Product favorites of 2014

Hi guys!

I wanted to share with you my favorite (curly) hair products I used in 2014 and will continue using in 2015. I know I’m already a month behind but better late than never right!

 

Shampoo’s/Co-wash

Agadir Sulfate Free shampoo
Creme of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate Free Moisture & Shine shampoo
Shea Moisture Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser

I always use sulfate free shampoo’s and in 2014 I started co washing my hair in between shampoo washes. This worked especially great with me in the summer when my hair needed more moisture. The two shampoos I mentioned cleanse my hair without making it dry and give me great shine. I would definitely recommend them.

 

Conditioners/Deep Conditioners

Tresemmé Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
Yes to Carrots Pampering Conditioner
Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment
Creme of Nature Straight from Eden Conditioning Treatment

I have thick curly hair and I need very thick and creamy (deep) conditioners. These conditioners never let me down, and leave my hair feeling very soft and moisturized.

 

Leave in-Conditioners

Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk
Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave in Conditioner
Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Leave in Treatment
Ouidad Leave in Conditioner
Lottabody Curl and Style Milk

I actually started using the Lottabody Curl and Style Milk in 2015 but I liked it so much, I had to include it in this list. However, my most favorite is the Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave in Conditioner. This conditioner has a lot of water in it, and that is what my hair needs and loves. I can’t wait to try other product lines of them.

 

Oils/Sealers

Coconut Oil
Almond Oil
Jojoba Rosemary Mint Oil by TwoCurlsOneMission

Coconut Oil will always be my number one favorite. This oil is great to deep condition with but also helps me retain length by applying it on my ends four times a week. However, when I run out of Coconut Oil, I will substitute it for Almond Oil, which gives me great results as well. A new product I used in 2014 was the Jojoba Rosemary Mint Oil by TwoCurlsOneMission. This oil is amazing, I mainly use it as a pre poo or to refresh my curls and protective styles.

 

I like to try new products a lot so I’ve tried many more in 2014 than this, but the list above were my favorites and I still use all of the products mentioned above.

I can honestly recommend each of them to you to try and see how you like it. I purchased them on:

http://www.beautybay.com
twocurlsonemission.bigcartel.com
http://www.pakshop.nl
http://www.beautybyzara.com

 

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Top 5 Detangling Conditioners

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year! I hope everybody had a great Christmas Break. My hair was pretty much the whole Christmas break in a Flexi Rod and Curlformer style but now it is time for wash day again! The most dreadful thing about wash day is detangling my hair. So I have listed five great rinse out conditioners that will have your hair detangled very fast!

1. TRESemmé Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner

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This is a silicone free conditioner that is creamy and gives a lot of slip. This is not only a great detangler but it makes curly hair so soft, that it also works great as a leave in conditioner.

What it says on the bottle
The TRESemmé Naturals Nourishing Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner system, with natural aloe vera extract and avocado oil, moisturizes your hair to help protect from damage and breakage. Discover 10x stronger hair after just one use. Safe for color treated hair.

 

2. Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner for dry and damaged hair

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A very pleasant smelling conditioner that provides great slip, a little less than the TRESemmé but still leaves your hair very soft and manageable.

What it says on the bottle
Bad hair days will be a dark, distant memory, and not answering the door because you haven’t done your hair will be a thing of the past.

 

3. Yes to Carrots Pampering Conditioner for normal to dry hair

 

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A thin, lightweight conditioner that provides a lot of slip and can be very well used as a leave in conditioner as well. The pampering conditioner has carrot oil and aloe vera to condition and moisturise your hair with 97% natural ingredients/

What is says on the bottle
Yes to carrots naturally derived formulations blend nourishing veggie extracts with other ingredients, to help soften, hydrate and moisture beautiful skin. Formulated without Parebens, Petroleum and Sulfates.

 

4. Organix Macadamia Oil Conditioner

 

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Organix beauty has a lot of rinse out conditioners with great ingredients. One of them being their Macadamia Oil Conditioner. A conditioner that not only smells great but gives a lot of slip, leaving your hair soft.

What it says on the bottle
Quench the driest, most brittle hair with some of nature’s best moisturizers. Macadamia oil and bamboo extract meet sugar cane extract for super silky results.

