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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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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The Community Review- Kiss My Upper Management Gel


Jasmine writes:

Description of your hair: Medium Denity, Medium Texture, Normal Porosity, and Cottony Texture.

Name of Product in Review: Kiss My Face Upper Mangement Gel

Product Description: This medium hold styling gel is packed with hair strengthening vitamins, antioxidants and fortifying extracts. Place a little in your palm, run through hair and style.
Biodegradable; Gluten Free; Paraben Free; Phthlate Free; SLS Free; Vegan Friendly; No Animal Testing; No Artifical Fragrance

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The Community Review- African Royale Hot Six Oil

Verneda writes: 

Description of your hair: thick, coarse texture, normal porosity, O Pattern + spongy

Name of Product in Review: African Royale Hot Six Oil

Product Description: Hot Six Oil is made from only ALL NATURAL plant herbs and oils with absolutely NO ANIMAL FAT or animal oils. Hot Six Oil's special light formula goes in hair, skin, scalp, and nail cuticles easily and without a heavy oil buildup. Hot Six Oil leaves your hair light and well conditioned.

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'CurlyNikki Approved' Natural Hair Products (2013)



Hola Chicas,

Y'all know I'm a PJ, right? Although I can only use a few products at a time, I do have somewhat of a laundry list of others that I highly recommend. I've tried many of the curly lines on the market and most of the products available in stores, but the ones below get my stamp of approval.

Whether you're transitioning or a natural vet, this list is a great place to start if you're in the market to build a new regimen. My advice? When trying a new routine, figure out what your hair needs are, choose products designed to address those needs, try the routine for 3 weeks, re-assess and determine if you need to go back to the drawing board. Don't try too many new things at once, and keep a journal- - documentation is key. Take pictures of your results and record how various product combos work for you.

If you're starting from scratch, pick a product from each of the categories below (broken down by Brick and Mortar or B&M, versus Web Store). Remember, no two heads are alike, and what works for some will not work for all.

The products that I'm currently using are preceded by '***'. 


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The Community Reviews- Herbal Essence's Honey



Melissa S. writes:

Description of your hair: (1) thick density (2) medium texture, (3) low porosity, (4) spongy

Name of Product in Review: Herbal Essences: Honey, I’m Strong Strengthening Conditioner
$7 / 23 oz

Product Description: This rich and creamy conditioner provides strength against damage and helps repair damage to smoothness for silky locks you will love.

Product Ingredients: Water/Eau, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Honey/Miel, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Fragrance/Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Blue 1, Yellow 5, Red 33.

Fragrance: Fruity, sweet and yummy. You can definitely smell the honey and apricot extracts

Texture: Thick cream

Ease of Application (1-5 with 5 being the easiest): I give this a 5. This conditioner has a very smooth application and has amazing slip.

Your experience: I used it as a rinse out to detangle after shampooing and I feel in love with Honey, I’m Strong. I’ve been a part of Team Hello Hydration for a long time, but this really blew me away and will be replacing my blue bottles. I didn’t bother sectioning my hair when I shampooed, but was able to detangle in the shower in no time. Typically, if I don’t section my hair then I have a challenge on my hands. Detangling was a breeze, I saw very little breakage and shed hair and it left my hair incredibly soft and moisturized.

Would you recommend to a curlfriend: Yes, yes, yes!

How many curls overall (1-5):(on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the kitties titties!)
5 and a snap!




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Best in Show- Natural Hair Stylers


Continuing our Best in Show discussion, let's look at Leave-ins and Stylers!

Which styler, in your opinion, wins the award for:

1. Best Leave-in/Moisturizer

2. Favorite Hair Butter

3. Favorite Curl Cream

4. Best in Hair Gels

5. Favorite Curl Refresher

6. Hands Down Best Styler


CN Responds:

1. CURLS Milkshake or KeraCare Natural Textures Leave-in
2. 100% Pure Shea Butter

3.
CURLS Curl Souffle
4.
Afroveda PUR Whipped Hair Jelly
5. Philip B Anti Frizz Serum

6. For dry sets- CURLS Curl Souffle; For wet sets- KeraCare Natural Textures Twist & Define

Best in Show- Natural Hair Conditioners


Continuing our Best in Show from yesterday, let's look at Instant and Deep Conditioners!

