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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Vital Products Every Girl With Natural Hair Needs

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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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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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My Experience at DRYBAR Atlanta

On Tuesday, I was invited to get my hair done at the Drybar located in Buckhead. If you don't know what Drybar is, it is a salon that specializes specifically in blowouts- no cutting, color... just blow outs. 

I was VERY nervous about getting my hair done because 1) I have natural hair... 2) I had never been to the salon before... 3) Not everyone KNOWS how to properly straighten natural hair for it to revert back properly to it's natural state and 4) Did I mention I have natural hair?!!! Needless to say, my anxiety definitely kicked in when I walked in the door.

The atmosphere of the salon is very light, airy, cute and contemporary, giving you that Southern L.A. feel (hence the 1st Drybar was founded there), with the humming sounds of blow dryers galore!! The stylists were busy at work performing fabulous miracles on these ladies hair- they walk in looking 1 way and walk out looking like a million bucks... seriously! No Lie!! What "sorta" eased my natural hair anxiety was that the women walking in to get their hair done did not look THE SAME. I saw black women, white women and Asian women being services by stylist who were also of different races plus I saw some textured haired ladies.. yes, Yes and YES!! BUT... let's not get ahead of ourselves, I was being haunted by a bad heat damaging hair experience.

My stylist was Rain and she came over and greeted me with a smile and complimented me on my natural hair. We had a quick style consultation and then she took me back to the wash station where she cleansed and conditioned my hair. My only note about the wash process is she only washed my hair once and did not leave the conditioner in long enough for my curly coils to process it. What I absolutely loved about the wash was they use super soft microfiber towels to dry the hair so they don't pull or snag at the hair... Yes!!

After the wash process, I asked Rain again if she knew how to straighten natural hair and with a smile she said "yes". She began the blow drying process by using the Drybar Velvet Hammer "Hydrating Control Creme" and the Hot Toddy "Heat Protector Frizz Fighter". She took small sections of my hair and began to blow drying my hair with the Drybar Buttercup Blowdryer. What I love about this hair dryer is that it is bioionic and unlike that 1 time I went to the Dominicans and almost had my brain fried (no shade), I did not feel any heat and it had me wondering if it was even doing the job. Rain blew my hair out with ease doing each section of hair inch by inch not to damage my curls and with each section, I felt more at ease. After the blow dry she used the Drybar "Treatment Oil" flat iron to straighten my hair and then followed up with the curling iron to give me the Cosmo-Tai hair style. To finish up, she used the Drybar "Flexible Hold Hairspray".

Needless to say, I loved my style and the way that Rain used care to straighten my hair. What I will say to all my natural curly/coily ladies who are thinking about trying this place out... Do it because it all depends on the stylist and their experience and comfort level with doing this type of texture.. not the salon. My one recommendation is that since there are lots of natural ladies (black and white) that come into the salon, they should think about adding a hair steamer for deep conditioner, because it makes sure that our curls have extra moisture for heat styling and it is just an added bonus for relaxed and straight ladies.

I will definitely come back to the salon for my Rain experience! Check out their website HERE to learn more about their services.


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Target Beauty Box Unboxing

When I found out about the new Target Beauty Box from my boo @HeyCurlie, I rushed to the website so fast to order mines! This was an amazing deal that I could not past up on... 6 generous size product samples for $5 + free shipping- yes, Yes and YES!!

