Product Review: My Honey Child Olive You Deep Conditioner

My Honey Child

Olive You Deep Conditioner

8oz for $18.00

ing: Distilled Water, Olive Butter, Olive Fruit Oil, Honey, Olive Leaf Extract, Soya Milk, Natural Yogurt Powder, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Seaweed, Jojoba Oil, Violet Leaf Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute and Neroli Oil and optiphen.

I received a 2 oz free sample of this product from Lollie of Naturally, one of my fav natural hair product boutiques.  I have heard a little buzz about these products but had not tried them so I was very excited to see them included in my order.  The product has a standard look and feel comparable to most deep conditioners.  It has a subtle sweet-floral smell but honestly nothing really stands out about the product.

I applied the conditioner to cleansed hair that I allowed to air dry until it was almost completely dry (It was still moist at the roots but the ends were indeed dry) I wanted to get a feel of what the product would do on its own.  The 2 ounces sample was barely enough to distribute through my entire hair but I was able to make it work by scraping every bit from the jar.  I applied a plastic cap and let it sit for 10 -15 minutes. After which the product has completely absorbed in my hair.  My hair felt soft and moisturized, there was no visible build-up on my hair and I rocked my big fro to church.  When I came home my hair was soft but dry, though that is what I expected to happen because this product is not meant to be a styler, I just chose to use it as one.

My final thoughts are this is an okay deep conditioner. There was nothing amazing about it but it did work.  I think it had okay slip, the smell was fine, and it did soften my hair.  I was surprised that the protein (soy milk, yogurt powder) in the conditioner did not negatively affect my hair — my hair is protein sensitive if you did not know — but it was nice to know I was able to give my hair a shot of protein with no ill effects. Bottom line would I use the product again, sure. Would I purchase it, probably not. There was not enough wow factor for me and I prefer thicker, buttery deep conditioners.

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Product Review: Mozeke Carrot Protein Masque

Mozeke Products

Carrot Protein Masque

8 oz, $15.00

Available on MozekeProducts.com

ing: Distilled water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol,  Avocado oil, Jojoba oil, Flaxseed oil, Coconut oil, Shea butter, Banana powder, Carrot powder, Fragrance, Optiphen, Citric Acid, Buttermilk powder, Egg yolk powder, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Guar gum, and Yogurt powder.

OMG! I know what you are thinking, a protein conditioner? What the…. I know, I know.   I have talked before about my hair’s sensitivity to protein, meaning that most products formulated with strong proteins leave my hair a dry, brittle frizzy bird’s nest.  However, I ordered some products from Mozeke and I received this as a free gift, score! I was most interested to try this because unlike other products the protein in the Carrot Protein Masque (CPM) are located toward the bottom of this list meaning there wasn’t an egregious amount of protein. Plus, it is also formulated with a lot of moisturizing and fatty ingredients that I knew my hair would love.

After I applied CPM to my hair the heavens opened and my tresses were blessed!  Oh how excellent is the formulation of this product! {insert choir of angels} What I can tell you is that this is the best balance of moisture and protein in a single product.  CPM is a mixture of rich creamy perfection like a can of vanilla frosting.  My hair felt both soft and strong!  It applies on very smoothly and seemed to melt into my hair like icing on a warm cake.  For my medium porosity hair I am able to get 4 uses out of the 4 ounce jar which is on par with other deep conditioners I like.  It is scented to smell like a tropical treat, sort of reminds me of the smell of the old Bronner Bros Super Gro Hair Grease.

5 Things I Like About This Product:

  1. It’s a protein conditioner that is strengthening without leaving my hair feeling like straw!
  2. It’s a protein conditioner that is strengthening without leaving my hair feeling like straw! Okay I already said that, but it is worth repeating.  I have tried so many protein laced products and they normally leave my hair feeling awful, but finally someone got it right!
  3. It applies so easily into the hair.  Normally my hair likes buttery deep conditioners which require me to emulsify and work into the strands but this really melted into my hair.
  4. It has great slip!  Usually I need runny conditioner to detangle my hair, but this one worked just wonders softening the tangles and providing the needed slip to glide out the tangles easily.
  5. Excellent balance of soft and strong, my hair has never felt this good from just using a single product alone in one-step.

This is a lot of hype for one product, but I just have to call it as I experienced it.  After being abused by strong proteins or ignored by weak ones I have finally found the one product with protein that works for me.  Now the price is a bit high, but under $2 per application is a fair price for an awesome product in my opinion.  I will most assuradely purchase this product again.  On a positive note Mozeke holds several really awesome sales during the year so I will be watching and stock up then.

