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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!

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Product Review: Beija Flor Naturals

I hate to do this to the product junkies so close to Christmas, but there is a new kinky curly hair product you gotta try.   Beija Flor Naturals’ Creme Brulee for Kinks, Curls, and Coils is truly one of the best curl products I’ve used this year.  

ABOUT BEIJA FLOR NATURALS

Beija Flor Naturals is a natural products company based out of California.   Their vegan/organic body care line includes products for the hair, face, and body.   Beija Flor Naturals can also be found in the  GreenPeople.org directory, which is a  cool directory of ecofriendly companies.   Their products are available for purchase at  Beija Flor Naturals.com, as well as on Etsy at Beija Flor Naturals.

PRODUCT   Creme Brulee for Kinks, Curls, and Coils, 8 oz., $12.95.   This is an everyday leave-in moisturizer.  In total, an infusion of 13 premium natural ingredients create a light cream texture that is perfect for all natural hair types.

APPLICATION:  After co-washing my hair with Taliah Waajid Herb Enhancing Conditioner, I squeezed out excess water.  I then applied the Licorice Root Scalp Elixir to scalp with fingers and massaged in.   Next, I parted my damp hair in four sections (parted down the middle and from side to side).  I applied a finger full of Creme Brulee for Kinks, Curls, and Coils to each section, from root to tip, concentrating on my ends.  I instantly felt the product smoothing my hair strands.  The Creme Brulee has a light whipped, creamy texture and a yummy, light cinnamon/nutmeg spice smell which dissipates after application. 

             

RESULTS:  The Creme Brulee for Kinks, Curls, and Coils  absorbed instantly in my hair, smoothing my coily strands from root to tip.   Even my fuzzy hairline behaved.  After applying product to each section, I put my hair in a ponytail to airdry.   No other product was necessary. 

What I like about this product:

  • A standalone product.  No other product necessary.
  • My hair was frizz free, soft, and defined.  
  • The Creme Brulee is nongreasy and doesn’t weigh down hair.   I had plenty of bounce and movement.

VERDICT:   The perfect curly hair product for me because I didn’t need any other products with it.  Will definitely order more.          

Other products I tried:

  Hemp Buttercream, 8 oz., $12.00, 98% natural.  A daily hair and body moisturizer that is concentrated, fast absorbing and lasts all day. 

RESULTS:  I have mild eczema and I purchased unscented Hemp Buttercream.  It’s a great hair moisturizer, but an even better body butter.  I used this product for bunning which works best when applied to wet hair.    I slather this on after a shower and my skin stays moisturized and flake-free all day.   

   Licorice Root Scalp Elixir, $13.00.   This product is made to combat dry, itchy, irritated scalp, reduce dandruff, stop hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.

RESULTS:  This oil feels good on your scalp and soothes the itchies.  The Licorice Root Scalp Elixir is also a great product for sealing ends.

  Organic Whipped Shea Butter, 4 oz., $10.00.  Our shea butter is whipped with nourishing oils such as coconut, and apricot oils for a creamy spreadable texture.

RESULTS:  This whipped shea butter is a great face, hair  AND body moisturizer.  I love the light texture of this butter and it keeps skin hydrated all day.

Please stop by and check out Beija Flor Naturals.  Natural and organic goodies such as facial products, soaps, oils, and scrubs are available.

The Phase Where a TWA Looks Good

Here are a couple of progress pics.  This is the length where I usually get frustrated and cut my hair down to a twa.  We’ll see if I can make it to January 2010 without cutting it. 

              

I’m wearing buns as a protective style. Hair and scalp issues are much better.  Very little shedding and scalp is no longer irritated.  I think the addition of amla and herbal tea rinses have helped tremendously.  I didn’t think my fine hair could get thicker, but amla has definitely helped in that department.  Will post more pics soon.

Bun Boredom Pick-Me-Ups

I’m so sick and tired of hats and scarves.  I’m really missing my wash and gos too.  So far, we’ve racked up 40+ inches of snow in Detroit this winter.   I know I may be pushing it a bit, but I’m so ready for spring. This ponytail and bunning routine is beyond boring, so the least I could do is find some hair accessories to change things up a little.  Check ’em out.

