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Quick Tip #23: Get Some (Nail) Therapy!

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Kocostar Nail Therapy

Have broken, damaged nails? Are your nail beds splitting and peeling? Don’t fret! Everyone experiences periods of stress or sadness about their personal appearance from time to time. If you’re feeling more grief than normal, it may be time to get some therapy … nail therapy, that is!

My sister gifted me some therapeutic intervention a while ago, and I never seemed to have time to sit still and actually use this unique beauty tool! When I did, I was blown away by how well it worked (and felt shameful about not utilizing this treatment sooner)! After peeling off my gel manicure (don’t judge!), my nails were left weak and damaged. After only ONE 30-minute application of this nail therapy, my nails looked shinier and felt much less fragile. It soothed and moisturized my nail beds while providing much-needed nutrition and strength to my overall nails. And, my skin (e.g., the tips of my fingers) felt baby soft. And, the best part? The results are immediate and lasting!

This intense, soothing treatment contains loads of botanicals and vitamins that protect and repair stressed nails while strengthening nails against splitting and peeling. If you are an excessive nail art lover, this nail therapy is a must for you! If you’re the busy, multitasking type who’s always short on time, don’t worry! You can treat your nails and still use your smart devices at the same time. For instance, while using the treatment, I was still able to check my emails on my iPhone with ease … For added protection during the week, I also used Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Hardener (in natural tint). Talk about a power-packed nail protection duo!

 

Ingredients:

Aqua/ Water/Eau, Glycerin, Paraffinumliquidum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, ButyrospermumParkii (Shea Butter), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Silk, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cera alba, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, 1.2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, CaprylylGlycol, IlliciumVerum(Anise)Fruit Extract, Soluble Collagen, AscorbylTetraisopalmitate, Ceramide 3, Milk Protein Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus AurantiumSinensis (Orange) Fiber, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit, Citrus Grandis(Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Disodium EDTA

Directions for Use:

Peel open each pack and place a mask on each finger. Leave on for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Massage remaining liquid from mask into the fingernail area (e.g., onto finger tips and finger nails) after removing the mask from each finger. Use as needed.

Storage and Handling Measures:

Keep product out of reach of children. Store at room temperature. Keep product away from direct light. Use immediately after opening.

Precautions:

Stop using product and consult a dermatologist or physician if the following occurs: swelling, red (strawberry) marks, itchiness and burning effects due to indirect or direct exposure to light.

PROS

  • Vitamins C, E, and ceramide provide shine and elasticity to nails
  • Milk protein and collagen protect nail roots
  • Portulaca extract and shea butter nourish and moisturize cuticles
  • Aloe vera and silk soften skin
  • Includes 5 packages (Only $4 per treatment)
  • While you care your nail, you can use your smartphone, i-pad, etc.
  • Great stocking stuffers or additions to gift baskets for the beauty enthusiast

CONS

  • This may be a first … ABSOLUTELY NONE!

 

Want more at-home spa treatment? The same company also has a foot therapy wrap made to exfoliate and soothe stressed feet! Check it out!

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Silk Elements MegaSilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment

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 MegaSilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment

Ingredients

Water (Aqua, Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Stearalkonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium PCA, Isopropyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, Disodium EDTA, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Hydrolyzed Silk, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate

Directions

Apply thoroughly to clean, damp hair, making sure ends are treated. Leave on 3-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Can be used twice a week to help maintain hair health.

 

The Silk Elements’ Megasilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment is a sulfate-free formula that claims to moisturize, strengthen, and nourish strands while leaving hair soft and full of shine. Although the instructions state that this only needs to be left on for 3-5 minutes, because I have multi-textured hair, I always deep condition my hair for at least 20 minutes. If I have time, I’ll leave it on for 30 minutes.

I love that this contains avocado oil, olive oil, and hydrolyzed silk. Because of the hydrolyzed silk, this treatment could also double as a light protein treatment. Yet, it is still safe for weekly or bi-weekly use. As a result, this makes it perfect for both relaxed and natural hair.