Protein Sensitivity in Natural Hair

If you’ve followed my blog posts you may have seen me mention that I am protein sensitive.  I get asked about protein sensitivity all the time: what is it, how do you know if you have it, is there a cure for it; so this will be a post dedicated to protein and my hair’s general distaste for it in products.  Long before I ran across the term protein sensitivity I always knew I had it.  Even back in my relaxed days when everyone else was going ga-ga over hair reconstructioner treatments or during the silk amino acid product craze I knew my hair did not like it. How did I know? Whenever I used a heavy protein laced product my hair felt coarse, dry and tangled like a clump of straw.  It felt horrible and looked worse then before I used the application.  I began to find ways to make it work — i used to mix the hair placenta treatment into my chloresterol deep conditioner and it was not as tangled or rough.  However when I went natural the problem seemed even worse so I resolved just to stop using it.  To compensate for not putting protein in my hair I made sure I kept plenty of protein in my diet from a variety of sources like meat, legumes, and dairy.  Then I ran across a forum which confirmed everything I had always known, my hair did not like protein because I was protein sensitive.

Protein in Hair

Hair is made up of keratin, a type protein, coarse hair contains abundant amounts of protein while fine hair contains less protein.  Protein can be lost through chemical, thermal or mechanical damage meaning processing, heat or everyday styling.  Damaged hair will be weakened so the use of a protein reconstructioner will return protein to the hair and repair the damage.  Protein attaches to the hair’s surface and forms a layer that helps retain moisture like a humectant. This coating can also smooth the hair cuticle making it appear shinier. For the protein sensitive (PS) our hair makes enough protein and reacts horribly when protein is added via protein based treatments or products that contain proteins.

Types of Protein

There are different types of protein: those derived from animal sources and those from plant sources.  Animal proteins are stronger or more potent than plant proteins.  Animal proteins coat the outer layers of the hair shaft while vegetable proteins are absorbed deeper into the hair shaft.  However there are issues with the size of proteins and what can actually be absorbed by the hair.  Enter hydrolyzed proteins.  Hydrolyzed proteins are proteins that have been broken down into smaller amino acid components and these components are said to easily penetrate the layers of the hair shaft.  How do you identify a protein?  If you see the terms keratin, collagen, elastin or amino acid or of course the word protein, then it’s a protein.  Common proteins used in hair products are keratin, placenta, collagen, silk, wheat, corn, soy, and oat.  For the DIYers coconut milk, eggs, and yogurt all contain protein.

Proteins That Aren’t Protein

There are also products that aren’t protein but either contain or mimic protein.  Common fugitives are henna, yeast, coconut oil and jojoba oil.  Yeast (brewer’s yeast, beer, vegemite, marmite, etc) are known to contain protein as they are used as dietary supplements.  The tannins in henna bond with protein in the hair and act like a protein treatment.  Coconut oil does not contain significant amount of protein though it has been known to effect people all the same (just ask my girl Marci). Jojoba oil, which is actually a wax, like coconut oil mentioned above does not contain significant amount of protein, but still can have the same effect.

How to Know If Your Hair Needs Protein

Generally if your hair feels limp, curls are saggy and has lost its luster you probably are in need of protein.  The simplest thing to do is a strand test.  When your hair is wet isolate a strand and give it a little tug.  If your hair stretches a bit then resists your hair is in good balance.  If it stretches and stretches, before finally snapping you are in need of protein.  If it stretches a little then suddenly snaps, you should cut back on the protein.

Final Thoughts

Healthy hair will not require additional protein, so it is completely possible that you will never need a protein treatment.  Eating a balanced diet will also help maintain proper protein levels in your hair however this will only effect “new growth” as your hair is dead and only what has yet to be produced from the follicle will show improvement.  There is no “cure” for protein sensitivity, all you can do is identify the triggers and avoid them.  It is important to note that after doing a strong protein treatment like Aphogee 2-Step Protein Treatment or similar everyone will experience the dry, brittle straw-like feel referred to earlier.  That does not mean you are protein sensitive, any strong protein treatment will yield this result and needs to be followed up by a moisturizing deep conditioner.  Protein sensitivity should be judged by the presence of protein in regular products like Giovanni  Smooth as Silk Conditioner or Eco Styler Gel.  It is also important to state that you hair may not like certain proteins but tolerate others.  Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner both contain protein but I use both and had no ill effects. However if you’ve used a couple products with silk amino acid and all left your hair feeling gross, its safe to say that you hair doesn’t care for that ingredient and you should avoid using products that contain it.  For more on the science behind proteins in hair check out this article from the Curl Chemist, Tonya McKay on NaturallyCurly.com.

