Product Review | Alikay Naturals


Being a Curly Ambassador for Curls Understood, not only keeps me connected to the natural hair community but also allows me to share my passion, my experience as a naturalist and offer tips and advice.

The lovely guys at Curls Understood and Antidote Street have partnered up to provide these lovely products, which I’ll be reviewing for you today.

Products on Review

Brand: Alikay Naturals

Product 1: Lemongrass Leave in Conditioner

Product 2: Crème Brulee Curling Delight

Where to buy: Antidotestreet.com


1 | Lemongrass Leave in Conditioner

Size: 8oz

Price: £10.99

About

The Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner is the perfect moisture solution for all hair types. This lightweight leave-in conditioner will penetrates deep into hair cortex to lock in moisture, soften, strengthen and condition each strand. Infused with Essential oils, Aloe Vera and Silk Amino Acid that will repair dry damaged hair and promote moisture from the inside the cuticle.

Scent & Texture

The first thing you do when you discover a new product is to read the description. But with this product, the first thing you NEED to do is…unscrew the top, place your nostril over the bottle and give it a good old sniff. This leave in conditioner smells absolutely delightful. I tend to gravitate towards products that have a sweet fragrance, but this scent is so zesty and refreshing, you can’t wait to get it onto your hair.

Application

Prior to application I shampooed my hair and then followed up with a deep conditioner. I then followed the directions on the bottle and saturated my wet strands with the product. But don’t worry ladies, it also recommends using it on dry hair.

On application I was instantly hit with the fresh, zesty smell of the lemongrass, which was great. The product is very watery and light, so it made it easy to apply to my hair and scalp. Within seconds of applying the product, my natural coils started to pop. As a naturalist, you can't wait for these moments , as you get so excited to see your natural hair react in such a simple way.

Results

This product smells absolutely fantastic and is packed with ingredients (Aloe Vera, coconut oil, amino acids and essential oils) that my hair agrees with and of course needs. 

My hair took really well to the product as it felt really soft and moisturised, but I noticed that some of the product did sit on my hair as opposed to being absorbed. Could this be down to the deep conditioner prior to application? Or is this just how the product works? Who knows, I just know that it smelled great and I was looking forward to the results.

Score: 6 out of 10


2 | Creme Brulee Curling Delight

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Size: 236ml

Price: £13.99

About

This Creme Brulee Curling Delight will make your curls will POP!! With a yummy Pineapple scent, it is also contains Aloe Vera, Agave Nectar and Argan Oil, that will give your curls an A+ rating. Infused with nourishing oils such as almond oil and coconut oil it hydrates and moisturises. It also works to smooth hair cuticle to reduce frizz while clumping and elongating your curls to create the polished curly look you desire. This product will not leave hair dry, crunchy, sticky or greasy. Just touchable hydrating curls that stays defined for days. Perfect for Wash and go for Kinky and Curly textures.

Scent & Texture

In my opinion you can never go wrong when pineapple is involved, so I was excited to have received this amazingly fruity, curling delight. The scent is also similar to icing, which makes you want to dip your finger in and taste. But of course I didn’t. That would be ridiculous.

The texture has a similar consistency to Eco-Styler Gel, so I was a little bit anxious, as my hair prefers stylers that have a creamy/buttery like texture. But hey ho, if I don’t try, then I won’t know.


Application

After applying the Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner, it was time to explore this wonderfully sweet smelling curling product, which promises to make my curls pop. It also promises to reduce frizz, elongate my curls to create the polished curly look that most of us desire. I get really excited when it comes to using stylers for the first time, so I couldn’t wait to see the results.

The instructions state that you should apply the product to wet or damp hair, followed by their Lemongrass Leave in Conditioner. But as this had already been applied, I ignored that step.

I sectioned my hair into 8 sections (4 rows on each side), applied a finger tip amount to each section, detangled and then did a two strand twist with bantu knots (for my twist out). Whilst twisting it felt like I didn’t have enough of the product in my hair, so I found myself adding a little bit more, which I didn’t like. 

