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SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Reparative Leave-In Conditioner

 

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SheaMoisture Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner, Jamaican Black Castor Oil--16 oz (453 g)

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 , Hydrolyzed Keratin, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Vinegar, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract

Directions:

Apply to clean, towel-dried hair. Work a generous amount of product into hair from root to ends. Comb through for even distribution. Do not rinse. Apply more to longer hair at the end of problem areas. Can also be used as a rinse-out conditioner. 

SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner contains organic shea butter, peppermint extract, and Jamaican black castor oil to condition hair, stimulate the scalp, and promote healthy hair growth. It claims to help remove buildup while remaining gentle enough for daily moisturizing. Per the directions on the label, I applied this Leave-in Conditioner to freshly washed hair. I divided my hair into quadrants to make the application process easier. Then, I shingled the JBCO Conditioner through each section. I used the product solo to get a sense of how my hair would respond. My curls and coils looked super defined, and I started to get excited about the fact that I may have just found my new go-to hair moisturizer. But, I decided to reserve my full opinion until after my hair had fully dried.

About 3 hours later, I looked in the mirror and was pleased by how this JBCO Conditioner made my hair “look.” My curls were still very defined. However, when I touched my hair, I was mortified. To my surprise, my tresses were dry, hard, and super crunchy. It was as if I had slathered an alcohol-based gel all over my hair! I scrutinized the ingredients more closely. I saw hydrolyzed keratin (13th ingredient), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (18th ingredient), and hydrolyzed rice protein (21st ingredient) in the ingredient list. That’s three different proteins. Because they are all hydrolyzed, they have been processed to the point that they are small enough to penetrate past the hair’s cuticle directly into the core of the hair shaft, allowing the protein to easily bond to each hair follicle.

I also noticed that coconut oil was the third ingredient. My hair IS NOT a big fan of coconut oil. I stopped using coconut oil in my hair very early in my natural hair journey because it often made my hair stiff and dry. This, in combination with the three hydrolyzed proteins, is probably why my hair responded so harshly to this Leave-in. So, if you have fine, low-porosity hair like I do, I would test this JBCO Conditioner on a discreet area of your hair before applying it all over your mane like I did.

Another concern I have is the inconsistent product textures. Some naturals I talked to said their JBCO Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner was thin and runny. The one I purchased, though, was very thick and creamy. So, I’m wondering if there has been a recent formula change. This may account for the two distinctive “Love It!” or “Leave It!” camps. Also, many people warned me that this smelled like Play-Doh! Needless to say I was a little concerned before trying the product that I would reek of rambunctious four-year-olds at playtime. Yet, to me, this JBCO Conditioner has more of an herbal, medicinal smell (in a good way). So, I’m not sure what the deal is with all the Play-Doh references. Nevertheless, I was so disappointed with this Leave-in that I returned it.

Some naturalistas informed me that even though the directions state that a “generous amount” should be applied, I should really use just a small amount/apply the Leave-in more sparingly. However, I tried that, and it still left a hard caste on my hair. It was as if the product just sat on the top of my hair. Others suggested that I use it on dry rather than wet or damp freshly washed hair but, by then, I had given up on the product and returned it! Here’s the breakdown of the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • No Parabens
  • No Phthalates
  • No Paraffin
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No DEA
  • No Petroleum
  • No Formaldehyde
  • No Propylene
  • Super thick and creamy consistency
  • Pleasant scent

Cons:

  • Dried out my hair
  • Made my hair super crunchy and hard
  • Inconsistent product consistencies
  • Too much protein for safe daily use (FOR ME)

While this Leave-in Conditioner was ideal in theory, the amazing ingredients just didn’t translate into great results for MY hair. My sister loves SheaMoisture’s JBCO Shampoo and Conditioner, which is why I went out on a limb to try this Leave-in. However, she has super thick type 4B hair. So, I’ll let you decide whether you think your hair type and texture will benefit from SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner.