Which conditioner, in your opinion, wins the award for:

(1) Best Slippery Detangling Conditioner

(2) Best in Moisture

(3) Best in Strengthening/Protein

(4) Best Multi-Purpose Rinse-out/Leave-in

(5) Hands Down Best Deep Conditioner



CN Responds:

(1) Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Conditioner
(2) Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
(3) N/A :)
(4) Aussie Moist Conditioner
(5) MyHoneyChild Olive You Deep Conditioner

Best in Show- 2010 Natural Hair Cleansers


It's the last week of the year, and I thought it'd be fun to have a fake awards show of sorts. Starting today, and running through the new year, we will discuss what we deem as the number 1 products from 2010.

Let's start with cleansers:

Which cleanser, in your opinion, wins the award for

(1) Best in gentle cleansing
(2) Best clarifying shampoo
(3)Hands Down Favorite 'Poo


CN Responds:
(1) KeraCare Naturals Cleansing Cream
(2)Elucence Volume Clarifying Shampoo
(3)CURLS Curlicious Cleansing Cream


Battle of the Castor Oils

Krissy of Addicted to All Things Pretty investigates castor oil:

"...but aren't all castor oils the same?" No, not at all! The castor oil question comes up almost daily in my world of beauty. I should have posted this information when I first started blogging...but it's never too late for a great post.




The bottom line: Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean (technically castor seed as the castor plant, Ricinus communis, is not a member of the bean family). Castor oil (CAS number 8001-79-4) is a colorless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor or taste. The main composition of castor oil is Ricinoleic acid. This is important because Ricinoleic acid is anti-inflammatory. The amount of Ricinoleic acid in castor oil what sets separates the kids from the big dogs ::insert big smile and slow head nod here lol::. *Castor oil penetrates deep into the skin thanks to its molecular weight, which is low enough to penetrate into the outermost layer of the skin*. Honestly, this should be all the moisture you need for your scalp. Like really...please don't try to penetrate down to the dermis.

Now just to give you a brief (and I do mean brief) background on what I’ve had to deal with. When I was a toddler I was diagnosed with eczema. It was so bad they advised my mother to cut off all my hair to treat it. My mother being more level headed than the doctors refused and simply treatment my scalp. “I’m not gon’ cut off all my baby’s hair…y'all crazy”! Oh the story cracks me up every time, lol. So growing up I simply kept my scalp clean and didn’t use prescription medications on my scalp because I thought it would make my hair fall out. The only issue I noticed was occasional itching. I’ve always thought this was normal. Every woman around me complains about their scalp itching, sometimes for no reason at all or because it was “dirty”. The major difference between me and them was that I was the only one that didn’t have flakes or dandruff. It wasn’t till a year ago I noticed that this isn’t normal.

I realized that I need to treat my scalp almost like I treat my skin because of the eczema. I changed my shampoo because sulfates were irritating my scalp (as well as my skin). This helped a lot! I also noticed that most forms of aloe irritated my scalp as well (different post for a different day). I’ve eliminated just about all mineral oil because it wasn’t doing anything for my scalp issues and I was looking for products to soothe or treat my scalp so I wouldn’t have to use a prescription. My BFF recommended that I use Jamaican Black Castor Oil (commonly called JBCO) to treat my scalp and thicken my hair. I already had regular castor oil because I often used it on my face when I had break out. I knew if the JBCO was a bust then I would use my regular castor oil. All the castor oil talk had my head spinning for a while so here’s my breakdown of all three commonly used castor oils to help other that may be just as confused as I was... let’s just say all castor oils are not created equally.


Tropic Isle “Jamaican Black Castor Oil” aka JBCO

Product description: Many manufacturers use refined Castor Oil from South America and Asia and then add coloring to darken the oil and label the finished product as "Black Castor Oil." Others add a tip of Jamaican Black Castor Oil to the mixture and call it "Jamaican Black Castor Oil." Raw, unrefined Jamaican Black Castor Oil is a rare commodity. It is only a hand full of elderly Jamaicans who still engage in the art of producing raw, unrefined Jamaican Black Castor Oil. That is why it is not available on a large scale. Our Tropic Isle brand is real, 100%, made-in-Jamaica, Jamaican Black Castor Oil. You can tell by the smell.

