REVIEW | Silk 18 Shampoo by Maple Holistics

Awhile back, I did a review on a natural brand called Maple Holistics. They recently reached out to me again to review one of their newest products as well as promote the relaunching of their website (which I am excited about because the line is actually really good!!)

Maple Holistics carries a line of hair, skin, bath & body and personal care products for men and women with a goal of using cruelty-free, premium natural ingredients to promote total wellness. What is unique about the line is a lot of the products have a multipurpose use, such as the essential oils which double as aromatherapy and bath/skin oils.

In addition, the company strives to promote community awareness through the form of academic scholarship and community outreach.

Maple Holistics Silk 18 Shampoo- $12.95

Maple Holistics Silk 18 Shampoo- $12.95

Their new Silk 18 line was created to strengthen and protect hair from breakage, damage and dryness which is achieved by the product’s unique blend of 18 silk amino acids. Additionally, the product works to cleanse hair from impurities without stripping your hair of its oils. Most importantly (for me, that is) is that the product is sulfate and paraben-free which is key for me and my thick curly hair.

Because I am an ingredient ̶w̶h̶o̶r̶e̶, I love that this product only contains a few ingredients, which for me is key as I am cautious about what I put into and on my body.

  • Silk Amino Acids

  • Botanical Keratin

  • Jojoba Oil

  • Argan Oil

  • Natural Vanilla Fragrance

  • Aqua

These ingredients work together to promote protein induced strength for your hair, as well as making it great for all hair types… including color treated hair.

Make sure you head over to their site and check out all of their amazing products to add to your beauty regimen.


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Hacks For Shiny And Thick Hair

We all want to look and feel our most confident, and for many of us this will include taking the time to care for our hair. If you are trying to grow out your hair more or simply want it to feel thicker and shinier, here are some hacks you should try.

Keep it cool

For your hair to stay strong and shiny throughout your life you will need to make sure that you aren’t damaging it when you wash it. Hair is very sensitive to temperature and this can cause an issue for us when we take a shower. If you are washing your hair in the shower, try turning the temperature down, washing your hair and then clip it up out of the way while you turn the temperature back up to wash your body. This way your hair isn’t exposed to too much heat at once.

T-shirt towel

Ditch the towel, use your t shirt! Towels can be great for drying hair however they have a lot of fibers which can trap your strands and snap them. This can obviously cause a lot of damage and is something which is always a difficulty to overcome. However with a t shirt you don’t have the same type of fibers and you can easily just wrap it up, dry it off and leave your hair intact.

Avoid using heat

Heat can be an enemy to your hair, but sometimes it can be hard to avoid using heat when you want to try a different style. Heat is something you should use sparingly and it is better to use a high heat for a short amount of time than a lower heat for a long stretch of time. Also, try to avoid blow drying your hair and let it dry naturally.

Hair mask every week

You should be rubbing a hair mask into your locks every single week without fail. It might seem excessive but it is a way to keep your hair strong and it will make a massive difference to it overall. You can get a hair mask for curly hair, straight hair, oily hair and dry hair so you’ll be able to find one which suits your needs.

Braid it overnight

If you leave your hair down while you sleep, this can have a large impact on your hair and it can leave it dry and brittle as it comes into contact with the fibers of your pillow at night. To stop this happening you can use a protective hairstyle like a braid or a high bun/pineapple on top of your head to keep your hair together and strong overnight. Keep it loose and simple to avoid strain on your hair follicles. You’ll find that your hair starts to grow much if you do this, and it will be stronger overall.


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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.....

Golden Rules for Care of Long Hair

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It was meant to be Samson - a man - who lost his strength when his hair was cut. But for most modern women, the same concept sounds incredibly familiar, doesn't it?

There's something about long hair that most of us can't resist. It becomes a form of security blanket, separating us from the world and giving us our own private space. Whether you wear it natural or straighten it out, there's no denying the feeling that there is something more inherently feminine about long locks. Many a reality TV show contestant has had a meltdown when faced with the idea of her hair being cut. While we may judge their melodrama just a smudge, there's also a part of us that thinks: "I get it. If someone tried to cut off my hair I'd do more than just cry..."