 

Overloading my fine strands with too much product tends to end in a failed twist out, so I was a little apprehensive about the results. I then covered my hair with a satin bonnet and left my twists to dry overnight.

Results

When I unraveled my twists the following day, my hair was super soft and it felt really moisturised. Yay! But unfortunately my twist out was a fail. Boooooo!

My natural coils looked nice and shinny but my twists were frizzy which meant I lacked curl definition. Plus my curls weren’t elongated as promised. 

I’m apart of the high shrinkage club, so I don’t expect all products to elongate my strands, but it would have been nice to achieve a more polished curly look.

I was disappointed that it failed to achieve a style that I could rock with confidence the following day. But I was happy with how soft and moisturised my hair felt, even after a couple days when my hair was stretched.

What would I do differently?

On my second attempt I think I’ll use less of the Creme Brulee and add some hair gel in the mix to achieve more defined curls and hopefully get them to last longer.

Score: 4 out of 10

Have you tried these products before? Share your thought's in the comments box below.

UK Natural Hair Events


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Looking for a natural hair event in the UK?

Check out these upcoming event's...


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Event: Curls 

Date: Saturday 28th February 2015

Time: 2.00m to 4:00pm

Location: Beauty by Zara, 20 - 24 Clarence Road, Grays, Essex RM17 6QJ

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CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS


Event: Natural Hair & Lifestyle Expo 2015

Date: Sunday, 12 April 2015

Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location: City of Westminster College, Paddington Green, London, W2 1NB United Kingdom

CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS


Event: National Hair Week 2015

Date: 2nd - 9th May 2015

Time: - 11am - 5pm

Location: Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham and London

CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS


Event: Curlvolution

Date: Saturday 23rd May

Time: 11.00am - 6.00pm

Location: Leeds / Manchester / Nottingham / Bristol / Birmingham / London

CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS


Event: The WITJ Natural Hair & Beauty Expo London 2015

Date: 13th June 2015

Time: 10.30am - 6.30pm

Venue: Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, 45 Prescot Street, E1 8GP, London, United Kingdom

CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS

 

N.B. Events are subject to changes for which I cannot be held responsible. 
Please contact the Event Organiser(s) for detailed confirmations. 
This can be found by following the 'Click here for full details' links.

 

Feel free to share any hair events that you know of by posting the details in the comments box below.

Nutrients for Promoting Healthy Hair Growth


Looking after the outside of our body is all well and good. But we also need to ensure that we put more effort on the inside by including the right nutrients into our diet. As the old saying goes “you are what you eat” and this also includes your hair.

I'm always on the look out for different ways to promote healthy hair growth, so I thought i'd share this great article by Guide to Living Naturally which lists some essential nutrients which you'll need to help grow healthy hair.

Check it out...

Protein

Protein is the building block of hair. Hair is 88 percent protein. Protein will give the shaft of your hair more strength, and will reduce the probability of damage.

Excellent sources of protein include: tuna, shrimp, and cod, snapper, venison, halibut, salmon, scallops, turkey, chicken, lamb, beef, calf’s liver, spinach, tofu, mustard greens, crimini mushrooms, soybeans, and mozarrella cheese, eggs, milk, collard greens, cauliflower and many legumes including lentils, split peas, kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans and garbanzo beans.

Vitamin B

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The B vitamins are necessary for healthy hair. Lack of B vitamins can lead to oily hair conditions.

Good sources include: animal products (meat, poultry), yeast extracts (brewers’ yeast, Marmite), asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, bell peppers, turnip greens, bananas, potatoes, dried apricots, dates and figs, milk, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, nuts and pulses, fish, brown rice, wheat germ, garlic, tuna, wholegrain cereals, avocado, herring, salmon, celery, crimini mushrooms, sunflower seeds and walnuts.

Vitamin C

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It strengthens the immune system, and assists in metabolizing B vitamins and amino acids into the body. Lack of vitamin C can cause dry hair.

Excellent food sources of vitamin C include: broccoli, bell peppers, kale, cauliflower, strawberries, lemons, mustard and turnip greens, brussels sprouts, papaya, chard, cabbage, spinach, kiwifruit, snow peas, cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruit, limes, tomatoes, zucchini, raspberries, asparagus, celery, pineapples, lettuce, watermelon, fennel, peppermint and parsley.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is important for the health of your scalp. A lack of it can lead to dry hair.

