Imperial Dax Hair Care Samples made an awesome mail day!

This is a review, kinda, sorta.  Last week I ordered samples from the Imperial Dax company, manufacturer of African-American hair care products.  The samples were free but I had to pay $3 for shipping.  Their website says ‘Due to the cost of shipping we had to add a charge to our DAX samples. When ordering DAX samples, you will receive 4 of each DAX sample packet that we have in stock.”

I received a nice priority mail envelope FULL of samples.  Wow!  I got hair care samples as well as skin care (body butter) samples too.  It cost the company $5.70 to send, so they still footed some of the bill for the samples.  I think it was worth it.  What do you think?  I can’t wait to use some of them so I can do an actual review.

You can get your samples here.

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Auromere Ayurvedic Hair Conditioning Oil / Pre-Shampoo Conditioner & My Stellar Mail Day

I went on a mini shopping spree this past week to reward myself for the hard work I did this month and my package came today!  I took part in three kids consignment sales in my area to make money from my children’s clothing & other items they’ve outgrown.  If you don’t know about children’s consignment, check out Just Between Friends for more information.

I was being loyal to Amazon because I have their prime membership which gives me free two day shipping on items sold by Amazon.  However, I had been looking at several different items after reading the forums at Curly Nikki and Naturally Curly and I found that Amazon wasn’t giving me the best prices.  I turned to VitaCost and I’m glad I did.

I purchased a total of 9 items including various oils, Biotin pills, andImage Auromere Hair Conditioning Oil / Pre-Shampoo Conditioner.  It’s a blend of oils and Ayurvedic herbs including Sesame, Coconut, Ginger Lilly, Khus Khus, Nutgrass, Neem, Brahmi, Castor Leaf and More.  I prefer to make my own oil mixtures, but this one included Ayurvedic herbs, so I wanted to try it.  My first experiment with Ayurvedic herbs didn’t go well because I didn’t know what I was doing lol.  This oil was a lot less messy and cost me less than $6.

I applied it to my hair liberally.  I don’t mind heavy oils at all because my hair “eats” them up quickly.  I left the oil on my hair for several hours while I browsed the internet, ate dinner, and lazied around the house.

I finally convinced myself it was time to wash my hair, so I hopped in the shower.  I washed my hair with a Chagrin Valley Shampoo bar sample, then added Giovanni Moisture Conditioner.  I am very pleased with the results.

After shampooing, the oil was removed from my hair, but it remained very soft.  The conditioner sat on my hair while I washed up and I exited the shower with clean, soft, moisturized hair.

The point of pre-shampooing is to keep the hair moisturized while washing and the Auromere Hair Conditioning Oil helped me achieve that goal.  I have to say though, it doesn’t work any better than when I mix random oils and use that as my pre-shampoo.  Like I mentioned before, the herbs are the difference.  From what I read, the herbs have benefits, but since I’ve used the oil once, it’s too early for me to tell if the herbs work as mentioned.

I recommend this oil to those that don’t have the desire to mix their own oils, but want the benefits of using multiple oils or those that are into Ayurvedic Hair remedies.  This is also a great item for Product Junkies such as myself to try.  It costs much less than many of the items marketed towards curly people and it does pay to pre-poo if you’re concerned about moisture or shampoo stripping your hair.

Now, for the downside.  This is a heavy oil. I rarely use shampoo that has sulfates in it.  I usually am satisfied with co-washing and using shampoo once a month or so. I don’t have product build up, but some people do.  I did use a shampoo bar, but it is all natural, contains no sulfates, and some say that it won’t clean your hair of oils and other chemicals, but my hair feels squeaky clean using a shampoo bar.  In addition, the oil has a funky smell once applied and I know for a fact, it’s the herbs.  The good part is that the smell went away as soon as I shampooed.  The smell didn’t bother me much anyhow.