 

5. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner for dry/damaged hair

 

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The smell of this conditioner is amazing! You will need more than a dimesize amount and it gives a little less slip than the rest of the conditioners but the results are amazing. Very soft, manageable hair, and it works great as a leave in conditioner.

What is says on the bottle
why not give your dry hair a drink? I say you can never get too much of a good thing. so say “hello” to a deep dousing of lush hydration with my rich formula.

With one of these conditioners your wash day will be quicker than you think!

 

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Henna Recipe

A while back I shared with you my experience with Henna which was very positive. In this post I will outline the pro’s and con’s of henna and my henna recipe, which can also be found on CurlsUnderstood.

 

Benefits of using henna:

  • Strong and shiny hair. Henna penetrates and coats the hair shaft making the hair cuticle smooth. It gives the hair more strength without locking out moisture.
  • Reduces split ends and gets rid of dandruff.
  • It is a natural way to color your hair red. Henna is a plant so there are no chemicals that gives the hair a red color. In comparison to chemical dyes, henna fades a lot less. I do have to add that Henna cannot make your hair lighter, the red color is coated on top of the hair
  • Curls loosen. Henna can make your curl pattern more loose temporarily. This may be a pro but also a con. I liked the less shrinkage it gave me, but I had to put in more effort to define my curls. After washing your hair multiple times, your curl will go back to its normal state.

 

There are also some con’s about henna which I experienced:

  • The application. Henna is a thick paste and it stains very fast. The application can be very messy and it needs to be left in longer on the hair, which makes it heavy and warm on top of your head.
  • The smell. It can linger in your hair for a day or two after the application and it is not a very pleasant smell.
  • Dry hair. If you do a henna treatment with only hot water, it leaves the hair dry after rinsing out. Very dry. It looks a lot like a protein treatment so it is best to mix your henna with a moisturizing conditioner and to deep condition afterwards.

 

 

Ingredients:
200 gr Henna (Use 100 gr for medium length hair)
1 bag green tea
1-2 cups hot (not boiling) water
1/5 cup of moisturizing conditioner
2-3 tablespoons olive oil

 

Directions:

  • Put the bag of green tea in the water and mix some of the water with the henna in a plastic bowl. Make sure the henna stays thick and not too runny.
  • Add the conditioner. If the henna is hard to mix, add the rest of the water till it’s a thick paste.
  • Put a lid on the bowl and let the henna sit overnight to release the red dye from the henna. Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil the next morning in the mixture.
  • Section your hair and apply the henna, with gloves, by smoothing it on the hair. Do not rake it through; it is too thick for that.
  • Wrap your hair around your head and cover it with cling film to trap the heat on your head. It is optional to put a shower cap on top of that. Leave the henna in for 4 hours.
  • Rinse the henna out of your hair. The henna is very thick, so this could take a while. Use a moisturizing conditioner to speed up the process and to wash the henna out of your hair. Do not use shampoo. Make sure all the henna is rinsed out of your hair.
  • Deep condition and style those beautiful locks as desired.

 

Tips when using henna for the first time:

Use old towels and newspapers for your shoulders and on the ground.
Use gloves to make sure your hands don’t become orange
Do not wash your hair with shampoo for at least 24 hours after using henna.
Use natural (green powered) henna. Blond henna, black henna etc is not pure henna and has other ingredients in there, which can have a different outcome on your hair.

 

X Caressa

 

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L: Before henna. R: After henna.

Review: Black soap for skin care

Ciao ciao dearest,

Last week went by so quickly that I did not had a chance to post something new. So let’s change that immediately!

This week I wanted to write something about Black Soap which is a true miracle. In the past I had acne and like more teenagers I was very ashamed of it. At the age of 18, the acne was not as bad anymore. However, I had terrible acne on my back. Sometimes, I was not even able to lie down on my back because some of the pimples were pretty sensitive.
When I was 20 I was tired of this and thus I started doing research. I did not want to take medicines against acne; I wanted to solve it in a natural way. I read good reviews about black soap and thus I decided to give it a try.

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So what is Black soap exactly? Black Soap is a handmade soap made in Africa. Unlike the name the soap is not always 100% Black. If the soap is completely black it is an indication that it consists of chemicals. Because the black color was ‘sealed’ on the soap. The color of the soap depends on the village where it was produced. Black soap may contain:

 

 

  • Leaves of banana trees.

