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The HONEY BLOWOUT Honey Treatment on Natural Hair

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The Honey Blowout Honey Treatment was created by Philadelphia native, Carla Clarkson, (aka “The Hair Maven”).  Honey Blowout is a treatment for all hair types whether straight, wavy, curly, or chemically treated (e.g., permanent hair color, relaxers ,etc). It can be used as a (1) pre-shampoo, (2) co-wash, (3) conditioner, or (4) deep conditioner.

 

Ingredients: water, honey complex, aloe complex, ethal, pure honey, honey/miel, essential oils, vitamin e oil, mild fragrance, natural coloring

Directions: Shake well. Apply from ends up to root on wet hair. Comb through using a wide tooth comb. Apply sulfate-free hydrating shampoo* on top of treatment. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Last, apply The Honey Blowout and comb through. Let sit for 3 minutes. Blow dry and style. 

*Honey Blowout will still work with a regular moisturizing shampoo.

 

 

If used as a deep conditioner, apply the Honey Blowout to wet hair, comb through, add a processing cap, and sit under a bonnet dryer for 20-30 minutes. If you do not have a bonnet dryer, use your body heat to allow the product to penetrate your strands and let the product sit on your hair for an hour. If used as a co-wash, apply to wet hair, massage scalp, and work though product with a wide-tooth comb (or smooth curls with fingertips). Rinse thoroughly with cool water. Repeat if additional cleansing is needed.

According to the company website, best results are achieved when the Honey Blowout Honey Treatment is layered underneath the KeraCare Sulfate-free Hydrating Shampoo. Clarkson recommends following up with the Matrix Sleek Look Smooth Conditioner, blow drying the hair, and then finishing with the H2Pro Professional Ceramic Flat Iron by flat ironing the hair via small sections.

In an effort to prevent premature damage to my fine, fragile hair, I haven’t flat-ironed my hair in 2 years! So, I opted to use the product as a pre-poo and final conditioning treatment prior to blow drying my hair. As a result, I saturated my hair with water with my Waterpik handheld shower head, applied the Honey Blowout from ends to roots, then I layered on my Pantene Moisture Boost Shampoo. I gently lathered both products, rinsed, and repeated the process. Next, I applied my Pantene Moisture Boost Conditioner. Finally, I applied the Honey Blowout one more time, let the product sit on my hair for 3 minutes as a light conditioning treatment, rinsed my hair thoroughly, and then blow dried my hair. if you’re blow dryer-challenged like I am, watch this tutorial. This is the blow drying method I now use, and it works extremely well, especially for fine or kinky hair.

My hair felt soft and silky after only one use. After the second repetition, my hair was 50% detangled. I also noticed that the product seemed to slightly elongate my curls, so I think this would work well even if I left my hair in its natural kinky, coily, curly state. However, the instructions are a little confusing and contradictory, depending on where you look. Even on the company website, the instructions vary. The following video (from the product’s creator) is probably the least confusing one that I found, explaining how to use the product.

Pros

  • pH balanced
  • Adds shine
  • Moisturizes hair
  • Strengthens and fortifies hair
  • Has a built-in heat protectant
  • Smooths hair and prevents frizz
  • Contains no parabens or preservatives
  • Can be used with color-treated hair
  • Can be used with sulfate-free or SLS shampoo
  • Great for ALL hair types (straight, wavy, or curly)
  • Can be used to condition and revive extension hair
  • Can be used for multiple purposes (e.g.,  (1) pre-shampoo, (2) co-wash, (3) conditioner, or (4) deep conditioner)

Cons

  • Cost ($25 for a 12 oz bottle)
  • Instructions are a little confusing
  • Label isn’t water-repellent so it smears after being left in shower after only 1 use

Although this product is a little pricey, considering I only used about ½ an ounce of total product after two lathers and one final conditioning treatment, I think the  price offers great value. Even if you blow dry your hair weekly, one bottle should last you at least 3 months. Since I have fine hair, I will likely get about 6 months of use out of one 12 oz bottle (if used weekly). And, given, how great this product performed for a blow-out, I’m confident it would work wonders on flat ironed hair as well as on curly/coily hair textures as a deep conditioning treatment.

