Product Review: TreLuxe Hi! Definition Curl Enhancer

TreLuxe Hi Definition Curl Enhancer

TréLuxe

Hi! Definition 

$17

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.

Product Review: Zenzele Aloe Vera Hair Gel

Zenzele

Aloe Vera Hair Gel

$12 for 8 oz

Available online and Sage Naturalceuticals

ing: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Phenoxyethanol, d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Alcohol denatured, Carbomer, TEA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid

Ok this review was hard.  I hate writing bad reviews.  I try to always find something positive to say but I just can’t.  My hair loves just plain aloe gel so this should have been a slam dunk only it wasn’t. *womp womp*  I received the Zenzele Twist Moisturizing Combo which includes this Aloe Vera Hair Gel, Shea Shea Hair Souffle and Leave-In Conditioning Milk from my friend Tanya who had mixed feelings about the products and wanted to know what I thought.

Check out my 1st impression, what I call the “Cube Fro Incident” 

After that styling fail I put the product on the shelf for a few weeks to do some more research and see how others are using it.  There are not many reviews out there and I am afraid I know why.  I decided to put my big-girl pants on and give the gel a second try using my product knowledge to find the most successful application.

Check out my 2nd impression, what I call “It’s not that bad” 

Only its not that good either.  I liken this product to a watery aloe vera gel similar to when you first mix up gelatin before it sets.  The gel has no hold for me and resulted in extremely shrunken and tangled hair.  The only good thing was that it was incredibly water soluble so I was able just to rinse out my hair without having to shampoo.  Because of this there is no way to get second day hair from an application.  My hair felt coated and crispy and was not moisturized at all.  No me gusta.

The leave-in conditioner worked fine but there are better conditioners out there for the $12 price tag.  Same goes for the souffle. It does smell really good and I like the creaminess of it but it does not perform as well as other thick creams, especially considering its $20.  As for the gel IMO you can get better results using just straight aloe vera gel on wet hair and sealing it in with coconut oil or your favorite sealer.

1, 2, 3 Conditioning Spritz

This is a quick and simple  DIY recipe that is truly as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Use daily to refresh your hair adding moisture, softness and shine.

Spritz Bottle

 

1, 2, 3 Conditioning Spritz:

1 Tbsp oil of your choice (try olive, safflower, jojoba or almond oil)

2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel (or juice)

3 Tbsp of conditioner of your choice (try Aubrey Organics)

Add ingredients to a 9 ounce spray bottle.  Fill the bottle 3/4 full with distilled water (or water from your tap).  Shake the bottle to mix well.  Store in the refrigerator for a cool refreshing mist.

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.

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: Yummi Goodz

Yummi Goodz

Green Tea Shampoo & Conditioner

The Wet Look

Soap Bar

I received these products a while back and it has taken me a long time to write this review, honestly because I didn’t really like them.  I hate writing bad reviews so when I don’t like a product I often put it on a shelf for another day to try to see if it can change my mind or lend it to a friend.  I put it on the shelf and just revisited it again this weekend and the results were still mediocre. *shrugs*

Yummi Goodz is the product line of Cleo Cartel a well known stylist and make-up artist in Northern California.  I’m a Cali girl so I always want to blow-up my state.  I received the products from my girl Rashida at a meet-up we had several months back.  She gave me several products to check out but I was most interested in the soap bar as we have dry sensitive skin in my family and my son prefers bars to liquid.  The products in this line are vegan which is kind of neat, but not necessary, however I knew that a vegan product would not contain any gross additives, sulfates, mineral oil, petroleum, etc.

Green Tea Shampoo 10 oz

ing: glycerin, water, shea, green tea, citrus, mint, almond oil and essential oils

This product is very watery.  As you can see from the ingredients there are no thickening agents so it will actually pour out once opened.  There is some very light-blink and you missed it- sudsing action though while it is not important it was hard for me to know if I even got the product distributed through my hair.  I would not recommend this shampoo to those who use a lot of heavy products or gels as I do not think it has enough cleaning power.  This would be a nice daily poo for the “natural-naturals” or loc wearers.  It has a pleasant green tea scent and good ingredients.  I last used this poo after coming home from the park where I was sweaty and gross but my hair was basically product-free and it did a fine job cleansing.  However the first time I used it after using gel and my hair still felt grimy so I brought in an old standby to do the job.

Green Tea Conditioner 10 oz

ing: waters, shea butter, green tea, mint, sage oil, veggies, ginger and aloe vera gel, almond oil and essential oils.

Similar to the shampoo the conditioner is very watery also. You would think that most aloe vera gel products would be a little thicker but it isn’t.  I used this entire bottle in just 3 uses because it is so runny it just pours out.  I think this product would probably make a better leave-in conditioner and should come in a spray/spritz bottle.  Either way it was okay as a light condish, nothing to write home about.  Would not be good for co-washing.  Actually it seemed like a DIY moisturizing spritz whipped up in someone’s kitchen.  This also had the nice green tea scent that I liked.

The Wet Look

ing: water, shea butter, slippery elm, almond oil, burdock root, marshmallow root oil, red castor oil, essential oils.