Etsy:  TALISMAN STUDIOS

Check out these cool hair accessories created using vintage buttons by Talisman Studios.  The buttons are made out of materials such as metal, plastic, ivory, horn, mother of pearl, etc.  I enjoyed reading the history of each button as well.  These hair accessories are definitely unique and one of a kind.   My kind of shop!

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  • Ashanti Leaf Doublet, $16.99 – This vintage brass African trade bead was created by the Baoule tribe of the Ivory Coast.  Available as singlet or doublet.
  • Ashanti Sun, $12.99 – This vintage brass African trade bead was created by the Baoule tribe of the Ivory Coast.  Available as singlet or doublet.
  • Turquoise Illusion, $10.99 – These vintage buttons are a mid century composite plastic, likely from the early 1960’s. With a base of robin’s egg blue, they are flecked with colors of cream, sienna and matte gold.
  • Hollywood Rhinestones, $16.99 – Invoke an era of glamour with this vintage rhinestone button nestled in your tresses. Manufactured in the 1930’s, this ornament measures 1 1/4 inches in diameter.
  • Nouveau Rhinestones, $22.99 – Manufactured in the 1920’s, this dome-shaped button measures 1 1/2 inches in diameter with a height of 5/8 inch at the height of it’s dome. A smattering of tiny, faceted iridescent stones creates a stunning fantasy effect. Aged bronze patina metalwork.

Etsy:  VIRTUOUS CREATIONS

This Etsy store has you covered for whatever hair accessory you desire.  Check out Virtuous Creations’ hats, hair bands, scrunchies, and loc jewelry.  I’m really feeling the Cheetah print fleece hair band/scarf set.  Looks perfect for this Michigan winter weather.

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  • a.  Multi-Colored Acrylic Hair Band, $12.99 – If you rock DREADLOCK, SISTERLOCKS, BRAIDS, or any other natural hairstyle this piece is so perfect for stylishly pulling your hair off of your neck or back into a beautiful upsweep.
  • b.  Unisex Expandable  Hair Band, $13.99 – This piece is very versatile.  Gather it and wear it as a small hairband/headband or expand it for a different look.
  • c.  Fleece Cheetah Print Set, $16.99 – This beautiful fleece ear warmer and scarf set is perfect for keeping your ears and neck nice and toasty while also adding some flair and enhancement to your outfit.
  • d.  Turqouise Blue/Lime Green Plaid Hair Band, $8.99 – This fleece earwarmer is perfect for keeping your ears nice and toasty while also adding some flair and enhancement to your outfit.
  • e.  Fleece Pumpkin/Rust Set, $16.99 – This beautiful fleece ear warmer and scarf set is perfect for keeping your ears and neck nice and toasty while also adding some flair and enhancement to your outfit.

FRANCE LUXE

France Luxe has a very impressive inventory of every hair accessory imaginable (barettes, hair sticks, headbands, ponytail holders, scrunchies).  Can’t figure out why they’re still using metal clamps on some of their ponytail holders though, but you’ll definitely find plenty must haves. 

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Product Review: Donna Marie Lock & Twist Pudding

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PRODUCT:  Donna Marie Lock & Twist Pudding, 8 oz., $10.00.

APPLICATION:  I conditoner washed with Suave Tropical Coconut and squeezed out excess water.   I used the Lock & Twist Pudding as a styler to create a bun I could wear for 2-3 days.  I emulsified the Lock & Twist Pudding between my hands, then applied to my hair from edges to ends.  It easily laid down and smoothed my 4a, fine hair into a bun.  

RESULTS:  I don’t wear locks or twists (except fat twists at bedtime), so I used this product as a styler.  This had to be the fastest bun I’ve ever created.  The Lock & Twist Pudding smoothed my hair very nicely (even my edges) and it has a nice hold.  I didn’t have to use much product to get the job done either.

