REVIEW: Nilotiqa Deep Moisture Butter

If you follow me on the gram you’re better than everyone else and that’s a fact. No exaggeration 😙

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Aside from your amazing good looks you also have access to quality content i.e. how f*kken cold I am in Paarl. This winter has been doing the most to my fro and your girl needed a straight miracle to bless the tress.

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When you take your requests to the Lord in prayer and petition and he delivers the goods 🙏😇

 

The good folk of naturalhair.co.za and Nilotiqa wanted someone to review the Nilotiqa Deep Moisture Butter. I live to serve my squad so I selflessly stepped up to devote my hair and time to giving the people an honest review. You know me, so uninterested in new products. 👀🌝

Now when I do a review I always go in really aggressive. It’s like good cop/bad cop except there is no good cop. People’s hard earned coins are at stake here, we can’t afford to play games.

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Kanti money is money, we don’t waste time on products that don’t do the things

 

Then I opened the jar… unscrewed the lid to a world that smelled like cupcakes and magic. A heavenly cream that took my winter fro from struggling to flourishing in the space of a washday.

Can you blame me for folding though?😍

 

We stan a multipurpose queen- and boy can this gurl do it!😘 I’m usually quite the stickler for using a product as what it says on the label. If it’s a moisturizing product then I don’t expect it to define my curls. It’s like a primer before make-up; you don’t expect it to be a popping highlighter or anything right?🤷🏽‍♀ If a product has “curl cream’ or “styling” somewhere in the name then that’s where I expect my curls to pop and have lasting hold. In the same way, I wouldn’t expect the styling product to give my hair as much moisture like a leave in conditioner would. This is why I stan the LOC method of layering moisture. Yes Sharon who just uses Curl La La this is a direct drag and you should feel bad for doing such nonsense. 🙄

After that long winded rant I’m about to eat my own words 🙊. This butter works equally as well to moisturize AND define my hair! I honestly think this is the first product that can legit have this claim to fame because it’s so versatile. I truly wonder what magic ingredient formulation these witches of good hair brewed because my hair loved it for both wash and goes and protective styles.

As a self-proclaimed Product Hoe™ it’s important for my products to play well with products from different brands. I know, I know, I ask a lot. But truth is, my ass plays bartender on washdays cocktailing products looking for that perfect pina colada curl combo. The last thing I need is something that curdles, creating white balls. Balls in your hair (white or not) are never fun 🌝

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It’s my blog. I get to make the tasteless jokes.

 

This butter is quite the sociable one, mixing with lots of my other products. I could use it as a curl cream or as a leave in base moisturizer without any residue or flaking occurring.

Online I’ve seen multiple hair textures rave about the brand and I love how we can all share in the bomb hair 💯💞 So yes, maybe you see me as some loose curl hoe acting like she knows what’s what (plot twist: I do 😜 😂) but there are numerous testimonials from curly to kinky loving them some Nilotiqa!

Now to the price point: Its R135 for 200ml. Depending on whether you grocery shop at Woolworths or Checkers you may see this differently; personally as a Pick n Pay Smart Shopper (5688 points and counting), this is more than the usual R120 limit per product I usually spend. Despite my cheapskate ways I fully recommend investing (because you best know that I WILL be repurchasing!). I tend to be heavy-handed with product- especially if I’m using it as a leave-in conditioner- and I’ve since learnt a little goes a LONG way with this stuff. I have been dipping in and out of this tub for three weeks now and it’s still half full. Glass half-full, wallet still in decent shape and fro living it’s best life- is there anything else you can ask for? 👅

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Go spend money babes. Treat yo self.

xx

Sean

REVIEW- Call Me For Curls

Okay so this has been a review for a long time coming. I’m the worst, I know. Much like that trashboi you keep believing will change, thank you for believing I will post consistently. Unlike that trashboi, I actually love and appreciate you.

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But I digress. Today we decide if Call Me For Curls is worth your hard-earned spenderoonies. Call Me For Curls is a local brand created by Rifa B Salvatore. She has fine curly hair and soon realised her fro didn’t want to play nice with any of the store brands she tried.

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The struggle is REAL

At some point she got over the ‘guessing-game-trial-and-error-Clicks-3-for-2-take-all-my-money’ method and decided to make her own products. That was a few years ago and when I tried the products back then there were definitely some… sticky moments 👀 🙊The range was really budget friendly, but at that stage you got what you paid for; the products had a very limited shelf life. As a self-proclaimed product hoe, this meant I couldn’t skip between brands every week and thus I couldn’t see CMFC fitting into my regimen.
I rediscovered the brand at the Texture Hair Event held recently, and decided to try out the revamped Call Me For Curls Range.

