Darcy Botanicals Curling Cream Gel (old Formula)

There is a new formulation of this product out and I will not be reviewing that one. Here are the ingredients…

Distilled (Aqua) Water, Organic Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vitamin E, Panthenol, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow), Salvia Officinalis (Sage), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Utica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf, and Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavendar) Extracts Phenoxyethenol, Caprylyl Glycol ( a paraben free preservative), and Lemon Grass.

The consistency of this gel is thin, runny, and creamy. The scent is so delicious! It smells like watermelon airhead’s candy. YUMMY! I almost can taste it when I sniff it lol. I used it without a leave in the first time I tried it and it was okay. My hair was very soft and my curls were pretty. However, I like it better with a leave in conditioner under it because it is more moisturizing. It hasn’t clashed with any of my leave ins as of yet so that’s cool. I use it mostly with the Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner ( I love that stuff, review coming soon). I also like it as a finisher, it helps softens the crunch of some hard gels. Now this gel as a styler alone provided very soft curls but they were not free of frizzies. When I want my hair to be frizz-free I use it with a little gel to give me more hold. I likey this product but not enough to be a HG product. However, it does fall in my would buy again on sale list because the smell is uber awesome!

Next Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner.

Lots of Love,

Jiquay

Donna Marie’s Super Buttercreme

This product was the first moisturizer that I ever purchased and I had no idea what to do with it because I was only 2 months natural. Now there is only about 1/4 of it left so it is safe to say that I figured it out. Here are the ingredients…

Water, botanical infusion of aloe vera, nettle and horsetail extracts, vegetable glycerin, *fractionated coconut oil, Shea butter, sweet almond oil, *vegetable emulsifier, cupuacu butter, meadowfoam seed oil, tucuma butter, xanthan gum, vitamin E, silver citrate, citric acid, potassium sorbate, fragrance.

The smell of buttercream frosting fills my nose whenever I use this product. Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE buttercream frosting over any other frosting in the world. Each time I use this I want to buy me a white cake with white buttercream frosting. The consistency of it is thick and creamy. It is very moisturizing and a little goes a very long way. I used it on my daughter’s hair (during her brief stint of being natural), to not only moisturize her twists, but I have also twisted her hair as well as mines with it. My twist outs were very defined and stayed moisturized for a few days at a time. The only complaints I have with this product is that glycerin is high on the list and in the wrong dew points my hair blew the hell up; also it doesn’t play well with all of my products. I tried using this as a leave-in with my WnG but it was too heavy in my opinion. Also, when I used it as a leave-in I attempted to detangle my hair with it, yeah big mistake (don’t go through what I been through, in my Sophia voice). It doesn’t have any slip at all in my opinion. I can definitely see myself purchasing this again.

Next up is Donna Marie’s Dream Curling Creme.

XOXOXO,

Lotus Blossom

Donna Marie’s Hair Whip

The next series of posts will be dedicated to the review of all the products I bought during the black Friday sale last year. I figured I better get them all reviewed before it comes back around again lol. Hair Whip Leave-in Conditioning Styling Creme ingredients…

Aqua,  Aloe Vera extract, propanediol, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, apricot Kernel oil, Avocado oil, coconut oil, cupuacu Butter, castor oil, marshmallow extract, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, sorbic acid, fragrance.

Although this product is a leave in styling creme I preferred it best as a moisturizer. When I used it as a leave-in for my Wng’s or twist outs my hair was dry by the end of the day and needed to be re-moisturized by the time I made it home. I like for my leave in’s to last me a couple of days without having to add more product to it. When I tried it as a styler alone, I found it to be too light and didn’t offer much hold. I finished the product out as a nightly moisturizer and I liked it very much as that. I’d retwist my twists to moisturize them after they would reach day 3 or so and I would moisturize my Wng with it at night. This wouldn’t fall on my HG list but I’d definitely repurchase again if on sale.

The consistency of it was like a light lotion it wasn’t thick at all. To be honest it didn’t really have a smell to me so I can’t speak on it. However, my friend said it smelled like vanilla to her. All in all, I think this product is okay and will definitely purchase again during the next big sale.

Next up is her Super Buttercreme and Dream Curling Creme

Jiquay

Curl Junkie’s Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner

This review is a long time coming because I have been using this condish for a very long time. I love, love this condish with all my heart! It is my holy grail, must have, will not eat for 3 days in order to buy because I can not run out product. Here are the ingredients…

Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG -7 Olivate, Guar Hydroxypropytrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Matricaria Recuitita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Yucca Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 60, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance.

