ORS Black Olive Oil Repair 7 Shampoo Review

ORS released the Black Olive oil collection back in 2016 but I haven’t heard much about it. I was gifted the collection back then and I have only come round to using it (smh). The Black Olive Oil collection has a shampoo, conditioner and oil elixir and features their trademarked repair 7 formula. This post is a full review on the shampoo.

ORS Black Olive Oil Repair 7 Shampoo is a sulfate free shampoo and promises to cleanse and strengthen all hair textures. The 7 benefits are thermal protection, shine, frizz control, anti breakage, strengthens, reconstructs and adds body.

Experience

I have been using the shampoo since December 2018 and I have just a little left for 2 or 3 wash days. The shampoo comes in a big 370ml bottle which will last ages. Although it’s a sulfate free shampoo, this lathers up really well with a small amount. This shampoo looks like it has some shimmer in it although there is no shimmer in my hair. The shampoo and infact the whole collection smells absolutely amazing.

I really love this shampoo for my 4c natural hair because I find it gently cleanses my hair and scalp without stripping it off moisture. Infact, my hair feels very soft no matter how dry my hair is going into that washday. The lather this shampoo produces is very good for finger detangling so I always finger detangle before detangling further with a wide tooth comb and conditioner.

As for the 7 benefits, I do not use heat on my hair so I can’t comment on thermal protection. My hair doesn’t look any shinier, I don’t have frizzy hair and I’m not sure if it adds body because I have natural hair that shrinks in contact with water. As for anti-breakage, I can say it does reduce breakage during the shampooing process.

Verdict

The shampoo promises to be for all hair textures and I can say it really works well on my natural 4c hair and on my wigs.  I really love this shampoo because it’s great for finger detangling, softens my hair and you only really need a small amount. It has effective cleansing power without over stripping the hair.

I will bring you reviews on the conditioner as well.

I haven’t seen these in store but if you do come across them I definitely recommend!

More hair reviews:

Garnier Olive oil collection

Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Smoothing Shampoo Review

 

The new and improved Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula now comes with Jamaican Black Castor oil. Palmer’s sent me the whole Olive Oil Formula collection (Thank you Palmers!) and I am working my way through them reviewing each product. I have had the products for a while now and it’s time for a review on the Smoothing Shampoo! It has been designed for unruly, frizz-prone hair with no sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and gluten. With 100% pure olive and Jamaican black castor oil.

Kudos to Palmers for this shampoo! From the very first wash, this shampoo blew me away. Here’s the background to that. I hadn’t washed my hair for 3 weeks! (gurl) and I had product build up, especially around my hairline- edge control, gels etc. I had my wigs on but I wasn’t finding enough time to properly moisturise my hair underneath. So my hair was super dry, with product build-up and tangled! Plus on that particular wash day, I was short on time. So with all that I went against my better judgement: which was to use a trusted shampoo I knew could get the job done instead of trying a new one. I’m not quite sure why I went ahead with the Palmers shampoo but I am glad I did!

The shampoo is very runny but it suds up really well. I found the scent pleasant although I don’t think it smells like olive or Jamaican black castor oil.  It also had enough slip for finger detangling and it was easy to pull out shed hair and detangle whilst shampooing. I was super impressed on how soft it left my hair after the first rinse. On the second rinse, my hair was clumping which is an indication for me that it is getting moisture! My hair felt smooth, I could see some coils/curls and my scalp was clean. My dry and tangled hair before shampooing were back to its moisturised detangled self! By the end of shampooing that day, I had a lot of shedding which I was expecting, but my hair felt so soft and clean without feeling stripped of its natural oils.

The shampoo didn’t fail the next time I used it. Same slip for detangling and it delivered the same moisture and softness to my hair. Less shedding this time as I properly moisturised my hair but I must say, the combo of this shampoo with the Replenishing Conditioner ( review up shortly) left my hair so soft through the week.  Because I had a bit more time to shampoo the next time around, I noticed the Palmer’s Smoothing Shampoo actually produces a lot of suds on the first rinse. With little product build up, you can actually get away with one rinse! I can’t comment on whether it controlled or reduced friss as I dont have frizzy hair but my hair felt smooth and soft and clean and i was happy with that lol.