Deep Treatment (R96 for 200g)

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Can someone say THICC! This conditioner is so thick I had to dilute it with water to get a consistency my hair could absorb. Now I’m not hating, because that made the product last so long because I didn’t have to use a lot at a time. Looking at the ingredients I would use this as more a moisturizing treatment rather than a strengthening/protein treatment. My curls felt hydrated after each use, and I found myself consistently reaching for this conditioner as part of my washdays.
Leave-In Conditioner (R96 for 200g)

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Okay I’ll be real. Again this required diluting but that might be because I prefer more slip when I use a leave-in. It definitely still moisturized my hair but the application and feel of the product wasn’t my favorite. If you’re a natural who prefers thick butters over thinner, liquid-y leave-ins, then I think you’ve found your next holy grail. It also double duties as a body lotion, so there’s zero excuse to be an Ashy Ashley this winter!

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Save yourself from this shame 🤣

Seeing the evolution of CMFC has left me with a soft spot for this #localislekker brand. Also I just tried these two products but they have more haircare as well as skincare available. Its:

  • Budget friendly
  • Natural ingredients (she has ingredients available on request, so the Curly Girl stans can check that everything is #CGFriendly)
  • Stores for a long time
  • Mixes well with other products

If you’re a student looking to try something new (or an adult on a budget because financial goals are a thing #hustlehuntyyy), this is definitely an option to keep your fro looking boujee 💁🏾‍♀️

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CMFC doing the mo(i)st for the fro 💦💦💦

Get you some CMFC goodness here:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/callmeforcurls
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CallMeForCurls/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/callmeforcurls/?hl=en
Website: https://callmeforcurls.ecwid.com/

How The WomEng Fellowship Changed My Life

Hello from that random girl on your timeline who writes about hair and memes on the internet- this post will involve neither of those two things. Well, maybe memes, we’ll see how it goes. The body is willing to attempt to be professional but the spirit is weak.

Today I am a graduate civil engineer working for one of the biggest consultancies in the world. I stay in what was voted the Most Instagrammable City (because things like that are important to millenials). Right now I can without hesitation say I have everything I’ve ever wanted at this point in my life. Plus plants, I have 4 plants and they’re still alive.

Yet only a year ago I was unemployed, unsure where my life was going, quickly burning through my meager savings for rent+food and generally a bitter ol’ soul at the ripe age of 23.

 

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Life was showing me flames guys, no lie 🔥

Eventually I realized I wanted to register for my Masters degree. It was always my original plan, from first year. I had just gotten caught up watching my friends wet their feet in the working world and was feeling hella FOMO (but that’s a post for another day!). Long story short, while doing my MSc I saw an email about the WomEng Fellowship and decided to try my luck. At that point I was happier because I had a steady income and a reason to wake up before lunchtime,  but the bitterness about the failed job search was still there.

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“I get a whole engineering degree, hustle the most and can’t get a job, I cant rn I literally cant”

See I was convinced that I had done the absolute most during my undergrad/in the job search/currently with my postgrad and that the world owed me a place better than the one I was in. The chip on my shoulder was so big I was basically a human-sized Dorito. Nobody could tell me nothing boo, I was simply born under an unlucky star and didn’t have the contacts everyone else had to be where they were.

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Gworl I am honestly as shook as you are rn by my logic, I’m cringing as I write this fr 😬

By some miracle I was selected as one of the top female students in a STEM field and found myself flying to Gauteng in the middle of winter for the three coldest and most exhausting days of my life. Initially I went in guarded (refer to the “you can’t tell me nothing” section above 🤦🏼‍♀️) BUT THEN! Within the first hour of meeting the powerhouse women behind WomEng, they told us everything about their growth and personal development: from misguided business attempts to failed relationships, nothing was off limits! I sat there unable to believe that these brilliant, successful, strong, inspiring women could be so comfortable in vulnerability. Not only did they easily just share the growing pains of starting WomEng, they took those apparent failures- and turned it into a means of breaking down barriers, connecting with people. From the word go, they showed us the strength that comes with being female. The power in apparent vulnerability.

Over the course of three days I met the other fellows. I saw a bit of myself in each of them. I think we are taught to compete, to muscle each other out and put each other down for a reason. They convince us that space is limited, but there’s actually a seat for everyone at the table. WomEng showed me over and over again, there is a fundamental shift in power when females lift each other up, help each other out. There is so much more we can achieve when we work together- and that scares them.

