African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Leave in Conditoner (Deeeee best) review

ImageThis is one of the best leave in conditioners that I have ever used AND it can also be applied as a curl styling product but before I get into it let me tell you this… I have to admit something to you guys!
Remember when I asked for your advice about going purple…. yeah!  Although I love my purple hair and I do not regret changing my hair colour from bright red (okay maybe I’m a little sad :( but no regrets because I wanted it so well I did it, I get compliments about it all the time.. people stop me on the street to ask me about my hair colour! HOWEVER, the bleaching process I had to go through by changing my hair from such intense red to such intense purple was brutal and after I was done, I CRIED . Like big for real tears. MY CURLS WERE DEAD AND GONE.

I have bleached my hair a million times in the past. I’ve lost my curls before. When I would go back and forth from red to black and black to red, I killed and fried my hair. I lost so much hair. I damaged the shit out of it BUT NEVER like this. It lost its curl pattern, the texture, it was dry, frizzy, but screw all that, I ‘ll deal with that, but the curls were like straws… no like spaghetti… straight, thin strings just hanging.

When I damaged my hair in the past it looked like a hot mess but I healed it back. It took a really long time though but I did it. With constant hair cuts and oil treatments my curls came back. They were healthy, shiny but best of all they looked alive and bouncy. This is what bothers me the most. I had my hair back and now I ruined it!!!!!! What have I done?

Anyway it really made me miserable because I could not do much with it so my one and only hair style was my go to bun. To make it worse, the purple fades so fast and ugly that I have to keep touching it up which defeats the purpose of any treatments I would be doing if I am colouring it every 2 weeks. Ahh what a freakin mess.

Anyhow, it’s been about a month or so now I’d say and I am happy to say that my curl pattern is starting to return. They are coming back..My hair was so dead and dry and just limp. But now it’s starting to get that bounce back and look alive and I am starting to get hope back that one day I will repair it fully…. maybe one day soon? lol

This is what it looks like today (my pic above)…. you can see it’s more so wavy than anything but a few weeks ago it would not curl at all. NOTHING. It was straight and limp.

And what I have to thank is good old cooking coconut oil and this amazing leave in conditioner.

So I wrote about coconut oil for hair before. It is the best shit since sliced bread lol I have been applying organic raw coconut oil every 3rd day and leaving it in over night or a few hours and washing it out to get the hydration back, to repair the damage.

Then I took a trip to my beauty supply store and noticed this African Pride hair line. I’ve seen it before but never really picked up any of their products. They have all kind of things for curly hair but I needed a damn miracle which is exactly what it said on this jar so I thought hey I’m desperate here!

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Let me tell you!!!! This has saved my hair. Well this and my coconut oil of course , but I have been using this almost every single day no lie. I don’t shampoo my hair every day, sometimes I will just soak it and apply this all through my hair. I actually saturate my hair because it is not greasy or oily at all. You can just slober it on!

But I also use it as a styling product. This has brought my curls back to me!!!

The product comes in this decent size plastic jar so it’s easy to scoop it out.
The texture is creamy but not extremely thick or gooey. It is very easy to apply and distribute on wet or dry hair.
It leaves no residue, no sticky feeling, no greasiness.

This leave in conditioner is VERY VERY moisturizing. Since my hair is so dry now I can just feel it drinking this stuff up. But it’s doing an amazing job at hydrating this, I have read many reviews and it seems most are positive but I have read from one girl that she feels this product does not penetrate but only coats the hair. Well, I can’t tell , mine seems to be working it all the way in.
It makes the hair very soft and it tames the frizz while it enhances the curl pattern. It also can be used as a detangler.

It is sulfate and paraben free. This jar was about 10 bucks CAD which is relatively cheap for this size of product.

Now, THE SMELL.. oh my… IT SMELLS TROPICAL.. like mango, shea and coconut all in one but BETTER. It is strong but I love it …. love love love itt… my boyfriend was following me around like a puppy saying OMG what is that smell? is that you? DO THEY MAKE A BODY LOTION IN THAT? LMAO.

