Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sheamoisture Coconut & Hibiscus KIDS : Product Review

I am a fan of Sheamoisture deep conditioners, souffle gel and a few of the spritz's.  The main issue I have with Sheamoisture is the ingredients are very similar no matter which line you pick.  I know the company was founded on using Shea butter but my hair is so not a fan of heavily laden Shea butter products. Most of the deep conditioners or masques have a high content of water in them so they sink into my hair easily. Those that do not , I use as a pre-shampoo treatment and then really do not have the need for it to sink it because its basically to coat my hair strands  to retain moisture in the washing process.

Earlier in the year Sheamoisture released several new items and among them were kid geared products.  If you do not know by now, that doesn't stop a full fledged product junkie like myself.  If the ingredients look good , then I'm game.  So, I found a few items and really was not expecting much because the Coconut & Hibiscus line is not a favorite of mine . I don't deal well with coconut and then to add shea butter too? That's why the Curling Smoothie did not work for me.  It's too heavy and not moisturizing (wet) enough for me.

When I spied the Curling Buttercream  and Extra Moisturizing  Detangler my eyes perked up.  Butter cream you say? Well alright!! ...EXTRA moisturizing? Well I had to try them out.  Right off the bat the butter cream is way more moisturizing than the smoothie.  I can feel the moisturizing properties when I scooped some out. It felt wet compared to the smoothie, which felt....buttery.

The Detangler I was skeptical of because its a spray and watery. When I think of detangling my hair , I want slippery and creamy. Little did I know the combination of these two products would keep the moisture in my hair for seven days without me having to reapply.

The kicker for me that I think are making these two of my favorite items is ...the  slippery Elm and marshmallow extracts.What I will say is , using the detangler by itself, is nothing special. I think they were formulated to specifically use together OR if you're going to use the detangler seal it in with a butter type product to seal in the additional moisture. I love both of these items together and will continue to buy them as long as Sheamoisture is selling.
SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Curling Butter Cream keeps children's thick tresses shapely and resilient with a soft, shiny hold. Defines, tames frizz and fly-aways for smooth, bouncy curls. 
• Made with natural and certified organic ingredients. 
• Coconut Oil hydrates and protects while adding curl definition. 
• Hibiscus Flower adds shine while maintaining volume. 
• Slippery Elm Extract is a smoothing and soothing emollient. 
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Cocos nucifeara (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Silk Protein, Citrus medica Limonium (Lemon), Citrus Aurantifolia, Jasminium Officinale, Slippery Elm Extract, Proprietary Essential Oil Blend, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Alae Extrac, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Slvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract, ALthaea Officinalis Extract,Tocopherol (vit-E) 6oz $9.99

SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Extra-Moisturizing Detangler detangles, defines and tames children's thick, wavy or unruly hair without greasiness. Restores luster to dry, dull hair while conditioning
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Cocos nucifeara (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Silk Protein, Citrus medica Limonium (Lemon), Citrus Aurantifolia, Jasminium Officinale, Slippery Elm Extract, Proprietary Essential Oil Blend, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Alae Extrac, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Slvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract, ALthaea Officinalis Extract,Tocopherol (vit-E). 8oz $9.99

Monday, December 30, 2013

New Years Giveaway

Hello, I hope this post reaches you all in good health. As we welcome in the new year I'd like to gift a lucky winner with a few items. Some of the items will be favorites of mine in 2013 and some will be things that I have never tried but hopefully you enjoy.. These items will be purchased by myself and mailed to the winner directly from the vendor.

Ok so here's the lineup

  • Dermatouch Skin Perfecting System Facial Brush, A professional home use technology helping your skin to breath, rejuvenate, revive to reveal greater, younger looking skin
  • Natural By Design Cosmetics Nectar Leave in Conditioner, Nectar Leave In Conditioner is a light weight hair conditioner that gives ultra moisture to fine and thick tresses alike.This completely vegan product has been formulated with nourishing rice bran oil, pea protein and panthenol. The star attraction is the extract from a Brazilian flower which adds great anti oxidant and moisture benefits to the hair (and skin)
  • $15 MAC Cosmetics egift card
  • Myhoneychild Afrikoko Silky Hair Lotion, The Afrikoko Silky Hair Lotion is a creamy light hairstyling lotion that works equally well for natural or relaxed hair.Replenishes dry, damaged hair. Formulated with coconut milk leaves hair soft with body Imparts moisture and shine
Requirements are:
  • Tweet about the giveaway
  • Follow me on Facebook
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Leave a comment below,answering the question "What are you looking forward to in 2014?"
This giveaway will run from January 1-8th, 2014 ending at 12:00am.  The winner will be announced on January 9th, 2014 and will have 48 hours to respond to the email address that is left in rapplecopter.

Open to 48 US Continental States. Shipping of items may be up to 2-4 weeks depending on vendor time-frames. Any issue with items received will fall on vendor to fix.

