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Butter : : Adé Vegan Hair Essentials Vanilla Bean CocoShealoe Husky Hair Butter

Butter : : Adé Vegan Hair Essentials Vanilla Bean CocoShealoe Husky Hair Butter

Hello curlies! I have another review of a product from a new line I recently discovered when I won a giveaway on Instagram. It’s the Vanilla Bean CocoShealoe Husky Hair Butter by Adé Vegan Hair Essentials. Oh and in case you missed it, check out the Company Behind the Curl feature I did on Adé Vegan’s owner, Tonya! She is an AWESOME chick. A beautiful spirit! :o)

So the 2oz Vanilla Bean CocoShealoe Husky Butter is a goodie I got with my giveaway winnings. I am not sure how much the 2oz retails for because it is currently out of stock and will be back on July 4th but I want to say its around $10. It also comes in an 8oz size for $25 AND you can also get the plain Husky Hair butter (without the vanilla bean) in custom scents (Peppermint, Lavender, Lemongrass, Sweet Orange, Rose Petal, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Jasmine, Myrrh)! I love being able to choose a scent :o)

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Product Description
A rich medley of nourishing butters and healing oils for thick, dry, or damaged strands. This cream works wonders to soften thick, tightly curly hair textures. Also works great as a moisturizing base for prepping twists, plaits, or puffs.

Ingredients
Shea Butter, soy butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, aloe butter, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, castor oil, oat oil, silk amino acids, vitamin E, whole vanilla bean, vanilla absolute, ylang ylang essential oil.  No chemical preservatives, No synthetic fragrance, No animal ingredients, No synthetic color, No mineral oil, No sulfates

****The ingredients I use are completely natural and free from any chemical preservatives therefore making it essential that the butter is stored correctly to get the longest life out of it. As you know, water is the breading ground for all bacteria so as long as you don’t let water from your hands dripping into the butter while you are doing your hair and you keep it stored in a cool dry place it should last between 6-9 months of purchase. Texture is that of a rich butter cream with easy spreadability on either wet or dry curls with no greasy buildup!

I want to draw your attention to how incredibly DELICIOUS this butter looks! OMG it reminds of cookie dough! It even has real specks of vanilla beans, just like the ice cream! Isn’t it sad that I often equate hair products to food haha a true #FatGirl LMAO!! Oh well, so yea, the butter smells really great as well, it has a light, natural vanilla scent, not like the overbearing, synthetic vanilla scent. It’s very tolerable and pleasant. The texture is just that way it looks–creamy, soft and very emollient. I would consider it more of a medium thickness butter, it is definitely thicker than AVHE’s Rosehip Strand Essence butter which is recommended for finer textures so I presume this butter is for thicker/courser textures (although both kinds worked well in my hair).

One thing about this butter that was very attractive is the selection of butters used. It contains good ole shea butter, cocoa butter (hence its name) and my beloved mango butter. Like the Rosehip Strand Essence butter, it also contains soy and aloe butter which I found to be really unique because I rarely ever see those butters used in products I’ve used. Check out that post for more info on the benefits of those butters. I also really love that the Husky Butter contains Silk Amino Acids because they “…penetrate the hair to strengthen, rebuild & nourish chemically damaged hair without weighing it down or causing buildup. These amino acids go deep down inside of the damaged hair cuticle to repair and protect it. They are hydroscopic, therefore having excellent moisture binding qualities. It adds softness, body and strength to the hair.” My hair feels very elastic when I use this and is very shiny so I imagine the silk aminos play a part in that, along with the aloe butter since aloe always makes my hair shiny :o)

One thing about the butter is it didn’t provide as much hold as I would like for it, especially since it was humid when I took the pics below but I do feel that this butter is extremely nourishing which by far exceeds whatever “visual” results I get by using it. I really enjoy using this when I am re-twisting my hair during the week and to seal in moisture. Check out the results below!

