Essential Oils |ConsumersAdvocate.org

Essential Oils are important for your hair as well as your skin. Here is a blog post written by Estenfania Guzman from ConsumersAdvocate.org.

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For more information on 33 Essential oils and the research conducted by ConsumersAdvocate.org check out these links:

  1.  Best Essential Oil Brands Based on In-Depth Reviews
  2. Best Essential Oil Brands Based on In-Depth Reviews

For those of us blessed with natural hair, finding the perfect product that will give us our dream curl is one of the most time-consuming past time in our lives. If your texture is kinky, coily, wavy, or anything in between, with  the minimum amount of frizz, you want to rock glossy, developed curls.

Although you may have read about the properties of coconut, jojoba, and argan oil, you may be overlooking one thing: essential oils. These oils come from flowers, spices, leaves, and fruits who have been known for centuries to have medicinal or therapeutic uses. 

However, you can use them for more than aromatherapy. They’re very popular for DIY projects, like hair masks, candles and lotions. Yet since they’re so concentrated, essential oils can cause skin irritation. Make sure you always mix them with carrier oils. These can be oils such as coconut, olive, and jojoba. These neutral oils will dilute the strength of the essential oil so you can use them safely.

Remember to do a small skin test on your arm before distributing the essential and carrier oil mix to a large part of your body. If the sample causes itchiness, irritation or inflammation, this specific type of oil shouldn’t be used.

Certain health conditions may also be affected by the use of essential oils. If you’re pregnant or have life-threatening allergies, speak to your doctor before using essential oils.

To reduce the risk of irritation because of impurities in the oil, look for brands that test their oils for purity. This helpful infographic on eleven tested brands and their results can be useful to understanding which brand and type of oil you should get. Here is a link to the full report:

 

https://www.consumersadvocate.org/essential-oils

 I hope that this article  and the links provided have helped all those who have had questions on essential oils.

Racquel (The Curl Factory)


Raw Gold Shea Butter – Hair & Skin

Raw Gold is a proudly South African product;  Raw Gold Shea Butter is an all-natural, unrefined Shea butter which encourages the healing,  and strengthening of your hair, and skin. Raw Gold’s Shea Butter is a pure, single ingredient fact product which makes it excellent for sensitive skin types and those prone to allergic reactions.

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Raw Gold is a range of plant-based hair and body care products. The pure, organic creations from Raw Gold are made with ethically sourced ingredients, which actively support and enhance the overall health of your skin and hair. 

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I used two of their products: The Whipped Hair Treatment and The Body Butter. First will tell you about the Whipped Hair Treatment.

Whipped Hair Treatment 

  • Stimulates circulation to your scalp, and encourages the growth of your hair.
  • Helps to alleviate the symptoms & heal the cause of scalp irritations.
  • Naturally antibacterial and anti fungal.
  • Moisturizes & softens dry, curly or damaged hair.
  • Peppermint & Eucalyptus oil leaves the skin feeling crisp,
    clean & reinvigorated.
  • Suitable for African & Caucasian hair. Can also be used as a serum or leave-in treatment.
  • Free of all parabans & additives. Vegan friendly.

What I loved about this product was the smell, the soft peppermint smell was not over powering. I used it on my scalp before cleansing my hair.  I avoided using it all over my hair, I did add a little to the ends of my hair. It left my scalp feeling light and fresh. The application was also really easy. The product melts once you rub your hands together, giving you access to all it’s goodness.

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Next the Body Butter:

Body Butter 

• Deeply moisturizes, and softens your skin everywhere. Non-comogenic. 

• Alleviates dry, irritated patches and soothes/heals excema or dry skin conditions. 

• Heals, and hydrate cracked skin. 

• Works wonders on wrinkles, stretch-marks and puffyness. 

• Plumps & firms the skin. 

• Smells delicious. 

• Coconut oil is a vegan-friendly, antibacterial alternative to beeswax. 

