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Conditioner : : Nature’s Gate Biotin Conditioner

Conditioner : : Nature’s Gate Biotin Conditioner

Hello :o) I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday!

So, every natural chica knows that conditioner is ESSENTIAL to our regimen and keeps it manageable. We also know that it’s the first thing to run out of since we use so much, so often lol Because of this, I like to keep some inexpensive, really good, don’t have to buy online, conditioners on hand at all times. I have two brands that I always stick with and can always count on—Trader Joe’s conditioners and Nature’s Gate conditioners ( I reviewed the Hemp Conditioner last year in case you missed it!).

I LOVE Nature’s Gate conditioners! I don’t know why I don’t hear about them more in the natural hair world, oh well all I know is they are my go to cheapie conditioners! I saw them one day in Whole Foods and I was shocked at the price and how natural the ingredients were! PLUS the huge 18 oz bottle. I later found them sold on my fav site VitaCost.com, so I also have used the henna and aloe vera (( the henna was eh ok, probably won’t buy that again, I loved the aloe vera and it smells amazing! Definitely will rotate that one )) but this review is going to focus on the Biotin ConditionerI bought my current bottle from off Vitacost for $4.49 for 18oz. Can’t beat that!

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Product Description
Fortifies weak, thinning hair. Nature’s Gate Biotin Conditioner helps condition and smooth weak hair. Utilizing Biotin, an array of fortifying amino acids and our nurturing 7 Healthy Hair Nutrients, this conditioner helps revitalize and fortify thinning hair. Hair looks and feels stronger, vibrant and full of life.

Exclusive healthy hair blend includes Panthenol, Soy Proteins, Vegetable Proteins, Jojoba Oil, Borage Flower Seed Oil, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. B Vitamins Biotin, Folic Acid and Niacin are well known for their important role in hair health. Panthenol (Vitamin B5) and Soy Proteins help fortify hair. Vegetable Proteins condition and moisturize, helping to diminish the appearance of split ends. Jojoba Oil helps restore the natural moisture level of hair

Ingredients
Water, Glycerin (Vegetable), Stearyl Alcohol (Vegetable Derived), Cetyl Alcohol (Vegetable Derived), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Vegetable Derived), Benzyl Alcohol, Biotin, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Jojoba Seed Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Sesame Seed Oil, Barley Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Pansy Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Niacin, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Cysteine, Arginine, Serine, Threonine, Folic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Inositol, Stearalkonium Chloride (Vegetable Derived), Hydroxyethycellulose (Plant Derived), Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid (Vegetable Derived), Fragrance.
Sulfate free, Paraben Free, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth/Coco Sulfate Free, Phthalate Free, Butylene Glycol Free

I love Nature’s Gate conditioners because they have SO much slip and have great consistency/thickness! I always use them, even if I’m going to use another conditioner, because they help soften my hair after washing and keeps my hair lubricated throughout the wash/condition process. It definitely helps seal the hair cuticle since shampoo bars can really open the cuticle ((you know that rubbery waxy feeling you sometimes get after washing)). I also love using this conditioner as a co-wash and after I do ayurvedic treatments since it helps “wash” away any loose particles from the pastes without having to apply shampoo again.

This conditioner contains biotin, which helps strengthen your hair, and I can say that I have noticed a difference after I use it. I feel like it fortifies my hair after each use but I don’t use it consistently enough to say if it really thickens my hair (plus I like to rotate products).

One random thing about it is is has a pepperminty scent to it and even a bit of that cool tingle BUT there is no peppermint in it!! lol I have no clue which ingredient(s) make it do that but it trips me out haha oh well. Still a fav!

If you aren’t up on Nature’s Gate well….you know what to do! :o)

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My First Henna : : Reshma Femme Henna Natural Highlights

My First Henna : : Reshma Femme Henna Natural Highlights

*sigh*

It’s been a long time coming. I knew I would eventually give in and FINALLY try HENNA!!! I don’t know why I hadn’t tried it yet. It seemed only natural for me to since I love ayurvedic treatments and this is like the prestige of them all lol. So, I decided to just get over my fear and DO it finally. I mean, I’ve heard about it and seen it EVERY where for years. The results I’ve seen on other people are usually amazing and no one really has anything bad to say about it (as far as the effectiveness it has for hair).

