Boitumelo Vero Rikhotso

Destined for greatness!

This might be the end of my bad hair days…I hope :) April 11, 2017


My natural hair journey has been nothing short of dramatic. Often I watched different girls proudly showing off their crowns and wondered how in the world they got it right because I seemed to be on a collision course with my tresses. In the midst of an influx of YouTube videos, blogs, Facebook posts and magazine articles about natural hair tips, my own hair still eluded me. I had bought and tried so many different hair products, drank hair tablets, experimented with various moisturizing methods; LOC, LCO, OLOC and whatever else but no matter what I tried, I just couldn’t find my hair’s sweet spot. My hair was just dry full stop.

So in May 2016 when stress and bad henna treatments resulted in all my hair going down the drain, literally, I decided it was time for a hair detox. I was going to keep my hair short, brush cut for about a year, give away my cupboard-full of hair products, and only use what was left over. I then vowed not to spend another dime on a new product whether locally bought or imported. I was done with all the ‘miracle’ products craze. Gosh! There’s nothing natural about the prices of some of these products. Yo, hectic! There was one product though I was going to keep using especially for my hairline, the T444Z as I had seen great results from it.

Fast forward to April 2017, the detox has paid off. I have really enjoyed not worrying about length or what to do with my hair. Short hair is such bliss though. But, I’ve decided to give long hair another try. As I was only using what was left over from last year’s detox, I found the combination of these two products to be quite the thing which happened quite by accident. My hair loooooves these and for the first time, I know what moisturized natural hair actually feels like. Wow to the max!

Elvive Total Repair (5) Leave-in Conditioner
Much has been said about how natural haired people shouldn’t use products made for non-afro rocking folks. As for me and my afro, aka “Lush,” we love this leave-in. It is milky in consistency and sprays on with ease. I bought it in 2016 at Clicks or Foschini for about R70.

Aunt Jackie’s Curl la la Defining Curl Custard
This product is amazing. I love the smell and what it does for my hair. Absolutely fabulous dot com! I know it’s for curl definition but I use it as a moisturizer and I am happy. The custard has a smooth, wobbly, medium custard-like consistency and spreads very easily. I about R2 size amount since my hair is still short. I bought this product in 2016 at Clicks for about R60.

Consistency

Finally! Let’s hope the combo works even on longer hair as I begin the journey of growing my hair again.

Method:
After washing my hair, I allow it to dry a little bit to just damp. Then I spray a bit of the leave-in, rub it into the scalp and hair, then follow with custard. Each morning I spray the leave-in and then follow up custard – easy peasy!

Nutshell:
Those who haven’t found what their hair loves yet, don’t despair. Sometimes all it takes is a mix up of the products you currently have.

 

Update to last product review (Palmer’s coconut oil formula, deep conditioning protein pack) April 9, 2015

Update to last product review (Palmer’s coconut oil formula, deep conditioning protein pack) 

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2 weeks ago I used the Palmer’s Coconut oil formula, Deep conditioning protein pack and commented on how soft it made my hair.  This is a quick update on that review. Click here to read what I had said previously. One of the ways I determine whether a I like a deep-conditioning product or not is how my hair feels the next day. I hereby wish to revoke all the good things I said about this product.

When I woke up the following morning, my hair was soooooo dry. So dry I couldn’t even believe it. When I do a deep conditioning treatment, I follow it up with the LOC method. For those not familiar with the LOC method, it basically stands for Liquid, Oil and Conditioner (moisturiser). I at times do it the LCO way, where I swap the conditioner and the oil around. Anyway, I digress. The next morning my hair was flat, thin and very dehydrated. It looked so dull, fine and as though it had been stripped of all the oils in it.

So in a nutshell, I will most definitely not use this product again. After washing my hair, it was immediately soft, but a few hours later, my hair became a desert. Could it perhaps be the amount of perfume in the product? You would remember just how much I raved about how divine it smelt. Oh well, as they say, you win some and lose some. This one is definitely a thumbs down for me. thumb-down-smiley

 

Product review (Palmer’s Coconut oil formula, deep conditioning protein pack) March 28, 2015

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 imageLike many black girls who have fallen totally in love with their hair, product sampling just forms part of this hair-love affair. When I’m at Clicks or Dischem, I’m always looking out for these sample packs so that I try out what’s new or try new things that my hair could be missing.
This product was lovely to use. It was thick and creamy and smelt Devine, like I love most of my treatment products. My hair is still short so the little pack was enough to easily and thoroughly cover the entire head. The hair felt really lathered with the stuff.
Did I mention that the smell was amazing? If I haven’t let me say it. The pack is a little doze of coconut awesomeness. After washing it off, here’s the verdict;
—Hair didn’t necessarily ‘feel’ soft so the touch but was surprisingly moisturized. When I combed through the hair, the comb went in and out with ease. So I guess it did its duty. I’ll have to check tomorrow how my hair feels then I will let you know. But overall, I loved the product.