I used the Body Butter throughout winter in South Africa and my skin loved it. I used it in the evening, and I woke up every morning with soft, hydrated skin. It melts onto the skin giving it the added moisture that is needed especially during winter. I really enjoyed using it. 

My overall thoughts.

Both products are amazing, my hair does not like unrefined shea butter, hence me only using it on my scalp and the ends of my hair. The texture of both products is not too hard, after scooping it out of the container, and rubbing it onto the palms of your hands it melts. Both products smell amazing. They are natural products that work really well.

Racquel 

Review: Noughty 97% Natural Intensive Care Leave-in Conditioner. 

I love the name and the honesty, it says it is 97% natural that made me lol…I love that it doesn’t claim to be 100% natural. It is for frizzy and damaged hair. It promises to help banish damaged hair and split ends.

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Packaging: I actually like the packing, it is lilac in color and the writing on the packing is in black, white and purple. On the packing it tell you how to apply the leave-in conditioner. It says to apply after washing your hair and to focus on the length of your hair and not the roots. Because it is a leave-in conditioner you do not rinse it out. The rating I am going to give for Packing is 4 out of 5. 

Price: I bought the Noughty 97% Natural Intensive Care Leave-in Conditioner at Clicks for R149.99. I thought that it was expensive considering the size of the product. The rating I am going to give for Price is 3 out of 5. 

Application: The Noughty 97% Natural Intensive Care Leave-in Conditioner melts into your hair like butter. It is thick and creamy, and it glides onto and into the hair shaft. I have long hair, so I did use quiet a bit. The rating I am going to give for Application is 4 out of 5.

Quality & Size: This leave-in conditioner is 150ml or 5fl.oz. It is way too small for me. It is free from; Petrochemicals, Parabens, Sulphates and Silicones. It is contains ingredients like Shea Butter and Argan Oil.The rating I am going to give for Quality & Size is 3 out of 5, because it is too small. The rating I am going to give for Quality and Size is 2.5 out of 5.

Results: I loved the results, it kept my hair soft, and moisturized during the Johannesburg winter and it worked well with different stylers.

I am loving this leave-in conditioner. I was pleasantly surprised by this product. It worked so well during the Johannesburg winter. It is a keeper for me.

Racquel 

Review-Shea Moisture Full Beard Detangler

Something for the Guys! I chatted to Nhlanhla Nkambule for his take on the Shea Moisture Maracuja Oil with Shea Butter: Full Beard Detangler.

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The Shea Moisture Maracuja Oil with Shea Butter: Full Beard Detangler softens hair and eases out knots to make beards manageable and smell great! This beard detangler has NO parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, sulfates and it is not tested on animals.

Packing: The colours on the product are brown and green with white writing. The Shea Moisture logo is clearly seen on the front of the bottle, and Full Beard Detangler is in bold. Nhlanhla and I like the colours, they are not too girly or unappealing to men. At the back it clearly tells men, “What the product does”: It conditions and softens the thick, course facial hair of a majestic full beard. It also provides great slip to ease out knots without tugging.  At the back it also tells men, “How it Works”, Apply a dime-size amount into the palm of your hand, massage it into your beard and comb through from root to ends.  For best results apply on a damp (not dripping wet) beard, preferably soon after taking a shower or washing your face. It is a leave in, so guys do not rise it out. The rating Nhlanhla gives for Packaging is 4.5 out of 5. 

Price: He bought it from Clicks for R 259. At first glance he thought it was expensive, but it can last a guy 6-9 months depending on the length of their beard and frequency of use. So in a year guys only need to purchase it a maximum of twice. The rating Nhlanhla gives for Price is 4 out of 5. 

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Application: It comes out of the tube very easily, it is white in color and it is also a very thick paste. Nhlanhla liked the smell as it was not over powering and the smell disappeared soon after application. When applying the Full Beard Detangler a little goes a long way, you don’t need to use a lot. The Full Beard Detangler is very hydrating and can be likened to a light sprits of water on the beard. Men are encouraged to apply the product with their fingertips and immediately the detangler takes effects; eliminating knots and tangles leaving the beard soft, and manageable making it easier to comb the beard and run your fingers threw it. The rating Nhlanhla gives for Application is 4.5 out of 5. 

