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Natural Hair Journey: Product Review – Bain de Terre Macadamia Oil Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner

November 20, 2013

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The promise of macadamia oil in the Bain de Terre Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner, which came in my November Birchbox, was deceptively enticing. But it turns out, this product just isn’t for me and my 4A/4B tresses. Overall: 2/5

PROS: Both the shampoo and conditioner are paraben-free and contain Argan and Monoi oils. The conditioner had a good amount of slip and was easy to work through my hair while finger detangling in the shower.

CONS: With these oils boasted on the packaging, I expected the scent to be a lot more pleasant. It’s a bit strong and I immediately sought to mask the smell with my tried-and-true Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Conditioner. Instead of nourishing my hair, the shampoo left my hair feeling brittle. It does specify for “fine to normal” hair types, which is troubling because to me, my natural, God-given hair is “normal,” and I refuse to believe otherwise. But I digress. You win some, you lose some.

Natural Hair Journey: Product Review — Joico K-PAK Revitaluxe Bio-Advanced Restorative Treatment

July 30, 2013

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I received this Joico K-PAK Revitaluxe Bio-Advanced Restorative Treatment as a sample in my June Birchbox and decided to give it a go. I’m glad I did because I probably would not have tried out this product otherwise. Overall: 4/5

PROS: The product left my hair feeling soft and very moisturized in five minutes’ time. It was the perfect addition to my wash-day routine, as my hair was well prepped for a twist out after applying it to my hair. The texture is thick and creamy, and the scent is pleasant, which is always a plus.

CON: It took a lot of product to work into my thick head of 4A/4B coils. With it being on the pricier side (one online retailer had the treatment listed at $40 for a 16-ounce bottle), it may be an expensive habit to maintain.

Natural Hair Journey: Product Review — Natural Hair Box

June 27, 2013

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Earlier this month, I was chosen as the winner of an Onyx Rose giveaway for the June Natural Hair Box. From the same vein as the CurlBox or CurlKit, the Natural Hair Box gives customers samples of six or so natural hair care products for $29.99 each month. It truly is a bargain when you consider that Shea Moisture products alone, for example, are sold for $10 a pop. And the cost to try new products can add up pretty quickly.

This month’s box included an herbal restorative tea rinse treatment from Hair Tease, a snickerdoodle scented body butter from Bake Shop Butters, Twirly Hair Gel from L.A.C.E. Natural, hair and skin moisturizer from Nahbila’s Essentials, Hair Foreplay Leave In from SDotBeauty and Okra Winfrey conditioner from Sudsatorium. All these products are valued at a total of $67.

Also, with the exception of the Hair Tease rinse, I tried each of these products twice on my freshly washed 4B coils (and freshly washed skin, in the case of the body butter).


HAIR TEASE TEA RINSE
: 4/5

PROS: I was very interested in trying this tea rinse out, as using tea in this manner was a new concept to me. Afterward, my scalp felt rejuvenated, and the aroma of the herbs was invigorating.
CONS: It’s a bit of a process to prepare, and is messy to apply. Also, the ingredients only list “a proprietary blend of herbs,” but I’d be interested to know what exactly is going in to my hair.

BAKE SHOP BODY BUTTER: 4.5/5

PROS: The scent is simply divine. Trust me, it will be a challenge not to scoop some of this creamy goodness into you mouth. And it left my body moisturized all day long, including those ash-prone areas like my ankles and knees.
CON: It was slightly difficult to spread.

L.A.C.E. NATURAL HAIR GEL: 3/5

PROS: The product smells really good.
CONS: The gel was has a liquid-like consistency, unlike any other gel I’ve tried. I’m guessing that had something to do with it not giving a solid hold on my two-strand twist-out, which seriously lacked definition.

NAHBILA’S HAIR AND SKIN MOISTURIZER: 4.5/5

PROS: This is my favorite item included in the box. It smells amazing, and I can detect an almost lemony zip with each spritz. It left my hair looking healthy and moisturized. I also enjoy the fact that it can also be used on your body. Just one spray of this product and you’re feeling brand new.
CON: The bottle isn’t bigger.

SDOTBEAUTY LEAVE IN: 3/5

PROS: It has a nice consistency: not too runny, not too thick. And it got the job done without leaving my hair greasy and/or weighed down.
CON: The results were just lackluster. Nothing really stands out good or bad.

SUDSATORIUM OKRA WINFREY CONDITIONER: 2.5/5

PROS: It’s vegan and organic. The scent was a pleasant surprise, considering the green slimy veggie okra is its main ingredient. Lastly, it takes top prize for most creative name.
CONS: This product didn’t have much slip. I had to use a lot of it to work through my hair. There weren’t any directions included, so I just trusted my instincts and left it on my hair for two to three minutes. In the end, my hair just felt dry and brittle, which was unexpected.

Overall, I’m very grateful that I received this Natural Hair Box for free. I definitely will consider giving it a try in the coming months. Part of its beauty is trying unfamiliar products, which was really exciting.