Product Review: Original Moxie featuring Knapsgirl

“All I need in this life I’m in, is me and my curlfriends” –African Proverb

All kidding aside I really do LOVE my curlfriends.  A few weeks ago I went on a mini-vacay to visit my curlfriend, YouTuber MonicaJoi aka Knapsgirl and of course we played in hair products.  Monica won a full-set of Original Moxie Natural Wonder products and we decided to give them a try.

Original Moxie

Natural Wonder Gift Set

Includes: Get Clean™ No-foam Shampoo (8 oz.), Intense Quench™ Deep Conditioner (8 oz.), & Everyday Leave-in™ Detangling Conditioner (8 oz.), Hair Bling™ High Shine Pomade (3 oz.), & Lux Locks™ Styling & Shine (6 oz.). 

$72 for the complete set

There are two videos that go along with this review, a before and an after, that are filled with lots of giggles and hilarity. Monica is a purest and refused to edit them so enjoy our ridiculousness.

Before Vid 

Get Clean No-Foam Shampoo: This was a strange experience for me.  This is a no-foam shampoo and it really doesn’t foam.  It feels like a moisturizer when you are applying it to your hair and it was honestly hard to tell if I had distributed it evenly or if it was even working.  After two washes I decided that it should be good enough. To my surprise it did get my hair clean and did so without stripping.  I would not recommend this if your hair is really gunked up with product, however as a daily or even weekly cleanser this worked great. It has a polite floral-nutty smell, hard to pinpoint but it was pleasant.  While the product did work, I give it a B grade, I would not purchase as I like the comfort of knowing my hair is clean and this honestly was just too subtle for me.

Everyday Leave-in Detangling ConditionerI used this both as a rinse out and a leave-in conditioner.  It did an okay job detangling my hair. There was not phenomenal slip but I was able to finger detangle without feeling like I would yank or break my hair.  Again nice subtle smell to it.  It worked much better as a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer than it did as a detangling conditioner.  Overall grade C, I would not purchase this again although it worked well as a moisturizer I prefer it to work better as a detangler.

Intense Quench Deep ConditionerEasily my favorite product in this line.  It did a great job conditioning and detangling my hair.  I will say that when I first applied it I thought I was going to hate it. The product is thin, like a leave in moisturizer, after applying it to a section of hair I allowed it to sit for about 10 minutes and that is when the magic happened.  Just goes to show a deep conditioner does not have to be thick or buttery to work well.  Overall grade A, however I would not purchase unless it was on sale because the price point of $17 for 8 oz it too rich for my blood.

Lux Locks Styling & Shine: This is a twisting cream that I used to twist my hair.  The product worked well, it was not too sticky or greasy easy to apply and left my hair moisturized.  I would not recommend as a wash-n-go styler it was not much of a curl definer.  The one draw-back is the smell. I don’t know if it is the neem, rosewood or what but the smell is strong and not my pleasing to me.  We mistook the scent for patchouli but it is not an ingredient listed in the product however it is in the same scent family.  Without the smell I would give the product a B for performance however the scent drops it down to a C.

Hair Bling High Shine PomadeI am not a real fan of pomades but I did like this one. It was not overly greasy and added a nice shine to my hair.  I did not care for using it to twist alone but it worked great when coupled with the Lux Locks Styling & Shine, so I would recommend using them together.  I can really tell the difference in softness and shine in the sections where I used this product. Overall grade for this product is a B, but like the deep conditioner it is much too pricey in my opinion and I would not purchase.

After Vid 

A quick shot of me and our camerawoman Nyra, before heading out for the night :)

I did get an AWESOME twist-out taking my hair down a few days later :)


Product Review: Alba Botanica Honeydew Nourishing Hair Wash

Alba Botanica 

Honeydew Nourishing Hair Wash

12 oz for $10 

Available at Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and online

ing: Purified water, certified organic aloe barbadensis, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, oleyl betaine, soyamidopropalkonium chloride, extracts of ananas sativus (pineapple), carica papaya (papaya) and zingiber zerumbet (awapuhi),guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, citric acid, panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), soy protein, vegetable glycerin, macadamia ternifolia and aleurites moluccana (kukui) nut oils, ethylhexylglycerin, glycereth-7 cocoate, sodium benzoate, phospholipids, macrocystis pyrifera (kelp) extract, fragrance.

