Friday, 19 May 2017

Nilotiqa and Akan Organics Product Review

Hello lovelies.

You are probably thinking not another product review! I will do a hair related post next I promise. How are you doing? I am doing great, like Tabitha says ''I have found yellow"', it has been a great part of the journey in my life right now and that usually means that I am somewhat busy and the blog falls behind, BUT I have not forgotten you.


Nilotiqa Replenishing Conditioner and Akan Liquid African Black Soap

So these two products that I am going to be telling you about are local products and I got them from BeautyOnTapp . They were having a hair challenge which ended in April and I have mentioned it briefly here. During the challenge they were having free delivery specials so I took to the opportunity to try out the most acclaimed Nilotiqa hair conditioner and I have always wanted to try out black soap in a liquid form so this provided me the perfect opportunity.

Akan Liquid African Black Soap
I am almost out of the black soap and I need to restock asap! This soap is amazing, that's all I have to say. I am kidding, one thing that stands out for me is that it lasted longer than I expected, they suggest to use it within  three months of purchase and I am still within that range. The reason this stood out for me is because the soap is in a liquid form and does not spray, I expected myself to make a mess out of it and to use too much of it without having control of how much comes out of it but non of that happened. The packaging works well. I have not experienced any form of drying that most people complain about when using African Black soap, however I have experienced an amazing less oily skin. My pores have been behaving and I am starting to use it on my back which is very oily as well. It works amazing as a shampoo too, the lathering is out of this world. You would expect little to non from a natural product but I was blown away. Lastly the lemon essential oil gives this soap a lovely scent. You can find it on BeautyOnTapp or on Akan Organics website for purchase. It retails for R100 and it is worth every rand darling!

Nilotiqa Replenishing Conditioner
The hype around this product is so much so that I had to buy and see what is it all about! I am not sure hey. I am not a fan of the scent, and it lingers. A lot of people said that it smells amazing but not for me, I don't understand it. On the bright side, the conditioner works great at restoring moisture into the hair that I can vouch for! For the first time I could tell that my hair was holding moisture after conditioning right through to the next day. I noticed that it contains some protein in it but it does not have any strengthening effects on my hair even after three uses. Be aware of this if your hair is protein sensitive it might have a different effect. This retails on Nilotiqa's website, but I bought it from BOTapp for R100.

All in all I am happy with this purchase and I would buy them again. I was far more impressed with service delivery that I got from BOTapp, it was lovely and I got my products very fast.Please tell what you would like to see on Moriri Wa Tshego. And forgive me for my inconsistencies, I love you and the support that you are giving me. Until next post God bless...




Monday, 17 April 2017

Miss Jessie's Transitioner's Magic from Kinky Moriri

Hello lovelies,

Mpho added some extra touches, this is the card that
came with the product more on Instagram
I am always looking for new opportunities to give my blog some more views and to bring you information. I contacted Kinky Moriri to be one of the bloggers who will be doing product reviews for them, they gave me the chance and now here we are. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank them for trusting me with this.  **I did not buy this product it was sent to me by Kinky Moriri


Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? I have a lot of good things to say about Miss Jessie’s Transitioner’s Magic. What is it? That answer will surely depend on what you want to use it as, but the main aim of the product is for people who are transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair. This should help soften the new growth to make it easier to maintain the different textures. You can also use it as a leave-in conditioner and a styling cream, it also states that you can use it for a wash-n-go (I am yet to try this). The product boasts of a lot of amazing oils and other nutrient dense ingredients like spirulina and pumpkin seed extract (side eye), maybe this should be a hair supplement lol.

Product description: It is a creamy substance that is cream in colour. A little bit runny in consistency so be careful not spill or let it slip off your finger (it happened to me). It smells like custard, I almost licked it off my hands, I am lying. It comes in a tube container. It is not a local product, "made in the USA”, best thing is that no animals were harmed during the manufacturing process so they have a “no animal testing” logo on it. Another best thing is that it consists of certified organic ingredients *my inner naturalista dances for this*.



Product Use: I used this mainly as a leave-in for both Mpho and I. Our hair loves it. I have used it on both dry and wet hair. I prefer using it on dry hair though, it serves as a moisturiser better that way on both our hairs. When my hair was wet it would have a wash-n-go effect on it which I liked but not so crazy about, the hair curls quite tightly and dries very quickly before I can detangle. I witnessed curls in my hair for the first time without a conditioner. I first thought that this would be more suitable for looser textures(3c,4a) but it worked great on my texture, I definitely understand how it could work for people who are transitioning because it does really moisturise the hair and helps a lot with detangling.
 
