Hair, Reviews

Flat Twist ft Biocare Labs Curl Creme

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It’s been a while since I reviewed a product and it’s because I’ve been testing products in my stash consistently so as to have a fact filled result. I also test these products alongside others in my arsenal to know how they react to each other.

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Used Curl Creme to Two strand twist/Flat twist after usual wash day routine.

I’m gonna be talking about Biocare Dream Curl Crème and I decided to buy  this product because it is more affordable than most popular curl creams such as Cantu, SheaMoisture, Aunt Jackie’s etc in Nigeria.

According to the label, the product is supposed to;

” Enhance, Define & Lengthen Curls”

Let’s put their claim to test with the review.

  • Consistency: it is very rich but not runny; not too thick or thin and opaque.
  • Texture: it is very smooth, silky, creamy and soft to touch.
  • Performance: it melts into the hair without leaving any residue. It also helps bring out visible definition to my hair and mind you, a little is all you need from a 340g of products.
  • Colour/Scent: it is off white in colour and smells divine, days after use without it being over powering.
  • Ingredient List: Water (Aqua), Petrolatum, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Acetylated Lanolin, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Pvp/va Copolymer, Aminopropyl Phenyl Trimethicone, Peg-8 Dilaurate, Ricinus Communis (Caster) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Honey, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Triticum Vulgare, (Wheat) Germ Oil, Silk Amino Acid, Ceteareth-20, Stearyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Sorbitol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Diazolidinyl Urea, lodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Bht, Disodium Edta, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Iso Eugenol.
  • Red Flag; these are the ingredients emboldened above. Most naturals don’t like these products (although they have their advantages vice versa) Petrolatum, Mineral oil, Lanolin, Trimethicone and those that pose threat to human health like Diazolidinyl Urea which releases formaldehyde in small doses and this can cause cancer over time according to research.
  • Observation/  Thoughts: as I said earlier, I find it a bit disturbing that their product lack social media presence because it is a difficult task finding a review online except on http://www.shop.naturallycurly.com however, I want to believe that because it is a private Independent funded company, the reasonable explanation would be that it isn’t easy to fund influencers, advert rates and more these days.

Also, it has this reaction that makes my hair feels strong like a straw when twisting it. I want to believe it is the protein inside it coupled with the fact that I used Dr. Miracles Cleanse & Condition too which also contains protein.

Verdict:

Honestly, I love this product; this is because it didn’t weight down my hair, no residue, it define my curls, it made for easy combing, detangled my hair and most especially it has nice soft fragrance and it didn’t cause shedding. I have paired it with Elasta QP Moisturizer also and had exactly the above result.

If you have no problem with my red flag up there, you can also give it a trial. I got mine from KuddyCosmetics shop at the rate of 3,500(Ngn) or thereabout but price varies depending on location e.t.c.

Have you used this product or are you willing to try? If you have, what was your experience?

Kindly share in the comment section how you use it, your hairs’ reaction to it and more.

Muah

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Beauty, Hair, Reviews

Ayurveda Wash ft. Moringa Infused Oil

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I totally forgot to post this write up since May this year! I’ve been hearing about Ayurveda and my brain almost went sing sing because it’s new day, new information. However, it has been a practice since the beginning of time, to incorporate herbs in cosmetics to get the best use of them.

I made my Moringa Infused oil just of recent (the infusion took up to a month) which consists of Olive/Jojoba/Coconut Oils and saved the remnant. This can also pass as Herbal oil.

I added 2 tbsp of my Bama Mayonnaise (which made the whole paste extremely oily) and applied it to my hair from root to scalp.

I also covered my hair with nylon bag and washed off the mix after almost an hour or thereabout.

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I washed with VO5 Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime Squeeze Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner.

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I detangled with Luna Detangling Spray, moisturised with both Jack 5-ive Moisturizing Gel and Elasta Qp Olive oil and Mango Butter and you can read my review here.

Here’s the result and I’ll be posting my thoughts on Luna, Kiwi and Jack 5-ive soon.

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After applying the mixture
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Final Result 

I realised that smooth Moringa powder is the best because it’s a bit hard to rid my hair of the particles. My hair was dripping oil by the time I finished and I had to use more shampoo than necessary but it paid off.

Have you experienced ayurvedic style before? How did you incorporate it in your hair care regimen? Kindly share your experience and thanks for reading. See you soon.

Muah!

Beauty, Hair

Wait! Before You Texlax or Relax!

I hope it’s not too late to say Happy New Month and how y’all doing?

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Short Texlaxed Hair

Dear Naturals,

I decided to write about these subjects because of a lot of naturals being frustrated or running back to relaxers few months into being a naturalista.

Texlaxing:

This is what we refer to locally as ‘blow out’ where you’ll generally apply a relaxer and wash it out almost immediately however in this case, you use texturizer instead of relaxer.

What does it do ?

