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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Organix Coconut Milk Conditioner: Review for Natural Hair

“Pssst… I got that good good.” I was walking down the aisle at Tarjay (Target for my international curly sisters) and I swear the little white and gold bottle on the shelf was toying with my inner PJism. Determined to be strong I kept it moving. I turn to go on the next aisle and there it was laying all alone partially under the wheel of my cart….a damn coupon. Awww damn I thought, now I have to buy it; the thing said a whopping $1.00 off. Not one to pass up a good deal; I bought two bottles and skipped my junkie behind home.

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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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Top 10 Edge Tamers for Natural Hair- 'The Slick Back'

From wash and go's to stylish updos while temperatures climb, or for slicked back ponytails for a polished 9 to 5 look, sleek edges are the cornerstone for many of the most chic natural hair styles. Taming curly, kinky, and coily edges can be a daunting task, but luckily these 10 products are up for the job. Decide what level of hold you're looking for and find the one that will work for you!

**Soft Hold Products
If you prefer a softer, more natural looking hold, these products are for you. Get some extra mileage from them by gently spritzing your edges with water first before applying:

1. Qhemet Biologics Aethiopika Hydrate and Twist Butter - $14.00
Based in olive oil, mango butter, and rice bran oil, this omega and ceramide rich blend provides perfectly soft sleekness while nourishing your edges. Especially great for edges prone to thinning or breakage.

Did SheaMoisture Change Their Formula? (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,

Original Article-- 11/24/2015

by Cree Brown

SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie 
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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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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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

The Community Review- Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor

Description of your hair: My hair is generally medium density with coarse texture and normal porosity, "O" texture and is thready, but I have many textures on my head, from L-shaped spongy on the infamous "patch", to S-shaped at the nape of my neck.

Name of Product in Review: Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor

Product Description: (from aphogee.com) ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor is a powerful, one step treatment that should be used for home use, between salon visits. This concentrated blend of keratin amino acids, botanical oils, and vitamins does wonders to restore strength and softness to hair that requires a deep, penetrating treatment. It is recommended on tinted, bleached or relaxed hair. ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor helps repair damage caused by chlorine and hard water. Apply on clean hair in shower and rinse to treat brittle hair with cuticle damage and moderate breakage. It soothes irritated scalp and may be applied following each shampooing until the healthy condition of the hair is restored.

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Community Review: 4 Naturals Afro Stretch Curl Cream

Deliah writes:

Description of your hair: THICK, tight coils in the center.  Loose curls in the front and back and everything esle in between, lol!

Name of Product in Review: Bronner Brothers 4 Naturals Afro Stretch Curl Cream 

Product Description: Defines natural curl pattern, helps eliminate shrinkage, moisturizes and revives shine.  Great for twists and coil-outs.

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The Community Review- Trader Joe's Aloe Vera Gel

 Devin writes:

Name of Product in Review: Trader Joe's Aloe Vera Gel

Product Description: It comes in a green bottle, and the product itself is clear, doesn't leave your hands feeling sticky (which I love). Yes there are preservatives, but in very small amounts.

Product Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Tocophersolan, TEA-Carbomer, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, DMDM Hydantoin, Trisodium, EDTA.

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The Community Review- ECO Custard Olive Oil Styling Cream

Tia writes:

Description of your hair: Thick density; Medium texture; Low porosity; S + cottony.

Name of Product in Review: ECO Custard Olive Oil Styling Cream

Product Description: Eco Custard Conditioning, Shining, and Styling Cream provides superior shine and styling flexibility infused with oils and conditioners to protect, hydrate, and nourish your hair. Excellent for taming flyaways, smoothing, twist-outs and ponytails. Safe for daily use on all hair types.

Alcohol Free
Flexible Hold
Extreme Conditioning

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Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle: Community Review

CN community member, Mel writes:

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

Name of Product in Review: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner, $3.99 for 16 oz

Product Description: “We’ve worked with an upscale boutique to bring you this salon-quality conditioner that will rejuvenate your hair with a refreshing tingle. A blend of certified organic botanicals including peppermint and teat tree work together to moisturize and clarify your hair while alleviating dry scalp. Our product contains no laurel/laureth sulfates and is suitable for all hair types.”

Product 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

Fragrance: This is very minty. Once I was done, all I could think about was getting me a stick of Double Mint gum.

