Thursday, 24 March 2011

Featured Excerpt: Jennifer Jackson

Tell us a little about you……!     Hi all, My name is Jennifer. I am 21 years old and live JJ Canada. I am in university studying biochemistry and just trying to make the best out of my life.

When & why did you decide to go natural?    You see, my story is different; I have always been natural although I did not practice proper hair care. I never did much to my hair but wash and braid it with extensions every month or so. My hair length stayed just  a little past shoulder length so I thought that this was the length I was destined to have. However, about 3 years ago, I started to straighten my hair A LOT. As a result, I ended up with HEAVY heat damage and breakage. At the time, I did not know what is was but just knew something had to change. So my story is a transition from heat damage to healthy hair.

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision? If not, how were you able to move forward?My family, JJ 2.especially my mom did not approve of my decision to cut my hair. She said that it would never grow back. We even got into an argument  about it. My brothers also said not to cut it but they were more supportive then my mother was. As a result, my family affected the decision to not big chop but rather transition instead. I transitioned for 5 months and then drastically started to cut the damaged ends of. My boyfriend has always been supportive of any decisions I made so I was able to move forward.

How long have you been natural for?   I have been natural my entire life. My mother put a texturizer in my hair when I was 8. It didn’t last long as the texturixer broke my hair off and my natural hair grew back. I have been on this healthy hair journey for a year and six months and “big chopped” a year ago. JJ

What’s your regimen?   I suffered badly from product junkie-ism! Lol I jumped from bandwagon to bandwagon until I realized I needed rehab! Lol I try to keep it REALLY simple now. I wash and deep condition my hair once a week. I apply a leave in and seal with an oil. Then I will normally style my hair in twists using some type of butter or pomade and leave the twists in for a week. Once a month, I do a Cassia/amla hair treatment and that is all. Keeping it simple has been working marvellously for me

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?  I have learned that my hair LOVES water and low manipulation. The more I leave my hair alone (to a certain extend of course) the more it flourishes. I have also learned that what might work for someone will not necessarily work for me. As stated before, keep it simple.

What has been your favourite product?   -Shampoo bars: I find that they are less drying   -Conditioners: Especially Herbal Essences Totally Twisted -Butters: Do not like raw shea butter but prefer lighter butters such as cocoa butter   -Oils: love them all (olive, castor, coconut & amla)

JJ 9 months Do you have any hair goals? What steps are you taking to achieve them?Now that I have cut off the heat damaged ends, my goal is to keep my hair as healthy as possible meaning no heat appliances unless for a special occasion. I have not flat iron my hair in over a year now. I have been focus on length lately as well and protective styles are helping me achieve this goal.

What has the biggest milestone you have faced in your hair journey?  The biggest milestone I have face is to find simple ways to style my hair. Because I always just have braids, I realized I wasn’t familiar with my natural hair and how to style it.

How did you overcome this milestone?   Thank God for YouTube!!! I have learned a JJ 1.lot from it and how to style my hair and tame it lol

You love your hair because?

I love my hair because it is thick, versatile and beautiful

BONUS Questions!
Naturals have more fun because ……  We have no limits! 

Where can we find you? I can be found on YouTube: HERE  And follow me on twitter: HERE

Hair Care Ingredients: Part IV

DEA Oleth - 3 Phosphate - An emulsifier that prevents separation of product. Adds shine.

DEA Oleth - 10 Phosphate - An emulsifier derived from oleic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid.

Deionized Water - Water purified by deionization technique based on removal of highly active ions especially positively charged cautions like calcium (Ca++) magnesium(MG++) and iron (Fe++) and (Fe+++).

Diazolidinyl - A cosmetic preservative.

Dicetyldimonium Chloride - (see Cetyldimonium Chloride)

Dimethicone - A silicone derivative. Adds luster and sheen.

Dimethicone Copolyol - Same as above and is water soluble.

Dimethyl Lauramine Isostearate - Conditioning and emulsifying agent.

Dimethyl Stearamine - Conditioning and emulsifying agent.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Featured Excerpt: Dawn Williams

Where do you live?
I live in the US/New York....

Dawn Williams (5) Why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go Natural 2yrs ago bc I always wanted to care for my hair in its natural state but I didn’t know how. Thank God for hair care forums and YT. But my hair was damaged from me not taking care of it like I should have been... I was wearing wigs all the time, and not doing anything to my hair. So I had to shave it all off (BC) again  (14mths ago) and started from scratch to get my hair healthy. I didn’t want to put anymore chemicals in my hair I wanted to take care of my hair in its natural state.

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision? If not, how were you able to move forward?
Yes my  family was very supportive and friends also, my best friend decided to go natural also around the same time I did, and my mother has been natural ever since I knew my :-) My son is very supportive through my Natural journey especially when I wanted to go back to wearing wigs again he'd say something like "Oh it looks like your' given up" and that comment just made me remember why I started this Natural Journey.

