EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème: The Community Review


Emme G writes: 

Description of your hair: My hair is medium density, fine, highly porous, cottony and nearly hip-length at its longest point. I have mostly 3C, S-patterned curls that are looser in the front and crown and tighter in the back. My ends form spirals except for the strands that frame my face which maintain the S-pattern.

Name of Product in Review: EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème- $8.99/16oz

Product Description: Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème has a humidity-resistant formulation to define and separate curls and waves. This product infuses moisture to strengthen hair, provides frizz control, and optimizes style definition. Medium hold.

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Should I Really Use Grease on My Natural Hair?

By: Hair Liberty's Nicole Hollis

Q: Should I really use grease on my hair?


A: Grease is usually a combination of petroleum (cleaned up sludge from the earth) and mineral oil (even cleaner, liquefied sludge from the earth). Petroleum-based products come from the same Earth that we pollute everyday with factory run off, pharmaceuticals, household chemicals, etc. Questions about the safety of mineral oil and petroleum in cosmetic products come from concern that they may not be clean enough after coming from such a dirty place. The petroleum and mineral oil used in medicinal creams (Neosporin, for example) gets cleaned much more thoroughly than the stuff used in hair products.

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ApHogee Two-Step Treatment: Worth the Hype?



by Shelli of Hairscapades
I did it! On Saturday, I decided to venture into the world of heavy duty protein and do my first ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment. Read on to find out if there will a second ;) .

My Process:

I was nervous because I read things like, “Don’t touch your hair once the treatment hardens, or it’ll break right off,” and I thought, “Well how am I gonna rinse this mess out if I can’t touch it?!” But, I then I saw that warning tempered with the advice that you just can’t agitate the hair and should be very careful when it’s in a dried state. I watched a couple of videos, read a few reviews and finally opted on following Chicoro’s technique, for the most part. In Grow It!, she provides some steps for doing a heavy duty treatment, which requires heat to harden it and bind the protein to the hair. The step that was most important for me was that she recommends to place the hair in twists throughout the process whereas all the other reviews and videos I watched were with loose, sectioned hair.

So, here is what I did:

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by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

Starting out in the natural hair game can be very exciting but also overwhelming! This is because building a regimen based off of choosing the right products for your hair can be quite a challenge. While it certainly takes time to fully flesh out your routine, a few helpful tips can guide you along that road a lot easier.

There are tons of natural hair products on the market- some great and some that definitely aren’t worth the time or the money. It’s easy to fall into product junkie-ism when you’re a natural newbie but until you know what your hair responds well to, you may want to refrain from impulse buying.

This is not a “go buy these particular products” post: you’ll have to figure that one out for yourself. But what this post will do is give you the tools to decide what products are worth the investment.

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Straightening Natural Hair - My Tried and True Tips




via the forum, shauntielavette writes:

I'm straightening my hair tonight. Any tips on preventing heat damage?

CN Says:
(circa 2011)

I haven't straightened since Valentines Day. I remember it vividly because hubby requested it and I wasn't feeling it... the time consuming process or the end result. I think I washed like a couple of days later! Big hair all day over here.

So although I'm sure there may be some new techniques floating around, below, you'll find my tried and true tips...

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Did SheaMoisture Change Their Formula? (Updates)

**Updates**

**Response from SheaMoisture after the jump**


CN Says:
CN commenter, Tinycurls, straight up #Matlocked the situation, so I headed over to BootsUK to check it out. I grabbed the only SheaMoisture product in my arsenal (Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk) and compared the ingredients on my bottle to the ingredients on the site (click image to enlarge):
top: ingredient list on BootsUK for Curl and Style Milk 
Bottom: ingredient label on my bottle of Curl and Style Milk


 This appears to be a completely different product?  

*in my Katt Williams voice* If I should just so happen to put GLYCERIN in my hurr, uh... there will be some effects.  I clicked through a few other products and all of them had glycerin listed in the top five ingredients. #ICannot 

Of course I'll withhold judgement until I hear from a SheaMoisture rep (maybe this is how they roll in the UK? Are these throwback ingredients, or nah?). 