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Especially Hair Enhance Daily Conditioner & Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment

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I was introduced to Especially Hair’s products via My Natural Sistas. I won two of their Enhance Daily Conditioners and two of their Moisture Foundation Deep Treatments via one of their giveaways! This was my first time winning an online giveaway, so I was extremely excited. I wanted to use up some of the products in my stash first, so it took me a while to actually open and use these products. However, I have now been using these products for the last two months, so I wanted to share this brand and their line with you now that I have a better sense of what their products can do.

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Enhance Daily Conditioner 

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua) – Acetic Acid (Organic Apple Cider Vinegar)* – Glycerin – Propylene Glycol – Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil – Proprietary Essential Oil Blend – Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract – Verbascum Thapsus (Mullein) Leaf Extract – Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract – Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice – Carrageenan.

*Certified organic by Organic Certifiers.

Directions:

Apply to dry hair.

  1. Squeeze Enhance from the bottle onto hair and scalp in sections. Use the applicator tip while massaging gently to distribute throughout.
  2. Apply to hairline, forehead, sides, and base of neck. Gently smooth from the hairline back toward the ends of hair.
  3. Comb to distribute product.
  4. Air dry, and style as desired.

For best results, use full Especially Hair conditioning system, including our Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment.

Especially Hair’s Enhance Daily Conditioner is a lightweight conditioner designed to reawaken curls for second- and third-day styling, control frizz, and prevent build up for children and adults alike! I love that it is specially blended with botanical extracts and amino acids to maintain optimum moisture levels for my hair and scalp while increasing volume, shine, and manageability. However, application is quite fussy given that it comes in a bottle with an applicator tip instead of as a spray bottle. Application would be so much easier if I didn’t have to transfer it to a spray bottle for more even distribution.

Also, as soon as I opened the bottle, I smelled the apple cider vinegar. This may be off-putting for some. However, the smell does eventually dissipate (usually within an hour). Because this conditioner is designed for everyday use, I like how lightweight it is. Unfortunately, though, it did absolutely nothing for my hair. My hair didn’t feel more moisturized or more manageable than usual after using this leave-in. And, given the steep $17 price tag for only 4 oz. (118 ml) of product, this is not something I would ever purchase in the future as I receive exponentially better results from my DIY lavender hair spritz for four times the quantity at a fraction of the price!

Enhance Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment

Ingredients:

Glycerin – Water (Aqua) – Butylene Glycol – Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil – Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Seed Oil – Acetic Acid (Organic Apple Cider Vinegar) – Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil – Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk – Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Behentrimonium Chloride – Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Dicetyl Phosphate (and) Ceteth-10 Phosphate – Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil – Fragrance – Dimethicone – Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil – Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) – Quaternium-91 (and) Cetrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol – Isopropyl Mystate – Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract – Carrageenan – Hydroxyethylcellulose – Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract – Verbascum Thapsus (Mullein) Leaf Extract – Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract – Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice – Phenoxyethanol.

Directions:

LEAVE-IN: COILY – CURLY | Apply to wet hair.  1) Using palms of hands, apply Moisture Foundation to hairline, forehead, sides, and base of neck. Gently smooth from the hairline back toward the ends of hair.  2) Section hair, and generously apply from root to tip.  3) Comb to distribute product.  4) Air dry, and style as desired.

RINSE-OUT: WAVY  –  HEAT APPLICATION | Apply to wet hair. 1) Using palms of hands, apply Moisture Foundation to hairline, forehead, sides, and base of neck. Gently smooth from the hairline back toward the ends of hair.  2) Section hair, and generously apply from root to tip.  3) Comb to distribute product.  4) Leave in for 3-5 minutes.  5) Lightly rinse.  6) Style as desired.

For best results, use full Especially Hair conditioning system, including our Enhance Daily Conditioner.

Especially Hair’s Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment is a hair masque that aims to solve the problems many curly- and wavy-haired gals experience while trying to create the perfect wash ‘n go. This premium deep treatment is infused with panthenol (aka vitamin B5), argan oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, and essential oils to moisturize and condition the hair, allowing for easy detangling in 15 minutes or less! It also claims to leave hair feeling thicker and more voluminous while repairing damage from heat styling, chemicals, and harmful UV rays. Moisture Foundation can be used as a leave-in to protect from potential damage from daily styling, or chlorine or saltwater. Or, it can be used as a wash-out deep conditioner to reverse excessive dryness.