Quality & Size: The size of the Full Beard Detangler is 118ml or 4fl oz. Its the perfect size allowing men to use it for 6-9 months. Also the size makes it convenient for travel as it can comfortably fit into a regular toiletry bag without limiting space for other products. The  Detanger has No sulphates, parbens, mineral oil, phthalates and propylene glycol. It also contains Shea Butter and Maracuja Oil. Nhlanhla likes the size as well as the quality.  The rating Nhlanhla gives it for Quality & Size is 4.5 out of 5.

Results:  The beard is left detangled and soft as promised. However the effects can be short lived, requiring reapplication once or twice more throughout the day to maintain a tangle free beard.  The rating Nhlanhla gives for Results is 4 out of 5.

Overall Nhlanhla’s experience using the Shea Moisture Full Beard Detangler was positive, Nhlanhla really likes the product,  he recommends it for men who are starting out on their beard journey or those that have been on it for sometime.

I hope you guys enjoyed this review. It gets a thumbs up from The Curl Factory! 

Racquel and Nhlanhla

Natural Hair Cleansers for Under R100

Cleansing our hair is the first step to a healthy scalp which leads to healthy hair. Finding the right cleanser is important because the wrong cleaner can strip your hair, leaving it dry and difficult to detangle and manage. Below are 5 cleansers that are available in South Africa for under R100 that won’t strip your hair or leave it dry and unmanageable.  

  1. Loreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Low Shampoo Gentle Cleansing Cream No Foam (400ml) R88.99.  This low shampoo contains Amla oil + 6 precious flower oils. This gentle cleanser promises to prevent breakage and add nourishment and perfect definition to your hair. It is for very dry, curly and afro hair. There is no information on the package about silicones, sulphates or parabens. You can get it from www.takealot.com or Clicks stores. 

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2. Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Flaxseed Recipes Purify Me Frizz Fighting Moisturizing Co-Wash Cleanser. (355ml) R 89.00.This co-wash is enriched with flaxseed, avocado, coconut and apple cider vinegar. It provides nourishing moisture, penetrating conditioning and deep cleansing for chronically dry hair and protective styling. This product is sulphate free, paraben free, it has no mineral oil and no petrolatum. You can get this product at Clicks. 

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3. Curl Chemistry Sulphate Free Shampoo ( ?ml).  R90.00. This is a gentle sulfate free shampoo that helps with conditioning the hair while cleansing it. It promises to make your hair feel soft and look shiny. It is sulphate free, paraben free and silicone free. You can get it from their website: www.curlchemistry.co.za.

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4. My Natural Hair Nourishing Shampoo. (250ml) R89.99. This nourishing shampoo is for natural and relaxed hair. It gently cleanses and softens as it removes dirt and build-up from styling products, and soothes a dry, itchy and flaking scalp. It is free from sulphates, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum and phthalates. You can get this product at Clicks. 

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5. ORS Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo. (51.7ml) R23.99. It removes build up while moisturizing, it also gently cleanses and neutralizes. There is no information on the packaging about sulfates, parabens or silicones. You can get this product from Clicks. 

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Happy Wash Day everyone, remember that healthy hair starts from the scalp. 

Racquel. 

How to Style Blow Dried”, “Straight” or “Stretched” Natural Hair Daily:

In today’s blog post, I want to focus on How to Refresh your hair when it has been blow dried or when you are wearing it straight or in a stretched state, and how to protect it, as well as maintain your hair.

 

Here is a link on How to Refresh Blow Dried Hair done by Reviews.com in their review they use the following serums to help refresh your straightened hair throughout the week.  In their review they used the following products:

It is a detailed review with pictures, so you can see how each product has worked. Don’t forget to click the link, it is really informative. Here is the link again ladies: How to Refresh Blow Dried Hair

Enjoy ladies!