This giveaway is closed.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sheamoisture: New Products Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair

Oh Sheamoisture is always bringing more products to the game. What is a sister to do???  I spotted these on the Target website, yet it says only available in stores. This line up seems to be geared for those that straighten or use keratin in their hair.  Interesting.

SheaMoisture's Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair High Shine Glosser instantly adds high shine without silicone. This SheaMoisture hair styling product helps strengthen and smooth hair while controlling frizz for a sleek finish.

• Made with natural and certified organic ingredients.
• Tahitian Noni with antioxidant Vitamin C helps maintain hair health.
• Monoi Oil contains reparative benefits that revive dry, damaged hair.
• Keratin smoothes and reduces flyaways while moisturizing hair

SheaMoisture's Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Conditioning Shampoo gently cleanses as it and conditions hair, while replacing lost moisture. Active straightening ingredients help smooth rough, uneven textures and control frizz. Sulfate-free. This shampoo supports SheaMoisture’s TAHITIAN NONI & MONOI SMOOTH & REPAIR HAIR STRAIGHTENING SYSTEM and helps keep ""straight"" look for up to 4 weeks.

SheaMoisture's Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Hair & Scalp Weekly Therapy works to soothe, hydrate and provide antioxidant benefits to the scalp, which promote healthy hair renewal and growth. Hair looks thicker and fuller over time

SheaMoisture's Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Rinse-Out Conditioner instantly hydrates and detangles, while fortifying and protecting hair against high heat styling. Active straightening ingredients help smooth rough, uneven textures and control frizz.

SheaMoisture 's  Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque provides deep conditioning and infuses hair with a powerful dose of moisture. SheaMoisture's hair conditioning treatment smooths the hair cuticle, controls frizz and maintains straight styles

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Steps of a Weave: Pictured

Natural By Design Cosmetics: Curl Magic

Natural By Design Cosmetics caught my eye on Etsy a few years back due to her different ingredients she likes to add to her products. There's always an intriguing twist to something and it continues to draw me in. A favorite of mine is her Nectar Leave in Conditioner which though geared for fine haired folks, has suckered me in. The culprit is fenugreek. That however is a review for another time. This review is about her Curl Magic line.

In the line up is :

From the website

Ok so what's the hype over the Curl Magic line of products? It my latest contribution to my fellow Curlies to help improve curl retention. This WILL NOT CHANGE your curl pattern just help improve the look of the curls. This is accomplished by including some stuff you would have never thought of: tomatoes and rice. Yep I said it tomatoes and rice in the form of fermented tomatoes and rice protein. The idea is to create better formation of the disulfide bonds that form curls and to provide better moisture to give it a smooth and sleek look

Did you see the fermented tomatoes and rice protein??? What! I just had to pick this line up in the springtime.  The ingredients intrigued me and I was suckered right on in. I have used the conditioner on my hair several times and so far it is my favorite out of her cleansing conditioner lineup. Its moisturizing without stripping the hair and my scalp is always clean after I lightly scrub with the pads of my fingers. I dig it.

Cleansing Conditioner Ingredients: Distilled water, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) PEG-40 Castor Oil (and) Stearalkonium Chloride, glycerin, burdock root, Mentha piperita (Pepperment) Leaf Extract (and) Yucca Leaf Extract (and) Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract (and) Urtica dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract (and) Melissa officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Tomato Fruit Ferment Extract & Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract & Keratin Amino Acids & Acyl Coenzyme A Desaturase, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate and centronium chloride.
8oz $10.50

Curl Magic Leave In Conditioner is the perfect base to all your curly and wavy hair styling needs. Helps to reinforce your curl pattern AND lend a hand with much needed moisture. Is your hair not a fan of glycerin products? Then this leave in conditioner is also for you! This conditioner uses the moisture and humectant properties of coconut milk instead of glycerin. Major score!

Yup, this is a winner to follow up after the Cleansing Conditioner. It sinks in, doesnt leave my hair white and best of all it dries soft and touchable. I have even used this on my current weave install with success! I love the fact that its moisturizing without being heavy.

Leave in Conditioner Ingredients: distilled water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, organic coconut oil, soy protein, cetyl esters, coconut milk, Tomato Fruit Ferment Extract & Rice Extract & Keratin Amino Acids & Acyl Coenzyme A Desaturase, and Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol
8oz $8.75
16oz $10.00

And the icing on the cake is the Curl Magic Styling Cream

Curl Magic Styling Cream was created with the wash and go aka curly girl method in mind. This cream will help define curls, waves and even twists with its Curl Magic base but also the addition of dehydrated xanthan gum. Best yet no mineral oil, petroleum or silicone's.

Yes, I like this indeed. There's not a butter in sight. Even though its very creamy, its lightweight and holds the hair after it dries with a touchable soft feel.  Oddly enough, I haven't tried this with my WashnGo's but for twist-outs. When I purchased, I ordered the 4oz. I can see myself being very heavy handed with this. I will be going back for a bigger size for the spring time when I unleash my hair.

