Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mozeke: Just Peachy Shampoo

I received the Just Peachy Shampoo and have used my sample twice, It is the 2oz sample size that I purchased for $3.00. Even with using it twice because its so concentrated I can see myself getting at least 4 more uses out of it. The texture is a slightly congealed watery substance. The fragrance isnt overpowering and its very light. You can easily use more than needs because it doesn't have a high lather to it, however do not be fooled by it at all, you hair/scalp will be cleaned and not stripped . You can try the shampoo at a discounted rate until tomorrow , the 31st of March. Mozeke currently is running a special so be sure to check it out.

Peach Kernel oil is the new kid on the block but packs a powerful punch. Known to protect hair from environmental conditions such as the sun, wind, rain and pollutants. This cleanser is perfect for the not so frequent washers who needs something a little stronger than a co-wash or a cleansing cream.


Thoroughly saturate your hair with water. Divide hair into small workable sections and secure with a hair tie or clip. Dispense a dime sized dollop amount into your hands. Taking a small section and starting at the roots, smooth the cleanser down the hair shaft towards the ends. Repeat this smoothing motion several times until desired cleanliness has been reached. Use the pads of your fingers to rub the scalp to stimulate blood circulation and remove dirt and debris. Repeat this process on all sections. Rinse thoroughly. Style as usual.

*Shelf Life: 6 months

**Color: pearlescent

Consistency: Loose

Scent: Peach

Garnier Frucis Style Pure Clean:: Gel

OK so Garnier has came up with this new Pure Clean lineup, in it are style products and of course a shampoo and conditioner. 92% biodegradable products infused with acerola berry antioxidant, no silicone, parabens or dye.. The bottle even contains 50% post consumer recycled plastic.

Pure Clean Fortifying Shampoo , Fortifying Conditioner, Pure Clean Smoothing Cream, Gel, and Wax

I purchased the gel from a local StopnShop near me around two weeks ago and I have to say for the price I am impressed($4.49).I applied this with a light leave in conditioner on freshly cowashed hair and airdried. I application was so smooth and effortless. It wasnt tacky , gummy or weird feeling. I like the smell as well , its a crisp clean fresh scent.  It has the feel of ecostyler but if it was humid outside I have a feeling it would draw more moisture instead of hold. I will be on the look out for the wax, smooth cream and conditioner.

1st Day

2nd Day Hair

Friday, March 25, 2011


Wonder Curl: Free Shipping

First the bad news, unfortunately, due to schedule conflicts, we will not be able to exhibit at the Natural Hair Care Expo in Baltimore this weekend. We are so bummed out. Luckily, we will be at their show in Boston, so stay tuned for details.

And now for the good news. We felt so bad about not making it to see all the gorgeous curlies that we are giving FREE SHIPPING* promocode: FREENATURAL on all orders this weekend starting today! So, if you were planning on shopping our table to save on shipping, no worries, we got you!

*Hurry, this offer ends on Sunday, March 27th.

ShidaNaturals: Moisturizing Cream/ Detangler

 I discovered Shida naturals online as usual, I saw a couple of people mentioning her on YT as well as Naturally Curly. She seems to have launched her own products so of course I had to try them out.  I was interested in mostly her Define Hold and Curl Cream and her Moisturizing Cream Detangler.  The Define Hold and Curl Cream has very simple ingredients, Ingredients: aloe vera leaf juice, honey, vegetable glycerin, extra virgin olive oil, xanthan gum, grapefruit oil, citric acid, potassium sorbate, natural fragrance . The Moisturizing Cream Detangler has some of the most intriguing ingredients Ive seen in a moisturizer in a long time. There however is parabens in the moisturizer so that’s given me a little pause about using it on a consistent basis.
purified water, extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, avocado oil, vegetable glycerin, rosemary oil, valencia orange citrus, mango, lemongrass, ginko biloba, echinacea, willow bark, sea kelp, chamomile flower, soy protein, lavender, grapefruit citrus, acetamide mea, cetyl alcohol, citric acid, methylparaben, propylparaben, natural fragrance .