How long have you been natural for?
I’ve been natural for 14 months (bc I haven’t put any chemicals in my hair for 2 1/2 yrs.), but the first yr I wasn’t doing anything to my hair so I had to shave it all off bc of the damaged.  So I just like to tell ppl that I’ve been Natural for 14mths.

 Dawn Williams (4)  What’s your regimen?
Oh wow...Hold on girl... OK... My we go...

1. wash hair 3-4 xs a week or Once a week.
2. I always Deep Condition my hair when I wash my hair.
3. I always do some kind of pre-poo b4 shampooing.
4. After washing hair (shampooing, detangling, deep condition) I always use a leave in conditioner.
5. I let my hair air dry always I never use heat to my hair (unless its a heating cap).
6. I moisturize my hair twice a day, and seal in the moisture using some kind of oil (my fave is coconut oil).
7. I never use a brush or comb I only comb my hair in the shower (using wide tooth shower comb), and I like using my fingers to comb through my hair.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
Mistakes I’ve made to my hair that I learned from is that I have to keep my hair moist using a water based product not oil based. My hair loves water so I make sure when I’m moisturizing my hair that the product is water based. If the product is filled with oils I use it as a sealant.

What has been your favourite product?
I use so many different products I don’t know which is my favourite....OK I'll choose; Taliah Waajid "Protective Mist Bodifier"

What is your ‘SIGNATURE’ style?Dawn Williams (2)
My Signature style is my "Afro Puff" its simple and I can jazz it up with a hair flower or a cute headband.

Dawn Williams (1)

What has been your biggest challenge during your hair journey? And how did you overcome this challenge in your journey?
My biggest challenge was feeling like ppl wouldn’t like my hair in its natural state. I over came this by having a big supportive circle with my natural sista on YT, and just learning that God made my hair the way it is, so it really didn’t matter what others thought about me and my hair.

What is your ultimate hair goal? What steps are you taking to achieve that?
My ultimate hair goal is to have healthy hair. What I’m doing to have that goal is to stick with my hair regimen. Since I’ve been sticking to my hair regimen my hair has gotten thicker and I am also retaining length. I also like to give my hair treatments like henna, and Ayurvedic Indian Powders. 

Are there any words of encouragement/advice you would like to offer to those Dawn Williams (3)that are considering going natural?
If anyone is thinking about going natural just make sure that its what you really want to do not what others are telling you to do. If/when you do decide to go natural remember its all about patience, and that your hair is yours what may work for others may not work on your hair. Its all about trial and error when it comes to finding the best product, and water is a Natural girl's BFF.

What does 'good' hair means to you? 
"Good Hair" to me means "Healthy Hair"

Hair Care Ingredients: Part III

Caramel - Used as a coloring in cosmetics and a soothing agent in lotions. Produced by heating sugar or glucose and adding small amounts of alkali or a trace mineral acid during heating.

Carbomer 940 - An organic gelling agent.

Carrageenan - Natural thickening agent.

Cationic Surfactants - Those in which the active molecule bears a positive charge. These sufactants usually have strong conditioning properties and are used in conditioners, moisturizing treatments and paks. Cationics often have antimicrobial properties (germicides).

Ceteareth - 5 - An emollient and emulsifier. (see Cetyl Alcohol).

Cetearyl Alcohol - A mixture of fatty alcohols derived from coconut oil consisting predominantly of cetyl and stearyl alcohols. Used as emollients, thickeners and emulsion stabilizers.

Ceteth - 2 - A polyethylene glycol derivative of cetyl alcohol. Water soluble. Emollient and conditioning agent and emulsifier.

Cetrimonium Bromide - A cationic conditioning agent and antiseptic widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. Due to its high cost, it is rarely used in cosmetics. Adds shine.

Cetrimonium Chloride - Quaternary conditioning agent, similar to cetrimonium bromide, but more suitable for water systems.

Cetyl Alcohol - A natural fatty alcohol derived from coconut oil widely used as an emollient and stabilizing agent in conditioning and moisturizing treatments (emulsions).

Cetyldimonium Chloride - Used often as a conditioning agent, compatible with sufactants, often used in shampoos.

Chloroxylenol - A crystalline, water soluble substance used as an antiseptic, germicide and fungicide. Penetrates skin. No known toxicity in humans when diluted below 20%.

Citric Acid - A natural, edible organic acid used to adjust pH, one of the natural hydroxy acids derived from citrus fruits.

Cocamide DEA - Shampoo thickener and foam stabilizer derived from coconut fatty acids. Also assists in removal of fatty soils.

Cocamide MEA (see Cocamide DEA) - Mono - amide (MEA) as opposed to diamide (DEA).

Cocamidopropyl Betaine - An amphoteric surfactant used as a cleanser. Known for its mild conditioning properties. Derived from coconut fatty acids.

Coco Betaine - (see Cocamidopropyl Betaine)

Cyclomethicone - A silicone derivative. Adds luster and sheen.

