Product Review: Tangle Teezer

The Tangle Teezer

www.tangleteezer.com

Available online @ Amazon or locally at Sally’s Beauty Supply

$9.99

Tangle Teezer also available in pink, purple, blue and green

The Tangle Teezer (TT) isn’t not a new product nor is it new to the natural hair scene.  For years people have raved about this odd looking brush that magically detangles hair without ripping or pulling.  I was hesitant to try it as it seemed like just another bandwagon tool and I was getting good results with my shower comb and Denman brush.

However, on a trip to Sally’s with a friend who was transitioning I wanted to show her all the detangling options.  We were actually going to scoop up a Denman but they were out so I decided to give the TT a try.  I have reserved posting my feelings about this brush because I just didn’t want to believe it worked.  I put my brush to the test using it on straight weave, 2B, 3A hair before I would consider putting it to my hair.  It performed very well in all these circumstances.

I decided to give it a whirl on my 3-Day Old twist-out that I co-washed with Yes to Tomatoes conditioner.  My hair was sopping wet and full of condish which made handling the TT sort of difficult.  Because the TT does not have a handle but instead a compact ergonomic design that fits in the palm of your hand.

I separated my hair into 6 sections and began running the brush through the top, then underneath followed by the sides.  It felt like it didn’t do anything so I grabbed my Denman and ran it through the section and surprisingly it went right through!  When I finished detangling my entire head here is all the shed hair gathered from the TT, I normally loose 3X as much if not more when detangling.


I detangled my hair with the TT two more times since then.  Once with damp hair and Yes to Cucumbers Leave-In condish.  The results were the same but I found it was much easier to hold the TT because my hair wasn’t as wet.  The final test would be dry detangling.  I NEVER dry detangle my hair as the snack, crackle, pop and yanking are too much to bear.  I started with a small section that I spritz with Oyin Juices & Berries.  Again the TT slid through and tamed my snarls.  I AM A Tangle Teezer Believer!!!

Wet or dry this brush works like nothing I have ever experienced before.  The secret is the short numerous tines that detangle the outer layers of tangles first.  I think the downfall or traditional brushes/combs is that the tines are either too long or their rows aren’t placed in the correct pattern to gently catch and unravel the snarls individually.

I let my girlfriend use it on her hair and she fell in love too!  It detangles and gives a nice scalp massage which she loved!  Her only complaint was that the brush is designed to be held in the right hand and she is left-handed so it took her a while to get over the learning curve of combing with her right hand.  I had to make sure she didn’t slip my brush in her purse when she left :)

Jessicurl Product Review

Jessicurl

http://www.jessicurl.com

available for purchase online @ website or on naturallycurly.com

Me & Jessica McGuinty owner/ceo of Jessicurl

I have been wanting to meet Jessica for quite sometime now.  NaturallyCurly.com is one of my fav natural hair forums and she is somewhat of a star/legend on the boards.  Jessica was just a curly girl looking for products that would work on her hair.  When she couldn’t find them she decided to make them herself and Jessicurl was born!  I love Jessica for her entrepreneurial spirit, fabulous red curls and because she’s a Cali girl :)  When I finally met her at the World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta, GA back in April she could not have been any sweeter and more receptive to a curly fan (stalker).

Ok so on with the show. 

Jessicurl is a complete product line designed for curly girls that contains shampoo, conditioner, deep treatments, mositurizers, spritz and gels.  I picked up free samples of the Hair Cleansing Cream, Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner and Confident Coils Styling Solution.

Hair Cleansing Cream

Ing: Water, Decyl Polyglucose, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Avocado Oil, C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance.

I am a no-poo girl meaning i do not use regular sulfate shampoos or silicone laced products to cleanse my hair.  Instead I opt to co-wash, wash my hair using conditioner, or use a cleansing cream that is sulfate and -cone free.  As cleansing creams go there are the good the bad and the awesome and this is definitely one of the awesome!  This product has a light mucilage (snotty) or gel like texture that applies easily and gently cleanses.  The product is not creamy like a condish but more like the consistency of aloe gel, however i found it to be very moisturizing.  I would feel comfortable actually detangling my hair while using this product as it had good slip to it.  I would recommend this product for daily use as it was gentle and non-drying.  I would also recommend to those with locs as it rinses clean with no reside.  Great product for ALL hair types.  This will be added to my Holy Grail.