Here’s what I got in my Target Beauty Box:

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  1. Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner – Who doesn't love Jane Carter Products?! I remember when I first went natural, these products definitely helped me get a handle on my hair and for that, I have always been a fan. Their leave in conditioner is amazing at de-tangling all hair types while leaving the hair moisturized and soft.
  2. Dove Quench Absolute Crème Serum - I had never heard of this product, but when I read up on it, I was very curious to try it. I did use it to take down my two strand twists and I liked the way that it moisturized my hair. Next time, I plan on trying it as a styler. Stay tuned on the results....
  3. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil – JBCO has been the talk around town from a lot of bloggers and naturally curly ladies with regards to stimulating hair growth, so I was excited to see that in this product. 
  4. Curls Crème Brulee Whipped Curl Cream – Love CURLS, so of course I was excited to see it in the beauty box. If I  use the creme brule, it's as a daily moisturizer because it does not give enough hold for my tighter curl pattern but it contains ingredients like shea butter, sweet almond milk, and aloe leaf juice to keep my curls soft and help fight frizz.
  5. Aquaphor Healing Ointment – I love their products because it has so many mulit uses- lip moisturizer, make up removal and to soft the skin (especially the fee). I love that it came in a cute travel size so that I can pop it in my purse and use as needed. 
  6. Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste - You can never go wrong with toothpaste! Although I haven't tried this particular brand of Colgate toothpaste, I'm curious to give it a go especially since it guarantees whiter teeth in 3 days- who doesn't want whiter teeth? 

The box also included a 20% off coupon for Dermstore and a $3 off coupon to use at Target.

I know Target has had beauty boxes in the past, but it seems like they had a special place in their hearts for us curly haired girls this time around and I'm here for that!!

The box is currently sold out, but you can head over to Target.com to pick up full size versions of everything!

Tutorial- Bantu Knot Out w/ the Hydra Steam Moisturizing System

In this tutorial, I'm reviewing the Hydra Steam Moisturizing System from SoftSheen-Carson using my professional Hair Steamer on my friend Marissa. Her hair is currently heat damaged (mostly in the front) and she wants to transition back to her gorgeous curls. I believe this system is going to make her hair stronger and help create amazing moisture for her two textures. 


The Hydra Steam Moisturizing System is a five-part system that gives hair ultimate hydration to provide you with frizz-free curls with definition and moisture. These products contain aloe, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help restore the pH balance in the hair.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • Sulfate-Free Cleanser removes build-up in the hair, helps to hydrate and preps it for your conditioning steam treatment. 
  • The Steam Masque is activated by using steam (preferably from a hair steamer) to infuse your hair with water and install moisture.
Hydra Steam Moisturizing System- The KaShonna Files
  • Moisturizing Sealing Spray is a leave in conditioning spray you use after your steam treatment that ensures moisturizing ingredients are secured in your hair for lasting moisture.
  • Curl Designing Cream gives a medium and flexible and leaves your hair with lots of moisture and definition with frizz control.

I am loving how this system makes natural hair more manageable and defining!  Have you tried these products yet?

Flexi Rod Set with Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Collection

In this tutorial, I will be styling my hair using flexi rods and reviewing the new Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle collection that I received from Influenster to review. 

The Oleo Miracle system helps to bring over processed and damaged hair back to life using a 3 unique oil blend of Argan ( rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E to provide intense moisture and long lasting shine), Camellia (plant derived and contains anti-oxidents that help to revitalize and rejuvenate hair) and Pracaxi (extracted from seeds of the Pracaxi tree in S. America, it promotes conditioning and smoothness to the hair). This collection also helps to nourish and bring out your hair's natural beauty while protecting it from future heat damage. 

 

After using these products, I must say that my extensions and my leave out felt nourished and moisturized with a healthy shine. Although the shampoo does contain sulfate, my natural hair (leave out) did not feel dry.

My favorite from the collection is the replenishing oil because not only can I use it to protect my hair from heat styling, but I can also use it for my natural styles like bantu knot outs, twist outs, wash and go's, etc.

The Dessange Paris collection is currently available at Target stores and on Target.com.

Total style time was about 30 minutes.

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Disclaimer: I received the Dessange Paris products for testing purposes from Influenster, but all thoughts are my own.

Bantu Knot Out on Transitioning Hair feat. CURLS whipped cream

bantu knot out

Happy Wednesday Loves!

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how I achieved a fierce bantu knot out on my friend Tiana's transitioning 4B hair with the CURLS whipped styling cream. 

