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01 September 2014

Landed On The Beauty Desk: LUSH South Africa Mama Caca Brun Henna


There is currently a physical LUSH South Africa store at the Waterfront in Cape Town. Most of you know that I recently moved to Johannesburg, and systematically been deprived of my wonderful LUSH products. Well, when a friend told me that her husband was at the LUSH shop, and if I wanted I could place my order for some stuff, I immediately asked for some henna. You can read about my previous experience using henna (not from LUSH SA) over HERE.

Most cosmetic grade hennas that you buy online require you to add oils and some sort of citric acid in order to activate the colour in the dye. The rest of the hennas that you find in the Indian shops here in South Africa aren't even legit for your hair. You could end up experiencing some SERIOUS BREAKAGE if you use the other stuff. DON'T DO IT! In my humble opinion, LUSH henna is the easiest to use. You literally just have to add boiling water and mix into a thick paste. Don't just take my word for it, read some really helpful information I found on the LUSH website.


We think our current henna is the best we’ve ever produced. We now mix the powders with cocoa butter and press them into a brick. What we love about our current hennas is the fact that they are a completely new way of using an age-old ingredient. By making the henna into solid blocks, we don’t need preservatives in there. But it also makes them easier and more effective to use.

Here’s how Henna works. The outer covering of a hair consists of cuticles - these look a bit like the scales on a fish when viewed under a microscope – which normally lie flat and protect the central shaft of the hair containing the cells that give hair its colour. Chemical dyes work by forcing the cuticles open and pouring colour underneath them, permanently dyeing the hair. However, once the cuticles have been lifted in this way they will never quite go back the same or lie as flat, making your hair feel rough and out of condition.

Instead of forcing the cuticles open with chemicals, henna coats them in a protective layer of glossy natural colour. Think of it as a varnish covering each hair and thickening it, giving it shine and making it more manageable. It’ll add weight to flyaway hair, calm and soften frizzy hair and smooth hair that tends to be affected by static or tangles. Henna really is the ultimate conditioning treatment!

However, successful colour results depend on a few key rules.

PH levels: The more acidic the mixture, the more red the results will be.
Water: Henna needs water to allow the colour to come out onto your hair. Mix to a wet paste that will stick onto the hair without flaking off or falling away.
Heat: Break the block into a bowl, cover chunks with boiling water and leave for a while to soften. Then mix to a paste, the consistency of double cream, adding more hot water if needed. Keep the bowl over another bowl of hot water (or bain marie) whilst you apply the henna. The hotter it goes on the hair the better it can work.
Exposure to air: Wrap your hair up tightly for redder results. Loosen it up and expose to air for a darker effect.
Water and steam: The more water involved, or steaming the head will produce darker results.
Plenty of henna: The more henna that makes contact with each hair, the better the transfer of colour. So get lots of mix on there and make sure it covers all of your hair.
Repeated applications: Henna colour can build up. Deeper, darker and richer results can be achieved with more applications. Some of our blocks include indigo for darker tones. Indigo can take up to 24 hours to fully develop – so expect the results to darken throughout the next day.
Application: Apply to the nape and base of the neck first and work up towards the front of the head. Take a pinch of hair at a time, work as much henna into it as you can as you twist it into strands. Do the roots of the hair first and work plenty of henna into the ends last.
Finally: Always do a strand test. Everyone’s hair is different so you can’t be sure how yours will react to henna.
 

Which Caca is for me?Caca Rouge is the full-on red henna, turning blondes and greys into fiery redheads. Those with naturally dark brown hair will see a more subtle result; a warm natural red tone with a glossy sheen which will catch in the sun.Caca Marron will give blondes shiny hair the colour of autumn conkers. Brunettes will get a pleasing reddish tinge, though less pronounced than those using Caca Rouge.Caca Brun will make blonde hair several shades darker, giving a rich coffee-coloured glaze. For brunettes, this is the Caca to use if you want the conditioning benefits of henna without drastically changing your natural colour.Caca Noir is mixed with indigo to give a black gloss with a very slight reddish tinge. All hair will go several shades darker after using Caca Noir.
'Always do a strand test. Everyone’s hair is different so you can’t be sure how yours will react to henna.'

I haven't decided on when I will actually use my henna, but I know it needs to be a day when I have enough time to take my time. I also need to pick up some gloves to use so that I don't stain my hands and nails. I chose the Mama Caca Brun henna because I am more interested in the conditioning benefits instead of the colour factor.

Quantitative Ingredients
We buy our ingredients from suppliers who do not test on animals
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)Indigo Herb (Fera tinctoria)Red Henna (Lawsonia inermis)Ground Coffee (Coffea arabica)Nettle Powder (Urtica dioica),Irish Moss Powder (Chondrus crispus)Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryopyllus)Citral (Citral)Eugenol (Eugenol)Geraniol (Geraniol)Citronellol (Citronellol)*Limonene (*Limonene)*Linalool (*Linalool)Perfume (Perfume)
     Natural ingredients      Safe synthetics
Occurs naturally in essential oils

The subtle coffee-coloured one. Caca Brun is made with indigo and red hennas, plus ground coffee for a deep brown shade. It makes your hair smell like a fresh espresso for a few days. Clove bud oil adds to its spicy scent and we use powdered nettle and seaweed for extra shine and softness. Caca Brun gives your hair a magnificent shine. We recommend it for people with a mousy, undecided hair colour. It’s time to make your mind up and come out really shiny brown!

