Saturday, 26 October 2013

Product Review – Africa’s Best Kids Organics Shea Butter Shampoo

Hey lovelies, forgive me for the inconsistent posts, I will try to do better by you and I definitely have some new posts in store for you all. I just wanted to do a quick post on this lovely shampoo I discovered after looking through the ingredients and eyeing it in the stores on several occasions. To be honest I have been using it every single wash day to properly cleanse my hair and so far I have been loving it.

It is described on the bottle as being a therapeutic herbal formula which gently removes build up and impurities, thoroughly cleansing the hair and scalp. Your hair is left feeling squeaky clean, silky, more manageable and with an exhilarating and fresh smell. Enriched with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Shea Butter, hair receives a healthy boost of moisturisers that soften, condition and detangle.

Some of its ingredients include water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamide DEA, Polyquarternium-10, Shea Butter, Soy Bean Oil, Corn Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Mink Oil, Egg Powder, Milk Protein, Honey.

Its directions state that you should – wet hair and apply a generous amount of the Shampoo. Work into a lather, gently massaging scalp. Rinse and Repeat and be sure to remove all traces of shampoo from hair.



Pros

1. This product cleanses the hair without being very stripping. In fact I can say that it does not lather up too much almost like a non-sulfate shampoo.
2. It works as a great detangler, I can usually detangle my hair with this shampoo in. As soon as I apply it my hair feels good.
3. It is easily available in Nigeria and can be found in most shops, markets and so on.
4. It is reasonably priced depending on where you get yours from.
5. One of the best things about this shampoo is that it is gentle on the hair and does not leave the hair feeling too stripped while still removing product build up.
6. It contains a lot of natural ingredients that our hair loves although they are further down the list of ingredients.
7. It contains the right amount of protein to add strength to the hair while still being moisturising and conditioning at the same time. Sometimes after using it I seriously contemplate the need for a conditioner.
8. It can be used on relaxed, texlaxed, natural and even children’s hair as it is a Kid’s shampoo.

Cons

1. I do not particularly like the smell it reminds me of synthetic purple grape. However it is a kids shampoo and I am sure the scent is aimed at them. This should not deter you however, as it smells better than most products.
2. It contains a few ingredients which may not be necessarily beneficial to the hair such as parabens. If you are very ingredient conscious this is something to take note of.
3. It has a quite runny consistency which results in some of it slipping out of my hands when I want to apply it to my scalp.

Rating – 4.8/5 (Very Good) I definitely recommend this product.


Kindly share your experience with this product if you have used it or if it is something you would be willing to try? If you try it do let me know how it turns out. Also please share other sulfate shampoos that you have tried and loved. If you are not sure whether your shampoo is a sulfate one simply check the list of ingredients.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



"People have to forgive. We don't have to like them, we don't have to be friends with them, we don't have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don't we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry" - C. Joybell C.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

10 Fascinating Facts about this Hair of Mine

Maybe not so fascinating but just wanted to do a fun post this time round to share some stuff about my hair and also to learn about your own hair as well. So here goes:


1. My hair is thick I used to not like this but now I embrace its thickness wholeheartedly.

2. It does not like to be co washed. Try as I might anytime I co wash my hair all I get is this coated feeling. I can do it once in a while but I cannot go too long without washing my hair with shampoo.

3. My hair loves to be washed with shampoos that contain one kind of sulfate which is sodium laureth sulfate such shampoos usually detangle my hair and never leave my hair feeling stripped. I try to stay away from all other forms of sulfate shampoos except when it is absolutely necessary.

4. My hair does not like to lay down so much except when I take a hair straightener/flat iron to it.

5. My hair always shrinks in length (I think the humidity in Nigeria also plays a factor). There are times when just before I get a relaxer I think my hair has not grown and then it surprises me after I put some heat on it.

6. My scalp usually loves to be oiled, oiling my scalp feels so good during and afterwards.

7. My hair loves protein deep conditioners mixed with moisture deep conditioners but after this will not take too ligtly to a protein leave in or hair moisuturiser so I use these sparingly even on none wash days.

8. I used to have the darkest black hair, everyone thought I had it dyed back in secondary school now it is still dark but a lot lighter in some parts.

9. Most hair stylists say my hair does not take too well to relaxers so no matter how often I get it relaxed and even do corrective relaxers it still maintains this texlaxed feel which I have grown to love and embrace.

10. My favourite protective style of all time is the bun I do all sorts but for a curly look I love a flexi rod set bun.


Kindly share some peculiarities about your hair, what it likes and does not like. Everyone’s hair is uniquely different and we should learn to embrace what makes us different and be proud of it.


PS. These are some older pictures of my hair before I cut it, slowly but surely it is getting back there. Our Birthday Hair Growth Challenge is coming to an end I am hoping for a fuller bun at the end of it. I will also straighten my hair at the end of the challenge, I hope you have all been rewarded from following the rules.

TONKABELLE, xoxo



Have patience with everything that remains unresolved in your heart.... live in the question - Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet