Chocolate Inspired Products for Your Hair

Here are some products I’ve come across that contain some version of chocolate. Now I just didn’t pick some random lines, these are all products I would and plan to try in my hair. Most are all natural, silicone and sulfate free.  Enjoy these yummy selections and the rest of your Valentine’s Day and remember LOVE IS IN THE HAIR! (I’m corny but hey I can’t help it I’m on a mission to spread my love for natural hair if you haven’t noticed yet!)

Well here is the lineup:

Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Collection

Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Detangling Ghee

CURLS Whipped Cream

B.A.S.K. Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treat

Darcy’s Botanicals Cocoa Bean Hair and Body Oil

Alba Botanica Real Repair Cocoa Butter Shampoo and Conditioner

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Amazing Twist Out + No Gel = Pure Shock!

Hey Curls!

I recently purchased  Qhemet Biologics Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter. I was hesitant to use it because I didn’t think it would provide any sort of hold. All of my successful twistouts in the past have been with various gels. I’m  holding out on a full review of the Qhemet products until I try the butter a few more times and I try their conditioner and oil serum. They have a sale coming up soon so I plan to splurge. I already love love love the Amla and Olive Heavy Cream and the Burdock Root Butter Cream. This line smells so frickin’ yummy and are light so it’s not overpowering.

But back to this twistout… It’s super soft and shiny. My hair is definitely moisturized.  I washed with Jane Carter’s Moisture Nourishing Shampoo, deep conditioned with Jane Carter’s Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner with my heat cap, applied Kimmytube’s leave in recipe (a mix of Kinky Curly Knot Today, aloe vera juice, coconut oil, and castor oil) and a Roux Fermodyl 619 Leave-in treatment, I then dug out a dime sized amount of the butter rubbed it together with wet hands and hair and applied to 8 flat twists. I sealed the ends with castor oil and rolled with satin rollers. I wore the twists under my favorite purple hat yesterday and took them down just now with my oil mix (olive, coconut, avocado, jojoba oil) on my hands and viola…a million steps later and some minor fluffing I have this beautiful flat twistout. No frizz & defined curls (even in back)!

I plan to try this again to make sure it’s not some freak case. I will co-wash and use Kinky Curly Knot Today as my leave in, twist with the butter, and seal my ends with castor oil. I also want to try it with bantu knots my favorite for twist outs. The for final confirmation I will do a 2 strand bantu twist out. I really want to try it with Qhemet’s Amla and Olive Heavy Cream or the Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee but I am trying to control my product junkie habits until this sale.

Overall I am impressed and think I have found a winter staple and styler. Now I have to keep my fingers crossed that it will hold  up over night since it is a soft hold.  I will keep you all posted…until then… stay tuned and stay curly!

XOXO

New Product Alert: B.A.S.K. Beauty

As did my normal YouTube stalking. I came across a review from one of my favs EmpressRi. She had me ready to dump out my piggy bank to try a new line of products called b.a.s.k. I immediately went to the website and went straight to the hair section. Even from the tiny iPhone screen these products looked amazing and the ingredients were right up there so I had to share.

The line was created by Rashida Jefferson in Spring 2011. She creates these goodies from scratch in here studio in Macon, Georgia. I love the story and vision behind her line it embraces what Diamonds and Curls is all about, loving you and especially natural beauty.

Our Vision

B.A.S.K. is a specialty beauty company established to innovatively craft premium, gourmet-inspired, artisanal spa delectables that cater to the ethnic woman’s different cosmetic needs – such as dryer skin types and diverse hair patterns.  B.A.S.K. products aim to indulge those natural beauty aficionados who are seeking the finest ingredients without the compromise of effectiveness, luscious sweet aromas, & textures.

Our Mission

To encourage women of color to embrace & “bask in” their unique natural beauty.

