Afrotastic Curl Elastic

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Soultanicals has been around for a while, since 2012 to be exact.  I would say around 2016 or the early part of 2017.  I discovered a deep conditioner called Afrotastic Curl Elastic. And I have to say its not bad.  Its not as good as my beloved Kinky Kashmere but its definitely a great product.  It has some protein in it and has great ingredients.

One thing I LOVE about this brand is that they offer salon sizes on their products.  32 ounces!!  The usual cost of this item is $16 for 8 ounces.  In my opinion I think its an insult to naturals for companies to make a deep conditioner that’s less then 12 ounces.  An 8 ounce deep conditioner would last me about a month, maybe two if I’m lucky.

As a Soultanicals buyer.  I highly suggest you follower her Instagram page:  Soultanicals, sign up for her newsletter, and wait for her to have her sales because she has some awesome sales.  Just to give you an example, in Nov 2017, for her 5 year anniversary.  The owner had a five minute, $5 sale on many items on her site. Another example, of a great sale is during Black Friday, when she has her salon size products for $20.  Can’t beat that!

I give this deep conditioner:  4/5

5 stars:  excellent-would definitely repurchase
4 stars:  good stuff– would still repurchase
3 stars:  just okay-would repurchase if there was an AWESOME sale
2 stars:  eh– wouldn’t look for a sale or bother to repurchase
1 star:    hell no-wouldn’t even take it if it was free, and I love free

Consistency
The consistency isn’t too thick, and not too thin/watery.
Smell
Has a light fruity scent.  Definitely not overpowering
Slip
Great to use as a de-tangler
Cost
$16 for 8 ounces
Ingredients
Great ingredients. Silicone free. Junk free.

afrotastic

Ingredients
Distilled Water Botanically Infused with Marshmallow, Rosemary, Burdock, Amla, Chamomile, Thyme, Sage & Coltsfoot, Organic Aloe Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerine, Organic Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein, Guar Gum, Sorbitol, Pro Vitamin B5, Ximenia Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Potassium Sorbate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Natural, Fragrant Oil Blends, an extra slip of soulistic flava & LOVE!

Spirals, twirls, and curls

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If you want a change of style from the usual wash n go, twist out, or braid out.  Then I suggest you head over to My Curl Squad and pick you up some rollers.  My Curl Squad is a small Black owned business that creates this wonderful styling tool.  The owner has two, soon to be three sizes.  Husky, standard, and colossal.  I’ve used the husky and standard and they give the most prettiest curls ever.

Just to give you an example on the size of curls.  Husky is a medium size curl and standard is a small size curl.  I recommend purchasing two packs of each.  The reason for this is because since your hair is wrapped up in a spiral, and enclosed in the rubber holder, means that your hair doesn’t have access to a lot of air.  Therefore, you really can’t put a lot of hair inside.

This past weekend I ended up using nearly 60 of the husky pack and about ten of the standard size because I wanted smaller curls in the front.  If you want to speed up the drying time a bit then you can sit under a dryer.  Its perfectly safe.  I do it all the time. Let me know if you try them!

curl squad

 

Lovely Leave in

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I’m back with another product from Kinky Kashmere. The Kashmere Leave in Conditioner is another win win for me.  Its thick, smells awesome, has lots of moisture, and has lot of slip.  This product aids in keeping my hair moisturized for days.

I give this leave in conditioner:  5/5

5 stars:  excellent-would definitely repurchase
4 stars:  good stuff– would still repurchase
3 stars:  just okay-would repurchase if there was an AWESOME sale
2 stars:  eh– wouldn’t look for a sale or bother to repurchae
1 star:    hell no-wouldn’t even take it if it was free, and I love free

Consistency
Thick and creamy, not watery
Smell
Has a light lemongrass smell.  Definitely not overpowering.
Slip
Great to use as a detangler
Cost
$12 for 8 ounces
Ingredients
Great ingredients.  Silicone free.  Junk free.


kk leave in.jpgIngredients
Aqua, Aloe Vera, Pure Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis, BTMS Conditioner, Castor Oil, Spinosa Kernel Oil, Coconut Oil, Natural Avocado Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract, Guar Gum, Optiphen, Fragrance

 

Love in a Bottle

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Y’all I have found my Holy Grail deep conditioner, and her name is Kinky Kashmere.  I’m sooooo glad I discovered this product line a couple of years ago, its really changed my hair for the better.  I’m a firm believer that an awesome deep conditioner is the foundation to having healthy hair.  When the owner has her Black Friday sales.  I stock up on enough to last me for the entire year.

Lets talk about my favorite product from this line:  Kashmere Unmasked. This deep conditioner is a true God sent.  It has  plenty of slip, smells awesome, provides lots of moisture, and is totally affordable.  This product line is Black owned, and small business.

 I give this deep conditioner:  5/5

5 stars:  excellent-would definitely repurchase
4 stars:  good stuff– would still repurchase
3 stars:  just okay-would repurchase if there was an AWESOME sale
2 stars:  eh– wouldn’t look for a sale or bother to repurchae
1 star:    hell no-wouldn’t even take it if it was free, and I love free

Consistency
The consistency isn’t too thick, and not too thin/watery.
Smell
Has a light lemongrass smell.  Definitely not overpowering
Slip
Great to use as a de-tangler
Cost
$20 for 16 ounces
Ingredients
Great ingredients. Silicone free. Junk free.

kinky kashmere deep condioner

Ingredients:
Aqua, Hemp Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Pure Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis, BTMS Conditioner, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Spinosa Kernel Oil, Natural Avocado Oil, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Rosemary Extract, Guar Gum, Fragrance, Optiphen

Shea Moisture Sellout Sadness

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*sigh*  I must say with sadness that Shea Moisture is no longer Black owned, Unilever announced on Nov. 27, 2017 that they are acquiring Sundial Brands which was under Shea Moisture, Nubian Heritage, and Madam C.J Walker.  Even though the founder of Sundial Brands, Richelieu Dennis, will still be the CEO.  I feel like it just won’t be the same.  Shea Moisture is now a subsidiary of Unilever.   Even though Mr. Dennis will still be able to maintain his CEO title.  Something tells me he really won’t be able to call all the shots.  I feel like he would have to get “permission” to perform certain actions in regards to this empire HE created.

One thing I’ve noticed about Shea Moisture is that they stopped having awesome in store sales.  I remember a couple of years ago Shea Moisture used to have BOGO (buy one get one) free sales at select stores such as Walgreens and CVS.  Recently, the only sales I’ve seen are BOGO at full price and the other at half price.  C’mon!!  That’s not a sale!!  I guess if you rock THAT hard with Shea Moisture then you’ll take whatever you can get.  But true Shea Moisture buyers remember those awesome sales.

Even though Unilever is set to acquire Shea Moisture.  I’m still happy that Shea Moisture will still pay the ladies in Africa living wages for making the shea butter that Shea Moisture uses in there products.

2017 Black Friday Haul

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Hey Everyone!  Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing my Black Friday purchases.  Let me tell you who I bought my goodies from, old and new for the month of November.  Oh, and by the way, all companies are Black owned.  As the days go by and I post my reviews.  I’ll be providing you with the links to check out the vendors and their IG pages.

Here’s the list, not necessarily in any order:
Hydro quench
Kinky Kashmere
Gitusum
Soultanicals
Tiba Naturals
J. Monique’s Naturals
Indulgence Spa and Body Products
Classy Hair
Curl Mix