Garnier Ultimate Blends Maple Healer Conditioner Review

Garnier is one of my favourite drugstore brands, the skincare range is affordable and has many effective products, I have also used their some items from their body care range and I liked that too. Their haircare range however I approach with caution because I have natural afro hair and most likely some of the items may not be geared towards my hair texture and type.

To date, I have only used the Garnier Mystic Olive Oil collection which was gifted to me and I really like it. You can find my reviews here. A few years ago, I went to a Garnier event and I was gifted some more hair products, because of my good previous experience with them, I was actually looking forward to the products.

The Maple Healer collection is made for very damaged hair and has castor oil and maple sap to revitalise and intensely repair the hair. The Intense Repairer conditioner has no parabens and promises to leave the hair feeling stronger.

Experience

I was given the shampoo, conditioner and balm which I have been using slowly. The conditioner comes in a huge 400ml tube and has a creamy texture. It smells great lingers for a while but isn’t overpowering.

I find that the conditioner has enough slip for me to detangle with. I have natural 4c hair which is thick, shrinks and gets tangled quite easily. This conditioner helps me smooth my hair and run my comb through it. I leave it on for 5 – 10 mins before rinsing. It really makes a difference! My hair is left soft and feels conditioned

Verdict

I have to admit I have been quite lazy with my hair and washing it every 2 weeks instead of weekly. This means going into wash days, my hair is usually quite dry (I do slick buns), so I can really tell a difference in the feel of my hair. I really like this conditioner. If this is the only conditioner left in stores and wondering how it will work for our hair, get it, it works. I also really liked the intense balm (review on my Instagram). I’m yet to try the shampoo.

Garnier Maple Healer Conditioner is £3.99

We are leaving in a time where things aren’t normal and won’t be for a while, but we will get through this!

L’Oréal Extraordinary Curl Nourishment Shampoo review

The first of its kind from L’Oréal, the Elvive Extraordinary Curl Nourishment collection has been specially formulated for drug afro/curly hair. The collection has a shampoo, rinse out conditioner and hair mask. I was gifted the shampoo and conditioner some time ago (about 2 years smh) and I am only getting around to using them. This post will be a full review on the Curl Nourishment Shampoo which I have been using for the past 2 months.

The Curl Nourishment shampoo has been formulated with alma oil and 6 other oils and promises to provide supreme nourishment, vibrant shine and defined curls

Experience

I have been using this shampoo for the last 2 months or so for wash days. It is a thick creamy formula which smells amazing.

I usually do two rinses with the Curl Nourishment shampoo (and all other shampoos tbh) the first rinse is on dry hair and focus on my scalp, I add some water to help me massage and move the product around, then I rinse out, for the second rinse I had a bit more product and also focus on the scalp and use the suds to wash the hair and detangle. This shampoo produces a lot of suds which helps me to finger detangle the hair easily. The shampoo lathers really easily, even on the first rinse and leaves my hair and scalp very clean. My hair feels very soft afterwards, almost like I have conditioned it.

 

Verdict

This is a very good shampoo for my 4c hair and I am in love with it. Its smells amazing and you don’t need a lot of product to clean the hair. I have had my hair out for the last months and there has been more on a few times I would go into wash day with very dry brittle hair, this shampoo not only helps to clean my hair but it also leaves it feeling conditioned. I really like the fact that I can easily finger detangle with this product. Overall my hair feels very soft, clean. It doesn’t define my curls but then again I have 4c natural hair, do I see my coils pattern, yes but its nothing I haven’t seen before after using a good shampoo.

I would recommend this shampoo for 4c natural hair. It has SLS in it so if you are trying to avoid sulfates in your shampoo then you may want to steer clear of this. I do not find this shampoo drying at all in fact it’s quite conditioning due to the oils in it.

However, if you want a sulfate free shampoo, this won’t be for you.

L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Curl Nourishment Shampoo is £ 4.99 on Fragrance Direct. For some reason, I can’t find this on Boots/Superdrug online but you can get it in stores

 

Best Natural hair products of 2018

 

This year I have tried some really good natural hair products and it’s only fair I did a best natural hair products edit for you! I have had some haircare brand overviews (Shea Moisture, Palmers) so make sure you also check those posts.

Cleansers

I have used a lot of shampoos and co-washes but the ones that really stand out are the Palmer’s Olive Oil Smoothing ShampooGarnier Mystic Olive Oil Shampoo and the As I am Long and Luxe Co-wash– this is a very recent favourite but the scent and the performance definitely won me over!

Conditioners

If you know me, you know I love a good conditioner! Something with a lot of slip for detangling but also something that actually softens, moisturises and repairs my hair. I love the Aphogee Keratin 2 min reconstructor. It’s such a quick and easy treatment for brittle hair. The ORS Monoi Oil Conditioner is a lovely one to use as well. Again I have to give it to Palmer’s Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner

Leave in/ Moisturisers

I love a good leave in and its one step I never skip! I love the Shea Moisturiser 100% Virgin coconut oil leave-in treatment! Not only does this smell lovely but it actually works! Crème of Nature Argan Oil Leave in is always a pleasure to use. I also love the Modie Haircare moisturising hair crème. It deeply moisturises my 4c natural and helps to soften it.