Racquel 

Natural Hair Stylers for Under R100

We are always looking for the perfect styler. A styler that will prevent frizz, give amazing curl definition and leave our hair soft and hydrated without costing us an arm or a leg. Below are 5 stylers that are available in South Africa for under R100. I have tried all these stylers and they are all value for money. If you are looking for an affordable styler try one of these: 

  1. ORS Argon Oil with Baobab Oil Anti Breakage Strengthening Styling Gel. (250ml) R39.99.  This gel promises to give a firm and sleek  hold.It is non-flaking, non-stick and non-drying. The first ingredient is aqua, there is no information on the packaging about silicones. sulfates or parabens. This product is available at Dischem.

ORS Pudding2. Afro Botanics Black Pearl Hair Jelly. (250ml) R 63.95. This is a medium hold gel that does not contain alcohol. It elongates curls, prevents frizz and promotes formation of curls and holds down edges and is perfect for the sleek ponytail or bun hairstyles.  The first ingredient is aqua, there is no information on the packaging about silicones. sulfates or parabens. This product is available at Clicks.

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3. Black Like Me for Natural Hair Curl Hydrate Pudding with Moringa and Citrus extract. ( 250ml).  R 39.99. This pudding nourishes curls and coils as well as defines curls. This pudding is non-greasy and light weight which allows it to be absorbed into the hair shaft without any scalp build-up. The first ingredient is aqua, there is no information on the packaging about silicones. sulfates or parabens. This product is available at Clicks.

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4. Clicks Afri True Naturals Curl Power Hydrating Curl Creme for Kinky, Coily hair. (250ml) R49.99. This curl creme adds moisture, stimulates hair growth and reduces knots while reducing dryness and hair breakage. This product is sulphate free and paraben free. This product is available at Clicks.

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5. ORS Olive Oil with Marula Oil Moisture-Intense Conditioning Styling Gel. (250ml) R31.99. It is a strong hold non-flaking, non-stick and non-drying gel. The first ingredient is aqua, there is no information on the packaging about silicones. sulfates or parabens. This product is available at Dischem. 

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Thought I would share some affordable options, because we all know how expensive natural hair products can be. 

Racquel. 

Deep Conditioners for Under R100

Deep Conditioning is important for healthy, moisturized and strong hair. Here are 5 Deep Conditioners for under R100 that are available in South Africa:

  1. Curl Chemistry Deep Conditioning Treatment (250ml) R80.00. It is for kinky, curly and wavy hair. It has no silicones. To order contact them on Instagram: @CurlChemostry, Facebook: @Curl Chemistry or on their website: www.curlchemistry.co,za

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2. Vatika Naturals Hot Oil Treatment Deep Conditioning (500g) R75.98. It is for dry, dull and lifeless hair. It is available at spice shops around the country. If you in Johannesburg try Nargia’s (Close to Mall of Africa).

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3. L’oreal Paris Elive Extraordinary Oil Curl Nourishment Masque with Amla Oil + 6 precious flower oils ( 300ml) R 94.95. It is for very dry, curly and afro hair. It is available at Clicks. 

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4. My Natural Hair Hydration Mask ( 70ml) R39.99. It is for natural and relaxed hair. It has no sulphates, no parabens, no petroleum, no mineral oil, no silicones and no phthalates. It is available at Clicks stores, or from My Natural Hair directly. 

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5. Palmers Coconut Oil Formular Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack (60g) R29.99. It is for dry, damaged or color treated hair.It has no sulphate and no parabens.  It is available at Clicks. 

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I hope you add deep conditioning to your weekly hair regime, I know your hair will love it.

Racquel.

Review: Noughty 97% Natural To The Rescue Moisture Boost Shampoo and Conditioner.

This shampoo and conditioner is for frizzy and damaged hair. The conditioner contains shea butter and olive oil and the shampoo contains sweet almond and sunflower seed. The shampoo and conditioner are both free from Petrochemicals, Parabens, Sulphates and Silicones. 

