Wednesday, August 28, 2013

4naturals Review #22*

Hey guys!
The lovely team at Bronner Brothers sent me these products over a couple of weeks ago and I used them last wash day.
I was sent the the Freshen up Curl Refresher, Daily Treatment Leave in, and Afro Stretch Curl Cream. All items promised No harsh alcohols, Paraben, Petroleum, Mineral Oil, Silicone, & Dye Free.

Freshen up Curl Refresher
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Silk Amino Acids, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Camellia Sinensis (Wgite Tea) Extract,  Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Capryly Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance. 

Promises: 4 Naturals™ Freshen Up™ refreshes curls, waves and coils after second or third day. Freshen Up™ provides curl definition without weighing them down. This spray eliminates frizz, protects hair against damage and leaves your curls soft, smooth and shiny. Freshen Up™ adds moisture and gives curls a fresh start without re-cleansing. Works great on all hair types and virgin hair extensions.

Daily Treatment Leave-in
Ingredients: Water, Dimethyl Isosorbide Growth Complex (Propylene Glycol, Salvia Officinals (Sage), Equisetum Arvense (horsetail), Scutellaria lateriflora (Skullcap), Alma, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Serenoa repens (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract,  Pygeum Africanum, Hibiscus sabdariffa flowers, Urtica dioica (Nettle), Aloe Barbadensis leaf Juice,  Polquaternium-37, Polysorbate 8p, Betaine Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf oil, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance. 

Promises: 4 Naturals™ Daily Treatment contains active ingredients that stimulate the hair follicles, increasing blood circulation to promote healthy hair growth.
•Reduces hair loss
•Stops hair breakage
•Promotes new hair growth
•Strengthens fragile hair
•Adds Thickness

Directions: Squeeze serum from the applicator directly onto scalp. Using your fingertips, massage into scalp to make certain that penetration has taken place. Apply to thinning,
problem or weak areas. Use twice daily, preferably in the morning and at bedtime. 

Afro Stretch Curl Cream
Ingredients: Water, PEG-50 Shea Butter, Glycerin,  Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea), Gylceryl Stearate, Sodium Acryloyldimethyl, Taurate Copolymer, Trideceth-6, Phenoxyyethanol, Caprylyl Gylcol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance.

Promises: Afro Stretch™ is custom designed for Coarse, Kinky, and Coily textures. This product helps loosen up and elongates tight, unruly coils without weight or residue. Afro Stretch™ luxuriously moisturizes and restores natural curls. This formula includes essential nutrients to enhance shine. Afro Stretch™ is also perfect for curl set and other twist techniques.

My Review: First thing I used was the Refresher on old hair. First thing I noticed that was not to my liken is that the spray is more a squirt. I like my sprays to be a mist coming out to evenly coat my hair. Did it refresh my curls yes!. Next I used was the Daily Treatment Leave in. Now I did feel the cool sensation of the eucalyptus with felt so soothing to my scalp. My only concern is that it says to apply twice a day. The bottle is 4 oz and that was gone in a week when I used it on my son's and I hair. My son had a bad itching problem in the middle of his scalp that he was digging at and this really helped to heal it up. Last was the Afro stretch Curl Cream. I used it in several ways from freshly washed hair to 3 day old hair and I was extremely pleased with my the definition that I got each time. I only noticed one time, out of the many, that there was some product build up. But it was heavy to the point that I needed to wash my hair. Each product had a minty smell to it. Not a peppermint strong, more like a herbal tea mint which was nice to me. The Curl cream texture was thick and easily spreadable so a little is just enough. The leave in had more of a watery consistency making it easy for it to be used up fast.
Overall I give this line B- for the spray, the amount that was in the leave in, and the little bit of build up from the cream. The one that I liked the most out of the three was the cream as you can see below my curls were definitely looking good. Would I re buy these products: No because I already have my staples and they didn't give me a good enough impact to want to substitute them.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wash day @ 6 weeks post

Yesterday was a very lazy wash day because I pre pooed for about 3 hours.
Here's how it went:

Pre pooed with Ynobe Shop Pre poo treat for 3 hours with no cap. I really love how this conditioner just soaks into my hair. 

Cleansed with Soutanicals Curl Detox. I only had enough for one application because I received this product from one of the lovely ladies that is in the group I'm in on Facebook. Then shampooed with Joico K-pak Color Therapy shampoo. This shampoo I love because I can always come back to it and get great results from it.

Then I conditioner rinsed with my faithful Aubrey GPB. Working this from root to tip and gently detangling while I massaged it in. I did this for about 3 minutes. 

