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.

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Product Review: Blensblend 3-in-1 Conditioner

I stumbled across this product one late night on one of the many natural hair message boards I follow.  What immediately grabbed my attention was the low-waste packaging the product is sold in. I did a google search for the product and my interest was immediately perked with the ingredients list of the conditioner. The owner Marina was sweet enough to send me a package of the Blensblend 3-in-1 Conditioner, Blensblend Hair & Body Butter and Blensblend Charmeuse Silk Sleep Cap.

blensblend 3 in 1 conditioner

Blensblend 3-in-1 Conditioner

http://blensblend.com/

8.5 oz $9.25

Ing: Purified Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Behetrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol (conditioning alcohol), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), (Vegetable) Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax NF, Cetyl Alcohol NF (conditioning alcohol), Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract, Prunus Ameniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Benzoic Acid, Dehyroacetic Acid, Fragrance (Natural Essential Oils), Potassium Sorbate. Caprylyl Glycol and Sorbic Acid may be substituted for Benzoic Acid and Dehydroacetic Acid. *May contain trace amounts of Shea butter.

Blensblend 3-in-1 Conditioner claims to be a detangler, rinse-out and leave-in conditioner all in one.  Water based conditioner is formulated with Grape seed oil, BTMS, Cetearyl Alcohol, and Pro-Vitamin B-5.  It is also contains Oat Protein, which is an okay protein for my protein sensitive hair but other PS curlies need to be advised that while it is not a strong protein it is still present. I have used this product twice, once as a rinse-out conditioner, then again as a deep conditioner and a leave-in conditioner.

5 Things I Like About This Product

  1. The packaging. I mean it is the whole reason I paid any attention to the product to begin with. The flexible pouches mean low waste and they can be shipped in variety of ways which means diversity in shipping costs for the consumer. Win!
  2. The ingredients.  This product is very well formulated with quality, vegan ingredients. I love that it is free of mineral oil, petrochemicals, phthalates and as an added plus is not tested on animals.
  3. Super concentrated.  This product is very thick and you truly only need a small amount to apply to the hair. I used between a nickel to a quarter-sized amount per each quadrant of my head.
  4. Great for variety of hair types.  I don’t think this product will be an everything product for everyone, but I think everyone will use it for something.  For those with dry, thirsty hair it will work great as a leave-in to quench your curls.  For those who need a quick shot of moisture use as a rinse-out.  I really loved it as a deep conditioner; honestly it was so good I did not want to rinse it out.
  5. Great value. Just over $1 per ounce this meets my standard for boutique product.  Especially considering this product can be used for multiple types of conditioners it is a great deal.

I am very pleased with this product and I will be adding it to my list.  I will keep you guys updated on sales and deals so you can check it out.  One thing to note is to make sure you add the product to soaking wet hair, it is very concentrated and the water will help distribute it amongst your strands.  For me after I deep conditioned I only partially rinsed out the product and used the residual as a leave in to twist my hair with a little oil on top to seal in moisture.

4-Way Conditioner Challenge

A couple weeks ago while hanging with my curlfriend Monica, we decided to play in hair products.  So I cleansed my hair and then was faced with the ultimate decision: what conditioner should I use?  I narrowed the selection down to four possibilities and then thought, “Why not use all four?”  I divided my hair into four sections and applied one conditioner to each section to compare and contrast how they worked on my hair. 

The Challengers

  1. Original Moxie Intense Quench 8 oz, $18 originalmoxie.com
  2. Sof N Free Nothing But Intense Healing Mask 16 oz, $10 (any drug store)
  3. III Sisters of Nature Sweet Honeyrose (aka Sweet Bounce Back) 8 oz, $13 http://amzn.to/PQi8Ft
  4. Original Moxie Everyday Leave-In 8 oz, $17 originalmoxie.com

The Results

  • Smell: OMIQ soft herbal and floral, SnFNBIHM mint-lemon tea, 3SoNSH now and later candy, OMEL herbaly. Winner: Original Moxie Intense Quench
  • Consistency: OMIQ creamy, SnFNBIHM cream-lotion, 3SoNSH cream, OMEL lotion. Winner: *TIE* 3 Sisters of Nature Sweet Honeyrose & Original Moxie Intense Quench
  • Detangling: OMIQ good slip/easy to detangle, SnFNBIHM little slip/difficult to detangle, 3SoNSH good slip/easy to detangle, OMEL moderate slip/ little work to detangle. Winner: *TIE* 3 Sisters of Nature Sweet Honeyrose & Original Moxie Intense Quench
  • Softness: All products left my hair feeling soft, there was really no difference between the sections.
  • Ingredients: OMIQ all natural ingredients, SnFNBIHM lots of silicones but worked fine , 3SoNSH natural ingedients but does contain a silicone, OMEL all natural ingredients. Winner: *TIE* Original Moxie Intense Quench & Original Moxie Everyday Leave-In
  • Price: OMIQ $2.25/ounce, SnFNBIHM $0.62/ounce, 3SoNSH cream $1.62/ounce, OMEL $2.12/ounce. Winner: Sof N Free Nothing But Intense Healing Mask

