Lazy Washday

Hello beautifuls!

How is your week going?

Mine’s going okay. Yesterday was Washday for me. You know how something feels like a long thing and you keep procrastinating until you have no choice? That’s what happened. I’ve been too busy on the weekends, to wash my hair. It was rather dull looking and my scalp was making it rain with them flakes yesterday lol so I knew I just had to wash it. Thankfully, I got off work early but I still wasn’t quite in the mood.

I tried something new yesterday and so far, so good. Hair looks good and my scalp is not revolting.

1. First, I sectioned my hair. Twisted sections of the weave track by track, and I also twisted my own hair left out. Continue reading

Product Review: Dark & Lovely Au Naturale

Hey you guys!

At Naturals In The City 6, a number of us got samples from the Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Shrinkage Line, to test and give feedback. I was hoping to post this when the line was officially launched here but it’s been close to a year and Dark & Lovely has recently come out with the Au Naturale Anti-Breakage Line in the obodos. Still no news of an official Nigerian release, but I did see it at Casabella, Ikeja- so I’m just going to let my thoughts out now.

Yes, Dark & Lovely- a line you know and probably once loved is making moves in the business of Natural hair now. Dark & Lovely Beautiful Beginnings- the orange one for Coarse hair was my relaxer of choice. I was pretty excited when I learnt about this development because, Dark & Lovely is no stranger in Nigeria, and so the products may be relatively cheaper, because they already have a strong presence here. [let’s hope we don’t have to wait till 2030 lol]

So here they are:

The full Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Shrinkage Line

The full Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Shrinkage Line

6 different products make up this line but what do they have in common?

The yummy scent of mangoes. They also claim to have “No mineral oils, no parabens and no petrolatum.” Technical science aside, aren’t petrolatum and mineral oil in the same category?

Fancy ingredients Bamboo milk and mango oil that together claim to be part of an Anti-Shrinkage Formula. It is also worth noting that these two ingredients being greatly advertised are way down the lists of ingredients.

My hair type: Kinky, Low-Porosity 4C hair. High density, but my individual strands are quite thin.

This is a 6-in-1 review, long enough already, so you could refer to the ingredients and official product descriptions over here.

1. Hydrating Soak Shampoo

I did not pre-poo or mix any oil in before using this shampoo so I could experience the strength of it. There’s nothing hydrating about this shampoo. It’s just like every other shampoo I’ve tried with sulphates [It has Sodium Laureth Sulphate. (SLES)] It super cleans, it strips. Fear not, you can still make the most of it with these tips.

2. Knot Out Conditioner

I think this is my favourite product from the line. I enjoyed co-washing with it because my hair did not feel stripped afterwards. It felt soft and I finger detangled with ease. I really like it, and I think it has the best smell!

3. Coil Moisturising Soufflé

This product is described as a gel but there’s nothing gelly about it. It is of a creamy consistency. This is a decent leave-in conditioner, made “For Coily Hair”. My hair was soft and well moisturised for most of the day. I like it as well.

4. Curl Defining Creme Glaze

This is a leave-in “For curly hair”, an alternative to the Coil Moisturising Soufflé for coily hair. Though I have no “curls” to define, I tried it anyway, and well, nothing happened. LOL. It’s pink and pretty though, but not as moisturising as the Soufflé.

5. 10-in-1 styles Gelee

The definition I had after I loosened my twists was something! Something good! I used this with the Coil Moisturising Soufflé, and my hair stayed moisturised. As I took out the twists though, I experienced some flaking. It wasn’t clear whether this was from my hair or scalp. (Definitely the product though, not me. I have no scalp flaking issues now, or at the time of testing this product)

6. Sheen Sealing Nectar

This one is described as a leave-in but I don’t see how. It is an excellent sealant, use as little as you can, but so are natural oils. I may reconsider this product on the day I finally decide to straighten my hair with a flat iron or something. I think I may prefer it as (part of) a heat protectant, or as a substitute to hair spray. It is recommended by them for use on scalp but considering the silicones and other inorganic ingredients in this and how thick this is, I think this is a horrible horrible idea!

Is Dark & Lovely Anti-Shrinkage really Anti-Shrinkage?