Mahabhringraj Maka Enriched Hair Oil - Hesh Ancient Formulae


Promises:   Natural nourishing formula for thick, strong and healthy-looking, beautiful dark hair.
Provides healthy nourishment to weak hair roots, dry scalp & hair with fair appearance, with extract of maka (bhringaraj), hansraj, gunja, patola, curry leaf, indrayan, bawachi & other herbs and natural oils like avocado, almond, coconut, sweet basil, german chamomile and thyme.

Ingredients:     Sesamum Indicum (Til) Oil, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cocos Hesh-Ancient-Formulae-Mahabhringaraj-Maka-Enriched-Herbal-Hair-Oil-Big[1]Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Eclipta Prostrate (Maka, Bhrigaraj) Extract, Extract Of: Adiantum Capillus Veneris (Hansraj); Abrus Precatorius (Gunja); Trichosanthes Cucumerina (Patola); Murraya Koenigii (Curry Leaf); Plyllanthus Emblica (Amla); Terminalia Bellerica (Behda); Centella Asiatica (Brahmi); Vetiveria Zizanioides (Cuscusgrass); Terminalia Chebula (Harde); Citrullus Colocynthis (Indrayan); Curcuma Zedoaria (Kachura); Ocimum Basilicum (Murwo); Cyperus Rotundus (Nagarmotha); Rosa Damascene (Rose); Trigonella Foenum-Graecum (Methi); Psoralea Corylifolia (Bawachi); Nardostachys Jatamansi (Jatamansi), Hedychium Spicatum (Kapurkachri), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Sweet Basil) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (German Chamomile) Oil; Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Mct), Ethylhexyl (Octyl) Methoxycinnamate, BHT, Cl 47000, Cl 61565, Cl 26100.

Directions for use:
Apply Ancient Formulae Mahabhringaraj Maka Enriched Hair Oil regularly on your scalp and hair. For best results, massage gently (do not rub) into the scalp and hair using circular motions for a few minutes and leave on overnight. If oil enters eyes, rinse with water.

Ancient Formulae Mahabhringaraj Maka Enriched Hair Oil contains extract of Maka (bhringaraj) which has been used as a natural source of hair care since ancient times. The formulation combines the goodness of Maka with other trusted herbs, which on regular application provide healthy nourishment to dry scalp and weak hair roots. With a blend of quality natural oils like avocado, sweet almond and coconut, it ensures deeper oil penetration to moisturise and provide thick, strong and healthy-looking, dark lustrous hair. Regular or prolonged use on lighter hair may result in some darkening of the natural hair colour.
Natural essential oils like german chamomile, sweet basil and thyme are soothing and restful. A gentle massage helps relieve tension and so relaxes the spirit.

The TRUTH:   This is my second favourite oil after amla oil, again I know it has some naughty ingredient(s), nevertheless, it works great. I use this also as a pre-poo overnight oil, the smell i a lot more delicate in comparison to amla oil. I do like the smell and the members of my household do not complain at all. One member stated their liking for the smell *shocking*. As they all use to gag and gave me stank look when I use amla.

One way I have used it and find it to be brilliant is when I have in extensions. It works well on the scalp during this time; I do the same pre-poo/bagging either overnight for a couple of hours, then I will co-wash and then M&S the length of my braids, it help to keep my scalp clean and hair strong during the time I have my hair in hiatus. I am will be using this oil in my hair for the next 3 months.

Rating: 5/5

Price: £3.25 for 200ml (

Sunday, 13 March 2011




In this picture, I went on herb binged lol I had decided to make a visit to Indian City/Market instead of ordering online as usual and lward I could help myself. I found a few goodies that I thought was discounted or was not available here.



2x 500g Godrej Nupur Henna

2x Henna from YEMENI

2x Neha Herbal Henna

1x Pure Mehendi Henna

3x Ayumix Aritha Soap Bar (s)

QUEEN HELENE Super Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream


Promises: Advanced formula for hair that is extremely dull, dry or damaged because of over processing, over bleaching or any other natural or chemical mistreatment. contains 31tdVxAAbXL._SS500_[1]Choleplex, our exclusive blending of Cholesterol with two special emollients that have proven to be effective in strengthening, deep conditioning and rejuvenating troubled hair. Also enriched with natural Aloe Vera Gel and Keratin protein to soften and moisturize hair. Super Cholesterol helps prevent breakage, brittleness and split-ends and makes hair much more manageable and responsive.

Directions: Shampoo hair and towel dry. Apply Super Cholesterol Cream generously to hair and scalp, making sure hair is well covered. Add a few drops of warm water and massage gently into a creamy lather. May be used with or without a heating cap. Keep on for 8 to 10 minutes, allowing conditioner to penetrate. Rinse thoroughly with warm water untill all cream is washed away, then set or style as usual.

Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Mineral Oil, cholesterol, Lanolin, Myristamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Phophate, Cetraimonium Chloride, Keratin Amino Acids, Aloe Vera Gel, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Methlparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6, FD&C Red #40, D&C Red #33.

