Product Review Komaza Care Coconut Hair Pudding

 Komaza Care

Coconut Hair Pudding

$15.50 for 8 oz

ing: Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Oil Dipalmitoylethyldimonium Chloride (A derivitive of Palm Oil) aloe vera, acrylates, alkyl acrylates, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 20, Cinnamon Cassia.

First impression: This gel smells delish and has a tropical coconut scent.  It is white/clear with light gelly like feel.  Not sticky or greasy feel is similar to that of aloe vera gel.

When trying a new hair gel I prefer to use it as a wash-n-go styler.  For me this is the real test for any styler.  I want it to define curls, provide light hold w/o crunch, keep frizz at bay and give at least 2nd day hair.  

I applied the Coconut Hair Pudding on wet hair freshly cleansed and conditioned hair without a leave-in underneath.  The gel went on smoothly and my curls looked fine however, CHP has no hold to it.  While that was fine for my hair in the back which is looser and easily defined it was no match for the crazy frizzy section at my crown. As a WnG styler I would recommend this for those with loose curls who just need a bit of moisture and perfer light stylers with little hold.  For me I decided to use it to 2 strand twist my hair and coupled it with Komaza Care Moku Hair Butter on top to seal in moisture.  I set my twists on rollers to produce a twist-n-curl result seen below–please disregard the random twists sticking out I had been traveling and slept on the airplane. 

After a few days I took the twists down and wore a twist-out.  I can say that the CHP and MHB kept my hair soft and moisturized for several days.  I only had to wet and reapply to the front of my hair which is looser.  In the future I might couple it with a little KMF UMG in the front for more hold. I really liked this twist-out and received tons of compliments on my hair it lasted another 2-3 days (without re-twisting at night) and the curls stayed in place.

Final thoughts: this was a nice twisting gel but did not perform well as wash-n-go styler.  I would not repurchase this gel just for twisting.  I do however like the Komaza Care Califia Styling Pudding which has a bit more hold and is able to handle my frizzy crown with more control.  I do think this would be great for those sporting TWA who need a little definition without the crunch of most other gels or those with looser curls who do not require additional hold for definition.

Cuzzo Ro Chopped & [Cork]Screwed

This is my Cuzzo Ro aka Queen of the Fluffy Hair

On the regular, when talking about her hair I quote Agnes from Despicable Me, “It’s so fluffy!”  She is constantly complimented wherever we go for her awesome corkscrew curls and gravity defying volume.

Lately we’ve been talking about chopping our hair as both of us transitioned for about a year and have not worn our hair short in quite some time.  Also with Summer approaching we have been talking about cute cropped styles to change up our look. We also talked about experimenting with color; highlights, lowlights and everything in between.

It was all talk.  Or so I thought.

Cuzzo Ro called me and said, “OMG I have a surprise for you!”  I just knew she was going to show up with a bright Rihanna red or cool Beyonce blonde.  I opened the door to find her fluffy bangs have been tamed and defined while the back and sides had been trimmed close in a tiny ocean of swirls.  We both screamed and laughed in excitement!

Her hair was styled by Dakota of Natural Alternatives Salon who we consider to be the BADDEST in the Derby City.  Ro was washed and conditioned in the bowl then her hair was gently blotted with a micro fiber towel.  She was then cut using shears and taken back to the bowl to rinse and apply product (Kinky Curly Knot Today and Curling Custard).  Lastly she went back to the station to clean up the cut and for finishing.  She was lightly blown to set the style.

Fierce Cut – Side View

Fierce Cut - Back View

One word: FIYA!  If you are looking for a hot summer look and are here in the Derby City check out the stylists at Natural Alternatives Salon by calling 502.473-8882.

Blended Beauty Independence Day Sale

Blended Beauty is having an Independence Day Sale from now until July 5th 2011.

Take an additional 20% off any TWO items with coupon code: CheersThe4th at checkout on http://www.blendedbeauty.com

I have not tried these products, but the company has been around for sometime.  You can find plenty threads about the products use on hair forums, message boards or on youtube. Here is a review from YTer PrettyDimples01 http://youtu.be/a0RDWOnHAEo

The company also has a guide to help you select the best products for your hair needs.  Blended Beauty products are 98-99% natural and do not contain petroleum, mineral oil, silicone or acrylics.