The treatment has the scent of a low- to mid-range perfume. I’m not a huge fan of heavily scented products, especially products that smell like it should be spritzed on my neck or wrists! Thankfully, this has a slight perfume scent that is light and fleeting. NOT my favorite product smell, but thankfully it does not linger and is not obnoxiously strong.

Every time I used this Moisturizing Treatment, my hair was left soft and hydrated. Although it is not watery or liquidity, the product isn’t as thick as other hair masques or hair cholesterols I’ve used previously. In addition, this product did not make it easier or worse for me to detangle my hair. Overall, I think this is a decent deep conditioner for the product size and price (when on sale). While this treatment is not my all-time favorite deep conditoner, it gets the job done.

PROS

    • Sulfate-free (Behentrimonium Methosulfate IS NOT a sulfate; it is a compound naturally derived from rapeseed oil used to thicken, condition and detangle hair)
    • Paraben-free
    • Contains avocado oil, olive oil, and hydrolyzed silk
    • Great for dry hair
    • Perfect for both relaxed and natural hair
    • Gentle enough to use 2x a week!
    • Decent results for the quantity and price

CONS

    • Contains a silicone called amodimethicone (fifth ingredient)
    • Contains isopropyl alcohol (thirteenth ingredient)
    • Not a huge fan of the scent (but it is not overly obnoxious)
    • Not as thick and creamy as some other hair masques or hair cholesterols I’ve used
    • Provided average results
    • Expensive (when not on sale)
    • Open jar

As a side note, I have read that several people (of hair types varying from wavy to kinky) have used this as a leave-in with stellar results. Others have used it as a pre-poo or co-wash. I have yet to try this Moisturizing Treatment in any of these ways. However, I think it is moisturizing enough to work as a pre-poo or co-wash, so I think I might experiment with alternative usage methods.

UPDATE

I finally decided to try Silk Elements’ Megasilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment as a leave-in, and my hair loved it! Who knew? The Moisturizing Treatment left my hair silky, soft, and well hydrated ALL day. It provided me with a super moisturized top bun, and it also gave me one of the best wash ‘n gos I have ever had. My curls were elongated and extremely defined. Thanks for the suggestion ladies!

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iON Keratin Smoothing Masque

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Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Vegetable Oil, Cetyl Esters, Sorbitol, Glycol Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Isopropyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ceteareth-20, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dmdm Hydantoin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Dimethiconol, Disodium Edta, Peg-4 Laurate, Citric Acid, Biotin, Panthenol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Pyridoxine Hcl, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool

Directions

After shampoo, massage ion Keratin Smoothing Masque into wet hair. Leave in 1-2 minutes. Rinse. For excessively dry or damaged hair, leave in 3-5 minutes. Use in place of daily conditioner 1-2 times per week, or as often as needed.

The ion Keratin Smoothing Masque is a sulfate-free formula that claims to replenish the protein, strength, and lost moisture of your strands all while creating more manageable hair. The Keratin Smoothing Masque also promises to eliminate frizz, restore elasticity, and repair damaged follicles. In addition, it can help prep the hair for smoother, faster blow-drys. Although it can also be used to improve and prolong the results of any Keratin Smoothing Treatment, it is a rich, nourishing hair masque that is safe for use on natural or chemically-treated (e.g., color-treated or relaxed) hair.

I love how thick and creamy this Smoothing Masque is. It is super easy to apply (thanks to the convenient pump top applicator). It has a unique perfumey scent that I am neither fond of nor detest. However, the smell does not linger in the hair. Although the directions state to leave the masque in your hair for up to 5 minutes, I use this product as a light protein treatment (due to the hydrolyzed keratin). As a result, I don a processing cap and then sit under my hooded stand dryer for 20-30 minutes. After rinsing the Smoothing Masque out, my hair is left feeling soft and strong all at the same time. No crunchy or hard tresses here! So, if you are not a fan of hard/harsher protein treatments like ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment or Keracare Super Reconstructor (see my review HERE), this may be the hair masque for you!

