Tuesday, February 19, 2013

***OBI Natural Hair Care Product Review & Giveaway***

So I was introduced to this product line a little while ago and I'm finally getting around to writing my formal review. In December of last year I was contacted by OBI Natural Haircare and given the opportunity to use 4 of the products from the line. Now, I will admit that I had not heard of the line prior to them contacting me so I immediately went to their website to see what products they had to offer and the ingredients in them. I was nervous about how I would like the products due to the high glycerin levels in them but was willing to give them a try and I'm glad I did. Check out my review.....

Name: Neem & Tea Tree Shampoo Bar

Ingredients: Saponified Oils of Coconut, Palm, Castor Bean, Safflower; Vegetable Glycerin, Purified Water, Essential Oils: Neem, Tea Tree, Rosemary Essential Oil, Sorbitol, Soy Bean Protein, Sorbitan Oleate, Fragrance. **

Product Promise: This invigorating shampoo soothes dry scalp and helps remove unwanted buildup, while alleviating itching and flaking. This cleansing shampoo is excellent for dandruff and psoriasis of the scalp.**

Review: After pre-pooing my hair I used the Neem & Tea Tree Shampoo Bar to cleanse my hair and scalp. The bar produced a lot of lather but was still gentle on my hair and scalp. After rinsing the shampoo my hair did not feel stripped however, my hair and scalp definitely felt clean and free of any buildup. The shampoo smelled just like tea tree oil (which is not my favorite scent) but to my surprise it failed to provide me with the "tingly" sensation that most products with tea tree oil in them do. Overall, the shampoo bar was just ok and for this reason I probably would not purchase this item.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Name: Curl Moisture Cream

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Vitis vinfera (Grape seed) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) oil, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Arctium lappa (Burdock Root), Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycine soya (Soybean) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Oil, Triethanolamine, Fragrance (Parfum). **

Product Promise: Use to add moisture and hydration to your hair.  Infused with argan oil, lavender oil, grape seed oil, vitamin E, and burdock root. Promotes hair growth without leaving your hair weighed down. **

Review: I've used the Curl Moisture Cream as my moisturizer before styling with the Curl Enhancing Custard and I used it alone to twist my hair with and I definitely prefer it coupled with the Curl Enhancing Custard. The cream does a good job at moisturizing my hair however, my kinky hair prefers heavier creams when doing twist styles. This cream is very light and fluffy which I didn't expect since it comes in a jar as opposed to a bottle. As the product promises it does not weigh your hair down which makes it great for a daily moisturizer/leave-in. Glycerin is the 5th ingredient listed so I expected the product to have that sticky feeling I have found products with glycerin to have but it did not which I was very happy about. The product smells kind of perfumey but it is not over bearing and does not linger.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Name: Curl Enhancing Custard

Ingredients: Purified water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vitis vinfera (Grape seed) Oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Vegetable Glycerin, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Triethanolamine, Xantham Gum, Fragrance. **

Product Promise: This alcohol-free formula hydrates, elongates, and provides super shine to all types of hair.  Does not leave a waxy residue or buildup. **

Review: I absolutely LOVE the Curl Enhancing Custard!! Of all the products I was sent the custard was the one I figured I would like the least. If you follow my blog you know that I mainly wear twist-outs and normally I do NOT like to twist my hair with gels. For the purpose of this review however, I decided to use it on my twist as opposed to doing a wash-n-go since those are usually hit or miss for me. I applied the Curl Moisture Cream as my leave-in and then added the Curl Enhancing Custard to each section of hair that I would twist. My twist-outs came out soft, shiny, and well defined each and every time I used the product. I couldn't believe that I enjoyed a gel for my twist as much as I did. The product has a pleasant smell, very similar to KCCC and the consistency is like a jelly. I would definitely purchase this product!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Name: Curl Hydration Spray

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Vegetable Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Rose Oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Soybean Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Triethanolamine, Fragrance (Parfum). **

Product Promise: Use daily to moisturize your hair and scalp, or to refresh your style. **

