Product Review: Heavenly Hair and Scalp Intensive Treatment Shampoo & Conditioner + Hair Cream

Hello Naturalistas!

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I was given these products to review, but as usual my review is completely honest. Please remember everyone’s hair is different and just because a product may or may not have worked for my hair it doesn’t mean that your hair will react in the same way to the product/s.

I have decided to use a version of the “Evelyn from the Internets” rating system from now on, hair products will get a rating of Afro Puffs  “0” being awful and “10” being amazing. Body/Skin Products will get a rating of Skin Cells between 0 and 10 same as for hair products.

The Shampoo

The shampoo is paraben and sulphate free which is fantastic. It smells really really nice like Pink Fruitella, if you don’t know what that smells like, it smells sweet but not sickly with a strong smell of wild berries. The shampoo is a medium consistency and slightly creamy, it did lather up a lot which worried me but, it did not leave my hair feeling stripped when I rinsed it out  although my hair did feel nice and clean.

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium, Organic Aloe Vera, Mint Essential Oil, Sulphur, Wild Berries Essential Oil, Argan Oil, Glycerine, Castor OilJojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Moringa.

I’m confused about the listing of Sodium, I’m sure it doesn’t contain PURE Sodium, obliviously it’s a sodium compound but which one?

Cost: £15.00

Rating: 7 Afro Puffs

The Conditioner

The conditioner is quite thick and creamy and again smells gorgeous with a fresh mint scent with a hint of citrus. The conditioner is quite thick and creamy but it did not have enough slip for my liking. I used this conditioner as directed, which is to apply it to clean towel blotted hair and wear a plastic cap for 15-20 mins, you are then instructed to wash out 50% of the conditioner. I found it difficult to know how much 50% was but I did my best each time. The conditioner did leave my hair feeling soft and strengthened but don’t try to use it to detangle, the bottle is too small and as I said it does not have much slip at all. when my hair was dry there was not an obvious visible conditioner residue but I preferred to rise the conditioner out completely (because of that dubious sodium). All in all I think this is a good moisture treatment and you should use it for your deep conditioning treatments, it works even better if you use heat over the top of your plastic cap.

Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium, Organic Aloe Vera, Cinnamon, Lime Essential Oil, Shea Butter Essential Oil, Argan Oil, Glycerin, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Moringa

Cost: £15.00

Rating: 7 Afro Puffs

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The Hair Cream

Unsurprisingly this cream smells nice, it has a nice subtle herbal scent and a very thick, buttery consistency if you turn the tub upside down no product will fall out of the tub, it has flecks of Moringa in it but they do disappear when you apply the cream. I’m not really  sure of exactly what a “hair cream” is for, this particular cream claims to stimulate hair growth, I did not notice increased hair growth when I used it but maybe it is geared towards people who are experiencing issue in that area which I am not. I used it as directed,  applied it to my scalp and gently massaged it in. I don’t normally oil my scalp on a regular basis so it did feel nice on my scalp and it had a slight pleasant tingle. I also used this product to seal my ends when doing the LOC method and it did help my hair to retain moisture. If you use Shea Butter in your hair regimen this is like a super boosted Shea Butter, you could use it the same way you use Shea but it has added natural ingredients that are good for your hair/scalp.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera, Mint, Wild Berries Essential Oil, Shea Butter, Moringa, Argan oil, Glycerine, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil.

Cost: £15.00

Rating: 6 Afro Puffs

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I was given this product range to review a few months ago, but being the PJ that I am, I wanted to use up some other products first and I also wanted to use theses products exclusively for a few wash days to make sure I gave them a fair chance, after all you can’t tell much about a product after only one use. All of this range has plain packaging which is fine by me but some people like fancier label and whatnot. One thing I love about this range is that it’s a BBGBB (another Evelyn phrase) meaning Black Girl Beauty Brand but I added an extra B for British, June -the lady who sells these products from her salon is located in Brixton, South London and her mobile number and landline number for the salon is printed on the products so if you have any questions about using the products you can call/text/WhatsApp June and she always gets back to you. The products are made in UK and not tested on animals so smiles all round!

Heavenly Hair and Scalp Website.

Thanks for reading

Luv

Sian

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Product Review Bee Mine Deep Conditioner

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Hello Everyone!

This deep conditioner cost me £16.99 from  Zara Hair and Cosmetics, 395 Walworth Road South London.

Description:

This protein-free deep conditioner helps detangle your hair and provide excellent manageability. This deep conditioner is made with creamy and emollient Cupuacu butter, to promote smooth and soft hair while boosting the rebirth of the hair’s natural moisture and elasticity. Highly beneficial for dry and damaged hair. BEE•U•Ti•FUL also provides some protection from damaging UV-A and UV-B rays and helps to restore shine and moisture to stressed hair.

Product Attributes: moisture, shine, detangling, anti-humectant, sun protectant

Ingredients:

distilled water, cetearyl alcohol, BTMS (mild emulsifier), 100% unrefined shea butter, 100% organic coconut oil, cupuacu butter, calendula extract, chamomile extract, organic raw honey, liquid germall plus (paraben free), fragrance (phthalate free)

Ingredient Attributes: silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, organic, protein free, glycerin free

I have been looking for a deep conditioner with no protein as my hair does not need protein at the moment.