PROS

  • Improves and prolongs results of any smoothing treatment
  • Replenishes keratin and lost moisture
  • Contains NO formaldehyde
  • Eliminates frizz
  • Strengthens
  • Gentle enough to use 1-2x per week
  • Sulfate-free
  • Safe for any hair type
  • Thick and creamy
  • Pump applicator top

CONS

  • Contains dimethicone (second ingredient)
  • Odd perfumey scent (not horrible but not my favorite either)

Overall, the ion Keratin Smoothing Masque is great as a light protein treatment. I usually rotate this with my deep conditioner (e.g., either my [i.] ion Summer Deep Conditioning Treatment or my ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor). After almost two months of using the ion Keratin Smoothing Masque, the protein:moisture levels of my hair have been a lot easier to balance.

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Quick Tip #22: Make Your DIY Products Look Professional!

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Are you a natural hair mixtress? Do you have a penchant for making your own hair spritz, curl cream, or leave-in conditioner? Welcome to Team DIY! If you’re anything like me, repurposing old jars for a DIY product your hair actually likes makes your heart smile. However, having to subject your new DIY to worn containers with labels that won’t budge or are well-past their likability simply won’t do. That’s why I recently organized all of my hair and beauty products so that they would be streamlined and look great in my bedroom or bathroom. Truth be told, these labels and containers make my DIY products worthy to sit on the glass shelf of a boutique spa or luxurious hotel en suite. Want the same luxe look? Keep reading!

 

All you need is a re-purposed container that has been cleaned, sanitized, and has all the labels removed. If you want all of your containers to be uniform, you can also buy new containers. That’s what I opted to do since I had literally dozens of mismatched jars in different colors and sizes from the dozens of commercial product purchase fails I’ve endured over the years. I donated or recycled the jars I no longer needed, and I kept several bonus jars that didn’t match for gifting purposes.

These are the five types of containers I purchased: (1) 16 oz. spice jars for my Ayurvedic powders, (2) 32 oz. spice jars to house my larger hair supplies like my bentonite clay and hibiscus flowers, (3) 16 oz. cosmetic jars for my gel, curl cream, bath scrub, etc.,  (4) 16 oz. glass pump bottles for my DIY conditioners, lotions, and other products that might require a larger dispenser, and (5) 16 oz. glass spray bottles to house water, my hair spritz, and other water-based leave-ins.

 

(1) 16 oz. Spice Jars

The 16 oz. spice jars come in a set of six containers. I purchased two sets to house my various Ayurvedic herbs from amla powder to slippery elm powder. I designed labels in Photoshop and printed them on white vinyl product wrap for 16 oz. bottles for a more professional presentation. If you want smaller containers, they also have these available in various other sizes.

(2) 32 oz. Spice Jars

The 32 oz. spice jars come in a set of six containers. I purchased a single set to store my hair supplies that I tend to order in bulk (e.g., bentonite clay) or resources that take up more volume (i.e., hibiscus flowers or calendula petals. I designed labels in Photoshop (to match the product labels I created for the 16 oz. spice jars). Again, these are available in smaller sizes.

(3) 16 oz. Cosmetic Jars

The 16 oz. cosmetic jars come in a set of six. I purchased one set, but I am thinking of purchasing a second. Right now, I am using these containers to store a variety of my hair and skincare DIYs from curl cream to exfoliating sugar scrubs. I designed coordinating labels in Photoshop with a similar aesthetic as the ones I designed for my 16 oz. and 32 oz. spice jars. I love these. They are the perfect size for most of my hair and body DIY needs. I opted for plastic here instead of glass containers because these products are usually used when I am in the bathroom and are prone to breakage (i.e., dropping while being used).

(4) 16 oz. Glass Pump Bottles

The 16 oz. glass pump bottles are perfect for my DIY conditioners. I purchased clear glass pump bottles with stainless steel pump tops, but these are also available in amber, cobalt bluegreenblack, or in a variety pack. So, you can really customize these to suit your needs and personal tastes. I designed labels in Photoshop and printed them on white vinyl for durability.  You can also get these in a smaller 8 oz. size in amber, blackclear, or cobalt. They also come in plastic. However, I opted for glass whenever I could to minimize the amount of plastic I use. I tried to balance being eco-conscious against practicality (i.e., the likelihood of breakage).