Texture: This conditioner is pretty creamy, but not very thick. The thickness, or lack thereof, reminds me of a leave in conditioner.

Ease of Application (1-5 with 5 being the easiest): 4- I’m a girl who absolutely needs “slip” and this one was pretty darn good. I loved the relaxing smell and that made finger detangling even better.

Your Experience: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner far exceeded my expectations. I’d heard about this so when Dallas/Fort Worth celebrated the opening of our first Trader Joe’s, I knew exactly what I’d be shopping for.

When I first opened the bottle, I was a bit worried because I tend to get better results with a thick rinse out conditioner. If the conditioner is thin, my kinks and curls usually laugh and have a mind of their own. This did the job and a little went a long way. I loved the minty scent and it was very relaxing. The price is right and I was so pleased to have finally gotten my hands on a bottle of this. This product had amazing slip, but wasn’t as moisturizing as I’m accustomed to. Regardless, as a curly who uses tons of conditioner, this one pleased me a lot.

Slip is one of the most important things to me in regards to rinse out conditioners, so I really like this. I’d had this bottle sitting under my cabinet for a few months and I hate I waited so long to finally try it out.

Would you recommend to a curlfriend: Most definitely. If you’re a curly who loves organic products this is the way to go. It affordable and it did the job well.

How many curls overall (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the kitties titties!): I give this conditioner 4. The slip beats most things that I’ve tried. If it were a bit more moisturizing, it would probably replace my go-to conditioner.

Share your experiences with Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner below!

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The Community Reviews: Tresemme Curls

Cecily writes:

Description of your hair: 4a (coily/springy)

Name of Product in Review: TRESemme’ Flawless Curls Conditioner ($6 / 32 oz)

Product Description:

  • Curl Hydration for Curl or Wavy Hair
  • Formulated with vitamin B1, it replenishes moisture to your hair’s driest areas.
  • Detangles and tames frizz for beautifully defined soft curls and waves.
  • Formula is ideal for curly or wavy hair.

Product Ingredients: Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Cyclohexasloxane, Panthenol, Tocopheryl acetate, Thiamine HCL, Niacinmine, Biotin, Asparitic acid, Ascorbic acid, Dimethicone, Quanternium-18, Isostearamidopropyl, Ethyldimoninum, ethosulfate, Behenamidopropyl, Disodium edta, DMDM hydantoin, and Fragrance.

Fragrance: light (my sense of smell isn’t all that great though)

Texture: Thick creamy consistency

Your experience:
I used this as a part of my pre-poo. First I apply EVOO to my hair and let it soak in my hair for roughly 10 minutes, before applying this conditioner from root to end using a wide tooth comb ( I saturate my hair with water before applying the conditioner).
Secondly I shampoo using TRESemme Flawless Curls Shampoo.
Thirdly I condition my hair again letting it saturate my hair for 10-20 minutes using a deep conditioning cap and then rinse. I follow it with a 2 strand twist to let air dry, when completely dry I twistout.
RESULT: My hair goes 5 days without needing any moisturizer. This product lives up to its name CURL HYDRATION.

Would you recommend to a curlfriend: HECK YEAH! This makes my third week using this conditioner and my results have been consistent.

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

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What Are Your Top Five Hair Products/Tools of 2011?

by Briana of The Mane Source

I can’t believe that 2011 is coming to a close. This year has really flown by. 2011 has been amazing for my blog. Spectacular events, Essence features, and connecting to awesome readers like you! During this year I’ve tried a lot of products. Some worked well and others didn’t. Here are my top 5 natural hair products/tools of 2011:

1. Bhringraj oil- I LOVE this oil. It stimulates blood circulation on your scalp, softens your hair, and smells amazing!!

2. EDEN Body Works Tea Tree Shampoo. This stuff makes my hair and scalp sing!!!! Cleanses the hair and scalp without stripping it and the tea tree invigorates your scalp like nobodies business!

3. Modified (Boot-leg) Deman- I’ve been looking for something to help detangle my hair for a while now. Everything I used prior to buying my Goody brush seemed to rip my hair out. My Goody brush is like Ceily and I’m Nettie. #MeandYouUSNevaPart

4.SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Mask-
This stuff is awesome. It didn’t work for me as a mask, but works WONDERS for me as an everyday moisturizer.

5. DIY Flaxseed Gel. I just discovered how to make flaxseed gel this summer. I use it on my daughter's hair, my mother’s locs, and my edges. It is both easy and inexpensive.