From the bottle: The revitalizing aroma of the islands is captured in this daily use shampoo with the scent of lavish tropical fruits.  Aloe and kelp provide mineral-rich nutrition while gentle cleansers and tropical fruits extracts wash away impurities.  Enriched with awapuhi for shiny, healthy hair.

I received this shampoo from a product swap.  Did not think much of it other then the fact that it smelled so delicious!  But a great scent does not a good shampoo make.  I did like that it contains actual plant extracts of pineapple, papaya, awapuhi and kukui.  The biggest win is that it is SLS and SLES free.

I washed my hair twice with this shampoo.  I used about a dime size for each quadrant and that was more than enough.  The product suds and suds and suds.  I am not a fan of big suds but most complaints about SLS/SLES shampoos is that they don’t have suds so if that is your thing you will not be disappointed.  I did get a nice tropical feel while washing my hair from the aroma of botanical ingredients.  However after two washes my hair did feel dry and tangled.

The shampoo rinses clean and did not impart any additional moisture to my hair.  For me this was not a good thing as I prefer my shampoos to be more moisturizing.  This shampoo is marketed as a daily which means it is geared towards those with oily hair who wash their hair more often so I will not fault the shampoo for its performance, it was not meant for my hair type.  If you are interested in trying this line I would suggest you check out the Real Repair Cocoa Butter or the Drink It Up Coconut Milk which are formulated toward dry, thirsty hair.

Are 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioners Fab or Drab?

Let’s face it: hair gets dirty.  You have to cleanse your hair to remove dirt, excess oil and product buildup.  But cleansing your hair can leave it feeling dry, tangled or stripped which means you have to condition it.  If only there was a way to cleanse and condition in the same step.  Enter the 2 in 1 shampoo + conditioner.

Suave Professionals

2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner 

14.5 oz $1.84

ing: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Dimethiconol, Fragrance (Parfum), Carbomer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Amodimethicone, DMDM Hydantoin, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Citric Acid, C11-15 Pareth-7, Laureth-9, Trideceth-12, PPG-9, Tocopheryl Acetate [Vitamin E Acetate], Propylene Glycol, Panthenol. Methylchloroisothiazolinone, 22. Methylisothiazolinone, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Before jumping into the review lets talk a little about shampoo and conditioner and how they work.  Shampoos use chemicals called surfactants that attached to dirt and oil suspend them in their lather and they are then rinsed away.  But in this processes of cleansing they also remove the healthy oil (sebum) that protects the hair leaving it dry.  Conditioners contain softening agents that coat the hair helping it to become less tangled and protect it.  The most common conditioning agent is silicone.

Mixing shampoo and conditioner is not as simple as just pouring them into the same bottle.  The issue is that mixing these agents can be tricky like mixing vinegar (cleanser) with milk (conditioner) –if you know your way around the kitchen you would know that this results in buttermilk.  To make a 2-in-1 solution companies suspend silicone in neutral charged polymer and add it to an anionic (negative charged) shampoo.  The surfactants in the shampoo separate from the polymer during the rinsing process resulting in the cleansing ions being rinsed away while the silicone stays and coats the strands.

So how did it feel?  For me it felt the same as using most other shampoos.  It was slightly less stripping or dry feeling as most sulfate shampoos however it did not make my hair feel soft, moisturized or eliminate the need for a separate conditioner.  Although it had silicone it did not have enough slip for me to feel comfortable to detangle my hair with it.  For me the product is purely a gimmick and did not do the job as stated.  I think that those with naturally oily hair (particularly people with naturally straight hair) might find this to be adequate for their hair needs.

For those looking to save time in the shampoo and condition process I would suggest you try a gentle shampoo like Curls Curlicious Cleansing Cream which cleanses and moisturizes in one step.

Product Review Alaffia Shea & Honey Shampoo


Shea & Honey Nourishing Shampoo

$10 for 8 oz

ing: Herbal infusion of Rooibos Tea (Aspalathus linearis), Liquid African Black Soap (Distilled water, Saponified Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter and Virgin Palm Kernel (Elaeis guineensis) Oil), Decyl Polyglucose (from corn), African Wild Honey, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Panthenol (pro-Vitamin B5), Essential Oils (Sweet Orange and Ylang Ylang).

