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Hey guys!

This is a product I’ve been using since the very beginning of the semester when I figured out that I wouldn’t have time to moisturize my hair more than… ehh… once or twice a week.  I knew I’d need a heavy-duty moisturizer that could stand up to sweat from PT, as well as have just a little holding power if I decided to don a hat for a day or two (or a patrol cap, as it may be).  Y’all, I searched the world high and low, went through ALL of Curly Nikki’s forums, googled the characteristics that I wanted and… nothing.

Until I looked on naturallycurly.com and saw a review for what was called “BRBC”… better known as: Qhemet Biologics’ Burdock Root Butter Cream!  Once again, I flew on down to Return to Eden to get me some burdock root creamy goodness.  Aww yeah…

I must admit though… I got back in that dorm room and ya girl went HAM!  This stuff smelled and felt amazing!  I loved it already!

Name: Burdock Root Butter Creamqhemet_burdock-300x288

Manufacturer/Company: Qhemet Biologics

Purchased: on-the-ground at Return to Eden, 2335 Cheshire Bridge Rd., ATLANTUHHHHH!

Price: $16.00 for 8 ounces (Not gonna lie… it’s an OK price, but I wouldn’t mind receiving this as a Christmas/birthday/Easter/Any-Damn-Holiday present.  At least it lasts a long time.  It’s been 5 months and my jar is still 60% full)

Scent: Citrus-y

Consistency: A light, buttery cream… like whipped frosting, only thicker

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Olive Oil, Extracts of Burdock Root, Nettle and Oatstraw, MSM Sulfur, Vegetable Glycerin, Wheat Extract, Cetearyl Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Conditioning Emulsifier, Vitamin E, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrin, Phenoxyethanol, and Ethylhexyglycerin.

Recommendations: Rub a small amount between palms and distribute through wet or damp hair.  Style as usual.  Meant for fine/thin hair.

*Ahem* Like many curlies who use this product, I am neither fine- or thin-haired.  To the contrary, my hair is thick and coarse in many areas, but still likes light, whipped, creamy moisturizers and sealants.  Who knew?

Anywho, this product alone does not have quite enough hold to yield a well defined braid-out.  Rather, your braid-out, like mine when I used this product alone on wet hair, will be slightly stretched out, shiny, and… puffy.  In other words, if you like the look of a gleaming BAA (Big Ass Afro), use this alone on wet hair.  On dry hair, it gives EXCELLENT stretch and wonderful, lasting moisture, but not as much shine.

Now check this out: when this is used with the Olive and Honey Hydrating Balm, you get stretch, softness, and incredible shine that lasts for days.  I really enjoy using this product, and although I give it an 8.5/10 because it took me so long to figure out just how to use it, it’s still one of my staples and probably my favorite product right now.  I’m even using this in the frigid Atlanta winter, and even with its glycerin content, my hair is super soft.  Awesome!

 

Peace, Love, and Product Reviews,

SuperCoils

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Hello World!  I’m back from the brink!

I’m home on break from school, which means finals are over and I AM FREE… to do all of the product reviews that I’ve neglected to do all semester.

*sheepish smile* Sorry ‘bout that, homies!

Anyhow, the first product I decided to review was Qhemet Biologics’ Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm!

I have to admit, when old man winter struck the lovely city of Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, I just KNEW that products containing glycerin were out of the question!  After all, glycerin is a humectant (aka moisture mercenary) and, combined with my eczema, well… let’s just say my hair usually doesn’t need any help being dry come wintertime.

OHHB-2But… I’d been wanting to try this stuff for ages and I hadn’t bought a hair product in a while… and all of the boards said it was great… and I had an extra $20 that hadn’t been figured into my budget yet…

Next thing I knew, I’d skipped my little halfway-reformed-product-junkie-ass down to Return 2 Eden where I knew Qhemet Biologics products were retailed on the ground (that’s one of the things about Atlanta that I love/hate: EVERYTHING is retailed on the ground, and, well, it’s hard out in these streets for a PJ on a budget).

I made a little chocolate bee-line to the hair care aisle and snatched up what was destined to become my very own jar of Qhemet Biologics’ Olive and Honey Hydrating Balm.  Moments later, I’d whipped out my cash, paid the very kind gentleman at the register (all of the associates are so nice in there!), and zipped off back to my dorm room in pure bliss!  Three days later, I’d finally done enough research and felt confident using this product on my hair, so I gave it a whirl!

Name: Olive and Honey Hydrating Balm

Company: Qhemet Biologics

Ingredients: Pure Grapeseed Oil, Pure Olive Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Emulsifiers, Pure Wildflower Honey, MSM, Naturally Scented

Instructions: Rub a small to moderate amount between palms and work thoroughly through dry or damp hair from root to tip.  Leave in and style.

