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HAPPY 2014!!!

HAPPY 2014!!!

2014

 

I know, I know….this is LONG overdue. Please forgive me :o)  I got some BIG plans for La Coco Bella this year and I’m super excited about it :o) I am not gonna spill all the beans just yet but look out for a new look, new columns, new, new, new! BUT With change, this means time and patience sooooo I won’t be posting anything new for a little while :o( In the meantime, check out old posts (or new ones if you are here for your first time!). I’ve provided some links below to get you started.

THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH for supporting me these past 2 years. La Coco Bella has changed my life and I can’t thank you enough!!!  I will keep you posted with what is to come!!!!

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Styler :: Dark & Lovely Au Naturale 10-in-1 Styles Gelee & Sheen Sealing Nectar

Styler :: Dark & Lovely Au Naturale 10-in-1 Styles Gelee & Sheen Sealing Nectar

I’m gonna jump right in to it…

This is Part II of a series of product experiences for the new natural hair line, Au Naturale by Dark and Lovely. The other day I posted Part I on the Curl Moisturizing Souffle.

If you’ve been searching the web for more info on this new line, you probably didn’t have much luck because it JUST came out like a few weeks ago.  Your best bet is to search for blogger reviews or check out their Facebook page.They don’t even have it on their official website yet! But lucky for you, you can read all about it here! (at least from my POV of course :o) )

Again, this line is only sold in select Target stores (as of now) You can check out the list of participating Target Stores HERE****UPDATE— I found it sold in this online beauty supply store

Ok so next up, the 10-in-1 Styles Gelee and the Sheen Sealing Nectar…again, both retail for $9.99 for 5.3 oz of product for the Gelee and which is significantly less than the other two styling products in this line which are 14.4 oz of product (all for the same price).

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Product Description

Our new anti-shrinkage recipe with mango oil and bamboo milk. Includes no sulfates, mineral oil, parabens or petrolatum. A styling gel for all curl types. The 10-in-1 gelee provides the most hold and has humectants to bring moisture into hair and ceramides to seal the cuticle. Curl formation will be enhanced and defined. After drying hair is firm but touchable!

Ingredients

42929 SS3-Aqua/water/EAU, sorbitol, glycerin, benzyl alcohol, lithium magnesium sodium silicate, dehydroxanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, panthenol, mango seed oil, ethylhexylglycerin, benzyl salicylate, linalool, limonene, 2-oleamido-1, 3-octadecanediol, bambusa vulgaris sap extract. F.I.L. D55074/2  ****I had to re-key all of these ingredients by looking at the package because I couldn’t find them listed anywhere online that I could just copy and paste, so I am sure I misspelled something!! FYIdark_lovely_au_naturale_10in1_gelee_2

The Gelee is a clear jelly and the consistency reminds exactly of Kinky Curly Curling Custard. It has the Au Naturale scent of mango apricot but a tad bit different than the other products. It could be because of the components of the ingredients that alters the scent a bit but it still smells pretty good. dark_lovely_au_naturale_10in1_gelee_3

D&L markets this product as a 10-in-1 styler that can be used for twists, coil outs, bantu knots, etc. but I opted to use this for a wash-n-go (which I don’t wear often, especially in the dry winter months over here in the East coast BUT I did it for you guys :o) ). You know I always do twist outs but I have never used a jelly-like product for a twist-out so I don’t know how that would work for me (I prefer shea butter based products for twist outs). Jelly products tend to be crunchy for me and I can’t imagine a crunchy twist-out on me. This product contains glycerin.

The gelee applied really well, has great slip. I applied it in sections on wet hair ensuring I covered from root to ends. One thing though, I did end up having to use quite a bit of product, which could be because a) I’m heavy handed (the usual lol) b) I have thick, dense hair plus all that combined with c) a big head lol so that could all be why I had to use a lot. I feel like this product (5.3oz) should be as big as the other two products in the Au Naturale line (14.4 oz), especially since it is intended for multiple uses….just my thoughts.

Check out the results. Here’s my hair about 30 mins after I applied. It’s still wet.

