How Not To Protective Style

Y’all. 2018 already be teaching me lessons, I’m not even playing! 😰 It’s Januworry, we all got stuff to do so I’m just gonna get into it. Simply put: your girl messed up.

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It’s bad. Real bad. Micheal Jackson. 

I had a camping trip planned for the end of December and I knew I didn’t want to be attempting to manage this fro in communal bathrooms- the less time spent in those, the better 💩 So a protective style seemed most appropriate. I had done box braids before and it worked out relatively well, so this time I was more confident and wanted to experiment a little. Now I want to make this perfectly clear: the technique and actual protective style itself was flawless! The hair angel Celeste Samuels of Hair Unit Durban did a stellar job with my crochet braids and I fully recommend her 100% for any natural hair styling you need 😀

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I mean. They were glorious 😍

My natural hair was neatly cornrowed into 4 thick rows, and my edges respected (because that’s how Hair Unit does the tingz 👐). The pre-twisted fibre was then attached to these using a crochet hook. In less than 4 hours I was looking like a damn snack in Beyonce Blonde twists 👅

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The process

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The end result 😉

A week after I went on my camping trip and that’s when the trouble started. I struggle with dry scalp so my daily scalp spritz and massage was essential to maintain a healthy scalp, especially when I’m protective styling. But because my dumb ass was on holiday, I was not as diligent as I should have been with hair care. I made the prime mistake of forgetting to care for my natural hair because the twists looked so good and that was my hair now *hangs head in eternal shame* 🙍

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Being stupid af. Stupid AF. 

I know that the crochet itself wasn’t the issue because even the removal was so simple. There was no pulling, or knotting, and I barely shed any hair undoing the cornrows. Once I started washing my hair, in my eagerness to cleanse my scalp, I used a shampoo scrub and went in a little too vigorously *facepalm* My scalp was not ready for that jelly, and by the time I began detangling with conditioner, my hair was falling by clumps. Yep. CLUMPS. I scrubbed the hair right off my scalp 👀

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Anyone need donations for an Afro wig?

How do I know it wasn’t the PS causing this mess? My crochet was never uncomfortably tight, or heavy. I didn’t feel any snagging- you know when that like one strand tugs on your scalp and you feel like throwing the whole head away 😆  The take-down had minimal shedding. I was irresponsible by not keeping up with my daily scalp spritz, creating an unhealthy scalp environment- little wonder that the strands were too weak to resist the harsh scrub.

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So now I’m starting 2018 with half a fro 😂 And yes, it sucks balls to think of what my hair used to be. I’m just looking at it like a chance to transition again- and this time I know better than to throw cash at sulphate -filled Caucasian brands in the hopes of reviving my hair XD So Sean Goes Transitioning 2018 is a thing- who else is with me on this boat to bomb hair? 😀

k bye

xx Sean

 

 

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‘Tis The Season To Be Natural!

What it do my natural beyps! 💙
It’s been a damn long while, I know! But at last the semester from hell is over and I can get back to being happy and connecting with you guys again. It’s been far too long. Blame UKZN. No lie, it tried it’s best to kill me this year 👀
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Tfw when uni is over but you’re still alive XD

Okay so this blog is to tell you about all the natural hair events happening #KeDezemba 🙌 The South African curlies are being blessed with these amazing natural hair events- can I get a damn amen?! Seriously, the organisers of each are pulling out all the stops to make these jols *white guy voice* fokken kiff bru 👌
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Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

DURBAN

 

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Yes you read right, Durban is actually doing a thing 😮 Led by the talented Celeste Samuels (and I mean talented, she can do things to hair I’ve never even imagined🔥) who also owns the Hair Unit natural hair salon, a Naturals Pool Party is coming your way. I mean, it’s only right that Durban rub our amazing weather in the face of the rest of the country- to make up for the humidity that ruins good hair days XD  Come through with that natural glow and swim without worries of mincing that GHD do 🌚 #noshade #justsayingnje #naturalgehlscanswim #essentiallywearemermaids
Date: 17 December 2017
Venue: 43 Assembly Road, The Bluff
Time: 13:00- 20:00
Damage: R150 pp
Goodie bag: HELLS YES!
Tickets @: 081 477 9989 (Celeste Samuels)

