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The truth? No one knows if chemical relaxers negatively affect the growing foetus in your womb, but as a precautionary measure, OBGYN's generally advise to wait until AFTER the first trimester to continue your regular hair relaxer schedule.


What does Good Hair Diaries say? You should treat chemical relaxers and hair dye like alcohol. Doctors don't know exactly how much alcohol will lead to foetal alcohol syndrome, so the best advice is to stay away from it completely until you have given birth and completed breast feeding.

Another factor to consider is that your body is going through crazy hormonal changes, that may affect the texture of your hair, a chemical relaxer may not give you the normal results it once did. Yeah, that means that your hair may not get as straight as you want it! So save your money and get a blow-out or a roller-set instead. You can still wear your hair straight without the harsh chemicals.

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First, congratulations on taking the journey to dreadlock your hair! It's such an exciting journey that will hopefully be a long and beautiful one. Unfortunately, the journey doesn't start of all happy and beautiful. It takes quite of bit of patience and know-how in order to keep at the process. He are a few of my tips for your baby locks.





  1. Cleansing: Cleansing your scalp can be a bit difficult with baby locks. You need to keep your scalp and hair free of debris, but you also don't want your locks to unravel. Try diluting your favourite sulphate free shampoo with water in an applicator bottle, squeeze the mixture directly onto your scalp and massage gently into your scalp. Take another applicator bottle with plain water and rinse the scalp throughly. Alternatively, you could skip the shampoo and opt for an apple cider vinegar rinse to gently remove product build-up.
  2. Hot Oil Treatments Are Your Friend: I'm not a fan of conditioner for dreadlocks. Because locks are basically matted hair, I find that using thick substances on the hair that do not eventually penetrate into the hair just leaves a ton of build-up. Conditioner is really hard to rinse completely out of locks, so I recommend using a hot oil treatment in place of conditioner. A hot olive oil treatment is great for moisture, while a hot coconut oil treatment is excellent for keeping your locks strong.
  3. Say No To Towels: I tell everyone to not use towels on their hair, regardless of hair type, but in this case it isn't about breakage from a cotton towel. Cotton towels leave lint balls in your locks that are super annoying hard to get out. Instead, opt for a black or brown cotton t-shirt to dry your locks with, or a microfibre towel in any colour your choose. They both do an excellent job at gently drying locks.
  4. Wrap It Up At Night: Cover your precious locks with a satin or silk bonnet or scarf at night. This will keep your hair neat, keep moisture in your locks and lint out of your hair. Alternatively, you could use a satin or silk pillowcase to sleep on.
  5. Say No To Over Twisting: I know you want you baby locks to be on fleek, but please avoid over twisting and twisting too tight. Putting too much stress on your locks will cause them to snap and break at any stage of the locking process. Stick to once a month and protect your hairline.
  6. Product Build-Up: Product build-up in dreadlocks and shows pretty obviously and it doesn't disappear. It's best to you use butters, beeswax, mineral oil based products, gels and honey sparingly. When all else fails, turn to natural oils that penetrate the hair shaft for a better product alternative. You may also opt for flaxseed and aloe vera based hair gels for a neat look.
The best tip I can give anyone starting the locking process is to be patient. Patience wins this race and proper knowledge of products is key. Hang in there and soon so will your dreadlocks.

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Hair loss is traumatic no matter what the cause. There are a few prescription meds that claim to help regrow hair, but Lord only knows what the other side effects may be. When in doubt, go the natural route and see what nature created.


Stimulating Hair Regrowth Oil

  • 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Thyme Oil
  • 2 drops Rosemary Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Jojoba Oil
  • 4 tsp Grape Seed Oil (Carrier Oil)


  1. Mix these ingredients well and then massage into scalp for two minutes.
  2. Wrap a warm towel around your head to increase absorption. 
  3. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo after one hour. 
  4. Do this once a week for at least 30 days.

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Good hair is healthy hair, and healthy hair grows from a happy scalp. When was the last time you gave your scalp some good old fashioned TLC? Try these nourishing oils on your scalp and stimulate some much needed growth!



Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil is often used in shampoo. Rosemary has the ability to stimulate the hair follicles, which results in hair growth. Rosemary helps hair grow not only longer, but stronger.


Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil has the ability to loosen and remove crusted build up on the scalp. This build up is known to block hair follicles and inhibit hair growth.



Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is used for many purposes one of which is hair loss. Several smaller studies have shown that individuals suffering from alopecia (hair loss) who massaged their heads daily with lavender and other essential oils had significant hair re-growth over the course of seven months.



Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is excellent for nourishing hair and helping it have a beautiful shine. Massaging coconut oil into the scalp ensures that the hair is free of lice, lice eggs and dandruff and helps with the nourishment and re-growth of damaged hair.


Thyme Oil

Thyme oil is used to promote hair growth by improving circulation to the scalp through massage. Thyme provides hair with shine, luster and bounce.


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I'm really honoured to be chatting with the Shift presenters and watchers about my long time scalp condition. Be sure to tune into SABC1 at 11am for riveting conversation.


Be sure to use the hashtags #Shift, #Scalp and #GHD

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We are at it again with another much needed hair soiree entitled "Hairlineology (Part1)". How many of us are suffering from the mishandling of our hair and the misuse of products? If this sounds like you, then come an join this safe space!



18 April - 11:30 for 12:00 to 14:00
Bean Republic, 81 Corlett Drive
Tickets R100
RSVP: feministstokvel@gmail.com

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This is the treatment I'll be running to weekly as the weather gets colder. As you may already know, coconut oil works with the natural proteins of the hair to prevent protein loss. Contrary to popular belief, coconut oil is not a protein. Egg adds the shine and great manageability to the hair.

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Coco & Egg Strengthening Treatment

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tbls Coconut Oil
  1. Warm up the oil slightly until liquified
  2. Combine oil with egg and mix well
  3. Apply to hair from root to tip
  4. Cover with a plastic cap

**Note that you should not apply heat to your hair unless you intend to make scrambled eggs on your head. **


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Although all the ingredients in this recipe are super moisturising, I call this the Coco-Mayo Moisturising Treatment because I think the coconut milk and mayonnaise really steal the spotlight. The coconut milk is super moisturising and silky, while the mayonnaise adds an incredible shine to the hair. Get your life and get into this!

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Coco-Mayo Moisturising Treatment

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/ 2 can coconut milk
  • 1/ 4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/ 4 cup honey
  • 1 jar of banana baby food
  1. Combine all ingredients
  2. Blend until completely smooth. There should be no chunks.
  3. Apply to hair from root to tip
  4. Cover with plastic cap
  5. Sit under hooded dryer (Optional)
**Note that honey may lighten hair over time. Please use with caution.**

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If you missed the very first Feminist Stokvel Hair Soiree, you missed a whole lot of fun and useful information! There will be a new Hair Soiree every month, and the next one is scheduled for 18 April 12 - 2pm... so don't miss it!

Anyway, I promised to share of few of my favourite products that I brought with me that evening. Here goes nothing...

Sulphate Free Shampoo

ORS HAIRepair Invigorating Shampoo
Available at Clicks & Dischem

Co-Wash

III Sisters of Nature Cleansing Co-Wash with Coconut Milk
Available at Candi & Co Salon Johannesburg

Rinse Out Conditioners

TRESemma Moisture Rich Conditioner
Available at Clicks & Dischem

Moisturizing Deep Conditioners


ORS HAIRepair Nourishing Conditioner
Available at Clicks & Dischem

Protein Deep Conditioners

Palmers Deep Conditioning Protein Pack
Available at Clicks

Oils

Sunny Isle Jamaican Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Available at Ruutos Salon

I hope you found this helpful and I'll see you at the next Hair Soiree!


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I know what you're thinking. You already use ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) as your clarifying rinse. Why do you need something else? Well, if your like me and get tired of your hair smelling like feet after an ACV rinse, this Lemon Tea Clarifying Rinse is the way to go!


Lemon Tea Clarifying Rinse

  • 3 Tbsp black or green tea, depending on your hair color (or 5-6 tea bags)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp honey 
  1. Steep your tea fro 30 minutes in boiling hot water. Strong tea is the goal!
  2. Add in the lemon juice and honey 
  3. Once the tea has cooled completely, you can now use it as a hair rinse. 

**Note that lemon and honey have been known to lighten hair over time, so please use with caution.**


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I don't have time for anything these days, so when I've decided that I need to mix something up for my hair instead of the handy bottles in my bathroom, the recipe needs to be quick, easy and effective.

Just reach for the olive oil, honey! Actually, reach for the olive oil and the honey and mix them up for a great deep moisturising treatment for tough and dry hair.

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Olive Oil, Honey! Recipe:

1/4 Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 Honey
  1. Put your honey in a heat safe jar, and place the jar within hot water.
  2. Add the warmed honey to the extra virgin olive oil and mix well.
  3. Apply the mixture to damp hair from roots to tips.
  4. Cover hair with a plastic cap
  5. Sit under a heated dryer (optional)

Results: 



  • Shiny
  • Soft
  • Moisturised hair

**Prolonged use of honey on the hair may cause the hair to lighten naturally. If you are not interested in this factor, swamp the honey for molasses and follow the instructions as usual.**


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Get Into This!