Verdict- this is a very good shampoo with pure oils that suit natural hair. I would say be careful with it as it’s very runny so it’s easy to waste it by pouring too much of it! But they compensate by giving you a big bottle: 400ml of product which will last you a long time. The shampoo delivers on its promises and so far it’s one of my favourite products in the Palmers Olive Oil Formula collection!

This is something I would definitely buy and I will confidently recommend it for 4c natural hair! For a quick review on the Palmer’s Olive Oil Conditioning Spray oil and how I use it, refer to my Box Braids Haircare routine post

Get it from most Afro hair shops or online on Superdrug its currently £3.99 and part of a 3 for 2 deal on all Black Haircare products!

I have a review on the Replenishing Conditioner coming soon. I am also using the Leave in conditioner and gathering my thoughts on that which I will also bring to you guys soon!

Simple Natural Hair Routine

Natural Hair wash days, who can honestly say they look forward to it?! I’m yet to meet a natural who LOVES wash day and can’t wait to get to detangling her beautiful curls/coils LOL. I thought I would share my simple natural hair routine to help you build your own if you are looking for one. My wash day routine is simple and sweet and only takes about 1.30 hours when I am not been lazy lol. let’s get started. I will link reviews to the products I mention as well.

Simple Natural Hair Routine

You’ve probably watched a bunch of YT videos showing a ton of different steps/ methods. The issue with that is some of those steps are unnecessary and just add time to your wash day. I learned simple is better and sticking with what works for my hair is also better.  My wash day routine is 5 simple steps

Pre-pooCoconut oil or any oil mix I have. Letting it sit for 10-15 mins

Shampoo– I rotate shampoos as I have a lot to review but I always use them long enough to get a feel of how they perform. My top recommendations for shampoos are the ORS Monoi Oil Shampoo and the ApHogee Deep Moisture Shampoo. Read all about shampoos here

Condition/Detangle– we all know the importance of conditioning and detangling natural hair. I love conditioners with a lot of ‘slip’ which makes it easier to comb through my 4c hair. I always detangle with a wide tooth comb but once in a while, I will also follow it with the Thick & Curly Tangle Teezer. For conditioning, it depends on what I want for my hair. For a quick & light protein treatment, I opt for the ApHogee 2 min Keratin.

Let it sit for 10 -15 mins with a hooded dryer or  a plastic cap

Moisturise– I follow the L.O.C method using water as the L and switching different oils and creams. I love leave in conditioners. SM JBCO leave in is an all time fav but I also love the Aphogee Curlific and Cantu leave in.

Styling– because of my work schedule, I opt for protective styling during the week. this means after moisturizing, I will flat twist my hair in prep for a wig. When I do have my hair out, I will use the banding method to stretch out my hair (another post on this coming soon) or do two jumbo flat twists

That’s all folks! my simple natural hair routine with no gimmicks or tricks! Be sure to check out the reviews I have for the mentions I have mentioned! I am working on some more hair posts for my blog- it seems like I have totally abandoned the hair section of this blog lol.

For more hair info, check out these previous posts

Afrocks

5 things I stopped doing to my natural hair

ORS leave in conditioners review

Hair series- Cowashing

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Catch you soon

xoxox

Protective Styling & Winter Hair Care

The winter for many naturals including myself means protective styling. The cold weather, dry wind and rain plays havoc on my hair so rocking my wigs is a definite. Protective Styling doesn’t mean an absence of a proper hair care routine! In all its greatness, at the end of the day (week), you still have to detangle your fro!

Winter Hair Care

Should your hair routine change in the winter? Yes! Should you even change your products? Not really. I say this because if you are going to have your hair in a protective style, then it won’t matter what shampoo you use.

Your hair routine shouldn’t change drastically! I’m sure you’ve been taking care of your hair all year, a few tweaks is all that’s needed. Just like we focus more on moisture for our skin in the winter, we should focus (more) on moisture too for our hair. I say more because natural hair is already prone to dryness but the colder season can add to this too.

