Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Searching for an Affordable Gel?


Curl definition or even a great twisting agent is only a handful of seeds away. Ive been a fan of Kinky Curly Curling Custard around 3 years, I however am not a fan of the price. Since hearing and reading about it I have purchased 2 16oz containers within a 3 year period. That’s not bad because I only use it during the spring and summertime. If I wanted long lasting twists in the winter time I could use it as well but I would have to ensure I sealed the twist with oil or oil based product to ensure my hair stays soft.

There is an art to making the KCCC, and it can be quite frustrating to figure out. I really took some time out this past year to play around with the custard on the weekends
1. You have to be careful of what leave in you use under the curling custard
2. If you’re going to add oil, be sure to mix it in your hand first to see how it reacts together. No one wants to see curdled egg like dots in the hair
3. Most all of smooth and smooth the product in until it’s dissolved, you do NOT need a lot of product. if you aren’t careful your hair will stick together in certain parts like glue.


I have tested KCCC on three different hair types and textures. My girlfriends love being my test dummy’s. My first girlfriend is a 4A-B, however she is fine haired and her hair waves into elongated S curls when shingled, my other girlfriend is a 3 A-B, with normal texture and her hair curls into fat Slinky Marker size curls and of course myself , who is a 4 A-B with pen size and coffee stirrers coils.

It’s worked on all of us and given us multiple day hair. I’m all for just getting up and wetting my hair if need be and going about my business, however I’ve been searching for something cheaper with similar results and all natural. KCCC doesnt come cheap. Its $17 for 8ozs and $30 for 16 ozs. Depending on where you go , you can start off making your own gel starting at $1.99 to up to $10 for 3lbs. I purchase my flax seeds at Whole Foods or my local health food store.

Enter Linseed!

This is the best thing since sliced bread; it even tops my love affair with KCCC. Linseed gel is as curl defining as KCCC if not better and it allows me to add to it what I want in it. Sometimes I use just water and flax seeds, some times aloe vera and flax seeds, sometimes, I add in glycerin, oils, honey, the list goes on and on but no matter what, my hair turns out FAB. If I want to make it a jelly type, I add xanthum gum.

Simple recipes are

A natural hair gel
Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Whole Flax Seeds1 cup waterPure Aloe Vera Gel, if desiredFew drops of essential oil for scent

Instructions:
Bring water to a boil. Stir the seeds into the water and reduce heat. Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until a gel-like lotion is formed. Strain through a fine strainer or cheesecloth into a small bottle. Add essential oils and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. If desired, you can add some pure aloe vera gel for its moisturizing properties. Fill the bottle with flax seed gel until bottle is about 3/4 full, then fill to the top with pure aloe vera gel. Gel will not flake or make the hair hard or crunchy. Safe to use everyday







If you cant find Linseeds aka Flax Seeds, then you can also get a great hair gel by following the below YouTube video.







Hairveda is having a summer sale!

Hairveda's Summer Sale begins this Thursday, July 2nd and runs thru Saturday, July 10th.


Here's what the sale includes:
Whipped Cream for $5.80
SitriNillah Masque for $14
Big Whipped Gelly for $15
CoCasta Oil for $7
Or get it ALL FOR $40.00!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Going- Natural




If you frequent Nappturality, I'm sure you have heard of Masoesa. I had the chance of meeting her in person in 2008 when Nappturality members had a picnic in New York. She was very down to earth and just the sweetest person I have ever met. She if I'm not mistaken started the Miss Nappturality contest. She also recruits naturals whenever there is a natural hair show, she has a calendar, this woman is every evolving and has made a mark into getting natural hair into mainstream.








Well I have had the pleasure of purchasing some of her products and I am quite impressed. Everyone has heard of the famous shealoe mixture, some mix it up with shea butter, aloe vera and coconut oil , some shea butter and aloe vera gel , heck the mixtures go on and on. If you're not into making your own I would recommend you buying this one. It is so light and fluffy. Its almost like dipping your hand into whipped cream. The only drawback for me is the size. What I can say is , it does last a long time.












The next favorite item I have is the Going Natural Herbal Styling Gel. This gel is a wonder. It has the stickiness of beeswax but it melts into the hair so much better. If you are looking for some hang time with your twists, or you have hair that doesn't stay in styles long then I recommend you try this product out immediately! There isn't a product I can compare this too. Its clear in the jar and you only need a tiny bit of it. Ive had my jar at least 3-4 months and its still 3/4 full. Its almost like a putty when you touch it.There is little to no smell at all and it works great with her shealoe or your own shealoe mixture. Its a great styler because it moisturizes as well.








