Product Review: Shea Moisture Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque

shea moisture tahitian noni moni smooth and repair nourishing hair masque

Shea Moisture

Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque

$12 / 12 oz

ing: Deionized Water, Butyrosperum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alocohol (Coconut Oil), Castor (Ricinus Communis) Seed Oil, Sentrimonium Chloride, Oleth-10, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tiare (Gardenia Tahitensis) Flower, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Behentrimonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Marinda Citrifolia (Noni) Extract, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Pythic Acid

From their website “Shea Moisture ‘s Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque provides deep conditioning and infuses hair with a powerful dose of moisture. Shea Moisture’s hair conditioning treatment smooths the hair cuticle, controls frizz and maintains straight styles.”

Here’s a confession, I have never been a big fan of Shea Moisture deep conditioners. They work okay but I haven’t swooned by their performance.  My blogger bro Jor-El at ManeMan blog understands the way I feel.  These DC’s tend to be softening but do not offer much by the way of slip and I want my DCs to do it all. Also they are super thick that is something hi-po’s tend to love but I often wonder if it’s really penetrating.  I won a Target giftcard from TribeCalledCurl and I was lured to SRNHM while strolling the natural hair aisle.  I am not sure what made me do it after being hurt so many times before but it smelled good and I like the color green so yeah I bought it anyway.

For the month of March I set a hair goal to deep condition every week with heat to really pamper and improve the condition of my hair.  This is the method I used with the SRNHM and I really loved it. I don’t know if the SRNHM formula is just better or whether adding heat made it magic but either way its a keeper! After use my hair felt softer and smoother.  There are easily 6+ applications in this jar and the $1 per ounce price point is perfect for my budget. *adds to repeat buy list*

Product Review: Hair Therapy Wrap

Hair Therapy WrapInstead of setting hair goals for the year, most of which I break or conveniently forget before Summer is in full swing I have decided to set monthly goals.  My hair goal for the month of March is to deep condition once a week using heat to ensure the best results.  I am trying to love on this fro and take it from good to great which means going that extra mile that I may not always deem necessary.  I do not deep condition my hair every week and I do not use heat even once a month so this is definitely an over an above action for me and I hope the results pay off.  While deep conditioning is an easy enough thing to do, using heat can be annoying or just require more effort.  That is where this tool comes into play and it has been an absolute time saver.

Hair Therapy Wrap 

$28

available at HairTherapyWrap.com, Amazon, CurlMart and other retailers

The Hair Therapy Wrap is cordless thermal turban heat wrap that provides gentle heat for up to 30 minutes.   The heat encourages conditioners and other treatments to penetrate deep into the hair follicle.  The HTW is simple and easy to use and can be reused many times. The gel pacs are warmed via microwave or stovetop. To use apply conditioning treatment to hair and cover with plastic cap, heat the gel pacs according to instructions, place the HTW over plastic cap, twist the the fabric at the base to form a snug fit and secure.  Allow the HTW to condition your hair for up to 30 minutes then remove and rinse.

I was gifted my HTW from my friend LaManda, she is an awesome friend and has put me on many times love her.  The first time I used it I was out of town at Monica’s house and this is how we discovered Monica’s microwave was broken because the gel pacs would not heat up.  I used the stove top method to warm the gel pacs and have continued that way ever since because I don’t really trust microwaves to heat evenly. I have used this heat wrap at least ten times by now and every time I am pleased by how easy it is and the results I receive from my conditioning treatment.

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. Ease of use.  All you need to do is pop the gel pacs into a pot of boiling water for a few minutes or place the full assembly in the microwave for a few seconds.
  2. Makes light work of an old problem. I have a hooded dryer and I rarely use it. I hate having to pull it out and assemble it. It is noisy and I am restricted to staying in one place.  With the Hair Therapy Wrap you just put in on and go on about your business.
  3. Its safe. In the past when I wanted a quick treatment but did not want to use my dryer I would heat a damp towel in the microwave then wrap it around my head. I have burned myself on the steam emitted from the towel, which was no bueno.
  4. Its reliable.  The HTW will provide at least 30 minutes of heat to your hair.
  5. Its durable. I believe LaManda owned this HTW for at least 2 years before gifting it to me last year. This product is at least 3 years old and works great.

