The Braid Out

Eleanor J'adore - The Braid Out

My new video is now live on YouTube! I’ve collaborated with Beauty Bulletin and Mzansifro to bring you a tutorial and review for one of my favourite hair styles: The Braid Out. I achieve the style using products from Design Essentials.

Go watch it now, make sure you hit those ‘like’ and ‘subscribe’ buttons and share it with everyone you know. I would love to know what you all think of it, so please leave me a comment either here or over on YouTube.

Happy watching and love your curls,

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Camille Rose Naturals Product Review

Hi Lovelies

It seems like we haven’t connected for ages! Well to make up for it, I’ve finally completed one of those reviews that I’ve been promising you since last year. My review is on the oh-so-heavenly Camille Rose Naturals brand.  You’ll also be happy to know that it’s quite a detailed review in the form of a video.

Do watch it over on my YouTube channel and leave your feedback by liking, commenting and subscribing. Please be kind as I’m very much a newbie to camera work and editing. It’s especially strange listening to and watching myself on camera, but I did have loads of fun making the video, so I hope you enjoy watching it too.

Love your curls,

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Results from South Africa and England Natural Hair Product Haul post and a huge Thank You

Product Haul Post Results

Hi Lovelies

I’m just stopping by quickly to let you know that I’ve tallied up the results from my South Africa and England Product Haul post. Based on votes received the Camille Rose Naturals line and the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque will be awarded reviews. With a tie at two votes each, I plan to review them in alphabetical order, so look out for the Camille Rose post in the next week or so. Shea Moisture will follow soon after that.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated by voting as well as a big thank you to every single one of you who just popped onto my site out of interest over the last week. The product haul post garnered so much interest, which has me wondering is it because of the product information or the mini-video? I do appreciate the feedback so be sure to let me know what type of post tickles your fancy most on my blog and what type you’d like to see more of.

Have a fabulous Tuesday and as always love your curls!

xxx

Huge South Africa and England Natural Hair Product Haul {incl. BONUS VIDEO}

Hello Lovely Readers

I wanted to liven this post up a little bit and make things more fun and interactive, so please watch the intro video below for instructions and read the rest of the post for more…

I hope you enjoyed my little video! Here we go with the actual haul.

Camille Rose Naturals

If there is one brand I have been desperate to get my hands on it’s the Camille Rose Naturals line, mostly for their styling products. Since it was impossible for me to decide on only one, I purchased the Curl Love Moisture Milk, the Almond Jai Twisting Butter and the Curlaide Moisture Butter. Of all the products, I’ll be honest and say I’m most excited to try this range.

Shea Moisture 

It seems that you just can’t go wrong with the Shea Moisture range. Since I’ve heard really amazing things about the raw shea butter Deep Treatment Masque I had to include it in my haul. I love that it contains sea kelp and argan oil, and because I haven’t had much success with argan oil on its own (not sure if it’s too light for my hair) I’m looking forward to using it incorporated into a hair masque.

I also purchased the coconut and hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, which I am definitely planning a review on fairly soon.

Jane Carter Solution

Right, so here’s a natural hair care range that I would love to try out in its entirety at some point. And seeing as I’ve recently started experimenting with setting my hair in rollers, I thought the Wrap & Roll mousse would be a good starting point.

Beautiful Textures

Beautiful Textures is one of the cheaper natural hair care brands I’ve come across. I literally only paid £3.99 for this 425g container of Curl Control Defining Pudding. Trust me, there’s loads of product in there, and since I don’t use stylers such as defining puddings for hold that often it’s going to last me a really long time.

ApHogee and Kinky Curly 

The ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor and Kinky-Curly Knot Today Detangler/Leave-in I bought more as ‘must-have’ products as opposed to the ones above which I consider ‘luxury’ products. The reason is that as my hair is getting longer I need to do more to keep it strong and healthy.