Reminds me of a Jill Scott lyric “Sweeter than your favorite ice cream be/Bask in my glory baby”.  The line consists of hair butters, conditioners, and moisturizer which is great for these winter months and type 4 curls that can’t use water based products. I was trying to decide which ones to get for my hair but honestly I can’t decide they all look amazing. I’m trying to control my spending habits so I will be emailing her to see what she recommends for my hair but let me get to the good part and show you the line up:

Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treat

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Prime Pressed Cocoa Butter, Virgin Coconut Cream, Kukui Moluccana Seed Oil, Agave Nectar, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Raw Cocoa Powder, Amalaki Fruit Powder, Cetyl Alcohol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin.

Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treat

Java Bean & Honey Hair Balm

Ingredients: Virgin Palm Kernel Oil,Castor Oil, Coffee Bean Butter, Macadamia Nut Oil, Prime Pressed Cocoa Butter,Soy Wax, Beeswax, Raw Honey, Lecithin, Vitamin E, & Fragrance Oil

Java Bean & Honey Hair Balm

Silk & Honey Latté Detangling Hair Milk

INGREDIENTS: Distilled Water, Babassu Oil, Castor Oil, Cupuacu Butter, Shea Butter Glycerides**, Raw Honey, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Silk, & Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

  • BLACKBERRY SAGE (fruity aroma of tart blackberries)
  • CUCUMBER HONEYDEW (fresh melon w/ undertones of green cucumber)
  • NECTARINE VANILLA (summer peach vanilla icecream….YUM!)
  • SOUTHERN TEA (brewed lemon tea sweetened w/ sugar)
  • UNSCENTED (no added scent)

NEW!.....Silk & Honey Latté Detangling Hair Milk

Y.A.M. Nectar Intense Honey Hair Nourisher  

INGREDIENTS: Pure Clover Honey, Vegetable Glycerin, Yucca Oil (Virgin Olive Oil infused w/ Yucca Root), Avocado Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Manuka Honey, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Essential oils of Rosewood & Copaiba, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin.

NEW!.....Y.A.M. Nectar Intense Honey Hair Nourisher

Palm Tapioca Deluxe Hair Cream 

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Cocoa Butter,  Unrefined Cupuacu Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Babassu Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Virgin Palm Kernel Oil, Ucuuba Butter, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Beeswax, Ceteareth-20, Fragrance, & Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin.

Palm Tapioca Deluxe Hair Cream

Sevenfold Butter Blend Hair Butter  

Ingredients: Organic Palm Oil, Jojoba Oil, sevenfold butter blend (Tucuma Butter, unrefined Shea Butter, Mango Butter, unrefined Cupuacu Butter, Cocoa Butter, Illipe Butter, Kokum Butter), Vitamin E, & select essential oil of choice.

Sevenfold Butter Blend Hair Butter

Sweet Manna Botanical Hair & Scalp Serum  

INGREDIENTS: Castor Seed Oil, Virgin Olive Oil infused w/ (Burdock Root, Nettle Leaf, Pygeum Bark, Muira Puma Bark, Fenugreek Seed, Horsetail, Saw Palmetto Berry), Jojoba Oil, Camelina Seed Oil, Tucuuma Butter, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Agave Nectar, Vitamin E, & Essential Oils of Benzoin, Lavender, & Peppermint.

Sweet Manna Botanical Hair & Scalp Serum

As you can see these products are top-notch. They are moderately priced ranging from $14-$20 but you get what you pay for and none of these ingredients are cheap. You also get free samples with each order. Be sure to check out the sitefor your self she also has body and bath products. I’m really liking the hair gift set too. It’s currently not available but it includes some sample sizes of the most popular productsI recommend this line for thicker curls and those in cold climates.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

(FYI: The products in bold are the most important and the ones in purple are ones I love.)

