J. Monique Naturals

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I’ve found yet another small Black owned business, J. MoniqueNaturals. I’ve had the chance of participating in her Black Friday sale.  50% off of everything on her site.  I took advantage of it by buying the three deep conditioner pack, out of one of those deep conditioners I tried the Raw Honey Deep Conditioner. While this deep conditioner doesn’t have much slip.  It packs some great moisture for those dry tresses.  I don’t need my deep conditioner to have a lot of slip.  Just as long as it provides moisture, because I de-tangle before I add any cleansers to my hair.

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 is thick, when you turn it over it doesn’t come out at all.
Smell
Has a light lemon honey scent.  Definitely not overpowering
Slip
No slip.  Don’t attempt to de-tangle with it.
Cost
$16 for 8 ounces or $24 for 16 ounce.
Ingredients
Great ingredients. Silicone free. Junk free.

 

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Ingredients: Raw Honey, Water, Aloe Vera Juice, Mango Butter, Neroli Butter, Shea Butter, Fennel Seed, Licorice Root, Fenugreek, Almond Oil, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Natural Emulsifying Wax, Vitamin E, Preservative, Fragrance.

 

Sprung Coil Boosting Gelly

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I’m back with another twisting cream product review from Soultanicals, another Black owned business.  Today I’ll be reviewing the Sprung Coil Boosting Gelly.  I have to say that this cream is one of my favorite twisting creams to date.  Its thick, yet lightweight, and gives you a nice medium to firm hold without having your hair feel hard, or crunchy. I’ve used it several times and every time I take down my twist outs or braid outs I’ve had little to no frizz. What I like about this product is that a little goes a long way.  So you don’t have to glob tons of it on your hair to get a nice hold.

I give this styler:  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 repurchase
1 star:    hell no-wouldn’t even take it if it was free, and I love free

Consistency
The consistency is thick, with a little stickiness to it, like a creamy gel
Smell
Has a light fruity scent.  Definitely not overpowering
Hold factor
Medium to strong hold
Cost
$16 for 8 ounces
Ingredients
Great ingredients. Silicone free. Junk free.

COIL BOOSTING INGREDIENTS: Distilled Water Infusion of Nettle, Saw Palmetto & Horsetail, Pro Vitamin B5, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Carbomer, Ginseng, Phthalate-Free Fragrance, Gluconodeltalactone & Potassium Sorbate- all gelled up in love.

Gitusum

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During Black Friday I always like to see what new companies I can try, and I always stock up on my favorites.  Sometimes what I buy can be a hit or miss.  And of course I’m always disappointed when I have a “miss,” especially when I had a lot of hopes for the product.  Well I was disappointed with this hair masque I purchased from a small Black owned business company called Gitusum.  It has some great ingredients but, but didn’t provide me with much moisture and very little slip.  I also wasn’t too crazy about the scent.  It has a very Earthy clay scent, which makes sense because the product does have clay.  I was just expecting something a bit more pleasant.  However, just because it didn’t work for my hair doesn’t mean it won’t work for yours.

I give this deep conditioner:  2/5

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 is thick, and not too thin/watery.
Smell
Has an Earthy clay scent.  Can be overpowering
Slip
Very little slip.  Don’t bother to de-tangle with it.
Cost
$19.50 for 16 ounces
Ingredients
Great ingredients. Silicone free. Junk free.

The Good Stuff Inside:
Water (Aqua), Polysorbate 60, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Rhassoul Clay, Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow Root), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sodium Glycine, Betaine (Beta vulgaris (Beet)) Sugar Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Fragrance (Perfume), Rosmarinus  (Rosemary) Herb Extract, Thymus Zygis (sweet thyme) extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Oil (Steam Distilled), Vegetable Glycerin USP Kosher, parkii (Shea) Butter, ORG Aloe barbadensis(Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice , Cannabis sativa(Hemp) Seed Oil, EcoCert GlucoButyrospermumnolactone, EcoCert Sodium Benzoate,Argania Spinsosa (Argan) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Honey Powder(Maltodextrin, Honey), Tocopherol Oil, Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Iron Oxide(Color Pigment)

Classy Hair

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I have an awesome styler from another small Black owned business called Classy Hair. Ms. K, as of date, currently sells her items on Etsy.  If you haven’t already, then you need to check out her styler, Classy Twisting Cream.  This product gives you a medium to strong hold, which is great for twist outs, braid outs, flexi-rod sets, and perm rod sets.

I was able to have my Curl Squad curls get to the 5th day using this product.  Its thick, creamy, goes on easy, and doesn’t dry out my hair.  Please give it a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

I give this styler:  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
Scent
Has a marshmallow type scent.  Definitely not overpowering.
Hold
Medium to strong
Cost
$12 for 8 ounces
Ingredients
Great ingredients.  Silicone free.  Junk free.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Juice infused with Organic Marshmallow Root, Castor Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Manuka Honey, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Lauric Acid, Beeswax, Caranuba Wax, Centrimonium Chloride, Cellulose Gum, Ginger Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid

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.

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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!

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