Weighing in at 8.5 oz (250 ml), this product is twice as costly as Especially Hair’s Enhance Daily Conditioner. However, here, the price tag is justified! The first month, I used this product exclusively as a leave-in. It gave me fluffy, highly moisturized twist-outs and wash ‘n gos. My hair has NEVER felt more moisturized. In fact, it kept my hair moisturized for days. Yes. Days! And, to refresh my curls, all I had to do was spritz lightly with water, seal with a light oil (i.e., extra virgin olive oil) if necessary, and then restyle my hair.

I especially love (pun intended) wink that Especially Hair is a sustainable brand committed to sourcing renewable raw materials for both their packaging and actual product formulations. Born out of  the necessity of trying to find products able to combat the stress that swimming puts on textured hair, this is a brand drenching in concern for the health of  kinky, curly, coily strands. At the very least, the Moisture Foundation is worth the deluge to your pocketbook! So, give it a try.

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Softsheen Carson’s Optimum Advanced Keratin Sealing Leave-in Conditioner

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Keratin Sealing Leave-in Conditioner

Ingredients: water, quaternium-87, stearyl alcoholm, behentrimonium chloride, amodimethicone, potato starch modified, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, polysorbate 20, tridecth-5, isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, tridecth-10, arginine, serine, glutamic acid, hexyl cinnamal, aragania spinosa kernel oil, coconut oil, chlorhexidine dihydrochloride, linalool, pentasodium pentetate, hydroxypropyltrimonium hydrolyzed wheat protein, benzyl salicylate, limonene, citronellol, benzyl alcohol, and citric acid.

Directions: After shampooing or conditioning, spray evenly on damp hair. Comb thoroughly and style as desired.

 

I used Softsheen Carson’s Keratin Sealing Leave-In Conditioner for the first time when I flat-ironed my hair in February. However, I thought I would see how well it worked without applying heat (i.e., as a regular leave-in). I tried several water-based leave-ins during the 12 months of my first year as a natural. Nonetheless, all of them left me feeling “underwhelmed.” They were nothing special. In fact, in all cases, I found that misting my hair with distilled water yielded me the same (if not better) results! So, needless to say, it will likely take a lot for a water-based conditioner to leave a lasting impression on me. To my surprise, this one did!

This Keratin Sealing Leave-In Conditioner is listed as “Step 5” of their Optimum Advanced Keratin Whipped Creme Relaxer System. It is supposed to be one of the first relaxers to actually respect the integrity of one’s hair by preserving hair fibers’ inner strength and significantly reducing damage to hair while also protecting the health of each strand. This conditioner’s Pro-Keratin Complex claims to help detangle, rebuild strength and elasticity into distressed hair, seal in long-lasting conditioning, and provide luxurious shine.

Even though my hair is no longer chemically enhanced, I thought that this leave-in would be the perfect addition to my hair care regimen when straightening my hair since flat ironing has a tendency to rob our hair of much-needed moisture. But, after reading all of the claims, I started to wonder how well this conditioner would fare as a normal leave-in on curly/coily hair. So, I decided to put it to the test.

The packaging is slim and sleek, not clunky or big. I love the stylish spray nozzle. It releases a fine mist and allows you to control how much of the product you want to use in your hair. In addition, it has a lock/unlock button. So, no more accidental spills while in storage or in-between uses. As you probably already know, not all spray bottles are created equally, so I truly love the practicality of both of these features.

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Keratin Sealing Leave-in Conditioner LOCK

And the smell …? Absolutely intoxicating! It smells like a mid-range eau de parfum without the sticker shock. The scent might be a bit much for some, but I rather enjoy it.