"The Feminist Stokvel is a group of 8 women who have come together with the aim of addressing the many social issues that uniquely face black women in South Africa, especially those that speak to how black women are represented in our public imagination.  We were brought together by the subject of hair, which we believe is the gateway to consciousness, self love, self respect and ultimately – self actualisation for women. While we are still coming up with a manifesto, the core value in what we do is that we are here for the black woman’s shine, in very simple terms.  We haven’t launched as a group yet because we believe that our time right now is best used doing instead of saying we are going to do.  So this Hair Soiree is the first of many types of projects and events including talk shops, film screenings, panel discussions, readings, online video content and any other projects that can grow in this mind frame organically, to shift thinking on a large scale.", says co-founder Miss Milli B.


Meet The Feminist Stokvel and Familiarise Yourself with their Work:


Wisaal Anderson – Wiscellaneous Blog

Miss Milli B - http://missmillib.co.za/

Kavuli Nyali-Binase - Good Hair Diaries (Me!)

Danielle Bowler – EWN Contributor & Musician

Panashe Chigumadzi – Founder of Vanguard Magazine

Lebo Mashile – Biography

Lebohang ”Nova” Masango – Nova Herself

Pontsho Pilane – Womanist!
If you weren't able to get tickets to our first Hair Soiree, don't you worry! We'll be organising these events monthly and empowering brown women and parents with brown children with fundamental hair education.

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#HealthyHairGurus present Jouelzy #SmartBrownGirlsSA sponsored by Ruutos Hair on 

14 March 2015 at The Kitchen Bar, Design Quarters from 3:30 to 5:30. 

Tickets are R220 and can be purchased by emailing healthyhairgurus@gmail.com



We're calling all #SmartBrownGirls of South Africa to join us for riveting discussion about hair and our place on this earth. Meet popular US vlogger/blogger, Jouelzy and spend another afternoon with your favorite hair gurus. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to chat about all things that #SmartBrownGirls are thinking about.


Don't you feel like you are constantly trying to figure out a way to say sorry to your hair? You know that protective style I left in too long? I'm really sorry! Sorry for leaving you high and dry last week. It won't happen again.

Check out this DIY Rosemary & Thyme hair Rinse below, and show your hair how truly sorry you are.


Applying a rosemary and thyme rinse after you’ve shampooed your hair can increase shine, enhance color and more. Rosemary has been traditionally used in an array of natural remedies. Elements of the herb can help prevent hair loss and darken your strands for a richer hue or to mask grays. Rosemary also has antibacterial properties that can battle an itchy scalp. Combine this with thyme and the benefits are next level – thyme has been known to rid of dandruff and keep hair lustrous. So how do you apply to your hair? Glad you asked.

DIY Rosemary & Thyme Rinse
  • Combine 1 TBSP of dried rosemary or a few sprigs of fresh rosemary to a large glass.
  • Add 1 TBSP of dried or fresh thyme.
  • Boil 2 cups of water and pour into glass.
  • Let the solution sit for up to 1 hour, steeping the herbs in the water to create the rinse.
  • Then strain and apply to hair after shampooing. Do not rinse out. After multiple rinses you will start to see results.

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If you plan to hang out by the pool or at the beach this summer, check Good Hair Diaries out on The Link TV Show giving you tips to keep your hair healthy.

Watch the video below.




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In 2014 I committed myself to enjoying my hair. Let me explain...

Those of us who are on a healthy hair journey tend to always be in protective styles in the hopes of keeping the moisture in our hair, retaining length and preventing split ends. That's all well an good, but what's the point of having fabulous hair if you never show it off? Well, I had my fun and didn't retain nearly as much length as I normally would, but I enjoyed every bit of my hair. That ship has sailed and now I'm ready to grow my hair down my back and get super strict again. Before I go into the specifics of new regimen, I want to take you down memory lane with my hair.