More than anything else: it works!  Using this tool can take an average or okay deep conditioning treatment to amazing.  My hair feels so much better after deep conditioning with this tool. And there is no cleanup, takedown or after use instructions. Just take it off your head and put it away, easy-peasy.  There are some reviews out that complain about the wrap not fitting their head, the gelpacs not heating evenly or losing heat quickly. I have not experienced any of these issues.  There are several different iterations of this tool so perhaps those were earlier versions. It fits over my huge head and all my hair. Like I stated previously I do not heat it in the microwave and perhaps that makes a difference when heating evenly and maintaining heat.  I absolutely love the tool and the day it stops working I would buy another.

February Ipsy Glam Bag

February Ipsy Glam BagHey friends I wanted to share my most recent ipsy glam bag for the month of February.  I have been subscriber to ipsy for several months now and I totes love it. So much so I even shot a video *shocking* to share my package this month.  All my goodies are shown in the picture to the right and yes the makeup bag was included!

What is ipsy? ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service created by beauty blogger Michelle Phan.  For $10 each subscriber will receive a monthly glam bag filled with both deluxe samples and full size products based on the subscribers preferences.  After signing up the subscriber is asked a series of health and beauty questions to help develop a beauty profile. This profile is used to determine the best products to send.

I’ve been a member of ipsy for almost a year now and I have no plans of discontinuing the service.  There have been products sent to me that I felt did not fall into my wheelhouse, however those products were either gifted to friends or primarily given to my daughter. For the price of $10 monthly the cute bags and a couple products are enough to keep me as a customer even if it is always love.

Check out my vid below for my unboxing.

Product Review: Smooth Naturals Hair Perfection

Y’all know I love to Wash n Go. And all hair gels are not created equal. As for me and my hair, we like mucilage gels. Almost all of these snot-like gels with bases of aloe, flax seeds, or botanically infused nettle and marshmallow root yield awesome results.  However once you find a product your hair likes the key is knowing how to apply it. Check out My Wash n Go Routine for how I get my curls popping. I have not changed this method in years because it works. Now on to the review.

Smooth Naturals Hair Perfection

Smooth Naturals

Hair Perfection

16 oz $22

ing: Aloe Vera Juice ,Water Infused with Horsetail, Nettle and Marshmallow Root, Olive Oil, Castor, Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Agave Nectar, Xanthan Gum, Honey Quat, Optiphen(preservative), ProVitamin B5, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid and Fragrance

Smooth Naturals is product line from beauty blogger J Cokes, aka Coily Head Chick, in fact the products were first called Coily Head Chick and the line was just a leave in and a hair gel if I remember correctly. It has since blossomed into Smooth Naturals, which is a complete hair, body and skin care brand including a mens line.  I loved the idea of a blogger entering the product domain, as a blogger myself we know what we like and what the people want and I am so proud of her for going after it!

5 Things I Like About This Product

  1. Scent. Honey Almond is just such a sweet pleasant smell. It is not overpowering and it lends itself to blend well with other products.
  2. Price point. $1.37 per ounce is a fair price point for a curl definer I really don’t like to pay more than $1.50 per ounce and this leaves some wiggle room without a sale.
  3. Formula. Yes y’all you know I love a mucilage gel, it is the only stuff that does my curls right.  This product has great botanicals of horsetail, nettle and marshmallow root with aloe and some good oils. Oh and it’s protein free.
  4. It gets along. It is really important to me that my styler play well with a variety of leave-ins because I change my leave-in often. This product works best with creamier leave-ins.
  5. It stores well. The product says it should be used within 6-9 months but I know that I forgot about a bottle in the back of my closet that was a year old and well it still worked. No bacteria or weird smell.

    Smooth Naturals Hair Perfection on Derby City Naturals

    Smooth Naturals Hair Perfection Gel over Soulatanicals Mango Dip as a leave-in. Day one thru day 4. Each day I refreshed my hair with a bit of water and did not add any additional product.

I would absolutely repeat this purchase I still have another jar up in the closet.  The gel is a little thinner than I like however it applies easy and it pumps out well, never has the pump gotten stuck or backed up. And it pumps all the way to the bottom of the jar.  I can only get up to three day hair with this product as seen in the picture above. I used to seek out 5 and 7 day hair gels and while they are still the business, I wash my hair at least twice a week so long lasting gels are not a requirement.  This gel refreshes easily from day to day which I also like and it doesn’t create a ridiculous gel cast.  If you have ever used aloe or flax seed gel and liked it but wish you got more than one day results this is the gel you were looking for.

