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Okay, I’ll have to admit that when I first used this product I did not know what I was doing. So I just decided I didn’t like it and placed it in the back of my cabinet. When I realized I hadn’t reviewed all of my black Friday products I decided to give it a second chance. Here are the ingredients:
Water, Aloe vera juice infused with Rosemary, hibiscus, and horsetail, vegetable glycerin, silk amino acids, sorbitol, Sweet Almond oil, Shea Butter, Macadamia Butter, Cupuacu Butter, polysorbate 60, sodium carbomer, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, caprlyl glycol, fragrance.
The scent is very similar to the super buttercreme but with a hint of coconut. It’s very light and not overwhelming. The consistency of it is thick and creamy. It isn’t sticky or tacky feeling. I used this as my styler for a WnG. I used it first with a leave-in conditioner and then without a leave-in. The results were pretty much the same. I used Oyin Hair Dew as my leave-in and there was no reaction between the 2. I applied it to freshly washed, detangled, and sectioned hair. The product went on nicely and I decided to smooth/slide the product down my hair because it didn’t have a lot of slip for me to rake it through with my fingers. I let it air dry and my hair came out soft and fluffy. It has a really nice hold and my hair wasn’t crunchy at all. Also, my curls were defined which I was concerned it wouldn’t be to my liking since I was used to using gel. I actually like this creme because my hair doesn’t shrink as much and gives my twa a full curly fro. SN: I still get a significant amount of shrinkage.
The same results occurred when I used it without a leave-in. The only difference is my 3rd day hair was slightly more defined without a leave-in than it was when i used a leave-in. All in all I likey this product and will purchase again. I have yet to use it for a twist out but I’ll update this when I do. Until then here are some pics (see I’m doing better 😉 ):
I really like this and I’m going to make sure I keep this in my arsenal. Have any of you tried this product? If so, how did you like it?
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,
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.
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
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.
*Note: This post was written weeks/months before posting. I was still deciding whether or not to blog.
Ah, the infamous black Friday sales. While every one camped out at stores to purchase televisions, cameras, and games, I was ordering hair products. Yep, hair products. I admit it. I am a bonified, completely strung out, too far gone for help product junkie. I had carts with credit card info along with black Friday discount codes ready and waiting for 12:01 to hit. As soon as it arrived I clicked place order and watched each confirmation notice upload like a cascade of falling dominoes a child so delicately set up around their room. You could see delight in my eyes as the ping of my blackberry notified me of each and every received order! Oh, and this was only phase one.
The next phase is to sit back and wait for those wonderful angels of FedEx, Ups, and USPS to ring my doorbell with my gifts. One by one they appear each day. Some making appearances twice a day! (Those are the best freaking days!)
Here’s what I purchased:
Curl Junkie: Hibiscus and Banana Deep Fix, Pattern Pusha Gel, and a sample pack of their stylers
Darcy Botanicals: Curling Cream Gel, Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner, and Organic Coconut & Aloe Moisture Pudding
Donna Marie: Super Buttercreme, Hair Whip, and Dream Curling Creme
Oyin Handmade: Honey Hemp and Hair Dew (not pictured)
Beija Flor Naturals: Creme Brulee and Coco Mango Buttercream (Still hasn’t been delivered, ugh)
A bunch of yummy products to play in my hair with, oh the Joy!!!! Reviews and pics coming soon…
*Note: This post was written months before posting. I was still deciding whether or not to blog.
When I made the decision to go completely natural, I made it my mission to transition long term. I took very good care of my hair and I was not the one to just go and cut my hair. So I researched for hours on YouTube and CurlyNikki.com for tips on long term transition styles. My go to styles were Bantu knots, and curly pony tails. Wash n Go’s weren’t an option because half of my hair curled just fine, while the other half had major heat damage. Eh, what’s a girl to do. I didn’t mind the transition styles. I had fun trying to figure out what style to do next. What I did mind was the detangling process. The first night of detangling my hair I cried. I had never lost so much hair in my life. It took me 2 hours to detangle my hair!!! I’m actually convinced it was longer to be honest. I frantically went to the Curly Nikki forums searching for help. Someone suggested detangling in sections, so the next time I washed my hair I did just that. It helped some but not very much. So I went from using Giovanni conditioner as a rinse out to Tresemme naturals. It helped a little but I was frustrated because it was still taking an 1hr to 1hr45 minutes to detangle.(I began to seriously consider the big chop) Even when I sat under a steamer it didn’t help. I tried Hair Rules quench to detangle and that didn’t help. The only relief I got was to dry detangle. “Say what?!” Yes dry detangle… well technically. Let me explain. I would gently separate my hair up into 8 sections. Then I would spray that section with Jane Carter’s Revitalizing Leave In Conditioner. (It is an excellent detangler!) Next, I would use my Denman brush to detangle and then braid that section into one braid. I did this for each section. It made detangling easier, but I still had a lot of shedding/breakage. Then I would wash each section one by one, add conditioner, clip up, and baggie. My hair would tangle right back up after rinsing the conditioner out and I’d have to detangle all over again with more shedding/breakage. I realized that one of the issues that contributed to my tangled mess was the fact that I had just gotten color 2 months prior to my natural hair discovery. (See previous post) It dried my hair out significantly. I purchased product after product. Nothing seemed to work. It seemed as if the big chop was eminent.
I came across the book, “Science of Black Hair,” along with the discovery of Denim Pixie’s (Elle) YouTube channel and blog, “Quest for the Perfect Curl.” She did a video called, “Some Tidbits on Protein,” which I found very informative and the “Science of Black Hair” really broke it down further for me. So I grabbed all of the products I had and realized I was causing major protein overload in my hair which was causing it to be perpetually dry and shed/break. I began looking for moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. I used Hello Hydration conditioner as a rinse out first. I still hadn’t found a moisturizing shampoo. I had significant improvement on detangling but it still took awhile. I was down to 45 mins detangling in the shower, and for the 1st time my hair felt somewhat softer. Also, my shedding/breakage decreased. I returned to Elle’s blog and on her Holy Grail list I saw Creme of Nature’s Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Shampoo. I went to my local beauty supply store and picked it up. Score!!!! My hair felt so soft while washing, still in sections but much easier. The Creme of Nature coupled with my hello hydration decreased my shedding/breaking and detangling time significantly. I was down to 30 mins and was finally experiencing regular shedding. All is well in my world so there is no need to big chop now … Right?