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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!


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

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)


Gel : : Kiss My Face Upper Management Styling Gel + Wash-n-Go

Gel : : Kiss My Face Upper Management Styling Gel + Wash-n-Go

Greetings! So I recently began really experimenting with wash-n-gos again since I FINALLY got a trim!

***SIDEBAR — Prior to my trim, my hair was so blah and the curl pattern will virtually non-existent. I was kinda unhappy with it and didn’t really know what was going on especially since it’s gotten so much longer. I swear, in the 8+ years I have been natural, my hair has drastically changed textures at LEAST 4 times!!! It’s crazy!!!

So you’re probably thinking what does that have to do with getting trim?! Well, everything!! I have been growing out some over-processed permanent color I put in my hair a couple years ago and in my last trim I cut off about an inch and a 1/2 ((I still have a teeny bit left to go)) and let me tell you…it made a WORLD of difference!!

My curls have sprung back! Having the color and the non-colored hair together makes me think of how relaxed and natural hair just don’t get along lol the two textures basically “combat” each other and don’t know how to get along and couldn’t decide if they wanted to curl or not lol It was almost amazing how much of a difference a simple trim made! I love my hair again :o)

But yea, so back to the original topic lol I have been searching high and low for an all natural product that I actually like for a wash-n-go that defines my curls, doesn’t leave my hair crunchy or flaky and most importantly isn’t expensive because I have to use quite  bit of product to cover all my hair. One thing I have managed to learn when it comes to making a wash-n-go work is to apply a leave-in along with whatever gel product I use. THIS step is what I was missing! And I must thank my readers for teaching me this :o) Using the leave-in keeps my hair moisturized and soft under the gel. Another thing I did was started with CO-WASHED hair to keep it from being too dry and also to retain some of the curl pattern I had from the twist-out I wore the week prior.

So I discovered the Upper Management Styling Gel by Kiss My Face from Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl ((she is the queen of long haired wash-n-go’s in my book)) and this gel is on her holy grail list and I always saw it in Whole Foods but am just now getting around to buying it. It retails on Kiss My Face’s site for $8.95 for 8 oz but I got it off my beloved VitaCost for $5.99!! Score!!

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Product Description
his medium hold styling gel is packed with hair strengthening vitamins, antioxidants and fortifying extracts. Place a little in your palm, run through hair and style. Perfect For All Hair Types. Keep Hair Under Control Naturally. ph Balanced. 100% Biodegradable. Certified organic botanicals nourish hair. Natural formula – no build up

Aqua, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 20, Polyquaternium 55, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Panthenol, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Beta Glucan, Sodium Hayaluronate, Natural Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin *Organic. No SLS, parabens, phthalates, No animal ingredients or animal testing,No artificial colors or fragrances

So at first glance, and if I had not seen Elle swear by this, I probably would never even thought to give this gel a chance! I felt like it was not for my hair texture and would apply just like water lol BUT boy was I wrong! I really like this stuff!! Besides it being natural and somewhat organic, I love that it is rich in nutrients, antioxidants and extracts so it is actually nourishing my hair. Lots of gels tend to dry out my hair but this actually made my hair feel awesome! And THE best part is I had virtually NO white frothy flakes and NO build-up whatsoever. I wore this wash-n-go for the entire week and did not re-wet or re-apply any product but my hair did get less and less defined each day so I would say this would give me a good 3-4 days before I would want to start over. I only used my Q-Redew to revive my curls in the morning.

I wouldn’t say it did a phenomenal job of defining my curls but then again, my curls are sort of “retraining” themselves to behave so I feel like after a few amla treatments and doing smaller twists for my twist-outs, my natural curl defition will be much more pronounced and this gel will work even better! There were some areas in my hair that were much more defined than others. It’s kind of hard to tell in the pics below but the gel did a pretty good job of keeping my hair from losing its shape and becoming a mess by the end of the week. It stayed pretty consistent each day and using the Q-Redew helped maintain the curls and shape as well.

I really wish the bottle came in a larger size because I used almost a third of the bottle in one use ((I have a big head and a lot of hair to cover!)) but the great thing is I can get it for cheap off VitaCost. Plus I don’t wear wash-n-go’s that often so I imagine I would go through 2-3 bottles a year so it’s not too bad.

Check out the pics below! The first two are of the gel freshly applied on wet hair. See how virtually invisible the gel is?

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***SIDEBAR — I really nee to invest in a Deva cut or something. The shape of my hair is so hidieous to me lol

The next pics are of my hair at the end of Day 1. See how it’s not super defined? It’s not really frizzy, its just that the curl pattern is not uniform. Some areas like the top of my head and the ends ((ironically since before my trim, the ends were the LEAST defined lol)) are but as I mentioned before, with time, they will “clump” and form a uniform pattern…hopefully lol Oh and pardon the bare face, I forgot to take pics before I got ready for bed and washed “my face” off for the day lol and that white orb in the pic is not product or anything stuck in my hair lol ((just an angel caught on film)) :o)

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Here is my 2nd Day hair. Again, I used my Q-Redew that morning to revive my squished hair from my scarf which by the way, I am in desperate need of a new night time hair regimen! My hair is getting way too long for my scarf!