Pros: The thing I liked the most about this product was how moisturising it is. I only apply it twice a week and my hair has been maintaining the moisture without fail. That is a winner on its own. It has a lot of slip, great for detangling on wet or dry hair. And you don’t have to use a lot of it, a little goes a long way. Plus it smells amazing. It will leave your hair feeling soft for days, especially after a blow dry.

Cons: It is very expensive! You are going to have to be on a free budget for this one, but it makes up for it because you won’t use too much of it. It feels very heavy for me, so if your hair likes heavy products then this is for you. You would not think that since it is light in consistency. My daughter’s hair loves heavy products so this would be a pro for her. It also feels slimy in my hands, I am guessing that is what provides the slip, but I always have to wipe or rinse my hands to remove it so that I can be able to use tools to continue styling. I know that this looks like a very long paragraph but the pros outweigh the cons by a quarter mile lol. It causes hair to shrink quite fast though and the packaging says and I quote “prevent curl shrinkage”, this did not happen.

Conclusion: This product is available at Kinky Moriri, they are a South African online store and they have other products from the Miss Jessie’s line, it retails for R455 *squirm*. I am hoping to be using it for the next 2 months while I am saving to buy it again. I know it looks like I have a lot of cons but anything that helps my hair retain moisture is a win to me especially during this drought in Cape Town. I definitely recommend this product to those who can afford it . If you have tried it or any other products from Miss Jessie’s, please comment down below and let us know what your experience has been like. Be on the lookout for a video review.

Until next post, God bless…



Thursday, 16 March 2017

My Natural Hair and Afro-Botanics Review

Hello my bff,


How are you doing? I owe you big time! I apologise for my absence, I announced on Instagram that I will be a bit offline due to my studies and work. I thought I should squeeze in a minute and let you in on what’s happening in my life(hair and beauty life). Sit back and relax, it may take a while.

I am going to go right in to a product review of two brands. My Natural Hair and Afrobotanics. I bought these myself, they were not sponsored and I am doing this review out of my own free will.


My Natural Hair
Let’s start with the goodies. I bought two products from this brand which are the Moisturising Butter and a Hydra-ting Conditioner.
Moisturising Butter: This is a definite goodie for me. This butter has become my gateway drug to hair butters for my daughter’s hair lol. I occasionally use it on my hair. Her hair loves thick products and I have noticed that this butter does wonders for it. It smell a bit too strong but it works so we will suffer that for now. It is very creamy in texture and feels cool to the touch. You can add it to dry hair and it will moisturise it like magic, that's how I fell in love with it. It also seals very well. I recommend this butter, I hope other butters deliver to this expectation.


Hydrating Conditioner: I was rather disappointed with this product(I am easy to please), as I was sold by the ingredients, a mixture of protein and moisture wouldn’t hurt, so I bought it with high hopes, I mean a conditioner is a holy grail for a naturalista. I am sure you can imagine how heart breaking it was for my expectations to be turned down. I used it a little on Mpho’s hair and it seemed to agree with it just a little. The scent is the same as the butter’s one. The consistency is like that of Tresemme Naturals (if you have used it), not runny not thick, just in between. It had no slip and after 10 minutes(they suggest 3 minutes) on, my hair still felt the same in texture after a shampoo. I don’t want to discourage you from buying this just because it did not work on my hair. I am sure there are people who swear by it. I hate buying something and let it collect dust. I will probably just use it to co-wash our hair.

Afrobotanics
If I have not mentioned these products before here, then I am now.  I have raved about them on twitter and Instagram as well. The products are the leave-in conditioner and the super growth oil. These two work well together.
Nehanda Moisturising Leave-in Conditioner: The name is long lol, my hair loves this product, it is almost finished and I am aiming to get another one, with all the hair product specials happening at Clicks. I use it every day, it moisturises my edges when wearing a protective style and when I am wearing my hair out it serves as a daily moisturiser. My hair dries out pretty quickly. It is thick for a conditioner but it melts once you apply it to the hair. It smells just right. I don’t have anything bad to say about this product. It is also very light, and leaves hair feeling fluffy when you have blow-dried or did African threading according to my hair.



