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My Top 5 Edge Tamers

Hey guys! It has been forever since my last post and so much has happened. I have recently started writing for an online Caribbean magazine that focuses on health, fashion, music, beauty and culture on a whole. You can check the magazine out here (The Coco Magazine) and share some love by subscribing. My academic life has also proven to be more demanding of recent, which leaves me limited time to pursue other interests. I do apologise for being MIA for so long. Today I have decided to share with you my top five edge tamers. Feel free to share some of your favourites by leaving a comment below and until next time stay blessed!

  1. Darcy’s Botanicals Coconut and Cupuacu Butter: This is a natural hair pomade with a very thick, buttery consistency. I recently reviewed this product for  The Coco Magazine and will be purchasing and adding it to my list of favourite hair products. The shine and scent is amazing and a little goes a long way. You can read my review here: http://www.thecocomagazine.com/locs/product-review-3-of-darcys-botanicals/item_limitstart/page-11
  2. ImageDonna Marie Hair Glaze Pomade: I am a sucker for great scents and this hair glaze is a close second to the Darcy’s Botanicals Hair Butter in terms of its delicious smell. I don’t get as much shine from this product but it does a great job of keeping my edges slicked back.
  3. ImageI once bought this Soft n’free n’pretty hair product by accident but never regretted the purchase. This olive and sunflower oil edge tamer is very light, adds shine to my hair and works well on my edges. I particularly like using it when I want my hair pulled back in a ponytail without having to use gel. The smell isn’t great but it gets an A for doing what it says it would do. It is also very moisturising and leaves my hair feeling soft.Image
  4. Castor oil has many health benefits such as for the skin and hair. I use it on my edges to help thicken and minimize the chances of traction alopecia. One of the properties I like about castor oil is its high viscosity, which is basically its “thick texture” or resistance to flow when compared with water. Because of this, I am able to use castor oil on my edges as a way of slicking down fly-away strands while keeping my hairline healthy. Its also very affordable and easily sourced at most beauty shops and pharmacies.Image
  5. Beside Eco styler gel, I rarely use other gels on my hair. However, last summer my mother started using some of the products from the Mizani hair line and convinced me to try their edge taming gel. Although I wasn’t a huge fan, my mother swears by this. If I have none of the above listed products, I would definitely use this gel on my edges. It gives great shine but has a tendency to leave my hair feeling very stiff and crunchy. I usually have to spritz my hair with some water to soften it up a bit. Not a holy grail product but none the less works to slick back and smooth my edges.

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Just Bee You Product Review (Part 2 of 3)

Just Bee You Herbal Hair Spritz is a water based, light moisturising hair spritz. Product description also includes detangling abilities.

Ingredients: Herbal infusion base of purified water, Aloe Vera gel, glycerine, extra virgin olive oil, ploys ornate 20, vitamin E oil, optiphen, peppermint oil and essential oil blend.

Scent: Peppermint

This product does not work as a detangler for me nor does it keep my hair moisturised as long as I would like. Instead of using it alone and in the way intended, I’ve found two ways that suit my liking:

1. With my EVOO and honey mix when I deep condition.

2. As a scalp massage: I like to spritz my scalp with this product as it contains peppermint and does a good job at stimulating and encouraging blood flow.

Price: $8.00 (US)

 

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Just Bee You Product Review (Part 1 of 3)

Before I begin this review, I would  like to say a special hello to all my followers, new and old, and wish you all the best for the season. *waves hello*

Today I would be reviewing one of the Just Bee You hair products that was sent to me free of charge. I was not paid to do this review and the review is based on MY thoughts and opinions about the product. I will be discussing how it reacted with MY HAIR and I’m in no way affiliated with the company.

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Just Bee You Beauty Products claims “Quality cosmetics made with natural and safe ingredients…hand-blended in Tobago”.  I received three of the products to review and will be starting out with my favorite of the lot, the Shea and Aloe Hair Souffle.

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The Shea and Aloe Hair Souffle moisturizing Hair and scalp cream contains the following ingredients:

Unrefined shea butter, aloe vera gel, vegetable emulsifying wax, herbal infused olive oil, coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, glyceryl stearate(gentle emulsifier), honey, organic carnauba wax, vitamin E oil, optiphen(paraben free preservative), essential oil blend.

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This product claims to:

“provide long-lasting moisture and nourishment for healthy hair and scalp”.

Instructions:

Apply to hair daily before styling(especially to ends). May be used on dry or damp hair. For a healthy scalp, apply throughout entire scalp and gently massage.

