Hey guys, I hope all is well. I am super late with this review but on the plus side, it means the product has been through rigid testing! This post will be a full review on the Zerreau Shampoo Foam I was sent some months back. The Shampoo Foam promises quick and easy hair cleansing in one quick step! The shampoo foam cleanses and lifts dirt and excess oils without the need for water! It’s suitable for all hair types including natural hair so this review will be geared towards natural hair and how effective it is on it as I am natural (type 4c)
I have been testing out the Shampoo Foam and using it to stretch my wash days. The foam has a lovely scent and the dispenser dispenses a good amount of it. It’s very straightforward to use: simply pump and apply directly to the roots and scalp and massage!
I have a quick demo below to show you how EASY it is to use!
I love using it when I have my cornrows for my wigs because it means I don’t even have to re do my cornrows (flat twists) and I still have clean fresh hair! It actually leaves my hair soft! I don’t experience any stickiness or dryness after the foam has completely dried and this doesn’t take long! I also haven’t had any irritation from it.
In terms of how clean my scalp is afterwards, I would say it’s pretty good. I use a lot of oils during the week if I have my wigs on and after using the foam my hair/scalp doesn’t feel oily.
The Shampoo Foam is a winner in my books! I totally love how easy and effective it is! It’s definitely 4c natural hair approved too! I can also see this as a replacement for co-washing if that’s not your thing or perfect for travelling!
If you have protective styling esp. braids the Shampoo Foam is perfect for keeping your hair and scalp clean and fresh! You guys should definitely check this out!
Zerreau Shampoo Foam is £7.95 and available from Superdrug
I have been looking for Glycolic acid toners lately and decide to try budget friendly ones to see how my skin would react before investing in pricer ones. I run out of my Pixi Glow Tonic which I totally love but I wanted to try something new so went with these ones.
Btw, did u catch my post on how to have a successful hair app? (Shameless plug I know) if you haven’t already, head over and read it on Afrocks.
The Nip Fab Glycolic Fix Pads are supposed to exfoliate, brighten and re-texture the skin. You use them after cleansing and before moisturising. It contains glycolic acid to retexture and resurface, hyaluronic acid to moisturise and refresh and blue daisy to soothe and calm the skin.
Each tub has 60 pads. Experience
My experience has been ok with them leaning more towards the disappointed side. The pads are very small and thin which make them slightly difficult to use. I use two pads, one for my face and another for my neck. The glycolic acid content is quite low, only 2.8% (I had to check the website for this as it doesn’t say on the product). They are ok to use but for what I wanted it for, I am disappointed with them. They haven’t made a huge difference in my skin or pores. I still managed to break out (just a few pimples) and get texture on my skin which I didn’t get at all from Pixi which has 5% acid content. I haven’t seen any improvements with brightening or hyperpigmentation.
They didn’t dry out over the course using them which I am very happy about. I always neutralise my acid toners with thermal water sprays, I have just finished the Caudalie Grape Water and on my 2nd bottle of the La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water. I’m not sure if you have to do this step as the acid content is quite low, but it’s better to be safe than sorry plus I really enjoy spraying my face (which makes sense because I am obsessed with makeup setting sprays!)
Verdict– I am disappointed with these, I thought they would be as effective as the Pixi Glow Tonic. I wish the tub said the glycolic content if I knew it was this low, I would have picked up the Extreme pads which have 5% acid content. I do like that they are very convenient: pre-soaked pads and good for travel. They even have smaller travel sizes for £2.50. I think if you are starting out or have sensitive skin these will be good for you but for me, it’s either I try the extreme pads or go back to Pixi. They just released Pixi Glow Tonic Pads!! The Nip Fab pads come in a pack of 60 pads which will last you a while roughly two months if you use one, once a day. I also think if you have used higher acid content products, you may be quite disappointed with these which is what happened to me.
I got mine in a half piece sale on Boots and bought two more lol. It will be a long 4 months for me. Maybe with continued used I will see better improvements, but for now 1 tub down and 2 to go.
