Product Review: Inside Kinks

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Product Review Alert‼️ I tried the Inside Kinks product line a while ago, but I didn’t get a chance to review it so here it is. 💁🏾 This natural hair brand was founded by a young entrepreneur, Khadijah King. She is the definition of Black Girl Magic. ✨ She graduated high school at 16, started her business at 19, and graduated college at 20. She was also crowned the 2015 Miss Naturalista USA. Aside from all of Khadijah’s wonderful accomplishments, she has created great products with quality ingredients proven to stimulate hair growth. I saw this brand on Instagram and decided to purchase the Cupuacu Mint Deep Hydration Masque, Rosemary Mint Leave In Conditioner, Down My Back Hair Butter, and the Groovy Growth Serum.

I really love this product line. I can’t really narrow down which products are my favorite because I truly did love them all. I will say that all of the products I tried have a pretty strong mint fragrance, but mint is my favorite fragrance so I thoroughly enjoyed it. Most of the minty scent will dissipate, but it does tend to linger a little like most products. However, if you despise mint these products are probably not for you. 😳 The product I went through the quickest was Cupuacu Mint Deep Hydration Masque. This stuff does wonders for my hair. It is a great deep conditioner. Although it’s not super thick it does a great job of penetrating the hair shaft (with and without heat) and leaving your hair feeling  moisturized and ready to take on the week.

I used the Rosemary Mint Leave In Conditioner, Down My Back Hair Butter, and the Groovy Growth Serum as components in the LCO (Liquid, Cream, Oil) method. The Rosemary Mint Leave In Conditioner creates a great moisture base and the Down My Back Hair Butter clumps and defines my curls. The Down My Back Hair Butter is a very light whipped butter. It’s consistency is more like a styling creme than a whipped butter which makes it perfect for twist outs (my go-to style), braid outs, and protective styles. I used the Groovy Growth Serum to seal in the moisture from the leave in and hair butter. I also used the Groovy Growth Serum to do weekly hot oil treatments before I co-washed my hair. It contains an essential oil blend that’s proven to stimulate growth, eliminate shedding & breakage, eliminate dry, itchy scalp, increase hair elasticity, and rejuvenate unhealthy, damaged hair. The Groovy Growth Serum is also great for nightly scalp massages to stimulate hair growth. I will definitely be repurchasing this product once I use the last bit of my homemade oil mixture.

Overall, I was thoroughly impressed by the Inside Kinks line, and I would highly recommend their products. Inside Kinks products range from $12.99-$15.99, but I purchased mine during a sale when all the products were $10. If you’ve tried any of these products, let me know your thoughts/experiences in the comments.

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Shea Moisture’s “Everybody Gets Love” Ad

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For those of you that know… this happened in late April and I’m late to the party, but someone asked me to write about it so here I am. 💁🏾 For those of you who don’t know… let me explain.

RECAP: On April 24, 2017, Shea Moisture released an advertisement as a part of their new “Everybody Gets Love” campaign. Shortly after it aired, Shea Moisture got dragged on social media for the exclusion of Black women in the ad. The majority of the outrage stemmed from the fact that the Shea Moisture brand has gained much of its success due to Black consumers. The idea that Shea Moisture was trying to “white wash” their brand outraged the masses. Black Twitter was flooded with memes concerning the issue, and it was a sad day in Shea Moistureville. They issued several apologies and immediately pulled the ad.

MY THOUGHTS: I don’t like to form an opinion about anything without having as much information as possible. Now that I’ve done my research, hear me out. While I’m not exonerating the lack of Black representation in the ad because I do believe a Black women should have been present for completeness, I thought of it from a slightly different perspective. I personally don’t believe that the inclusion of a group of people is the exclusion of another. I argue this point as a Black women all the time in defense of why Black people should be included.  I think as Black people we experience so much exclusion from what I like to call the “gold standard” of beauty in society that it’s hard for us to imagine actually being that “gold standard.”

In this case, I believe that the intention of the ad was to say “Everyone Gets Love” by including women of other ethnicities with Black women being the “gold standard” which is why we weren’t included. However, I acknowledge that if this is the case, it was a misjudgment by Shea Moisture. When you add the historical context of how Black people have been systematically marginalized and underrepresented, a brand such as Shea Moisture, which is Black-owned, should understand this struggle and make it a priority to have Black people represented in all their ads.

Allegedly, this ad was the first of a series of ads, some of which featured Black women. This particular one did not. I honestly don’t think there would have been as much outrage if Shea Moisture hadn’t lead with this one, but that’s besides the point. In my opinion, ALL their ads should feature Black women because, as the brand claims, it was created with us in mind. While Black women are not the only women that suffer from hair hatred (the ads main message), ours stems from a completely different place historically. I personally didn’t mind the ad shining light on other women’s experiences, but the exclusion of Black women’s struggles is problematic for me.

