Sunday, November 29, 2015

Camille Rose Black Friday Haul

As I mentioned in my Black Friday post, I’ve been thinking about transitioning to almost exclusively using one product line.  Since I like the gel and two of the twisting butters, Camille Rose was a strong contender, so I bought a nice chunk of products in a Black Friday haul directly from the Camille Rose site.  Below is what I bought.  With a coupon code, my total price was $106.50.
  •  Ajani Growth and Shine Balm ($12)
  • Caramel Cowash ($14)
  • Cocoa Nibs & Honey - Ultimate Growth Serum ($16)
  • Coconut Water "Style Setter" ($15)
  • Coconut Water Leave-In Treatment ($14)
  • Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment ($20)
  • Nourishing Cream Cleanser ($11)
  • Nourishing Cream Hair Bath ($16)
  • Nourishing Cream Leave In ($13)
  • Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse ($11)

Aside from Camille Rose’s site, I also did an early Black Friday sale, and bought some products on super discount from Curlkit.  With a coupon code, my total price was $68.68:
  • Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter ($16.50)
  • Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel ($15.50 x 2)
  • As I Am Curling Jelly Coil & Curl Definer ($12.50)
  • Eco Styler Pink Styling Gel Tube ($1.99)
  • Kinky Curly Curl Custard Gel ($17.99)
  • Oyin Handmade Hair Dew ($13.50)
  • Ori Essentials Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner ($11.99)

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

The End of The Deep Conditioner Challenge (The Deep Conditioner Files)

Hey, beautiful people!  As you may remember from a post over a year and a half ago, I wanted to try out a ton of deep conditioners to find out which ones best worked for my hair.  Over that time, I tried a lot, and posted 16 reviews as part of my search.  I learned that my hair loves a moisturizing deep conditioner that also has a light protein.  This is probably because my hair is fine, which means it needs protein.  However, my hair is also low porosity, which means that it can't take a lot of protein.  I also prefer a little slip in case I want to detangle without a rinse out conditioner.  

Here are the top six conditioners that worked best for me, based on the way my hair felt and price:
I still plan to try a couple other deep conditioners because I'm a product junkie, but I think I'm pretty much set with these.  Next up on my list to try:
  • ORS Hair Mayo
  • Silk Dreams Destination Hydration
  • Silk Dreams Shea What Conditioner 
  • Silk Dreams Mocha Silk Infusion
  • Camille Rose Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment 
  • Camille Rose Nourishing Cream Hair Bath
Which deep conditioners do you love?
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Friday, November 27, 2015

Product Review: Hydratherma Naturals Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment (The Deep Conditioner Files #16)

Price:  $19 for 8 oz.

Ingredients:   Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panthenol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phytonadione, Pyridoxine HCL, Biotin, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Fragrance, Methyl Gluceth-10, PEG-45M, Triethanolamine, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Promise:  From website “This deep protein conditioning treatment strengthens the hair and prevents breakage.  Does not make the hair feel hard like many other protein treatments.  With just one use, you will see and feel a difference.  This treatment contains an exceptional and unique complex of structurizing proteins, all of different molecular weights.  These proteins penetrate deep within the hair shaft producing benefits like no single protein can.  Enriched with 10 amino acids, vitamins and botanical extracts.  Strengthens each hair strand and protects the hair from harsh weather. Also provides sunscreen protection.  Your hair will look and feel terrific.  Superb for all hair types.  PH balanced.”

Scent: Fruity

Consistency:  Thin Lotion

Results:   I love this stuff!  I used it for over a month as both a deep conditioner overnight, and for deep conditioning over a few hours.  It has amazing slip, and allows me to detangle my hair with ease.  When I rinsed it out after an overnight deep condition or after leaving it in my hair for a few hours, it left me hair feels moisturized, yet strong.  In short it covered all the bases.  The only thing that would make me like it more is a cheaper price. 

Love it, Like it or Leave It:  Love It

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Black Friday Gear Up

It's that time of year again when product junkies rejoice.  All year, I have been in product junkie rehab, so I have kept track of every product I used up, gave away and tossed. I used up:
  • 6 deep conditioners
  • 2 shampoos / cleansers
  • 7 rinse out conditioners
  • 9 leave-ins / moisturizers 
  • 3 gels
  • 5 other stylers
  • 1 oils (I run through oils slowly)

In looking at my current inventory of 48 products, sadly, I should have enough stuff to last me all next year, except leave-in/moisturizers, shampoo and possibly rinse out conditioner.  I don't buy shampoo or rinse conditioner during Black Friday anyway, and I might be able to use some of my other products as leave-in/moisturizers. Thus, I'm going to try my best to resist Black Friday product shopping this year. If I buy anything, it will be from one of three product lines (Silk Dreams, Camille Rose or Uncle Funky's Daughter). I am again attempting to limit the number of lines I use, so I may buy a few products to fill gaps in these lines.

Have no fear, if I don't buy anything for Black Friday, I'll reevaluate my stash in May for the Mother's Day / Memorial Day sales.
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