Product Review: TreLuxe Untie the Knot

TreLuxe Untie The Knot

TréLuxe

Untie the Knot

$18.50

available online on discovertreluxe.com

ing: Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Propylene Glycol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Steareth-2, Lactobacillus/Tomato Fruit Ferment Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Keratin Amino Acids , Acyl Coenzyme A Desaturase, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Squalane (Olive derived), Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol

I received this product after meeting the creators of TréLuxe at a natural hair expo.  Untie the knot is a leave in conditioner that can be used as a light conditioning treatment or as a daily leave-in conditioner.  I really liked the ingredients list and was excited to check out this product.  You can tell that Kiprono & Cortney have really done their research and have taken note as to what ingredients perform really well with natural hair.  The key to using this product line which was repeated to me several times was to use this product with water on wet or damp hair.

I used this product several times on its own, with other products in this line and with other products I use regularly. There was only one time this product disappointed me and this was when I used it on dry hair.  When used along on dry hair my hair had a strange coated feeling and was not moisturized. My bad, Cortney told me to always use with water and I did not listen.  The product performs fine as a light moisturizer or leave-in.  It is not a styler, it is not a sealer, and it doesn’t pretend to be.   This product does contain coconut oil as the second ingredient as well as other proteins, so if you are protein sensitive use your best judgement here, I had no problems with this product.

5 Things I Liked About This Product:

  1. Nice light smell.
  2. Light moisturizer does not contain shea butter.  I like my leave in to be a leave in and not double as a heavy moisturizer.  These work the best for me.
  3. The product contains proteins but is not packed down so it was gentle enough for my protein sensitive hair .
  4. I love that the product is in a pump bottle for easy distribution. I only use a few pumps to moisturize my whole head.
  5. Labels are water resistant and have not peeled or faded after sitting in my shower for over a month.

Overall this is a good product.  I don’t have a problem finding good leave-in conditioners, I have several in my arsenal that work well.  If you are looking for a leave-in with light protein I would suggest you check out this product.  I also tried the product as a detangler which was not a pleasant experience, I would not suggest it for use a detangler.

 

AfroVeda Product Review

This will be a short and simple three in one review.  I had previously only tried one Afroveda product, Cocolatte Moisture Mask, which I liked a lot but found it to be a little too pricey compared to like products.  However there was a great sale going on at the site Naturally so I decided to check out some additional AfroVeda products.

PUR Whipped Hair Gelly, 8 oz $13.50 ing: aloe vera gel, Ashwagandha Herb, Amla Powder, Bhringaraj Powder, Brahmi Powder, Neem Leaf Extract; Nettle, Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Mustard Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (organic), Vanilla Essential Oil.

This product is not a gel but a cream, reminds me of Curls Whipped Cream, and the product states that can be used on wet hair to define curls.  I tried it for a wash-n-go and it was a fail. My hair was soft and moisturized but the curls were not defined .  I used it as a twist cream and it worked fine however I did need to follow up with a sealant. Overall the product was just okay for me.

Curl Define, 8 oz $15.50 ing: Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rice Milk, Water, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Nettle Leaf, Ayurvedic Botanicals of Ashwagandha Powder, Bhringaraj Powder, Brahmi Powder, Amalaki Herb and Neem Leaf; Bay Leaf, Horsetail Leaf Extract, Palm Oil, Glyceryl Stearate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, (an edible, natural, ultra-mild self-emulsifying wax), Aloe Vera Leaf Gel, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate (a natural preservative), and love. Essential oil blend of Sweet Orange and Vanilla.

Again this product is not a gel either but more like a buttercream, reminds me of Donna Marie Super Buttercreme, and the product states that it can be used for braid and twist styles.  I used this product as a sealant for my twists on top of PUR Whipped Hair Gelly, I also used it alone and it worked well both ways.  I think the marketing is a little misleading because it is called Curl Define but it is not a curl definer. If you are looking for a nice whipped buttercream then this will do the trick.

Hemp Seed Lock Twist & Roll Butter, 8 oz $19.50 ing: Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rice Milk, Purified Water, Hemp Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter, Ayurvedic Botanicals of Ashwagandha Herb, Amla Powder, Bhringaraj Powder, Brahmi Powder, Neem Leaf Extract; Nettle, Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Mustard Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (organic), Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate (an edible, natural, ultra-mild self-emulsifying wax), Sweet Almond Wax, Carnauba Wax, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate (a natural preservative), Essential Oil Blend, and love.