Styling Cream Ingredients: distilled water, rice bran oil,Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, black seed oil, cetyl esters, sodium lactate, Tomato Fruit Ferment Extract & Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract & Keratin Amino Acids & Acyl Coenzyme A Desaturase, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, dehydroxathan gum, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, fragrance and citric acid.
2oz sample $3.75
4oz $6.75
8oz $10.00

My latest experiment with the Curl Magic line has been to style my Peruvian Weave with it. I will update this post with how it turns out after fully drying.

* The only thing I would change is the smearing of the bottles when you touch them if your hands are wet

Monday, December 23, 2013

Moisturize and Seal: Winter Favorites

It's been a really weird Fall/Autumn in New Jersey. We've had snow storms, followed by ice storms followed by 65 degree weather all in the span of a week. Regardless of what mother nature is throwing at us,  at night time before bed I have to moisturize and seal my hair before bed to keep it pliable. Depending on what I use, I can just put my dread soc on and not have to re-do my moisturizing routine.

These three lines in this review have been great at keeping my hair pliable, soft, sheeny and moisturized for the following day. The sealing act is actually kind of sealing AND styling at the same time. I don't use anything with hold really but it gives me some type of definition if I don't fluff my hair out too much.

First up is Coilyheadchick , rebranded to Smooth Naturals.

  • My favorite item out of the products that I have tried is her, Ultimate Hair Treat is the ULTIMATE TREAT for your Coils, Kinks and Curls, this concentrated hair treat can be used as a leave-in and daily moisturizer. For fine hair this treat can also be used as a weekly deep conditioner
    • Ingredients: Purified Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Vera Juice, Castor Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5, Optiphen, Vitamin E, Citric Acid and Fragrance 8ozs for $12.00
I don't have fine hair so I use it as a leave in conditioner/daily moisturizer on dry hair. It smells like orange dreamsicle, yummy and sinks into my hair very well. Coconut oil is further down on the list so it doesn't bother my hair by leaving it in. I then seal, and twist my hair with her Shine & Seal
  • The Shine & Seal gives your hair GREAT shine while sealing in your moisture.
    • Ingredients: Illipe Butter, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Jojoba Oil, Kokum Butter, Candelilla Wax, Soy Wax, Vitamin E and Fragrance 4ozs for $10.00
The Shine & Seal is very rich and you only need a dab per section. Due to using so little of this to seal, the coconut oil isnt making my hair feel hard and brittle. The combination of these two product yield soft, sheeny, plump looking hair. Out of the three lines, this is my third favorite.

Second up is All things O Natural.
  • The Natty Moist is very versatile. You can use it to detangle, prepoo, a body lotion or a leave in conditioner. Our hydrating Moist, infused with Ayurvedic herbs, is beneficial for helping to repair dry, damaged and over processed hair. Our Moist can also be used to hydrate and soothe dry skin.
    • Ingredients: Distilled water infused herbal blend of Brahmi, Calendula, Hibiscus, Lavendar, Neem, Stinging Nettle, Aloe Vera, Shea Butter, Cupuacu butter, Panthenol , Jojoba oil, Evening Primrose, Jamaican Black Castor oil, BTMS, Cetearyl Alcohol , Guar,  Sweet Orange oil, Potassium Sorbate,  Citric Acid,  oil blend for fragrance, Tamanu oil, Watermelon seed oil  2ozs for $4.99, 12ozs for $16.99, 32ozs for $42.00 
I love this leave in conditioner, its very slippery. It allows you to detangle on dry hair , wet hair or damp hair.  I mainly use it on dry hair because that's when I style my hair. Its creamy and smells divine.  You can pick 5 scents and unscented if you re not a fan.  I then  seal, and twist/braid with ATON Natty Butter.
  • The Natty Butter is blend of mainly Shea butter but it is whipped so well, its like a pocket of air. Again as with all butter blends, you truly only need a dab per section or your hair will be oily and greasy. ATON likes for you to get multiple uses out of their products so you can use the Natty Butter on your skin as well.
    • Ingredients:Unrefined Shea Butter, Avocado Butter, Castor Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil Infused w/Calendula, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tamanu Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin E, Essential Oil Blends for fragrance (contains Sweet Orange Oil and Lavender Oil) 2ozs for $5.99 4ozs for $10.99 8ozs for $18.99 16ozs for $34.50

Afroveda : Bhringaraj Herbal Hair Growth Balm

Afroveda introduced this new product via email prior to her Black Friday sale this year.  You could pre-order this and when it was fully available it would ship.  I used to adore Afroveda before the reformulations. I love anything Ayurveda and she was doing it big time.  I took the bite again after years of saying I would not repurchase and again I was disappointed.  I ordered three hair butters and promptly sold them on the swap board once they arrived. They still are Shea butter laden and  do not absorb in my hair anymore. I am sad but it seems there are a lot of other lines coming out with ayurvedic influences so all isn't lost. 

