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,

Pics of Tami's curls with Strictly Curls:

Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm

  • Compare to: Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm
  • Deeply moisturizes over-dry, damaged hair
  • Replenishing over-stressed hair
  • Provides shine, silkiness and softness
  • Infused with botanical moisturizers to hydrate and restore dry, damaged hair.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Decyl Oleate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Hexyl Cinnamal, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwack) Extract, Methyl-2-Octynoate

My Experience:

Rinse-out/Detangler: A no go for me. It's wayyyyy too thick and sort of reminds me of Elmer's Glue. The consistency made it hard to get out of the bottle--I HATE that when I'm in a rush. It goes on rough, and after applying a quarter sized amount, I immediately rinsed it out and loaded up with my trusty Herbal Essence TT to detangle.

Deep Conditioner: Pretty good for the price! I saturated my strands and added a bit of Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose for good measure. My hair was soft, supple, and full of moisture upon rinsing.

Styling: I used it to set my Twist-n-Curl. Only I (and probably you gals, in person) can tell the minor differences in the results I yield from product experiments-- the pictures don't show the whole story.
Although my hair looks good today (and probably looks like the rest of my pics), it reminds me of 3rd day hair with Garnier or DevaCare. It's big (thanks to the henna treatment), but definitely fuzzy and undefined in places (see pic 2 and pic3). I'm betting that I'll only get another day out of this set before I have to pull it up into a bun or pony. Besides the lack of definition, my hair is moisturized, soft, and fluffy...just like I like it! It left behind zero residue. I also liked the fragrance-- very light and sweet, but it dissipates once dry.

Bottom Line: Interesting conditioner. The ingredients aren't the best, but it is cone and protein free! I think I'll keep this in my arsenal for three reasons (1) it's cheap, (2) it's easily accessible, and (3) it's very moisturizing. If there's a Sally's near you, pick it up, try it out, and report back! If you hate it, you can always get your money back!

Another Twist-n-Curl Styling Conditioner...maybe

Hola Chicas!

This weekend, I revisited Generic Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm (Sallys Beauty). I used it as a moisturizing deep conditioner yesterday after henna'ing, and as a styler for my Twist-n-Curl. So far, it's performing well. I'll report back later this evening with pics and a full review.

To see my original review, scroll through this thread.

Randomness: Is anyone else moderately offended by the Obama Chia Pet Head? I saw the commercial last night and was rendered utterly speechless.

Later Gators,

Sebastian Wet

Description: Liquid Gel for a form fitting Hold. Drenches hairs fiber, creating a sleek look. Flawless, with every hair in place.
Ingredients: Water, Polyquaternium-11, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Steapyrium Chloride, PPG-5-Ceteth 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
My Experience: Interesting stuff. I used Wet during my Wash&Go days. I liked it for a little while, but it dried me out something fierce--probably all the protein? My silly self was trying to figure out why it gave me stringy, ramen noodle type's called Wet for a reason! The purpose is to give you a wet you just came in from out of the rain. Definitely NOT for our hair type, lol.
Too much of this liquidy gel (just a bit thicker than water, with a sugary sweet fragrance) can get sticky and gooey. It's impossible to co-wash out, and thus you'd need to shampoo more often. It gives EXCELLENT definition while wet, but dries poofy, slightly frizzy and less defined. Zero humidity protection.

Bottom Line: If for some odd reason you desire a wet look, then Sebastian Wet is for you! If not, I'd keep looking :-)

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper- 8oz/$15

Description: Curl Keeper lets you be the boss of gorgeous, frizz-free curls. By putting moisture back in the hair cuticle, this unique, silicone-free formula eliminates the dryness which causes frizziness, with no product buildup, leaving curls shiny and feeling clean. Easy to apply...just comb Curl Keeper through wet hair from roots to ends and let dry naturally. Great for everyday use and ideal for humidity, this product can be reactivated with water simply by running wet hands through hair. Take control!
Benefits: softness, definition, shine, frizz control
Ingredients: DI Water, PVP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Laureth 23, Glycerin, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Polyquaternium 10.
My Experience: I used to use this when I was a Wash&Go girl with moderate success. Like the label states, it most certainly added shine, crazy definition, and a touch of moisture to my wavy curls. The biggest mistake I made while experimenting with Curl Keeper, was trying to use it alone. In order to prevent the crunchies and keep your hair properly moisturized, you need to use a leave-in under this-- but be careful, some leave-ins don't play well with it. Like other 'stylers', I experienced white flakes when I got heavy remember that a little goes a long way.
I recently re-visited Curl Keeper, using it over Totally Twisted, with pretty good results. I have a touch more hold without it looking wet, greasy, or crunchy. I didn't notice anymore frizz control or humidity protection. My hair still poofed out a bit...but I like it like that ;) The consistency is literally like water which makes it interesting to apply. It smells weird, and I believe someone on hit it on the head when they likened it to old lipstick!

