SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser

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This co-wash is one of those products that I like but…don’t LOVE. Is it cleansing? For the most part, yes. It’s moisturizing? For the most, yes. But that’s the thing, I have to preface the “yes” with a “for the most part.” Maybe it’s because I believe in shampooing my hair every week or two or maybe it’s because I think solely co-washing hair isn’t the best thing for hair but I’m not a huge fan of this co-wash. It’s too reminiscent of the Coconut & Hibiscus Conditioner. It does get the job done though, for the most part, leaving my hair cleansed and moisturized. I purchased this product from Walgreens for $11.99 for 8 fl oz.

INGREDIENTS

Deionized Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut)Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Magnifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Cetyl Esters, Kaolin Clay, Grapeseed Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Behentrimonium Chloride (Conditioner), Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Vegetable Protein, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Stearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), African Black Soap Extract, Sea Salt, Rosemary Extract, Caprylyl Glycol *Certified Organic Ingredient

HOW I USE IT

I part my hair into four sections, applying the co-wash to my hair one section at a time. I massage into my scalp then work through the length of my hair. Rinse and style!

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SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo

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Because this post is about a shampoo (and all shampoo posts make for a pretty dry read) I’m going to spend the majority of this post expanding upon the ingredients in this shampoo. But, first, how it works. The product is specially formulated for DRY hair. So, when I bought it, it was near the end of summer when my hair was parched! This shampoo left my hair cleansed AND moisturized! It suds up pretty easily and feels super moisturizing. It also smells amazing! Something between a tropical and sweet smell. I would definitely repurchase this shampoo. I got it at Target for $9.99 for 13 fl oz.

INGREDIENTS

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

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HOW I USE IT

Now that my hair is SUPER thick due to transitioning, I part my hair into four sections. I apply to my scalp making sure to thoroughly massage into my scalp and let the rest run down the length of my hair. Wash section by section and then apply conditioner!

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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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August Empties + New Reviews

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This week’s empties + NEW reviews areeee

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NEW Reviews

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner–reviewed here
Proganix Repairing Conditioner–reviewed here
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Shampoo–reviewed here
Dark & Lovely Anti-Reversion Edge Sleeker–reviewed here
Curls Passion Fruit Control Paste–reviewed here

EMPTIES

Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment–reviewed here
SheaMoisture Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque–reviewed here

More Empties

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ApHogee Curlific Texture Treatment–reviewed here.
Organix Hydrate + Defrizz Kukui Oil Conditioner–reviewed here.

Proganix Repair Conditioner Healing + Anti Breakage

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This past week I accompanied a close friend to ULTA so she could pick up some hair products. Due to the fact that I’m a product junkie, I subconsciously knew that I have enough products but the PJ in me just knew I would have to buy something for myself. And, I did. This Proganix conditioner! I was so taken aback by the fact that this different line of shampoo and conditioners are FROM Organix but…are called Proganix cause they’re like…the turbo charged version. haha! This specific conditioners contains Vitamin E AND Ceramide 3 to “infuse dry damaged hair with strength and elasticity while repairing split ends and frizziness adding healthy bounce and shine.” Sounds like the perfect conditioner for a transitioner that’s trying to avoid as much breakage as I can! Don’t know what Ceramides are? Here is an informative article by Curly Nikki on ceramides that’ll get you up to speed! I used this conditioner after a clarifying shampoo AND on a day where I was going to straighten my hair so I could tell if it really delivers any moisture AND helps repair (read: bind together temporarily) split ends. Works on both accounts AND prevented any frizz! This conditioner is an ULTA exclusive so I purchased it from ULTA for $9.99 for 8.5 fl oz.

INGREDIENTS

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ceramide 3, Glycol Distearate, Glycol Stearate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum).

HOW I USE IT

Apply to the length and ends of hair, after shampooing, leave on for 3-5 minutes and rinse!

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SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Shampoo

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Clarify, Clarify, Clarify! I just love to a good clarifying treatment on my hair! Within the “clarify” section of my blog, you can read alll about the benefits of clarifying hair once a month. As for this shampoo, it’s a great staple clarifying shampoo to keep in rotation in your hair regimen. The Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is meant to aid in regulating and balancing pH levels on the scalp, while softening hair to promote enhanced growth. This article goes more in depth on this wonders of ACV. I used this shampoo today as it was time for a clarify and, as I’m about to straighten my hair for the first time in 5 weeks, I wanted my hair to be free of all the products I’ve been using to maintain curl definition. This shampoo really stripped my hair of all product build up. Consequently, it slightly stripped my hair of moisture too. This is what clarifying shampoo’s are meant to do though!! Which is why they’re not meant to be used as a weekly shampoo. I would highly recommend any product junkie to add this to their product stash and use it AT LEAST once a month! I purchased this product from CVS for $10.99 for 16oz.

INGREDIENTS

Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Vinegar, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient*

HOW I USE IT

I section my hair into four sections, applying the shampoo one section at a time. Clarifying shampoos are meant to get all the product build up out so make sure to really massage into your scalp and from root to end. Rinse and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner!

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Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner

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Have you ever heard of “cheapie conditioners” that make your hair feel super soft, have great slip, ease the detangling process all while being real cheap in price? Well, this is products is THE definition of a cheapie conditioner. It’s a great conditioner to use in your pre-poo mix OR as a co-wash or a regular conditioner (followed after a shampoo). The slip that this product contains makes it super easy to detangle hair and the product name surely doesn’t lie as it delivers a great deal of hydration! The only drawback to me is that there are more synthetic ingredients than natural and it contains a silicone. The silicone, however, is water soluble! Additionally, the smell is light and fruity which is just the right icing on the cake that makes this product a sure staple in any naturalistas or curly girls product stash! I purchased this product from Walgreens for $3.99 for 12 oz.

INGREDIENTS

Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Behentrimonium Chloride , Cetyl Alcohol , Bis Aminopropyl Dimethicone , Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract , Orchis Mascula Flower Extract , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract , Fragrance , Benzyl Alcohol , Disodium EDTA , Sodium Hydroxide , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Blue 1

HOW I USE IT

As I previously mentioned, I use this conditioner as a pre-poo, co-wash, or a conditioner. When using it as a pre-poo, I simply mix it with any of my DIY pre-poo treatments and use a wide tooth to detangle and ensure equal distribution. I then put my hair into a top knot, place a plastic cap over my head and wait about an hour before shampoo and conditioning. When using as a co-wash or a conditioner, I apply to the length and ends of my hair, wait 3-5 minutes and rinse!

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