The Importance of Clarifying Shampoo

It is imperative to the health of the hair and scalp to occasionally cleanse with a clarifying shampoo. Products can build up on the hair, itchy scalp and even scalp infections can result from not properly washing.  Many people think you must use a shampoo with harsh detergents such as sulfates to clarify the hair, but this is simply not true. In fact, it is  important to carefully choose your clarifying shampoo, as many of them out there can strip and dry out the hair.  I’ve found that the Bee Mine Purity Rhassoul Clay Clarifying Bar is an excellent clarifier that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals and ingredients known to dry out the hair.

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This clarifying bar can be use on any hair type. I use this shampoo on my hair which is fine, straight and gets oily pretty quickly, every time I shampoo, about every 2 or 3 days. This shampoo allows me to go longer between washes by keeping my hair from becoming too oily. I use this on my daughter naturally curly hair as a clarifying shampoo about once a month.

Pictured below on the left is my hair after using the Bee Mine Clarifying Shampoo Bar, their Avocado Cream Conditioner and a spritz or 2 of their Juicy Spritz. On the right is my daughters hair after using the Bee Mine Clarifying Shampoo Bar, Avocado Cream Conditioner and Deja’s Hair Milk.

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This shampoo bar can last us up to 6 months. I cut the bar in half to make it stretch, with me using it every 2-3 days on myself (note: I have short hair) and once a month on my daughter one 1/2 of the bar lasted almost 3 months. Well worth the $8.00!

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Bee Mine Purity Rhassoul Clay Clarifying Bar Ingredients
Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Glycerin (kosher of vegetable origin), Shea Butter, Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), dl-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B), Hydrolyzed Silk, Organic Raw Honey, Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Rhassoul Clay, Bentonite Clay, Soy bean protein (conditioner), Chamomile Flower, Yarrow Flower, Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Fragrance. 4 to 4 1/2 oz

Interesting fact: Clays have a negative charge that draw out toxins which have a positive charge

Product Features
>>Fresh, clean scent
>>Solid bar will not easily break apart or disintegrate
>>Cream color with specks & pieces of yarrow & chamomile
>>Protects hair & tones scalp
>>Deep-cleanses & rinses clean leaving the hair well conditioned & moisturized

Benefits of Rhassoul and Bentonite Clay
>>anti-inflammatory
>>analgesic
>>antiseptic
>>anti-microbial
>>detoxifying
>>healing properties
>>rich in natural antioxidants

The Purity Rhassoul Clay Clarifying Bar can be purchased from the Bee Mine Website. They can’t keep this shampoo bar in stock… it is that good! If you are interested in ordering you will more than likely have to contact them and get on their waiting list, be sure to mention our discount code UTHM12HOT so you can save money on your order (our current discount code can be found in our sidebar on the Bee Mine banner).

Do you use a clarifying shampoo? How often?

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Wash and Go Reader Submissions Pt 1

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We are starting to wrap up our wash an go series, we have just a few more products left to try out and we wanted to see YOUR wash and go’s..so we asked you to send us your photo’s for a chance to win a mystery prize! Thanks to all who submitted photo’s… now let’s get to it…

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1. Stephanie O from CT

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2. Tav and Goldilocks: Wash and Go using Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Leave-In and Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer only

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3. B’s wash and go

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4. Mini wash and go sent in by Crystal

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5. Aunt and Niece wash and go’s using Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie

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6. wash and go with Little Miss Fuzzy Head – Happy Hair Fusion

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7. Miss Isa, turning 3 in August, wash and go with Cantu Shea leave-in

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8. Using Bee Mine Bee Lovely Daily Moisturizing Conditioner only

 

A BIG thanks to everyone who sent in their lovely photos! Part II will be continued tomorrow when all the photo’s have been shared, the winning number/photo will be randomly selected using random.org.

Wash and Go Series: Blended Cutie Jelly Cream

The Product:
Blended Cutie Jelly Cream

Main Ingredients: Aloe and Chamomile Water, Shea Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Rice Bran Oil, Capryl Isostearate, Natural Conditioner, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Natural Preservative Optiphin, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Silk Powder.

