Maple Holistics | Tea Tree Shampoo & Conditioner (review)

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 I was recently contacted by Maple Holistics to try out their Tea Tree collection. I must say that I never heard of the brand, so I decided to do a little research about the company before I gave them a yes, and what I found out I did love.

Maple Holistics carries a line of hair, skin, bath, body and personal care products for men and women. They even carry healthy snacks like nuts and berries for consumption. The company believes in creating natural and holistic products using high quality ingredients and therapeutic agents that are sulfate and cruelty free as well as safe for color. 

Tea Tree Shampoo -     medium   consistency, but it is very concentrated and lathers up very well, even on the first wash when product build up is most potent (a little goes a long way).

Tea Tree Shampoo- medium consistency, but it is very concentrated and lathers up very well, even on the first wash when product build up is most potent (a little goes a long way).

I was really excited to try this line out because as of lately ya girl has been having a very itchy scalp and I don't suffer from dandruff (it may be that I don't wash my hair every week and just the environment). The reason being is because Tea Tree has great medicinal proprieties, such as killing bacteria strains, viruses and fungi. In addition it contains natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and one of the many benefits is that it helps to treat dry and itchy cuticles (raises hand high). 

Upon my first lather, I felt and smelled the Tea Tree working it's magic with it's tingling sensation and fresh camphoraceous scent (a clean, sharp, slight medicinal smell...... my geeky biology/chemistry background coming out). I did not need to use a lot of it, maybe 2 quarter sized amounts per wash was good enough for my thick hair. 

Tea Tree Conditioner -   medium in consistency, but very concentrated (again, a little goes a long way, no need to over saturate).

Tea Tree Conditioner- medium in consistency, but very concentrated (again, a little goes a long way, no need to over saturate).

When it's time to condition after my wash, I don't towel dry, I leave my hair soaking wet, because I don't want to disturb my curl pattern and it helps me to use less conditioner (ladies, you know we stay piling it on). I was skeptical using this conditioner because lately my hair has been acting very restrictive- not absorbing the conditioner (short version, my hair was not feeling silky smooth and my curls weren't poppin). However, upon using this conditioner, my hair ate it up and I could tell because when I steamed my hair, my curls were hanging and becoming more defined. Before, with the other 2 conditioners.... under the steamer, my hair was a flat matted mess.

One thing I wish was different was the use of the Tea Tree oil in the ingredients. Seeing as it was listed towards the bottom of the ingredient list, I am assuming not much was used. Although there were other natural oils and botancials used and tea tres by natural is potent, it still would have been nice if a bit more was used.

However..... I would definitely recommend you try this line out or any of their products. It will be money well spent. Also you can get your free samples here


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Hair Talk: How Often Should You Deep Condition?

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Think of deep conditioning like this- when you stop your life to watch Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder and Empire. Yes ladies, it's THAT NECESSARY! Deep conditioning, especially for my natural chicas is essential if you want to have healthy hair.  Not only does deep conditioning install moisture, improve elasticity and make your hair manageable for styling, it also provides key vitamins and nutrients to sustain your hair until your next wash day.

For me, I deep condition under my steamer after every wash, which is usually once every 2-3 weeks. The results leave my hair softer with more moisture, and less frizz when my hair is styled versus when I just co wash.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A GOOD DEEP CONDITIONER

  • Penetration. A good deep conditioner should "go deep" into the hair shaft and stay there. 

  • Emollients and Humectants. Your deep conditioner should contain lubricants that will help coat the hair for added slip and help to seal the cuticle which in turn will help prevent your hair from losing moisture and help alleviate frizz.

  • Protein. This is the most important ingredient that a deep conditioner should contain because protein is a macro nutrient that your body is made up of and needs multiple times a day. Protein will help your hair grow as well as build, strengthen and repair keratin.

INGREDIENTS THAT "GO DEEP"

SOME OF MY FAV DEEP CONDITIONERS

SOME OF MY FAV DEEP CONDITIONERS

Here are some ingredients you should look for in your deep conditioner that will penetrate the hair shaft because of their small molecular weight...

