PRODUCT REVIEW: CHERIS HIBISCUS MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO BAR

BOBEAM HAIR PRODUCTS

PRODUCT:  Cheris Hibiscus Moisturizing Shampoo Bar (Remedy Line), 4 oz.,  sale $3.50.

COMPANYBobeam Natural Hair Products by Laquita

APPLICATION:  My shampoo bar arrived quickly after ordering.  The owner, Laquita, also sent me a pretty yellow flower hair accessory (see pic above), as well as a sample of one of her hair teas (chamomile and calendula).  Thanks Laquita!!!  For those who do frequent summertime wash and gos, don’t sleep on the hair teas.   It’s  a great hair rinse and/or refresher.  I made the hair tea per the included instructions.  Once cooled, I added the tea to a spray bottle along with a tablespoon of almond oil.  I keep it refrigerated and it’s the perfect hair and scalp refresher for this hot, humid weather we’ve been experiencing lately.  My hair loves it!

RESULTS:  The Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus Moisturizing Shampoo Bar leaves my hair moisturized, shiny, and clean without feeling stripped or dried out.  The perfect shampoo bar for all hair types with yummy ingredients (cocoa butter, shea, honey, hibiscus powder, etc.) essential to healthy scalp and hair.

    

VERDICT:  My hair has been behaving so well, I definitely don’t want to be without this shampoo bar.  My hair is definitely more shiny and moisturized.  Please check out her Etsy store which carries shampoo bars to take care of all of your hair care needs (including locs), hair teas, hair accessories, etc.

Check out Laquita’s blog, Allnaptural Blogspot.  This very informative and busy lady also writes for Clutch Magazine and can be heard on Napturalite Radio.

Hair Routine Update

  

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but wanted to give a little update on my routine.  My hair has endured health issues and unintentional neglect this past year and, surprisingly, continues to thrive.  I have established an even simpler routine that works.  My hair is 10-12 inches stretched, major shrinkage.

ROUTINE:

  1. Shampoo every 2 weeks.
  2. Deep condition weekly.
  3. Henna gloss monthly.
  4. Co-wash twice a week and apply shea + almond oil mix.  Depending on style, may use homemade flaxseed gel for styles requiring hold.

STAPLE PRODUCTS:

  1. SHAMPOO:  Healing Herbs by Rene Herbal Black Soap Shampoo & Body Wash, (4 oz, $5.95) or bentonite clay.  For the wash and go girls in the warmer climates, use this shampoo with the Extra Moisturizing Herbal Conditioner, 4 oz. $6.95, for the most amazing wash and go ever.  ***Healing Herbs by Rene also has new products; Peppermint Ginger Lime Shampoo, Roots of Aloe Coconut Hair Polish, and Herbal Soaps
  2. CONDITIONER:  Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner, 25 oz., $5.99.
  3. STYLERS:  Homemade Flaxseed gel, Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel  (32 oz., $5.92), or shea butter + almond oil mix.
  4. DEEP CONDITIONER:  Lustrasilk Shea & Mango Cholesterol (20 oz., $2.79), henna + amla for monthly henna gloss.  Note:  Full henna gives me tangly hair and it turns my gray hair a yucky orange color.  I do the henna gloss for conditioning results only.  
  5. OILS:  Mustard, olive oil, and almond oils.  Please don’t sleep on mustard oil.  Replaced castor oil with mustard oil for the cold weather and my scalp and hair are loving it.  Purchased mustard, almond, and olive oil at an Indian food market.  Prices definitely cheaper. 

Links for products I’ve tried and would purchase again.  

  • Pure Shea Chai-Hemp Shampoo Bar, 3.5 oz, $3.00.  I bought this at a local downtown market (Eastern Market).  This shampoo bar smells so good.  Scalp feels clean and moisturized, hair soft, fluffy, not stripped.
  • Shea Essentials Hair Butter, (dry scalp and hair formula), 4 oz. $6.75.  Truly a multipurpose product and perfect for cold weather.  I use this for scalp massages, hot oil treatment, pomade, and sealant.  Ayieta (owner) also has a new Protein Rich Natural Hair Milk (6 oz., $8.00) with the ingredients we like to see in hair products.  I also purchase my shea butter, (8 oz., $6.00, free shipping)  from Shea Essentials.  This shea butter + almond oil is used for my hair and skin.
  • Oils:  Mustard, almond, and olive oils.  Don’t sleep on the mustard oil, though.  Mustard oil is rich in beta carotene, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 acids.  I purchased this at an Indian market, 8 oz., $3.99.  No itchy scalp or dry hair since using this oil.  I’ve even noticed a little hair thickening which is an added benefit.