Scent: Birthday Cake

Texture: Lotion more so than a gel

Price: $19.00 8oz

Performance and Results

Still damp:
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That night after her hair was dry, I  placed it in a loose ponytail and covered it with her satin bonnet. The next morning:
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Later that day after school:
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I actually don’t have a photo for Day 2 and I apologize, but I did stretch out this wash and go for 3 days, the final day she rocked it in a ponytail with a Twirlyz

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My thoughts:
This stuff just slid through her hair and made it feel like silk when I applied it…must be the silk powder in the ingredients, her curls were so soft, well defined and moisturized with little shrinkage.. I think the photo’s speak for themselves. If you missed it, check out yesterdays post using their Light Down and Out Styles. You can find Blended Beauty and Blended Cutie products on their website.

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Wash and Go Series: Curls of the World Defining Gel

This wash and go was done using Curls of the World Just the Flax Defining Gel. As with each wash and go shown in this series I washed, conditioned/detangled, then applied the product by raking my fingers through D’s hair in sections and let it air dry. The cornrows had been done on dry, stretched hair prior to the wash and go on the rest of her hair.

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Ingredients: Flaxseed Gel, Aloe Vera Juice, Glycerin, Rosemary Oil, Rose Essential Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Potassium Sorbate (a natural preservative)

Scent: Almost no scent, very light, kind of sweet natural scent

Texture: Thick liquid, non-sticky gel

Price: $10.99 8oz

 

 

Performance and Results

Still damp:

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Next morning after being pine-appled for the night:

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Later that day after school:

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My thoughts:
I was pleased with these results, her curls were soft and well defined. Most gel give a stiff hold, are sticky and somewhat gooey, but this gel is more of a thick liquid, not sticky at all and did not make the hair stiff. Her hair stayed well moisturized throughout the duration of the day and the frizz was, for the most part, kept to a minimum. What are your thoughts? Have you tried this product or any products from Curls of the World?

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Bee Mine Curly Butter for Wash and Go’s

 

We are really excited to bring you this wash and go using a product from our favorite line Bee Mine Products. Bee Mine Curly Butter is an excellent styling product that provides great hold, take a look at one of the first styles we ever did with this product and see how long the style lasted! You can also see our Curly Butter review…Also, as always we have our special reader discount code, UTHMSPRING with which you can save 10% off your purchases of $15 or more at www.beemineproducts.com (check the side bar for the current discount code)…now onto the product and wash and go:

The Product:
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Ingredients: 100% Shea Butter, 100% Aloe Vera Gel, Essential Oil Blend, Vegetable Glycerin, Rosemary Leaf and Chammomile Extract, Silk Powder and Perfume

Scent: Coconut

Texture: Creamy

Price: $13.97 8oz, $23 16oz

Performance and Results:

Still damp:

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Dry:

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Next morning after being pine-appled for the night:

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Close ups:
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Later that day after school:
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The next day she was able to rock a ponytail, there was still some great definition and her hair was super soft.

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Don’t forget you can see her hair with no product in it for comparison of results.

 

My thoughts:
I love how the Bee Mine Curly Butter leaves her hair so incredibly soft and yet still does such a great job at defining her curls. There is obviously no stiffness or crunch to her curls with the Curly Butter. There are no flakes or residual product feel, just soft luscious curls. I love the coconut scent, it’s not too strong, but it lingers in the hair and I just love to smell of D’s hair when she has this product in it, lol and she loves her “Bee Products”, too…
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PS. Because I love you all so much….You may also want to check back tomorrow for a special giveaway 😉

**UPDATE: Enter to win 1 of 2 $75 Bee Mine Gift Certificates**

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Don’t forget, you can save on Bee Mine Products with our reader discount code UTHMFALL

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Wash and Go with Ouidad Moisture Lock Define and Shine Gel-Cream

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Welcome to our first post of the series of Wash and Go’s where we will be featuring curl defining products. Our first product comes from Ouidad.

ouidadThe Product:

Ouidad Moisture Lock Define and Shine Gel-Cream

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, VP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/18 Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Silk, Silybum Marianum Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Retinyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyurethane-18, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbonate, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Fragrance- Parfum.