Bottom Line: Excellent product, and definitely worth a try if you're fighting with the humidity. I'm not sure if it's worth re-purchasing for me because my moisturized hair does pretty well in the humidity already. It was voted Best of the Best on, so lots of folks like it...share your experiences below!

Carol's Daughter Hair Milk

Carols Daughter Hair Milk- 8oz/$18

Product Description: This light, fast-absorbing lotion for the hair is made with essential oil of lemongrass to stimulate natural oil production. Vitamins C and E provide an antioxidant boost while a hint of lily of the valley fragrance perfumes hair beautifully. Hair Milk is ideal for defining natural curls and giving hair loads of shine and bounce.


  • Lemongrass stimulates scalp circulation and adds luster to dull hair.
  • Sweet almond oil, a natural nut oil that is high in fatty acids and easily absorbed by the scalp.
Ingredients: Water, Soy Bean Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oil Or Lemongrass, Fragrance, Jojoba Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Vitamin C, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate.

My Experience: Not a fan. With most CD products, I believe that a little goes a loooong way. While I can see the moisturizing potential, I had a hard time getting past the greasy and straw like feeling I was left with. The high oil content left me with piece-y, coated, frizzy curls. To be fair, my hair is not a fan of oils in excess. For those of you whose hair craves oils, this may be something to check out! I gave my bottle to a curly friend who swears by it.

Bottom Line: Not for me, but may be your holy grail!

Styling with Herbal Essence Totally Twisted

Remember my review of Herbal Essence's Totally Twisted Conditioner? Well, I used it as a styler with pretty decent results. My hair is shrinkier and a tad bit frizzier than usual, but I'm loving it. It's very soft and feels as if I used nothing! This is day 2, and it was awfully humid... I did a chunky Twist-n-Curl with only 10 twists (5 on each side), applied Set it Free to the ends, and promptly set them on rods. The best part--it smells like I'm wearing a yummy perfume. I love TT's fragrance! Have any of you left in Totally Twisted with great results?!

Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter

Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter- 8oz/16.50

Product Description:
With the power of seven essential oils, this creamy hair dress conditions your hair and scalp, helping to minimize breakage. Essential oils of sweet orange, lemongrass, patchouli, ylang-ylang, lavender, cedarwood, shea butter and rosemary make this a can't-miss item for the whole family.


  • Lavender and sweet orange are powerhouses that rejuvenate.
  • Cedarwood helps relieves an itchy scalp.
  • Ylang-ylang, a rumored aphrodisiac that regulates oil production.
  • Lemongrass and rosemary stimulates scalp circulation.
  • Patchouli rejuvenates cells with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties.
Ingredients: Water, Soybean Oil, Corn Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Sweet Almon Oil, Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Sandalwood Fragrance, Essential Oils Of Sweet Orange, Lavender, Ylang-Ylang, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Patchouli, And Cedarwood, Vitamin C, Xantham Gum, And Potassium Sorbate.

My Experience:
Not a fan of the fragrance...for some reason, it reminds me of Noxzema. The ingredient list is pretty impressive, and if used sparingly, this product will add shine and moisture to your curls. With that said, if you use too much of it, you're left with frizzy, greasy, lifeless hair. In fact, my hair responds to CDHHB the same way it responds to Qhemet's Heavy Cream. I think it makes a great sealant, despite the fact that the first ingredient is water (apply to hair ends after conditioning and styling). It also appears to be heavy enough to use as a pomade to slick down edges.

Bottom Line:
If you're looking for a moisturizer, and heavier products don't bother you, definitely check this out. The price is decent, and even if you can't use it for an all over moisturizer, it will definitely protect your ends from the elements. Would I purchase it again? Probably not, the fragrance is strong, and I already have an excellent (and cheap) pomade and sealant--Shea.