Good sources include: Calf liver, Cow’s milk , eggs, carrots, apricots, mangoes, squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, collard greens, tomatoes, guava, and pink grapefruit, salmon, shellfish, Cayenne pepper and chilli pepper.

Vitamin E

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Vitamin E provides lots of benefits for growing vibrant hair.

Good sources of vitamin E include: mustard greens, turnip greens, chard, sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, collard greens, parsley, kale, papaya, olives, bell pepper, brussel sprouts, kiwifruit, tomato, blueberries, and broccoli.

Vitamin K

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Vitamin K helps to maintain healthy hair.

Good sources of vitamin K include: spinach, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, green beans, asparagus, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, green peas and carrots, fig, brewer yeast, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, egg yolk, oatmeal, rye, soybean, liver, wheat, yogurt, tomato paste, Swiss Emmental cheese and Norwegian Jarlsberg cheese.

Iron

Healthy hair needs iron in the body. Iron is needed to help carry oxygen to the hair. Without enough iron, hair gets starved for oxygen.

Good sources of iron include: chard, spinach, thyme, and turmeric, romaine lettuce, blackstrap molasses, tofu, mustard greens, turnip greens, string beans, and shiitake mushrooms, beef tenderloin, lentils, brussel sprouts, asparagus, venison, garbanzo beans, broccoli, leeks, and kelp.

Magnesium

Magnesium deficiencies lead to hair problems.

Good sources: of magnesium include Swiss chard and spinach, mustard greens, summer squash, broccoli, blackstrap molasses, halibut, turnip greens, pumpkin seeds and peppermint, cucumber, green beans, celery, kale and a variety of seeds, including sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and flax seeds.

Zinc

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A lack of zinc can lead to hair loss. Zinc is necessary for building hair protein.


Good sources include: Calf’s liver, crimini mushrooms, sea vegetables, basil, thyme, spinach, yeast, beef, and lamb, summer squash, asparagus, venison, chard, collard greens, miso, shrimp, maple syrup, broccoli, peas, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and mustard green.

Water 

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Water is important for hair. Water makes up one-fourth of the weight of a strand of hair. Moisture makes the hair supple and helps keep your hair silky and shiny. Eight to ten glasses of water a day are absolutely necessary to nourish healthy hair.

Essential Fats

Healthy hair also needs two essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, that are not produced naturally by the human body.

Omega-3 fats sources: flax oil, algae, cold-water fish, dark-green vegetables, hemp oil and pumpkin seed oil. Omega-6 fats sources: borage, evening primrose oil, safflower oil, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, corn and pumpkin seeds.

Lastly…things to avoid

Eating dead food can lead to lifeless hair. These are sugars, chocolate, cakes, cookies, starches, soft drinks, snacks, Caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and recreational drugs destroy important hair growing nutrients. If you can’t resist keep these to a minimum.


Have you included any of these foods into your diet? What results did you get?


Source: http://guidetolivingnaturally.com/2010/09/...

Preparing & Maintaining Colour Treated Natural Hair


Whenever I make the decision to do something drastic with my hair, I always do my research. Followed by more research with a little bit more research. Clearly I don't mess about when it comes to my hair. Lol.

Colour treated hair has a tendency to become dry, more so if it's not looked after properly. So I wanted to make sure that my hair was fully prepared before I took the plunge. And of course find out the best way to maintain healthy coloured hair.

Now let's start with preparing your hair for colour....

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BEFORE

 

1 / Deep cleansing

It doesn’t hurt to do a good deep clean a day or two before colouring, to remove any product build-up on your hair and scalp. Freshly washed hair helps to ensure that nothing that will interfere with the hair dye deposition.

Tip: Use a clarifying shampoo to remove any product build-up and dirt from hair and scalp. Alternatively you could use a moisturising shampoo, followed by a Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Cleanse to help balance the pH levels of your hair and scalp, and to remove any build-up.

