Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner REVIEW!!

I recently received my travel kit from Jane Carter and I was SO excited to start using their products. You can read my previous post to find out my review of their shampoo. But today, I’m going to let you guys know about their leave in. Here goes a list of its ingredients…

Deoionized Water, Extracts of Aloe Vera, Comfrey, Watercress, Myrrh, Panthenol, Chamomile, Comfrey, Horsetail, Nettle, Rosemary, Hops, Henna, Certified Organic Essential Oil: Lemon, Vanilla Extract, Polyquarternium11, Soyamid DEA, PPG30, Cetyl Ether, Oleth-3 Phosphate and Phenoxyethanol

As you can see, all of the above ingredients are good for all types of hair, but did it work on my coily fro-like hair texture? First of all, I PREFER creamy leave-ins and this one was not but I must say that I definitely LIKED IT!!!

I initially used it by itself(apart from mixing with my kimmaytube leave-in) to see if there was any validity to its greatness. After a couple of uses, I noticed that my hair was smoother and stronger. This led me to add it to my kimmaytube leave-in recipe to see if it would ‘gel’ good with that as well. After adding my leave-in ingredients to it, the consistency was a little bit more runny than my traditional leave in concoction but I LOVED IT!!

I will definitely purchase Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In to make it a part of my cabinet arsenal. So there goes my review of this awesome leave-in…toodles!

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TANGLE TEEZER…A Coily Girl’s Review

First of all, there are mixed reviews in the natural community regarding this product. As with any product, I researched reviews of it prior to purchasing simply because I DO NOT have the money to spend wastefully on ANY product claiming to help my hair!! I try to use wisdom through actively researching products prior to purchasing. Well, on a lighter note….here goes my review of the Tangle Teezer.

Here is the product description

Ask yourself – are you a hair criminal who is repeatedly guilty of torturing your hair with inappropriate brushes or combs that only tug, tighten and tear tangles from your hair? If the answer is yes, help is at hand. Hair rehabilitation is painless and easy with Tangle Teezer. Change your hair brush not your lifestyle. A Tangle Teezer hair brush will break the cycle of broken hair and give tangled hair the brush off. A revolution in detangling hair, it has the ability to flex and not pull upon contact with tangles, gently and effortlessly delivering smooth and shiny hair in an instant. The result? Hair perfection. Your perfect hair care partner, Tangle Teezer Original is a gentle pain free hair detangler that has been referred to as the miracle brush that detangles like nothing else. Its secret is it allows you to manage and style your hair as never before, transforming tangled hair into stress free, style-able hair and encouraging your hair’s natural shine and thickness to return.

Truthfully, my initial feeling was that “now that’s TOO good to be true!!”, but after seeing countless youtube videos and blog postings stating that it was like a “holy grail” for natural hair detangling, I got excited and went out to buy one!! I paid a whopping $17.00 for mine only to find out a couple of months later that the price had been reduced to its current status of approximately $10.00.

I begin using it a couple of months ago. I would start on clean hair, fully conditioned with a conditioner that had slip(although the product markets that you can detangle on wet, damp or dry hair). I would start at the ends and work my way down to the roots of my hair. Understand that I have 4b/c hair and the strands tend to coil around each other VERY easily so knots, tangles, matting, you name it is ever so prevalent(without proper detangling of course).

After a couple of uses, I noticed that hair was left in the bristles. This is typically normal when detangling. The problem is that if the hair present is absent of the little “white” bulb on the ends, its breakage and not normal shedding. Furthermore, the hair strands were really little, and appeared that it was split ends!!! Yes, split ends!!! Being that 4b/c hair tends to split more frequently and consistently than other hair types, I am overly cautious at ANY product that will make this worse and my job of fixing it HARDER!!

I IMMEDIATELY dumped the Tangle Teezer. I did not even consider to try it on my 2 little girls head, nope!!! It’s in the cabinet on retire mode currently. I have to say that it did appear to really detangle my hair, better than my old trusty dandy shower comb, but is the potential for major split ends worth it? My answer to that question is NOPE!! I continue to use my shower comb to detangle after every wash and condition session. I will probably grab the Tangle Teezer every so often to do a deep detangling(well not that often) but I would not recommend it to be used on a regular basis.

Jane Carter Solution Moisture Nourishing Shampoo Review

Well, I’ve tried LOT’s of shampoo’s advertising their specializing in natural and curly hair care(although they advertise all hair types)!! To sum it up,here’s my review of the Jane Carter Moisture Nourishing Shampoo. In  my opinion, it’s OK. Yep, just ok. I would not buy it in the future. Here’s why:

The ingredients include:

 

Deionized Water, Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, PolyQuaterium 7, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Wheat Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Panthenol, Caprylic Acid, Glycine, Potassium Sorbate, ,Citric Acid.

I was shocked at the ingredients…it  has a SULFATE! Sulfates are not good for hair, especially natural, chemical free hair! They can strip it and much more. Most of the times, when there are ingredients that are present but hard to pronounce(look at the end), they could be detrimental. I understand that the preservative is needed in order to keep the product. I do like the fact that it does contain some good ingredients including Certified Organic Aloe Vera(a favorite of mine), glycerin, panthenol and wheat protein. The directions state to use a “little”. They are right. I wash my hair while its twisted and in sections. As I took down each section, I added,what I thought was a little and it dried that section OUT!! Then I proceeded, this time, making sure that I used only a little and it worked ok. I’ve tried some other natural products that I liked more but on a scale of 1-10, I give it a whopping 6. That’s good in my book. I’ve also used it on my girls hair(product overall). So in my opinion, do not buy this product because there are much better, all natural products on the market that does not contain sulfates and other harmful ingredients.

