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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!

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.

My Hair Growth 2007-2009

These are pics of my hair growth since February 2007, which was my last big chop.  My hair length at that time was about 1 inch.  Currently, my hair is 10 inches in front and back is 12 inches.  I trim my hair 3-4 times a year, so I lose a couple inches a year due to that.   Here is proof that with good hair care and patience, black hair does grow.

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Product Update: Darcy’s Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme

Hey everybody!  I haven’t been up to blogging lately due to some major health issues I’ve been putting off, which now have to be addressed.  I just wanted to give a little update on my hair.  If you haven’t purchased any of Darcy’s Botanicals products yet, please try them.  The Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme’s performance is consistent, and has been the one go to product that has made the difference in the health of my hair.  My hair tangles less, has more shine, and is growing like crazy.  I’m definitely a minimalist when it comes to putting products in my hair and love the fact this product lasts a long, long time.     

As my hair grows longer, the more obvious the three hair textures on my head become.  The Madagascar Styling Creme gives each texture exactly what it needs; moisture, shine, or softness.  Take a look.

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NAPE:  Where majority of tangles occur.  This is the only part of  my hair that has shine without product.

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HEADBAND AREA: Halo of frizz in front, side to side, with mad shrinkage (and gray hairs creeping back in.  lol.).

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CROWN: – This area grows the fastest with wavy, loose curls that never tangle.    

I actually don’t have any hair problems to report.   Nope.  Nada.  Nothing.  Since the weather is warmer, shea butter is no longer required, so shampooing weekly not necessary.  My hair is doing fantastic with just these basics.  

  1. Conditioner wash with Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut.
  2. Deep condition with Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol (add Agave Nectar or honey), or Pantene Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Mask.
  3. Apply Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme from root to tip, or use the Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut + oil as leave-in.

It’s time to restock and Mother’s Day couldn’t have come at a better time.  Anybody try any of Darcy’s Botanicals new products?   If so, let me know which ones and how you like them. The Organic Coconut and Aloe Moisture Pudding is calling my name.

Hopefully I’ll be back blogging on the regular soon.

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.