The Verdict

All things being equal the Original Moxie Intense Quench was the overall favorite.  However, price of a product is weighted more in my opinion and the OMIQ is just too rich for my blood. Therefor the second place contender is more appealing to me which is 3 Sisters of Nature Sweet Honeyrose.  The Sof N Free Nothing But Intense Healing Mask if it had more natural ingredients (less or no cones), a sweeter smell, but most importantly better slip for detangling could be the winner because of the price point and the fact that it is available locally.

Check out my video review 

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: Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner

Oyin Handmade

Honey Hemp Conditioner

$12.00, 8.4 ounces

ing:  purified water, organic aloe vera gel, behentremonium methosulfate (emulsifier derived from colza oil), honey, virgin hemp oil, coconut oil, vegetable glycerine, hydrolized silk, citrus essences, fragrance, optiphen (preservative)

This is sort of a re-visit. I used this conditioner early in my natural hair journey. I remember liking it and I always made sure to keep a bottle on-hand. Well then life happens and it was pushed to the back of the product closet only to be re-discovered this past weekend. I was elated like I had been reconnected with an old friend I hadn’t seen since grade school and I couldn’t wait to use it again.

After cleansing my hair and scalp in the shower I applied a heaping dollop of the conditioner in my palm and smoothed it over my mane. The sweet floral scent brought back memories early in my natural hair journey when I was just trying to sort out fact from fiction and get to know my hair.  Whilst walking down memory lane I began to finger detangle my hair which was immediately halted with snap back to reality. Either a) my hair is a lot nappier then it used to be, b) this product does not have the slip that I remember, or  c) I used to be a lot rougher on my hair than I am now. Well the answer is d, all of the above *shock g voice*.  I had to grab the last of my tropical traditions coconut hair oil to provide some slippage to maneuver through a week’s worth of tangles.

5 Things I Liked About This Product

  1. All natural ingredients
  2. Oyin has great customer service and can be found at most natural hair retailers
  3. Its smells lovely (all their products do really)
  4. It conditioned my hair well and it was soft
  5. While it does contain protein, it is not enough protein to bother my protein sensitive hair.

What I sat down and realized is that this product was one of the first natural hair products I used so compared to the garbage that was out there this conditioner was heaven sent.  But that was 4 years ago. Since then I have found other products that I think are better suited to the needs of my hair.  This is not a bad product, not at all, its just that I have found things that give me the right balance of moisture, slip, softness that I require in a conditioner.  If I have to give this conditioner a grade I would give it a ‘B’.  However, I have plenty of ‘A’ conditioners in my arsenal so the B’s get bumped :)

I do like Oyin products (Juices and Berries, Greg Juice, Burnt Sugar Pomade and Funk Butter) and would recommend them to naturals looking for good products with quality ingredients.  But I am sad to report that the HoneyHemp Conditioner is no longer on my holy grail list. It will be missed.

Hairveda Moist Condition 24 7

Hairveda

Moist Condition 24/7

$8.99 for 16 oz

ing: Water, Coconut oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable oil, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Dimethyl Stearamine, Lactic Acid, Germall Plus, Fragrance

I love my curlfriends. One night while hanging with my girl Nu and talking natural hair products she asked if I had tried Hairveda products, which I had not, so she gave me the rest of her bottle of Hairveda Moist Condition 24/7 conditioner to check out for myself and review.  Nu has used several products in this line and she states that they are good products and that they are always having great sales.

I used this product three times. Once on my hair as a co-wash, once as a regular rinse-out conditioner and as a stand in for shave lotion.  It reminds me honestly of a regular drug store conditioner, no darts or laurels just average.  As a rinse-out conditioner my hair felt moist after using and I like that it rinsed clean.  As a co-wash I think it performed better, but not the best in the field.  My two main complaints about the product are a- it is very runny, i prefer my conditioners to have some thickness to them, and b- it has no slip, at all which I was very surprised by since coconut oil is so high on the ingredients list.

5 Things I Like About This Product:

  1. The regular price point is awesome at 50 cents an ounce you really cannot beat that with a stick.
  2. Simple, uncomplicated ingredients.  There are only 10 things in this conditioner and they each serve their purpose nothing extra.
  3. Silicone and paraben free.
  4. It smells nice like something tropical, but is not overpowering.
  5. Light enough for daily use or even to use multiple times a day which would be great for those working out regularly.

