Monday, April 30, 2012

Let's Jam Custard Flexible Hold Cream Gel 10oz


For all of you product junkies, this one is hot off the press!  So new that most local Beauty Supply Stores don't even have this item on their shelves.  In fact, I went to my local BSS and they didn't have it and I traced off to Walgreens to locate it.  They had only one lone jar on the shelf and that was because the lip had been cracked.  Not wanting to venture to my area Walmart, I took the damaged jar to the Manager and she gave me a 15% discount off the $5.49 price for the 10 ounce jar!


How I applied the product:


I co-washed my hair with my Adama Jasmine and Peach Conditioner.  I then applied Tresemme Naturals Conditioner and finished detangling.  I did rinse most of the Tresemme out and left my hair very wet in order to apply the Let's Jam Custard.


I rubbed a small amount in the palms of my hands and than found it most effective to apply to my tresses in sections.  After applying the Let's Jam Custard to each section, I also used my wide-tooth shower comb to further distribute the product and to make sure my hair was detangled.  I took time to "smooth" the product through in large sections and allowed the hair to dry.  


I started my application about 9:30 p.m. and hair was dry enough to put on my satin cap and sleep on it!  I woke up the next morning and I took about a quarter-size of the product and rubbed in my palms and applied to my hair in a general sweeping motion and then styled and fluff and I had simply AMAZING hair!


The hold was flexible, hair was shiny, and curls were smooth.  Now, I have 2b hair in the very front section, 3c and 4 throughout the rest of my hair.  My coils were coily and wavy hair waved up softly.  Hair feels really moisturized!


Okay, let's look at the:


Cons


There are several Youtubers who have already reviewed the item and they all have given this product two thumbs up!  The major complaint was the smell of the product and the need to know how much of the product to apply before tresses are weighed down.


Product can be hard to find, since it is so new.


I used more of this product in application then I was comfortable with but you will be able to get a good several applications from the 10 ounce jar.


Price:  Can be found at different stores from $3.94 to $5.49.


Product is not "all natural" but has no mineral oil, alchohol, silicones or petroleum.  However, for those of you who do not like glycerin this is more than likely not a candidate for you.  It does have Geraniol which is linked to insect repellant, it is low on the list but should be considered when purchasing the product.


Pros


On the pro side, most received more elongation of their curls and were able to easily refresh their style in the morning while in the shower/steam or with a lite spritz of water.


As with most new products, there is a learning curve.  Knowing the balance of how much to apply on your hair before you cause your curls to become laden with the product.    This I found not easy to do with the product because my best results was applying the product on extremely wet hair on the first day.  It seems as though a little dab will do you on days 3 - 5 on wash n' go hair.  Product rinsing easily with warm water.


Hair feels moisturized for several days and plays well with EcoStyler gels and Shea Butter.  Item has been compared by some Youtubers to the very expensive Curling Cream by Miss Jessie's and even some Kinky Curly Curling Custard consumers are willing to venture across the line to Let's Jam Custard because of the price difference.


Product dries extremely fast even on sopping wet hair!


Prdouct Description:


The great hold of Let's Jam gels and the conditioning of a cream hairdressing for3X more conditioned hair and all day flexible hold. Ideal for smoothing and controlling ponytails and fly-aways without weighing the hair down. Smooth it, shine it, control it. It's so supple you can style and easily restyle.


Ingredients:


Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Polysorbate 80,Triethanolamine, Oleth-2, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2,Parfum / Fragrance, Vp/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer, Polyquaternium-39, Limonene, Sodium Benzoate, Methylisothiazolinone, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Amyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Ci 17200 / Red 33


Understanding what your putting in your body and on your tresses is important and I admonish each consumer to read labels throughly and carefully.


Will I repurchase?  Definitely!   I'm sure Softsheen Carson has a reason for adding it into the hair product.  Perhaps bugs are attracted to the custard!  Whatever the case, I'm uncomfortable with its inclusion but because it is so low on the list, it may be tolerable!


The product does really deliver, bouncy, flexible, shiny, moisturized and elongated curls!  I'm the type of person who hates to have any gel on my hair overnight.  My only alternative was to go to bed with wet hair and apply gel in the morning which was a horror in the winter months since I commute!  Let's Jam Custard affords me the luxury of lightly misting my hair at night and shaking and going in the morning!