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I know. Some Matrix level mindf***ery going on here

On the Fellowship I ate salmon. Made conditioner. Created a pitch for a streamlined job search app. Actually paid attention to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Got a total of 7 hours sleep over 3 days. Stayed in a boujee hotel. Learned how to network. Met inspiring women of all ages. Realized true leaders allow their team to shine, and sometimes that means stepping back from the spotlight. Cried about a failed relationship that I let define me as a failure in general. Discovered that if I’m comfortable with my skin (warts and all) then nobody can use it against me. Woke up to the harsh truth that while I was sitting at home during vacs, someone else was interning at any place that would take them, just to upskill. Accepted I had not actually tried as hard as I initially thought. Shame spiralled for 0.3 seconds. Resolved to do better by me, for me. On the Fellowship I changed.

And that is how in just a year I’m a very different person in a very different place. I owe a lot to this opportunity. It’s why I keep my pink hardhat displayed proudly on my desk at work now. Its more than just a fashion statement. It reminds me everyday that I’m part of the WomEng legacy, that I have a responsibility to uplift myself and those around me. I am a proud WomEng Fellow (Class of 2018 💁) and I fully encourage any girl in engineering, technology and built environment students currently studying full-time at a South African University or University of Technology to apply here.

You don’t have much to lose- plus you get to eat salmon!

xx

Sean

Follow and learn about WomEng on their socials:

https://www.womeng.org/

https://www.facebook.com/womeng

https://www.instagram.com/womeng/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/womeng-women-in-engineering/

Vana Get Real With Me?

Yello beeps!

We’s baaaack with some of this and some of that, all the good stuff- and today we finna get very honest.

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Yep, even more than that time we discussed birth control. Prepare your body.

So I was sent this product called the Vana Naturals Everything Butter. It retails at R120 for 100ml of a delightfully fluffy, melting-into-moisturizing goodness. It is organic, and contains a blend of deliciousness including shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil and vanilla essential oil. Even the way its packaged will make you want to sneak a lil taste:

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I MEAN 🤤

Now as with all products containing coconut oil, I did a young patch test just to see if my skin would freak out on me 🙄 True to form, anywhere near my face would cause a pimple because my skin is petty like that. However I found that the as long as I avoided areas prone to clogged pores (such as my face, neck and back)…–gets distracted and starts singing Khia’s classic ditty MY NECK< MY BACK< NOTGONNATYPETHERESTCOSITSNASTYANDIMNOTTRYNABETHATWAYHERELOL–

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Okay we’re back to regular programming. I figured I could use the butter as long as there was no contact to those areas without trouble. I first used it as part of my washday to seal my wash and go. I applied a small amount to parts that tend to get frizzy and dry quickly, focusing on the ends. My wash and go was soft and my hair was shinier than normal- the butter definitely did the things!

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#20ShineTeen 😍

But it’s an Everything Butter: hair isn’t exactly everything. Given my sensitivity to coconut oil, I decided to use it on my feet every night. I’m a Durban child and we have this tendency to wear flip-flops EVERYWHERE. I have the V-shaped tan line and alles 😂 Plus my feet tend to get reaally dry. Like No Country For Old Men dry. Once an SO saw my feet when I was too lazy to lotion all the way down (we have all been there, hold your judgement 👀) and was truly shocked at how dry they were. Needless to say, I made sure to always moisturize the feet from that day 🦶 Calluses and cracked heels are my portion if I don’t apply something, so I decided to try Vana as my something. It did an excellent job! My feet are now supple and soft, but it went one step further:

 

                                               It fixed my janky toenail!

We’re not going to discuss how my nail got to this point. It’s a long and sad tale for another post XD But it is the only one that is flaky, softish, dry and generally weird. It’s the reason why I only wore open-toed shoes if I had nail polish on, because this toe would scare young children if I walked around displaying it. I tried everything to fix it but it never grew out normally, until now. I don’t have to hide my naked feet. They can flash everyone as they please. This is the dream. I’m planning a thanksgiving dinner at the church to praise God for this miracle. Okay maybe not a whole thanksgiving dinner, but I’m still super grateful I no longer have the big toe of a troll.

