Archive for January, 2009

Budget Friendly: Salon Care Conditioner

Sally’s Beauty SupplySalon Care Conditioner, Honey & Almond, $8.99 (sale $8.49).sallyssaloncarecond

Following information taken directly from Sally’s Beauty Supply website:

INGREDIENTS:  Water , cetyl alcohol, stearalkonium chloride, propylene glycol, dicetyldimonium chloride, fragrance, polymethoxy bicyclic oxazolidine, citric acid, blue 1, red 4, yellow 5, red 33, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond), hydrolyzed keratin, pectin, honey. 
  • Natural botanicals create body and shine
  • Protein adds strength
  • Removes tangles and snarls
  • Mends split ends
  • Safe for color treated hair
  • Leaves no oily build-up or residue

Salon quality conditioners allow you to get salon results at home. Fortified with natural botanicals and protein, Salon Care Conditioner mends split ends and increases strength of dry, damaged hair. It removes tangles and snarls making combing and styling easier on hair and gentle enough for even color-treated hair. No oily build-up to weigh hair down. Just beautiful, soft hair.

Other Types Available:  Apple Pear, Raspberry, Luscious Kiwi, Cherry, Passion Fruit, White Tea & Ginger.

My Take:  This gallon equals to about 8 (16 oz.) bottles of conditioner at about $1.06 each.  Ingredients are not organic or natural, but compares to the cheap over-the-counter conditioners (Suave, V05).  Hey, with this Michigan winter storm weather, I’m guaranteed not to run out of a conditioner wash for a while.

Don’t forget the pump that comes with the conditioner like I did.  I had to transfer some in an empty, clean jar.  As always, adding oils like castor, coconut, and olive only enhances conditioning.  By doing this, I’m able to switch it up and use this as a conditioner wash, leave-in, and deep conditioner.


Budget Friendly: CocoCare Products


Cococare Vitamin E Antioxidant Body Oil, 9 oz. 

Ingredients: Soybean Oil (Glycine Soja), Safflower Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius), Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate).

Uses:  Body and hair oil.

Available:  CVS ($5.29), local beauty supply stores.


cococareccbstickCococare 100% Cocoa Butter Stick, 1 oz.

Ingredients:  100% Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao).

Available:  Walgreens ($1.19), local beauty supply stores.

Depending on your location, Cococare also sells 100% shea butter and 100% jojoba oil. 

A New Year’s Resolution To Keep

This will be my first New Year’s Resolution in a long, long time.  I generally never make them, but upon reflecting back on 2008, I realize I need to make just this one.  As a nurturer by nature, I neglect myself.  A LOT.  I put myself last.  A LOT.  I carry other’s burdens.  A LOT.  I’m the designated surrogate mother.  I give ALL of myself and my family expects nothing less.  It’s what they’re used to.  It’s what I do. sunclipart1

My wake-up moment?  No one ever calls or asks how I’m doing.  EVER.  Dayum.  That hurts, but I did it to myself.  A change is gonna come in 2009.

Why?  Because I have needs too.  I need to vent too.  I hurt too.  I need help too.  I’m stressed out too.  I’m broke too.  I have relationship problems too.  I feel alone too.  I need a break too.  I’m worried too.  I’m pissed too.  I’m sick too.  My kids get on my nerves too.  I need someone to listen to me too.  My life matters too.  REALLYIT DOES.

My New Year’s resolution?  Simply to start living lifeFOR ME.  I’ll still be there, but at those times when I’m conveniently unavailable to listen, the answering machine will.  Leave a message.  I may or may not get back to you.  Don’t be alarmed though.  I’m probably out doing something I haven’t done for a while.  Taking time out.  FOR ME.   To live MY life.  FOR ME.

Budget Friendly Products for Skin & Hair

Periodically, I will list budget friendly products (shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.).  This is especially helpful for transitioners or those on a budget (like me).  With this economy, finding ways to save is a must for many households, including mine.

All products will be $10.00 or less, available both over-the-counter and online.

Stay tuned.


From Indulgence is Key Blogspot:

Hi! Currently, I am hosting a drawing to give away an 8 oz jar of my Nourishing Hair Butter located at All you have to do to submit your name in the drawing is to email me one of your favorite styles to wear and the “how to do it” info by January 18, 2009. All submissions will be featured on my blog at The winner will be interviewed and it will be placed on my blog as well.


Store Website:  Natures Indulgence

More Sites for Kinky-Curly Hair & Skin Care

Just Natural Black Hair – Natural hair and skin care products.  Those on a budget may find prices on the high end, but the ingredients are awesome.

Future Natural– Organic and Natural beauty products.  (Skin, hair, makeup, bath & body, etc.).

The Coil Review – Subscribe to the The Coil Review.  This website has valuable info for naturally coily/curly hair.  I can’t leave the site without checking out the Photos section of The Coil Review; beautiful sistas, beautiful hair.