*Customizable*

Price:

$60/$65( Prices are in TT dollars so in US that would be $10.00)

Size:

8 oz

Pros:

  • Keeps hair moisturized for at least 2 days ( I can get 3 days but i would still need to spritz with some water)
  • Has natural ingredients (which my hair likes)
  • Plays well under most of my stylers
  • No white residue (absorbs into my hair clear)
  • Heavy enough for humid, tropical climates
  • $10 for 8 oz is quite affordable

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Cons:

  • Smell (although the product mentions and describes the scent as “yummy”, I do not quite like it. It is somewhere between peppermint and herbs. So if you like the smell of peppermint, you will like this. The smell lingers until hair is dry if applied to wet/damp hair)
  • I don’t usually apply products to my hair but since the product mentioned application to scalp, I decided to give it a go. Epic fail! I got way too much build up for my liking.

In My Opinion:

I  really enjoyed/am enjoying  this product. I love the feel of it (souffle!) and how moisturized it leaves my hair. However, I probably won’t purchase with my own money unless there is a sale. If you are willing to pay the money however, I would suggest you go ahead and get it. It does wonders for moisture. The ingredients are also stellar!

Note:

I usually don’t use products with glycerin but I have used and re-used this product and have not noticed any dryness whatsoever.

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I used under my styler and sealed with a light oil.

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If you are interested in this product or the company as a whole, you can use the following contact information:

Laci Joseph (founder and head mixtress)

(868)-787-091/justbeeyoutiful@gmail.com

28 beacon avenue, tranquility heights, signal hill, Tobago.

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/justbeeyoutiful

Product Review:Africa’s Best Organics Olive Oil Styling Gel

 

 

 

For those of you who haven’t quite noticed as yet, I like to try products that are easy on the pockets from time to time. I do however have my staples that are a bit more expensive. Today I will review the Organics Olive Oil Styling Gel, which comes in a 15oz tub and smells like shampoo.

The ingredients aren’t all natural but not too bad either. It does not contain glycerin which is a big plus for me. I like to give my hair mini boosts of protein, which is why I like this product. It contains 2 kinds of protein listed towards the end of the ingredient list, so not to worry its not incorporated in large amounts.

Hydrolyzed Soybean Protein which is water soluble and derived from soy. It helps to mend the hair while allowing the hair to hold moisture.

Hydrolyzed Oat Protein is known for the slip, conditioning and moisturizing properties. This protein also has humectant properties but since it is listed so low on the list, it didn’t really affect my hair.

PROS:

  • You get 15ozs for $3.00
  • Smells great
  • Has good slip when being applied
  • Leaves hair shiny
  • Doesn’t cause massive shrinkage (my hair did shrink some though)

CONS:

  • After dry it has an obvious gel cast. As a result you need to “scrunch out the crunch”
  • You need to apply a leave in under or hair will be dry

I prefer to you this over the Herbal Essences Set Me Up Gel since it is a better deal. Also I have noticed flaking with the Herbal Essences gel when I refresh my hair the second day. This is a big turn off for me, I absolutely hate flaking 😦

UPDATE: After using this gel for over a week, my hair began to feel straw like and crunchy. I’ve narrowed it down to the protein of course, so if you’re protein sensitive, I suggest you rotate the use of this product. I have decided to only use this gel whenever my hair needs a protein boost and not for regular styling.

Island Feature: Hadiya from Trinidad

  • How long have you been natural?

 That one’s a bit complicated lol I have been natural most of my life. Sadly however, an unfortunate incident at a misguided hair dresser left me with a texturizer & severe heat damage when all I wanted was a press & trim in 2010, so I had to start from scratch. I did my BC in August of 2011 and have become more conscious of my hair.

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  • Why did you decide to go natural?

Apart from the whole “long-silky-haired-princes” thing that most little girls go through (which I quickly out grew) the whole straight hair thing just wasn’t for me.

  • Do you find it difficult to acquire products your hair likes where you live?

No I don’t for several reasons. Firstly I pride myself on being a kitchen head, most of the things that go on my hair can go in my body (water, egg, mayo, olive oil) or on my skin (tea tree oil,  aloes ). Secondly I don’t really fuss over the prospects of “holy grail products” so there are no disappointments to be had. Finally, for those lazy days when i don’t want to mix anything, there is a hair supply store at almost every major junction.

  • What are some of the products your hair likes?

My hair flourishes in coconut oil (no matter how my nose protests lol) and, even though most people head for the hills at the sight of it, petroleum products for sealing.

  • Do you find your natural hair more difficult to take care of than your relaxed hair?

For me the straight hair was so much harder, especially how little versatility it allowed.

  • Is taking care of your natural hair expensive?

For a kitchen head like myself, no it isn’t.

  • What’s the best/worst thing about your hair?
The best thing is how versatile it is as I get bored easily. My hair goes from long to short and curly to straight at will.
The worst thing is how reluctant it is to lay down to gels, but I’ve learnt to embrace and work around it.
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  • Did your lifestyle change once you decided to go natural?

Yes some changes have been made to my lifestyle for the better. Since my BC  I discovered YouTube and blogs showing what my hair could be with the proper tools. I have learnt how better eating and general nutritional habits can affect my hair and body. My water intake was the biggest change.

  • Any tips/words of encouragement for other Caribbean naturals?