This product is accurately named it is a thick butter.  I did not use the product on my hair because I could not stand the smell of the product.  I cannot pin point the scent but it smells like earthy essential oils similar to patchouli, myrrh and the like.  I would not recommend this product as a loc butter unless you like thick butters.  For my son this product would result in build up in the hair.  I would use one of the others products listed about instead.

So those are my thoughts on these products from AfroVeda, so far the Cocolatte is the best thing from this company.  If you have tried any AfroVeda products and you loved them give me a recommendation on what you think I should try next. 

Product Review: Original Moxie featuring Knapsgirl

“All I need in this life I’m in, is me and my curlfriends” –African Proverb

All kidding aside I really do LOVE my curlfriends.  A few weeks ago I went on a mini-vacay to visit my curlfriend, YouTuber MonicaJoi aka Knapsgirl and of course we played in hair products.  Monica won a full-set of Original Moxie Natural Wonder products and we decided to give them a try.

Original Moxie

Natural Wonder Gift Set

Includes: Get Clean™ No-foam Shampoo (8 oz.), Intense Quench™ Deep Conditioner (8 oz.), & Everyday Leave-in™ Detangling Conditioner (8 oz.), Hair Bling™ High Shine Pomade (3 oz.), & Lux Locks™ Styling & Shine (6 oz.). 

$72 for the complete set

There are two videos that go along with this review, a before and an after, that are filled with lots of giggles and hilarity. Monica is a purest and refused to edit them so enjoy our ridiculousness.

Before Vid 

Get Clean No-Foam Shampoo: This was a strange experience for me.  This is a no-foam shampoo and it really doesn’t foam.  It feels like a moisturizer when you are applying it to your hair and it was honestly hard to tell if I had distributed it evenly or if it was even working.  After two washes I decided that it should be good enough. To my surprise it did get my hair clean and did so without stripping.  I would not recommend this if your hair is really gunked up with product, however as a daily or even weekly cleanser this worked great. It has a polite floral-nutty smell, hard to pinpoint but it was pleasant.  While the product did work, I give it a B grade, I would not purchase as I like the comfort of knowing my hair is clean and this honestly was just too subtle for me.

Everyday Leave-in Detangling ConditionerI used this both as a rinse out and a leave-in conditioner.  It did an okay job detangling my hair. There was not phenomenal slip but I was able to finger detangle without feeling like I would yank or break my hair.  Again nice subtle smell to it.  It worked much better as a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer than it did as a detangling conditioner.  Overall grade C, I would not purchase this again although it worked well as a moisturizer I prefer it to work better as a detangler.

Intense Quench Deep ConditionerEasily my favorite product in this line.  It did a great job conditioning and detangling my hair.  I will say that when I first applied it I thought I was going to hate it. The product is thin, like a leave in moisturizer, after applying it to a section of hair I allowed it to sit for about 10 minutes and that is when the magic happened.  Just goes to show a deep conditioner does not have to be thick or buttery to work well.  Overall grade A, however I would not purchase unless it was on sale because the price point of $17 for 8 oz it too rich for my blood.

Lux Locks Styling & Shine: This is a twisting cream that I used to twist my hair.  The product worked well, it was not too sticky or greasy easy to apply and left my hair moisturized.  I would not recommend as a wash-n-go styler it was not much of a curl definer.  The one draw-back is the smell. I don’t know if it is the neem, rosewood or what but the smell is strong and not my pleasing to me.  We mistook the scent for patchouli but it is not an ingredient listed in the product however it is in the same scent family.  Without the smell I would give the product a B for performance however the scent drops it down to a C.

Hair Bling High Shine PomadeI am not a real fan of pomades but I did like this one. It was not overly greasy and added a nice shine to my hair.  I did not care for using it to twist alone but it worked great when coupled with the Lux Locks Styling & Shine, so I would recommend using them together.  I can really tell the difference in softness and shine in the sections where I used this product. Overall grade for this product is a B, but like the deep conditioner it is much too pricey in my opinion and I would not purchase.

