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Throughout the history of the world, there have been many famous and infamous duos: Bonnie and Clyde, Sherlock Holmes and Watson… Wilt Chamberlain and the female population of North America…

But none has been so good to my hair as my official holy grails: AfroVeda’s Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter and PUR Whipped Gelly.  And, seeing as I have NOT used these products separately (to an extent), and I therefore do not know how they behave separately, I will not review them separately.

Pur Whipped Gelly... a gel that doesn't harden my hair!

So… it all began with an innocent trip to Sage NaturalCeuticals to visit one of my favorite curlies, Cindy, for advice about my hair.  Since my hair cut and living in “Hotlanta” (read: Hotter-than-Hell-lanta), my hair has been in desperate need of moisture and hold that will tolerate both the humidity and my… scalp sweat (eww, I know… but I do sweat on my scalp and I run a lot so that doesn’t help the situation at all).  I increased my cowashing to twice a week and I clarify once every two weeks, but I still run at least once every two days, and my hair was showing it.  Thank God for that puff I learned how to do earlier this month 😉

After listening to my hair woes and looking at my hair, Cindy suggested that I try the AfroVeda line, especially the PUR Whipped Gelly.  She also made a pivotal suggestion: use the PUR Whipped Gelly with one of AfroVeda’s butters.  I don’t exactly know why, but they work very well together.  AfroVeda sells 4 different butters, each with different scents and specialties… and after trying and smelling each, I decided on the Totally Twisted for extra hold (the Shea Amla was a close contender, but, well, it just stunk).

So, with two surprising large containers of product and my debit card in hand, I strolled up to Cindy’s register, paid, and carried my cute little brown bag (delicately garnished with purple tissue paper) out of the store.  Little did I know, this would be the beginning of a very beautiful relationship.

Price:

Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter

Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter (read: amazing hair butter)

  • PUR Whipped Gelly: $12.00 for 8 ounces (and AfroVeda doesn’t skimp… that container has ALL 8 OUNCES filled)
  • Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter (filled absolutely to the brim!): $15.00 for 8 ounces

Color and Consistency:

  • Pur Whipped Gelly is a quivering, grayish-white mass of hair goodness.  The name “gelly” is very fitting and describes it’s consistence to a tee.  It doesn’t really have a noticeable smell.
  • Totally Twisted can be described as a very thick, viscous butter that spreads easily.  Something weird about this butter is that it separates, i.e. the oils tend to settle out of the butter.  This is partially due to the fact that all of AfroVeda’s products are handmade and all natural, so the oils may not stay emulsified with the other ingredients in the butters.  The scent is somewhat delicate, but I really can’t put my finger on it.  Doesn’t smell like ginger or almond though.

How I use them:

First, I wash (or cowash) my hair in four sections, finger/Jilbere detangle while in the shower, and let my hair air dry for about thirty minutes while I do other things (such as studying, cooking, or brainstorming ideas for this blog).  Then, I begin my braid n’ curl on wet (but not sopping) hair.  I take small sections of my hair, apply the butter first, then seal with the whipped gelly and braid.  After finishing my whole head, I put my rollers in and call it a night.

When I wake up in the morning, I take my hair down to find that my braid n’ curl is SUPER defined and very shiny.  I mean, it’s got a shine to it rather than a sheen.  I’m also able to get third and even fourth day hair with ease from these products, and they do NOT build up on my hair!  Furthermore, my hair is very soft and touchable.  It looks, smells, and feels so wonderful, I didn’t even want to put a clip in it this morning.

In conclusion, I’m very impressed with these products.  They don’t provide any curl definition whatsoever, but they keep my hair moisturized and fly for days on end.  As far as styling goes (such as twists, braid-outs, and the like), I highly recommend these products for anyone and everyone!  Go get twisted and whipped (not necessarily in that order) with AfroVeda.  You won’t regret it.

Peace, Love, and AfroVeda!

SuperCoils

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Hey guys!  I know it’s been a bit since I posted but it’s been quite a week to say the least.

Anywho, I was doing well on the PJ tip until about two weeks ago, when a trip down the hair care aisle in Target derailed all of my progress and hard work.  There I was, just minding my own business when out of the corner of my eye I saw a beige bottle right above a sale sign.  Lo and behold, peoples, it was Aveeno Nourish + Moisturize Conditioner!!!

The Aveeno brand itself has been very close to my heart since my itchy, ashy beginnings as child with eczema in the late (late late like I-don’t-even-claim-to-be-an-80’s-baby-late) 1980s, following Hurricane Hugo.  Affectionately (not really) dubbed “Scaly Skins” by a childhood foe, a young SuperCoils relied on the magic of Aveeno oatmeal baths and creams to soothe away the itchies and melt my scales into “normal people skin”…

Fast forward to the 20-year-(and a half)-old SuperCoils, in college, looking to re-up on her conditioner stash, caught completely off-guard on the hair aisle in Target by a beige bottle of creamy goodness.  You guys, I don’t even know what happened.  One minute, I was in Target, my hand outstretched in the general direction of the bottle; the next, I was in my dorm room, rifling desperately through a red and white plastic bag for my new homie.  Ugh… I feel like such a crackhead.