Carols Daughter Tui Hair Smoothie- Review

Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie- 8oz/$19

Product Description:

Tui Hair Smoothie is an intense, deep conditioner rich in essential oils and Shea and Cocoa butters that provide moisture and protection to dryness and brittleness. The creamy, nutrient-rich ingredients immediately detangle unruly hair and boost shine.


  • Intense, deep conditioner
  • New, “bye-bye tangles” recipe
  • Rapa Seed Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, Omega-6 and Omega-3 and slips through strands for easy detangling
  • Nutrient-rich oils of Olive Fruit and Sunflower seeds boost shine
  • Rich Shea and Cocoa butters provide moisture and protect hair from weather damage, dryness and brittleness
  • Fragrance cocktail of guava, mango and passion fruit transports you to a tropical island
  • Paraben-free, No Petroleum, No Mineral Oil, No Artificial Color

My Experience: I ADORE the fragrance-- passion fruit and mango. The ingredients are almost the same as the Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie, and thus it produces similar results. It has mediocre slip, but excellent moisture. I'm not a fan of the cyclo cone halfway down the list, or the plethora of other hard to pronounce ingredients.
I used the Smoothie as intended-- as a deep conditioning treatment. It went on a bit rough, similar to the BVHS, but in the end, left my hair soft, supple, and full of moisture. This is NOT a detangling conditioner, and if you choose to experiment with this product, I highly rec' detangling prior to using it.

Bottom Line: Great moisturizing deep conditioner, but at 19 dollars, I probably won't repurchase.

On the Couch with Nickye

Nickye shares her natural journey with the community:

My natural journey started against my will, but I thank God that it did!!

Three years ago, you couldn't tell me nothin' about my hair. I was constantly complimented on my hair. It was truly "fried, dyed, and laid to the side". My hair grew like a weed so I would change colors and hair styles whenever the wind blew. My last style before my transition was one of my favorites. An asymmetrical creation from my stylist with a platinum front.

Unfortunately, a series of events, a hair "Perfect Storm" forced me to make some hard decisions about what I'd been doing to my hair all my life.

Within a time frame of about 4-5 weeks, I got a touch-up on my perm, changed/added 3 medications, and had a medical procedure where a dye was injected. Well, my hair couldn't take it anymore. Upon waking one morning, I'd found that chunks of my hair had broken off. It was a daily routine-- check and see how much closer I was to bald. A woman's nightmare. Needless to say, I was completely devastated. I wanted to crawl under a rock and stay there. After a teary consultation with my sympathetic stylist, the decision was made to stop the breakage the only way possible. Cut it down to the new growth. My transition to all natural hair took 20 minutes.

I walked out of the salon scared stupid. I had no idea what I'd gotten myself into. My hair had been straightened by hot combs and perms since I could remember, so I had no clue as to what or how my hair would behave. All I knew is that my hair was a bear that could not be completely straightened. I still remember the stylist who claimed she could straighten my hair despite my protests. So instead of the mild perm that I usually recieved at my regular salon, she put in a Super Strength. A couple of days before my next appointment 2 weeks later, I washed it and sprayed some leave in conditioner, the only "'do" I could do to my hair at the time. When I walked in for my appointment & told the receptionist I wanted a wrap that day, she advised me that I couldn't get a wrap with a Jheri Curl. I told her that I'd just gotten a perm, but she didn't believe me. After the stylist came out from the back and looked at me, she admitted she'd finally met the hair that couldn't be straightened. Remembering this, my stomach clenched. "Oh Lord, what have I done??" I was going to look like a crazy puffball. God help me!!

I went straight to every hair supply store & bought every product I could. I was panicking. I could not walk around looking like nobody loved me! To make matters worse, with my hair texture, I needed the control of a gel, but who wants hair that feels like plywood?! I didn't know what to do. My saving grace was already in my cabinet, but it took 2 weeks before I realized it. Elasta QP's Feels Like Silk Liquid Styling Gel. Praise God for this stuff! I can find it in any beauty supply store, and it's only $3.50 for 8 oz. I slapped this in my hair, shook what little bit I had around, and a beautiful curl pattern emerged. I would then take a small bit of oil or "hair milk and go over my hair, so when it dried it was completely soft. I was completely floored. I officially began to fall in love with my hair!
I realized I wanted hair that was healthy, so I needed to educate myself. I was shocked to realize that the ingredients in a great deal of mass produced ethnic hair products cause hair dryness, breakage, and loss. So I was on a mission to find lines that were good for my hair. After typing myself silly on the internet, I've found lines and products that work for me. And the best part is, the following are all sista owned!

