Products For Natural Hair; What Do They Do?

Hi girls! We’ve been getting questions about how a lot of natural hair products work so I decided to do a short post on that that might help some new and not-so-new naturals.

1)Sprays/Spritzes/Leave-ins
like the Creme of Nature Strength and Shine Leave in (pictured below, not in stock but can be found in most beauty stores and a personal favourite of mine) are meant to provide light daily conditioning. They do not need to be rinsed out, just spritz/apply and go.

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We have Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in in stock.

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This contains Shea Butter as one of it’s main ingredients and can be applied to wet or dry hair as a leave in and can be left on overnight for more intensive conditioning.

2)Instant Conditioners
These are designed to be left on hair for a few minutes, usually no more than five, and rinsed off. These are great for an instant condition in the shower and can be used regularly but do not provide a deep condition and should not replace it. I use alberto balsam as my instant conditioner about once a week, twice if I’ve been working out, because my hair loves it, I love how it smells, and it’s quite affordable at about 300 a bottle in nearly any supermarket.

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3)Moisturizing Conditioners
These generally contain water as the first ingredient. They boost moisture, elasticity and reduce frizz. Most moisturizing conditioners are used as deep conditioners.
To get the best results out of moisturizing conditioners, leave them on for 45min to an hour without heat or for even better results, about 15-30mins under a dryer. Heat helps with the adsorption (physics, people) of all that good stuff in your conditioner.
When I can’t go to the salon for the heat I do my work out with the plastic cap on and it works for me. Be careful not to overdo it, though, as this may lead to weakening of the hair and breakage with manipulation. Rinse with cold water to help seal the cuticle.
People have different routines for their hair and you should find what works for you. I try to DC my hair every week, at most every two weeks.
There are a lot of moisturizing conditioners in the market and some even contain some protein to strengthen your hair.
In stock we have the 370ml bottle of ORS Replenishing Conditioner and the psk for those that would just like to try it.

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This conditioner contains olive oil, marine proteins and sweet orange oil and is one of my go-to deep conditioners.

We also have the Cream of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment.

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This is infused with Argan oil and honey and while I like how this product moisturises my hair, my favourite thing about it is by far it’s smell. This is also available in a bottle that we do not have in stock.
Creme of Nature also have a sulphate-free shampoo that you girls should definitely try.

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We also have the ORS Hair Repair and Nourishing Conditioner in a sachet.

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This contains banana extracts that moisturize and soften hair while the bamboo extracts strength it.
You can also make yourself a DIY moisturizing conditioner using natural humectants and moisturizers including natural yoghurt, honey, bananas, avocados and a cold pressed extra virgin oil. Try it!

4)Protein Conditioners
These contain protein that temporarily strengthens hair by acting on the hair surface to repair damage. They contain moisturizers, unlike protein treatments.
We have the Palmers Coconut Oil Deep Condition Protein Pack in stock.

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This contains Coconut Milk, Keratin and Silk protein to strengthen and moisturize your hair.
DIY protein conditioners include eggs, mayonnaise, henna, mixed in with moisturizers like yoghurt, bananas, avocados and a cold pressed natural oil.

Other products you have probably heard talked about include:-

Protein Treatments which, unlike protein conditioners, are primarily protein based and strengthen hair by replenishing keratin that may have been lost from hair and have no moisturizing effects. Using protein treatments too often can result in dry and brittle hair leading to hair breakage.
Examples of DIY protein treatments include mayonnaise, egg yolks and henna treatments.

Cowashes remove product residue and cleanse hair while conditioning your hair. Depending on your hair, cowashes can replace shampoo almost entirely and can be incorporated into your regimen just like a shampoo.
If you do use shampoo, try to use sulphate-free ones. Sulphates are cleansing agents that strip your hair of it’s natural oils leaving it dry and brittle.
We have the As I Am Coconut Cowash in stock

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and this product is all the rage. I use it to wash my hair and my hair loves it!

Styling Gels/Creams/Balms are usually styling aids that help twists, Bantu knots and braids stay together and define curls. Some have conditioning properties.
We have Eco Styler gel Argan Oil, Olive Oil and Firm hold in stock.

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Butters/Creams/Puddings/Custards are generally creamy in consistency. Butters usually contain whipped natural butters like mango, shea, cocoa butters. They are heavy moisturizers that may also be styling aids if indicated in the usage instructions.
We have Kinky Curling Custard that contains chamomile, marshmallow and organic aloe juice. It’s both a moisturizer and a styling aid.
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We also have Beautiful Textures’ Curl Control Pudding and Moisture Butter which contain Coconut Oil, Olive Oil Shea Butter, Mango Butter and Rosemary leaf extracts and act as both moisturizers and styling aids.
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You can also whip your own butter using Shea and/or Cocoa Butter with a cold pressed oil for use as a DIY styling aid.
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This is an inexhaustive summary of some of the products in the market and how you can use them. Different products work differently for different types of hair and you may need to do a little experimentation before you can find what works for you.
It’s also important that you read the ingredient lists and descriptions for use. If you’re still unsure how a product works, there’s a lot of information on the internet and you can always email or call the manufacturer.

I hope you girls find this useful. Do tell us what products you use and how you use them. Pics always appreciated. And if you would like to order any of our products you can reach us on 0725466132 or 0707644851
Thank you for all the support so far. Y’all are awesome💋💋💋

xx,
M.