The ingredients are A water based gel containing oils of Coconut, Olive, Safflower, Peach basil and Aloe; African Shea Butter; extracts of Calendula flowers, Coltsfoot, Horsetail, Birch, Neem, Rosemary and Onions; plant proteins, vegetable placenta extract, Biotin, d-Panthenol, vegetable glycerin, essential oil of Rose and natural preservatives with vitamins A, B, C and E.












If you're into spritzs, then I suggest you get a look at this one here. Its better than Oyins Handmade juices in my opinion , heck I even like it better than Taliah Waajid Protective Bodifier. This is a wonderful spray for protective styling . I used this when I was in kinky twists and that's it. After 2 months , I took my hair down and was very surprised that the length of my hair was as soft as the roots. Great stuff!! I love the smell of this, its hard to explain but it has a scent that's soothing to the nose.








The ingredients are Botanical infusion of Bay Leaf, Clary Sage, Cedar Wood, Rosemary, Nettle, Patchouli, Lavender, Maiden Hair Hydrolyzed collagen, Linoleate, Linoleic acid, Sorbitol, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, Panthenol, Soluble Sulfur and Vitamin E.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Masque


I have been dying to try some of the new Shea Moisture hair products. I adore the Shea Moisture leave in conditioner. I can use this product directly after washing my hair and depending on the style I want to do ,I don't have to have any other product added to my hair to ensure that it remains soft. You cant beat that for the $6-7 that you pay for it and it can be found in local BSS's.


I have been reading all these reviews on Naturallycurly.com and Nappturality.com , as well as the reviews left on the Target site and just salivating over how I could get my hands on some of these products. I didn't want to order online because that defeats the purpose of finding local products that work just as well as online products. As much as I love buying new things, I would love to be able to walk into a store and purchase what I need instead of figuring out how many items do I have to add to my order in order for my shipping and handling charges to be " reasonable".


Well last night I finally was close enough to a Target that carried the new items. I walked in an was so excited to see everything just sitting there but you know what I only really wanted to try the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Deep Treatment Masque and the Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curling Souffle. They didn't have the Souffle in stock so I satisfied my product junkies happiness with the treatment masque.



This masque sounds and smells amazing , I cant wait to use it today. I will be sitting under my steamer with this bad boy right here. I can just tell my hair is going to really love this. I will be updating this entry as soon as I test it out. For $9.99 you cant beat it.


Look at the ingredients :


ingredients: deionized water, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), argan oil, cetyl esters, sea kelp extract, panthenol (vitamin b-5), ammonium salt, essential oil blend, avocado oil, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and lonicera japonica (japanese honeysuckle) flower extract, tocopherol (vitamin e), hyssopus officinalis extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf and equisetum arvense extract, soybean oil, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wonder Curl Get Set Jelly

Well it looks like another hair Jelly is making the rounds of the forums. I have seen several inquiries on whether anyone had tried it yet. I didn't decided to try it myself until I saw this review . I said, " What the heck " and went for it. I was happy to see the creator of the line was local to me. I placed my order and received a phone call where we coordinated to meet . Scarlett seems to be a nice young lady and very soft spoken. We didn't get a chance to speak as I was driving home but hopefully in the future I might get another chance to talk to her.


I got home , cowashed my hair , applied the GET SLICK HAIR SMOOTHIE , which was the consistency of a watery lotion. It absorbed really well into my hair and I then followed it up with my 2oz sample of the Get Set Jelly. As the product was going on , my hair felt like I was adding a curl activator gel. My hair felt very smooth and silky to the touch. It started drying immediately, that was an interesting thing to see as my hair really takes a long time to dry with any product.

This morning my hair isn't hard to the touch , yet my hair hasn't curled or coiled up like it normally does with other stylers. I dont mind the afroish look that I have going on but I don't think I could get more than one day out of this jelly unless I rinsed my hair again tonight. So the jury is still out on the product. A plus for me is being able to pick the product up locally. I liked the fact that the smoothie and the jelly absorbed into my hair as quickly as it did. I could see me using this as a leave in under my flax seed gel for a great wash and go.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Detangler what: Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee

This is the information on Qhemet's website :
2 oz. = 5.50 or 5 oz. = 14.00

Softens & detangles with pure Cocoa Butter and nourishing botanicals! Product Description Restores manageability, softness and elasticity to normal to very dry hair. Smooths cuticles, improves combing ability and reduces breakage. Natural dark chocolate scent.Key Ingredients: Contains pure, prime pressed Cocoa Butter to smooth, soften and seal in moisture, Horsetail, Nettle and Barley to strengthen and condition and sulfur rich MSM to nourish follicles and support growth. Enhanced with carefully selected mild and Eco-friendly detangling actives, it instantly restores manageability, pliability and elasticity to matted and tangled hair. Does not contain mineral oil, lanolin, silicone's, parabens or artificial fragrances.