My favourite moisturising shampoo

2 / Deep conditioning treatment

Using a deep conditioning treatment can help to protect your strands and scalp. The idea is to keep as many natural oils in your hair and scalp as possible, to achieve a better more even colour.

Tip: Use a deep conditioner of your choice for at least 30 minutes under a plastic cap/bag or hood dryer.

 

3 / Try to avoid stylers

Try not to use any stylers on your hair a day or two before colouring. If you must, try to only use a small amount.

Tip: It also helps to avoid products that contain dimethicone, as it may inhibit penetration of the hair dye. 

My styler of choice which is dimethicone free.

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AFTER

 

1 / Moisturise

It’s so important to keep your hair moisturised, even more so with colour treated hair. Also don't forget to drink lots of water. It all helps.

Tip: Apply water or a water based product (why not try my Homemade Moisturising Spritz for Dry Hair) before you add your moisturising creams and oils.

Water + aloe vera juice + a mixture of natural oils

2 /  Washing

Try to avoid sulfate shampoos as they tend to strip your hair. Use a sulfate-free shampoo or cowash conditioner instead. This also helps to maintain your hair colour.

Tip:  If you find that your hair is too dry after shampooing, try swapping it for a cowash on your next washday.

This is my cowash of choice, which I use 2-3 times a month. I then shampoo once a month to give it a really good clean. Check out my review  HERE

This is my cowash of choice, which I use 2-3 times a month. I then shampoo once a month to give it a really good clean. Check out my review HERE

3/ Protein Treatment

Colour treated natural hair can suffer from cuticle damage and this is where protein treatments come in. Protein treatments are known to temporarily repair and strengthen your hair, so this is great way to ensure that you keep your hair nice and healthy.

Tip: Give yourself a protein treatment once a month to reduce any breakage and to combat dryness. If you have fine, delicate hair like myself, protein treatments are essential part of keeping your hair healthy.

My recommendation - Try my natural DIY Protein Treatment or try ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor. They both work wonders.

My natural DIY protein treatment

4 / Deep Conditioning

Ladies please don't forget to deep condition your hair, even more so after a protein treatment. If possible, aim for every time you wash your hair. Also remember to use a good leave-in conditioner followed by a natural oil of your choice to seal in the moisture. Pay special attention to your ends, as they’re the oldest and weakest part of your hair.

Tip: For an added super boost of moisture, shine and softness, try adding a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of natural oil (e.g. extra virgin olive oil, jojoba, coconut, argan etc) to your deep conditioning treatment before you apply it to your hair. For those with dry scalp/dandruff, try adding some aloe vera gel to your conditioner.

My favourite deep conditioners

 

How do you prepare your hair for colour? How do you maintain your colour treated hair? Share your tips below.

 

10 Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair


Autumn is officially here, so it's time to protect your strands from the change in the weather. Check out these helpful videos on how to style your hair in cooler weather conditions.

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1/ Pump It Up Pin Up

Description / Make one big cornrow going up from the nape of the neck to the crown. Braid the section at the front to your hairline then gather loose hair with a rubber band and roll to create a pompadour.

Tools / Comb + clip + bobby pins + rubber band.

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Great for /  Date Night/Evening out/Partying

 

2/ Curly Fro Updo

Description / Roll, tuck, and pin the back of your hair while leaving the curly afro unleashed in front.

Tools / Perm rods + afro pick + bobby pins

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Great for /  Work

 

3/ Half Up Bun, Half Down

Description / Half up half down hair tutorial for naturally curly hair which features a top knot bun with the back hanging down.

Tools / Hair band + hair pins

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Great for /  Evening out/Partying

 

4/ Cornrow and Twist Updo

Description / French braid (cornrow) to create an upward braid in the back and a two strand twist at the top/front.

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Tools / Your fingers only

Great for /  Every day

 

5/ Easy Pinless Updo

Description / Easy updo style for locs using a hair band only. 

Hair Length / Long

Tools / Hair band

Great for /  Every day look

 

6/ Simple, Chic & Retro Style

Description / Using a low pony tail, create a donut bun. Then lightly twist the hair and pin up until desired shape is achieved. 

