Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil (w. Ginseng)

Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil

This product has been a staple in my regimen for a while now, and it is a gem!

I originally intended on using African Royale Hot Six Oil, since I heard so many great review, but I decided to go with Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil, since it was easier on the pockets.

 An 8 ounce bottle of Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil goes for $1.99 USD vs. $4.00-5.99 (depending on the retailer) for African Royale’s Hot Six Oil.

African Royale Hot Six Oil

I cannot attest to whether one oil is better than the other, as the both contain natural ingredients, all except the last, which is fragrance.

This oil smells like baby powder and has a very light consistency. It is pretty easy to apply.

I add it to everything, I seal with it, I use it on my scalp, as a prepoo, mix it in my setting lotion for rod sets, in my deep conditioners, I adore this oil! It can also be used for your skin, and nails/cuticles! It always leaves my roots soft, and hair with a nice sheen!

The Ingredients:
Soy Bean Oil , Walnut Seed Oil , Kiwi Fruit Extract , Olive Fruit Oil , Castor Seed Oil , Sesame Seed Oil , Jojoba Seed Oil , Carrot Seed Oil , Sweet Almond Oil , Tocopheryl Acetate , Safflower Oil , Calendula Extract , Yarrow Extract , Cucumber Extract , Carrageenan Extract , Ginseng Extract , Sage Extract , Comfrey Extract , Aloe Extract , Fragrance

For $1.99 this oil is a great deal! It will always be a staple in my regimen. It gets a 5/5 from me!

Until Next Time, Naomi~


Cayenne Pepper + Shower Cap= Steam

 As you all know, I have been using ‘Cayenne Treatments’ to aide growing back hair on my bald areas. It really on consists of water and ground cayenne pepper. All I do is apply it to my bald spots, and throw on a shower cap, and let it sit on my scalp for a few hours.

I make sure that it has a pate like consistency, as it is easier to apply and does not drip.

The past few times while doing my treatment, I noticed condensation on the inside of my shower cap. Similar to what happens to your mirrors in the bathroom while taking a hot shower.

Maybe it is the heat my scalp is giving off from the cayenne pepper being on it, as cayenne pepper helps with blood flow. So I’m thinking that is what causes the steam.

It is not immediate, it happens over a couple of hours, I am sure because, hot air is being trapped. I cannot tell if it does anything for my hair, as I usually prepoo overnight, and do the treatment the following day before shampooing.

It still is pretty cool. Here’s a pic.

Not a very clear pic, but it looks kind of foggy under there. Either way, my hair is always super soft after doing my treatment (prior to prepooing).

Steaming your hair helps soften and restore moisture back into your hair. You can do a makeshift steaming, putting a plastic cap on your head, and  wrapping hot towels around , I have heard turbie twist towels are good for that. Or you can invest in a hair steamer.

Just wanted to share.

Until Next Time, Naomi~

Prepoo Overnight, Using Saran Wrap! (+ Sulfate Definitions)

Now I am sure some of you may saying to yourself ‘What in the world is a prepoo?’  and ‘Why would I use saran wrap?’, but let me tell you, if you use shampoo that contains Sulfates, prepooing will make a world of difference.

Before I do that, I’ll give you all the run down of what kinds of sulfates are used in hair care products, and what they do.

Sulfates is a short term to describe four common types of sulfates that can be found hair care products. They are, Sodium Lauryl, Sodium Laureth, Ammonium Lauryl, and Sodium Myreth.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/SLS ( also known as Sodium Laurllsulfate or Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate/SDS), is an agent normally found in shampoo’s and cleaning products, such as car detergents, floor cleaners, toothpaste, etc. This chemical is used in products because of it’s foaming/thickening ability. It is also known to be a skin and irritant, which explains why your eyes burn if you get shampoo in your eye.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate/ALS
(also known as Ammonium Dodecyl Sulfate/ADS) another base in cleaners for it’s ability to break down hydrogen bonds, and distribute water evenly. This allows water to penetrate a surface or hair easier. It also has the ability to dissolve anything coming off of the surface applied to. Which could explain the stripped (dry) feeling, you may experience when using shampoo containing this sulfate.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (also know as Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate/ SLES) another chemical that is found in hygienic products, such as soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, etc. Similar to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, this chemical is used for its foaming abilities.