This cleansing conditioner is a staple to my WnG regimen. When I was shampooing my hair everyday my hair was always iffy. Sometimes it was tamed and other times it was dry and itchy. My curls popped one day and they frizzed the next. It was so frustrating trying to keep my hair moisturized and the shampoo I used wasn’t very drying. I heard about the curl junkie line on youtube and saw this when I went to their website. I was always skeptical about using conditioner to clean my hair because I just couldn’t see how it would cleanse it. When I saw that it was a “cleansing” conditioner I felt more comfortable with trying it than using something like Tresseme Naturals.

The consistency is creamy and thick. It coats my hair really well and has lots of slip. I can finger detangle while in the shower with this product. It has a sort of minty smell and feels like it “lathers” a bit on my hair. I like the feel of lathering, although it doesn’t actually lather on your hair. When I rinse out the product my hair feels very soft and cleansed. It does not strip my hair nor does it feel as if there is buildup on my strands. The product comes in a 12oz bottle and a 32oz bottle with a pump. I love the pump it is so convenient in the shower.  Daily Fix Conditioner has definitely stepped my natural hair game up and I can not live with out it.

Peace,

Jiquay

August Length Check

Left Side: April 2012 ( 5)- June 2012 (5 1/4)- August 2012 (6 1/4)

Front: April 2012 (4 1/4)- June 2012 (5 1/4)- August (6)

Right Side: April 2012 (4 1/2)- June 2012 (5)- August (6)

Top Middle: April 2012 (5)- June 2012 (6)- August (6 1/2)

Back: April 2012 (4 3/4)- June 2012 (5)- August (6)

My twists have come along way!

I’m so excited! I have one more month until my one year anniversary of my big chop!! Maybe I’ll do a video or something…Idk I’ll have to think about that one lol.

Talk to you all soon,

Jiquay

Length check (April & June)

I know, I know. This post is SO late. Let’s just say life came a calling but I promise I am going to do better ;).  I still took my measurements on time and kept record.

Left Side: Feb 2012 (4 inches)- April 2012 ( 5)- June 2012 (5 1/4)

Front: Feb 2012 (3 1/2 inches)- April 2012 (4 1/4)- June 2012 (5 1/4)

Right Side: Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)- April 2012 (4 1/2)- June 2012 (5)

Top Middle: Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)- April 2012 (5)- June 2012 (6)

Back: Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)- April 2012 (4 3/4)- June 2012 (5)

I’ve got some hanging going on in the June pic!! Of course it will be time for a length check in August so we shall see what it looks like then.

Talk to you really soon (I pinky promise),

Jiquay

What natural hair has taught me thus far.

This natural hair journey has been fun and quite trying at times. One minute I absolutely love it, and the next minute I’m asking myself who the hell told me to do this. I love researching new products, making my own concoctions in the kitchen, and flirting with new styles. However, at times I just wish I had someone who could do it all for me. I get lazy and don’t wash my hair for days at a time and then I am a militant soldier who has their routine down. I become inspired and in awe of all of my beautiful natural hair role models and the next moment I despise how damn perfectly coiffed their hair is all the time. Some days my hair is banging!! Yeah! Others, I’m scratching my head thinking, “wth, didn’t I just do this the same way yesterday using the same products?” Let’s not even mention the amount of money spent on keeping up my product habit. I often find myself watching youtube videos and thinking to myself, “how in the hell are these heifers hair always together?” Lastly, I miss my hair. A lot. I even caught myself walking up behind my friend whose hair is the same length mine was before I cut it, and placed my head up under the back of her hair just so I could remember what it felt like. Sigh, yeah I did that.

Nonetheless, I can truly say that I am very grateful and glad that I chose to go natural. I have been exposed to a whole new culture that I never knew existed. I have met many different people who have made the choice to be natural for very different reasons and yet they still connect and relate to one another. People whom I would have never met walk up to me and say, “excuse me, what do you use in your hair?” This sparks a 30 min conversation about products and the trials of being natural and sometimes lifelong connections are made. In my personal life I love helping people and this has become another outlet that allows me to continue that work.