I’ve been gone for a minute and can’t believe the new products, companies, and distributors we have for natural hair.  It’s definitely a good thing and the right time for them. Yay for us!!!



PRODUCT REVIEW: Koils By Nature Herbal Soothing Unscented Gel

COMPANY:  KOILS BY NATURE

PRODUCT:  Koils By Nature Herbal Soothing Unscented Gel, 16 oz., $12.00.

I’ve been searching a long time for a “natural” gel like this and I’m absolutely loving it.  One of the reasons it’s the perfect summertime gel for me is because it has no glycerin.  I plan on incorporating this gel in my summertime styling for buns, puffs, wash and gos, etc. 

APPLICATION:  I used the Koils by Nature gel to make finger coils, a style I haven’t worn in a long, long time and I was very pleased with the results, especially due to the fact that some areas of my hair won’t coil.   After co-washing, I applied my homemade shea mix  (shea, coconut oil, AVG) throughout hair, then applied the Koils by Nature Soothing Unscented Gel on top of that.  I prefer to add the gel all at once instead of section by section.  I proceeded to finger coil, spritzing my hair with water from time to time to keep it damp.  It took about 1-1/2 hours.  The following pics show three day old finger coils. 

               

I have serious hair shrinkage, regardless of what product I use.  You’d think I cut my hair, but I didn’t.  

   

What I like about Koils by Nature Soothing Unscented Gel:

  1. Natural ingredients that my hair loves.  
  2. No glycerin. 
  3. Nonsticky. 
  4. Light to medium hold.  

Koils by Nature Soothing Unscented Gel is a keeper.  Although it says unscented, it does have a light, pleasant herbally smell which dissipates quickly.   Customer service is awesome and shipping is fast.  I received a sample of the Nourishing Hair & Body Butter in Heavenly Delight, which smells good enough to eat, as well as a nice handwritten note from the owner herself, Ms. Pamela Jenkins.  Definitely have to purchase more of her products, especially the butters and conditioners.

For the month of June, Koils by Nature is having a 20% off sale for Grads and Dads.  The perfect opportunity for you to try Koils by Nature products.  Don’t miss out!

GREEN TEA HAIR REFRESHER

I love drinking green tea, as well as using it in my hair regimen.  One of my  favorite green teas is Yogi Super Antioxidant Green Tea, which has quite a few hair and scalp friendly herbs in it (lemongrass, green tea leaf, licorice root, jasmine green tea leaf, alfalfa leaf, burdock root, dandelion root, grapeseed extract, irish moss powder, amla fruit extract).   

I use green tea as a rinse or as a spritz.  The following recipes are really simple.

  1. Rinse:  I use green tea as a rinse after co-washes and shampooing.  Boil 2 green tea bags with 2 cups of water, and let cool.  Pour green tea through hair.  Leave in or rinse out after 20-30 minutes.
  2. Spritz:  Boil 1 tea bag in a cup of water.  Add about 2 oz. or 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel, let cool.  Transfer to spritz bottle, refrigerate after using.  If you want your spritz thinner, add more water.  Thicker? Add more aloe vera gel.  This usually lasts about a week and is a great refresher and moisturizer throughout the day.  Again, keep spritz refrigerated.

Yogi Super Antioxidant Green Tea can be found at Target or Whole Foods, and is available at most health food or vitamin stores.

Nickel-Free Hair Accessories?

Bunning has been my protective style of choice, but I’ve noticed some scalp soreness and irritation with them.  A recent skin reaction to metal hoop earrings made me realize metal hair accessories (pins, barrettes, clips) were the problem.  In the past, direct contact with watches, bras (underwire), bracelets, and zippers would cause allergic reactions.   Are there any nickel-free accessories out there?  Will definitely research and report back.   

I’ve fallen in love with the Goody Ouchless Flex line, especially this small updo barrette, which I first heard about on Kimmaytube.  They’re very comfortable, as well as versatile.    

Plastic hair pins are a little bit harder to strategically place, but I’m trying to work with ’em.   The good news?  My scalp is happy.

If you also experience metal allergies, please let me know which hair accessories you’ve successfully used.

Heads Up: Jason’s New Curl Defining Hair Care System

Just a heads up for new hair care products by Jason, including one for curls.   

