Product Review: Yes to Tomatoes Conditioner

Yes to Tomatoes

Daily Volumizing Conditioner

16.9 oz for $8.99

Available online at YesToCarrots site also at Target and other drugstores.

This product is formulated for fine, thin or limp hair and claims to have volumizing effects.  It also states that it adds nourishment and hydration through extracts of tomato, watermelon, jojoba oil and dead sea minerals.

ing: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride Cetyl Esters, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract*, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract*, Chenopodium Quinoa Flower/ Leaf Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract, Prunus Persicus Nectarina Fruit (Nectarine) Extract*, Capsicum Annuum Extract, Dead Sea Water (Maris Aqua), Maris Limus (Dead Sea Silt) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera)*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Algae Extract, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Punica Granatum Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate

*Note this is the new formulation of this product.  I used the old formula which did not contain Behentrimonium Chloride Cetyl Esters and had ingredients listed in different order. This is not a big deal but I wanted to explain that.

I love this company. I have tried other products from them and found them all to be fantastic.  I picked this condish up on vacation while shopping at Ross.  While I normally would not care to try a product designed for fine/limp hair it was only $2.99 so I decided to pick it up.  While I found this condish to be acceptable as a RO (rinse-out) I feel for me it worked much better as a LI (leave-in).

5 Things I Like About This Product:

  1. Great slip.  My hair like most curly girls is pretty tangly and I get a good amount of slip for this product to allow for comb detangling in the shower.
  2. Bang for your buck.  At 50 cents per ounce it doesn’t get much better for a great product with quality ingredients.
  3. And speaking of quality ingredients this product is loaded with awesome extracts like watermelon, red pepper, sweet almond  and jojoba oil.
  4. It is light enough to use as a leave-in without leaving the hair feeling coated.
  5. Its available on the ground at a multitude of retailers so easy to find no matter where you are.

Here is a picture of a twist-out I did using YTT on wet hair then unraveling when dry. 

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Product Review: Shea Moisture Thickening Growth Milk

SheaMoisture

Yucca & Aloe Thickening Growth Milk w/ Biotin & Bamboo Extract

8 fl oz for $9.99

Available locally at Target & Walgreens stores

Yep I am reviewing another SheaMoisture product. This product was sent to me to review by SheaMoisture rep due my less then favorable previous experiences with their products.  I have tried the Curl & Style Conditioning Milk and the Curl Enhancing Smoothie from their Coconut & Hibiscus Line both of which I found to be too heavy for my hair. This product is marketed toward those with fine or thin hair and claims to thicken, volumize and soften.

ing: Deionized Water , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Mangifera Indica Seed Butter (Mango) , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba) , Olea Europaea Oil (Olive) , Vegetable Glycerin , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Triticum Vulgare Oil (Wheatgerm) , Grapeseed Oil , Sorbitol Esters , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , Cetyl Esters , Yucca Filamentosa Extract , Vegetable Protein , Adansonia Digitata Extract (Baobab) , Biotin , Panthenol (Vitamin B-5) , Rosemary Extract , Bamboo Extract , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower (Honeysuckle) and Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Japanese Honeysuckle) , Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

I applied this product to clean, wet hair fresh out of the shower.  The scent is light sort of sweet and little floraly similar to Yes to Carrots conditioner, reminds me of baby products.   The feel is light and silky, definitely lighter than the Curl & Style Conditioning Milk.  While it is packed full of oils and shea butter is is not oily feeling at all.  I applied a palm-full to my wet curls and smoothed and scrunched a little.  No increased curl definition but my hair felt soft and moisturized and was not all all weighed down or coated.

5 Things I Liked About This Product

  • Lightweight moisturizer comparable to my other favs
  • The smell is light and not overpowering
  • The first strengthener I’ve used that wasn’t protein heavy and did not leave my hair hard or stringy
  • Product is available on the ground and is fairly priced.
  • Great natural ingredients, no junk.

Final Thoughts: SheaMoisture has finally won me over!  Now this is a product that makes me happy.  While it does contain protein, it is further down on the list (15th ingredient) and it did not bother my protein-sensitive hair.  I used the product alone as a wash-n-go moisturizer and my hair looked okay, no curl definition but I did not expect that from a moisturizer.  I then used it on my twists and got great results.  My medium porosity hair did not care for the Coconut & Hibiscus line because it was to shea/oil heavy and my hair simply did not absorb the product however this line is lighter (perhaps there is just more water) and was perfect for me.  As for the claims to thicken and volumize I did not see any effects to support this claim but I have med-coarse, thick hair so it would be difficult to tale if it did.  This is a product I would purchase in the future.  

