Why You Should Try Organic Hair Products

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by Mary Wolff

If you are like most curlies, you are always looking for the hair care products that will give you the gentlest care without skimping on the results. One of the best ways to make sure this goal is reached is with the use of organic hair products. What does organic really mean and why should you invest in organic hair products? Let’s take a look at this topic in more detail.

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7 Black-Owned All Natural Hair Care Brands to Try This Winter!


by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Still looking for that 'product match made in heaven'? Well, you may find your match in these organic black owned hair products that everyone may not be as familiar with. Here are some handpicked selections of brands that have top notch ingredients:

5 Ways to Save Money On Natural Hair Care!


by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

This post is inspired by a few reader emails I have received, that ask what can you use when you don’t have a lot of funds to work with.

Natural hair products are expensive, I won’t even lie! The average product will cost you anywhere from $10 to upward of $14. Especially in the beginning when you are trying to figure out what works this can hurt your pockets big time. For those who cannot afford to splurge here are my tips for you:

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5 Beauty Boxes For Black Women


By Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Beauty Boxes are the new “it thing” when it comes to how women discover and try out new makeup and beauty products. Mass retailers, such as Walmart and Target, have jumped on the beauty box bandwagon with the release of their box subscription services. However, like in most things related to makeup and beauty, Black women often find that they are overlooked in the beauty box department.

The products that are included in the boxes of most major retailers usually don’t work or look good on darker skin tones and those with natural or textured hair. If you’ve had no luck with the other beauty boxes out there, here are 5 of the best beauty box subscription services that cater to Black women.

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10 Holy Grail Natural Products Under $10

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by Jascmeen Bush of Jascmeen.com

A common misconception is that Naturals spend a lot of money on products. Some of us do, there’s no denying that, but on the flip side we have plenty of amazing and affordable options. Take notes newbies, stock up on these cheap grails before going for a splurge.

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5 Black Owned Natural Hair Brands to Try

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by Jascmeen of Jascmeen.com

Let’s face it, even with our go-to’s and grails, we can’t help but to experiment with new lines and products. The Black haircare industry is a potentially $500 billion dollar industry, so why not put some of our own money back into our own community? Here are a few Black-owned beauty business that are making waves and are definitely deserving of your support.

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5 Top Natural Hair Refreshers for 2nd Day Hair


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Not everyone is a DIY mistress and guess what? You don’t have to be. I love a great product that I can pick up at Target or get on Amazon.com that has natural ingredients from all around the world and right at my fingertips. Many of these products are not even expensive as brands are being competitive and that just makes for more inexpensive choices for us. It’s a win-win.

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by Jascmeen Bush of Jascmeen.com

1. The Devacurl Devadryer and Devafuser, $159
Sure, it’s probably a whole lot pricier than your ordinary blowdryer and the diffuser ($45 on it’s own) is incredibly more expensive than a traditional one. If you can get past the price though, this thing is a game changer! The dryer is professional grade and the Devafuser adds lift to roots without disrupting your curl pattern. I’m not a big fan of using blowdryers, but I actually trust this one and think it’s worth the splurge.

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The Beginner's Guide to Natural Hair Products

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With our curls, coils, and waves we have choices despite universal practices for all curlies like cleansing, conditioning, moisturizing, styling, and health reinforcement. Within each category you determine what works best for your hair by trial and error and I cannot stress that enough. Thinking you can just come out of the gate knowing what your hair likes might be unrealistic. Patience and a willingness to learn what your hair needs take time and practice through trying different products and techniques. Here are regimen categories with different product options that cater to your specific needs.

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Shampoos for Dry Natural Hair- How to Pick the Right One




Question: How do you choose a mild shampoo for fine hair that's prone to breakage?


Um, What Are 'Active' Ingredients?- Hair Products



via TheBeautyBrains

Kaja inquires…You often mention “active ingredients” – what are they and which are the “non-active” ingredients?

The Left Brain replies:
I love this question even though there is no simple, straightforward answer. While other cosmetic chemists may have their own definitions, I like to think that you can break all beauty product ingredients down into five basic categories:

*5 Types of Cosmetic Ingredients*

Active ingredients: They deliver the promise of the product.
Of course the type of activity varies widely. I guess the “truest” active ingredients are those specified as drugs by the appropriate governing body. So UV absorbers in sunscreens, benzoyl peroxide in anti-acne creams, and fluoride in toothpaste are all REALLY active.
But even the surfactants used in a shampoo or body wash are active by my definition – they are responsible for getting your hair or skin clean which is the basic promise of the product. The same thing goes for the silicones in a hair conditioner, the colorants in a mascara, or the polymers in a hairspray. If the ingredient is essential to making the product work, then it is “active.”

