SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10 In 1 Renewal System Conditioner

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The products from this line are meant to do 10 things! Hence, the name 10 in 1 Renewal System. They’re meant to: Age- Defy, Color Protect, Hydrate, Nourish, Soften, Anti-Stress, Shine, (promote) Manageability, Revive Body, and Strengthen hair. After using this product, I’m a little eh about this conditioner. I love the shampoo and the hair and scalp serum but this conditioner is a little average for me. It does have slip, I love the ingredients anddd it smells good but, overall, it’s not moisturizing enough for me. I like my conditioners to be full of slip AND moisture. I didn’t really get that with this conditioner. However, what I’ve noticed about SheaMoisture conditioners, is that even when you think they’re aren’t super hydrating they DO actually work at repairing your hair and delivering shine and strength. So, I def don’t regret my purchase. I purchased this conditioner at ULTA for $10.99 for 13oz.

INGREDIENTS

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INGREDIENT BREAKDOWN

This product boasts about it’s “Superfruit Complex.” The packaging describes this complex as “a blend of Red Raspberry, Ketaones, Goji, Acai, and Guava Extracts.”

This product also contains Marula Oil. What is Marula oil you wonder? Marula Oil is derived from fruit seed kernels that are indigenous to Southern Africa and Madagascar. In short, this oil ” contains powerful antioxidants, high concentrations of nutrients, minerals and essential fatty acids that protect against environmental aggressors, reverse photodamage, boost cellular activity, hydrate at the deepest levels and repair the skin.” Boost cellular activity? Perfect for hair growth. Protect against environmental aggressors? Perfect for those of us who are struggling with the DC heat and humidity this summer. For a more in depth look at this wonderful oil, visit this article. Curly Nikki also featured this oil on a blog post about “7 Exotic Hair Butters & Oil For Natural Hair Greatness.”

Lastly, the packaging talks about Biotin which “nourishes individual strands for thicker, stronger hair.” We alll know about the thickening, growing effects of Biotin. BUt, if for some reason, you’ve been living under a rock, let this article enlighten you on Biotin’s wondrous effects!

HOW TO USE IT

As you would any other conditioner! Specifically, the instructions say to “apply to clean, wet hair. Gently comb through hair working from root to ends. Style as desired. For best results, cleanse first with 10 In 1 Renewal System Shampoo.”

HOW I USE IT

Just like the instructions state! haha. When I apply conditioner, no matter the brand, I like to wait 3-5 minutes before rinsing out. I apply, finger detangle (comb through with a wide tooth comb, wait 3-5 minutes and THEN rinse!

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Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Repair Line

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Three months ago, I purchased the Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Repairing Line. Carol’s Daughter ALWAYS has great sales going on and I was able to purchase a Monoi set (below) consisting of shampoo, conditioner, split end repairing cream, and monoi oil for about $50 instead of the almost $100 it would usually cost! I also, separately, purchased the Monoi styling spray that I spray onto my hair before heat styling as well as the Monoi deep conditioning treatment. I purchased all of these products, not just because I’m a product junkie, to determine if this line actually reduces breakage and shedding as it claims. I have to admit that I was a skeptic, but after using all these products for three whole months, I have to say that these products (as well as Hairfinity) truly helped to grow my hair, reduce breakage AND shedding, and make my hair that much thicker and fuller. These items can be purchased on the Carol’s Daughter website and have already been reviewed on my blog.

The review of Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Repairing Shampoo can be found here

The review of Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Repairing Conditioner can be found here

The review of Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Repairing Split End Sealer can be found here

The review of Carol’s Daughter Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum can be found here

The review of Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask can be found here

The review of Carol’s Daughter Monoi Anti-Breakage Spray can be found here

Below are pictures of my growth and the set I purchased. The first picture is my BEFORE picture in January and the last picture is my NOW picture.

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Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment

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Similar to the Aphogee 2 Minute Keratin Treatment, this Aphogee product does wonders for restoring and repairing damaged hair. Before trying this product I have never actually done a hard protein treatment on my hair, which is pretty bad because I have chemically treated hair (relaxed and colored). Protein treatments need to be done on your hair every six weeks if you regularly use heat, color or relaxers in your hair regimen. When any of these are applied to your hair, your hair loses protein which can lead to breakage and shedding. This inevitably leads to hair loss and affects length retention. Are you starting to understand why your hair won’t grow past a certain length now? Great! Here is an article that explains the importance of protein treatments on hair.