This lightweight conditioner infuses a precious blend of oils (e.g., argan and coconut oils) that condition and moisturize the hair.While this leave-in offered high gloss shine, it DID NOT successfully create a barrier against humidity. However, I live in a high-humidity environment (even in winter/spring). So, I’m not too disappointed on that front since the only thing I have found that prevents my hair from overly expanding when exposed to humidity is Luster’s S-Curl No Drip Activator Moisturizer. LOL!

All I did was section my hair into quadrants and lightly mist each quadrant. After that, I layered on some whipped shea butter, created several twists or flat twists in each quadrant, and donned a satin bonnet before going to bed. The Keratin Sealing Leave-In left my hair luxuriously soft and well-moisturized. The following morning, even after an intense workout, my hair remained hydrated and frizz-free. 

I’ve used this leave-in on damp and dry hair. I received great results either way. On wet hair, I used this prior to blow drying. My hair was left feeling soft and moisturized. On dry hair, I lightly misted my strands to quickly transform an old wash ‘n go into the look of a blow-out. But, that’s not even the best part … I achieved a heatless “blow-out” in less than 30 seconds and with minimal hair fall. LESS THAN THIRTY SECONDS. No lie! So, saying that this product makes detangling a breeze is a huge understatement! I have NEVER detangled my knot-prone hair so quickly or with such salon-worthy results.

The only downside is that I feel that you have to use a lot of  the Keratin Sealing Leave-In (especially on dry hair) to receive such amazing results, which means this 8.5 fl. oz. size bottle (250 ml) won’t last as long as I would like. In addition, because this leave-in is from Softsheen Carson’s Optimum Advanced Professional hair care line, it will likely be more difficult to obtain. It’s price is also a little steep; it retails for $14.99 – $19.99, depending on the distributor. But, considering this product is only one of two water-based leave-ins I’ve tried in the last 12 months (out of probably a dozen) that actually lived up to its claims, I think it is well worth the price (and the trouble of finding)!

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ApHogee Pro Vitamin Leave-In Conditioner

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Ingredients
Water, Polyquaternium-11, Amodimethicone, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Hair Keratin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium collagen Amino Acids, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Wheat Germ Fatty Acids, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Arachidonic Acid, Sorbitol, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, tocopherol, Sulfur, Tallowtrimonium Chloride, Citrci Acid, Polysorbate-80, Nonoxynol-10, Aminomethyl Propanol, Dimethicone, Copoylol, Acetamide MEA, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Fragrance, Quaternium-15, Methylparaben.

Directions
Wash hair with Aphogee Shampoo and towel dry. Apply ¼ to ¾ ounce of Pro-Vitamin leave-in Conditioner onto hair depending on length and thickness. Comb thoroughly. Hair should be evenly damp, but not over wet. Blow dry on low heat setting or air dry naturally. Style as usual.

This leave-in may be used daily, before styling, or setting. According to the label, ApHogee’s Pro Vitamin Leave-In Conditioner fortifies limp, lifeless hair, increases fullness and provides superior body, strengthens hair with Panthenol Pro-Vitamin B5, allows all hair types to support styles better, is pH balanced to seal the cuticle, detangles, enhances color and highlights, springs permed hair to life, and is essential for use with heat styling tools.

This conditioner has a fragrance reminiscent of coconuts, just like ApHogee’s 2 Minute Reconstructor. So, if you are not a fan of tropical scents, beware! In addition, this leave-in is quite watery. I know this is a water-based leave-in, but it is not what I expected at all. Even after “a good shaking,” it was still very runny.

Moreover, the fact that this water-based leave-in comes with a pour spout instead of a spray nozzle is just odd and downright silly! It makes application messier than necessary. I also felt like I wasted product because it was hard to control how much I poured out of the bottle. And, once I did manage to pour a reasonable amount out, it was still difficult to apply it to my hair. I kept staring at my cupped hand, trying to figure out how not to spill the product all over my bathroom floor! I ended up purchasing an empty spray bottle to pour the product into to make it easier to use and for product conservation (e.g., to avoid applying too much of the product in one sitting).