Super Hair Growth Oil: I am not sure where I stand with this really. Yes it works well with the conditioner as a sealant but on its own I am not quite sure. They smell the same, so I love the scent. It has a cooling effect on the scalp, works well when your hair is freshly done(corn rows/braids) and your scalp is a little bit sore especially when you are tender headed like me. It is quite thick and the oils can separate sometimes, that happened to mine. I don’t use it often as I prefer my oils to be in liquid form. Hope I will when I finish my liquid castor oil. I have read amazing reviews about it though, don’t let me discourage you from trying it out. I will update about it in the future, probably on Instagram.

Natural Kiddies 3-in-1 Spray: I think I have written about this before but I will again because it is in the pictures lol. The first time I bought this spray I was in desperate need of moisturising Mpho’s hair and they had just stocked it at the nearest Game and I went. It worked very well then, because I used it very frequently on her hair and mine at times. Now I don’t use it that often because I have other products. The consistency of the product is too thick for the spray nozzle, I have to water it down a little to make it spray and to make it absorb better on her hair. I have noticed that without the aid of water it does not absorb or it takes longer to, and then it moisturises very well after that. I normally use it for on the go moisturizing and for detangling before washing, it serves as a good detangler.

So far I am loving the majority of the products that I am using, Afrobotanics has made a name for themselves kudos to them. I would repurchase most of them from both the brands, I have noticed that sometimes you have to alter the product to work for you. Not all of them will work the way they are supposed to on every head of hair. What is in your current stash? Add some of the things you love about the products that I have mentioned if you have used them.

Until next post, God bless…


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Catching up with Fro! Hello 2017.

Hello Lovelies,


lovely way of hiding bad hair day
I have missed you so much, I know I have been quiet for too long and I promise it won't happen again this space is important to me. I get to share with you. I have been busy and delaying to edit the post and then got more busy and found no time anymore. So I will be dedicating time even if it's 10min a day just for you.(note to self: time management)


How have you been doing? What are your hair/skin/life goals this year? And how are you going to maintain them? Do you already have a plan drafted out?
Too many questions neh? Forgive me but I just found myself swamped with a lot of things on my plate that I have been asking for and did not take into consideration the maintenance plan lol. I'm hoping you're not in the same boat of juggling things.

Hair! Yes hair. I will be doing some product reviews in upcoming posts, be on the look out. I don't follow trends much so nothing will be changing in my hair department this year except the hair itself growing. Expect the same hair challenge which did wonders and still doing wonders for my hair. Check out my previous post on it.
I was receiving a lot of compliments on how much my hair grew and I loved it.I did more trimming over the holidays and now I'm on the second leg of the challenge, 3 weeks in and I already miss my hair lol. Nevertheless I shall press on. I discovered a lot of nice things while I was offline but some of them I will share on Instagram.

I think this year is the year of hair challenges. I have also joined a hair challenge from BeautyOnTapp, it started on the 16 of Jan and will going on for 3 months. If you are wondering how am I gonna do two hair challenges at once,I am going to incorporate their challenge with mine.  My challenge is not detailed , it's just manipulating my hair less on a daily basis for an extended period of time. If their hair challenge requires to manipulate, I will only omit that, but everything else I should be able to do, unless I am wearing my hair out.



blow out using tension method
Here are some few tips to help you with your hair journey this year:
  •  African threading works best on properly detangled hair, as you wrap the hair keeping combing or detangling to avoid the hair curling around itself. Also use a light moisturizer
  • I've probably mentioned this before but trim as often as you need too, it helps the shed hairs slide off easily and your hair will be more smoother. Also eliminates split ends travelling down the hair shaft.
  • Be gentle and have fun

I will be trying to wear my hair more stretched out this year in between my breaks using different techniques of heat less stretching. I noticed that my hair was tangle free for as long as it was stretched. Whatever I get up to I'll be sure to let you know.

I miss you all and I am working on bringing you good posts, please drop in some ideas on what you'd like me to post about.Thanks for your support, here's to another year of healthy long hair.


Until next post, God bless...

Friday, 23 December 2016

Hair Challenge done, goodbye 2016!

Hello lovelie,

It has been a minute, and we are about to end the year can you believe it? I hope 2016 has not been as blue as it has for most people and I surely do hope you will end it with a bang!