I coloured my hair last year and I still have some colour at my tips, so I'm actually hoping that the henna helps to darken my light ends a bit. Will I document my henna from beginning to end? That is my intention!

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think about henna.


Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!

26 August 2014

Healthy Hair Gurus Present: An Afternoon With TGIN (Thank God It's Natural!)

I'm super excited to finally tell you guys that the 
Healthy Hair Gurus 
are presenting their very first 
Natural Hair Event!



We have partnered up with 
Chris-Tia Donaldson
US blogger, author and founder of Thank God It's Natural! 

Join me and my fellow #HairGurus at  
The Maslow Hotel 
Seminar Terrace
Saturday September 6, 2014
2:30pm to 5:30pm

We will introduce the TGIN Moist Collection, 
chat about hair health in the coming summer season and you could stand a chance to win prizes!

Tickets are just R50 but seats are limited! 
Be sure to send an email to HealthyHairIndaba@gmail.com to book your tickets NOW!


Have a Good Hair Day and ... ATTEND THE EVENT! lol

25 August 2014

What My Hair Is Doing Today - Moisture Struggles!!!!

It's been a few months since I've moved to Johannesburg, and it's been quite the change in  many ways. Although I am happy to have made the very important and difficult change, I'm not sure that my hair is echoing the same sentiments. Let me explain...

January 2014 to June 2014 Hair Progress
If you look at the above picture grid, you can clearly see that my hair is growing at a steady pace. I purposely haven't done any official length checks this year because I want to focus on moisture retention, minimal breakage and luster. What the pictures aren't showing is how dry my hair gets in Johannesburg by the end of the day. I NEVER had this problem in Cape Town! As a matter of fact, I could go a whole day and a half without having to re-moisturize my hair. Now I find myself walking around with my spray bottle in my purse just in case I need to run to the ladies room and re-moisturize. As  result I am going to revamp my entire regimen by going back to some old tried and true methods, and also trying a few new methods I've come across in my daily hair research. I'll write a separate post regarding my official new hair regimen.

August 2014 (Knot Out)


The photo to the left shows my most recent knot-out on dry hair. The definition is great but my hair is lacking luster and supreme moisture. As a result, I've decided that I'm going to clarify my hair using a good old Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse. If you're not familiar with what this is and how to use it, click this link right HERE.


Another old method but tried and true is the baggy method. I would apply a product of my choice on my dry hair, place a plastic conditioning cap over my head and cover with a satin bonnet before bed. By the time I woke up in the morning, I had superbly moisturized hair. I would either go ahead and style or rinse my hair before styling. If you want the full details on how I do the baggy method, just click this link HERE.



Another addition to my regimen will be bi-weekly overnight deep conditioning with lots of rich oils. I just don't have the time I used to to devote an entire day to deep conditioning and all that jazz. It doesn't mean that I can just forgo it all together. Overnight is the best and the right time for me.



I'm also thinking of doing a  2 month protective style of either braids or a weave. I've always been able to retain maximum moisture in these styles due to my hair being protected from the elements. I also tend to use a rather rich braid spray during this time that my wash n' go's can't really handle. As much as I'm loving my hair, I think it's time to put it away for a while.



I also plan to change up a few of the products I've been using and go back to some basics as well. As I said earlier, all the details of my new regimen will be listed in an entirely separate post because I know you guys will have lots of questions.



All in all I think it's fair to say that our hair is ever changing depending on the situations we put it in. I didn't bet on my hair struggling as much as it is in Johannesburg, but I've got a plan of action to knock the dryness out of the park. Follow me as I conquer my hairs moisture retention issues.

As always, I love hearing from you. Leave me a comment below in the comment section and tell me how you combat the dryness.

Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair !!!

21 August 2014

All About Curls: How to Maintain a Curly Hair Style for More than Just One Day


How to maintain a curly hair style for more than just one day

By: Eleanor Williams of Eleanor J'adore

For some curly girls achieving 2nd day hair can seem like a rather elusive, pie-in-the-sky idea. With dryness and loss of curl definition coming into play, the mere thought of trying to maintain that lovely naturally curly hairstyle  for days on end can seem rather futile.
However the reason to consider maintaining a style for more than just one day means that you can save resources on the days after you’ve created  the style in the following ways:

  1. Spending less time styling and manipulating your hair, which means you can get out the door sooner, and
  2. Using less product and ultimately money by not having to style your hair from scratch everyday.


There are various ways that you can preserve your hairstyle for days, but here I’ve broken down the method I use most of the time on my long hair into a 4 step process. 