Check back for updates,
Nik
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Original Article-- 11/24/2015

by Cree Brown

SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie 
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SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie?

So, when I heard that SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie was now being sold in a family size jar, I knew that was the size I needed-because my hair loves it. I went to Walmart and purchased the family size and immediately knew something was amiss when I opened it. It had the consistency of the Curl and Style Milk (Huh!? What!?), it was runny, not thick and creamy. I assumed something was wrong with it and no way was I putting it on my hair. I took it back to the store because I was sure it was a bad batch-I mean it just had to be. To my surprise and chagrin all of the family sizes on Walmart’s shelf had the same consistency when I shook the jar.

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Top Products for Long, Healthy 4c Hair



Photo Courtesy of Craving Yellow

Now more than ever before, there are numerous hair products tailored to meet the needs of natural hair. There are a variety of cleansers, sealants, conditioners, butters, and styling creams that are meant to keep our curls healthy and popping. Out of the hundreds of options out there, these three remain my Holy Grail products. These products never fail to consistently render great results.

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Top Deep Conditioner Packets and How to Make Them Better!

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by Jascmeen of Jascmeen.com

Tonight not a DIY kinda night? No problem, here’s how to create 3 deep conditioning cocktails using the bossiest, most talented packets in the entire packet section. (I like to think of them as the BEYONCE’S of the assortment.)

To get the most bang out of these single use conditioners, you really have to do some cocktailing. My approach is just to add whatever seems to be missing from the product. I always seem to do some combination of these three conditioners with my favorite three oils: EVOO, coconut oil and sunflower seed oil since these three are proven to penetrate the hair shaft. (I learned a lot of handy oil info here.)

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The Best Hair Foams for Roller and Rod Sets

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by Jascmeen Bush of jascmeen.com
 
When I was transitioning I relied heavily on rod sets. Call it a fear of commitment, call it hoarding, but I could never be tied down to just one foam. I’ve tried almost every brand and these are the few I keep in rotation. These are the ones that get the “You up?” text, lol.
 
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The Best Natural Hair Products for Your Staple Styles


Every naturalista knows that not every product is created equally when it comes to styling. Some products help achieve a smoother style while some provide a stronger hold than others. Using the wrong products to achieve a specific style can lead to unexpected results.

A product may have given you a stellar wash and go, but if you use it for your twist out you may be disappointed. Your technique may be on point, but if you didn't use a product with the right amount of hold or flexibility, your style might just fail you every time.
Using the wrong products to achieve a specific style can lead to unexpected results.

There are people who have a list memorized of what products work for their hair - if that’s you that’s great! That’s half the journey. If that’s not you and you are still discovering what works for your natural hair, this list could offer some assistance. Below are lists of products that have been reported to give excellent results to achieve different styles.


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Top Hairstyles and Products for Type 4 Natural Hair



Do you have Type 4 hair?
Type 4 can range from fine to coarse with lots of individual strands densely packed together. This type is very delicate, so some women with this curl pattern often fear too much manipulation, which need not be the case. Type 4A hair is a coily springy type of strand with the pronounced “s” and the circumference of the spirals are close to that of a crochet needle. This curl pattern experiences a lot of shrinkage. Type 4B has a tighter coil that is more of a “Z” than an “S” pattern that bends at sharp angles and often has a cottony feel or texture. This curl pattern retracts up to as much as 75% of the actual hair length. Type 4C can be with or without curl definition. It also shrinks up to 75% and can range from super fine to wiry-coarse and is quite delicate.

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Glycerin-Free Natural Hair Products for the Summer


Summer is here! It’s time to stow away our sweaters and boots and bring out the sundresses and flip-flops. And for some, it’s time to pack up products containing glycerin, due to the heat and humidity. Here are some Glycerin-Free Hair Products that can help you this summer.

Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
A leave-in conditioner that is creamy, light weight, and great for refreshing curls. This leave-in conditioner is even moisturizing enough to use on the hair by itself! But as always, seal your hair to protect those curls.

Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker

Looking for a curl definer to use after wash and go’s? This product will leave your curls defined and soft. If you don’t like curl definers that leave your curls hard and crunchy, this would be a great product for you to try.

Where the Amla At, Tho? - Using Amla Oil to Promote Hair Growth

#Repost
#KnowYoIngredients
#TruthInAdvertising

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Remember that one time when I went to India?  Well, besides hipster trinkets like my fake nose ring, a gorgeous, ornate clutch and ALL the pashmina scarves, I also brought back a few beauty secrets!  Indian women are known for their strong, long, healthy locks.  And heads like this--


-- didn't even turn heads over there (well, except for ours).  Dope hair is what they do.  So when I was offered top shelf henna from M.S. Bitta and homemade amla oil from one of our hosts, Shakuntala, I didn't turn down nothin' but my collar.  I've been dipping into my private stash for the last 3 weeks and while the henna is not all that different, *insert Katt Williams voice* this sh*t right here... this amla oil situation, is something else entirely. I've been using it to pre-poo and my hair is, well.... 

#Fleekin

Amla Oil (coconut or sesame oil infused with dried amla pieces/powder) has been a staple in Indian households for centuries, and when used regularly as a pre-poo treatment, results in darker, shinier, THICKER hair.  They claim that it promotes hair growth and reduces premature hair fall.   I had heard all of this, so she didn't need to convince me... but my previous experiences with amla oil had been less than productive.   

1. Soft Sheen Carson Optimum Amla Oil- ($11/5oz)  I was gifted a few bottles last year and they were promptly re-gifted when I flipped the bottle over to check out the ingredients.  As you know, I'm all about that first five... if the 'featured ingredient' is suspiciously absent from the top of the list, I'm not here for it.  #WheresTheAmlaAtTho   In this case, it was number 8... of 10 ingredients... after the fragrance.  It's Natural Hair101, folks-- ingredients near the end of the list are typically comprised of less than 1% of the total. TheBeautyBrains appropriately refers to situations like this as 'fairy dust'--
'They are added to increase consumer appeal. These ingredients are also called pixie dust, fairy dust, marketing ingredients and a few other names. These are truly “inactive” because they’re added ONLY because they look good as part of the label. They serve no function other than to attract consumer’s attention. These ingredients include botanicals, vitamins and minerals, (some) proteins and just about anything else “natural.” You can easily spot these ingredients because they are often incorporated into the product name (Sun-kissed Raspberry Shampoo) or placed on the front label (lotion with jojoba oil). This depends on the product – if you have a shampoo with natural jojoba oil . It’s likely to be used as a featured ingredient. It would be at a very low level and it would be rinsed away.'
I cannot. They're charging what it would cost to source amla from India, except they don't have the decency to actually put amla in the damn bottles! 

#WhyTheseBrandsGottaLieFor #CantFoolMe #Next 

7 Botanical Gels for Shiny, Healthy Curls




In the name of #curlsonfleek, our hair can become dry and brittle to the touch due to holding ingredients like polymers and certain polyquats present in our styling products. But thanks to the increasing demand for more natural products, brands are taking note and delivering gels and curl definers that are botanically-based.

If you follow the Max Hydration Method, swear by the Curly Girl Method, or just are an avid fan of more natural than synthetic hair products, then this list is for you!

Why go botanical?
If you're tired of gels that dry out the hair and instead want a one-two combination of moisture and definition, look no further than these bottles and jars of botanical bliss.

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5 Sulfate-Free Shampoos for Natural Hair




Don't be fooled! You don't have to sacrifice soft, hydrated kinks and coils, for cleanliness.

Many naturals and curly girls hate clarifying because it causes so much drama.