I think SoftSheen Carson has a hit on their hands!


Let me know what you think about it!


Happy Curls to You!


© 2012 Lady Summerset for Crowning Glory Coils and Kinks.  All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Scarves in Motion

Scarves are as individual as the woman who dons it!  As exoctic as the way that she wraps them!  As retro as her last thought!  Whether worn on plantation fields are on a Milan's runway, you can always find the appropriate scarve to fit the occassion.

The use of the scarf as an accessory is almost as old as time itself!  The Egyptians adorned them as far back as in 1350 B.C. when Egyptian Queen Nefertiti wears a finely woven scarf topped by a conical headdress.  They can be made of anything from cords, rope, cotton to finely made silk scarves.


Scarves reflect the culture of the woman and her status in her tribe.


Scarves are a reflection on how you move, live, and flow!

© 2012 Lady Summerset for Crowning Glory Coils and Kinks.  All rights reserved.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Adama Peach Jasmine 100% Vegan Conditioner


Understanding the health benefits of what we put on and in our bodies, I was in search for a clay-based hair conditioner.  I had heard a lot about Terressentils but was not convinced enough to pay the high shipping cost.  However, I will say that the product had a good price point and great reviews.  I felt that I needed a more economical alternative and decided to search for a clay-based alternative and found it in ADAMA.

Prior to my search, I had not heard about this product line.   There were not too many reviews about the performance of the item.  I was able to find it on-line rather easily and the shipping and handling were either free or reasonable.  This item could be found at Ebay, Amazon, and some on-line health stores.

Product Description:

This ancient remedy combines enriching trace minerals with moisture rich botanical herbs to repair dry ends and add intense shine to dull, weak hair.  Adama minerals nourish the scalp promoting hair growth and thickness.  This Extra-Moisture formula is effective for use on permed, straightened or color treated hair.

Price Point: (16 ounce bottle)

Wholesale Supplement Store and Cheap Vitamins:  $9.58
Herbs Wholesale:  $12.56
Sears:  $14.90
Ebay:  $23.98


First Impression of the Product:
  • Product easily flows from the bottle
  • Condtioner is light and creamy
  • The jasmine and peach scent is divine (light not overbearing)
  • Texture of the product was smooth
  • Item washed out easily and cleanly


The ingredients are as follows:

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine (Coconut Based Hair Conditioner), Kanwa Desert Minerals, Certified Organic Sunflower Oil, Mineral Water, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Panthenol, Dead Sea Salt, Dad Sea Minerals, Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, hydrolyzed Wheat Extract, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Natural Fragrance


Item arrived in three days and was well-packed.  The bottle was labelled 100% vegan.

Application of Product:

I thoroughly wet my hair in the shower with warm water, applied the conditioner in small sections.  The conditioner began to melt away the tangles and I immediately felt my hair become silkier and smooth.  I then massage the conditioner on my scalp and then allow the conditioner to sit on my hair for a few minutes.  Rinsed out the conditioner, as stated in the directions on the product.

Results:

My hair felt clean, smooth, and fresh, without feeling "stripped."  There was a light scent of the product but not overbearing or loud.  I was able to run my fingers and comb through my damp tresses easily.

My Opionion of Product:

Pros:  
  • I like the light jasmine peach scent of the conditioner
  • The price point for a "natural" conditioner is good
  • The bottle was very full of product
  • Conditioner is Creamy and not grainy
  • Product application was smooth and easy
  • A little product goes a long way
Cons:
  • If you are a shampoo person, you will find that the conditioner cost more than the shampoo
  • Item not readily available at a local store in my area.
Overall my experience with this product has been a surprising great one and have placed this on my "must have" shelf.

Please comment or leave a thought!


© 2012 Lady Summerset for Crowning Glory Coils and Kinks.  All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Detangle Those Tresses


To detangle our natural tresses can be quite a task, as most of us knows!  Those big hair, Coily Curls, and Kinks days can result in a tangled mane that is hard to tame.

Most naturals detangle in the shower with a conditioner that has a good slip, a wide-tooth shower comb, and a good leave-in conditioner.  Naturals should never comb their tresses when hair is dry unless her mane is detangled and stretch through some kind of manipulation (blow drying, flat iron, or twist out).