5 Tips to Care for Your Locs While Swimming

Every Saturday morning for the past 4 months I wake up early to take JK to swim practice at the YMCA. And while I am happy that my guppy became a minnow I have to admit the aftercare for his hair weekly is not my favorite thing to do.  While locs are more of a carefree style as compared to loose hair there is a manner of care that should be followed to maintain the health of the locs.  Here are the tips that I use to keep JK’s locs happy.Swimming at the Y

  1. Pre and post rinsing.  Wetting the hair with plain water before swimming minimizes the amount of chlorinated water absorbed into the hair.  After swimming use plain water to rinse the chlorine from the hair.
  2. Cleansing. There are lots of swimming and chelating shampoos on the market, they are all kinda pricey but if you are swimming a lot and your hair is suffering definitely invest in one. For JK we use clarifying shampoos. I alternate between Aveda Rosemary & Mint shampoo and Suave Clarifying shampoo weekly. We wash his hair after every dip in the pool.  When washing pay attention to the hair itself and not so much the scalp. The chlorine is in the hair and we want to remove it. His scalp stays very clean do to the frequency of washes.
  3. Deep Conditioning. There are many people who are surprised when I tell them I deep condition JK’s locs.  The key is to find a deep conditioner that will penetrate the hair, but will rinse clean we do not want any residue to build up within the locs.  For his deep conditioning I will use anything I have on hand including samples from subscription boxes.  We really liked Shea Radiance Maximum Moisture Conditioner and TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask. Shea Radiance Maximum Moisture Conditioner for locs
  4. Protein Treatments.  The frequent washing can easily lead to hydra fatigue so you want to be sure your hair is getting the protein it needs.  I like to use Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Protein Conditioner or just do a coconut water rinse.
  5. Don’t Sweat the Retwist. I absolutely do not retwist JK’s locs every week. I do make sure I go in and separate the locs to avoid mating and I let them air dry completely to avoid the musty smell.  His locs are definitely fuzzier but I don’t see the point in putting in the time and effort to retwist when he will be back in the pool in a few days.

Before you ask, yes they do make swimcaps for locs. JK’s locs are short enough that he can wear a large swim cap available at the sporting goods store. He wore it one time but he didn’t like being the only boy wearing one so I let him swim without it.  If you have longer locs check out Dreadlock Swim Cap from Dreadscapes on Etsy. I have not used this model but it is well talked about in different hair groups.

Locs are an incredibly versatile hairstyle and lend themselves easily to an active lifestyle.  Follow these tips to keep your locs well cared for while swimming.  If you are experiencing any excessive dryness or brittleness while swimming I would absolutely recommend the use of a swim cap and/or a chelating shampoo.  Yes, Black people do swim, if you have never learned to swim reach out to your local YMCA they have swimming lessons for all levels and all ages.

Product Review: Soultanicals Mango Dip Detangling Slip

Spoiler alert: this product is the best damn detangler I have ever used. If you do not have a problem with knots, naps and snarls do not bother reading this. If you can use just about any conditioner to detangle your hair, then this product is a waste of your time. If you do not sometimes get lazy and put off detangling your hair for a couple weeks (or months) just close this window. But if you do have these problems, keep reading.

Soultanicals Mango Dip

Soultanicals

Mango Dip Detangling Slip

8 oz $16

Available online at Soultanicals.com

ing: Distilled Water Botanically Infused with Nettle, Horsetail, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Slippery Elm, Blue Malva, Chamomile Flowers, Certified Organic Aloe Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Olivate/ Sorbitan Olivate, Mango Butter, Flaxseed Gel, Mango Extract, Vegetable Glycerine, Crambe Seed Oil, Brocolli Seed Oil, Pracaxi Oil, Jojoba Oil, Pro Vitamin B5, Olive Squalane, Natural, Fragrant & Essential Oil Blends, Potassium Sorbate, Black Willow Bark Extract, Citric Acid, & an extra dip of LOVE!

I need to edit my holy grail list and when I do this product goes right to the top.  I have tried to write this review several times but I cannot put into words the way I feel about it. It is like someone asking you, “How did you know your husband was the one you would marry?” Umm, you just know.  This product is an amazing detangler, an effective conditioner that works both as deep conditioner and a rinse-out, however why would you want to rinse it out, which leads to the third point that it is a dope leave in conditioner as well.  Blah, blah, blah… I love it!

