Love Natural Sunshine

Sep 09

Old Wives Tail SOS Organic Anti-Hair Loss Oil Treatment Review

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When Old Wives Tail, an online organic hair care shoppe, contacted me about reviewing one of their products, I happily accepted. The owner of Old Wives Tail, Lily, is down to earth and cares about the health of her customer’s hair. The recipes behind Old Wives Tail’s hair products are inspired by Lily’s experiences growing up with her grandma in Portugal who taught her hair care remedies. Old Wives Tail is also against animal testing & 10% of their profits go to charities that protect animals!

SOS Organic Anti-Hair Loss Oil Treatment

The SOS Organic Anti-Hair Loss Oil Treatment is versatile and that’s why I love it! Over the course of a month I was able to incorporate it into my regimen as a pre-poo, scalp massage oil, and an overnight deep conditioner. You can also use it as a hot oil treatment, mix it with your castor oil for an extra boost, or add it to your rinse out conditioner.

Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil.

Made with certified organic ingredients only, paraben free, sulfate free, gluten free, vegan & vegetarian, no animal testing.

Price: 13.99 pounds ($22) No shipping charge! (On sale now for $16).

Size: 100 mil (about 4 oz)

Product Claim: A healthy scalp is vital for healthy hair growth. If you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp just a few drops of SOS will soothe, moisturize and soften your scalp to prevent hair loss.

This 100% organic oil contains natural anti-bacterial agents that soothe and heal scalp infections and remove dead skin cells. SOS has stimulating properties that increase circulation and encourage healthy hair growth.

Fragrance: An energizing and restorative smell. It has a bright and minty peppermint fragrance with a touch of spicy clove.

Consistency/Color: Olive oil yellow, translucent. A very light-weight oil that spreads easily. Light enough to not cause build-up, but heavy enough to penetrate hair strands.

Overall Results: The SOS Organic Anti-Hair Loss Oil Treatment by Old Wives Tail made my natural, kinky hair very soft and malleable. I used it as a pre-poo and put a conditioning cap on for 2-3 hours. Afterwards, my hair was not only soft but strong. I like that this treatment doesn’t make my hair overly soft which can cause it to snap off from an in-balance of moisture and protein.

At night, I used the oil to massage my scalp. The peppermint oil in the treatment stimulated my scalp and did not clog my pores. This oil is light-weight enough for those with fine hair but penetrates enough for those with thick hair.

I highly recommend leaving it in overnight with a conditioning cap, especially if you have thick hair. I also used it as an overnight deep conditioner. My hair was notably softer, stronger, and had more volume during my washing routine. Overall, I recommend this product!

I give this product 5 sunstars out of 5!

Shipping & Handling/Customer Service: Products ship at no cost from England! If you live in the United States, like I do, keep this in mind when ordering and give a little extra time for product to get to you.  

**All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I use all reviewed products over a minimum of 30 days before posting reviews. 

Aug 31

6 Reasons You Keep Having Split Ends

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Got the split ends blues? Read these tips to know why your split ends keep coming back and how to stop them from returning.

1. You comb your hair too much. Combing your hair too frequently can cause damage a.k.a. split ends. Try finger detangling instead.

2. You don’t deep condition enough. Proper deep conditioning is crucial for maintaining moisturized, healthy hair. Hair that has a balance of moisture and protein is less susceptible to breakage.

3. You use too many bobby pins. While a great asset to hairstyles, bobby pins that are used to pin up ends of the hair can causing snagging and breakage. Try doing styles that don’t require bobby pins.

4. You don’t trim your hair regularly. When you find a split end or fairy knot, cut it off. Avoiding trims won’t help you in the long run. In fact, not trimming will prevent length retention.

5. You use too many protein products. Although products or treatments with proteins (keratin, henna) add strength to your hair, without a proper balance of moisture, your hair can become brittle.

6. You aren’t lubricating your ends. Always treat your ends with care, putting the heaviest amount of product on them to keep them happy, conditioned, and strong.

photo courtesy of k is for kinky

How do you plan to prevent split ends?

Aug 17

10 Dos and Don’ts for Natural Hair in the Fall

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Keep these tips in mind when you care for your natural hair this fall.

  1. Do deep condition your hair regularly. Deep conditioning ensures that your natural hair remains moisturized. Moisturized hair is less susceptible to breakage and split ends.
  2. Do style your hair in protective hairstyles to protect your ends
  3. Don’t wear woolen hats, caps, or beanies as they will cause dryness
  4. Do eat healthy amounts of vegetables, fish like salmon, and fruits
  5. Do take a multivitamin, biotin, or Omega 3 supplement to aid in hair growth. (Always consult your doctor before taking a supplement)
  6. Do hot oil treatments regularly to prevent dry scalp and dandruff
  7. Don’t neglect to wash your hair regularly as this cleans clogged pores which prevent hair growth
  8. Do use a microfiber towel, old T-shirt, or pillow case to dry your hair after washing
  9. Don’t forget to moisturize your edges or any part of your hair exposed to the weather. Condition your hair with heavy creams and butters.
  10. Do use a humidifier to keep moisture in the air in your house. You can also steam your hair regularly for extra conditioning.

How do you plan to take care your natural hair this fall?

Aug 10

Aug 02

Recipe: Nettle Leaf & Lemon Balm Tea Hair Rinse

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Drinking herbal teas is a great way to provide your body and natural hair with essential nutrients from the inside out. You can drink herbal tea along with your breakfast or after dinner regularly to improve the health of your body and kinky hair. The great thing about herbal teas is that because they are natural you can use them as a daily drink or a natural hair tea rinse.