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Tools / Hair band + bobby pins

Great for /  Work/Evening out/Partying

 

7/ Double Sided Braid/Cornrow

Description / An easy protective style which is created with two braids/cornrows, one on either side of the head.

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Tools / Comb

Great for /  Every day 

 

8/ Simple Up-do

Description / A quick and easy, low manipulation hairstyle which is created with high bun and front twisted pompadour.

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Tools / Brush + bobby pins + hair bands

Great for /  Work

 

9 / Stylish Updo for Locs, Twists and Braids 

Description / This is a cute and simple protective hairstyle that can be done on locs, twists, and braids

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Tools / Brush + bobby pins

Great for /  Work/Evening out

 

10/ High Pompadour with Style

Description / A simple but stylish hairstyle with a difference.  Roll, tuck, and pin the back of your hair to the crown. Take small sections of the front of your hair and create 3 two strand twists. Then lightly twist the hair and pin up until desired shape is achieved. 

Tools / Wide tooth comb + bobby pins

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Great for /  Evening out/Partying

 

What have you been doing to protect your hair this autumn? Share your comments below.

Product Review / Cantu Argan Oil & Shea Butter


Product / Cantu  

Details / Argan Oil Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream & Shea Butter Curl Activator Cream

Price / £5.99 / £5.49 each

Where to Buy / Beauty By Zara

I tend to come across Cantu products quite often on blogs, social network sites and in hair shops. So when the opportunity to review these two products was presented I couldn’t say no.

See my full review HERE.

4 Great Ways to Stretching Natural Hair


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The quickest and easiest way to stretching my natural hair is to use a blow dryer. But a few months ago I was told by Trichologist (hair/scalp specialist) Teresa Angelina that I blow dry my hair too much. In my head I was thinking...she doesn't know about the shrinkage I have to deal with when my hair gets wet. Those with at least 75% shrinkage can relate to my pain.

How can I possibly get my hair to stretch to it's full potential without the use of heat? Of course the first thing I did, was jump onto my computer and start to do some research. Thankfully I discovered that i wasn't alone and there are so many different ways to stretching your hair without using your blow dryer. You've got to love the internet.

Here are 4 great ways to at least minimise your shrinkage or stretch your hair.

1 / Washing hair in braids

Before you shampoo/cowash, put your hair in braids or plaits, as it's a great way to minimise shrinkage and to reduce tangles. 

Check out the video below which illustrates how this method keeps your hair nicely stretched during the cleansing process. 

2 / Twists and Braids

Doing two strand twist or flat twist on wet/damp hair is a great way to stretch out length and prevent shrinkage. Alternatively you could use braids, as they create a little more stretch or tension than twists, giving you a little extra in length. 

I currently use a mixture of braids and flat twists to air dry my hair. This allows me to achieve as much length as possible and also keeps my hair really moisturised. Here are the steps that I take in order to stretch my hair...

  1. After my hair has been shampooed/cowashed and then towel dried with my microfiber towel. I then spray my Creme of Nature argan oil leave in conditioner throughout my hair.
  2. I then section my hair into 8 sections (4 on each side of my head) and complete my LCO (Liquid, Cream and Oil) method.
  3. Liquid - Creme of Nature Argan oil leave in conditioner (which has already been applied). Cream - Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner or a oil moisturiser. Oil - Coconut/Jojoba/Olive/Argan/Grapseed oil to seal it all in.
  4. Each section is braided and then I create bantu knot at the ends to ensure maximum length and to prevent dryness.
  5. Once my hair is dry, I take down the twists, detangle and then do two large braids (one each side of my head) to give it one last stretch overnight.

The following video is very similar to the regime that I follow. It's also great for those transitioning.

Another great way to stretch your hair with twists...

3 / Hair Sets

At the moment Curlformers are a very popular heatless natural hair stretcher and you can stretch out hair of any length with this set. But sets like straw set, roller set, flexirod set etc generally stretch natural hair.

The following video shows you how to stretch short natural hair using Curlformers.

