Monday, July 18, 2011

Miracle in a Jar

I've been sporting a two-week old bantu knot out. Even though I'm dealing with a health issue, my hair was in dire need of washing. My curls still looked great and needed little maintenance the past two weeks, but my hair (especially my roots) was feeling a little like felt. Product build-up and single-strand knots do not a pretty picture make.

So, to make the process go as quickly as possible due to limited mobility and lots of pain, I doused my head with the old tried and true, Mane 'n Tail Detangler. I've used this off and on over the years, but never really gave it a second thought. Now, I've decided to give this a second chance. My hair was super snarled and gnarly, but this product made the detangling process smooth, easy and fast. In fact, I was so impressed, I think I'll be keeping this around. So, Mane 'n Tail Detangler, two coils up for you!

As promised earlier, I decided to wash my hair with this. This retails for $30+ in some places, but when I saw it on sale for dirt cheap, I had to take the plunge. Who could resist a name like "Hamadi" or a product named "Ginger Soymilk Hair Wash?" You can! As amazing as this smells, it's crap! And, I should have known better. I've known all my life that my hair does not respond to clear shampoos and this is a clear shampoo.With the ingredient of soymilk, I was rather dismayed that it wasn't a creamy shampoo but you can't tell the difference looking at an Internet image, especially if the product's in an amber-colored bottle. Unfortunately, this shampoo left my hair feeling like a damp cotton ball which is really too bad since I was eyeballing the Ginger Soymilk Conditioner. Sadly, I have to give this two coils down.

But, before I washed my hair, I did a deep conditioning steam treatment with Tropic Isle Living's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner, also purchased on sale. I buy and use the JBCO on a regular basis, and my significant other uses their pimiento oil treatment, so I thought it'd be nice to try as well. I don't know how many staples one is allowed to have, but I MUST keep this on hand. It's like cholesterol conditioner on steroids.Once you scoop out a dollop and massage it into your hair, it turns into pure oil! Combined with hot steam, my hair was scrumptious! Initially this thick cream had an overwhelming smell, not a good one either, but while steaming, my significant other said it made the room smell like sugar. Go figure! A little bit is all you need to hook your hair up. I used too much and had what looked like Jherri Curl drips everywhere. Also, follow the directions. I didn't, but it's recommended that this be used as a post-wash treatment. Personally, I can't wait to try it as it was intended. And, it'd be great for a post-henna or dye treatment. This product gets two coils up.


  1. The jamaician castor oil conditioner, sounds great! I may look in to this one. Thanks for sharing. I hope you feel better soon, take care


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