Want to see my entire process? Watch the video below …

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SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Shampoo and Conditioner

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SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, 16.3 Ounce

 

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Shampoo

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Vinegar, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract

* Certified Organic Ingredients

 

Directions: Apply to wet hair. Gently massage from root to ends. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat if necessary.

 

The SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) Strengthen & Grow Shampoo has a very pleasant earthy scent almost akin to a mild licorice. This JBCO Strengthen & Grow Shampoo has medium viscosity … neither thin nor thick, yet closer to the thicker side. I like this because it makes it easier to open and close the bottle without worrying about wasting product unnecessarily while in the shower like some other runny or watery hair cleansers. Because this is a sulfate-free shampoo, it has ZERO lather. So, if that bothers you, look elsewhere! I’m not a huge fan of super sudsy shampoos, so I don’t particularly mind as long as my hair and scalp feel clean afterward.

I shampooed my hair twice just to make sure it was completely free of any and all debris (due to the lack of lather), and my hair felt smooth and super clean (without being stripped)! I love the fact that the shampoo is loaded with JBCO (to promote healthy hair growth), has peppermint (to stimulate the scalp), and contains apple cider vinegar (to clarify and regulate the scalp’s pH). I examined my scalp after use, and I had NO product build up whatsoever (unlike when I used the SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo and Crème Rinse).

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Conditioner, 13 Ounce

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Conditioner

Ingredients: Water (Aqua),  Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*,  Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,  Stearyl Alcohol,  Cetyl Alcohol,  Behentrimonium Chloride,  Hydroxyethylcellulose,  Panthenol,  Glycerin (Vegetable),  Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*,  Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil , Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend),  Hydrolyzed Keratin, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil,  Tocopherol,  Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,  Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol,  Hydrolyzed Rice Protein,  Apple Cider Vinegar,  Butylene Glycol,  Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3,  Niacin, Dextran,  Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract,  Caprylhydroxamic Acid,  Caprylyl Glycol,  Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Yeast Extract, Caramel

* Certified Organic Ingredients

 

Directions: After shampooing, apply generously, and comb through for even distribution. Leave in for 3 minutes. Rinse. Style as desired.

 

The SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) Strengthen, Grow & Restore Conditioner has a different but equally pleasant scent with subtle floral undertones. This JBCO Conditioner is super thick and comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser. I love this feature because it makes application a breeze, especially while in the shower. In fact, I wish the shampoo bottle also had a pump top!

I applied the conditioner to my hair and gently finger detangled. I left the conditioner in my hair while I completed the rest of my shower routine. The conditioner, while thick in consistency, didn’t weigh down my hair. When I rinsed it out, my hair felt soft and my curls were well defined. Like the shampoo, this conditioner also contains JBCO loaded with reparative omegas and peppermint to increase circulation to the scalp. In addition, it includes shea butter for deep moisturizing and conditioning.

When I finished washing and conditioning my hair, my tresses looked great. My hair was shiny, and my curls were defined and slightly elongated. However, my strands became quite parched as it air dried. Since the only products I had used in my hair was the JBCO Strengthen & Grow Shampoo and the JBCO Strengthen, Grow & Restore Conditioner, I can only attribute the dryness to that. Overall, I really love the shampoo and conditioner and how my tresses felt (in the shower), but I did not like how my hair started to feel once it began to dry. My hair stayed parched for a full 24 hours after use, even after I had thoroughly moisturized my hair. On day 2, I liberally applied some of my tried and true S-curl No-drip Moisturizer. That seemed to do the trick of getting and maintaining the moisture levels of my hair.