The TRUTH: I bought the 2lb size jar of this product at the time it was not available here and probably still isn’t….., Anyways this product did nothing for me, it did not moisturize and or strengthens in anyway. I ended up mixing up it into other products just to get rid of it.

Rating: 1/5

Jabakusum Hibiscus Enriched Hair Oil - Hesh Ancient Formulae

Protects coloured, permed, rough, brittle, dull, dry and damaged hair with extracts of Jasund (Hibiscus), Aloe Vera, Amla, Henna, Methi, Sonamakki and Natural Oils Like Jojoba, Marigold, Lemon, Olive, Coconut And Vitamin E.

Ancient Formulae Jabakusum Hibiscus Enriched Herbal Hair Oil contains extract of Jasund (Hibiscus), which is used as a natural source for hair care since ancient times. The formulation combines the goodness of Jasund and other trusted herbs with high quality natural oils like Jojoba, Olive, /Marigold, Lemon and Vitamin E, to nourish, protect and moisturise coloured / permed / dull / damaged hair, restoring shine and vitality. Regular use of the oil transforms dry, rough, brittle hair into manageable, soft, smooth and silky hair with extra lustre and dark shine.

Apply Ancient Formulae Jabakusum Hibiscus Enriched Herbal Hair Oil regularly on your scalp and hair. For best results, massage gently (do not rub) into hair and scalp with circular motions for a few minutes and leave it on overnight. It can also be used for hair conditioning after shampoo. If oil enters eyes, rinse with water.

Vegetable Oil, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis (Jasund / Jaba / Hibiscus) Extract, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Parfum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Cyclomethicone, Extract Of: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla), Lawsonia Inermis (Henna), Trigonella Foenum-Graecum (Methi), Cassia Angustifolia (Sonamakki), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Tocopheral (Vitamin E), Ethylhexyl (Octyl) Methoxycinnamate, BHT, Cl 26100.


The TRUTH: I had two bottles of this oil and I used one and gave the other way as price giveaway on the hair forum I am apart of. I can not say what it was going for my hair, I used it a couple of times and could not see any benefits. I decide to finish the bottles and still did not notice anything special. So I did a prize draw and got rid of the second bottle. The lady that won the prize loved it so much and she said it did and is doing great stuff for her hair, because of that we exchange goodies; I send her bottles of this stuff in exchange for hair products that I can’t find here. All in all it didn’t do anything for my hair but it worked out as a great price giveaway which turned into a great product trade venture *cheesing*.

Rating: 1.5/5

Friday, 11 March 2011

Suave Professionals Conditioner, Humectant

Promises: Deeply Moisturizes as well as Nexxus.
Restores moisture to dry or damaged hair - for less than more expensive brands.

  • For 98% stronger hair (Suave Humectant Shampoo and Conditioner vs. non-conditioning shampoo - based on reduction of breakage).
  • Deeply moisturizes as well as Nexxus (Nexxus and Humectress are registered trademarks of Alberto-Culver USA, Inc.).
  • For dry or damaged hair.
  • Humectant formula - with panthenol and keratin replenishes moisture as well as Nexxus Humectress Conditioner.
  • Moisturizing formula restores hair leaving it soft and manageable.

Ingredients:    Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dimethiconol, Fragrance (Parfum), Quaternium-18, Potassium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Arginine HCl, Lysine HCl, panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Hair Keratin Amino Acids, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Silk Amino Acids, Methylisothiazolinone.

Directions:  For best results- use with Suave Humectant Shampoo. Apply conditioner, distribute evenly and rinse. Gentle enough for color-treated hair.

The TRUTH:  First off I have never used Nexxus so I can not compare. With that being said it is a nice conditioner and it has multi uses {1}. It is ok as a DC, not heavy pr ove, thick but not too light, my hair prefers thick and rich conditioners, this work well, but after a few days I needed to DC again. {2}. Can be use for co-washing, it is a perfect co-washing conditioner. {3}. It is also a nice conditioner for mixing up with oils, ayurvedic powders, honey, molasses etc to used a pre-poo treatment.

I went about my regular hair routine, then I apply the conditioner to my hair in sections, from root to the end of my hair. Paying extra attention on my ends. After completely apply the conditioner, I out on my steam cap and went under my aphodite dryer fro about 40mins.

After the 40mins DC I then proceed to rinsing the conditioner form my hair. My hair felt supple and soft. The result and overall feel of this conditioner was ok I was pleased.

I would use it again when I can get my hands on more, but I would use it mainly with oils etc, the rich thick feel of a conditioner my hair likes, comes with the oils being mixed in. All in all I would use it again and repurchase it also.

