Best 5 Natural Curly Hair Products Of 2017!

2017 has been a great year for me! My blog and brand has grown so much! I released my first ever self-published book 'Get My Curls Back!' available to buy on Amazon, held 2 curly hair events in London, travelled and worked with so many brands! 

Inbetween all of the work I was able to try out a bunch of new products this year and found it hard choosing my top 5 (check out the link at the end of this post for more). The 5 I have mentioned are products I felt have benefited my hair the most, whether that be for moisture, definition or even bank balance lol.

Check out the 5 game changers and why I recommend them.

1. SheaMoisture Sacha Inchi Oil Omega 3-6-9 Curl Defining Smoothie
£20 http://amzn.to/2pM6Sam

If you are looking for a 1 product wash and go (I know I have been for a while!) this is the product for you! It's heavy enough to use alone but not too thick that it doesn't' penetrate my low porosity hair! It gives me amazing definition when applied to wet hair section by section finger detangling. It's an all in one in a decent sized tub (the standard size of their deep conditioners). It works for me way better than the popular Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie other naturals love.

I picked this up in the USA but you can buy it online.

2. CURLS Blueberry & Mint Tea Scalp Treatment
£20 http://amzn.to/2lcP0AT

STIMULATION! I have tried many oils (made by brands and just stand alone natural oils) for my scalp over the years but this oil right here! I feel the magic happening as soon as it touches my scalp. It's a great texture, not too thick, so is very easy to massage and cover the scalp. The applicator is my favourite part as it is extra long and perfect for those with really thick hair! It's been helping my edges thicken so I will definitely look forward to continuing using this next year!

3. Cantu Moisturizing Curl Activating Cream
£7.50 http://amzn.to/2DtV0f1

This year's go-to add-on product for when I want to switch up my wash and go! If you are a follower of mine you will know I love to pair styling products with the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in for the best wash and go's and this is a great add on. Its very creamy and smells AMAZING best smelling product of the year I always get compliments when I use it.

Again with all leave-ins and stylers I recommend using on wet or soaking wet hair for best results.

4. GroHealthy Shea & Coconut Flat Out Frizz Fighter 
£4.50 http://amzn.to/2zIbZZ7

Bargain of the year!! I have always advised curlies to steer away from the cheaper products as I assume that they will have cheap harsh ingredients and dry out the hair. I was proven wrong with this line! I loved the frizz fighter as it made my hair feel super soft and also hydrated. Not the best of leave-in's but if you are in need of a quick fix and on a budet this is a perfect choice!

5. Noughty Intense Moisture Treatment
£8.99 https://noughtyhaircare.co.uk/products/to-the-rescue-intense-moisture-treatment

So happy Noughty gifted me with their new product releases and this hair treatment was AMAZING! It is now my favourite of all year, it's very water based and you would almost think how is this a treatment but once used you will see why! Super moisturising and really easy to apply with great slip.

2017 has been a great year of product releases and I still have a huge to buy list from brands like Bounce Curl, Mielle Organics & Camille Rose Naturals! I hope this list helped, let me know what products you have tried or what your favourites of the year have been?

Want to see what other products made my list? 

Download my full 2017's favourite hair products guide HERE



How To Refresh Curly Hair (Using Deep Conditioner!)

New routine alert! Ms product junkie over here has discovered (well new for me) a new way to refresh my curls. The whole routine is demonstrated in the video below!

My top tips for refreshing curly hair are,

1. Use a spray bottle
The whole point of refreshing your curls is to skip the wash process! You don't want to have to soak your hair in the shower, simply use a spray bottle for more controlled wetting of the hair to make it damp! This will make styling easier and the drying process quicker.

2. Use the right products
In this case, I have used a moisturising hair masque from Muxima (which contains CAVIAR!) and amazing conditioning benefits. This will be good for treating the hair and refreshing at the same time (kill 2 birds with 1 stone!). Products with chemicals and drying agents will only make your refreshing process harder as you'll end up with frizzy dry hair.


What products do you use to refresh your curls?



NUGG Hydrating Lip Mask & Exfoliating Lip Smoother Review

Unfortunately, winter is upon us here in the U.K "BOOO!" My least favourite time of year. I don't know about you guys but I always suffer from drier skin in the colder months which of course affects my lips too! Thankfully NUGG has gifted me with 2 lip care products to test out and prepare my lips for what's to come!

Exfoliating Lip Smoother (Retail Price £9.99)

I was immediately taken towards this product as I love lip scrubs but the laziness in me prevents me to use them lol. So it's great to buy a product ready made and easy to store for when you are ready to use it again. I am in love with the look of this little gem (exactly what it reminds me of) it has a chrome sleek look and a pink tone to it. After taking in the chic appearance, I then looked at the ingredients and was impressed as the product is 100% natural. 

It includes a vanilla aroma and ingredients include,
Cocoa butter 
Sugar granules 
Abyssinian Oil 

When you open the scrub you have to be very careful as it isn’t a balm texture, you can see the sugar granules that will naturally remove dead skin from your lips. The instructions say to scrub on the lips gently and then wipe off dry with a tissue. I opted for kitchen towel as toilet tissue would fall apart.

When rubbing gently (be careful not to be harsh as it can cause your skin to rip/bleed!) a little goes a long way and you can be gentle. I could feel my skin being removed and moisture restored. I saw a difference straight away! 

I would definitely buy this product only due to the fact that it looks cute, works well and I am to lazy to make my own... Great product!

Lip Moisturising Mask - (Retail price £9.99 ) 

A mask for the lips? I mean why not? they work well enough for our face and hair! Reading the product name at first, I thought wow why didn't I think of this earlier! So first impressions the packaging is gorgeous, I really just wanted to add it to my dresser as the chrome round packaging is so pretty and chic.

Next, I had a look at the ingredients and was also surprised as it included 100% natural ingredients which a lot of higher-end beauty brands usually say they are natural but are more like 80-90% natural (lol).

Ingredients include, 

Shea Butter 
Coconut Oil 
Liquorice Root Complex 

Next, when opening the lip mask it looked the same as most lip balms available on the market at the moment but had a totally different texture to it. The product feels like a lightweight face cream which was not was what I was expecting at all. I imagined it to be more of a thick mask that soaked into the lips overnight. Instead, it felt more of a thin film over the lips which did not feel nice and you are meant to leave overnight without touching your lips at all. 

The next morning I didn't see much difference and it definitely wasn't lip plumping (or maybe my lips are just already plumped in the mornings) but I felt no tingles at all which is what I would expect from a 'lip plumper'. I wouldn't purchase this product personally as I feel it didn't do much for me and I could have left a lip balm on overnight and probably get better results. 

When used together these products are the ultimate lip primer to create smooth moisturised lips so that your lipstick/gloss doesn't crack (which isn't attractive!).

I would 100% purchase the scrub as it is so practical and easy to use, it worked straight away and got rid of dry skin. 

However, these products are definitely for those who have the money to spend so if you want to really treat yourself they are nice little add-ons to buy and GREAT christmas gifts!



Hair Growth Update!

For the past 2 months, I've been taking the CURLS liquid vitamin for the 3 month #GrowAndSlay challenge! It is now the end of month 2 and look at my amazing results!

From the outside it is noticeably different in length but from the inside, my hair feels so much thicker and when my hair is wet I can feel it touch waist length! 

Check out my full hair update below from my latest video along with an update on products and my heat damage.

If you want to join the CURLS #GrowAndSlay challenge, register here,

Stock up on your liquid vitamins here, 

Join the Facebook group,

Post your monthly length checks with #GrowAndSlay #FrizzFreeCurls 
And you could win $1000!

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