Well , I wanted this balm because I knew I would be in protective styles a lot in the upcoming year and I wanted something that would allow me to grease my scalp and nourish it at the same time. I thought I hit pay dirt. Unfortunately this isn't a product you can leave on your scalp.  I didn't realize this until Afroveda actually told me on Instagram.  For some reason , I totally missed the fact that it says, "keep on for 15-20 minutes, then wash and condition as normal".  I was using it for about 3 weeks as a grease. Luckily there wasn't any ill effects.

I don't think this product has fully launched or maybe she scrapped it because its not listed anywhere on the website. In the email the below was stated:

An herbal infusion of ayurvedic herbs, organic coconut and castor seed oils, this natural blend was created to improve the condition of the scalp and stimulate healthy hair growth. Coconut oil, with its conditioning properties, works as a carrier oil to deliver the most potent nutrients to the hair follicle, helping to stimulate growth.  Additional benefits include:

♥ Licorice Root to relieve scalp soreness and itchiness
♥ Bhringaraj (the "king of tresses") and Brahmi for scalp health
♥ Peppermint & Rosemary to stimulate growth
♥ Sulfur for growth efficacy
♥ Additional Ayurvedic herbs and botanicals known for centuries to promote scalp health and hair growth
4ozs for $14.00

Ingredients: Castor seed oil, soybean oil infused with Amla extract, Bhringaraj extract, Brahmi, Rosemary,Comfrey Root, Stinging nettle, Basil, Passionflower, Sulfur, Candelilla beeswax, Hibiscus extract, Peppermint essential oil, Tea tree Essential oil, Lavender Essential oil  * nowhere on the jar is coconut oil

Since finding out that I must wash it out, I would recommend you have to use a shampoo to get this out of your hair. The first ingredient is castor seed oil, and lower in the list is beeswax.  It does melt on contact but when I cowashed my hair , I could still see the product on my edges after. 

FYI: this smells to high hell!  Its the sulfur in it plus other ingredients but thank goodness it doesn't linger.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Hide my hair Challenge 2014

I'm being completely honest with myself. I love my hair, I really do, however wearing it in its curly state has hindered me in really growing my hair out. I love a good ole wash and go. Its easy, simple to do and I can go on my way in less than 30 minutes. The down side is my hair curls on it self and then detangling after a week is a mess because my hair really doesn't like to be touched. I, however do NOT like protective styling with my own hair.  If you've been following me for awhile , you know I can change it up with kinky twists and weave. I just haven't been sticking to it like I should. So 2014 is bust or go home!

I will be hiding my hair in weaves for 2014. That might be amended to kinky twists later in the year if I'm tired of weaving it up. Weaves however let me go 2 months with ease.  I just have to make sure I wash weekly and oil my scalp with an applicator bottle. I have also added in hair vitamins.  I will be taking Priteva vitamins for 3 months, then switching to Hairfinity for three months and then back to Priteva. I have taken Priteva in the past but not for hair growth. I wanted to grow my nails out. I was very successful but the nail salon and gel did a sister in.

Anyone want to join in on the challenge with me? I will be keeping this hair in until February 20th, then resting a week and back into another weave for an additional two months. I will update when I take my hair down in February.

Semi stretched 

Hair installed 12/20/13

Shescentit Product Reviews

I tried some Shescentit products back in 2009 and I was not impressed. At the time I tried samples of the Gillian and seyani butters,  the banana brûlée and tea tree and grapefruit conditioner along with the coco something leave in. It wasn't anything over the moon so I never went back until she released new items  this year.  Earlier in the year I ordered the Buriti Hair milk, Riche Moisture Mask, and Coconut Sorbet. I was pleasantly surprised.  Everything was really nice and I fell in love with the Coconut sorbet.  It is amazing as a prepoo treatment prior to washing . It detangles my hair and gets the shed hair out prior to washing.  Its listed that you can use it as a hairdress but leaving coconut in my hair doesnt really work out for me

For Black Friday, I ordered another Coconut Sorbet, her new Blueberry Cowash Conditioner and Papaya Curly Souffle.

I started off my wash day with the coconut sorbet and Hairveda Vatika Frosting as a prepoo on dry hair. After letting the oils soak in, I then detangled with my fingers and sectioned my hair into 4 sections with ponytail holders..

Blueberry Co-Wash Conditioner is a rich nourishing conditioner that moisturizes while gently cleansing by using the extracts of Yucca Root. It is a wonderful blend of conditioners, oils and botanical extracts meant to give your hair a true spa-like experience. Hair is left soft, detangled and frizz free.

Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Marshamallow Althaea Officianalis Root Extract, Rice Bran(Oryza Sativa) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Yucca (Yucca Schidigera) Root Extract, Cetrimonium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerin, Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry) Seed oil, Panthenol Vit B5, Fragrance, Germall Plus, Lactic Acid

$10.50 for 9ozs

After wetting one section of hair, I added the cowash, added a little more water and then proceeded to scrub my scalp. I put the ponytail holder back on and did the same to the other three sections. Once I finished the last section , I returned to the first one and washed the conditioner out. My hair was soft, bouncy and as the water rinsed off I could see the dirt rinsing away, letting me know that it was cleansing as well.