Price: $16.00 for 8 ounces (decent ONLY because it lasts forever and I only do my hair like once or twice a week)

How I Tested It:

The first thing I decided to do was co-wash my hair thoroughly with a conditioner that I’ve been using since… well… since I got sick of using my ultra-fruity-McFruit-Fruitastic-wallet-busting conditioner that, honestly, didn’t give me as much slip as my hair really needed in a wash-out conditioner.  Sorry for that random tangent, but you get what I mean.  Since giving up on that conditioner, I’ve found Tresemme’ Naturals, which gives me 32 ounces of amazing slip for $5.99 at Wal-Mart and washes out very easily.  Fuggin’ right.

Then I went back to my room, sat in front of my door with the full-length mirror on the back (gotta love dorm rooms) and immediately spread about a quarter-sized dollop into my hand, warmed it up, and distributed it through each of the six sections of my damp hair.  The OHHB is the color of olive oil (greenish) and the exact consistency of honey with a sweet, yet soothing scent that’s hard to describe.  Once rubbed between the hands, the OHHB quickly becomes less viscous (sorry, just finished a thermodynamics course) and easily spreadable onto the hair.  Then, I covered it with my fave Burdock Root Butter Cream (also by Qhemet Biologics) and braided my hair up in preparation for what I hoped would be a braid-out of pure moisturized epic-ness the next day.

I was not disappointed.

When I took my hair down, it was sooo soft, fluffy, and ridiculously shiny.  I really don’t get that kind of shine with just the Burdock Root Butter Cream (a holy grail, mind you) and the softness of my hair was unlike anything I’d ever experienced since being natural.  I mean, seriously, this product set the BRBC off and, when used alone on my ends, made them super soft and kept my coils from tangling up in one another.  Plus, in the 3-4 weeks since I’ve begun using this product, the jar has suffered no noticeable change in the amount of olive-y goodness within.  I mean, like an electric hybrid car on a full tank with a full charge, this stuff goes A LONG WAY (which helps me justify the price).  Also, there are no artificial fragrances, so my scalp is NOT ITCHING!  Woot!  The combo also has a little bit of hold, which gave me a decently defined braid-out that spread easily with very little frizz.  Five days later and my hair was still super soft!  Even The Distinguished_Gentleman was like, “Your hair is like a cloud today!”

…But then again, that was the first time I’d worn my hair completely out in front of him (like, not in a highly-controlled puff complete with headbands and click-clacks) so he ended up just grabbing me from behind and sticking his face in my hair, all the while enthusiastically encouraging his friends to “come touch it”.

That’s soooo what she said.

All in all, I’d give this 10 of 10 stars for now, being that I’m still learning how to use it properly and need to try it under all different conditions before I completely commit to it.  It’s a holy grail in training… for now.

 

Peace, Love, and Product Reviews!

SuperCoils

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Wuddup World?

I know it’s been a minute, and for that, I am sorry, but my school of choice got really real for a second there and I needed to focus on my studies.  Becoming an engineer is no joke.  And I’m no good at math??  Pshh… ya girl was strugglin, you hear me?  Ughh…

Anywho…

I just wanted to come on here really quickly and tell you a little story about my hair product choices with a lesson at the end.  Y’all ready?  Ok, here goes:

Once upon a time there was a lil’ diva named SuperCoils, who’s head was bequeath with a halo of coils and kinks.  She was often made fun of in school for being ashy, being that she suffered eczema.  Early on in life, she learned that she was allergic to artificial fragrances, some artificial colorings, grass, cashews, and a few other things…

She knew her dry skin needed EXTRA attention, and was subject to get angry and cuss her out at any moment (i.e. get ashy in public), and she dealt with it accordingly, being sure to show it a little extra love right after her showers and before bed.  And then the little diva grew up and decided to go natural.  Aww hell.

… so she decided to use “natural products” that smelled good, but didn’t look at the ingredients first.

… and her head started to itch like a muh-fugger… Why?

Because the products she was using had (dun-dun-duhhhhh) ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCES  in them!

Lesson learned: your scalp has the same allergies as the rest of your skin, so if you have skin allergies, you WILL undoubtedly be allergic to some hair products.

This is where being a knowledgeable consumer comes in: you HAVE to know what you are putting on your body when you have allergies like mine.  Hell, if I put on lotion and walk through freshly-cut grass, I can guarantee that I will be in the hospital in less than an hour with a severe case of hives and a prescription for Prednisone, so why would I ever put “Creme de Lawn” on my hair?  Likewise, being that I have severely dry skin and an allergy to artificial fragrances, I like to use moisturizing products that lack artificial fragrance… ya dig?

So which product lines do I like to choose from?

I’m sooo glad you asked:

  1. Darcy’s Botanicals -awesome scents, slightly awesome price, great results on my hair.  Reviews to come soon!
  2. Qhemet Biologics – awesome scents, not to bad price, goes a LONG way, soothes my scalp.
  3. Bee Mine – awesome for the summer.  We’ll see about the winter.
  4. Kinky Curly – especially the Knot Today for detangling!  I don’t think the KCCC will be a repurchase.
  5. Uncle Funky’s Daughter – only the curl activating gel.  I don’t quite remember the name of it right now.

In essence, that’s what’s on my head right now, and my scalp and face are doing much better because of it!

Peace, Love, and Allergies!

SuperCoils

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