Start with well moisturised hair

If it’s not moisturised the hair will dry out really quickly by the end of the second day, making the possibility of 3rd and even 4th day hair just a pipe dream. For me this starts with my wash routine. I make sure that I incorporate a deep conditioning session after I’ver cleansed my hair, and after the deep conditioner has been rinsed out I apply a leave-in conditioner and seal in the moisture with coconut oil. 

Ensure your hair is dry before you remove your rollers or unravel your twists/braids

If you’ve decided to set your hair in rollers or in a twist/braid-out, make sure your has dried properly before you unravel it. If not, your hair will turn to frizz and those defined curls you were trying to create will be in vain. Obviously ignore this step if you’ve opted for a wash and go.

Prep your hair properly at night

To make sure your curls will last for days, it’s important that you don’t crush your curls while sleeping on them. So the way do it is by piling all my hair on top of my head and making a ponytail as high as I can. This is also known as the ‘pineapple’. Then I take my silk scarf and tie it around my head to protect my hairline all around. I also sleep on a silk-lined pillowcase so that the curls sticking out of the ponytail always lie on silk and not cotton, which will rob my strands of moisture. 


How to take your hair down the next morning

Simply remove the scarf and take your hair out of the hair tie. At this moment the hair will probably be sticking up towards the ceiling - don’t worry, that’s normal. All you have to do now is gently pull your hair down, shake your head from side to side, fluff and pull your hair to where you want it to lay. 

Usually if I’m on 2nd day hair I only smooth over a bit of coconut oil for shine and to calm some of the frizzies, but once it gets to the 3rd or 4th day, I might scrunch in a bit of leave-in conditioner on my ends before I apply coconut oil, to boost the moisture level. Of course you can spritz with water, the simplest and cheapest way to moisturise, but then you risk your hair shrinking up. It’s really up to you. 

As the days go on your hair will stretch out due to the ‘pineappling’ method, giving you more length. It will also become bigger and a little frizzier as that’s just something our natural hair does, however I do think most naturals love big hair, and personally I don’t mind a bit of frizz as it looks more natural. One of the main things to keep in mind though is to keep your hair moisturised. Dry curls won’t ever result in 2nd day hair, never mind a 3rd or 4th day. 



Happy hair styling and remember to love your curls!

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Good Hair Diaries says...

Would you like to keep up with Eleanor Williams? Check her out on social media and on her very own blog, eleanorjadore.wordpress.com.

Instagram: @eleanorjadore
Facebook:@eleanorjadore
Twitter: @eleanorjadore
Pinterest:@eleanorjadore

Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!

20 August 2014

Interview: Meet Ntombenhle Khathwane, Founder and Creator of AfroBotanics



Happy Womens Month!

As you guys may already know, I had a chance to review AfroBotanics hair range, which is a proudly South African product line created by Ntombenhle Khathwane. She's a woman with a very clear vision to change the way to look at and care for afro textured hair. 

If you haven't read my review on the range please click HERE.
I'm also giving away a 5 piece hamper from the range, so if you're interested in trying the products, kindly click HERE to enter.


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Kavuli Nyali-Binase - Who is Ntombenhle?

Ntombenhle Khathwane - I guess I define myself first according to the roles I play that matter most to me. I am first a mother to my 15-month old son and 19 year old daughter, I am a wife, an entrepreneur that is so very proudly African and a proud feminist. I love laughing and have an easy-going manner about me. I am a typical compassionate woman that cries easily but stands strong to defend my convictions. I have learnt to be patient and to be persistent, and importantly to always be a cheerleader to others in their efforts, especially women.

KNB - How did you come up with the idea for AfroBotanics?

NK - AfroBotanics was more a response to my frustrations that resulted from not understanding my hair, and then realizing that there aren't enough products in the South African market that are formulated to assist me grow strong, good hair. I am not the DIY type so buying ready formulated products is easier, and so I decided to make an offering for women like me who want good hair and good products but don't have the inclination to mix products weekly.

KNB - How did you go about developing your products?

NK - I was horrified when I researched and realized that my hair would react best to a certain mix of products that wasn't available on the market. I was horrified at the self-inflicted damage my hair had undergone due to my ignorance. After reading mostly American blogs, I spent time in the USA learning about best ingredients and formulations for black hair. When I returned (to South Africa) I found a contract manufacturer and resigned from my government job and invested my pension into building the AfroBotanics business.

KNB - Who has been your greatest role model?

NK - Unfortunately most of my role models are based outside the continent, Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter is my favorite role model.

KNB - What has been your greatest obstacle since starting AfroBotanics?

NK - Shoo! Starting a consumer product business is hard, it requires a lot of money and determination. I studied politics and knew nothing about business, so I had to teach myself the various skills such as writing a business plan, marketing plan, sales plan etc. Then I got into entrepreneurship programs to strengthen my skills. Other challenges relate to lack of business network. I was in government, moving into business meant I had no network or mentors. This makes everything harder, longer and more expensive.

