Product Reviews

Product Review: Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Hair Masque!

Hey Curlies! ❤

Y’all know I had to come and make a blog post reviewing Shea Moisture’s Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System. Now, I’m all about a good masque. It’s vital to incorporate masques and deep treatments and so forth into our natural hair regimen simply because natural hair requires SO much moisture.

So with that being said, lets get to it!

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From the website:

This intensive antioxidant-rich treatment helps to perfect and renew vibrancy to brittle, lackluster hair. When used weekly in our 10-IN-1 RENEWAL SYSTEM, it treats damaged hair while providing anti-aging benefits, color protection, hydration, nourishment, rejuvenation, strength, anti-stress, deep conditioning, softness and shine. Counteract signs of aging by nourishing the scalp with our SuperFruit Complex and infusing hair with ultra-moisturizing Marula Oil and Biotin. Ten Benefits Specific to our HAIR MASQUE : Age-Defy Nourish Anti-Stress Revive Body Color Protect Shine Deep Condition Strengthen Hydrate Soften

12 oz : $12.99 Target, Walgreens, Sally’s, Local Beauty Supply

Featured Ingredients

Superfruit – A blend of Red Raspberry, Ketones, Goji, Acai and Guava Extracts rich in anti-aging antioxidants. Marula Oil – Contains natural plant peptides that help support hair’s elasticity. Biotin – Nourishes individual strands for thicker, stronger hair. Shea Butter – Deeply moisturizes while conditioning hair and scalp.

Usage

Section clean, wet hair. Apply generously. Use a wide tooth comb to distribute evenly from root to ends. Leave in for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. For deep penetrating treatment, cover hair with plastic cap and apply moderate heat for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. When using hair steamer do not cover, moist heat will add to masque’s hydration.

Ingredients

Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*,  Behentrimonium Methosulfate,  Glycerin (Vegetable),  Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*,  Stearyl Alcohol,  Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil,  Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol,  Biotin,  Cetrimonium Chloride,  Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil,  Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Tocopherol,  Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract,  Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract,  Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract,  Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Caprylhydroxamic Acid,  Caprylyl Glycol,  Citric Acid,  Sodium Citrate,  Ipomoea Batatas Extract,  Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride *Certified Organic Ingredient – Shea Moisture

My opinion:

Now, I try to keep it REAL because I can’t stand a review that just wants to please the company. I don’t want to steer anyone wrong because that’s money and time wasted. But, for those that know me, know that I love Shea Moisture. I love their line and their products for the most part. I love the quality and the ingredients. They’re child friendly, so I’m able to use them on my child as well which I LOVE. I was looking for a deep conditioner and stumbled across this during the BOGO deal at Walgreens. I saw the pink and was immediately happy that there was a new line out! I grabbed that sucker, paid and was out the doe.

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If you haven’t seen this on IG then you won’t get the joke. Lol. Nevermind…carrying on…

The smell:

OOOO EMMM GEEEE! One word. YAAAAS! Lol

– It smells like perfume! The smell is SOOO amazing. If you don’t like strong scents, then you might not like this, however the smell dissipates.

The consistency:

– It’s creamy and somewhat thick. I’ve used thicker consistencies, but it’s the perfect consistency.

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Does it live up to it’s promises?

– Again it says…

“This intensive antioxidant-rich treatment helps to perfect and renew vibrancy to brittle, lackluster hair. When used weekly in our 10-IN-1 RENEWAL SYSTEM, it treats damaged hair while providing anti-aging benefits, color protection, hydration, nourishment, rejuvenation, strength, anti-stress, deep conditioning, softness and shine. Counteract signs of aging by nourishing the scalp with our SuperFruit Complex and infusing hair with ultra-moisturizing Marula Oil and Biotin. Ten Benefits Specific to our HAIR MASQUE : Age-Defy Nourish Anti-Stress Revive Body Color Protect Shine Deep Condition Strengthen Hydrate Soften.”

