Saturday, May 31, 2014

Product Review: Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream

Price:  $16 for 8 oz. / $30 for 16 oz.

Ingredients:   Distilled Water for a botanical infusion of Burdock Root Extract, Nettle Leaf Extract and Oatstraw Extract, Olive Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Wheat Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Methylsufonylmethane, Citrus Limon & Citrus Aurantium (Essential Oil Scent), Maltodextrin, Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin (food grade paraben-free and Formaldehyde-free Preservative).

Promise:  From the website - Our Burdock Root Butter Cream is a light, water based leave-in for fine haired naturals, straight styles and those looking for a light penetrating moisturizer. It conditions and softens while nourishing the scalp. Leaves hair healthy, soft and supple!

Scent:  Lemony citrus

Consistency:  Like face cream

Results:  I tried this a number of different ways for styling.  The best way that this worked for me was for a braidout.  It gave my hair amazing definition and shine.  I didn't even mind the glycerin in this product on colder Michigan days.  I'm in the process of testing different products for my braidouts (more on that later).  So far, this is one of my favorites.

Love it, Like it or Leave It:  Love It!  I would buy it more often, but it is hard for me to get it anywhere but through Qhemet's website
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Update 5-27-14: Rollersetting Fail

Hey, beautiful people!  My hair has been in desperate need of a trim for a couple weeks now, so I decided to take advantage of the long holiday to finally do it.  There are a number of ways to trim, all involving the use of small sections.  I decided to trim my hair in its curly state in sections small enough for my extra wide Curlformers.  That way, I could trim and style all at the same time.  This was also a great time for me to try out the It's A 10 Miracle Leave-in that I have heard so much about.

Here is what I did:
(1) Deep conditioned overnight with Silk Dreams Vanilla Silk
(2) Washed hair with Dr. Woods Pure Black Soap
(3) Conditioned / detangled with Hairveda Moist Condition Pro

Because I wanted to test out how well the It's A 10 worked, I used just It's A 10 on the left side of my hair and It's A 10 plus Carol's Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Blow Dry Cream on the right side.

Before putting a curlformer on a section of hair, I would put on my leave-in(s), comb it through, and then stretched my hair  between two fingers to trim off the last 1/4 to 1/2 inch.  I was ok with trimming off this much because I haven't trimmed my hair since my big chop.  My goal was not to make my hair even.  I just wanted to get rid of the ends.  It took about an hour to put in my Curlformers because of the added trim step.  After putting in my Curlformers, I sat under the dryer for an hour, in my favorite dryer pose, until all of the curls were dry.

After taking out the Curlformers, my hair was was amazingly soft on both sides, but the curls had almost no hold.  The side with just It's A 10 had a little curl, but was mainly just poofy.  The It's A 10 + Carol's Daughter side held the curl for a about an hour or so before puffing up.  By the end of the day, all I had was a curly fro.  It was potentially cute, but not the look I was going for at the time.

I think this was the first time I've had my Curlformer set poof out.  Even my set with Oyin Hair Dew didn't poof out.  Next time, I think I want to try a mousse/wrap lotion for a firmer hold.

What do you use for your sets?
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Product Review: My Honey Child Coconut Hair Milk

Price:  $18 for 8 oz.

Ingredients:   Purified water, coconut butter, glycerin, extra virgin olive oil, raw honey, coconut milk, comfrey root, fragrance, phenoxyethanol and caprylyl glycol (Optiphen)

Promise:  From the bottle - The Coconut Hair Milk is a non-greasy, ultra-light, versatile milk that eliminates frizz while it conditions and hydrates.  Can be used daily without build-up to add definition and texture and provide a flexible hold for any style.  Provides a healthy looking sheen.

Scent:  Coconut, but not overpowering.

Consistency:  Light lotion, like a slightly lighter version of Oyin Hair Dew

Results:  I was a little hesitant to try this because my hair doesn’t love coconut oil, but I was pleasantly surprised.  This moisturized my hair and gave it a nice sheen.  My hair loved this, even in the winter time, despite the glycerin.  It doesn’t replace my Purabody moisturizers, but it is a great alternative.

Love it, Like it or Leave It:  Love It!
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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Product Review: Hairveda Acai Berry Phyto Conditioner

Price:  $12 for 16 oz.

Ingredients:   Water, Glycine Soja Oil, Phyto Keratin (Vegetable) Protein, Acai Berry Extract, Avocado oil, Olive Oil, Cetry Alcohol, Steryl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Dimethyl Stearamine, Lactic Acid, Germall Plus, Fragrance.

Promise:  From the website - Acai Berry Phyto is packed with vegetal phyto keratins  that help restore the hairs strength and volume.  Acai Berry Phyto is light and perfect for your summer tresses.  We've added Omega Fatty Acids and Antioxidants for added benefit to your scalp.  Acai Berry Phyto is made for hair that needs a daily lightweight, glycerin free option.  It helps control the frizzies while keeping your hair moist and supple.  Acai Berry Phyto can also be used as a leave in conditioner.

Scent:  Strong berry scent, but not overpowering

Consistency:  Like wet lotion

Results:  I used this both as an overnight deep conditioner and as a rinse out conditioner.  I loved it both ways.  In both circumstances, it leaves my hair feeling strong, yet moisturized.  Plus, it has great slip for detangling, so I think I prefer it as a rinse out conditioner.

Love it, Like it or Leave It:  Love It!
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Product Review: Hairveda Amla Cream Rinse

Price:  $11.99 for 16 oz.

Ingredients:   Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride, Lemon Peel Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Germall Plus, Fragrance.

Promise:  From the bottle - Amla Cream Rinse is a hair cleansing cream that conditions while getting rid of all the oil and dirt that accumulates on hair naturally; From the website - Amala Cream Rinse is a Creamy Hair & Body shampoo which lightly removes dirt & oils.  ACR is formulated with all natural lemon & orange oils and specifically designed to clean tresses.  ACR is also great for those with sensitive skin types.  Give your hair and body a light cleanse with our unique formula.

Scent:  Lemon Pledge.

Consistency:  Like gel

Results:  This did not feel like it cleansed my hair at all, which isn’t that surprising because it doesn’t have strong cleansers.  This was not for me

Love it, Like it or Leave It:  Leave It
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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Product Review: Hairveda Red Tea Conditioner

Price:  $12 for 16 oz. or $45 for 64 oz.

Ingredients:  Water, Red Rooibos Tea Leaf Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Nut Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Corn Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Dimethyl Stearamine, Polysorbate 80, Paprika Powder, Lactic Acid, Phthalate-free fragrance, Paraben -free preservative.

Promise:  From the website - Quench your hair thirst! Nourish & Protect!  Red Tea Conditioner is a thick and lush hydrating and nourishing with a rich formula.  We've included moisturizers, select oils such as argan and sweet almond and a fusion of Rooibos Red Bush Tea.  Designed to replenish much needed moisture. Get reacquainted with soft hassle free hair!

Scent:  No real scent.  Maybe orange sherbet, but very light.

Consistency:  Very thick, though it reminded me of a creamy orange sherbet.  You see I had to abuse the bottle to get it out.

Results:  I used this as a rinse out conditioner and I loved it!  It gave my hair so much slip, along with my shower.  Use with caution.  My husband actually hated using the shower after me if I used this because it made him slip and slide all over.

Love it, Like it or Leave It:  Love It!  I may even buy the 64 oz.
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