Yesterday, I shared my favourite moisturizers with you. Today, I’m going to highlight some of the products that many online naturalistas have raved about. Now, I don’t use these products and I don’t know how well they work, but if you’re a natural newbie and you’re looking for some help in the moisturizer area, these may work for you.
Coconut oil: If you’ve been reading this blog or know me, you’ll know that I’m allergic to all things coconut. Although I am allergic, I can appreciate the properties of this fruit (or is it a seed?). When I first began to investigate natural hair, everyone — and I mean, everyone — was singing the praises of coconut oil. I can understand why — it’s easily available, inexpensive and good for you. From what I’ve read, coconut oil is one of a few oils that penetrates your hair and can truly moisturize. Many other oils just sit on the strand and coat it, which is fine for sealing, but not for moisture. I’ve read that extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO) is the best to use. I’ve never used it myself and will never use it, read what Afrobella has to say about her Island Remede.
Conditioners: What I’ve found very interesting is that many naturalistas are using conditioners as moisturizers. I don’t know how I feel about this — it’s something that I will try at some point. I guess the point is, why wash out the good stuff you’re putting on your hair and hope that enough stays put when you can just leave it in. Many people are also using it as a styler instead of a gel-based product. I’m really not sure how this works, but I’ll do some research and let you know what I find. Herbal Essences’ has this category on lock, with popular conditioners like Hello Hydration and Long Term Relationship conditioner (both are 300ml for $3.99 CDN).
Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Heavy Cream: I really, really, really want to try this product, but I had a bad experience with Amla and I’m a bit scared. This moisturizer is the can’t-live-without product for a lot of naturals and I can see why. Check out the description below:
Our ultra thick cream contains Amla, Brahmi and African Aloe, premium Afro-Indian botanicals used for thousands of years to nourish the scalp and strengthen and condition hair. MSM sulfur nurtures follicles and encourages healthy hair growth, Mediterranean Olive Oil delivers emollience and lubricity and African Castor Oil delivers sheen, incredible softness and possesses hair growth and hair thickening properties.
Good grief! It’s pure goodness in there! I’m trying to research Amla properties to see if it’s the herb that’s bothering me or the product that I bought (Dabur’s Amla Oil – I was not impressed), because it sounds freaking awesome. The price tag ain’t too shabby either, 8 oz for $16.50 USD or you can purchase a 2oz tester for $5.50 USD (cheaper than both Miss Jessie’s and Blended Beauty moisturizers). On Qhemet’s website, the Heavy Cream gets a five stars out of five rating from all users. That tells you something about how much people love this product. Torontonians, I’ve heard that Qhemet products are available at the HoneyFig store on Yonge St. if you want to check it out.
What do you think? What have you been using that’s working? Please share — I’d love to know.
Tomorrow, I’ll let the PJ in me come out and tell you about the moisturizers that I’m dying to try.