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VERDICT:  This had to be the quickest bun I’ve ever created, but I noticed the bun portion of my hair was more moisturized than the rest of my hair the next day.  Next time I’ll try using the Donna Marie Ultimate Slip Detangler or Cocoa Hemp Buttercream as a leave-in underneath.  Overall, this product works great as a styler for me.  Non-drying, non-flaking, and smoothes the hair very well.  My hair is really loving this product line.

Product Review: Donna Marie Cocoa Hemp Buttercream

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PRODUCT:   Donna Marie Cocoa Hemp Buttercream, 4 oz., $10.00.

AVAILABLE ATBeauty by Donna Marie website.

APPLICATION:  While in the shower, I rinsed my hair thoroughly then fingercombed a quarter-sized amount of the Ultimate Slip Detangler throughout and put wet hair in a Scrunchie.  I did not squeeze out excess water.   I continued to shower and ten minutes later, I removed Scrunchie and applied the Cocoa Hemp Buttercream in four sections (two in front, two in back), again not squeezing out excess water.   The Cocoa Hemp Buttercream has a light cocoa butter scent.  The consistency is light and airy, similar to whipped shea butter.

RESULTS:  At the end of the shower, I was pleasantly surprised to see the product had fully absorbed with shrinkage, but good curl definition.  I wrapped my hair in an old t-shirt for about 15 minutes to absorb excess water.  Although I did not experience the volume I had with the Ultimate Slip Detangler alone, the trade-off was moisturized hair with a healthy shine and mad softness.   Take a look!

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VERDICT:  I’m falling in love with this entire line.  Although I experienced shrinkage, which I don’t mind, the Cocoa Hemp Buttercream is an excellent moisturizer and curl definer.  We’ve been having some harsh winter weather here in Michigan, but this product will definitely help to keep hair, especially ends, moisturized.   

I plan on restocking the Ultimate Slip Detangler, as well as the Cocoa Hemp Buttercream.  I’m finding that regardless which Donna Marie product I use, I get second-day hair.  A lot of Donna Marie’s products are currently sold out, but will be restocked in January.  Stay tuned for my reviews of the Lock & Twist Pudding and Honey & Aloe Curling Jelly.

Product Review: Donna Marie Ultimate Slip Detangler & Leave-in

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PRODUCT:   Donna Marie Ultimate Slip Detangler & Leave-In, 8 oz., $10.00.

AVAILABLE ATBeauty by Donna Marie website.

APPLICATION:  I decided to use the Ultimate Slip Detangler as a leave-in.  After a conditioner wash with Mills Creek Aloe Conditioner, I squeezed out excess water, then applied a small amount of the Ultimate Slip Detangler in sections.  I didn’t comb through, just raked the product through my hair with my fingers.  The consistency was that of a thin lotion with a light fruity scent.  When trying a product for the first time, I prefer using it alone, so no other products were added.  This makes it easier to see how well it works on my hair.  

RESULTS:  The Donna Marie Ultimate Slip Detangler & Leave-In gave me the perfect wash and go.   I have fine hair and the volume I got with the Slip Detangler was incredible.  I also love the soft hair with llight hold the product gave me.  While styling my hair, I was able to separate coils all the way through to the ends with no tangles.  I even achieved second day hair.  All I did this morning was wet my hands and raked my fingers through my hair.  Here are the results:

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VERDICT:  The fact that I can use this product alone as a leave-in makes it a winner for me.   An added plus is I achieved second-day hair.  Can’t wait to try this with the Coco Curly Butter and as a detangler on my next shampoo.  This definitely needs to be added to my staples.

Make sure you stop by Beauty by Donna Marie’s website and check out all the goodies Ayanna creates for curly hair.  The customer service is excellent (thanks Ayanna!) with quick responses to all questions and concerns. 

This week I will also post results from using samples of Donna Marie’s Lock & Twist Pudding, Cocoa Hemp Hair Buttercream, and their newest product, Honey & Aloe Curling Jelly.