The Cantu brand has a special place in every black girl’s hair product collection. I’ve known of Cantu even from my relaxed days and I have used many of their products.
The new Grapeseed collection features 7 products in total and I received 5. For this wash day, I decided to add the new shampoo and conditioner to my routine.
My hair has been in braids for 4 weeks prior so I wanted to start with detangling first. The conditioner is light and runny and has enough slip. I used a good amount on each section of my hair, using a wide tooth comb from the ends to the roots of hair. The conditioner smells great and does a good job of detangling. Since I was using this just for detangling, I didn’t leave it on my hair too long but after I washed it out, my hair felt softer
The shampoo lathers up well and felt gentle on the scalp. It’s formulated with shea butter and grapeseed oil. I loved it. It rinses out easily too. I always go in with 2 washes and it didn’t dry out my hair. The lather is produces was ok for finger detangling.
This collection is for curly, coily and wavy hair and it worked really well for my 4c hair. It’s a good shampoo and conditioner if you are looking to try some new ones. I’ve had no issues with it. I love the scent and the performance did not disappoint me
Crème of Nature has been a brand that’s been around for a while! I love their products especially the Argan Oil Collection! It performs well and it smells great. Whilst I haven’t tried a lot of products from the brand, what I have tried I have loved! One of my fav spray leave-in conditioners is from Crème of Nature, check out the review here
Today’s post will be a full review on the Crème of Nature Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Shampoo. This is a sulfate free shampoo that promises to gently cleanse the hair, help detangle whilst adding shine, softness and strength to the hair. It’s been formulated with Argan oil from Morocco.
I have had this shampoo for a while and I have been using it on and off as I had older products to get through. For the last month and a half though, I have been using it consistently and I am now out of it. This shampoo has the same great scent as the rest of the products in the Argan Oil collection.
The shampoo has a thick consistency and a fair amount gives a lot of suds. I really like this shampoo because it really softens my hair. I have been wearing my hair out a lot lately and been quite lazy to moisturise it, actually I have chosen a slick bun as my protective style so it’s quite difficult to properly moisture without having to take it apart and start again so it’s safe to say going into my weekly wash days, my hair has been dry. The shampoo gently cleanses my hair and scalp and softens it.
In terms of detangling, I think this shampoo provided enough slip for finger detangling which I absolutely love. It always makes subsequent detangling with conditioner and a comb easier and quicker even when my hair is tangled quite a bit. I think I took a while to use it because it thought it wasn’t suitable for natural hair so I was only using it on my wigs for a while. It also performed really well on them
An excellent choice of shampoo for all hair textures including natural hair. I really like how it softens my hair and helps me detangle it. The scent is a bonus. One thing I will comment though is the texture of the shampoo changed in the last few months I was using it HOWEVER I have also used it on and off for 2 years (don’t judge me) or maybe longer and once a product is opened there is a best before time period to use it by. It still worked absolutely fine anyway but just something to note if you have had this shampoo for a while and it looks like it has changed textured.
I will recommend this.
Crème of Nature Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Shampoo is £4.99 at Superdrug
It’s a deep conditioning party and there’s no such thing as having too many deep conditioners! Let no one tell you that, you don’t need such negativity in your life! As I keep searching for the best deep conditioners on the market, I will keep bringing you guys updates on the latest and best products out there for us. In today’s post, I will update the previous Best Deep Conditioners list with my new Top 5 Natural Hair Deep Conditioners!
Why Deep Condition?
It’s simple. You need to replace the moisture in your hair, rebuild and repair your fro. Natural hair tends to be drier in the winter (which is why we love protective styling) and deep conditioning offers far more and longer lasting benefits than conditioning alone! Plus you need a deep conditioner that will make you go like this
Naturalistas we are kinda obsessed with hair products lol. Sometimes the trip to the local beauty supply store is not enough: they never have our favourite brands or what we want is not in stock: now you wasted your oyster card money lol.
I love online shopping, I mean what’s better than shopping in your PJ’s in the warmth of your bed? Sure there is the annoying delivery charge and the chance of missing your package (we don’t need this type of negativity lol) but finding your fav product online and in stock beats all of that!