 

Prepoo treatments/oils

I love hot oil treatments as a pre-poo treatment as I love the Sunny Isle Jamaican Black castor oil mixed with sweet almond oil. I also used a sample of Kera Care Thermal Wonder Prepoo treatment and when I tell you that thing is amazing! Believe! Softens, detangles and preps the driest of hairs for shampooing!

Styling

Unfortunately, braid outs, twist outs and all the other outs do not work for me, actually I can never get them right lol so I don’t do these. I prefer my hair stretched and in a simple bun or flat twists because it’s easier to manage and my hair tangles/ sheds less when its stretched. I have loved the classic sleek bun and wore this more in the last 2 months of the year. The two products that helped me achieve this were the Eco Styler olive oil styling gel and the Murray’s black beeswax. This combo didn’t give me flakes and leave my hair dry compared to when I used the gel alone. This somewhat reduces waves but if you want a super slick bun just don’t use a product with a lot of water in it: something like edge control or beeswax will help you achieve that look

That’s all folks! These are some of the items that has helped with my hair. I realise I don’t do enough haircare posts any more but I will bring that back in 2019!

What are some of your fav natural hair products? Let me know

The Best Leave In Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair

In my protective styling and winter care post, I spoke about how the winter takes a toll on our fro. The elements play a huge part on the moisture levels in our hair so it is essential you do everything you can to maintain it. Why? Dry hair leads to shedding/ breakage which isn’t a sign of healthy hair.

LOC, LCO or LOCO?-Liquid Oil Cream

Whether you rock your braid outs or a wig this season, proper moisturising will ensure your hair is as soft as it can be. Following the LOC method or any of its variations (depending on your hair texture) will lock in optimum moisture and ensure its looking its best.

The LOC method allows you to layer different types of products for max moisture. It’s good to experiment with the order in which you layer your products to know which works best for your hair. For instance, for my 4c hair, I do LCO because I found that order works best for my hair.

What’s the Best Leave In To Banish Dry Natural Hair?!

These leave in conditioners will give your natural hair some serious moisture and softness. Ask yourself, are you ready to let dryness go? Lol

ApHogee Curlific Moisture Rich Leave In

Are you ready for softness? Like really ready because this leave in conditioner will do just that! it smells BOMB too, just read my full review of it here

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Shea Moisture Black Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner

I know. I know you think SM products are super hyped up products but it’s for a good reason. The SM jbco leave in conditioner leaves your hair silky and soft and it’s actually one of the leave-ins I use without following it up with an oil. My full review is here

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Cantu Natural Hair Leave In Conditioning Cream

 

Cantu leave in cream is probably the most affordable and popular leave in conditioner in the natural community! I was a huge fan of the leave in until the released a version for natural hair then I became a super fan LOL. This one is great because it has all the goodness of the leave in and no nasties! Guess what?  I have  review for the naturals range here

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ORS Curls Unleashed Shea butter & Mango Leave -in Conditioner 
I tend to reach for creams for my hair but this leave in lotion is super! Pleasant smell and makes your fro so soft! The Curls Unleashed range from ORS is a win win for us! Check out my review here

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Ask yourself again, are you really ready to let the dryness go? Lol. I hope you find this post helpful! There are a ton of products out there so I hope this helps you to choose the right ones. Let me know which leave ins are your favourite!

Countdown to Christmas! Are you Christmas shopping?! Don’t forget my gift guides to help you this craziness! What are you looking for? Skincare sets (I got you), an extra special treat? Check out my Customised Gift Guide or looking to support small business? I got you too! Read my Black British Brands for more!

 

Afro Hair & Beauty Live 2016 Event Cover

afro hair and beauty live 2016

It’s been 3 years I went to Afro & Hair Beauty Live! Check out my last event cover here, so this year I definitely had to go! Firstly a huge thank you to ORS for the VIP Bloggers Lounge and all the goodies (I spy a summer giveaway coming soon!). The canapes provided by First Class Chefs Ltd (check them out on Instagram) were very tasty, drinks and cakes were so good too!

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The show kicked off really well. I went on both days, Sunday and Monday to represent Brown Beauty Talk. I met a lot of Black Owned Businesses, discovered new brands and got complimented on my hair so much (details to follow soon!).

The show didn’t disappoint. It was packed with activities all around! Many seminars including Design Essentials, Cantu and Mane Choice were taking place as well as a discussion on the main stage, giveaways and a fashion show (some of the designers that took place in the show were also vendors on the day and available to purchase). A lot of vendors on hand: Nunaat, Pink Luster’s (hands up if you remember pink lotion!), Mon Shea, Cache Cosmetics, Taliah Waajid and many others. For children, Cerelac was on hand with a little play area and the Cerelac bear who I missed on Sunday to take a picture with but found him on Monday! Lol. They were also giving samples away

afro hair and beauty live 2016

Make it a point to go next year! It’s a great way to spend the bank holiday weekend! Afro Hair & Beauty don’t do goody bags but there were so many vendors giving samples away and many tempting offers you will definitely leave with your hands full! ORS were giving 3 full sizes products for FREE no purchase necessary!

Head over now to my Facebook for all the pictures over the two days! Too many to post on here! Follow the link below to my Facebook page for the pictures

Afro Hair & Beauty Live 2016

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Sarah

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