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 

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.

Black Pearl by Pearl Thusi- Conditioner

The Black Pearl Line is a collaboration with Afro Botanics which is a proudly South African brand. The conditioner is an enhanced moisture hydrating conditioner made with Aloe and Shea. 

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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 enhanced moisture hydrating conditioner is also on the bottle. The instructions say to apply the hydrating conditioner after using the shampoo. And that the conditioner can be used as a rinse out conditioner or a deep conditioning treatment. The rating I am going to give for Packaging is 3 out of 5. 

Price: I bought the enhanced moisture hydrating conditioner from Clicks, and I paid R 94.95. I thought that the price was good, not too cheap and not too expensive, in comparison to the shampoo the conditioner is bigger, which I really liked. The rating I am going to give for Price is 3.5 out of 5. 

Application: The enhanced moisture hydrating conditioner is very think thus making it difficult to come out of the bottle, making application difficult. Once you get the product out of the bottle, it is thick and creamy, I liked that about the product. When applying the enhanced moisture hydrating conditioner onto my hair, I found that the conditioner coated my hair, and it didn’t really penetrate into the hair shaft. It left my hair feeling waxy and weighed down. I used the hydrating conditioner as a rinse out conditioner. The rating I am going to give for Application is 2 out of 5. 

Quality & Size: The size of the enhanced moisture hydrating conditioner is 500ml, as I mentioned it is bigger than the shampoo. I think that it is a decent size for a conditioner. It is made with ingredients such as aloe and shea and the first ingredient is aqua. I did not like the conditioner and I will explain more in the results, as a result the did not like the quality. The rating I am going to give for Quality & Size is 3 out of 5.

Results: I did not like this enhanced moisture hydrating conditioner, as I mentioned it left my hair feeling waxy and weighed down. Because it did not penetrate into the hair shaft it did not leave my hair feeling soft and hydrated after rinsing it off. The rating I am going to give for Results is 2.5 out of 5.

Overall I did not like this conditioner, is was too thick and it coated my hair. I definitely won’t be buying it again.

Racquel 

How to Treat Dry Scalp Part 1

I am all for hair products, but what I am more in favour of is the cheapest and best way to get your hair healthy and strong.

Many of us, young and old experience dry scalp. The best way to help with dry scalp is by using Apple Cider Vinegar. Yes, something we can find in our nearest grocery store and is cost efficient. There are other ways, but today’s post is focusing on Apple Cider Vinegar.

9 Reasons to Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

  1. Balance Hair and Sebum pH. – Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale, and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an ACV rinse (pH 2.9). This rinse is great for bringing the pH back to where it’s supposed to be after shampooing.

2)  Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties. – Helps with any scalp infections like dandruff, dry scalp ect.

3) Cleansing and Clarifying – If you don’t want to use a shampoo, ACV will clean and clarify your hair.

4) Add Natural Body and Define Curls – Fuller hair and more defined curls.

5) Detangle – ACV softens hair and helps the detangling process.

6) Reduce Frizz– Yay, to less frizz and more defined curls.

7) Add Shine – Adds a natural shine to your hair.

8) Stimulate Hair Growth and Prevent Hair Loss – What most of us girls want.

9) Prevent Split Ends and Breakage – Less split ends and breakage means longer hair.

With all these benefits why not add it to your wash day

 How to Mix it

Add a half cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to one cup of water.

Application

  • Put it in a spray bottle and spritz your scalp OR
  • Pour the mixture into a jug and pour it over your hair as a rinse THEN
  • Massage scalp.
  • Optional to rinse it off with water.
  • Do this after you wash your hair with shampoo.

Personally I use the second application method every week, and it is something I will never take out of my wash day routine. Many may not like the smell, but after you rinse it off with water, the smell is gone. Many people always tell me my hair looks healthy and shiny, and I give Apple Cider Vinegar a lot of credit for the overall health of my hair. I do not have dry scalp, because I use ACV, plus I get all the added benefits that ACV offer.

Racquel