Review: The Curl Enhancing Custard and Curl Hydration Spray are tied as my favorite products from this line. Having vegetable glycerin as the second ingredient in this product I just knew I would not like it although I really wanted to. I've been searching for another hydrating spray to put in my rotation and I think I found a winner. As I do with all products that contain glycerin I applied a little to my hands so I can see if the product felt sticky. I was so shocked when it did not give me that feeling. I was still convinced that it would turn into a sticky mess when applied to my hair but contrary to my belief it felt great! I have been using the Curl Hydration Spray every morning and evening as a "refresher" spray to give my hair a light mist of moisture before styling and setting it for the night. This product absorbs into my hair quickly and leaves it soft and moisturized. In addition to loving the way the product works, I absolutely love the way it smells. It reminds me of rose water which I happen to love! Definitely purchasing this product!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Overall, I enjoyed the products from the OBI Natural Haircare line and was happy to have been introduced to them. The products are reasonably priced and packed with good ingredients that I'm sure you all will love. To find out more about the line and to shop visit their website at http://www.obinaturalhair.com/.

Here are a couple of pictures of my hair styled with the Curl Moisture Cream and Curl Enhancing Custard.

**information obtained from the OBI Natural Haircare website.

Disclaimer: I was given the above mentioned products solely for the purpose of completing this review. I was NOT paid or encouraged to provide a positive review. I have given an honest description of my experience with these products and I am in no way responsible for your experience with the product and/or company.

Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win ALL 4 of the products I reviewed. Good luck!!!

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

***My Black Skin...Giveway and Discount***

I hope you all enjoy this giveaway sponsored by the wonderful owner of my black skin is....One lucky winner will get to choose one of the six tee shirt designs pictured above.

The giveaway will run from Sunday January 27th until 12 am EST Friday February 1st. The winner will be announced on February 2nd. All entries will be verified so please make sure you follow the rules so your entry will count.  Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter to win.

The owner is also offering all of my loves 25% off everything on the website through February 28th. That is an amazing offer so hurry over to http://www.myblackskinis.com/ and get to shopping! Use the code: Kinky at checkout to get the discount. 

Good Luck and Happy Shopping!!

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

***The Happy Holidays Giveaway***

Tis the season for giving so here are some wonderful gifts from me to YOU!!!

There will be one winner for each prize who will be selected at random. The giveaway will run from December 16th until 12:01 EST on December 24th. The winners will be selected on December 25th. Use the rafflecopter widgets below to enter to win. As alwasy ALL entries will be verified so please make sure to follow all the rules so your entries will count!!!

Good luck and happy holidays!!!

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

***EboniCurls Giveaway***

Finally the giveaway you have all been waiting for......EboniCurls is hooking The Kinky Khronicles' fans up and so graciously providing 2 sets and 1 pillowcase for this giveaway! There will be 3 winners who will all be selected randomly. The giveaway will run from November 10th until 12:01am EST on November 13th. The winners will be announced on November 13th. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win. ALL entries will be verified so please be sure to follow the instructions so your entries will be counted.

Good Luck loves!!

**Giveaway is open to US residents only 

1st prize: Seasonal Zebra Set- Double Lined Ebonnet, pillowcase, scrunchie and a fleece throw blanket

2nd prize: Seasonal Retro Dreams Set-Ebonnet (NOT double lined), pillowcase, scrunchie and a fleece throw blanket

3rd prize: Minnie Mouse Pillowcase

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Product Review-Ebonnet by EboniCurls

A few weeks ago I posted on my Instagram and Facebook pages that I had finally purchased my first Ebonnet by EboniCurls and shortly after receiving it I expressed how after just a couple of days I was already in love with the product. Well, I'm happy to report that I'm still loving my bonnet, probably more now than I did before! I first learned about these handmade Charmeuse Satin bonnets when my sister and kurlfriend Janeen aka CoilyHeadChick did a review on her YouTube channel. I must admit that my initial thought was that the bonnets were expensive. I even told Janeen it was going to take some strong convincing to get me to buy one. I saw a few other reviews and every video I watched was a positive one. I happened to stumble upon the video Eboni did to explain the difference between her bonnets and the bonnets purchased at local beauty supply stores. After watching it I was convinced and made up my mind that I would purchase one. 