What are your top five natural hair products/tools of 2011? Do tell. ;)

Hair Greasers Anonymous Welcomes Petra

Petra writes:

Nikki I think I found a new staple to my hair regimen,I am a wash and go kind of girl so this routine is my *new* wash and go method for long lasting cottony, soft, moisturized tresses. I only just recently started talking about my use of grease on my hair as I’ve always been a closet greaser. I came out once all the blogs and forums exploded with curly confessions of going back to basics,… doing what mommy did and so needless to say I felt compelled….. and I came out too. *looking down avoiding eye contact*

Greasers Anonymous..Hi my name is Petra and I grease my hair!

For the past 4 weeks I have been experimenting with including all types of hair grease during my wash and go routine. I’ve used Murrays Carrot Oil, Organic Root stimulator Coconut Oil, and finally DAX pomade as shown in the above photo.

Let's just say the results are stellar and my hair swag is a 10!

Grease benefits for me-

*moisture retention
*soft curls
*slightly stretched hair

Wash and go method
1.) Start off with dry hair separated into 4 sections

2.) Add olive oil to each section for ease of finger detangling before entering the shower

3.) Shampoo each section (I use Shea moisture, Moisture Retention shampoo)

4.) Add conditioner to each section and do a quick detangle

Do shower business

5.) Wash out most of the conditioner

Get out of shower

6.) Spray each section with my water mix (water and Infusium 23)

7.) Apply a little Dax Pomade to each section (smoothing motion, stretching hair)

8.) Apply Ecostyler gel to each section for hold

9.) Air dry

Co-wash - repeat all steps minus the shampoo
at night I just separate my hair into two loose pony tails cover with bonnet and go to bed.

The next morning...Fluff and go!

A Review of Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue

McGradyLady writes:

What it's supposed to do:
Medium Hold, Define Curls, Control Frizz, Add Shine

Ingredients: Purified Water, Carbomer, PVP, VP/VA Copolymer, Vegetable Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Wheat Germ Oil, Lemongrass Extract, Sodium Hydroxymethylglyclycinate, Tetrasodium, EDTA, FD&C Yellow 5, Fragrance.

What did it do for my hair:
Now I must say, I’ve avoided using Miss Jessie’s products because of the price. I am a very thrifty chick and I couldn’t see myself paying a lot of money for a hair product. Plus, a lot of ladies told me that it was overpriced and not worth it. So while in Target and feeling the frustration from not finding a styling cream that I actually like 100%, I broke down and bought Curly Meringue. I paid $22 for the 8oz jar.

I washed my hair and applied it for a braid out. Wasn’t too impressed with the definition (I think if I braided neater it would have looked more defined), but the hold was pretty good. Next, I tried it on damp hair for a twist out... Loved it!!!. My hair was so defined and shiny and it lasted for 3 days. I think I may have applied too much because my hair felt a little hard, but it was cool. So far so good! A re-purchase may be in the future.

Please check out my blog workingoutthekinks.onsugar.com


Twist-Out after 3 days

Have you tried Curly Meringue?

Blended Cutie Down & Out Styles- Blended Beauty

NikG of BeadsBraidsBeyond dishes on ways to keep baby girl's natural hair healthy and beautiful, without pulling yours out!

I get a lot of emails asking me what the best product is to define curls. Now, it's important to know that what works for my daughter, may or may not work for your child.

I have used a lot of products. Mixed Chicks, Curly Q's, DevaCurl, and we're still experimenting. While I like certain things about each of these lines, I recently got to try Blended Cutie Down & Out styles and I was amazed! This is *the* best product for defining my daughters curls. Not only were her curls defined and frizz free, but her hair was soft, and moisturized. The best part about this product? I let A go to bed with her hair all out, no satin bonnet, no satin pillowcase. She is a wild sleeper, so normally when I do this she wakes up with her hair in different directions, a little tangled up, etc. Well, not this time! She woke up and her hair looked great! Very little frizz, it was still soft and moisturized. I didn't add anything to her hair. I put a bow in and she wore her hair like that the rest of the day. You can view the entire Blended Cutie review on our blog.

Lisa Reviews Qhemet Biologics!

