Fighting Frizz: Mineral vs. Coconut Oil

As we enter the humid months we begin to look for anti-humectants or products that can help keep the moisture out.  Excess moisture in the hair results in turning your awesome twist out into big frizzy fro.  Many naturals use oil to help seal their hair, keep the existing moisture in and keeping additional moisture out.  But is it better to use a natural oil like coconut oil or a man made product like mineral oil? 

Pros and Cons of Coconut Oil:
  • Coconut oil is a natural product that can be used on hair, skin and even in cooking.
  • Coconut oil adds shine and seals in moisture.
  • Coconut oil can penetrate the hair shaft to soften hair and aid in strengthening hair from the inside.
Pros and Cons of Mineral Oil:
  • Mineral oil adds high shine and seals in moisture.
  • Mineral oil is long lasting, and remains on the hair until removed through cleansing.
  • Mineral oil coasts the shaft and forms a barrier on top of the hair
Test it Yourself:  
  • Apply coconut oil to the back of your left hand.
  • Apply mineral oil to the back of your right hand.
  • Wait 1 hour for the products to absorb undisturbed.
  • Run your hands under water for 1 minute.
  • Observe the way the product reacts.  Does the water bead, and roll off your hand? Is the area to which the product was applied the same? Has the product absorbed into your skin?
  • Wait another hour and repeat with the water test and observations.
  • Wash your hands with a mild soap.
  • Observe the way the product reacts.  Is the product fully removed from your skin? Did the product wash clean?
So which is better? To determine which is better you need to decide which works best for your regimen.  If you refresh your hair daily I would say choose coconut oil.  If you prefer a longer lasting style that doesn’t require refreshing I would say to choose mineral oil.  If you prefer low poo or no sulfate shampoo, choose coconut oil.  If you don’t mind sulfate shampoo then choose mineral oil.  So the choice is yours, for more information on this topic check out this article from naturallcurly.com.
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DIY Molasses Pre-Poo Treatment

Another great additive for you DIYers out there and this one is in your kitchen cupboard:molasses. Why use molasses in your hair? Molasses can help soften and strengthen your hair while it is also rumored to help dark up those grays naturally. Molasses is a humectant similar to glycerin, honey and agave nectar all of which I have used previously in my hair and had fantastic results!

What is Molasses?  There are three types of molasses which vary in color and nutrients.  Molasses is a by-product of sugar production process in which sugar cane juice is boiled and concentrated to create sugar crystallization.  This process of boiling and concentrating sugar is repeated several times.  The results of the first boiling yields a light honey colored first molasses.  This syrup is very sweet as there still is a lot of sugar remaining in the mixture.  Repeating the boiling yields a darker second molasses.  This syrup is the most popular and widely available.  A third boiling yields Blackstrap molasses, which has relatively less sugar, a bitter (burnt) taste and is black in color.  Blackstrap molasses contains increased nutrients including calcium, iron and magnesium.

To create an easy molasses treatment you can add a tablespoon or two into a bottle of conditioner and use just as you would regular conditioner.  I have thoughts of mixing molasses with coconut cream and imagine it would make an awesome treatment though I have yet to try it.  Or you can follow the recipe below for a pre-poo treatment (also can be used as a deep conditioner).

Molasses Pre-Poo Treatment

  • 1 oz molasses
  • 1 oz conditioner (I used Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition)
  • 1 oz oil (I used Rice Bran Oil)

Add ingredients to color applicator or another empty bottle and shake well. Once thoroughly incorporated apply to dry hair.  Place plastic cap on your hair for at least 20 minutes.  Rinse with warm water and shampoo/condition as normal.

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Honestly no matter how dry, matted and frizzy my hair is before when I use a humectant/conditioner/oil pre-poo treatment the knots just melt away, my hair feels super soft and the frizz is kept at bay.  This treatment worked equally well to the honey and agave nectar treatments, no one is better than another as far as results go.  I like the agave nectar the best however because it is not as sticky and is easier to pour.  However, I would not suggest you run out and purchase agave nectar just use what is in your cabinets.  Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.

DCN Favorite Things Giveaway #2 Oyin Handmade *CLOSED*

DCN recently observed our 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY and I thought what better way to celebrate then to share with you my favorite natural hair products!

Our 2nd Giveaway is sponsored by Oyin Handmade, you can read my reviews of their products here, there and also here.  I love this company for their cute packaging, great products containing awesome natural ingredients and the little candies they ship with every order.  And while I am a DIYer and make my own hair spritz I still continue to purchase their spritzes because they are AWESOME!

