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.


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.


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. 


  • 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.



Are you currently transitioning from straight to curly? What are your go to styles? Comment below...