After rinsing I oil rinsed with BASK Beauty Limited edition oil ( review to come later) and after rinsing, added the Buriti Hair Milk, and twisted with the Papaya Curly Souffle.

Buriti Hair Milk is a multi-benefit conditioning creamy concotion that provides desired nutrients to textured hair. It helps to prevent frizz and protect from humidity while softening beautiful curls, detangle stubborn knots and add shine to dull hair.Buriti Oil penetrates hair strands to nourish deep in the core, aiding in hair health and restoring much needed moisture

Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mangifera indica (Mango) Butter, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Vitis vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut ) Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) OIl, Vegetable Glycerin, Sapote (Pouteria sapota) Oil, Silk Amino Acid, Dimethicone, Panthenol Vit B5, Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance, Orange Essential Oil.

After rinsing

9ozs $16.00

Papaya Curly Souffle formulated to provide superior moisture and curl memory so curly girls can rock beautiful curls Fights frizz and lends a beautiful shine. It’s like a gel and Leave-In conditioner in one.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf juice and Acrylates/c-10 Alkyl Acrylates, Olive Butter, Avocado Butter, Glyceryl Stearate and Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate,Shea Butter, Macadamia Nut Oil, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Argan oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil, Agave Nectar, Panthenol Vit b5, Phenoxyethnol, Orange Extract, Fragrance.

5.5 ozs for $10.50
9.5 ozs for $19.50

After applying the hair milk and detangling, I then added the curly souffle.  My hair for once dried really quick and soft. I expected an ultra defined twist out the next day but after putting my twists in I went skating. The exercise made my twists puff out. The next day , the twist-out was still defined but not as much as it would have been if I hadnt exercised. The weather at the time in NJ was really cold, so my hair had a tiny bit of hold to it, probably due to the agave nectar but overall., I liked it.

In the future, I would repurchase the curly souffle and the coconut sorbet. Her other items are preserved by germall , which Im not a fan of, especially if I'm buying from an online vendor.

Profolla Silk Product Reviews

Profolla Silk sent me these products to review earlier in the year. I am not one to do a full review off of one use and due to the fact they sent me four items, I wanted to use the products fully before I gave a review.

I received the Moisture Conditioner, Moisture Shampoo, Growth Shampoo and Growth Conditioner and the Hair Nourish Vitamins *.  What some companies fail to realize with Naturals is we prefer the conditioner to be bigger than the shampoo because we use more of the conditioner and less of the shampoo.

Since I am always looking for moisture , I immediately used the Moisture Conditioner as a leave in and liked it. It absorbed very well on dry/damp hair and left my hair smooth and soft. Out of all the products this was my favorite. Its also touted as a deep conditioner. Its very creamy, almost lotion like. The only thing keeping me from buying again is the size/preservative.

* I did not use the vitamins as they are not coated. Any pill that is not coated kicks my gag reflect into overdrive and I can not swallow.

Profolla Silk says this about the Moisture Conditioner:
Our Best Moisture Conditioner for Black Hair!
Reduces breakage + adds control, body and shine to dull, lifeless hair!
Super-moisturizing, deep conditioner reduces breakage, dryness, tearing
Formulated with natural LustrePlex for brilliant shine, strength, and hydration
Excellent for natural, relaxed and chemically-treated hair

The ingredients listed on the website state :
Water, BTMS, Glycerin, Emu Oil, Jojoba Oil, Lusterplex complex, Fragrance, Germall Plus (Paraben-Free Preservative)
8oz for $15.45 * on sale

The Moisture Shampoo didn't strip my hair, however I made sure when I applied it, it was only to my scalp and let the water run the shampoo down the length of the hair. It also smells like fruit candy, I'm a sucker for anything that smells yummy , LOL.

Profolla Silk says this about the Moisture Shampoo
Our best moisturizing shampoo for black, African American and ethnic hair types!
Extreme Moisturizer with Omega 3's replenish hydration without weight or loss of body
Nutrition complex with Silk Proteins and Panthenol for smoothness, strength & hair growth
Specially developed for Black and African American hair types prone to dryness, breaking or poor manageability
Formulated with patented LustrePlex® clinically shown to improve reflectivity (sheen), strengthen (up to 28%), and smooth and soften
Excellent for use after color treatments, relaxing, straightening or perms to restore moisture
It can be used with hair vitamins for ultimate growth including growing your hair out or growing your hair long fast.