Price: US$1.89 - US$3.49

Rating: 4/5

Naked Smooth Conditioner (s)

Naked Smooth Silky Conditioner – straight or longer hair
Promises: Keeping hair kink free can be high maintenance. So we use jojoba oil because it's a super rich, deeply conditioning liquid wax that coats the hair shaft to help naked_19[1]reduce frizz and give hair the appearance of satin sheets.
Using plant based conditioning ingredients, this effective formulation reforms rebellious hair, getting it back on the straight and narrow by creating long term moisturisation and reduced static without the heaviness of petrochemical residue build up.

Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl alcohol, Brassicamidopropyl dimethylamine, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Glycerin, Aspartic acid, Jojoba wax PEG-120 esters, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, Dicaprylyl ether, Lauryl alcohol, Citric acid, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Limonene, Hexyl cinnamal, Linalool.

Directions: After washing, squeeze out excess water. Massage evenly through hair for a minute or two, then rinse away. Gently combing through will help tackle any tangles before rinsing off.

The Truth: This conditioner is of a thick and heavy consistency, I thought woo this has to be good. Because my hair loves thick conditioners and it soaks them up well. So this is how I went about using this conditioner, I shampooed my hair scalp {can not remember what I used}, then t-shirt blot out some of the water, then I went to work by applying this conditioner to my hair small sections. Straight I way I notice the lack of slip there is, it is thick and sorta coaty feel when I rub it b/n my fingers. I had difficult trying to detangle with my wiiiide tooth come and so i used my fingers, which was not that easy either.

I managed to get it through my hair and I cover my hair with a steam cap and went under my dryer for a steam for 30-40mins.

I let the hair kool and then proceed to rinsing my hair in sections, it rinses out well and there was no residue, the hair felt slightly coated, like the feeling I had experience b/n my fingers. It did not moisturized well, it sort-a made my hair felt heavy and slightly weighed down and felt also kind-a clumpy.

I honestly was not impressed with this conditioner to be honest. I don’t think I will revisit this conditioner again to be honest. I used it up mixing and dabbing it in other stuff just to get rid of it. As I never throw out a conditioner lol.

Rating: 2/5

Price: £3.99 BOGOF @ Boots



Naked Shine Hydrating Conditioner – normal to dry hair

Promises:  Buttermilk is renowned for its amazing softeningnaked_01_490x406[1] properties and Green Tea extract helps add sheen and elasticity to your hair cuticle. Topped up with Black Tea extract, this conditioner has a bit of a glossy reputation.
Vegetarian friendly. Sorry - not suitable for vegans.

Ingredients:    Aqua (Water), Cetearyl alcohol, PPG-15 Stearyl ether, Glyceryl stearate, Sodium latate, Cetrimononium chloride, Quaternium-80, Ceteareth-20, Inulin (Source: Chicory), Cetyl dimethicone copolyol (Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone), Propylene glycol, Parfum ( Fragrance), Guar hydroxpropyltrimonium chloride, Butylene glycol. Limonene, Benzyl benzoate, Hexyl cinnamal, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed extract, Linalool, Magnesium nitrate, Camellia sinensis (Green tea) leaf extract, Camellia sinensis (Black tea) leaf extract, Butyris lac (buttermilk) powder, Sorbitol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone.

Directions:   After washing, squeeze out excess water. Massage evenly through hair for a minute or two, then rinse away. Gently combing through will help tackle any tangles before rinsing off. For even better results, finish with Naked Style Extra Shiny serum and don't forget to swish.

The Truth: This was part of the BOGOF, I did the same step as I did with the previous conditioner. I shampooed my scalp and then t-shirt blot the excess water out and went to work on applying the conditioner. This conditioner is nice with a rich consistency, it has a lot of slip, it smells good and it is good for detangling. It is not an overly thick conditioner and it not watery either, it just right.

After I apply to my hair in sections, I throw on a steam cap and DC on my dryer for about 30-40mins. I let my hair kool down and then I rinses thoroughly with warm water. It rinses well from my hair and my hair felt soft, manageable and moisturized. I like this conditioner and would buy it again, I find it to be nice also for co-washing, it gives you a nice clean feel and soft and moisturized hair. I will bag this again when Boots have them on BOGOF.

Rating: 4/5

Price: £3.99 BOGOF @ Boots

Thursday, 10 March 2011

HIV/AIDS Awareness Day



5366351312_4a5389d1f0[1] Every year, the United States recognizes March 10th as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). It’s a nationwide initiative to raise awareness about the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women & girls and encourages ladies to take action. While progress RedPumpFeet300x250[1]has definitely been made in the areas of AIDS prevention and treatment, women still represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women accounting for 66% of that group. This year focuses on this statistic, “Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States.”  Source: Here

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Ayurvedic: Methi(Fenugreek) Powder

Fenugreek, Methi Powder, Greek Hay or Trigonella foenum-graecum, is an herb that grows in warm semi-arid regions of the world, especially the Middle East. It is an annual herb from the bean family that grows up to 20 inches in height.

It produces light yellow flowers and emanates a fragrance that persists on hands after touching. Its seeds are powdered and used as a spice.