These are my top 3 online shops that stock the most for natural hair! Between them they cover all your fav brands from Anita Grant to TGIN (I tried to do A-Z but none of them stocks products from a brand beginning with a Z lool)
The first online shop for natural hair I came across back in 2011 and I still use today (I am even part of their bloggers association!) They have recently launched their own natural hair care range: Trepadora and its exclusively available online there!
Hey loves! I hope everyone is doing great! This post will be a review on the new Revitalizing Sulfate Free Shampoo and Hydration Plus Moisturising Conditioner, part of the new NuNAAT Brazilian Patauà Oil collection
You guy know I love me some nuNAAT. I have featured them in my product collection series and have a few reviews for some of their products. Click on the Product Directory Tab for reviews and Natural Hair tab for the product collections!
The new NuNAAT brand is formulated with Pataua Oil which is rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 and works to deeply nourish the hair and provide lustre. It also contains Pracaxi Oil which provides maximum softness and moisture to the hair. The full product range includes
Revitalizing Sulfate Free Shampoo
Hydration Plus Moisturizing Conditioner
Moisture Infusion No-Lye Relaxer System
Cuticle Protect Wrap Setting Mousse
Shine Enhancing Thermal Protect Hair Lotion
It’s a relatively small collection that boats of big things so does it live up to it?
The shampoo did a good job of cleansing my hair and scalp. I did find that it did not sud up easily, which is understandable because it is sulfate free. It smells pleasant too.
I love the conditioner! It gives amazing slip for finger detangling. It’s not a thick consistency but it’s not too runny either. It also left my hair really soft and moisturized.
The only downfall is that I was sent sample sizes (50ml) because they didn’t have the full sized products yet! Guys its brand new lol! I would love to use it again and give a more detailed review however for now I am very impressed and its two thumbs up!
I’m not sure when it will be available in stores in the UK yet but I know it will be available at the Natural Nights event this Sunday! I hope you guys are going!! If you can’t attend, watch out for my event cover for it.
Verdict: nuNAAT never fails to deliver! I love all the products I have from this brand and I will definitely recommend it! Be sure to check them out
Hey guys, I hope everyone is doing great! If you read my previous debunking natural hair myths, Part 1>> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-Ju Part 2 >>http://wp.me/p1uQOd-JM you would know it was inspired by things I heard or read. Today’s post however was inspired by a conversation I overheard lol yesterday between a ‘hairdresser’ and another man.
Natural hair is just a trend that will die down soon. You know how people catch on to trends. They will realise its expensive and it’s not suitable for UK weather. Natural hair is not versatile, there’s not much you can do with it
Because I was eavesdropping (lol, well I wasn’t I was in the next room and the door was open lol) I couldn’t just barge in and lecture him. I thought about what I heard all the way home and how it’s a pity to hear this from a hairdresser. He’s probably the type to convince you to relax your hair if you walked into his salon. Anyway today’s post will focus on debunking all the myths he said
Natural hair is a trend- I think this is subjective depending on who you talk to. For instance, if you talk to someone who has seen a lot of perfectly defined twist outs and amazing voluminous hair, they are somehow led to believe that will be their case once they transition. They don’t really know what goes into that process aka pre poo, detangle, wash, deep condition, LOC then twist, dry, fluff then ROCK lol. So they transition only to find it’s not the case and give up, it is to those people that natural hair is a trend. I believe most things started off as a trend but stuck because people found it worked for them and they liked it. I also I believe if you did your research prior to transitioning and you had a personal reason/issue why you transitioned aka you had damaged hair etc, and you believe transitioning to natural hair is the only way to recovery, then you are more likely to keep your natural hair afterwards. it will not die down for those people that has become their lifestyle
Natural hair is expensive- I must confess I thought the same thing when I first became natural, and of course I thought I needed a separate conditioner to detangle and condition. I also thought I needed 10000 different oils for my hair. But now I believe it’s either more or less expensive than relaxed hair. It will cost whatever you put into it. I can have natural hair and use the bare minimum products or relaxed hair with the most products. But for the sake of this man, let’s look at some prices comparisons of natural and relaxed hair products in the same category.