 

PROS

  • Made with natural, certified organic, and ethically sourced ingredients
  • Designed for a myriad of consumers: persons with natural, chemically processed, or heat styled hair
  • Nourishes and strengthens damaged, brittle hair, reducing the appearance of breakage and shedding
  • Promotes healthy hair growth
  • Leaves hair shiny
  • Restores moisture without weighing hair down
  • Shampoo easily clarifies scalp and removes product buildup
  • Conditioner is lightweight and easily detangles
  • Both the shampoo and conditioner are sulfate-free, color safe, and cruelty-free; they also DO NOT contain any phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, or petroleum

 

CONS

  • Not gentle enough for frequent use (if you have low porosity hair)
  • Left my hair feeling dry after only 1 use

If you have higher porosity hair, you will not likely experience the same “dry hair” effect that I did. If you have low porosity hair (like I do), I would recommend using this as a clarifying shampoo and conditioner and restrict use to 1-2x a month (max). For instance, if you wash weekly, use this shampoo and conditioner, then use another brand for the remaining 3 weeks in the month (or rotate every other week if your hair can handle bi-weekly use). That way you can avoid overly drying out your mane.

Because this line has been formulated to nourish and strengthen damaged hair while reducing hair shedding and breakage, I think it may be a worthwhile addition to your hair product rotation. Just make sure NOT to overuse it!

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SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo and Creme Rinse

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SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Glycerin, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Litchi Chinensis (Lychee) Fruit Extract, Hylocereus Undatus (Dragon Fruit) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Garcinia Livingstonei (African Mangosteen) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Phytate

* Certified Organic Ingredients

 

Directions: Apply to wet hair, and gently massage into a rich lather. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat, if necessary. May be used daily. For best results, follow with our WEIGHTLESS CRÈME RINSE.

 

The SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo was formulated for fine to medium hair. It has a lovely tropical scent with fruity undertones. I love that this Weightless Shampoo has imbe oil to block humidity and control frizz as well as aloe to promote great shine. It also has a blend of dragon fruit, lychee berry, and green apple extracts to nourish hair. This Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo is almost translucent and is quite watery for a shampoo. I wish it was a little thicker, especially if you want to avoid wasting product unnecessarily while in the shower. Although this is a sulfate-free shampoo, it has great lather. I’m not a huge fan of super sudsy shampoos, so I was kind of caught off guard by all the frothy foam in the shower. However, if you want a sulfate-free shampoo that has plenty of suds, this might be perfect for you!

I shampooed my hair once, but a second shampoo can be done if desired. After gently agitating my scalp with the pads of my fingers and rinsing out the Weightless Shampoo, my hair felt uber soft and silky. I was so excited, I added the Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Crème Rinse right away!

SheaMoisture® Fruit Fusion Coconut Weightless Creme Rinse - 10.3 oz

SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Crème Rinse

Ingredients: Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Panthenol, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Litchi Chinensis (Lychee) Fruit Extract, Hylocereus Undatus (Dragon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Garcinia Livingstonei (African Mangosteen) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Glycerin, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Tocopherol, Sodium Benzoate, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Undecylenate 

* Certified Organic Ingredients

 

Directions: Apply to clean, wet hair. Gently comb through hair from roots to ends. Leave in for a minute or two. Rinse. For tousled waves or curls style with our WEIGHTLESS TEXTURE SPRAY or add lift with our WEIGHTLESS STYLING MOUSSE.

 

The SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Crème Rinse, like the Weightless Shampoo, was formulated for fine to medium hair. It has pretty much the same tropical scent of the Weightless Shampoo. Unlike the shampoo, though, this Weightless Crème Rinse is much thicker and a lot more opaque (i.e., white in color).  After applying the conditioner to my hair, I carefully finger detangled my strands. Then, I let the conditioner absorb into my hair for a couple of minutes while I finished my shower. The Crème Rinse has medium viscosity, yet it didn’t weigh down my hair. When I rinsed it out, my hair felt silky soft and my curls were popping! Like the Weightless Shampoo, this conditioner also contains imbe oil for controlling frizz and aloe for adding shine.