Hi Nikki,

I love your blog so much. I have learned so much since I discovered it in January, and trying the HE Hello Hydration, Totally Twisted and DevaCare and DevaCurl have changed my curls. I love these conditioners like block parties and 50 cent rainbow ices! Anyway, I have always been a product junkie but now that I have learned how to take better care of my curls my pj'ism has reached new proportions.

I recently bought two Qhemet Biologics Products: the Amla & Olive Heavy Cream and the Burdock Root Butter Cream. My hair is pretty dry and because of the cold weather I've only tried the Heavy Cream so far. I've used it about 3 weeks in a row. It is super moisturizing. I have both dry and very porous hair so anything that keeps it moisturized is a holy grail for sure. I tried to use it along with my DevaCurl for a twist set. Good news/ bad news on this combination. The good news was that my hair had great slip and curl definition as I was detangling and twisting, and was super soft when it dried. The bad news, my hair was so soft that it was fuzzy. It felt and smelled great but my hair looked uber fuzzy at the roots. When I use the DevaCurl with pure shea I don't have this much fuzz (barely any) so the Amla & Olive was definitely the culprit on this.

After looking more closely I realized that it can also be used as a deep conditioner or pre poo in addition to using it as a moisturizer. Gotta love a multipurpose product! I think it is so moisturizing and conditioning that mixing it with another conditioner equaled cotton head so it was actually my fault. However, as a daily pomade to freshen a twist out or your curls it is great and the reason why I had to write this review is because it gets the smell of smoke out of your hair which I think is no easy feat.

I was in Miami this weekend where people are allowed to smoke in clubs. Between the humidity and my porous hair I smelled like an ashtray. My hair sucked up all the smoke and the humidity made it a little damp which sealed it all in. Yesterday morning the smell was overbearing. I got home late last night and didn't have time to wash my hair so I used some of the Amla and Olive to moisturize and went to bed. Today I was talking to one of my classmates and she kept saying she smelled cookies. As we are trying to locate (hopefully) free cookies, (we're broke grad students), she says, "It's you. It's your hair!" I didn't believe the smoke smell could be gone until another classmate said, "no your hair does smell sweet" and then I checked for myself. They were absolutely right. My hair smells kind of like a lemon cookie. When I got home I really shook my hair out to see if the smoke was buried underneath. There are no traces of smoke or any other unpleasant smell. This is great news for anyone whose style lasted beautifully but has been a victim of smoke evaporation. You can both moisturize and freshen the scent of your curls. I think Qhemet is a definite keeper and will make many a curly happy.

Thanks again for really helping me be better to my hair. She is being much better to me as a result. We're a happy little pair. :)

Below are some before and after pics. The first pics (before) are of my hair in Miami (fuzzy wuzzy). I used my Curlisto products for a wash & go before I left for the trip. Unfortunately I didn't have enough gel and had to improvise a little. As you can see improvising didn't go well, lol.
I love the big hair but the lack of definition and my poor hair sucking up every bit of humidity it could get... Awful!

The last two pics (After) are from my twist set with Devacurl, shea and Qhemet as my daily moisturizer. Qhemet is good stuff!

Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner Review

I've yet to try it... but I've definitely heard mixed reviews. What about you?

Check out Summyr1988's review!

Andrea Reviews CURLS

Hey Nikki,

I am having such GREAT results with my Curls products that I had to share! In June I purchased CURLS Goddess Glaze and a few samples of the Geles'c, Coconut Sublime Conditioner, and Quenched Curls Moisturizer. The Goddess Glaze is my ABSOLUTE favorite styling product. I finally have my daily styling routine down..and it's only 4 products!! To get all of these looks I co-washed with my favorite conditioner (HH, Tresesmme Curls, or Pantene Curls) and rinsed 90% of the conditioner out. I personally just don't like the build up on my scalp. I then put these products on:

1. Infusium 23 Leave In
2. EVOO: about a quarter size to each side...work through hair
3. Lustrasilk Sheabutter + Mango- a scoop on each side and finger comb it through
4. CURLS Goddess Glaze: About 4 pumps on each side...depends on the day

and TA-DA!! MY hair looked amazing the whole summer. I got so many compliments when I went out and people kept touching my curls. =D

I was not a fan of the Geles'c...it made my hair feel like straw, but curlies on YouTube rave about it!! So I guess it just depends. I am planning to buy the CURLS Milkshake to replace the Lustrasilk....I'll let you know how that goes!!

Hope this helps!

Have you tried the CURLS line? What did you think?

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