Some New (and Old) Faves – July ’11

Hey guys, just wanted to pop on and show you guys some of the products I’ve been loving for the past month or so. In this video, I mention:

Hugo Naturals Smoothing and Defining Conditioner
MSM Conditioner
Hair Rules Curly Whip
SheaMoisture Organic African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner
Mason Pearson Rake Comb

I’ll still be doing full reviews of the new products eventually so you can see the texture/consistency of the conditioners.


15 thoughts on “Some New (and Old) Faves – July ’11

  1. Glitter Girl says:

    First, hello. I appreciate your blog and your channel so much. Thanks for all the great information, reviews, suggestions, etc. I also have coarse, low porosity hair, and my curls are teeny, tiny pen-spring spirals, and after 7 years natural I am still figuring out how to give my hair what it needs. I’m both inspired and discouraged when I look at your hair growth in less than 2 years, because my current hair length looks about how yours did at 10 months. Literally. =( (I’ve had a few trims and 2 haircuts that took off about an inch or two, but I’ve also had some setbacks with breakage, etc.)

    Anyhoo, I’m posting this because I thought you put that Hugo conditioner on your HG list for a hot second, but did you take it off already? I don’t see it. Anyway, I bought it over the weekend and LOVE it. Just wondering if you discovered something about it that you didn’t like.

    • HB says:

      Thank you so much for the compliments, and I’m glad that you are finding good information on the blog/channel. Also, please do not get discouraged!! Everyone’s hair is different and grows at different rates. Also, I RARELY trim my hair.

      Regarding the Hugo, I don’t think I put it on the list yet – I was discussing it on my Facebook but never officially put it up. I haven’t had any issues with it yet, I love it so far and just got another bottle from Vitacost. At the moment I’m kind of struggling with my HG list though, because it’s REALLY long and I feel as if I need to take some things off, but I like everything on there! I dunno…

  2. Emme says:

    Thanks. I have been in the sun a lot so I will add an additional deep conditioning day to my regimen. When you have your hair out, how long do you feel the maximum effects of the leave-in conditioner? Hours? Days?

    Thanks again for your help.

    • HB says:

      I moisturize my hair daily, even if I’m refreshing a wash n go because it softens my hair to fluff it out. My hair doesn’t feel dry though. If I’m doing twists, after I take the twists out I don’t use any water based moisturizers, so it can last up to a week.

  3. Sam says:

    Hey Elle-

    Is the mason pearson rake comb the C7 one? It seem it would be difficult to grip….is it?

  4. Emme says:

    I need help. I cannot find a good leave-in for my medium-coarse, low porosity, tightly curled hair. I am about to give up because it is driving me crazy. I feel like I am wasting money when products don’t work and I feel compelled to finish it. The only product that has been moisturizing is the Oyin Honey Hemp, but in this weather (the DMV) it has not been a good look. I love it and still use it as a rinse out conditioner. Nothing else (tried both Trader Joe’s conditioners) has given me the same slip for a quick finger detangling session in the mornings.

    For the leave-ins, I have tried the Califa Care Leave-in Conditioner (the most effective so far, but hair is dry 6 hours in), Curl Junkie Rehab (hair dry after an hour), Shea Moisture DTM (smell was awful and was a bird’s nest by day’s end), Oyin Hair Dew (dry, dry, dry hair), Darcy Botanical’s Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner (I cannot even describe what this did to my hair. My was frizzy and puffy while wet! Could it be the protein? Too much protein between this and the honey hemp?). I need suggestions for a moisturizing leave-in conditioner with no humectants that I can use throughout the year. I usually seal with styling creams from the same brand- Califa Moisturizing Cream, Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme) and don’t use gels. The Madagascar Creme just sits there and doesn’t seem to absorb at all.

    Please help. I am at wits’ end. I cannot think of any product that doesn’t have a similar profile to the ones I have tried and have failed. I have to finish all I have irregardless of how it performs on my hair, but will like suggestions for when my current leave-ins finish.

    * Sorry for the long post.

    • HB says:

      To be totally honest, I don’t think I can be much help. Most of the leave-ins you say your hair hates are on my holy grail list (did you check that out?), so it seems as if we have very different hair. But…do you clarify/cleanse your hair at all? If you aren’t washing your hair properly, that may be an issue.

      • Emme says:

        I shampoo once, sometimes twice, a week. I don’t know what is going on with my hair. I looked and used your holy grail list as my jump off point as our hair texture, porosity, and density are quite similar. I am beginning to wonder if what I consider dry hair is normal.

      • HB says:

        Well…if could also be your climate. Alot of the time my hair feels drier in the summer if I’m in the heat/sun a lot, even if it’s humid. I have to be sure I’m deep conditioning my hair as well.

    • JoJoFree says:

      Emme, I would try the Califia cream under the Califia Pudding. Add a little Komaza Moku oil on top. This is my winter routine. I am not sure of your climate.

    • HB says:

      TSA only does stuff like that when they are flippin’ bored. I flew a few weeks ago and had my hair in a huge puff on top of my head, and they didn’t search my hair at all. Other times, I got in trouble for having a necklace shaped like brass knuckles, that only a baby could have used as a weapon, yet they didn’t take my lighter. I was like way to go, TSA!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am natural newbie. Since finding your site, I have truly enjoyed the information you bring forth.

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