Ice Cream Social & Product Swap

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You’re Invited…

Ice Cream Social & Product Swap

Saturday, June 18th 2011 2-4 pm

Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen

1041 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY  (lower Highlands location)

Saturday 6/18 Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen is having an ice cream social where each scoop is only 25 cents.

I thought it would be a great opportunity for us to get together socialize, talk hair and have a product swap.

We will be meeting at the lower Highlands locale between Grinstead Drive and Highland Ave. Bring a few dollars, your clean gently used products and your fierce head of natural hair. Well behaved children are welcome.

Summer Hair Care Tips

these are my adorable nieces on the California coast

Summer is here and for most of you that means a change in regimen.  We will discuss a few tips, products and styles to help deal with the summer heat, humidity and fun.

Mastering the Wash-n-Go

The WnG is a go-to style for many naturals in the summer time.  It is meant to be a quick easy style with low manipulation that gets you on your way.  Start by cleansing, co-washing or wetting your hair in the shower.  Add your favorite leave-in or moisturizer for additional softness.  Layer on a gel or custard to help provide additional curl definition.  Finish up with an oil or butter to help seal it all in, decrease any crunch from the gel and add shine.

  • Moisturizer/Leave-In: Oyin Hair Dew, Komaza Care Shea Butter Hair Lotion, Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia, Shea Moisture Hair Milk and Alaffia Shea & Coconut Hair Lotion.
  • Gel/Custard: Koils by Nature Herbal Gel, Eco Styler Gel, Kinky Curly Curling Custard, Darcy’s Botanicals Curling Jelly, Aloe Vera Gel and Komaza Care Califa Styling Pudding, Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel.
  • Sealant: Castor oil, shea butter, coconut oil, Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade, Koils by Nature Nourishing Hair & Body Butter, Pura Body Naturals Cupuacu Butter and Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist.

Protective Styles

When its hot outside sometimes the last thing you want is to be bothered with your hair.  There are a lot of great protective styles that are perfect for summer.

Braids: Whether you chose to braid up your own hair into small pixies braids (as seen in this picture)  or go for extensions this is a style that last for a while and is easy to maintain.  Be sure to cleanse your scalp regularly and keep it moisturized.

Twists: Kinky twists are a very popular choice for summer.  They are quicker to install then braids and are fairly light.  Mini-twists done with your own natural hair are another great way to go. It may take a while to get them in but the style can last for weeks.

Cornrow/Flat-twist: These styles are great options for those who would just like to have hair tucked away and not have to worry about a thing!  With or without extensions this style can be very feminine and creative by fancy parting and by adding accessories.

Turban/Headwrap: A turban is an awesome way to protect your hair while being lazy.  In the picture here you would never know that I had a lumpy fro that I hadn’t combed in over a week!  All you need is a scarf and some imagination.  If you want more info on tying headwraps check out this post.

Swimming

What is summertime without enjoying the cool water of the ocean or your neighborhood pool?  While natural hair loves water you do want to be wary of chlorine in pools and water parks and the salinity of the ocean.

  • Protect: The suns rays are not only harmful for your skin but they can also be harmful for your hair.  So if you are going to spend a large amount of time outside cover your head with a hat or scarf or use a product that includes sun protection like Ouidad Sun Shield Leave-In Conditioner or by simply diluting your favorite sunblock with water and spritzing it on your hair.
  • Coat: Before you dive into the water grab your favorite condish and slather it on.  The conditioner will work to create a barrier between your hair and the chlorine/salt.  You can use a cheapy condish like Suave or V05 or you can pick up conditioners specifically formulated to protect against chlorine like Ion Swimmer’s Leave-In or Circle of Friends Kylie’s Pre-Swim Conditioner.
  • Cover: Swimmer’s caps may not be very popular or cool-looking but there is no better way to protect your hair then to avoid the harshness of chlorine by keeping it from coming into contact with your hair.
  • Cleanse: Once you are out of the water head toward the showers and rinse your hair ASAP.  Then follow-up with a swimmer’s shampoo formulated to remove chlorine/salt from the hair.  Ion Swimmer’s Shampoo, L’oreal Kids Swim & Sport Shampoo, Aubrey Orgnaics Normalizing Shampoo, California Baby Swimmer’s Shampoo, Joico K-pak Chelating Shampoo, Paul Mitchell Shampoo 3 and Kinky Curly Come Clean.
  • Condition: Most swimmers shampoos are really strong clarifiers and have a tendency to leave your hair feeling dry so be sure you follow-up with a good deep conditioner to restore moisture and balance to your hair like Anita Grant Rhassoul Clay, Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment.