I went to Zara because it is the only  “normal” high street hair shop that I have been to where the staff know what they are talking about.

Actually there’s only one member of staff in there who knows anything about Black Hair (African/Caribbean hair) his name is Ali and he has done his research and is quite knowledgeable about our hair.

Ordinarily in London most of the high street shops that sell hair and beauty products specifically for our skin and hair types, are run by people who are not of our skin and hair type, this is not prejudice it is simply a fact.

The problem this poses for a lot of Sisters is that we are going to these shops looking for products and the sales assistants have no idea what is good for our hair and how to advise us if we have a specific hair/beauty issue. In fact some of the items that are being sold in these stores are very dangerous and can cause serious chemical burns, hyperpigmentation and PERMANENT hairloss.

Many a time in the past I have been in one of these shops and asked the sales assistant a specific question only to be told “this one is very good” even if I’ve asked for a shampoo for dry hair they have picked up any random bottle and told me “this one is very good” 

I found this so frustrating that I decided to stop going in those shops all together and buy my hair and beauty products online or from Sisters doing it for themselves (and all of us) like Annette from Almocado, Sharron from Shea Decadence and Akua from Shea Butter Cottage.

However I will still try other products mainly because I am a bit of a PJ (product junkie) and so that I can do product reviews on this blog and hopefully help some natural newbies.

I can’t understand the logic in going and buying a specialist product from people who have NEVER used said product! It’s like going to a vegetarian butcher! It nuh mek no sense!

However if someone has never used the product/s but they take the time to do their research and seek feedback from their customers then they can actually be of some help, so big up to Ali from Zara Cosmetics on Walworth Road.

Back to the product now…. This product was expensive for such a small tub, it has a light and fresh coconut scent which was ok, not too sweet. The consistency is quite thick but nice and creamy, I used the product on damp hair and smoothed it in with my fingers before finger detangling.

This product does not have enough slip for me, I know it’s all natural with no silicones but seriously the lack of slip was too much for me, I get more slip from Tresemme Naturals silicone free conditioner. I put a shower cap on and then a warm towel and left the conditioner on for 3 hours, I didn’t intend to leave it on for so long but I had to bake a cake so I  left it on until I was finished.

The deep conditioner rinsed out easily but afterwards my hair did not feel soft and moisturised it wasn’t hard either, but for SIXTEEN NINETY-NINE! I expect better than “not hard” I want my hair to feel like angels have personally conditioned my hair with heavenly Ambrosia!  

I would not buy this again and I have not used the tub I have again either. I’m most likely going to give it away. I was really disappointed in this product I was expecting a really good result because it has natural ingredients and no protein.

That just goes to show that “natural” ingredients are not always  a guarantee for fantastic results, it’s trial and error really.

I would advise that you do your own personal reviews when you try products so that you have a record of what you liked, what you didn’t like and why. You don’t have to write a long detailed review you can just rate them out of 5 for specific criteria such as, smell, price, slip, consistency etc.

Just because this product did not work for my hair, that does not mean it won’t work for your hair.

Thanks for reading  xSx

Product Review: Almond Avocado Naturals Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Creme

This product review is on:
 Almocado Aromatherapy Shampoo ( I Choose Peppermint, Eucalyptus & Lemon)
Almocado Brown Sugar Conditioner with Silicones (also available without silicones)
Almocado Twist & Twirl (Conditioning and Styling Cream)
All of these products are available from http://www.almocado.com/
The Shampoo smells very nice and I get a nice tingle on my scalp when I use it, I chose this blend as I do suffer from an itchy scalp and I do find it soothes my scalp when I wash my hair. it has a low lather which is good for me and my hair does not feel dry when I rinse the shampoo out.
I love the Brown Sugar (w/cones) Conditioner. I only ever comb my hair with a wide toothed
comb in the shower with conditioner in, but I still used to lose a good amount of hair when detangling, BUT when I use the Brown sugar conditioner the comb glides through my hair much more easily than normal & I lose a lot less hair.When I went fully natural with my hair I decided to go natural with my hair products too, cutting out all chemicals in hair products as well. I’ve had been using an all natural US brand but it’s expensive & I want to support Black UK businesses so Bespoke Hair Styles pointed me in the direction of Almocado and I’m so glad they did. I have learned that cones are not necessarily lucifer’s sweat for highly textured hair and this conditioner with cones worked very well for me.
Review on Almond Avocado Natural “Almocado Twist & Twirl” (Conditioning and Styling Cream)
 

Photo Above from http://www.Almocado.com
I washed and conditioned with the AA products mentioned above, I plopped with an old tshirt and when my hair was damp I used bendy rollers to set my hair, I used the Twist and Twirl Conditioning Cream on each section of hair before rolling up, this was the only product I used in hair except water of course. The following morning I removed my rollers (middle pic) separated and fluffed, my hair is soft and shiny and not crispy at all, it is now day 4 and my curls are still soft and shiny and holding their shape. The 3rd pic was taken last night.
I would recommend these products and I will be trying others in the range. I bought all these products with my own money.
my hair had a great curl but was soft and shiny.

my hair had a great curl but was soft and shiny.

close up of curls before separation

close up of curls before separation

Day four curls in updo, Hair lasted 7 days in total.

Day four curls in updo, Hair lasted 7 days in total.