Majorly, it allows for easy manipulation of the hair, and gives it a full look however, care must be taken when applying your texturizer so as not to destroy your natural hair completely.

Also, you can take care of this type of hair exactly as that of natural hair however, you must renew your texlaxing every 4 months so as not to have serious split ends and difficulties while combing.

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Medium Texlaxed Hair

Should I Texlax?

It all depends on your pocket, conviction and if you’ll be able to maintain it continuously on a long run.

Relaxer:

On the contrary, relaxing means you have decided to go all the way. This makes your natural tresses straight, ‘easy’ to manipulate among other things. Some people have the following reasons as to why they return back to relaxing their natural hair and I decided to add possible solutions that can help reduce their issues alongside.

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Relaxed Hair

Tempted to Relax My Hair? 

a. Frustration; it can be pretty frustrating to keep up with hair styling, washing, conditioning, etc and juggle them with home making, career and more.

  • Solution; Have a calendar/organiser/planner where you can record your hair progress and plan wash days, hair installation e.t.c. days/months ahead so as to have orderliness without being frustrated as to what styles and products to use next.
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My Calendar

b. Tiredness/Laziness: most of the time, we are either too tired or too lazy to care for our hair therefore, we always want the short cut to success but envy those who go the extra mile.

  • Solution; be consistent with whatever you do (right things) to care for your hair and you’ll be rewarded soon. Getting a planned journal helps in getting prepared ahead without bumping into other activities.

c. Bandwagon: if your personal conviction and reasons as to why you become a natural isn’t strong enough, you’ll dump your new found love (natural hair) sideways and go back to your old lifestyle (relaxers).

  • Solution;  don’t get carried away by your friends or influencers’ type of hair, hairstyles and how it looks so beautiful then rush into being a natural; it takes a deep thought, an inner conviction to start that journey and be able to sustain it without falling by the wayside before the race has even started.

d. Wrong Tools/Techniques:  this has been the major problem naturals including myself have faced over time which made us run away from our natural hair. Using the wrong tool and dispensing a wrong approach (thanks to our hair dressers and ‘Gurus’) into how we care for our hair can break us and make us run away.

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Wide tooth combs and detangler

This can be due to majorly what we hear or see people do to their hair which may work for them, but not for us because we all have different hair textures.

  • Solution; getting the right information is the only way to go. You must learn to dissect all your information channels to know if you are gaining or losing.
  • Caring for natural hair is pretty easy if you listen to your hairs’ needs and their is no secret potion, oils, pills, products, that will give you what you are trying to achieve with your hair.
  • However, your gene, tools, techniques, information and consistency will take you far positively in caring for your hair.

Dearest naturals and newbies, don’t be frustrated when you are looking for answers; just make sure you get your answers from the right source and you’ll be good to go. Be brave, disciplined and enjoy your hair journey.

I personally follow http://www.curlcentric.com and Green Beauty on YouTube I’ve never regretted doing so. Hairducation on IG also has extensive thoughts on Texlaxing.

Let’s discuss in the comment section, your struggles and victories.

Muah!

Beauty, Hair

Transition/Big Chop!

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If you are thinking of or in the process of transitioning or going the long way of big chopping off your hair, then Congratulations! You my dear are in the right place, and in right hands!

However, we have few hard truth to tell each other before you decide to take this road without getting tired or being frustrated along the line.

1. Preparation; are you truly prepared for this beautiful journey or because you see your friend transition and having a swell time with their hair, you also want to do same (copy copy), I’ll say think twice!

First thing, you must have the right mindset and ask yourself these; am I doing this for the right reason? Is there any benefit on a long run? Would I be able to keep up with this new lifestyle? e.t.c. If you are able to satisfactorily answer these questions to yourself, then, you can move on to the next step.

Ps* it took me 3 years to get my mind ready for this journey!

2. Right Information; this step is very important because it can make or break your journey. In this day and age of internet/social media, there are so many information floating around therefore, you must by sure of what information you are getting.

There are so many Blogs and YouTube channels that dish out advice and information but most are only true to their hair type, or their pockets therefore, you must be able to dissect the truth for what you want and most especially, listen to what your hair needs.

Ps* @hairducator on IG opened my eyes to a lot of things and @westafricanbaby sealed it for me. So, you may also check them out.

3. Application; after getting your information, you must apply it correctly according to your hair needs so that it can give the right result. If you are processing your information wrongly, then you’ll have negative results.

Ps* I got tons of information from YouTube Gurus like Naptural85, Green beauty and a host of others.

4. Continuous Practice; haven acquired the knowledge and put it to use, you have to continuously give your hair that love for longevity. You can’t do it right the first time then stop but continue to do same, listen to your hair and give it the right kind of love it needs.

Ps* I would love to recommend this beautiful channel http://www.curlcentric.com for the right information and how to use it.

I wish you success in your hair journey. However, kindly share your struggles and success in comment section.

Muah!