Top Right: January 2014, Top Left: April 2014,
Bottom Left: August 2014, Bottom Right:December 2014

Hair Regimen 2015

Daily Regimen

  • Moisturise with a water based hair cream or braid spray (morning and night)
  • Seal moisture in with heavy oil such as castor oil (morning and night)
  • Twist or braid hair (nightly) *
  • Wear a silk or satin bonnet (nightly)

Weekly Regimen

  • Cleanse hair with sulphate free shampoo or co-wash
  • Deep Condition with conditioner and oil (moisture conditioner)
  • Oiling my scalp with olive, castor, coconut, jojoba or argan oil. **

Monthly Regimen

  • Cleanse hair with a clarifying shampoo
  • Deep Condition with conditioner and oil (protein conditioner)

Protective Styling

  • I'll be protective styling on the following schedule: 
    • 1 January 2015 - 28 February 2015
    • 1 April 2015 - 31 May 2015
    • 1 July 2015 - 31 August 2015
    • 1 October 2015 - 30 November 2015
  • 30 day breaks in between
  • Will utilize the following protective styles:
    • Box Braids
    • Cornrows
    • Sew-in Weave
    • Wigs***
* I will follow this when I'm not in a protective style
** Will follow this when I'm not in a weave
*** I haven't found any decent wigs that I really like. To be continued...


Do you need professional help building your healthy hair regimen? Book a hair consultation with Kavuli of Good Hair Diaries at Kavuli@goodhairdiaries.com. All pertinent information will be provided before the consultation is booked.

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The new year is such an encouraging time for everyone. It marks new beginnings and gives everyone "permission"to start a fresh. I know that many of you have a vision for your hair, but how exactly do you expect to achieve them?

Every year I set a goal and make my intentions known for my hair with a few simple steps. You can use the below information as a guideline and expand on it if it suits.

1. Keep Your Goals Clear and Concise

Most things that are overly complicated tend to be discouraging. If your discouraged then you probably wont follow through with your plans, and you'll find yourself in the very same place in the following your. Below are a few examples of how you should set your intentions for your hair.

  • "I want to retain 15cm of length this year."
  • "I want to establish a simple daily, weekly and monthly hair regimen.""
  • "I want to improve the elasticity and porosity of my hair."" 
2. Be Realistic

When you understand your particular hair type, you will be able to make realistic goals for your hair. Expecting to grow 30cm of hair in 12 months is very unrealistic, and some may even say it's impossible. Aim for the realistic and hope for the magical.

3. Keep a Hair Journal

A hair journal is so helpful and necessary. You'll want to record the current state of your hair and begin to keep track of the techniques and products you have tried throughout the course of the year. By the end of the year you should have a clear idea of what your hair likes and dislikes. Tracking your journey will also make it easier when you make next years goals, because your have a clear understanding of what is truly realistic.

4. Stay Focused

We often set goals and never follow through with the plan. Keep your goals at the forefront of your mind by leaving notes for yourself in the places that you go to everyday. For instance, a sticky note on the bathroom mirror that reminds you to moisturise your hair in the morning with a picture of your hair goal will keep you focused and encouraged.


Do you have any goal setting tips? Leave me a comment below or send your response to admin @goodhairdiaries.com with the Subject: "Setting Your New Years Hair Goals" and I may feature your advice on Good Hair Diaries.

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Happy New Year!!!

I am so grateful to be spending yet another year with you guys. I thank you all for your support in 2014. 
Lets make 2015 better than the last.

Stay tuned for new hair tips, hair reviews, product giveaways, interviews and so much more. I'm too excited!


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#AskKavuli

Do you have a bunch of hair questions that you would like answered? Want to get your hair in tip-top shape for the new year? Join me and Clicks tomorrow, Friday 14 November from 1-3pm for a Facebook chat. Just click on the below link and join the conversation.


#AskKavuli


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When Athi-Afikile Myataza, former Beauty Editor of Destiny Magazine, contacted me for a few tips on transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, I jumped at the chance! Interested in reading what I had to say? Pick up the November 2014 issue of Destiny Magazine and flip to page 126.



I'll be sure to post the actual article at the end of this month for those of you who are not in South Africa or able to buy the magazine.

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Want to add slip (detangling) to your cleansing? Add oil to your shampoo! Coconut oil is wonderful forhair, evening primrose oil is soothing and healing to the scalp, canola oil is light and has little scent. You can also use melted shea butter or cocoa butter—any vegetable fat found in most natural hair products will do.

Add 1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon to a very shallow palmful of shampoo for fine hair, or 1-2 teaspoons for thick or very curly hair. Your shampoo will probably foam more than usual, but your hair will be left feeling silky.


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Hops, a vine whose flowers are used to flavor beer, has cleansing and bodifying properties for hair. Make a hair rinse with 2-3 teaspoons dried herbs (or 3 tablespoons fresh flowers) to 1 cup of boiling water, let it steep for 15 minutes, strain out the herbs and use it as a hair wash or rinse when it has cooled.