The folks at Oyin were kind enough to sponsor this giveaway which includes a large basket filled with goodies valued at $73 :) The basket contains:

16 oz. Honey Hemp Conditioner
8 oz. Juices N’ Berries
8 oz. Honeywash
4 oz. Shine & Define
4 oz. Burnt Sugar Pomade
4 oz. Whipped Pudding
OMG, yes this is the mother of all giveaways and I am giving it to you free!

To enter the giveaway you must:

1. Subscribe to my blog > enter your email address in the “Subscribe Me” box located in the footer menu below.  Leave your username in the comment so I can verify that you have subscribed example: myusername@yahoo.com. ***Unconfirmed entries will NOT count***

**Bonus Entry**

You can also earn bonus entries through fb and twitter:

#1 Tweet this giveaway then leave a comment stating “I tweeted the bonus entry” with your twitter handle. Example tweet: I just entered DCN @oyinhandmade giveaway @HereIsMySpout http://wp.me/p1owB1-dl

#2 Like Oyin Handmade and Derby City Naturals on FB then post the following message on YOUR Wall: I wanna win the Oyin Giftbasket from Derby City Naturals Favorite Things Giveaway. Then leave a comment stating I posted the message on FB with your fb user name. *Rule change 8/10/11: Please post message on YOUR FB wall as Oyin’s page was being overwhelmed by entries, all previous entries have already been counted and do NOT need to repost*

The contest is open from Tuesday 8/9/2011 through Monday 8/22/2011.  Winner will be selected via random.org random number generator.  Winner will be notified via email address used to subscribe to the blog and will be announced via blog, fb and twitter. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

For more free stuff, check out our Pura Body Naturals Giveaway running through Wednesday 8/10/2011. Good luck :)

CONGRATS TO NUREKA DUNCAN YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY!!! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE, YOU HAVE 48 HOURS.

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.

Komaza Care Mini Review

Komaza Care is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders placed Wed 6/15/11 on their website.

So why should you care?

First, their are only 2 discounts I consider to be worth my while for purchasing hair products online. A) 20% (or more) off purchase price.  B) Free Shipping.  This deal satisfies the latter. The pricing on their products is fair, but this California based chain is not located on the ground in most areas so free shipping really makes it worth your while.

Second, their products are awesome.  How would I know? Well a while back they sent me some product samples to review.  While I took my time and did manage to use the items I have yet to publish the review (I know I’m a slacker).  However I will give you a quick mini rundown of my favorite things:

  • Shea Butter Hair Lotion 8 oz, $12 This lotion is freaking all that!  I am not a shea butter lover.  Most shea products are too heavy for my hair and leave it greasy and ashen looking.  However Komaza got their mix just right.  It is a great moisturizer (leave-in) that I used for doing twists, rocking a puff and under my favorite gel/styler.
  • Califia Moisturizing Spray 8 oz, $13.50  This spritz is also the business!  This is a glycerin free spray that is great for use all year long.  I used it in the a.m. on my son’s fro before picking it out to soften and moisturize.  I also used it on myself for braids and twists on both the hair and scalp.
  • Moku Hair Butter 8 oz, $12.50 is not just another hair butter.  It smells absolutely divine without be too strong or perfumy.  It is a smooth blend of argan, cocoa, sal, and other butters that is NOT like your basic shea butter mix everyone else has.  It is lightweight but effective and great for sealing in moisture without making your hair greasy or ashen. Also great for some ashy hands, knees and elbows truth be told!
  • Califia Care Styling Pudding 8 oz, $17.50 This is a superb styler.  Use it for was-n-gos, twists, coils, etc.  I used this with the Califia Moisturizing Spray to do some finger-doodles (aka finger coils) on my hair and it came out FANTASTIC!  The product does not have hold so if you are needing a bit of hold add a little of your fav gel on top.

They have more products than I was sent and here is a mini-list of stuff I still want to try from them:

  • Moja Shamoo 8 oz, $11.00 This is a sulfate free cleanser.  Great for getting the hair clean without stripping or making it feel dry.  If you are CG, lo-poo or a co-washer I would suggest giving this a try
  • Olive Moisture Mask 16 oz $16.00  This deep conditioner that is chalk full of yummy ingredients but is protein-free.  Can I get a whoop-whoop from a my protein sensitive naturals?
  • Califia Care Leave-In Conditioner 8 oz $14.00 Now I know that I said I love the Shea Butter Hair Lotion and we know that moisturizers and leave-ins are the same thing so why would I want to check this product out? Well it is because my hair loves all the other Califia products so I have a strong inclination that it will like this one.  Possibly even better than the Shea Butter Hair Lotion.  Also it is good to have alternates :)

So load up your carts and get ready for tomorrow’s sale!  Be sure to comment back with your purchases and leave a review on how they worked out for you.

