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Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Souffle: Experiment #1

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CurlyGirlJess and LouLouMatou are two of my favorite YouTubers. They've been mixing their Curling Souffle with other products to make it work for them. After watching a few of these videos and being beyond bored with my current products, I decided to give it a try. Note that I have the old formulation, but from what I've seen, the new and old perform similarly. 




I recently posted the above photo on Instagram of a gel mix comprised of Eco Styler Olive, Shea Moisture Curling Souffle and Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel (3:2:1 ratio respectively). It's a nice mix! The hold isn't as strong as Eco Styler Olive alone, but it does provide a medium hold. I could smooth my edges and not have that rock hard feel that Eco sometimes gives. My wash-and-go had decent definition. I did a cold rinse after applying the gel mix. Once my hair dried, there wasn't a waxy residue, which is often the case with the Curling Souffle. 

I used this mix solely for about a week and a half. Toward…

Review: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Extra-Moisturizing Detangler

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Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Extra-Moisturizing Detangler is one of the few Shea Moisture products that just do not work for me. 
Product Claims: This mild, moisture-rich treatment detangles, defines, and tames children's thick, wavy or unruly hair without greasiness. Restores luster to dry, dull hair while conditioningIngredients: Deionized Water, Coconut Oil*, Shea Butter*, Silk Protein, Citrus Medica Limonium, Citrus Aurantifolia, Jasminium Officinale, Slippery Elm Extract, Essential Oil Blend, Neem Seed Oil, Algae Extract, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Sage Leaf and Horsetail Extract, Althaea Officinalis Extract, Vitamin E.*Certified Organic Ingredient Thoughts: This was a disappointment. I was expecting a better version of the Moisture Mist, but this pales in comparison. I've used a third of the bottle: it wasn't moisturizing for me, did not detangle, define or tame my hair in the least. No luster either. It isn't a greasy product, but it felt like a c…

First Impressions: Curls Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Conditioner

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I picked up Curls Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Conditioner, a heat activated deep conditioning treatment, last week from Happy Hair Boutique during their 40% off sale. I'm currently trying it for the first time, and it seems ok. It's a thick conditioner, so much so that it's hard to get ouut of the bottle. It goes on smooth and has a bit of slip. I was able to detangle right after applying the conditioner, and I haven't detangled in over a week so that was a shocker. The fragrance is hard to describe: at times, it reminds me of tea, then other times I'm reminded of Tang!

I'll be using this overnight and rinsing in the morning. Before I go to sleep, I'll try to do a few minutes under my heat cap.
A full review will be posted once I've used it a few times. 
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Review: Curl Me Crazy Handmade Zesty Sea Salt Scrub

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***Note: Curl Me Crazy Handmade provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review.***

I've written about and reviewed products in the Curl Me Crazy Handmade line before. She has since added new products to the line including the Zesty Sea Salt Scrub.  Ingredients: Dead Sea Salt, Sweet Almond Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Blended Herb Mix, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Tangerine, Grapefruit Essential Oil. Thoughts: This is a mild scrub, and I can use it everyday without irritating my skin. There's more oil than salt, which contributes to it being a bit more on the gentle side. After rinsing the scrub off, there's light oil residue, which I don't mind because I typically would apply a butter or oil after showering. 

This zesty scrub has a fragrance to match the name. Citrus rinds and herbs are actually visible in the product, but it doesn't affect the application.

Happy Hair Boutique - Nassau, Bahamas (Photos Included)

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Today, I went to Happy Hair Boutique for the first time! Natural hair products galore! They're currently having a 40% off sale on select products; the last day of the sale is Saturday. They carry the following brands, Curls, Candy Curls, Hair Rules, Shea Moisture, Kinky Curly, Curly Q's, Mixed Chicks, Donna Marie, Macadamia Natural Oil, Curls Unleashed, Hip Peas, Shea Radiance, Aunt Jackies, Carol's Daughter,  Curl Me Crazy, Cantu for Natural Hair, Sunny Isle, and more!

I'm running low on deep conditioners so I picked up a couple of the Curls conditioners which are included in the sale. I've never tried them before, but I've seen good reviews and had decent-to-good experiences with the line in the past. Hopefully, this works out. 



The boutique also stocks their own brand of gel called Candy Curls Gel, which I was given for review. It smells like grape soda! 


If you prefer using products with more natural ingredients, there aren't many options in terms of shopp…

Review: Tasti Kiss Essentials Mai Sweet Carla

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Last year, I bought a couple of the Tasti Kiss Essentials' butters intending to use them on my hair but have since mainly used them as body products. Mai Sweet Carla is the first up for review. 
Product Claims: Mai Sweet Carla is packed with humectants to help aid with frizz and moisture in humid weather. Add on top of your favorite leave in as a "sealant" or "topper" butter, or add with a gel for twist outs and braided styles. This butter is rich with humectants and is also good for low porosity hair, hair that doesn't absorb water (moisture) easily.Ingredients: African Yellow Shea Butter, Glycerin, Castor, Jojoba, Grape Seed Oil, Raw Honey, Vitamin E, Neem, and Fragrance. Thoughts:  When I originally received this butter, it was so firm that it was difficult to use. I had a hard time emulsifying it, and it didn't apply smoothly to my hair or body. It sat in my stash for awhile simple because I didn't know what to do with it. A few months later, I p…

Tag: She Loved It! I Hated It! (Mini Reviews Included)

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Typically with my reviews, I mention that what works for some won't necessary work for all. While watching my subscription feed on YouTube, I saw this tag. There are so many products people rave about, but they just did NOT work for me. Here are a few of those products along with mini reviews. 
Coily Head Chick: I had such high hopes for this line, but none of the products worked for me. The mist was too greasy. The moisturizer had an overwhelming castor oil scent, and I couldn't stand apply to my hair fully. The gel, well there's already a review posted for that one, but suffice to say it did not work out. The pomade was decent, but I had others that performed better. I gave away the entire line of products. There are new products to this line, which I'm tempted to try, but after my past experiences with the line, it's unlikely. 
Creme Of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo: This was a disaster for my hair. I'll probably give this one away also. Full r…