PRETORIA

 

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Of course our inland girls aren’t sleeping either 💅Make your way to the Natural Hair Meet & Greet and get turnt on natural hair chat. Hosted by Nica (@naturally_nica) & Bianca (@BieWendyGallardo) you know this one is gonna be lit 🔥
Date: 16 December 2017
Venue: Union Building, Pretoria
Time: 11:00- 14:00
Damage: Dololo mogehl, just go for free 😀
Goodie bag: Nah, but vendors are there and giveaways will be a haps 😉
Tickets @: Just come through, no ticket needed!

CAPE TOWN

 

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But Cape Town, do you guys ever even sleep?It’s just one fire event after the next!  The second annual Cape Town Naturally Hair Fest is gonna be the event of the year, and a little birdy told me it’s gonna be bigger and better than the last one 😉
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Organized by the tour de force team behind the Cape Town Naturally Support Group, it’s a celebration of all things natural hair- plus you get to party with the Ayatolla of Naturolla (#terriblepunsareback) Amanda aka Cape Town Curly! 💃
Date: 17 December 2017
Venue: Canvas Event Space
Time: 11:00- 17:00
Damage: R85 standard, R120 spayshal edition
Goodie bag: I Cantu emphasize enough how bomb this swag bag is gonna be!
There you have it, the naturalista’s gig guide for the best December your fro will ever have 👆  If you’re attending any of these, let us know what you’re most amped for in the comments (you know I can’t resist when you girls talk hair with me 😋)
Also keep an eye out on the Sean Goes Natural media pages- a young giveaway is brewing for my fellow likers of free things *cough* Cape Town, I’m talking to you *cough cough* 😉
k bye
xx Sean

Umera JBCO FTW!

I know, I know. Shock horror gasp, Sean is posting again, how is this happening? 😯  I admit, UKZN is showing me flames this semester and the blog has been abandoned for this time of roasting.

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Iconic.

But like Lil’ Kim done said, you can’t keep a good girl down 👐 So this is your SGNxUmera update at bloody last! Actually this really worked out well, because the reason I started the challenge was due to stress-induced hair loss. Now that I have gone through another period of intense stress (think 3-hours-of-sleep-a-night-for-3-weeks type stress XD), I can make a better comparison about how my hair fared during these times.

I discovered the magic of castor oil when I started breaking out from using coconut oil. I needed a penetrating oil, minus the pimples 😦 JBCO came to to the rescue, making my hair and skin happy. I don’t really know why I stopped using it, because a few weeks after my hair started abandoning ship 😬 I knew I needed to get back on that castor oil train QUICK XD  When I started the challenge, I reshaped my fro so it was hella short! On the plus side I realised the cut gave me the volume I desperately needed, because my hair had thinned out so much #TipOfTheDay.

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The reshaped struggle fro, nostrils flourishing XD

Because I was on vacation, I did the absolute most with the Umera Jamaican Black Castor Oil- deep conditioning with it, nightly scalp massages, protective styles, it was all done son 😎 The fact that it’s an oil makes it so versatile in your regimen- from deep conditioning to detangling, this oil does the things guys!

I have low porosity hair, so I always spritzed my hair with warm water before applying the oil for styling. This helped it penetrate my stubborn fro- and boy did it!

The pictures above were taken a few weeks ago, in the middle of the stress nightmare that is this semester. Usually my hair would be shedding like a beast at this point, but the fro is maintaining its density and length. But don’t just take my word for it- I get that everyone’s hair doesn’t respond the same way to every product. So this week I will upload pictures and reviews from 3 beauts who have also been trying this oil- everything from hair type, porosity, how they used it, how it worked, did it slide them into DMs, the usual 😆 So keep an eye out on my Facebook and Instagram for those helpful mini-reviews (and perhaps even win some for yourself?)