This line claims to have a special Bamboo milk and Mango seed oil formula in each product that helps you defy shrinkage.

I remember a few people were complaining about this at the meet-up, wondering why Dark & Lovely should be Anti-Shrinkage if its really here to care for curls. Because curls = shrinkage. True, true, very true. But I’m the type of person that likes to watch/study Advertising for fun, so I really wasn’t bothered in the least.

I didn’t notice any less shrinkage with my hair sha, and I can say from an objective unemotional standpoint that this is just a big FAT lie marketing gimmick. #WeSeeRightThroughYouLoréal!

If you’re looking to try anything from this line, Casabella is a good place to start. Where to Find deets in the Directory.

Bloggers Acharacha and Ifeyinwa also gave Au Naturale a run. You can read their reviews here on Acharacha by Nature, and Love, Ifeyinwa.

Have you tried anything from this line? Would you be trying? What are your thoughts? Would you trust natural hair products from a relaxer company? Let’s talk!

Love,

AB

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My Stash

Hey guys,

I’m in a different city (Calabar) and in the process of unpacking and settling in.

This time, my hair products are taking up more space than usual so I thought I’d just do a quick post, for record’s sake, about my stash- the things I will be using this year.

Of course, the welfare of your hair is way more influenced by what you DO, than what you use- and I’m definitely not going to use everything at once!

I tried to get a family photo of everything, but it was just too clumsy abeg, so I tried just a cross section and that worked 🙂

*Riri voice* this is just the half of it

*Riri voice* this is just the half of it

CLEANSERS

ORS Curls Unleashed Lavish-in-Lather Shampoo (2000 Naira. from Perfect Trust Cosmetics, Wuse 2, Abuja. Full address in Directory)

L’Oreal Ever Crème Nourishing Shampoo**

VlaeXotic Handcrafted Shea Butter African Black Soap

CONDITIONER

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration ($6.29)*

Hair Fruits (250 Naira, I’m pretty sure you can find this anywhere)

LEAVE-IN

Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream ($4.99)*

Jack 5ive Curl Activator Gel (800 – 1200 naira depending on where you look)

STYLING

ORS Olive Oil Edge Control ($4.11)*

EcoStyler Firm Hold Styling Gel (Pink) **

ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer (from Perfect Trust Cosmetics, Abuja. Can’t remember how much exactly, but it was less than 2k)

SEALANTS

Olive Oil

Cocoa Butter (Natural Nigerian)

Parachute Coconut Oil (175ml bottle for 375 naira, and 500ml bottle for 880 naira- from Park and Shop [SPAR] )

DEEP CONDITIONING

Organics by Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise (850 Naira. Enumex Cosmetics, Calabar)

Raw honey

Goya Olive Oil

A LITTLE FANCY

Bentonite Clay (1500 naira. The Kinky Apothecary)

Hibiscus Powder (500 naira. The Kinky Apothecary)

* products from Duane Reade, via the Bestie

** products dashed by the Bestie 🙂

WATCHING/WAITING FOR/ON MY WISHLIST

Aloe Vera Juice

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Nothing But Intense Healing Mask

Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer

My Honey Child Type 4 Hair Creme

Am I a Product Junkie?

Maybe. Maybe it’s a phase. Trying new things is great and a lot of fun, but I AM trying to identify some staples. As you can see, in the Leave-In category, I only have my tried and tested faves of 2013. Every now and then, you try something new and wonder where it has been all your life (e.g. Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer).

I wonder how much time I’ll have to try or finish all this though as I’ll be protective styling for most of the year, keeping manipulation down to a minimum.

Still, more is definitely better because I’m in Calabar now and finding hair products when needed may not be a walk in the park. So, call this stocking up if you will. 😀

ANNOUNCEMENT, ANNOUNCEMENT!!

Jos curlies, our most recent addition to the list of Natural Hair Stores in Nigeria, KayDee Kurls is in your city and they’re just one call or email or bbm away! They also deliver to all parts of the country. For deets, check the Directory! 😉

AND. Natural Nigerian products can now be found at the HMedix on Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.

What’s the state of your stash? What was the last hair product you purchased, and where from? Which products are you using or do you hope to be using this year? Give us the juice!

Love,

AB,

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