(5) 16 oz. Glass Spray Bottles

The 16 oz. glass spray bottles are the optimum size for my storing water, my hair spritz, and other water-based leave-ins. If you want to create smaller hair spritzes, you can opt to buy these in the smaller 8 oz. size in amber or cobalt blue. If you prefer, you can order the plastic version of these as well in 8 oz. or 16 oz.  I, once again, designed labels in Photoshop and printed them on white vinyl for durability. You can also get these in a smaller 8 oz. size in amber, blackclear, or cobalt. I purchased two sets of the 16 oz. spray bottles in clear, amber, and cobalt blue so that I can see (by color and label) whether I am reaching for my water spray bottle or my bottle that contains my glycerin hair spritz.

To further organize my new jar collection, I purchased two sets of an adjustable black wire shelf organizer to expand my storage capacity as well as two Mainstays 3-Shelf Bookcases in rustic oak to complete the look.

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Measurable Difference Hydrating Body Oils

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I recently discovered hydrating body oils by Measurable Difference. I kept seeing them when I was out and about and finally decided to take the plunge! I purchased the Amaranth and Lavender versions. However, they also have other variations like Honeysuckle, Rosehip, and Jasmine. I have used both the Amaranth and Lavender oils several times, and I absolutely adore them. They are both non-greasy and easily absorbed into my skin.

I like to use the Amaranth Hydrating Oil when I have mild to moderate muscle aches. For instance, if I have had an especially intense workout, I will rub some on my sore areas (e.g., my calves and my quads). Or, if I’m experiencing any body pains (i.e., if I overdo it while gardening or doing any other labor-intensive task), I will slather some all over my body after I get out of the shower and towel off. Each time, the pain I had dissipated by at least 50% within about 60 seconds. No lie! I was impressed to say the least. I immediately told my mother about it, and she let me put rub some on her arthritis-stricken hands. She, too, experienced lessened pain! She liked it so much that she bought some for herself. Ha, ha. A wise choice … My sister wanted in and asked if she could try some on her feet. Being the kind sister that I am (wink, wink), I obliged. She said the Amaranth Oil instantly hydrated and soothed her dry, aching feet.

I like to use the Lavender Hydrating Oil when I want to relax or calm my inflamed skin. For instance, when I take an evening bath, I’ll add some Lavender Oil to my bath water (along with some epsom salts). It makes for a great start to a good night’s sleep. I have also used some on my face and on my cuticles. Indeed, it left my sensitive, combination facial skin hydrated. My nails also loved the oil because it is so light and is quickly absorbed by my skin. The scent is lovely, but the power of lavender to calm and relax tired minds and bodies is unspeakable.

Apart from the fact these oils work (and work well), I love the beautiful, clear glass bottle that these oils come in just as much. It allows you to see the actual flora that’s used to create the oil (e.g., the amaranth oil contains amaranth buds and the lavender oil has lavender stems inside). It’s nice enough to put on display in your bathroom or on your vanity. But, it’s not just for spectacular aesthetics, it’s also practical, too. It prevents the scent from fading and continues to infuse the oil with the beneficial properties of the plant within.

The bottle is also quite large (4 oz). And, I am smitten with the fact that it has a dropper top instead of a simple cap lid or twist applicator top. It makes application easy and elegant! I feel like Cleopatra every time I squeeze the bottle top and drip it onto my skin. (Hey, what can I say? I have an active imagination!)

I can’t say enough good things about these hydrating body oils. They are so easy to use. All you have to do is just gently pat them onto damp skin and wait for the beautiful scent and power to soothe and calm to unfold. These hydrating body oils are so amazing that I decided to make them part of my staple skincare regimen.  I can’t wait to try some of the other body oil incarnations by Measurable Difference. Have you used body oils before? If not, I think it’s time to give them a try.