Bantu Knots

Bantu Knots were a style I wore often when I was relaxed as it gave a cute textured curly look without the need of rollers or rods.  Since I’ve been natural I can count on one-hand the times that I have worn this style.  The main reason is that I usually style my hair wet, but I hate sitting under the dryer.  My hair takes forever to air dry so my bantu knots are often still damp on the second day.  I also find it much too difficult to sleep with knots in my hair.  All that said I made a resolution to step my style game up back in January so I am working on tackling this style.

A while ago I wrote about how my friend Brokey did her bantu knot-out style.  While I did not follow her steps I took her advice to do them on dry hair eliminating the problem of having wet hair for several days.  Here is a breakdown of my process:

  1. Start with cleansed, conditioned and detangled hair.  Allow hair to air dry until it is about 90% dry.
  2. Section off a desired amount of hair.  Apply Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner to each section, detangle and smooth using tangle teezer.
  3. Twist each section in a clock-wise motion then wrap around the base to form a knot.  Secure with a bobby pin if necessary.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have completed the entire head.

I used a mix of both large and small plaits to get a more textured knot-out look.  I did not use any hold product, just conditioner.  I parted my so that I was able to sleep as comfortably as I could. I parted with a space in the back of my head so I could rest my head down flat without a knot being their and made sure the knots around my headline were pushed further back so I could lay on my sides.

I wore my knots to work the next day and received a lot of double takes along with the standard questions: “how did you do that?” and “did you cut your hair?”  My favorite response came from a co-worker who obviously had not caught word of my ‘do and said when he walked in my office, “O-M-F-G that sh*t is awesome!” and proceeded to give me a fist bump, lol. I did have an issue with one particular knots refusal to stay so I picked up some Conair Polybands (small non-rubber ponytail holders) to keep it in place.

The next morning I decided to take down the knots and rock the knot-out for the day.  I used Koils by Nature Hair and Body Butter to smooth and separate each section.  My hair was SO FLUFFY!  And baby, when I tell you it was soft, please know that I had my hands in it all day!  I will definitely be incorporating a dry set using these products to my twist and braid-out routine.

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

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?

Product Review Miss Jessie’s Creme de la Curl

Miss Jessie’s Creme de la Curl

$16 for 12 ounces

available online @ Miss Jessie’s  Curl Mart  Target or select salons

ing: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Ricinus Communis, Polysorbate 80, Isostearamidopropyl Morpholine Lactate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Behentrimonium Chloride, C13-15 Alkane, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Chlorella Pyrenoidosa Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panthenol, Chondrus Crispus(Carrangeenan)Extract, Cetearth-20-, C 12-20 Isoparaffin, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Amodimethicone, Centrimonium Chloride, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Trideceth-12, Peg-90, Isopropanol, Disodium Edta, Fragrance, Dmdm, Iodopropynyl Butycamate, Blue 1 (C142090), Yellow 5 (Cl 19140)

From their website: Finally, the ultimate ultra conditioning super soft daily curl wash especially made for us — dry, parched, damaged, used and abused, chemically treated, color treated, natural, kinky, curly hair.  Crème de la Curl was specifically formulated for the dry, coarse, tightly coiled curl, but any hair type longing for a super moisturizing curl wash will benefit. You can never wash your hair too much with this carefully formulated non-sudsy cleansing crème. Excellent for curlies who want clean, freshly prepped, supple, tangle-free hair that’s ready to receive any Miss Jessie’s styling product.

I was gifted this product from my girl Tanya who is an admitted PJ and suffers from OCD so she buys multiple products on a whim because she is always looking for the next best thing and wants to make sure she has enough if she likes it, lol.  Anywho Tanya did not care for the product so she told me to give it a whirl.  Thanks T-Payne!

I am a no-poo girl so I cleanse my hair by either co-washing or using a sulfate-free cleanser.  This product is a sulfate-free cleanser which is basically like a conditioner that is designed to cleanse the hair without drying. The first time I used the product I really was not very impressed.  It cleansed my hair but it felt rather thick and heavy and did not have much slip.  I was able to detangle my hair but I went very slow as to not pull or damage my hair. The product has a perfume-y smell and I did not care for it.  The smell wasn’t horrible but I would rather it was unscented.  My hair did feel soft and moisturized after use and I did not condition my hair afterward.

My basic feeling after using the product is that it was okay but I’m sure I could have got the same effects from co-washing with Suave, Vo5 or Yes to Carrots.  Not really impressed.  However after repeat uses I can say that unlike co-washing with regular conditioner which can cause a little build-up over time resulting in me needing to get a good shampoo in every now and then this product did not have the same effects.

