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Product Review—Madam C.J. Walker


Hola peeps!  Loooooonnnnnnngggg time, no post…I’ve missed you guys!  There has been so much going on in my life that I just needed a break from it all.  However I’m going to do my best and try to get back into the swing of things.  Although I’m not sure how often these posts will happen but best believe SNC is never forgotten so please enjoy for now until I return to normalcy 🙂

The other day I was in Sephora searching for Bite’s Amuse Bouche new lipstick colors which they didn’t have (I went to 3 locations!!!), I was so upset!  However I digress and save that for a later post, however I eventually got over it when I stumbled upon the new Madam C.J. Walker line.  I saw on Instagram (follow me @sassncurlz) that they released a new line but totally forgot about it, so I was happy to see it in store.

I tested out Jamaican Black Castor Oil & Murumuru Oils Loosen and Stretch Gel on a few of my strands.  The gel wasn’t too sticky or runny  and provided a nice hold; however I noticed that the scent was a bit strong but that didn’t stop me from buying it and the Defining Butter Creme.  I left Sephora a happy product junkie and went about my day!

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The next day I washed, conditioned and even gave myself a protein treatment.  Next I was ready to styled my tresses with the gel.  I worked it in with my fingers from the roots to ends and let it air dry.  Everything was going along great until I noticed that the scent got stronger, so much so that I developed a migraine!  At first I tried to ignore it but I couldn’t take it anymore, it was as if I had poured perfume on my head.  I took a Motrin and laid down, then an hour later I washed my hair again to get rid of the smell!  I’m sorry but this is a no go and I’ll be returning these to Sephora.  Since that happened I will not be trying the Defining Butter Creme which disappoints me because I really wanted to like these products.  Oh well I will stick with what works.

If you are curious about the ingredients see below:

Water, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin (Vegetable), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*+, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Urtica Dioica Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Unum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Coco-Glucoside, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Algin, Chitosan, Gellan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/Cl0-30 Alkyl Acrylate Copolymer, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend).

Although the scent didn’t agree with me it did provide my curlz with great hold.  Take a peek at the results, excuse the blurry pic as this was the best I could do because my head was pounding at this point!

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So there you have it, a quick review.  Have you tried these products, if so what are your thoughts?  Oh and give me feedback on what you would like to see on SNC upon its return.

Thanks for hanging with me and stay tuned for more posts!

Hair Talk—8 Products for Summer Haircare


Hola peeps!  Summertime is finally here and I hope that you are enjoying it!  However with my favorite time of the year comes humidity, scorching temps, and random rain showers so we must keep our curls in check.  On that note I have listed 8 products (stylers) that can help you through it all…some I’ve tried and others I plan to try. Let’s get to it!

Summer Haircare
  1. Curls Unleashed Curl Boosting Jelly—I have yet to try this but I have read reviews that was on both ends of the spectrum.  This is a gel that aims to define curls without the crunch.  Well I am pretty much sold as I love a good gel!  I guess that this would be perfect for wash and gos and slicking down edges.
  2. Miss Jessie’s Curl Pudding—Tried and true to it’s word this pudding goes on smooth, smells great and is not sticky.  It does provide a good hold and definitely defines curls, my only gripe is that my hair looked dull once it dried.  This is great for a WnG, 2 strand twists and bantu knots.
  3. Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream—This is a fantastic cream for dry kinky strands that needs that extra bit of moisture.  I have tried this on my WNG and twists before and the results were great!  Also this cream is good at slicking down edges when you want to rock a bun.
  4. Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream—This is a very rich cream that is great at moisturizing tresses and serves as a protectant against harmful rays (IMO).  Of course I tried this on my WnG but also found out that it provides a good hold for braid outs as well.
  5. Curls Gel-Les’C—As of yet I haven’t tried this product but lots of curlies are raving about it.  However I think that this gel may be best for finer curl textures (i.e. 3A-3B)  and would probably be great for to use on WnG with a soft hold.
  6. Shea Moisture Curling Gel Souffle—This is a beloved brand within the natural hair community and many love this gel as well.  I reviewed this product a few years ago (go here to read) and it wasn’t the greatest for me.  However when paired with their Curl Enhancing Smoothie to do two strand twists expect a luscious, fluffy twist-out the very next day.
  7. Carol’s Daughter Styling Pudding—I’m intrigued by this product because I am unsure if this similar to their infamous Hair Milk wrapped in new packaging or if it is a new formula altogether.  I would guess that the consistency would be creamy yet not too thick since it is a “pudding”, perhaps this would work best to set hair for a flexi-rod set or a bantu knot-out.
  8. Shea Radiance Maximum Curl Defining Cream—This cream is suppose to gently hold, resist humidity and define curls so I would try using this with braid-out.  I would guess that it would give a controlled voluminous look.