-CURLS - I CANNOT say enough about their products! I love their site, it has so much info about how to care for curly hair. It taught me so much. Every curly that I've recommended it to has fallen in love with it! My faves are the Curlicious Cleansing Creme (Sulfate free), Coconut Sublime Conditioner, CURLS Milkshake and the Whipped Creme for curl definition. The line has products for all textures and curl types. Try it, you will NOT be disappointed!!

-Pretty Natural - all natural products, try the Sheajoba hair dressing..I've had mine snatched away 3 times!! :) The stuff is amazing and smells delicious! The creator of the line also gives consultations, links are on the site.

- CURLS BY SISTERS SMITH - A line of of conditioners and styling products for curly hair, made fresh for each order,AND the prices are very reasonable. Products come unscented or in various scents using essential oils; you can also special request scents (I have lemongrass on the way to me now). I use the Just Drenched! Daily Conditioner and wear the DEEEEEEP! Conditioner overnight in vanilla scent. My hair feels wonderful the next day and the scent lulled me right to sleep. Also try the Wet Set Hair Pudding (16 oz. $11.15) and the Butter Me Up! hair butter (4oz $5.25)

-Carol's Daughter - I LOVE the Tui Hair Smoothie and the Hair Milk and Hair Balm.

I've since found the style I really like. I now keep it cut in a curly platinum bob. It's so easy and so much fun to maintain.

People stop me in the street asking who my stylist is and what type of process do I have. When I tell them it's natural, they're always surprised. Men and women, black and white, compliment me on my hair. I used to get complimented on my hair when it was permed, but NOTHING like what I now recieve.

And the best part is, I am now free! No more all day salon visits, no more fear of humidity and rain, and NO MORE BAD HAIR DAYS, and lets not even talk about the hundreds of dollars I save in weekly hairdos!!! I don't even know why I'd been altering what God gave me. African-American hair is so diverse and beautiful, and I realized that what I'd been doing was damaging my hair and never even questioned was just what you did. I've had women come to me and tell me that after seeing my hair, they were going natural too. 'Fros, locs, curls, braids,'s all beautiful and sooooo liberating!

Nickye Powell

Komaza Care

While perusing, I stumbled upon a reference to Komaza hair products. I was searching 'thicker hair', when I read that Komaza Honey Comb Treatment should aid in hair growth and retention.

Are any of you familiar with the line? The ingredients look absolutely yummy!

Here's a link to the site:

Leave your reviews in the comments below!

Tasha B's Review of Aubrey Gel

Back in April, Tasha B. won a free bottle of Aubrey Organic's Mandarin Magic Hair Jelly. Well, now she's back to tell us what she thinks!

Okay, I tried out the gel today and I followed the directions and applied it to damp hair. I used a little bit more than a quarter size amount that was directed. Very soft results. It didn't really give me any shine, but I didn't expect that either as my hair doesn't really shine to begin with -- it has a sheen. I applied it over a conditioner. I HAVE to have some conditioner in my hair when I style it, as my hair sucks up moisture! I know that most naturals turn to gels for curl definition, but I don't think this is the product's purpose. So I wasn't going to be surprised if I didn't get any definition. I would use the gel again because it leaves my hair moisturized (I don't need to add anything else on top) and it doesn't leave a white film like most other gels or even conditioners can leave on the hair.

I threw in pics of what my hair texture looks like. I figured this would help bring some solace to some of the ladies who have a hard time dealing with frizzy hair. In the pictures, you can see strands of hair that are very loose coming from hair that is curling up tighter. My hair is like a 4a/4b/3c mix. The bulk of the 3c is at the nape of my neck, but it is also mixed in with the rest of my hair, in smaller quantities. Because this hair curls, but very loosely, I think this is why I do get the "clumping" of curls or hair whose frizz just can't be tamed. I've come to accept that this is just the way my hair is. It also lets me know that straightening my hair if at all or often is something I need to be really careful with. This 3c hair is fine and not coarse like my 4a/4b strands and because of that, it reacts to heat differently. Hopefully that little tidbit helps out some folks!

Here's my review of the AO Gel:

Ebony's Sleek and Shine Results!

Hey Nikki!