Thankfully, this leave-in isn’t sticky and never created any build-up, even when used daily. However, this product, for me, was just OK. I wan’t really impressed. I didn’t feel like this conditioner detangled my hair one bit. In fact, I did a comparison test, using this leave-in every day for a week while styling my hair (prior to bed) and then using plain, distilled water the next. Good ole H2O won every time! This was very disconcerting. Nonetheless, I don’t like to be wasteful, so I’ve laboriously emptied my bottle.

After using this product for several months, I have yet to see any improvement in the condition or overall health of my hair. Some consumers suggested adding water, natural oils (i.e., castor oil or olive oil), and essential oils (i.e., tea tree, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, etc) to this leave-in to make it more useful. But, honestly, instead of doing all of that, I would rather just make and use one of my own DIY leave-ins like my multi-use beauty spritz or my easy homemade leave-in conditioner. It’s less expensive and more effective! Needless to say, I WILL NOT BE REPURCHASING!!! 

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Ancient Secrets’ Hair Growth Oil + Detangler

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When: February 14, 2014 – March 14, 2014
Coverage: Scalp
Frequency: Daily (every night)
Starting Length (FRONT): 9.75″
Starting Length (CROWN): 10.50″
Starting Length (RIGHT): 9.5″
Starting Length (LEFT): 9.5″
Starting Length (BACK): 9.5″
Adjusted Length: Cut 0.50″ off my whole head on February 23, 2014 due to SSKs.
Ending Length: My hair grew 1-2″ in my crown; 1″ on sides of hair; 0.75″ front/back of my hair.

Ancient Secrets' Hair Growth Oil

Ancient Secrets’ Hair Growth Oil is an all-natural, organic, kid-safe product that can be used on natural, texlaxed, or relaxed hair. Made with ingredients that have been used in Ancient Egypt since 2000 BC, this oil is not only great for stimulating hair growth but can also be used as a hot oil, to moisturize the skin, soothe eczema, reduce dandruff, and add shine to hair. In addition, each bottle is formulated to prevent skin irritation. The growth oil includes aloe vera, tea tree oil, jojoba, ginger, organic coconut, Egyptian basil, Egyptian fennel, olive oil, and other all-natural ingredients.

The oil should be applied daily for expedited hair growth. When using the product, it is recommended to wash your hair once a week. Since I already do this, I followed my normal wash routine. According to the company website, you should start to see results within a week or two but should give the growth oil a full 30 days to fully stimulate hair growth.

Roots Only Applicator Bottle

The oil came in an opaque, black bottle with a pour spout. I removed the spout and exchanged it for my Roots Only comb attachment. It was a perfect fit! I applied the oil to my scalp every night, using the Roots Only applicator tip, and massaged my scalp for 2 minutes. A few times, I applied the oil but forgot to massage my scalp. But, most nights, I remembered to do it. And, out of the 4 weeks I used the oil, I only missed applying the oil twice. I only had two days in the month where I forgot to use the product at all. So, I used the product daily and fairly consistently.

The oil is clear and has a non-distinctive, mild scent. The fragrance isn’t floral or medicinal. For me, it is relatively neutral. The oil is also neither viscous nor thin but definitely leans toward liquidity, which was a feature I admittedly disliked initially.

The first time I used the oil, my scalp was feeling a little agitated. After only one use, my scalp instantly felt soothed. And, when some of the oil got onto my hands, I rubbed it into my skin and was surprised by how well it hydrated it. The first time I used it, I applied the growth oil to my scalp, lightly misted my hair with my DIY multi-use spritz, layered on some of my DIY Eco Styler Custard, and flat-twisted my hair. The next day, after undoing my twists, I noticed how much softer the oil made my hair and how great it made my scalp feel. My scalp wasn’t oily or dry. It was perfectly balanced. I’m not usually one to constantly touch my hair throughout the day, but my hair felt so moisturized and soft that I honestly had a hard time keeping my hands out of my hair … a first for me!