  • Since this castor oil is produced in small quantities it’s a good chance that you won’t find this in stores. I don’t think you’ll find this castor oil in stores anytime soon which I understand because you have to protect your product. I purchase mine from Sam’s247. The prices are great, shipping is fast, and the service is great. A 4oz. bottle cost about $6 and shipping varies.
  • You can smell the difference alight! JBCO smells like burnt roasted seeds. It doesn't linger at all so you won't have to worry about walking around smelly and offensive.
  • The consistency is thick and rich but not sticky.
  • I notice almost instant results when I use this castor oil. In my opinion this is the safest and highest form of castor oil you can find on the market. I found this castor oil to be moisturizing, soothing, and not oily at all. I don’t use this castor oil on my hair because it’s simply too thick. It can also be a hassle to wash out.
  • I've used this 4oz bottle for about a year and it's only half gone. Talk about bang for my buck! I only use it as a topical and after washing my hair on the scalp only.


De La Cruz Castor Oil

Ingredients: Castor Oil

  • This castor oil is somewhat difficult to find. Some Wal-Marts carry it as well as some drug stores. A 2oz. bottle cost about $5 which isn’t bad at all…if you can find it.
  • This is what I refer to as regular castor oil. Though it doesn’t say it on the label it but it seems to be refined on some level. The color is a clear to pale yellow and you can still smell the burnt roasted seed smell. It very faint but still present.
  • The consistency is thick and rich but not sticky.
  • This castor oil moisturizes my scalp really well but isn’t as soothing as JBCO when my scalp is bothering me.

Hollywood Beauty Castor Oil Hair Treatment

Product description: The Hollywood Beauty Castor Oil Hair Treatments repairs dry scalp with Vitamin E & 7 natural oils. No Greasy build up.

Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Safflower Oil, Castor Oil, Mineral Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Methylparaben (and) Isopropylparaben (and) Isobutylaraben (and) Butylparaben, Fragrance, BHA, D&C Yellow #11, D&C Green #6.

  • Since this product is mass produced you can easily find this castor oil treatment in most beauty supply stores and cost about $3.
  • Light sweet scent
  • The consistency was thin. I’m happy it came with a pop top lid otherwise I’m sure I would have made a mess.
  • I found this castor oil treatment to be too oily. I’m not surprised because of the type of oils used in the product. I can do without the mineral oil.
  • Did not absorb well into the scalp like my JBCO and regular castor oil.
  • If you don’t like parabens then this is not the oil for you. As you can see by the ingredients it’s filled with parabens.
  • This castor oil wasn’t as anti-inflammatory or soothing like my JBCO and regular castor oil.

Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner


Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner--$4.00/16oz

Product Description:
We've worked with an upscale boutique to bring you this salon-quality conditioner that will rejuvenate your hair with its refreshing tingle. A blend of certified organic botanicals including peppermint and tea tree work together to moisturize and clarify your hair while alleviating dry scalp. --(this is the description for both their poo and conditioner)

Ingredients:
water, tea tree, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, nettle oil, thyme oil, birch leaf oil, chamomile oil, clary, coltsfoot leaf, yarrow oil, mallow, horsetail oil, soybean protein, cetyl alcohol, vitamin e, trace minerals, citric acid, sodium hydroxymethylgycinate, grape seed

My Experience: Who is responsible for this atrocity?! Seriously, one of you should have emailed me and told me that it would be in my best interest to try this conditioner IMMEDIATELY. I've heard good reviews, and received gentle nudges from several of you (including my friend Terron), but dang, I had no idea it was like this!!!! This ish right here...this right here....!!!!
I bought a bottle last week, and finally popped the top tonight. I was dreading my detangling session--it had been 6 days, and my hair was dry, frizzy, and incredibly tangled. I hopped in the shower and applied it generously from root to tip. I'm not a fan of minty smelling products, but I enjoyed the tingling sesation on my scalp. As soon as I applied it, I swear, my tangles melted away. It is super, SUPER slippery!!! I'm guessing it's the oils? Whatever it is, it' s just as effective as Herbal Essence with fewer, and more natural ingredients. For all of you cruelty free, organic chicas, this conditioner is a must try! It has a bit of protein in it (toward the bottom of the list), so I won't be leaving it in, but it'll probably become one of my staple co-wash conditioners. Oh, and I'm not sure if it was a fluke or not, but I had much less shedding than usual...much less :)

Bottom Line: Excellent slip, moderate moisture, fresh tingly sesation, cruelty free, high quality ingredients...4 bucks. If you're not on it yet, it should definitely be at the top of your PJ wish list.

EO Rose and Chamomile Conditioner

Product Description: Protective and Hydrating EO® Rose & Chamomile Conditioner combines therapeutic ingredients in a moisture rich conditioner to enhance color while providing a protective barrier to processed or chemically treated hair. A Protective Complex and therapeutic botanicals leave hair, soft, shiny and color rich.