4 / Banding

Banding is the process of using ponytail holders to gently stretch out wet natural hair. The hair is divided into sections then the holders are wound tightly down the section from root to tip so that the hair stays stretched as it dries.  If you're going to try this method, be sure to use elastics bands made without the metal piece that can snag your strands. 

 

 

What's your favourite method for stretching your hair? Share your comments below...

 

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Product Review / Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser


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Product / Lush - R&B Hair Moisturiser

Price / £11.25

Rating / 10/10

Where to Buy /  www.lush.co.uk/products/styling/rb

About / R&B is made with an extremely rich blend of oils and butters to restore your hair to its natural beauty. We believe good hair starts at your roots, so we’ve added ingredients that work on calming the scalp. Not only does this hydrate your hair, it will also leave it softly perfumed with bay and orange flower absolute. Just scoop up as much as you need onto wet or dry hair to experience the benefits of a rich treatment on your hair.

My Thoughts

"Revive the hair and balances the scalp. A leave-in moisturiser, full of beautiful butters, oils and herbs. For all dry and curly hair types". This is definitely what you want to hear as a naturalist.

Don't you just love the stickers that Lush put on their products. They tell you who it was created by (including a illustration of that person), when it was made and it gives you a use by date. I think this is a really nice touch and it makes you feel like the product was made with love. 

Smell & Texture

Guys I absolutely love the fragrance. The smell is quite strong but if you love Jasmine you certainly won't mind. It lingers on your hair all day long and it gives you that "just washed" smell every day.

The texture is very thick and creamy and has a similar consistency to Palmers Cocoa Butter lotion. Thankfully a little goes a long way as a 100g tub cost £11.25. This is pretty expensive compared to other hair moisturisers.

Application

This product  has been developed for those with afro or very curly hair types. It's aim is to revitalise dry hair and scalp, which is perfect for me. Having used this product for the past few weeks, i've applied it to both wet and dry hair. I found that applying it to dry hair works best for me as it's great for revitalising old twists outs and keeping my hair moisturised whilst in an updo.

Results

My hair absolutely loves this stuff. It feels soft, moisturised and light. I have fine hair, so I was also pleased to discover that my hair didn't shrink, dry out or go limp.

I was so excited, that I got my younger sister to try it out on her new tapered haircut and she hasn't put the tub down since. This seems to be the best product for giving her definition and it keeps the shortest part of her hair curly and moisturised.

What would I do differently?

Absolutely nothing. I'm a happy bunny :-)

 

Have you tried Lush's R&B Hair Moisturiser? Share your thought's in the comments box below.

Product Review / Lush Roots & Retread


After receiving some lovely goodies from Lush, I decided to review their Roots Hair Treatment and Retread Hair Conditioner. I was also preparing my hair for colour that week and I read that It helps to avoid products that contain dimethicone, as it may inhibit penetration of the hair dye. Thankfully non of these products contain this ingredient. 

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1 / Root Hair Treatment

Product / Lush - Roots Hair Treatment

Price / £9.95 

Size / 225g

Rating / 8 out 10

Where to Buy / https://www.lush.co.uk/products/roots

About / The root to great hair starts at the scalp: we've used mint in three different ways to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles. We follow this up with conditioning and strengthening extra virgin olive oil, honey, and balancing nettle. The delicate, cheering perfume comes from a blend of neroli, grapefruit, and sweet orange oil. Apply to dry hair, starting at the roots. Massage into the scalp and leave for 20 minutes.

My Thoughts

I love that all Lush products come with a witty, poetic description. "Thine be the glory - Don't despair, we've got a treatment for thin and fine hair". I have fine hair, so with a description like that you can't go wrong.

Smell & Texture

On opening the tub, you can instantly smell the fresh mint leaves, which is great. It's also light and refreshing so it gets two thumbs up from me.

It has a thick consistency, rather like a typical deep conditioner, which is exactly how I like my hair treatments.

Application

As instructed I divided my hair into sections, 4 sections to be precise and then applied the treatment. I used a generous amount to ensure that my hair and scalp had full coverage. I then massaged my scalp for roughly 10 minutes (instructions state 15-20mins) as I got distracted, but I left it on my hair for a total of 25 minutes.