After only a week of use, I had to cut 0.50″ off my hair due to another bout of single strand knots (SSKs). I made the mistake of trying to wear a wash ‘n go for a week. I know, I know. I promised I would say, “No!” to the wash ‘n go, but I have been having a hard time saying goodbye. It has been my preferred style for a while now, so styling my hair in other ways has proven more difficult than I imagined. In addition, I had family in town, and it was the quickest way to style my hair. I think if I co-wash my hair two to three times during the week when I want to wear a wash ‘no go, that might solve my SSK problem. But, I have decided to wait until I retain a little more length before I experiment with various possibilities. I actually mean it this time. Honest! Thankfully, this oil helped my hair to quickly recover …

I received 4 oz. of the hair growth oil. When applied daily, I usually use 5 oz – 6 oz. of oil over the course of a month. So, I was a little skeptical whether the bottle would last until the end of the month. To my surprise, it not only lasted, but I had about 1 oz. of oil left over after using it for four weeks! On top of this, a 4 oz. bottle of the hair growth oil retails for only $5.00 (plus shipping). No, that’s not a typo. The hair oil retails for only five bucks! Pretty impressive, considering how well the oil works and how long it lasts. Moreover, all of their products and product packages are under $25.00! Such a rarity for a natural hair care company, especially one that uses all-natural and organic ingredients.

After using this oil for 4 weeks, my hair grew 1.75″-2.0″ in my crown (where my 3C curls are), 1″ on the left and right side of my hair, and 0.75″ in the back. Considering I retained at least 0.75″ of growth after battling once again with dozens of SSKs, I am ecstatic. However, I would be curious to see how well the hair growth oil works in conjunction with Ancient Secrets’ organic shampoo and detangler, and what long-term benefits this oil has when used over several months.

Although I still wish the oil was slightly thicker (mostly to avoid spillage), all in all, I am quite happy with the results. Here is the length check I made prior to using the Ancient Secrets Hair Growth Oil:

Here are my results (@ 2:52) after trimming 0.50″ off my hair and using the oil daily for a month:

I also used Ancient Secrets’ 8 oz. Detangler. It is a (mineral) water-based, liquid leave-in. It has a very fruity, tropical scent. My only gripe is that it came in the same type of bottle as the hair growth oil (with a pour spout). So, you will need to transfer the product to a spray bottle for greater ease of use. Luckily, I had an empty 8 oz. bottle with an atomizer in my beauty cabinet.

I instantly liked how light this detangler is. It plays nice with other products. I found that it layered well under oils and a whole host of styling agents. Even the next day, my hair didn’t feel weighed down. It remained airy yet still felt moisturized. And, I loved how soft my hair felt.

When used strictly for detangling purposes, it did a good job. While I tend to prefer creamy leave-ins, this is a great detangler, especially for those with relaxed or transitioning hair (or naturals who like light, water-based, liquid leave-ins).

For additional company or product information, or to place an order, go to the company website HERE

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Turn Your Rinse-out Conditioner into a Leave-in

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Recipe Card - Leave-in Conditioner

  1. In an empty bottle, add 3 oz. (6 tablespoons) of your favorite moisturizing conditioner. 
    • I used VO5 Moisture Milksan affordable cheapie conditioner that is highly moisturizing.
    • I placed the conditioner in a spray bottle with ounce line measurements that I got at Walmart for only 92 cents in the lawn and garden section! This spray bottle provides easy measuring and even easier application.
  2. Add 9 oz. of warm distilled water (1⅛ cups).
    • Leave-in conditioners are generally diluted conditioners. Please make sure you add at least 3 times more water than conditioner. Otherwise, the leave-in will weigh down your hair.
    • Try to use distilled/bottled water because the minerals in tap water can build up in your hair, making it hard to manage.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of glycerin (a natural humectant) to make an extra moisturizing leave-in.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of vitamin e oil (an antioxidant that helps to extend shelf life). 
  5. OPTIONAL:
    • You can add 1 or 2 teaspoons of castor, olive, or coconut oil for extra nourishment, or to make this mixture double as a daily moisturizer.
    • You can add two teaspoons of MSM powder (about nine 1500mg tablets) or two teaspoons (about six 500mg tablets) of Vitamin C for an extra strengthening hair formula. Just be sure to dissolve the MSM and Vitamin C powder in three to four tablespoons of warm water. The mixture must dissolve fully before it can be incorporated into the rest of the leave-in.
    • You can add 10-15 drops of an essential oil for further hair benefits (i.e., peppermint, tea tree, or rosemary) or for a scent boost.
  6. Shake before each use, and enjoy your new leave-in!