Anyway… this stuff has truly been a miracle just like it says because it is saving my hair. I am going to continue doing coconut oil treatments and using this leave in and I’ll update you guys on everything.

If you have curly hair I STRONGLY recommend this product. Your hair does not have to be damaged in order to use. It is just the best new curly hair product I discovered.

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Beer for your hair??? What…

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I’m sure some of you have heard about this good old tip but perhaps some of you have not so don’t worry I am here to tell you allll about it. First of all, I hate beer. I think it’s gross, smells gross, tastes gross and the after taste is repulsing. However, it does wonders for your hair but I don’t mean drinking it ! lol.. I mean rinsing your hair with it.

This is what you need:

Any type of beer, flat and room temperature.

And , this is what you do:

1. You shampoo your hair as you normally would.2. You pour the beer all over, making sure it’s all saturated.
3. You massage it well into your hair, concentrating on your ends.
4. Let it sit for about 10 mins or so. However long you wish.
5. Rinse it out and condition your hair as usual.

Simple, right? So how does beer help your hair?

The malt found in beer is loaded with protein and nutrients. It contains phosphorous, magnesium and maltose which are great for your locks.

So what does it do exactly?

First and foremost, it gives your hair incredible shine. It restores dull hair completely.
It adds body, fullness, and it makes it oh so soft. It repairs dry and damaged hair.

What about the smell?

Some say that they can still smell it after rinsing it out and it smells bad. However, I did not have that issue. I can’t stand the smell of beer but if you deep condition after, the smell should be gone.

So if you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe Catherine Zeta-Jones. I think she is one of the most naturally beautiful women ever. She is so classy and just a real woman. But her hair is so rich and thick and healthy looking. She uses beer to condition it!
See here

http://naturallybeautifulwomen.com/tag/catherine-zeta-jones/

Let me know if you try and your results!

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What is your hair type? And what does that exactly mean? Take the quiz inside to find out!

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Do you know what number/letter group your hair falls into? (2abc, 3abc or 4abc) If you don’t it’s ok because I did not know what any of that meant until some time ago but once I discovered about it, it made such a difference!
Once you know what your hair type is and the category it falls into, you will know what type of care it needs and what products you need to use! Let me explain a little more. (quiz link at the bottom)

Andre Walker, who is Oprah’s hair stylist, has created a widely used hair classification system.
There are 4 categories and each have 3 sub-categories.

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Type 1: Straight Hair

1a Straight (Fine/Thin) Very Soft, Shiny, Hard to hold a curl, hair tends to be oily, hard to damage.
1b Straight (Medium) Has lots of body. (i.e. more volume, more full)
1c Straight (Coarse) Hard to curl. (i.e. bone straight)

Type 2: Wavy Hair

2a Wavy SWAVY Can accomplish various styles. Definite “S” pattern. Hair sticks close to the head.Easy to style and handle.
2b Wavy CURVY A bit resistant to styling. Hair tends to be frizzy.
2c Wavy WHIRLY Hair has thicker waves. Also resistant to styling. Hair tends to be frizzy.

Type 3: Curly Hair
When this type of hair is wet, it looks pretty straight. As it dries, the hair goes back to being curly.
Humidity tends to make this type of curly hair even curlier and frizzier. Type 3 hair has a lot of body and is easily styled in its natural state, or it can be easily straightened with a blow-dryer into a smoother style. Healthy Type 3 hair is shiny, with soft, smooth curls and strong elasticity. The curls are well-defined and springy. It is not unusual to see a combination of type 3 all at the same time! ( This is me!)

3a Curly 
TWIRLY
Thick & full with lots of body. Definite “S” pattern. Hair tends to be frizzy. Can have a combination texture.
3b Curly SPIRALLY Medium amount of curl. Can have a combination texture.
3c Curly COILY Tight curls in corkscrews. The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together.

Type 4: Coily Hair

Type 4 tends to look very course but in reality it is actually soft and the most fragile of all types.