KNB - How would you define "Good Hair"?

NK - The universal musts to have good hair, are to have a healthy scalp that is clean and moisturized; and hair that is moisturized properly. No matter the style or state hair is in - relaxed, natural, short, dreadlocked, colour-treated - if hair is properly moisturized it looks good and will damage less easily. My hair is an accessory so I have always been prone to doing all sorts of things to it. But now I know how to inflict the least amount of damage to my hair knowing that because it is not a "living" organism, once damaged it is hard to "repair."

KNB - Where can consumers find AfroBotanics?

NK - AfroBotanics has just been listed in Sweet Penny Stores and Head To Toe Stores, and we are working on getting listed in other stores soon. And off course via the website www.afro-botanics.com. I have also realized that most salon stylists need an extra income revenue stream, especially those that are in rent-a-chair situations. These stylists are mini-entrepreneurs and offering them AfroBotanics as a product to sell to augment their styling income is a good model. We have started implementing this and a few salon stylists are selling AfroBotanics products.

KNB - Do you have a favorite product in the range? If so, what are they and why?

NK - My favourite product is the Super Hair Growth Creme. I like that it is a cocktail of great natural oils, it moisturises my scalp, protects my hair and gives my hair shine but isn't heavy and thick. I have a dry scalp and applying the creme daily keeps it from getting itchy or flaky. I also love the added Procapil which promotes hair growth.

KNB - I understand that you have a daughter. What do you think starting AfroBotanics has taught her?

NK - Nothing is more important to me than raising my daughter to be confident, knowing she can do and be whatever she wants. She is my special baby, I had her at 16 and I have always had some guilt about that. I felt that for most of her life I have been growing so I wasn't the best parent. However, I have learnt that children first seek role models at home, from their parents especially, and I don't want her to look outside her home for inspiration or affirmation. As a black woman, with all the odds stacked against her, she need not be defined or limited by them.

KNB - What message do you hope to convey through AfroBotanics?

NK - AfroBotanics is more than a business to me. I have always been political in my outlook, and how can I not be as a black woman growing up in South Africa? I strongly believe that Africans need to start producing that which they consume, it is the only way to grow our economies so they provide decent jobs and better living standards for all. And so with AfroBotanics I want to build a premium African brand that starts positioning African products and services as quality and result-driven products so as to encourage more entrepreneurs to do the same and to keep money circulating within the continent. Importantly I want AfroBotanics to be a brand that celebrates African women. I love and am so proud of what my African sisters are doing, we are so beautiful and so strong and I want this business to contribute to that legacy.

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Good Hair Diaries says...

If I can take one thing away from interview Ntombenhle Khathwane, it would be to be the change you want to see. It's no secret that most large hair care brands don't care about afro textured hair. You can see this clearly in the low quality and sometimes carcinogenic ingredients they feed our hair. We could all sit around and complain about it, or we could stop buying these "anti-black" hair care brands and put our money where our mouth is. Mrs. Khathwane is doing it and that's an initiative that I'm willing to support.


To find out more about AfroBotanics, please visit the website http://www.afrobotanics.com 





Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!

19 August 2014

Enter to Win the AfroBotanics Giveaway on Good Hair Diaries!!!

It's giveaway time!!!!

Did you get a chance to read my review on the AfroBotanics line of products? If not, click HERE to read it. Then you can come back and enter to win these fabulous products.


This giveaway is only open to South African residents. Please do not enter if you are overseas.

Enter to win these 5 amazing products valued at a total of R330!!!



FOLLOW THESE RULES AND YOU COULD WIN THIS LOVELY HAMPER!

THIS COMPETITION CLOSES ON 8 SEPTEMBER 2014
A winner will be announced on 15 September 2014

1. Click the "Join This Site" button on the right hand side of the screen to become a loyal member.

2. Leave a comment below with the following information:
  • Your First & Surname
  • Your Email Address
  • Why you would like to try the AfroBotanics range
3. Send out the following tweet on Twitter

" I just entered to win an @AfroBotanics hamper on @GoodHairDiaries. Click here to enter to win! http://www.goodhairdiaries.com/2014/08/enter-to-win-afrobotanics-giveaway-on.html "

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Best of luck to all of the participants!

Have a Good Hair Day and remember to Love Your Hair!!!


18 August 2014

Product Review: Ruutos Scalp Magic


THIS IS A SPONSORED PRODUCT REVIEW
What does this mean? This means that a cosmetics company has sent Good Hair Diaries products to do a HONEST review on. I have not been paid to give a positive or negative review.
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Ruutos Scalp Magic is a 4 part hair kit geared towards providing a healthy place for your hair to grow. Healthy Scalp = Healthy Hair

Because this is a kit, I will be reviewing all the products at the end of the post.

