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Anniversary Giveaway #5 ~ Honeysuckle Kiss Leave In from The Good Hair Shop

1 Jul

The Good Hair Shop is sponsoring a giveaway of four bottles of their Honeysuckle Kiss Leave In Conditioner (Retail value $13.99). There will be two winners from Facebook and two from Twitter. Increase your chances by entering on both sites.

Product description from the website:

Give some shine to dull curls by moisturizing your curls with honey.  This delightful blend of honey and shea butter works wonders  for tangles and will not leave residue in locs.  Great for use as a daily dressing.
Ingredients: Honey, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil,  Sweet Almond Oil,Olive Oil,Cocunut Oil,Vegan Glycerin, Guar Gum  (Organic Plant Based Thickener), Soy Lecithin,Essential Oil Fragrance Blend.


      • “Like” The Good Hair Shop on Facebook and leave a comment on Facebook that you want to enter


      • Follow The Good Hair Shop on Twitter and leave a comment on Twitter that you want to enter
      • Deadline: July 16th (Prizes will be mailed within 7 business days)

To learn more about this leave in, see the demo video HERE .

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Product Review: Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Conditioner

11 Jan

When it comes to inexpensive shampoos, Herbal Essences have been  the primary ones that I’ve used. Hello Hydration and Totally Twisted are the two I’ve tried and liked. They were both creamy, smelled great, and worked well for cowashing. When I heard of Long Term Relationship, I thought I’d give it a try. I have to say that I was disappointed. 

2 Things I Like:

  1. It was inexpensive (about $3 for 12oz.)
  2. It is sold at several different stores and easy to find.

3 Things I Didn’t Like:

  1. It was too thick for me. I like creamy conditioners, but this was too thick.
  2. It didn’t work well as a cowash conditioner.
  3. My hair felt coated after using it.

This conditioner was okay, but I won’t by it again. I’d  heard good things about Long Term Relationship. I did not get those same results. For whatever reason, it didn’t work well for my hair. It had an okay scent, but I had too much trouble working it into my hair. Because it was so difficult to cowash my hair with it, I ended up using too much. I am glad that I purchased the small bottle, and it didn’t last because I had to add a lot to make sure that my hair was fully covered. When it comes to Herbal Essences, I will stick to Hello Hydration and Totally Twisted. Those two worked much better for me.

Natural Hair Report Card: Top 10 Leave-in Conditioners

30 Dec

From September 2010-November 2010, I conducted a natural hair survey to find out what products are working for naturals. There were over 300 participants. I have compiled a list of the top ten picks in each category (Conditioners, Leave-in conditioners, Shampoos, Product lines, Moisturizers, Places to buy products, and Hair tools). Thanks to everyone who participated. If you didn’t participate this year, I hope you will participate in the Natural Hair Report Card for 2011.

Top 10 Leave-in Conditioners

10. Taaliah Waajid Black Earth

(Protective Mist Bodifier)

9. Koils By Nature

(Creamy Shealoe Moisturizing Leave-in)

8. Oyin Handmade

(Juices and Berries and Greg Juice)

7. Jane Carter

(Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner)

6. Infusium 23

5. Homemade Leave-in

(Several people used Knot Today as a base for their leave-in)

4. Carol’s Daughter

(Primarily Black Vanilla Leave-in and Tui Leave-in)

3. Giovanni

(Giovanni Direct Leave-in)

2. Cantu

(Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream)


1. Kinky Curly

(Knot Today)

In this category, lines targeted towards natural hair were the favorites. Also, some of the people participating added that they use their regular conditioner as a leave-in.

Which of these have you tried? Which ones do you want to try?

Click HERE for the complete summary of the survey.

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Natural Hair Report Card: Top 10 Conditioners

29 Dec

From September 2010-November 2010, I conducted a natural hair survey to find out what products are working for naturals. There were over 300 participants. I have compiled a list of the top ten picks in each category (Conditioners, Leave-in conditioners, Shampoos, Product lines, Moisturizers, Places to buy products, and Hair tools). Thanks to everyone who participated. If you didn’t participate this year, I hope you will participate in the Natural Hair Report Card for 2011.