Sodium Myreth Sulfate is a clear chemical used in make up, and other hygienic products as listed previously. This chemical is similar to Sodium Laureth Sulfate, because it goes through a process that gives it detergent properties like it’s counterpart, except it contains more fatty alcohol. This fatty alcohol is called 1-Tetradenacol or Myristyl Alcohol.

Myristyl Alcohol is a saturated fatty alcohol, it is insolivable in water, but is used for it’s emollient properties. Emollients is a substance found in most skin,make-up, and hair products for its softening and soothing ablities. 

The word Emollient means to soften. While Moisture means to add moisture to something.

So as you can see, sulfates can be harsh on our precious strands! (Side note: Sodium Myreth Sulfate doesn’t sound too horrible. lol) Which is why many, like myself go through the prepooing process, to help counteract the stripped feeling your hair gets after using a shampoo containing sulfates.

Prepooing helps put some extra moisture in your hair, so that some stays behind after you shampoo. It is not necessary to prepoo if you use a sulfate-free shampoo. However, if sulfates work for you, keep using them, prepooing is just a process that helps hair retain some moisture after the fact.

You can prepoo with virtually, anything you want. Be it, a cheapie conditioner, (one you may use to cowash) or something more expensive. You can even use foods, like avocado, honey, bananas, (which can be very moisturizing!) or oils,  like coconut, castor, olive, jojoba, etc. Or mix oils and conditoners, whatever works for you. 

The amount of time you decide to prepoo is also up to you. Some chose to do it a half hour to an hour before shampooing, some do it overnight.

Here is where my Saran Wrap comes into play!

I find I get better results when I prepoo for a longer amount of time. Since I do cayenne treatments before shampooing, and deep condition afterwards, I am usually pressed for time. So I decided to try to prepoo overnight. I had not done it before, for fear that I would get conditioner or oil all over my face and pillowcase while sleeping (I am a wild sleeper!)  So I decided to try to Saran Wrap my hair.

I have heard of this process before, but in terms of doing so after flat ironing or doing a roller set, to flatten and smooth the hair. I wanted to create a barrier between my hair, and my satin scarf, as I know my scarf would just soak up all the oil.

So here is what I did.

Before applying I braided my hair into six plaits. I used Coconut Oil as my prepoo. Using my fingers, I added the Coconut Oil to the base of my plait (my roots), and then rubbed Coconut oil, on the length of my braid. I repeated until I finished all the plaits. (I apply my prepoo while my hair is sectioned because it is easier to determine how much oil is going into each section, this helps prevent my hair becoming too saturated.)

I then wrapped each plait in somewhat of a pin curl, to prevent my ends from drying out. 

Then came the Saran Wrap. Like I’ve said before, I have not used Saran Wrap before, so I just wrapped it by, keeping it in it’s box, and pulling enough out so that I can wrap around my head once, and kept going until it looked like this.

After wrapping, I put on my satin scarf over the wrap, and then my satin bonnet. For added measure, I put an old T-shirt over my pillow to catch any oil that may have escaped during the night.

Fortunately I did not experience any slippage, and was pleased to find that none of my wrappings came off, nor my scarf or bonnet. I took my bonnet, scarf, and wrap off and unbraided my plaits, and was pleasantly surprised about how soft and supple my hair felt!

It was not overtly oily, and felt really soft to the touch. I have yet to shampoo, as I am doing a Cayenne Treatment (these ‘treatments’ help aid in growing back my bald areas, to know more about the process, here are previous posts, Why Use Cayenne PepperPart II, Why Use Cayenne PepperCayenne Pepper Update/Comparison Pics) right now, but judging on how soft my hair feels now, my shampoo won’t stand a chance (at stripping my hair)!

I have just added another step to my wash day process, but I am sure it is worth it.

If you have tried prepooing ,and you rather not do the process, or find that sulfate shampoos are not working for you, you can try sulfate free.
Some Sulfate Free Shampoo brands are,

Aubrey Organics
Avalon Organics

Jason Natural

Burts Bees

Also some Castile soap brands like Dr. Bronners and Dr. Woods.