When I finished washing and conditioning my hair, my hair looked great. My curls were sculpted, frizz-free, and slightly elongated. However, when I went to moisturize my hair, I saw that the Weightless Shampoo and Crème Rinse had failed to remove all the debris from my scalp. Even though I had not used gel during the week, I had quite noticeable product build-up on the front third of my head that had remained. Not cute!  So, although my hair was left soft, hydrated, and shiny, I was very disappointed by the inability of the Weightless Shampoo and Crème Rinse to thoroughly cleanse my scalp.

The next time I washed my hair, I did TWO shampoos and then added the Crème Rinse. During the second wash, I noticed that the Weightless Shampoo lathered quite a bit! So, this shampoo does has suds, they just don’t seem to appear until after the first wash. Upon inspecting my scalp this time around, it appeared completely free of product buildup and debris. So. a second wash proved too be a must for me with these products.

PROS

  • Made with natural, certified organic and ethically sourced ingredients
  • Designed for a myriad of consumers: persons with natural, chemically processed, or heat styled hair
  • A rich sulfate-free shampoo that lathers A LOT
  • Shampoo and conditioner leave hair soft and shiny
  • Shampoo restores moisture without weighing down hair
  • Conditioner is lightweight and easily detangles
  • Both the shampoo and conditioner are sulfate-free, color safe, and cruelty-free. They also DO NOT contain any phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, or petroleum

 

CONS

Although I loved the way my hair FELT and LOOKED after using the Weightless Shampoo and Crème Rinse, I didn’t like the fact that my scalp was left with product buildup. However, a second wash seemed to remedy this.

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Red by Kiss Professional Salon 1875 Watt Bonnet Hood Hair Dryer

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The Red by Kiss Professional Salon Bonnet Hood Hair Dryer has 1875 watts and dual motors that should last the test of time through hair drying, roller setting, hot treatments, color processing, deep conditioning, protein treatments, and much more. The adjustable height makes it perfect to customize to your own needs. I love that this Professional Salon Bonnet Hood Hair Dryer has 4 speeds: cold, low, medium and high. It was a challenge for me to find a bonnet dryer with more than just off/on and high and low! The best part is that this bonnet hair dryer folds down and nests neatly within itself. This is great for people like me who live in a small space or simply don’t have much storage.

So far I’ve used this bonnet hair dryer once a week for deep conditioning, henna hair packs, and/or protein treatments, depending on my hair’s needs. I’ve been wanting to try out a roller set, but I just haven’t had the time (or patience). But, given the ceramic tourmaline technology, your hair will be left smooth, silky, and frizz-free, regardless of your style. And, if you do decide to do a roller set, this bonnet hair dryer  has 15% more coverage to accommodate most rollers (even the jumbo size). Because the height of the hair dryer adjusts up an additional 4 ½”, you can also choose whatever surface or chair will best suit you.

 

Unfortunately, about a month after use, the hair dryer started to make a weird sound and smell. I unplugged it, let it cool, and replugged it (this time using a surge protector). It functioned seamlessly after that … up until today that is … when it made a loud sputtering noise for 60 seconds, started to smell like burnt wire, and then just completely died for no reason. I’ve only had this dryer for 9 months and have only used it once a week, sometimes only once every 2-3 weeks (when I got busy). My last bonnet dryer was a previous incarnation of the latest Gold ‘n Hot and lasted for a decade! In fact, I only ended up having to replace it after accidentally dropping it and cracking part of the neck of the unit that connected the hooded dryer to the base. If it hadn’t been for that, I am convinced it would have kept on running for at least another year or two. Sigh …

So, although the Red by Kiss Professional Salon Bonnet Hood Hair Dryer is a great price (under $50), given its short life span, it can hardly be recommended. 😥

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Naturally Silk Elements Whipped Curl Cream

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Whipped Curl Cream

 

Naturally Silk Elements Whipped Curl Cream is specifically designed to replenish the moisture needed by those with textured, natural, or multicultural hair. This whipped curl cream helps define curls, detangle and control frizz without flaking and build-up, leaving hair smooth, sleek and manageable and is excellent for curly/kinky hair textures. Naturally Silk Elements helps soften hair, define curls, and control frizz. This curl cream is also free of parabens, mineral oil, petroleum, and alcohol.