NOTE: This is a general formula. You can play around with the concentration to determine what will best suit your needs, but always remember to listen to your hair.

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The Baggy Method & Greenhouse Effect: My 3-Month Results

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When: June 01, 2013 – August 31, 2013
Coverage: whole head
Length of Time: overnight
Frequency: 3x-7x/week*
Method: a combination of the greenhouse effect and the baggy method
Starting Length: 4.75″
Ending Length:  6.50″

I started the first month of my natural hair journey with a bang! I got an inch of growth the first month. You can see my first length check HERE. However, after that, for three months running, I only realized a 1/4″ of growth each month. Unfortunately, it took me three months to realize that my hair was extremely dry. It was like I couldn’t moisturize it enough. So, I did some research and came across the Greenhouse Effect (GHE) and Baggy Method (BM). I decided to give myself three months to see if either method would work for my hair.

On June 1, 2013, I used the GHE. I lightly misted my hair with distilled water, applied a natural oil (usually grapeseed, olive, or castor oil), and sealed it all with a small dollop of my whipped shea butter mix. Then, I added a processing cap, a satin bonnet, and a satin scarf. I made it extra secure with a mesh head wrap with a velcro close that I got from Amazon. I did that every night, 7 nights a week, for a month, and obtained 3/4″ of growth! I was ecstatic about the growth, to say the least. But, more importantly, my hair felt incredibly moisturized.

The second month, I wanted to see if the BM could give me the same results. I spritzed my hair with a healthy dose of a water-based leave-in. (This is a great opportunity to use some of those products in your stash that you don’t particularly love but don’t want to give or throw away.) I baggyed my hair every night, 7 nights a week, for a month and received 1/2″ of growth. Not as much growth as the previous month with the GHE but still good results.

The third month, I decided to reduce the nights I baggyed from 7 nights a week to 3 since I finally had the moisture levels of my hair balanced. I used a homemade MSM spritz and sealed with grapeseed oil infused with MSM powder. But, after two weeks, I stopped baggying with the MSM spritz/oil combo because I didn’t like the way it made my hair feel. My hair just wasn’t liking it. AT ALL. I gave some of the MSM spritz to my sister and her 4B/4C hair loved it. So, I used it alone, and my hair liked it, too. So, I’m thinking my hair doesn’t like the MSM-infused oil. Or, maybe the combo of the spritz and oil was too much for my hair. I don’t know. But, I measured my hair after two weeks, and my hair had grown 1/4″.

The second half of the third month, I decided to install (medium-sized) mini twists for the last two weeks.  I moisturized my hair every two days with my DIY glycerin hair spritz. At the end of the third month, I removed the twists and measured my hair. It grew a total of a 1/2″.

So, my hair grew a total of 1.75″ over three months (an average of 0.583″/month), just slightly above the average growth rate of 0.5″. Not too shabby if I say so myself! I am very pleased with my results, especially considering I spent three months barely able to get a 1/4″ of growth. As a result, I think I will incorporate the GHE or the BM into my normal hair care regimen.

GHE vs. BM

*NOTES: Regardless of the method you choose to use, you should start out conservatively with 2-4x per week and then build up to 5-7x/week (if necessary). My hair was very dry at the beginning of this growth challenge, which is why I opted to do this 7x/week. However, to keep the moisture balance of my hair in check, I did a light protein treatment periodically.

In addition, you may not need to cover your whole head, like I did. This is especially true if your hair is longer or if you are a natural who is rocking a straight style. If that’s the case, just baggy your ends in saran wrap or put your hair in a pony and cover it with a Ziploc bag to trap in moisture and ward off split ends.

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