Recently, I went to the hairdresser this past weekend to get a ponytail for my recent photoshoot, and Boy, was it laid! My stylist used Got2BGlue hair spray to accomplish this slick look. And I did not have to worry about frizz or flyaways. Got2BGlue got the job done, but my hair was stiff, crunchy, and flaky after a couple of days. For the first time in my life, I tried out this Shampoo Bar from Oh My Garden to get my hair back to normal. Although, I was skeptical at first because I am use to using shampoo out of a bottle. After looking at the ingredients, I realize that it wouldn’t hurt to try it—Friday morning after an excellent workout. I gently rubbed the shampoo in a circular motion until it lathers in my hair and massage the ingredients into my scalp and repeat a couple of times until I felt comfortable washing the product out of my hair and following up Deep Conditioner; my hair felt squicky clean. This shampoo bar dismantled any flakiness I received from the Got2BGlue hair spray and added shine to my hair.
And Viola, my hair is back to its natural state, and I love it! I would recommend this shampoo bar solely based on its ingredients. OH, MY GARDEN is made with organic ingredients that don’t dry out your hair and gently cleanses and nourishes the hair and scalp.
My Favorite five ingredients Macadamia See Oil – helps add shine, strengthens, and nourish hair follicles. fights hair loss Mango Seed Butter – softens dry hair, reduces breakage, and smooths split ends. Coconut Oil – moisturizes hair and reduces breakage. Chamomile Extract – strengthens hair and protects it from easy damage. Tea Tree Leaf Oil- soothes an itchy scalp, reduces dandruff, prevents excess oil production, and stimulates the hair growth.
Keeping up your hair between wash days with the wrong product is challenging. So, when you find the right product, Make sure to stock up on it! Camille Rose’s Curl Love Moisture Milk is the best product for wet and dry hair (hence: it’s always sold out). In between wash days, I use this milk to manage my curls. This hair milk has the perfect blend of Macadamia Nut, Avocado, and castor oil that restore moisture to my hair and prevents product build-up. I section my hair into eight sections, apply the curl milk at night from my roots to the ends, put my hair in Bantu knots at night, take them out in my morning and go about my day with a fresh hairstyle.
My Favorite Five Ingredients: Avocado Oil – strengthen the hair shaft and help prevent breakage. Castor Oil – helps moisturizes , hydrates, and reduce dandruff in hair. Macadamia Nut- helps add shine, strengthen, and nourish the hair follicles. Green Tea- improves hair growth, and acts as a humectant to moisturize and condition the hair and scalp. Rice Milk- nourish dry and damaged hair.
Many strive for long, thick, beautiful hair, but few are willing to maintain proper scalp health to achieve this goal. I was excited when Canviiy provided products for my Second Annual Galentine’s Day Slumber Party because I am guilty of neglecting my scalp and wonder why I am experiencing dry and itchy scalp. This week I added Canviiy’s Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum and Sea Mineral & Organic Herb Infusion Restorative Growth Serum to my morning and night routine. See my review on each product below!
Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum
Often, in between wash days, I experience an irritated and itchy scalp due to product buildup or just neglecting my scalp altogether. There wasn’t a product that worked, oils would clog the pores, and other brands had harmful ingredients that weren’t good for me. The Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum was just right; it wasn’t too thick that it’ll clog my pore, and it had healthy ingredients. I use this lightweight serum before I put my hair in a pineapple each night before bed. I applied a pea-size amount of product on my scalp and began massaging for three minutes. Immediately, the cooling sensation cleansed my scalp of any impurities and toxins found in my pores.
Sea Mineral & Organic Herb Infusion Restorative Growth Serum
Proper scalp health contributes to long and healthy hair. I don’t believe my hair grew five inches after five days of trying the Sea Mineral and Organic Restorative Serum. Still, giving my scalp the proper tender love and care it needs by massaging it every morning with this serum helps strengthen the hair follicles and allows the serum’s nutrients to penetrate the scalp and promote long-term hair growth.
My Favorite four Ingredients found in both products: Aloe Vera Leaf Extract- repairs dead skin cells on the scalp, promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, and reduces dandruff. Witch Hazel- help treat scalp sensitivity and provide relief from symptoms such as itching and tenderness. Peppermint oil – improve hair growth and prevent hair loss. Manuka Honey- cleanses and protects the scalp.
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The next time you go to Starbucks, make sure you order a tall matcha green tea, take the lid off, dump the drink on your hair, and watch your hair strengthen and see growth overnight. I am just Kidding! No need to do that when Ecoslay has created a stellar protein treatment for high and low porosity hair that will restore health to your hair and prevent damage. Ecoslay’s Matcha Boost consists of ingredients found in your kitchen that wake up hair follicles, cause growth, and strengthen weaker hair strands. First, I use a primer to prep for washing; next, I use the wash & detox shampoo to cleanse my scalp; then I apply the Matcha Boost protein treatment for five minutes with heat; and finally, I use a deep protein-free conditioner to add moisture to my hair. After one use, my hair looked healthy and felt stronger. Since I have low porosity hair, I apply this treatment once a month with heat. You can refer to the table on the product label to determine your hair porosity’s proper usage. Although this treatment has worked on my hair, if you are experiencing any damage to your hair, I would recommend seeking a professional hairstylist to correct this problem.
Four Ingredients found in your kitchen: Hydrolyzed Quinoa Protein – penetrates the hair shaft for robust protection. Colza Oil- loaded with Vitamin E that increases moisture and smoothness while assisting with hair growth. Matcha Extract – is useful for hair growth, maintaining healthy hair, and beneficial to your scalp’s skin. HP Starch – helpful for those with oily and moist scalp; cornstarch sucks up the the condensation and grease , so your scalp and hair stays fresh.
Since the beginning of this pandemic, I had more time to research hair products out on the market. I came across CurlSmith’s products while searching the web for vegan hair care. This product has been on my radar for three years. But, I was reluctant to purchase this product due to the prices because there’s nothing worse than investing money in a product that does not work on your hair. After watching a product review of Curlsmith’s Weightless Air Dry Cream on Alyssa Marie’s youtube channel, I realized that I had the wrong approach when it came to purchasing hair products. All of the hair products that I had in my cabinet had horrible ingredients for my low porosity hair. So, I threw out my hair products and took the curl quiz on Curlsmith’s website to determine which product will be good for my hair. They asked detailed questions about my hair porosity, density, curl pattern, texture, and problem areas to select custom products that will work for my hair. Let’s see what products Curlsmith has chosen for me!
Super Slip Pre-Biotic Primer
When Curlsmith suggested the Super Slip Pre-Biotic Primer, I wondered why I would need to apply a primer before shampooing my hair. From the research that I’ve done on primers, I found that it serves as a protective layer to maintain its moisture before you shampoo. According to Curlsmith, “The super slip prebiotic contains balanced pre-biotics to help create the perfect environment for hair follicles strengthening the scalp and prepping it for clarifying.” I wet my hair, and put a quarter size primer on my hand, and work the product through my hair. I leave the primer in my hair for one minute before applying the Wash and Scrub Detox Pro-Biotic.
Five Main Ingredients: Glycerin – moisturizes hair and prevents breakage. PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil– helps to remove grease from oils and causes them to become suspended in the liquid. Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) root – encourages healthy growth by stimulating the hair follicles and improving scalp circulation. Inulin – is prebiotic, which is a nutritional compound that feeds the good bacteria. Citric Acid – improves the scalp condition by getting rid of dandruff.
Wash & Scrub Detox Pro-Biotic
After using the primer, the Wash and Scrub Detox Pro-Biotic gently exfoliates the scalp and removes all impurities to promote a healthy environment for the hair follicles to flourish. People with Low Porosity hair tend to have trouble absorbing moisture, so it’s imperative to have a shampoo that will effectively clean your scalp, making it possible for your pores to open for moisture to penetrate your hair follicles.