JASON NATURAL SALON HAIR CARE SYSTEM

New Curl Defining Hair Care System

Lavender & Rosemary Curl Defining Shampoo, 8.5 oz., $5.26 @ Vitacost.

Ingredients:   Aqua (purified water), sodium myreth sulfate, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, polyquaternium-7, cocamide MEA, panthenol (vit. B5), ricinoleamidopropyl ethyldimonium ethosulfate, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oil, salvia sclarea (sage) oil, hydrolyzed wheat gluten, cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, glycol stearate, potassium hydroxide, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid, fragrance oil blend.

Lavender & Rosemary Curl Defining Conditioner, 6.7 oz., $5.26 @ Vitacost.

Ingredients:  Aqua (Purified Water), Isopropyl Myristate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Cetrimonium Chloride, Panthenol (Vit.B5), Wheat Amino Acids, Chamomilla Reecutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Sage) Oil, Glycolic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Glycereth-2 Cocoate, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance Oil Blend.

Lavender & Rosemary Curl Defining Creme, 5 oz., $5.86 @ Vitacost.com.

Ingredients:  Aqua (purified water), Emulsifying wax, Behentrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Glycereth-2, Cocoate, Lavandula interdia leaf/flower/stem extact*, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Triticum Vulgare(wheat) germ oil, wheat amino acid, vegetablet glycerin, cerearyl alcohol, Citric acid, Hydroxypropyl guar, Phenoxyethanol, benzoate, Frangrance oil bend. *Certified Organic.

Personally, I haven’t tried any of the products yet, but the product reviews for this line are favorable on theVitacost.com website.  You can also check out their other natural salon hair care lines here.

Product Review: Healing Herbs by Rene Black Soap Shampoo and Herbal Conditioner

HEALING HERBS BY RENE

PRODUCTS:  Purchased sample sizes of Black Soap Shampoo/Conditioner in 1 (2 oz., $2.50) and Extra Moisturizing Herbal Conditioner (2 oz., $3.50).  Shipping was free.

COMPANYHealing Herbs Natural Care by Rene.  The following product descriptions directly from website:  Black Soap Shampoo/Conditioner in 1:  100% natural made fresh with black soap, herb tea, pure essential oils, no harsh chemicals.  Black soap, herb tea, essential oils.  Provides hair softness, skin softness, detangles, cleans, fresh feeling.  Sizes 4oz 5.95, 8oz $9.95, 16oz $14.95, 32oz $25.95. 

Extra Moisturizing Herbal Conditioner:  This conditioner is natural & organic extra moisturizing herbal base conditioner.  Made to leave your hair extra soft & moisturized, healing and repairing hair with a delicious scent with a blend of lavender, herbs tea, orange, olive oil, avocado oil, wheatgerm, coconut oil, natural base conditioner.  Sizes 4oz $6.95, 8oz $13.95, 16oz $24.95.

I love multipurpose products.  The black soap shampoo/conditioner in 1 can also be used as a face and body wash.   Although I was able to get four uses out of each bottle, keep in mind my hair is fine.  Someone with a thicker texture may require more product. 

APPLICATION:   In the shower, I wet my hair.  The consistency of the shampoo is thin and I spilled a bit because it ran through my fingers.   I found it easier to apply to my scalp with the applicator tip of the bottle.  I  applied the shampoo to my scalp  first.  After massaging it in, I then proceeded to squeeze the lather from the shampoo into my hair to the ends and rinsed.

 

 

 

RESULTS:   After rinsing out shampoo, I actually didn’t need conditioner.  My hair felt smooth, was tangle free, and soft.  I then applied the Extra Moisturizing Herbal Conditioner and left it in as I finished my shower, then rinsed.  The Black Soap Shampoo and Extra Moisturizing Herbal Conditioner combo literally gave me the perfect “wash and go” hair.  I didn’t have to do anything else.  My hair was so light and soft.  I noticed big volume with this, which is a plus for anyone with fine hair.  No fluffing required.  No leave-in required.   My hair dried super fast too.

VERDICT:   These products are keepers.  I will definitely be ordering both in full sizes.   I definitely have my eye on her Irie Herbal Hair gel.  Check out the Healing Herbs by Rene  web store.  She also sells other natural hair and body products such as shea butter, massage oils and lotions, herbal pillows, etc.  Mother’s Day is coming and her gift baskets will definitely be on my list.