Product Review: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Curling Butter Cream

Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Kids Curling Butter Cream

SheaMoisture

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Curling Butter Cream

$9.99 / 6 oz

Available at SheaMoisture.com, Target, Walgreens

ing: Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hibiscus Flower Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silk Protein, Centrimonium Chloride, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Sorbitol Esters, Panthenol (Pro-Vitmain B-5), Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Medica Limonium, Citrus Aurantifolia, Jasminium Officinale, Slippery Elm Extract, Proprietary Essential Oil Blend, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) *Certified Organic Ingredient

This product is from the SheaMoisture kids line and while it is similar to the Curl Enhancing Smoothie, it is not the same product.  When SheaMoisture burst on the scene many years ago I purchased the CES  to use as a styler and twist cream.  This was when I learned my hair did not like creams to use as wash n go stylers and that heavy butter products were too heavy for my hair.  My hair is very mucilage loving. Snotty, slimy components of aloe, okra, flaxseed, as well as herbs of Irish Moss, Slippery Elm, Marshmallow Root, Blue Malva and Burdock Root are all components of my favorite hair products.  If you glance the ingredient list of the CES as compared to CBC you will see the difference is Slippery Elm and Marshmallow extracts.  While these herbs may be small components their presence makes a huge difference.Wet Braid-Out Shea Moisture Curling Butter Cream

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. It has a light coconut scent. SheaMoisture products are known for their sweet, heavy scents.  Me personally I am not a fan of heavily scented products so I much prefer the softness of this scent.
  2. It is a cream-gel hybrid, a true pudding. It works well as a moisturizing styler and is amazing as a twist cream.  It is great for setting twists or braids for the perfect out style.
  3. It packs a punch. You know when you read the directions and it lists to use a dime or nickel sized amount? Well you really only need a small amount of the CBC to moisturize your hair.  In fact I use a nickel size amount for each quarter of my hair.
  4. It is widely available.  So many of the products I like are available online only or if they are in stores they are not in the market where I live. This product is available throughout the US in a variety of retailers.
  5. While it is marketed for children, it is actually ideal fine, thin, or medium to low porosity hair.

Dry Braid Out Shea Moisture Curling Butter CreamI’ve been using this product a lot more the past few months. In fact I kind of forgot about it and how much I loved it until my more recent travels. When traveling it is important to pack light and I try to use products that serve multiple purposes. I use this as a leave-in, styler and sealant all in one. Also the small six ounce size makes it easy to store away. To use, I normally start with dry hair and spritz lightly with water.  I section my head into quadrants and use a fingertip full on each section. Lightly comb or brush through the section then style into three to four twists or braids. In the morning I release and separate the braids or twists for a fabulous out style. Boom.

 

Jessicurl’s New Spiralicious Styling Gel

Jessicurl Spiralicious Styling GelIt’s here! You may remember me talking about Jessicurl’s new strong-hold styling gel. I was part of the testing process and even got to submit suggestions to name the new gel.

Well Spiralicious is officially released to everyone on Jessicurl website available in you favorite scents Island Fantasy, Citrus Lavender or unscented.

This styler provides great 2-3 day hair for me and gives my wash-n-go’s the definition I love without the crunch.

Jessicurl Wants You to Play the Name Game

Jessi

Jessi, jessi, bo bessi,

Banana fana, fo fessi,

fee, fi, mo messi,

JESSI

I am so proud to share with you some news I’ve kept mum since this beginning of this year. Jessicurl has been providing the curly haired crowd with awesome products for 11 years and is releasing a new strong-hold styler this October. With Jess being a super duper awesome person who I am proud to call friend I was selected to be a tester of this gel unofficially nicknamed *ahem* Yetti Juice — don’t ask. Jessicurl firm hold styler natural hair

You know I have my favorite gels and I am really happy with the results I get from this product. Is it better than my favs?  Honestly, no. But does it do a damn good job? Absolutely. This styler provides a stronger hold than previous Jessicurl products that moisturize well for me but are not optimum stylers for my hair needs.  This product keeps my curls poppin without creating a crunchy helmet that I get from most strong hold gels. I can get 2-3 day hair from one application. [See photo above for actual results]

Now the name game. While Jess has put all her neurons into creating this product she is left out on a limb with what to call it. That is where you come in.  Jessicurl is hosting a contest to name the new product, and the selected winner not only gain the admiration of curly girls all over the world, but they will also receive $500 in Jessicurl product. Umm yeah, that is a whole love of Deep Conditioning Treatment, my fav product from the line. Click this link for details how to enter.

For some added help here are a few deets about the product:

  • The product is white in color and sticky to touch sort of like glue.
  • It is more creamy than gel-like in texture.
  • The product is liquid and definitely belongs in a bottle, not a jar.
  • I would refer to this as a medium styler on the broad product spectrum, but the manufacturer considers it a firm styler as compared to other products in their line.