So many things to say and so little time? Whatever I forget I will tell in the coming year, I think this is gonna be my last post for the year. Have a merry blessed Christmas and a happy New Year! Now back to hair.
Remember my hair challenge? Yes that one! It is done, a little bit early I know but I had missed my hair so much I could not wait another week longer, hope you forgive me. I took off the hair a week early and boy was it a struggle, I was taking advantage of the long weekend since it was a public holiday on a Friday.

I might go back and forth with you, telling you about the journey. First up the routine was simple and I spoke about it in the previous post how I maintained my corn rows. I continuously did that for the whole of 7 weeks! Congratulate me please, I stuck it out. Taking down the hair took me 2 days, detangling included. I feel like King Kong the way my arms are so sore still a week later.
To unravel the corn rows I saturated my hair with my oil mix(olive oil, castor oil and avocado oil), and wore a plastic cap for 2 hours. Then I put more oil on my fingers before touching the hair, as I was unraveling the hair, whenever I hit a knot or a matted area I added more oil to lubricate the hair and make it slippery. I would immediately detangle the hair with my fingers in detail to take out all the shed hairs. If you have me on Instagram I posted a picture with the hair that was shed on it. I repeated this process for the entire head until it was all tangle free(at least).

My hair at this stage did not feel dry for those three days to my surprise, I expected it to dry up as the days went by because I was avoiding to sprits and have it tangle again. I washed my scalp and hair with the medicated shampoo and did an overnight conditioning treatment with Palmer's Protein Pack mixed with the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale conditioner. I was disappointed with these two together , they had no slip whatsoever. I was struggling to detangle (I detangled again with a comb), maybe they work better separately I don't know, and my mistake here as well was not adding oil to the conditioners. Immediately after rinsing the conditioner, I applied oil to my hair and then wrapped with a cotton shirt to dry.

My verdict:
My hair feels amazing! I am definitely continuing with this challenge and with the castor oil. I am considering to buy the one from Native child, after I finish the Super growth cream from Afrobotanics.
Ok Ok,let me be detailed. I did not have a lot of shedding like I expected, I  have seen worse and I am sure it looks bad to other people as well. As I have mentioned earlier on, my hair was not feeling dry, when I washed it, it soaked up water even after I shampooed it, it did not feel dried out. I should continue trying to saturate it with water twice a week where possible. Here are the things that I am definitely going to continue to do:


  • Prepoo with olive if your hair does not like coconut oil like mine. My hair was saturated with so much oil that it not get dried out after I put on shampoo twice.
  • Baggy your hair at least once a week, or a day after wash day with an oil that aids with growth, I used castor oil.
  • Spray hair with plain water everyday, preferably night, unless you want to keep it stretched.

My hair has grown 4cm longer, from 15cm to 19cm I was a cm shy from 20 but hopefully next time. However I will be trimming the hair that has colour on it, because it has a lot of knots. I also realised that a lot of tangles were caused by shed hairs and finger detangling helped a lot with dragging them out, trimmed hair will help release shed hairs much better when detangling because the ends will be smooth and knot free.  During the hair break I will be trying to retain moisture, I bought afro botanics leave in conditioner and super hair growth oil to do the LCO method, where I will be using the conditioner as a cream and the oil as the oil and water as liquid.

My hair feels very strong and very thick, I hope you try out the 2nd leg with me of the protective style, which will be commencing the first week of January. I am thinking about taking the weeks down to 6 weeks, to avoid matting , though I dealt with it very well but I would rather not have it. Stay tuned on my Instagram where I will be updating if I am keeping the hair in for 6 weeks or not.

Until next post, have a lovely end of year and God bless...

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Protective Style Challenge Update 1 30days

Hey you,
I tried though right?

On the 31st of October I decided to sit and do my corn rows till midnight lol, my arms were sore the whole week that week but I am happy with the outcome!

In case you are wondering what I am talking about, I have come up with a protective style challenge where I will be keeping corn rows on my hair for 8 weeks which should be 60 days and you can read more about it here. So it has been officially a month now and I miss playing with my hair lol, I really do though so another 4 weeks is a long stretch *tear drop*.