I picked this product up from Sally’s for about $4. I didn’t get the accompanying shampoo nor did I get the full size bottles of Step 1 or Step 2, instead I picked up the sample pack (pictured below). I feel like this is a cheaper and more effective option because a hard protein treatment such as this one should only be used ONCE every SIX weeks. So, why pay more for full size bottles ($9 for 4 oz bottle of Step 1) when I’m only going to use this treatment once every six weeks. As my hair grows, however, I will need to get the bottles because this sample pack was JUST enough to cover all of my hair. I tried my best to find a YouTube video that shows how to apply this treatment, and this one is pretty accurate. She doesn’t go into enough detail, in my opinion, on how to wash out the hair or how to apply Step 2 so I’ll make sure to cover that thoroughly.

INGREDIENTS

STEP 1
Deionized Water, Hydrolyzed Animal Protein, Magnesium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Ethylene Urea, Dimethylol Urea, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Magnesium Carbonate, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance

STEP 2
Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerine, Stearalkonium Chloride, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Oleyl Alcohol, Squalane, Acetamide MEA, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, Allantoin, Collagen Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Cylclomethicone, PEG-150 Stearate, Polysorbate-60, Steareth-20, Proline, Alanine, Tryptophan, Sage Extract, Chamomile Extract, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Butterfly clips
Wide tooth comb
Bowl
Applicator brush (optional)
Towel
Bonnet Dryer

HOW I USE IT

When applying this protein treatment, I start on freshly washed hair. The instructions say to use Aphogee shampoo but I like to stick to my SheaMoisture Yucca & Baobab shampoo. After this is done, without applying conditioner, I begin to dry my hair with either a soft towel or an old t-shirt. I like to start by pouring Step 1 into a bowl and mixing it with an applicator brush. In the YouTube video, she uses her hands to apply the mixture instead of an applicator brush but as this mixture dries extremely fast and gets super sticky, I believe an applicator brush is more effective. After Step 1 is in the bowl, I quickly section my hair into 4 sections with butterfly clips. I start on the first section by applying the mixture, with the applicator brush, to all of my hair within each section. Quickly using a wide tooth comb to detangle and distribute the protein treatment throughout each section. This step will need to be done quickly because after the protein treatment dries you will not be able to move your hair. It will become very dry and should not be manipulated as hair is susceptible to breakage at this point.

After all the protein treatment has been applied to your hair, you will need to wait for your hair to dry before rinsing out this treatment. You can air dry your hair but depending on the thickness of your hair, this can take a long time. I suggest the use of a bonnet dryer instead. When using a bonnet dryer, make sure not to manipulate your hair HOWEVER if hair is not drying at the ends of your hair you can carefully clip up your hair with duckbill clips to make the process go a bit faster.

After all your hair is dry, you are ready to rinse! You’ll realize that your hair is super hard to the touch, like a helmet even. It’s important to rinse IN the shower because you’ll need water to run over your hair for about 2 minutes before you can begin to manipulate your hair. Once two minutes have passed, you can begin to rinse the treatment out of your hair. You’ll quickly realize that your hair feels like straw and is super dry to the touch. This is normal and not a cause for concern! At this point, I like to step out of the shower and apply Step 2. Step 2 is the balancing moisturizer. This step smells SO GOOD, unlike Step 1, and immediately restores your hair’s moisture. This step has SO MUCH SLIP and you can mix your favorite deep conditioner in to ensure even more moisture. I like to steam my hair for about 30 minutes at this point, with no plastic cap, but you can also sit under your bonnet dryer for 30 minutes WITH a plastic cap. This extra step ensures maximum penetration!

After 30 minutes is up, you are ready for your final rinse! When your hair is fully rinsed, you will immediately see and fell the difference! Especially naturalistas and curly heads, your curls and coils will be tighter and shinier than ever!

Here is a picture of the sample pack. Below that is a picture of my sister’s hair before (left) using the treatment and after (right) completing step 1 and 2. Amazing results!