I was (am still a bit!) so intimidated by henna, I guess because it’s such a particular process, there’s so many kinds, brands, mixtures, steps, etc. etc. etc. I just got overwhelmed by it! It seemed like every person who does henna has their own process and recipe. When I get overwhelmed I just shut down and say forget it lol BUT to my luck, a PR firm sent me a package FULL of henna treatments by Reshma Femme!! I was like, this MUST be the sign to just go ahead and take that leap of faith lol It’s really silly that I am intimidated by this simple green powder lol So thanks to Reshma Femme, my fears have now been conquered! You can find this brand of henna in beauty supply stores and Sally stores nation wide which is super convenient!  ***UPDATE — many people have told me that Reshma Femme Henna appeared in a recent CurlBox! If you have it, try it out!! :o)

The package from Reshma Femme had 4 varieties of their henna and 2 facial masks :o) I was so grateful! The 4 varieties are Toffee, Dark Chocolate, Playful Plum and Natural highlights. When I say varieties, I mean the henna is pre-mixed with other natural herbs like amla and indigo, to create the various colors. Lots of people mix their own herbs to create their own colors but Reshma Femme takes the guess work out and makes it easier to get a perfect proportions for color blends. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Natural highlights is just pure henna, strait up
  • Playful Plum is henna and Indigo for blackish, plum tones
  • Toffee is Henna, Amla, Shikakai, Bhilwa, Hibiscus, Ratan Jot
  • Dark Chocolate   <—- I know, I still need to get the ingredients on this one!

All of the variations are 100% pure and natural and don’t contain any additive ingredients. Sadly, there are lots of henna brands out there that are not 100% natural and contain fillers but Reshma Femme is completely pure and natural so that made me feel good :o)

So what’s the hype about henna? Well, besides is being a natural way to color your hair (henna will NOT lighten your hair, only give you red highlights in its pure form and browns and blacks mixed with other herbs), it provides serious conditioning, makes your hair super shiny and thickens your strands thus making your hair stronger and healthier. It also helps cure head lice, dandruff and ring worm which is cool. Oh it also loosens your curl pattern. Some people either love or hate that part. I don’t mind it since I have SEVERE shrinkage (my hair is about 50-60% longer than it looks!) If you don’t want to loose the curl pattern, you can always reverse it by using amla which enhances curl pattern and tones down the red from the henna. The more you use henna, the deeper the color and the more the conditioning, it’s like wine, it gets better with age lol. Some people use it every week and some maybe once a month. Not sure how often I will use it though. I gotta see how I feel lol but I guess to really reap the benefits you have to use if consistently often.

OK so Moving along…I will kind of give you a play by play of my process using the pics below so you can see what everything looked like at each step :o) This is a really long kind of a long post so bear with me. Hopefully it’s informative though!

I decided to start with the plain henna, Natural Highlights HK 6A, to see how henna worked out in its purest form with no other ayurvedic herbs mixed in. I will probably try the browns next and then the plum since that will be the darkest.

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Each Reshma Femme box of henna comes with a pair of gloves, a packet of oil and instructions (and of course the henna!). I wish the gloves were a bit stronger because mine definitely tore in the crevice of my fingers but luckily it was towards the end of my application so the henna wasn’t sitting on my skin long enough for it to stain them. Next time I’m going to get a hold of some latex gloves that are a bit more durable.reshma_femma_henna_hk6a_1

Here’s the henna powder. I learned that the finer it is sifted, usually means it’s of higher quality and and the most dye content. Henna used as body art is finely sifted so lots of brands that market their henna as “Body Art Quality” are typically better to use. Reshma Femme is of this quality :o)reshma_femma_henna_hk6a_3

There are a million things people use to mix their henna but I wanted to just start out simple and stick with plain ole water. I did add a few squirts of lemon juice because lemon juice helps the henna produce a better dye release if you are aiming to get more color. I also added a few drops of a mixture of essential oils just because. I read on Minimalist Beauty (who btw, has become one of my fav bloggers because she has AWESOME DIY recipes and is very thorough with her posts!) that she uses coconut milk as her base. I think I may try that next time:o) I have also seen others use tea so I may try that another time as well. Oh and I guess you’re supposed to use warm or hot water/tea and let it sit somewhere warm. I didn’t. oops…

So here’s what the henna looks like just mixed with water. It’s naturally a green color and was a bit slimy in consistency. It had a few chunks but I found that after it sat the moisture absorbed and the chunks went away. I would not recommend using a plastic container because the henna will stain it (if you care) since they are usually porous. I just used a ceramic bowl and covered it with saran wrap while it was sitting.reshma_femma_henna_hk6a_4

So I let the mixed henna sit overnight because I don’t mind the color that henna gives (the longer it sits, the more dye release). I figured hey, why not get the color while I’m at it. You don’t have to let it sit for that long (the package says for 1-3 hours). Either way, after you let it sit, you will see the red dye released as a liquidy red layer on top of the paste.***SIDEBAR—  I am always AMAZED by God’s creation. How in the world did He think, “OK I’m going to make a plant that is all GREEN but when you dry it out and mill it into powder, add water to it, it will create a RED dye…oh and it conditions and colors hair!!!” How can anyone NOT be amazed by our creator and his genius ways….im just saying! :o)reshma_femma_henna_hk6a_5