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. First off it has an ingredients list that won’t quit. Botanical herbs of Nettle, Horsetail, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Slippery Elm and Blue Malva are all mucilage inducing which make great additions to hair products for us kinky and curly girls. Then you add Aloe Juice, BTMS and Cetearyl Olivate a fantastic trio for moisturizing and conditioning. Top it off with great oils and butters and you have greatest conditioning product ever.
  2. It really detangles. Listen, listen, listen, Linda. Section your hair, apply the product and wait while it really does melt away the tangles, toils and snares. We are talking amazing grace, honey.
  3. After using this conditioner I don’t feel like I need to deep condition my hair. I have not stopped deep conditioning, but I do not do it as often as I did before. True story.
  4. Plays well with other products.  I have used this as a leave in conditioner under 6 different gels from other product lines and it worked well with all of them.
  5. Size matters. It also comes in a larger 16 ounce bottle with a pump. Mama likes a good pump bottle it makes detangling in the shower with wet hands super easy.

This product has my stamp of approval.  It is a bit pricey, 8 oz for $16 is a $2 per ounce price point which I will admit was a big turn-off, but then it went on sale and I gave it a try. I am not disappointed.  As a three-in-one product I don’t feel it is too expensive because it is doing the job of multiple products all at once.  The scent is just okay.  It smells of a herbal/floral combo which is fine I could really take it or leave it.  Oh and this conditioner is protein free, shout with me protein sensitive curlies :)  The customer service I received from Soultanicals the three times I ordered was impeccable. Quality products + great service = customer for life.

Go Red for Women on 2/6/15

Let’s be serious. HEART DISEASE IS THE #1 KILLER OF WOMEN AND IS MORE DEADLY THAN ALL FORMS OF CANCER.

ONE of every THREE women DIES of heart disease and stroke.

To raise awareness for heart disease we Go Red for Women on 2/6/15.

There are several factors that increase your risk for heart disease including:

  • High Cholesterol: Total Cholesterol > 200 mg/DL
  • High Blood Pressure: BP > 12/80 mm Hg
  • Smoking increases your risk for heart disease by 4x
  • Diabetes increases your risk for heart disease by 4x
  • BMI: Your body mass index =  weight in pounds x 703 / height in inches. The higher your BMI the higher your risk for heat disease
  • Lack of physical activity.  Increasing your physical activity can help decrease cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, BMI as well as reducing stress and increasing overall heart health.

#NaturalsGoRed

I wanna see each of you Go Red on 2/6/15. Wear a red lip, put on a red pair of socks, add a red scarf to your outfit and encourage others to do so also. Snap a picture and post on social media using the hashtags #GoRedSelfie and #NaturalsGoRed.

To learn more about heart disease and what you can do to prevent it, visit Go Red For Women website. You should also talk to your doctor about your risks for heart disease and make sure you have your levels tested so you can take action if you are at risk.

Go Red For Women

Follow the American Heart Association’s official Go Red for Women accounts on twitter @GoRedForWomen, facebook Go Red for Women, and instagram @GoRedForWomenAHA.  Also make sure you follow me too on twitter @DerbyCityNat, facebook Derby City Naturals and instagram @HereIsMySpout.

 

#NoBareLips30 Cycle 3 Week 4

I was traveling last week so I was unable to post my recap for week two and post on week 3. Remember for the most up to date info on #NoBareLips30 to follow @KeikoKaveri on Twitter, IG, blog, FB and Tumblr.

Here is a recap of my week 3 looks:

No Bare Lips 30 Week 3 recap

My favorite look from week three was Vamp (lower left) which was achieved using 320 Mahogany x New York Color lined with Blue Divine eyeliner x Jordana. I wanted a liner that was deeper than my lipstick and I don’t own a lip liner that dark however this deep blue eyeliner came thru.

As a side note I want you all to check out Color Us Beautiful which is a movement dedicated to showcasing women of color in all our beauty. Such a positive movement I can really get behind. I will have a future post with the creator Duana soon.

No Bare Lips 30 Schedule for Cycle 3 Week 4

  1. Sunday 1/25 Easy, go-to lip color
  2. Monday 1/26 Ombre
  3. Tuesday 1/27 Brown
  4. Wednesday 1/28 Work lip
  5. Thursday 1/29 Celebrity look
  6. Friday 1/30 Burgundy
  7. Saturday 1/31 90s lip trend

NBL30 Wk4

We are in the final stretch of #NoBareLips30 challenge, let’s finish strong!  Try your best to participate daily and do not be afraid to tweet the hashtag or post on fb if you need help. You can follow me on instagram @HereIsMySpout.