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Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor

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I can’t start this blog post off without saying that this product is truly one of my top ten products! Out of all the products I have tried and will try, this product truly is at the top. About a month ago, I started using my flat iron a little too much and as I had just gotten my ombre done, this probably wasn’t the best move. My ends were getting a little ragged and my hair just wasn’t doing what it should. So, of course, I hit the web and started searching for anything that would help repair my ends before it was too late and I ran across Apoghee 2 Step Protein Treatment and this Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor Treatment. Pure blessings to my hair! I purchased both of them at Sally’s! This keratin treatment was about $7 for 8 oz.

I used the protein treatment first (review available under Protein Treatments) and the next week used this product on my hair. I wish I had taken pictures but as usual, I didn’t haha. But, as usual, I did find a great article that details how to use this product and an equally amazing YouTube video that shows you how to use this treatment and the before and after difference on her hair!

INGREDIENTS

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Behenamidopropylamine Behenatem Stearolkonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cocodimonium Hydrolyzed Hair Keratin, Hydrolzed Mucopolysac Charides, Sodium Coco Collagen Amino Acids, Wheat Germ Fatty Acids, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Arachidonic Acid, Squalane, Avocado Oil, Acetimide MEA, Panthenol, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sulfur, Amodimethicone, Polyquaternium 10, Linoleamidopropyl PG Dimonium, Chloride Phosphate, Tallowtrimonium Chloride, Nonoxynol 10, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Fragrance, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Towel
Butterfly clips
Bonnet Dryer (optional)
Plastic Cap
Wide Tooth Comb

HOW I USED THIS TREATMENT

When I use this treatment, I apply it similar to the method used in the YouTube video. I start off with freshly washed hair of course. I like to section my hair into four sections and apply this to each section while detangling with a wide tooth comb in order to ensure equal distribution. Make sure to pay special attention to the ends of your hair, they are fragile and generally need a lot of attention. When all sections are done, I pile my hair into a top knot and cover with a plastic cap. Next, I sit under my bonnet dryer for about 15 minutes. I know the directions say to leave for 5 minutes but…sometimes more is better right? haha Plus, when my ends are dry I like to be pay special attention to them. So after 15 minutes has passed, I return to the shower and rinse my hair out.

It’s important to note that your hair might feel a little dry after this treatment but all you have to do is deep condition and you’re good to go! Your hair will love you forever!

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Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner

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If you can’t tell by now I’m slightly obsessed with Sally’s, as any good product junkie is! I love to research the best selling products at Sally’s by watching YouTube videos or looking at blogs. That’s exactly how I ran across this new deep conditioner. In every blog I read that talked about any of Sally’s BEST products, this product was mentioned. Naturally, I had to run down the street to my Sally’s and pick it up. It was $8 for 15 oz.

INGREDIENTS

Aqua, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera, Phenyl Trimethicone, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Ginseng Extract, Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/ Dicaprate, Steareth 2, Steareth 20, Lanolin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Polysorbate 20, DMDM Hydantoin, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, d-Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lyral, Methyl Ionone Gamma.
Ingredient Attributes: anti-humectant

The tub states that this deep conditioner is for mixed textures meaning curly, wavy, kinky-coily and frizzy hair. It is supposed to restore hair’s natural moisture balance, control damage from transitioning, heat and color treated hair and restore elasticity to prevent damage. It really does deliver on all of these things! This product is enriched with aloe vera, coconut, olive, soy, argan oil and shea and mango butter. Um, basically it has every moisturizing butter and oil dry damaged hair needs!

When using the product, I like to mix with one of my own DIY deep conditioners (recipes within DIY Deep Conditioning treatments) and do a 35 minute steam treatment for maximum effect. I like to part my freshly washed hair into 4 sections and apply a mixture of my DIY and this awesome deep conditioner all to each section, using a wide tooth comb to ensure equal distribution. You’ll notice that this product smells amazing and has the best slip ever! Which makes detangling with a wide tooth comb that much easier. After detangling and spreading the product throughout my hair, I then pile my hair into a top knot and go straight to my hair steamer. After 35 minutes is up, just wash and either air dry or begin to style. You will immediately feel the softness in your hair, either wet or dry!

Here is a YouTube video, that I love, where she shows how to apply it and how much better her hair looked after the first application. Granted, she’s a little jazzed up on life but her review is great and her hair is amazing!

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