5 OF THE BEST OILS FOR NATURAL HAIR

As a natural girl, I’m pretty sure we all know the importance of oil on our hair.  I use oils on my hair for pre-pooing, deep conditioning, scalp massages and to seal in moisture.

5 of the Best Oils for Natural Hair

GRAPESEED OIL

Grapeseed oil is very lightweight, so it does not weigh your hair down. Grapeseed oil is high in linoleic acid which is a type of omega-6 fatty acid and rich in antioxidants.  It is also rich in Vitamin E, which is essential for hair growth. This oil helps to strengthen your hair from root to tip.  One of the reason’s I love using grapeseed oil is because it does not leave my hair feeling greasy and weighed down.

As I stated in a previous post, I use this oil on my body as well. (You can read that article here). Because it is so lightweight, it absorbs into my skin well and does not leave me with a greasy after feel.

COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is rich in both Vitamin E and Lauric Acid. This oil does a good job of penetrating your hair shaft. Coconut oil helps to reduce your hair’s frizz and add sheen.  I also love Coconut oil on my skin as well.  This oil is a staple for both my hair and body and my son as well.

OLIVE OIL

Olive oil is a heavier oil that does a great job of penetrating the shaft of your hair. This oil is rich in fatty acids that coat your hair shaft.  It does a great job of sealing the hair and will help to reduce frizz.

CASTOR OIL

Castor oil is a bit of a heavy oil comprised of ricinoleic acid and fatty acids.  Castor oil is well known for helping to grow your hair.  When massaged into your scalp it helps to improve your circulation, which in turn strengthens the roots of the hair and nourishes the hair-shaft, promoting new hair growth and strengthening current hair. This oil is also good for sealing your hair.

 

JOJOBA OIL

Jojoba oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, and E. It is the only oil whose molecular structure is similar to sebum (the oil that the scalp naturally produces).  Because of its antibacterial properties, it helps to soothe your scalp and can be used to treat dry scalp problems and dandruff. This oil is also good at helping to repair hair damaged by heat and styling.

What oils do you use on your natural hair?  Share them with me.  

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CREME OF NATURE ARGAN OIL REVIEW

 

 

I have a long relationship with Creme of Nature hair products, as they were one of my favorite hair care product lines back when I was addicted to the “creamy crack.”  When shopping for natural hair products, I would tend to overlook this particular line.  I think I skipped over them because I was used to using their products on my relaxed hair, and didn’t think I could achieve satisfactory results with my natural hair.  After seeing several naturalista’s on my Instagram feed speaking positively about Creme of Nature Argan Oil, I decided I would give them a try.  

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CREME OF NATURE ARGAN OIL PRODUCTS

I spent quite a bit of time on the aisle looking over their assortment of products.  I finally settled on the Intensive Conditioning Treatment, Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner and Pudding Perfection Curl Enhancing Creme.

What does the product promise to do?  Take your curls on an exotic journey with our amazing curl-enhancing formulas designed for curls, coils, kinks, and waves. No frizz. No shrinkage. No dryness.

HOW TO USE:

 

INTENSIVE CONDITIONING TREATMENT 

After shampooing with Creme of Nature® Shampoo, apply a generous amount of  Intensive Conditioning Treatment to hair and comb through for even distribution. Place a plastic cap over the hair and sit under a warm hooded dryer for 10–15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and follow with any Creme of Nature Argan Oil styling product.

 

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Review

 

STRENGTH AND SHINE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

This Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner is a two-phase formula. To activate ingredients, shake conditioner well before using. Spray throughout damp or dry hair as needed. Do not rinse. Style as usual.

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Review

 

 

PUDDING PERFECTION CURL ENHANCING CREME

Scoop a liberal amount of Pudding Perfection Curl Enhancing Creme into your hand and smooth downward on small sections of damp hair using fingertips. Then twist, shingle, coil or wash and go. Do not rinse. Air dry or diffuse. For curl elongation, use a blow dryer with a nozzle attachment on fully dried hair and direct heat from roots to mid-shaft.

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Review
SMELL

This line has a strong flowery type smell to it.  The smell however, is not unbearable.

CONSISTENCY

The Intensive Conditioning Treatment has a yogurt like consistency to it.  It is not runny at all.  The Pudding Perfection Creme has a thick, pudding like consistency.  

SLIP

This product line provides a great slip when applied to the hair.  

PRODUCT APPLICATION

I used these products as a part of my wash and go process. I started with freshly shampooed hair. I then conditioned my hair with the Creme of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment. I allowed it to sit on my hair for about 10 minutes. Afterwards, I  rinsed my hair thoroughly.

I then completely saturated my hair with the Creme of Nature Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner.