So this truly is head-to-toe an everything butter! What would you like to use some Vana goodness on?

xx

Sean 🙂

 

Exclusive/Inclusive (Honest Review of AJ Curls, Cocktails & Cabanas)

So if you have your provincial colours in being a naturalista, you’d have seen the promos for Aunt Jackie’s Curls, Cocktails & Cabanas. Now from the outset I must state that I’m not out to be shady because we are too damn old for those high school ‘you can’t sit with us’ vibes- I just know my readers expect my total honesty so I’m always gonna keep it 100 🙌🏾

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Only serving that real talk and love here sis

From the time I heard about this event, something in me felt… unsettled. The basic premise of the event was getting a chance to party with your favorite naturalista bloggers and live your best life- except you couldn’t buy tickets. If you wanted to party it up with those influencer babes, you had to jump through hoops to WIN tickets.

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Even me I was tooked several steps back

From a marketing perspective it is absolutely genius. You promote your event, expose your ambassadors, get the association with established influencers so their followers get to see your brand, and generate web traffic stats to rival Joburg at peak hour on Monday morning.

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Meet Erica, the brand coordinator behind Aunt Jackie’s. You’re doing amazing gyal, gotta hand it to you!

There’s two sides to every story though. Personally I have always loved events because it meant meeting and bonding with naturalistas I usually only communicate with in the DMs- so scandalous 😉 Additionally I’m an awkward penguin- I much prefer making genuine connections between naturals than hobnobbing with influencers because eish…  this Durban girl likes her KFC over Coq au Vin, and it’s painfully obvious sometimes XD

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I found the snack table and stayed there a long time #OnlyGodCanJudgeMe

The fact that you couldn’t buy tickets, and that it was billed as #exclusivebiyatchmkay really felt contradictory to the spirit of natural hair. With these natural moghels I found a family- acceptance on every level, open to everyone no matter what your texture or type. An event not open to the public?

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Oh honey what is you doooiiing?

I was invited by my boo @joshuathenatural (if you don’t already know this mans, go follow and change your life k tnx) as his plus one on a ticket he won. Now I was already in my feelings because of the  💁exclusivity dahling 💁 vibes but mans made a convincing case (i.e bribed with promises of a goodie bag and snacks, I’m weak I know) so off we went.

Now this is where thangs get interesting! Me and homeboy pull up expecting tea and shenanigans- only to be met with naturalistas glowing and hugs flowing! The event itself felt refreshing and not as formal as these shindigs usually go. Aunt Jackie’s did not come to play ☝️

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And thats the tea sis

Every one of the ticket winners made that event POP! I finally got the chance to connect with all the CT humans that I only really know via the interwebs (PS they are all the bomb.com) and not once did I feel like an awkward penguin. Okay maybe when the twerk song was on, me and my useless dance moves embarrassed my family name, but that’s all XD

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Is it too cheesy to be like #loveliveshere?

I’ll upload the full album to FB, click here to see all the goings on because you’re like me and like things. A final word- of all the snacks they served (not counting the snackable naturals present ofc), your girl got served a big slice of humble pie. I have learnt my lesson- no matter what, a crowd of natural women who truly support each other will always make you feel welcome!

k bye xx

Sean

10 Reasons To Date A Natural

 

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Well, for reasons other than our fabulous hair 😘

1. You never have to rack your brain for birthdays and anniversaries. Our needs are simple:

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~HAIR PRODUCTS~

(Except read labels pls guys- don’t pull in with sulphates and expect us to be appreciative :x)

2. Washdays are on weekends. Sports are on weekends. You will have the TV and hours to yourself while we do our hair thangs- or at least a few hours of peace from your girl if you don’t watch sports 😸

3. Ashy hands are a thing of the past when you have a fro in your life! Simply catch some shea butter from her juicy twists #LifeHack

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💦Moist af 💦

4. Bearded mans needs natural womans. Its the rule of life. Guaranteed to make your beard grow to majestic proportions. 10/10 would recommend- from pre-poo to deep conditioning, your natural lady will have👏 you👏 covered👏

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5. When her hair comes out right, she’s guaranteed to be in a good mood. No traps, this is your time to ask for anything, and as long as it’s followed up by “Your hair looks amazing!”, she’s gonna agree 😹

6. If you do get into an argument, making up with her is easy af:

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(See reason #2 for more details)

7. Natural girls always smell great, like coconut and island breeze.

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Another reason to buy her hair products. You see where we’re going here?  👀

8. An obvious one, but worth repeating: we don’t mind getting our hair wet 😝

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Water makes the magic happen  ✨ 🌟

9. Dating a natural is like dating multiple women, but without the stress of cheating:

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Who you feel like seeing today boo? #versatility #naturalhairdontcare

10. And finally: you can pull our hair.

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Enough said  😛

Got a mans? Send him this to gently remind him that Dischem and Clicks got  specials and he should show his appreciation for you and the gorgeous bit of delicious you are😋

(If it works pls send this single gyal some things thanks 😂)

k bye

xx Sean

Review: Amara Natural Hair & Beauty

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Would you look at that- I’m actually doing a review again!