PRODUCT:

Ruutos Moisture Shampoo (1)


PRODUCT INGREDIENTS FOR ALL HAIR TYPES:

AQUA, SODIUM COCOAMPHOACETATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, COCO GLUCOSIDE, LAURYL GLUCOSIDE,COCAMIDOETHANOLAMIDE, GLYCOL DISTEARATE, GLYCERIN,CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE,TOCOPHEROL ACETATE, PRO-VITAMIN B5, LIMNANTHUS ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN)OIL, PROPOLIS, COCOAMIDO PROPYL-PG DIMONIUM CHLORIDE, TRITICUM VULGARE(WHEAT) BRAN EXTRACT, RICINUS COMMUNIS(BLACK) CASTOR OIL, MENTHA PIPPERATA (PEPPERMIINT) OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIUM (LAVENDER) OIL,METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE, DMDM HYDANTOIN, PARFUM, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA.


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION FOR ALL HAIR TYPES:

A gentle cleansing, moisturzing formula infused with Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Argan oil made for dry dehydrates hair and scalp.


PRODUCT DIRECTIONS:

  • Wet hair thoroughly with lukewarm water
  • Apply a small amount of moisture shapoo to palm and unto scalp
  • Gently massage into hair and scalp
  • Work the lather from the scalp to the ends of the hair.
  • Gently rinse with lukewarm water until the shampoo is rinsed off from the hair and scalp.
  • Repeat if necessary

PRODUCT:

Ruutos Scalp Cleanser (2)


PRODUCT INGREDIENTS FOR ALL HAIR TYPES:

AQUA, LACTIC ACID, MALIC ACID,GLYCERIN, RICINUS COMMUNIS (BLACK CASTOR) OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUM (SUNFLOWER) OIL, BUXUS CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) OIL, OLEA EUROPEA (OLIVE) OIL, ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) OIL, PEG 40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, POLYSORBATE 20, CITRIC ACID, CLIMBAZOLE, TOCOPHEROL ACETATE, MENTHA PIPPERATA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOIUM (LAVENDER) OIL, MENTHUM, ALLANTOIN, BISABOLOL,METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE, DISODIUM EDTA.


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION FOR ALL HAIR TYPES:

A gentle cleansing formula made specially for dry dehydrated scalp.


PRODUCT DIRECTIONS:

  • Section your hair into 4 parts using sectioning clips.
  • Apply a generous amount onto the scalp using the spout or spray pump.
  • For long hair, the spout neck works best.
  • Massage the scalp with the balls of the finger tips, working in sections.
  • Spray each section working from roots to tip.
  • Do not rinse off.
  • Apply Ruutos Deep Moisture Conditioner (Step 3) and wear a conditioning cap.
  • Use a hooded dryer for 20 minutes or 45 minutes with no heat.
  • Rinse off using cold or lukewarm water to seal in moisture.

PRODUCT: 

Ruutos Deep Moisture Conditioner (3)


PRODUCT INGREDIENTS FOR ALL HAIR TYPES: 

AQUA, GLYCERIN,CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE,CETOSTEARYL ALCOHOL, DIPALMITOYLETHYL HYDROXYETHYLMONIUM METHOSULFATE, MONOETHANOLAMIDE, BUXUS CHINENSIS(JOJOBA)OIL,AMODIMETHICONE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII(SHEA) BUTTER,TOCOPHEROL ACETATE, PRO-VITAMIN B5, ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) OIL, LINOLEIC ACID, LINOLENIC ACID, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITIA (CHAMOMILE) EXTRACT,MENTHA PIPPERATA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIUM (LAVENDER) OIL,MENTHUM, HYDROLYSED WHEAT PROTEIN,LACTIC ACID, MALIC ACID, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HONEY, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE,PARFUM,METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA.


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION FOR ALL HAIR TYPES:

A gentle conditioning formula rich in conditioning agents. Ruutos deep moisture conditioner moisturises dry, brittle hair.


PRODUCT DIRECTIONS:

  • Apply a generous amount of deep moisture conditioner to wet hair.
  • Massage from roots to tips
  • Let it penetrate the hair
  • For deep penetration, wear a conditioning cap and apply moderate heat for 10-30 minutes.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm or cold water.
  • Use weekly.

PRODUCT

Ruutos Anti-Itch Spritzer (4)


PRODUCT INGREDIENTS FOR ALL HAIR TYPES: 

AQUA, ROSA DAMASCENA (ROSE)WATER,GLYCERIN,PEG/PPG-18/18 DIMETHICONE,CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, MONOETHANOLAMIDE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL,TOCOPHEROL ACETATE, SODIUM LACTATE, PRO-VITAMIN B5,ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITIA (CHAMOMILE) EXTRACT,RICINUS COMMUNIS (BLACK CASTOR) OIL, MENTHA PIPPERATA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOIUM (LAVENDER) OIL, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, ALLANTOIN, BISABOLOL,METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA.


PRODUCT DESCRIPTION FOR ALL HAIR TYPES:

Ruutos Anti-Itch spray contains conditioning and detangling agents. It is infused with Jamaican Black Castor Oil, it is rich in soothing and cooling agents to reduce itchy scalp.