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The pics below are 2nd day hair, I did not re-twist, just wore my scarf at night. Remember, it was rather humid this week so my hair poofed up a bit more than I would have liked it to but whatever!ade_vegan_essentials_vanilla_bean_cocoshealoe_husky_hair_butter_lacocobella6 ade_vegan_essentials_vanilla_bean_cocoshealoe_husky_hair_butter_lacocobella8 ade_vegan_essentials_vanilla_bean_cocoshealoe_husky_hair_butter_lacocobella7

I got a couple more Adé Vegan Hair Essentials reviews coming up so stay tuned! :o)

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Butter : : Adé Vegan Hair Essentials Rosehip Strand Essence

Butter : : Adé Vegan Hair Essentials Rosehip Strand Essence

I WON A GIVEAWAY!!!! I was sooooooo excited! I know how hard it is to win giveaways and I am one of those people who will enter a giveaway under every email address I have to hopefully increase my chances lol ((don’t ack like you don’t do that too!! lol)) but clearly it never works. I am still waiting on my dream trip to some tropical island, all expenses paid…dangit lol

But yea, so I tried my luck on instagram when I saw a giveaway for Adé Vegan Hair Essentials to win the Rosehip Strand Essence Hair Butter and lo and behold, I won! I won the 2 oz of the Rosehip hair butter and the owner of Ade, Tonya, was SO kind to send me some other goodies along with my prize ((product reviews…coming up!! :o))) and I am happy to say I have found yet ANOTHER gem, to add to my collection of favs :o) So for starters, the 2 oz Rosehip Strand Essence retails on the Adé Vegan Hair Essentials Etsy Shop for $8. It also comes in 2 other sizes—4 oz for $15 and 8 oz for $25.

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Product Description
This light floral whipped butter is highly concentrated with essential butters, oils and extracts to treat your strands to all the healing and none of the weight! Ideal for people with finer strands, or anyone who is looking for an almost weightless moisturizer for their hair. Can also be used as a body butter!

Ingredients
Mango butter, palm butter, soy butter, aloe butter, hibiscus infused coconut oil, jojoba oil, Jamaican black castor oil, oat oil, rosehip botanical extract, silk amino acids, vitamin E oil, rose absolute, ylang ylang essential oil.No chemical preservatives, No synthetic fragrance, No animal ingredients, No synthetic color, No mineral oil, No sulfates

The name of this butter alone makes me gush because 1) I LOVE rosehip tea ((which by the way is an EXCELLENT source of vitamin C, its actually one of the highest concentrated ways to get vitamin C naturally <—-not sure if I said all that right but you get the point lol)) and 2) “Strand Essence” just sounds so regal and delicious for lack of a better word! And I love that it even has a rosey hue to it, most likely from the hibiscus flower infused coconut oil mmmm :o)

This butter is sooooo fluffy and delicious looking, I want to eat it!! The consistency is to die for! Man, if only it were like frosting or ice cream or something edible lol wow… it has a very light floral scent. Nothing overbearing. When you apply it, it melts into more of an oily consistency which makes it very lightweight, more lightweight than I was expecting actually! You can definitely tell it contains that good ole castor oil because it is very coating ((but not heavy)) so it seals well, especially for it being so light weight. It didn’t leave my hair feeling really greasy. I know the product description says its ideal for people with finer hair but I am the complete opposite and I found it to work very well with my hair!

And now, the BEST part about this butter…the AMAZING ingredients. O-M-G. This, and actually all of Adé’s products, have very unique ingredients and to me, that’s what makes it so attractive. You can definitely tell the owner of the *company* Tonya ((hint hint hehe)), spent a lot of time doing research in what to use in her products.And what makes me even more in love with this butter is it contains the amazing mango butter as the main ingredient! YAAASSSSS Child!! The palm butter, soy butter and aloe butter also really intrigued me because I don’t think I’ve ever used anything with those butters in them so that was exciting :o)

Here is a break down of the key ingredients in the Rosehip butter, which by the way, I snagged directly from the Esty storefront :o)