If you have ever wandered the health and beauty aisles of Whole Foods Market you have undoubtedly seen this product.  I first encountered it early in my natural hair journey.  After making this decision to go natural I continued using my standard shampoo and found it left my hair super dry and crunchy.  I went to the mecca, Whole Foods, for something more natural and the associate told me to check out this product. The great thing about WF is that if you do not like a product you can return it no questions asked for a full refund.  #win

I do not want to reinvent the wheel on proper cleansing of hair, but I will reiterate that I wash my scalp and not my hair.  That is apply shampoo directly to my scalp and focus on cleansing it thoroughly.  The agitation of my fingers forms suds that then runs down the length of my hair.  I love this shampoo because it is gentle enough for daily use, has great ingredients and cleanses without stripping.

5 Things I Love About This Product

  • The products are vegan friendly, gluten free, fair trade, not tested on animals, paraben and petroleum free, AND 10% of all sales are donated to community empowerment of women in West Africa.
  • Cleanses using African Black Soap which I find to be a great cleanser but sometimes difficult to use in soap form.
  • There are 7 different shampoo varieties to treat your hair/scalp issues.
  • A little goes a long way.1 bottle typically lasts me 6-9 months when washing my hair weekly.
  • It is gentle and moisturizing enough that I do not have to condition my hair afterward with a separate rinse-out conditioner.

The Shea & Honey is a protein conditioner.  Although I am protein sensitive I have found that oat protein does not bother my hair.  My favorite is the Coconut & Shea Daily Hydrating Shampoo, it is protein free but does contain glycerin which my hair loves.  I have also tried the Neem & Shea Scalp Recovery Shampoo which is excellent for those with itchy scalps or other issues.  I would like to try the henna and coffee versions next.  I would recommend that all curlies check out this slept-on brand.

You can find this on Alaffia’s website, Whole Food Stores or locally at Natural Alternatives Salon.

Condition and Wash then Condition

Love the benefits of co-washing but found it isn’t enough to cleanse your scalp? This is the co-washing alternative. Often referred to as CWC, the condition wash condition method accounts for scalp benefits of cleansing with a shampoo while providing the softness and strengthening benefits of a conditioner all without causing excessive dryness or build-up.

There is no wrong/right way to follow this process. Start with the obvious things your hair likes and tweak it until it fits your hair needs.  The basic steps include thoroughly rinsing your hair with water, applying conditioner to your hair and applying shampoo to your scalp only, then rinsing them both out and applying a final conditioner.

Good Hair, Bad Scalp.  Whether its excessive build-up, dandruff or dermatitis; scalp issues can be a pain. But treating those scalp issues can cause more problems for your hair due to the harsh nature of treatment shampoos. Here’s what to do:

  • Rinse hair and scalp thoroughly in the shower.
  • Apply conditioner to hair and cover strands completely.
  • Apply clarifying or medicated shampoo to scalp and massage.
  • Rinse products from hair and scalp.
  • Apply conditioner with slip to hair and detangle.
  • Rinse and style as usual.

Bad Hair, Good Scalp. Dry, matted hair can use all the TLC it can get. That usually calls for a thick deep conditioner which can coat the scalp and cause potential residue. Here’s what to do:

  • Rinse hair and scalp thoroughly.
  • Apply deep conditioner to hair, cover and allow to sit for 10-20 minutes then detangle.
  • Apply daily shampoo to scalp.
  • Rinse products from hair and scalp.
  • Apply leave-in conditioner and style as usual.

Bad Hair, Good Scalp. Limp, damaged hair is in need of a pick me up.  This is usually resolved by a good protein treatment. However protein can also leave the hair feeling dry. Here is what to do:

  • Rinse hair and scalp thoroughly.
  • Apply protein treatment to hair, cover and allow to sit for 10-20 minutes.
  • Apply daily shampoo to scalp.
  • Rinse products from hair and scalp.
  • Apply moisturizing conditioner to hair and detangle.
  • Rinse and style as usual.

The above are just a few suggestion for how to apply the CWC method.  The main difference between this and other methods is that you are applying shampoo and conditioner in the same step without rinsing which is treating your hair and scalp issues simultaneously.  If your hair has felt stripped after shampooing or if your scalp has felt greasy after conditioning this is a method you should look into.

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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!

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DCN 1 Year Anniversary Favorite Things Giveaway

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!  We will have giveaways via twitter, facebook page and the blog so make sure you are following me on each of these so that you are eligible to win. 

Okay well I’m not Oprah fabulous with pull from Volkswagen, but I have talked to natural hair manufacturers and they have all agreed to generously donate their products to share with you :)  We will have giveaways sponsored by:

These are all products that I actually use in my hair regimen and love so I hope you will love them too.  Giveaways will run all month long so make sure you check the fb wall, read the tweets and sub the blog so you do not miss anything!