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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 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.

Organic Baby Products, Not Just For Babies

Baby your skin with these products from Nature’s Gate Organic Baby and Earth’s Best Organic product lines.  I purchased Nature’s Gate Organic Baby Baby Oil ($5.89) and  Earth’s Best Organic (Jason’s product) Extra Rich Therapy Creme Calendula ($6.79) from VitaCost.net because they’re cheaper.  Shipping is only $4.99 on any size order.   

naturesgatebabyoil  I use the Nature’s Gate Organic Baby Baby Oil  for both hair and skin.  It has a pleasant light orange scent and is a great skin moisturizer after a shower or bath.  I’ve also used this oil both as a hot oil treatment and a sealant.  I get fabulous twistouts with amazing volume and softness with this oil.     

Nature’s Gate Organic Baby Baby Oil IngredientsGlycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba), Gossypium Hirsutum Extract (Cotton), Rhodymenia Palmata Extract (Dulse), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula), Althaea Officinalis Root Extract (Marshmallow), Borago Officinialis Extract (Borage), Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract (Elder), Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Gossypium Herbaceum Seed Extract (Cotton), Hydrolyzed Cottonseed Protein, Beta-Carotene, Tocopherol, Zea Mays Oil (Corn), Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil (Safflower), Phenoxyethanol, Water, Butylene Glycol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil (Orange), Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender), Citrus Aurantium Bergamina Oil (Bergamot), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, IIlicium Verum (Anise) Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil. 1) Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International 2) Certified Organic by Guaranteed Organic Certification Agency.

vitacostjasonsextrarich The Earth’s Best Organic Extra Rich Therapy Creme Calendula is nice and thick with a light lavender scent.  What I really like about this cream is that it moisturizes so well, there is no need to reapply in the morning.  Skin stays smooth and moisturized.

Earth’s Best Extra Rich Therapy Creme Calendula ingredients:  Aqua (Purified Water), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearyl Alcohol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Vegetable Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivote, Sorbitan Olivote, Beta-Glucan, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Betaine, Glyceryl Laurate, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate. *Certified Organic.

**Gossypium Hirsutum Extract (cotton honeydew).  This extract provides a protective barrier that helps to keep moisture in and has been proven to be good for both hair and skin.  We will probably see this extract in more skin and hair products in the near future.

Products available offline at Kroger, Meijer, Target, Babies R Us, Bed Bath & Beyond, Vitamin Shoppe. 

Available online at Vitacost.net, Drugstore.com, EarthsBest.com.

Mature Natural’s Winter Hair Care Tips

  1. Got knots?  Out styles can cause a lot of knots, especially in windy weather.  A dab of any product that provides a lot of slip (TJ Nourish, Elucence) helps those knots ease right out.  Surprisingly, what also works for me is Elasta QP Breakage Control Serum.
  2. Shea butter and other oils on wet hair sometims have a tendency to make the hair hard and dry.  Not good in cold weather.  Try shea butter and oils on dry hair instead and see if you experience the softness and sheen you were searching for.
  3. Want to experience the benefits of henna, but not the color?  Try a henna gloss treatment instead.  Check out the Henna For Hair website for henna gloss and other recipes.
  4. Try mixing a little hair pomade with hair moisturizer (shea butter/shealoe, etc.) and apply to ends when doing a protective style.  Helps to keep ends smooth, sealed, and protected.  I love Hair-A-Do Growth Balm for this.
  5. Missing those a.m. conditioner washes due to cold weather?  Try lightly spritzing hair instead.  This moistens the hair before application of stylers or moisturizers.  My current favorite spritz mix is Mill Creek’s Amazon Organics Kava & Lemongrass with Lavender Volumizing Conditioner, almond oil, and aloe vera gel.  Hair stays soft and fluffy throughout the day.
  6. Use a heavier conditioner for homemade leave-ins during winter months.  Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol conditioner has been a product staple of mine for six years now.  Because of it’s heavier consistency, I like using this for my leave-in mix with a little olive oil as an alternative to Suave/V05 conditioners with olive oil.  Also try adding flaxseed gel to homemade shealoe mixes for a little more hold.
  7. I love the smoothness and control a gel provides, but resulted in hair loss and thinning of my hairline.  Wearing tight or wool blend hats may also cause damage to hairline.  Wear roomier, natural fiber hats and apply more natural hair products to your hairline like aloe vera gelly (Lily of the Desert), homemade flaxseed gel, Hairveda Almond Glaze or Hairveda Whipped Gelly.  Your hairline will thank you.
  8. Cover it up or wrap it up.  If your hair is damp, cover it up or wrap it up before going outside.  Check out my posts featuring fashionable hats, wraps, and snoods from popular Etsy shops. 
  9. Updos and protective styles.  Winter is perfect for protective styles like twists, braids, bunning, and updos.  Low manipulation styling and protecting those ends help to maintain hair health, as well as length. 
  10. Does your furnace have a humdifier?  Make sure it is turned on.  Dry indoor heat will zap moisture from your hair, scalp, and skin.  Portable hot/cold air mist humidifiers are available for purchase if you don’t have one, or you could put a large bowl of water on your radiator or near a heat vent to help put some moisture back into the air.  A homemade hair spritz would be ideal for this situation to help keep your hair moisturized throughout the day.

Hope that helps. 

What are some of your winter hair care tips?  Please share.