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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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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Super Defined Braid Out w/ L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Collection

For all my naturals out there, YOU already KNOW how we are about our hair and the products that we put into it.... no sulfates, no harsh chemicals, etc, etc. So needless to say, I was a bit skeptical to try the new L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil collection because all products are not made the same and what works good for ladies with straight or relaxed hair is not always the best for use kinky/curly chicas.

So before we get into the review, let's talk a little bit  about these products....

Influenster and L'Oreal Paris handpicked myself and a few other bloggers to try out their new line of hair care products. The Extraordinary Oil Collection is a 4 part system formulated to restore and nourish dry hair. It contains lightweight essential oils like Argan, Chamomile, Coconut, Amla, Soja and Sunflower to revitilize, moisturize and add shine to hair. It's mentioned to eliminate dryness in just 1 wash.

My Review

I was surprised at how the products worked in my hair. With the shampoo containing our dreaded frenemy as naturalistas... SULFATE, it actually did not dry out my hair and I was very surprised at how moisturized and shiny it left it (I have black permanent color on my hair, so the curls were DEF poppin). The conditioner is semi-thick in consistency easily detangled my hair, so I was happy about that.

When it came to the styling process... I used the oil-in- cream along with my Hello Curlies gel and they paired really well together with no sticky or white residue. The oil-in cream, really helped to maintain that softness and sheen from the wash process which I really liked. I used the Oil serum during the take down process of my braid out and it really helped with elevating frizz. NOW I know a lot of bloggers say this, but seriously, you don't need a lot of this oil and it really did help with preventing frizz because when I separate my hair, as much as I try, I do get some frizz but not this time!!

Here are more pics of the finished results...

BOMB.com!!!

You can find out where to buy these products by visitng L'OREAL's website and if you are skeptical about the shampoo, make sure you definitely try the other products. The conditioner can definitely double as a deep conditioner and the cream oil leave in and oil serum are amazing.

MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT THIS STYLE FROM START TO FINISH ON MY LATEST YOUTUBE TUTORIAL


DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by L'Oreal Paris via Influenster, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!


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Bloggers Picks: 6 hair products for curly hair we can't live without!!

I'm so excited to have collaborated with Diane of The Style Context to bring you all a Blogger's Picks collabo for naturally curly hair (HOLLA)!! She's enlisted the help of different bloggers (yours truly included) to share with you our favorite products to tame and bring out the best in our curly tresses all the while not breaking the bank!

Check out my FAV pick of the moment below... 

Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste, $7.99, Available at Target

Check out what products the other bloggers are using here... 

http://stylecontext.com/2013/10/01/bloggers-picks-curly-hair-products-we-cant-live-without/

What is your hair type and what are your "go-to" products right now?