Ok, so once I was ready to go, I prepped my bathroom….ok don’t laugh at me, I kinda OD’ed on the prep. I literally covered every part of my bathroom with paper i.e.the counter top, the walls, the floor, the toilet, lol I just know I am not the neatest when it comes to hair treatments so I prepared for a henna war lol And needless to say, I really only needed to cover the counter top! Go figure lol better safe  than sorry cause henna stains! Oh, I was also paranoid that I would dye my forehead, ears and neck so I slapped on gobs of Vaseline as if I were about to get a relaxer lol yea, didn’t really need to do that either. And ANOTHER thing, I made sure I wore an old t-shirt so that I wouldn’t stain my shoulders…probably didn’t have to that either since the henna just wiped off easily without dying my skin lol I’m a beginner ok! :o) I was looking all kinds of crazy!! I just can’t thank my boyfriend enough for being so understanding and non-judgmental with my hair adventures lolreshma_femma_henna_hk6a_2Once I was ready to start the application, I mixed the red dye back into the henna paste, added the EO’s and sectioned my hair into about 6 sections. Since I had no idea what I was doing, I applied the henna to dry, dirty hair. I think I was supposed to do it on clean, damp hair (the total opposite) next time lol…..see these are those particular things I was talking about with henna. I don’t know what’s right or wrong, better or worse lol I still got good results either way so maybe it’s just whatever works for you (as with all things!).

OK so I applied the paste to my hair, normally I would leave my hair in the sections but I left it out so I could take pics and show you guys. Take a looksie. It’s nice to see my hair with some length lol you can really see the layers I’m always complaining about:

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peep the paper taped to my walls lolreshma_femma_henna_hk6a_7

I may need to cut the lower layers to be a bit more uniform with the bulk of my hair. It looks so sad just dangling like that lol but it’s so long, down to my bra strap…. :o(reshma_femma_henna_hk6a_8

So I sectioned my hair back up and pinned it on the crown of my head. Ok here’s where I OD’d again lol I put a plastic cap on and proceeded to wrap saran wrap around my head like 6 times lol I was paranoid the henna would drop or crumble out and get on stuff!! Needless to say, I wrapped my Christmas edition Saran wrap way too tight lol my head started to hurt a little lol I probably only needed to wrap it around once or twice but yea since I had the henna in all day (about 7 hours, the package said leave it for 1-3), I wanted to make sure I didn’t get it all over the place. Lots of people just sleep with it overnight. Given my track record, I am a wild sleeper so I am not sure how well that would work out for me lol Here’s me looking crazy in my plastic wrap turban lolreshma_femma_henna_hk6a_9 The hair at my nape and my daggone sideburns are ALWAYS hard to cover with plastic caps/wraps and scarves, guess I’ll just let them be… *sigh* reshma_femma_henna_hk6a_10

When it was time to rinse, (ok don’t laugh at me again lol) I hopped in my bath tub on my hands and knees facing down and let the water from the faucet loosen up the henna and rinse most of it out. I did this because I didn’t want the water and henna splashing all over the shower and staining my shower curtain lol although this method isn’t the most comfortable, it worked! After the water was running somewhat clear, I turned the shower on and continued to rinse.

I then used a combo of my inexpensive conditioners (Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle and Nature’s Gate) and sort of lathered any remaining bits of the henna out. I did this 2 times. After I rinsed the conditioner out, I followed up with  Bee Mine Deep Conditioner to make sure I replenished the moisture back in my hair since henna can be drying. I let my hair dry and I noticed my scalp was kind of itchy so I jumped online and saw that Reshma Femme has a community board where people can comment and I saw that the itchiness was because I probably didn’t rinse the henna all from my scalp. Jumped BACK in the shower and washed with a shampoo bar (used my Bobeam Rhassoul Clay bar this time hehe). So I know from now on to shampoo in the rinsing out process.

Now since this is my first henna treatment, the color didn’t turn out very vibrant BUT I’ve read that it takes a few days for the color to oxidize and deepen which in fact it did.

Here’s my hair freshly rinsed. My hair was sooooooo shiny!! I didn’t notice much curl loosening but I guess that would happen over time, using henna often. I also noticed that frizziness was drastically decreased which made my twist-outs appear more defined. The henna REALLY smoothed my hair cuticle and made my hair feel thicker all after just one application. I know it’s really hard to visually see what I am talking about in the pics but I definitely could see and feel a difference. Hopefully over the course of the year as I continue to use henna (not sure how frequent) you will be able to see the color deepen in my pics.

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Here’s a couple bonus pics of my hair a few days after the treatment. I could really start to see more of the red tones in certain lighting. The color reminds me of the auburn color I had about a year ago. Mostly on the tips of my hair since they are lighter. But check out the SHINE!!!! I am blown away by it! I used Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding for the twist out below by the way….oh and if you click that link, you will see the auburn color I was referring to. I used a boxed permanent color to achieve that but it would be cool to get close to that again naturally using henna.

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You can see hints of the red in the flick below :o)reshma_femma_henna_hk6a_16

 

I’ll keep you posted on my henna adventures! PLEASE give me your tips if you’re a henna head!