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Anyway….here’s my hair at the end of the day when It was completely dry. It definitely shrunk….

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The results were pretty good. I had nice, shiny, defined curls and it didn’t give me any white flakes. It did take my hair quite some time to dry but then again it is winter time. I could have used a diffuser to dry it faster but ***Sweet Brown voice*** ain’t nobody got time fa that! lol My hair was a little crunchy but it did say it provides the most hold of all the products so I kind of expected that, most jelly products give me crunch. The way I remedy the crunch is by applying a light oil like coconut once my hair is COMPLETELY dry i.e. the end of the day and the next morning.

***SIDEBAR — Ok so one thing I find interesting, is the Au Naturale line boasts that every product is “anti-shrinkage” and “elongates curls”, I can’t really say it did much for my shrinkage, could be a great marketing ploy but it wouldn’t be the selling point for me to want to purchase this line. But, I did like the results for the most part.

Here’s my 2nd day hair–slept with a scarf tied over my hair, skipped the shower cap in the morning and let the water droplets dampen my hair. I spray a little bit of Shea Radiance Moisture Milk to give it some additional moisture and help fluff up my flattened hair. I always do this method with wash-n-gos. It is also why I like to go a little heavy with the initial application of the product, I can usually get a week out of one application by doing this “morning hair revival” method :o) I like the way my hair looks and feels a day or two after application, its softer and less “crunch”.

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Ok NEXT UP….Hopefully you made it this far down this post to be reading this lol…..I wanted to briefly review the Sheen Sealing Nectar since this one is kind of a no brainer. The Sheen Sealing Nectar is a finishing spray that gives you sheen. Retails for $9.99 for 5.75 oz..

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Product Description

Our new anti-shrinkage recipe with mango oil and bamboo milk. Includes no sulfates, mineral oil, parabens or petrolatum. A natural hair sheen spray with weightless high mirror shine. Sheen Sealing Nectar doesn’t just sit on hair but is absorbed for even more nourishment.

Ingredients

42930 SS3-Ispropyl myristate, sunflower seed oil, capryylic/capric tryglyceride, apricot kernal oil, dicaprylyl ether, isopropyl isostearate, fragrancs, mango seed oil, benzyl salicylate, linalool, benzyl alchohol. limonene, geraniol, bambusa vulgariz extract.   ****I had to re-key all of these ingredients by looking at the package because I couldn’t find them listed anywhere online that I could just copy and paste, so I am sure I misspelled something!! FYI

I used this as a final touch to any style. Let me tell you…..THIS smells soooo good. It’s the same scent as the other products but its a bit stronger. It makes your hair smell really good all day! It definitely give shine BUT you only need like 1-3 spritz of this because it is really oily…like oily where you will need to wash your hands after you touch your hair. Despite what the product description says, it doesn’t absorb into my hair so to me, it really is just a finishing, sheen spray that I would use sparingly. It definitely is light, doesn’t weight my hair down. Although this still has a ton of synthetic ingredients, it has the most amount of natural ingredients of all the products i.e. the apricot, sunflower and mango oils so this would seal in moisture.

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Check back for part III my final product review of the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale line!

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New Product Line :: Dark & Lovely Au Naturale

New Product Line :: Dark & Lovely Au Naturale

Hola Chicas!

I’m back with a highly anticipated review of a brand new product line that literally JUST hit stores this month. Dark and Lovely jumped into the natural hair revolution and created a line for natural hair, called Au Naturale. It’s so new that they don’t even have it on their website yet and there are like NO reviews out yet. BUT you can learn more about the products on their Facebook page. if you haven’t seen it in stores yet, it’s because it is only sold in select Target stores (as of now) You can check out the list of participating Target Stores HERE.

I also wanted to say that I am blessed to have friends who are very generous and thoughtful, so I received these products as a gift last month for my birthday :o) (Thank you love!!!!)

