Cocoa Locks Review: One Month of Cocoa (+ a promo code!)

Have you ever heard of Cocoa Locks? They are a company that sells a hot chocolate mix specially blended to grow your hair! Their motto is “Hair growth never tasted so good.” When Cocoa Locks contacted me to see if I’d like to try their their cocoa, I jumped at the chance. My hair has always grown at a turtle’s pace, and I was also coming off of a bad eyebrow wax job that left my brows very sparse and with a few bald patches (yes, it was a REALLY bad brow wax…..).

 

I had the option of choosing their One Month Hair Growth Program (the hot chocolate) or their One Month Cocoa Locks Shake Program, which is a milkshake mix. I opted for the tried-and-true original product, the hot chocolate mix, mainly because it’s fall and I like to drink a cup of hot chocolate or tea every evening.

 

As you can see in my “before” photo above, my hair was just touching my collarbones. By the end of the 4th week, my hair had grown about 2.5 to 2.75 inches! This is definitely faster than my hair has ever grown before. Plus, my eyebrows filled in even thicker than they were before the bad wax job. All of the bald patches were back to normal, and the inside parts were thicker as well. I was hoping that my eyelashes would have grown in thicker and longer, but they don’t seem much different, unfortunately. It’s hard to tell, though.

 

Here are a few more “after” photos:

1. In this photo you can see a little more of the growth in the side layers.

 

2. Check out the length in the back! I think the back grew faster than the sides did, because it is about 3+ inches longer in that area.

 

3. My hair is not thicker or more dense — just longer.

I had hoped that my hair would grow in thicker, but that didn’t happen. It grew quickly, but it’s just as thin and fine as ever. Also, the condition of my hair is really not improved. This is most likely because I had gotten highlights back in late July and they’ve gotten really sun-bleached over the past few months, really drying my hair out. So the condition isn’t great, but it is definitely no drier or more damaged than it was before. This remained the same. As you can see in the photos, I still have shorter hairs growing in (maybe that’ll equate to more density later on?) — or maybe it’s breakage. Hard to tell. My hair is always frizzy and dry, even when I deep condition religiously. Ignore those roots, too…looks like it’s time to hit the salon for a touch-up. :-/

 

4. Here’s what my hair looks like when left to air-dry (just call me Miss Frizzle).

 

MY REVIEW OF COCOA LOCKS

Here are my thoughts:

Pros:

  • It WILL make your hair grow pretty quickly.
  • It’s vegetarian and gluten-free (although I am not anti-gluten or meat, so those don’t matter to me), and it’s also cruelty free and 100% natural and drug-free with no known side effects.
  • It’s choc-full of vitamins and minerals (check out the “ingredients” question in the FAQ).
  • It’s relatively inexpensive at around $1.00 per day.
  • They have free world-wide shipping.
  • The hot chocolate has only 32 calories per serving!
  • It made my eyebrows fill in well.

Cons:

  • It didn’t taste that great. You only use 2 teaspoons in water, and that was too bland for me. I ended up adding the 2 teaspoons of Cocoa Locks to a cup of “real” hot chocolate. So I guess I ended up getting a lot more than 32 calories, but I did enjoy the taste a lot more.
  • It didn’t thicken my hair in the one month period. I will have to see if continued use starts to make my hair thicker.
  • It didn’t improve the condition of my hair, at least in this first month. My hair was no more dry/damaged, but it was also no less so.
  • I didn’t notice any growth or added thickness in my eyelashes.

 

All in all I want to keep drinking Cocoa Locks to see if things keep going in the right direction. I was really impressed with the length I got during this first month.

 

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If you’d like to give Cocoa Locks a go yourself, use promo code¬†EVERYDAYJEN20 to get 20% off of your order. Cocoa Locks did work for me in terms of hair growth/added length. I may try the milkshake version next to see if the flavor of that is any better.

 

If you have tried Cocoa Locks or anything similar, I’d love to hear about your results!

NOTE: I received Cocoa Locks for free to try. This review is 100% my own opinion.

DIY Cropped Flare Jeans (crop or cut off your old jeans: no sewing!)

I have been wanting to find some kick crop (a.k.a. cropped flare) jeans since last spring. I love my skinny jeans, but I also love the idea of some raw-hem cropped flares that are a little looser. I tried Banana Republic’s Cropped Girlfriend jeans which fit really well and looked great on me, but were just too long. On a person with longer legs they would be absolutely perfect loose/slightly flared crops, but on me they just looked like straight-cut raw-hem jeans. Not what I was going for.