  • Rosehip Botanical Extract – The Rosehip plant produces an amazing little berry that is not only packed with Vitamin C, Essential Fatty Acids, and healthy minerals, it contains an extract that is prized as a natural skin and hair care ingredient.
  • Silk Amino Acids – Silk amino acids penetrate the hair to strengthen, rebuild & nourish chemically damaged hair without weighing it down or causing buildup. These amino acids go deep down inside of the damaged hair cuticle to repair and protect it. They are hydroscopic, therefore having excellent moisture binding qualities. It adds softness, body and strength to the hair.
  • Mango Butter – Mango butter contains high levels of antioxidants and beneficial vitamins A, C, and E. It has been proven that vitamins A and C have a direct influence on hair growth making this ingredient a very important contributor to healthy hair. This natural butter also helps shield against harmful UV rays protecting both the hair and scalp from potential sun damage, making it an extremely effective sunscreen for the hair.
  • Palm Butter – Palm oil contains the hard to find toctrienols, which are members of the vitamin E family. It also contains a refatting agent that helps restore the hair and skin natural oils most soaps and shampoos strip away letting moisture escape.
  • Soy Butter – Soy Butter re-hydrates and replenishes the hairs lipid barrier to help hold in moisture. Soy Beans are extremely high in lecithin, sterolins, vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids and isoflavones.
  • Jojoba Oil – Conditions hair and prevents it from becoming brittle and dull. If there is too much sebum build-up on the scalp it dissolves and removes it therefore keeping the scalp and hair in harmonious balance.
  • Oat Oil – Provides many of the beneficial properties of traditional dry grain oats while delivering a greater concentration of important omega fatty acids and anti-oxidants. It improves the elasticity of the skin and hair because it possesses exceptional emolliency making it penetrate rapidly. Its fatty acid composition includes over 35% omega fatty acids, and it is a noteworthy source of anti-oxidants.

I am so happy that I was able to win this butter and discover a new, wonderful brand! o) It kept my hair moisturized and actually kept the frizz from humidity at a minimum! And that says a lot because it’s hard to battle humidity sometimes but I have learned to just embrace it lol

Check out the results of my twist-out using the Rosehip Strand Essence! That aloe and that shine! YASSS!!  Also, stay tuned for more reviews on Adé Vegan Hair Essentials products :o)

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Deep Condition :: The Natural Root 2-in-1 Sweet Honey Deep Conditioner

Deep Condition :: The Natural Root 2-in-1 Sweet Honey Deep Conditioner

I LOVE HONEY!!! I love honey in my tea….I love honey on my face (yup, to wash my face!) and I love honey in my HAIR!

Honey is an amazing multi-use natural gift from God and is an amazing conditioner and humectant for our hair. I won’t go into too much detail on the benefits of honey because I plan on doing an Ingredients 101 post on it but I mention honey because it’s the main ingredient in the 2-in-1 Sweet Honey Deep Conditioner from The Natural Root. If you missed it, I did a review on their wonderful and very affordable Gourmet Rosemary, Sage, Lemongrass Shea Butter, AND they just updated their website which looks awesome might I add :o)

So the Sweet Honey Deep conditioner is a honey based, conditioning treatment and it comes in a glass mason jar ((I have an obsession with mason jars for some reason lol they just make whatever is in it look so pretty lol #weird)). I was sent the 8oz jar in my goodie bag I received awhile back. It retails for 6 oz for $6 or 8 oz for $15 on The Natural Root’s website.

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Product Description
Our Sweet Honey treatment is comprised of the best oils for your hair. The coconut oil in our formula is one of the only oils that actually penetrates the hair shaft, leaving your hair soft and elongated, also it’s your built in hot oil treatment. The many characteristics of honey makes your hair nourished and enriched. Honey is food for hair, it hydrates, strengthens, stops shedding, breakages and adds elasticity.