  • Rose Absolute and Chamomile Essential Oil improve circulation, accentuate highlights, calm and soothe the scalp.
  • Gotu Kola revitalizes hair follicles to improve hair growth and health.
  • Quinoa Protein, high in Amino Acids, fortifies, conditions and repairs hair.
  • Hibiscus, rich in Alpha Hydroxy and Amino Acids, rehydrates keratin fibers adding luster and smoothness.
  • Panthenol and Glycerin aid in moisture retention, increasing elasticity and thickening hair.
  • Organic Calendula, Chamomile and White Tea botanicals harmonize and replenish.
  • Aloe Vera and Vitamins A & E improve scalp health with powerful antioxidants.
  • Organic Jojoba, Coconut and Olive Oils lightly condition restoring softness.
  • Essential Fatty Acids from Sunflower and Green Tea Extracts, rich in antioxidants, protect the hair to lock in rich, vibrant color.
  • pH Balanced and Biodegradable to condition naturally.
Ingredients: EO Organic Herbal Blend (purified water, organic chamomile, aloe vera, calendula), organic white tea, organic licorice root, organic comfrey, organic marshmallow, organic dandelion, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetarayl alcohol, polysorbate 60, behenalkonium chloride, cetyl alcohol, EO essential oil blend, safflower oil, amino acids, capric triglyceride, disodium EDTA, phenoxyenthanol, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate

My Experience: Ehh..you win some, you lose some. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my hair today. Somehow, EO has managed to give me second day hair on day one...which is both good and bad. It's good because it's fluffy and defined (without much work on my part)...just how I like it! But it's bad because it probably won't last past day 3. I'll be bunning it in a hot second.

As I mentioned in Part 1 of this review, I love the fragrance and consistency. Unfortunately, the hold and frizz control factors can't hold a candle to Garnier Sleek & Shine or DevaCare--my curls were breaking up while I was fluffing. The moisture punch, however, is truly amazing! Ya'll know I avoid protein containing conditioners like the plague, but I gave this one a try due to the plethora of yummy ingredients. I can't predict the future, but I doubt that this stuff would dry me out. My curls are more than hydrated, shiny, and full of life.
To be completely fair, I'll try it one more time before deciding if it will reach the ranks of my current leave-in arsenal (I'm thinking not). For the time being, it most certainly will be added to my deep treatment stash.

Bottom Line:
Would I repurchase? Probably. Hell, my compulsive ass bought 1 bottle yesterday, and two online! I won't have to repurchase for quite some time anyway! I may even give one away in an upcoming contest ;~) It smells divine, feels substantial, detangles like a dream, and moisturizes the hair better than more expensive conditioners. Give it a try and report back!
I can't wait to try the Chamomile and Honey Conditioner! Hopefully I'll get it before the weekend.








What do you divas think of my new logo?!

I'm All Over This One...


The beautiful ladies of NaturallyCurly.com are singing the praises of a new conditioner-- EO. After checking out the (yummy) ingredients, and reading the rave reviews, a PJ run to Whole Foods made it to the top of tomorrow's 'to do' list!

According to the forum members, all of the conditioners in the line are moisturizing and slippery (yay!! thanks to the behentrimonium methosulfate). The two that came most highly recommended are the Rose & Chamomile, and Chamomile & Honey. The thickness and moisurizing properities of the Chamomile and Honey conditioner has been likened to my beloved DevaCare One Condition. I'm all over this one...can't wait to try it!

You can pick the EO line up at Whole Foods, and apparently TJ MAXX and Marshalls! They double as a leave-in/styler and deep conditioner.

Later Gators,
Nik


UPDATE 10/14/2009 (9am):

My PJ is raging this morning! I called WFs and they don't carry the EO hair products, only the body. I just ordered 2 bottles from Iherb and will make a run by TJ MAXX and Marshalls within the hour, lol. I haven't done my hair in a minute, and I'd love to try this conditioner tonight. I'll keep you posted!

Later :)

UPDATE #2 10/14/2009 (5pm):

I've got a confession to make...my PJism today is scarily reminiscent of how bad it used to be. I'm ashamed to say it, but I've officially relapsed...and it feels so good!

In my quest to track down this oh so elusive conditioner, I called 10 stores--3 Whole Foods, 4 TJ Maxx's, and 3 Marshalls. It sucked so bad--repeating myself to unsuspecting sales folk, being placed on hold for what felt like hours, and receiving the 'nope...we don't carry that' response. Just when my hopes were dashed and spirit crushed, Regina in Whole Body at Durham's Whole Foods says, 'Yes...we have EO Rose and Chamomile Conditioner. Would you like me to hold it for you?' Uh...yeah, lol.