 

Directions: Apply a small amount of Naturally Silk Elements Whipped Curl Cream in hands, and smooth it evenly through wet or dry hair. Style as desired.

Ingredients: Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Fragrance, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dmdm Hydantoin, Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Peg-150 Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Peg-20 Hydrogenated Lanolin, Peg-40 Stearate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Lupine Seed Extract, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate

 

This whipped curl cream is excellent for curly and kinky hair textures. It has a super thick consistency and a gentle, fragrant scent that is like a light perfume. Although very thick in texture, it applies very easily. I like that I can use this on both wet AND dry hair. The first time I used the curl cream, I applied it to damp/wet hair. It gave me amazingly beautiful curl definition and instantly tamed my frizz. The next day, I applied the curl cream to dry hair to “refresh” my curls, and I noticed that my curls became much more elongated. So, if you want less “shrinkage,” I would apply this to dry hair (or hair that has only been lightly misted with water. 

After using this curl cream for a week straight, I never once developed any flakes or product buildup. The curl cream rinsed out of my hair with ease. And, the best part, I found it at my local beauty supply store for only $3.99!!! 

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Pantene Gold Series Moisture Boost Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hydrating Butter Cream

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Pantene’s new Pro-V Gold Series Moisture Boost line contains a shampoo, conditioner, co-wash, hydrating butter crème, detangling milkcurl pudding, intense hydrating oil, and hair mask. I tried the shampoo, conditioner, and butter crème. Pantene created this affordable hair care line to cater to the specific needs of textured hair. The line claims to be the gold standard for moisturizing and protecting curly and kinky hair.

Moisture Boost Shampoo

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Citrate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethiconol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tea-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Tetrasodium Edta, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Trideceth-10, Polyquaternium-6, Polyquaternium-10, Trihydroxystearin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Silica, Iron Oxides, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Directions: Squeeze a quarter size amount into palm. Rub hands together to emulsify. Use finger tips (not nails) to gently massage into scalp. Finger comb lather down the lengths of the hair to the tips. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat shampooing process 2-3x, as needed. Ensure all shampoo is rinsed out of hair.

The shampoo has a lovely citrus scent that I love. It also comes with a pump applicator that makes application super easy, especially while in the shower. Although the shampoo isn’t very thick, it isn’t watery either. The consistency is kind of somewhere in-between. While this shampoo DOES contain sulfates, it didn’t overly lather like most sulfate shampoos. As a result, it didn’t strip my hair during the wash process and left my strands hydrated and soft. This shampoo did a great job of removing any and all product build up that had accumulated on my scalp and hair throughout the week.  In fact, the shampoo, while gentle, still effectively cleansed my scalp of impurities… even after a week of using gel! And, I never needed more than one application despite the label stating that up to 3 applications could be used safely, if needed.

Pros

  • Great for dry, damaged hair
  • Gently cleanses
  • Creamy lather
  • Infused with argan oil
  • Removes product build up
  • Paraben free
  • Softens strands

Cons

  • Contains sulfates

Moisture Boost Conditioner

Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Silicone Quaternium-26, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Histidine, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Directions: Squeeze a quarter size amount into palm. Rub hands together to emulsify. Finger comb conditioner into hair, beginning mid-shaft down to tips. Then, work conditioner through from root to tip, ensuring all hair is fully saturated. Use a wide tooth comb to fully detangle saturated strands. Rinse thoroughly. Comb through fully rinsed strands with a wide tooth comb before towel drying.

