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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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I’m about to type something so revolutionary, so incredibly unbelievable that… well… you might not believe me.

Get ready… prepare your minds for the fact that…

There may or may not be, technically, any such thing as a moisturizer.  *gasp*

No, for real, the way we commonly use the word leads to a lot of misconceptions regarding the nature and process of locking moisture into ones strands.  Essentially, there is no one product that can moisturize your hair.

WATER moisturizes your hair!

The things that we use as moisturizers are really sealants, i.e. products that lock the moisture into your hair by creating a lubricating barrier between your hair and the environment that will help keep moisture in whilst simultaneously allowing your hairs to slip past one another with ease.  Funny thing is, they are still technically “moisturizing” in the sense that they may or may not contain ingredients that draw moisture from the environment to your hair or simply contain water themselves.  This is why some sealants/moisturizers contain glycerin, a substance that draws water to itself from it’s immediate environment.  This is also why you should know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em when it comes to moisturizers in different seasons: glycerin isn’t picky about where it gets it’s water from, and if there’s no humidity in the air from which to siphon water, it’ll take it from your hair.

Yep, glycerin is something like a moisture mercenary.

But that doesn’t make it bad by any means; I personally love glycerin and use it on my transitioning tresses daily!

My points are…

  1. Know your ingredients and when to use them!
  2. Focus less on finding a product that “moisturizes” and look for something that will seal the moisture into your hair
  3. Water is your friend.  Keep you hand strong and your spray bottle at the ready

But wait, SuperCoils!  What exactly is sealing and how do I do it?

Glad you asked.  It’s basically the same concept as putting lotion on right after you get out of the shower, while your skin is still moist and… well… not ashy.  While your hair is wet or damp, put something: shea butter, cocoa butter, your favorite Qhemet Biologics or Bee Mine butter (yeah, we’ve got some thangs to discuss), coconut oil… SOMETHING on your hair and allow it to dry.  Your hair will be softer and hold on to moisture longer because the moisture was locked in with a product (or butter or oil).  It’s as simple as that!

As far the word “moisturizer” in reference to hair… well… the debate continues in the hair community.  I’m just giving you my take on the issue.

Sorry for writing such a long post… I daresay this hair addiction is getting the best of me.  Don’t worry though: I’m like Amy Whinehouse…

I’ll NEVER go to rehab!

Love, Peace, and Sealant,

SuperCoils

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So, before we get too far into this blog I must admit to you that I am a product junkie, (also known as a PJ) and have no plans of stopping UNTIL I finally find the right products for me and my crazy transitioning hair… but I must admit, this product may have brought my crazed moisturizer/ sealant search to an end.  The Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie ((apparently the packaging has changed since this picture) is absolutely wonderful!  The shine and hold this product gave me today in this Atlanta heat and humidity it to die for, and my hair is STILL FRIZZ FREE!!!

This product provided me with lots of shine without sacrificing softness and hold. I will definitely be adding this to the rotation.

Price: $9.99 (which isn’t THAT BAD)
Store: Target
Motivation for Purchase: Super dry, Sahara summer curls that just WON’T behave

So last night I moistened my hair and sat down in front of my dorm mirror with my Jilbere shower comb in preparation for my go-to transition style these days: the Braid and Curl.  As I put the smoothie on my ends and massaged through, My hair instantly melted into beautiful, shiny, obedient coils (with yucky relaxed ends attached) that absolutely refused to tangle.  My Jilbere and Denman brush sank into them like butter and, before I knew it, the rollers (yellow flexi-rods) were in and it was off to bed with dreams of a wonderful hair day tomorrow.

Girl, I woke up and my dreams had come TRUE!!  In short, this ish is DA BOMB!  Not to mention my boyfriend (whom we shall refer to as “Big Blue”) came over and promptly put his hands my hair and proceeded to go on a fishing expedition in search of my scalp, saying the whole time, “ohhh, it’s so soft!”.  Yup, the hair definitely got me some play today 😉  My hair was also the shiniest it’s been since I stopped straightening (I’m in the middle of my “Curly 2010” Personal Challenge, with plans to either BC at the end of the year or in April of 2011, which will be about 2 years of transitioning).  In short, this product is a keeper and I don’t think we will be ending our friendship for any reason any time soon.  Readers, please feel free to flirt with my new staple!  I definitely recommend this for hair like mine: coarse, 4a with specks of 3c and 4b coils of desert wrath.  This smoothie told my hair who’s boss.  Who’s ya daddy (lol jk jk).

Much Love,

SuperCoils

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