I just wanted to thank you for recommending Sleek and Shine! My hair just LOVES it! This is now my staple leave-in conditioner because my results are just Awesome, mind you this is 2nd day hair!!! My hair would've been a hot frizzy mess by now, but it's holding rather well in this Detroit 90 degree heat today.

I used the S&S conditioner mixed with a little S&S leave-in conditioning cream. I sealed the ends with Dark & Lovely daily moisture cream and rolled with flex rollers. I put a bunch of twists in because I cut my hair a little too short last week and I wanted super defined curls, let it air dry and untwisted. My hair is soooooooo soft and SHINY!!! I didn't have to use a glosser today. I went out last night and I got so many compliments on my hair and people coming up to me asking what i did to it. I'm waiting to see how it will look in a few days because like you, I'm a fan of volume not length. I didn't puff it up too much today because it's humid out and I'll let it puff up naturally.

I just wanted to share with you my results and to say thanks again for the recommendation.


Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Conditioner Review

I am so unfaithful! My PJism has yet again got the best of me with my new found love Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Conditioner. As I mentioned earlier, I saw the commercial, and lost my mind :D
I used to use Garnier -- the Soft Curl Cream was a favorite early on in my natural journey. Since then, I never really paid much attention to Garnier...that commercial must have caught me during a vulnerable moment.

The ingredient list is not the best, but it does contain two that my curls can't seem to get enough of -- Behentrimonium Chloride (Behentrimonium Methosulfate's cousin), and Amodimethicone.

How I used it:

  • Got in the shower and wet my hair down as usual. I then sectioned it into two (left and right).
  • Applied S&S to both sides in a smooshing motion.
  • Passed my head back under the shower stream for a second for better distribution and added slip.
  • Clipped the hair up and out of the way.
  • Completed my shower rituals.
  • Took down the right side and finger detangled a bit -- detangling the rest under the water stream. Followed up with the left side.
  • Detangling under the stream washed away most of the conditioner, so I added another glob of S&S to each side. I then passed my head back under the shower stream for distribtuion and got out of the shower.
  • Made 10 twists- 5 on each side.
  • Sealed the ends with Oyin Shine and Define.
  • Set on rollers.
  • Slept under celing fan for faster drying time.
  • Un-twisted in the morn, and fluffed throughout the day.
The results-- soft, defined, and shiny hair! The hold is about the same as DevaCare One...much stronger than Oyin's Honey Hemp, but not as strong as a gel. The frizzies were smoothed out, and hubby stated that "it looks shiny without looking or feeling greasy". He hates it when my hair is product-y, and the S&S passed the test. I love the results, especially for 5 dollars. Big thanks to Teri for opening my eyes to leaving in rinse-out conditioners! This has changed my life, lol. S&S will definitely be a mainstay in my product rotation.


  • Excellent definition
  • Light-medium hold
  • Light, fresh fragrance
  • Easy to distribute- very creamy
  • Great slip for detangling (but not as good as Herbal Essence's Totally Twisted)
  • Cheap and readily available!
  • Light on moisture- may need to add another product to ends
  • That's all I got!!!
Product Description:
  • For frizzy, dry unmanageable hair.
  • Smoothes hair for long-lasting frizz control.
  • Nutritive Fruit Micro-Oils:
    • Vitamins B3 + B6
    • Apricot + Avocado Oil
    • Acts deep within and on the surface of your hair to strengthen & smooth each strand.
  • Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine System gives long-lasting frizz control, even with moisture in the air.
    1. Penetrates to improve texture, moisturize, and soften hair.
    2. Smoothes hair from root to tip.
    3. Helps tame frizz so hair stays sleek all day.
  • Results: The Garnier Sleek & Shine System makes hair 5x stronger, 5x smoother and so much shinier. Garnier Sleek & Shine System of Shampoo, Conditioner and Anti-Frizz Serum.
  • For hair that shines with all its strength
Ingredients: Water - Aqua , Cetearyl Alcohol , Behentrimonium Chloride , Amodimethicone , Apple Fruit Extract - Pyrus Malus , Fragrance - Parfum , Cetyl Esters , Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone , Methylparaben , Avocado Oil - Persea Gratissima , Niacinamide , Pyridoxine HCl , Trideceth-12 , Citric Acid , Apricot Kernel Oil - Prunus Armeniaca , Sugar Cane Extract - Saccharum Officinarum , Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride , Cetrimonium Chloride , Linalool , Butylphenyl Methylpropional , Lemon Peel Extract - Citrus Limonum , Camellia Sinensis , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

Run out and get your bottle, and let me know what you think!