 The price points of these are not bad at all , as well as each of these are in 8oz sizes. I still after more than a month  I still have  half a jar of the Define Hold and Curl Cream.  I was in love with the Detangler/Moisturizer so much that I used it up quickly.  I texture of this cream is like nothing I have ever tried.  It’s a creamy frothy mixture that feels lightweight in the jar but when you open it , its fairly packed to the brim.

A light but extremely moisturizing leave-in that contains Extra Virgin Olive Oil & other Natural ingredients that moisturizes, conditions, & detangles hair

* Formulated for Natural CurlyKinkyCoily Hair that is naturally dry & thirsty, but can be used to moisturize all hair types, including relaxed/straight hair. Contains ingredients that are easily absorbed into the hair and promote healthy hair growth. Besides the fact that this cream is “extremely” moisturizing, it also acts as a leave-in conditioner / detangler as it re-texturizes Natural CurlyKinkyCoily Hair, making it easier to comb & manage. Oils of Olive, Coconut, & Avocado nourish & condition the hair. All day softness & shine without leaving hair feeling greasy or weighed down.

* Use as a leave-in to moisturize & detangle hair before styling. Achieve touchably soft "wash & go" curls when applied right before applying ShidaNatural's Define & Hold Curl Cream Gel. Also great for twists/twistouts & braids/braidouts. Smooth into dry or damp hair from root to tip.

8oz $11.00


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hairveda Methi Sativa Tea

I purchased this in 2009 and wasn't sure how I was going to implement it into my regimen.  I am protein sensitive and usually use light proteins or henna to keep my hair in balance. Too much moisture and my hair goes mush mush. Well I was intrigued by this and decided to purchase it.  I received two huge 16ozs jars, step one and step two.Well goodness gracious , this is some GREAT stuff and whats even better is , you can use either one or both together.  In the summer time,  I was having a great time getting Kinky Curly Curling Custard to absorb, it was so sticky and gooky feeling , so I added step 2 on top of it and voila, the results was soft touchable coiled hair.

In the recent Hairveda Spring sale ,  I decided to repurchase because I'm almost out. Well it looks like the labels have changed and Step one isn't as watery as it was. Its more like a creamy oatmeal now. The Step two also seems to be more creamy. Hopefully it continues to work the same.

Old Step 1

New Step 1

Methi Sativa System- Protein Botanical Hair Rejuvenator
MS System is intended to provide rich protein and moisture to deprived hair

Step 1 Protein Masque:
Provides rich wheat and soy proteins to help strengthen and enrich hair

Step 2 Recovery Rinse :

Designed to restore balance. Step 2 is filled with moisturizing goodies for restoring moisture
Our system is highly natural, only infused with the cream of the crop in ingredients. You’ll love the way our system makes your hair feel! We’ve worked hard to make a system that is highly natural and nourishing to your strands. Use once per month for best results.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mozeke: Sweet Almond Pudding

 I did a review of mostly all of the products I purchased from Mozeke last year.  I waited on this line for awhile after finding the young lady on her fotki page.  I was highly impressed by her line up and continue to enjoy her deep conditioners.  I wasn't that impressed by the sweet almond pudding because it was too light and it smelled of Aloe Vera.  I have a love hate affair with Aloe Vera.  It works well depending on how its formulated but if used straight up or in the very first 5 ingredients my hair becomes hard and brittle.  I have what it seems to be a Aloe Vera sensitivity.  Well  I recently purchased some new items from Mozeke , her  Just Peachy Shampoo

, Cocoa Conditioning Cream
 and Detangle me Grapeseed Conditioner.  I will be reviewing those coming up but Mozeke has a freebie fridays, where if you purchase items on Friday you can receive a sample for free.  I placed a recent order and decided to try the Sweet Almond Pudding again. First off, the new labels and jars are outstanding . They look so much sharper and clean.   The smell of the Sweet Almond Pudding has changed, it well smells like almonds now.  I love almonds!!! . I will say it is very light , I tried it out on a piece of hair in the front and I can see this being  2,3, 4th day refresher or layered underneath something with a little heavier.