My complaints about this product would be that it does not have much slip at all so I would need to add some olive oil to it or find another method to detangle.  I don’t care for the scent but it is not unbearable. 

My accolades for this product is that it really is a 2-n-1 cleanser and conditioner.  This product would be good for those traveling as you would only need to bring one product for your hair.  This is also good for those who only need light shampoo/conditioning for their hair.  For my CG girls looking for a no-sulfate cleanser I would recommend you give it a try.  This product also contains protein, but it didn’t cause my hair to rebel.  While I got this product for free, I would not re-purchase it, but would pick it up on a swap.

Tips for Low Porosity Naturals

I talked about porosity a few posts ago but as a refresher, porosity is the measure of absorption in the cuticle layer of your hair.  The cuticle layer of your hair is arranged like shingles on a roof.  A tight, compact shingle pattern make penetration difficult yielding low porosity.

So how do you know if you have lo-po hair?  Well when you apply products, particularly heavy creams or butters, does it feel like the product is just sitting on top of your hair rather than being absorbed?  Do you have to drench and dunk your hair in water to get it wet?  Does your hair tend to resist chemical treatments like coloring?  If you answered yes then you may have lo-po hair.  Another way is to do a porosity test by placing a clean, dry, product-free strand of hair in a bowl of water.  If the hair floats at the top of the water you have low porosity.

So what is a natural with lo-po hair to do?  Well below are tips from NaturallyCurly.com member Marah Mizrahi on caring for lo-po hair:

Here are a few [product] suggestions. The Kinky Curly Line is a good one. Curl Junkie is another one that has decent products for low porosity hair. Tigi Moisture Maniac Conditioner. Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner. Giovanni 50/50 Balanced Hair Remoisturizer.

Any line that has humectants and emollients that soften the hair. Try not to go oil or protein over board. Low porosity hair doesn’t need a lot of either one. Some low porosity folks find they are extremely oil sensitive and avoid mostly all oils, especially coconut oil.

I can’t recommend Carol’s Daughter because I don’t like the line at all. I also don’t recommend Miss Jessies or Mixed Chicks.

A lot of people with low porosity have to find ways to get things inside their hair shaft. Because the cuticle is tight what you try to do is raise the cuticle so the products can penetrate.

Ways to do this is use Very warm (not hot) water before your conditioner is apply. Another way is steam (some people invest in steamers or create their own). You can apply your conditioner to wet hair and put a plastic cap and sitting under a hooded dryer with conditioner on the hair which is basically a heated deep treatment. The most important thing is to get moisture in and the way to do that is raise the cuticle. Alkaline type solutions do this as well.

A controversial way to do it is to use baking soda treatments on the hair. Where you basically add a little bit into your conditioner and rinse it out. You have to make sure to rinse with cold water or use very diluted apple cider vinegar to close the cuticle back though. I say this is controversial because some people swear by it, others think it’s a bad idea to use baking soda in the hair.

Try to find water based products that contain humectants. A humectant would be like glycerin, pathenol, honey, aloe, fructose, glucose, hydrolyzed silk, urea, propylene glycol, etc. Ingredients that draw moisture to the hair.

You’ll have to test the glycerin because some folks feel they are glycerin sensitive. If you have very low porosity hair though as you describe..this might help you out provided you don’t’ live in an extremely dry climate and it’s probably one of the easiest humectants to spot on the ingredient list of products.

Avoid protein laden products. Look for richer conditioners with great emollients but not a bunch of unnecessary oils. You’ll probably want to avoid a lot of oily products, silicones, mineral oils, petroleum anything that can super coat the hair shaft since you already have a compact hair cuticle you don’t really need to use a lot of oily ingredients to majorly coat the hair. Because you want a decent amount of moisture drawn to your curls so if you use any oils just be picky and use the least amount you can.

Some low porosity folks actually prefer to use shampoo as opposed to conditioner washing only because of the fact that it (shampoo) ingredients helps to opens the cuticle. They look for a good moisturizing shampoo that doesn’t terribly strip the hair. Some are fine with sulfates,others are not. If you still want to avoid sulfates but use shampoo try to find a decent moisturizing one. Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose is a good one, so is Giovanni 50/50 Shampoo.

Thank you Marah so much for tips for the lo-po naturals.  The Cherry Lola treatment is also popular for lo-po naturals, this treatment can be found in my previous notes.  If you do Cherry Lola or another baking soda treatment be sure to follow with something  moisturizing! https://derbycitynaturals.wordpress.com/2011/03/06/cherrylola-no-frizz-protein-treatment/

Hair Cuticle Images.