All in all I think it is a good product.  I would not purchase it again but I would recommend it for someone looking for a nice daily conditioner with good ingredients. Another plus is that the company offers salon sizes most of which qualify you for free shipping which is an awesome bonus.

 

 

Are 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioners Fab or Drab?

Let’s face it: hair gets dirty.  You have to cleanse your hair to remove dirt, excess oil and product buildup.  But cleansing your hair can leave it feeling dry, tangled or stripped which means you have to condition it.  If only there was a way to cleanse and condition in the same step.  Enter the 2 in 1 shampoo + conditioner.

Suave Professionals

2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner 

14.5 oz $1.84

ing: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Dimethiconol, Fragrance (Parfum), Carbomer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Amodimethicone, DMDM Hydantoin, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Citric Acid, C11-15 Pareth-7, Laureth-9, Trideceth-12, PPG-9, Tocopheryl Acetate [Vitamin E Acetate], Propylene Glycol, Panthenol. Methylchloroisothiazolinone, 22. Methylisothiazolinone, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Before jumping into the review lets talk a little about shampoo and conditioner and how they work.  Shampoos use chemicals called surfactants that attached to dirt and oil suspend them in their lather and they are then rinsed away.  But in this processes of cleansing they also remove the healthy oil (sebum) that protects the hair leaving it dry.  Conditioners contain softening agents that coat the hair helping it to become less tangled and protect it.  The most common conditioning agent is silicone.

Mixing shampoo and conditioner is not as simple as just pouring them into the same bottle.  The issue is that mixing these agents can be tricky like mixing vinegar (cleanser) with milk (conditioner) –if you know your way around the kitchen you would know that this results in buttermilk.  To make a 2-in-1 solution companies suspend silicone in neutral charged polymer and add it to an anionic (negative charged) shampoo.  The surfactants in the shampoo separate from the polymer during the rinsing process resulting in the cleansing ions being rinsed away while the silicone stays and coats the strands.

So how did it feel?  For me it felt the same as using most other shampoos.  It was slightly less stripping or dry feeling as most sulfate shampoos however it did not make my hair feel soft, moisturized or eliminate the need for a separate conditioner.  Although it had silicone it did not have enough slip for me to feel comfortable to detangle my hair with it.  For me the product is purely a gimmick and did not do the job as stated.  I think that those with naturally oily hair (particularly people with naturally straight hair) might find this to be adequate for their hair needs.

For those looking to save time in the shampoo and condition process I would suggest you try a gentle shampoo like Curls Curlicious Cleansing Cream which cleanses and moisturizes in one step.

Product Review Koils By Nature Hydrating Shealoe Creamy Conditioner

Koils By Nature

Hydrating Shealoe Creamy Condish

12 oz for $16.00

Available online at koilsbynature.com

Product claims: Hydrating Shealoe Creamy Conditioner is excellent for hard to manage and dry hair that needs extra moisture. The emulsifiers and emollients condition the hair while the panthenol and sheabutter provide extra moisture so that the hair feels soft and smooth again and provide softness, manageability and shine to your hair.

ing: distilled water, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Shea oil, aloe butter, macadamia nut oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, kosher vegetable glycerin, Vitamin E, ProVitamin B5, postassium sorbate,  willows bark, essential & fragrance oils.

I received a two ounce sample of this product as part of the Koils by Nature sample pack.  Let me first say that I got THREE uses from a 2 oz container!  That will let you know how concentrated this stuff is.  I was shocked when I realized I had more then half of the bottle left after my first use.  The product itself is really thick and creamy in texture but not thick enough to come in a jar.  And while it contains several oils it did not leave my hair oily or greasy. This product is made me revamp my favorite things lists.5 Things I Loved About This Product:

  1. I am pretty heavy handed with my conditioner but there is really no reason to be with this one. It is so thick and creamy it truly is a great value.
  2. Its packed full of awesome oils and butters that left my hair feeling so soft.
  3. I love the light sweet scent, but it also comes in an unscented version.  I think more product manufacturers need to offer and unscented option.
  4. Super slip!  The product is creamy but also has great slip something you do not encounter very often.
  5. Uber-moisturizing.  This is such a great conditioner it can be used alone as a rinse out or put on a cap and use as a deep conditioner.  It is very complete conditioner.

I make no qualms when it comes to conditioning my hair.  I definitely have my favorites and this is in my top 3 favorite conditioners.  I left a little bit of the conditioner in my hair above and got great results from a conditioner only wash-n-go.  If you are at all skeptical about spending $16 on a bottle of conditioner I would suggest you purchase the sample pack and give it a trial run before committing.