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Condition :: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

Condition :: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

Ugh…so my 49ers didn’t win the Super Bowl this year BUT I am very happy for Ray Lewis! He’s certainly a man of God and testimony on for the power God can have in one’s life so I can’t be mad at that….but Don’t forget, the 49ers are still #2 for the most Superbowl trophies!!!!! Gotta catch up!!! lol it’s col we got next year for sure ;o)

Moving along….

Ok, I am going on my 8th year of being natural and WHYYYYY am I JUST now discovering this hidden gem?!!? Why didn’t anyone tell me about this conditioner?!?!?!?! I feel like my whole life is a lie!!! A LIIIIEEE!!!!!

lol just kidding, but my feelings are kinda hurt, like ya’ll been holding back on me :o( but it’s ok, I guess this is karma coming back to me for THIS and THIS :o( oh well, it’s all out in the open now! No more secrets :o)

This is amazingly the best “cheapie” conditioner I’ve ever used! AND it’s damn near all natural! It’s the Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner with Peppermint and Eucalyptus (sorry i don’t have a hyperlink for it!) from Trader Joe’s! Man, I got this thing for $4 for a big ole16 oz bottle! I know there’s not a Trader Joe’s in every city and you can’t buy from them online but it is sold on Amazon and other online marketplaces. But if it were me, I would hit up your homegirl who lives near one and tell her to get you bout three, fo bottles of this and have her ship them to you! lol

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Product Description

We’ve worked with an upscale boutique to bring you this salon-quality conditioner that will rejuvenate your hair with its refreshing tingle. A blend of certified organic botanicals including peppermint and tea tree work together to moisturize and clarify your hair while alleviating dry scalp. Our product contains no laurel/laureth sulfates found in most shampoos and is suitable for all hair types.

Ingredients
Ingredients: water, tea tree, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, nettle oil, thyme oil, birch leaf oil, chamomile oil, clary, coltsfoot leaf, yarrow oil, mallow, horsetail oil, soybean protein, cetyl alcohol, vitamin e, trace minerals, citric acid, sodium hydroxymethylgycinate, grape seed oil

This is a conditioner is super cheap, super slippery, super natural and super good for your scalp! I was shocked to see the ingredients, I’m like how is it possible to make such an inexpensive product with these ingredients! ***made me do a quick side eye*** lol I bought and have been using it since! (my bottle is already half empty in the pic lol)

I don’t use this for deep conditioning but more for a quick boost of the nutrients…ESPECIALLY on my scalp. I work this really well into my scalp and all those essential oils work wonders (specifically the tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, nettle and thyme) and I LOVE that cool tingly feeling! I also use this when I am rinsing out ayurvedic treatments, the same way I use the Nature’s Gate conditioners (it lathers a bit too!). I use gobs of it and not feel bad about it lol but it really helps dislodge any of the leftover grains from those treatments.

I imagine this would be a really good co-wash because some of the essential oils have cleansing properties. I’ve read that some curlies use it as a leave-in as well. I bet this could be mixed well in a spritzer mix! My hair definitely feels soft and refreshed after using it. Oh and don’t worry, the scent doesn’t linger for too long if you can’t stand the peppermint-iness (I love it though hehe)

This is definitely a great buy and something to keep on hand! Give it a try if you have champagne taste on a beer budget :o)

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Deep Condition : : Banana, Honey, Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Deep Condition : : Banana, Honey, Coconut Oil Hair Mask

How YUMMY does this hair mask sound? and YES you can definitely eat it! (even though strangely enough I hate bananas lol)

I am too broke to spend money buying an expensive azz deep conditioner I wanted to experiment by making a homemade deep conditioning treatment and I was browsing the internet to find something with inexpensive ingredients and what I already had at home.

I came across several recipes that used…bananas!!! I can’t say banana without saying “nana-bar” because my little cousin used to call bananas, “nana-bars” when he was a baby lol so cute :o)

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So why bananas? Well, here’s a few reasons that were enough to get my mad scientist on! (not really but you know what I mean lol

  • Great for dry hair itchy, flaky scalp because it keeps hair hydrated and healthy. With regular use, banana hair masks can increase the moisture content of your hair, smooth frizz and prevent dandruff by soothing and moisturizing your itchy scalp.
  • Contains  vitamins A, B, C, natural oils and carbohydrates which all help prevent split ends, breakage by improving your hair’s elasticity. If you have super dry, color-treated or even relaxed hair, this treatment could be helpful. Also, if you apply heat to your hair a lot as well.
  • Potassium softens the hair shaft and creates more manageability. Makes your curls super soft and springy!
  • Decreases hair loss because it helps address scalp issues. I’ve said it before….a healthy scalp = hair that grows and less hair that falls!

I saw that people mixed all kinds of ingredients with the nana-bars hehe but I picked a few I know work well with my hair so this is sort of my own concoction that was inspired from other recipes. I like to keep my recipes somewhat simple, with few ingredient, because I want to get the full effect from each ingredient. I feel like if you go crazy and put a million things in one recipe, each ingredient isn’t as effective.

