Sunday, September 27, 2020

Shea Moisturizer Conditioner: A Review

A long time ago, I tried a conditioner that had Shea butter as one of the main ingredients and it left my hair looking greasy, Since then, I have not been eager to repeat the experience and, therefore, I have avoided anything with shea butter.

However, I recently reneged on my first impression and tried a new conditioner. I first tried this conditioner after my mom tried it on her hair and didn't like it as it was too heavy for her fine curly hair. She asked if I wanted to try it. Why not? Right?  

Although a tad nervous, I gave it a whirl. It turns out my hair loves it!

After many weeks of testing and using this conditioner in my aloe mask and in my hair while wet in the shower, it seems that my hair likes it best as a conditioner and not in the mask.

It doesn't leave my hair greasy but, instead, very soft, manageable, and smelling divine for the week I don't wash my hair. 

I love the thick consistency of this product. It makes applying it much easier than a runny conditioner. 

My Hair Routine

First, I oil my hair the day before I wash my hair. Then, I apply my aloe mask (summer) or my protein mask (winter) and leave it be for a couple of hours, rinse it out, and shampoo my scalp.

At this point, I split my hair in the middle (roughly in the middle) and allow the shower water to run through my hair a little before I gently and slowly brush my hair using my favorite brush.

When this task is complete,  I squeeze the excess water out and apply three pumps of the shea conditioner for each section of my length, and two additional pumps for my scalp. I then again use my brush to spread the conditioner throughout my hair. When done, I put my hair up in a low bun held by an elastic while I shave my legs,

Lastly, I thoroughly rinse the conditioner out. 

I air dry my hair after having gently squeezed out excess water with my — really large, and much loved  — microfiber hair towel.

This process works best for me but bear in mind that washing your hair this way may not work best for you as we are all so unique.

Here are all the —  affiliate — links for the products I mentioned.

And the recipes:

Pictured below is a picture of the conditioner.

This is NOT my photo.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Avalon Organics Conditioner: A Review

Since I found out that Nature's Gate is no longer selling conditioner, I was forced to find another brand that both I and my hair liked.

My mom suggested Avalon Organics, so of course, I gave it a shot.

Drum roll please, my hair does seem to like it a lot.

I have the Nourishing Lavender conditioner. I love the scent as lavender is one of my favorite scents. It does leave my hair smelling really nice and the scent as good staying power. 

There are, however, a few things I don't care for about this conditioner. It is on the runny side. For this reason, using it as my second conditioner in the shower wasn't possible. Therefore, I use it in my aloe mask does—which makes it thinner and a bigger mess when I apply it. I have been adding a little of a thicker conditioner to take care of the watery hair mask issue.

I will continue to use Avalon—as well as a few other brands—in the future. 

I plan on trying other scents with that same brand.

Which scents are your favorites? 

Have you used Avalon before? Do y'all like this brand of conditioner for your hair?

These are the ingredients for the lavender conditioner
Aqua (water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(1), Brassica Alcohol, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut oil (1), Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Diheptyl Succinate, Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate, Gluconolactone, Cutrus Aurantifolia (Lime oil), Citrus Limon (Lemon Peel Oil),  Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Oil), Calendula Officinalis (Canledula Flower Extract (1), Chamomilla Recutita (Marticaria Flower Extract (1), Chenopedium Quinoa Seed(1), Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender Flower Extract (1), Tocopheryl Acetate Alcohol(1), Archidyl Acohol, Arginine, Behenyl Alcohol, Calcium Gluconate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool

PS: For those of you who care, Avalon conditioners are EWG verified.

You can get the Avalon Organics conditioner here.

This is NOT my photo.