If you can only find powdered hops, tie the powder up in a square of old t-shirt or put the herbs in a coffee filter and pour the water over them, let the filter and herbs soak in the water, tied with a rubber band or string. Leave this rinse in your hair.



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Papaya is rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes that help nourish hair, remove unwanted residues, and add shine and softness. Here’s how to get healthy hair with a raw papaya hair treatment.

  1. Puree half a papaya with some olive oil (amount of oil depends on how dry your hair is) and a teaspoon of honey.
  2. Apply to damp hair and leave on as long as you like.
  3. Rinse, then shampoo out excess oil if necessary.


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Homemade Options:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
These 3 oils are known to be sealants and hair protectors.  They don’t just sit on top of the hair, but are soaked into it.  They also contain good nutrients and vitamins like E, A, and B12.
  • Castor Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Rosemary
  • Aloe Vera
The above plants and oils are also amazing for hair.  Castor oil has been used for centuries as a carrier for deep conditioning and styling (rumored as one of the choice oils of the Egyptians).  Rosemary was used by many of our ancestors to help thinning hair, and in fact it does rejuvenate hair follicles.  While, Aloe Vera, like Avocado oil and coconut, work to create shine and protects without any greasy build up.
You can easily use one or all of the above oils to add shine, stop frizz, and help keep your hair healthy.  It’s especially a good habit to be in if you ever use a blow dryer or irons.  Don’t be afraid of it being greasy. There are a lot of different hair types.  Use a tiny bit on the ends at first until you figure out how much you need.

Method:

  • Wet Hair: Put a little on your finger tips and rub into the ends of your hair before drying.  Start with very little until you know what your hair needs.
  • Dry Hair: Above method.
  • Deep Conditioning: Massage into scalp and leave for as long as possible.  Wash out with Homemade Shampoo.  If you ever have oily build-up, put some baking soda in your hand while in the shower and massage through hair.  It will feel weird, but that’s ok.  It rinses out great and leaves your hair with no build-up.

#1 Simple Hair Oil

  • Choose your favorite: coconut, avocado, or sweet almond oil.
  • Apply as stated above.

#2 Deep Conditioning Hair Oil

Combine the following and apply as stated above.
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) castor oil
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp aloe vera juice
  • 1 Tbsp sweet almond or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil

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Peppermint Pre-poo



Ingredients

  • 1 - 2 - Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 5 - 10 - Drops of Peppermint Oil

Directions

Using a spoonful of coconut oil or olive oil, mix in 5 or so drops of peppermint oil. Get your hands wet with the mixture and massage into your scalp. Make sure to rub the mixture through to the end of your strands. 

I absolutely love this pre-poo! it opens up my hair follicles and cools my scalp down. Not to mention that my hair and scalp feel super moisturized. I recommend using this right before a shampoo for extra protection!


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The post man comes bearing gifts, and this week was no different. I received a bottle of Gentle Treatment Thermal Leave-In Protection Spray from Style Studio. Gentle Treatment is a brand that I am very familiar with from my time overseas, but for those of you who are not so familiar. Read up below and let me know what you think.

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What is it?
Gentle Treatment's Thermal leave-In conditioner claims to help your hair recover from extreme exposure to heat from curling irons and other thermal tools.

What does it do?
Thermal Leave-In claims to rely on the restoration properties of Aloe Vera to condition, repair and protect damaged hair and strengthen weak, fragile strands.
How to use it?
On towel dried hair spray entire area, massage gently then comb through and style as desired.
Where did Gentle Treatment come from?
Since 1954 when George Ellis Johnson, Sr. founded the company in Chicago, Johnson Products Company, Inc., has been a dominant brand in the African American community. In 1971, the company became the first minority firm to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange

The Future of Gentle Treatment
Today, Johnson Products offers more than 30 hair care products, including the Ultra Sheen® and Gentle Treatment® brands. On March 31, 2009, the company was successfully acquired from Proctor & Gamble with the combined investments of RC Fontis, St. Cloud Capital and Plus Factor, LLC, an African American management team. The New Johnson Products management team is based in Dallas, Texas and headed by Chief Executive Officer, Eric Brown and Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Renee Cottrell Brown.
Where you can buy Gentle Treatment
Find Gentle Treatment at select Clicks Pharmacies and at a Style Studio near you!

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I'm not sure when I'll be straightening my hair, but when I decide to, I'll make sure that this thermal protector is near by so that I can give you a thorough review.

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