UPDATE- I think the pads are good for what they are. For daily use esp in themornings, 2% is good as you are going out into the sun etc. I have now used about 4 tubs now and I actually like them I still prefer my 5% AHA but this is perfect for starters or getting used to AHA. I use these now for travel as they come in smaller tubs and budget friendly!
NIP +FAB Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads are £12.95 and available from Superdrug
I told you this bank holiday weekend was packed! On Saturday, I went to Curlvolution, one of UK’s favourite natural hair event! Check out my cover for last year’s event here
For the 5th birthday celebration, the lovely Maria- Antoinette was the special guest. Her workshop ‘Out & Fly in 20 minutes’ gave ladies some tips and tricks to help with hair and makeup and be out in 20 minutes! I liked the quick demo she also had as she explained each step and lots of product recommendations. There were other workshops on hand too, Mommy & me, Financial freedom with Junior Ogunyemi (very insightful workshop and debunked a lot of myths on money) and Importance of Nutrition and Wellbeing with Trichologist Stephanie Sey ( the feedback I got from people who went to this workshop was very good)
As usual your favorite vendors were on hand: My Luxe Beauty, Shea Butter Cottage, Crème of Nature, Afrocenchix and of course this year’s sponsor Shea Moisture!
The panel discussion, the part everyone looks forward to didn’t let me down! Topics were cultural appropriation vs culture appreciation which got a bit heated I should add and social media gift or curse (let me know what you guys think). This year’s panel included Brown Beauty Talk Editor Ronke, Breeny Lee UK Beauty Vlogger, Junior Ogunyemi, Antonia Burrell and of course Maria-Antoinette. Action Jackson returned to host the event.
Visitors received a goody bag including a full sized product from brands like Shea Moisture, Palmers or Shea Butter Cottage! I had a great time and it was lovely to reconnect with some of the volunteers from last year! Glam Africa and Black Beauty Magazines were also included in some of the goody bags!
Of course I took a lot of pictures too many to put on here! Please follow the link below to my Facebook page for all of the pictures. Guys also make sure you check Maria’s YouTube channel!
ORS Curls Unleashed is a collection formulated with natural ingredients and suitable for natural hair textures. To find out all the products in the collection, read my previous post here
I was sent and have been using 2 of the Curls Unleashed leave in conditioners and I can finally bring you a review! At first I was confused as to why they have two different ones: won’t they work the same? But after using them for some time, I have been able to notice a difference between the two. The product’s I will be talking about are the
This comes in a tub and it’s described as an extra rich hair softener and moisturiser. It also claims to moisturise, define and elongate natural hair (when used in conjunction with other products from the Curls Unleashed range).
Tbh I didn’t like this leave in the 1st few times I used it and I realised it was because I was using it wrong. They recommend you use it on damp hair however I was using it on soaking wet hair. This made my hair dry the next day, almost like I didn’t apply any leave in conditioner! I completely wrote it off because of this. It wasn’t until I decided to compare it to the other leave in that I started to use it differently.
I now apply it on damp hair or towel dried hair and it works really well to moisturise my hair! I apply a good amount and it is easily absorbed into the hair and smells quite nice. The texture/consistency is thicker than the other leave in. After using it on damp hair, I really like it! My hair doesn’t feel dry the next morning but soft and well moisturised. The scent lingers after the hair is dried.
Curls Unleashed Shea Butter & Mango Leave In Conditioner
This one comes in a bottle and described as a hair softener and moisturiser. The texture/consistency of this is much lighter, almost like a lotion. It smells AMAZING! I use this on damp hair and it easily absorbs into the hair! My hair feels very soft and stays soft!
I loved this one from the very 1st use! The smell and how light it is.
Difference – I noticed my hair was a little bit softer after using the Shea Butter & Mango (lotion). It’s also lighter on my hair.
If you have extra dry hair, I recommend the extra rich leave in which is ‘heavier’ and would probably work better for you than the lotion leave in. Tbh honest both are great, just make sure you use it on damp hair lol.
Both products are sulfates and parabens free.
