Dripping Wet Product Review: Shea Moisture Cocoshea Biolipid Complex Gentle Curl-Cleansing Co-Wash

That’s not even the full product name.

Shea Moisture Cocoshea Biolipid Complex w/Agave Nectar & Black Seed Oil Gentle Curl-Cleansing Co-Wash.

This review is coming to you straight outta the shower, slightly dripping wet with amazement at the first time result of this co-wash from SheaMoisture’s new line.  Continue reading

Product Review: Lotta Body Control Me Edge Gel

Happy Monday, beauts!

This is going to be a very quick post. Mainly because I do not have a lot to say other than: I HAVE FOUND AN EDGE CONTROL THAT WORKS FOR ME!

A while ago, I did a product review on the Creme of argan edge control and while I thought it was a good, non-harmful product, I was not satisfied with the effect it produced on my edges. Now, people, I NEED my edge control. I have baby pictures that show that the hair at my edges have always been scared of growing. So you know that this girl needs that extra something to make hair styles come together nicely. I continued to search and search for something that works. I was ready to try out every brand on the shelves. Enter Lotta Body.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Lotta Body has been around for the longest time, right? I remember that name from when I was growing up. I never paid attention to Lotta Body when the name popped up again recently. I am not sure why I decided to give this product a try.

Okay, so what is this product?

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Lotta body control me edge gel with coconut and shea oils. It claims to be a styling agent that controls, holds, and smoothes edges. It also claims to be non-flaking, non-sticky, non-greasy, and non-hardening. It contains the following:

Aqua (Water) (Eau), Ceteareth-25, Propylene Glycol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), PEG-25 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Triethanolamine, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil Benzophenone-4, Limonene, Coumarin, Phenoxyethano, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Cl 42090 (Blue 1), Cl 17200 (Red 33)

First Impressions

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Blue. It’s got a nice blue colour and the transparency reminds me of a body of water. (Side note: if you look at the ingredient list, you will see that there are two different colouring chemicals in this product – red and blue. I’m curious as to why it came out blue. Oh, the wonders of chemistry.) I’m not a fan of the smell. It smells like candy science. This is my way of saying that it smells sweet but it has a chemical smell that I have associated with non-natural hair products.Texture wise, it is pretty light and absolutely non-sticky. This is great because it slides easily from finger to, and through hair. This for me, is something that has been missing in the previous edge controls that I have tried. They are either too ‘pomadey’ or sticky or too watery or too ‘gelly’. This one, this one is perfect.

So, does it work?!

You bet it does! First of all, the result it produces on initial application is divine. The fact that it stays on the entire day is a lot more than I could have asked for!

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7 hours after applying. I never hesperred it!

This edge control is soft, light, does not leave residue, sleeks hair without hardening it and feels moisturising as well. What more can a girl want? 10 full points for this edge control! Oh yes, a little does go a long way with this. You know how AB and I feel about the dime size ministry, right? Well there are some products that we have found to require dime size or even less. This is one of them.

I got this tub for $4 at my local beauty store. It is being sold on amazon for $6.99.

Have you used this edge control? How did you find it? What other edge controls will you recommend?

Have a great start to the week, beauts! Till next time.

– MeeMee

xx.

Why This SheaMoisture Mousse Is Bae

Hey guys!

In the last few months I’ve had some really good days with curly styles. I believe my technique hasn’t changed, so the real winner for me is my latest love, and styler of life, the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse.

'Ello Bae!

‘Ello Bae!

I actually got this because I was doing follow-follow. MeeMee reviewed it last year (here) and as I was curious to try something from SheaMoisture, I decided to get it too. I think it’s probably the least famous product in their Coconut & Hibiscus line. The Curl Enhancing Smoothie is a cult favourite & before MeeMee, I had never heard of this mousse.

One pump of mousse

What I Love About It

  1. It is easily absorbed and dries super fast.
  2. It is not sticky
  3. It gives me good definition
  4. It smooths my hair. I talked about this last year here. This part is a little hard to explain. It’s something I think you should experience. It claims to smooth hair on the label, but I didn’t pay attention to that. After my second use, the smoothness I felt in my strands. As if they had been polished? I don’t know the right word. It was a really good feeling, I did not know what the claim was supposed to mean before then.
  5. I don’t know about using it by itself as a leave-in, but I use it to style without leave-in conditioner & my hair remains soft. MeeMee uses it to moisturise her hair in kinky twists & I used it to moisturise my mini-twists yesterday so yeah, it’s good for this too- as a refresher.

How I Use

Y’all know wet styling is not my thing. I use this on damp hair or dry hair, with good results. To style, I use the mousse and a pomade. First it was Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Pomade (finished now, sniff sniff) and then I switched to the Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey.