Submit your entries to Jessicurl and good luck!

Product Review: Amazing Botanicals Hibiscus Gel

amazing botanicals hibiscus gelAmazing Botanicals

Hibiscus Hair Gel

16 oz for $20.00

ing: distilled water, aloe gel, flaxseed, hibiscus tea infusion, optiphen, black castor oil, safflower oil, glycerin, xantham gum

The great people at Amazing Botanicals contacted me about wanting to do a giveaway back in December which went great.  They were also kind enough to send me products to check them out for myself.  At the time I was on a use-up-the-stash product purge trying to  finish all my partially used products.  I have a LOT of products and it has seriously taken me this long to get to the new stuff. I know, just shake your head and keep reading.

I have now been natural for five years and I have tried my fair share of hair gels and definers and I have my obvious favorites. However, it is still fun to try out other gels based on ingredients to find other options that may be cheaper, available on the ground, or provide better results.

Amazing Botanicals Hibiscus Gel is a mucilage based, soft hold hair gel.  Mucilage meaning the ingredients are basically “snotty” as the main ingredients are aloe and flaxseed gel.  My hair loves mucilage gels they are great for curl defining and are moisturizing. The gel has a medium viscosity and is very easy to apply. The smell has a light tea scent.

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. Soft holding, my hair was not crunchy or dry feeling.
  2. Smells delightful, light tea scent.
  3. Great ingredients.
  4. Nice price, at $20 for 16 ounces that comes down to $1.25 per ounce which is a great price.
  5. Non-sticky feeling easy to apply. The product also rinses clean from the hair no need  to clarify or use a strong shampoo to cleanse after application.

I applied this product in the same manner I apply my other gels. I applied kinky curly knot today to soaking wet hair then smoothed the gel on top.  It took approximately 5 hours for my hair to air dry which is pretty normal for me.  The gel performed similarly as other soft hair gels for me.  The downside for me is that I can only get 2-day hair using this gel. To refresh my hair in the morning I lightly spritz with water. On day 3 I could have pulled my hair into a puff, but that was as much use as I could get.  I would purchase the gel again if it was on sale it is a nice gel to have on hand for a quick wash n go.  It will not replace my favorite wash n go gels however.

Check out my YT review below 

Product Review Donna Marie Miracurl Curling Gelly

Donna Marie

Miracurl Curling Gelly

18 oz for $21.00

ing: Purified water, aloe vera juice,  vegetable glycerin,  Provitamin B-5, avocado oil,  Linseed extract, herbal infusion of plantago extract, Rosemary, Slippery elm and hibiscus, xanthan gum, alkanet root, potassium sorbate, silver citrate, citric acid and fragrance.

From the manufacturer: This super hold, moisturizing natural styling gel is perfect for wash n’ go styling and defining hard to hold curls. Works for ALL curl types. Provides uniform, defined, elongated, moisturized and FRIZZ FREE curls and gives it the extra strength hold your curls need to last for days.  Also, works wonderfully on puffs, twist-sets, braid-sets and any styles that need a super hold.

This gel has been around for a while and is by no means a new kid on the block but it is a new addition to my Holy Grail list.  I received this product from my friend Nu, who did not have luck with it and gave it to me to try out.  It was love from the first application.  I am a gel girl, my hair loves aloe based gels for wash-n-go styles and this gel was no exception. I have used it several times with different leave-ins and it performed well but my favorite combo is to use Kinky Curly Knot Today underneath.  See my vid below for how I applied.

The MCG smells nice though I cannot exactly place the fragrance but I pick up notes of sweet floral scents.  The product is very gelatinous as if you stirred up some gelatin after it was set.  I have to rub it in my hands before smoothing it on my hair to get even coverage.  You want to be careful not to apply to much or you can get flakes once it dries (similar to KCCC).  Also, I would not recommend using it with a leave-in that is high in glycerin as this product is also high in glycerin which may result in white clumps in your hair.  I think MCG performs very well and gives me results consistent to KCCC, however it costs less which is a huge boost.  Added bonus, Donna Marie has brought back the Friday Flash Sale! Get 20% off all orders on Friday with coupon code: GIVEME20

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.