Relaxed hair- Elasta QP shampoo for relaxed hair £2.49/237ml
Natural hair- Motions nourish and acre active moisture shampoo £2.99/473ml
Relaxed hair- Olive oil formula replenishing conditioner- £2.99/250ml
I could go on. It’s what you decide to buy. A lot of these products are suitable for all hair types too. I think the main reason people think it’s expensive is 1. Some time ago, companies that made natural hair products were very limited hence the high price 2. I believe when you transition or first become natural there is a lot of products that are thrown at you that you want to try out, hence you buy, buy, buy. Trust me when I say about 60% of products you would buy in the first year of been natural will not work for you. As you experiment and play around with different products, you will know your staple products and what works best for your hair.
If he is saying natural hair is more expensive because of all the styling products or oils we buy, once again he is wrong because we just swapped wrapping/setting lotions for curl defining cremes/gels and so forth. But again this really depends on the individual and how much they are willing to spend on their hair products
It’s not suitable for UK weather- 1st of all, no hair is ever suitable for UK weather lol that’s why we got weaves, braids and wigs. Say no more
Natural hair is not versatile, there’s not much you can do with it- well mister take a look at the countless videos on YouTube and decide for yourself
I hope I did a good job debunking these myths, what do you guys think? I would love to hear others opinions on some stuff he said, make sure you comment below: whether you’re relaxed or natural!
Naturals do you think been natural is more expensive than when you were relaxed? People that transitioned but when back to relaxing their hair, what made you go back? Was it a trend for you or did you find it difficult/ not enough time? Do you think I am been defensive because I am natural?
It really gets on my nerves to hear ignorant stuff about natural hair, what people decide to do with their hair is their personal business so why say foolish things about something just because it’s not the norm?. Anyway let me go and drink this tea and apply my oils and sleep lol.
From natural hair to weaves, a simple and nice hairstyle will complement any outfit and makeup and instantly smarten your appearance. However, it’s hard to think of a new hairstyle every morning, especially when you are pressed for time. I sit down with Racheal Adjei, a Media and Communications graduate and the founder of the hairspiration app, which gives its users hairstyle inspiration.
WHAT IS HAIRSPIRATION?
Hairspiration was thought of years ago – but not in the form of an app. I remember looking for a hairstyle I wanted to do for my first day of Uni and wondered why there was no easy way to find hairstyles except for Google really. I never knew that years later I would actually end up having to do it myself! I had noticed that even on google most black hairstyle images were that of celebrities, and to be fair as much as they have great hair there wasn’t as much variety as you would think there is. A lot of us ladies get stuck wearing the same style time and time again. Very rarely do we try something new, there was a time when literally every girl I would see had a side or middle part weave no matter the occasion the hairstyle was the same everywhere I went. I wanted to switch it up, it’s boring. At the same time a lot of us are scared to try something new especially if you don’t know a stylist who can really pull the look off for you. Some hairdressers are great at certain things but not others. Currently, Hairspiration serves as a gallery for hairstyle inspiration, which anyone can try but is centred on Black Hair.
WHAT MAKES HAIRSPIRATION DIFFERENT
It’s everything in one place, yes you can look up hairstyles on social media like Instagram, but it can be chaotic because you’re likely to follow so many different pages for different things, one that does natural hair, and then one that is great with colouring. Hairspiration has an Instagram and we post different hairstyles too but there is hardly any order with such platforms. Hairspiration is in categories to make your search easy.
HAIRSPIRATION IN THE NEAR FUTURE
The future of Hairspiration hopes to be a long lasting source of all black hair, natural hair, locs, weave, relaxed hair you name it, it’s there. It’s brings everything that is great about black hair together in one platform. Hairspiration App is working with salons and stylists, to showcase their work, making it easier to connect our users with stylists they know can pull of the type of hairdo they want.
HOW IT WORKS
Within the app there will be a listed menu where they can view hairstyles from the following categories and ‘star’ hairstyles into their favourites section – which certainly comes in handy when showing your stylist what you want.