PRODUCT DIRECTIONS:

  • Spray directly onto the scalp.
  • Do not rinse off
  • Repeat as desired.


MY REVIEW:

The Ruutos Scalp Magic kit is a results oriented system. If you're looking for fancy packaging, fruity scents and lackluster results, then Scalp Magic is not for you. Every single product is connected to the next and truly meant to be used in order. 

I started with the Moisture Shampoo after removing braids I had been wearing for 6 weeks. The shampoo was very gentle with a pleasant tingling effect. I rinsed my shampoo out, sectioned my hair off and began squeezing the scalp cleanser directly to my scalp. I love the fact that this product comes with a spray pump and a nozzle for easy access to the scalp. With the two different attachments, you could take excellent care of your scalp under a weave if you needed to. I rubbed the scalp cleaners into my scalp with my finger tips, and immediately felt as if my scalp could breathe freely. I also suffer from scalp eczema, which means that I get the occasional flair up here and there. This product is strong enough to lift the dead skin but gentle enough to deal with a tender scalp. I was so surprised when I read the directions and it said not to rinse the scalp cleanser out. The next step was to apply the Deep Moisture Conditioner on top of the scalp cleanser but throughout the hair. I sat with the conditioner on my hair for about 30 minutes and then rinsed. My hair was super soft and scalp felt cool. The last step was to use the Anti-Itch Spritzer. I switched to the nozzle attachment and got it directly to my scalp. I styled as usual.

Overall, I would recommend this kit to anyone with serious scalp issues such as dandruff, eczema, psoriasis or a flaky scalp. I would also recommend using this kit before and after installing and removing braids, wigs or weaves. I really believe that this kit gives your hair a fighting chance by providing a healthy scalp to grow from. I have medium length hair and I got 2 uses out of the kit. That works out to R300 for two treatments. SOLD!

I give this kit a 5 out of 5 combs!


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Would you like to attend a workshop teaching you how to use this kit and more of Ruutos hair products? Send Ruutos an email enquiring about their September 2014 workshops today!

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04 August 2014

01 August 2014

Product Review: AfroBotanics - For Your Best Hair



THIS IS A SPONSORED PRODUCT REVIEW
What does this mean? This means that a cosmetics company has sent Good Hair Diaries products to do a HONEST review on. I have not been paid to give a positive or negative review.
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"AfroBotanics is a proudly South African and proudly African premium brand that was inspired by the need to have quality African brands that compete with the world's best brands in the African market.  It was borne out of a genuine desire to have a transparent brand that gives African consumers the best product formulations for their hair, for long term benefits."
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Product Name:
AfroBotanics Repairing Shampoo

Product Ingredients:
AQUA, DISODIUM LAURETH SULFOSUCCINATE, COCOAMIDOPROPYLBETAINE, COCOAMIDE DEA, COCO GLUCOSIDES, SODIUM METHYL COCOYL TAURATE, COCOAMIDOPROPYL PG- DIMONIUM CHLORIDE, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, PRO VITAMIN B5, PROPOLIS, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) OIL, CYPERUS ESCULENTUS ROOT OIL, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HONEY, LINOLEIC ACID, LINOLENIC ACID, PROPOLIS, CERAMIDE, QUATERNIUM 22, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT BRAN) EXTRACT, TOCOPHEROL ACETATE, ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, HYDROLYSED KERATIN, HYDROLYSED COLLAGEN, PARFUM, CAPRYLYLGLYCOL PHENOXYETHANOL, CITRIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, MALIC ACID, BHT, LIMONENE, LINALOOL,BENZYL SALICYLATE.

Product Description 200ml:
·         Cleanses hair leaving it soft, suitable for daily washing
·         High in conditioning and moisturizing ingredients
·         Contains natural oils and natural proteins to repair and strengthen hair

Product Directions:
Apply small coin size shampoo to wet hair. Rub gently through hair and rinse. Repeat again and rinse thoroughly. Towel dry and apply AfroBotanics Repairing & Strengthening Treatment, AfroBotanics Deep Moisturizing Conditioner or AfroBotanics Conditioning Moisturiser.

My Review:

Smell – Sweet and Fruity
Consistency – Thin
Slip – Low to Medium

I've always had a love/hate relationship with shampoo. Most brands usually have really harsh detergents in their shampoo, causing my hair to become dry and too squeaky clean. The other brands have these massive bottles that last forever and collect dust in my cupboard. Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I tried AfroBotanics Repairing Shampoo. Not only is the product the perfect size at 200ml, but it's gently and free of sulphates. The scent is pleasant and one wash was enough to remove all debris and build-up from my hair. I would definitely recommend this product for all hair types to use.