So I stuck with just banana, clover creamed honey and coconut oil. Here’s the measurements I used (these are approximations, you can use more or less depending on the length, thickness of your hair):

  • 3 somewhat over-ripe bananas
  • 2 large tablespoons of  raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

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Yes, my jar of coconut oil has gone through war lol I actually infused the last bit of this jar with some essential oils hehe but in case you were wondering, this is the Spectrum brand of coconut oil.

Some of recipes I saw also had milk or yogurt, dark chocolate or cocoa powder (unsweetened). Some people used the baby food version of bananas (more expensive if you ask me…)  I would love to try this with yogurt next time to get that extra boost of protein! The chocolate would make it smell sooo yummy I would imagine…You can also substitute the coconut oil for another type of oil or add some essential oils. I used coconut oil for obvious reasons and the honey because it is a humectant and helps retain moisture in my hair.

One thing I will note, I used clover creamed honey (the kind that is solid) because I like for my deep conditioners to be somewhat thick, I hate when they are runny. That is also why I only used a tablespoon of the oil. I think if I used any more, the warmth from my head will have made the conditioner extremely runny and a big mess!

So I put all of my ingredients in the blender and blended it to a thick puree. I think I should have mashed the bananas in a bowl first though. Usually you need some kind of liquid in the blender to really get it going. I ended up adding some water to try to get it going. It could be the cheap blender I have but after stopping, smashing, stirring, etc. for a while, I got a good consistency. I made sure to smash any remaining chunks of the banana because they will surely get stuck in your hair lol.

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I think my favorite part of this treatment was the application! lol it has a SERIOUS slip too it! I guess its because bananas are kind of slimy by nature but it just smoothed in my hair so nicely. I made sure to rub it into my scalp and smoothed up the entire length of my hair. I always apply treatments in semi-small sections and wrap the section around itself and pile them all on top of my head so it will fit under a plastic cap. I let the mask sit on my hair for about 45 mins (much longer than I probably needed to, I just didn’t feel like getting back in the shower right away lol). I also wrapped a long-sleeve t-shirt around the plastic cap like a turban to keep any drippys from sliding down my face and to keep the warmth from my head stay in. ( I have a pic of this on my instagram)

I rinsed VERY WELL to make sure I got out any banana chunks. I followed up with a quick condition with the Nature’s Gate Hemp conditioner ONLY so I could get a quick lather to help dislodge any more nana-chunks and do a quick detangle with my denman brush.

My hair felt….fortified! That’s the main word that comes to mind lol it just felt stronger. I definitely noticed an improvement in the elasticity. One thing I will note is I was due for a protein treatment so my hair didn’t feel as soft as I thought it could (that’s why I want to try it with yogurt next time). I can always tell when my hair needs a boost of protein.

All in all, I will be adding this into my DIY conditioner rotation!

…be sure to drink the leftovers if you like nana-bars! (only if you don’t use a lot of oil, essential oils, etc. duh!)

Product : : Nature’s Gate Hemp Nourishing Conditioner

Product : : Nature’s Gate Hemp Nourishing Conditioner

Ok I’m back with another product review! I’ll be honest (I feel like I always say that lol) but seriously, I haven’t bought any new products in months! That’s why I haven’t done any reviews! I am on a mission to use up the many products I already have (get my moneys worth dangit!) and THEN I can invest in some new goodies! So that will mean many more reviews in the New Year (hopefully!). Oh and I am taking suggestions on some new, great products to try! let me know if there’s any great products I may have missed out there! I prefer to use all-natural, organic products (without the silicones, parabens and sulfates, etc. etc.)

Any who, as conditioners are ESSENTIAL to any natural’s hair product arsenal, I am always scouting to find great conditioners. A few weeks ago I was in Whole Foods and since I am pretty much broke and on a serious budget, I was hoping I could find a cheap conditioner that had a lot of product in it lol and to my luck….I found one!

It’s the Nature’s Gate Hemp Nourishing Conditioner. I got 18 oz for like $6 (I threw away the receipt so I can’t remember the exact amount). But it was cheap for a good amount of product. I go through conditioner like no other so this was a great deal for me!

I saw that you can buy this line of products many places online so if you don’t live near a Whole Foods no worries. Drugstore.com has a great selection. There are several variations of Nature’s Gate conditioners so I was staring at all of them for like 10 mins trying to decide which one to try lol I ended up settling on the Hemp Nourishing kind because it said it smooths Dry, Frizzy hair. I definitely plan to give them all a try eventually! Might try the Tea Tree one next, I just love anything that makes my scalp tingly lol

Check out some of the variations they have (you can view on their website):

  • Herbal for all hair types
  • Biotin — strengthens weak hair
  • Tea Tree — calming for irritated, flaky scalp
  • Jojoba — revitalizes damaged hair
  • Aloe Vera — moisturizes dry hair
  • Awapuhi — promotes volume and fullness
  • Henna — adds shine
  • Pomegranate sunflower — for color treated hair