This is my sis C Rose reppin’ for the swimsuit shot cuz i’m not gonna be able to do it :)

Product Review: Kimble Bounce Back Curling Revitalizer

Kimble Hair Care System

Bounce Back Curling Revitalizer

8 oz $12.99

Available at Target, Amazon

ing: water, glycerin, PVP/dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate copolymer, polysorbate-20, propylene glycol, hydrolyzed human hair keratin, panthenol, extract of: yarrow, witch hazel, mallow, rosemary, horsetail, horse chestnut, dandellon, cotsfoot, sage, elder flower, hops, lavender, thyme, fennel & chamomile aloe vera gel, tocopheryl acetate, carbomer, phenoxy-ethanol, magnesium sulfate, methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, disodium EDTA, benzophenone-4, FD&C Red #40, FD&C yellow #5, fragrance

what they say: Bounce back to vibrant, natural looking curls with Kimble Haircare Bounce Back Curl Revitalizer. This botanical-infused styling cream smoothes and boosts each individual ringlet, enhancing overall body and definition. Hair results in increased shine and dimension. Great for those with naturally curly hair.

This is another product that took sanctuary at my house after my girl T Payne gave it the boot.  She had picked up BBCR at Target looking for a good Wash-n-Go gel that she could find on the ground that was widely available.  We were both eager to try Kimble Hair Care System products because it is the product line of famed Kim Kimble and were proud that it was going to be carried in Target stores across the US, Black Girls Rock!  Anyway T Payne used the gel a few times and her results were less than stellar so she gave it to me to try.

The product is basically a glycerin hair gel that claims to moisturize, soften and define curls.  First, I tried it as a wash-n-go styler applied to damp hair alone.  In a few hours my hair dried frizzy and undefined, fail.  Next I tried on top of KBB Sweet Ambrosia to see if I could get better results.  My hair still did not look more defined so I applied KMF Upper Management Gel on top and got good results.  However I get good results with KBB and KMF without BBCR so that was also a no go.  Lastly I tried it on a chunky twist-out.  I applied the product to damp hair and twisted my hair into about 12 twists and let dry.  When I untwisted my hair was no more defined then when I just a leave-in condish, and it just turned big a frizzy.  No bueno.  Bottom line the BBCR just isn’t the one for me and really didn’t see a use for it.

My daughter tried it mixed with Eco Styler gel and it did help remove some of the crunch she gets from Eco Gel alone. However she can also get those same results by using an off the shelf curl activator at a much cheaper price.

While I really wanted to like this product and I gave it several chances to impress me it simply failed to do so.  I would not recommend the purchase of this product and would not purchase it in the future.


Qhemet Biologics Summer Sale

 

Qhemet Biologics is having a 20% off Summer Sale!

Saturday, June 4th 2011

Qhemet Biologics is aproduct line based on Ayurvedic hair care.  The products are vegetarian and contain no mineral oil, parabens, silicones, SLS, or petroleum.  They do contain yummy exotic ingredients like Moringa oil, Amla oil, African Honeybush, and Brahmi.

If you have never heard of these products check out a few reviews below.

From EmpressRi aka on YT

 

From on YT

 

 

 

 

#NaturalHair Chat is Back

OMG, have you heard the news? The #NaturalHair chat is back!!!

Who: Anyone with a Twitter account.  Don’t have an account simply sign up, it’s free!

What: #NaturalHair Chat (a virtual meet-up)

When: Sunday Night @ 8 pm EST

Where: Twitter

Why: Because we LOVE talking and sharing about our natural hair.

How: To participate in the chat simply tag your tweets with the hashtag #NaturalHair or to see what others are talking about do a search for #NaturalHair.  Tweet pictures of your hair, talk about your favorite products, ask questions, share your feelings about natural hair or just encourage another natural on their journey.  Anyone with natural hair or locs or even those considering going natural can participate.

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