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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: 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/Giveaway: Wonder Curl Products

14 Aug

I tried both of Wonder Curl’s products which include the Get Set Hair Jelly and the Get Slick Hair Smoothie. 

Get Set Hair Jelly 8oz-$15/ 160z-$25

What I liked:

  • It had good ingredients including organic aloe juice and kosher vegetable glycerin
  • It has a clean fresh scent
  • It gave me great twist-out results
  • I have used the 80z jar a few times, and it is not even halfway empty yet

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The 8oz jar would not last as long if I used it for a wash and go style because I have thick hair

Get Slick Hair Smoothie 40z-$7/ 8oz.-$13

What I liked:

  • It gave my hair great moisture
  • It works well with the hair jelly or on it’s own
  • Light fragrance
  • It has great ingredients including organic aloe, juice, organic castor oil, organic coconut oil, and distilled aloe water
  • A little went a long way. I have used the 4 oz. a few times, and I still have 3/4 of it left

Overall, I like the Wonder Curl line.   I have been looking for a product to use for twist-outs and braid-outs, and this worked great for me.  The other nice thing is that you can purchase the hair jelly in a 2oz size for $5 to see if you like it before committing to a larger container.

For any of you interested in trying the products, click HERE to enter the Wonder Curl Giveaway which ends August 20th.  It is very easy and simple.  Also, the Owner of Wonder Curl was generous enough to offer a discount to NaturalReview readers.  Use the discount code: NATURALBYL to get 15% off of your entire purchase between now and August 20th.

Product Review: Eco Styler Gel

21 Jul

5 Things I like About Eco Styler:

  • Inexpensive (about $4 for  the 32 oz)
  • Sold at many beauty supply stores
  • Gives good hold
  • Neutral smell
  • Can be used for different styles

3 Things I Dislike About Eco Styler:

  • It does not mix well with my creamy leave-ins
  • If I don’t brush it in, it flakes
  • It can make the hair feel kind of crunchy (I use a little spritz of my leave-in mix and scrunch it to fix that)

There is good and bad with every product, but this is pretty decent overall.  I have switched to using my water and hello hydration leave in spray with this instead of the creamy leave-in.  I also use less of my coconut oil.