This light moisturizer is perfect for fine and medium hair. Its light formula won't weigh down your hair or cause build up. Also works well as a daily moisturizer in warmer months.

Rub a quarter sized amount between the palms of your hands. Distribute through out damp or dry hair, smoothing from root to tip to ensure even distribution. Style as usual.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Sweet Almond oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Potassium Sorbate, MSM powder, Fragrance, and Citric Acid.
*Shelf Life: 6 months

**Color: White

Consistency: Creamy, light

Scent: Almond Biscotti

Friday, March 18, 2011

Jane Carter: Curl Defining Cream

Ok so last year it was all over the natural community that Jane Carter was releasing a curling cream.  Oh I was so excited, couldn't wait for an ingredient list. I was just bubbling with anticipation of this. Well the ingredient came out and the price and good lord have mercy, it had Shea butter in it and it was over $30 for 16oz. I was turned off and I hadn't read any stellar reviews. Fast forward almost a year later, Im on a website searching for something and I see the Curl Defining Cream and its $5.00 cheaper, not much better than the price on Jane Carter but something off is better than nothing so I order it.  I was so excited I couldn't contain myself.  I loved the pump it had on it and the consistency was a creamy lotion.  The smell was different, not bad but not sweet either.

 So I  pre poo'd with Aubrey Organics Island Naturals&White Camellia conditioner with a little Tug me not conditioner and Mixed Chicks Deep conditioner on top.  I kept that in for 20 minutes and then shampoo'd with Marrakesh Shampoo. After rinsing the shampoo out I applied Curl Junkies Curl Assurance leave in and Elucence MBC to condition and detangle, rinsed and apply Jane Carters Curl Defining Cream by itself.

 My hair was sooooooooooooo plush and just lovely as can be. I was in love, it was so good however the hold was slight so the next time I tried it,  I applied eco styler gel first and then layered the curl defining cream over it.   OMG ,  my hair was so luscious and just boingy.  I am thankful to say  I found a local BSS near me that is selling it for almost $10 less.

We are so excited about the launch of our newest Jane Carter Solution product, Curl Defining Cream…it took longer than we anticipated but the end result is far better than we ever dreamed possible.
Eliminate curl shrinkage! Curl Defining Cream is light-weight, all natural product formulated to lengthen and define your natural curl pattern while drying to a soft, shiny, bouncy finish
Water soluble, Curl Defining Cream washes and dries clean without leaving any film, offering the true luxury of “wash and wear” hair!

Purified Water, Extracts of Anthemis Noblis Flower (Camomile), Symphytum Officinal Leaf (Comfrey), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Humulus Lupulus (Hops),of Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Glycerin, Propanediol, Poly-quaternium-200, Citric Acid , Polyquaternium-37, Ceteareth 20 , Phen-oxyethanol, Caprylyl, Glycol, Sorbic acid, Fragrance.

 You can find it here , and if you try it please let me know

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Roots of Nature by Soft Sheen Carson

I was reading online a couple of month back that Soft Sheen Carson was launching a natural hair care line section better geared towards women moving away from harsher ingredients to more natural alternatives. Well it looks like its starting to hit more mainstream places as I just spotted and picked up two items from the line. The Butter Whip Coil Cream and the Curl Reviving Spray. The Coil cream was $5.49 and the spray was $4.99. I'm interested to see how the Coil cream works as it was tested against Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding. 

Theres also a Feather Whipped Curl Cream and Thermal Smoothing Serum

Roots of Nature® Remedies for Natural Hair

Curl Reviving SprayWith Mango Oil and Brazilian Cupuacu Butter (8.5 oz.)
New Roots of Nature Remedies for Natural Hair gives 24-hour curl definition leading salon brands can't beat!* New Roots of Nature Styling Remedies for Natural Hair: • Nourish and condition for 24-hour curl definition and hold • Shield curls from humidity, without the crunch or shrinkage • No Drying Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum or Parabens! HELPS PROMOTE STRONG GROWING HAIR**

*In tests of Roots of Nature® Feather Whipped Curl Cream and Butter Whip Coil versus Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding, and Roots of Nature Curl Reviving Spray versus DevaCurl Set it Free.