Five Main Ingredients: Lactobacillus ferment Lysate– is a probiotic that strengthens the scalp’s protective barrier and helps your hair to grow. Dragonfruit– is a natural antioxidant that calms and clears the scalp creating the perfect condition for growth. Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract– helps with those who have psoriasis, eczema, and many skin problems that affect the scalp. Perlite– is a micro scrub made of volcanic ash that effectively exfoliates and gets rid of buildup. Acetic Acid (Vinegar)– It is excellent to clarify the hair, get rid of buildup, and enhance your natural healthy shine.
Weightless Air Dry Cream
Curlsmith’s Weightless Air Dry Cream is my favorite product from their scalp line. After applying a deep conditioner, I use Curlsmith’s Weightless Air Dry Cream to add moisture to my hair. This is a lightweight water-based product that provides intense moisture and makes it easier for moisture to absorb in my hair without weighing it down. With fine low porosity hair, it’s essential to have water as the main ingredient because our hair characteristics like to repel moisture. After applying this product to each hair strand, my hair feels silky and soft, making it manageable for me to comb through.
Five Main Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil– enhances hair follicles’ health and promotes hair growth. Babassu Oil– Soothes the scalp and promotes hair growth. Wild Murumuru– soften hair, improves manageability, and seals in moisture. Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil– helps increase hair growth. Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)– nourishes the hair with Vitamins.
Hold Me Softly Style Balm
I use the Hold Me Softly Style Balm after the Weightless Air Dry Cream. This styling product provides a soft hold on my curls without leaving a hard, crunchy residue.
Five Main Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil–Penetrates the hair shaft due to its molecular weight, cools the scalp, and retains moisture in your hair. Rosemary– Improves scalp health and stimulates hair growth. Avocado– smoothens, condition, and deeply nourishes the hair. Apricot Kernel– softens hair, improves manageability, and seals in moisture. Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract–The natural oils in sage strengthens the roots and stimulate healthy hair growth.
Hair Salons are closed, and it’s up to us to maintain our appearances until this quarantine is over. My go-to-styles has been a wash-and-go, braids, and two-strand twists. My saving grace has been Camille Rose’s Honey Leave-in Conditioner. For those who are unaware of the magical powers of Honey, well, here it is! Honey is an emollient that moisturizes, locks in shine, and restores the natural luster in your hair. To get the most out of this product, I wash and condition my hair first and then apply the Honey onto damp hair with my fingers to ensure that moisture reaches every strand of my hair. The Honey has left my hair hydrated and smooth.
Five ingredients that stood out: Honey– smooth the hair follicles, and add shine to dull hair. Olive Fruit Oil – is rich in Vitamin E and is considered a powerful antioxidant that helps moisturize and protect hair from damage. Aloe Leaf Juices – penetrates the hair shaft for intense moisture promoting hair growth through its richness in essential fatty acids. Sugar Cane– rehydrates the dry scalp. Sweet Orange Fruit Oil– improves the hair strands, smooths, and moisturizes dry strands (helps in hair growth, treats hair loss, gives hair shine, and removes dandruff.
Go to Camille Rose website for more information on their Leave-in Collection.
During the winter, my hair becomes very unmanageable. I tried popular oils such as olive, coconut, and Jamaican Castor oil; these oils sat on top of my hair instead of penetrating moisture into my hair shaft. The problem wasn’t the oils, but the lack of knowledge of knowing what my hair needs. I have low porosity hair, which means my hair does not absorb moisture. The oils that I named were more suited for those with high porosity hair. Low porosity hair requires products that would provide moisture without weighing the hair down. According to https://naturalhairinsights.com/top-10-light-oils-for-low-porosity-hair/ Sweet Almond Oil is considered the top 10 oils to use for low porosity hair. Now Solution’s Sweet Almond Oils is 100% pure almond oil derived from fresh almonds. This vegan oil is rich in vitamins that promote hair growth and a healthy scalp. I prefer this oil for the colder month when my hair begins to dry out. I use the sweet almond oil for my LCO (Leave-in conditioner, cream, oil) routine. This oil is applied last to increase moisture retention from the leave-in conditioner and styling cream. After weeks of using this oil, my hair doesn’t feel dry or brittle, but feels smoother and looks hydrated.
This product can be found at your local beauty supply store or online in the link below: