Soft Winter Skin and Strands

Winter can cause your skin to feel dry and damaged and what better than a great shea butter or oil to slather ALL over your skin in order to help protect your body’s biggest organ. Natural oils can penetrate the dry, cracked areas of your skin caused by the cold winter air. After the oil penetrates the skin, it then serves as a healing ointment that can help mend those cracks and repair damaged skin. As with all things, there are differences in all of our skin types and finding the right natural oil that works on your skin is key. Some folks kneel to the coconut Gods and others, well, avoid all things coconut on their hair, on their scalp, and on their skin because of breakouts or rashes that may be caused by the oil. In all things, Do You!

I went to Duane Reade/Walgreens recently and there was a major sale on all of my favorite hair and body products. I picked up some goodies in order to help keep my skin and strands super soft.

 

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When we think of the benefits of lavender we automatically think of relaxation and calm. I used to bath my little one with a bit of lavender essence when she was tiny right before bed so that she slept well. This Shea Moisture oil is one that I use right out of the shower and I use it to protect my skin in the morning and at night. 

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There is enough oil here to last you about a month when used twice daily.

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Can a product really get rid of cellulite? Nope, I don’t think so that is why this Nivea “Skin Firming and Toning Gel” promises an “appearance” of firm skin! Lol. I love it. I’ll take a firm skin appearance for 100 Alex. 

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And what is a drug store visit without a hair product buy? I have been wanting to try this Pantene Gold Series line and there was no better time to do it than during a buy one get one-half off. I, like most women with curly hair, can never have enough conditioner and Pantene has been a staple of mine since High School. The smell, the slip…amazing. I wore my hair curly all week and that means the detangle game is going to be strong on wash day. I will be trying this conditioner.

 

Wash Day Goodies.

“My Goodies, My Goodies…” Ciara said it. Well, it’s Sunday so that means time to dip into my shampoos and things. This week I tried The ORS Sulfate Free Shampoo and The Creme of Nature Leave in Detangling Conditioner. I have previously used the Herbal Essences Conditioner before and I love it! It smells like a yummy nut and leaves my hair really soft. I also love the Shea Moisture Treatment Masque. It is a soft, conditioner like masque. It isn’t stiff and tacky like a lot of the hair masques on the market. Let’s take a look at the goods:

The Sunday Lineup.

The Sunday Lineup.

The Shea Moisture Treatment Masque is soft and goes into the hair with ease. It left me with super soft curls.

The Shea Moisture Treatment Masque is soft and goes into the hair with ease. It left me with super soft curls. I left it into my hair, after I shampooed, for 20 minutes.

After I washed out the hair masque, I conditioned with Herbal Essences "The Sleeker the Butter". It smells fantastic and a little goes a long way.

After I washed out the hair masque, I conditioned with Herbal Essences “The Sleeker the Butter”. It smells fantastic and a little goes a long way.

After shampoo, masque and conditioning, I sprayed my hair with the Creme of Nature leave in conditioner/detangler. I was not in love with the scent BUT the detangling power made up for it. The comb went through my uncombed before shampooing hair with all types of ease.

After shampoo, masque and conditioning, I sprayed my hair with the Creme of Nature leave in conditioner/detangler. I was not in love with the scent BUT the detangling power made up for it. The comb went through my uncombed before shampooing hair with all types of ease.

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What are your Wash Day staples? Do you change up your routine every week?

Black Gold! Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

I started buying Shea Moisture lotions and soaps a few years back after I found it at my local drug store. I loved the brown package and the story behind the company appealed to me. I became a fan after using the products. I am a big Shea Butter fan and I still buy the African Shea Butter in the tub for $4 at my African spot on Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn. I was pleased to see this shampoo available for me to smell and see recently at the Essence Street Style event in DUMBO. I adore the smell. There are hints and notes of vanilla bean that does not overwhelm or underwhelm. It’s just enough. A few of my Instagram pals have raved about the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo so naturally it has to be my next purchase.

Jamaican Black Castor oil is centuries old and is authentically used in Jamaica for restoring the hair. I’ve had versions where it was homemade in Jamaica or store bought in little glass bottles. I love the results but must report that I’m not a fan of the scent of the original and homemade castor oil. I’ve noticed more products on the market now with Jamaican Black Castor Oil as a main ingredient so when I smell something like this shampoo and the scent is phenomenal then I am pleased.

 

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo.

 

What are your experiences with Jamaican Black Castor Oil? Are you excited to see it as the main ingredient for some of your hair products?