Lastly I applied the Creme of Nature Pudding Perfection Curl Enhancing Creme to my hair in small sections at a time.  Afterwards, I let my hair completely air dry.

RESULTS

Intensive Conditioning Treatment  This conditioner made my hair feel very soft and did a good job of detangling my hair.

Strength and Shine Leave In Conditioner  I didn’t feel that my hair was quite as moisturized using this spray conditioner as it is when I use a cream conditioner.

Pudding Perfection Curl Enhancing Creme did a good job of defining my curls. This creme leaves a soft hold, which I love and I did not experience any flaking.

 

I was pretty impressed with this line and will be using it for future wash and go’s. My hair feels very soft, and has a nice sheen to it.  The Pudding Perfection gives my hair a nice hold without the crunchiness or flakiness that I tend to experience when using gels. I am definitely adding this to my hair care arsenal. The only thing I will be changing is the leave in conditioner. I prefer a cream, as I believe a cream does a better job of moisturizing my hair, as opposed to a spray.

Have you tried this Creme of Nature Argan Oil line?  What are your thoughts?  Let’s discuss in the comments. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Sonia

3 BUDGET FRIENDLY CONDITIONERS FOR NATURAL HAIR

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Is there such a thing as a co-wash-aholic?  If so, that’s me (raises hand).  I love conditioning my natural hair, and I am always thrilled when I can find a budget friendly conditioner that works well for my hair.  I have tried so many different products that it’s not even funny.  While I appreciate the more expensive brands, and I have quite a few of those in my stash, I appreciate the products that are easy on my wallet as well.

3 Budget Friendly Conditioners for Natural Hair

 

The one major thing that I look for when it comes to a conditioner is how well it moisturizes.  That is a top priority for me.  I also like a conditioner that provides a nice slip and does a good job of detangling my hair. These three conditioners do an amazing job, and best of all, they are easy on your budget.

 

AUSSIE MOIST 3-MINUTE MIRACLE DEEP CONDITIONER

I absolutely love this Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner.  It has a very nice smell to it and a thick consistency which I love.  I apply it and comb it through my hair when I first get into the shower.  I allow the conditioner to penetrate my hair while I am washing my body.  Afterward, I rinse it and it leaves my hair super soft and manageable. This stuff leaves my hair extremely moisturized. I keep this one in my shower and use it every other week as a quick deep conditioner. Did I mention that I love this conditioner!

3 Budget Friendly Conditioners for Natural Hair

 

HERBAL ESSENCES HELLO HYDRATION MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER

I love the smell of coconut and orchid.  And this Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner is infused with coconut milk and orchid, which leaves your hair smelling divine.  I use this as a co-wash. It is actually one of my go-to conditioners for co-washing. This Herbal Essences conditioner has a nice consistency to it and it provides a great slip. It does a great job of detangling the hair.  After use, my hair is always soft, manageable and very moisturized.  

3 Budget Friendly Conditioners for Natural Hair

GIOVANNI 50/50 BALANCED MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER

I use the Giovanni 50/50 Balanced Conditioner as a co-wash also.  It did a really good job of conditioning my hair.  It has a nice pleasant botanical smell.  It is a tad bit thin in consistency to me. Because my hair is thick, I had to use quite a bit of it.  Giovanni provides a good slip when co-washing your hair.  It did a really good job of moisturizing and left my hair really soft and manageable.

3 Budget Friendly Conditioners for Natural Hair

Each of the products listed did a very nice job of detangling my hair and provided it with much-needed moisture. So, what’s your favorite budget friendly conditioner?  Leave me a comment.

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Sonia

MY NATURAL HAIR JOURNEY

I have been wearing my hair natural for 8 years now.  When I first went natural, I chose to big chop as opposed to transitioning. I wanted to feel that sense of immediate gratification.  There were a few times in the beginning of my journey that I considered going back to the “creamy crack,” but I am glad that I stuck it out.

I have been wearing my natural hair for 8 years now.  When I first went natural, I chose to big chop as opposed to transitioning. I wanted to feel that sense of immediate gratification.  There were a few times in the beginning of my journey that I considered going back to the “creamy crack,” but I am glad that I stuck it out.


I went through a long process of trying to find what actually works for my hair.  I consider myself a “reformed”’ product junkie.  At the beginning of my journey, I tried almost every product on the shelf hoping that it would work for my hair the same way it worked for another individual.  I eventually learned that we all have different textures of hair and that not all products work the same for each person.