Basically…

– My hair shows signs of nourishment, rejuvenation, softness and shine! I am not sure about color protection, but if it’s giving me color protection that’s even better because I do have colored treated hair. You only need to keep it on for 5 minutes so it’s perfect for those quick shower days when you need to shave and do all your business, you can pop this sucker on with a shower cap before hand, handle your business, sing like I do lol and you’re done! However, I ALWAYS keep it on for at least 30 minutes.

Would I purchase again?

– ABSOLUTELY!

Have you tried Superfruit 10-n-1? What were your thoughts? Let me know!

Until next time curlies! XO!

Love,

Rayna

 

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Spotlight Fridays!

Spotlight Friday Feature: Troya!

Hey Curlies! ❤

Ever considered getting locs? Meet Troya!

IMG_16641. What’s your name? Where are you from? Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hello, my name is Troya L. Ellis, (31) I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I am a lover of the arts and I have a deep passion for creating change within the education system for African American students. Locing my hair was a huge statement, it was a statement of “I am ok with being different” and “I am ok with standing out for more reasons than simply being an African American female.”

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2. How long have you had your locs? 

My loc anniversary is July 28, 2009, so I have had my locs approximately 5 years and 3 months.

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3.  What/Who inspired you to get locs?

My initial inspiration was my mentor/big sister Keysha. She was the first personally knew personally with locs. In 2009, I met another friend that had locs and that was the inspiration i needed to make the transition.

4. Did your family and friends support your decision to get locs?

My family was supportive. They knew that it would eventually happen based on my personality and draw to my big sisters locs. Since I have started my locs, a few of my family members have considered them but none have embarked upon the journey.

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5. How do you maintain your locs? Do you have a regimen?

I either wash my locs every two to three weeks with Shea Moisture shampoo. Every 6 months the loctician will condition them and once a year I get color.

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6. How often do you re-twist?

 Within the first year, I would go to a loctician twice a month for wash and retwist (maintenance). Once my hair loc’ed I begin retwisting my locs myself every two weeks and I would make periodic visits to the loctician, Sometimes I do not retwist all my locs every two weeks and I simply retwist the first few rows to give them a refreshed look. I tried out the tool method a couple of times but I was not a fan of the lump that my locs would have after I had growth.

7. What are some of your go-to products?

Coconut oil for my scalp, and head sprung from simply wholesome in between washes (helps with smelling fresh).

8. What do you like most about having locs?

I love the growth process. i feel they are a form of artistic expression. I have been able to explore more colors and styles with my locs then i would have been able to do if I stuck to getting my hair pressed every two weeks.
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9. What are some of the questions you get often since getting locs?

Often times people think they are braids. I assume because they are not fuzz like locs people are use to seeing. Most questions are related to my loc styles. But I must admit Most all of my  BOMB styles are created by Brandii Hollaway. That leads to the question of who maintains your locs.

10. What advice would you give someone who is considering getting locs?

The cliche advice i have is that know if you are going to enbark upon the loc journey you must be prepared to be patient. The loc journey will feel slow but before you know it you will have endured the initial start to the budding stage to the loc’ed stage.


Thanks Troya for sharing your story with us and showcasing your beautiful face and Locs!!! I wish you the best on your hair journey!

Follow Troya: @t_roya

Awesome Q&A video on Locs…


If you would like a feature on my blog showcasing your natural hair, PLEASE email me happycurlhappygirl@yahoo.com with 2 to 3 photos of your natural hair! I would LOVE to have your story and beautiful photos of you and your natural hair on Spotlight Fridays! XO!

Until next time Curlies! XO!

Love,

Rayna

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Product Reviews

Product Review: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Line!

(Waves!) Hey Curlfriends!

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The Shea Moisture line is absolutely incredible! They  recently came out with a Jamaican Black Castor Oil line or JBCO. Not that the original line wasn’t everything already, the JBCO line is also quite amazing. JBCO is awesome for the hair (and has other uses) here’s a few facts: JBCO is known to increase hair growth and thicken the hair, repair dry and or damaged hair, softening and conditioning for the hair, treats dry and itchy scalp and increases blood flow to the scalp.