How to apply: shampoo, rinse and towel dry hair. Remove excess water with towel. Mix honey in small bowl. Section hair into four areas. Apply honey with applicator from root to end of hair. Repeat steps on each section. Use fingers to work honey through hair. Cover hair with damp hand towel or bonnet, then plastic bag. Sit under dryer or steamer for 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes and rinse with cool water.

Ingredients
Raw Honey, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, argan oil and avocado oil

So the 2-in-1 Deep Conditioner is a sweet and yummy combination of honey and oils, and it can be used 2 ways. You can use it either by itself (using the method above) or you can add it to a conditioner to enhance the benefits of the conditioner. If your hair is damaged and you are trying to nourish it back to health, it’s best to use it plain and strait from the jar and it’s even better if you use it with a steamer!! Unfortunately I don’t own a steamer but I have my Hair Therapy Warp Thermal Turban that I plan to use with this DC next time :o)

But since I feel like my hair is at a point where I can ((by the grace of God)) consider it healthy, I have just been mixing the Sweet Honey DC with my conditioners, mostly my cheapie conditioners like my Nature’s Gates or Trader Joe’s conditioners (Tea Tree Tingle or Nourish Spa) to give them a serious boost. I was actually amazed and what a huge difference it made!

I section my hair into 4 parts, squeeze a big old gob of conditioner in my hand and scoop some of the Sweet Honey DC into my hand and mix it with my fingers before applying it to my hair. I must caution you that it’s best to do this in the shower because it can get a little messy! lol Also, the honey and oils separate so you have to mix them together in the jar before you scoop it out. Oh and I am not sure if the label is waterproof or not so just be cautious with that also, I keep the jar on the little side ledge of my tub behind the shower curtain when I use it so it doesn’t get wet. Sometimes I will leave it in and sometimes not, but either way, it conditions my hair.

I can’t tell you enough how much honey REALLY improves the elasticity of your hair! I use it in my own DIY treatments like my Honey Banana one, and my hair loooooves it and it loves this Sweet Honey DC too! My hair feels so strong and soft after each use. The honey is a humectant so it just pulls aaaaalll that moisture into your strands (this is why using a steamer would be wonderful!). It’s got amazing oils, especially my beloved coconut hehe, which help seal in all the moisture the honey brings in. And another great thing about this DC also, is that honey is water soluble so it’s not sticky and doesn’t leave any residue.

This is definitely a really good, nourishing, restorative treatment for anyone trying to re-gain the health of their hair or trying to keep it healthy (which would be all of us not that I think about it lol) :o)

Oooooo and I also wanted to share some other goodies I got from The Natural Root (I feel SO spoiled!! THANK YOU!! God is Great!)). So I got a cute lil canvas bag with The Natural Roots signature “lady bun” as I call her :o), if you live in Montgomery County Maryland you will know HOW MUCH these bags come in handy because of the daggone bag tax! I also got some more of their amazing Gourmet Shea butter in the Tea Tree, Peppermint, Cinnamon. This has a very strong scent and reminds me of the holidays, probably because of the cinnamon. It’s very nice if you like the spicy kinds of scents! Of course, it works wonders for your hair and skin! I aaaaallso got some cute little greeting cards! I think this is such a cute, clever idea, they have cute sayings and messages so you can send cards to your curlfriends if they’re reached a “natural hair milestone” like a big chop or  reached a length goal lol :o) I love giving hand written notes and cards to people (Hallmark is one of my favorite stores lol) so this touched my heart :o)

Oh and all of these items are of course for sale on their website! Check ’em out!

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Ingredients 101 : : Mango Butter

Ingredients 101 : : Mango Butter

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So I started a new series awhile back, made one post about it and haven’t ever since lol so I knew it was time to finish, or continue rather, what I started! I must say that my motivation was ONE reader who commented saying she “couldn’t wait for more posts on this series and that it was a genius idea!” Well THANK YOU to that reader because your words lingered and motivated me to continue! Hopefully you know who you are  :o)

So the series is called Ingredients 101 and I highlight and share the benefits of NATURAL, and ONLY natural, ingredients that I frequently see in some of my favorite products. In case you missed it, the first (and only lol) post was on Nettle, so be sure to check that out while you’re here :o)

I’ve become borderline obsessed intrigued with natural ingredients because I’ve concluded that the BEST ingredients are ALL NATURAL ingredients, meaning they were created by GOD! It’s amazing to me!!! Think about it…sorry but no man can formulate anything greater than what God created FOR US before mankind even existed! ….don’t believe me? Swap out your products that contain synthetic ingredients for all natural products and see how much healthier your hair will become. I’m a testimony of it :o)

Aaaaalright, moving along….