Later Gators,

Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine....Ummmm....YES!

Hola Chicas!

I'll dish later today when I have more time, but for now, just know that Sleek and Shine Conditioner is the bizness!!! It has it all -- slip, moisture, and yes, HOLD. My hair feels like it used to with DevaCare One Condition. I'll definitely be re-purchasing, especially for 5 dollars :D

For the TnC below, I only did 10 twists -- 5 on each side (lazy). I left in a lot of S&S and put a bit of Oyin Shine and Define on the ends prior to rolling. I set overnight, and took them down this morn without fluffing.

Although it looks and feels amazing, I might bun it anyway...

Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner

Product Description: Honey-Hemp Conditioner is a light, penetrating, silky blend enriched with aloe vera gel, hemp oil, honey, and hydrolyzed silk protein. It's got nice detangling slip and serious moisturizing power. It rinses cleanly and also makes a nice pre-shampoo deep conditioning treatment. It can even be used as a creamy, nourishing leave-in!

water, organic aloe vera gel, behentremonium methosulfate (emulsifier derived from colza oil) honey, coconut oil, hemp oil, vegetable glycerine, hydrolyzed silk, citrus essences, fragrance, preservative, and love!

Price: 80z for $11 or 16oz for $18
Buy it HERE for the fastest turn around.

My Review: Heaven in a bottle. Literally. Its thin consistency can be quite deceptive -- it's very moisturizing, and a little bit goes a long, long way. Since I can't get it on the ground I only use it as a leave-in. After detangling with Hello Hydration or Totally Twisted, I rinse 90% of it out, and get out of the shower. I then apply a dime size amount of Honey Hemp to each section of hair (2- left and right), and style as usual. In my experiences, too much gets to be a bit greasy.

I've used it alone, and with Oyin's Shine and Define. Great results both ways! Unlike DevaCare One, the Honey Hemp has ZERO hold. It's for those ladies that are okay with 'fluffy' hair...or poodle hair as my hubby likes to call it. It leaves my hair soft, fluffy and defined. I notice that my hair shrinks a bit more, but I likey :) I initially bought one 16oz bottle...but after a great hair day in NC humidity, I ordered another 2 bottles! It's considered a light conditioner, but my hair feels great and my ends look excellent. I'll report back after 2 more weeks-- it usually takes my hair 3 weeks to make its final determination.

For now, it will replace my DevaCare One. I know it's a myth that hair can become acclimated to products, but I feel that the longer I used it, the less effective it became. Honey Hemp is twice as slippery, and the moisture is insane! It will be my staple leave-in for now.


  • Slip, slip and more slip! Did I mention slip?! The behentremonium methosulfate is working hard...
  • The ingredient list is short and chock full of goodies. The best part is that it doesn't take a chemist to read it.
  • The price is right.
  • The thin consistency makes it easy to apply. It soaks in really quick and un-knots the hair effortlessly.
  • It smells heavenly.
  • Leaves the hair soft, fluffy and residue free.
  • Shiny, moisturized hair!
  • Not available in brick and mortar stores. I like for my staples to be available down the street.
  • Considered a light conditioner so it may be wise to use in conjunction with another conditioner or moisturizing styler such as Shine and Define.
  • If you're protein sensitive, be mindful that it does contain a little bit...toward the end of the ingredient list. It hasn't bothered me at all.
  • No hold.
Consistency: Very light. Thinner than most conditioners, but very easy to apply. It's not watery, but definitely not a thick cream. I liken it to the consistency of facial moisturizers.

Light and pleasant. Smells sweet like pineapples, or sweet-tarts.

White to for gray haired curlies.

Other Reviews:

4 day old T- Only Honey Hemp...wild child :)

Hair Today-- Honey Hemp + Shine and Define

Oyin Handmade's Shine and Define Results

I likey...but it didn't hold well in the NC humidity, or should I say the NC dew point. Check out THIS ARTICLE for more on dew points and how it effects your curls. Today, the dew point was in the mid 60's, so I probably should've put it in a bun and called it a day.