Since the ends of my hair have been with me for a long time I really need to invest more love and care into them as they are more fragile than the rest of the hair.  I believe the ApHogee conditioner will provide that protein-oomph my hair is craving. In terms of the Knot Today Detangler, I need all the help I can get as detangling my longer hair can sometimes turn into bit of a mission if the knots and tangles are really bad.

Included in my purchases was the As I Am range which I wrote about in this post. In addition I have already done a review on the Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner which you can read over here.

So comment below and let me know which product you’d like a review on! The product that receives the most requests will be the one I review first, and after that I’ll review the runner-up. Requests are open for a week, so after Monday 13 October the request ‘line’ will be closed.

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Thank you for your support everyone and as always, love your curls!

xxx

As I Am Coconut Cowash Review – Luxury cleansing for your tresses

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I’m convinced I’ve found the holy grail of cowashes in the As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner and I feel like I want to recommend it to everyone – yes I said it – to everyone who is  looking for a gentle commercial product to cleanse their hair with. Made with all natural ingredients (how it seems from the ingredient list anyway) this is definitely the best cowash I’ve tried so far.

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What it says

Cowashing is the way to cleanse your hair most of the time. It gently removes residue including all of the things you’ve used to style and maintain your coils and curls. Now it’s time for a new beginning. This cowash is different from any other because it contains a special blend of natural ingredients that help to promote healthy hair growth from the follicular level.

Ingredients:

Key Ingredients: Tangerine, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Saw Palmetto and Phytosterols Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) and Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¹, Cetyl Alcohol², Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol², PEG-40 Castor Oil, Stearlkonium chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil², Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil¹, Phytosterols¹, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract¹, Quaternium-18, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Methylisothiazolinone

What it does

  • It cleanses the hair gently. The product left my scalp and hair feeling clean, but not stripped of moisture at all.
  • I’m able to spread the product easily throughout my hair.
  • It makes detangling the hair so much easier, which is always a winner in my book!
  • It left my curls really bouncy and moisturised after washing.
  • It smells amazing, really fresh and citrussy, which must partly be due to the tangerine listed as the first ingredient.
  • It has a thick cream-like texture.

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Overall review

Since coconut oil is my favourite oil I love that this cowash contains so much of it – it’s the second ingredient on the ingredient list! I’m also happy that it contains castor oil. I’ve never used castor oil on its own as I know that it’s quite thick, which actually puts me off from trying it, but being well aware of its benefits, I’m happy to receive them in this way.

The only thing that I would change about this product would be to have it in a bottle with a pump. The large surface area the product is exposed to in the jar makes it really easy for water from the shower to get into, which to me feels like a bit of a waste of product. But overall this cleansing conditioner has quickly become a staple in my regime and I’m definitely planning on purchasing it again.

Price and where to find it

For my South African readers, I purchased my jar of As I Am Coconut Cowash from the South African online retailer theperfecthair.co.za for R197.00. Apparently the Mane Salon in Melrose Arch (Jo’burg) also stocks it. Otherwise there’s always Amazon.com.

Let me know if you’ve ever tried any of the products in the As I Am range and how it’s worked for you.

Thanks for reading and remember to always love your curls! Well, with this product you definitely will…

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Deep moisture for your curls with Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Range

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The premise of the Carol’s Daughter (CD) Hair Milk Deep Moisture Curl set is that getting the perfect curl shouldn’t be a long drawn-out affair. With the product line consisting of 3 products, the aim is to simply cleanse, moisturise and style in 3 easy steps. Even though I’ve had this set for  a while, I decided to only review it after I had used it a few times in order to experience the full effects of the products over time. It’s the first time I’ve ever used all the products in a specific curly hair care range and all I can say is that I’m in love.

What it says

  • “The ultimate curly girl regimen for curls that can never get enough moisture — sure to leave curls defined, frizz-free and long-lasting.”
  • “Cleanse and detangle with the Hair Milk Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner. Moisturize to tame frizz, soften curls and add shine with Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer. Style without a crunch or residue, but still have definition and frizz control that lasts with the Hair Milk Pudding Style. Define. Hold.”

