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)


REVIEW |NILOTIQA Deep Moisture Butter

The Nilotiqa Deep Moisture Hair Care Range Shea & CoCo Collection Deep Moisture Butter. It contains shea butter and coconut oil. It promises to retain moisture, lock in moisture and hydrate hair. 

This Deep Moisture Butter contains natural ingredients and is formulated for dry and brittle hair. It is perfect for daily use. 

Packaging: The packaging is very simple, the branding is front and center. It also tells you what type of product it is and what it does. There are no directions on the packaging and for many it can be confusing, “how do I use this product?”. There is also no mention of sulphates, silicones or parabens on the packaging. I reached out to Nilotiqa and they informed me that there are no sulphates, silicones or parabens. The rating I am going to give for Packaging is 3 out of 5.

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Price: The Deep Moisture Butter costs R135.00 at Clicks. I think it is a fair price for the amount of product in the container. It is under R200 which is really good. The rating I am going to give for Price is 4 out of 5. 

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Application: It smells amazing, as you open the product an amazing sweet smells comes out. I really like the smell of the Deep Moisture Butter. It is white in colour, the texture is  creamy and it is not too thick or too thin. A little goes a long way which is something I really like. You can use the Deep Moisture Butter daily to moisturize your hair or you can use it on your wash day before adding a styler of your choice. The Application is easy, you rub in onto the palms of your hands and distribute the product in small sections.  The rating I am going to give it for Application is 4 out of 5. 

Quality & Size: The Deep Moisture Butter is made with natural ingredients and the first ingredient is water. As mentioned earlier there is no information on the packing on sulphates, silicones or parabens. I did reach out to the Nilotiqa team and they informed me that the product is sulphate free, paraben free and contains no minerals. The size of the product is 250ml or 8.4 oz. I like the quality of the product and I think the size is average. The rating I am going to give it for Quality &Size is 4 out of 5. 

Results: I used the Deep Moisture Butter on, Two Strand Twists as well as on a Wash and Go, on both hairstyles my hair was moisturized, soft and manageable.  When I did the Two Strand Twist I did not add a styler, when I opened the Two Strand Twists, my hair had definition as well as hold. On my Wash and Go my hair was moisturized and soft throughout the week. I used the Deep Moisture Butter during winter in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the product performed really well.  The rating I am going to give for Results is 4 out of 5. 

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Here is a Review Card with categories and ratings out of 5:

Price: 4 out of 5           

Packaging:  3 out of 5

Curly Hair: 4 out of 5

Coils Hair:  4  out of 5

Kinky hair:   4 out of 5

Fine Strands:  3.5 out of 5

Thick Strands: 4 out of 5

Happy Wash Day

The Curl Factory (Racquel)

Review: Jane Carter Solutions Curls on the Go! Elongating Gel

I am going to review The Jane Carter Solutions Curls on the Go! Elongating Gel in 5 categories. To watch the review click: Review: Jane Carter Curls to Go! Elongating Gel

Category 1: Packaging

The gel comes in a slim, pump bottle in pretty pink wrapping with a sunflower on it. On the packaging there is useful information such as; it is for curly and coily hair, it reduces shrinkage and controls frizz. For Packaging I give it a rating of 3.5 Curls. 

Category 2: Price

I bought the gel for $10.99 from the Naturally Curly online store. I think it is expensive when you consider the size of the gel. For Price I give it a rating of 4 Curls.

Category 3: Application

You pump out the gel. It is clear in colour, it is not too thick and not too runny. It has a strong sweet smell. Divide your hair into sections and apply the gel in small sections. It dissolves into your hair and it leaves your hair shiny. For Application I give it a rating of 4 Curls.

Category 4: Quality & Size

The size of the gel is 8fl or 237ml. I think that it is too small for a hair gel. As naturals we use a lot of gel, so for me it is too small. For quality, it is made of good quality product. For Quality & Size I give it a rating of 3.5 Curls.

Category 5: Results

The gel gave my curls shine and it did hold my Wash and Go. I was happy with the result. It is not a must have product but it is something that I would re-purchase. For Results I give it a rating of 4 Curls.

Racquel