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Mango butter! I LOVE mango butter! Shea butter has made its place in the natural hair care world as the most popular butter BUT it is not the only butter, there are a BUNCH of other wonderful butters and mango is one of them! In fact, it’s my 2nd favorite butter as it is very similar to shea. I knew I loved mango butter from way back in the day when I used to use Elasta QP’s Mango butter when I had a relaxer. I think they have since improved their recipe for the product and added olive oil to it but I do remember loving it way back when :o)

Mango butter is pretty much an odorless butter (some say it can be sweet smelling) that is extracted from the kernels of the mango. Yup, from that giant hard thing in the middle of the fruit lol. Some of the products I use (and reviewed) that contain mango butter are: 

Mango Butter is even found in some of my fav shampoo bars too hehe

Since became very intrigued by mango butter, I decided to buy it in it’s pure form to play around and make my own lil butter mixes. I bought 1/2 lb from Camden Grey Essential Oils for less than $10 I believe, I can’t recall the exact price but it wasn’t expensive at all. Yes, the pic below is an empty Talenti Gelato tub lol don’t laugh at me! It makes it easier to store and keeps it fresher since it came in zip lock bags from Camden Grey. It was kind of messy in the bags to I got a lil creative :o)

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So what’s the hype about mango butter? Well, for texture and consistency, it is very similar to shea butter. It’s very solid in it’s pure form but when it is warmed it becomes soft and smooth and when completely heated, it will become liquid, like an oil. It’s really emollient which means it’s smooth and will keep your hair sealed thus keeping your hair moisturized. It even protects your hair and scalp from UV rays! Sunscreen for your hair :o)

Mango butter is great for your skin which means it’s great for your scalp. It keeps your scalp supple, elastic, soft and helps promote cell regeneration. It also high levels of antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E which are all said to  promote hair growth. Anything that helps promote a healthy scalp will equal hair GROWTH! :o)

A huge reason that makes mango butter so great, possibly even better than shea butter, is that it has higher level of fatty acids than shea. Fatty acids are essential for our hair and scalp because they help reduce frizziness, provide moisture, penetrate the hair shaft and enhance softness. Fatty acids are also anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral which is why mango butter is great for the scalp as well. So when there is a lack of fatty acids in your hair regimen, you may have weak, brittle hair, breakage and even hair loss. So be sure to try out some products that contain this wonderful butter!

Check out pics of my hair with ONLY mango butter, just plain and strait. Nothing else. It’s not whipped or anything, just strait out my Talenti Gelato tub :o) This was the first time I ever used it just strait up and all I can say is WOW.  I think I may have had the best twist out. It was too the point where I was like, damn, this may be all I need to use!! It was that serious!! I didn’t have to re-apply OR re-twist my hair not one time that entire week and my curls were till poppin, defined and frizz free. I need to start using products that contain more mango butter!! Look at the results and you will see what I mean!

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Butter : : The Natural Root Gourmet Shea Butter Lemongrass Rosemary Sage

Butter : : The Natural Root Gourmet Shea Butter Lemongrass Rosemary Sage

Hello!!

