If you’re a curly girl and haven’t heard of Bumble and Bumble where have you been?? This whole line is amazing and I cant wait to share it with you all. Bumble and Bumble have been around for as long as I remember, but this is their first line that caters to curly hair. I was a bit skeptical before trying these products, not knowing how my hair would react or even if my hair would like them. But I was pleasantly surprised upon trying them! And I’m glad to say some of these are now my staples. View Post

Untitled

I am absolutely in love with the Adore Curls product line! Not only are their products natural but they are also cruelty free. These products cater to every hair texture and are made with luxury ingredients. I tested these products for over a month on my hair to see how it would react, check out the review below for more deets!

Untitled
It even comes in the cutest packaging, totally loved that!

Untitled

Light Conditioning Cream & Moisturizer
I may have found another staple! Not only is this product lightweight, but you can also use it daily as a moisturizer! The consistency is medium to light and a little goes a long way. I used this on my wash and go and on twist outs and they turned out lovely!
Retail Price: 16.00 for 8oz.
Ingredients:Distilled Water, Pure Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Conditioning Emulsifier, Sweet Almond Oil, Premium Fragrance Oil, Vitamin E, Paraben and Formaldehyde-¬Free Preservative, Premium Fragrance Oil

Untitled

Whipped Dream Hair Butter (Trial Size)
This cream is amaze balls! I used this to coat my strands for extra moisture and it did the job! Not only did it keep my hair moisturized but it even softened it as well. You can even use this on your skin! It has a thick consistency, but once you rub it in your fingers it becomes a really light pomade. It also smells delish, like a tropical concoction!
Retail Price: 18.00 for 8oz.
Ingredients:Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vitamin E, Premium Fragrance Oil

Untitled

Liquid Luxe Hair Oil (Trial Size)
This is such a great sealant! I used this oil with the LCO Method (Liquid, Cream & Oil), but aside from the LCO Method this oil can be used is so many ways! Hot oil treatment, pre-shampoo, sealant and even on your skin! Sealants are great for locking in moisture and this product does the job.

Final Thoughts:
I was really impressed with this product line; my hair responded great to the Adore Curls products and my hair felt moisturized without me having to reapply more product. I also found that it did not cause any heavy build up, which is a major plus! I will definitely be adding these as staples. I noticed that my hair always responds better to products that have natural ingredients as opposed to the rest. The only two con’s I found was the smell in the Light conditioning Cream, it has like a minty smell that I wasn’t crazy about, but I found that once it dries it totally goes away! The other con would be the price, it is a bit on the expensive side, but the products are totally worth it! The ingredients are of high quality and natural, which are going to help keep your hair and scalp healthy. I love that the creator of these products is also a naturalista and has formulated these products after realizing that the key to healthy hair and great products is quality ingredients.
Check out these products on their website: www.AdoreCurls.com

Untitled

Cheers to not using shampoo! If you are ready to give up shampoo or are looking for other methods of cleansing your hair, well then here is another effective method of cleansing your hair naturally. Also, keep in mind that going “no ‘poo” can be a different experience for everyone, depending on your natural hair and scalp condition.

What is a Herbal Rinse?
A hair rinse is a very inexpensive and great way to treat and strengthen hair and scalp, and many of these ingredients can be found in your kitchen. Herbal rinses are known to help with circulation in the scalp, aiding in the stimulation of the hair follicle which leads to hair growth. Some even have the potential to help repair scalp disorders such as dandruff, itchy or flaky scalp and stunted hair growth.
Ready to try it out? These herbal hair rinses are amazing. They are so easy to make and will leave your hair feeling soft and your scalp clean and revitalized, but not stripped or dried out. Use once a week to replace your shampoo for good and allow your natural oils to condition each strand from root to tip. Check out the rinses below.

Chamomile Rose Rinse

Untitled

What you will need:
1 ½ cups organic Chamomile tea, brewed strong
1 cup organic Rose Petal tea, brewed strong
1 tbsp baking soda
The deep golden yellow produced by the chamomile flowers makes this a wonderful choice for light colored hair or to enhance natural highlights in darker hair.