The conditioner has the same lovely citrus scent as the shampoo. However, unlike the shampoo, the conditioner bottle has a flip top instead of a pump applicator. I wish the conditioner had the same pump style top as the shampoo. Despite that unfortunate failing, though, this conditioner in every other respect is quite simply amazing! It detangled all of my hair in seconds! No, that IS NOT a typo. IN SECONDSIn fact, it left my hair so soft, moisturized, and tangle free that I forgot to deep condition my hair the first time I used this conditioner because my hair felt THAT good!

Pros

  • Great for dry, damaged hair
  • Easily detangles
  • Moisturizes and softens strands
  • Infused with argan oil
  • Sulfate free
  • Paraben free
  • Dye free

Cons

  • Has a flip top instead of a pump applicator
Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Hydrating Butter-Creme, 6.8 Ounce

Hydrating Butter Crème

Ingredients: Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isodecyl Oleate, Sorbitan Stearate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Paraffin, Fragrance, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Decyl Oleate, Triethanolamine, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylparaben, Disodium Edta, Propylparaben, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Lysine Hcl, Methyl Tyrosinate Hcl, Histidine

Directions: (For Natural Textures) Apply a dime sized amount to palm. Rub together to emulsify. Pull through curls to infuse moisture and shine. Apply more as needed to enhance definition. (For Relaxed Hair) Use on dry hair. Apply a dime sized amount at night before you wrap hair. Cocktail with Intense Hydrating Oil for even deeper moisture.

The butter crème has the same signature citrus scent as the shampoo and the conditioner, just lighter. I love the thick, creamy consistency. According to the product label, this butter crème will tame frizz and provide 72 hours of moisturization. Although I love the fact that this crème can be used on hair that is wet or dry, it failed to live up to ANY of its other claims. Less than 24 hours after I applied the product, my hair felt parched and dehydrated. And, I had enough frizz to create my own lion mane! In addition, my hair needed almost 3 times the amount of product as specified. A dime sized amount simply just was not enough to quench the thirst of my low porosity strands. In fact, the only way I managed to get this product to actually work was to cocktail it with my beloved S-Curl No Drip Moisturizer and castor oil. Not happy!

Pros

  • Thick, creamy consistency
  • Can be used on wet or dry hair
  • Great for dry, damaged hair
  • Great for relaxed hair
  • Infused with argan oil
  • Sulfate free
  • Dye free

Cons

  • Contains mineral oil
  • Contains silicones
  • Left my hair frizzy
  • Failed to moisturize my hair

Watch the video below for an additional show and tell about Pantene’s new Pro-V Gold Series Moisture Boost shampoo, conditioner, and butter crème.

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Proclaim Shea Butter Curl Pudding

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The Proclaim Shea Butter Curl Pudding is sulfate, paraben, gluten, and silicone free. It contains a blend of shea butter, biotin, and honey. It claims to define curls while moisturizing dehydrated hair.

Ingredients:

Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-20, Polyquaternium-69, Fragrance, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Panthenol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Phenethyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Ppg-2 Methyl Ether, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylisothiazolinone, Biotin, Honey Extract, Phenoxyethanol

Directions:
Apply curl pudding to clean, damp hair, and smooth to style.

 

Okay, so I think my current curl pudding is getting ready to be discontinued because I can’t seem to find it anywhere. I used to be able to get it for $6 at my local Walmart. Shout-out to Roots of Nature’s Feather Whipped Curl Creme with Mango Oil and Cupuacu Butter. That stuff was “the-best.com!” It made me want to do a “happy dance.”

  Then, , and do it again!  

I never had a bad hair day or parched hair whenever I used the feather whipped curl creme. Unfortunately, the only place I can now find it is online at 3-4x the original retail cost! So, I’ve been on the hunt to find a suitable replacement. Although this Proclaim Shea Butter Curl Pudding has its pros and cons, it is a decent “stand in” until I can find another all-in-one Curl Creme or styling agent. Watch the video below to find out why …

 

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