Winter Hair Care Tips

  • Deep condition frequently, preferably after every wash and with heat. The addition of the heat allows the active ingredients of the deep conditioner to penetrate further into the hair shaft
  • Scalp massages- essential for keeping your scalp healthy. Massaging stimulates blood flow to the area and with that comes the nutrients that are needed to nourish the scalp which in turn promotes growth. Take advantage of the plethora of growth oils for this
  • If you are rocking a protective style, make sure you take a break from them e.g. taking out braids after 4-6 weeks, taking off your wigs nightly etc. this ensure there isn’t a lot of tension on the scalp
  • If you use elastic bands for your wigs, try to use the thicker ones so that the pressure is distributed evenly
  • Of course, do not forget your silk/satin bonnet when you sleep!
  • Protein/keratin treatments (which reminds me, I am due a protein treatment!) to rebuild your hair and strengthen it. This prevents excessive breaking and shedding. More on protein and keratin can be read in my previous post here

Product Recommendations

Of course, no post on this blog would be complete without recommending some products!

Shampoo- Mizani True Textures Moisture Replenish Shampoo

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Deep conditioner- Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Mask

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Leave in- Cantu Leave In Conditioning Cream

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How have you been keeping your hair in check so far? Let me know which products & techniques have been working for you.

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Nunaat Naat Cream Blast of Shine Review

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Hey guys, how’s everyone doing? Good I hope. Today we will be talking about the Nunaat Naat Cream Blast of Shine conditioner, which is part of their Naat Cream range. The range has 7 conditioners in total and targets a range of hair issues like breakage, dryness and colour treated hair! I purchased 3 of them from the WITJ event last year and overall I have been impressed with all of them. I have reviews for the previous two I bought, check them out by clicking the links below

Garlic and Cupuacu Naat Cream

Argan Oil and Macadamia Naat Cream

The Blast of Shine has avocado oil and fruit complex and is perfect for dry and damaged hair. It’s also says it leaves hair shiny and silky and revitalised. It also helps to detangle hair.

Ingredients

The fruit complex has lemon, orange, tangerine, pineapple and passion flower extract. It also has mineral oil.

Thoughts

It has an ok smell, nothing like avocados though lol. Compared to the previous Naat creams I have had, it has less slip but enough to detangle nonetheless. It has a medium thick consistency and yes its completely green!. It works excellent on my 4c hair to moisturise it and makes it so soft. I haven’t noticed shine on my hair after use but on my silky textures wigs e.g. Brazilian hair, it gives it a beautiful lustre.

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Verdict

I REALLY love the size! 1kg will last you a while! While I haven’t used it every wash day on myself, I have used it religiously for my wigs and I have only hit half of the tub. I really like its quick action too, 3 mins is all you need, 5 if you want more however I always deep condition with mine anyway. I think it’s a fab purchase and good value for money. I got mine in a deal for 3 for £10 (I am hoping to catch NuNaat at a hair event this summer to buy more) or its £6.99 from Paks

The whole range and uses

 

 

Catch you guys later x

The Easy Guide to Natural Hair

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I speak to a lot of people, both in the ‘Natural Hair community’ and out on natural hair and the views are still the same: it’s difficult to manage. Some even go the extra length of congratulating me for keeping it for so long (5th year this year!) but why is that? A few things I am going to talk about would have also been covered in my Debunking Natural Hair Myths series so please check that out

Debunking Natural Hair Myths 1

Debunking Natural Hair myths 2

Debunking Natural Hair Myths 3: Ignorant hair dresser!

I decided to think about my own journey and how far I have come and what I have learnt so far. Two main things have helped me along the way: YouTube, Blogs/websites not so much magazines. There is a ton of information out there that can help you with everything: from styling, washing to trimming and colouring your hair! With a lot info can come information overload and it can feel overwhelming to shift through all of that for what you are looking for. You will probably come across a million techniques and countless amounts of products lol.

Natural hair, the easy way

There’s an easy way to natural hair. No matter what you read or watch or see on social media, TEXTURE does not equal MANAGEABILITY. EDUCATION = MANAGEABILITY. After doing your research, trial and error will be a great way of cutting out steps you do not need or do not work for you. For instance, I found a few people like to condition, rinse then deep condition in one wash day, I started to do this too but after a while I found it time consuming and quite frankly unnecessary! Do not just stick to whatever you see/read, find out what works best for you and stick to that!