Product Description — Hemp

Nature’s Gate Hemp Conditioner effectively conditions hair to help restore natural moisture balance. Hair is nurtured with essential fatty acids (EFAs) from Hemp Seed Oil and our unique blend of 7 Healthy Hair Nutrients, taming frizz and flyaways. With the renewing properties of Milk Thistle and Elderflower, this conditioner leaves hair silky soft and smooth.  Exclusive healthy hair blend includes Panthenol, Soy Proteins, Vegetable Proteins, Jojoba Oil, Borage Flower Seed Oil, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

– Hemp Oil, rich in omega fatty acids, helps restore moisture and add shine
– Jojoba Oil helps restore hair’s natural moisture level
– Soy Proteins fortify hair and bring out its natural luster
– Vegetable Proteins help diminish the appearance of split ends

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Stearyl Alcohol (Vegetable Derived), Cetyl Alcohol (Vegetable Derived), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Vegetable Derived), Benzyl Alcohol, Hemp Seed Oil, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Jojoba Seed Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Butcher’s Broom Root Extract, Elderflower Extract, Milk Thistle Seed Extract, Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Extract, Babassu Seed Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride (Vegetable Derived), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydroxyethylcellulose (Plant Derived), Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid (Vegetable Derived), Fragrance*, Caramel.  *Phthalate Free

I really like this stuff! I was kinda nervous because it was so cheap (NOT that cheap is bad, it just sometimes lacks in quality) but the ingredients are all great and don’t contain all those crazy synthetic ingredients. It had a great amount of slip when I used it generously. I really love having a conditioner where you can squeeze a whole bunch out and not have to worry about using it up too fast. This definitely delivered because it was easy to distribute through my hair thoroughly.

The hemp conditioner has a light, clean scent. Nothing overbearing, sweet or fruity. Kind of earthy/herbal, you know, that “Whole Foods” scent lol It’s got a nice creamy texture, kind of reminds me of a thicker version of Kinky Curly Knot Today.

I use this after I wash with shampoo bars and also after ayurvedic treatments and it really made my hair soft and easy to detangle. I always stress how important it is to find a great conditioner to use after shampoo bars and ayurvedic treatments since your hair cuticle is open and you want something that will smooth them down. I am assuming it did a good job at smoothing the cuticle since it says it specifically smooths dry, frizzy hair. I definitely want to try another variations of this brand to see how well the other kinds work in my hair. I have heard some people say they have tried different variations and gotten different results from each one. We’ll see hehe….

Oh, and I discovered a cool thing when I use this conditioner after I rinsed out my ayurvedic paste! Sometimes the pastes don’t rinse clean very well so I always make sure I condition and rinse well again after I initially rinse out the paste. The cool thing I discovered is when I apply this conditioner, I rub it into my scalp like shampoo and it starts to lather! (Yes, that excites me lol) I really like that because it helps gets that last bit of residue from the paste out. Basically my hair rinses super clean afterwards. None of my other conditioners do that! So this may be a good co-wash (although I don’t co-wash but for those of you who do…)

This is definitely a keeper and I am excited to try more products from this brand! The price makes it that much more worth it. I am not big on the liquid shampoos so I don’t care much to try those but there is a matching shampoo to all their conditioners! yayy!

— Have you tried any products from this brand?!

Product : : Shea Radiance Maximum Moisture Conditioner

Product : : Shea Radiance Maximum Moisture Conditioner

The other day I posted about a new product line that I discovered at the Baltimore Natural Hair Care expo. It’s called Shea Radiance (SR) and I absolutely am fond of all their products. My first post was on the Moisture Rich Hair Butter so this post is devoted to the Maximum Moisture Conditioner. While the Hair Butter was gifted to me by the folks at SR, I purchased this conditioner from their website when they were having a 50% off sale. It retails for $13 for 8 oz. which is a few dollars cheaper than some of the other products. You can buy it at select Whole Foods, Mom’s Organic Market. I even saw it sold on Sears.com for a little cheaper….random…

Product Description

Conditioning that works well, even on dry, brittle hair. It strengthens the hair shaft, prevents breakage and repairs damaged hair. Our conditioner blends wheat protein, keratin and castor, avocado and coconut oils with shea butter to stimulate growth & smooth the hair cuticle. Note: Natural emollients, vegetable based conditioning agents. Prevents breakage, minimizes product build-up, promotes hair growth.

