Hair, Reviews, Uncategorized

Every Strand Shea and Coconut Oil Deep Treatment Masque

I have been meaning to pen down my experience, on this product for a long time but I guess now is the right time since I just finished the whole tub.

Product Description

Every Strand Shea and Coconut Oil Deep Hair Masque, The rich and creamy blend of shea butter and coconut oil. Rehydrates dry hair. Essential for silky, shiny and seductive hair in one fabulous formula. No parabens, no sulfates. For all hair types.

Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, Behetrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, DIMETHICONOL, TEA-Dodecylbenzensulfonate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance (Perfume), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, DMDM hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Disodium EDTA.

As you can see, the Shea and Coconut used in marketing this product are found at number 14 and 15 on the ingredient list.

Note: It also contains heavy silicone at number 6/10 so, this isn’t curl-girl friendly but for those who don’t mind, make sure you clarify your hair properly.

However, this Hair Masque is supposed to replenish damaged and unruly hair from root to end.

I know it conditioned my hair to my satisfaction but the replenishing of ‘damaged’ is what I can’t verify since my hair isn’t damaged.


a. Consistency: it is very thick but creamy, like V05 Coconut Conditioner but with better ‘slip’. It applied easily, especially when combined with penetrating oils such as coconut.


b. Colour/Scent: is opaque white with a pleasant coconut scent which doesn’t linger on the hair.

c. Performance: When I used it on another natural hair, it melted into the hair and detangling was easy.
i. When I used it on my own hair, I applied it warm and used heat from my dryer. It made my hair soft and gave it a visible difference.

ii. I’ve had more than five uses out of the product using both natural body heat and air dryer, and it really worked at moisturising my hair deeply.


d. Packaging: a very sturdy, recyclable container which retails for #3,400 at 15 ounces.


e. Manufacturer: I tried to get information about the product, how it interacts with natural hair, the company that makes it etc, however, I only found a little information about the company which is based in the USA.

e. Pricing: I bought this for ngn3400 from Kuddy Cosmetics and it is available on online shopping malls.

Overall, I enjoyed this product but I don’t think I’ll repurchase.

Do you have this product? How do you use it?

Thanks for stopping by, and reading.

Beauty, Hair, Reviews

V05 Conditioners: Pomegranate, Freesia & Coconut

Welcome to another V05 review and this has been in the cooler for months and that’s almost a year.I  won’t lie at all, I love V05 products because they are affordable, functional, ph balanced (Kiwi Lime Squeeze is Ph Balanced) and available.I bought these conditioners namely Pomegranate, Freesia and Coconut a few months ago and these are my thoughts about them.

V05 Pomegranate

images (10)Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Stearalkonium Chloride, Fragrance, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Polysorbate-20, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Biotin (Vitamin H), Orange 4 (Cl 15510), Red 4 (Cl 14700), Red 40 (Cl 16035).

a. Consistency:  it’s neither thick nor runny, very similar to Kiwi Lime Squeeze.

b. Colour/Scent: is peachy pink, and smells pleasant, not overwhelming but not like a pomegranate fruit anyways.

c. Performance: my first impression of this product wowed me. It could be that the hot oil/shampoo+oil I combined helped this conditioner performed better!
Immediately I applied it, curls popped out and it detangled my hair better, faster and zero hair shed (maybe I detangled properly😂)
It even worked better paired with my Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Treatment Masque.

d. Ingredient: it’s no different from other V05s’ although some ingredients were used interchangeably. Moreover, most of the vitamins and oils used in their marketing gimmick, are way down the list.

e. Price: I bought this for NGN700 only ($2). Overall, I’m pleased with this product but it won’t find a place in my staple products.

V05 Freesia

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Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Glyceryl Stearate, DMDM Hydantoin, Linalool, Disodium EDTA, Citronellol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730), Polysorbate 20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Steareth-21, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Freesia Refracta Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide, Biotin.

I’ll do a quick rundown of this one because it did not wow me one bit! I needed a conditioner because I wasn’t close to my stash and this was like $2 (NGN 650), so, I quickly grabbed it.

a. Consistency: It has a nice slip and gives a beautiful result like Pomegranate.

b. Colour: It has this white tinted with blue colour.c. Ingredient: Almost exact ingredient list as the rest, it included hydrolyzed keratin but was way down the list.

d. Smell: however, my only grouse with the product is the fragrance used which always nauseate me no matter what I pair with it. I was really frustrated using the whole bottle because of the horrible fragrance used! It was just too overwhelming! So, far, I’ve finished this product and I’m never repurchasing. 

V05 Coconut New3407030__1555524200__1555524201_zoomIngredients :Water (Aqua, Eau), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Stearalkonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Glyceryl Stearate, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Steareth-21, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Niacinamide, Biotin.

a. Consistency: It is creamier and the slip is better than the Old Version however, it is still pretty thick and you can go overboard therefore, a little goes a long way.

b. Scent: The scent isn’t overpowering but smells like synthetic coconut fragrance.
c. Ingredient: this is a bit different from the old version.I also got this for the same price as pomegranate but I won’t repurchase, in fact, I gave the rest out. Unfortunately, I have no pictorial evidence and I apologise for that for Freesia and Coconut but I’ll update this with the pomegranate that I have left.