The last time I styled with mousse bae was in February. My hair was dry and stretched from a 4 day old blow-out/ updo. It felt pretty good still, but it had been 4 days since I had touched my hair, so I spritzed each section lightly with water, before applying the mousse & pomade (oil) combo. I counted- 86 perm rods in total.

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The next morning, I took out the rods. My hair was completely dry.

It was my first proper attempt at a perm rod set, so there are two things I’d do differently next time:

  1. Stick to one technique. I don’t know if you can see this in the photos below, but I curled the hair in two different ways. One way gave me tighter spirals & the other way, the right way- gave me “barrel” or more cylindrical type spirals.

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    Bottom R- The right or typical way. Cylindrical curls like cinnamon sticks or those fancy wafers. To the left, to the left- tight spirals, still cute though.

  2. Stick to the small rods because of my length. I used purple-pink rods through out the middle. (Are they purple, are they pink?) They are thicker than the slimmer light pink, white and grey rods I used for the rest of my head. The next morning, those parts done with the purple-pink rods were not at all defined & they fell apart too easily.

    see the wide poofy frizzy area? Compared to how defined the rest is? Clearly, the fatter rods were a mistake.

    Happily rocked it anyway!! I held up the sides with hair combs, but next time I’ll go for a curly fro look with bangs.

As you can see, I didn’t really bother to separate the curls. I was late & I had business to attend to. I went out, came back and my hair still looked this good!

My problem now is that I do not know how to preserve these styles. I try to pineapple my hair or pull it into a puff and I frizz the whole thing. I lie down to watch TV and by the time I get up, I’ve scattered it all. I managed to destroy my rod set before bedtime. The next morning Ash Wednesday, I had a textured puff:

Can you see the smoothness of the base? hair still kinda sorta “laid”.

I used the same combo to style a three-strand twist out on damp hair in January, and I had good results too.

No camera mojo that day, but here’s that twist out:

Compare these results to my 3 strand twist out from last year, with a hair butter. Another poor overly edited photo but hey, I hope you can see the difference:

I thought this was amazing then but things are not the same anymore!

Note that my January twist out was still recognizable at the end of the day, when I got home. A reminder of how my previous 3 strand twist out looked hours later:

Swelly. In retrospect I’m wondering how people looked at me on my way home from work on this day, but I still like this shot. :p

I’m really happy with this mousse. I’m almost done with my first bottle, soon I’ll be on to the next.

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I think I’ve found MY styler. Sure, I’m open to trying out others in the future, but I have my staple now, something I know I can rely on. As I say with every review, everything cannot work for everybody so if you try this and your hair isn’t so impressed, please don’t come for me! LOL

Where to Find

If you’re willing to try this mousse though, we have some in our blog shop here– yes, don’t forget we have one! Thank you for the support so far 🙂

Have you tried this mousse? Have you found your Holy Grail styler yet? Do share!

Love,

AB,

xx

 

Product Review: Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La Defining Curl Custard

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Hello lovelies,

How is the going going? Today I’m reviewing the Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Curl La La Defining Curl Custard. Such a mouthful! For the purpose of this post, let’s just call it the Curl La La. It’s the first product I’m trying from the Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils line, and I got it simply because I’d been admiring the labels on this line. They’re so simple and beautifully designed! Since I got it in October, I have used it twice.

First Impressions:

The Curl La La comes in a cute tub, and the product itself is light purple. It is colourless when applied to hair, though. It has a light artificial mixed fruit scent, like a sugary fruit “juice” not made from real fruit. Think Fumman Tropical or Kalyppo Mixed Fruit. It has the consistency of a light custard.

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Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil,Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cetyl Alcohol,Parfum (Fragrance), Dimethicone, Lanolin Oil, Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylamide Copolymer, Stearalkonium Chloride, d-Limonene, Hexyl cinnamic aldehyde, Linalool, Amyl cinnamic aldehyde, Lilial, Benzyl alcohol, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Cinnamic alcohol,5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, 2-Methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, 2-Methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 42090 (Blue 1)

Woah there, this list!

Worth noting: Water is the first ingredient. Propylene Glycol a humectant, is the second ingredient, so this definitely packs a moisture punch. It contains a silicone, Dimethicone. It doesn’t have sulfates, parabens or mineral oil but a bunch of long long chemicals are in this, I probably would have had second thoughts about it if I’d read the ingredients first.

What My Hair Is Like

Tightly coiled, very kinky 4C, low-porosity hair.

