New Additions: AB’s Haul

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Hey guys!

I know I said I was done buying products in this post, but since then, I have made new additions to my product stash. Some of them I was dashed, some I bought myself. I didn’t plan to but I ended up indulging. If MeeMee wasn’t the voice of reason, I would have overdone it. I think now I’m done done.

I will be supporting more Naija business this year, and I will also be scouting for hidden gems in my local supermarkets. Going through the hair product aisles and reading the ingredients, I rarely come out with anything but I’m thinking- they ALL can’t be so bad, so I hope to dabble in that too.

And before you call me a Product Junkie, please go see MeeMee’s stash!

Replacements:

Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream

Nothing But Intense Healing Mask

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Treatment Purification Masque

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Olive Oil ORS Girls Gentle Cleansing Shampoo <- samples, was dashed. It says it’s specially formulated for Girls. LOL marketing tricks, na wa.

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask <- from MeeMee’s stash.

Tressemme Hair Spray <- also from Mee-Mee’s stash.

Wild Growth Hair Oil

Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey

L’Oreal Ever Sleek Sulfate Free Shampoo <- because I liked the Ever Crème shampoo, I want to see how this works.

Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Blow Dry Cream *hint hint*

Bentonite Clay <- been so long since I did a mud wash

Plastic hair clamps <- loving these so much!

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Perm rods

Emily Millionaire Cream <- from one of the places I buy braiding hair.

Nature’s Gentle Touch HerbalBlend trio: Shampoo, Conditioner & Cholesterol Deep Conditioning Treatment <- freebies I got from Nature’s Gentle Touch, talked about them in this post.

Not really hair buys, but still from the beauty store, I got Shea Moisture African Black Soap & Shea Moisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Butter Soap. I’m using the Black Soap at the moment and it’s alright. It smells just like their African Black Soap masque. I’m going to use it one of these days to wash my hair sha.

Also, I ordered Haitian Black Castor Oil from Beautifully Nappy, it should arrive today. For my very organic sistas (like Dr Sandra NGND) who are all about the certified natural, silicone-free life  you should check the store out. She’s a Midas Naturals & Sheabutter Cottage distributor, delivering Nationwide & to Ghana.

P.S. The only products I got in Nigeria are the Emily Millionaire Cream, the Haitian Castor Oil & the trio from Nature’s Gentle Touch.

I need a protein treatment, & am thinking about getting the ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor. I remember this saved me during a period of scary breakage in my relaxed days. What products do you recommend? Please help me! 🙂

What have you bought lately? Have you tried any of the products I got? How were (or are) they for you?

Till next post!

Love,

AB,

xx

Product Review: ORS Olive Oil Edge Control

 

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I got this at Christmas, through the bestie.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Cetereth-25, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Propylene Glycol, PEG-7 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, d-Limonene, Eugenol, Geranol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lilial, Linalool, Methyl Ionone, Diazolidynyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin.

Worth noting: water is the first ingredient. It has humectants- Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, and a moisturiser- Aloe Vera Juice.

It also has PARABENS.

Claims: “Superior hold and shine” Continue reading

Product Review: Curls Unleashed Lavish in Lather Sulfate-Free Shampoo

In November, I got this shampoo from Perfect Trust Cosmetics, ASG Shopping Complex (opposite Ascon Filling Station), Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja. It cost 2000 Naira. Not bad at all, considering it retails for about $10 in the obodos.

I’m halfway through my bottle now, so it’s safe to say, it’s time for a review!

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Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Disodium Cocoamphodiporopionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyquaternium-7, Cocoamide MEA, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-10, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Yarrow, Hops, Rosemary, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, PPG-5-Ceteth-10-Phosphate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lilial, Methylionone.

Okay, so this is a lot of chemicals. ( ._.)

But have you noticed? This is a Sulfate Free Shampoo! It is also free of Parabens, and Mineral oil.

Product Description:

Perfect for all textures: Wavy, Curly and Kinky.

Lavish in the ultimate shampoo experience as your hair is gently cleansed, moisturised and detangled with lemon balm, rosemary and hops.

How I Use:

As usual. I Pre-poo. Get hair wet, then work shampoo through hair, focusing on the scalp. When I’m satisfied, I rinse clean. (I like to use warm water to wash my hair, same applies for co-washing)

Smell: like Baby Shampoo. Good enough for me.

Consistency: It is kind of thick- not as light as other shampoos I’ve used.

The Bottle: It’s okay, but over the last three months, I’ve done a bit of traveling with it in tow. I swear I close it tight, but it manages to open somehow. So be sure to tie it up!

Cleansing & Moisturising: One wash is enough to get my hair and scalp clean, but when I washed my hair after NYSC camp- the dirt was unbelievable. I didn’t realise Obubra was that dusty! Beige lather yo. I washed, rinsed, and I just had to wash again. I was impressed that my hair did not feel stripped at all.

Detangling: I normally don’t bother to detangle my hair at the Shampoo stage, but as this product claimed to have detangling properties, I put it to the test. Yes it has some slip.For a quick note about Slip, please go here. I was able to gently finger detangle as easily as I would with an average conditioner. However, its slip definitely cannot compare to a very good conditioner- so you may still want to skip the detangling tip at this point.

Anyhoo, this product definitely does as it says. It washes clean, it is non-stripping, and it can detangle too!

Would I Buy This Again?

Yes! Apart from my little reservation about the bottle and the opening thing, I’m pretty happy with this shampoo! 🙂

If you’re in Abuja, you could check Perfect Trust Cosmetics, and if you’re based anywhere else in Nigeria, you can get this on Olori.com. For more deets about both stores, look them up in the Where to Find Directory.

Did You Know?

‘Curls Unleashed’ is the Natural Hair Line from ORS (former Organic Root Stimulator)

Do you Shampoo? Have you tried this Shampoo? Do you like it? Would you try it? What’s your favourite Sulfate Free Shampoo?

Love,

AB,

Xx

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,

Xx