The only way to determine whether you’ll like it is to try it out for yourself.  Even so, if you don’t like heavy oils or oil period, you may want to skip it.  If you do decide to try it, there’s only small investment and if you don’t like it, you can always give it to me.  Just kidding lol.

If you decide to try it, come back and let me know what you think.

The Natural Me Whipped Shea Butter, A Review

I heard about the “Natural Me” through some folks on a message board.  I love shea butter so I ordered two tins of whipped shea butter and a headband.  Almost $40 and three days later, I received my package.  Man, I couldn’t wait for the mail person to arrive.  To my surprise I received a tiny box that left me wondering if all I ordered could really be in there.

Well, yes all my items arrived.  I’m kind of upset that I placed an order though.  Looking at the products and smelling them, they look and smell like the shea butter sold on many corners in Philly.  In addition, the butters have scents, but they aren’t that strong considering the smell of shea butter is strong.  All I would have to do is buy shea butter, add oils to it, whip it up and voila, whipped shea butter for less than $15 per 8oz.

I’m not disputing that the product works. If you can get access to shea butter and whichever oils you’d like to add, you can save some money and have more of a supply.  Just sayin’!Image

Efa Gold Pure Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, A Review

Five stars for the Efa Gold Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.  I’m on my second 16oz container purchased from Amazon for about $11 and shipped free with Amazon or orders over $25.  It has a light smell, moisturizes, seals, a little goes a long way, goes great mixed with other oils or on its own, can be used for a multitude of purposes, cost effective, can be used as a pre poo, mixed with conditioner, and the list goes on and on.  Shall I say more?  The downside could be the price, but I have nothing to compare it to.  I’m that kinda gal that sticks with familiarity.  If it works great, why search for another alternative?

I purchased this item strictly to use as a hair product, but know that it can be used for cooking and skin care as well.  From what I understand, Coconut Oil is one of the best oils for hair as it has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft, unlike other oils.

I didn’t use it for cooking or on my skin, but with what it does for my hair, I know it would work.

It has a funky smell, but it doesn’t linger.  It is great on my hair by itself, or mixed with other oils.  The 16 oz size lasts months and months.

5 stars for this Coconut Oil.  I don’t have any other coconut oil to compare it to, but I do know that not all oils are created equally.

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Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner and Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing Refreshing Spray

Boy, that was a mouth full.

I was excited to try some of Ouidad’s products as I’ve seen the most positive reviews about all of them.  I still want to try the new cowash, but I’m being tight with money and haven’t put out for it yet.

Anyhow, first I tried the Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner.  It smells okay, like something natural.  I washed my hair and put some in and it was okay.  I didn’t hate it, but fireworks didn’t go signaling it was the best leave in conditioner I ever tried.  I give it 4 out of 5 stars.  It helps keep my hair from being thirsty and incorporates well with the other products I use.  However, it costs $15-$18, so I don’t think it will be a part of my staple products.  The bottle I purchased cost me about $12 on ebay because the seller had a special on it.

The Ouidad Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing Refreshing Spray smells delightful but seems like it’s just another over priced product.  It works as it says it does, but again, its price range is in the high teens.  No way can this become a part of my staple products unless I want to go broke.

Considering the cost and size of each product, I would say it isn’t such a good value, even if the products fulfill the claims.  Both items are water based, which is good for moisture, but there are other products that work just as well on the market.  This is just my unbiased opinion of what I believe to be good for my hair.  What works for one, doesn’t work for all.  Perhaps you have a bigger budget than I do.  Perhaps you want to try these products.  If that is the case, please do and come back and let me know what you think.

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As I Am Coconut Cowash, A Review

I read mixed reviews on As I Am Coconut Cowash and ignored every one that was negative and/or disliked the product.  Since I decided to go natural, cowashing using conditioner had been my method of washing my hair.  It was working, but hey, I’m a product junkie and wanted to try something new.  Quidad makes a curl cowash, but I wasn’t looking to spend that much, so I settled for As I Am Coconut Cowash.  I paid $7-$8 before tax and was ready for my next shower just to try this stuff.

