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Want to make your detangling a little easier? Try Anita Grant’s Original Rhassoul Condish

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Years ago, when I first decided to stop relaxing, one of the names being kicked around the natural hair forum boards was Anita Grant.  Based in London, UK, mixologist Anita Grant has been making all natural hair products for a while.  So I decided to order a few items and my order included her famous Rhassoul Condish blocks.  I think it took about 2-3 weeks to get my package as it was coming across the Atlantic, but I am not sure what the shipping times are like now.

Anita Grant Original Rhassoul Condish

Fast forward some years later and I realized that I still had 3 blocks in my refrigerator!! So one evening, I gave my hair a little extra TLC.  The condish block is made primarily of organic Rhassoul Clay (Moroccan) but also contains some very moisturizing ingredients like cocoa butter and honey.  The clay is supposed to fortify hair, protect it from free radicals, detoxify the scalp and improve manageability.

So I followed the instructions on the website, and used a glass bowl and plastic fork to prepare the mixture.  Due to the high mineral content of the clay, they may interact with metal.  I used one cube of Rhassoul Clay and added enough hot water to create a loose paste.  It took about 10 to 15 minutes to break up the cube with the fork.  It looked like Milo or chocolate milk.  I have used coconut milk instead of water, but surprisingly this Caribbean woman had none in her apartment! :-/

The Condish! 1 cube

Mixing the condish with hot water

So I cleansed my hair in the shower and squeezed out the excess water.  I divided my hair into quarters and applied the Rhassoul mixture.  I made sure that I got it on my scalp and throughout my strands.  It did not drip and it dried quickly on my hair, but I wrapped it in some plastic wrap and left it on for 30 minutes.

My hair before the treatment. An old twistout.

The clay in my hair, after 30 mins

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Earth Day beauties!

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Hey!

So last Friday was Earth Day, and slowly but surely, lots of cosmetic companies, big and small, have been embracing more natural and organic formulations.  So for you earth-conscious beauties out there, here are a few brands to look out for:

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  • Oyin Handmade – probably my favourite, natural haircare line for women with curly, kinky or coily hair.  I cannot live without the Burnt Sugar Pomade.  Really.  The Juices are also really good too! Still have to try their new Hair Dew.
  • Karen’s Body Beautiful – Another great line based out of my old neighbourhood of Fort Greene Brooklyn.  The Sweet Ambrosia is the go-to product.  But I am really excited for all the new products that will be coming out this year.
  • Qhemet Biologics – I think that their Amla and Olive Heavy Cream is amazing! It’s also their top seller.
  • Kinky Curly –  A very popular brand with products like Knot Today (my staple leave-in conditioner) and the Curling Custard (which I have YET to try, but summer is coming up so….).
  • Anita Grant – love from across the pond!!! And now they have a U.S. distributor – Hairrogant.  And right now they actually have a sale on the top 5 selling AG products!  I would recommend the babassu shampoo bars and the Rhassoul Deep Condish.
  • Aubrey Organics– available at Whole Foods and other retailers, I use their GPB conditioner as a protein conditioner and the Honeysuckle Rose conditioner as a deep moisturizer.
  • SheaMoisture – Love their Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and their body butters! Available at Target and Walgreens.

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