PRODUCTS USED

  • Herbalife Strengthening Shampoo. Repairs damage by leaving the hair 10x stronger and reduces breakage by 90% in the 1st use! It contains plant-derived micro-proteins (which strengthen hair) and coconut-derived cleansers that create a reach lather. A plus (my naturalistas) is that this shampoo is color-preserving, sulfate AND paraben free!
  • Herbalife Strengthening Conditioner. This microprotein infused conditioner strengthens hair strands for a softer and silkier feel after one use. Just like the shampoo, it contains hydrolyzed wheat protein (helps to strengthen and aids in repairing the hair), jojoba seed extract (known to be chemically similar to the oils in human skin, it helps improve elasticity and moisturizes) and yucca extract (thickens hair while adding volume).
  • JessiCurl Deep Conditioning Treatment. This thick deep conditioner contains ingredients like moisturizing coca and shea butters deliver intense moisture for your hair especially when used with heat.
  • CURLS Cashmere Curl Leave in Conditioner. This leave in is formulated with cashmere extract (derived from proteins found in goat hair that condition and soften the hair), certified organic aloe leaf (plant derived and contains about 75 nutrients known to promote hair growth, soothes scalp and adds strength to name a few) and coconut milk (extracted from coconuts- it nourishes, de-tangles and conditions the hair) to strengthen, repair and moisturize hair. It also bonds to the hair shaft to strengthen 3 layers of the hair to enhance your curl pattern.

 

  • CURLS Whipped Cream. A thick rich cream that contains ingredients like sunflower oil (light oil high in vitamins A, B, D and E), shea butter, aloe leaf juice and Tahitian coconut oil & gardenia essential oil (re-hydrates, restores shine and bounce) to provide curl definition, frizz protection, moisture and sheen.
  • Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Shine Serum + Argan Oil. The key ingredient in this product- argan oil, extracted from the Moroccan Argan tree, this oil is rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E to provide intense moisture and long lasting shine.

 

 

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Flat Twist Out using CURLS blueberry bliss control paste

Flat Twist Out

Since the flat twist out has been my "go-to" style since my Devacut, I wanted to try a new product to give me more hold and definition to make the style last longer. I have always been a fan of the CURLS control pastes but only used it for my edges so I figured if it's good at keeping those laid then why not use it as the styler for my flat twist out!

See how I acheived this style below.... 


On an old Bantu knot out....

  1. Flat twisted using CURLS "blueberry bliss control paste" & "whipped cream."
  2. Slept overnight.
  3. Next day took down/ separated using Shu Uemura "nourishing protective oil" making sure my hands were fully coated so I didn't cause a lot of frizz.
  4. Used a pick to add volume.

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Holiday Style: Low Curly Ponytail

Low Curly ponytail

If you are following me on Instagram, you already know that I have been helping to get you prepared for the holidays with 6 weeks of hair style inspiration! I decided to highlight some of my favorite styles on the blog so that you can recreate them.


LOW PONYTAIL- this is a simple yet gorgeous hairstyle that is perfect for the holiday season! Very Low maintenance!

TO ACHIEVE THIS STYLE...

  1.  I co-washed my hair using Matrix Bioloage Hydrasource Conditioner.
  2.  Banded wet hair to stretch used Hello Curlies "leave-in conditioner & buttermilk moisturizer" and Aphogee "keratin & green tea reconstructor."
  3. The next morning, I used CHI "silk infusion" oil to flat iron my hair straight (I passed the flat iron only once through my hair.)
  4. Gathered hair into a low bun using the plastic elastic bands.
  5. Used 14'' loose curly hair I bought from the beauty supply and secured it around my hair with bobby pins.
  6. Laid my edges with CURLS "blueberry loss control paste."
  7. Teased ponytail for more volume.

What do you think???

Make sure you are following me on Instagram to see more looks from my Holiday Hair Guide!