**BONUS: Hair Cleansing Cream is 15% off for the rest of May 2011 of your purchase from the website.  That’s on all sizes and the discount is already built into the shopping cart. **

Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner

Ing: Water infused with Lemongrass, Nettle, Burdock, Kelp, Marshmallow Root,Horsetail, Basil, Bay Leaf, Oregano, Rosemary, Peppermint, Sage, and Thyme; Aloe Vera Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance

I am an admitted shea-hater.  It is nothing personal my hair just does not like heavy doses of shea so i was prepared NOT to like this product.  However, I was wrong.  This condish had great slip due to the water infused with mucilage herbs (my hair loves nettle, marshmallow root and horsetail) and I detangled very quickly using the minimal 1 oz sample packet.  My hair felt soft and bouncy afterward not weighed down or coated as it normally feels after using most shea products.  Great for everyday conditioning and light enough to use as a leave-in IMO.  I would have left it in but I had another product to try.

Confident Coils Styling Solution

Ing: Water, VP/VA Copolymer, Polyimide-1, C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Polysorbate 60; Jojoba Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (and) Dehydroxanthan Gum, Aloe Vera Powder, Magnesium Sulfate, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance.

I tried this product years ago (picked up free from a swap with another curly) and actually did not care for it.  I was eager to give it another chance, especially after the great results I had with the cleanser and condish.  So I smoothed the product over six sections of my hair and I waited.  Yeah still not loving it; the product really didn’t do anything for me.  Didn’t make my hair feel any softer or make my curls pop.  I would describe the product as a sort of moisturizing, light-weight gel.  I think it might be a good base to wear under gel or even as a next day refresher, maybe.  I just pulled my hair into a pony so I can’t really say.  In the end the product wasn’t for me.

There was also a sample pack of Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment that I have not used.  So here is a review of that product courtesy of JCokes7.


Product Review: Tresemme Naturals Vibrantly Smooth Conditioner

Tresemme Naturals Vibrantly Smooth Conditioner w/ Coconut oil and Jojoba extract

Available in most drugstores

25 oz $4.00 – 6.00

I originally picked up this product for my daughter SK, who mercilessly slays bottles of conditioner and Kroger had a 2/$7 so I decided to try it.  Tresemme Naturals conditioners are silicone free, dye free, safe for color-treated hair and contain natural ingredients. I used the product twice, once as a conditioner after washing with Yes to Carrots shampoo and another time as a co-wash and it worked well both times.

5 Things I Liked About This Product:

1.  It’s silicone free.  You have to be careful with some drugstore products as they normally contain cones and I prefer not to use them.

2.  It’s priced just right and comes in a large size.

3.  It has a nice refreshing clean scent.

4.  It is light but has good slip for detangling.

5.  It contains coconut and jojoba oil which are both ingredients my hair loves!

While this was a good conditioner there are a few things I didn’t like.  The fragrance is listed very high on the list, though it is not strong or overpowering.  It contains alcohol and isopropyl alcohol which are both drying alcohols though it was NOT drying on my hair.  I would recommend this product to other naturals and suggest you give it a try.

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!

Product Review: Oyin Juices & Berries

Oyin Juices & Berries

Available at oyinhandmade.com

$11.00 for 8 oz

 

Juices & Berries is an oil-free leave in conditioning spritz made with vegetable moisturizers and herbal extracts.  It is great for reviving an old hairstyle, as a detangler, or for moisturizing hair or locs.  It also makes a great hair perfume.  This spritz also come in two additional scents: Greg Juice and Frank Juice.

I use this product primarily to spritz my scalp daily when wearing my hair in protective styles like two strand twists or box braids.  I also use it for refreshing twist/braid-outs in the morning.  Now because the product is oil-free I sometimes  follow-up with an oil to seal.

What I LOVE about this product:

  • It is light, fruity and smells divine.
  • It is a great way to refresh the hair but does not cause my hair to frizz.
  • It leave my hair soft and moisturized.
  • It’s all natural

This product is so simple yet it works and because it is oil free it can be used on any hair type.  The only downside is that it is a little too pricey to only be a conditioning spray.  I am willing to pay more for stylers but I am confident I  could get similar results using a DIY conditioning spritz (though it would not smell as good).  I purchased this spritz during Black Friday Sales so it was cheaper.  If you are looking for a good conditioning spritz I would say to give it a try.

10 Tools to Transcend the Tangles

Detangling.  Sort of a dirty word for curly, kinky and coily haired naturals.  Childhood memories of sitting between my mothers legs holding a cup of water as she sprayed Johnson & Johnson’s No More Tangles, then dipped a brush into the water to distribute the product throughout my matted mane followed by the snap, crackle and eventual pop of another broken comb. *sigh* These are not happy memories.  And while detangling is still unavoidable there are some tricks to make it much easier.