Now, Durham is about a 30 minute ride from my house and to make matters worse, today it is cold, dreary, and rainy. Most people would let this deter them...but not me! I hopped in the car to begin my 25 mile trek, when I called my favorite curly girlfriend Nadeira, to see what she was up to. After hearing the details of my mission, she volunteered to jump on board. Road trip! I immediately called Regina back and told her to put a second bottle on hold!

We got there, secured the goods, and spent another 45 minutes talking ourselves out of other products that managed to sneak their way into our carts. In the end, I walked out of WF with one product--EO Rose and Chamomile Conditioner. I left the Kinky Curly Spritz behind...the old Nik would've never done that.

On the way home, I stopped at Walgreens to pick up some Totally Twisted. For some reason, they don't carry that line, so I grabbed a bottle of Herbal Essence's Hydralicious (finally right?!). By this time, I'm practically shaking with anticipation to try not one, but two new conditioners!!! Good times...

Fast forward 20 minutes, and I'm in the shower. I loaded up with Hydralicious...the smell is yummy and the consistency and detangling power is very similar to Totally Twisted. No better, no worse. Excellent, excellent conditioner :-) I rinsed it all out, and reached for the EO. O M G!

The fragrance is light, pleasant, and clean...very herbal. It's white in color, and is the consistency of Totally Twisted--not too thick, not too thin. It is so friggin' slippery! I swear, the stuff literally melted into my hair. I applied it with a heavy hand, and stepped out of the shower. I made 9 twists, set the ends on rods, and here I sit now :)

I'll report back tomorrow with pictures and a full review.

Later Gators,
Nik

Share Your Holy Grail!

Holy Grail products (HGs), are those that are tried and true. The products that you turn to when you MUST have perfect hair. For the time being, here's mine:

Shampoo(s): Mehandi Shampoo Bars
Conditioner(s): Herbal Essence's Hello Hydration or Totally Twisted, DevaCare One Condition, Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine, Generic Value Paul Mitchell the Detangler
Leave-in/Styler (s): DevaCare One Condition, Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine, DevaCurl Set it Free, Shea Butter
Deep Conditioner (s): Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose, Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment, Henna
Fotki/Photobucket:
www.curlynikki.com
Hair type: 4a/3c mix

Share your favs in the above formatting in the comments section. Your list might help another curly form her routine!


**for more curly hair lingo (like HG), click HERE.

What's in Your Shower?


My shower is full of products! It's absolutely nuts...

Right now I have two half empty bottles of Herbal Essence Totally Twisted (I don't know why I do that), a mostly empty family sized bottle of Herbal Essence Hello Hyrdation, a half empty bottle of Back 2 Basics Pom conditioner, a bottle of Generic Value The Detangler, an empty bottle of Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine, a half empty family sized bottle of DevaCare One, and a brown cap that doesn't seem to belong to any of capless bottles in the shower (I take off the caps to make it easier on myself).

Ridic. The funny part is that I use all of them...not all at once, I just grab whatever is close! If you notice, I didn't mention a shampoo. I haven't poo'ed (lol, that would be bad) in a month...or henna'ed for that matter. I need to get on my game!

So ladies, what's in your shower, and what do you recommend for slip, moisture, or styling?

Back to Basics Pomegranate Conditioner


While perusing my product closet, I came across an old, but mostly full bottle of Back to Basics Pom Conditioner. I can't remember how I felt about it...so, I'll be revisiting it this weekend.

Have any of you tried it? Share your experience!

Later Gators,
Nik

Mane 'N Tail Conditioner Review





Product Description: The Original Mane 'n Tail Conditioner is an exclusive highly concentrated formula with unique actions that helps to maintain and achieve a longer, healthier looking mane and tail.

• Nourishes and conditions hair and skin to aid healthy hair growth leaving a lustrous, silky look
• Conditions and strengthens, preventing breakage of hair
• Moisturizes to help eliminate itching and scaling caused by common external irritants
• Protects against damage from sun and wind
• Keeps hair tangle free, soft and manageable for grooming and braiding.