Coming to you with a new little gem I’ve discovered :o) I was sent some goodies by the owner of this up and coming brand, The Natural Root, LLC and I wanted to share with you! I LOVE supporting small businesses in the Natural Hair world because they are 99% of time created by fellow curly girls and typically stemmed from a need they saw in their own personal lives. I am especially touched by The Natural Root because of the owners went natural when she lost all of her hair due to chemotherapy for breast cancer, a true testimony on how the Lord can create a blessing out of ANY situation no matter how grim it may look. The other owner of TNR even wrote a book about natural hair after she first decided to go natural due to the condition of her relaxed hair. I love hearing everyone’s unique stories of how they “came to Natural”, so inspiring and uplifting! :o)

So the first product from TNR I want to share is the Gourmet Shea Butter in Lemongrass, Rosemary & Sage. I received the 2.5 oz size which retails for $3.00 on their site. They also sell it in an 8 oz size for $10 as well as other variations which include Tea Tree/Peppermint/Cinnamon (I would LOVE to try this one eventually!), Black Butter Cookie and Plain.

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Product Description
Our creamy Shea butter can be used on Hair and Skin. The all natural ingredients penetrate the skin to create the optima benefits. This awesome formula will aid in the treatment of various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. Hand whipped raw Shea Butter. Creamy and easy to apply.

(LSR) LEMONGRASS/ROSMARY/SAGE Promotes blood circulation which will aid in the growth or your hair. Rosemary oil slows down premature hair loss and graying of hair. Hence it is an excellent tonic for balding. Rosemary essential oil is also beneficial for dry and flaky scalps. Sage oil assists in improving acne, athlete’s foot and chapped skin, and relieving symptoms of eczema and psoriasis, it’s a natural gray reducer also. Also Available in: Tea Tree/Peppermint/Cinnamon, Black Butter and Plain

Ingredients
Raw Shea butter, Coconut Oil, Mango butter, Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil

This butter is a so yummy! One of my newest fav thing is anything lemongrass (of course along with all things coconut and peppermint!), I also recently became obsessed with lemongrass tea too lol. THIS butter has the delicious aroma of lemongrass, it smells sooo good! It’s so unique because I seldom come across products with a high content, let alone the scent, of lemongrass! So definite points for the yummy scent :o) It also contains my beloved coconut oil so it helps strengthen my hair and penetrate the shaft. It also contains castor oil so this is great for your scalp as it also contains essential oils which help with growth stimulation (NOTE: the EO’s are not listed in the ingredients but it contains lemongrass, rosemary and sage EO’s)

The butter has a creamy, smooth whipped texture and is on the thicker side which I like. Looking at the butter literally makes me want to eat it lol I know that sounds weird but it just looks so daggone good lol almost like cookie dough (?? bad example maybe lol but I can only IMAGINE what their Black Butter kind smells like if it smells like cookies…..) What makes this butter even better, is that I am able to use it to seal my ends! I really love when I can use a product and not have to use another product to seal my ends, almost like it’s double duty :o) Don’t have keep reaching for different jars and getting oil/butter all over the containers lol (ya’ll know what I am talking about lol).

Of course I used this for my twist-out and loved the results! It gave me more of a fluffier twist out as it didn’t provide a tremendous amount of hold which is fine, I just re-twist my hair more often the week that I use it and make the twists tighter and smaller. It most definitely seals in moisture and makes my hair super soft, not to mention the yummy lemongrass scent lingers all week (nothing overbearing though!). Although its a thick butter, it does not weigh my hair hair and it not greasy at all! It truly does make me feel like I am applying something gourmet on my hair!

Check out the results below!

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Butter : : Mahogany Princess Hair Butter

Butter : : Mahogany Princess Hair Butter

Hello!

Remember Ashley, my Girl Behind the Curl from last week?! Well, if you read her feature, you would have seen that she not only has her own blog, Urbane Natural, but also her own hair product line called Mahogany Queen! She was kind enough to send me a sample of one of her products! it’s the Mahogany Princess Hair Butter and you can find it on her site for $12 for an 8 oz. jar. My sample was about 2 oz and came it a cute little glass jar. I also love her logo and her tagline, ‘You are a Queen, so be one” :o) Very inspiring and uplifting!