**Smooths the cuticle to help reduce breakage so hair can grow longer

Found in the heart of the Amazon Rain Forest, Cupuacu (coo-poo-wah-soo) Butter has for generations been the secret of Brazilians for beautiful, moisturized hair. Combined with Softening Mango Oil, our Curl Reviving Spray refreshes hair with instant hydration and revives coils, curls, and waves for superb curl definition that lasts. Next day coil, curls, and waves look and feel refreshed and brilliantly defined without shrinkage or frizz.

Hair Types:
Relaxed, Natural, Color Treated, and Over-Processed Hair

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hazardous for health? Roots of Brazilian Blowout

RIO DE JANEIRO – Erlice de Oliveira juggles two kids, a full-time job, a long commute — and really resents the time it takes to tame her curly hair every morning.

She had heard of a hair smoothing treatment that worked well but used potentially dangerous chemicals. Still, all her friends were talking about it and Hollywood celebrities endorsed it. She decided to check it out.

"It looks like I just walked out of the salon," the secretary said. "My life is rushed; I can't go to the salon all the time. This is easy and practical."

Known as the Brazilian Blowout in the United States, the treatment surfaced around 2005 in Brazil, where a combination of high humidity and a largely mixed-race, curly haired population made for a nation of eager customers. It soon spread throughout North America and Europe.

Available in several brands, the process often contains varying levels of formaldehyde, which has been classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a probable carcinogen. According to complaints, it has made some stylists cough and reddened the eyes of clients.

The flap has rattled the beauty world: Canadian authorities issued a warning about possible health hazards; France pulled products with high levels of formaldehyde; the Oregon occupational health agency tested 100 samples and found many labeled "formaldehyde free" that had more than the 0.1 percent of the chemical allowed in U.S. products.

A later air sample test of salons in Oregon found levels of formaldehyde complied with safety standards, but Michael Wood, who heads the state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said in a statement, "It is clear that the levels are high enough to cause concern."

Repeated e-mails and phone calls to the Los Angeles office handling public relations for the Brazilian Blowout brand were not returned. In a November news release, the company underscored the air sample tests from Oregon that found "formaldehyde exposure levels safely below OSHA's Action Level."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is still investigating whether the ingredients cause health problems. The California attorney general, meantime, has filed a lawsuit alleging the Brazilian Blowout brand has high levels of formaldehyde despite claiming otherwise on its website and other advertising.

A separate class action lawsuit filed in California makes similar allegations of false advertising, though includes no reports of illness.

"Our client filed suit because she felt that she and other consumers were mislead by claims that the Brazilian Blowout hair treatment was all natural, and did not involve the use of formaldehyde or other harsh chemicals," said San Francisco attorney Daniel Girard. "We have been contacted by many consumers and salon workers who have expressed interest in the litigation."

After hours with her stylist applying the products, blow-drying her hair then flat-ironing it at 450 degrees — which creates clouds of acrid-smelling smoke that stings the eyes — Oliveira remains a satisfied customer with a no-fuss mop of shiny black hair.

She has been preaching the benefits of the process to friends ever since, and had another treatment since the first in July.

The treatment was nothing short of a miracle for women with curly, kinky or hard-to-tame hair. After a lifetime of fighting frizz with endless sprays and creams only to see their efforts vanish with a gust of wind, they could get a smooth, fresh-from-the-salon look that lasted for months.

Because of the health concerns, however, some salons in the U.S. have stopped offering the Brazilian Blowout. Upscale salons in Ipanema, the Rio beachside neighborhood that sets fashion trends in Brazil, have sworn off treatments that use formaldehyde.