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*MTV Cribs voice* “This is where the magic happens”

k bye

xx Sean

 

Fro Fiesta Feels

Okay so if you’re not part of the It’s All Natural Facebook group then you need to go there first so you fully understand why this post is as overexcited as a basic girl in a Starbucks!

Have you joined? Okay cool, let’s continue😄

The group, created by the brother and sister natural hair fairy godparents Bryce and Maxine Arnold, is a one-stop shop for all your natural hair needs. Detangling, breakage, transitioning, deep conditioning, THEY 👐 GOTCHU 👐 FAM 👐 Safe to say, I spend a lot of time on there and have made internet curlfriends with so many of the gorgeous members. That is why when Maxine announced that the Fro Fiesta Natural Hair Meet-Up was happening, I was all in my feels!

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Actual footage of me running to get tickets

It was held at a fancy shmancy hotel on the beachfront, which was great because the humidity meant my hair would actually have volume for a change. Yes, all venues are judged according to how my hair will look there, its a natural girl thing 👸

This year there was a mini-market in addition to the inspiring frogram (see what I did there XD). Obviously I am now broke, but my fro is fleeking from all the products I bought so I’d say its a fair trade #priorities #frobeforefood 😆  Things purchased aside, the goodie bag was a highlight of NOTE 😀 ❤

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Look at all these bomb goodies #ICantuDeal ❤

Local was proudly supported with everyone from The Perfect Hair to TRU: The Pop-Up being there giving the naturals some goodness. The frogram was flames, and nobody could claim boredom with all the talent on show! Celeste the vocalist had me singing Corinne Bailey Rae long after the event had ended (apologies to my housemates XD)

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Literally everyone that day XD

Okay so I’m going to stop yammering about this and just let the pictures speak for themselves! Once again, It’s All Natural has made us all awkward by actually bringing us all in the same room and having to remember not to call people by their full Facebook name XD #JOKES It was another amazing day of meeting natural sisters and celebrating our natural hair together ❤

Check out my Facebook page for all the pictures from the day 🙂 Don’t be shy, send me pictures if you want me to add to the album!

k bye

Sean xx

PS- I think the following picture accurately describes the entire day 😀

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And the church of naturals says “amen” 😛

Hello Hairfall My Old Friend

Soooooooooo recently I posted about how I’ve been experiencing shedding. Guys, I’m not even kidding I’m outchea shedding hair like that one dog that always jumps on you at your aunties house 😭 I tried a DIY concoction of black tea and aloe juice, which definitely alleviated it but the hair loss is still real in these streets (And sheets. And shower. And kitchen. My housemates all secretly hate me now 😆)

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Consider this my public apology 😛

It’s normal to lose around 100-300 hairs per day, so you should expect some shedding on washdays. But I’ve seen a drastic decrease in my hair density, which is scary as balls. I feel like only just transitioned out of my Gollum hair phase, and I am not ready to go back 😦

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Look at all 15 strands of hair on my head

Looking back at my hair history, I realized winter is the worst for my hair! ‘Tis the season to be shedding XD So if you’re like me and missed the braiding bus (I left Durban before my braidist could wrap me up for winter, and I trust nobody else with my hair), then let us be true to form and board the #teamlazynatural train to winter-fy our hair 😉

This is my plan of action:

SATURDAY: Washday to clarify scalp and deep condition hair. While its damp (not wet, ‘cos pneumonia is real in these streets) I massage generously with oil and plait neatly.

SUNDAY-FRIDAY: Re-plait as needed, which for me is twice in the week, and ensuring hair is gently detangled- use a spray bottle to dampen the hair- and ends well coated with oil.

