Curly Hair Products I am Dying To Try

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Ever since I started my transition and especially now that I am completely natural  I can’t stop fantacizing about the styles I want to try, and the products I want to use. I decided to compile a list of the top ten products I want to try. Sort of like a bucket list that I will tick off one by one and see if they are all worth the hype.  You might find this helpful if you are natural and are searching for products to improve the health of your hair. If you are a more experienced natural please feel free let me know if you have already tried any of the products on my list and how they worked for you.

My picks are based on the reviews of some of my favourite Youtubers. These products should work well on Type 4 hair which is my hair type based on what I have observed so far. I have categorised them based on their purposes. So I ended up with five categories which are:

  • Cleansers
  • Deep Conditioners /Masques
  • Detanglers/ Rinse Out Conditioners
  • Leave-in Conditioners/Moisturisers
  • Stylers /Gels

I have included clickable pictures (where I could find links) so that you can view each product in greater detail.

Cleansers

The two Cleansers that I cannot wait to try are-drum-roll please:

  1. Bentonite Clay

I have heard great things about the detoxifying effects of bentonite clay. I’ve seen it work wonders on low porosity hair that is lacking definition. So if you are struggling in the curl definition department try some bentonite clay. I can’t wait to see what it will do for the hair at the crown of my head that hates to clump and loves to frizz.

2. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo


This shampoo seems to be the real deal if you want a gentle cleanse that is not going to strip your hair’s natural oils. It’s great for persons who have sensitive scalp and skin. Lets hope it’s all it’s cracked up to be!

 

Deep Conditoners/ Masques

3. T.G.I.N Honey Miracle Hair Mask

 

Of all the deep conditioners I hear naturals talk about this seems like the one that sets the bar. This wouldn’t be a natural hair products wish list if this wasn’t on it.

4. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque

Lets just say this seems to be a strong competitor to the TGIN Honey Miracle hair Mask

Detanglers/Rinse Out Conditioners

5. Aussie Moist Three Minute Miracle

I know…this might not be a strictly “curly hair” products but it does seem to work wonders in softening and detangling natural hair…so sign me up. It comes highly recommended by hair vloggers across the board.

6. Herbal Essences hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner

No matter what type of hair journey you are on you are bound to have heard about this product. It’s a staple in many a hair regimen…begs the question why is it still on my wish list and not in my bathroom cabinet?

 

Leave In Conditioners/ Moisturisers

8. Mixed Chicks Coil, Kink and Curl Style Cream

I love a great moisturiser and so far i am yet to find one that makes me swoon so i am definitely up to try this one after the great things I have heard about it.

7. Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk

Well what can I say this is my third Shea Moisture pick…I guess they are doing something right.

Stylers/Gels

I was least interested in this category just because I think that nothing can beat my Ecostyler Olive Oil gel ( check out my defined was and go using it here. However I did manage to find two gels that peaked my interest…so one day I will give them a try.

9. Mixed Chicks Curl Sculptor

10. Alikay Naturals Aloe Berry Styling Gel

What curly hair products are on your wish list? Have you tried any of the ones on mine? how do you like them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ecostyler Olive Oil Vs Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gels- Which is Better?

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Ecoco the manufacturers of the Ecostyler Gel line has recently added some new Gel formulas to their line of styling gels. These include the Coconut Oil Gel and the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gels.

Prior to now the only gel I used was the Ecostyler Olive Oil Gel. As fate would  have it I ran out and went to repurchase but it was out of stock at my local beauty supply store out and my only choice was to pick up the Back Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel and hope it wouldn’t disappoint.

During my relaxed hair days the Olive Oil Gel worked great for slicking down my edges and keeping updos in place. After my big chop it worked fantastically for my wash and gos and I swore I would never use another gel.  Obviously that didn’t happen and so here I am doing this product comparison.

MANUFACTURER PROMISES

Olive oil Gel:

1. For all hair types

2. Moisturises Hair and Scalp,Tames Frizz

3. No Flake, no tack, anti-itch

4. UV Protection

Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel:

1. Promotes Hair growth

2. Shines, nourishes, repairs & grows

3. No flake, no tack, anti-itch

Many of the properties claimed by the manufacturer such as the UV protection, anti-itch and hair growth are difficult to test and or prove (or disprove). I am therefore going to focus on the properties that I expect to get from a gel. It should be noted that both gels are alcohol free which is one of the properties that makes Ecostyler Gels so great for natural hair. It won’t dry your hair out…if you are otherwise taking good  care of your hair.

Texture and Appearance

Both gels have a thick gel-like consistency. I couldn’t tell the difference just scooping them out of the jar.

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The Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel has a sparkly look almost like fine gold shimmer has been sprinkled throughout which I thought was very interesting.

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The difference in texture though is seen when the gels are applied to the hair. The Olive Oil gel maintain’s it thick tacky consistency when applied to the hair- not in a bad way though. On the other hand the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Gel becomes a little more watery once it is applied to the hair.