So there you have it, 8 products to get you through the summer months.  Gel, pudding, cream and soufflé…there is something for everyone and every style imaginable.  I am sure that I left out quite a few however don’t be shy, leave a comment below and let me know.  I challenge you (and myself) to explore and have fun with our hair during the best season of the year.  Enjoy!

Product Review—Miss Jessies Multicultural Curls


Hola peeps!  I hope all is good, today I have a very much overdue Miss Jessies Multicultural Curls product review for you.  I have tried several of their products before so when I stumbled upon this in Target I knew I had to give it a try!  Please note that this is not a sponsored post as this review is based on my opinion.

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This is what I did:

  • Washed and oiled my hair as usual.
  • Used Miss Jessies Leave-in Condish which had pretty decent slip and it smelled good.
  • Then detangled my hair and put it in four sections to prepare to add the styler.
  • Proceeded to coat and shingle the Multicultural Curls throughout my hair.  As I am doing this I noticed that it wasn’t melting in but instead sitting on my hair.  That was the first sign that it was a no no.
  • Once the product was all in I felt that it was too light for my kinky/coily/curly hair so I did what I had to do—applied my trusty EcoStyler Gel on top of it for extra hold.
  • My curlz were somewhat revived but I had to really work it in my hair so I didn’t leave a white coating on top.
  • At last once dry I fluffed  my hair and what you see is what I got.

 

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I am not sure how I feel about this product as you can see that from my slight smile. It is not the worst product I have tried yet it definitely isn’t their best! However I just may give it another go since I still have tons left; perhaps diffusing will help. Overall on a scale of 1-10 I give this a 6 for now. There you have it, my review. Have you tried this or will you? Do tell.

New Haircare Product—Vibrance Vitamins


Hola peeps!  I hope all is well.   I am sure that you have seen several companies on social media promoting hair vitamins well today I am sharing with you Vibrance Vitamins.  The use of these supplements claims to aid in thicker and longer hair.  Here is a bit of what they say about their products:

Indications: Taken to promote healthy hair, Vibrance provides essential vitamins, minerals, and herbal extracts to support thicker, longer, and more vibrant hair.

Benefits of Vibrance Hair Vitamins:

OptiMSM, a natural compound containing sulfur, feeds your hair with the building blocks it needs to grow. When you take a supplement like Vibrance which contains this compound, your hair grows much more rapidly. Biotin, this vitamin makes your hair more elastic. The more elastic your hair is, the less brittle and breakable it is. Biotin strengthens your hair, and keeps split ends from forming. Other key ingredients in Vibrance include vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin B complex, iodine, selenium, copper, horsetail extract, green and black tea extract, gingko extract, and more. Please see Product Details for full list.   image I must admit I haven’t been consistent with taking these.  I only took them for about a week then stopped, so I cannot give a complete review.  In the short time that I did take them I didn’t have any side effects or nausea but it does state to take before a meal with water.  Just remember that everyone is different, as it states on the bottle consult with a physician before taking them if you are nursing, pregnant or taking any prescription medications.

However if you are interested in giving them a try go here to buy and use discount code EUN15OFF for 15% off!  Please let me know if you do purchase them and I will keep you informed as well.  Happy Hair Growth!

Disclosure:  The parent company Eu Natural provided the vitamins (free of charge) however opinions are solely my own.