Directions: For tangled hair that is damp or dry, divide hair into 4-8 sections. Apply a moderate amount to the entire length of one section at a time and work through with fingers. Use a wide toothed comb to comb through from end to root as hair is instantly softened and detangled. For use as a conditioner, rub a small to medium amount between palms and work through wet, damp or dry hair. Leave in.This product has an initial consistency of a medium viscosity cream but will thicken into a stiff solid cream over time. This is not indicative of a formula change and will not affect performance.



I'm going to have to say hands down , this is the best detangler I have EVER used. I never have a problem using this product. It works wonders on my hair type. My hair is super coily, curls unto itself, shrinks down to my skull if I let it but using this product I never have to worry about detangling my hair because I know all I have to do is break out the Ghee. I honestly think I will be replacing my Amla and Olive Heavy Cream with the Cocoa Detangling Ghee . I love the AOHC however it is a little heavy at times for my hair . The CTDG I feel is just right for me. I usually buy the AOHC and Burdock Root butter cream together so I can mix the two together . The BRBC is too light for heavy duty work and the AOHC is too heavy for every day use , so my solution was to mix both together and use it that way. I think theres a new sheriff in town because the Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee seems to be the best of both worlds for me. After using it to detangle my hair , I simply twist my hair up at the same time . My hair always comes out fluffy and cotton like. I might scale my Qhemet Biologics holy grail down to the Amla oil Nourishing Pomade and the Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee, everything else is extra that I really don't need.





This first picture is my hair after wearing a Wash and Go for over a week, that's been water rinsed twice and allowed to shrink down.

This second picture is my hair after simply working the Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee into my hair section my section with my fingers . After each section was detangled , I put into twists , then unraveled and put up in the back . I haven't used any other product .


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Botanical Spirits Update: Magic Curls Puree


I posted a link about these products in January when I made the purchase. I read that the creator of the site was a chemist, that was very exciting to me because that lead me to believe that the person mixing would have a great knowledge on what ingredients goes with what. Since then I have used up both deep conditioners and one of my sample Magic Curls Puree. I have to stay that I like the Magic Curls Puree and I'm shocked because at first the watery texture of the product completely threw me off. Its like putting actual water on your hair . I have to warn you this product is a styler. It doesn't seem to hold any moisture alone , so be sure if you're going to try you use a leave in under and then a moisturizer on top.


What I have found is that it works well alone with just using a leave in, its like adding water to your hair and defining it , very lightweight. I thought my dense hair needed heavy products in order to reach all my strands but that isn't true at all. I was pleasantly surprised.

Ingredients: Botanical Spirits Herbal Complex SC™ Infused in Water, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Raw Honey, Botanical Spirits Gelling Complex GA™, Grapeseed Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Panthenol (Vit.B5), MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Calendula Flower Extract, Grapefruit seed extract, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance.



In the top picture my hair is semi-damp in the morning, the bottom picture is later in the afternoon my hair is fully dry. I purchased 2 4oz samples in January. I don't think I would get the larger size because I would go thru it quicker.
$7.50 4ozs
$22.00 16ozs

Monday, June 7, 2010

Kiss My Face Upper Management Styling Gel

Ive seen this gel around a few fotkis and on some hair forums. Some folks have claimed that this is a replacement for Kinky Curling Curly Custard. I'm not sure of that because for one its $.8.95 for 8 ounces of product. Depending on how often you use gel and what you use it for I can see you going through this fairly quick. It has a nice clean crisp lemony scent which I like.It's not as sticky as KCCC but it is almost the same consistency. I will be using this tonight to get an idea of how it plays out.

Natural hair gel at its best. Rich in organic botanical, Upper Management is the final step for luxurious locks that stay under your control. The natural vitamins nourish your hair and scalp cleanly, without buildup. Effective control and hair nourishment all in one.
GOOD FOR YOU BECAUSE...Nettle: improves the condition of the hair and scalp Chamomile: hair conditioning Panthenol (Vitamin B5): moisturizing for the hair



Ingredients:Certified Organic Aqua of Urtica dioica, Calendula officinalis & Anthemis nobilis, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Amino Acid derived), Faex, Panthenol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus grandis.