Top Natural Hair Tools For Budgeting Curlies!

As the bible says, “no man goes to war without first counting up the cost”, likewise, no one goes to war without first preparing. For example, I would be very hesitant to hire a plumber who showed up at my residence without the tools needed to fix my leaky pipes. This is the same with maintaining and growing healthy hair, especially natural hair. Natural hair needs love and care. To prevent frustration and disappointment, and make your natural hair journey smooth and easy, obtain these tools while sticking to your BUDGET!  Note: I am a very frugal girl!

1. Finger‘s-some might not agree but one of best tools is connected to your body…..your FINGERS!! Your fingers will do wonders for styling, detangling and more. Finger comb your hair before combing or using another detangling tool. Its often hard to feel small tangles and knots with a comb. Prior to finger combing, make sure your finger nails are smooth and edge-free. When fingering combing, you can remove shed hair, tangles and knots. This will make your detangling session so much easier.

2. Seamless Wide-tooth Comb– A seamless wide-tooth comb is recommended because it lacks the ridges and edges that could ripe and damage natural hair. You can obtain one fairly reasonable from any beauty supply, grocery or drug store. I believe I paid $2 for my from my local Dollar General. Many natural curlies swear by this. I usually use this (after finger combing and detangling) when detangling. Make sure that your hair is damp and has a conditioner or moisturizing agent with a whole lot of slip when detangling. I use Suave Naturals or VO5. You can use any cheapie conditioner like the one’s that I mentioned. They ran me around $1.

 

3. Hair Clips– There are numerous brands to choose from. These little wonders is great for sectioning hair into small or large sections. Sectioning natural hair helps when washing, conditioning and or styling. If your hair shorter, they might not be needed. But for longer hair, its a must-have.They help keep hair, whether damp or dry, out of the way while manipulating another section. I bought a pack of  6 I believe and paid $3 for them. I use them for everything pertaining to washing, conditioning, detangling and styling my hair.

4. Soft Bristle Boar Brush– Do not use brushes that have plastic or nylon teeth. They can tear your hair and damage the shaft. Boar bristle brushes are recommended because they help to distribute the natural hair oils from your scalp and product throughout your stresses.

 

5. Ouchless or Elastic Pony-tail Holder(METAL FREE)– Use only elastic bands or Ouchless pony-tail holders because the one’s with metal parts can severely rip, damage and break your hair. Those with metal parts can also tangle your hair, making detangling hard. Also, they’re great for styling buns. You can buy them in various brands and the price fluctuates. I bought a pack from my local beauty supply for $1.00 and there were 20 in the pack.You can use these in styling sessions and detangling session to section or style.

6. Satin Scarf, Wrap, Pillowcase and/or Bonnet-Use this for night-time hair preservation. Cotton scarfs and pillowcases remove the moisture from natural hair which can lead to dry, brittle, broke hair or breakage! Satin and even silk items help natural hair retain moisture.

 




7. Bobby Pins-Bobby Pins are a mainstay in many natural hair regimens, including mines. I use them for styling purposes. Make sure that the ends of the pins are secure because if the edges are raised, they can snag, rip and damage your hair. If you notice that the ends have been damaged, throw it away! This doesn’t happen too often but it does occur.Also, remove them carefully. Sometimes if the edges are ripped, removing fast or harshly can damage the hair. Open them as much as possible prior to removing. I bought a pack of 100 and paid around $2 for them. I use them to secure or tie hair down in styles such as buns, twists, updo’s and others.

 




8. Barrettes, Metal/Comb-free Headbands, Elastic Headbands and other accessories-Use these to add a little “spice” to your do! Natural hair is beautiful but sometimes we want to change it up a little and I’ve found the best way to ‘colorize’ your hair is with accessories. Be careful to use only accessories that are gentle on natural hair. Elastic headbands are great because unlike headbands with metal, they protect the hair while making it look cute. Headbands with metal and combs can damage the hair by tangling, ripping, snagging and breaking the hair. They’re many types of quality decor that you can purchase while living on a budget. I usually won’t spend more than $3.00 on headband or barrette. Confession: I will spend a little more on a flower clip, cap, hat, scarf or any other item that I feel is the “bomb”!

9. Spray Bottle-This last item is negotiable for some although it is a mainstay in my tools of the trade baggie. I use an 8 oz. spray bottle to mix various concoctions an recipes. I use it to make my homemade moisturizing spritz and other items. I also use it on wash day and other detangling/styling sessions. It’s great!

 

If you have a favorite tool or product that you can’t dream of living without, let us know!!

Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave-In Review

I’ve been experimenting with quite a few products lately, trying to find out what work’s for my hair the best, hoping to find great quality products. I’ve recently tried the Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner to see if it will work on my coils.

What attracted me to this was its ingredients:
Shea Butter, Deionized Water, Herbal Complex, Panthenol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E

Though I am not too fond of the Cetrimonium Chloride in it, I LOVE the additional ingredients. Shea Moisture currently has a complete line of ingredients ranging from shampoo to hair masks. I’ve heard a lot of great things about their line overall, for its use on natural black hair so I decided to utilize in in my Kimmaytube leave-in recipe.


After getting, I noticed that its consistency was “thick and creamy”! After using it in my leave-in recipe, I noticed that my hair was more balanced and that my hair shaft appeared to lay flatter when styling. Furthermore, it helped to keep my hair moisturized for days. Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave-in get’s two thumbs up from me.