Packaging: The color of the Shampoo bottle is a blush pink and the color of the Conditioner bottle is grey. The writing on both bottles are in black, white and pink. At the back of each bottle it tells you how to use each product as well as how long you can keep the product after it has been opened which is 12 months. Both the Shampoo and Conditioner are vegetarian and vegan friendly.   The rating I am going to give for Packing is 3 out of 5. 

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Price: I bought the Noughty 97% Natural To The Rescue Moisture Boost Shampoo and Conditioner at Clicks for R149.99 each. I thought that the shampoo was reasonably priced, but that the conditioner was expensive, because you use more conditioner than shampoo. I knew that the conditioner was going to run out very quickly.  The rating I am going to give for Price for both  is 3 out of 5.

Application: I did not like the application of the shampoo. While washing my hair the shampoo clumped together making distributing the product throughout my scalp difficult. Because of this a lot of the shampoo ended up falling onto the wash basin and going down the drain. I did not enjoy washing my hair with the shampoo. The conditioner on the other hand was completely different. The product came out of the bottle easy and the consistency was creamy. The conditioner melted into my hair and it made detangling easy. I also used the conditioner as a leave-in and it worked really well.  The rating I am going to give the Shampoo for Application is 2.5 out of 5 and the rating I am going to give the Conditioner for Application is 4 out of 5. 

Quality & Size:  The Shampoo and Conditioner are both 250ml or 8.4fl.oz. The size of the shampoo is okay for me, but the conditioner could have been bigger. Both are made with really good ingredients, that left my hair hydrated and soft. The rating I am going to give for Quality and Size for both is 3 out of 5.

Results: The results that I got from the Shampoo were good. The shampoo delivered, it left my hair clean, and soft. After the debacle of trying to wash my hair, I was surprised at the results. I liked the results from the conditioner and the fact that it worked really well as a leave-in conditioner in was a bonus.  The rating I am going to give the Shampoo for Results is 3 out of 5 and the rating I am going to give the Conditioner is 4 out of 5.

The Shampoo and Conditioner worked really well together, if you have seen the Noughty 97% Natural line in stores, give it a try and see if you will like it. I was pleasantly surprised. 

Racquel 

Black Pearl by Pearl Thusi- Shampoo

The Black Pearl Line is a collaboration with Afro Botanics which is a proudly South African brand. The shampoo is an enhanced moisture sulfate-free shampoo made with Aloe and Shea. 

Packing: The packing in my opinion is simple. You can see the color of the shampoo which is yellow. The bottle is wrapped in black and the writing on the packaging is yellow, green and white. There is an expiry date on the bottle which is really good. I always appreciate when brands and products have an expiry date on them. The instructions on how to use the shampoo is also on the bottle. It states that you. Use apply a generous amount of shampoo and lightly rub it onto your scalp. It also says that you should follow up with The Afro Botanics Conditioner. The rating I am going to give for Packaging is 3 out of 5. 

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Price: I bought the shampoo from Clicks, and I paid R 63.95. I thought that the price was good, not too cheap and not too expensive, even though the shampoo bottle is small. The rating i am going to give for Price is 3.5 out of 5. 

Application: The shampoo does not come out of the bottle easily and it comes out in big clumps making the application difficult. The shampoo is think, making distribution difficult. When the shampoo is in your hands, it does not spend evenly for distribution. The rating I am going to give for Application is 2.5 out of 5. 

Quality & Size: The size of the shampoo is 250ml. In my option it is too small, you guys know how much I love a good amount of product. It is a sulphate-free shampoo which is good and it contains aloe and shea which adds moisture into the hair shaft. The rating I’m going to give it for Quality & Size is 3 out of 5.

Results: I actually liked the results. I was pleasantly surprised by how hydrated my hair was after using the shampoo. It didn’t strip my hair or leave it tangled and difficult to detangle. The rating I’m going to give it for Results is 4 out of 5.

I was really happy that I tried this shampoo, it isn’t something that I would personally repurchase, but as I said I am glad that I tried it. Try it and make your own assessment of the shampoo and the brand.

Racquel