First up, conditioners:

Top Ten Natural Hair Conditioners

10. Trader Joe’s

(Tea Tree Tingle an Nourish Spa)

9. Giovanni

(Primarily Smooth as Silk)

8. Shea Moisture

7. Tresemme

6. Homemade Conditioner

5. Oyin Handmade

(Honey-Hemp Conditioner)

4. Aubrey Organics

(Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner)

3. Vo5

2. Suave

(Several different, especially the Suave Professionals and Suave Naturals lines)


1. Herbal Essences

(Primarily Hello Hydration and None of Your Frizziness)

I have used several of these, but some I haven’t tried yet. I was glad to see that so many people are making their own conditioners at home. What do you think of the results? Which ones have you tried? How did you like them?

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10 Under $10 #2

13 Dec

 This is the second installment of 10 Under $10. Check out the first one if you haven’t seen it yet. This list gives a variety of hair products that cost less than $10.

1. Black Earth Curly Curl Cream (6oz. for $7.99)

Curl definers can be very expensive, this one is under $10. The best part is that it is good too. Read my review of it HERE .

2. Aloe Vera Gel (Under $5)

This serves lots of purposes. It can be used for skin and hair. I use it to lay down my edges. Derby City Naturals also shared with me that she used it as a shaving gel, and it worked great for that purpose. Here’s what she had to say: I was going to shave under my arms when I realized that I was out of shave gel. I had heard before that you can use conditioner but mine wasn’t in the shower so I grabbed my aloe gel because it was close enough to reach without getting out of the tub (lol, lazy I know). Anyway I wanted to say that it worked better than shave gel! The aloe provided great slip, rinsed clean with no residue and left my skin soft. The best thing is its been two days and no razor bumps (I always get them). Needless to say the miracle aloe plant has come thru once again and I will no longer be purchasing shave gel!” I love an inexpensive multipurpose product.

3. Suave Naturals (under $2)

This is a good cowashing conditioner as well. I think Suave conditioners are sometimes underrated because they are so inexpensive.

4. Aussie Moist Shampoo for Dry/Damaged Hair about ($4)

I keep hearing rave reviews about this regarding dry hair. It’s getting colder now, and this might be a good time to give this one a try.

5. Heritage Products Rose Petal Rosewater ($6)

This makes a great spritz for hair. It can also be an ingredient in homemade hair concoctions. It can also be used on your skin.

6.  Yes to Cucumbers Conditioner( 16.9 oz $8.99)

Great conditioner! This worked so well for my hair. See my review of it HERE

7. Vo5 Conditioner (under $2)

Good lightweight conditioner. I like this for cowashing and for rinsing henna treatments.

8. Vatika Hair Oil (under $5 for the small size and under $8 for the larger size)

This coconut oil is enriched with lemon, henna, and amla. I use it in the same way that I use my regular coconut oil.

9. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie ($9.99)

This is a great moisturizer. Read my review HERE

10. Jojoba Oil (40z for $7)

This oil is good for a lot of uses. I use it as a hot oil treatment, pre poo, skincare, and as an ingredient in homemade skin and hair mixes.

If you know of any products that should appear in the next 10 under $10, please leave it in the comments section. Thank you.

Product Review: Yes to Cucumbers Shampoo and Conditioner

12 Dec

After I tried the Yes to Carrots shampoo and conditioner, I was interested to try the Yes to Cucumbers set. Both were $8.99 from Target for 16.9oz bottles. This set was meant for color-treated hair, but I recommend it for anyone who is experiencing dryness. Both products are free of petroleum, sodium laureth sulfate, and parabens.

Color Care Shampoo

Deacription from botttle:It’s true, gorgeous color treated hair needs a little extra coaxing. So, Yes To Cucumbers Daily Makeover Shampoo is there for you, cleansing, hydrating and adding that extra brilliant shine to your new shade…and most importantly protecting that hard-earned color! How? With Centaurea Extract, a powerful ingredient that protects color-treated hair. Why? Because you’re color is cool – as cool as a cucumber! *wink, wink*

5 Things I Like:

  1. 99.6% natural. Ingredients include organic cucumbers, centaurea extract, aloe vera, olive fruit oil, sweet alonda oil, jojoba seed oil, and green tea extract
  2. Didn’t make my hair feel dried out
  3. Nice fresh smell
  4. I didn’t need much to get my hair clean
  5. Available at Target stores all over. It can also be ordered online.