HOLD

Based on how each gel felt when it was applied to the hair I could tell that the Olive Oil Gel would have a stronger hold than the Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil gel and that is exactly what happened. The Olive Oil Gel dries to a crunchy stiff hold and leave every single one of my curls defined.

Wash and Go done with Olive Oil Gel

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The Best Leave-in Conditioner for Transitioning Hair

 

 

I have been on a healthy hair journey for four years and somehow I have just decided to try the Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Cream. What! ‘Tis true. Boy have I been missing out.I have used quite a few Leave-in conditioners over the past years. Actually of all the category of products Leave-in is the only one where I can’t say that I have a holy grail product that I can swear by. I have use Neutrogena Triple Moisture, Creme of Nature Kissi (now Orion Zimmi), Elasta QP Leave-In, to name a few of the good ones. Yet none come close to the Cantu.  This Leave-in is hand down the best Leave-in Conditioner I have ever used. I can confidently say that this Leave-in will be a staple in my journey going forward. So let me break it down and let you all know why I love this product so much.

Great Ingredients

The list of ingredients is super long! I think Cantu tried to packed every single moisturising ingredient known to  man into this product. Whilst I am still researching each ingredient to find out their individual benefits there are some very obvious ones that have great qualities. Of course the first sign that a product is moisturising is when water as its first ingredient. This leave-in is packed with many other  natural nourishing ingredients such as Shea Butter, Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Rosemary, Leaf Extract,Kiwi Fruit Extract, Nettle Extract, Orange Oil, Sage Leaf Extract, Yarrow Extract and Olive Friut Oil. Check out the full list below and let me know what other ingredients on the list you love or might not like. This leave-in contains protein, so be cautious about how you use it in conjunction with other protein based products.

List of Ingredients: 

Water, Ceteryl Alcohol, Canola Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Butyrospermumparkii (Shea Butter), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Rosemary, Leaf Extract, Kiwi Fruit Extract, Nettle Extract, Orange Oil, Sage Leaf Extract, Yarrow Extract, Fragrance, Olive Friut Oil, Hydrolyzed Callogen, Dimethicone, Hydrolized Wheat Protein,Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate, Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Wheat ProteinPG Propyl Silanetriol, Polyqueternium-10, Panthenol, Disodiumedta, phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglecerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Sulphate, Magnesium Nitrate, Cylohexasiloxane, Sodium Methyltaurate, Dimethicone PEG-8mMeadowfoamate, Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Hydroxyethylecellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propyleneglycol, cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citral, Limonene, Coumarin, Linalool, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional.

Affordability:

I bought this product for $943 (Jamaican, less that $10 US) + tax. That is a bargain for the amount and quantity of product you get. This Leave-in comes in an 16 ounce tub. Considering I will only use it once per week, I am predicting that it will last me quite a while. 

Smell:

I wouldn’t say I love the smell of this product but it is okay. It smells like a cross between perfume and natural oils. In the container it smells quite strong but once it is applied the smell mellows down and actually lasts the whole week. I just loved getting a whiff of the product as a walk around during the week.

Consistency:

The Leave-in has a creamy consistency. Not too thick. More like a rinse out conditioner consistency. It applies and absorbs into the hair easily and make detangling a breeze.

Conclusion:

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a great Leave-in conditioner for a great price. It worked remarkably well on my transitioning hair. I could comb through my new growth when it is dry when I use this product! A feat never achieved (without the use of my S-Curl No Drip)  since I started my transition. It left my hair feeling absolutely soft and conditioned. I love it! My only regret it that I did not try it sooner.

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Budget Friendly Products for Relaxed, Texlaxed and Transitioning Hair

For my first ever video on my Youtube channel I shared some inexpensive product choices for relaxed, Texlaxed and Transitioning hair. These products are the ones I am currently using to keep my transitioning regimen as budget friendly as possible. I hope you will find this helpful.

 

 

Products Mentioned 

Shampoo: Creme of Nature Argan Oil  Sulfate Free Moisture and Shine Shampoo

Conditioners:

Moisture- Elasta QP DPR11+ Deep Penetrating Remoisturizing conditioner

Protein- Africa’s Best Organics Hair Mayonnaise

Leave Ins

Moisrure-African Pride Olive Oil Miracle Hair and Scalp Strengthening Leave-in Conditioner

Protein- Orion Zimmi Thermal Sheen Booster

 

Oils:

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Stylers:

Gel- Olive Oil Ecostyler Gel

 

Heat Protectant- Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray

 

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Quick Update

 

I have taken a new step in the direction of my dreams and recently launched my Youtube channel. My plan is to post most of my hair and beauty related content on there and transition my blog into a platform where I discuss social and personal issues as well as hopefully fashion.

Thank you for your support over the past year and if you are new please subscribe to my blog as well as my Youtube Channel.