Being an Aries, we are labeled as being the children of Caprice. That basically means we have a tendency to start things but have trouble finishing them because we are on to the next one. I have a lot of things I have completed in life but those very personal things I’d like to do for myself tend to fall in the incomplete category. I have only been natural, well it’ll be 7mths May 18th but I have persevered. Being natural, and this blog fall into the category of the personal things I wanted to do for myself and I’m still going. That says a lot because truthfully when it comes to myself, I would have stopped in a month, 2 months tops. I suppose you can say being natural taught me to take more time for myself. Lastly, being natural is teaching me patience because the Aries in me is like hurry the hell up! I say that to my hair a lot and I’ve found that she doesn’t like when I speak to her like that. That’s usually when she does whatever the hell she wants lol. Although I do have those few days that I question why I chose to do this, I am very glad that I did because it has taught me so much about myself and I can’t wait to learn more.

What has your natural hair journey taught you?

Jiquay

Karen’s Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

I have been waiting to get my hands on this deep conditioner! I have read numerous reviews and watched countless YouTube reviews on how moisturizing this mask was unto each individuals’ hair. Needless to say the product junkie in me began twitching to get her next fix. The day it arrived in the mail I immediately used it. Here are the ingredients…

Purified Water, Aloe Butter, Jojoba Oil, Agave, Vegetable Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera Juice, Panthenol, Arnica, Calendula, Echinacea, Nettle & Horsetail Extracts, Carrot Seed Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Arnica, Shikakai & Amla Extracts, Vitamin E & Natural Enzymes.

The consistency is kind of thin.  I expected it to be thicker and creamier but it was light and somewhat watery.  It didn’t really have much of a scent in my opinion. I first used it and sat under my steamer for 20 mins. It didn’t feel soft before I rinsed and it didn’t feel soft after I rinsed… hmm. The next time I used it under a hooded dryer with a plastic cap for 15 mins. This time it felt softer and more moisturized but as soon as I rinsed, the softness left. Again… hmm. Lastly, was my tried and true method of the hooded dryer for ten minutes then overnight DC. Again, it felt soft until I rinsed. I added oils to it, the same results. My hair does not like this mask. Strangely, my hair was moisturized but not soft. Weird, I know.  Anywho, I didn’t like it as a rinse out.  It had absolutely no slip and I did not try it as a leave since it wasn’t recommended on the website. All my life I wanted to like this product! Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. I won’t be purchasing this again.

Ta-Ta for now,

Lotus Blossom

Ok, here is my attempt at my first product review… please bear with me.

Every since I began my natural journey I have been looking for a deep conditioner that would moisturize my hair and cause me to yell, “my hair is so soft.”  Nothing I’ve tried thus far has invoked this reaction until I tried Curl Junkie’s Hibiscus and Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner. Here are the ingredients…

Distilled Water (infused with Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis Linn (Hibiscus) Petals), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Honey, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Panthenol, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Plantago Species (Plantain) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, PEG -7 Olivate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, (Vegetable) Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA , Fragrance.
*Vegetable Derived

First of all, I LOVE the smell! It smells like bananas and deliciousness, Yummy!  It has a thick creamy consistency but slightly textured. My hair feels instantly soft when I apply it and it moisturizes my hair very well. I’ve used it under my steamer, my hooded dryer with a baggie, and as an overnight DC. Each time I get excellent results. My favorite way to DC is to sit under my hooded dryer with a plastic bag for ten minutes and then leaving it on overnight. When I rinse my hair the next day it is very soft and moisturized. It also works well as a leave in conditioner. It doesn’t weigh my hair down too much and I haven’t had any issues with it reacting with any of my gels. Lastly, I’ve used it as a rinse out. Although my hair felt very soft, it didn’t have much slip to me so I couldn’t detangle with it using it in this manner.

I’ve been slowly working on my holy grail list and I am pretty confident this will be in attendance!

Until next time my lovelies,

Lotus Blossom

Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner

So this is totally late but here it is anyway. (February length check)

So, yeah I’m super behind I know. But I actually did the length check for February even though I didn’t post it. Oh, and this time I have pictures!!! Yayyy!! ( LOL, I’m in a super silly mood today) ;).  So without any further ado…

Left: Dec 2011 (2 3/4 inches) – Feb 2012 (4 inches)

Front: Dec 2011 (3 inches) – Feb 2012 (3 1/2 inches)

Right: Dec 2011 (3 inches) – Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)

Top: Dec 2011 (3 1/2 inches) – Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)

Back: Dec 2011 (2 3/4 inches) – Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)

Still loving the journey,

Lotus Blossom