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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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!!