NJOI CREATIONS on Etsy- I’m always happy to find businesses that cater to kinky-curly hair and utilize natural ingredients that nourish and protect.  I’m especially interested in the Clarifying Herbal Shampoo Bar that contains bentonite clay, which I can’t wait to try.  Samples are also available in her shop, so go check her out.

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  • a.  Coconut Cream Hairdressing, 2 oz. sample size, $5.00.  Coconut Cream is first made by infusing oils of coconut, jojoba, and castor with organic tahitian vanilla beans (you’ll see little black specks in the cream) then adding it with mango butter plus vitamin e (natural preservative).
  • b.  Herbal Hairdressing, 2 oz. sample size, $5.00.  Herbal Hairdressing (aka grease) Is an enriched blend of sweet almond, olive and avocado butters and oils, infused with dried herbs like sage, nettles, horsetail and coltsfoot, honey, rosemary, lavender and tea tree essential oils also vanilla and almond extract plus vitamin e and rosemary extract(natural preservatives).
  • c.  Shealoe, 2 oz. sample size, $5.00.  Shealoe is handwhipped to a mousse like consistence. It’s a combination of unrefined shea butter and aloe butter, aloe vera juice and gel, jojoba and coconut oil, lightly scented w/lavender essential oil plus vitamin e and rosmary extract (natural preservatives).
  • d.   Herbal Shampoo Bar (Clarifying), 4 oz., $6.00.  Herbal shampoo bar contains bentonite clay which helps pull oils and toxins from skin/scalp, glycerin, coconut, wheat grem, and jojoba oils, vitamin E, aloe vera, dried herbs…coltsfoot, horsetail, nettles, peppermint, chamomile, and green tea plus lavender, tea tree, peppermint, and rosemary essential oils.
  • e.  Ayurvedic Hair Oil, 1 oz., $4.00.  A blend of coconut, jojoba and vitamin E oil (a natural preservative) infused with neem, amla, brahmi, lavender, tea tree, and peppermint essential oils.

DARCY’S BOTANICALS on Etsy – The Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme was featured on my daily fix, Afrobella, so you know I just had to check out what other goodies were available.  I have to admit, the organic body oils also had me drooling.  Check her out over at

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  • Darcy’s Madagascar Creme, 8 oz., $12.00 – Ingredients:  Organic palm oil, organic aloe juice, organic madagascar vanilla extract, vegetable emulsifying wax, beeswax, organic castor oil, organic jojoba oil, and rice bran oil.
  • b. Organic Kalahari Melon Seed Nectar, 4 oz., $12.00 – Our Organic Kalahari Melon Seed (Watermelon Seed) Oil is sourced from Africa. Watermelon Seed Oil is also know as Kalahari Melon, and Ootanga Oil in Africa.  Our Organic Kalahari Melon Seed oil is highly moisturizing and non-greasy.  It can be used as a hair and body oil.  It is a very light and naturally absorbent oil.
  • c.  Organic Juicy Peach Nectar, 4 oz., $12.00.  Peach Kernel Oil is a very light, non-greasy, highly penetrating & moisturizing oil that is excellent for ALL skin types.  Especially for those with mature & sensitive skin.


Just an update to let those interested in Donna Marie products how well these products are still performing.  I’m able to maintain a low-maintenance, low manipulation routine with second and third day hair by using these products.  I don’t need to use a lot of the product to get the job done.  The ingredients are hair and skin friendly.  My faves are the Ultimate Slip Detangler, Lock & Twist Pudding, and Coco Hemp Buttercream. 

The Ultimate Slip Detangler is my perfect moisturizing wash and go product, but not so much a detangler for my hair.  I don’t get much slip using this as a detangler, but the trade-off has been my hair that stays moisturized for days.  I love that I can achieve second and third day hair by using this product alone.  Will also be perfect for summer wash and gos.

The Coco Hemp Buttercream is amazing.  Similar to my homemade shealoe mix, but not as heavy.  Used with the Ultimate Slip Detangler or under the Lock & Twist Pudding, it gives me hair with shine, softness, and moisture.  I also get shrinkage with it, but not a problem for me.  Again, able to achieve second and third day hair.   The Coco Hemp Buttercream is also a great dry/wet hair moisturizer/refresher.

Lock & Twist Pudding is an excellent styler for my fine 4a hair.  I haven’t tried it on twists yet (I rarely do twists unless they’re fat bedtime twists).  Using it over either the Ultimate Slip Detangler or Coco Hemp Buttercream gives me hair that is touchable with a light hold.  I only need to spritz with water to refresh hair the next day.

The Honey & Aloe Curling Jelly is a great product for hair that needs definition and hold, but was too much hold for my fine 4a hair.  My hair is naturally coily, so I really don’t see the purpose of using this other than for smoothing edges or slicking back for ponytails or updos.