Ingredients

De-ionized Water, Aloe Vera Juice, Unrefined Shea Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol and Coco-Glucoside strong (Vegetable-based Emulsifier), Vegetable Glycerin, Hemp Seed oil, Castor Seed oil, Quaternium-79, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine Lactate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate (Vegetable-based Conditioner), Hydroxypropyl Starch (Vegetable-based Conditioner), Polyquaternium-7, Essential oils, Phenethyl Alcohol and Ethylhexylglycerin (Paraben Free Preservative), Panthenol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Vegetable-based Conditioner), Citric Acid, Avocado Seed oil, Coconut oil, Polyquaternium-10, Chamomile, Nettle & Horsetail Extracts

This is yet another amaaaazing conditioner! It does an awesome job at softening and moisturizing my hair and really penetrates the hair shaft. I like to use this as a deep conditioner by leaving it on my hair for about 30 mins under a shower cap or a heat cap (shout out to Maya for reminding me that I had this thing under my sink). I swear this heat cap is as old as I am lol seriously, and it still works, safety strap and all lmao!

hideous, not cute I know #dontjudgeme lol——>

The conditioner is a really dense, creamy consistently, almost buttery and it comes in a pump dispenser which is super convenient. It’s kinda velvety, very unique, I was in awe while pumping it out of the bottle lol (creepy I know). The SR product line has lots of spicy, citrusy fragrance tones and this one is kind of lemony with a little rosemary maybe (?), could be the hempseed oil too perhaps… whatever it is, it’s SO good! Very aromatherapeutic :o)

I used this after ayurvedic treatments and also after a bentonite clay treatment (<—-post on this comin soon!) and it restored all the moisture back to my hair and made it really smooth and manageable. It definitely closed the cuticle of my hair back up. It has a cool amount of slip, distributed easily and softened my hair almost on contact. I always apply conditioner in sections to ensure coverage.

Afterwards, my hair feels strong and supple, probably because of the keratin and wheat protein. I always forget to rub conditioner into my scalp but if I had, I am sure it would have made it feel fresh and clean lolI really wish this came in a larger size because I go through conditioner like no other! This one is wonderful.

A keeper!

Product : : Organic Root Stimulator Curls Unleashed Part I

Product : : Organic Root Stimulator Curls Unleashed Part I

Hey! :o))

*This is Part 1 of 3…I don’t overload you with my ranting. You know how I can be long-winded :o)*

So a few weeks ago I was sent the entire line of Curls Unleashed by Organic Root Stimulator for review by a PR firm (Thank you :o))). I was delighted to give it a shot since I am always one to try new things plus I had sample sizes from my B-more Expo trip that I planned on reviewing anyway.

Here’s are the seven products in the line:

  • Lavish in Lather Sulfate-Free Shampoo
  • No Restrictions Moisturizing Conditioner
  • No Boundaries Leave-in Conditioner
  • Second Chance Curl Refresher
  • Set it Off Curl Boosting Jelly
  • Take Command Curl Defining Creme
  • Let it Flow Shine & Define Mousse

When I wore a relaxer, I used Organic Root Stimulator (ORS) products ALL the time – Carrot Oil, Jojoba Oil, Fertilizing Temple balm, Olive Oil Shampoo, Uplifting Shampoo, Hair Mayonnaise, Replenishing pak –to name a few and I loved their stuff so this made me excited to try their line for Natural/Curly hair…I was actually surprised it took them so long to come out with one…

Here’s the thing though, although ORS products contain some natural ingredients, they mostly consist of those hard-to-pronounce ingredients :o( which is why I don’t use them now. I prefer all natural products. The good thing though, is the Curls Unleashed line is sulfate, paraben, mineral oil and alcohol free (you know, the keys to win over a curly girl lol)….BUT they contain silicones, dyes and “un-pronounceables”.  As with all things, it’s a preference whether you choose to use products with/without these things and I simply choose not to but figured I’d carpe diem and try them out just to see :o)

So overall, the line as a whole is alright—some products better than others. I tried each product individually to see how each worked on its own and then in conjunction with the other products to see how they worked together. I can say this line could be helpful to newly naturals or those who may be intimidated by all the different product choices out there. The products together make for an “all-in-one” system, with something for every “category” of basic natural hair products. It could aid you in getting in the habit of a “regimen”. The packaging explains how to use each product, when to use it and what other product it works well with (i.e. us the Jelly after the Leave-in as a “cocktail”). I think once you get the hang of having a routine and process, you could interchange the products with other similar products (or continue to use Curls Unleashed) NOTE: I did not use these products in conjuction with any other brands so I do not know how they interact.

 So here’s the breakdown of the first 3 products and check back for the others!

Lavish in Lather Sulfate-Free Shampoo — $10.99 for 12 oz. from Sally Beauty

Product Description

Non-stripping,  Moisturizing, Great Lather. Curls Unleashed Lavish in Lather by Organic Root Stimulator is a sulfate free shampoo. It will not strip hair of the precious natural moisture that makes it thrive. Curls Unleashed is free of parabens, alcohol and mineral oil. It can be used for wavy, curly, or kinky hair. Use Curls Unleashed to define, twist, and curl.

ingredients:

Aqua, sodium c14-16 olefin sulfonate, sodium disodium cocoamphodipropionate, cocamidopropyl betaine, polyquaternium-7, cocamide mea, glycerin, polyquaternium-10, hydrolyzed keratin, yarrow, hops, rosemary, chamomile, lemon balm, olive oil, ppg-5-ceteth-10-phosphate, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, disodium edta, citric acid, parfum (fragrance), benzyl benzoate, hexyl cinnamal, lilial, lyral, methyl ionone.