What it does

Hair Milk Nourishing and Conditioning Cleansing Conditioner

  • It cleansed my hair and scalp without stripping it of all moisture.
  • My hair felt soft and moisturised after rinsing it out.
  • It provided a good amount of slip so I was able to detangle while the conditioner was still in my hair.
  • It smells distinctly of roses, but not so strong as to put me off.

Hair Milk Nourishing and Conditioning Leave-in Moisturizer

  • It’s very light-weight and absorbed easily into my hair.
  • I was able to detangle even further after I applied it as it provided a lot of slip.
  • My hair felt very soft and moisturised in the immediate couple of days after styling.
  • I loved the subtle fresh aroma, a lot fresher than the cleansing conditioner.

Hair Milk Nourishing and Conditioning Pudding

  • If you’re after a product to provide hold, but you don’t like using gel, this is the THE product to reach for. Although I don’t usually use products to supply extra definition or shape to my curls, I was very impressed with this pudding.
  • It’s light-weight and didn’t leave any tell-tale white flakes.
  • My defined curls lasted a good 3 days.
  • It contains guar gum, which is responsible for the natural hold.
  • As it is on the pricier side, I’ve decided I’ll save this pudding for the times I do styles where I really want more curl definition (which probably won’t be very often).

It was definitely worth the wait for these goodies to arrive in the mail, as I love how my  hair turns out every time I use it. I styled with the products in this post, and over here it was the same twist-out on its second day. The first time I used it I didn’t seal with an oil as I wanted to try the range  simply as intended, but the second time I used it I decided to seal everything in with my usual coconut oil and that really did the trick – I had moisture for days. Although I think a small amount of frizz is inevitable with natural curls, I definitely had less frizz with this line.

I also love the fact that all the CD products are completely free of sulphates, parabens, petroleum, mineral oil and artificial colours. As for pricing, have a look over here.

And just in case my post hasn’t summed it up, I would definitely purchase this range again and wholeheartedly recommend it for all curly girls.

As always, love your curls!

xxx

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review.

Carol’s Daughter has just arrived in the mail!

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Look what has just been delivered to my front door – a complete arsenal of Carol’s Daughter hair products! I couldn’t be more ecstatic if I tried. To say that I’ve been waiting in anticipation for this delivery for the last 3 weeks would be huge understatement.

I’ve been toying with the idea of ordering  a range of curly hair products for a couple of months now, but was trying to decide which brand to go for. So imagine my surprise when I was on the Carol’s Daughter website one lazy Saturday morning, when I noticed the link on the top left hand corner that they now deliver worldwide. Well of course I was beside myself, and immediately whipped out my credit card (I’ve been saving up for this moment for months, you see.)

I’ve watched and read so many Carol’s Daughter reviews on YouTube and on blogs, so had already been convinced for ages that I wanted to give this brand a try at some point.  So after considering my budget, I settled on the following 7 products.

Hair Milk Deep Moisture Curl Set –  $42.30

It consists of the following:

Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner

Hair Milk Leave-in Moisturizer

Hair Milk Pudding

Monoi Repairing Hair Mask – $28.80

Black Vanilla Moisturizing Hair Smoothie – $12.60

Black Vanilla Moisturizing Leave-in Conditioner – $12.60

Marguerite’s Magic Restorative Cream Hairdress – $11.48

I ended up paying in Great British Pounds, so with international shipping fees included it all came to a total of £123.16, or R2 200 if you’re a South African reading this. A small fortune I know, but if you consider that I live in a place that exclusively caters to asian hair, you’d probably pull out all the stops too.

I can’t wait for wash day to roll around and honestly feel like a child in a sweet shop trying to decide which product(s) to use first – whoohoo! So expect lots of product reviews in the coming weeks.

Have you ever  used Carol’s Daughter? If you have let me know how it’s worked for you.

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