After Vid 

A quick shot of me and our camerawoman Nyra, before heading out for the night :)

I did get an AWESOME twist-out taking my hair down a few days later :)

Product Review: Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter

Bee Mine

Bee Hold Curly Butter

8 oz for $13.97

ing: 100% Shea Butter, 100% Aloe Vera Gel, Essential Oil Blend, Vegetable Glycerin, Rosemary Leaf and Chammomile Extract, Silk Powder and Perfume

From the manufacturer: This shea butter and aloe based curly butter is packed with rich moisturizing nutrients to give you long lasting moisture and promote growth. It has a soft touchable hold that will help to defrizz your frizzes and give great definition. This Curly Butter is wonderful for twists, finger curls, puffs/pony tails and especially for laying down unruly hair. Great for naturals, relaxed, texlaxed, everyone.

I received this product as a giveaway from the #HGKWW tweetchat hosted by my twitterfriend Jess (follower her on twitter @HGKWW and check out her blog).  I was really excited to try the product because I had heard a lot about it but had yet to lay my hands on it.

First impression: I wasn’t really impressed.  The butter is shea based and my hair really doesn’t care for most shea based things.  I used it first for a wash-n-go styler and I was less than impressed.  It performed ok, but was really no different then other cream stylers.

I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel yet.  I used it a second time but this time for a chunky twist style.  I rarely do my hair in chunky twists but decided to try something new.  What I can say is that while it twisted similar to other products it really did help seal in the moisture resulting in smooth twists and an awesome twist-out.  

Me + Granddad

I have used the product 3 times for twists and once for banu knots and it performed perfectly on each style.   I used it as a one step moisturizer + sealer; my hair stayed soft and moisturized for an entire week until I washed it again without moisturizing it again at any time during the week.  This products is definitely a keeper!

Product Review: YoGaChi Signature Products

YoGaChi Signature

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770-225-8701

I first heard about YoGaChi Signature products from my curlfriend Tanya who travels a lot for her job and is always “discovering” lesser known natural hair products around the country.  She found YoGaChi products in Chapel Beauty in Atlanta, GA.  I am not sure where else the products are available for purchase other than her website online or by placing a phone order.

YoGaChi Signature Buster Hair Butter 

4 oz $11.99

ing: argan oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil, sesame seed oil, almond oil, avocado oil, vitamin e oil, hemp oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil.

Honestly when I was given this butter I didn’t really care for another hair butter, that is until I read the ingredients.  This product is packed with great natural oils that have been whipped lightly into soft creamy butter.  There are no scent oils added to the product and the smell is light, nutty and a little sweet.  Everyone  who encounters it instantly loves how light and creamy it is and how it does not have the dirt-earthy smell that unrefined butters have, yet isn’t artificially scented.  I have used it to seal in my braids and twists and also to add shine to twist/braid-outs and w-n-g’s.  This is definitely a keeper.

YoGaChi Signature Rosmaria Leave-In Conditioner

8 oz $11.99

ing: organic aloe juice, organic lavender distillate, cetearyl alcohol, castor seed oil, stearylalkonium chloride, phenoxyethenol, panthenol vitamin B5, kosher vegetable glycerin, rosehip seed oil, organic black willow bark extract.

I used this spray a couple of times and found it to be a decent moisturizer.  I really did not come to appreciate it until I put my hair in yarn locs.  I  spray my hair every morning and evening with this spray and it provides a nice balanced amount of moisture.  The scent is a very subtle hint of floral herbs.  I like that it isn’t oil heavy and does not cause any build-up on my scalp compared to other sprays I have used.  This spray also works well as a next day refersher for 2nd, 3rd, etc day hair.  While I like it a lot while wearing my hair in its current protective style I probably would not repurchase it unless I could get it on the ground.

The vid below is a review that my girl Tanya did on these same products.

Product Review: Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream

Jane Carter Solutions

Curl Defining Cream

16 oz $34.00

This product is Jane’s answer to the wash-n-go.  From the website: Eliminate curl shrinkage! Curl Defining Cream is light-weight, all natural product formulated to lengthen and define your natural curl pattern while drying to a soft, shiny, bouncy finish.  Water soluble, Curl Defining Cream washes and dries clean without leaving any film, offering the true luxury of “wash and wear” hair!

ing: Purified Water, Extracts of Anthemis Noblis Flower (Camomile), Symphytum Officinal Leaf (Comfrey), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Humulus Lupulus (Hops),of Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Glycerin, Propanediol, Poly-quaternium-200, Citric Acid , Polyquaternium-37, Ceteareth 20 , Phen-oxyethanol, Caprylyl, Glycol, Sorbic acid, Fragrance.