What are leave in conditioners and how are the different from other conditioners? Find out about the types of conditioners and their purposes here
For more information, please visit the Curls Unleashed website
Last week, I spoke about the ApHogee Protein Treatment and its benefits for all hair types. This is a hard-core protein treatment that is only recommended for severely damaged hair and every 6-8 weeks. A ‘softer’ treatment for weekly use will be their Keratin Reconstructor which is a blend of keratin amino acids, botanical oils and vitamins that work perfectly on dry, brittle hair.
Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor
As with all ApHogee products, it’s been pH optimized and contains their exclusive propHytamine complex which is a combination of proteins for added strength, emollients for shine and humectants for softness. The Keratin treatment is recommended for weekly use and eliminates dry, itchy scalp, repairs damaged hair and restores softness. It also claims to repair heat and chemical damage and help restore hair after swimming and use of hard water. Bleached, permed and relaxed hair can also enjoy its benefits.
ApHogee hit the nail on the head with this treatment! It has a good amount of slip for detangling. It also has a pleasant smell almost like coconuts. What I really like about this is how soft it makes my hair. After using this, my hair feels very soft and healthy with reduced breakage/shedding. They recommend you leave the treatment on for 2 to 5 minutes- severe cases. I also like the fact that this is a one-step treatment compared to the Protein 2 step treatment. The big size is a bonus you get 473ml which will last you a while. It works perfectly well on natural hair too in my experience, I know a lot of people were wondering if it’s for relaxed hair only.
Overall verdict- 5/5
For more information on ApHogee products please visit their website
Hey guys, it’s been a while, how you doing (*Wendy Voice*). I have a new product review for you guys, it’s the new Palmer’s Olive Oil Co wash. Let’s get to it
The Co wash has no nasties like sulfates, detergents, mineral oil, petrolatum, phthalates etc and its ideal for curly natural hair. It says it won’t strip chemically treated hair or hair that is dry, damaged or fragile.
Palmer’s also says the co wash will replace your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner and detangler- that’s a lot of claims for natural hair! It’s made with a blend of olive oil, vitamin E, keratin proteins and natural herbal extracts.
What Do I Think?
Let’s talk about the smell and texture. The scent reminds me a lot of medicine lol. It has a medium consistency so it’s not too thick or runny. Now unto these claims:
I think as a shampoo it has mild cleansing properties which is perfect for low product build up. Remember co-washing is primarily for hair and shampooing focuses on your scalp. As a conditioner/deep conditioner, I really wanted more from it and I have used it both ways. Initially my hair felt soft but as I was washing the product out my hair didn’t feel as soft anymore. I always follow with a conditioner afterwards because I feel as though my hair is not conditioned enough when I use this alone.
For a detangler it hasn’t got the best slip, I had to use a lot of product but still struggled with my wide tooth comb, especially at my roots and my hair has never been extremely tangled when I use it. I feel like it gives me just a little bit more slip when my hair is damp/wet before applying it.
How I use it
I usually wet/dampen my hair then apply this GENEROUSLY to it (it also gives you recommendations on how many pumps to use). After detangling, I let it sit on my hair for 10 to 15 minutes then I rinse out with warm water and apply a bit more to cleanse it further.
Verdict– I don’t like it for my hair type, 4c texture. As my hair is coarse and very kinky and coily, it’s prone to tangles so I make sure I detangle properly each wash day. It hasn’t got much slip so I won’t recommend you detangle with a brush like the Tangle Teezer (Thick &Curly Tangle Teezer review) if you use this as your detangling conditioner, learnt the hard way lol. This Co wash is supposed to replace your detangler, shampoo and conditioner but I found as a detangler I was disappointed with it. As a cleanser its ok and as a conditioner I wasn’t too impressed.
I think it will work great for looser textures/ curl patterns but for me, I prefer the Palmer’s Coconut Co wash (Review), which has a lot more slip and makes the same claims.