SUMMARY: I have supported the Shea Moisture brand since day 1, and I will continue to buy their products.  I love that they use quality ingredients and their products do wonders for my hair plus they’re cost effective 💰. I’m not going to boycott a Black-owned business because of one mistake. It would be a different story if they had a history of making these mistakes. After hearing what Rich Dennis, the founder and CEO of Shea Moisture, had to say about the ad on the Breakfast Club, I genuinely believe it was a lapse in judgement. We are all human beings and we don’t always get it right. I think the public outrage was necessary to bring light to how they fell short, but instead of boycotting a brand that has made such an impact on our community, I will continue to support it knowing that my concerns were heard and addressed. We’ll see what the future holds for the Shea Moisture brand.

These are just my thoughts and opinions. Let me know what you think! To watch the ad, click here.

Product Review: True by Made Beautiful

Product Review Alert‼️ A few months ago, I purchased the Co-wash Cleansing Conditioner, Intense Treatment Masque, and the Conditioning Styling Cream from the True by Made Beautiful line at Sally Beauty. I have to say I was very impressed overall by these products. After using the Co-wash Cleansing Conditioner, my scalp felt cleansed, but my strands were left feeling moisturized.  I’ve used several different co-washes and this has to be one of my favorites. Some cleansers can leave your hair feeling stripped or brittle, but this co-wash definitely does not. One thing I look for when using any type of conditioner is the amount of slip it has. Although it’s not extremely important that my co-wash has tons of slip, it’s an added bonus. The True by Made Beautiful co-wash has a decent amount of slip, so it can be used to lightly detangle while washing if need be (at least for my 3C/4A curls).

I absolutely LOVED the Intense Treatment Masque. It was lightweight, but made my curls POP. Immediately after applying the product, my curls were clumped and juicy, in technical sense (not really 😜). After leaving the masque on as a deep conditioner, my hair felt soft, refreshed, and ready to take on the week. Also, the smell was delightful. The scent is something I always think about when it comes to deep conditioners since the it tends to linger in your hair.

Initially, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the Conditioning Styling Cream. It has a creamy texture that feels a little like a whipped butter, but it’s also slightly watery. This combination of textures is precisely why this product is amazing when applied to my hair. Water based products tend to work best for me since I have low porosity hair, but I always get the best shine and lasting moisture when I use whipped butters. This product brings the best of both worlds. With water as its first ingredient, and soybean and coconut oil as its second and third ingredients, it’s no wonder this styling cream provides long-lasting moisture.

Overall, I was thoroughly impressed by the True by Made Beautiful line, and I would definitely repurchase in the future. Also, ALL the Made Beautiful products are $7 this weekend! Have you tried any of these products? If so, let me know your thoughts/experiences in the comments.

 

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Natural Hair Product Haul

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As a naturalista and a curly girl, the products/ingredients I use on my hair are important to me. This natural hair product haul features some of my favorite products and some new products I’ve been wanting to try. With new products comes reviews. Soo… I’ll be posting follow-up reviews on the new products I’m trying in this haul. Be on the lookout for those. 👀

When it comes to the Aussie Moist collection… chile… I just can’t get enough. I think I’ll use these products for as long as they continue to make them.  I purchased the value size bottles of both the Mega Moist Conditioner and the 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner because I love them so much. I use the Aussie Moist Conditioner as either a pre-poo/detangler or a rinse out conditioner. In both cases, my hair is left feeling super moisturized and my curls are clumped to perfection. The Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner is great for those wash days when I’m in a hurry. I just apply in the shower after shampooing, finish my shower routine, and rinse out with cool water. It leaves my hair feeling absolutely AMAZING! 🤗 I purchased both of these items at Target on sale for 4.99 each, and I saved an additional $2  with a manufacturer’s coupon from my local circular. 💰

The Pacifica brand is both cruelty-free and 100% vegan, so it’s definitely at the top of my list of natural beauty product lines. The Pacifica Coconut Power Strong and Long Healing Conditioner caught my eye because it was on sale at Target. When I saw this nutrient-rich ingredients list, I just knew I had to try this product. It contains aloe vera juice, sunflower seed oil, hydrolyzed rice protein, açaí fruit oil, moringa seed extract, kale extract, and monoi extract to name a few. I plan to use it as a rinse-out conditioner after shampooing to restore moisture. I can’t wait to see the results. This conditioner was on sale for $8.99  at Target, and Cartwheel* had 15% off Pacifica beauty products, so I purchased it for $7.64.

I’ve been wanting to try the True by Made Beautiful collection for a long time, but I’ve been on a natural hair product hiatus (I’m a recovering product junkie 😩). I was looking for a new co-wash since I used all the ones I had, and Sally Beauty was offering buy two get one free on most of their natural hair brands. I clearly saw this as a prime opportunity to try out this product line lol. If you read my Natural Hair Talk Pt. 1 blog, you know I’m picky when it comes to ingredients in my hair products, and this brand definitely makes the cut. With ingredients like shea butter, mango seed oil, coconut oil, and honey, how could I resist? 😏 I purchased all three items for about $18. I look forward to using this line for this week’s wash day.