I had been dying to try this product for quite a while.  I was lucky enough to snag a sample of it from Jane Carter herself by way of my girl T Payne, but unfortunately I was unable to get a real feel of the product from the small sample.  I tried to order it from Whole Foods, but the order kept getting canceled due to out of stock with the supplier.  I hate paying shipping so I continued to wait patiently and was able to snatch some up on my trip to St Louis from Naturally plus it was on sale!

I tried the CDC on freshly cleansed and conditioned hair for a wash-n-go. The product is lotion-y in consistency yet it is thicker than it seems.  It left a white residue on my hair so I plopped with a t-shirt to remove the excess and it was fine.  My hair looked good though I was not completely blown away with the results.

5 Things I Liked About This Product

  1. The pump applicator is the bestest.  The type of jar/container a product comes in can really make or break your experience and this pump is genius.
  2. All-in-one moisturizer and sealant.  I like products that help simplify my regimen and this is both water-based moisturizer shea butter sealant.
  3. Packed full of botanical herbs like camomile, comfrey, horstail, nettle and rosemary.
  4. A little goes a long way.  You will be tempted to use more of this product then you need, don’t or you will have white residue.
  5. Well formulated to work for wide variety of curlies.

I wanted to like this product a lot more than I actually did.  It was okay, but I wanted it to be great and for me it just wasn’t.  I have several friends with thirsty hair who rave about the awesomeness of this product but it was not awesome for me.  It was hard for me to find the right balance of using enough product to cover every strand but not too much to result in white hair.  I also used CDC on two-strand twists and had good results however it is a bit too pricey for use as a twist cream.

What I Didn’t Like: CDC has that weird lemony natural cleaner smell that I have encountered elsewhere and I am not a fan of that.  The smell is not horrible or overpowering but I would prefer it was either sweet-smelling or neutral.  This product was very similar to Beautiful Curls Curl Activating Cream which is also made with comfrey and shea so I think my hair is just not a fan of this mixture.  Another pet peeve of mine is that while you can find other JCS products at local stores on the ground, this product is very difficult to find, unless you want to purchase online.

Product Review: Afroveda Cocolatte Moisture Mask

Afroveda

Cocolatte Moisture Mask

$17.50 for 8 oz

A thick moisturizing cream that is pleasantly scented just like a delicious chocolate latte as it is adequately named.  Afroveda products as the name suggests are made with Ayurvedic extracts like amla, brahmi and neem to support traditional, balanced approach to hair care.

ing: Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rice Milk, Purified Water, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil,Sunflower Seed Oil, Ayurvedic Botanicals of Ashwagandha Herb, Amla Powder, Bhringaraj Powder, Brahmi Powder, Neem Leaf Extract, Nettle, Castor Oil, Mustard Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Neem Oil, Mustard Oil, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol, and love.

Ok so I have a confession.  I have discriminated against this product line.  Last year the natural community was up in arms when Mala, owner of Afroveda, announced a massive price hike doubling/tripling the price of her products–dubbed Afrovedagate.  I had not tried Afroveda but I was turned off by the sob story of a poor woman trying to make ends meet by mixing products in her kitchen with little or no help and raising infrastructure costs.  As a consumer I was annoyed, so I vowed not to support them on GP.  *arms crossed and foot stomped*  Fast forward to today and me visiting my local natural hair store shopping for gifts for a friend.  Afroveda products were on sale and I was caught by the Cocolatte Moisture Mask.  It smelled so good and felt great between my fingers, I was buying it on sale so I reasoned I wasn’t really supporting the company.

I was sure my friend would love the product for retaining moisture, but how could I advise her on its use if I never used it myself?  Yep that’s what kind of friend I am, the kind who uses your gift first to make sure its okay –poison test :)  I spritzed my hair with a light leave-in conditioner them scooped up about a nickel-sized amount to apply over my twists.  ZOMIGOODNESS!  Yeah, this stuff is freaking amazing.  Quite possibly my favorite moisture-sealant ever, I will have to do a head to head competition, but I think this is it.

