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PRODUCT REVIEW: Shea Moisture

This product review is long overdue, I was asked by one of my readers to try the Shea Moisture line and do a product review on it. A lot has happened in the past few months that has affected me to not make blog posts as often, but I’m pushing myself to make this post, because I realize others may benefit from my experience. So here goes..

So I have used four products from the Coconut and Hibiscus line and one from the Raw Shea Butter line.

Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Shampoo:Β The Coconut Hibiscus line is for thick and curly hair, it promotes shine and is suppose to be anti-frizz. This shampoo has the consistency of any regular shampoo, Β it lathers extremely well and a little does go a long way; I added a little extra to my ends because my locs are almost at my lower back. I wash with this 3 times, you don’t need to wash 3 times like I did, it’s just a habit I’ve formed with shampooing because that is what my mother did when I was growing up. It cleansed really well and it left my locs quite moisturized, when I wash with it my hair looks refreshed, it didn’t feel stripped and drying at all.

Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Conditioner: Β This conditioner is super thick, what annoys me about this product though is the pump….it’s a chore to pump the amount I need for my hair, I’d prefer a squeeze bottle. Anyhoo, this conditioner applies well and it is moisturizing. I know some persons with locs are on the fence about using conditioners, but in my opinion if you used it when you had loose hair you should use it with locs. I can’t speak to its ability to detangle but it sure did leave my hair soft.

Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk:Β This is the leave in moisturizer for the line. Whenever I go a few days without moisturizing and my hair feels dry and looks dull, I apply this to damp hair from root to ends and my hair always feels so soft and looks very shiny. It makes my hair more manageable to get into styles if choose to, this can be used as a styler and also a detangler, but I have locs so I can’t tell you if it does that well. I like this product a lot, I think I will continue to use it.

Shea Moisture Hold and Shine Moisture Mist:Β  This product I like to call the refresher because that’s how I like to use it. I spray this in my hair if I want to do a quick moisturizing before I leave the house. I also use this in conjunction with the curl and style milk, I mist my hair first and then apply the style milk and I love how well they work together to keep my hair looking healthy and moisturized. If you are rocking a style and it’s looking a little dull, I encourage you to use this to add a little life back into your style.

This entire line contains silk protein, which is very close to the beginning of the ingredients lists, so if you don’t like protein, this is maybe a NO for you. This Coconut and Hibiscus line smells so amazing, when I use it people keep asking me if I’m wearing coconut oil. I really like this line, my mother likes it also, I think she’s just obsessed with the smell. This line lives up to its purpose of being moisturizing and for adding shine back to your hair.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque:Β This line is targeted at dry and damaged hair. This is one the first shea moisture hair product I picked up. The consistency of this masque is very thick. I used it according to the directions and applied it after cleansing and put a plastic bag over my head and left it on for 30 mins then rinse. It left my hair feeling moiturized not as much as the conditioner on the C&H line, but I notice that after using this for some time, it reduced the amount of shed hair I was having. The only thing I don’t like about this product is the smell, it has a strong perfume smell like a man who has on way too much cologne. Other than that it’s a good product.

I’m liking the Shea Moisture line so far, especially because it’s all natural and cruelty free. Let me know what products you like for your hair.

Thank You for reading, I have more reviews and tips coming soon. πŸ™‚

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How I Keep My Locs Moisturized

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Keeping hair moisturized is an important part of maintaining healthy hair, dry hair will break and will be counter productive if you’re trying to achieve long and strong hair. If you have locs and they are looking dry and dull, I can understand your frustration, I’ve been there; dry locs can break off and no one wants that. Here are a few steps I take to keep my locs moisturized and healthy.

Okay, first thing you must know, water is what moisturizes the hair not oil. I know some of us are use to just applying oil each time our hair is dry, applying water first and then an oil to seal in the moisture is the most effective way to moisturize hair. OK so on to the different ways I keep my locs moisturized.

1. Moisturizers:- There are many brands of moisturizers on the market, moisturizers are usually water based, meaning water is the first ingredient listed on the product. As I mentioned before water is needed for moisture. So when choosing a leave in conditioner ensure that water is the first ingredient, I use a leave in every other day or as needed. Right now I am loving the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk, it is a quick and efficient way to add moisture to your hair before styling or otherwise and it smells amazing!

