SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, + Restore Treatment Masque

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I don’t…really know what’s gotten into SheaMoisture but they have seriously stepped up their hair masque game with this new JBCO line and the Manuka Honey line! This masque is SO GOOD! Overall, the masque is meant to “help promote growth by supporting hair’s elasticity, reducing the appearance of breakage and shredding.” The JBCO line is meant for for those who “regularly color, straighten, perm or heat style their hair, as well as kinky, curly or wavy natural styles.” I no longer perm my hair nor do I use heat on a regular basis BUT I am transitioning so I need all the moisturizing masques I can get my product junkie hands on. SO I was thrilled when I rinsed this masque out and it left my hair so soft, shiny, detangled, on and on. The only drawback? It smelled a little like…play-doh. It wasn’t TOO strong and I didn’t smell it once I rinsed the masque out but yea…slight kindergarten flashbacks when applying it to my hair. Also, the packaging boasts about the addition of peppermint oil which is meant to “stimulate the scalp for an invigorating experience.” Yea…I didn’t feel the peppermint oil. Nonetheless, I loved this product and I would highly recommend it! I purchased this masque at CVS for $12.99 for 12oz.

INGREDIENTS

Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Stearyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vinegar, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient

HOW I USE IT

After a thorough shampoo and condition, I part my hair into four sections. Applying the masque to each section of my hair, I use a wide tooth comb to ensure equal distribution. After I’ve applied the masque to each section of my hair, I pile my hair into two top knots (one on each side of my head) and place two plastic caps on my head. I then sit underneath my bonnet dryer for 30 minutes and rinse!

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SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque

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Love love loveee this masque! This is the type of conditioner that will have you rinsing out your hair way longer than you need to solely because your hair is still SO soft (like it was when you were applying the conditioner to your hair) that you still think it’s IN your hair long after it’s been rinsed away. Needless to say, I love this masque! It left my hair super soft, detangled and moisturized! Everything about this masque screams perfection for transitioners and naturals! A definite new staple for me. I purchased it from Target for $11 for 12 oz.

INGREDIENTS

Manuka Honey contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the scalp. Helps create a moisturizing barrier.
Mafura Oil contains high levels of beneficial oleic acid. Helps replenish oils stripped from hair.
African Rock Fig contains antioxidant Vitamin C, which helps keep hair looking vibrant

water, cetyl alcohol, coconut oil, behentrimonium methosulfate, shea butter, vegetable glycerin, stearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, panthenol, mafura seed oil, honey, hydrolyzed rice protein, fragrance (essential oil blend), baobab seed oil, cetrimonium chloride, avocado oil, fig extract, mango seed butter, tocopherol, aloe leaf extract, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylyl glycol, butylene glycol

HOW I USE IT

After a thorough shampoo and condition, I part my damp hair into four sections. I then apply this masque to each section of my hair, adding a small amount of coconut oil to my ends, and using a wide tooth comb to ensure equal distribution. After I’ve applied the masque to all four sections of my hair, I put my hair into two top knots, put two plastic caps on (I need two to cover all my hair lol) and sit under my bonnet dryer for 30 minutes. Rinse and fall in love with my super soft hair over and over!

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Aphogee Curlific Texture Treatment

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Elasticity is vital for transitioning hair and well…any hair really! That is the exact reason that I purchased this conditioning treatment. It’s vital that I prevent as much breakage as I can around my line of demarcation during my transition. This product is meant to provide hair with a equal balance of protein and hydration and help eliminate hair loss as well as split ends. That’s exactly what it does! I use this conditioner the week after after I’ve straightened my hair in order to add some protein/keratin back into my hair that was recently lost when blow drying and flat ironing my hair. This DC always leaves my hair stronger, shinier, and SO SOFT! While those are definitive positives of this DC, my favorite attribute is the SMELL! It smells JUST like clean fresh laundry detergent and the smell lingers even after I’ve washed it out. My favorite smell ever! I purchased this DC from Sally’s for $9 for 8oz
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Here is an informative article by Curly Nikki about the importance of elasticity for healthy hair!

INGREDIENTS

Water (Aqua, Eau), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycerin, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Sodium PCA, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, Lactic Acid, Polyester-11, PVP, Isostearamidopropyl Morpholine Lactate, Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-10, Silicone Quaternium-22, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Keratin Amino Acids, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, C11-15 Pareth-7, C12-16 Pareth-9, Trideceth-12, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum)

HOW I USE IT

After a shampoo and condition, I part my hair into four sections applying this DC to each section of my hair. I use a wide tooth comb to detangle and ensure equal distribution. Putting on a plastic cap, I sit underneath my bonnet dryer for 25-30 minutes. Rinse and voila! Super soft anddd strong hair!

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Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Hair Masque

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Once I tried Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner, I thought I had found my ideal deep conditioner. Then, I tried Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment and thought that I had found two of the best deep conditioners EVER. Until, I ran across this hair masque. Don’t get me wrong I still love those two deep conditioners, but this masque is also amazing! Last week my hair (especially my ends) were feeling extremely brittle and dry from a mixture of the humidity and heat. Not wanting to let my hair succumb to breakage, I searched through my product stash for a solution. On a whim, I decided to try this masque, as I had received it from a product swap and still hadn’t tried it. It. is. amazing. It has a combination of keratin, coconut oil and olive oil which hydrate hair while strengthening it all at once. It is now one of my go to deep conditioners when my hair is dry, when is starting to break AND right before I’m about to straighten my hair WHICH I won’t be able to do often now that I’m transitioning. This masque truly delivers hydration to the hair without being too heavy on hair. It’s a perfect lifesaver for hair that is dry and damaged. Like I said, I got this from a product swap but it can be purchased at Walmart for $10 for 11 oz. It’s super thick so you can probably get about 4-5 uses out of it depending on hair length.

