Creme of Nature Professional Moisture Extreme Conditioner

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This conditioner is GREAT for pre-poo and AMAZING for detangling as a conditioner. It has the most slip that I’ve ever EVER experienced! While it’s great as a conditioner, following a shampoo, I’ve become accustomed to using it as a pre-poo conditioner. I tend to mix up my own DIY Pre-poo (recipes can be found here) and then add this conditioner to the mix. Both leave my hair SUPER soft, smooth, and detangled. I got this conditioner at a product swap but it can be purchased at Sally’s for $8 for 20 oz! Great value!

INGREDIENTS

Ultra-Purified Water (Aqua)(Eau), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride,Lanolin Oil, PEG-12 Dimethicone,Amodimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicur (Basil) Extract, Polygala Senega Root Extract,Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract,Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract*, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Caco (Cocoa) Seed Butter,Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil,Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein,Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Panthenol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Isostearyl Ethylimidazolinium, Ethosulfate, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-32, Paraffinum Liquidum, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal,Limonene,Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Methylparaben,Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben,Isobutylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, **Fragrance contains: Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil and Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, *CERTIFIED ORGANIC

HOW I USE IT

As mentioned above, when using it as a conditioner (following a shampoo) I just apply, leave on for 3-5 minutes, detangle with a wide tooth comb and then rinse. When using as a pre-poo, I mix it with my DIY Pre-Poo,detangle, make two strand twists around my hair then pile then on top of my head, put a plastic cap AND satin night cap on and sleep with the mixture on my head. When I wake up in the morning, my hair is SUPER soft and ready for wash day!

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Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Thickening Moisture Mist

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This is a product that I’ve had for quite a while now yet hadn’t reviewed for some reason! I love this product! This is one that is extremely versatile, meaning you can use it when styling your hair whether wet or dry. For those of you that are familiar with this part of the SheaMoisture line, then you know these Yucca & Baobab products are specifically tailored to those with “thin, fine hair.” That’s clearly not the case over here but, nonetheless, I love these products–especially this mist! The mist contains Biotin which, as we all know, promotes hair growth and length retention. After using the line as a whole for about 7-8 months, I definitely believe that the Yucca & Baobab line have had a great deal to do with my increased thickness and length retention. Here is an old school vlog by the great Jenelle, about the line as a whole. If you just want to focus on this mist, then start at 4:12. I purchased this product from Walgreens for $8 for 8 oz.

INGREDIENTS

Deionized Water , Adansonia Digitata Extract (Baobab) , Yucca Filamentosa Extract , Butyrospermum Parkii Oil (Shea)Certified Organic , Aloe Vera Leaf Juice , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Biotin , Rosemary Extract , Bamboo Extract , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower Extract (Honeysuckle) , Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Japanese Honeysuckle)

HOW I USE IT

I use this as a leave in RIGHT before I start blow drying my hair. OR, I use it to freshen up my 2nd day hair when I do a wash and go. It can be used either way, but if on a wash and go, make sure to use the LOC method for maximum moisture.

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SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Conditioning Shampoo

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Low lather, moisture delivering, herbal smelling wonder! 3 phrases that sum up this shampoo. This shampoo is best used after the SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Hair & Scalp Weekly Therapy. I was able to find this product at Target for $10 for 13 fl oz.

INGREDIENTS

Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Stearyl Dihydroxypropyldimonium Oligosaccharides, Centrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Sorbitan Sesquicapylate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Tremetes Versicolor Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydolyzed Vegetable Protein, Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil*, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot)
Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni) Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Glucose, Caprylhydroxamin Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Rapeseed Acid, Sodium Sulfite, Xylose, Capryl Glycol, GuarHydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Urea, Decyl Alcohol, Diheptyl Succinate, Dimethiconol Cysteine Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid, Dextran, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide

HOW I USED IT

I used this product after rinsing out the SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Hair & Scalp Weekly Therapy. My hair as already pretty soft and moisturized after using the pre-poo treatment, but this shampoo provided additional moisture.

The instructions say to work this product through your hair and scalp for a minimum of 30 seconds. They also advise you that this shampoo is low lathering. Indeed it is! I’m not used to low lathering shampoo’s so I found myself making sure that I worked this through my hair for a whole minute out of caution. Unnecessary step I believe!

What I really love about this shampoo is the amount of moisture and softness it delivers, instantly! Even after rinsing out, my hair still felt soft to the touch. Would definitely purchase again.

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Rosemary Moisture

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Today was new recipe day!! I decided to try a new deep conditioner recipe today because I purchased some rosemary oil, needed a new DIY concotion and I’ve been trying to perfect the whipped consistency shown in this YouTube video. I think I finally mastered it (pictured below) but first, the recipe.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

2 tablespoons Shea butter
2 tablespoons Mango butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon almond oil
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
5-6 drops of rosemary oil

This recipe will provide your hair with GREAT moisture, shine, and smell! As always, however, when applying my DIY deep conditioners to my hair I like to mix a small amount of store bought deep conditioner. This provides slip that eases detangling, very important!

Below is a picture of this pre-poo treatment in different stages. Looking counterclockwise, the first pic is the mixture after it has been melted down, the second is after it has been taken out of the freezer (10 minutes), the third picture is how it looks after it has been whipped (with an electric mixer) for 8 minutes, and the last picture is what the final product looks like after I put it in a container.