My thoughts- I have personally used this app for the last month to test out its ease of use and its style gallery. It’s quite easy to use- everything is divided into different categories with clear pictures which are easy to understand and follow. She also features simple hair care advice, mini product reviews as well as video tutorials for some styles. In conclusion, I will recommend this app for all your hairstyles in one place, instead of looking at many different sources for it. Try it out, it’s completely free!
Hairspiration is available to download from the App Store or Google Play.
The colder season means it’s time for chunky knits, hot chocolates and boots. It’s also time to update your hair regime for the fall/winter season. Natural hair needs more moisture and protection in the winter than those warmer months. Remember your wash and goes and cute twist outs? It’s time to say good bye to those and opt for protective styling.
With the weather dryer than usual, your hair will be affected by the elements: rain, wind and snow (not yet but hopefully we get a white Christmas!) the trick to maintaining healthy hair during this time is really simple: moisture, moisture, moisture and condition, condition and condition and throw in protective styling too. This simple guide will give advice/info on how to carry your hair ( and head) through the season.
Pre- poo– I must confess when I am in a hurry, I completely miss this step and go straight for shampooing. In the colder seasons, you want to make sure you incorporate this into your wash regime every wash day! Hot oil treatments are the one for the season. This will help shed hair slip out easily and also provide extra moisture if you have to shampoo. Try all time favs like olive oil, coconut oil or castor oil. Of course feel free to mix and match for your perfect concoction
Co-wash – It’s to swap your shampoos for co washes (like you haven’t done so already). Creamier co-washes will ensure your hair is cleansed without stripping your hair of moisture. Try Cantu conditioning co wash, review can be seen here >> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-D2
Deep condition- I can not stress this enough. Deep condition every wash day is also a must for this season. For extra benefits, use a heat cap, steamer or warm towel to help the conditioner penetrate the shaft more. Reconstructors are ‘light’ protein treatments that will help repair any damages to your hair. Try Curl Harmony Intensive treatment
Finally, do not skip on your leave in conditioners (I recommend Cantu leave in, Giovanni direct leave in, heavy butters and oils to seal all that moisture in!
Trimming – Since many of us opt for protection styles like wigs and braids, it’s now the perfect time to get a trim. This is get rid of any split ends and ensure your hair is healthy. If you got a bit scissor happy or your stylist did, don’t worry as it will be hidden in your protective styles anyway. When wearing a protective style, remember to keep your scalp healthy by using scalp oils. My fav combo at the moment is castor oil, olive oil, rosemary and spearmint oils. This will ensure your scalp is not dry which in turn will prevent itchy scalp (Weave pat anyone?).
That’s all folks! What are your tips for maintaining your tresses in the colder seasons? Share them below! Let us know what products you’re using/loving, I am always on the hunt for new products to try ( with that been said, I will have a bunch of reviews up shortly as I have acquired a lot of new products recently, yay!)
Hey people, happy new month! Can you believe it? Just 3 months to go till the end of the year.
So I know we have taken a long break from natural hair but I am back with another product collection for my natural hair readers! I have been working behind the scenes though to bring you new posts on natural hair so stay tuned for that! I took a break because; we have covered a lot of products on here, so please take a look around you may spot something! Are you looking for any of Shea moisture’s products in the UK, check out my Shea Moisture help chart on how to choose the best collection for your hair condition >>http://wp.me/p1uQOd-CJ
Today, we are back with a US based company, Aunt Jackie’s and their natural hair product collection. All her products are sulfate, parabens, mineral oil and petroleum free! Let’s have a look at the entire collection; she has a collection for younger girls and one for adults
Aunt Jackie’s curls and coils girls e-blast vitamin E and flaxseed scalp remedy
Aunt Jackie’s girls baby girl curls custard
Aunt Jackie’s girls heads up softening shampoo
Aunt Jackie’s girls soft and sassy softening conditioner
Aunt Jackie’s quench moisture intensive leave in conditioner
Aunt Jackie’s curl la la defining curl custard
Aunt Jackie’s don’t shrink flaxseed elongating curling gel
Aunt Jackie’s in control moisturizing conditioner
Aunt Jackie’s knot on my watch detangler
Aunt Jackie’s oh so clean shampoo
So they have a few products but is it worth your money? I have a few videos of reviews and demos for you. Make sure you carry on researching before you decide to buy!