So for most of us, we're the female equivalents of Samson. Our hair is our crowning glory. Not only do we feel the psychological and confidence-related boosts of long hair, but we also treasure the practicalities. There are more style options to play with and more styling products to use to create different looks. 

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Long hair remains the thrall for most of us - but does that mean we know how to care for it?

It seems not. It's easy to think that if hair is long it is healthy; after all, unhealthy hair would not be able to sustain the length - or so we think. Yet as soon as your hair gets past a certain length (around ear length), the demands placed upon you to maintain its luster begin to grow.

What such demands? It's simple enough - so long as you know the golden rules to follow. As soon as your hair begins to gain any length at all, you have to swear to abide by these - or risk a frizzy, untamed mess that you'll never be able to get to look good...

Golden Rule #1: You Do Need To Cut It

When you are growing hair out, the idea of taking a pair of scissors to it is anathema. It's not helped by the fact that we have all had a hairdresser experience that was less than thrilling. It’s all the more concerning if you have difficult or natural hair - anything a hairstylist has less experience with is rife for errors. We have all bitten the inside of our cheeks, nodded our assent to the stylist and then walked home crying - why risk that again given you're growing it out anyway?

Hair needs regular trimming to keep its shape, prevent split ends and ensure it's growing uniformly. Just don't go back to a hairstylist that has upset you in the past - ask friends or click here for recommendations to prevent future catastrophe.

Golden Rule #2: Search and Destroy

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Long hair - no matter how you wear it - is more likely to suffer stresses, which can lead to split ends and torn strands. Every few days, go through the ends of your hair on a "search and destroy" mission. You can't heal a split end, so when it happens, the best thing to do is just remove it entirely.

Golden Rule #3: Keep Products Light

When your hair is longer, gravity plays more of a role in how you want to style it. The longer it is, the less product you should be using to control it. This is especially true of the roots, which can be pulled down and cause even the most natural curls to lose their oomph. Keep conditioner and other smoothing products from the ears down, leaving the roots to do their own thing.

Golden Rule #4: Scalp Massage

Massaging your scalp should be a regular part of any hair care routine, but it's especially important when your hair is long. A quick massage stimulates blood flow to promote healthy growth, and will also help rid you of loose hair that can make things look messy.

Don't be alarmed by hair loss, especially if you have used weaves or extensions in the past - when your hair is long, more fall is to be expected thanks to gravity. It may take awhile for your hair follicles to adjust to hair being longer and heavier.

Golden Rule #5: Don't Wash Too Often

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Excessive washing will make hair harder to style. Given styling is an essential for long hair, you don't want to make life more difficult than you have to! Washing once or twice (depending on your hair type) a week is more than sufficient, with a quick spritz of dry shampoo to keep your roots fresh where needed.


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Vital Products Every Girl With Natural Hair Needs

Ladies....

As you might know, I'm passionate about natural hair. You can do whatever you like with your hair, but if you keep it natural, it deserves to be cared for. There are several things you should and should not do if you want to keep your locks in good condition. It's a careful balancing act to keep it hydrated without weighing it down and keep it clean without drying it out.

I have a list of essential products that every girl with natural hair should keep in her bathroom. It includes products to use in your hair and items you can use to style it.

Check out some of my essentials....


Natural Shampoo and Conditioner

I'm all about keeping things natural when it comes to my hair. I don't want any nasty chemicals ruining its delicate balance. So I'm always on the lookout for organic products that won't do any damage. 

Your shampoo and conditioner are often the two products you use the most. If you use them all the time, they have to be kind to your hair. There are lots of products to choose from that contain natural ingredients. Right now, I am loving the CURLS "Blueberry Bliss" Hair Wash and Leave in Conditioner because of their natural and sulfate free ingredients and they are packed with protein, amino acids and other naturally powerful oils and botanicals to keep my strands moisturized, hydrated and healthy.

In addition, it's also a good idea to have a deep conditioner that you use regularly or at least every other wash for added hydration for your curls.

 

Spray Bottle

The holy grail of natural hair....

