Product Review | Shea Moisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque

Thursday, April 28, 2016

We are big supporters of local hair brands as you may have read in our previous posts, however you know how you find yourself watching an endless amount of YouTube videos and all the ladies are using one product line. It only leads to FOMO! 
That was me and SheaMoisture, I have always wanted to use the holy grail of natural hair product lines and was over the moon to find them at Goodlife Pharmacy
As part of the #kurlykichanagrowthchallenge I have been in protective styles i.e. these fabulous Mambo twists and was worried about potential breakage especially since I have been lazy and not moisturised often enough. 

Product Claims 
This intensive treatment deeply penetrates to condition and smooth frazzled strands with a nutrient rich fortifying formula. Transforms frizzy hair into sleek, healthy strands. Helps bind split ends and improved the overall appearance of hair . 
The product has Baobab Oil which is super for skin and hair and Cilantro (read Dhania for Kenyans) extract. It has a pleasant smell which is not overpowering. The consistency won me over, this masque is so thick you only need a few palmfuls to cover every strand on your head. 

How I used it?
I took out my Mambo twists by cutting them close to the root and basically just pulled out the crocheted braiding hair from the cornrows. 
I undid my cornrows and applied coconut oil to the section of hair after taking out each cornrow. I do this to make detangling easier. Once my hair is saturated with coconut oil, the tangles just melt away. 

Here is my hair after soaking my hair in coconut oil for 45 mins! Pass no judgement for doing my wash day in tinted moisturiser and red lippie! Gotta look good for washday. 

I then shampooed with my holy grail SheabyAsal Shampoo Bar. I normally rub the bar onto my scalp and massage my scalp with the tips of my fingers, the bubbles are my little tangle melters. The formulation of this bar is bomb, it makes finger detangling a breeze. 

After rinsing, I dried my hair in a kikoy which work just as well as an ordinary t-shirt. 

I then made sure my hair was about 80% dry and applied the masque in small sections all over my head to make sure each strand was covered. 

At this juncture, I used a plastic paper bag and covered my head and then rocked a headwrap as I tried to kill 45 mins positioning my camera in the right spot and adjusting the settings as it was getting dark. 

Diras and Headwraps for the win!

After 45 mins, I rinsed my hair and quickly detangled with my Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush hot dang was my hair soft but strong.Is that an oxymoron? 
This masque made my hair feel sooo soft but also my fine strands felt that little bit more tough! If you have fine hair, this product is great for not weighing down your hair whilst still strengthening your strands. I absolutely love it. 

 Freshly washed hair, gotta love shrinkage

I am really loving this masque and it works a treat for fine natural hair, it is definitely joining my holy grail products.

You can find the entire Shea Moisture at Goodlife Pharmacies at Westgate and Junction. 

The Sugar Scrub | Zanzi Naturals

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Self-care is time dedicated to taking care of yourself; mind, body and spirit. We normally partake in self-care every weekend and this can be time spent doing a face mask, body scrub, catching up on Game of Thrones, giving yourself a spa day, going to church or doing some yoga. 

Doing these things can help you de-stress whilst helping you re-focus which is super important for us millenials....Amirite? 

One of our fave self-care recipes is the Brown Sugar Body Scrub. This scrub is super simple to make with ingredients that you probably have at home. All you will need is;

1 cup brown sugar/normal sugar
5 tablespoons of oils of your choice e.g. Avocado, Olive, Coconut, Jojoba 
5- 1- drops of your essential oil for fragrance 
Airtight jar

I find brown sugar has huge sugar grains that do not work as well as plain sugar. The sugar is the abrasive ingredient that helps mechanically exfoliate your skin. 

I used cold-pressed Jojoba and Avocado oils from Zanzi's naturals, these oils feed your skin and help keep it smooth and nourished. 
Diane from Zanzi's Naturals sources organic,virgin and cold-pressed oilscwhich are great for your skin and hair. 

I used lavender essential oil as it smells really nice and has a nice calming effect which enhances self-care. 

Just mix everything together and enjoy your baby-soft skin. 

Do you guys have any self-care recipes? Would love to hear them in the comments. 

Feature Friday | Miss Mandi

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Today we share the Throwdown Queen's Miss Mandi Sarro's natural hair journey, she just recently went natural but has her holy grail products and regimen down to a T!

Miss Mandi has us drooling through her Instagram feed as well as her YouTube channel. If you have not checked her out.....we shall make it easy, check out her fro as she makes these NOM chicken wings below;

Photo by Tintseh  

1. Why did you go natural (assuming you haven’t always been natural)? How long have you been natural?
I went natural In December 2015 and to be honest I did because I was tired of the fact that my hair was so damaged it wasn't growing! I have been natural for about 4 months now but I had transitioned last year before the BC.

2.  Please tell us more about your regimen
I have been learning as I have been going. I want to say now I have found a regimen that works. I pre-poo my hair with ORS deep conditioner with Coconut oil plus Olive oil then I shampoo with Shea by Asal shampoo bar (that's heavenly). 
Deep Condition with ORS Mayonnaise Deep conditioner mixed with Coconut oil & other oils then then use Elasta QP Olive Oil Mango Butter Leave In, a mixture of oils & Black Castor Haitian Butter to seal in the moisture.

3. What are your staple products? 
Coconut oil, My oil mixture, ORS Mayonnaise, ORS Deep Conditioner and Spray Bottle with water and leave in.

4.  Have you ever dabbled in using some of your kitchen products in natural hair?
For sure! From olive oil, honey, coconut oil and apple cider vinegar.

5. We love that fact that you wear braids and weaves, plus rock a mean headwrap? What are your favourite hair styles? 
Mostly braids because you can style them in different ways. I really like that.

6. In your role as a media personality, do you feel comfortable wearing your natural hair out? 
All the time but this industry you have to be prepared for when you'll be asked to braid/weave it for a TV role.

7. What 3 hair products would you take with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
Coconut oil, My leave in & my shampoo bar.

Check out more of Miss Mandi on her Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and of course Snapchat @mandisarro. 

Her lipstick game!Strong!

Any tips you guys have for Newbie Naturals, let us know in the comments below! Happy Friday Kurlies!