Fenugreek seeds have many healing benefits, and can ease poor digestion, painful menstruation and increase breast milk, as well as aid in diabetic treatments.

Ground fenugreek seeds can help heal burns and boils; mixed with oil, it can also make hair shine, silky and can aid in promotion of hair growth when applied to the scalp.
As listed above methi (fenugreek) powder have many benefits and uses, the main benefit I will be looking at, is its benefits for the hair and scalp.

Uses of Methi (Fenugreek) Powder for the Hair:    This natural herb boasts of very potent seeds that help treat balding, hair fall and thinning of hair. Boil the methi seeds and soak them overnight in coconut oil in order to form the hair tonic. The following morning, massage your hair with this mixture for six minutes while concentrating on balding areas. Perform this action daily over several months and you will surely see the difference. Not only is methi effective in treating baldness, but it is also beneficial in preventing dandruffs.


My Methi (Fenugreek) Powder Experience:

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I did a methi (fenugreek) powder mix, I used warm boiled water to make the paste, and I used about 2-3 tablespoon of the powder to mix the paste. The powder has a onion/garlic/herb smell, which at first I was like hmph I wonder how this will make my hair smell afterwards. But the smell grow on me, also the next thing I discover is you need to use as little as possible, I don’t think you will need 2-3 tablespoon, I found that out when I mix it.

Here is how it goes, you are suppose to soak the methi seeds over night in water and the next morning you grind it to a paste. What  did was I got the powder, so i mix my powder according to the measure with warm water overnight and allow it to sit, when it sits overnight, the mucilage forms and this is a good thing as you get a lot of paste and the powder is more than able to give good coverage. Doh I use way to much, I honestly only need a heaped table spoon or at the most and heap tablespoon and a half.

Anyways, I got up the next days and I apply it to dry hair, methi (fenugreek)powder can be to cleanse the hair and scalp. I thought let me see how well it works on its own with the use of shampoo. I apply as shown in my pics above from my scalp to ends THOROGHLY covering both hair and scalp. I let this sit on my hair for about 1-2hrs maybe 3hours lost track of time. I had also covered it with a shower steam cap, you DO NOT WANT the powder to dry in your hair.

After this time I proceed to rinse my hair in the sections that was duck clipped up with warm water. It seem to rinse out easily because of the mucilage. After I rinse each section once at time (there are 4 sections). I thought this is pretty kool as my hair left silky, smooth, strong and conditioned at the same time. BUT to my surprise……….,

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There was grain left behind, NOW these gains of methi (fenugreek) powder reminds me ever so much of ‘coarse gain cornmeal’. They did not bother me as I notice that once I apply my DC and detangle that this ceased the gains out well from my scalp and hair and by the time I come to rinse again after my DC steam a lot if not all was rinse completely out.

Now with that being said THIS is HOW I feel about Methi (fenugreek) powder; I honestly liked it and I have used it many times since I wrote this review. It makes my hair feel so silky and it has been helping me since I discover it with my transition. Because it make my NG so silk and it almost eliminate the demarcation b/n the two texture; it seem smoothes over the line of demarcation so I am able to work with both texture without breakage.

Did I mentioned I had bought a 1kg of this powder *shamed face* lol The other thing I like about this powder is I a use a lot of other ayurvedic powders, such as Amla Powder, Brahmi Powder, Henna. In the past before meth (fenugreek) powder. I had to use twice these powders to get enough for a through coverage. Now with methi (fenugreek) powder due to the forming of the mucilage. I can use it and it helps to stretch the volume of these powders, so where I had to 200g of the powders mentioned above, I now use 100g and a heaped tablespoon of methi powder and let it sit overnight for mucilage and the swelling of the powder.

The only thing I can say that I notice is that it does not cleanse the scalp as well as I thought it would. So if you have build up on the scalp then you need to shampoo to get rid of that. Other wise the methi powder works perfect and I am really pleased with this powder. I wished I had realized its true potential and benefits when I first researched it years back.

It is perfect for stretching the volume of your other ayurvedic powders, it makes your hair silky, it smoothes the hair shaft/cuticle, it strengthens and it conditions. Also as a bonus it is suppose to promote growth with continual use. My next experiment is to make a methi (fenugreek) powder tea to use to rinse my hair with while I have my hair in extensions…., stay tune for the review.

So I can say I will be using this powder for a very loooong time to come as I like the results it has yield.

Rating: 5/5

Price: £2.09 for 1kg @

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Featured Excerpt: Tracey Helmers

Au Naturalista

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Where do you live?
I live in Bremen,Germany.

Tell us a little about you……!
I'm 18 years old and from Ghana (my parents) but I was born in Germany. I'm doing my general qualification for university entrance at the moment. I have 8 more months to go before I'm finally free!

Why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural because my relaxed hair was damaged. I had a lot of breakage and I was tired of losing my hair all the time.

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision? If not, how Tracy Helmers (3) were you able to move forward?
Two of my friends are already natural so they encouraged me. My mum was very supportive because she herself would like to go natural too.