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.

What to do When Your Fav Product is Discontinued

Yes to Carrots, Inc, makes great products.  Their shampoo and conditioner are raved about by plenty of naturals who love the way it makes their hair feel and the list of yummy ingredients.  Add to that the fact that the products are available locally and reasonably priced and I became a Stan for life!

I truly fell in love when I encountered their DC Moisturizing Mud Mask.  I came to know this product on accident as I told my younger sis to pick me up some conditioner and she brought back this one instead of the regular rinse-out.  I am not a avid DCer because I have protein-sensitive hair and it is difficult to find a DC sans protein, petroleum, mineral oil, and shea that does not leave my hair flat and lifeless.  But I decided to give it a try and it was love at fist smear.  That was until when recommending the product to another curly who reported she couldn’t find it on their website.  Truly, I thought, she was mistaken so I took a look for myself.  No dice.  I contacted the company by email, twitter and FB (obsess much?) only to have my worst fears confirmed.  I was told that “the product will no longer be available” say what? I went into a frenzy.  How could this happen? Why would they do this?  I was hurt, sad and angry all at once at this injustice.  I felt like writing my Congressmen! *sigh*

Yes the above tale seems a bit dramatic but we naturals tend to be a bit intense when it comes to our hair.  I wanted to take my tale of woe and use it to help another natural who may inevitably encounter the same thing and show them how to cope.

10 Tips: What to do When Your Fav Product is Discontinued

  1. Cry, freak out, get angry.  All these feelings are okay as long as you do not get crazy in public.  Sometimes you just gotta let it out.
  2. Contact the manufacturer to see if there is still stock available in stores or that you can purchase direct.  Also make sure to respectfully voice your opinion on the matter and ask if they have an alternative product.
  3. Check with your local retailer.  See if any other stores in the area have product available and have them put it on hold for you.  If you can locate the product buy up the shelf! Most discontinued products are marked down for quick sale.  If not ask if you can get a discount.
  4. Check local discount retailers like Ross, TJ Maxx, etc. as they purchase a lot of discontinued items from manufacturers.  These items are then sold at a discounted price.
  5. Don’t be afraid to call friends or relatives in other cities and have them check the availability in their local stores.
  6. Check the hair swap boards like Lola’s Green Hair for the product. You can normally find someone out there who has the product and didn’t like it.
  7. Jump on the message boards like NaturallyCurly.com and put out an APB.  Curly girls understand your plight and will try to help.  My girl LaShawn actually had this product in her closet and volunteered the rest of her stash to me after she found out l was looking for it <3.
  8. While your on the message boards ask for product recommendations from other naturals who liked that product.  Most naturals have a product they love and a back-up that they like.  This can help you find a replacement.
  9. Check the ingredients list and hop over to wholesale manufacturers like Essential Wholesale and look for a base that is similar to the product you desire.  9 times out of 10 you can find a base that will suit your needs.
  10. If all else fails, make like a chemist and start mixing!  Run through that ingredients list and purchase the raw ingredients to make your own.  It might take you a few trials, but who knows you might create something even better!

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 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.

Un-Natural Hair Obsessions

A natural hair journey can be filled with excitement and intrigue but it is not without its downside.  Damage, breakage and other set-backs can yield some strange obsessions on our pursuit of healthy hair.

I have heard of women taking so much Biotin to get their hair to grow that it caused the “biotin beard” horrible facial breakout of pimples/zits. Check out this story from Lola’s Green Hair.

Or those who used Mane Tail Groom, a product designed for horses in an effort to strengthen their hair.  See this post from Quest for the Perfect Curl.

Then there are those who “hibernate” their hair under protective style for months for fear that if their ends are “out ” it can cause hair suicide. Follow Tola’s 6 month protective style journey here.

As for me, I am terrified of heat damage.  Because of this fear I only straighten my hair twice a year and I will only allow 1 heating element to be used in the process; either a flat iron or a blow dryer but not both.  The irony in this is that for the first 6 months of my transition I straightened my hair regularly and saw no ill effects. 

Yes, this quest for longer, stronger, healthier hair can cause us to do some crazy things.  What un-natural hair obsessions do you suffer from?