Product Review: Kimble Bounce Back Curling Revitalizer

Kimble Hair Care System

Bounce Back Curling Revitalizer

8 oz $12.99

Available at Target, Amazon

ing: water, glycerin, PVP/dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate copolymer, polysorbate-20, propylene glycol, hydrolyzed human hair keratin, panthenol, extract of: yarrow, witch hazel, mallow, rosemary, horsetail, horse chestnut, dandellon, cotsfoot, sage, elder flower, hops, lavender, thyme, fennel & chamomile aloe vera gel, tocopheryl acetate, carbomer, phenoxy-ethanol, magnesium sulfate, methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, disodium EDTA, benzophenone-4, FD&C Red #40, FD&C yellow #5, fragrance

what they say: Bounce back to vibrant, natural looking curls with Kimble Haircare Bounce Back Curl Revitalizer. This botanical-infused styling cream smoothes and boosts each individual ringlet, enhancing overall body and definition. Hair results in increased shine and dimension. Great for those with naturally curly hair.

This is another product that took sanctuary at my house after my girl T Payne gave it the boot.  She had picked up BBCR at Target looking for a good Wash-n-Go gel that she could find on the ground that was widely available.  We were both eager to try Kimble Hair Care System products because it is the product line of famed Kim Kimble and were proud that it was going to be carried in Target stores across the US, Black Girls Rock!  Anyway T Payne used the gel a few times and her results were less than stellar so she gave it to me to try.

The product is basically a glycerin hair gel that claims to moisturize, soften and define curls.  First, I tried it as a wash-n-go styler applied to damp hair alone.  In a few hours my hair dried frizzy and undefined, fail.  Next I tried on top of KBB Sweet Ambrosia to see if I could get better results.  My hair still did not look more defined so I applied KMF Upper Management Gel on top and got good results.  However I get good results with KBB and KMF without BBCR so that was also a no go.  Lastly I tried it on a chunky twist-out.  I applied the product to damp hair and twisted my hair into about 12 twists and let dry.  When I untwisted my hair was no more defined then when I just a leave-in condish, and it just turned big a frizzy.  No bueno.  Bottom line the BBCR just isn’t the one for me and really didn’t see a use for it.

My daughter tried it mixed with Eco Styler gel and it did help remove some of the crunch she gets from Eco Gel alone. However she can also get those same results by using an off the shelf curl activator at a much cheaper price.

While I really wanted to like this product and I gave it several chances to impress me it simply failed to do so.  I would not recommend the purchase of this product and would not purchase it in the future.


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

 

 

 

 

Hair Guac

I.  Love.  Avocados.  Maybe it’s because I’m from Cali.  I don’t know.  But I do know that I consider guacamole to be the most perfect food.  That is why I have such a hard time doing avocado hair treatments, I always end up making guac and eating it before it comes time to do a hair treatment.  *sigh*  Well this time I knew I was going to henna my hair and that I would NEED to do a good deep treatment afterward.  So the day before henna day I made sure to buy a super over-ripe avocado; gross for eating but perfect for hair.

Avocados are little fruity (yep, they are a fruit) powerhouses of good fat, as well as vitamins B, E and K.  They are a great way to add moisture to your tired brittle tresses.  They will leave your hair feeling soft and well conditioned.  Not to mention that you can pick one up for about $1 at any grocer throughout the year.

Mixology 

1 avocado

2 Tbsp agave nectar

1 Tbsp evoo

Take the pulp of one avocado and mash it with a fork until smooth.  It helps if you use an over-ripened avocado as it will already be very soft.  Next stir in agave nectar and oil, blend until smooth.  Apply to hair, cover with plastic cap and let sit for 15 minutes.  Rinse with warm water and style as usual.

You may encounter fibers from the avocado that get stuck in your hair.  You can prevent this by putting the mix through a fine mesh strainer before applying to your hair.  For me, after I rinsed out the hair guac, I used a leave-in condish and my tangle teezer to remove the fibers from my coils.

Do you have a favorite avocado recipe? Share it with us by leaving a comment.