Deep conditioned with Hairveda Sitrinillah for 45 minutes. I used a cap and applied heat so that my strands could really get penetrated. This conditioner really leaves my hair extra soft and moisturized.

For leave ins I used Ouidad Sun shield, sealed with grapeseed oil, then locked that in with Curl Enhancing Smoothie. To give it some extra help on the style department I took a quarter size of The Mordern Hippie Hair Gunk and ran it through my hair. When Iit dried I did see some white flakes but once it completely dried it was gone. Now that I big chop it seems like there so many more products out there that I haven't tried and it seems to be making it more harder to find out what my hair loves from what it doesn't love. 

Very nice wash day. How was yours? 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Wash Day @ 4 & 5 Weeks Post Big Chop

Hey guys

Last week was terrible for me. I had a infection and was on antibiotics so I was beside myself. I really just haven't been in the mood to write and it just feels like a chore now that I have this school work. I'm still thinking about if I want to continue to write regularly or here and there for reviews.

Here's how yesterday wash went:

Pre pooed with Ynobe shop Pre poo Treatment for a hour with no heat or cap. Doing this step is really important to help with detangling. It gives my hair the extra conditioning that it need plus it has loads of slip.

Next I co washed with Ouidad Curl Co-Wash. I massaged it well from root to tip so I wouldn't have to do it again and I was really pleased with the outcome.

After I rinsed that I out I saturated my hair with CCs Naturals hair tea and coated it with my staple Aubrey's GPB Conditioner. I left this on for about 3 minutes making sure to really work it in and do a little detangling. Rinsed out well.

I deep conditioned with a newbie that I received from a fellow product junkie in my one of my swap groups on Facebook. It was Belnouvo Creamy Castor Custard and left it on for 45 minutes. I was truly pleased with this product also.

Last for leave ins I used Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream, sealed with shea butter oil, and for my styler I used Eco Styler Olive oil for a very curl defined wash n go!.
It was a fast wash day for me because hubby took the kids and I for a educated outing!

For my wash day of week 5 it was late at night and I just got back from a little uncomfortable weekend in Arizona. The drive to and fro was breath taking. But I was also behind in 3 testes because I didn't know we were going. So  when we got back on Sunday I pre pooed with Ynobe Shop which I finished off. I finished that bottle and will be adding the amla oil to the second bottle because I really love how it makes my hair soften up. Plus I need to restock before her sale is up at the end of the month! I washed with Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo 1x really good. I'm revisiting this shampoo now that I'm completely natural being that I had a bad experience when I was transitioning. No conditioner I was being super lazy. Deep conditioned with Marie Dean Seaweed & Rice Deep Conditioner for 45 minutes. Now being my first time using this I was blown away. Everything about this deep conditioner was on point for my liking! After I washed it out in the shower I let it air dry until it was 95% dry. I sprayed Ouidad Sun Shield leave in and then applied Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream. This didn't give me the curls I wanted but it did leave my hair very nicely moisturized. It was a lazy wash day and it really showed!!!!

I am behind on some reviews so stay tuned for them:)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Wash Day @ 3 Weeks Post Big Chop

Hey ladies.

I wasn't going to wash my hair until Sunday but when I woke up this morning to refresh my hair, there were flakes EVERYWHERE. Um no!!! I co washed my hair in an attempt to do a wash and go with Ouidad Curl Quencher Hydrafusion & Climate Control Gel. My curls were nice and defined but after my hair dried my curls were slightly hard. Was not feeling this combination at all. I'm glad it was just sample packs! So for this wash day I will be using the Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter line.

Here's how today went:

• Pre pooed with Ynobe shop mixed with Amla Hair oil for a hour with out heat or a cap.
• Shampooed with Elasta QP Amti-breakage Moisture Butter shampoo. I washedy hair twice and rinsed well.
• Sprayed hair with CCs hair tea and then covered it with Aubrey's GPB. Massaged it in for a good while from root to tip for about 3 minutes. Rinsed well under cool water.
• Deep conditioned with Blue Roze Beauty Strawberry Hibiscus Deep Conditioner that I received in my Honey Bee Inspired Box. I deep conditioned with this for more then 2 hours with and without heat. Rinsed out in cool water.
• For leave ins I used the Elasta QP Olive oil & Mango butter spray. Greased my scalp with Crazy Natural's All in one oil. Styled With the Elasta QP Curl Pudding.

The top pic is when I applied the deep conditioner to half my hair just to see how it would take and my curls were popped. The bottom pic is after I washed it out!:):):)

So far I am 3 weeks in with my TWA, besides from shrinkage, and I am loving it! I have found my staples before and will be sticking with them. I also love experimenting with new products or I wouldn't be a product junkie!:)