Saturday, January 1, 2011

Product Reviews (sigh)

After much procrastination, I decided to try the "coconut cream relaxer" everyone's been talking about. In preparation, I sent my honey to the store for some plain yogurt, but he brought strawberry yogurt, LOL. But, I was determined to give it a try, so I used it anyway. 

After melting and mixing the Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate for at least an hour over a pot of simmering water, I added one cup of the Coconut Cream Concentrate to two cups of strawberry yogurt before sitting under my steamer. My hair was soft after my treatment and smelled like strawberries, but I saw no significant difference between this concoction or anything else I use with my steamer, excepting Yes to Carrots Hair and Scalp Mud Mask. That stuff is awesome, is a lot cheaper and is more readily available. The Coconut Cream Concentrate was a HUGE disappointment. I will try it again in the future with plain Greek yogurt, but if I get the same results, I can't say I'll be using the Coconut Cream Concentrate again...too much work, melting and mixing for nothing. But, I bet it'd make some really nice coconut cream pies!

I also decided to wash my hair with some new products, courtesy of a FB friend. I felt guilty using these products while my homemade shampoos and conditioner woefully stared back at me, but at least I got these at a bargain.
One coil up for this conditioner. While it could be a keeper and has almost as much slip as Herbal Essence's Hello Hydration (my fave commercial conditioner), the price would prevent me from doing so. While I liked its pourable, thick, cream consistency, I had to use almost half the bottle to condition all of my hair.
I've been using this spritz on my hair each morning for a week. As a result, I have to give this product two coils down. While it has a light, refreshing citrus scent, it left my hair rather sticky and had the same effect on my hair as water. So, why pay retail for this (and Uncle products ain't cheap) if water, which is essentially free, does the same thing?
One coil down for this shampoo. Granted it has a fantastic citrus scent, a thick, honey-like texture, and lots of lather, it failed to moisturize my hair as well as my homemade shampoos. At least a little goes a long way.


  1. I never tried to use the coconut cream as a relaxer. I heard of it before, but I just mine with molasses and other natural ingredients, to make a deep conditioner.

    I must admit that it is pretty tough to work with alone.

  2. You ain't lyin', but this week, I'll try it with your molasses recipe. If I don't see a dramatic difference, I'll be using the rest to make coconut cream pie. Oh, and my TT Coconut Oil came a few days ago. It's huge jar...I took advantage of the free sale several weeks ago, but I dread trying to work with it! The jar is HUGE!