Jussara Fernandes said she won't let anything with the chemical into her Ipanema salon, which instead offers four different types of hair smoothing or straightening treatments with prices ranging up to $250.

She remembers as a child hearing her mother and other women mention formaldehyde as a potent straightener in home-brewed mixes. In her 14 years as a stylist, she's seen horrors from overuse of the chemical — women with bald patches from negative reactions, or ulcers on their head.

"I'm adamantly against it," she said. "I have clients who've been coming here for years — I care about their health and the health of my professionals. But there are people who do it."

Many of the women who've grown addicted to their smooth locks continue to swear by the process — and many salons in Brazil and the U.S. continue to offer versions of the treatment with reduced formaldehyde levels.

"The smell is still really strong — you can't have children in the salon, and you have to have the fan on," said Oliveira, who works for a real estate agency.

It's a small price to pay, she said, for the ability to wake up, shower and be out of the house in 15 minutes with perfect hair.

As long as stylists and clients are well-informed and take precautions, it's worth it, said Xavier Guerin, a business partner at the Point de Vue salon in West Hollywood, Calif. The salon does Brazilian Blowout treatments, though they're careful not to book several treatments in a day, and they keep the place well-ventilated.

"Time in our modern society is such an issue, and you need to be more and more perfect. There is all this pressure," he said. "My experience is that most of our clients are ready to pay the price."

Hair dressers in Brazil are also trying to walk the line between a product that will give their clients what they want but not hurt the stylist who has to work with it every day.

"There are women who won't live without formaldehyde now," said Tania Machado, who has been a hair stylist for 13 years in Rio. "They were slaves to the salon, coming in every week for a blow-dry. For them, it was a godsend. For us, who do it every day, it's not so good."

Her salon also takes care to ventilate well and avoid doing several processes at once.

When the straightening treatment started in Brazil, hair dressers mixed their own formulas in beakers with formaldehyde, water, keratin and other ingredients.

In 2009, the government agency in charge of health and safety, Anvisa, started cracking down on salons that overuse the chemical. In January alone, they investigated 202 salons suspected of spiking their products, according to a spokesman. The sale of formaldehyde in pharmacies and supermarkets was forbidden in 2009 to stop the practice.

The new products, with limited amounts of formaldehyde, don't straighten the hair as much or last as long, which leaves many stylists and their clients longing for the days when the product was unregulated.

"These new products, they just don't work as well — you have to do it two, three, four times on some people for it to really work," said Ana Paula Santana, a hair stylist in a storefront salon in Rio. "If you're going charge someone $120 for something, it had better make a difference."

In spite of the prohibition on using higher doses of the chemical, it still goes on in back yards around town, said Felipe Peres, hair dresser at Prima Qualitta, in downtown Rio. He hears of salons that close down at night and take in clients. He also sees women with brittle hair ruined by too much formaldehyde who come in desperate for a fix.

"We're not chemists, we're hairdressers," he said. "There are people who aren't even hairdressers who do this."

Brazil is also changing. Until recently, advertisements for jobs would ask for applicants with "good appearance," which was a euphemism for white, said Eliza Larkin Nascimento, an author of books on Brazil and race, and the director of IPEAFRO, an institute focusing on Afro-Brazilian studies. Curly, kinky hair wasn't seen as professional or attractive.

"There is a racist culture in Brazil, and one of its expressions is a beauty standard that values what is European," said Larkin Nascimento. "Discrimination in Brazil rides a lot on appearance — on facial features, on hair texture. Hair is a great focus, a great symbol."

Now, a chain of 11 salons focused on women who want to wear their hair curly is finding demand hard to meet. It was started by a former housecleaner who was tired of straightening her own hair with harsh chemicals.

The salons, called Instituto Beleza Natural, don't use any products with formaldehyde.

"In the '70s and '80s, the only solution for women with wavy or kinky hair was straightening," said one of the founders, Leila Velez. "Nowadays, it's possible to wear hair with this structure and keep it healthy and beautiful, without transforming it into something else."

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