Product Review Entwine Creme de la Mold

 Entwine

Creme de la Mold

$16.99 for 4 oz jar

Available online at entwinecouture.com

Creme da la Mold is a creamy holding pudding used to set and sculpt the hair. Great for those styles that require additional control without feeling stiff or resulting in white flakes.  While the product may seem a little pricey you truly only need a small amount to be effective.

ing: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20 (emulsifier-fatty alcohol), Cetyl Alcohol (emulsifier-fatty alcohol), Beeswax (body), VP/Methacrylamide/Vinyl Imidazole Copolymer (Main holding Agent), Polyquaternium-7 (Conditioner for Dry Hair), Myristyl Myristate (oil-lubrication- vegetable derived ester), Isopropyl Palmitate (oil-lubrication- Derived from palm oil), Elaeis guineensis (Palm) Oil,Polyacrylate-14 (holding resin with curl memory), Dimethicone (Shine Agent), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Carnuba Wax (body), PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate (thickener & emulsion stabilizer), C12-15 Alkyl Lactate (oil-lubrication), PEG-90M (stringiness), Aminopropanol (neutralizes the polyacrylate-14), Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol (Anti-bacterial/Anti-Fungal Agent), Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbomate (Anti-Bacterial/Anti-Fungal Agent-secondary)

I typically do not use molding or control products because I do not wear a sleek or polished looks on my hair.  I wanted to try a new updo and have the style last for a week so I decided to give this product a try.  I applied the product to damp hair with a leave-in conditioner underneath.  The product is very thick and solid yet creamy, reminds me of a thicker version of Organic Root Stimulator Lock & Twist gel.  To apply to hair scoop up a fingertip full then emulsify in your hands before applying to the hair.  When I tried to apply without emulsifying first it left white lumps that I could not smooth out.

5 Things I Loved About This Product

  1. It’s protein free!  Protein is not a bad thing, but if you are protein sensitive like me it is annoying to find it in products unnecessarily.  Even if you like protein you need to be careful not to overload your hair with protein.
  2. Gentle yet effective hold.  This product definitely has hold to it yet your hair will not feel hard or stiff.
  3. The product is creamy and goes on smooth without being sticky or tacky.
  4. Multiple uses.  Use this product for taming fly-aways, smoothing edges or holding coils.
  5. Formulated with butters that lock-in moisture but does not feel greasy.

This product does have great ingredients and it’s free of paraben, mineral oil and petroleum.  It does however contain silicone (dimethicone), aaaaaaahhhhhhh!  Okay, no its not a major freak out but I choose to avoid silicones in daily styling.  Silicones coat and seal the hair (similar to butter and oils) they also add shine.  However you must wash your hair thoroughly to remove them, co-washing or sulfate-free shampoo are not enough to remove these products.  As long as you are aware of what you are using and how to remove it you will be fine.

I used the this product to style my two strand twists (pictured above) and I liked the results.  The product gave my hair a nice sheen without looking greasy or oily.  My hair remained soft and felt well moisturized.  I did a few finger coils with this product just for giggles and really liked the results also.  All in all this is a good product however I probably would not purchase it again for myself.  Not because it did not preform well, but because I choose to use ‘cone free products.  However if you are a ‘cone friendly curly I say go for it and check this product out.

 

 

Product Review: Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel

Kiss My Face

Upper Management Gel

8 oz for $8.99

Available at Natural Food Stores and Drug Stores

 Kiss My Face Upper Management gel is a medium hold styling gel containing certified botanical ingredients to nourish hair.  Formulated to keep hair under control naturally and perfect for all hair types.  Alcohol, paraben and phthlate free product that contains no artificial colors or fragrances.

ing: Purified, Deionized Certified Organic Floral Water of Nettle, Calendula and Chamomile, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Amino Acid derived), Yeast Extract, Panthenol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Grapefruit Extract.

This gel has a great non-flaking formula that does not leave the dreaded white residue on hair.  It does have a medium hold so the hair can dry a little crispy.  It is most often used layered over a good leave-in or moisturizer like Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia or similar product that will add a layer of moisture and help minimize the crunch.  This styler is great for wash-n-go styles but I have also heard of naturals using it on comb coils and 2-Strand Twists using the same products.

5 Things I Like About This Product:

  1. Mucilage base.  Nettle and other herbs when added to water make a snotty/slimy concoction that my hair just loves.
  2. It contains grapefruit makes a light pleasant scent.
  3. Medium viscosity, not too thick or too thin but right in the middle.  It squeezes out of the bottle nicely.
  4. Non-sticky.  I do not like the sticky feeling on my hair it drives me crazy so this product is perfect.
  5. On the ground.  You can pick this product up from Target, Whole Foods, Rainbow Blossom, even the natural section of some grocery stores.

I really like this product it is a great gel for a winning wash-n-go combo (moisturizer+gel=awesome hair).  It behaves well with lots of moisturizers and I did not have any strange reactions.  A warning for my protein sensitive peeps as this does contain some protein (amino acid and yeast) however they are low on the ingredients list so you may not have an issue.  I applied the product with a light hand, but if you do use extra and find your hair crunchy after drying add a little oil or butter on top to remove the crispiness.