1478016c66a0f0fe230892195469 Me too guys, me too.

I’m just finna get straight to the deets. Mainly because ya’ll have to find it in your hearts to forgive my absence and that takes time so 🤷🏾‍♀️ Payday and birthday coincided so I decided to embrace the #treatyoself atmosphere and order some hair products that I haven’t tried before. I got me:

IMG_3159 Clockwise from top left: Organic Rosewater Hydrating Hair Spritzer, Strengthening & Hydrating Deep Conditioner, Avocado Hydrating Butter, Flaxseed Curling & Hydrating Pudding

I wanted to use the entire range altogether like some fancy bish,  which is why I got what I thought would be a decent LOC trio, plus a deep conditioner. The range is developed and made by Maxine Arnold, the OG momma of natural hair for us Durban girls. She is a founder of the popular It’s All Natural Facebook…

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Review: Amara Natural Hair & Beauty

Would you look at that- I’m actually doing a review again!

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Me too guys, me too.

I’m just finna get straight to the deets. Mainly because ya’ll have to find it in your hearts to forgive my absence and that takes time so 🤷🏾‍♀️ Payday and birthday coincided so I decided to embrace the #treatyoself atmosphere and order some hair products that I haven’t tried before. I got me:

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Clockwise from top left: Organic Rosewater Hydrating Hair Spritzer, Strengthening & Hydrating Deep Conditioner, Avocado Hydrating Butter, Flaxseed Curling & Hydrating Pudding

I wanted to use the entire range altogether like some fancy bish,  which is why I got what I thought would be a decent LOC trio, plus a deep conditioner. The range is developed and made by Maxine Arnold, the OG momma of natural hair for us Durban girls. She is a founder of the popular It’s All Natural Facebook group which provides support for thousands of naturals all across the world. Basically she knows her stuff, so I had really high expectations for this range!

2in1 Strengthening & Hydrating Deep Conditioner (R150 for 175ml)

You know when you use a product and as you’re using it you’re planning your next refill? That was me applying this treatment! As far as I have been informed all the products are silicone-free. It’s really tough to find a deep conditioner or protein treatment that is Curly Girl safe, so to find a 2in1 balanced treatment is a gift 😍

VERDICT:

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Avocado Hydrating Butter (R90 for 175g)

MMMKAY. So this is where I derailed a little bit. I usually apply a hydrating product to soaking wet hair after rinsing out my conditioner. This provides my hair with the most moisture and ensures my product applies+absorbs better.  This did NOT go the way I expected and I had to abandon ship quickety-quick.

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The texture is quite hard, and it needs to be melted down before use. I think for use on damp hair, this would be an excellent base for twist-outs and bantu knots. Just don’t attempt to makeshift this as a leave-in conditioner 😂

Flaxseed Curling & Hydrating Pudding (R90 for 250ml)

Ngl this range kept me on my toes! After the breakdown in communications with the Avocado Butter, I reached for my usual leave-in conditioner because I do not believe in a wash and go without this step. BUT WOW WAS THIS PUDDING FUSSY AF! It does not mix with anythinggggggg and at this point it had me all the way messed up

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Me as I stood there with white balls of curdled product all up in my hair 😐

So I hopped my butt back in the shower and rinsed it all off. I was gonna attempt something I swore I’d never do: The One Product Wash&Go. I spritzed on some of that Rose Water  (R70 for 100ml) for luck and then went in with the flaxseed pudding.

VERDICT:

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ONE PRODUCT WASH AND GO! *eats humble pie with her bomb hair*

This was day 2 hair- the definition lasted until day 4 without any major refresh needed #shookington. I didn’t experience as much shrinkage as normal, but I sacrificed some volume for that. My hair stayed moisturized as if I had used my usual LOC method. The pudding added shine, with a strong hold- I scrunched out any crunchy parts with a spritz of rose water.

I have an entire blog about why only using a styling product weekly isn’t a great idea in the long term- but I don’t think this flaxseed pudding is simply just a styling product! My hair is always struggling with dryness, and this kept it hydrated for days💦💦 I would defs keep this on hand for when I’m travelling and don’t want to carry a lot of products with me.

Have you tried the Amara Naturals range yet? Comment your thoughts below!

k bye

xx Sean