On the journey to healthy hair, whether you’re a straight head or a curly head, you’re bound to come across advice and product recommendations from those relative to your own experience. What I’ve found with naturally curly hair is that the information received can kind of equal to system overload….a lot of the time…lol! So to cut down on the things that I should try list, I long decided to really just kind of adhere to products that I’ve heard mentioned more than a handful of times, either by word of mouth or through the hairforum boards that are out there.
So before the new year was over my roomate and I decided to take a walk to a sort of infamous whole foods store in our neighborhood named Back to the Land. It’s a nifty little place that’s on a much smaller scale than the global chain store, but nonetheless you can find credit, and talkworthy products here at reasonable prices. Most if not all the products are natural and/or organic which means nothing but good vibes and hopefully good hair.
My goal was to initially to pick up the Qhemet Biologics Amla heavy creme in order to moisturize and lock my twists. But because of the holiday they were officially out of stock:-(
But plan B…yeah! I instead picked up another product on my list, the Honeybush Tea Soft Hold Gel! My review on this should be simple because…well gels are gels right? They slick back, mold up, and keep into place all those stray hair pieces that annoy. But while the consistency of this does add up to a gel, the lightness of it sort of puts it into a whole other category….a good thing in my opinion!
It’s a SOFT GEL. Which means soft hold…yah…it’s winter here in NYC so that’s why I feel the need to emphasize this to myself. My hair in it’s thickness and density definitely needs more weight in the winter than this gel could offer which is why I’m placing it in the stash for summer products. The gel defines my curls and moisturizes better than most out there, but I could not in the future use it for twists. Once I began twisting, there was hardly any hold left to secure the ends, something that I consciously look for if in fact I look forward to a twist out the next week.
I also wish I’d discovered this gel when my hair was freshly BC’d…essentially this would be a killer product for a simple wash and go! It’s light, the fragrance is not too strong and particulary in the summer, a little would go a long way because of the amount of moisture it packs into it.
Next up, I’m still quite eager to try the Amla heavy creme! Their website is currently down for inventory but I’ll try my luck at one of their distributors in the coming days and post a review then:-)
!!!! I begin with an exclamation to display my heightened excitement!! Basically I’ve found a goodie product!! Something that I was on the fence about for many months, but then caved and decided to purchase because….well, that’s what I do. Now, I’ve tried this line of products before, so I had an inkling as to what I might be in store for…but hey! I was still pleasantly surprised.
To prelude I have to say that I experimented with this one for a bit before figuring out how to best work it into my everyday routine, and I do believe that after only two attempts, I actually was QUITE successful;-)
Jane Carter’s Twist & Lock (creme) is my new staple…at least for now during these harsh winter months when my hair craves just the mere scent of moisture.
Basically this is a lock cream with an intense amount of moisture…meaning a little goes a looooong way. The first two ingredients are purified water and shea butter! Two beautiful ingredients my hair luvs to the bone. It’s got a whole host of other butters including mango, kokum butters… and listed not too far down are some great oils like Jojoba, grapefruit, cedarwood, rosemary, ylang ylang and more!!
So two weeks ago when I first purchased, I’d bought it home excited to try just a plain ol twist out along with a light hold gel I’d found at a whole food store. After finishing the twists I soon realized that the twist & lock doesn’t really serve the purpose of securing the lock (edit: depending on type of curl I’d say), what it does is moisturize the lock. Essentially there’s nothing in the list of ingredients that warrents a good solid hold for a twist.
But, I also realized that I’d used the product on WET hair! Hair is most thirsty, at least in my case, when it’s in it’s dry state. And this was how I came to nourish my hair with the creme at night while loosely sectioning and twisting my hair into two strands. In it’s naturally dry state my hair soaks this stuff up and holds it in for a good duration! I LUV!
Yet another reason why I’m so giddy about utilizing this as a new staple in my routine is that I’m happily saying au revoir to my old staple, the Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercreme. The switch off for me will be painless because the Twist and Lock is less than half the price of Miss Jessie’s line of buttercreme’s AND…most important…no mineral oils or other harmful ingredients that went along with their reformulation. SHAME! (on them not me;-)
Hello world indeed lol! I sort of feel as I need to confess something though before I begin…something like, yeah hello world, I’m a product junkie and I need help;-)
But..wait, do I really need help? Or do I need an outlet to vent my frustrations and admirations for all the loves and products and people devoted to the whole curly hair phenomenon!!!
Ahhh…yes. That’s it. I’ve been a curly/natural head for over seven years now and it wasn’t until recently that my product obsessed gene kicked into full gear. And as I’m sure many people can also atest….it builds… and builds…and feeds on your love of curl. But see, it’s a new year and apparently we’re in a recession and I would be doing myself SUCH a diservice by purchasing and hauling in products by the armful every week. And by the way, that is quite easy considering I live in New York City and this city is pretty much the MECA for all things product, whether it’s for hair, body and I’d even venture to say food (one of my other many LUVS!!)
But eh…I wanted to keep this short cause I do digress when it comes to long posts of any kind even my own, so hereuntotherefore….I will vent here and dispell my luvs, past and present, as they relate to product product PRODUCT!! I already have a wagon full of gunk that I can talk about to fill a trilogy, and I will gladly go back and review those. I will consider this a good thing because most of those tubs of gunk are most likly half full and haven’t seen fresh air in several months.
My goal in the ’09 is basically to rid the current stash of hair products (some body products as well), all the things deemed harmful to the curl…a.k.a those bad harsh oils and cones talked about and admonished on so many blogs and forums. I want to do this for the benefit of my hair as well as the benefit of my finances;-)
But anywho…short and sweet, laterz!