I find that oil absorbs much better when applied to hair that is slightly damp. My oil of choice is Umera Jamaican Black Castor Oil, keep an eye out on my pages to see how well it does 🙂 Minimal manipulation is the key to this working well, as well as tucking the ends away from the winter chill.

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My bae for winter ❤

 

This is the lazy girls natural hair challenge, and I’d love for you to join me on the road to a healthy and happy fro 😀 Use #SGNxUmeraWinterHairCare to participate on the gram and FB so we can share our secrets to fight winter hair damage!

k bye

xx Sean

 

A Three-way with TRESemme ;)

So when Tresemme Naturals left our shelves we were all pretty heartbroken- at the time, it was one of the few ‘for  natural hair’ brands we could get. If you haven’t noticed by now (srsly are you a time traveller stuck in 1820’s London) TRESemme Naturals is back under the sexier new name TRESemme Botaniques!

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The French name just gives it the ~something~ 😪

Comparing the new Botaniques range to the previous Naturals range, it’s basically the same: no parabens, silicones or dyes and the shampoo has reduced sulphates. TrESemme being a more mainstream haircare brand, I was curious to see how well the new range worked on different hair textures so I arranged for a ménage à trois of sorts to really get up close and personal with its capabilities 😉

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Gettin’ sexy up in hereeeeee

REVIEW ONE:

Name: ITS MEEEEEE

Curl Type: A wilder type 3, not as well-behaved as the category suggests XD

First Impressions: I used it on a washday when my hair was really in a bad state from neglect during the week #lazynatural+campusdemands=crappycurls 😦 So this really shocked me with how well it worked! The reduced sulphate shampoo provided just the right amount of cleansing my fro needed after all the build-up. I legit could detangle from the slip of the shampoo alone  😮 The conditioner is the perfect level between moisturizing and detangling, and my hair was softly defined after using it. Botaniques is infused with coconut milk and aloe vera, so I’ve been walking around smelling like I drink pina coladas and get caught in the rain 🍸🌴

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New hair who dis?

REVIEW TWO:

Name:  Lyndell Captain

Curl Type: 3a /3b high porosity very prone to frizz!

First Impressions: TRESemme, what can I say, you had me from the start! When I first received the pack, it was with much excitement after my lovely friend Sean Moodley hyped up this secret package and review that I was about to be a part of! Anyone who knows me, knows I love surprises, and I loved this one. I was immediately taken by the packaging, and love the green sheen of the shampoo bottle (there’s just something about it that makes me feel like natural royalty 👑). I was initially unsure of how it might smell because of the combo of ingredients , but was pleasantly surprised by the way it did. The sweet scent was definitely a win and I particularly enjoyed that the smell remained with me for a while after washing. I liked the thickness of the shampoo and how much it lathered. It did leave my hair feeling slightly brittle – as is expected of a shampoo with sulphates – but this was considerably less than normal . The conditioner left my hair feeling amazingly soft so all worries and feeling of brittleness were forgotten. I did wonder how someone with a tighter curl pattern and low porosity hair might find it, as the conditioner did feel a bit thin. I decided to not go my normal product route to see how effective it would be – and just used a leave in and coconut oil. Three days later and it’s still soft and relatively clean. I usually have to wash within 3 days again, so this is a welcome relief. Overall I really enjoyed using this product, and am REALLY impressed with TRESemme for expanding their range and making an effort to cater for women with natural, kinky, curly, coily and wavy hair – one of the only leading brands to do so. Big ups TRESemme, I look forward to seeing what you do next! Till the next wash day 😉

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After a flexi rod set, curls feeling soft and full of life!

REVIEW THREE:

Name:  Boitumelo

Curl Type: tightly curled, small curls (4c). Hair shrinks to about 70% after every wash and looks shorter until I stretch it.