How long have you been natural for?
My big chop was on July 13th but I've cut my hair again 4 times since then. Since August 3rd I'm letting it grow.

What’s your regimen?
Right now I don't really have a regimen. I wash my hair every to every second day and co- wash a lot too.

 Tracy Helmers (4)

Have you experienced any set backs in your journey? What have you learned from them?
I had a lot of setbacks when I was relaxed but since I'm natural my hair is growing faster actually.

What has been your favourite product?
My favourite product will always be Organic root stimulator deep penetrating conditioner!

Tracy Helmers (2) What is your ultimate hair goal? What steps are you taking to achieve that?
MBL! Moisturize and seal! Co-wash! and Deep conditioning!

What is your ultimate hair goal? What steps are you taking to achieve that?
If your tired of torturing your hair you SHOULD go natural! After all it's what God actually gave you, why not accept it? And for those who are not sure if natural hair looks good on them just try it out.. if you don't like it you can still relax!

You love your hair because?
Because it's me! It's who I am and supposed to be!

You love your hair because?
Because our natural hair is different and looks good! We should be proud of what we have!

Hair Care Ingredients: Part II

Beet Extract - Extract from the stem base of the beet used for its reddish color.

Benzophenone - 3 and 4 - A sunscreen that blocks UV - A rays.

Beta Carotene - Found in all plant and many animal tissues, beta carotene is extracted as red crystals or crystalline powder, used as coloring in cosmetics. Also used in the manufacture of Vitamin A. Used also as antioxidant.

Biotin - A naturally occurring vitamin H. Some studies show that it has a positive effect on hair growth when taken internally.

Boric Acid - An inorganic acid and mild antiseptic, and preservative.

Butylene Glycol - Organic humectant similar to propylene glycol.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Prize Giveaway WINNER - EYL JBCO



And the winner is TAMEKA.....!  Congrats deary, please email your full details {name & address} to to claim your prize……. Read her response to the prize giveaway below:

Temeka email response: I've been using this for too long, but  I do see that my hair has grown, especially around my hairline. I sometimes use it as a sealer, but I usually use it to treat my hair in the evening. It makes my hair so soft!




In accepting the prize, the winner acknowledges that theblackhairdairy may not be held liable for any loss, damages or injury associated with accepting or using this prize(s). Claiming of prizes requires an email response to from the winning sender email address within 15 days of being notified of winning. Failure to respond shall mean that the winner forfeits the prize.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Curls Like Us Curl Cloths


Curl Cloths are fun and functional, styling cloths specifically designed to set curls for optimal spring, shine, and beautiful definition, without the frizz.

Source: Here

Do you own a curl cloths? If so what its like? Do you like it or loathe it? Is better than using a t-shirt to dry your hair? Give as much feedback as you wish or can. I am considering getting a set……,

Hair Care Ingredients: Part I

Acetamide MEA - Water soluble conditioning agent compatible with anionic and nonanionic systems as opposed to quaternary surfactants compatible only with cationics, adds shine.

Alcohol - A general term for organic ingredients that contain the OH (hydroxyl) group. Alcohols differ substantially in their properties ranging from water soluble solvents like isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, ethyl alcohol (used by breweries, the only drinkable alcohol) through moisturizing agents like glycerine or propylene glycol to fatty alcohols like cetyl alcohol and sugars (multi alcohols).

Algae Extract - Extracted from seaweed and pondscum, rich in minerals, algae extract is claimed to prevent wrinkles, very moisturizing.

Algal Polysaccharides - Extract from red marine algae gathered off the Hawaiian coast known for its moisturizing potential and lubricity.

Allantoin - Water soluble crystal known for its ability to help heal wounds and skin ulcers and to stimulate the growth of healthy tissue.

AMP (Aminoethyl Propanol) - An organic pH adjuster used to maximize the effects of styling products.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate - The ammonium salt of lauryl sulfate derived from the natural coconut alcohols, it is a mild anionic surfactant widely used at acidic (mild) pH values.

Amphoteric Surfactants - Those in which the active molecule bears both positive and negative charges. Their properties depend upon th pH of the system and they may behave like anionics or cationics. Some of the finest amphoterics are used in shampoo systems formulated for dry or chemically treated hair due to their mildness and light conditioning properties.

Annatto Extract - A food grade vegetable dye from a tropical tree, yellow to orange.

Annionic Surfactants - Those in which the active molecule bears a negative electric charge. These surfactants are primarily used as cleansing agents in relatively mild shampoos for oily or normal to oily hair.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Eco Styler Moroccan Argan Oil Styling Gel


  • Made with 100% Argan Oil
  • Contains UV Protection
  • For all hair types
  • Maximum hold

Promises: Eco Styler Moroccan Argan Oil Styling Gel is formulated with rare oils from the Argan tree in Morocco. The formula conditions and revitalizes the hair while adding a brilliant shine. Like all of our styling gels. Ecostyler Moroccan Argan Oil is also weightless and provides a superior hold. UV protection with no flakes, no tack and anti-itch.