  • Hydrolyzed Protein
  • Olive Oil (extra virgin)
  • Argan Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Castor Oil

INGREDIENTS WITH SEALING PROPERTIES

Here are some emollients and humectants that will stay on top of the hair to seal in moisture because of their high molecular weight...  

  • Shea Butter
  • Vitamin B5 (panthenol)
  • Mango Butter 
  • Fatty alcohols(ex: lauryl, cetyl,  stearyl, cetearyl, lanolin, isocetyl and isostearyl act as softeners for your hair)
  • Aloe Vera

EugeniaShea.com has an amazing Shea butter that also includes Shea oil, Baobob oil, and Moringa oil that gives your hair a one stop shop to receiving antioxidants, vitamins A,D,E & F as well as essential fatty acids.

 

TIPS FOR DEEP CONDITIONING

Hydrated Curls after deep conditioning under the steamer

Hydrated Curls after deep conditioning under the steamer

  1. Deep condition after every shampoo day.

  2. Add heat with a steamer or hooded dryer for at least 30 minutes to open your hair shaft to penetrate  and increase absorption rate (time depends on hair porosity).

  3. Rinse with cool water to close the cuticle and prep for styling.

 

How do you deep condition? What are some of your favorite products? Comment below.....

9 Hair Tips To Keep You Flawless For Date Night With BAE

                                                                Wand Curls on stretched hair.

One of the most important steps of preparing for a night out is getting your hairstyle right! If you don’t take your time with it, it will end up going flat or puffy (for my natural gals) after about an hour or so - def not a good look! If you don’t cut corners, your ‘do’ can really make you stand out in a crowd and keep BAE drooling for you all night.

So I have 9 tips to perfect your night out hairstyle!


1. Research/Prep Your Style

Why not try and be a little more adventurous and find something new to try from a tutorial on the internet? Pinterest and Youtube are great places for inspiration. Pick something a little different, such as a plait incorporated within your usual loosely curled hair.

2. Practice First

If you’ve chosen something new to try, make sure to have a quick attempt first to see if it will look good on you! The worst thing you can do would be to spend so much time getting it right, only for it to fall out when you get there!

                                     Twist out on freshly washed hair w/ front pinned up

3. Use A Good Conditioner

Using a good conditioner is really important to making your hair look shiny and soft, ready for your night. I have reviewed plenty that you can choose from! If your hair is really damaged, it might be worth looking at getting a deep conditioning treatment.

4. Tame Your Hair

Spritz some anti-frizz into your locks to help when you are styling! If you are natural like me,  an oil serum would also help to keep your hair in place.

5. Back Comb

If you have straight hair- back-combing a little bit at the roots is a great way to create volume. Lift up sections of hair and back-comb underneath. Do not do it on the top! You want volume rather than a bed head!

If your natural- break out that pick and fluff and separate to create volume.

                                       Twist Out- fluffed and separated with a pick and hands.

6. Use Extensions

Extensions are a brilliant way to add some serious glamour to your hairstyle. Virgin hair companies supply some fabulously thick hair extensions that come readily waved or straight.  

                                             Virgin wavy hair extensions, loosely wand curled.

7. Dry Hair Shampoo

Dry hair shampoo can be your surprising new best friend if you have straight or very loosely wavy/curly hair. As well as removing excess grease in your hair, this product can create even more volume for your ends!

8. Do Not Use Too Much Hairspray

As bomb as hairspray is, be sure to be sparing with it. Though you want your hair to stay put, you’ll still want it to bounce and have some life to it and not leave your hair with a nasty sticky residue. Besides, the less you use, the more you’ll be able to still smell your lovely conditioner!

9. Take Spare Bobby Pins With You!

No matter what style you chose, be sure to take some bobby pins with you just in case. If you’ve decided to put some of your hair up, the extra pins will be your Savior when it comes to dealing with flyaways. If all of your hair is down, they may come in handy if your bangs are irritating your face later on in the night.

 

Sound Off: What is your go to style for date night with BAE?


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