This nourishing Nettle Leaf & Lemon Balm tea from Mary Banducci of Sweet Roots features herbs like oatstraw and horsetail which contain vitamins ideal for strong, healthy natural hair.

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Jul 16

Dear Love Natural Sunshine: What is Your Natural Hair Routine?

As requested, I am sharing my natural hair routine that I use for my 4b, kinky, fine hair.

at0micbl0g writes…

“Can you post ur regimen and products u use?”

I usually update my hair care regimen monthly based on my hair’s current needs and my hair care goals. For my current routine I wash my hair every two weeks (14 days).

The Washing Routine

  1. I pre-poo with sesame seed oil. This is a highly-nutrient oil that makes my hair stronger and soft.
  2. I wash with either Terressentials Mud Wash OR Chagrin Valley Babassu Marshmallow Shampoo Bar. I alternate between the two monthly because the bentonite clay in the Mud Wash can be drying when used over long periods of time. Read about how I store my shampoo bar.
  3. I rinse my hair with a mixture of ½ cup Aloe Vera Juice and ½ cup cold distilled/filtered water OR if my hair needs extra clarifying, I rinse my hair with ¼ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and ½ cup of cold distilled/filtered water.

The Styling Routine

  1. I apply grape seed oil to my freshly washed hair and scalp
  2. I use the “Satin Braid Out” method to set my hair overnight
  3. The next day I moisturize my hair with Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Cream. This leaves my hair soft and malleable
  4. I style my hair with my Homemade Cream.

Hope this answers any questions! If you would like me to go into further detail on any of these steps in my routine, let me know.

photo courtesy of Coily and Cute

What is your hair care routine?

Jul 04

Herbs, Oils, and Spices Series: Sesame Seed Oil

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Origin: Sesame seed oil is extracted from sesame seeds, which are “tiny, flat, oval seeds with a nutty taste.” Sesame seeds come in various colors including “white, yellow, black, brown, and red.” Sesame seed oil is traditionally used in Asian and Indian cooking.

Botanical name: Sesamun indicum

Characteristics: Moderately oil to the touch, strong, nutty aroma, dark brown color

Benefits for hair: Sesame seed oil is high in many nutrients and vitamins that aid in healthy kinky hair including magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and zinc. Sesame seed oil strengthens the hair cuticle and naturally increases elasticity. Sesame seed oil is also resistant to going rancid easily.

Sesame seed oil is great for fine and coarse naturally kinky hair as it does not weigh fine hair down and provides sheen and “luster” to dry hair.

How to use:

Special Note: Always store oils in cool, dark places like kitchen cabinets. Do not store in the bathroom as this can decrease the shelf life of the oil.

Sources: The World’s Healthiest Foods & Rockin’ it Napptural

photo source: eatseed.com

Jun 14

Chemicals to Avoid in Hair Products: Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Stephanie of Bubble and Bee gives the 101 about the chemical Sodium Laureth Sulfate, commonly found in hair shampoos, conditioners, and washes. Learn about why you should avoid this chemical in your hair products and how it can be damaging to your health.

Today’s Chemical:

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

EWG Risk Score (Cosmetics Database):

3

What is it:
A widely used detergent and surfactant. It can be derived from coconut oil or petroleum by-products. It is commonly used as an industrial “degreaser.”

Why is it a risk?
 

Check to see if you have this chemical in your hair products!

Jun 09

6 Tips for Soft Natural Hair

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Keep your natural hair soft, moisturized and in tip-top-shape with these quick tips for healthy hair from naturallycurly!

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May 31

AfroVeda Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter Review

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This is a product review for AfroVeda Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter. I used the Totally Twisted Butter to style my hair into a twist out. Afterwards, I noticed that the twist out had good definition and my hair felt soft. However, the Totally Twisted Butter left a sticky residue on my hair. By the end of the first week of using the Totally Twisted Butter, my hair clumped together and felt “coated” with product. The Totally Twisted Butter left product build up on my hair, did not smooth my frizzy roots, and shrunk my hair.

AfroVeda Totally Twisted (for my hair) did not…

Ingredients:  Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rice Milk, Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Oil, Ayurvedic Botanicals of Ashwagandha Powder, Bhringaraj Powder, Brahmi Powder, Amalaki Herb and Neem Leaf; Bay Leaf, Horsetail Leaf Extract, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Nettle, Jojoba Oil, Neem Oil, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, (an edible, natural, ultra-mild self-emulsifying wax), Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate (a natural preservative), and love. Essential oil blend of Ginger and Lime.

Price: $15.50

Size: 8 oz

Claim: Maximum growth, manageability, softness and shine are achieved with this old-fashioned recipe. It provides a soft, gentle hold for styles like braids, twists, straw sets and more. Naturally curly hair is softened and moisturized as definition is added to the curl. Oh….and it smells good, too!

Fragrance: Strong, bitter-ginger fragrance that lasts for some time after use.

Consistency/Color: The AfroVeda Totally Twisted Butter has a tacky, sticky consistency similar to un-baked cookie dough. The product is thick and takes time to work into the hair.

Results: The Totally Twisted Butter left product build up on my hair after use. Although it gave my twist out good definition, I could not use it to style regularly because of the residue it left. The Totally Twisted Butter is good for sealing moisture into the ends of the hair. I would recommend that AfroVeda make the product 4oz instead of 8oz, since its best quality is moisturizing the ends of the hair. I would not repurchase this product again because I only have one use for it, which is sealing my ends and this is something that I can do with any natural butter.

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I give this product 3 out of 5 sunstars.

Customer Service & Packaging: I purchased this twisting butter from a local natural hair shop and did not have to pay shipping and handling. The labels at the time of my purchase were ink-jet labels.

*All products were purchased by me. 

Photo courtesy of AfroVeda