Product Review—Curly Kids Mixed Hair Haircare


Hola peeps!  This review is long overdue…..I have been using Curly Kids Mixed Hair Haircare products for about 2 months now and it was love at first try!  I discovered the brand on Instagram (follow me @sassncurlz) and participated in a kids contest they were having in collaboration with Curly Girl Collective.  Quick SN: I entered my niece and she won their entire product line!  So after that I was intrigued to try them out for myself.  Take a peek at the ingredients:

Curly Gel Moisturizer and Curl Defining Lotion: Water (Aqua), Carbomer, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG-75 Lanolin, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine, Fragrance (Parfum), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, DMDM Hydantoin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten

Here is how it all went down:

–I washed and conditioned my hair as normal then proceeded to do the LOC (leave-in, oil, cream) Method.

–Whenever I use creamy styling products I like to use a water-based leave-in conditioner so I went with my old faithful-Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner.

–Then I drenched my curlz with Castor Oil paying close attention to my ends.

–Next I used the Curly Kids Curl Defining Lotion for my cream.  It is not sticky, the scent is kind of bland almost non-existent and it went on smoothly—love it!  I could’ve stopped there as this is great if you want a big fluffy fro, however I continued on to the next step.

–After I smoothed the cream in my hair I applied the Gel Moisturizer because I wanted more hold.  The gel is clear and is a little thicker (IMO) then say Eco Styler Gel.  I liked that it worked well with the Curl Defining Lotion as it didn’t flake nor felt hard on my hair.  So that put a big smile on my face!

–Last I finished off with my usual style–a Wash and Go.

Keep scrolling to see pics of the different styles I rocked!

This look was a simple WNG using both products.
Another WnG pulled to the side and accessorized with big patterned bow.
A fluffed out WnG—big hair don’t care!

What are your thoughts?  Overall I give these products a 8 out of 10.  My only con is the 6oz sizes.  I have a ton of hair so they don’t last, I am already on my 2nd jar of each!  I purchased mine at my local beauty supply store and nothing was over $3.79.  Can’t beat that at all!  However go here on amazon if you want buy.  Have you tried any of their products or do you plan to?  Let’s talk about it…leave a comment below 🙂

Disclosure:  This is NOT a sponsored post as I purchased all products and this review is based on my honest opinion.

Cocotique Box Review—The ‘Beautifully Delicious’ Limited Edition January Box curated by Chef Roblé Ali


Hola peeps!  Today I have a great review bought to you by the fab Cocotique box!  If you don’t know Cocotique is a “deluxe box subscription service for women of color and diverse ethnicities“.  Last month (yes January) the über popular Chef Roblé Ali curated a limited edition box, appropriately called ‘Beautifully Delicious’.  Are you intrigued yet?  Well read on and take a peek to see what was inside!

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I could smell the yummy goodies even before I opened the box.  Teaming up with the chef was a great idea…who doesn’t love beauty products and food!  Here’s what was inside:

Befine Fine Food Skin Care– Warming Clay Mask, Night Cream, Gentle Cleanser, Exfoliating Cleanser, Daily Moisturizer,  and Pore Refining Treatment Scrub samples were inside.  **I’ve tried their products before and they are great.  They don’t contain harsh chemicals, are all natural and get the job done.

Carol’s Daughter– Macadamia Finishing Shine Spray **If you follow this blog then you know that I have given this brand rave reviews before.  I have yet to try this but if it is anything like her Tui Moisturizing Hair Sheen then I know I will love it!

c. Booth– Honey Almond Nourishing Bath and Body Wash **I have yet to try this product but I have heard good things about them.  The smell is very enticing and I will be using this very soon.

Clo-Vee Products– Pomegranate and Orange Organic Shea Body Butter  **I can’t wait to use this as I know that it will come in handy and soothe my dry skin.  Again the scent of this is divine.

OPI Nail Lacquers– San Francisco Collection: I Knead Sour Dough **I have used OPI nail polishes many times before and they do last.  I adore the color name and it is appropriate for this everlasting winter season!

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So there you have it…all the deets on the January Box.  Thoughts?  Oh and be on the look out for more from Chef Roblé, he has a new women’s fragrance coming called Clique.  Of course it is food inspired so expect it to tantalize your senses. 🙂

Want to find out more about how to sign up for a Cocotique box go here.   Enjoy!

{Disclaimer: This Cocotique box was sent to me free of charge however all opinions/reviews are my own.}