Color Care Conditioner

Description from bottle: Meeting friends in life is bound to happen; meeting a new BEST friend is a rarity. Let us introduce you to what is sure to be one of your new BFFs, Yes To Cucumbers Daily Makeover Conditioner. Specially formulated, protects your color treated it locks in moisture and adds brilliance, protecting your color-treated hair. It’s the coolest new thing you’ve come across, and is dedicated to making you feel good! Better break out a new friendship bracelet!

5 Things I like:

  1. 99.6% natural. Ingredients include organic cucumbers, cenaurea extract, green tea, sweet almond oil, olive fruit oil, aloe vera, jojoba seed oil
  2. Left my hair feeling moisturized without any product
  3. Nice and creamy texture
  4. Nice fresh smell
  5. Great for cowashing

I liked the Yes to Carrots, but I liked this even more. I will definitely continue to use these products.  I ended up giving my first set to my mother (who has color-treated relaxed hair), and she loved it too. Even my 16 year old nephew loved it. He let me know how great his hair felt after using it. This one was a crowd pleaser. They also have a leave-in conditioner with this line. I will try that next.

Product Review: Koils by Nature Moisturizing Shealoe Leave-in Conditioner

23 Nov

Moisturizing Shealoe Leave-in Conditioner 12oz. $21.50

5 Things I like:

  1. This leave-in is good and creamy.
  2. It left my hair so soft and moisturized.
  3. Made detangling my hair a much easier and quicker task.
  4. It can be used year-round because it is light enough for summer, and heavy enough for winter.
  5. It has great ingredients including distilled water infused with horsetail, nettle, calendula and rosemary, aloe leaf juice, cetyl alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, organic slippery elm bark, organic marshmallow root, aloe butter, Shea butter, macadamia nut oil, mango fruit extract, organic extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, guar gum, kosher vegetable glycerin, ProVitamin (B5), Vitamin E, grapefruit extract, organic honey, potassium sorbate, willows bark and essential oils.

I purchased this item at Happily Natural Day in August, and I have been using it ever since then. The price may turn some people off, but I do think that one container would last a long time. I’ve been using mine for a few months, and there is still plenty left. This item was also chosen as one of the Top 10 Leave-ins in the 2010 Natural Hair Report Card.

Photo source: Koils by Nature

Product Review: Healing Herbs by Rene’

21 Nov

Rene, the Owner and Creator of Healing Herbs by Rene’ writes:

“All praise to the Creator for Life”
I’ve always been an Artist since youth, loving Nature and Natural living. Wearing my hair natural for years, ever since I lost my hair from a bad perm at the age of 13 years old. I began making natural hair products in 2000 using herbs from my garden along with essential oils and minerals. With years of research and studying herbs, making products for myself, and friends. Now I bring them to you. In 2007, I started Healing Herbs By Rene’ Web site to bring all of the products I love to you. Many people are enjoying the benefits of my Herbal Organic products. I want people to be aware that Natural is Beautiful and as long as you stay Natural your Hair will grow and be healthy.

I started growing Locks in 2000.  I made a Lock Journey Video from 2000-2008. I did my first big chop this last October 2010 to start  anew, I’m looking to wear  my twist out styles I wore in the 90’s, and now I see a lot of sisters going natural.  It’s a beautiful thing. Also, using Traditional Herbal Medicine has been a part of my Health Regimen and has helped my hair & skin health.

I tried 3 products from the Healing Herbs by Rene’ line:

Herbal Mist Spray

40z-$5.95/ 8oz. $9.95/ 16oz. $15.95/ 32oz. $25.95

The herbal mist spray is 100% natural. It is made of organic herb teas, pure essential oils, base oils, natural preservatives. I loved this spray. It works great as a morning and evening spritz. It gave my hair a nice sheen and it felt great. The mist also has a nice light scent. I would highly recommend this one. I also used it on my skin.

Extra Moisturizing Herbal Conditioner

4oz. $6.95/ 8oz. $13.95/ 16oz. $23.95

This conditioner is a blend of  essential oils, herb tea, citrus, olive oil, coconut oil, and natural base conditioner. This conditioner lives up to it’s name. It is extra moisturizing and very creamy. It works great as a regular conditioner or a deep conditioner. I preferred to use it as a deep conditioner. It left my hair extremely soft.

Irie Herbal Hair Gel

4oz. $7.95/ 8oz. $13.95

The ingredients in this gel are aloe gel, shea  butter, base oils, essential oils, and vegetable glycerin. This is a nice light gel that does not leave flakes and doesn’t dry hard.

All of the items I tried were great, and I would repurchase all of them. I plan to try more products from her line. Rene’ also sells samples of her products so you can test the items before purchasing a larger size. Check out her website by clicking the link on the sidebar under “Great Sites”.

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Product Review: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner

4 Nov

This product review comes to us from Derby City Naturals:

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner

11 oz


Available locally at Whole Foods Market


 AO products are 100% natural, vegan and not tested on animals.  This conditioner is marketed for those with dry, brittle hair to “detangle and smooth for ultra-soft, shiny, touchable hair”. 

 5 Things I like:

  1. The ingredients are 100% natural and you can actually understand the ingredients list so I know exactly what I am putting on my hair.
  2. The conditioner is surprisingly thick! I placed it in the palm of my hand and turned my hand upside-down without it running.
  3.  A little goes a long way. 
  4. It left my hair feeling very soft.
  5. It rinsed out clean without leaving any residue yet my hair felt very moisturized.

 This conditioner was great and I can definitely see what the hype was all about. However this conditioner has no slip and I did not feel comfortable detangling my hair with it without causing breakage.  The conditioner is scented with natural honeysuckle and rose oil so it has a nice scent, however I think it is a bit strong.  Overall this is a great rinse-out conditioner but I need my conditioner to have good slip too.  If I were to use it again I would use olive oil to detangle first before conditioning.  As a side note my daughter has commandeered the conditioner and it is her new fav!

Thanks for the product review, DCN. Check out Derby City Naturals on Facebook for great information about natural hair.

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Product Review: Yes to Carrots Shampoo and Conditioner

11 Sep

I’ve been using Yes to Carrots shampoo and conditioner for a few weeks now because I wanted to be able to give an accurate assessment of how I feel about them. I purchased both from Target for $7.99 each for 16.9 oz bottles.

Yes to Carrots Nourishing Shampoo

The description on the fronts says:

Yes to organic carrots that give your locks some Beta-Carotene lovin’ and Yes to Dead Sea minerals that nourish and detoxify.

5 Things I like:

  1. You only need a small amount to get a good lather going.  My usual shampoo is less expensive, but I do see that this would last awhile.  I’ve used it several times, and the bottle is still mostly full.
  2. My hair felt clean without feeling quite as dry as it can be after some other shampoos.
  3. It is 99.4% natural
  4. It is easy to find because there are lots of Targets around.
  5. It works well in combination with the conditioner.

Yes to Carrots Pampering Conditioner

The description on the front says:

Yes to organic carrots for a hefty dose of Beta-Carotene and Yes to Dead Sea minerals for an all-you-can-absorb vitamin buffet.

5 Things I like:

  1. It worked well and left my hair feeling moisturized.
  2. It is 99.8% natural.
  3. It works well as a cowash conditioner.
  4. It is thick and creamy.
  5. It is sold at Targets everywhere so it’s easy to find.

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This pair worked well for me.  I have read other reviews, and some users were not pleased with the smell.  They thought it smelled like baby powder.  The smell didn’t bother me.  It wasn’t wonderful, but it’s not bad either. Also, if you don’t like much suds, you may not like the shampoo.  As I mentioned further up, I use a small amount because it is very sudsy.