First Impressions: Well, the shampoo didn’t turn out to be what I expected it to be, as it was pretty much the same as my regular shampoo. The conditioner however is a definite winner! My detangling time was shortened as it had good slip, and it was very moisturizing. I noticed after that the amount of hair shed was a lot less than usual so it definitely takes care of tangles well. Overall my hair feels thicker, softer and moisturized. The scent is amazing, and I like that it lingers long after you’ve used the products. I will definitely be getting me some of this creamy magic again!

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The shrinkage is usually a good indicator that my hair is sufficiently moisturized 🙂

So the shampoo has mixed reviews, but the conditioner is a winner for hair types from curly to kinky 🙂 TRESemmé BOTANIQUE is now available at leading retailers nationwide for RSP R79.99, 750ml each.

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Big bottles got us like XD

k bye

Sean xx

Pouring The Tea ☕🐸

For 2017 my hair goal was to AVOID THE SCISSORS. I am Sean Scissorhands and have not been able to stand my hair growing past shoulder length for literally all my life.  The way wet hair feels on my body 😑 – and as we naturals know, drying takes for bloody ever, and hours of damp strands touching my body is just not a life I can live.

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Me too Bey, me too.

But a promise is a promise and I have not touched the scissors since September 2016. Now that my hair is getting longer, the tangles have increased too. Even with the most meticulous pre-poo detangling session, as soon as I rinse out the shampoo they’re back and I need to detangle all over again. Needless to say, I lost a crap ton of hair with all of this detangling, so something definitely needed to change. The yellow root bulb was very visible (yes I examined that gross hairball don’t judge me XD) so it was shedding and not breakage that was the issue.

The hair goddesses of YouTube were called upon to show me the light and Naptural85 (#ALLTHEHAIRGOALS!!) educated me on tea rinsing to alleviate hair shedding. I also decided to eliminate shampoo from my washday completely, instead using a dilute solution of aloe juice and apple cider vinegar to cleanse my scalp and hair.

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Eyeball a few tablespoons of each into a 500ml bottle and fill the rest with water 🙂

Washday went something like this:

  • Wet hair in shower. Slowly pour ACV+Aloe mixture onto scalp and massage to help lift build up and general dirt. Squeeze onto hair shaft to clarify any product build-up.
  • Rinse with warm water. Using the same method, pour 500ml of cooled black tea concentrating on the scalp.
  • The tea rinse is drying on the hair strands, so the next step is to deep condition. My current DC is the Curls Unleashed Sage & Kiwi Intense Hair Conditioner.
  • LOC in the moisture and style as desired 🙂

Three weeks in and I am already seeing a major difference! The shedding is much less, even during the detangling process. I wish I could say I have no more tangles but we all live the curl life and that’s just a lie XD But once I pre-poo and detangle my hair does not get knotted up after I ‘shampoo’ with the aloe and ACV mixture. This and the black tea has really helped me and hopefully it can help other naturals too ❤

I would love to know if there are any other natties that have eschewed conventional shampoo and are DIYing instead, sound off in the comments you saucy mixtresses 😉

As always my DMs are always open for hair chat on Insta and FB 🙂

k bye

Sean xx

 

 

 

REVIEW- CURL CHEMISTRY

 

For a Durban girl, a trip to Cape Town would not have been complete without getting me some Curl Chemistry. The brainchild of curly girl Liesl Singer, it’s slowly but surely become the gotta-have product that everyone on the local forums is raving about. Ya’ll know me and my product hoe ways, I have close to zero self-control when it comes to hair products #pleasehelp #jokes #hoeislife

 

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YAS

Take a walk down memory lane with me back to the days when only Dr. Miracles was the OG natural hair brand we could get here. Everyone remember this?

 

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This was a staple part of my wash-&-go routine for the longest time before it sort of faded away from the shelves of Clicks. Needless to say I was pretty bummed because it gave gorgeous definition without crunch. It was great especially during my transitioning phase because my straggly Gollum-hair ends needed all the help they could get to blend with the virgin growth “:D The only thing was that intense aloe smell *gags* I don’t mind a hint of it, but that was way too cloying and aggressive.