4a Kinky 
SPRINGY
Tightly coiled. Very Fragile. Has a more defined curly pattern
4b Kinky 
CRIMPY
Tightly coiled. Very Fragile. Less defined curly pattern. Has more of a “Z” shaped pattern.
4c Kinky 
ZIGGLY
 Some say 4c looks identical to 4b except that the curls are so tightly kinked, there is seemingly no definition.

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Naturally Curly is an amazing website and you can find just about anything and everything about hair on here. Here is the link to the quiz where you can find out what hair type you belong to and hair care tips and suggested products. 

http://www.naturallycurly.com/

Just click on the Hair Types and Take the Quiz from the drop down menu.

Coconut Oil – Miracle for Hair – Get your hair healthy, soft and shining!

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So this is not some recently discovered big news as many many countries have been using various oils to treat different things, skin, hair, weight loss, etc. But I feel that only in the recent years in North America we really started getting into this phenomenon. Ahh we are always delayed on everything!
It has been known for a long time that oils in general are great for nourishing hair. Anything from Olive Oil, Argan Oil, Almond Oil, etc. I’ve tried them all and I can confidently say that my favourite and most effective is Coconut Oil.
To sum up my reason simply:  It treats wide variety of hair issues.

Now, I am not talking about coconut oils that are made by cosmetic companies and such, I am talking about the container you pick up from your local grocery store to use for cooking. Yup! 100% Natural, Organic, Raw, free of silicones and other added chemicals.

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5.99 CAD at a regular grocery store.

 

 

COCONUT OIL FACTS:

  • Nourishing for any hair type, curly, wavy, straight, thick or thin
  • Repairs naturally damaged, heat damaged, chemically processed hair
  • It adds shine and body
  • It softens hair, prevents breakage, split ends and shedding
  • It acts as anti-dandruff, dry , itchy scalp treatment

HOW DOES COCONUT OIL DO ALL THIS?

Coconut oil molecular structure makes it able to penetrate the hair cuticles which allows that deep conditions and healing whereas a lot of other products sit on your hair and don’t break trough. They just sort of sit on the surface and make your hair shiny so you think it’s working but it’s really not because when you wash your hair you wash away the product.
Coconut oil really works its way through and starts doing its wonders!

Coconut oil contains vitamin E, vitamin A, Lauric acid, Capric acid, etc .

HOW DO YOU USE IT?

HAIR TREATMENT:

  • The quantity will depend on your hair texture and length and what you are trying to accomplish but since I have naturally curly and dry  as well as chemically dyed hair, I take a few spoons of the oil (butter) and put it in a container.
  • I microwave it only for 2 secs to get it slightly liquidy so that it is easier to distribute through hair.
  • I saturate my hair with the oil concentrating on my ends more as they are the most dry
  • I keep it either for a few hours or even over night, wrapped in a silk scarf
  • When I wash my hair out, I do not shampoo or condition , I just rinse
  • You are left with the silkiest, shiniest, softest locks – IT REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE.

SCALP TREATMENT:

  • I take a spoon and a half of coconut oil (butter)
  • I do not microwave this as it is not going to be applied throughout my hair
  • I rub it through my fingers and then I massage it all over my scalp
  • Since my hair is dry, I do not need to rinse this. My scalp absorbs it without any greasy residue but if you prefer to rinse it out you may

I love coconut anything. I am obsessed with coconut smell, flavour, taste, coconut water, coconut cookies, coconut cakes hehe.. you get it .. but in addition to tasting amazing and smelling awesome and being a miracle for your hair, coconut oil has many many other benefits, skin, digestion, infections, dental care, heart diseases, etc.

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Best thing: You can find it ANYWHERE and it is not pricey at all.

Til next time
Nina XO

Curly Hair Care

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“Right before you go to bed you notice that your hair looks good, so you make an effort to preserve it while you sleep. You wake up the next morning, look in the mirror and wonder where the lion came from”

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This is for all the ladies with curly hair – I know you will understand what I mean when I say that I am always looking for tips and trying out various products to make my curls healthy and luscious!

Let’s face it – curly hair is beautiful, sexy, playful, seductive, unique but also very difficult to manage, unruly, has a mind of its own, does not always cooperate and it can get frustrating.