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. It smells so darn delicious.  It reminds me of a fancy coffee house, so yummy!
  2. I have heard a lot of complaints about the consistenscy and separation with this product line but the texture was a perfectly thick whipped cream.
  3. A little really goes a long way.  This 8 oz jar would last me months even with daily use.
  4. It left my hair very soft and with a long lasting moisture-seal.
  5. The flip top container is the perfect method for holding, distributing the product.

Okay now all that I said previously is true, however it is not all skittles and sunshine.  One issue is that the ingredients listed from the jar (see above) are not the same as those listed on the website.  There are some ingredients listed on the jar that are not on the website and vice versa.  Also there are ingredients that are listed in different order.  That is a big red flag for me.  Secondly, the shelf life statement “This product is preserved with a paraben-free, wide-spectrum cosmetic preservative. Please use within 6-9 months, refrigerate or freeze for longer-term storage” is listed on the website, but not on the actual product. Stike two.  The size of the jar is not even identified on the product.  I was able to deduce the size based on the cost, but this should be listed on the product.  That seems like a rookie oversight for someone who has been making products for a while.

Final conclusion: I probably would not purchase this product again.  Though it worked freaking amazingly on my hair there just seems to be a level of shadiness that leaves me skeptical.  While I think the current price is fair, I would hate to get attached to a product only to have them go thru a major price hike again.  So while this is a great product my intuition leads me to not consider purchasing again in the future. However if I could find the product locally on sale I might be swayed to pick it up again.  For now I am going to wrap up the product and give it to my friend as if I never used it. *shh it’s our secret*

Product Review: Shea Moisture Thickening Growth Milk

SheaMoisture

Yucca & Aloe Thickening Growth Milk w/ Biotin & Bamboo Extract

8 fl oz for $9.99

Available locally at Target & Walgreens stores

Yep I am reviewing another SheaMoisture product. This product was sent to me to review by SheaMoisture rep due my less then favorable previous experiences with their products.  I have tried the Curl & Style Conditioning Milk and the Curl Enhancing Smoothie from their Coconut & Hibiscus Line both of which I found to be too heavy for my hair. This product is marketed toward those with fine or thin hair and claims to thicken, volumize and soften.

ing: Deionized Water , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Mangifera Indica Seed Butter (Mango) , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba) , Olea Europaea Oil (Olive) , Vegetable Glycerin , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Triticum Vulgare Oil (Wheatgerm) , Grapeseed Oil , Sorbitol Esters , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , Cetyl Esters , Yucca Filamentosa Extract , Vegetable Protein , Adansonia Digitata Extract (Baobab) , Biotin , Panthenol (Vitamin B-5) , Rosemary Extract , Bamboo Extract , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower (Honeysuckle) and Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Japanese Honeysuckle) , Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

I applied this product to clean, wet hair fresh out of the shower.  The scent is light sort of sweet and little floraly similar to Yes to Carrots conditioner, reminds me of baby products.   The feel is light and silky, definitely lighter than the Curl & Style Conditioning Milk.  While it is packed full of oils and shea butter is is not oily feeling at all.  I applied a palm-full to my wet curls and smoothed and scrunched a little.  No increased curl definition but my hair felt soft and moisturized and was not all all weighed down or coated.

5 Things I Liked About This Product

  • Lightweight moisturizer comparable to my other favs
  • The smell is light and not overpowering
  • The first strengthener I’ve used that wasn’t protein heavy and did not leave my hair hard or stringy
  • Product is available on the ground and is fairly priced.
  • Great natural ingredients, no junk.

Final Thoughts: SheaMoisture has finally won me over!  Now this is a product that makes me happy.  While it does contain protein, it is further down on the list (15th ingredient) and it did not bother my protein-sensitive hair.  I used the product alone as a wash-n-go moisturizer and my hair looked okay, no curl definition but I did not expect that from a moisturizer.  I then used it on my twists and got great results.  My medium porosity hair did not care for the Coconut & Hibiscus line because it was to shea/oil heavy and my hair simply did not absorb the product however this line is lighter (perhaps there is just more water) and was perfect for me.  As for the claims to thicken and volumize I did not see any effects to support this claim but I have med-coarse, thick hair so it would be difficult to tale if it did.  This is a product I would purchase in the future.