The Mystic Divine Shine Smoothing Masque was a bonus item I got for FREE.99 when I renewed my Sally Beauty membership. It boasts of ingredients including African shea butter, Tahitian tamanu oil, Moroccan argan oil, and camellia oil which help boost shine and tame frizz. I’m hoping it’s a good deep conditioner, but it was free so #wininng.

*If you shop at Target often and you don’t have the Cartwheel app, go cop it TODAY!

Talenti Treats

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If you haven’t tried Talenti gelato you HAVE to try it at least once. I absolutely love it! It can be a bit pricy for a pint, but if you’re able to catch it on sale like I did last week, it’s definitely worth a try. I couldn’t pass up buy one get one free, so I decided to get the Mediterranean Mint and Caramel Cookie Crunch flavors. I’ve previously tried Mediterranean Mint, but I wanted to try a new flavor. I know some of you are probably wondering what’s the difference between ice cream and gelato? 🍦 Well, have no fear. I’ve done a little research for you. Generally, the process of making gelato is different from ice cream. Gelato also has more air than ice cream and contains more milk rather than cream which is why it has less fat.

For those of us health nuts, Talenti reassures us about the quality of their ingredients with this statement from their website, “We start with fresh milk, straight from the farm, and fine, pure cane sugar–absolutely never high-fructose corn syrup. We hand-pour the sugar from large sacks, blend in the milk and add the finest ingredients sourced from all around the world to craft our 33 flavors of gelato and sorbetto.” Additionally, all of the dairy products used in Talenti are sourced from humane farms where the cows are not treated with antibiotics or artificial growth hormones, including rBGH. Talenti even offers gluten-free, kosher, and vegetarian options. One of my favorite things about the Talenti brand is that they package their gelato in clear, recyclable, BPA-free jars. ♻️ The containers are even sturdy enough to reuse as storage for almost anything you can think of. Be aware they are not dishwasher or microwave safe. Needless to say, this naturalista has given the Talenti brand her seal of approval. ✅

Natural Hair Talk Pt. 1

When it comes to natural hair you can say I’m a bit obsessive. I love all types of curls whether they are wavy, kinky, coily, or a combination. I even have a Pinterest board named Black Hair: BGR that celebrates the beauty and versatility of Black hair. I love that so many Black girls are embracing their natural hair, and shamelessly rocking their gorgeous curls. I’ve been natural my whole life, but within the last 3 years I’ve fully embraced my curly fro. I rarely straighten my hair these days. We are not our hair, but in a way, my natural hair has become a part of who I am. I always joke with my friends that people love my hair more than they love me 😂. But seriously, there’s just something about a big afro that makes me feeling unapologetically me.

Keeping the curls healthy is a must. I’m not a hair expert, but when it comes to my hair hydration is key 🔑. The products that I use keep my curls hydrated and give me weightless definition. I’m a recovering product junkie 😩, so recently I’ve been trying to use the products I have before allowing myself to buy more. So far I’ve been successful, but we’ll see how long that lasts 😜. There are several brands and staple products that I always keep in rotation. I’m a bit more lenient with the ingredients in my hair care products, but the main things I avoid are parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil. You’ll find that most of the brands I use are both natural and cruelty free which is a plus. I’ve shared my staple brands below, and I’ll highlight some of the specific products I use in later posts. What are some of your favorite hair care brands?

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Seventh Generation

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I absolutely love the Seventh Generation brand. They provide natural and cruelty-free household products that smell amazing. I don’t know about you, but products that smell great are a must for me. I always check the scent of any product before I purchase it. Earlier this week, I needed laundry detergent and Publix supermarket had Seventh Generation products on sale. Since the laundry detergent is about $12.99-$15.99 for the 66 load bottle I thought $9.99 was a good buy. Publix also had the dish detergent which is usually about $3.99-$4.99 on sale for $2.71. I was even more excited about this sale when I remembered I had manufacturer coupons from my local circular for Seventh Generation products. With these offers combined, I was able to purchase the laundry detergent for $7.99 and the dish detergent for $1.71. I’ll have to admit, I don’t do laundry often because I own SO many clothes 😳 , so this should last me a while. Nevertheless, I couldn’t afford to pass up these deals! Here’s the breakdown if you’re interested.

Laundry Detergent: Free & Clear Scent (100 fl. oz.)
$12.99
-$3.00 sale
-$2.00 coupon
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$7.99

Dish Detergent: Fresh Citrus & Ginger (25 fl. oz.)
$3.99
-$1.28 sale
-$1.00 coupon
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$1.71

Don’t forget to check your local circular for coupons for Seventh Generation products!