Products & Routines

This is the part where things get confusing, do you need every single product? No. and that’s coming from a product junkie like myself lol. Obviously you will have to find which products work best for you but there are staple products everyone needs in their arsenal:

  1. A good cleanser; shampoos/cowashes etc read through my cleansing series for a good introduction and product recommendations. Cleansing Series: Shampoos, Cleansing Series: Cowashing, Cleansing Series: Clays
  2. Conditioners: I have a whole series dedicated to explaining the different types of conditioners, what is the difference between a conditioner and a deep conditioner? Conditioner Series: Rinse out conditioners, Conditioner Series: Leave in conditioners, Conditioner Series: Deep Conditioners
  3. Styling products: depending on how you will eventually wear your hair. Are you more of a protective styling girl or a twist out girl?

You can also check my Natural Hair starter kit for more product recommendations

No natural hair guide will be complete without a mention of detangling! This is a very important step on your wash day. I wrote a detailed article on detangling including products and tools you will need, this can be read on British Curlies

I understand starting out as a natural can be pretty expensive especially if you are trying out a lot of products, you can always read/watch reviews but everyone hair reacts differently to products so what works for the majority may not work for you (you know the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie? It makes my hair dry and I simply do NOT like it. Some naturals swear by it!) My top 10 under 10 post features the best budget friendly priced products that actually work! Read it here

Natural hair is not as bad as it seems. Yes it takes some work but once you get to grips with what you have to do, it’s so much easier. I think it’s important you give yourself time to learn about your hair without becoming frustrated, remember if you transitioned, you have probably had relaxed hair your whole life and didn’t have to learn how to take care of it per say because it’s what you have been used to, all of a sudden you cut all that of and have to learn how to take care of this ‘new texture’ which requires different techniques to what you had previously. It takes time, but blogs ( Browse through my Everyday Inspiration Series( under the Natural hair tab) for stories from everyday women on how they handle thier hair!) like mine and a ton of YouTube channels are there to help you through it!

Love

Sarah

Photo Credit – Keturah Ariel

Share your natural hair advice and tips with me!

 

 

Curl Harmony Full Review

Hey family, many of you having been asking about the full review on the Curl Harmony products I received! Curl Harmony is a UK based natural hair company providing natural hair products with the finest ingredients. Check out all the previous posts below:

Curl Harmony product collection > http://wp.me/p1uQOd-Bn

Curl Harmony 1st look/impressons>> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-CP

 

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I now have a full review written which is currently up on the British Curlies website! I told you guys I am part of their Bloggers association now right? Anyway to check out the post, link the link below:

http://www.britishcurlies.co.uk/2015/08/curl-harmony-review/

My final verdict – I love these products esp the deep conditioner and will recommend that to my type 4 girls. If you would like to visit their website for more info or to make a purchase, please click Curl Harmony image right below the insta bar and it will take you directly to the website!

MIXED ROOTS

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Hey guys, welcome to my blog, if you are new here, what took you so long lol?, be sure to check out my social media, all the links are under the social tab and connect with me so you won’t miss a thing! We are currently doing a series on product collections where I search for natural hair products and feature them here on my blog. The purpose is to inform you guys what brands offer natural hair products and also the variety of products out there for us! You will be AMAZED! There is a lot of collections here already, so take a good look around you may spot your favourite brand (If so feel free to drop a quick review in the comment section) or you may be inspired to try something new!

Anyway now that is out of the way, let’s concentrate on today’s product feature! It’s the Mixed Roots product collection! Its good collection featuring all the essentials: shampoo, deep conditioner and leave in conditioner! Their products have been formulated with vitamins, fruit oils and protein and without parabens, sulfate and mineral oil – don’t we love that?!

The full collection is as follows

Curl cleansing shampoo

Deep moisture conditioner

Curl control leave in lotion

Curl refresher spray

Curl stretching custard

Replenishing oil treatment

I personally haven’t used any of the products so I can’t comment on them, but I know a friend who loves their curl control leave in. I have also contacted them to see if they can provide any products for the blog, fingers crossed they do/reply, anyway it’s off to YouTube to get some reviews for you guys

Curl stretching cream

 

Curl cleansing shampoo

 

Curl control leave in

 

Curl stretching custard and oil treatment

 

That’s all folks! Another product collection for us natural folk! I’m so happy you guys are branching out and trying some of these products, I will keep the coming (You should see the amount of tabs I have open lol Smh). Since you guys love the UK based collections, I will definitely look out for more of them. For more info on mixed roots, visit their website >> http://www.mixedroots.co.uk/ Here in the UK you can get the full range at http://www.pakcosmetics.com/search/mixed-roots

Until next time

Love

Sarah