Product Review: TreLuxe Untie the Knot

TreLuxe Untie The Knot

TréLuxe

Untie the Knot

$18.50

available online on discovertreluxe.com

ing: Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Propylene Glycol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Steareth-2, Lactobacillus/Tomato Fruit Ferment Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Keratin Amino Acids , Acyl Coenzyme A Desaturase, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Squalane (Olive derived), Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol

I received this product after meeting the creators of TréLuxe at a natural hair expo.  Untie the knot is a leave in conditioner that can be used as a light conditioning treatment or as a daily leave-in conditioner.  I really liked the ingredients list and was excited to check out this product.  You can tell that Kiprono & Cortney have really done their research and have taken note as to what ingredients perform really well with natural hair.  The key to using this product line which was repeated to me several times was to use this product with water on wet or damp hair.

I used this product several times on its own, with other products in this line and with other products I use regularly. There was only one time this product disappointed me and this was when I used it on dry hair.  When used along on dry hair my hair had a strange coated feeling and was not moisturized. My bad, Cortney told me to always use with water and I did not listen.  The product performs fine as a light moisturizer or leave-in.  It is not a styler, it is not a sealer, and it doesn’t pretend to be.   This product does contain coconut oil as the second ingredient as well as other proteins, so if you are protein sensitive use your best judgement here, I had no problems with this product.

5 Things I Liked About This Product:

  1. Nice light smell.
  2. Light moisturizer does not contain shea butter.  I like my leave in to be a leave in and not double as a heavy moisturizer.  These work the best for me.
  3. The product contains proteins but is not packed down so it was gentle enough for my protein sensitive hair .
  4. I love that the product is in a pump bottle for easy distribution. I only use a few pumps to moisturize my whole head.
  5. Labels are water resistant and have not peeled or faded after sitting in my shower for over a month.

Overall this is a good product.  I don’t have a problem finding good leave-in conditioners, I have several in my arsenal that work well.  If you are looking for a leave-in with light protein I would suggest you check out this product.  I also tried the product as a detangler which was not a pleasant experience, I would not suggest it for use a detangler.

 

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Product Review: YoGaChi Signature Products

YoGaChi Signature

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I first heard about YoGaChi Signature products from my curlfriend Tanya who travels a lot for her job and is always “discovering” lesser known natural hair products around the country.  She found YoGaChi products in Chapel Beauty in Atlanta, GA.  I am not sure where else the products are available for purchase other than her website online or by placing a phone order.

YoGaChi Signature Buster Hair Butter 

4 oz $11.99

ing: argan oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil, sesame seed oil, almond oil, avocado oil, vitamin e oil, hemp oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil.

Honestly when I was given this butter I didn’t really care for another hair butter, that is until I read the ingredients.  This product is packed with great natural oils that have been whipped lightly into soft creamy butter.  There are no scent oils added to the product and the smell is light, nutty and a little sweet.  Everyone  who encounters it instantly loves how light and creamy it is and how it does not have the dirt-earthy smell that unrefined butters have, yet isn’t artificially scented.  I have used it to seal in my braids and twists and also to add shine to twist/braid-outs and w-n-g’s.  This is definitely a keeper.

YoGaChi Signature Rosmaria Leave-In Conditioner

8 oz $11.99

ing: organic aloe juice, organic lavender distillate, cetearyl alcohol, castor seed oil, stearylalkonium chloride, phenoxyethenol, panthenol vitamin B5, kosher vegetable glycerin, rosehip seed oil, organic black willow bark extract.

I used this spray a couple of times and found it to be a decent moisturizer.  I really did not come to appreciate it until I put my hair in yarn locs.  I  spray my hair every morning and evening with this spray and it provides a nice balanced amount of moisture.  The scent is a very subtle hint of floral herbs.  I like that it isn’t oil heavy and does not cause any build-up on my scalp compared to other sprays I have used.  This spray also works well as a next day refersher for 2nd, 3rd, etc day hair.  While I like it a lot while wearing my hair in its current protective style I probably would not repurchase it unless I could get it on the ground.

The vid below is a review that my girl Tanya did on these same products.

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 :)

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?