Showing posts from May, 2014

First Impressions: Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream

Here goes another drugstore/beauty supply product review, well first impressions in this case.

Product Claims: This curling cream will define, condition and add manageability to your curls, leaving them soft, shiny and deeply moisturized. Made with 100% pure shea butter and formulated without chemicals or harsh ingredients.

Water (Aqua), Canola Oil, Glycerin, Ceteareth 20, Fragrance, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteth-20, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea), Glycol Stearate, Petrolatum, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil (Macadamia), Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem), Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil (Carrot), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan), Silk Amino Acids, Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Honeysuckle…

Review: ApHogee Curlific! Texture Treatment

A few months ago, I posted my first impressions of ApHogee Curlific! Texture Treatment (view here). I've had some time to use the product; in fact, it's nearly finished.

Product Claims: Curlific! products are pH optimized for maximum results and contain our exclusive PropHytamine Complex, utilizing proteins for strength, emollients for shine and humectants for softness. Curlific! is serious care for textured hair. Wavy, curly, or coiled hair types are more susceptible to damage than straight hair, due to structure and styling resistance. Weekly use of Curlific! Texture Treatment maintains beautiful hair, regardless of the environment or styling regimen. A must for color treated curls!!

Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycerin, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Sodium PCA, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed …

First Impressions: Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Styling Custard

I've been trying out different gels lately with hopes of replacing my favorite gel, which has now been replaced with a new formulation (read all about it here). Beautiful Textures was the first.

Product Claims: Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Styling Custard is enriched with Aloe Vera, Coconut, Olive, Vitamin E, Argan Oil, Shea and Mango Butter. Achieve amazing manageability and styling versatility for Curly, Wavy, Kinky-Coily or Frizzy hair. Get soft defined curls, bodacious bouncy spirals, and smooth silky tresses while nurturing natural growth of mixed textured hair.

Attain the ultimate moisture, definition and curl control with Curl Definer Custard! By smoothing, softening, and protecting, this advanced blend of soft-hold conditioners and moisturizers helps promote natural curl elongation and healthy looking growth. Use regularly to hold and elongate curls providing non-sticky, frizz-free lasting styles with a natural shine.

This non-flaking curl defining formula is perfect fo…

Rant: Being Followed in a Beauty Supply Store

This week I went to a beauty supply store in Finsbury Park, near the station and past the car wash. If you live in London, yea, you know the one. I was hesitant to write this post, but it just bothered me so much, and I left that store feeling completely disgusted. I initially went there when I first moved to London, but was unimpressed with their service and product knowledge, not to mention downright rude and unprofessional behavior. I stopped going there and found another and better store in South London, which has a better and more diverse selection of natural products.

The last time I was in the store previously, I overheard the employees directing a customer on how to color her hair. He told her to first use a 40 volume developer with bleach powder and then add a BOX dye. On previously colored hair? Now would you like her hair to fall out instantly or break off slowly? Really! For anyone that colors hair, you know how terrible these directions were.

Nevertheless, I wound up in t…

Quick Tip: Laying Edges with Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream


Back to Basics: Cleansing Conditioners vs. Co-Wash Conditioners (The Difference)

Cleansing conditioners and co-washing conditioners are very common amongst naturals and those on a healthy hair journey in general. Although the terms cleansing conditioners and co-wash conditioners tend to be used interchangeably, there is a difference.

Cleansing conditioners contain mild surfactants such as cocamidopropyl betaine or other ingredients that act as cleansers such as kaolin clay. The cleansers are less stripping than traditional shampoos. They are truly able to cleanse the hair and remove light to moderate buildup.

Here are a few of my favorite cleansing conditioners:

Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner (review here)
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser (review here)

Co-wash conditioners, on the other hand, are traditional conditioners. They don't necessarily contain any cleansing ingredients. A co-wash is a good way to refresh the hair if you don't require any cleansing or heavy buildup removal. During the process of rinsing…