I have gone through a big chop five times since originally going natural.  I am currently rocking a TWA now.  I consider myself a lazy natural.  Meaning that I don’t want to spend an excessive amount of time styling my hair.  I actually think I’m burned out from the days of perming my hair and spending so much time flat ironing and curling and what not. I also think the joys of motherhood and having to keep up with my son has a bit to do with that as well. Presently, short hair is just so much easier for me to maintain.  I will probably eventually let it grow back out, but I am enjoying this stage right now.

My Natural Hair Journey
My TWA

To care for my hair, I co-wash weekly.  I shampoo every other week unless I have product buildup, then I’ll shampoo more frequently using a clarifying shampoo. I always use a leave-in conditioner and I deep condition my hair every other week.  I follow the LCO (liquid, cream, oil) method after washing my hair.   This method works better for my hair.  I have used olive, coconut, grape seed and jojoba oils on my hair.  My hair seems to like grape seed oil best.  It’s very light and does a great job when it comes to sealing my hair.  When it comes to styling, I use either Care Free Curl Gold activator to add a bit of moisture and shine, at other times all I use is Luster’s Pink Oil Moisturizer. Yes, they are old-school, but they work great on my tiny fro. There are other products that I use to style my hair, but these tend to be my go- to products.

I love my hair and again, I am so thankful that I kept it natural instead of going back to the relaxer.  How is your natural hair journey going?  Have any of you fallen off the wagon and decided to go back to relaxing?Leave me a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sonia

 

 

EDEN BODYWORKS NATURAL PUDDING SOUFFLE REVIEW

I was excited to give this product a try because I’d heard so many great reviews on it.

I was excited to give this Eden BodyWorks Natural Pudding Souffle a try because I’d heard so many great reviews on it.  I decided that I would use this as a part of my wash and go routine.  I purchased this pudding souffle at my local Wal-Mart for about $8.

The description states that it “adds moisture to dry, thirsty tresses using an exotic blend of all natural ingredients formulated to reduce frizz, enhance textured styles and provide a soft, shiny finish.” Before applying the souffle, I shampooed my hair with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and  conditioned with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner.  I did not rinse out my conditioner.

While my hair was damp, I applied a small amount of coconut oil to my hair, and then I applied the Eden Body Works Natural Pudding Souffle. This product is very thick in consistency. It also has a nice, but very light coconut smell to it.  During the application process, the product felt very sticky to me.  I applied a good bit of the product to my hair completely from root to tip. I then allowed my hair to air dry.

After my hair was completely dry, I noticed white flakes on top of my hair.  My hair was also extremely dry.  The only pro was that my curls were nicely defined. It did not give me the results that I was expecting, so I was a bit disappointed.  The directions did state “for best results, use with Coconut Shea Leave in Conditioner.”  I don’t know if that would have made a difference, or not. I haven’t completely given up on this product.  I am going to try the full line of Eden Body Works products (shampoo and conditioner) along with the pudding souffle to see if I can achieve better results.

Have you tried this pudding souffle?  What was your experience?  Leave us a comment below.
Ingredient List: Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil , Vegetable Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cetyl Esters, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Steareth-20, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lactobacillus/Tomato Fruit Ferment Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Keratin Amino Acids, Acyl Coenzyme A Desaturase, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hydrolyzed Silk, Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol

 

 

THE BENEFITS OF USING GRAPE SEED OIL

Grapeseed oil is an excellent choice for both your skin, and for your hair.

As a naturalista, I am pretty sure you use some type of oil on your hair.  Whether it’s coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, or castor oil – you are probably familiar with them all. At different times, and for different reasons, I happen to use all of the above.  I have noticed that my hair really loves grapeseed oil, therefore I have made it a regular part of my healthy hair care regimen.

Grapeseed oil is an excellent choice for both your skin, and for your hair. It is very lightweight, so it does not weigh your hair down. Grapeseed oil is high in linoleic acid which is a type of omega-6 fatty acid, and rich in antioxidants.  It is also rich in Vitamin E, which is essential for hair growth. This oil helps to strengthen your hair from root to tip.  One of the reason’s I love using grapeseed oil is because it does not leave my hair with a greasy feel, and it does a great job sealing in moisture.

Grape Seed Oil

Not only do I use grapeseed oil on my hair, but I use it on my body as well It is an excellent moisturizer and helps to combat dry skin.

How I Use Grapeseed Oil:

  1. I gently massage it into my scalp to moisturize my scalp and combat dryness.
  2. I use it as a sealant for my hair. I apply it after washing my hair to help seal in moisture.
  3. I use it as a hot oil treatment for my hair.
  4. I use it as a skin moisturizer.  I add a small amount of  grapeseed oil to my whipped body butter to enhance its moisturizing effects.  Because grapeseed oil is odorless, I sometimes use it alone after a bath or shower in the place of my normal coconut oil.

How do you use grapeseed oil?  Let us know in the comments.