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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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

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Event: National Hair Week 2015

Date: 2nd - 9th May 2015

Time: - 11am - 5pm

Location: Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham and London

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Event: Curlvolution

Date: Saturday 23rd May

Time: 11.00am - 6.00pm

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

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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

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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.

 

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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.