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Black Cumin Seed Oil for Hair Health & Hair Growth

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Best Naturals Black Seed Oil 500 mg 90 Softgels

Black Cumin Seed (aka Nigella Sativa) Oil has been used for millennia. It dates as far back as ancient Egypt to when black cumin seeds and oil were found in King Tutankhamen’s tomb. It is an annual flowering plant native to south Asia. The seeds are often used as a spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines (e.g., to flavor vegetables, curries, naan bread, cheese, etc). Many of of the health benefits ascribed to Black Cumin Seed Oil have been thoroughly confirmed in biomedical literature. In fact, since 1965, there have been over 980 published, peer-reviewed studies referencing it! It’s benefits are so varied and diverse that, in Arabic cultures, it has even been called a remedy for anything except death! With such praise, fortified by a vast amount of supportive medical literature, it’s not difficult to see why this plant has been used for virtually every ailment and condition ranging from Type II diabetes and hypertension to scalp disorders and hair loss.

After reading so many good things about Nigella Sativa, I decided to implement it into my regimen on two fronts: (1) in the form of a gel capsule as a daily supplement and (2) as a topical scalp treatment to prevent hair breakage and encourage hair growth. I purchased two bottles of the soft gels and one 8 oz. bottle of Black Cumin Seed Oil. I like the Best Naturals brand because both the gel capsules and the Black Cumin Seed Oil contain unrefined, cold-pressed nigella sativa with minimum 0.95% thymoquinone (TQ), one of the main active constituents within nigella sativa next to omega 3, 6, and 9. In addition, unlike some brands, neither product contains no artificial color, flavor or sweetener, no preservatives, no sugar, no starch, no corn, no soy, no egg, no lactose, no gluten, no wheat, no yeast, no fish, and no sodium. The Black Cumin Seed Oil is also listed as organically sourced and non-GMO.

The Black Cumin Seed Oil has a pungent aroma that is spicy, earthy, and herbaceous. It may be off-putting to some, but it doesn’t bother me. If the scent is too strong for you, you may need to add some essential oils to it to mask the pungent smell. However, I chose to use it au naturale. After a day or two of use, I ended up transferring the oil into a small amber glass bottle with a dropper to prevent spillage. This allowed me to have greater control in terms of how much oil I used and made the application process much less chaotic. I simply added a label with my Brother label maker so that I wouldn’t forget what it was.

I purchased a multi-pack (for gifts and to use to store some of my other DIYs), but you can purchase a single bottle as well. Although, it is much more cost effective to purchase in multiples. They also come in larger sizes, too! As well as various colors like blue or green … I absolutely adore these dropper bottles. I have the 2 oz size in amber, blue, and green. I use them for storing my Black Cumin Seed Oil (and hopefully other oil blends), my DIY Vitamin C Serum, and a whole host of other things as well. I originally toyed with transferring the oil into one of my applicator bottles or Roots Only bottles, but the amber dropper glass bottle worked out best.

I love the texture of this Black Seed Oil. It is just as light as the amazing Goals Beauty Healthy Hair Oil I tried last month. However, it is super dark like Jamaican Black Castor Oil … just no where as thick. I applied the oil 3x a week for a little over a month and massaged my scalp each time I applied it.

Unfortunately, after taking two bottles of the soft gels, I honestly didn’t feel like they were “doing” anything. Granted, I eat clean, and I am relatively healthy BUT still. I expected an increased metabolism, less joint inflammation, expedited hair growth, SOMETHING!

My results, after 33 days of use was, quite frankly, disappointing. I have read some studies that suggest that benefits require prolonged use (i.e., at least 3 months), so I may revisit the use of Black Cumin Seed in the future but, for now, I think it’s a pass! Even my mom, who is a breast cancer survivor and has Type II diabetes said she was disappointed, and she purchased a much more expensive brand of soft gels and Black Cumin Seed Oil. Ha! Needless to say, we were both underwhelmed. So far, she says the Virgin Hair Fertilizer is working better for her, and I agree! Her hair is starting to fill in nicely.

Watch below for a video overview of my personal experience with using the Black Cumin Seed Oil topically.