2011 Staple Products

Hi there!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and new year. I’ve been preparing for this year the past few weeks setting goals in all areas of my life and making my plans for the year but most importantly for this blog. It’s time to take it to the next level and I just want to give thanks for those that continue to stay on this journey with me. I can’t believe I am over 7 years natural. I have learned so much on my journey and stalking others. I have also tried almost every product under the sun. I have complied a list of my staple products of 2011. One thing I have noticed is that I have learned to keep it simple and have also learned what products work amazingly on my hair. Now what works for me may not work for you but this basic lineup should help you to create a healthy regimen and stash. Here is my list:

My 2011 Staple Products:  

Pre-Poo:

Extra Virgin Olive or Coconut Oil

(I simple just apply a gennerous amount of oil to my hair and scalp for 15-20 minutes before shampooing. Sometimes I use a heat cap but most of the time I just left it sit before hitting the shower)

Shampoo:

Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo

(I use this before protein treatments and this year will start using it monthly since I use a lot of heavy oils, butters, and gels)

Jane Carter Moisture Nourishing Shampoo

(I use this to remove silcones from my hair after straightening and occasionally for my weekly shampoo)

Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo

(This is my all time favorite. It’s sulfate free and great for weekly shampooing. It’s were gentle and leaves hair squeaky clean.)

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse

(I use this as needed sometimes after a deep treatment or when my hair’s pH balence is off. It’s also great for cleaning the scalp with braids or weave, even takes the fake shine off of synthetic extensions and wigs)

Co-wash:

Trader Joe’s  Nourish Spa or Tea Tree Tingle

Suave Juicy Green Apple or any silicone free scent

Aussie Moist

Herbal Essence Hello Hydration

Leave In Conditioners/Moisturizers:

Kinky Curly Knot Today

Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream

Deep Conditioners:

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose

(This is the ultimate moisturizing deep treatment. I use it weekly alternating with the GBP.)

Aubrey Organics GBP Lavender Ylang Ylang or Rosemary Mint

(I use this after straightening and alternating weekly AOHR.)

KeraCare Humecto Creme Conditioner

(I use this after protein treatments to bring the moisture balence back.)

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

(I use this weekly if I want a little variation from the AOHR.)

Stylers:

Eco Styler Gel

Kinky Curly Curling Custard

Organic Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Creme Gel

Oil and Butters:

Avocado, Coconut, Grape seed, and Castor oils

Lavender,Rosemary, and Peppermint essential oils

Shea Butter

Other:

ApHogee 2 Step Protein Treatment

( I use this before straightening. It is also good to use before and after braids and weaves)

ApHogee Balancing Moisturizer

Chi Silk Infusion

(I use this for heat protection, frizz, and to avoid curl reversion when my hair is straight.)

Biotin

Iron

TJs B Complex

TJ’s Pre-natal

Tools:

Jilbere Shower Comb

Denman Brush

Fine Tooth Comb

Chi Turbo Flat Iron

Shower caps, Satin Bonnets, Silk Scraves

Bobby Pins, Hair Combs, Clips, etc

Roots Only applicator bottle

 What products are you loving? Feel free to comment and share!!!!!!!

Check Out My Stash…and Holiday Wish List

Sometimes I can’t help myself in Target and Sally’s got a few newbies. I won’t review them until I use them nearly up.

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However I have used almost all the Jane Carter shampoo and conditioner, Mixed Silk Leave in Conditioner ( Mixed Chicks generic), Suave Almond and Shea Butter, castor and jojoba oil, green clay powder, peppermint castile soap…wait thats almost everything.

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My mother had me make a wish list for Christmas and I mostly had hair stuff on it…go figure…well here is the full list:

1.       Super Solano Original blow dryer (red)

2.       Hot Tools Professional Spring Curling Iron (2 inch)

3.     The Science of Black Hair by Audrey  Davis-Sivasothy

4.       Clarisonic (red)

5.       Digital camera with video capabilities

6.       Curlmart.com products (in preference order):

  • ·         Jessicurl Too Shea! (citrus lavender)
  • ·         Curl Junkie Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment (gardenia-coconut)
  • ·         Curl Junkie Coco Curl Crème
  • ·         CURLS Curl Soufflé

7.       Qhemet Biologics (online or at Bonne Sante in Hyde Park):

  • ·         Amla and Olive Heavy Cream
  • ·         Aethiopika Hydrate and Twist Butter
  • ·         Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee
  • ·         Castor and Moringa Softening Serum