The ingredients are not listed on the website, but on my bottle its listed as:
Water, Chemoryl tm SFB-105K Surfactant, Olefin, Betain, Cocamide DEA, glycerin, HNF Blend, Lusterplex, Silk Protein, Q-pearl, Panthenol, Germail Plus, fragrance, Tetra EDTA, Emu oil, Jojoba oil, Citric acid, Crothix
12oz for $14.45

The only difference I can detect between the Moisture line and the Growth line is the smell and one or two different ingredients.  I cant commit to using a shampoo and conditioner for an extended period of time so I've only tried the Growth line  a few times. My son has been using the Growth conditioner and shampoo for the last 3 months.  I have noticed that every two weeks, his hair needs a shape-up but then again his hair grows fairly quick regardless. Hes very heavy handed with conditioner so he has since used up the Growth conditioner.

Profolla Silk says this about the Growth Conditioner
ProFolla Silk® Growth Conditioner uses our patented Trichogen complex of herbal extracts scientifically tested to help hair grow like it should. This is our best-selling hair growth conditioner specifically formulated for Black, African American and course or dense hair types.
Conditioner for black and african american hair

Advanced formula with Trichogen extract complex, Panthenol, Emu Oil and LustrePlex give you an unstoppable barrier to moisture loss, weakness, and loss of shine and reflectivity. This proprietary formula adds superior strength, brilliant shine, and stimulates faster growing hair - making it excellent for all hair types - natural, relaxed, permed, straightened and color-treated.
Promotes faster hair growth + stimulates scalp micro-circulation
Conditions with deep moisture and hydration for flexibility, body, fullness, and humidity resistance
Reduces flaking, excessive dryness, and dry hair and scalp
Reduces breaking, snapping and tearing
Biotin-enhanced for added strength and thickness
Gentle on scalp and hair - Paraben-Free, Sulfate-Free
Panthenol, Jojoba Oil and Emu Oil penetrate deep into the follicle shaft and scalp to soothe and heal dryness while topically infusing moisture with cleaning action that removes dirt, oil and clears clogged pores.

Ingredients listed on the website :
Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Emu Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, LustrePlex, Panthenol, Emu Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract (and) Arginine (and) Acetyl Tyrosine (and) Articum Majus Root Extract (and) Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (and) Polyquaternium-11 (and) PEG 12 Dimethicone (and) Calcium Pantothenate (and) Zinc Gluconate (and) Niacinamide (and)  Ornithine HCL (and) Citrulline (and) Glucosamine HCI (and) Biotin. Fragrance Oil Derivative, Germall Plus (Paraben-Free Preservative)

8ozs for $14.25

Profolla Silk says this about the Growth Shampoo

Growth shampoo for men and women suffering from hair loss, thinning hair or slow growing hair. Formulated with LustrePlex for Black, African American, coarse and dense hair types.
Trichogen complex for faster, healthier hair growth
LusterPlex for improved sheen, strength and moisture
Leaves hair soft, strong, shiny and growing!

Water,  Sodium Olefin Sulfonate C14-16 (coconut derived), Cocomidyl Propyl Betaine, Emu Oil, Cocomide DEA, DL Panthenol, LustrePlex, Acetamide MEA, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Sorbitol, Sodium Cocoyl Collagen Amino Acid, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Wheat Germ Acid, Wheat Germ Oil, Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Sulfur, Polysorbate 80, Oleth-10, Jojoba Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Glycosa-minoglycans, Glycerin, Glycol Stearate, LustrePlex, Panax Ginseng Root Extract (and) Arginine (and) Acetyl Tyrosine (and) Articum Majus Root Extract (and) Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (and) Polyquaternium-11 (and) PEG 12 Dimethicone (and) Calcium Pantothenate (and) Zinc  Gluconate (and) Niacinamide (and)  Ornithine HCL (and) Citrulline (and) Glucosamine HCI (and) Biotin, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Jojoba Oil, Emu Oil, Fragrance Oil, Essential Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid,  PEG-150, PEG-6 Capric/Caprylic Glycerides, Germall Plus (paraben free preservative)

12ozs for $14.99 * on sale

 I was not paid for my review and these are my thoughts about the products *

Dove Hair Therapy: Nourishing Oil Care

So my hair twin, Tiny Closet reviewed this awhile back and I had to jump on it because its local and on the ground. Of course, there is a whole line up that's available. You can find it at your local Walgreen's, CVS, Walmart, etc.
 In the Nourishing Care line up is:

I am and have always been a conditioner seeker, so I purchased the Daily Treatment conditioner and the regular conditioner. I know Dove usually has 'cones in it but I was using these daily in the summer and washing each day so I wasn't worried about build up.

The conditioner and daily treatment have similar ingredients but the daily is slated to be able to be used daily while treating the hair. If you dont mind the ingredients I say give it a shot.  My hair was well hydrated and easy to wear in a wash and ago style.  I have never tried any Dove hair products before and I was pleasantly surprised.