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Mahogany Princess Hair Butter was created for young girls with natural hair. As a believer in self love, it’s important for me to show women and young girls how to love and care for their natural tresses naturally. This butter is great for twists, sets, puffs and overall moisture and sheen. With its fruity fragrance, your princess will immediately fall in love with it.

Ingredients
Shea Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Avocado butter, Sunflower oil, Olive Oil

I love how this butter is simple and all natural. I can’t stress enough that the products that always and consistently give me the best results a.k.a. good hair days lol ALWAYS come from products with the purest and most natural ingredients…this definitely delivered! I was pleasantly surprised! This product reminded me a lot of my all-time fav butter, the Gud Stuff. They have similar ingredients too which made me happy and even have a similar consistency and color. It’s really smooth and buttery when you apply :o)

I used this for my twists AAAAAND I was able to seal my ends with it! That cut the time it took to do my hair down since I didn’t have to keep reaching for an additional jar. It made my ends and my hair buttery soft. I really loved the results! I didn’t have to reapply throughout the week, just spritzed and re-twisted at night twice that week. It gave me nice definition like a heavier butter would but it isn’t heavy when applied and kept the moisture sealed in my hair all week. The scent is light and pleasant. I am not 100% sure if it has fragrance added but I am pretty sure it does.

One thing in the ingredients that stood out the most to me was the sunflower oil. I have never used sunflower oil by itself and I don’t think any of the products I have contain it so I had to jump on Google lol I do remember awhile back my neighbor and fellow hair blogger, Fleurtzy of Texture Playground, mentioning that she bought some sunflower oil to detangle her hair and come to find out, it is very emollient which softens and lubricates the hair. It also is really good for sealing in moisture (no wonder I didn’t have to reapply and it sealed my ends!).

Check out the results! Here’s my hair the morning after I initially twisted. Went for a zig zag center part.

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***SIDEBAR— I did another henna treatment the night before I took these pics lol I know, I know, it didn’t take long for me to be hooked lmao! But I say that because I added turmeric (yup, the yellow spice in curry and mustard) to the henna because I researched that it makes the color more golden (you can see a golden tinge at my roots). Not sure if it really made much of a difference for me as far as my hair color goes. I was just experimenting :o) I love using turmeric on my face though! I’ve been using it to help fade acne scars and it has been working! But yea, check out the shine in my hair which I can definitely attribute to the henna!Mahogany_queen_princess_butter2 Mahogany_queen_princess_butter3Mahogany_queen_princess_butter4

Here’s my 2nd day hair. I didn’t re-twist, just slept with a scarf tied loosely around my hair. You can see the turmeric color well in my scalp. It will fade eventually, especially after my next wash. It’s not that bright in person, the flash is making to stand out like that in the pic :o) Regardless, the Princess butter kept my hair looking nice the entire week!Mahogany_queen_princess_butter5Mahogany_queen_princess_butter6 Mahogany_queen_princess_butter7

Ashley, you’ve got a nice product! Keep it up and we’ll be looking forward to seeing more from your up and coming business venture! :o)

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Butter :: Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter

Butter :: Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter

Hey!!

Today’s post is another phenomenal product from one of newest favorite product lines, Bee Mine! I recently discovered this brand and fell in love as soon as I tried the Bee-U-Ti-Full Moisturizing Deep Conditioner. And now I would like to share my experience with the Bee Hold Curly Butter that I was sent along with my other Bee Mine goodies. It’s a shea and aloe based butter that gives incredible hold and shine!

The Bee Hold Curly butter (isn’t that a cute name!?) is sold on Bee Mine’s website in 3 different sizes which is cool, I like having options :o) So you can buy the small size if you’re afraid of commitment (even though it’s worth it!) or the large size if you’re a fan! The sizes are 2 oz for $4.50, 8 oz for $13.97 or 16oz $23.00. You can also buy the 8 oz size on CurlMart for $13.97. Oh and it also comes in different scents!! (you know I love that lol). I was given the Coconut Cream, which is de-licious, but it also comes in Island Mango and unscented for those with sensitive noseys.