My hair feels unbelievably soft and moisturized. It's a bit frizzy, and shrunk up a bit over the course of the day, but overall I'm pleased. It's the cute frizz...not the bad stuff :) I've already placed my order for two more jars of Shine and Define. I also ordered Oyin's Honey Hemp conditioner after watching Empressri's awesome review on youtube. The ingredients look delicious.

To style, I left in a teeny bit of Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie...I used a quarter size amount for each side (left and right). Before starting each twist, I'd add a dab of Shine and Define to my fingers and proceed. After the twists were done, I rolled the ends and went to bed.

Consistency: It has amazing slip (probably due to the aloe vera) and a creamy gel consistency. It glides on easy and absorbs quickly.

Fragrance: It smells like Starbursts candy...very sugary sweet, but not over powering.

By the way, it's protein, paraben, and silicone free! I'm going to try it again on Wednesday night with the Honey Hemp Conditioner as my leave-in. I'll keep you gals posted!

Bottom Line: If you're looking for a light hold styler with a HUGE moisture punch, definitely check this out :) It gives light, fluffy, yet defined hair. I ordered through Curlmart. I'm definitely adding this to my arsenal.

Product Description: Tired of styling products that provide hold but strip moisture with drying alcohols? That promise shine but deliver crispety, crunchety, bulletproof hair? That control frizz but rob you of softness?

Oyin Shine & Define is a new philosophy in styling products. Formulated from vegetable sources renowned for their moisturizing & shine-increasing properties, Shine & Define Styling Serum imparts softness, light hold, great shine, and gentle definition.

Designed to be nourishing, light and non-greasy, this soft creamy serum contains herbal infusions, pure Aloe Vera, flax seed extract, nutritive sea vegetables, shea butter, and more. It’s like a smoothie for your hair!

Smooth onto damp or dry edges and set with a scarf for a sleek hairline; massage into wet or damp hair and squeeze dry for softness, frizz reduction, and definition of your hair’s beautiful texture. Work with your hair, not against it, with this lightly fruit-scented styling aid.

This product is preserved with a paraben-free wide-spectrum cosmetic preservative.

Ingredients: purified water, organic flax seeds, organic aloe vera gel, sea vegetable complex, coconut oil, castor, unrefined shea butter, organic raw honey, Vegetable Glycerine, Palm Stearic Acid, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, fruit pectin, xanthan gum, destrose, Optiphen (preservative) citrus essential oils, fragrance

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Carols Daughter versus DevaCurl

Hola Chicas!

The results are in...and the winner is........... Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie.

But let me tell ya, it was the unlikely champ. I've never been a Carols Daughter fan. I tried the Hair Milk back in the day before the reformulation and wasn't impressed. Soon after that, they became very commercial and compared to other lines, their ingredients left much to be desired. I recently received a box of her products to review and the Hair Smoothie was amongst them.

After a long over due henna treatment, I deep conditioned with Heaven in Hair on one side, and Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie on the other. When I applied the Heaven in Hair (HIH) it glided on like butter! It was the perfect consistency -- thick, creamy, and slippery. It felt so good initially that I was planning on styling with it later that day. I truly wanted to love it.
The Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie (BVHS) while wetter and less creamy in consistency, went on a little rough and didn't give me the slip I crave. I was shocked considering that one of the first ingredients is amodimethicone (I was thinking it would behave like the Pantene DT Mask). I put on my plastic baggie and micro heat cap and went about my business for 2 hours.

Finally, it was time to rinse. When I took off the baggie to assess the situation, I was very surprised to find that the HIH side was hard and straw felt horrible! The BVHS side, while still not very slippery, was soft and supple. It was much easier to work with and detangle under the water stream. Needless to say, I didn't expect these results. I was really feeling the HIH ingredients -- its cone free and contains lots of yummy butters. I guess my hair likes what it likes, regardless of what I think should be good for it.

Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie- 8oz/$19

Product Description:
The ultimate "smooth operator."

This wildly essential Hair Smoothie tames your stressed-out hair with a mix of oils and butters that intensely condition and detangle.

  • Detangles and conditions hair on the spot with a rich emulsion of natural moisturizers
  • Features the intoxicating notes of warm vanilla and fresh coconut to feed the senses and soothe the soul
  • Boasts Sunflower Seed Oil, Rapa Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Shea and Cocoa Butter for the ultimate in conditioning.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed oil, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Olea Europaea (Olive)Fruit Oil, Peg-40 Castor Oil, Prunus Amygdalys Dulcis (Sweet Almond)Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) germ Oil, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Potassium Sorbate, (and) Hexylene Glycol, Aspartic Acid, polysorbate 20, Cyclopentasiloxane, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tetrasodium EDTA, Simethicone, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.