Ingredients for  Conditioner:
Water (Aqua) , Cetearyl Alcohol , Dimethicone , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Hydrogenated Coconut Oil , Behentrimonium Chloride , Fragrance , Mineral Oil , Dipropylene Glycol , Potassium Chloride , Lactic Acid , Amodimethicone , Disodium EDTA , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil , DMDM Hydantoin , PEG 7 Propylheptyl Ether , Cetrimonium Chloride , PEG 150 Distearate , Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Yellow 5 (CI 19140) , Red 33 (CI 17200) , Blue 1 (CI 42090)

Ingredients for Daily Treatment Conditioner :
Water , Cetearyl Alcohol , Dimethicone , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Lactic Acid , Behentrimonium Chloride , Glyerin , Fragrance (Parfum) , Hydroxypropyl Methycellulose , Dipropylene Glycol , Amodimethicone , Polyurethane 39 , Petrolatum , Disodium EDTA , DMDM Hydantoin , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , PEG 7 Propylheptyl Ether , Cetrimonium Chloride , Prunus Amydalus Dulcis OilSweet almond , PEG 180M , Hydrogenated Coconut Oil , Hydrolyzed Keratin , Trehalose , Gluconolactone , Adipic Acid , Sodium Sulfate , Methychloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Iron Oxides (CI 77492)

End of 2013, Wrap up Reviews, Giveaway and more..

 Hi lovelies.  I havent been posting lately because I've  been out of it. In the next several days left in 2013, I will be uploading reviews of products used in 2013, talking about my 2014 hair goals and hair challenges and a New Years Giveaway.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

1000th Facebook "Likes" Winner

I want to thank everyone for participating in this last giveaway. I truly appreciate the time and effort.The winner is listed below. Please respond within 48 hours! Thank you!

Stay tuned for the next milestone, 5000!

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Fatemeh's Jewelry & Accessories Giveaway Winner

Thank you all for entering into the Fatemeh's Jewelry & Accessories Giveaway. I appreciate the time you took out to enter and leave a comment. The winner is listed below. Please respond within 48 hours! Thank you!

If you havent entered in the "1000th Like Giveaway" , please do so!

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Fresh Effects BB Cream by Olay

I received a voxbox from Influenter recently and one of the items included was this new products called "Fresh Effects" by Olay. If you're not sure what a bb cream, it usually stands for blemish balm or base. It promoted as an all in one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer , primer , foundation and sunblock.

Olay touts that to finish your daily beauty regimen with the all in one solution with 6 skin perfecting benefits:
  1. Refreshes skin instantly 
  2. Brightens for a radiant glow
  3. Evens tone with a splash of sheer color
  4. Hydrates for 24 hours
  5. Smoothes for softer feeling skin
  6. Protects against UV damage with SPF 15
I was so surprised when i opened it because it is " fair-to-light". I just knew that this was not going to work for my skin-tone as I am very dark. I was kind of leery but I said what the heck let me try it.  I have to say I am VERY surprised.  Not only did it soak in but it completely disappeared and YOU could not tell I had it on. Well spank me twice and call me harry!!!!! I have used it twice thus far but I like this very much!!  My sensitive skin didn't react and it gave me a slightly kissed look.

I  received all products complimentary from Influenster.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Fatemeh's Jewelry & Accessories Giveaway

If you haven't checked out Fatemehs shop on ETSY, then you have truly missed a gem. Every item in the entire store is handmade by her.. She dabbles in a little of bit of everything. From earrings to crochet items.

I am happy to say she has been gracious enough to sponsor a giveaway with me. The rules are very simple and you will be entered to win ANY jewlery item in the shop
  1.  "Like" Fatemeh's Jewelry and Accessories on Facebook
  2.  "Like" AHappyNappyAffair on Facebook
Leave a comment on the entry here telling which jewelry item you are interested in winning. This giveaway is open to US residents only. Ends July 8th 2013. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with a valid shipping address.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

1000th Facebook "Likes"

If you don't know by now.. I like giveaways, OK I LOVE giveaways, lol. I didn't really want to start a Facebook page earlier in the year but as time flew by its been pretty awesome. So what's a girl to do but have a giveaway when she gets to 1000! The rules are pretty simple.

  1. Like the Facebook page
  2. Leave a Blog Post here answering "Do you feel that deep conditioning with steam will help your natural hair care in any shape form or fashion?"
  3. Follow me on Twitter  * not mandatory but you get an additional entry 

So what to give away...hmmmm.....I think a steamer and a  3 of my favorite deep conditioners to go along with the steamer sounds about right to me!

Huetiful Steamer

3 of my favorite deep conditioners 

  1.  Sweet Nature by Eddie Protein Mask $10.50 
  2. Aubrey Organics  Rosa Mosqueta Conditioner $19.48
  3. Reve Essentials Deep Moisture Treatment $15.99

Giveaway is open to US residents only. Contest winner has 48 hours to respond to email notification  with a valid shipping address. Be advised that it may be up to 3-4 weeks for delivery. Giveaway ends July 31st 12:00 AM

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

The new age of Cleansing Conditioners

Cleansing conditioners you say? What exactly is a Cleansing Conditioner? Well, literally the name says it all. It is a conditioner that is used to cleanse your hair and condition at the same time. It seems in the last year or so everyone has hopped onto the cleansing conditioner train and there doesn't seem to be any end in sight.