If I could change one thing... I would change the title of the product. Shampoos don't necessarily "repair" hair at all as they generally don't stay on the hair long enough to do such a thing. Not to mention that shampoos are for the scalp and conditioners are for the hair. The title is misleading but the product is still great! 4 out of 5 combs




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Product Name:
AfroBotanics Deep Penetrating Moisturising Conditioner

Product Ingredients:
AQUA, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) OIL, CYPERUS ESCULENTUS ROOT OIL, AMODIMETHICONE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, LIMNANTHUS ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, OLEA EUROPEAU (OLIVE) OIL, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, TOCOPHEROL ACETATE, ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, PRO-VITAMIN B5, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT BRAN) EXTRACT, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HONEY, LINOLEIC ACID, LINOLENIC ACID, PROPOLIS,HYDROLYSED KERATIN, HYDROLYSED COLLAGEN, CERAMIDE, QUATERNIUM 22, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, PARFUM, CAPRYLYLGLYCOL PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM, CITRIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, MALIC ACID, BHT, LIMONENE, LINALOOL,BENZYL SALICYLATE.


Product Description 500ml:
·         The best conditioner for long term repair & conditioning
·         High content of natural oils for nourishment & strengthening
·         Deeply penetrates hair, detangles & softens hair

Product Directions:
After washing with AfroBotanics Repairing Shampoo, apply a generous amount of conditioner to towel-dryed hair. For daily use, leave on hair for 5 minutes then rinse.
For a deep moisturising treatment, cover conditioner covered hair with plastic cap and sit under a steamer or hooded hair dryer for 20 minutes then rinse out.

My Review:
Smell – Sweet and Fruity
Consistency – Seriously Thick!
Slip – Low

My favorite time to use this product is right after coming out of braids or a weave. The AfroBotanics Deep Penetrating Moisturising Conditoner does exactly what it says. It puts the moisture and softness right back into the hair almost effortlessly. I would recommend this product for all men, women and children with type 4 or extremely course and kinky hair. The high concentration of castor oil and shea butter will help to soften, detangle and moisturise type 4 hair.

If I could change one thing... I would add some major slip to this product! I have very curly hair and without a good amount of slip in my conditioners, detangling in the shower is a nightmare. I believe all hair types could do with a bit more slip in their conditioners. 31/2 out of 5 combs

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Product Name:
AfroBotanics Repairing & Strengthening Treatment

Product Ingredients:
AQUA, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) OIL, CYPERUS ESCULENTUS ROOT OIL, AMODIMETHICONE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, TRICHILIA EMETICA (MAFURA) BUTTER, THEOBROMA CACAO (SEED) BUTTER, LIMNANTHUS ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, OLEA EUROPEAU (OLIVE) OIL, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, TOCOPHEROL ACETATE, ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, PRO-VITAMIN B5, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT BRAN) EXTRACT, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HONEY, LINOLEIC ACID, LINOLENIC ACID, PROPOLIS, HYDROLYSED KERATIN, HYDROLYSED COLLAGEN, CERAMIDE, QUATERNIUM 22, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, PARFUM, CAPRYLYLGLYCOL PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM, CITRIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, MALIC ACID, BHT, LIMONENE, LINALOOL,BENZYL SALICYLATE.

Product Description 500ml:
·         Repairs & strengthens hair after relaxing, colouring & constant blow drying
·         Contains only natural oils – NO mineral oil, petrolatum, silicones
·         Restores moisture & conditions all hair types
·         High in proteins, vitamins & natural hair nourishers

Product Directions:
After washing with AfroBotanics Repairing Shampoo, apply generously to towel-dryed hair, cover with plastic cap and sit under steamer or hooded hair dryer for 20 minutes. If no steamer or hooded dryer, then sit with plastic cap for 1 hour. Rinse thoroughly.

My Review:
Smell – Sweet and Fruity
Consistency – Seriously Thick!
Slip – Low

This is a real deep penetrating protein treatment. I would categorize it as a low to medium protein treatment, so protein sensitive folks need to take heed and be sure to follow this up with the moisturizing treatment in the range. This is also another great product to try after removing braids and weaves. The Repairing & Strengthening Treatment also contains Mafura Butter! If you're not familiar with this ingredient, check out a few of it's benefits below:
  • It is a non-drying oil that quickly absorbs in the skin
  • It softens and improves the elasticity of the skin
  • Excellent as a hair conditioner
  • Ideal moisturizer to strengthen and softens natural hair
  • Alleviates dry and itchy scalp
4 out of 5 combs


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Product Name:
AfroBotanics Conditioning Moisturiser

Product Ingredients:
AQUA, CETYL ALCOHOL, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN,
TOCOPHEROL ACETATE, ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE) VERA EXTRACT, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT BRAN) EXTRACT, VACCINIUM MYRTILLUS FRUIT EXTRACT, SACCHARUM OFFICINARUM (SUGAR CANE) EXTRACT, ACER SACCHARUM (SUGAR MAPLE) EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) FRUIT EXTRACT,RETINYL PALMITATE, LINOLEIC ACID, LINOLENIC ACID, PROPOLIS, HONEY EXTRACT, QUATERNIUM 22, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, PRO-VITAMIN B5, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, OLEA EUROPEAU (OLIVE) OIL, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) OIL, CYPERUS ESCULENTUS ROOT OIL, LIMNANTHUS ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, NIACINNAMIDE,AMODIMETHICONE, CYCLOMETHICONE,BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER,BAMBUSA VULGARIS (BAMBOO) EXTRACT, POLYQUATERNIUM- 59, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PARFUM, CAPRYLYLGLYCOL PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM, CITRIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, MALIC ACID,
 BHT, LIMONENE, LINALOOL,BENZYL SALICYLATE.