Returning to the present times I think Curl Chemistry is the replacement to that we’ve been waiting for! MINUS THE CHOKING SMELL NOGAL! (I say ‘nogal’ now because I’ve been to Cape Town 😛 XD). I’ll be real I never got the pomegranate scent most people were singing about, but the same cannot be said for the man in my life who could not stop sniffing me XD As far as I could tell it is formulated as an oil-in-cream, so I forgo the usual olive sealing oil to avert danger of resembling amagwinya. My curls were light, fluffy and lasted for 3 days. Even afterward my hair did not feel dry because the product is so durable.

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The fluffy frobulous results ❤

As much as my hair loved this product, my skin was not so happy.  For the normal people who do not have a useless coconut oil sensitivity (like me) this bodes well as that means there is a high enough coconut oil content for my skin to react- i.e. you’re getting a quality product with actual natural ingredients. In the spirit of full disclosure, it didn’t hold up too well on really humid Durban days 😦 But seeing as the rest of the country prefers to drink instead of breathe their water XD I fully recommend this for naturals in drier climates 🙂

It’s definitely more affordable than the good Dr at R90 a tub XD Plus Liesl has recently expanded the range to include a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner, so your whole washday can be proudly local 🙂 There are representatives all across the Cape area so I say give it a try if you can. Curl Chemistry is legit another local brand that will keep the international competitors on their toes!

Shout out in the comments, on Facebook or Insta with your Curl Chemistry thoughts, I’d love to hear them ❤

k bye

Sean xx

Terms & Condition(er)

Okay, so we all been here long enough to realise that using products designed specifically for our natural hair is better for it. It took me a while but I am officially a sulphate-free shampoo fan, and co-washing is bae (seriously, the best thing for mini wash days in between actual wash days). Recently we’ve been spoilt for choice in SA because of all the different local and international hair care brands expanding to our shores (AT BLOODY LAST #justsaying 😗).  Which is all great except that most of it does not come cheap 👀 For stuff like shampoo and styling products I’m willing to pay for because I don’t use those up in a hurry, so it’s worth paying R90+ for the month. Now conditioner on the other hand…

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Story of our lives XD

It can’t be just me who is using the current rand-dollar exchange rate to estimate the recommended “dime-size amount” of conditioner… at least I hope I’m not alone! I have been blessed with incredible amounts of natural frizz and it takes a lot of conditioner to tame the beast. Thus even though buying the matching natural hair appropriate 250ml conditioner for R90+ feels great- like when your bra matches your undies and you feel incredibly put together 🙋- it just does not last long enough to justify the price.

So I am officially claiming my shade, I use cheap conditioner! And recently I have found two that I quite enjoy. The first one is the Garnier Ultimate Blends Conditioner which often goes on special at Clicks.  I got them on a 2 for R62 special and they were especially great for detangling because they had lots of slip.

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The next one is a sort of blast from the past. I remember my mom using the Protein Feed range on my hair as a child but it was only recently that I saw it repackaged on the shelf of Checkers (yes, Checkers)… FOR R29!

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750ml of goodness ❤

 

It is a lot thicker than I expected but it brings the moisture for sure 💦 💦 💦 💦 My hair felt soft and it encouraged clumping too. Plus at the price vs. the size I did not feel a spot of guilt about using as much as I wanted. I bought one bottle to try, and now I have one bottle placed everywhere I sleep over ‘for emergencies’ XD #practicalthinking #ImsorryifIboughtallofit #butImnotgivingyoumine #eventhoughIhave3bottles

I think I’m good until the end of the month now #jokes XD But these are defs steals, and I can’t be keeping this info on the down low because we all deserve to eat meat this month for a change 😆 Let us in on your favorite bargain buys in the comments, Facebook or Insta 🙂

k bye

xx Sean