall go unnamed) that I tried for the same reason never really did a very good job, which is why I quit using it last year. Perhaps it’s the white tea extract in this product that adds to it’s help with keeping your color fresh & protected from the sun. Continue reading Shielo’s Leave in Antioxidant Protection for your hair – review and giveaway

Roots Only, A Problematic Hair Dye Applicator – Review

Hello readers, I hope your having a wonderful weekend. This below is going to be an unusual post for Joan and Riah’s as most companies don’t want me to post a review that isn’t positive.

Roots Only Applicator Bottle in Package

I have to say I AM impressed, very impressed with the integrity of Roots Only, since they asked me not once but twice to please post this review even though they have been forewarned that the product doesn’t meet my standards.

I admit my standards are not that of a normal user for such a product, but as a former professional Cosmetologist and Trainer for Advanced & Continuing Education for Professional Cosmetologists and I have achieved my PHD in Color as well… So I’d like to start off saying “I am NOT the typical user for such a product.”

I feel that I should first apologize to Roots Only for lateness in posting this review, but what is a person to do, when she is not impressed with a product that a company was kind enough to send your way? Please pardon my review, and understand that I may be a bit biopic as I can only see the product as a result of my extensive Cosmetology training and I am not the layman to which this product will be sold.

Without further adieu here is my review of Roots only:

Upon first examining the bottle and the “tips/comb” where the color comes out, I must admit I already saw this product as problematic.

I then examined the box for what it advertises to do and who to use it, reading the front of the box, I read:

“Salon Professional results at home”

  • Protects already colored hair by targeting new growth
  • Applicator works with all liquid and crème brands
  • Evenly distributes color so you use less solution


and to paraphrase, just a few points on, the side of the package:

  • Color flows through hollow teeth to new growth at roots.
  • Comb & Squeeze to apply color; no parting or sectioning required
  • Complete root coverage with 1 box of color uniform distribution = zero waste.

Cute Roots Only Applicator Bottle, Pretty in Pink

Using this with a gel & enough water added to duplicate the constancy of a liquid hair dye product and liquid developer.

  • Side Note: This is a technique (above) was/is used in beauty schools to test application by the students, before they would be allowed to apply actual hair color.

I want to add a warning that you MUST remember when shaking to mix your hair dye, mix with gloved hands. Before shaking, place a gloved finger over top of all the holes on this bottle…Hair dye does release oxygen and has a tendency to spit out the holes with a bit of your solution that, when shaken, works it’s way into the applicator tips. When removing your gloved finger from tips of the applicator point the tips away from your face. Getting the hair dye solution into your eyes can be hazardous. If you do get some in your eyes, rinse your eye out well with water and seek medical attention immediately.

As I tested my mixture, I saw that the applicator is does not apply the dye throughout the roots. The results showed that you would still need to part the hair & check it to spread the hair dye evenly on the root area to cover all of the area. Also some areas there was an overlap past the line of demarcation (which is the line on the hair shaft between the natural and dyed hair)… This can be quite problematic as the previously dyed hair will absorb the dye as well since, in those overlapping areas, the hair can become darker or lighter then the rest of the hair and this result would be prominent as the hair grows.

Why would the above problems happen, as a result of using this product? It would happen because of a number of factors.

  1. Inconsistent pressure while squeezing your bottle, which would give you more or less of the hair dye applied to your hair.
  2. Letting your hair grow out to a length that is more then the Roots Only is made to handle. But then again this too could be adjusted, but only to a degree, with heavier pressure as you squeeze the bottle.
  3. If you have lifted the bottle from your hair without parts in it, could result in getting some of the color again on previously colored hair.

I also tested this out with the theory of most laymen hair dye companies now have gone to the “no drip” solutions. Meaning basically that the hair dying products are thicker with a cream based activator (peroxide) making the hair dye a thicker constancy.

I also wish to insert a warning here too while we are on the topic of thicker hair solutions: No body should use this or any applicator bottle while bleaching their hair! Bleach when perfectly mixed is to the consistency of Frosting (and cannot be mixed in an applicator bottle) and should be applied with a brush and mixed in a plastic or glass (non-metallic) bowl! With bleach and it’s hyper releasing of Oxygen, if in an applicator bottle, it is very likely to explode. Not to mention that it would be impossible to get bleach out of the holes in an applicator bottle.

Again, to be fair, I also tested the results of the applicator with a thicker solution, then in the first trial. This was to have the resulting consistency of the cream developer and/or the creamy-tube dyes. The reason for this test was to test the scenario of a thicker or “no drip” solution. Again keeping in mind that the directions on the package state, the hair doesn’t need to be parted.

The result of this test, showed that the small holes in the comb like applicator tip to the bottle, made it much harder to squeeze out the solution, consequently the thick solution created some streaking (at best) and in a lot of areas spotting of the color all as a result of inconsistent application of the hair dye along the hair shaft.

Honestly, I have to say that, a laymen may not see the problems with using this hair dye Applicator until the hair grew out exposing the spotty & streaking areas. Basically the hair would start to reveal the natural hair color in random areas all over their head. To top it off, the thicker consistency, causes the solution to stick on the tips of the applicator and if care is not taken, to comb the applicator past the hair length, the dye could be deposited on the already colored portion of the hair.

As a result of my testing (and my professional experience), I am sorry but I just cannot give a good review of this product. For the inexperienced consumers, this product may sound like a God send, however I see this product as problematic and would more then likely be used only for a few months before the damaged (overlapped, missed areas etc) is seen by the customer. The end result after months of use would (more than likely) result in hundreds of dollars spent to have color correction done by a salon to fix the problems caused by using the Roots Only. I must say that, I am glad that I didn’t use actual dye on my own head with the applicator, I just could not afford the cost of the correction, even with all my extensive training, I couldn’t correct the resulting problems by myself. So thankfully, I had my education in my arsenal that gave me a sensible way to test the applicator.

I cannot, in good conscience, recommend the Roots Only product for anything but applying scalp treatments to the scalp. A person should not rely upon this product for replacing the correct application of hair dyes. There just are not any good short cuts folks, and always be skeptical of the things that sound too good to be true.

I wish to end this with thanks and recognition of Roots Only and their integrity. I still cannot believe that they requested that I go ahead an post this review, although they were aware that it wasn’t favorable. I wish the company well and perhaps, someday, they can develop something with this product to make it mistake proof or find other uses for it like scalp treatments.

I must say that I do feel like this was the most difficult review to post, it’s not so much that it’s a negative review, but for the fact that I am impressed with Roots Only for wanting even a negative review and for their ingenuity with this new style of applicator… even if I can’t recommend it for what it was made for. I sure wish more companies showed this integrity like they have… I plan to watch this company, as I am sure that there are many great things to come in the future.


Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Roots Only provided me with a free sample of this product to test. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by me (Mariah Lockwood).