One thing I really like/appreciate about Bee Mine’s packaging (besides the really cute artwork! hehe) is that the tubs come sealed with a thin, protective film so you don’t have to worry about anything leaking in transit. I thought that was a really nice idea as far as packaging goes. It’s the little things that make me happy lol :o)

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Product Description
This shea butter and aloe based curly butter is packed with rich moisturizing nutrients to give you long lasting moisture and promote growth. It has a soft touchable hold that will help to defrizz your frizzes and give great definition. This Curly Butter is wonderful for twists, finger curls, puffs/pony tails and especially for laying down unruly hair. Great for naturals, relaxed, texlaxed, everyone.

Ingredients
100% Shea Butter, 100% Aloe Vera Gel, Essential Oil Blend, Vegetable Glycerin, Rosemary Leaf and Chamomile Extract, Silk Powder, Paraben & Formaldehyde Free Preservative and Perfume.

It’s interesting that this is called a butter because it actually has the consistency of a pudding and applies wet. I guess when I think of butter, I think more of….well a butter! lol but shea butter is listed as the first ingredient so it technically is a butter! My FAV thing about the Bee Hold is that it contains a high content of aloa vera gel. I have found that my hair responds REALLY well to products that contain aloe vera. Aloe vera gives me INCREDIBLE hold and SHINE! Some of my newer readers may not have seen this, but if you haven’t, check out my post when I used just straight, pure aloe gel (the kind you can ingest). I LOVED how my hair looked…even though I learned I needed to mix it with some type of butter or oil so my hair wouldn’t feel so dry….either way, the point I’m trying to make is AV makes my hair super shiny and super defined! Aloe overall is really good for the hair as it’s a humectant AND it’s good for your scalp! It actually aids in promoting growth since it has astringent properties. I apply pure AV gel to my scalp during the hot summer months. I keep the AV gel in the refrigerator and it feels so soothing and cooling. Try it out if you have some in your fridge :o) So with that said, you can apply the Bee Hold butter to your scalp as well.

This product definitely lives up to its name! I used this for my usual twist-out and I had curl definition for days…literally! I was able to get really nice 2nd day and 3rd day hair with this stuff! My hair felt really soft and not dry at all (referring back to my AV gel experience I just mentioned). It didn’t leave a residue, my hair didn’t feel weighted down and it kept frizz at bay. It’s like my hair cuticle was really smoothed down. I can’t get over the shine!

I noticed the Bee Hold Butter contains silk powder and I don’t think I’ve ever used anything with silk powder so I was like hmmm let me do some Googling lol So silk powder is known to provide moisture balance, promote suppleness, shine and elasticity which all sounds great to me! I guess that, along with the AV, could be why my hair felt so soft and shiny! I love discovering different ingredients, I always stress to my readers, check the ingredients in products you KNOW work well in your hair and if you are trying to find new products, search for ones that contain the same ingredients. That way you will know what products will give you consistent results.

Here’s my fresh twists in the morning. Because this applies wet, make sure you allow yourself enough time for drying. I did this to ensure it was dry by the time I separated the twists. Check out the amazing shine! I was like daaaaaaaaang wear’s my sunglasses!? (I know, i’m such a cornball lol)

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Below is my hair freshly untwisted in the morning. ***Peep the 49ers jersey. This was Super Bowl Sunday and YEA YEA I don’t want to hear nothin bout the Ravens lol I still ride for the home team!!!! 49ers ALL DAY!!bee_mine_Bee_hold_curly_butter5 bee_mine_Bee_hold_curly_butter6 bee_mine_Bee_hold_curly_butter7

And the pics below are 2nd day hair (just put a scarf on at night, didn’t retwist). Still lots of shine and definition!bee_mine_Bee_hold_curly_butter8 bee_mine_Bee_hold_curly_butter9 bee_mine_Bee_hold_curly_butter10

I am very pleased with the Bee Hold butter! Bee Mine has definitely done it again! Wish I had discovered this brand sooner ;o)

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