Scent: Fresh Floral Scent, smells good, a little strong at first but that fades once it is applied

Texture: Creamy gel with a medium to light thickness, no stickiness

Price: $24.00 6oz

Performance and Results

After D’s hair was washed, conditioned and detangled I evenly applied the product in sections, from root to tip and then let her hair air dry. You can see what her hair looks likes with no product to get a comparison of how this product worked on her.

Still damp:

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Dry:

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Close ups:

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Later that day:

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Day 2:

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Like her hair clip? See our Lilla Rose review.

My thoughts:

To be honest, at first glance I wasn’t too impressed with the ingredients or the price tag on this product, but I did love the results and performance of the product. As you can see the wash and go looked good through a full second day, as I’m sure you know not all products can do that! Each night I pineappled her hair and covered it with her satin bonnet. Her hair was soft, very soft, there was no stiffness to her curls, I love that, it is a must for us when it comes to hair care products, after all who likes crunchy hair? I love that it didn’t weigh her hair down and it gave some great definition and hold to her natural curls. It didn’t dry her hair out either, it truly is the moisture lock define and shine product it claims to be.

Find Ouidad online:

Ouidad Website | Facebook | Twitter

Who all would like a chance to win this product? Have you ever used Ouidad products before? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

**Enter to win: Ouidad Moisture Lock Gel-Cream, ends June 27**

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MaMocha Natural: Natural Hair Care, Skin Care and Accessories

 

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CARA B Naturally Review

Here it is..our long awaited and much anticipated review of the CARA B Naturally line. If you haven’t heard, CARA B Naturally is a line od certified natural and chemical free hair and body products. Their line includes Shampoo / Body WashLeave-In Conditioner / Daily Moisturizer, Moisturizing Hair MistBody Lotion and Baby Bar Soap Bundle. I really enjoy the light sweet scent of this line, each product smells the same as to not overpower or clash with one another.

I want to tell you about our experience with the CARA B hair products. Below is photo of D’s hair the day after her Curlformers style for our Christmas photos…I hadn’t wrapped her hair the night before and she had been running, rolling and playing the entire day before, so it was looking a bit rough. I sprayed her hair with water, then a little CARA B Moisturizing Hair Mist, added the Leave In, did some finger detangling and then used a wide tooth comb.

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The detangling session went well, it wasn’t as tedious as I expected it to be.

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I thought her hair looked great, so to complete the look I added an accessories and she wore her hair down.

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We all use the shampoo as a body wash and love it! While that is it’s main purpose for us I have washed D’s hair with it a few times, it is cleansing and gentle at the same time so it doesn’t strip her hair. The shampoo/body wash itself is moisturizing and the lotion adds a nice boost of hydration to our skin.

Lately I have noticed that my son’s hair has been kinda dry and fuzzy, even though it is still super short, I decided to give it a dose of CARA B, I added a spritz of their moisturizing hair mist and a little bit of leave in…and would you look at that a little curl popped out! :)

We really love the CARA B Naturally line and glad that it is now available at Target and CVS! It can also be purchased from the CARA B Naturally website.

There is actually a sale going on at Target from now until February 11th, the CARA B products $1 off their regular in store price ($9.99), making them $8.99 each right now!

Also, just a reminder that from February 1 – 7 we will be having a giveaway for a $25 Target Gift Card in honor of the CARA B Naturally Target launch!!

If you’d like to read more CARA B reviews take a look at these from: Curly Hairdo Ideas, Mama on a Green Mission, Kandy Land Kurls, Baby Big Hair,  Boys and Girls Natural Curls and Multicultural Familia.

I hope you enjoyed the review, let you us know do you use these products or do you plan on trying them soon?

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