Natural tresses should be parted and washed, conditioned in sections.  This will enable you to do a thorough job without getting completely frustrated with the detangling process.  Ouchless pony holders and plastic hair clips keep the sections intact while working on another.

A good detangling process will clear the tresses of shed hair, thereby, reducing the chances of the shed hair coiling around another strand and creating single-strand knots!  This also gives you an opportunity to check for worn ends, identifying and helping to prevent split-ends.  If worn, dry ends are found, that need to be clipped with sharp, clean hair scissors.

Detangling is an essential process in keeping your beautiful mane healthy and growing.

Happy Tresses to You!

© 2012 Lady Summerset for Crowning Glory Coils and Kinks.  All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Reve Essentials Hair and Body Moisturizer


I became aware of this recently launched "natural" hair and body product line through a fellow YouTuber called Jcokes7 and her video is entitled:  "The Happy Hair Wrecker -- ReVe Essentials - 125."  As always, we naturals are always looking for that "magic" product that's going to make our daily grooming a more pleasant and consistent experience.


After watching Jcokes7's video and went directly to Reve Essentials' website.  The site is very straightforward about its product and makes no claims that this is a product that will "change" the way that you look at natural hair.


The major issue I had with the site was that the descriptions were not matched with an "image/picture" of each item.  I had to go back and forth between the video and site to make sure I was ordering the item shown in that video.  However, I must admit that I went to the site several times and didn't purchase.  This was simply due to ALL the "natural" products bought on-line and have been assigned to the product graveyard.  I really wanted to use up all those products before even entertaining purchasing a "new" product.


Finally, I ordered a sample 4-ounce size bottle in the scent of lemon.  I figured at the price of $2.50 I could use it up in a couple of tries if I didn't like it.  I ordered the item on a Saturday and received it on Wednesday.  So shipping was very acceptable.  I opened the bottle to smell the product and I was so pleasantly pleased!  The lemon scent was not the lemon smell of Pledge or any  other lemon-scented cleaner!  It smells like a creamy, smooth pudding!


I washed my tresses with a clay-based "natural" hair bar and then followed up with the moisturizer.  Omigosh!  My hair was in love!  It melted away the tangles and my 3b/3c/4a tresses seemed to sigh in relief!  My hair thrives for water and make no qualms about it, lets me know when it wants it's next soaking!  My hair was so smooth. Usually, after I condition my hair, I twist my hair into at least 12 twists.  Tonight, I twisted them into four!  Detangled and ready for styling in a matter of minutes!


I turned around and immediately ordered an 8-ounce bottle in the Baby Powder scent for $8.00 plus $3.50 in shipping and handling.  I didn't want to take the chance in running out!


The ingredients are as follows:



Hair and Body Moisturizer: This paraben-free cream is used to restore moisture to hair and skin.
  • Price: 2 oz bottle for $2.50, 8 oz bottle for $8
  • Available scents: lemon, peppermint, cookie, fruity, birthday cake, cherry almond, baby powder, or unscented
  • Ingredients: water infused witth horsetail, slippery elm, and marshmallow root extracts, aloe vera juice, behentrimonium methosulfate (natural emulsifier), cetyl alcohol (natural thickener),  jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, castor oil, coconut oil, optiphen(preservative), fragrance
How to use:
  • As a detangling conditioner: Apply a generous portion to wet hair, detangle, and rinse thoroughly.
  • As a deep conditioner: Apply a generous amount to wet hair. Cover with a plastic cap and let sit with or without heat for 20-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
  • As a leave-in and moisturizing styler:Apply to wet or damp hair and style as usual.
  • As a body moisturizer:  Apply to skin as needed for moisture.



This is a winning product line!  Most of all, they are doing it right!  From personal experience, the worst problem with "natural" items is not just the fact that you may not like the product but the price point of said "natural" products are off the chain!


These ladies have done it right!  A right price, great product, the shipping was reasonable, shipping was quick and They offer SAMPLES!  My item arrive packaged in a black see-through draw string bag, a business card, and a 3 x 5 black card thanking you for your purchase!


REVE gets 5 curls for product, shipping, price and packaging!


I will be repurchasing this product again and again.  I'm also convince to try the other products in their line.  


Their website:  http://reveessentials.com/


Happy Curls to You!

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