I would say don’t get discouraged, stay vigilant with your regimen, pay attention to what your hair needs and most of all have fun with it.

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Blue Magic Organics: Indian Hemp

Hey yal! I have a quick product review this morning that came about because I ran out of coconut oil. Sounds crazy I know but yesterday while prepping my hair for a braid out I realized that my cocnut oil which I use to seal moisture in my hair was running on empty 😦

I have been so busy recently that stocking up on products has not been a priority. Trying to make the best of the situation, I decided to use the dreaded petroleum. I had in my long forgotten stash some Blue Magic Organics and decided to give it a try. I loved it! Now let me say this before I continue, I rarely ever use petroleum on my hair because I don’t like to shampoo and that’s the only reason. Petroleum is not damaging when used on the length of your hair (hair is dead) and unless not being cleansed properly will not pose a problem for you. Unless you are allergic of course.

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I plan on re-braiding my hair at nights and will probably wear this style for 3 days, followed by a shampoo and deep condition treatment on Friday.

I won’t however, suggest you use this on your scalp as the directions states, as the petroleum will clog your pores and can hinder hair growth or a healthy scalp in general.

How Did I Use this product?

On wet hair I applied a dollop on the length of my hair and braided in sections. That is all I used, water and the product to seal the moisture in.

Besides the petrolatum and lanolin, there are no other ingredients that is harmful. The Tocopheryl Acetate is a vitamin E acetate which is a common vitamin supplement.Everything else is a herbal/plant extract. Except for propylene glycol which is a common ingredient in most hair care products. especially moisturizers, gels etc.

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Remember to cleanse your hair properly to prevent build up while using products with petroleum.

Is petroleum a part of your hair care regimen?

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Natural Hair Store Highlight: Valrosa Limited

Caribbeancurls will be featuring a variety of natural hair stores in the upcoming weeks and would like to start in the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago where a quaint little blue building exists as Valrosa Limited.

Stay tuned for features throughout the Caribbean in the weeks to come.

HOW WAS VALROSA STARTED?

Valrosa Limited was started in 2009.  Our Store opened in November 2010.  The business is owned by my sister and I.  The name Valrosa is in memory of our mom Valerie Rose.

In 2009 I left a corporate job and my sister and I decided to get into the Hair Business.

My sister and I have been product junkies forever. When we travelled we stopped off at all hair supply stores looking for new stuff, always in search of the perfect product for curly hair.

Ironically we started with a relaxing system, salon type items and Mixed Chicks.  We started the business working out of home and doing deliveries.  As the business grew we realized that a store may have been a better option for us.  As we opened we had people with varying textures who said “what do you have for us?” Soon after that we acquired Uncle Funky’s Daughter and from there on we just kept expanding.

We think of our store as a Lifestyle Boutique specializing in Natural and Curly Hair.  We are the only store that offers in store demos where customers can “try before they buy”.

 WHAT MOTIVATED YOU AND YOUR SISTER TO START THIS BUSINESS?

Got tired of the Corporate world and we always had an interest in Hair Products so it just seemed like a good fit.

ANY SETBACKS TO OWNING A NATURAL HAIR STORE?

Customers are usually shocked when they see my sister and myself because we don’t have kinky hair.  We have made it our business to know what products work for the various hair types so at a glance we will know if it will work in a customer’s hair or not.  We work closely with our suppliers regarding products and what they can do for the various textures.

 HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN NATURAL?

I have stayed away from chemicals for over 7 years (except for color to cover up the greys).

DAILY HAIR ROUTINE:

I am usually running late so I use a Leave-in conditioner in my hair followed by a finisher to keep the frizz out.

 FAVORITE PRODUCTS:

My new favorite line is Darcy’s Botanicals.  Their Leave in and Curling Jelly is great!  Still love my Curl Junkie Coffee Coco Curl Crème Lite with some Curl Queen.

 SOME OF THE PRODUCTS YOU BOAST AT THE STORE?

Darcy’s Botanicals, Curl Junkie, Donna Marie Naturals, Bee Mine, Jessicurl, Free your Mane, Beija Flor, Hairveda, Uncle Funky’s Daughter, Curly Hair Solutions,Wondercurl & Mixed Chicks.

 ANY TIPS FOR OTHER CARIBBEAN NATURALISTAS?

There is a product for every texture of hair! You just need to find what works for you. Many customers get frustrated by the thickness and manageability of their hair and tend to want to texturize or relax because it’s too much work.  Before you decide to opt for a chemical change, pay us a visit, we have options for you!

HOW CAN YOU BE REACHED?

We are in uptown Port of Spain at 102 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad.  We have a FB page (Valrosa Limited) and can also be contacted at868-623-6805.

I personally visited this store during a recent trip to Trinidad and I must say it’s one of my favorites. Great customer service and wonderful products! So whether on a short trip, vacation or you happen to live in Trinidad, I encourage you to show Valrosa some love 😀