First and foremost always detangle hair when it is wet, preferably in the shower.

Second, avoid piling your hair on top of your head when washing.  This will only create more tangles and add to your frustration.

Third, use a good slippery conditioner.  This will coat the hair and help the comb glide through the tangles and snares without ripping and breaking the hair.

Fourth,do finger comb!  Your fingers are great tools for starting the detangling process.  Plus you can actually feel when you get to a tough snarl and work to untangle it.

Fifth, always detangle from the END to the ROOT. Starting at the roots will result in forming giant knots at the ends of the hair that can be impossible to remedy.

Lastly, use the right tool.  There are many tools out there that do a great job detangling curly hair.  So how do you find the perfect one? Check out some of these combs used by other naturals.

Wide-Tooth Comb: Considered a curly staple, there are many varieties like this Conair Shower Comb available at any drugstore for around $2. http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/catalog/shop_product_detail.jsp?skuId=445906&productId=445906&WT.mc_id=Shopping_Feed_Products_Google_Free_Listing

Detangling Comb:  Available at any BSS these combs have sturdy handles and curved teeth designed to glide through hair. http://www.sallybeauty.com/Detangling-Comb/SBS-502112,default,pd.html?cgid=Hair10

Shampoo Massage Brush: This is perfect for shorter hair curlies rockin a TWA.  While I would not even attempt to use on my own hair I have used these on my kids when they were younger and it worked great.

http://www.sallybeauty.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-SA-Site/default/Search-Show?q=shampoo+massage+brush

Denman Brush: They say imitation is the highest form of flattery and this brush is often imitated by styling toolmakers around the world.  These brushes will set you back a pretty penny though they are said to last nearly forever.  While they are worth the investment, you can get a knock-off from the dollar store that works well also. http://us.denmanbrush.com/denman-brushes.aspx Available at Sally’s Beauty Supply.

Kakakiki Kombbrush: This brush is said to work only in one direction with the hooks of the bristles pointed away from the scalp.  Available online only http://www.kakakiki.com/.  Review http://www.happygirlhair.com/2009/09/mysteries-of-kakakiki-reavealed.html

Ouidad Double Dentangler: This is a monster brush with long tines and a lot of weight, perfect for long thick curly hair.  Pricey, yes but if you like my sister have a history of snapping combs in two, it is worth it! http://www.ouidad.com/Double-Detangler

Magic Star Jumbo Rake: This comb is made of natural hard rubber and hand-sawn so there are no seams that can snag the hair.  Used world-wide by individuals and professionals. http://www.hotcombs.net/products/Magic-Star-Jumbo-Rake.html

Mason Pearson Detangling C2 Comb: Another comb with a popular following. http://www.adiscountbeauty.com/store/products/Mason-Pearson-Comb%2C-Detangling%23C2.html

Tangle Teezer: This fascinating compact brush is said to be amazing for detangling even the thickest curly hair.  Purchase it here in the US from Sally’s Beauty Supply in stores or online.

Product Review: Herbal Essences Totally Twisted

Herbal Essences Totally Twisted

Shampoo and Conditioner

Available at drug stores

$3 per bottle

Naturals everywhere love Herbal Essences products because they smell good and work well.  More specifically the Hello Hydration is raved about everywhere.  I have use the hello hydration and it worked ok, but I couldn’t get past the smell. It has a nice tropical scent but I found it to be too overpowering, so we decided to give this one a try.

I used both the shampoo and conditioner on my hair this morning.  I wet my hair under the faucet then smoothed on a quarter-sized amount of shampoo to my hair in the downward direction.  I did not focus on my scalp because I wanted to make sure I didn’t have any chlorine in my hair from the hot tub.  Anyway I rinsed the shampoo then smoothed over a palm-full of conditioner and rinsed.

The shampoo was cleansing but did not overly dry my hair.  However it was not gentle like no/low sulfate poos I normally use.  The conditioner was lighter as compared to the Hello Hydration and was much easier to distribute.  I did not need to detangle but I did lightly finger-comb my hair and got ok results.  The products are scented with lavender and jade extracts which smells light and floral.

I think these products are average 3 on a 5-point scale but I definitely prefer the totally twisted to hello hydration.  These products are my daughter’s staples and she LOVES the totally twisted.

Here is a picture of my hair after shampoo and condish with Totally Twisted then scrunching in some Koils by Nature Lavendar & Eucalyptus Gel.

I call this look the Yvette Nicole Brown

Here is my previous review of Hello Hydration: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=165244386825591

Here is a youtube review for Totally Twisted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aPtUii9Tyk