2. Oils & Water:- Don’t want to buy a leave-in? No problem, maybe you’re one of those persons who likes to DIY. I only recently started using a leave-in so before that I used items from my natural hair and skin care arsenal. Add some water to a spray bottle, if you have aloe vera juice on hand add that as well, add a few drops of your fave essential oil if you want it to be scented. Spritz your hair paying close attention to the ends which is the oldest part of your hair, don’t soak your hair now. After you have finished apply an oil to your hair (eg. Olive & Coconut), I wouldn’t advise using coconut oil only to seal as coconut oil is absorbed by the hair, if you want to apply it mix it with another oil like Olive.

3. Protect your hair:- Wear satin bonnets at nights or sleep on a satin pillow case, satin will keep the moisture in your hair, wearing cotton will dry out your hair. You didn’t go through all that trouble just to have your cotton pillow case undo all that. Like wearing beanies? Get the ones that are lined with satin to protect your locs from dryness and build up, you can purchase one here. I currently sleep with a dreadsock which I love, you can purchase it at www.dreadsock.com

4. Stay Hydrated:- Believe it or not your diet contributes to the health of your hair. If you want healthy and moisturized hair you have to water your body. Doing all the previous steps will be for naught if your diet is poor, so get your 8 glasses each day. If you can’t stand drinking plain water add lemon/lime to it or drink coconut water which I love, our body is mostly water so we have to replenish what we lose each day in order to maintain overall health.

That’s it! Well there are many more ways to keep your hair hydrated but I thought I’d just list my basic go to or we’d be here all day. I hope this is helpful to you, feel free to share how you keep your locs moisturized (even if you don’t have locs you can share πŸ™‚ )

Oil Cleansing Method Review

This post is well over due, I should be fined lol. So let me get right into it.

I did the OCM for 30 days, my oils of choice were olive, castor, a few drops of tea tree and vitamin E. I massaged the oils into my skin then used a warm rag to remove the oil and dirt from face and neck. These were the result I got after 3 weeks.

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Some small bumps I had on my forehead cleared up, and the dark spot on my cheek faded. So here is my overall thought on OCM:

Pro: It’s natural, moisturizing, helps with acne & dark spots. It works well for my oily skin type.

Con: very time consuming especially when you are tired from a long day at work.

So will I continue this method? Well not as my regular cleanser, but I guess in the event when I’m out of my African black soap I will use it, because it really is moisturizing. I encourage anyone to give it a try, you don’t have to use the same oil mixture I used.

Thanks for taking the time out to read my post. Check out all my other posts, I will be making an effort to be more frequent in publishing them. Have a great day. πŸ™‚

The Oil Cleansing Method

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I know a lot of people are looking for all natural options to incorporate into their skin care. I have raved about my love for black soap, but I believe you should find more than one product just in case you don’t have access to your original go to product.

I have decided to give the oil cleansing method a try. The oil cleansing method is nothing new it has been around for years and there are many articles and blog posts about it, and how beneficial it is in treating ance,but just in case you don’t know what it is, let me try my best to explain.

Now the oil cleansing method is simple really, it’s using oil to clean your skin and help get rid of blemishes. I know it sounds weird, but let me explain the idea behind Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). ‘Like dissolves like’, our skin produces oil daily, and that oil mixed with dirt and other impurities can clog our pores thus producing acne (eg. blackheads & whiteheads). So using a healthy oil will dissolve the the dirty oil in our pores and allow it to be removed.

How it is done: you use a mixture of oil massage it all over your face and neck or anywhere you have issues with acne, then you use a hot(not scorching) rag and place it over your face for a few seconds to open your pores to release the impurities, then wipe the oil off your face. Simple right? And you don’t even need to use a moisturizer afterwards.

Two oils are generally used for the OCM, the main oil is castor oil. Castor oil has anti bacterial properties, it dissolves the oil and dirt that has hardened in our pores. and it is the cleansing oil in the mixture. Castor oil is very thick so we have to balance it out with a carrier oil. Originally sunflower oil was used, but a variety of other oils can be used in the OCM. Here’sΒ  a list of oils that can be used.

Macadamia
Olive
Jojoba
Argan
Almond
Grapeseed
Avocado

Now let me just say this, as with anything, results may vary. Some oils don’t work well on some persons while on others it works perfectly. This method doesn’t work right away, sometimes your acne will get a little worst before it gets better, give your skin time to adjust.

How much of each oil you use depends on your skin type. Here’s a suggestion on how to make your oil blend.

Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Carrier Oil.

Normal Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Carrier Oil.

Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Carrier Oil.