I used to have very tight curls and incredibly thick hair . That all changed when I discovered bleach and started dying my hair. My curls relaxed and now it’s a mixture of curls and waves. It’s dry and course and it takes a lot to get it to look nice. I’ve definitely experimented with a lot of products and here is what I can share with you:

This blog will not be about how to style curly hair – this is just about general curly hair CARE.

Some characteristics of curly hair is that it tends to be more dry – the curlier the hair the longer it takes for natural oils to make their way to the ends and it’s more prone to split ends and frizzies.

(Pictures of product suggestions below)

1. Important to choose good shampoo and conditioner. I know there are a lot of things written out there that sulfates are bad for your hair and you should use sulfate-free shampoo. Not necessarily true. What are sulfates? To put it simply, it’s like a detergent that produces lather. It can be found in many beauty products. Sulfates get rid of dirt and build up but they can dry out hair and scalp. So since curly hair is more dry as is, it is suggested to use a sulfate – free shampoo. If you are using a shampoo that has sulfates and it works for you, no need to change. However, if you do feel your hair is more dry, you can opt out for a sulfate free one.

2. CONDITION CONDITION CONDITION!!! Curly hair thrives on moisture and hydration. Do not wash your hair often. I’d say once or twice a week. However, you can condition in between. Choosing the right conditioner is crucial. I know there are products out there that claim to be for curly hair but really all they are is for dry hair. If your hair is chemically treated, go for colour treated, dry hair conditioner. Your curls will thank you!

3. Deep Hair Mask - You should do a hair mask once a week. Put it on and leave for a few hours, even over night. Wash out in the morning.

4. Use some oil for your hair – coconut or olive.  You can find a good natural coconut/olive oil for hair and make your own mask. Actually you can pick up some organic COOKING coconut oil too  – warm it up in a microwave, saturate in your hair, wrap in a towel, leave overnight and in the morning wash out. Your hair will be soft and silky. I use various oils to put in my hair before applying styling products.

5. Do not brush your curls while hair is dry! Shoot, don’t even do it when it’s wet. I brush my hair most of the time with my fingers and detangle it the same way. However, if you need to brush your hair – ONLY USE A WIDE TOOTH COMB.

6. Do not rub your hair with a towel. Instead, gently blot it . Rubbing curly hair with a towel will make it frizzy, give you split ends and damage hair cuticles.

7. Less is more. Meaning, it’s better to apply one or two GOOD products than dump 5 different hair products. I would suggest after shampooing and conditioning – apply a good leave in conditioner, quarter size amount of oil , distribute throughout your hair concentrating on ends, lastly apply whatever curly styling product you use. Done.

8. Style WHILE WET. While applying product, scrunch your hair with it.

9. NEVER use a regular blow dryer on your curls. The worst thing you can do. Always  use a diffuser. I cannot live without my diffuser. But you do have to know how to use it properly- diffuse roots and down to mid-length, leave ends for last as they tend to be the driest part of hair.  You can also air dry.

11. LEAVE YOUR HAIR ALONE. Do not touch your hair. Don’t play with it. Don’t let others play with it. The more you touch the more frizz you will create.

12. LASTLY, LOVE AND EMBRACE YOUR CURLS!

At the end of the day, when you have curly hair, you can’t tell it what to do! It tells YOU what to do. Curly hair is the boss of you. When it feels like co-operating, it will and when it wakes up in a bad mood, no matter what you do, it won’t sit properly if it doesn’t want to. So  treat it good, take care of it and it will play a little nicer with you :)

Product Suggestions: These are just current products I am using that work really well for me although there are quite a few I discovered that are great but these are the current.
Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner (9.99 CAD – any drug mart)
Organix Coconut Milk/Oil (6.99 CAD – any drug mart)
Olive Oil Hair Lotion (4.99 CAD – any beauty supply store)
Moroccan Oil curl defining cream (36.99 CAD – any beauty supply store)
L’oreal Hair Mask (5.00 CAD – any drug mart)

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