There are other brands but those are one’s I can think of for now. The only way to be really sure is to check the product’s ingredients list before purchasing.  Just know that Shampoo’s without sulfates will not lather like those that do, as sulfates are what causes the foaming. They also tend to be a bit pricier than those with sulfates.

I hope this clarifies what prepooing is, and how it works, and why it is done. You all are more than welcome to asking any questions! Just comment, and better yet, suscribe!

Until Next Time, Naomi~

Never Use Shea Butter In your DC!

I purchased pure unrefined Shea Butter not too long ago, and to be honest I have not found much use for it, in terms of hair, I know it is a great sealant, but I don’t really need it for that right now, so I thought, why not add it to my preoo, but using it in a dc, on clean hair, not a good idea!

 I  know the title is a bit harsh, but guys, I had the worst experience last night!

For my prepoo I used Melted Shea Butter, Castor Oil, a little Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil, mixed with Herbal Essence Hydralicious Self Targeting Conditioner- which reeks of Alcohol, I’m not sure if I didn’t notice it before, but It is definitely noticeable, which I do not like, will be using out, and not repurchasing, anyway that was not my problem.

It came out nice after shampooing, and since it worked so well in my prepoo, I said, why not add some to you DC. Boy was I wrong. I added all the same ingredients excluding the Hydralicious, and mixed it with my Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol, applied and put on a shower cap.

I would say I left it on for close  2 hours, and I went to rinse. Now here is where my problem lies, I rinsed with water, and used my wide tooth comb to detangle, like always, and I put my towel on my head and head to the bathroom- I wash my hair in the kitchen sink, and my hair was coated! It was thick and slick feeling, I could use my nail to scrape the Shea butter off my strands of hair!

I immediately went to cowash, I used my VO5 Herbal Escapes Clarifying Conditioner Kiwi Lime, and my hair went back to normal.

I don’t know if I added too much , or it was the combination of Shea and Castor Oil, but my hair did not like it, at least not if I’m not going to wash it out.

So for those of you out there who are Do It Yourself-ers, or ‘Chemists’ as I like to call myself, be careful of the ingredients you add, and what you add them to, I did not get any adverse results, just slick hair, but I sure didn’t like it. However, I did like it in my prepoo! Shea Butter is a sealant too, so that could be why my hair felt coated.

Just wanted to share my experience with you all! Happy Product Mixing!

Until Next Time, Naomi~

Shingling, Mini Product Review

Not sure if you guys know, but, today was hair day! I prepooed with V05 Tea Therapy Calming Chamomile, mixed with a couple of drops of Home Health Castor Oil, Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil, and Herbal Infusions Hair Mayonnaise. The concoction was mixed in my spray bottle, and I put it through out my hair, and put on a plastic cap which I left on for about two hours.

Then I did a cayenne Treatment ( I have to remember to take a pic of!) and left it on for close to two hours as well. Then I washed with Miracle 7 Color Protect Shampoo. I never tried it before, nor is my hair colored, I got it free with my sally’s order, I guess to replace the fact that they did not ship my Roux.

Anyway, the Miracle 7 Color Protect Shampoo was pearly white, and thick, and had a really nice lather. My hair did not feel stripped after using it, it actually felt soft. I do not know how good it is as far as maintaining color treated hair, but my hair felt clean, so I am pleased, but I would not purchase this product only because it is pricey in my opinion. From Sally’s it is $12.99 USD for a 10 ounce bottle. I would give it a 4/5 based on it’s cleaning ability, not as far as protecting/preserving color on color treated hair.

After Shampooing I followed with my Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol (moisturizing dc) I left it in for an hour with a cap, and rinsed and detangled. I then put LJBCO on my bald spots, and then used my applicator bottle to put my oil mixture to seal. (mixture of Castor oil, LJBCO, and Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil).

Then I used New York Style Gel (14 X-treme hold) which I purchased for $1.19 USD from a store called Conway, in New York City, to shingle. Put it throughout hair, and then combed through. I blow dried my hair, did not dry, it is actually still drying. Anyway here are the results.

Until Next time, HHG to all! Naomi ❤

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