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Jojoba Oil

Happy Monday loves! We’re talking about Jojoba Oil today ūüôā

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Jojoba oil is one of the most nutrient rich oils. It has a very long half life (only shorter than coconut and castor oils) and is generally one of the more expensive carrier oils.

The jojoba plant is native to Arizona, California and Mexico but we found some that is grown right here in Kenya (yay to supporting home grown businesses).

It’s extracted from the seed by pressing and the oil makes up about 50% of the seed by weight.

💫BENEFITS FOR SKIN

‚ú®Make up removal. Add a few drops of jojoba oil to fingers or to a cotton ball and wipe over eyes and face. Rinse off with water and follow with regular cleanser.

‚ú®Facial and body moisturizer. Apply Jojoba Oil immediately after shower or bath, while skin is still damp. This helps seal in moisture, leaving skin soft and smooth without an oily residue.

‚ú®Body and scalp massage. Jojoba is great sensitive skin. Massage into body at home or at the spa for moisture and relaxation and massage into scalp to help relieve dryness.

‚ú®Shaving preparation and aftershave. Apply to beard or desired area before and after shaving. Helps prevent razor burn and leaves skin smooth, soft and moisturized.

‚ú®As a carrier oil. Dilute a few drops of your favorite essential oil in Jojoba Oil prior to massaging onto skin or scalp. Great for DIY beauty recipes.

💫BENEFITS FOR HAIR

‚ú®It is readily absorbed by your scalp due to how light it is and it’s similarity to sebum.

‚ú®Jojoba oil has the highest content (100%) of monounsaturated (98%) and saturated (2%) fats making it an excellent oil for pre poos. It penetrates the hair shaft really well and helps to prevent hygral fatigue. Avocado Oil and Coconut Oil are also pretty good for this.

‚ú®Jojoba oil contains Vitamin E which reduces damage caused to hair by heat and overprocessing. Massaging it into your hair will also help reduce split ends.

‚ú®Jojoba oil helps to soften and add shine to your natural hair.

Wanna try it out? Find some at our stockists;
💋Urban Hair Studio at Barclays Plaza on Loita Street.

💋Amadiva Beauty located at 14 Riverside Drive and at Prestige Plaza.

💋Mother of Beauty Cosmeticson the 1st Floor of Sasa Mall on Moi Avenue.

Call/text/whatsapp us on 0725466132 or 0707644850 for enquiries

#NaturalHairKe #NaturalHairProducts #KenyanNaturals #NairobiNaturals #JojobaOil #NaturalOils #OilsInKenya #HealthyHair #HealthySkin #Afroliciouske

As I Am cleansing Conditioner Review

Since we’ve had this product in stock for a while now, I was really excited to try it this morning.

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First of all, this conditioner smells AMAZING!!! It’s so creamy and coconuty(is that even a word?lol) Well yeah, my hair was a fab purple over the weekend so I needed the colour gone or atleast dumbed down. On top of that, I wanted to cleanse and clarify my hair since I had braids on for around 3 weeks. I have used Apple Cider Vinegar and bi-carbonate Soda in the past, all great clarifyers, but I wanted something that would be superwoman – cleanse, clarify, detangle and condition all at once since I won’t have time for a deep condition until the weekend.
What product claims to do:
-Cleanse hair and scalp ; gently remove residue of all things you’ve used to style.
– Make my detangling easy

So these were my tools for the day ;

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A Denman brush for those tiny tangles, and my hair must have had and a wide-toothed comb for spreading the product and combing my hair through from ends to roots.

One of the good things I noticed right away was how I didn’t use as much as I expected to. Around¬† 3 scoops of the light cream was enough. I massaged it into my scalp and rubbed my hair for a few minutes. Then I started sectioning my hair using my wide toothed comb and detangled using the Denman brush

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All I need is a rinse out. At this point, I’m loving the softness.

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Then dry with a cotton T- Shirt

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From the back… (Btw I loved the small purple tint that was left)

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With a little help from my bobby pins and Afroliciouske’s Sesame seed oiland Avocado oil , my hair looks and feels clean and healthy. My scalp feels relaxed. I massaged some jojoba oil ( which is the only oil said to have the same molecular structure as the sebum our scalp produces ) in.

I can’t wait to do a DC, can’t believe it will get softer than this. What clarifying or cleansing product are you using for your build up? Share/Comment. We love hearing from you😘

Xx
Stellah  

My Natural Hair 7 Months In :-)

So how does 7 months of growth for my afro look like?? Bomb as Hell!!!!

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I love it!! I can’t wait to play around with it ūüôā My first experiment is a wash out hair colour.

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I got the Zo cool brand from Beauty options along Kimathi street at 350 and I might as well talk about it here.
So since I wanted to rock my natural hair with the postbraid curls, I decided to  raincheck on wash day and deep conditioning.
All I did was spray the purple colour on my hair after moisturizing with the Cantu Leave in Conditioning repair cream and a little ecostyler for sleeking the edges. The result?

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I thought it was fabulous and the purple, wacha tu :-). My only complaint is that the bottle is over after using it just once. Here are some other colours that you can pick from

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I want to get another colour for some highlights and other hairstyles. What do you naturals think?