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SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner

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I love this product!! Like the Aphoghee restorative hair treatments, this product also makes my top ten list. One of the great things about this conditioner is that it can be used as a conditioner (while you’re in the shower), mixed in with any deep conditioner, or used as a leave in conditioner. It really is just THAT good!

INGREDIENTS

Deionized Water , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Argan Oil , Coconut Oil , Behentrimonium Chloride , Essential Oil Blend , Vegetable Glycerin , Emulsifying Wax , Sea Kelp Extract , Panthenol (Vitamin B-5) , Avocado Oil , Tocopherol (Vitamin E) , Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil (Carrot)

The key ingredients in this product are the sea kelp, argan oil and shea butter. The sea kelp is this product is meant to seal and smooth the hairs cuticle. The argan oil is mean to restore shine while helping promote hair elasticity and the shea butter is meant to deeply moisturize while conditioning hair and scalp. All of this is stated on the labeling and this product truly delivers on all of these things!

HOW I USE IT

I like to incorporate this conditioner into my DIY leave in conditioners/sealants! It really helps to lock in moisture into my hair, especially my ends. I also like to mix this in with a DIY deep conditioner and sometimes I stick to the basics and use it after I shampoo my hair with the accompanying SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention shampoo.

When using as a conditioner, the label states to work the conditioner through hair from roots to ends, leaving on for 3 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. for deeper conditioning, you can also leave on up to 15 minutes. Whichever you choose, you won’t be disapointed! This product smells great and has a lot of slip which is perfect for detangling! I purchased this product from Walgreens for $10 for 13 fl oz. Great value for a great product!

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Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre Shampoo Hair Treatment

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The hair market is beginning to offer more pre shampoo treatment products as more and more women are embracing the “no poo movement.” I stated in a previous blog that I’m not a fan of this movement because a conditioner simply does not have the same cleansing qualities that a shampoo does. Doing a pre shampoo treatment is a way to escape the harsh stripping of the natural oils within the hair that happens when shampoo, instead allowing your hair to be cleansed but retain moisture. Here is an article that explains the importance of pre shampooing as well as a YouTube video that shows a good way to apply a pre shampoo treatment.

One of the first pre shampoo treatments that I ever tried was this Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment. While I enjoy this product, I actually prefer to do my own DIY Pre Shampoo Treatments but it is nice to mix this product in with my own DIY treatments.

INGREDIENTS

Vegetable Glycerin , Olive Oil , Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil , Oat Flour , Lecithin , Sucrose Stearate , Sucrose Distearate , Magnesium Stearate , Citrus Rind Oil , Oat Kernel Oil , Chlorophyll , Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E)Vitamin E , Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Leaf Powder , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Powder , Vegetable Oil , Fragrance

This product contains vegetable glycerin which is an amazing natural humectant, like honey, that naturally attracts moisture. The olive and almond oil in this product also gives hair great shine while the avocado provides a high amount of moisture.

When applying this product to my hair, I like to start off with dry hair. I section my hair into four sections to ensure equal distribution. I then use a spray bottle, filled with water, to dampen my hair. I first apply this pre shampoo treatment on each sections of my hair and then my own DIY mixture treatment or coconut oil on top of the mixture. I use a wide tooth comb to detangle my hair. It’s important to note this product does not contain any slip, at all. So using your own DIY mixture or coconut oil is important when detangling because it provides the necessary slip needed to detangle. After applying this mixture, usually before bed, I pile my hair into a top knot and place a plastic cap over it to lock in natural heat. I sleep with my pre shampoo treatments on and when I wake up I like to sit under my hair steamer for about 15 minutes to ensure maximum penetration. I then wash the pre shampoo treatment out and shampoo and condition as usual! I do like this product but I do think it is more effective, and less costly, to make your own.

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Shea Butter

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THE USE OF SHEA BUTTER

Now there isn’t a true product junkie or naturalista in the world who hasn’t heard of the wonder of shea butter! Shea butter is in almost every healthy hair product and the hair line (my favorite hair line) SheaMoisture is based on the wonders of raw shea butter. Shea butter is a natural sealant, heat protectant, shields against UV rays AND naturally softens hair. In this article, on Curly Nikki, she does an amazing job explaining the benefits of shea butter and the many wonders it can do on your hair! So, read up!

USING SHEA BUTTER

Here’s is one of my most favorite shea butter recipes! I love to use shea butter in deep conditioners* and DIY sealants.

3 tablespoons shea butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
1 teaspoon almond oil
5-6 drops of eucalyptus oil**

*as I explain in my DIY Treatment section, when using a DIY deep conditioner it is generally effective if you mix a smidge of your favorite conditioner in as well. This ensures you have great slip and great moisture! Just a smidge–one or 2 tablespoons!

**this is solely for the smell!

Here is a YouTube video of a step by step tutorial on how to mix and create your own shea butter hair recipe!

PURCHASING A NATURAL BUTTER

When purchasing a natural butter, it is important to look for a butter that is extracted using natural methods to ensure maximum nourishment to the skin. Look for the words “unrefined,” “cold-pressed” or “crude.” This means that the product was extracted from the shea nut, cocoa bean or mango using natural methods that don’t overheat the ingredient during the process, thus destroying some of its nutrients.

The shea butter I use (pictured below) I bought from a natural food store in Maryland for about $8. However, there are websites such as Butters-N-Bars where you can purchase shea butter from or maybe even Whole Foods. I say maybe because I have yet to buy it from there Farmers markets are always another alternative, and great place, to purchase shea butter from as well.

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