So far, Kiwi Lime Squeeze remains my favourite and in my permanent stash.

What are your favourites of V05 products?

Thanks for stopping by.

Beauty, Hair

One Month Challenge

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After a rewarding wash day.

Hello, beauties. I have been on a one month challenge of weekly wash days and this is my observation so far.

1. Itchy Scalp: I realised that my scalp that itches if my protective style lasts beyond 2 weeks has reduced greatly and the feeling has been positive.

2. Dry Scalp: since I’ve been on this challenge, my scalp seldom gets dry and has even been nourished properly because I clean my scalp every time.

3. Dry and crumbly hair: the last time I had crochet of three weeks on, I had an extremely dry, crumbly and brittle hair. My hair came out in chunks with the unravelling. My hair sounded like a crumbly dry leaf and I was scared I had ruined my hair.

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Trimmed and Healthy

4. Product Build-Up: has reduced greatly because I tend to be generous with products due to the density of my hair and by the third week of protective style, my scalp would have been on fire, swollen, itchy and bruised.

5. Lustre and Shine: have increased greatly because I have been giving it the needed moisture and it has rewarded me with being healthy, shiny, and manageable.

6. Breakage: less breakage, added lustre, body and shine.

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Successful Protective Style…Can you see the shine and lustre?

I think I’m going to maintain this routine and will keep you updated if things change.

What is your routine like?

Thanks for reading. See you in the next post.

Uncategorized

Product Junkism

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Copied from Everything Natural

The age of social media has really catapulted a lot of people into addiction, gluttony and junkism!

Urban Dictionary defined it ;

TOP DEFINITION
n- Person (usually of the female gender) with low self-esteem and a credit card, usually having more beauty products than the local drug store.
Morgan: Hey Lauren, can I borrow some mascara?
Lauren: Sure, what kind? I have Fusion Lash Blast Volume and Length in charcoal, a lash defining waterproof one I got in London in Blackest Black, a brown lash-building Luxe va—
Morgan: Wow, you are a total product junkie.

 

When you have different people you follow on social media, and they all push different products towards you every time, you will soon be brainwashed and think you are in for a good time like your influencer, however, most of them get these products as PR or get paid for pushing those products at you.

According to @theprince on IG, in one of his videos, he asked the following question, “influencers, what are you influencing?”

Influencing people to buy things they don’t need because you need more money in your pocket? Influencing people to buy things that pose health hazard just because of their insatiable greed for material things!

Most influencers also know the weakness of their audience; ignorance and paparazzi lifestyle, therefore, they exploit it to the fullest.

The only way you can liberate yourself from this path of destruction is to acquire knowledge for yourself; read, research and use up what you have before wasting all your life savings on “my Youtuber so-so recommended” as if they product formulators!

Know the type of influencers you want to follow, limit them to few who have a positive impact on your life, not the money-grabbing, greedy gluttons who see no evil in their money chasing ways.

Enough said, Rant Over and have a great weekend.

Kindly share your experience about Product Junkism 

Thanks for reading.

Beauty, Hair

ABC of Natural Hair

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Hello, my dearest. It’s been a great weekend and I am here to drop something juicy since it’s been a while I updated my blog.

I was on Youtube a few days back and I, of course, follow Jeanette there(her personality and approach wow me every time.

She did a post on this same topic and I got my inspiration from her. By the way, her IG address is @cravings_tresses

Without further ado, let’s get to the business of the day.

ABC

A. Apply products that work for your hair. Don’t become a product junkie because of loyalty to a favourite YouTuber or because you just have to have it because someone else used it. It only helps you by wasting your hard-earned money.

Research properly before investing in any product you want to apply to your hair and be wary of marketing gimmick employed by companies to trap unsuspecting buyers.

I’ve been a victim of this and I don’t think you should be too.

B. Be generous with product application. Follow instructions so as to have the desired result. Dime size products never work for coily natural hair; pea-sized neither especially those of us with high density and thick strands

Formulators of products know the best when formulating products therefore, don’t go overboard with experimenting. Sleeping overnight with your deep conditioner, for example, is overreaching and can destroy your hair pattern.

C. Clean your cuticles and wash your scalp. Exfoliate your scalp if you want your hair to thrive. Don’t just wash your hair and neglect your scalp, wash your scalp thoroughly to get rid of dead skin and product build-ups.

It is unhygienic to believe that product build-up helps your hair grow rather, it destroys it and even encourages bigger issues like seborrheic dermatitis etc

D. Dry your hair with a cotton t-shirt or microfibre towel. Preferably, cotton t-shirt or cotton material because it is affordable, and it gets the job done faster and better.

Using a regular towel can get your hair tangled and break off your hair which is not good for your hair.

E. Eat healthy food. Drink water and be hydrated. Healthy hair starts from within therefore, eat your vegetables/fruits/proteins, drink your fluid and exercise regularly.