Ingredients: Water, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Glycerin, Trithanolamine, Sodium Hydrxymethylglycnate, Plysorbate 20, Tetrasodim EDTA, Argan oil, Fragrance, Yellow #11,

Source: HERE

Have you got hold of this NEW eco-styler gel as of yet? What has been your experience. Is it any good? Argan oil is awesome, as I use the One ‘n Only Argan oil. So I am assuming this will be good.I will be on the hunt for this product here, if not I will have to send for it across the pond. Leave some feedback below of your experience with this product ;).

Denman Brush: Comes with Scents

I was surfing the net since I bought my tangle teezer and came across a NEW type of ‘Scented Denman Brushes’

Orange Tango Scented ‘Denman’

Fun and exciting adaptation of the D3 Classic Styling Brush with various scents and matching pad alike. Each has the fruit prints and fragrances accordingly. The perfect partner for blow-drying, smoothing and shaping the hair. HERE

Wild Berry Scented ‘Denman’




Coconut Scented ‘Denman’ (Plastic Handle)

Strawberry Shortcake Scented ‘Denman’

Green Apple Scented ‘Denman’








Lemon Sherbet Scented ‘Denman’








Wooden Coconut Scented ‘Denman’ (Wooden Handle) D3coco_display[1]

These sound yummy, do you own any of these NEW scented Denman? I am liking the sound and look of the ‘Wooden Coconut Scented Denman’. What is your take or experience with any of these NEW brushes?

Featured Excerpt: Azurcarmoreno

Where do you live?
Atlanta, GA

How long have you been texlaxed?
About 9 months

What’s your regimen?
My Weekly Routine:
AzucarmorenoShampoo 1x week with Burt's Bees "Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet" Sulfate-free shampoo

VO5 moisture milks or Suave
DC: ORS Olive Oil Moisturizing Conditioner and (protein) Organics Hair Mayonaise
Leave-ins: NTM, Aussy Moisture Insurance, Procclaim anti-frizz serum
Oils/sealers: coconut oil and/or Taliah Waajid African Healing Oil (on my scalp)

Styling products when I flat iron my hair:
Aussie Moisture Insurance (smells great!)
Procclaim anti-frizz serum
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon (cream)

Styling Products when I do no-heat styles:
NTM + Aussie Moisture Insurance Leave-In conditioner
Coconut oil (sealer) + Taliah Waajid African Healing Oil (for my scalp)
Hollywood Carrot or Olive Cream (moisturizer)
Procclaim anti-frizz serum

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
*Relaxing hair too often (every 6 weeks!): My scalp became severely damaged and I lose hair.
*Using too much heat: I try air dry almost every time I shampoo, and do no-heat styles (braid outs, buns, Bantu knots) Azucarmoreno 1c

What has been your favorite product?
Coconut oil: I use it as a prepoo, moisturizer, sealer...and on my skin. I love it!

What is your ‘SIGNATURE’ style?

Most days I bun, it's the quickest/easiest

What has been your biggest challenge during your hair journey? And how did you overcome this challenge in your journey?
Dealing with NG during my stretches! It is still challenging.

Azucarmoreno 1b What is your ultimate hair goal?
My hair goal is to to reach BSL or MBL with full, healthy shiny hair and scalp.

What steps are you taking to achieve that?
*I have been using too much heat lately, but I plan on going back to no-heat styles on regular basis,
*continuing trimming my hair until all the damaged hair is removed.
*stretching my relaxers to allow my scalp time to heal
*reducing the sue of blow dryers and direct heat (curling/flat irons)
*Oiling my scalp and doing prepoos and DC's (using sulfate-free shampoos) Azucarmoreno 1d
*Doing protective styles

Are there any words of encouragement/advice you would like to offer to those that are texlaxed?
Texlaxing does work, it gives the versatility of a relaxer, but still allow some of the texture to remain and it makes hair look thicker  and healthier.

What does 'good' hair means to you?
Healthy hair, regardless or hair type, texture, length or ethnicity.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

My Announcement as Promised!

It is March 1st, 2011 and I have decide to come clean and let my followers know that I have decided to go:




For those of you that did not know or realized that I am actually Texlaxed. I have decide I would like to give my natural hair a chance and there has been many natural ladies that I admire and have been an inspiration.

Surprisingly to you, I have been testing it out for a while now, I wanted to make sure I could go the whole way without failing lol my last texlaxing experience was March 31st, 2010. That means I am almost A YEAR into my transitioning.

I have SOME photos of styles I have been doing during my transitioning stages…, enjoy :).Be prepared as this is going to be VERY PICTURE HEEAVY; go get your tea and cake and come back :p lorl!


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WHEEEEEW, I am going to end it here.

This should keep you hair lust happy for the time being, I have more hair updates coming during the week……, Stay tuned.