This new line includes:

  • Shampoo
  • Leave In Conditioner
  • Edge Treatment
  • Styling Lotion
  • Hair Masque
  • Hair Serum

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So, let’s get to the product review! Unfortunately, I have not purchased all of these products therefore will only be reviewing the Leave In Conditioner and Edge Treatment. The Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner (16oz, $12.99)  is light weight in my opinion which is GREAT for a leave in. I prefer light weight leave in’s because I plan to apply more products after applying my leave in. Therefore, I don’t want my leave in to weigh my hair down before any styling. Leave in conditioners are excellent for added moisture and to help with protecting and keeping the hair soft and frizz free. It’s all about preference ladies; whatever suits you and your hair. If you have thick hair leave in’s are great as they help with tangles and frizz. If you have fine hair, it’s up to you to decide if a leave in will work for your hair. I suggest a light watery leave in that won’t weigh your hair down like a light spray. As long as it’s a moisturizing leave in it is beneficial to your hair. It’s awesome that my daughter and I have 2 different yet similar textures. I have a range of 3a-3c hair types while my daughter has a 3c to 4a hair type. Fortunately, this Leave In works GREAT on both of our hair! My hair is moisturized and feels soft and manageable! I’d definitely recommend to all naturals!

jbcoedgeOK! Now on to the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment Edge Treatment (4oz $12.99)! I love this stuff. The FIRST ingredient is glycerin (a humectant which is commonly added to leave in conditioners). Some naturals dislike glycerin for their hair so this product may be a no go if that is the case for you. Remember the first THREE ingredients in a product is what the product mostly consists of. Water is the second ingredient which is always good. This right there tells you that this product is very moisturizing! I mainly use this product on my 6 year old daughter. My daughter has fine curly and kinky hair. Her edges are thin, so I’m all about strengthening and thickening her soft edges. When I saw this product I immediately purchased in hopes to incorporate this product into her routine. I also love it on myself, as it makes my edges very soft and moisturized! The consistency isn’t easy to apply, BUT the ingredients and promises of this product make it worth it. It slicks my daughters edges and conditions them? WIN! A couple cons: it’s a tad oily due to the glycerin and does not slick MY edges down how I would like them. However, like I mentioned above it gives a slick appearance to my daughter’s edges which is a win for me. It’s VERY helpful to apply it with a toothbrush!

Where to find:

Curlies, you can find this product at CVS, Walgreens, Target, Ulta, Rite Aid and Online.

There is more info on this line and other lines on their website: http://www.sheamoisture.com. ❤

 

Until next time Curlies! XO!

Love,

Rayna

 

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Meet The Kid: Her Natural Hair Care Regimen!

Hey Curlies! ♥♥♥

MeAndMilaI absolutely LOVE that my 6 year old daughter adores her natural hair. She begs me to let her wear her hair down to school so she can show off her curls and kinks. It’s seriously the cutest thing. As a child growing up I disliked my thick curly hair. I didn’t embrace my hair due to my surroundings and ruined my hair trying to altar my texture by flat ironing to achieve bone straight hair. And then there’s my kid, who embraces her curls, coils and kinks. LOL, I love it especially as a natural. Hopefully the love she has for her hair will never change as she matures. It makes my heart smile to know she loves who SHE IS. “Being natural is not a statement, it’s the closest I can get to being myself”. 

 

I believe in protective styling for little kids as it gives their hair a chance to rest from daily styling and pulling. It’s important to keep their hair moisturized and establish a routine. I try to use Organic products on my child’s hair and pay close attention to her ends and edges. My child has thin edges and fine hair so it’s important that her hair does not experience a lot of stress. I try to do protective styles like braids and twists with just her natural hair. So, because I just love this little person to pieces…I decided to show case some of the protective and natural styles I did. Introducing to you my baby girl Camila! 🙂

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♦ My Daughter’s Hair Regimen:

1>> I always make sure to spritz her hair with water daily, as water is a natural moisturizer

2>> I  always apply a water based moisturizer focusing on her ends and her edges (I usually stick to any Shea Moisture products) following up with a light oil to seal in the moisture (I use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil).

