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I’ve been using this product for a few months (since September of 2010) and I can honestly say that this is the only product I’ve ever tried that has thoroughly confused me.

… but let me backtrack to the beginning of the story…

So, as you guys know, when I budget wisely and actually have a little extra money, I tend to put it on my hair.  Sad, I know.

But I’d heard so much about this product while transitioning that I figured, once I cut my hair, I’d give it a shot.  So about 2 weeks after I cut my hair, I went on down to Sage NaturalCeuticals to go get this product.  It just smelled so good that I had to get it!  The scent was wonderful, and I’d done all of my research on just how to use it, so I’d be fine, right?

Wrong.

Name: Madagascar Vanilla Styling Crème darcysmadagascar

Company: Darcy’s Botanicals

Price: $12.00 for 8 ounces (fairly decent/affordable)

Scent: strong vanilla, or maybe even Bourbon

Ingredients: organic palm oil, organic aloe vera leaf juice, organic Madagascar vanilla extract, emulsifying wax NF, castor oil, rice bran oil, jojoba oil, cadelilla wax, potassium sorbate

Experience:

Well well well… wasn’t this a little bit of a surprise…

I’d read all of the information in the forums, gotten advice from Cindy Primm (owner of Sage NaturalCeuticals), and now it was time to put all of that research to work and do my hair!

Or not.

I got into the parking deck outside of my dorm and opened up the jar of delectable goodness to reveal a light cream-colored, delicious smelling… solid.

uhhh… but the label said “crème”… and aren’t creams supposed to be… creamy?

I went to my room perplexed, wondering what the hell I’d just bought.  I thought this stuff was supposed to be creamy, hair softening goodness?  Ol’ perpetratin’-ass product.  Harumph.

But then again… it smelled delicious… and I did just shell out some cash over it…

I co-washed my hair that night, and applied Kinky Curly Knot Today as my leave-in.  Then, I used a moisturizer (more than likely my overworked sample of Qhemet Biologic’s Amla and Olive Heavy Cream), and sealed with a tiny bit of the Madagascar Vanilla Styling Cream.

I emphasize the point “a tiny bit” because if you use a lot, things tend to get a little greasy.

Then I twisted and went to sleep.

My twist-out the next morning was fabulous, and the scent was long-lasting, but that’s not really the point.

This product is PURELY a sealant.  As a styler, eh… lies and betrayal, y’all.

That being said, I truly do like this product for sealing in moisture and creating incredible shine, but I am not sure whether I would purchase it again.  I see no real benefit in spending 12 bucks on a product that I truly do not need in my arsenal. 

As time wears on and I use the jar up, I’ll come back and review it.  As of right now, I like it, but I don’t need it. It’s only got one very specific purpose, and I just don’t see myself buying a product that only does one thing.

We’ll see.

Final verdict: 6/10.  I doubt I will repurchase, although it did a great job of smoothing my hair when I twisted.

Peace, Love, and Slight Disappointment?

SuperCoils

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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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Have you ever wanted to try all of those elusive, wonder products only offered on the web, but been reluctant to pay shipping and handling just to wait to get it?

Well, if you are in the Atlanta area, you can now get some of your favorite brands on the ground!

Girl: Say WWWHHHAAATTTT?

Sage NaturalCeuticals!

SuperCoils: Girl, yes!

Nestled in cozily between two other random boutiques on Walker Street is the best (and I do mean the best) place in Atlanta to get natural hair, skin, and home products.  Sage NaturalCeuticals, owned by a wonderful, bubbly natural named Cindy, offers the best of Uncle Funky’s Daughter, Komaza Care, Donna Marie, Bee Mine, AfroVeda, Darcy’s Botanicals, Hamadi, and more!  It’s a truly wonderful shop, with all of the sweet aromas and soft R&B music inside.  I would encourage all of those who want these products on the ground for their regular price (or 15% off for college students) to go to Sage NaturalCeuticals anytime Wednesday through Sunday, noon to seven, and give Cindy some patronage. Your hair, as well as your wallet, will love you for it.

Peace, Love, and Cindy,

SuperCoils

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