Ingredients:Water , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine Lactate , Distearyldimonium Chloride , Stearyl Alcohol , Emulsifying Wax NF , Cetyl Alcohol , Coconut Oil , Glycerin , Sodium Chloride , Vegetable Oil , Fragrance , Hydrolyzed Protein , Lanolin , Phenoxyethanol , Methylparaben , Propylparaben , FD&C Yellow #5

My Experience: Right...so I was at Sally's picking up some gloves to do a henna treatment, when my PJ got the best of me. After dropping the gloves in my basket, I scanned the aisles for a new conditioner to try. Nearly every one I picked up had cones, protein, mineral oil or all three--atrocious. I was truly frustrated. I finally happened upon Mane 'N Tail on the bottom shelf in the back corner of the store. I've heard of it before, and have even seen the bottle, but never picked it up. After reading the ingredients, I took the plunge, and used it to detangle that evening prior to applying henna.
It has a pleasant, clean fragrance, and went on very smooth. It's consistency and color is similar to Generic Value Paul Mitchell the Detangler (Sally's), and at first glance, appeared very promising! I let it sit while I showered, and quickly came to the realization that it was a BUST! I couldn't get my fingers through my hair--it felt even more tangled, and incredibly hard. I rinsed it out, and loaded up with my faithful Herbal Essence :) The M&T was lacking my favorite detangling agent Behentrimonium Methosulfate and contained a bit of protein...I should've known better!

Bottom Line: Never again. I returned that mess yeterday and bought some lip gloss :)

Herbal Essence Tousle Me Softly Finishing Cream


Tousle Me Softly Finishing Cream- 7.6oz/$6.00

Product Description:
It takes two to tousle—so i tousle two ways! i give damp hair a smooth start for a soft, messy-hair look. then put me to work on dry, styled hair to calm anxious fly-aways and touch up tousles throughout the day. and if you really want to tousle it up, first get a good base with my mousse or spray gel.

Ingredients:WATER/EAU, DIMETHICONE, SORBITOL, AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL, CARBOMER, VA/CROTONATES COPOLYMER, FRAGRANCE/PARFUM, BENZYL ALCOHOL, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, DMDM HYDANTOIN.

My Experience: Ummmm....yeahhhh.....not feeling it. I honestly can't even give it a fair review because it never dried, lol! I had a moment of PJism while grocery shopping the other day, and wandered over to the beauty section. I've never seen this line in stores so I was naturally curious ;~) After reading the description, I concluded that it was a worth a shot. I wasn't impressed by the ingredient list, but HE products usually treat me nicely.
After co-washing, detangling, rinsing, and applying DevaCare One as a leave-in, I stepped out of the shower and divided my hair into four. I applied a dime sized amount of the finishing cream to the back left section and it immediately curdled...ewwww! It did not play nice with the DevaCare. I carefully rinsed that section out, which took forever (it was ridiculously gritty and sticky), and applied Matrix Biolage Balm to the section before trying the finishing cream for a second time. It curdled again! I rinsed another time, and tried the finishing cream alone. It defined my wavy curls nicely, but felt gunky and sticky. I gave up, and rinsed the mess out for good.
It smelled great like all HE products, and the consistency was thick like a conditioner but somewhat sticky like a gel. I could actually dig the consistency, but the curdling...not a good look.

Bottom Line: Not for me. If I was a betting woman, I'd guess that my hair would've dried stiff and dull. This is another product that will sit under my sink collecting dust.

Anyone tried it and liked it?!

Marc Anthony's Strictly Curls- A Reader's Review


The lovely Tami of NJ has found her Holy Grail styler/leave-in, and wants to share it with us! Check her out:

Hi Nikki,


I love your blog. I'm only sorry I found it right after moving out of North Carolina. I'd been living there for the past 5 years for my grad program at Duke. Go Blue Devils! Sorry, I know you're a 'Heel fan, but I had to get that out :) I'm writing about a product I use that works pretty well for me: Marc Anthony's Strictly Curls Conditioner. I used to use Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding with great results, but besides the cost (yikes!), lately I've felt that it makes my curls too sproingy. The Strictly Curls I use the same way as Curly Pudding--comb it through my hair and use as a leave-in. It prevents frizz, doesn't get hard or flake, and holds my curls together nicely without them being too tight. The only strange thing is that they seem to use a different product in the small vs larger bottles they sell: I'd been buying the large bottle from Ulta in Raleigh when I lived there, but I've only been able to find the small (12 oz) bottle in the drug stores here--and the product in the smaller bottle seems runnier for some reason (which means you end up using more of it). The result is fairly close, but I recommend going for the larger size.

Hope this helps another curly girl & keep up the great blogging,
Tami


Pics of Tami's curls with Strictly Curls:

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