 

 

 

 

  • Peel of bananas.

 

 

 

 

  • Barks of shea trees.

 

 

 

 

  • Shea- or cacao butter.

 

 

 

 

  • Water.

 

 

 

 

  • Coconut oil

 

 

The more cacao butter and shea butter, the lighter the soap will be. The other ingredients are burned and thereafter shea butter, cacao beans and water is added. Black soap consists of vitamine A and B. To me the only disadvantage of the soap is that it consists of glycerine. Therefore you should be aware that your skin may become very dry.

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The soap looks pretty odd, but other than that it smells pretty good. A small piece (size of the upper part of your finger) of the soap is enough. It foams immediately which made me wonder if it really does not contain chemicals.

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After a month of using the soap I immediately noticed differences: I had less pimples. Seven month after using the soap for only one month I still do not have lots of pimples on my back. I really recommend this soap to everyone who has acne. But take into consideration that the soap may have a different effect on your skin.

XoXo Whitney Rochette

Review: Why I love Shea Moisture

As I have mentioned before, my hair was severally damaged couple of months ago. I did a couple of things In order to help my hair recover. One thing I did was changing my lifestyle. Hence, I am completely obsessed with healthy eating and sports at the moment. The other thing is changing the type of hair products I apply to my hair. I consider all these changes a second transitioning process. Well, I am still in the process since there is some relaxer in my ends. I have still a long way to go, nevertheless I am noticing improvements.

 

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I used to use products which consist silicones and sulfates. However, in the USA, I bought lots of bottles of Shea Moisture conditioner which I use as a leave in conditioner. Besides, I also use the curl enhancing smoothie and co-wash conditioning cleanser of the brand.

 

The products of Shea Moisture consist of natural ingredients. Thus, there is no need to worry about sulfates and silicones. Not only are the products of Shea Moisture good for your hair, it also smells really nice and strong. When going to friends, family and work, people always comment that my hair smells nice. The scent of a product is very important for me and SheaMoisture really meets this need.

 

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SheaMoisture curl enhancing smoothie

I use the curl enhancing smoothie only when I  twist my hair or when I want to smooth my edges. The product is pretty thick and this is I think ideal when twisting your hair, because it gives your hair a hold. This can is 12 oz (340g), there is actually only one size of the curl enhancing smoothie. As you can see on the back of back, the product contains coconut oil, silk protein and neem oil.

Sheamoisture states:

“Coconut oil hydrates and protects hair while reducing breakage.

Silk protein smoothes hair for a soft, silky feel.

Neem oil controls frizz while adding brilliant shine”

 

Did I notice? I noticed everything, except for one. It lessen frizz, but not to the level I thought it would. But well, I love having big hair, so frizz is partly beneficial to me.

 

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To summarize, I am very satisfied with the curl enhancing smoothie. It smells great and it is ideal for twisting my hair.

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Co-wash conditioning cleanser

I love this co-wash conditioning cleanser. Like the curl enhancing smoothie, it consists of coconut oil, silk protein and neem oil too. The smell is not to strong, I mainly smell hibiscus. After co-washing my hair with this cleanser I immediately feel that my scalp is clean. It does not strip my hair, even though I co-wash my hair twee times a week. Since using this conditioner my hair is less dry and more bouncy.

The bottle is 8 oz (237ml)  and I wish it was larger. In the Netherlands, Shea Moisture products are very expensive and when you have thick hair, this is not convenient.

 

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The cleanser is creamy and makes your hair easy to detangle. With the thickness of my hair it is pretty difficult to find a conditioner which facilitates combing my hair. Nevertheless, I detangle my hair after applying the Curl and Shine conditioner.

 

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Curl & Shine conditioner

 

As you can see I have been using the conditioner a lot, haha! It also contains coconut oil, silk protein and neem oil. The smell is stronger than the cleanser, so if you do not like the smell of coconut you have to try another hair product. The conditioner really smooths my hair and makes it easy to detangle. After detangling my hair, I apply castor oil to my hair for more shine and moisture. This bottle is 13oz (384ml)

 

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The product is creamy and moisturizes my hair successfully. It does not weigh down my hair if I apply a lot of it. I think it depends on your texture, whether or not it weighs your hair down.

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XoXo Whitney Rochette