Aveeno, why are you so confused? You KNOW you're a styler... why don't you just face the facts?

Price: about 5 bucks for 10.5 fluid ounces (not bad at all)

Purpose: Rinse-out Conditioner (or so I thought)

Consistency: creamy; very thick, but easy to spread

Color: creamy white-ish beige… a lot lighter than the bottle

Smell: fresh, pleasant, oatmeal scent (very much like the lotions)

Now for the juicy stuff:

I initially put this product on my dry, straightened hair for about 10 minutes before my co-wash session (it was fun to watch my hair curl back up) and washed it out, only to receive lack-luster results.  This does not compete as a wash out conditioner, and it’s detangling abilities are barely up to par.  As a matter of fact, the only true benefit I saw from it was curl definition, and what does that matter without moisture?  I walked out of the shower looking sad… had I just wasted another 5 bucks on another crappy conditioner?

Surprisingly, no.  As a wash-out, this conditioner is, well, a wash-out… but as a leave-in/styler… this stuff is the bomb!  While sitting “Indian-style” in front of my trusty dorm mirror immediately after washing my hair, I got the idea to use this stuff as a styler in order to provide hold to my braid-n-curl.  This may have been the best idea I’ve had all week!   The Aveeno went on smooth and soft, and provided my hair with loads of curl definition!  I mean this stuff was amazing!  I proceeded to use it on half of my head, let my braid-n-curl set up overnight, then took my rods out in the morning to see soft, silky, shiny braids with MUCH less shrinkage than normal.  As a matter of fact, as I sit here looking in the mirror at my hair, I’d say my hair hasn’t shrunk much at all today!  I think I love this conditioner… but only as a styler.  Let’s keep it real Aveeno; just embrace what you truly are and stop being such a poser (lol).

Peace, Love, and Poser Hair Products,

SuperCoils

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This is actually a product that I’ve been using for a while to help give me more definition in my signature style: the braid and curl (which I totally jacked from my idol Curly Nikki, aka the most bangin’ hair maven this side of Pluto). Anywho, my hair is very… playful and gets a little out of hand in the mornings when I take it down if I don’t have some sort of holding product on it beforehand.

After hearing all of the rave reviews online and from people I know and trust, I scraped up my funds at the beginning of the summer and hopped in my car (windows down, of course: this is Hotlanta) in hot pursuit of hair perfection.

I bee-lined my way to the Midtown Whole Foods (where I first discovered jojoba oil) and picked up an 8 ounce tub of gluey, sticky, slightly icky goo affectionately dubbed “Kinky Curly Curling Custard” or “KCCC” on all of the forums.  When I first opened the tub and touched it, I grimaced.  The stuff felt icky and kind of made me want to wash my hands.  I went the rest of the day pondering whether or not I should return it.  I’m very glad I didn’t.

Believe the hype, people… BELIEVE THE HYPE.

Soft, Curl-Poppin' Deliciousness!

Price: $19.99 for 8 ounces, which is kind of on the steep side.  I was looking at the price like “Girl, stop, I was rockin’ pigtails back in 1999!”.

Where to purchase: Online, Whole Foods, or (soon) at your neighborhood Target (sidebar: Target is really coming up in the natural hair care world. Wal-Mart’s TTTHHHIIISSS close to getting the side-eye.)

Purpose: curl definition, hold, light-weight hold,no crunch

So I washed my hair that night and half-dried it with a regular old towel (bad girl, SuperCoils, bad girl), then sat down in front of my dorm mirror and went to work with my Denman brush in one hand and a little leave-in conditioner in the other.  *Please be advised that I use my rinse out conditioner as my leave-in conditioner… I just add two parts water to one part condish and spritz my hair with it*  I put the leave-in on my wet, already detangled hair, then a llliiitttttttllleee dollop of KCCC, then went through GENTLY with the Denman… and whoa.  My curls were PPPOOOPPPPPPPPIIINNNGGG like an old man’s joints on a stormy day, and they still had relaxed ends hanging from them!!!  WHAT???!!!

Since that faithful day in May, Kinky Curly Curling Custard has been a major staple in my product rotation.

The next morning, my hair was wonderfully defined WITHOUT the crunch factor that most gels have.  A little goes a very long way though, so make sure you only use a LLIITTTTTLLLEE bit at once.  That crunch factor will creep up on you really fast and you’ll just be left high, dry, and… crisp.  Not a good look.

A word of caution though: DO NOT use this product on top of an oil-based “moisturizer”, sealant, conditioner… ANYTHING…  KCCC and oil are not friends.  As a matter of fact, KCCC and oil used to be friends, but then KCCC stole oil’s boyfriend and now they don’t even speak!  Seriously though, this product, as great as it is, will give you little white specks all through your hair if used with an oil-based sealant.

There is another Kinky-Curly product, Kinky Curly Knot Today, that is made especially to be used under this product and has been reported as being the best detangler/ leave-in in the game, but I have yet to try it.  Gotta get my money up.

In conclusion: I love this product and would recommend it to anyone with… shall we say… rebellious hair.

Peace, Love, and Curl-Poppin’

SuperCoils

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