I have unfortunately changed my mind about the above review. Check the follow-up review and let me know how you found the product if you have ever used it. My thumbs up for this product has changed to a thumbs down :(. Pity – I loved how it smelt. 

 

Product review (Dr Miracle’s Follicle Healer) January 25, 2015

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So as a natural newbie, anything that contributes to keeping my hair ultra-moisturized and soft is a must. It is also no news that natural sisters like trying out different products so here’s what I tried during my last deep conditioning treatment.

I bought a small one-time pack of Dr Miracle’s Follicle Healer (Deep conditioning treatment) from Clicks and I couldn’t wait to try it out. I usually wash my hair every 2nd week if it is not in protective styling. I alternate shampoo wash and co-washing. So this time I co-washed because I had run out of shampoo and my hair was clean as I had washed it the day I big chopped. After washing, I applied the product on my short hair and it felt tingly from the get-go.

Ups 👍👍👍
– The product has good slip and is very easy to apply.
– It smells great – like menthol.
– It tingled the whole time I had it on so it made me believe it was working 😜. I suppose only time will tell if my follicles have been given a treat.
– My hair was left very soft. I could even feel the softness the following day.
– I will definitely use this product again. ❤️

Downs 👎👎👎
– My hair is short but the pack didn’t feel enough. People with longer hair might need 2 or more packs to cover their heads.

If any of you has tried it out, please share your comments with me. Also please share some of your go-to deep conditioning treatment with me.

 

Product review (Sofn’Free – Hair Mayonnaise) December 21, 2014

Everyone who has natural hair or who is transitioning to natural knows the difficulty of finding products that work for your individual hair. The first challenge is knowing where to start and then the second becomes finding the right products while maintenance is quite another topic for another day. In my own quest for the right products, I have tried a couple that were good and some that were misses.

When my hair is not in plaits or any type of protective styling, I wash it every 2 weeks and deep condition. My product of choice for deep conditioning is the Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise. I used this product even when I still kept relaxed hair and I love it. This weekend though I visited my parents and had run out of my usual product so the local store didn’t have it and rather had a product I had never seen or heard of. This is the Sofn’ Free Hair Mayonnaise. Since it was 3 times cheaper than my usual one, I decided to give it a try.

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The first thing I noticed about this hair mayo was that it was quite thick and that while I was applying it to the hair, it seemed to get absorbed into the hair instead of just sitting on the hair. I ended up using a lot of it because I wanted to adequately cover all the hair. 45 minutes later I washed it off and my hair felt amazingly soft; not dry and steel-wooly. I absolutely loved this product and will most definitely use it again. But my mom took mine so it means I must got buy another one. Huh! I most definitely recommend this product to everyone.

 

T444Z hair food October 21, 2014

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So I am a very big skeptic when it comes to “miracle” hair products simply because I have used so many with little or no results at all. When my friend Lebo Mangcwatywa introduced me to this product, I gave another “whatever!” I have battled with a receded hairline for many many years. In fact I do not remember the last time I had a full hairline. Many years of tight styling in the name of the-tighter-it-is-the-longer-it-will-last resulted in this sad reality.

I did a Google search of the hair food and the website was not very….uhm…easy on the eye. I am hoping I can still be able to convince them to use their primary colours differently so that the website looks more inviting and not so glaringly bright and harsh on the eye. The website explains how the product works and has pictures of a lot of ladies who are using or have used the product with amazing results.

So a few weeks after hearing of the hair food and convincing myself to give it a try, I decided to order my first tub. I almost fell off my chair when I was told the tub cost R320. What? I mean this little tub costs that much? “It had better work” I said to Ntombi, the lady who sold it to me. I started using the hair food very begrudgingly but I had just paid over R300 for it so I was very eager to see the results.

After having used the product for about 2 months, I could say a whole lot, but then again as they say, a picture says a thousand words!

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