Mozeke

I always followed this young lady's fotki. She has a wonderful head of hair and I noticed she always made these concoctions for her hair, well lo and behold one day I went to her fotki and she had listed her products she was working on. You know as a lover of products I was really excited. I kept my eye out and pretty soon she announced on Naturally Curly that she was ready. I was so excited for her. Man, all I can say is if you cant handle Shea butter or if you re just over Shea butter products then this young lady's line is work a try. Shes very affordable and I have to say her products are pretty darn good.so far I have purchased from her :

Coconut Kokum Hair Milk,

Ingredients: Distilled water, Vegetable wax, Cocoa butter, Kokum butter, All natural preservative, Jojoba oil, Irish Moss, Coconut milk powder, and fragrance.smells like cherry pie ,

my review : thick and creamy , makes a great leave in and daily hair refresher, absorbs well into the hair

Babassu Twisting Cream,

Ingredients: Distilled water, Vegetable wax, Sal butter, Babassu butter, Castor oil, All natural preservative, Palm oil, Sweet Almond oil, Fragrance (Sandalwood Vanilla).

my review :Thick but not too thick , perfect for twisting , braiding or just setting your hair style, light scent

Mango Cupuacu Holding Butter,

Ingredients: Distilled water, Cupuacu butter, Mango butter, Palm oil, BTMS (conditioning emulsifier), Grape seed oil, Rice bran oil, Red Turkey oil, Beeswax, All natural preservative, Pro Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, and fragrance.

my review :Thick but this I can only use on damp or wet hair because it takes awhile for me to work it into my hair strands.

Carrot Protein Masque,

Ingredients: Distilled water, BTMS (conditioning emulsifier), Jojoba oil, Avocado oil, Flax seed oil, Shea butter, Banana powder, Carrot powder, Buttermilk powder, Egg yolk powder, Yogurt powder, Guar gum, All natural preservative, Silk peptide powder, and fragrance

my review :Her deep conditioners go on like hair creams, there isn't a lot of slip , It doesn't bother me because I use it like a prepoo, this carrot protein doesn't seem to bother my protein sensitivity

Moisturizing Hair Mask,

Ingredients: Distilled water, BTMS (conditioning emulsifier), Aloe butter, Avocado butter, Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Mango butter, Sal butter, All natural preservative, Glycerin, Guar Gum, Pro Vitamin B5, and fragrance.

my review :works really good , very soft supple hair after using in conjunction with my steamer

Whipped Avocado Cream

Ingredients: Distilled water, Avocado butter, Hemp Seed butter, BTMS (conditioning emulsifier), All natural preservative, Avocado oil, Honeyquat, Pro vitamin B5, Alfalfa powder, Wheat protein, and fragrance.

my review :This is my favorite out of all her butters, I will continue to purchase this one , I am not a fan of this smell so you can order it unscented as well as her other products

Sweet Almond Pudding,

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Sweet Almond Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Behentrimonium, MSM powder, all natural preservative, and fragrance

my review :I didn't care for this , it was too light for me but my friends who's hair is thin loved it.

Avocado Cleansing Cream,

Ingredients: Distilled water, Cocoa Betaine, Emulsifying wax, Cetyl - Stearyl Alcohol, Decyl Glucoside, Olive oil, Avocado Oil, Wheat grass powder, Silk Amino Acids, Pro Vitamin B5, Horsetail, Marshmallow, Nettle, all natural preservative, and fragrance.

my review :I haven't tried this on my hair yet but Ive used it to do my friends hair and it works great. You apply it to the scalp and allow the water to rinse it down your hair.

The only other product of hers I have not tried is the Cocoa Peach Pomade. Her products are affordable. I purchased all samples and I'm still working my way through them. She has discounts at the top of the page as well if you click on discounts.
http://mozekeproducts.com/

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Update to New Hairvedas Conditioner: Acai Berry Phyto

I went to the site to see if the new deep conditioner was available and what the price would look like. It seems that this is a protein conditioner, The ingredients are as follows:

NEW! Acai Berry Phyto- Biofunctional Restorative Conditioner

Acai Berry Phyto is packed with vegetal phyto keratins that help restore the hairs strength and volume. Acai Berry Phyto is light and perfect for your summer tresses. We've added Omega Fatty Acids and Antioxidants for added benefit to your scalp.
LOW intro Price! 16oz for $8.00

Key Ingredients:
Vegetable & Grain Protein
Acai Berry Extract
Restorative Oil Blends

Ingredients include: Aqua (water), Glycine Soja Oil, Phyto Keratin (Vegetable) Protein, Acai Berry Extract, Cetry Alcohol, Steryl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Dimethyl Stearamine, Lactic Acid, Germall, Fragrance.



I'm hesitant to purchase as I'm protein sensitive. When I need a protein shot , I usually henna or use Aubrey Organics GPB. In the past I've noticed Hairveda's protein conditioners really weigh my hair strands down so Ive stayed away. I will keep an eye out for reviews and see what the feedback is for now.

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