 

Then I requested some cropped flares or kick crops from Stitch Fix. They sent me a pair in my most recent Fix that had great details like a button fly and raw hem, and they did have a nice feel and stretch, but I just didn’t feel like they were very flattering on me (see photo below).

They just give me too much width at the hips in my opinion.

 

So I was about to give up, but then I decided to cut off an old pair of Gap bootcut jeans. These jeans are an old favorite of mine, purchased back around the year 2002. Yep, that old. Anyway, I have always liked the way they fit, but I quit wearing them a few years ago because they’re bootcut. I know most stylists and fashion magazines have been saying bootcut is still an option, but they just feel dowdy to me at the moment.

 

Here’s how the cut-off Gap bootcut jeans turned out:

 

Pretty good if I do say so myself! I am particularly thrilled because this is not my first attempt at cutting off jeans…. In fact, I’ve tried it a few times before with an old favorite pair of straight-cut Levi’s from around the same era (early 2000’s) and they did not turn out very well. Part of the problem was that I cut them off a bit too high. The other problem is the waist is a little higher and the knees and cuffs are about the same width, so they don’t have a great shape for cropped jeans. These good ‘ole bootcut Gap jeans worked perfectly, though.

 

Here’s what I did to cut them off:

  1. Put the jeans on.
  2. Roll up (cuff) the bottom of the jeans and then see how the length looks in a full-length mirror. Adjust the cuff as necessary.
  3. Cut a little slit or hole at the bottom of the fold/rolled part to mark the length you want to achieve. Repeat this on the other leg.
  4. Take the jeans off lay them on a flat surface and, using the little cuts you made, cut the jeans straight across.
  5. Put the jeans back on and check the length. If it looks good, you’re done!
  6. **To make them perfect, you’ll want to wash and dry them to make your frayed edge softer.

I had NOT yet washed and dried them in the photos here, so they’re not fraying all that much. I can’t wait to see how much better the edges look once they’re frayed a little more. I did pull a few threads to start making the edges a little stringy. I made sure to cut off the long strings — I prefer just short ones all around.

 

All in all, they turned out much better than I had expected. I would definitely do this again if I had a similar pair of old jeans.

 

For those of you who prefer new jeans in this style, though, I rounded up a few options, including the really cute Banana Republic ones I was too short-legged for.

 

Have you had good luck cropping your own jeans? My luck has mostly been bad, but this time it turned out to be really good. If you have any tried-and-true tips for cutting off your old jeans, please share!

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Gingham Style (a.k.a., Buffalo Plaid or Checked) Fall Home Decor

Have you ever seen anything cuter than this gingham pumpkin? It’s from Target’s Spritz collection for Fall 2017, and it is SO CUUUUUUTE! You can buy it here for just $5!

 

Black and white gingham is all the rage in home decor right now. It looks great with everything from modern farmhouse to country to rustic to classic to contemporary style and on and on.

 

As always, Target is straight up killin’ the game in what’s now, so here are a couple more of their home decor items featuring black and white buffalo check prints.

 

Here’s a buffalo check throw pillow from Target. I love how it looks in the room below, but was disappointed to see that it was $49.

 

They also have some buffalo check curtain panels that are pretty sweet. These are more affordable, selling for $24.99 for the pair.

 

Then there is some larger print buffalo check bedding that I am considering for my bedroom which has pale gray walls, a white duvet, and medium wood tones. I know it looks like it’s for a kids’ room, but I would really like it in my own room!

They even have some peel and stick buffalo plaid wallpaper. Imagine an accent wall done with this print — stunning!

 

Then there’s also this cute little buffalo check ottoman. It doesn’t come in black and white, which is too bad (I’m all about the b&w buffalo check this fall), but this deep red color is really pretty and would be perfect for holiday decorating! Check out that gold nailhead trim…..

 

So right now the only black and white buffalo check (or gingham, or whatever you want to call it) I have in my house is my cute little pumpkin, but I’m hoping to add a few more touches here and there in the coming months.

 

And in closing, I’ll leave you with a little bit of Gingham Style fun from Riley Blake Designs. I should apologize in advance, but I found myself giggling all the way through this for whatever reason. You’ll see what I mean….