I have been washing my hair twice a week and sometimes 3 times a week depending on my scalp. I started washing with the vegetable soap once a week for the first 2 weeks and the 3rd wash would be with shampoo. Then for the past 2 weeks it has been water wash twice and then the soap once which would fall on the weekend.

posted this on my instagram
https://www.instagram.com/p/BM7PILolBZf/?taken-by=tsheggie_m
After washing my hair, I thoroughly rinse it, I run a good amount of water through the hair so that no soap or shampoo is left and then I seal with oil(avocado oil, olive oil and castor oil), or sometimes apply some leave in conditioner and seal. But mostly I have been just sealing with oil after washing. I baggy my hair the night before wash day which is the day in between wash days. For example if I wash my hair on a Monday then I would baggy Tuesday night. If this happens before wash day, I oil my hair and then baggy all night.
Bagging the hair has been amazing! Bagging hair is wearing a plastic bag or plastic shower cap on your head, it creates a greenhouse effect and helps your hair with moisture retention. That is moisture galore, I can feel the hairs that have freed themselves are very soft. When the hair is in corn rows, there is hair that is hidden in between and this helps the moisture reach that hair.


The first week I was wearing head wraps, looking all submissive. Then the second week I was wearing a wig, the one that I created on this post. For the past 2 weeks I made a new wig, check it out on Instagram, the people are loving it! I might just get into business soon. I will be wearing it for the next 2 weeks and then maybe head wraps again on the final week and take down time! I can’t wait to see the results, I can feel the growth already and my inner naturalista is jumping up and down (the corn rows are hidden now).

hiding the corn rows underneath this lovely wig


That's it from me. Let me know how far you are, if you have joined or if you are still considering to join me. The time is moving fast, but not for the hair. Patience is key ladies and I am learning this in every aspect of my life. Most important thing is to enjoy the moment you are in.

Until next post, God bless…



Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Local Hair products to support 2





Hello lovely,

Just though I should do a quick post for you, so that you don't forget about me.

I am ever so tempted to go buy the next product at my local Clicks or Dischem (Dark and lovely is not making it easy hey) and then I remind myself there are willing South Africans out there who are in need of my support and this platform is also another way of getting them known and spreading the love. I am sure some of them you have heard of and some you have probably seen on TV.

Nilotiqa
nilotiqa
http://www.nilotiqa.com/pages/our-ingredients
If you have not seen them on TV then you are seeing them here. This brand has been flooding my timeline on Instagram since I am following a natural hair movement and I have been hearing good things about it. And as usual I am always on the lookout for local brands. I just wish they were readily available in Cape Town. I have also been eyeing their detangler, can't wait to get my hands on it.


Nature's Wishlist
Picture
http://natureswishlist.weebly.com/shea-butter.html
They claim to be the "Providers of affordable shea butter in Johannesburg, South Africa", judging by their prices I think they are for raw shea butter also considering I buy mine for R80 for 100ml( I don't know the diff between 1ml and 1g, so theirs is 250g),judging from the site it is still a lot compared to what I get and what I have seen. They also have a whipped shea butter which is mixed with other oils like castor oil and the likes which is only for the hair. I found them while trolling on Instagram and went to check out their website.

True Curls

http://www.truecurls.co.za/
They have mainly two products in adults and kids range. A spray/spritz and a butter/cream. I like the fact there is product separate for kids. I have not heard much about the product from my circle of people, but as I was in search for local production I found them and you can also check out their testimonials page and be the judge.

HairTural
hairtural.com
http://hairtural.com/shop/
I can't wait for the day they open a salon in Cape Town so that I can take my baby there for a treat. They are a no heat no combs salon in Joburg. I am eyeing their clay cleanser for kids as my daughter's scalp is not fond of shampoo. Their prices though! Sigh! They too have a separate line for adults and kids. You can go ahead and check them, maybe visit them when you are in Jozi.

Rockin Naturals
http://rockinnaturals.co.za/


I don't know how did I bump into this, life of a blogger! But I could be saving a head of hair out there. I think I was interested in the wedding pictures in the blog part and then checked out the store. What is different here is that they have gels, aloe vera and flaxseed. They also have a shampoo and butters of course.


Almost every product line has a butter in it, so that you would have to be on some experiment to test the difference. I could be wrong to assume that every natural loves a good conditioner, cause I sure do and not all of these products in today's list have conditioners.
One thing I think I have an itch about is the pricing, gee, the cost plus shipping eish! Rockin Naturals seem to be fairly priced and Nature's Wishlist, but to each their own. And on that note, if you want to make some extra cash while helping our local brands you can contact True Curls, Nilotiqa and Nature's Wishlist to be their distributor, this helps sharpen some entrepreneurship skills.

This was nice and short for me. I hope you enjoyed it. Until next post, God bless...