Sage Hair Rinse

Untitled

What you will need:
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp. dried sage (or 1/2 cup fresh sage leaves)
Pour the water over the sage and steep until cool. Remove (or strain) the sage and apply to freshly washed hair. Sage helps cleanse the hair of oil buildup and promotes healthier hair.

Rosemary Cacao Rinse

Rosemary isolated on white

What you will need:
1 ½ cups organic Cacao nib tea, brewed strong
1 cup organic Rosemary leaf tea, brewed strong
3 drops organic Peppermint essential oil
1 tbsp baking soda
With Rosemary being such a classic herb for hair health, bringing circulation to the scalp and stimulates the follicles. It is also known to enhance the richness in dark colored hair. The naturally conditioning cocoa butter fats found in cacao nibs will leave your hair feeling soft, and the chocolate colored infusion is perfect for all shades of brown hair. Peppermint oil adds an invigoratingly clean scent, and is great for oily or sensitive scalps.

Chamomile Hair Rinse

Untitled

What you will need:
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp. dried chamomile (or fresh chamomile if available)
Pour boiling water over chamomile and steep until cool. Strain and pour over clean hair. Massage into scalp.
Great for soothing an itchy or sore scalp. It has also been said to heal scalp ailments such as dandruff, dry patches and eczema. Known for Soothing and Healing the Scalp, Giving Hair Sheen and lighten hair.

Untitled

If you are looking for another way of cleansing your hair rather than using shampoo, then the Bentonite Clay would be the perfect alternative for you! Not only is it 100% percent natural, but it is also great for all hair types and can be used as a facial mask.

What is Clarifying?
Clarifying is the process of removing buildup from your scalp and hair.
When to Clarify?
You will usually know when it is time to clarify when you curl pattern is limp or your hair looks dull.

Untitled
I purchased my Bentonite Clay at my local Whole Foods supermarket, but you can totally get the clay in some beauty supply stores or better yet on Amazon.

Bentonite Clay is a very unique substance, mainly formed of Montmorillonite, which is an extremely flat crystal flake, that carries a relatively strong negative ionic charge. When you activate the clay, the negative charge absorbs all of the toxins magnetically. Think of it as a vacuum sucking out all of the bad stuff!

Untitled

How to use the Bentonite Clay?
Mix the powder with a liquid of your choice (Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Vera, Rose Water or water) until it is a creamy consistency (you want it to just glide through your hair since you are raking it in). Also make sure to use a wood or plastic spoon instead of metal. (Contact with metal may decrease the clay’s potency)
Tip: Aloe Vera seemed to work best in terms of softening my hair as opposed to the other liquids, although you can try and feel out the other solutions and test what works best for your hair.

Untitled

Apply it in sections by raking it in through the hair and concentrating mainly in the scalp area. Leave in for about 15-20 min’s then rinse! Check out the video below for a step by step process on how to clarify with Bentonite Clay.
Tip: It may be a little drying after you cleanse, make sure you rinse with cold water to seal the cuticle and condition after to restore moisture in your hair.

Untitled

Nowadays, hair products in general can cost up to an arm and leg! Especially if you are co-washing every other day or weekly. Here is a list of conditioners you can check out and try that are totally under 5 bucks! Which are great sources for detangling and co-washing regularly.

White Rain Sensations Hydrating Conditioner, Tropical Coconut

Helps improve hairs texture, shine and specially designed to leave hair soft. Add moisture to dry, brittle hair with white rain tropical coconut conditioner. Enriched with coconut extract and provitamin B5.
Price: $.99
Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearamidoethyl Diethylamine, Ceteareth 20, Fragrance, EDTA, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract.
Where To Buy: Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens, Local Supermarket

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner
This quick deep conditioner can be used as a co-wash or regular rinse-out conditioner. Say good-bye to dry, thirsty hair and say hello to silky soft, manageable natural hair. With a Touch of Natural Australian Aloe and Jojoba Seed Oil, this product also provides lots of slip.
Price: $3.99
Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Dimethicone, Ecklonia Radiata Extract (Australian Sea Kelp), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glutamic Acid, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
Where To Buy: Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid

Suave Moisturizing Conditioner Almond and Shea Butter

Enriched with Sweet Almond, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera Juice , your hair will be soft and hydrated. In addition to that, detangling will be a breeze.
Price: $3.49
Ingredients: WaterAqua , Cetearyl Alcohol , Cyclopentasiloxane , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis OilSweet Almond , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)Shea Butter , Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed OilJojoba , Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf JuiceAloe Vera , Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) OilLemongrass , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf OilRosemary , Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower/Leaf ExtractMatricaria , Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower ExtractLavender , Dimethiconol , Behentrimonium Chloride , Fragrance , Dipropylene Glycol , Potassium Chloride, Lactic Acid , Disodium EDTA , TEA Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate , PEG 150 Distearate , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone.
Where To Buy: Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens, Local Supermarket

Garnier Fructis Haircare Sleek & Shine Fortifying Conditioner
This fortifying conditioner strengthens weak or damaged hair.
Price: $3.99
Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Dimethicone, Ecklonia Radiata Extract (Australian Sea Kelp), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glutamic Acid, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
Where To Buy: Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid

TRESemme Flawless Curls Moisturizing Conditioner
Designed to help manage and tame those sometimes unruly curls, fortified with Vitamin B1 to help maintain healthy, flawless curls.
Price: $3.98
Ingredients: water, stearyl alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, CyclopentaSiloxane , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Cyclohexasiloxane , panthenol , Tocopheryl Acetate , Thiamine HCl , Niacinamide , Biotin , Aspartic Acid , Ascorbic acid , dimethicone , Quaternium-18 , Isostearamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate , Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine , PEG-9 , polysorbate 20 , Disodium EDTA , DMDM HYDANTOIN , fragrance.

Untitled

Have you ever considered diffusing your hair? Or wanted to know the main purpose of a diffuser?

The air force from a hair dryer can ruin clumping and curl formation. A hair diffuser can reduce the air velocity from your hair dryer, allowing you to dry your hair without disturbing your curls. Diffusers are also perfect if you are in a hurry and need to dry your hair quickly. They also are great for adding volume to your curls.Here are 6 quick tips on how to use a hair diffuser to keep your curls looking great every day.

  • Use a diffuser that fits your hair dryer. Universal Hair dryers work well with just about any hair dryer.
  • When using a diffuser, you want to tilt your head upside down to allow the curls to hang away from the scalp, or lift them up from underneath Have your favorite stylers in your hair. If you have time, let your hair air dry for a little while before you start to dry it with a hair dryer and the diffuser.
  • Set your hair dryers heat setting to medium. If you are in a hurry the hot setting will work but be careful not to over dry your hair. That will cause frizz to occur. If you are undergoing a no heat regimen, use the cool setting. It will take longer but it is just as effective.
  • Hang your head sideways or upside down. Touch your hair gently and put curls in bowl of diffuser.
  • Be careful not to disrupt clumping and curl formation. This is a gentle but tricky process.
  • Keep this up. Working in sections until hair is 80-90% dry, then let the remainder air dry for a long-lasting style.

    Here is a tutorial by Naturally Curious showing us how she uses the diffuser on her Natural Hair:

Untitled

 

