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Jessicurl Spiralicious Gel Birthday SALE-bration

It has been one year since the official launch of the Jessicurl Sprialicious gel.  This product is pretty near and dear to my heart as I was chosen by Jess to help out in the early testing and development phase. Jess is just the sweetest there is and listened to the feedback from her customers that a stronger hold styling product was needed out of which Spiralicious was created. I will still affectionately refer to it as Yeti Juice.


I am wearing the gel in my hair today, cut with some aloe vera gel.  Due to the frequency of my workouts I don’t like applying a lot of product to my hair only to have to wash it out a day later, seems wasteful to me. So I have been using aloe vera gel to stand in the gap and provide some filler while still getting good results.

2 Ways to Save

Shop CurlMart for 25% off any scent of Spiralicious Gel thru 9/30. No coupon code required.

Or pick up the new QUART size of Sprialicious Gel from Jessicurl website and receive free shipping on your entire order (US only) with code SGFREE thru 9/30.

BASKing in the Truth

There have been lots of murmurs among the natural hair community about the state of company B.A.S.K.  Some worried the company was closing, others hinted at a corporate buyout and most of us feared we would need arm ourselves  to protect our stash of Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treat. Well the rumors have been officially put the rest. Our beloved B.A.S.K. is rebranding.


BASK’s amazing products have been a hit in the natural hair and beauty market for years, often selling out at hair shows before the weekend is over and crashing network servers whenever a sale is posted.  The company has been growing at an alarming rate and that type of growth often results in restructuring and re-branding.

Meet BEKURA, pronounced bee-cure-ah, the new name of the specialty products line which means to be treasured.  They have promised to offer their signature products (& pricing) we have grown to love presented in new, upscale packaging. The new website (which is not up yet) will be live 10/1/14 and will be marked by a week-long celebration of new products, discounts and free deals. I am so excited, let me set my calendar reminder :)


Iyoba Organic Curl Cream

Several months back I attended the Natural Hair Freedom Brunch in Atlanta and received a gift bag with several different hair and body product samples. To be perfectly honest I am over swag bags, I don’t need any more products and I usually toss them in a bin of stuff I give away to friends and family or use on vacation.  While packing for one of my trips I wanted to take a travel size hair moisturizer with me and I grabbed Iyoba Organic Curl Cream. I had no expectations with this product; it was water based (moisturizing) and contained shea butter (sealing) and that was all I needed it to do.  After cracking this bad boy open I was presently surprised by its performance.

Iyoba organic curl cream

Iyoba Body Essentials

Organic Curl Cream

$12 / 4 oz jar

ing: spring water, irish moss, organic flax seed, oils of castor, meadowfoam seed, olive, organic shea butter, essential oils, peace and love. 

I am not a real lover of curl creams. I really only use them when twisting my hair which I have not done in months really.  My hair loves snotty mucilage gel for wash n gos and that is really where my heart lies as far as products go. We know that all curl creams are not created equal. For me to be a great curl cream it must be moisturizing, set and seal the curls, but not be too butter heavy. This Iyoba Organic Curl Cream is the stuff other curl creams aspire to be.

5 Reasons I Loved This Product

  1. It smells really good, the light sweet-citrusy smell reminds me of lemon cake but not overwhelming.
  2. It provides lasting moisture. I used this to style my hair into a puff and to put in some jumbo twists. My hair was so very soft I couldn’t stop touching it.
  3. The product seals the hair without leaving it feeling oily or coated.
  4. It has a bit of slip to it which is surprising. You can add this to dry hair after spritzing with a bit of water and lightly separate and detangle the hair.
  5. It actually defined my curls; not as well as a gel, but better than any other curl creme ever has.

I only received a small 2 ounce sample and I actually went to the website interested in ordering. The pricing had me rethinking my intentions. As much as I liked the product I am not paying $12 for 4 ounces, I will however keep an eye out for a sale.  After skimming the ingredients list I have to say the reason this product is so great is the irish moss. It is the only ingredient I have not had much experience with and I will be doing further research on products containing irish moss as well as adding it to my DIY projects and keep you posted.


September is Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness month. Sickle Cell is most common in those with African decent. In an effort to raise awareness there is a current social media campaign for ladies to put on a bold lip color,  snap a picture and post with the hashtag #BoldLipsForSickleCell.

I posted my picture on my picture on IG today,  but I wanted to spread this message to all my reader’s as many of us had friends or loved ones who are affected by this disease.

Product Review: TreLuxe Hi! Definition Curl Enhancer

TreLuxe Hi Definition Curl Enhancer


Hi! Definition 


available online on discovertreluxe.com

ing: Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Gum (Seaweed Extract), Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate-60, Lactobacillus/Tomato Fruit Ferment Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Keratin Amino Acids, Acyl Coenzyme A Desaturase, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Honey Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Elaesis Guineensis (Palm) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) ,Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol

Hi! Definition is curl enhancing gel in the TreLuxe line. One glance at the ingredients list and I knew it would be love for me. My hair is always perfect with mucilage (snotty) gels and this product contains both aloe vera and seaweed extract, very slimey. There are also a couple protein extracts that are pretty high on the ingredient list but I did not have any ill reactions toward their presence.  The physical texture of the gel is very slimey, it could be packaged in a bottle, but I personally like it better in a container. Derby City Naturals Wash n Go with TreLuxe Hi Definition

I used this product several times once with including with the TréLuxe Untie the Knot leave in underneath and another using my ultimate favorite leave-in kinky curly knot today and both performed well.  I actually got 4-day-hair from a single application refreshing my hair each morning with a little water and adding some of the TréLuxe ReFlex serum on days three and four.  I believe I could have went longer, but I work out often and it was too gross to continue without washing.

5 Things I Liked About This Product

  1. The mucilage. I love a snotty gel they are always a winner for me.
  2. The product is well formulated and the proteins did not make my hair dry or stiff.
  3. I like the way the product works well with not just the products in the line but other leave-ins as well. As we all know this can sometimes be a gamble when mixing product lines.
  4. Lasting results. Multi-day hair is still a major factor when finding a good gel and this one performs.
  5. There are at least 4-5 applications in this jar which is really surprising for an 8 oz container.

Koils by Nature Rewards Program

Koils by Nature has launched a rewards program where you can earn points for every dollar you spend. The great thing about this program is it is retroactive, meaning you get credit for orders placed before the rewards program. *WooHoo*

How it works: Earn 5 points for every $1 you spend (excluding tax and shipping). At 500 points receive a $5 off your next order.

To check you points log in to your account at KoilsByNature.com and click the Redeem Rewards banner in the lower right-hand corner.

New to Koils By Nature? Click my referral link to earn 15% off your first purchase.  My favorite products are the Hydrating Shealoe Creamy Conditioner and the Nourishing Hair and Body Butter Sweet Almonds. Happy Shopping :)

Texting My Daughter: Don’t Mess with My [E]motions

I moved SK into her dorm room about a month ago, before leaving she of course raided my massive product stash for hair products to take with her to school.  Now I don’t mind sharing, I have more products than I could ever use. However she knows better than to mess with my favorite products, they are located up high on a shelf not to be confused with the lowly bins on the ground.

Imagine my surprise when she sent me this photo yesterday with the caption “Just found this in my hair box. My bad LOL”.Motions Straight Finish Styler

Lol. Lol? You have my favorite heat protectant and all you have to say is LOL? Who’s laughing? The following dialogue ensued between us. Texts got real
Yes. Okay maybe LaTavia comment was a little low. She should know better to play with my Motions Straight Finish Sealer. Check out my YT Review for my thoughts on this product line.