The firs time I ever heard of a Cleansing Conditioner was when WEN came out. WEN claimed that its cleansing conditioner would take the place of your shampoo and gently clean and nourish your curls, leaving your hair healthy and manageable without the lather caused by harsh ingredients. Sounds delightful, right?

Well at the time, I was on a Curl Junkie fix and decided to try their cleansing conditioner called Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner. I wasn't wowed so I never repurchased. My hair wasn't stripped and it wasn't dry but for some reason I expected more, so I went on a little journey to find the best cleansing conditioner for my hair. Little did I know, CJ would be the best cleansing conditioner I used that was geared towards cleansing. There are many naturals who use regular rinse out conditioners for cleansing their hair and scalp.

I have used
As I am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner * not pictured $8.00 16oz
Ouidad Curl Cowash $30.00 16oz
Loreal EverCurl Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner $6.99 8.3 floz
Pantene Cowash Cleansing Conditioner  $5.00 at Local Family Dollar for 22.8 fl oz
Natural By Design Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner $9.50 8oz
Jane Carter Creamy Conditioning Cleanser $15 8oz
Renpure Sweet Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner $9.99 16oz
Naturelle Grow Marshmallow Root, Slipperly Elm Bark, and Blue Malva Cleansing Conditioner  $17.95 16 fl oz* new
Natural by Design Cosmetics Curl Magic Cleansing Conditioner *new $10.50 8oz

Out of the ones listed above excluding the new ones, the best one was the As I am Coconut. My hair was soft, moist and did not feel as if the hair was stripped. The price is right and its easily accessible on the ground.  It is sold at just about every Walgreens,  CVS and Riteaid in my local area.  Followed closely by the Renpure Sweet Pomegranate  and then the Natural By Design Cosmetics Cleansing Conditioners.

I was expecting the Jane Carter Conditioning Cleanser to be creamy because of the name but it was not. It was runny and that made me liable to use more to compensate. It wasnt good but it was great either.

The Ouidad was a disaster.  I was frankly surprised because of the price and name brand, I thought my hair was going to be in lush heaven. As with most cleansing conditioner, this did not lather. My hair felt squeaky dry if there is such a thing. I had to follow it up with another conditioner to try and get my hair back to its normal softness after a cowash.

The worst of them all though to me was the Pantene.  I was expecting more out of this brand and even though you get more for you money, the ingredients and the feel of my hair wasnt something I like,

So after my little foray into the cleansing conditioners, I realized, I do love the Daily Fix by Curl Junkie best however the price doesnt justify the means for me when I can get a bottle of Tresemme Naturals and conditioner wash my hair for $6.99.

Are you a fan of cleansing conditioners? Spill the details

Saturday, May 25, 2013

New Motions Straight Finish Giveaway - Winner

Thank you everyone for participating in the New Motions Straight Finish Giveaway. The winner is BRI W!  You have 48 hours to send me your shipping information, if I don't receive it within that time frame, I will have to pick another winner.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

New Motions Straight Finish Giveaway- CLOSED

I love the versatility of natural hair. I think that any style is possible with natural hair and each head of hair is so different that each style never looks the same each persons head. With so many of our on ground hair companies breaking into the natural hair game, its not a wonder that Motions has decided to come out with a line the caters to changing your hair up when the mood strikes you. Motions was gracious enough to send me their newest line up , which should hit Target and Walgreen Spring 2013. I however am not a natural who straightens her hair. My strands are so fragile that a hint of heat styling always winds up with damaged hair for me, so what does that mean for you?  GIVEAWAY time!!!

I opened the box and was so happy to see , not only are the three newest products included but a FLAT IRON! Go right ahead Motions with your bad self! So lets get to the products.

Included are Prep, Protect and Seal!

Prep is Straight Finish Cleanser (srp $6.99)
Protect is Straight Finish Leave in Conditioner (srp $6.99)
Seal is Straight Finish Sealer (srp $6.99)

Step 1 Gentle cleans, soften and conditions for manageable hair
Step 2 Adds a layer of moisturizers that help protect the hair
Step 3 Seals the shaft, minimizing wiry ends and leaving a luminous shine

So be eligible to win this all you have to do is leave a comment below answering the following question,  Do you heat style and how often?

To get extra entries,

1." Like" A Happy Nappy Affair on Facebook
2. "Follow"  Motionshair on Twitter
3. Tweet about the Giveaway on Twitter.

This giveaway will run to May 25, 2013 11:59 pm and is only opened to the US. The winner will have 48 hours to respond via email with their shipping information or another winner will be chosen.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

In this day and time

I'm so blessed that my son has made it to the age of 15. We have been through a lot but God has seen us thru the storm. I hope The Lord continues to bless and guide him.

Happy 15th birthday Christian

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