Product Description 250ml:
·         The most moistursing & softening ever!
·         Detangles, conditions & adds shine
·         Protects against UV & heat styling
·         Strengthens & repais hair

Product Directions:
For Daily Use – Apply to hair daily to moisturise, detangle and soften hair. Apply on hair after washing and before blow drying, curling or styling to protect hair from heat and combing.

My Review:
Smell – Sweet and Fruity
Consistency – Thick
Slip – Low

Since moving to Johannesburg, my hair and skin have really suffered from the dry weather. The AfroBotanics Conditioning Moisturiser has helped tremendously, otherwise I'm pretty sure that every single piece of my coloured ends would snap off. I use this product straight after washing on damp hair, and in the evening before applying an oil. My hair smells great, feels super soft and has a gentle sheen after consistent use. It's a functional product that I think is suitable for all afro textured hair types. 31/2 out of 5 combs

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Product Name:
AfroBotanics Super hair Growth Creme

Product Ingredients:
COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, THEOBROMA CACAO (SEED) BUTTER, LIMNANTHUS ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, PERSEA GRATTISIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, OLEA EUROPEAU (OLIVE) OIL,VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) OIL, CYPERUS ESCULENTUS ROOT OIL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PPG 26 PUPETH-26, PEG 40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, APIGENIN, OLEANIC ACID, BIOTINOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1, CAPRIC CAPRYLIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CERA ALBA, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, SORBITOL, PEG-75 LANOLIN, POLYSORBATE 20, RETINYL PALMITATE,
NIACINNAMIDE, SORBITAN OLIVATE, TOCOPHEROL ACETATE, PRO-VITAMIN B5, CLIMBAZOLE, PAULLINIA CUPANA (GUARANA)
EXTRACT, L’ ARGININE, PANAX GINSENG EXTRACT, XANTHAN GUM, PARFUM, CAPRYLYLGLYCOL PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM, BHT, LIMONENE, LINALOOL,BENZYL SALICYLATE.


Product Description 250ml:
·         The best crème to promote growth of African hair
·         2.5% Procapil – scientifically proven to regenerate har growth and thicken hair
·         0.5% Climbazole – Scientifically proven to prevent dandruff and maintain healthy scalp
·         99& Natural Ingredients – natural oils for shine & to seal moisture in hair & Vitamins to strengthen & nourish hair.
·         No Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Paraffinium Liquidium
·         No Placenta, No Hormones

Product Directions:
Apply generously onto dry hair and scalp. Work through hair from line to tips of hair. Do not rinse off. For best results, apply all over scalp & hairling every third day. Can also be used as a hot oil treatment.

My Review:
Smell – Sweet and Fruity
Consistency – Thick
Slip – Low

Too lazy to whip your own shea butter hair cream? Good! AfroBotanics has a lovely one made with excellent ingredients. My favorite way to use this product is when I'm styling. I will set a twist-out, braid-out or a flexi-rod set with the Super Hair Growth Creme. My second favorite way to use this product is as a hot oil treatment! I warm up a small amount, apply to my hair from root to tip and sit under a warm dryer for 10 minutes. Soft and shiny hair follows after a good rinse in the shower. If you're a hair food junky and need a fix, you can also apply this creme to your scalp as it doesn't contain mineral oil, petrolatum or paraffinium liquidium. No yucky stuff!

This is by far my favorite product in the entire range. Any product that packs a double or triple punch rings as value for money in my books, and we could all stand to save a buck or two on our hair products. Am I impressed? Impressed would be an understatement! 5 out of 5 combs


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Pricing

Repairing Shampoo - Sulphate-Free – R40.00

Deep Penetrating Moisturising Conditioner – R80.00

Repairing & Strengthening Protein Treatment – R80.00

Conditioning Moisturiser – R60.00

Super Hair Growth Crème - R70.00

Product Combos
1. Hair Growth Duo - Conditioning Moisturiser & Super Hair Growth -R120.00
2. Natural Kiddies's Combo - Conditioning Moisturiser & Deep Penetrating Conditioner – R130.00
3. Moisturising Combo - Repairing Shampoo & Deep Penetrating Conditioner & Conditioning Moisturiser –R170.00
4. Repairing Combo - Repairing Shampoo & Repairing Treatment & Super Hair Growth Crème - R180.00
5. Detangling Duo - Conditioning Moisturiser & Deep Penetrating Conditioner – R130.00

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