Base ingredients: They form the delivery vehicle for the active ingredients.
Active ingredients are rarely used by themselves in a 100% concentrated form. There’s usually an optimal use level for ingredients to ensure they do their job. Therefore the actives have to be “diluted” with something. That something may be as simple as water or as complex as a cream or lotion base or an aerosol spray. It may take dozens of ingredients to form the “base” of the product. Solvents, like water and alcohol, and emulsifiers, to help oils and water mix together, are among the most common types of base ingredients.

Control ingredients: they ensure the product stays within acceptable parameters.
Gums and polymers are used to stabilize emulsions, acids and bases are used to balance pH, polyols are used to maintain texture after freezing, and  preservatives are used to protect against microbial contamination. These are just a few examples of control agents that help maintain the quality of the product.

Aesthetic agents: they improve the product’s sensory characteristics.
The look and smell are important parts of almost every cosmetic product which is why you’ll see colorants and fragrance used so frequently. You might even see “glitter” particles added.

Featured ingredients: they are added to increase consumer appeal. 
These ingredients are also called pixie dust, fairy dust, marketing ingredients and a few other names.  These are truly “inactive” because they’re added ONLY because they look good as part of the label. The serve no function other than to attract consumer’s attention. These ingredients include botanicals, vitamins and minerals, (some) proteins and just about anything else “natural.” You can easily spot these ingredients because they are often incorporated into the product name (Sun-kissed Raspberry Shampoo) or placed on the front label (lotion with jojoba oil).

Waste Not, Want Not- Natural Hair Products


by Shelli of Hairscapades

Oh yeah, I told you that this is how I get down! *lol* So, I mentioned in the post earlier today that I pre-pooed with a combo of Aubrey GPB and Honeysuckle Rose conditioners mixed with Vatika oil. And, although I have new bottles of both under the sink (‘cuz you know I always have my HGs and staples “in stock”), I also had open bottles of each. The thing is, neither had enough product in the container to shake out. Enter the butcher’s knife! I’ll cut open a bottle in a minute! You see how much was in there?!?! Bump that!

But guess what? There may be a better way that’s still pretty economical!! When I posted this pic on my Hairscapades FB page with the caption, “I’m getting ALL of my conditioner” (btw, 128 ladies have liked this pic so far! LOVE it!! *LOL*), Tiffany Divalocks wrote:
I will be doing the same thing when mine is low, I was just thinking of that when I used this same conditioner today on my daughter’s hair. You know they sell these things called beauty spoons and you stick it in the bottle and scoop out the product that you can’t reach.
Beauty Spoons?? Who said what now? You know that I immediately went on the hunt! Well, I found the tool and site immediately … because they are both called, Beauty Spoon!

Ummmm, so yeah, it’s already done. I placed my order within an hour of learning about the tool. The spoons are $9.99 for a set of two (7″ and 10″) and shipping is FREE (that’s what sold me). Also, for a limited time, you can get two 1 oz. “Beauty Bowls” with every order.


So, stay tuned for the full review coming soon … *looking around for an almost empty bottle of product*.

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How do you make certain that you get your money’s worth out of your products? Have you tried the Beauty Spoon?


CN Says:

To keep from tossing out woefully disappointing hair conditioners, I've been known to use them as shaving cream and at times, body gel.  You'd be surprised at the effectiveness-- many conditioners contain moisturizing agents AND surfactants.

When I was going hard with the Aubrey HSR (circa 2009), I'd often find myself with an almost empty bottle.  So, I'd hold the opening under the shower stream for a second to allow some warm water in, then I'd seal it off with the palm of my hand, and give the bottle a shake with the other.  This action cuts the thick consistency and allows the rest of the product to be easily removed and greatly enjoyed as the runnier consistency makes for a slipperier (is that a word?) experience.

And like Shelli, I too have been known to cut a bottle in half.  Remember SheaMoisture's delicious, rich and super thick leave-in conditioner? You have no option but to cut that joint in half when it's running on E. Which reminds me... it may be time for a revisit! 

Finally, is it just me, or did the creative name and what must have been the masterful thought process behind 'beauty spoons' conjure imagery of Cole's 'rent 'em spoons'? No, just me? Okay. #WeServeEmSoupForFree #RentEmSpoons

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