F. Find your hair type and porosity. Most importantly, find your POROSITY!
This is because porosity is the most important factor that determines the choice of products and techniques you use in taking care of your hair.
Porosity is the ability of the hair to take in moisture. Without moisture, your hair will be thirsty, dry, break off and die!

G. Growing hair takes time so be patient give it all the TLC it needs. Don’t be in a hurry to grow very long hair. Enjoy your Twa after all, it takes a whole 9months to bring forth a child.

H. Heat can damage your hair but not always. Moderation is key. Don’t go overboard with heat application. Little heat here and there is healthy but not full-blown heat year-round.

Too much heat like blow-drying/ silk press 8 times a year can and will damage your curl/coil pattern and destroy your hair journey.

I. Inform yourself about your hair and what it likes. Research, read, and soak up all the knowledge about your hair and what it likes.

Follow people who teach the science of hair, ingredients, formulation etc. Consultants can only go so far but you are the real alpha of your hair.

J. Journaling can help keep track of progress. Create a CALENDAR. Take pictures and document all procedures, techniques and products applied to your hair and how it reacted to them all. This will help with your progress.

K. Keep your hair away from harmful styles. Avoid styles that are destructive for your hair and can cause both short term and long term damage to your hair/head. You don’t need to do ghana weaving if you have alopecia or no edges just to follow beauty trend.

You owe nobody apologies for your hair styling. You don’t need styles that won’t allow you to sleep at night or rest your head at angles you want

L. Low maintenance styles are the best. Try not to do too much to your hair; give your hair TLC but make sure your styles are not destroying your hair. Refrain from tight styles esp around the edges.

Allow your edges to be. Stop making hairstyles that encourages alopecia and destroys your hair on a long run. My hair and yours are different, embrace yours and work with it without destroying your peace of mind/pocket.

M. Moisturised hair is key. This will help with growth and health. Never allow your hair to be dry or thirsty. Discover your hairs needs as regards moisture and act accordingly.

N. Nobody’s hair is exactly the same. Don’t compare your hair/journey with another; no two heads are the same. We all have ‘Good Hair’ if we can all take good care of it.

Don’t be fooled even those with straight hair envy those with curly/coily hair pattern.

O. Overnight; you should keep your hair covered. So as to avoid loss of moisture or tangling. Do this using satin bonnet or pillowcase since these don’t absorb moisture.

P. Prepare for bad hair days. You can never have picture-perfect hair day always. Therefore, expect bad hair days. However, try to do your styling properly, so as to have the desired result

Q. Question people you allow handle your hair. Consult, ask and tell your handlers what you want to be done to your hair. Research and be knowledgeable about your handlers.

Don’t be shy and allow anybody to destroy your hair. Teach them if need be and if they are unteachable, leave with your hair intact.

R: Read your products Ingredient list. If you can’t find what you need in your product from the first five listed, don’t fall for marketing hype.

Don’t just read “contains argan oil” and stop there; go to the back and see where the argan is listed and if it’s in the top 5, then it means it actually exists there because first 5 ingredients make more than 80% of the product.

S. Stay away from Harmful Chemicals such as Sodium Hydroxide (lye found in relaxers), Hydrogen Peroxide(found in relaxers and hair dyes). It never ends well. It weakens the hair, removes the curl pattern, destroys the hair protein bond and your health generally in the long run.

T. Trim your hair as needed and don’t neglect your scalp. This is why you need a working hair regimen. Don’t hold on to dead ends because it affects the rest of your hair. Encourage your scalp to be healthy in order to push your hair growth.

U. Utilise Oils that work best for you. Use oils that work for your hair and don’t spend tons of money to buy oils. Stop falling for the hype of magic oil that will help you grow your hair!

Don’t be ignorant! There is no magic product anywhere; put in the work, and you will see progress.

V. Vitamins ‘can’ also help grow your hair. Vitamins and minerals work as a supplement to your healthy eating. However, DON’T substitutes healthy eating for vitamins. Eat your greens/protein, drink water always and stay hydrated.

W. Wash Days should be enjoyed, not endured and this is the more reason you need a structured schedule. Always prepare ahead for your wash days and take your time to give your hair the best care it needs.

Never rush the process because it can destroy the progress you have made. Be gentle when detangling your hair. If you say it’s just hair, it’s $ billion industry.

X. Expect haters; not all people will like your hair. Even workplaces can be a hostile environment for a natural.

Y. YouTube can guide but not all the time. Research more about hair science, not all time hair beauty. YouTubers are also trying and in fact, some of them are just salesperson’s who push product down people’s throat.

Decipher who/what is good for you and your hair.

Z. Zinc Pyrithione can help with psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and reliefs dry, itchy scalp.

In general, don’t listen to scaremongers who love to scare new naturals. Silicone, Petrolatum, Sulphate, Mineral Oil etc can be good for your hair if you apply them properly.

Organic can be harmful and synthetic can be harmless vice versa.  Don’t be fooled.

Inspiration from @Jeanette on YouTube who also was inspired by @haircarelair on IG.

Do you think I omitted anything? Kindly add yours in the comment section.

Thanks for reading and I want to hear positive stories afterwards.