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The line includes the following products and are all priced at $9.99 each. I received all but the shampoo and conditioner:

  • Hydrating Soak Shampoo
  • Knot Out Conditioner
  • Sheen Sealing Nectar
  • 10-in-1 Styles Gelee
  • Coil Moisturizing Soufflé
  • Curl Defining Crème Glaze

The line promises the following:

  • Anti-Shrinkage
  • Uses Mango Oil and Bamboo Milk
  • All day elongation
  • All Curl Types
  • No Alcohol
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No Parabens
  • No Petrolatum

Ok so that’s the background information for the line. Girl, I haven’t used a Dark and Lovely Product since I had a relaxer! lol I’m glad to see more mainstream brands are helping more women “go natural”. I think it helps some women get out of their comfort zone when they see brands they recognized and have used for years….now if only they can get rid of all these synthetic ingredients…..but hey it’s a start! Their marketing and packaging is cute :o)

Moving along….So in this post, I will be sharing my experience with the Au Naturale Coil Moisturizing Soufflé. Again, this retails for $9.99 for 14.4 oz of product which is a good amount for the price.

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Product Description

Our new anti-shrinkage recipe with mango oil and bamboo milk. Includes no sulfates, mineral oil, parabens or petrolatum. A thick styling cream for coiled to tightly coiled hair. Coil Moisturizing Soufflé has a whipped cream texture with the most moisture and lightest hold for curl types 6-8. Coils are defined and elongated. Hairs feels very soft and conditioned after styling

Ingredients

42919 SS2 – water, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl esters, glycerin, amodimethicone, behentrimonium chloride, fragrance, phenoxyethanol, isopropyl alcohol, mango seed oil, trideceth-6, cetrimonium chloride, benzyl salicylate, methylisothiazolinone, linalool, benzyl alcohol, limonene, yellow 5, yellow 6, geraniol, bambusa vulgaris sap extract, F.I.L. D54976/2   ****I had to re-key all of these ingredients by looking at the package because I couldn’t find them listed anywhere online that I could just copy and paste, so I am sure I misspelled something!! FYI

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The consistency of the souffle is like a thin pudding. It is not runny but its not thick and feels wet when you apply. It smells SO good! Its got a mango, apricot fruity scent, yummy and tropical! dark_lovely_au_naturale_coil_moisturizing_souffle_3

I did my usually wash routine and then applied the Souffle to do a twist out. I THINK this is supposed to be used for a wash-n-go but I don’t really wear w-n-g’s in the winter plus this is WAY too light to provide any hold in my hair. The labeling does state that it provides light so that is true. This may be a good w-n-g product for those of you who may have looser, finer curls but I know it wouldn’t work for my hair.

Any who, I used it for my twist-out and applied the souffle at night. My hair was still a bit damp in the morning (and I even did THIS and it was still damp) so my hair was more frizzy than usual. I also tend to be a bit heavy handed (I can’t help it! I’m trying to do better lol) so that may have been why it was still damp.

Here’s my hair at night, twisted-up with the product in (note my new part pattern hehe it’s good to change up your part):

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Here are the results from first thing in the morning BEFORE I separated the sections:

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….and after I separated. Remember, my hair was still a bit damp so it’s pretty frizzy.

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And here is my hair at the end of the day when my hair was completely dry. My ends always look more defined because I always seal them with The Gud Stuff or Sugar Berries Pomade.

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Here’s my hair after re-twisting it at night. I didn’t apply any more product, just used my spritzer mix to dampen each section. I couldn’t get second day hair from this product, my hair was just too frizzy and sleeping on it would have made it worse! It definitely looked much better when I re-twisted it because I let my hair completely dry before I untwisted it.

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This product was OK it just may not be the right product from this line for MY hair (could work for you though!) BUT I will say that my hair was REEEALLY soft! It felt moisturized and really liked the way it felt. No greasy or white residue. It didn’t give me that great of definition or hold but it made my twist out have more of the chunky look which I kinda liked. It reminded me of how my Girl Behind the Curl Kelley wears her twist-outs :o) It also didn’t do anything as far as the anti-shrinkage and elongation goes. I am not sure how this would hold up in more humid climates i.e. hot azz humid east coast summers but I will have to try it out in the summer before I can draw any conclusions on that.

Stay tuned for my reviews on the other products!

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