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Old Wives Tail – Almond and Cinnamon Organic Hair Mask – Product Review

This weekend I needed to give my hair some TLC.  So I decided to try out The Almond and Cinnamon Organic Hair Mask. It is made by a Company called Old Wives Tale.

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Old Wives Tail is a small UK hair care company selling handmade organic hair care products, their products are sulphate and paraben free.

 

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Look how it came – pretty packaging

When describing their hair mask they say;

“This protein enriched mask is perfect for dry, broken and brittle hair. Bursting with vitamins and nutrients this almond oil and shea butter based mask will smooth and nourish your hair’s cuticles leaving you with soft, glowing and manageable locks”

This sounded like just what my hair needed. I first shampooed my hair then I slathered this product all over. It was rich and creamy like a body cream and it smelled so warm and yummy. I like the smell of cinnamon it reminds me of the holiday season. Hubby said I smelled like ‘food’ I will have to check with him if that was a compliment or not lol. I then went under my steamer for 15 mins, I wanted to be under longer but I had a visitor so I had to sit and chit chat for at least an hour before I washed it off my hair.

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Inside was rich and creamy

In this time I realised I had totally messed up! I should have read the instructions first!  With this hair mask, unlike any others I have used, you are supposed to just put it on your hair, leave it for one hour under a warm towel then shampoo out.

Always read the instructions!

Always read the instructions!

This really confused me as when I looked at the ingredients which are:
Prunus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Karite Butter Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil.

I thought to myself, why would I want to shampoo them out?

Almond Oil
Almond oil has polyunsaturated and mono fatty acids as well as vitamins E, D, B1, B2, B6 and A. These are all helpful nutrients that allow you to grow strong, healthy hair strands. Vitamin E is high in this product which helps you condition your hair

Shea Butter
Shea butter is a rich source of moisture, vitamins and fat for your skin it also has a natural factor 5 sunscreen

Cinnamon Leaf Oil
Cinnamon leaf oil helps stimulates your scalp and encourage healthy hair growth, it is known to help the thinning of hair.

Olive Oil
Olive Oil is known the make your hair thicker, fuller and more lustrous

These are the types of things that my hair likes to keep in!

Anyway I followed what it said and shampooed out – luckily I use a gentle shampoo. Unfortunately I did not like the feel of my hair after the second shampooing so I had to put another conditioner on just for 5 mins before I rinsed out.

My hair after an hour with it on

My hair after an hour with it on – not sure I was feeling it. It did suck up all the moisture though.

I couldn’t say I was a fan of the results, I am used to instant softness after a hair mask and my hair, whilst it didnt feel stripped it just did not feel right to me. I put my hair into two strands and left it to dry.

The next day when I undid my hair and erm….wow I need not have worried, it actually did what it said on the tin. What did they say? Soft, Glowing? Yes my hair was that, it was also shiny and it felt really nice. I would definitely use this again. I did not use flash in the photos below.

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Next time – I won’t be doing all that shampooing, I will still use it with the steamer as I really don’t have an hour to spare sitting with it on. Yes there will be a next time.

Moral of the story – read the instructions.

For more information visit www.oldwivestail.com

If you would like to win some Old Wives Tail Products, please visit this link

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The PuffCuff – Product Review

The PuffCuff – That name makes me smile, every time I say it, and there is a good reason why I should be smiling, it is one of the most creative things I have seen in a while.

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It is a hair clamp invented by Ceata E. Lash, which came on in February this year. It is developed specifically for curly thick hair, that helps you put your hair up in an afro puff at the speed of light, watch the video below. You can use it as an alternative from banana clips, elastic bands and bobby pins

So all you people that think you don’t have time before work, or you want simple styles, this could help you achieve it.  In fact I have seen lots of reviews and photos of people wearing it, as the video shows it’s so quick and easy to use.

How to use it

 

The day it arrived for me to sample my hair was in twists, and I didn’t  want to take them out so I wondered if it would work on twists as well. So I put it in and then tucked the ends under the clamp, I liked the results.

The Natural Lounge PuffCuff

Putting up twists with a PuffCuff

 

The PuffCuff is available for $11.99. For more information and to purchase yours visit www.puffcuffhairclamp.com

The creators of the PuffCuff are also currently doing an Indiegogo Campaign to help them launch smaller sizes of the clamp especially for children, if you would like to support, please click the link below.
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My Natural Meet Up at Africa Utopia

When wearing our natural hair was in its infancy, The Natural hair meet up, was simply that.  A group of like minded women, meeting up to stop, chat and talk hair. Believe you me, we can fill up a whole afternoon with hair talk. These women would often make friends and great number of hair care tips on products, salons, routines, they were informative, fun and gave everyone a sense of belonging

Slowly the humble meet up has evolved, now we have major events, where women can go to, shop, listen to seminars, watch fashion shows, the community is huge.

So when I was asked to host a Natural Meet up at the Africa Utopia festival in Southbank I was delighted. A meet up it was going to be.

With the help of Elle and Neecie from Natural Hair Daily and only an hour to fill, we decided that the best format was to have the attendees sit in a circle (no matter the size). We went around the room and everyone introduced themselves, and then it was time for hair talk. Someone would ask a question and the whole group would answer, it was lovely.

Some of the questions were…“Where can I go to the hairdresser?” “I am scared to put colour on my hair, what advice would you give?” “I don’t know how to style” “I work in a corporate environment and I just don’t have time” “what products should I use?”

The answers that people gave were very informative and people had great ideas. Through our own hair journeys we have become experts. Afterwards we even had time for a little networking

Here are some pics by  Natural Hair Daily and Abiodun Photography

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Me with Neecie Gold (on the Mic) and Elle Jourdainne of Natural Hair Daily. That bow is from the Swap Meet event I had last year

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Yes men attended, and this guy always had long natural hair but he recently big chopped

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This stunning creature in the middle described her hair at being in the awkward stange…WOW if that is awkward then cant we all be?

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Seriously? Awkward? I think more like HOT TO TROT – don’t be afraid of the big chop peeps!

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Elle giving advice, this lady wanted help with her daughters hair – I respect that!

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That head wrap was killing it!

 

Africa Utopia was a great day for me, the shopping was fantastic and as I previously mentioned the seminar I attended was really good. Perhaps you might check it out next year, and if I host another meet up stop by :)

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