New product haul! I am absolutely in love with this product. I finally purchased the 8 oz size, but before that I actually had a trial size. A few months ago while I was thrifting, there was a set of Hair Rules Products in a package, for dirt cheap. So I decided to buy it, although I didn’t really try it until now recently. So I was in need of cleansing my hair and I did not want to use shampoo, but needed something more effective than co-washing. So what the heck, I decided to give this product a go! And I loved it! It instantly softened and detangled my hair and it smells soo good! It left my hair feeling so moisturized and I was done detangling in the matter of minutes! My hair felt cleansed, soft, and hydrated. This product is great for cleansing your hair without that lathering feel of shampoo, which dries out your hair. So if your looking for an awesome no suds shampoo that will detangle and leave your hair moisturized and cleansed, this is definitely a cream cleanser worth trying. This product is around 12-13 bucks and can be purchased at Rickys, or Amazon.com.
Ingredients:
Water, cetyl alcohol, isodecyl neopentanoate, butylenes glycol, amodimethicone, behentrimonium chloride, cetrimonium chloride, panthenol, honey, hedychium coronarium (awaphui) root extract, cymbopogon schoeanthus (lemongrass) extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, coix lacryma-jobi seed extract, crambe abyssinica seed oil, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, fragrance, hydroxyethylcellulose, ceteareth-20, laureth-40, isopropanol, DMDM hydantoin, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, disodium EDTA. Sulfate free, paraben free, glycerin free.
What is your “go to “no suds shampoo?

While Co-washing is a great method of cleansing your hair and locking the moisture in, once your hair starts to feel weighed down, greasy, or not being its’ usual self, then maybe it is time to clarify! All kinds of things are building up in your hair whether it is: gel, hard water, chlorine and chemicals from swimming pools; even the waxes and moisturizers in some shampoos and conditioners can leave build up on your hair over time. This build up can cause hair to appear dull, heavy, greasy, and even limp. And that is what we don’t want ladies! A clarifying shampoo can help remove those deposits, give your hair a fresh start, and restore shine.

Here are 10 Clarifying shampoos for natural hair:
1. Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle
little goes along way with this product. It does not strip hair as much as other clarifying shampoos and works well on thick hair. It also leaves a tingling sensation on your scalp and the smell of peppermint. This is ideal for buildup on the scalp. This shampoo is also sulfate free.

2. Aubrey Organics Green Tea
fast-acting clarifying shampoo deep-cleanses with just one application and rinses clean to leave hair shiny, bouncy and full. Herbal extracts deliver beneficial nutrients quickly and reduce drying time for fast and easy styling.

3. Shea Moisture
Smooths and repairs strands, leaving hair manageably soft. For dry, damaged hair. Heal, grow and strengthen. No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, PABA, synthetic color, DEA, animal ingredients or sulfates.

4. Suave Naturals Shampoo, Daily Clarifying
This product is very affordable and does and excellent job at cleansing hair. It is better suited for very oily hair types and may strip dryer hair types. It doesn’t weigh hair down. It can be used daily but not for most hair types.

5. Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo
This product cleanses hair and helps maintain the shape of curls very well. It works best if you wash your hair in hard water. Otherwise I would not recommend it unless you are experiencing extreme buildup.

6. Curls Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo
Pineapple extract nourishes as grapefruit extract adds sheen while removing buildup and you’ll get a no-lather, extremely gentle cleansing that removes buildup and preps your hair for a fresh ‘do. Its fresh, light scent goes along with its clear and clean appearance.

7. Kinky Curly Come Clean
The Mandarin orange extract cleanses your hair and scalp while the Sea kelp preserves the moisture balance. This alcohol-free shampoo doesn’t contain sodium-lauryl sulfate or parabens. It’s suitable for all types of hair. This shampoo is gentle enough to use every day.

8. Giovanni Cosmetics Shampoo Tea Tree Triple Treat
Invigorating ingredients deliver unmatched clarity and rejuvenation for hair and scalp. You’re left with something clean pure and incredibly stimulating. Increases scalp circulation for a refreshed renewed feel Strengthens hair with a three-organic-oil-b.

9. Avalon Clarifying Lemon Shampoo
Gentle plant-derived cleansers enriched with Vitamin E, Wheat Protein, Aloe, Chamomile and Lemon wash away dulling residue and impurities without stripping for instantly renewed color and shine.

10. Alberto VO5 Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime Squeeze Clarifying Shampoo
This product combines the fresh fragrance of sweet kiwis and tangy limes with rosemary and lemongrass extracts to remove build-up. It is safe for all hair types.

Which clarifying shampoo do you use?