3>> I don’t use any petroleum and mineral oil based products. I always make sure what ever moisturizing or styling product I purchase has water as the 1st ingredient. Her hair is fine, therefore any mineral oil or petroleum based products weighs her hair down.

4>> I co-wash during the week (depending on the style) and wash every weekend with a sulfate free shampoo

5>> She sleeps on a satin pillowcase or wrapped with a satin scarf

6>> I try to incorporate deep conditioning. If your kid makes a fuss try Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. I apply that after a co wash or wash shower cap it, after she has bathed herself and the 3 minutes are up, I rinse with cool water. The steam from the shower and cap along with the 3 Minute Miracle makes for a great short deep conditioning treatment!

♥♥♥ Check out some of her protective styles!

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Tip: I always try to use an edge control (Crème Of Nature) to smooth out her edges and give a shiny appearance. Because her edges are fine I don’t like to cause any tension. Using an edge control or a pomade will give the illusion of a tight cornrow or braid at the root. Sometimes gels or cremes can cause the hair to revert and or make it a little difficult to catch at the start of a cornrow or braid. Try it if you haven’t already and let me know how it works out!

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I LOVE accessories! They’re perfect for little girls with any hair type. They show expression and spruce up any outfit!

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She was happy to be a “feature” on my blog! Thanks baby girl for being so super amazing in every way. You’re such a precious gift from God! Mommy loves you forever! ♥

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Until next time Curlfriends! Xo!

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Love,

Rayna

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All About Shampoo!

 (Smile) Hey Curlfriends! ❤

 

 

Ok. So! Let’s talk shampoo. When you first decide to go natural there may be some concerns with finding the right shampoo .Shampoos can be VERY drying to the hair. For that reason, many naturals have gone sulfate free or even stopped shampoo altogether and strictly co-wash. I can’t stress enough on the importance of educating yourself on the ingredients of your products so that you can make the right decision for your hair needs.

Some ingredients to AVOID when looking for a shampoo:

  • Sulfates– Sulfates are detergents that give shampoos a lather. They have several other names — sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate.  Sulfates can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it overly dry and prone to damage. If you have sensitive skin, sulfates can also cause irritation.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol – Isopropyl alcohol is sometimes included in shampoos because it cuts through oil effectively. Like sulfates, isopropyl alcohol’s is extremely drying to your hair, stripping it of moisture. This leaves it prone to frizziness and vulnerable to damage.
  • Parabens– Parabens are added to shampoos to act as a preservative, to keep bacteria and other microbes from collecting in your bottle. Unfortunately, parabens are suspected to cause cancer. I said “suspected” more studies need to be done in order to prove this to be true. Avoid anything with the suffix -paraben on the label, such as methylparaben, butylparaben or ethylparaben. Bottom line, if your shampoo/conditioner says paraben free it’s a keeper!

 

Some things to LOOK  for in a shampoo:

  • Moisturizing ingredients (ex. Shea butter and Tea Tree Oil)
  • Sulfate/Paraben free
  • Organic and natural ingredients (Oils and extracts)

 

⇒ Everything that shampoos CLAIM on their labels isn’t always truth.  The only part of the shampoo label that’s regulated by the Food and Drug Administration is the list of ingredients. That means manufacturers can claim their shampoos “add volume” or “repair,” even if they really don’t do either of those things. But, when you focus on understanding and learning your ingredients you won’t be fooled by what the product claims to do. A lot of shampoos have very similar ingredients no matter the price.

 

Some of my faves:

 

 

1) Shea Moisture Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo

→ I use this when I want a gentle cleanse.

2) Shea Moisture Yucca and Baobab Thickening Shampoo

→ I use this when I want a gentle cleanse.

3) Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Balance Moisturizing Shampoo

→ I use this when I want a good cleanse without over drying my hair.

4) Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

→ I use this when I want a good cleanse without over drying my hair.