INGREDIENTS

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HOW I USE IT

After a shampoo and conditioner, I apply this masque to my damp hair. First, I section my hair into four different sections. Then, within each section I apply this masque, detangling with a wide tooth comb to ensure equal distribution. I put on a plastic cap and sit underneath my bonnet dryer for 20 minutes. Rinse and try to keep my hands out of my super soft hair!

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Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Deep Treatment

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This deep conditioner is AMAZING! Seriously, AMAZING! I used it last night, along with a good steam treatment, and my hair is so soft and shiny. I’ve used a lot of deep conditioners in my time and NONE have come close to this one, even my (former) favorite Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair DC. This deep conditioner is specially formulated to restore hydration and elasticity to brittle hair. It truly does just that! This product can be purchased on the Miss Jessie’s website. Prices vary depending on the size you chose with the 16 oz being $32. Pricy? Yes. But this product is comparable to the infamous Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Repairing Mask WHICH is just as expensive, for less product and results that aren’t as great. Also, because the consistency (pictured below) of this product is thicker, you really do get more use out of this product for the price.

INGREDIENTS

Water , Cetyl Alcohol , Cyclopentasiloxane , Stearyl Alcohol , Behentrimonium Chloride , Behentrimonium Methosulfate , Lauryl Alcohol , Butyrospermum ParkiiShea Butter , Cyclohexasiloxane , Dimethicone , Yellow 10CI 47005 , Dimethiconol , Orange 4CI 1550 , DMDM Hydantoin , Ceteareth-20 , Benzyl Benzoate , Butylene Glycol , FragranceParfum , Hydroxyethylcellulose , Disodium EDTA , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Iodopropynyl Buttylcarbamate , Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil , Citric Acid

HOW I USE IT

After a good shampoo and condition, I section my hair into four sections. I apply the DC to each section, making sure to start at the ends and move upwards. Then, I detangle with a wide tooth comb, ensuring equal distribution. I pile my hair into a top knot and sit underneath my beloved hair steamer for 30 minutes. Rinse, and voila! Crazy soft hair! Love this product, will most def keep repurchasing even in spite of the price tag.

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YouTube Healthy Hair Series

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Before I continuing reviewing products, I’d be remiss if I didn’t put y’all on to this amazing YouTube Healthy Hair Series! I really love these videos because they’re super informative and cover a wide array of different hair care products lines.

Part 1 of the series focuses on cleansers! Cleansing hair is SUPER important. SUPER! To clarify your hair is to rid your hair of all the product buildup that you’ve put on your hair throughout the month. With all the products that naturalistas and curlies put on our hair to define curls and provide moisture, it’s SUPER important to clarify and cleanse your hair of all these products to avoid buildup. Here is an article that details the importance of clarifying. But, most importantly, here is the YouTube video for Part 1 of the Healthy Hair Series.

Part 2 of the series focuses on Deep Conditioners which I LOVE. Y’all know I LOVE a good deep conditioner! I’m always super shocked when I find a naturalista or a curly that doesn’t deep condition. I mean…just…why not?? Deep Conditioners really help to revive hair and give you back all that moisture that you lose throughout the day/month/week. Part 2 of this series also touches on the importance of a protein treatment for your hair, specifically Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment which I use regularly and can’t get enough of! Well, I can or else my hair will suffer but you get me! So, check out Part 2!

Enjoy!

B.A.S.K. Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

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This deep conditioning hair treatment is sadly not my favorite DC, not even in the top 5. I used this product on it’s own first, as a DC, ALL night. Applying this product, I was a little confused at how such a thick creamy product could quickly melt into my hair. I mean MELTED into my hair, I could smell it but I couldn’t see it within 60 seconds. I still had high hopes, however, so I figured I’d let it sit on my hair all night. When I woke up in the morning and washed the product out, my hair didn’t feel too hydrated though. The product’s saving grace is actually another product that it can be mixed with, the B.A.S.K. Yam Nectar! When I searched YouTube reviews, everyone seemed to be mixing the two together so I figured I’d mix them together as well and see if my hair felt any different. I did and it truly made a difference! But, because the prices are so steep already, I’m not about the buying two products just to mix them together for maximum potency life! Haha This product can be purchased on the B.A.S.K. website for $20 for 9 oz.

This YouTube video does a GREAT job at illustrating how awesome these two BASK products are when mixed together!

INGREDIENTS

Distilled Water, Prime Pressed Cocoa Butter, Virgin Coconut Cream, Kukui Moluccana Seed Oil, Agave Nectar, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Raw Cocoa Powder,Amalaki Fruit Powder, Cetyl Alcohol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin.

HOW I USE IT

After a fresh wash and shampoo, I section my hair into four sections. Mixing the YAM Nectar and the Cacao Bark DC’s in a bowl, I apply the mixture to each section of my hair. I then comb through with a wide tooth comb to ensure equal distribution. Then, I pile my hair into a top knot and sit under my hair steamer for 30 minutes. The results? Super hydrated hair!

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My hair after washing the mix out