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Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque by SheaMoisture review

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Every couple of months, I like to give myself a protein treatment, to help re-strengthen my hair.   Constant manipulation will eventually weaken the hair shaft and adding a treatment will fill in the weak spots.

The lovely people at SheaMoisture sent me a couple of products from one of their newest product lines, the Tahitian Noni & Monoi Collection. This is touted as their “hair smoothing system” allowing users to go from curly to straight without permanently altering the hair. According to SheaMoisture, “The protein-based treatment products smooth, soften and control frizz, leaving textured hair more manageable for up to four weeks”.

All the products contain certified organic Shea Butter, Tahitian Noni, which is an antioxidant enriched with Vitamin C to help maintain hair health, Monoi Oil, which revives damaged hair, and Keratin, Peptides and Botanical Extracts, to nourish, repair and protect distressed hair fibres. Of course this all-natural line does not contain sulphates, parabens, mineral oil and other stuff.

This line contains a number of products including the Smooth & Repair Straightening System. I got the Nourishing Hair Masque and the Hair Scalp Weekly Treatment.

NoireTropicalBeauty SheaMoisture Tahitian Monoi

I must admit that I was rather skeptical to try these products. Since the day that I decided stop relaxing, I have had zero desire to straighten my hair. So I did not want to apply anything to my hair that would alter its texture. I scrutinized the ingredients and the masque actually does not contain keratin (which is a naturally occurring protein and is the main component of hair and nails) or any ingredients that may straighten the hair. It contains mostly moisturisers and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. This masque is supposed to deeply condition the hair, impart intense moisture and strengthen and smoothen the strands.

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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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My holy grail product: Oyin Handmade's Burnt Sugar Pomade!

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I have sung the praises about products from Oyin Handmade.  They have a fantastic collection for women how have naturally kinky/curly/coily hair.  But there is one that truly has my heart and I will buy for the rest of time!  Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade.

Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade

First of all, this smells every bit as good as it looks! Amazing!! I have been so tempted to eat this thing!   I actually think that it has quite a pronounced scent although it has been described as subtle.

Anyway, this is an all-natural, vegetable-based hair pomade, that has a very thick, almost grease-like consistency.  Like old-school, back in the day hair grease.  And to the touch, it is grainy, as if there is actual brown sugar mixed in it.  But that quickly melts away once you warm it up in your palms.

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My Chagrin Valley shampoo bars review!

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NB: Nothing to declare! Product mentioned bought by me!

Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve products!

For the last few months, I have been testing out the two shampoo bars that I purchased from Chagrin Valley.  I have not had too much experience with Shampoo bars and previously I had only used the babassu bars from Anita Grant.  I have been a fan of liquid cleaners as they are more likely to lather (which by the way, assuming they don’t contain sulphates, assist in removing grease and dirt from the hair, but they are not absolutely necessary for cleansing).  Plus the fact, I am not a fan of soap melting away in the bathroom, but I decided to give them a try.  I purchased the Babassu Marsh Mallow and the Butter Bar Conditioner Shampoo Bars.  I got about 7oz. in each bar for about US$8.

See how large the bar is!!! Covers my entire hand!

Good value!  I cut off pieces of the bar as I needed it.

Babassu Marsh Mallow Shampoo Bar – 7oz.

Babassu Marsh Mallow Shampoo Bar –  The main ingredients are Babassu oil, which is great for thick hair and helps with restoring strength and elasticity,  and marsh mallow root, which a well-known botanical used for its detangling, softening and hydrating properties.  This bar had a citrusy, herbal scent that dissipated when rinsed.  I parted my hair into quarters and I was able to get a pretty decent lather from the bar.  It did not strip my hair of its moisture but neither was it super moisturizing.  My scalp looked/felt clean and it did not itch while I was washing it.   I also did not notice any significant ease in detangling.  This was a generally a good bar, not amazing, but I would repurchase.

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Hair haul: My recent Chagrin Valley purchase

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Back in the day, before I even decided to go back to natural hair, I did a lot of research on new products that I could use.  I was a member of a number of natural hair discussion boards, as there were not that many blogs available at that time.  This is how I discovered that I could cleanse my hair without sulphates and they (the sulphates)  were probably the cause of the intense itching and dryness that I felt while shampooing.  One of the most widely mentioned brands for cleansers was from Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company.  Chagrin Valley makes a variety of handmade soaps for hair and body as well as body balms made with shea butter and herbal rinses.  I definitely wanted to explore the world of sulphate-free, natural shampoos, so I filed this name in my memory bank.

Fast forward to earlier this year and I wanted to try some new products.  I have been loving my SheaMoisture but, you know, the product junkie in me.  Browsing the site, there are a lot to choose from, depending on what you are looking for, the ingredients that you like, scents etc.  They sell their full sized bars as well as sample sizes, which is great!  I ended up choosing 2 full sized bars; the Babassu Marsh Mallow Shampoo Bar and the Butter Bar Conditioner Shampoo Bar.  I’ve always wanted to try hair teas to make detangling easier so I picked up the trial size of the Hair Tea Detangler Blend.

I ordered my items on a Monday night and I had a box waiting for me on Thursday! And this was the cheapest shipping option!  Here’s my haul.

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Co. haul!

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