This is only a suggestion, if you decide to try it play around with the blend until you find your perfect portion. Please use organic cold press extra virgin oils, it it much healthier and safer for your skin.

I will be trying it for 30 days and I will be posting my progress on my IG (iamokk). My carrier oil of choice is olive oil, and I may add a few drops of tea tree oil for added antibacterial purposes. I find olive oil works well on my skin, some persons don’t have a lot of luck with olive oil so use an oil you know works for you.Β  I will update on the blog after the 30 days. I will encourage anyone to give it a try, and you can let me know if you will or if you have tried it let me know your results.

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10 helpful tips for new locs/baby locs

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When I started my locs 7 years ago, I didn’t know anything other than how to interlock it. I had no clue about maintenance, so my locs suffered a bit. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you decide on getting locs or have already started and it’s in the baby stages. Use these tips to form good habits and you’ll have less issues as time goes by.

1. Cleansing: I know when starting out with locs, its hard to keep it together if you wash it like normal, I’ve had my locs unravel when I washed it the first month or so. Some people don’t wash it until they some signs of locking taking place. Not washing only creates more build up and make your locs look dirty and unattractive. What you can do is put some of your fave shampoo in an applicator/spray bottle and add some water and apply to your scalp and gently cleanse the scalp with the pads of your fingers then put your head under water and allow it to rinse. Do not apply too much friction that will cause hair to unravel.

2. No Towels: Get in the habit of not using towels to dry your hair after washing. Use a microfibre towel, like the shamwow, it does a good job at drying and it doesn’t leave any lint behind to get caught in your locs. If you have an old black t-shirt you can use that as well.

3. Hair Regimen: Maintain a good hair care regimen that will keep your locs healthy, strong and looking good, because your locs will break off. Shampoo & Condition with all natural products, do hot oil treatments using all natural oils on every wash day.(you can view my post about my top 5 fave oils), moisturize your locs daily and do scalp treatments if you have scalp issues like dry scalp or dandruff. Deep condition your hair twice a month at least, and don’t forget Apple Cider Vinegar rinses.

3: Cover Up: Sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf, if you don’t like wearing something on your head, use a satin pillowcase. Doing this will keep the moisture in your hair, as cotton materials will pull the moisture from your hair causing dryness and breaking. Make this apart of your night time regimen and you will not regret this step as your hair grows longer.

4: Not too tight/Not too often: When re twisting locs whether by palm rolling or interlocking, don’t do it too tight. The tension will cause damage to your hair and will cause you to lose hair around the edges and may even lead to baldness. Also do not re twist very often this might end with the same result as doing it too tight. Less manipulation (letting your hair rest from styling) ensures growth and stronger hair.

5. Loctician: If you choose to go with a loctician, ensure this person is knowledgeable about hair and doesn’t do your hair so tight it causes you to lose sleep. They should be able to assess your hair and highlight any issue they may notice when looking at your hair. If you have a fave product you like to use, bring it with you when you visit your stylist.

6. Build Up: Avoid using products that cause build up, having build up in locs is not cool, because it shows. Avoid using mineral oil, excessively using butters, beeswax and raw honey. Honey is great for the hair if you are going to wash it out after, I have seen videos of persons using raw honey to re twist locs, do not do this, honey is very sticky and dirt will get caught in your locs. Instead use gels like flaxseed or aloe vera to keep your locs looking neat and smooth.

7. Hair Colour: If you use chemical dyes to colour your hair, do not colour your hair very often. The chemical in these box dyes break down the protein in our hair which can cause damage and breaking if done very often. A safer option would be henna, it gives colour and has great benefits for the hair.

8. Hair Accessories: When using hair accessories like bobby pins, straight pins etc. Make sure they are covered and don’t have any exposed metals to tear your hair when styling. If using a hair band to do an up do, ensure its either a no slip hair tie or one that’s made of satin. This way your hair stays moisturized and there’s no tugging.

9. Diet: Your diet contributes to the state your hair is in. Drink lots of water and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. They are packed with nutrients that are very beneficial to the health of your hair.

10. Patience: I know what it’s like when you have baby locs and see others with long flowing locs, wishing you were them. Don’t worry your hair will get there, be patient and make sure you do what is right by your hair. Enjoy your short locs, it is much easier to deal with right now, and before you know it, your locs is touching your neck.

I really hope this is beneficial to someone, if you have any more tips please leave in comment section. Feel free to share post with friends and family. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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