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Update: Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic Curl Stimulator (NEW FORMULA!)

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***Note: (July 12, 2014) Check out my update post on where to get the original formula: Update: Curly Magic Returns?*** 
Photo Credit: Uncle Funky's Daughter 

Earlier this month, Uncle Funky's Daughter (UFD) restocked their Curly Magic Curl Stimulator after it was unavailable for weeks. This restocking surprisingly came coupled with a formula change. Check out the new ingredients list below along with a statement from UFD regarding the change.

OLD Ingredients:
Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Aqueous-Infused Extracts of Marshmallow, Chamomile, Nettle, Horsetail, Vitamin E, Agave Nectar Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate and Natural Fragrance.

Excerpt from UFD's Facebook announcement: "We finally have all the curl enhancing power you are looking for, in our improved moisturizing Curly Magic. The hold is the same firm hold you love, but hair feels softer, more nourished, while the fresh scent is very mild and clean."

NEW Ingredients:
Distilled Water, Vegetable Glycerin…

Back to Basics: Moisturizing and Sealing

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In my previous Back to Basics post, I briefly went over porosity and how it plays a role in determining the best products and regimen for one's hair care.

The key to moisturizing is using a water-based product (meaning water is the first ingredient). Not an oil- or butter-based product, these are not moisturizers. They're sealants, they're emollients, but they are not moisturizers. When oils and/or butters are applied after true moisturizers, they lock in the moisture by coating the hair shaft and preventing the moisture (water) from evaporating.

MOISTURIZERS=WATER-BASED PRODUCTS

SEALANTS=OIL- AND BUTTER-BASED PRODUCTS

My hair is in the medium to high porosity range so retaining moisture is a problem for me. When I moisturize, I seal afterwards to preserve the benefits of moisturizing. Depending on how I feel or what is nearest, I use water or a variation of hair mists and milks to moisturize. Then, I apply one of my oils or oil blends. If I want something heavier, I'…

Review: Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Hair & Scalp Weekly Therapy

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Shea Moisture debuted their Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair line earlier this year. I've tried a couple of the products so far. Here's a review for the Hair & Scalp Weekly Therapy.

Product Claims:
This ultra-nourishing treatment is the secret to healthy, shiny hair. [Shea Moisture'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. Certified organic Shea Butter, revitalizing Tahitian Nono and Monoi Oil blended with Keratin, Peptides and Botanical Extracts nourish, repair and protect distressed hair fibers. Hair looks thicker and fuller over time.

Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Hydrolyzed Keratin, Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Brassica Alcohol, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Peptide, Beeswax, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Trametes Ver…

Use up the Stash: Update #3 (Mini Reviews Included)

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It's been awhile since I've posted an update for Use up the Stash. That's mainly due to the fact that I left most of my products behind in The Bahamas and/or gave them away. What I do have with me, I've been steadily using and finishing. Here are the products I've finished along with mini reviews and links to full reviews:

III Sisters of Nature Natural Curling Gelo: The only thing I like about this product is the fragrance. It reminds me of candy or Sprite Remix (if anyone else remembers those delights). That was the only plus for me. Every time I used it, it created a mess in my hair. It's too light to hold my hair on its own, but the Gelo cannot be layered with any other product! Whenever I tried to layer this with my leave-in and oil, it would turn white. I made the mistake of attempting to add another gel on top of the Gelo when I noticed it wasn't providing enough hold. It created this glue-like substance in my hair; I'm talking white balls everywh…

Updated Wash & Go Routine - March 2014

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My previous routine has changed slightly! Here's a quick rundown of what I do. Photos can be found on the Kinks of Nature Instagram page (Instagram.com/KinksOfNature).

Shampoo or co-wash Deep condition (2-6 sections) Detangle while rinsing (using my fingers or a wide tooth comb) Oil rinse (Optional step) Apply a rinse-out and detangle (if I haven't already done so) while rinsing Apply leave-in Apply styler, scrunch, and shake shake shake! (I apply my styler in sections and add more water as needed during this step.) Pin hair down with duck-bill clips for stretch Air dry or diffuse Remove clips and fluff! 

I am now applying stylers to soaking wet hair. By doing this I get better definition, and more slip while applying my styler. The scrunching helps to define the curls, while the shaking helps to separate the clumped sections. The pins also help with the shrinkage and preserving the style; they're relatively comfortable to sleep with so I can let my hair dry overnight witho…

Review: Alikay Naturals Aloe-Berry Styling Gel

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This month, the Alikay Naturals line debuted in Target stores. I recently finished the Aloe-Berry Gel. I'm not certain if it is included in the Target line, but here is another long overdue review.

Product Claims:
Now you have the freedom to style your hair, without fear of gel damage.This strawberry scented gel is made with a natural aloe base, infused with berries and botanicals. Keep hair in place while moisturizing it. Also adds shine and medium hold to hair without leaving hair feeling sticky or crunchy. Great for all hair types. This product is 100% natural and 100% organic.

Key Ingredients*: Aloe Vera, Infused with Essential Oils and Berries, Botanical Blend, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Natural Fragrance.

*A full ingredients list is not provided on the packaging nor the website.

Thoughts:
I had a better experience with Aloe-Berry than I did with the Creme Brulee (first impressions here). Aloe-Berry is a thin and light gel. The consistency is better suited for a pump bottle so …

Review: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner

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***Updated on 09-Mar-2014 with pricing and availability info.***

Shea Moisture's Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner 

I've had Shea Moisture's Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner since it debuted last year. Now that my bottle is nearly finished, it's about time I put this review in a post.

Product Claims: Shea Moisture's Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner for thick, curly hair restores moisture, detangles and smoothes dry hair cuticles. Helps tame frizz as it defines and enhances natural curls.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Certified Organic Ingredient), Sorbitol Esters, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Proprietary Ess…