DevaCurl Heaven in Hair- 8oz/$24 or 16oz/39.95

Product Description: This moisture treatment is heaven for your hair! Experience maximum hydration from the rain forests of Brazil. Infused with Cupuacu, Murumuru and Cocoa seed butter. A wonderful deep treatment conditioner. Allow the botanicals to penetrate for 15 to 30 minutes under a plastic cap.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aqueos Extracts of: Achilea Millefolium, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Cymbopogon Schonanthus, Humulus Lupulos (Hops), Melissa Offcinalis (Balm Mint), Rosemarinus Offcinalis (Rosemary); Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Glycol Distearate, Polyquaternium-7, Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Ceteareth-20, Quaternium-91, Cetrimonium Methosulfate, Hydroxyethyl-cellulose, Theobroma Cacao (cocoa) Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaco) Seed Butter, Astrocaryum (Murumuru) Seed Butter, Polyquaternium-10, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Citric Acid, Methyldibromo Glutaronitrile, Phenoxyethanol, Fragnance, Blue 1, Yellow 5

I'm not a fan of either of these ingredient lists. WAY too many names I can't pronounce. Check out the reviews of HIH, you'll see that I wasn't the only one with this adverse reaction. I wonder which ingredient, or ingredient combo my hair hated. By the way, the HIH smells medicinal and has a lime green color..weird. The BVHS has a vanilla and cocoa smell that while not the greatest, is definitely not over powering.

In other news, the BVHS side felt so wonderful that I decided to leave a little in and style with Oyin's Shine and Define Sytling Serum. I'll give my review tonight...all I'll say for now is that my hair looks great!

Will I purchase the Carols Daughter Hair Smoothie again? Maybe. It depends on how my hair holds up today.

Later Gators,

Drugstore Moisturizers Recommendations

Nikki, I'm having some moisture issues!
Okay, I'm having some trouble finding a good moisturizer. I don't like ordering products online and can't afford to do so frequently, so shea butter and such is just out kind of out of the question now. I want to be able to find a moisturizer in stores, but everything I find isn't vegan! Are there any affordable vegan moisturizers (without petroleum/mineral oil or silicones) in stores, or is there something I can make? Something excluding glycerine, because I'm not fond of the idea of something actually possibly taking the moisture out of my hair...
Please help!!

Unfortunately, I don't have many recommendations for you. Your best bet is to experiment with the drugstore conditioners- leaving them in for added moisture as well as for styling purposes. There are a couple of Suave and VO5 lines that don't contain silicones, but I don't find them as moisturizing as Herbal Essence conditioners which contain some modified cones. I know that Target sells two or three organic lines, one of which is Giovanni. It is not very expensive and contains excellent ingredients, so you may want to look into their products.

Hopefully the community will be of more help!


Herbal Essence Totally Twisted Conditioner

Hola Chicas,

So, at the request of many of you, I decided to give Totally Twisted a go. Boy am I happy I did!

As always, I did a direct comparison with my beloved Hello Hydration. After hopping in the shower and wetting my hair down, I applied Totally Twisted to the left side, and Hello Hydration to the right. I let it marinate for about 10 minutes and then got to work. I'm completely aware that the ingredients are mostly the same, but for some reason, I noticed that the Totally Twisted side felt slipperier (is that a word?!), and definitely smelled better. The tangles (7 days worth)literally melted before my eyes...I was very impressed. Of course, the Hello Hydration side was easy to detangle as well, but I seemed to run into a few more knots. It appears that these conditioners are interchangeable and I will most certainly be partaking in both! By the bye, I only used my fingers to detangle.

Product Description: You'll find the definition of lush, shiny curls right here. just quench your curls and waves with my curls and waves conditioner with high intensity hydration. my replenishing formula fused with french lavender & jade extracts replaces vital moisture, lays frizz down for sleek spirals and keeps them bouncing freely. now that's a definition of a good curl.

Ingredients: Pretty much the same as Herbal Essence Hello Hydration, it just has a different, and more pleasing fragrance.

Bottom Line: 2 thumbs up! If you love HH, you must give TT a try :)

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