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I love the smell and wanted to love this product.  I really did, but I strongly dislike it.  The container says “A creamy, gentle no-suds moisturizing cleanser”.  It also boasts “Helps maintain moisture, add more moisture and retain moisture – vital to the health and happiness of your coils and curls”.

Let me just say I tried using this stuff twice and it was two times too many.  After washing with As I Am Coconut Cowash, I felt as if I had washed my hair with a harsh shampoo full of everything bad for my hair.  No, I’m not exaggerating.  My hair felt too clean, striped, dry, and pretty much the opposite of when I wash my hair with conditioner.  A lot of my hair broke off when using this too.

At about $8, this product is not worth it to me.  I have fine strands of 3C/4A hair and mine just can’t stand this stuff.

I won’t tell you not to try it, but be careful.  It gets outstanding reviews on Amazon (mostly).  We all like to try things and want to like these things, but some products are a total waste of money.

The saying goes ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  Frankly, my method of cowashing with whatever conditioner tickles my fancy is working just fine.  My hair doesn’t dry out, feel striped, and break off.

Good luck!!

Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer, Protective Mist Bodifier & Kinky, Wavy, Natural Herbal Comb Out , A Review

After seeing someone mention Taliah Waajid products on one of the forums I visit, I decided to give them a try.  Sally’s Beauty Supply seems to carry all or a lot of their products.  The week I bought them, there was a store coupon for a dollar off one.  What I didn’t notice is that I could only use one coupon per transaction, so I ended up getting one product for a dollar off and the rest were full price.  None of the products I chose were more than $7, so they were fairly inexpensive to begin with compared to what’s being sold.

Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer

TW Curl Sealer has a great scent and at first look, it looks like gel.  I applied the curl sealer to clean, dry hair.  The first time I used it, I used way to much for my fine hair and it left my hair feeling weighed down, but not greasy.  The next time I applied it, I used much less.  TW Curl Sealer helped define my curls and made them look refreshed.  In experimenting with this product, I found that it’s fairly good at holding down my 3C/4A hair.  Often times, I have a hard time finding a product that will hold my edges down when I want to create a sleek look.  This product definitely helped me with that issue and also helped my hair resist frizz.  With all the benefits this product provided my hair, the price, and the ease of finding it, I give this product 5 out of 5 stars.

Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier

I love this stuff.  For one, it does everything it claims to do and for two, it smells wonderful.  Smell is a big thing for me.  Once I decided to go natural, the thing I loved was being able to wash my hair as often as needed (with conditioner).  Since I smoke and it gets hot and humid where I live, cigarette smoke and sweat don’t make for great smelling hair.

TW Pritective Mist Bodifier makes finer detangling my hair a snap, helps with the moisture aspect and keeps my hair soft and smelling good, without weighing it down or leaving uncomfortable residue on my hair. It is wonderful as a water based leave-in and again, it’s not expensive at all.

Taliah Waajid Kinky, Wavy, Natural Herbal Comb Out

This stuff is the bomb!  I haven’t tried it on my hair, but I have used it on all four of my boys.  My favorite thing is that it does what it says it does.  Simple, huh?  I can’t ask for much more.  A product that fulfills its claims deserves an A+ in my book.

My two year old gives me a difficult time when it comes to combing his hair.  Wet or dry, I have to fight with him.  I put some of this in his hair and he actually sit still and let me comb his hair out.  I was surprised.  I tried the Soft & Beautiful Just for Me line and it just left his hair feeling greasy and didn’t help in the detangling department.  TW Kinky, Wavy, Natural Herbal Comb out makes my children’s hair soft and easy to detangle, plus it leaves a pleasant smell.

All three of the Taliah Waajid Products left me feeling satisfied that these products are a good addition to my normal hair routine.  As long as the formula doesn’t change up, they have a customer for life.  Try them out and let me know what you think!

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