Hey guys, I hope everyone is doing well! I thought it would be super fun to compile a list of all the well-known terms in the natural hair community and boy do we have a lot! From A-Z, these are some of the well-used terms we like to throw about among ourselves leaving people that don’t know like whatt?? Lol. I also tried to find definitions and videos that explain it in detail! I hope you enjoy (P.S- I am also doing one for beauty)
A – Apple Cider Vinegar aka ACV. ACV has many benefits for your hair, but probably the most used one in the natural hair world is to use it as a clarifier or to balance pH levels. If you can stand the smell (Guys I tried, I really did, and I just couldn’t), buy from Holland and Barrett for £1.75
B– Bagging method/ BSL. The Bagging method is when you cover your hair with plastic bags in order to trap heat to allow your conditioner/oil/treatment to penetrate deeper into your hair (also see Greenhouse effect). It’s a good method to use if you do not have a steamer/hood dryer. BSL– Bra Strap Length- a term used to measure the length of your hair. When you get to BSL it simply means your hair is now reaches your bra strap.
C– Co washing/ Curly Girl Method. Co-washing- using a cleansing conditioner to wash your hair instead of a shampoo. This is said to add moisture compared to shampoo stripping the moisture away. Read more about this and see product recommendations in my Cleansing series post. CurlyGirlMethod– I must admit, I don’t really understand this method nor have I tried it lol but I found a video that can help you.
D– Detangling/ Dusting your ends. Detangling- combing/ fingering through your hair with either an oil/conditioner to help ease out shed hair and tangles. Dustingyourends– quick and easy way of trimming our own hair. After putting your hair in twists, you simply trim a bit of the ends
F– Finger detangling. See Detangling. Instead of using a comb/brush, you use your fingers to detangle your hair
G- Greenhouse effect. See Bagging method. Trapping heat on your hair so that it helps the treatments penetrate your hair.
H- Hot oil treatments/ Heat train/damage. Warming oil and applying it on your hair as a treatment. Warming the hot helps it penetrate deeper into your hair. Heattrain– watch a video of it below. Heatdamage– when you use high heat on your hair for a long period of time usually without a heat protectant, your hair becomes dry, brittle etc and the only way to get rid of it, is to cut it.
I- Indian oiling method/ inversion method. Read more of the Indian Oiling method here. See a video on the Inversionmethod below
K- Kitchen. The back area of your hair. Hair in the nape area that is usually dry.
L- L.O.C method. The method of moisturising dry hair using a Liquid Oil and Cream. This is very effective for dry/4c hair. There are a number of variations to it L.C.O L.O.C.O, see how to do it below. Dark and Lovely have a whole line to help you take out the guess work, read it here
M- Maximum hydrating method. Another method I haven’t used, fear not watch a video below
N -Nappy hair. BS some people call natural hair lol
O- Oil rinsing. After shampooing, saturating hair with oils before applying conditioner to help retain moisture. Or applying oils after you rinse out the conditioner and lightly washing out the excess.
P- Pre poo treatments/ Protective styling. Pre poo treatments- a treatment before you shampoo to help retain/ protect your hair from hydral fatigue, read more here. Protectivestyling– a style to protect your hair from the elements or to prevent you from manipulating it too much which could lead to excess breaking/shedding. This can be wigs/braids/ buns etc.
S- Stretching my hair/ Shrinkage. Stretching- after washing, twist/braiding/threading etc your hair in order to elongate it or manipulate your curls so the lay flatter/longer. This prevents shrinkage.
Shrinkage– natural hair esp type 4 has the tendency to shrink/ lose length when it gets in contact with water. This is perfectly normal and is doesn’t mean your hair is damaged.
T- Threading. Wrapping thread around your hair in order to stretch it. Wash the demo below
U- U part wigs. See Protective Styling. A wig that has a u part style in the front that allows you to leave your hair out. It’s so easy to make, watch a tutorial below
W- Wash and Go/ Water washing. Wash and Go- after washing your hair, applying gels or curl defining creams and allowing it to air dry. WaterWashing– using water only to wash your hair. See a video on it below!
That’s all for now folks! I missed out some letters because I couldn’t think of a term for it in the NHC. If you can think of any, please help us out! Drop a comment below! I would love to get all the letters!