I was pleasantly surprised by this shampoo, might be one of my fav products in the entire line! It didn’t dry out my hair and left my hair soft and detangled…yup, detangled! It lathered nicely so I didn’t need much and it also cleaned my scalp pretty well. I wouldn’t use this when I wanted to do a good, deep, clarifying cleanse (I’d use one of my shampoo bars or mud wash) but I would use this when I feel like I’ve co-washed a few times and need a “refresher” or if I have a lot of product from a wash-n-go and want to wash some of it away (hopefully that made sense?). I like this :o)

No Restrictions Moisturizing Conditioner — $14.99 for 16 oz. at Sally Beauty

Product Description:

Moisturizes and Restores,  Works for all textures – wavy, curly, & kinky, Can be used as Co-wash. Curls Unleashed No Restrictions Moisturizing Conditioner by Organic Root Stimulator is perfect for all hair types including wavy, curly, and kinky. You can use this product to add moisture to your hair. It can be used as a Co-wash or a conditioner, there are no restrictions with this amazing product. When conditioning, place a generous amount in the palm of your hand then evenly distribute throughout your hair.  Comb through with a wide tooth comb to ensure even coverage from root to end. This product can also be used if your hair is damaged.  Sit under a plastic cap for 5 minutes or under and plastic cap and hooded dryer for 10 minutes.  Rinse through and style. 

Ingredients

Aqua, polyquaternium-37, propylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, ppg-1 trideceth-6, glycerin, olive oil, soybean oil, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, dimethicone, quaternium-80, avocado oil, hydrolyzed collagen, panthenol, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) extract, sage extract, nettle extract, rosmary extract, aloe juice, yarrow extract, kiwi fruit extract, peg-9 dimethicone, fragrance, amyl cinnamic aldehyde, benzyl benzoate, d-limonene, lilial, linalool, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, ci 19140 (yellow #5), ci 42053 (green #3).

The No Restrictions conditioner is eh, it’s alright. It wasn’t one of my favs. It has a good amount of slip, it’s really thick and creamy, softened my hair somewhat. It did a pretty good job at allowing me to finger detangle while in the shower. I felt like it needed something else to really make it condition my hair well. I feel that if I used this after an ayurvedic type treatment, it wouldn’t replenish the moisture that well. I even let it sit on my hair for awhile and it still didn’t do much for my hair. I did enjoy it as a co-wash and I liked that it is in a tub rather than a bottle, you can just grab a handful and slap it on, better for productivity in the shower process lol. For the price and the amount of product, I’ve seen better so I most likely would not buy this.

 

No Boundaries Leave-in Conditioner — $10.99 for 12 oz.  from Sally Beauty

Product Description

Softens & Detangles, For wavy, curly & kinky hair, Free of BPA, Parabens, Alcohol & Mineral OilCurls Unleashed No Boundaries Leave-in Conditioner softens and detangles curly hair. It will not strip hair of the precious natural moisture that makes it thrive. Curls Unleashed is free of parabens, alcohol and mineral oil. It can be used for wavy, curly, or kinky hair.  There are no boundaries with Curls Unleashed Leave-in Conditioner. Apply a generous amount to damp hair.  Distribute evenly through the hair to ensure that it covers hair from roots to ends.  Do not rinse out.  Stretch or scrunch hair as desired to define your curls. Use to define twist, and curl. 

 Ingredients:

aqua, shea butter, olive oil, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, peg-150 stearate, cetyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, peg-20 hydrogenated lanolin, peg-40 stearate, stearalkonium chloride, coconut oil, cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, amodimethicone, hydrolyzed keratin, dimethiconol cysteine, panthenol, dicetyldimonium chloride, ppg-3 benzyl ether myristate, glyceryl stearate se, cholesterol, tocopheryl acetate, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, hydroxyethylcellulose, magnesium aluminum silicate, bht, citric acid, parfum (fragrance), lilial, d-limonene, linalool.

 

This product is a lightweight, liquid leave-in. It’s not watery or runny which is good. The scent definitely bothered me, randomly, it had sort of a weird chemically “after-scent” lol ya know, like an after taste except it was a scent?! It made me turn my nose up a bit. I was kinda disappointed with this product. It didn’t really do anything that it was supposed to for me. I researched the product around the web and saw that lots of people gave it great reviews so I had hopes for it but my bubble was bursted :o(  I used it by itself…it just left a residue sitting on top of my hair after it dried. It didn’t feel soft or moisturized despite the fact that it contains shea butter and coconut oil. I also used it under the Curl Boosting Jelly yet it still didn’t do much. I would definitely pass on this.

Here’s my hair WET with just the Leave-in:

And here’s my hair completely DRY with the Leave-in: 

…stay tuned for Part II!