5) Cantu Shea Butter For Natural Hair Sulfate Free Cleansing Shampoo

→ Sulfate free, therefore I use this the majority of the time.

6) Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Shampoo

→ I use this when I want a gentle cleanse.

 

Tip: When shampooing your hair DO NOT plop all of your hair on top of your head like you see in the commercials. LOL. No ma’am. When you shampoo it’s to cleanse the scalp. Never scratch, only rub and massage your scalp while cleansing! Leave your hair down and just focus on cleansing your scalp. As you rinse your hair,  the shampoo will run down cleansing the hair.

 

 

 

>>> OH! Don’t forget to clarify your hair at least ONCE a month. A clarifying shampoo gets rid of residue and product build up from your styling products.  Depending on how many products you use will determine if and when you should clarify your hair. If you regularly shampoo your hair with harsh ingredients you probably do not need to clarify as often as someone who strictly co-washes. I think of clarifying being as necessary as exfoliating your skin. You can wash your face/skin everyday but exfoliating it will strip away residue that may be left over from simply just washing. Clarifying is extremely drying as it strips it all, so it is best to follow up with a moisturizing shampoo and/or deep conditioner to replenish moisture. I use Suave Clarifying Shampoo and usually follow up with deep conditioning. 🙂 If you prefer the natural route, try Apple Cider Vinegar. Some claim it’s not good to do while others swear by it. This is definitely where trial and error comes in!

 

 

 

 

Until next time Curlies! XO!

 

 

 

 

Love,

Rayna

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Spotlight Fridays!

Spotlight Friday Feature: Nakela!

Hi Curlies! I had to fit in the bff for Spotlight Fridays!

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 >> 1. Tell us your name, where you’re from, how long have you been natural and a little bit about yourself!

My name is Nakela and I’m from Los Angeles, Ca. I’ve always been natural (without chemicals) but I decided to take it easy on the hot comb and explore my natural curls 2 years ago. I started out in the banking industry, switched to automotive, and now I’m recruiting! My ultimate dream is to have a company of my own, preferably something having to do with beauty. Currently working to make this dream a reality! I’ve always been natural with no chemicals, but I’ve been exploring my hair in its natural state for two years.

>> 2. What is your go to natural style?

 My go to style is a big twist out for days when I want it down. If it’s a low key day I’ll go for a curly ponytail or bun.

>> 3. What are your go to products?

 I looooove the Shea moisture line, specifically the coconut & hibiscus. I use the co-wash, curl milk, and curl cream.

>> 4. What do you like/love most about being natural?

 I like the versatility of natural hair. I never knew I could do so much with it.

>> 5. Who is your celebrity hair crush?

 Tracey Ellis Ross

>> 6. Have you ever big chopped or transitioned?

No just keep my ends trimmed

>> 7. Is your mate/ family/ friends supportive of your natural hair?

They’re very supportive and like the styles I create.

>> 8. Do you know your hair type? If so what is it?

 I’m not really sure because it’s different all around. If I had to guess I’d say 3c/4a.

>> 9. What is one thing you have learned since being natural?

I never thought I had the kind of hair that would “curl” or “good hair”. Through experimenting with natural hair, I’ve learned everyone has a curl pattern and good hair is healthy hair. Plus it’s all about the products you use to define the curls you have.

>> 10. My blog is called ‘Happy Curl Happy Girl’ so what makes your curls happy? (Deep conditioning, hot oil treatments etc.)

 My curls looooove to be conditioned…. Deep conditioning in addition to regular conditioning and moisturizing daily!

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Thanks Nakela for sharing your story with us and showcasing your beautiful face and curls!!! I wish you the best on your hair journey!

Follow Nakela: @kela_f_babythMCUE9SU2
If you would like a feature on my blog showcasing your natural hair, PLEASE email me Freshlyblessed@gmail.com with 2 to 3 photos of your natural hair I would LOVE to have your story and beautiful photos of you and your natural hair on Spotlight Fridays! XO!

Until next time Curlfriends! XO!

Love,

Rayna

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