Results

Within minutes I could feel the product going to work. My scalp was tingling from the fresh mint and I was loving it. I could see and feel that my hair had absorbed the product really well as my hair felt really coated and the product seemed to make my hair feel thicker.

Rinsing out the product was a breeze and I loved that fact that my hair felt super soft and really moisturised. I could instantly feel the difference, even after I shampooed, so I'll most definitely be using this product again.

What would I do differently?

Stimulating the scalp is so important for hair growth and overall healthy hair, so for next time i'll be giving myself a scalp massage for at least 15 minutes. I may also leave the treatment on my hair for a little while longer. No harm in ensuring that I get full benefits from these wonderful natural ingredients.

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2 / Retread Hair Conditioner

Product / Lush - Retread Hair Conditioner

Price / £10.25

Size / 225g

Rating / 3 out 10

Where to Buy / https://www.lush.co.uk/products/retread

About / Retread helps to mend the outer shaft of the hair cuticle by coating and strengthening the hair with oils, fresh fruit and yoghurt. Just use a generous scoop of this heavyweight conditioner and let it get to work. We use jojoba oil, avocado oil, and extra virgin olive oil to add moisture and shine. Fresh cantaloupe melon is in there for its cleansing enzymes, and yoghurt and soya milk for protein and to add extra shine.

My Thoughts

"A heavier weight conditioner that is there for you in times of trouble. Put a plentiful coating on the hair and let it go about its work". Conditioners are great for adding in moisture and revitalising dry/thirsty hair. So I was excited to try this stuff in preparation for my change in hair colour.

Smell & Texture

Guys, i'm not loving the smell of this product, one bit. It has an unusual, woody, old tea bag type smell which is too strong for me. Thankfully it didn't linger on my hair once I rinsed out.

The texture is pretty much like your average hair conditioner. It has a runny/watery consistency which is also similar to yoghurt. 

Application

After shampooing I applied two handfuls of the conditioner to my hair, concentrating on the ends as they tend to get really dry. I then rinsed out the product with warm water, which was easy as the product is really light.

Results

I expected so much more from this heavy weight conditioner. My hair didn't feel as moisturised as I assumed it would be, detangling wasn't made any easier and I didn't get the wow factor I was looking for. Maybe i'm expecting too much too soon, as it does state that this product. '...helps to mend the outer shaft of the hair cuticle by coating and strengthening the hair with oils...'. So maybe i'll see better results in the future.

What would I do differently?

Unsure if i'll be using this product anytime soon. But if/when i do, i'll be mixing it with another conditioner as it contains some great natural ingredients which my hair can benefit from. 

Have you tried Lush's Roots Hair Treatment and Retread Hair Conditioner? Share your thought's in the comments box below.

My Two Year Natural Hair Journey


Can you believe that two years ago today, I started my journey to natural hair? Whooza! How time flies? I did spend most of that time transitioning but I'm all natural now, so It's all good.

I had to share the image below because its a true reflection of my hair journey. And i'm sure you can all relate.

In April this year I finally did a mini chop (cutting the relaxed ends off) after transitioning for a total of 18 months. God only knows how I went for so long, because dealing with two textures wasn't easy. It became even more frustrating as time went on, so I knew it was time to let go and fully embrace my natural hair.

Like many long term transitioners, I was apprehensive about cutting the relaxed ends off. How was I going to deal with losing length? Will I be able to create my favourite styles? Will I even like my own texture?

I'll keep it real with you, it was a bit of a struggle working with shorter hair after the mini chop. My twist outs didn't sit as nicely as they used to, my up-do's didn't look as fabulous, my hair lacked shine and my curls weren't as defined as i'd hoped them to be. BUT I was all natural and this is what god had blessed me with.

I spent the follow months getting used to my texture, experimenting with different products, adjusting my daily regime and learning to except my hair for what it was...Beautiful.

I've put together a gallery of hair photos taken over the two years. Hopefully this will encourage, inspire and help someone on their journey to natural hair.

 

 

How did you find your journey to natural hair? If you're transitioning, how is your journey going? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments box below.