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Dark & Lovely’s Au Naturale Anti-breakage Super Softening Hair Butter 

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SoftSheen-Carson Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Length Retention Super Softening Hair Butter, 8 oz

Ingredients:

Aqua / Water / Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera Oil / Coconut Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Parfum / Fragrance, Steareth-100, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Steareth-2, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Laureth-7, Mannan, Xanthan Gum, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Citronellol, Citral, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Ci 19140 / Yellow 5, Ci 15985 / Yellow 6, Ci 14700 / Red 4, Ci 17200 / Red 33, Ci 42090 / Blue 1

 

Directions:

After shampooing and conditioning with Tension Release Hair Wash and Strength Restoring Conditioner, apply a quarter size amount of Super Softening Hair Butter to damp or dry hair. Do not rinse. Use daily or as often as needed.

 

Dark & Lovely’s Super Softening Hair Butter from their anti-breakage Au Naturale line is pretty phenomenal! Even though coconut oil is the third ingredient, my hair was left soft and moisturized. I think this might be a first for me after using a commercial product with coconut oil within the first 10 ingredients! I’m kind of shocked! My biggest hurdle in my natural hair journey has been length retention and preventing split ends. I have spent most of my time either experiencing breakage or trimming off single strand knots (SSKs), mid-shaft splits, and split ends. Because the ends of our hair are the oldest part of our mane, they are quite fragile and, therefore, more prone to breakage than the rest of our hair. After using Dark & Lovely’s Root to Tip Mender with great success, I set my sights on trying their Hair Butter to develop a plan of attack against hair breakage and damage BEFORE it has a chance to even begin!

It claims to reverse dry, damaged hair and transform it into moisturized strands that are supple and full of shine. This Hair Butter also promises to reconstruct damaged strands sans drying alcohols, mineral oil, parabens, or petrolatum … talk about beautiful hair without compromise! After using the Hair Butter for a few weeks now, I am quite pleased! It worked well in an uber moisturized twist-out and even gave me an angelically soft bomb wash ‘n go—no gel required! I liked this Hair Butter so much that when I saw a Dark & Lovely coupon in my Sunday paper for $2 off, I immediately purchased a second jar despite still having half of my first jar left.

Dark & Lovely’s Super Softening Hair Butter has a similar fresh, clean scent as the Root to Tip Mender (except milder).  The product is extremely thick and creamy. I can turn the entire jar upside down without fear of product waste. However, it doesn’t weigh down my fine hair or make it feel oily! Even after using it every day for an entire week before washing my hair, I had zero product buildup on my scalp and absolutely no residual “gunk” on my hair follicles. Honestly, this works light years better than any SheaMoisture leave-in I’ve tried, and I’ve tried quite a few! So, I have ZERO complaints.

The Super Softening Hair Butter contains guarana root (aka paullinia cupana seed extract), a caffeinated berry, which helps to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp. It also contains honey, a natural humectant that helps to regulate and retain moisture in the hair. As a result, when the Hair Butter is combined with the Hair Wash and Conditioner, it will aid in preventing hair breakage so that each strand can grow healthier, stronger, and longer.

Although this Hair Butter  is a hair moisturizer Dark & Lovely specifically designed to quench dry, breaking transitioning hair, I find that it has worked wonders for my parched, extremely low porosity, natural hair. And, if used in an appropriate quantity, I think it would work equally well for relaxed hair, too.

This anti-breakage Au Naturale line also has an Anti-breakage Tension Release Wash (a shampoo free of sulfates, parabens, and silicones), an Anti-breakage Strength Restoring Conditioner (a 2-in-1 rinse-out conditioner and deep conditioning treatment free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum), a Length Retention Melt in Softness Detangling Co-Wash (a co-wash free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum that promises to gently melt away both brittleness and tangles) , a Length Retention Inch by Inch Strengthening Balm (a product free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum that rebuilds hair fibers by reinforcing weak strands from the inside out), a Length Retention Nice & Neat Braiding Custard (a styler free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum that claims to keep braids looking fresher longer), and an Anti-breakage Root to Tip Mender  (a hair treatment free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum that resuscitates frazzled, frayed hair back to life by eradicating split ends and breakage before it has a chance to begin).

Try one or all of the products … But, the Super Softening Hair Butter pairs extremely well with the Root to Tip Mender.

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