You wreck your hair and strip it of natural oils, softness, and hydration for the sake of a clean slate. Even after intense deep conditioning, your hair doesn't start "acting right" for another two weeks, and by that time, you're able to get another good week and a half out of your hair before it's time to clarify all over again.

Break the cycle

These shampoos offer you the chance to deeply clean with out stripping, and to clarify without causing drama. Get clean, healthy, shiny, soft, and moisturized hair with these cleaning powerhouses that don't contain harsh sulfates like SLS:

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The Curly Hair Oil Roundup- Oil and Natural Hair


When it comes to maintaining your curly hair, you may be seeing lots of products bombarding the market touting all sorts of ingredients. Especially when it comes to the sheer number of natural hair oils, it can be confusing to know which one may work best for your hair. Although you can learn by trial and error, it’s always a good idea to do a little research before trying new ingredients.

To give you a brief introduction on hair oils, there are a couple main types of oils you’ll come across: carrier oils (vegetable/nut/seed derived oil, usually odorless, can be used alone or used to transport or “carry” the scent and properties of an essential oil) and essential oils (highly concentrated scent, contain specific therapeutic benefits, normally extracted from plant sources and diluted with carrier oils).
Examples of essential oils widely used in the natural hair community are rosemary, tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, lavender and sandalwood. Of course there are many others, but these are found in many natural hair products for their healing and restorative properties.

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Top 20 Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair



There are so many reasons for using a deep conditioner regularly. For starters, it keeps your hair in check for things we have no control over like wind, pollutants, and the sun. It also protects our tresses from ourselves! Sometimes we are our hair’s worst enemy with all the manipulation, coloring, heat styling and hair accessories. Deep conditioners are great for preventive measures too, so don’t wait until you see damage to want to use it. A good deep conditioner is worth its weight in gold so don’t skip it in your weekly wash routine. With added heat, they bring life back to your hair and add bounce and body.

Wildly popular, Curl Junkie’s hair treatment rains down a rich cocktail of aloe, herbs and healing butters that revitalize, restore and reclaim your hair’s moisture.


*Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment
Made to work better and harder with heat, this conditioning treatment uses cocoa butter and Shea butter to give maximum moisture to your tired, dry strands. Infused with horsetail and peppermint this treatment is great for all hair types.

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Top 20 Products for Smooth Twist-Outs and Roller Sets



Almost daily I’m bombarded by gorgeous natural hairstyles that have been molded into coils, curls, and twists. Not every style requires heat and everyone doesn't want to do a wash and go. We love options! Twists, braids, and roller sets are great styles that need great products for frizz-free hold and shine. The smoother the hair, the longer the style lasts. Products really give your tresses the perfect look, if mother nature doesn’t intervene. Check out the Top 20 Heat-Free Styling products below!

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10 Curl-Defining Hair Products to Try!



Looking for a product that will define your natural curl pattern?

There are so many gels, custards and curl creams, that it can be confusing and frustrating to find the right one, so we've put together a list of our favorite top curl definers.

Remember: no two heads of hair are the same, even if they fall in the same curl category.

What works for thin 4b hair may not work for thick 4b hair, and what you thought wouldn’t work on your hair texture may turn out to be a holy grail!


1. Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme
Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme combines the moisturizing benefits of a leave-in conditioner with the smoothing and holding properties of a gel. It’s lighter than dense creams or stiff gels, and can act as your leave-in and styler in one! Those with 3c-4a hair seem to love this product. Give it a try if you want a light, bouncy wash and go.
Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme; $22

'Bout That Henna Life- Henna Sooq's Henna Gloss Bar



PRODUCT SPECS

Price: $12 (4.5 oz.)

Where to Buy: HennaSooq.com

Product Claims: Our Henna Gloss Bar is the perfect all in one moisturizer, and conditioning Ayurvedic hair treatment. A henna gloss is a very easy to use henna product that will nourish the hair, strengthen, create vibrant shiny hair, promote hair growth, reduces itchy scalp, and will give your hair a touch of red color from the henna.

Ingredients: organic cocoa butter, organic shea butter, organic henna

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