My Experience:

The Curl La La can be used on damp, dry or wet hair. Wet styling is NOT my thing because of the 2 days my hair would take to dry, so I didn’t even bother trying. I’ve used this product on damp as well as dry hair and I’d say damp hair for the win.

When I used it on dry hair, I was really surprised. My hair was dry, really dry from a failed blow-out so I applied it generously without spritzing with water, and braided up in preparation for a braid-out. I did this before 9pm on a Saturday night. Imagine my surprise when the next morning before mass, I loosened the braids at 7am and my hair was WET. LOL. Not dripping, but very heavy with product. I had little definition with the wet, not-done look, so here’s how that looked:

Not the best picture, but here's how it looked right after loosening the braids

Not the best picture, but here’s how it looked right after loosening the braids.

The bangs were the most defined (compared to the rest of my hair) at this stage. They looked ready in this pic but they weren't dry either, so I later pinned them into a mini pompadour.

The bangs were the most defined at that stage. They looked ready in this pic but they weren’t dry either, & were definitely going to swell & frizz, so I ended up pinning the front into a mini pompadour.

On the bright side, my hair was super moisturised and remained so till my next Washday. ^.^

Two days before Naturals in The City 9, I applied the Curl La La to damp freshly washed hair. On the day of the meet-up, I waited till I was at the venue to unravel the braids and I quite liked my results.

How Would You Rate This Definition? MeeMee gives it a 7

After loosening the chunky braids. I did not separate. How Would You Rate This Definition? MeeMee gives it a 7

It was a very humid day though, so before I could even say anything, in like 5 minutes my braid out was already beginning to swell! I don’t like not being able to predict the way my hair is going to hang, & I knew I had a busy day ahead so I pinned my hair back so that I wouldn’t have to worry. Frizz & swell it did. Again, like the first time my hair stayed soft & moisturised all day and for like two more days after.

Does The Curl La La Do As It Says?

It claims to “…Define, shape and control curls, waves, coils and braid-outs, while adding moisture, shine and natural conditioning” and for me, it delivers. Plenty moisture and unnatural conditioning lol (can’t forget those ingredients please!), nice shine, and decent definition though I don’t think I’ve mastered this bit yet!

I like this product, I do. I didn’t experience any residue or flaking. All the times I’ve used this, I didn’t use a leave-in conditioner first, that’s how moisturising it is. It isn’t a go-to product for me though because of drying time.

I really want to experiment with Wash n’ gos on my 4C hair, so I’ll definitely be using this for that. So far, the Shea Moisture Frizz-Free Curl Mousse is my current favourite in the styling category, for twist-outs, and braid-outs. Mousse because of its composition, is faster drying than creamy products, and still does the job. Definition on fleek, as I will show you in a post soon. MeeMee reviewed it here, and I think I may do a mini additional review too.

If you ever see the Curl La La, I say yes- consider giving it a go. Everything doesn’t work for everyone, so please don’t come for me if it doesn’t work for you! 😛

I’m only halfway through mine, and when it finishes, I’d be happy to repurchase. It cost about $7 for the 15 oz tub. I’ve seen the Aunt Jackie’s Detangler and Shampoo at Poise, Ikeja City Mall, but not the Curl La La. I’m not sure how much it is sold in Nigeria, or where exactly it can be found. If you do know, holler in the comments, thank you! 😉

Have you tried this product or anything else from Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils? Are you a fan? I’d like to know!

Love,

AB,

xx

Product Review: Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream

Hello beautifuls!

Getting ready for the weekend? 😀

Today, I’m here with another product review.

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If you’ve been around the blog for a while now, you probably know that the Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream is one of my staples. You can read my review of this here.

Apart from the fact that I’m a product heaux junkie, I love my staple Cantu but there are two things I’d like it to change. (I mentioned #2 in the review, and I realised #1 this year)

  1. I’ve experienced better shine with other leave-ins.
  2. This product takes a while to absorb. So, for best results, I apply it generously and then put my hair in chunky twists, leaving it to air dry for hours or overnight. By the time hair is fully dry, it is nice, supple and moisturised, with no residue. However, if I attempt to just apply it and go- I get white patches, and my hair doesn’t absorb the moisture immediately.

When I learnt Cantu had an Argan Oil version of their conditioning repair cream, at the same price, I decided to get it without reading the ingredients or anything, hoping that it would work better than the Shea Butter one.

Now the question is, were my great expectations met?

NO.

This product works EXACTLY THE SAME as the Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream. I’ll go over this, with some observations.

First, what my hair is like:

My hair is very kinky, tightly coiled, low porosity, undisputably 4C hair. My strands are individually very fine, but densely packed together.