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Mini Hair Product Haul and First Impressions

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I made a few  hair product purchases recently and thought I would share them with you guys. Some of them are old faves white others are new additions.

First up is the old faithful Eco Styler gel. I love this gel because it keeps your edges silk and neat without drying out your hair, making it crunchy or flaky. It is definitely my go to healthy hair friendly gel. By the way I don’t know where the label went…hmmm.

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Funnily  I ended up picking it up after I bought another edge control that was just rubbish.

That brings me to the second item i purchased recently and it is the African Pride smooth Edges, edge control. I was looking for Ecostyler Gel and did not find it so i decided to go ahead and buy thus edge control for the time being. It would have been better if I had used some old school water and Vaseline.

 

When I opened it the look and texture reminded me of Let’s Jam that I used back in the day. I was immediately skeptical but decided to give it a chance. I applied it to my edges and brushed it in but it was not really smoothing my edges like I wanted it to . But that is not the worst part,  It has a very wet shiny look like melting petroleum jelly and it just melted onto my forehead as the day went on. Not a good look at all. I would not recommend this product.

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Next is another African Pride product that I tried for the first time, but one that I was totally impressed by. If you can recall I mentioned  the African Pride Shae Butter moisturizer in a favourites post recently, that I absolutely loved. Well this is the creme version of that moisturiser and is more appropriate for thicker hair textures. So two thumbs up.

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I also picked up the Orion Zimmi Moisturising Deep conditioner (formerly Creme of Nature). This conditioner was off the market for a while but it has been rebranded and is available again. I have been using this conditioner since I started my hair journey. The ingredients are pretty much the same as the old version and works the same way. It leaves my hair soft and manageable and I love the price (less than $600). If you are looking for an inexpensive but high quality deep conditioner this is your best bet.

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An old favourite of mine also made it into my shopping cart. It is the S-curl No Drip Moisturiser. I absolutely have to have this when I am on my relaxer stretches.  If you find it difficult to comb through your roots once your hair starts growing out, try this and your tough roots worries will be over. Just spray unto you root, moisturise the length of your hair with  your regular moisturiser, seal and you wont believe the softness.

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Finally I picked up some Tea Tree oil. I have heard good things about using Tea Tree oil to treat dandruff. My scalp has been extra itchy lately and even though it doesn;t have time to get flaky because I wash it often it still itches. Anti-danfruff shampoos and ointments do not help and so I have decided to give this a try. So far I have added it to my shampoo and oil but my scalp is still itchy, but I am going to give it a chance and i will let you guys know how it fairs in the long run.

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I bought all these products at Discount Beauty Supplies with the exception of the Tea Tree Oil that I bought at a local health food store. . Thanks for reading. Happy hair journey!

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Product Review: Elasta QP DPR-11+ Deep Penetrating Remoisturizing Conditioner

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Since I am in recovery mode with my hair (read my hair story to find out why), I have been on the hunt for a good moisturizing conditioner. Keracare Humecto is my original favourite but I think it is too little product for the price, so I decided to try to find a suitable alternative that gives me more bang for the buck. My search has brought me to the ElastaQPDPR-11+ Deep Penetrating Remoisturizing Conditioner.

Cost and Size:

I paid $1000 JMD inclusive of tax for this conditioner. It comes in a jar that holds 15 ounces.

 

Ingredients: The first five ingredients are Aqua (water), glycerine, Soya Bean Oil, Mineral Oil, Propylene Glycol and Petrolatum. Other ingredients in lesser amounts are Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin and Hydrolyzed Wheat protein.

Consistency and Smell:

It has a creamy consistency but becomes more watery once it is applied to the hair. It has a strong “perfumy” smell. It is strong but at the same time, it is  not nauseating.

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My impression:

I first heard about this product from Onika R on Youtube . Some how I never tried it until about two months ago. Reading the ingredients in store I became concerned when I saw that it contains mineral oil and petrolatum in the first five ingredients. I try my best to steer clear of these ingredients because they can coat the hair and block hair follicles. However since I heard such great things about this conditioner and its not a product that will be left on my hair for a prolonged period I decided to give it a go.

I have been using this product for about six weeks. Opening it for the first time I was a little taken aback by the smell. As I said before it has a “perfumy” smell that I can only describe as “not natural smelling”. It is strong but it doesn’t linger after I rinse it out of my hair.  It left my hair soft, fluffy and easy to detangle. It has done its job as a moisturising deep conditioner and it has the added bonus of being a good size.

All in all I give this conditioner two thumbs up. If you are currently searching for a moisturising conditioner or if you just want to try something new, I recommend you try this.

Side Note: This product contains hydrolyzed wheat protein. I do not know all the chemistry behind it but from what I have read and heard, hydrolyzed wheat protein acts a a humectant meaning it attracts water which makes it moisturising. So even though it contains a protein it is not a protein conditioner. So not to worry if you are concerned about protein overload.

If you try this conditioner let me know how you like it!

 

 

 

 

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