This was not as watery as the shampoo or conditioner, more like a really runny lotion.  It has a very odd smell.  My daughter and I have pin-pointed it to be tropical punch kool-aid right out the package before you add water and sugar.  I did not care for the smell.  I used this product twice and both results were lack-luster.  I let my daughter use it and she said she didn’t feel like it was doing anything.  I used it on my son and his hair also felt dry within a few hours.  I think someone with locs would like this product because it have moisturizing ingredients but does not leave the hair greasy or film.

Soap Bar

I do not know the ingredients because they were not listed on the bar. I believe we had a Milk Bar, but I do not remember the actual name.  The soap bar was really the only part of the line we liked.  It provided good cleansing, but it was also moisturizing. We used it as a whole body bar and shampoo bar on my son.  It kept his hair both clean and soft.  While I liked the bar I would say you could pick up one like it from a local market.  The bar did fall apart rather easily so we had to use a soap saver to help prolong its use.

Bottom line I would not actually purchase these products.  While I think the manufacturer is off to a nice start they have a long way to go before their products are market ready.  The shampoo and conditioner are not packaged correctly and need to either be thickened or place into a container that does not allow them to leak out.  The Wet Look moisturizer is just very mediocre and was not a very good.  Also the labels on the packages were not professional quality.  The ingredients and instructions are kind of difficult to read and not very clear.  The website is not very clear, difficult to navigate and over-all not very useful.  Those who are more into natural products, or those with locs or fine/thin hair may really like these products.  I hope the mfg’er understands that this is an honest review as I believe there is room for improvement.

Have you tried Yummi Goodz? What are your thoughts on their products?

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture

Moisture, moisture moisture – in my Jan Brady voice

Moisture is probably the top issue of naturally curly girls everywhere.  Dry, rough, brittle hair is not the business.  So what’s the deal with moisture? Well it’s all science really.  Curly hair twists and turns as it springs from the root making it very difficult for sebum, natural hair oil to travel down the length of the hair.  The sebum is present to coat the hair helping to seal in moisture and to add shine (this is also why curly hair is not naturally shiny).  So what’s a curly girl to do?

Thankfully moisture is very easy to add to hair; simply turn on your water facet and get it wet.  Water is the best moisturizer for your hair, there is no product that can do a better job.  However no one wants to walk around with a spray bottle lightly misting their hair every hour.  -_-

So that is why we have products.  If you are looking for moisture you want to select a water-based moisturizer or leave-in conditioner as they are the same thing.  The aim of these products is to provide moisture, soften and lubricate the strands.  There are tons of products out there that can meet your daily needs including spritz, lotion, cream, jelly or pudding.  Below are a few popular products for moisturizing your hair.

Spritz

Oyin Handmade Juices and Berries

Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz

Donna Marie Moisture Mist

Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner

Lotion

Jessicurl Rockin Ringlets Stylin Potion

Oyin Handmade Hair Dew

Alaffia Shea & Virgin Coconut Enriching Hair Lotion

Komaza Care Shea Butter Hair Lotion

Hair Milk

Komaza Care Coconut Hair Milk

Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk

My Honeychild Coconut Hair Milk

Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk

Leave-In Conditioner

Koils By Nature Shealoe Leave-In Conditioner

Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner

Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner

Cream

Donna Marie Super Buttercreme

Miss Jessie’s Baby ButterCreme

Jane Carter Solution Hair Nourish Cream

And for those looking for a more natural option aloe vera gel is like water 2.0!  You can also create your own natural hair spritz filled with yummy stuff using very basic ingredients.  It is important to note that moisturizers need to be sealed in using an oil or butter (this will do the job of the sebum).  If your moisturizer already includes oils or butters then you do not have to seal it in.  Some popular sealants include coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter.  To keep your hair moisturized first start with water, follow with a moisturizer and then seal it in. 

What are your favorite moisturizers for your hair?

Product Review: Oyin Handmade Greg Juice

Oyin Greg Juice

Available at oyinhandmade.com

$11 for 8 oz

An oil-free spritz containing herb-infused water, vegetable moisturizers and natural humectants that moisturize the hair and scalp, refresh dry hair, and aid in detangling. It also makes a great hair perfume.  This spritz comes in two additional scents: Juices & Berries (fruity cocktail) or Frank Juice (a musky masculine scent).

I have used this spritz to moisten and refreshen my scalp while in twists and braids and also to revive my dry ends.

This is the second Juice I have purchased from Oyin Handmade. I first purchased the Juices & Berries back in November and have just now reached the last ounce of the bottle.  While Juices and Berries if very sweet smelling, this spray has a light herbal-citrus smell that is delightful and perfect for both men and women.

This product is ideal for any hair type as it is oil free so you can follow up with the oil or butter of your choice if desired to seal in moisture. While I can easily make my own spritz (and I do) I still love Oyin’s juices is they are lighter then my homemade spritz but do the job just right and they smell DIVINE.

Check out my review for Oyin Juices & Berries >>> https://derbycitynaturals.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/product-review-oyin-juices-berries-2/

Another plus is that Oyin ships your products out immediately (I normally get them within 3-4 days) and they include little candies in each shipment.  They also use biodegradable packing peanuts which is good for the environment!