You’ll see it wasn’t quite as defined as the first day but it didn’t bother me because I just see it as part of the versatility of our hair, how it can look so different depending on how we wear it. Plus if you have the confidence (and right earrings lol), you can rock any hair style!lacocobella_kiss_my_face_upper_management_gel7 lacocobella_kiss_my_face_upper_management_gel8 lacocobella_kiss_my_face_upper_management_gel9 lacocobella_kiss_my_face_upper_management_gel12 lacocobella_kiss_my_face_upper_management_gel10 lacocobella_kiss_my_face_upper_management_gel11

I think I may stick with this for a little while to see if it will grow on me :o)  The journey for wash-n-gos continues! I am getting closer! haha


Supplements : : VitaCost Ultra Hair Formula Multi-Vitamin

Supplements : : VitaCost Ultra Hair Formula Multi-Vitamin

What’s up?! Hope you all have a nice weekend :o) The weather out here has been SO nice lately, I am praying it stays this way for the rest of the year lol We know that won’t happen but then again anything is possible since God cancelled the cicada invasion this year out my way lmao!!!! #WishfulThinking

So as you may know, I like taking supplements that contain natural vitamins and minerals to help strengthen my hair and help it grow ((check out my goal for growth post)). I have taken biotin, Viviscal and am still taking sea kelp regularly ((I have 2 HUGE bottles so I probably will be taking the kelp for a long time lol)). ***PLEASE remember if you are pregnant, nursing or taking meds, consult with your doctor before you start taking anything. Hopefully you will already know to do that :o)

I recently started taking another supplement from VitaCost.com ((LOVE this site!)). It’s the VitaCost brand Ultra Hair Formula with MSM & B VitaminsThe reason I decided to try this supplement was that a) I trust and take quite a few of VitaCosts herbal and mineral supplments so I know its high quality b) I read the reviews as it has a 4 out of 5 star rating and c) I was impressed by the variety of ingredients this multi-vitamin has. It retails on www.vitacost.com for $7.99 for 90 pills. The dosage is 2 tablets a day but I only take it once a day. Mainly because these tablets taste and smell HORRIBLE and its kind of a feat for me to take them. They are also HUGE. *sigh*


You see how big these frickin “horse pills” are!? I have to make sure I take them with a strong tasting drink and some food to mask the taste and make it go down easier.


Supplement Facts


Product Description
Vitacost Ultra Hair Formula is a premium-quality blend of essential vitamins and minerals—plus herbs, amino acids and other nutrients—to help nourish and support healthy hair.* Some key ingredients include:

How does Vitacost Ultra Hair Formula support health?

  • Supplies 14 essential vitamins and minerals
  • Good source of MSM (organic sulfur). Sulfur is an important constituent of keratin, a structural protein in hair
  • Supplies horsetail extract, a natural source of the trace mineral silicon, found in hair
  • Supplies antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, l-methionine, horsetail extract, etc.) to help protect healthy cells from free radical damage

Why choose Vitacost Ultra Hair Formula?

  • Multi-nutrient formula with vitamins, minerals, herbs and more
  • Features OptiMSM®, a high-quality, non-allergenic, non-toxic form of MSM
  • Convenient serving size: two tablets daily
  • Contains 45 servings per bottle
  • Exceptional quality at an extraordinary value

So on VitaCost’s website, they break down the benefits of some of the top ingredients in these tablets. These were a big selling point for me as far as what made me want to try these supplements out ((well the price had a lot to do with it too lol))

  • MSM (methylsulfonylmethane): An organic form of sulfur, a mineral found in many body tissues. Although most exists in muscle and joints, sulfur is also present in keratin, a structural protein that makes up hair.
  • L-Cysteine: A naturally occurring, sulfur-containing amino acid found in many protein-rich foods. L-cysteine is also a component of keratin.
  • L-Methionine: Another sulfur-containing amino acid (used by the body to manufacture L-cysteine). Also functions as an antioxidant.
  • Horsetail extract: Ancient herb that contains silica, an organic form of the mineral silicon. Silicon is a trace mineral found in the outer shaft of hair strands.
  • Inositol: A vitamin-like substance found in cell membranes throughout the body. As an antioxidant, inositol helps protect healthy cells throughout the body—including hair follicle cells—from free radical damage.
  • Canola Oil Lecithin: Provides 20% phosphatidylcholine (a fat compound found in cell membranes) and other unsaturated fatty acids.
  • B Vitamins: Water-soluble compounds essential for normal growth and development. Play a part in nervous system function, cellular energy production and much more.

So as you can see, this supplement contains several kinds of natural sulfur and I was first introduced to the fact that sulfur helps hair growth when I first discovered the Bee Mine Hair Growth Serum which contains MSM and IT WORKS. I also like this tablet contains Horsetail which contains silica, and essential trace mineral that keeps your hair strong. I drink horsetail tea in the colder months to get that extra dose of silica and nutrients as well.

I have only been taking them for a few weeks so I can’t really say if I have noticed a huge difference or not but like most hair supplements, my nails are extremely long and strong. I don’t think my nails have ever been this long before, they are about a 1/4″ longer than my finger and look like I have fake nails lol! I have found that taking supplements keeps my nails from chipping and breaking which amazes me because I am always using my hands so my nails usually chip.

Another observation I also noticed is my skin has been acting up somewhat lately, I am not sure if it also has to do with the weather or my diet so I am not sure if these tablets have anything to do with it. I bring this up because I’ve taken a different supplement from VitaCost before ((No, I didn’t review those, not sure why I didn’t lol)). It was labeled as the “Hair, Skin and Nails” formula and I definitely can say those worked for me, my skin was clear, nails long and strong, and my hair was thick, strong and longer as well. PLUS they were MUCH MUCH easier to take ((only 1 a day too)) and contained MSM and the sulfurs as well. So I think that once I finish this bottle of vitamins, I will go back to using those ((unless I want to dish out some money and take Viviscal again which I also liked)).

Oh well, I am all for trying new things so we’ll see how these work as I force them down my throat lol!