8.       Oyin Handmade (online)

  • ·         Burnt Sugar Pomade 4 oz
  • ·         Greg Juice
  • ·         Honey Hemp Conditioner  1 liter

9.       Northface coat (black)

10.   Ugg boots Black or Grey

11.   Hunter Boots Red or Yellow

12.   Jessica Simpson ‘Evannan’ Platform Pump (Bermuda Pink)

I’m trying to control my product junkie habits…doesn’t mean I can’t accept items :)Whats on your holiday wishlist???

My Avocado Adventure…

I started this adventure because winter has taken a toll on my hair. Although winter hasn’t been that bad here in Chicago other factors like wind and space heaters have added to the dryness of my hair. I try to DC pretty often usually alternating between Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose (AOHR) and the Aubrey Organics GPB Lavender Mint weekly. I’ve been wanting to mix it up and try something new but being on the budget of a college student I couldn’t afford to run out and buy something… Luckily I had an avocado lingering in the fridge.

I have done treatments with avocados several times. I normally do a mix with coconut milk and lime but that gets messy. This time I kept it simple and mixed it with olive oil and a few drops of rosemary essential oil.

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Doesn’t it look yummy!… Well after sitting with my heat cap for 30 minutes my hair soaked it all up. There was absolutely no chunks or green pieces in my hair. I was in shock. My hair was so shiny and soft and stayed moisturized for days. I think I may be doing this monthly.

After such amazing results I decided to research the benefits of avocado oil. Low and behold they were just as amazing. I don’t know why I haven’t used this oil before but it is now a staple for me. I can’t wait to pick some up this weekend.

Here are a few of the benefits:

  • when massaged into hair (oil or mashed) promotes hair growth
  • high in omegas-3 and 9 nourishing hair follicles when incorporated in diet
  • its smoke point is the highest at 520º F so makes for a good heat protectant
  • has the highest skin penetration rate in comparison to oils like olive (explains why there was nothing left)
  • especially great on dry and African-American hair
  • packed with nutrients like proteins, vitamins A, D, E, B-6, iron, magnesium, copper, amino acids, folic acid
  • rich source of lecithin which gives it good penetrative qualities
  • natural sunscreen
  • works even better when blended with olive or almond oils

Whew!!! That was a lot but now you see why this is now a staple in my regimen and my line of hair products coming soon!

There are so many recipes out there consider mixing mashed avocado with any of these combinations:

  • egg yolk & olive oil
  • coconut milk & lime
  • yogurt & honey
  • banana & olive oil
  • aloe vera & olive oil

When you do mix them make sure everything is blended well or you will have chunks. A heat cap or hot towel will also speed things up. I didn’t measure just kept added oil until it had a conditioner like consistency. If it’s too watery it will drip all over and make a mess trust me! One time I used half a can of coconut milk and it was all over and no fun.

Feel free to share your experiences and recipes!

XOXO,

Angelique

Flexi Rods….New Love???

A few days ago I was cleaning my closest and food a bag of 20 or so orange flexi-rods. Guess my sis forgot to pack them with her college stuff. Well I went out and bout 20 more but the purple ones.

I was so anxious I tried them out using about 30  rods. I set them with Kinky Curly Knot Today and ORS Lock and Twist Gel. I dried them for about an hour after force them to fit.

Unfortunately sleep was hell to say the least. I may have twisted them too tight so my roots would be smooth….never again. It was so painful next time I’m going to dry them fully during the day. I had to rush and separate to get to school in time.

I ended up rocking a beret but that flattened some out. Otherwise, I love the results. I used way too much gel but other than that I smooth some coconut oil and I was good. The curls are super bouncy and silky.

Hopefully I can achieve some type of 2nd day style but I plan to try them out again for a party Friday.

Check out the links below for some tutorials, trails, blogs, etc….they helped me A LOT!!!!:

XOXO,

Angelique