Ingredients:

Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Canola Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride, Glycerin, Shea Butter, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Argan Oil, Panthenol, Hexapeptide-11, Betaine, Hexylene Glycol, Sugar Cane Extract, Lemon Fruit Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/ Dicaprate, PPG-1, Trideceth-6, Phenoxyethanol, Ethlyhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA.

Worth noting:

This product has a silicone, Dimethicone.

Water is the first ingredient. The first 5 ingredients are water (hydration, moisture), fatty alcohols and stearalkonium chloride is a conditioning agent derived from fatty alcohol- stearyl alcohol. It also has canola oil at #4, as an emollient.

Beyond the first 5, it’s all humectants (panthenol, glycerin), conditioning agents, preservatives and negligible fruit extracts.

This “Argan Oil infused formula” has Canola Oil as Ingredient #4, and Argan Oil is all the way down as Ingredient number 12. LOL, scam. But I guess if it really had Argan Oil where Canola is, it would cost more.

Actually, the ingredients of this leave-in are similar to the old Cantu Shea Butter formula I’m used to. They have changed the formula a bit, and I haven’t tried the new one but Jennifer blogged about it here and it still moisturises well for her.

Let’s Look At The Product Claims

The blurb on the product label is kind of long, and unnecessary to reproduce, so let me just summarise what it claims to do.

  • Deeply moisturizes.
  • Strengthens the hair to prevent breakage.
  • Encourages shine, elasticity and growth
  • Hydrates and moisturises with Argan oil and other natural ingredients.

Hmmm.

1. Hair growth occurs beneath our visible scalp, in follicles, so this leave-in right here, that I apply to my hair strands (NEVER on my scalp), CANNOT encourage growth. I can’t even point to a single ingredient on the list that has anything to do with hair growth, except maybe argan oil.

2. One of the directions stated here on the label is “Apply as directed for daily styling just after shampooing. Reapply and cover with a plastic cap overnight for maximum absorption and intense conditioning.”

Allow me to drag my dear Cantu a bit.

On my old Cantu Shea Butter as I remember it, it states that for deep conditioning, you should apply Cantu, wear a shower cap and sleep with it overnight.

This is something I used to do when I was in Law School, just so I could have more time in the mornings. I’d moisturise & chunky twist my hair at night, so that in the morning I could just comb my dry, stretched hair and go.

I slept with a satin bonnet, not a shower cap. 8 hours with the leave-in undisturbed allowed my low-porosity hair to absorb all that moisture. Nothing wondrous or revolutionary. Maximum absorption, yes. But not intense or deep conditioning as we know it. I state this here because someone has asked me before. She was deep conditioning with Cantu Leave-In and getting no results. Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Repair Creams CANNOT deep condition, not in my experience anyway.

I love the Cantu leave-in now, but it was not an effective moisturiser until I started treating my hair to regular moisture deep conditioning. I’m saying, it’s a nice product, but be wary of these claims. It is not a miracle worker, not where my kinks are concerned.

I’m actually shocked that Cantu has gone a step further to direct that people should apply this leave-in AFTER shampooing and go to bed with it, as an intense conditioning leave-in treatment? I’m seriously side-eyeing the hell out of them, and wondering what next they are going to say. I would NEVER try this and I do not think you should either. Please condition or deep condition after you shampoo before using this product. It really is JUST a leave-in conditioner.

Now that you’re well informed about what this product CANNOT do, here’s the bottom line.

This is a really good leave-in.

It has slip. It moisturises well. After Washday, I could use it to moisturise, and not need to moisturise again until the next wash, in like a week.

It does not give great shine, and it could definitely be easier to absorb.

I just want Cantu to be more honest in the future, and not mislead people who are new to the business of analysing product labels.

Would I repurchase?

Yes. The Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream remains a staple, so I could buy this one (Argan Oil) or the Shea Butter one, to meet that need. They work the same for me.

The only thing I’d add now is that the Argan Oil Leave-in and the Sheabutter one smell very different. The Cantu Shea Butter smells sweet, almost to the point of being annoying (I had to get used to it). This one isn’t a sweet smell. It’s very light, and a little syrupy (not maple syrup, think Tixylix or nice cough syrup) and if I’m recalling properly, the smell is in the same category as the Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner, which I tried last year.

So, if I see the Cantu SheaButter/ Cantu Argan Oil in the same place and I have to pick one, I’d pick the Argan Oil. It isn’t a fantastic smell, but I prefer it’s blandness to the SheaButter version’s sweetness.

Where to Find:

1,950 for a 16 oz tub at Olori.

Alright lovelies. I want to hear from you. Have you tried this leave-in? Did you like it or not? Share 🙂

Love,

AB,

xx