Monday, January 19, 2009

MLK-Obama Afro

Sporting an authentic Afro today, in honor of MLK and Obama. This is the first time I have intentionally made my hair into an Afro. It used to do this on its own when I was a kid. Picture Libby circa 1989. 

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Carol's Daughter Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo with Sea Moss

Working on my second Carol's Daughter shampoo, this one not as watery. The scent is better too--lavender and rosemary extracts are prominent. It's labeled for dry hair--"detangling formula." (I remember when Mom and I first heard that hair buzz word "detangle"--we thought if we could just find the right "detangler" I'd be all set. Ha. If we only knew.)

Not sure if this one really detangles any better than the Tui Herbal. Though I do find that finger-combing in the shower works best for any kind of mattiness or dredlock creepin' in.

I'm going through this bottle much faster than the Tui Herbal, but I don't think that's because it actually takes more product to get the job done. Maybe--because it's not so watery and I'm not worried about spilling it everywhere I'm not as frugal. Plus, as my natural hair has been growing out, I actually find that I can wash it a bit more often (every four days is just right, whereas before I needed six). I think what I like best about this product is the combination of sea moss and peppermint. The mint notes give it just enough clarifying quality, while the sea moss (and maybe also the aloe vera) seems to come through and add some graininess, which is great for exfoliating and scalp-scrubbing. Now, with all-natural products you won't find lather, so don't go looking for it. Small loss anyway, trust me. 

Goes just fine with Hair Milk as a after-wash leave-in.

This one rates higher for me than the Tui Herb, mostly due to the pleasant scent and the creamy feel. 

Carol's Daughter Tui Herbal Shampoo and Hair Milk

A few months ago I finished my first bottle of Carol's Daughter product: Tui Herbal Shampoo. Carol's Daughter is a strong brand, well-known to most curlistas. Natural ingredients, meant for the curliest of curls--very popular among black and biracial folks too. Tui Herbal is one of the brand's bestsellers, and is made from extracts such as lavender, rosemary, sage, nettle, clover, and aloe vera. You can imagine the smell, since there is no parfum content. It is runny, but in the way that clarifying shampoos from the 1990s were. And, actually, it is quite clarifying, which sometimes can be hard to achieve when you're looking for extra conditioning. After a wash my hair/scalp felt absolutely squeaky clean. And herbally. No product residue (does this have to do with the no-lather factor?). No sense that I maybe didn't get it all rinsed out. Absolutely no frizz. Definitely recommend it. The watery-ness made it a bit difficult to use and regulate amount, but hey--small sacrifices I say. 

Following a wash I'd use leave-in Hair Milk (see photo), which is meant for dry curls, and coats the hair with various oils such as soy bean, sweet almond, lemongrass, apricot kernel. There is fragrance in it, but almond oil itself will do it for me. A small amount goes a long way, and I'm only just getting to the bottom of the bottle after 24 months! This is a keeper, and I definitely recommend it for a daily leave-in. 

Apparently now CD offers a "new and improved" version (see photo) of the Tui Herbal with added moisturizing ingredients "to create a thicker shampoo." (side note: These two products were given to me by Brandon, so in some small way they are a reminder of our relationship to me. It has me wondering if there will be a "new and improved" and even better relationship between us down the road...)