Hey loves, I hope everyone is doing great so far in the New Year! Last year, I featured Crown Pride Naturals in my product collection series for natural hair (To check that that post and their full collection, click here)
They sent me a few products to review, which I have been using over the last month and I’m here for a full and honest review, let’s get started!
They sent me the
Olive Conditioning Shampoo
Avocado Detangling Conditioner
Tucuma Curl Moisture Mask
Curl Twist-Out Buttercream
I think it’s the latest addition to the family (I’m not sure) but it’s very good! I really like the smell, it has a pleasant smell and lathers quite well. I had to use a good amount to get suds (its sulfate free) but cleanses well and leaves your hair really soft. It’s also made with certified organic ingredients.
I was really excited to try the Avocado Detangling Conditioner, I had read good reviews on it. It has a good amount of slip which makes it easy to detangle with. It’s a good daily conditioner but I will recommend you follow up with a deep treatment/conditioner. Although it left my hair soft, I wanted more softness lol. Also I am not a fan of the smell! It has almost no scent to something unpleasant.
Detangling with the Avocado Detangling Conditioner
The Tucuma Curl Moisture Mask has a thick consistency and a sweet vanilla smell. As you work it in the hair, it melts into your hair and provides some slip. This again maybe a new formulation as I also read that it didn’t provide much slip and I think they previously sold it in pump bottles. Mine came in a tub and provided enough slip to detangle with. I deep conditioned with heat and my hair came out really soft- yasssss
Curl Twist out buttercream
Look at that definition!
I love this buttercream so much! It has a sweet vanilla ice cream scent lol and a medium thick consistency. It’s free from PVP, acrylates and plastics. It doesn’t leave your hair oily and weighed down. It gave me amazing definition and my hair felt soft and moisturized as well. I have used other curl creams that have left my hair looking hair and thirsty lol but not this one! The only thing is I wish it was in a pump bottle or tub for easy application. I total forgot to take a picture after fluffing out my hair but I went for an afro look. I really liked the definition and soft hold it gave my hair- and I have 4c hair! And no flakes! No FLAKES!
Verdict– I definitely recommend Crown Pride Naturals! It’s an excellent British brand with great quality products! They’re products are made with certified organic ingredients and they work really well. Visit their website for more information or to make a purchase
Check out part 1- my best and worst beauty products of 2015!
Good quality hair products are an essential to every hair regime. I have tried lots of different hair products this year( product junkie for real) and some new brands too. Let’s get to it
Best Product- Mon Shea Shea Butter Soap
This bar soap gives my hair life every time!
Worst Product- ApHogee ProVitamin Leave In Conditioner
I really tried to make this work for my natural hair but it just didn’t. It worked well with my wigs though so of course I am keeping and using it for that! Recycle baby lol
Most confusing product – Cantu Coconut Oil Shine & Hold Mist
I have been confused on what to use this product for. I used it as the liquid part in my L.O.C method and I didn’t like it. Some say to use it as a leave in spray or to set your styles. I have tried all of the above lol and still wondering what I want to use it for!
Best new brand I tried- Curl Harmony Intensive Repair Deep Conditioner and Dark and Lovely Alma Legend
These are actually old brands but it’s the 1st time I used products from them. Curl Harmony is an amazing British Brand with really good products! This deep conditioner is super thick and perfect for thick hair!
I fell for the hype and it’s totally worth it –Shea Moisture
Finally it’s available in Boots! Yes all over YT Shea Moisture has been raved about and I have been finally been able to get my hands on some SM products and my hair totally loves it!
Brand I have been stalking for a while and I finally got my hands on- OGX Beauty
They have the cutest packaging and an extensive hair product range! This year they released a revised version of the Argan Oil products and I loveeee it!
Product I thought I wouldn’t like but ended up liking- Mazuri Olive Oil Edge Wax
Edge control products claim to do a lot! And for my natural hair they always fall short. This edge wax I actually like! So far it’s my fav one!
Other brands that didn’t make it here
Remember, you can get reviews for most of these products (I think all actually lol) on my blog! Look through my product index for the links
Happy New Year people! New Year new blessing and hopefully new products to try!
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