Too much product can weigh your hair down, make it stick together or worse, make it look greasy. It's often better if you can spray products on because you can get a finer mist. Not everything comes in a handy spray bottle, though, so some empty ones can be very useful. Just add whatever you want to the bottle and start spraying. It can be one of the most versatile hair products you own. You can just fill it with water or with oil if you want to smooth down some flyaway hairs. Make your own mixes too so you can get the perfect formula.

 

Hair Wrap

When your hair is looking its best, you want to protect it. A lot of women use a wrap to keep their style while they're sleeping, working out, or doing other things. Scarves are popular choices for protecting hair. A wrap can be more convenient, though, especially if a scarf won't stay on at night. I recently tried one out, and it felt secure and kept my style in tact for the next day.

 

Oils & Serums

Products containing oils will help to keep your hair hydrated. There are so many different products you can try. Coconut oil is often a favorite, but you can also find argan oil, almond oil, and much more. Finding one you like is a process that you have to explore. 

I am loving the Rosarco Oil by Briogeo because it contains many oils like rosehip, coconut, argan, sunflower and rosemary oils to name a few and it keeps my strands silky and smooth and protects it from the harsh chemicals in the environment.

 


There are lots more products every girl with natural hair should have. These are just some of them so find the ones that work for you, but whatever you do, remember not to overdue it because too much of a good thing is just that, too much.


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My Top 7 Hair Products for moisturized and healthy hair

I have very dry hair and when I started this natural journey, my hair became even drier! Mostly because at the time (1.5 years ago exactly), I was still using products that I used when my hair was relaxed and I *thought* they would still work the same. Well needless to say I was wrong and my hair quickly told me that. 

Fast forward to January 2014, I have found my "go-to" products that work great to keep my hair moisturized, hydrated, shiny and healthy.

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1. Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating-Clarifying Shampoo. As a natural, it is important for me to use a clarifying shampoo because in-between my washes, I use a lot of products. This clarifying shampoo helps to remove product build up and is also sulfate, laurel and paraben free so it does not strip my hair. What I love most is that it contains certified organic ingredients like Rosemary and Lavendar and after my initial wash, I can feel that my hair is clean but not dry like other shampoos.

2. Shea Moisture, Moisture Retention Shampoo. This shampoo is amazing and my hair absolutely loves it. When I wash my hair with this product, I make sure that I do a section by section cleaning to insure that each curl is getting the moisture that it needs. This product is gentle on my hair, contains oils like coconut and shea butter to hydrate and reduce breakage. My curls are elongated and defined with this shampoo which makes it easy to style.

3. Miss Jessies Leave-In Condish. A leave-in is a MUST for me! It is like the mediator between the wash/deep conditioner and the styling products and this one works perfect. It gives me additional moisture so that I don't have to constantly apply products throughout the week.  It also works as a deep conditioner and helps to eliminate frizz.

4. Miss Jessies Curly Pudding. For stylers, I need a product with a firm hold. What that means is the peak of the product (ex: if you shake it and open the top, the tips will fold back on themselves) will hold and the ridges are be distinct giving you more hold and definition. This curly pudding makes my styles last long and elongates my hair.

5. Miss Jessies Super Sweetback Treatment. I tried this product when I first went natural and I am glad that I revisited it. I use this deep conditioner EVERY TIME I wash my hair and sit under the steamer for about 30 minutes. It adds more moisture to my hair from the shampoo process and makes sure that my curls are elongated and after I wash it out, I can finger comb my hair. Love it!

6. Design Essentials Curl Enhancing Mousse. When even I do wet styling (braid out or twist out) I use this mousse because it defines, elongates and reduces frizz for my curls. It dries quickly and leaves my hair bouncy and soft.... No crunch!

7. Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel. I love this product for my wash and goes. After I shampoo and condition, I will apply a little of the gel to small sections of my hair and finger comb and it will really bring out my curl pattern. This product does not flake or make my hair hard or crunchy.

 

It is important to make sure that you are using a really good shampoo, conditioner (deep and leave in) because this is the most important step of the process. It sets the tone for how your style will hold up and your hair will look/feel.

What are your "go-to" products?