A little over a year ago I stopped wearing my bonnet and just slept on satin pillow cases because I noticed that my hair would feel and look dry after sleeping in the "satin" bonnets that I purchased from the beauty supply store. One of the first things I was told I needed as a natural was a bonnet, everyone swore by them so I was so confused when I felt like the beloved bonnet was working against my natural hair. I began searching natural hair forums to see if anyone else was experiencing the dryness that I was and was surprised that there were several naturalistas who were going through the same thing and that is when I gave up on the BSS bonnets.

Given my past with bonnets I was a little leery about wearing one again but I must say that I am so happy I gave this one a try. Upon receiving my Ebonnet in the mail the first thing I noticed was how well it is made. I could tell immediately that with proper care it will last me a while unlike the bonnets you purchase from the beauty supply stores. That alone makes the Ebonnet worth the money so any other benefits are a bonus. I have been wearing my Ebonnet every night since I received it and the way it keeps my hair moisturized is amazing. I still moisturize and seal my ends every day but the rest of my hair has not needed to be re-moisturized. This is a bonus for me because that means I don't need to add more product to my hair which allows me to wear light, fluffy twist outs that I love. The final thing that I would say I love the most about the Ebonnet is the size. It is so spacious making it perfect for any afro. The true test for me was wearing the bonnet to bed without re-twisting my hair. The bonnet is big enough that it protects my hair without smashing it so my fro does not lose its shape. I love that I can save so much time on styling my hair. I can take off my Ebonnet, spritz my ends with water, seal with an oil, shake, and go! 

Overall I am so impressed with the Ebonnet and definitely plan to buy more. I honestly don't have anything bad to say about it. On a scale of 1-5 it is definitely a 5 and I would recommend it to anyone! 

In addition to the bonnets Eboni makes and sells scarves, pillow cases, and scrunchies. All of her items can be purchased from her Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ebonicurls. While there are a lot of bonnets out there, there is only ONE Ebonnet so please make sure you all are getting the real deal!!

xoxo Kurlfriends   

Monday, September 3, 2012

***Urban Mosaics T-shirt Giveaway***

I'm so excited to be able to host a giveaway for Urban Mosaics!! I've had the pleasure of meeting and becoming good friends with the owner, Stacy. I love the designs, the message behind them, and the quality.

So here is the deal....one lucky winner will win one shirt of their choice. The shirt must be one that is currently in stock so you must visit the website www.urban-mosaics.com to see what is available.

This giveaway will run from September 3rd until 12:01 EST on September 8th. The winner will be announced on September 9th. ALL entries will be verified so please make sure you are following all the giveaway rules so your entries will count. Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter to win.

Good Luck!!

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Viviscal Extra Stength Hair Vitamins

Twist out a few days after the cut

A month or so ago I got a haircut because of the odd shape my hair had grown into. I had some breakage in the crown and some damaged ends in the front as a result of stress and failure to take care of my hair properly because of my hectic schedule. I wanted the haircut to fix all of that regardless of how short my stylist would have to cut it and she did just that. Once I saw how much of my hair was taken off I was kind of upset with myself for not caring for my hair as I should and knew that I needed to do better.

I've heard and read some great testimonials about Viviscal Hair Vitamins so I was extremely happy to be given the opportunity to try them out for myself. I received a 90 day supply of the Viviscal Extra Strength vitamins and began taking them on July 23, 2012. Viviscal offers two types of hair vitamins; this particular one is said to nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth. They are dietary supplements and the main ingredient in the Extra Strength vitamins is AminoMar C Marine Complex. The directions state that you are to take two tablets per day with water after food; one tablet in the morning and one in the evening.
While I've decided not to measure my hair until the end of the 3 months I can tell that there has been some growth, specifically at my edges. Whether or not the rate of growth is more than the typical rate, I don't know and won't be able to tell until after the 90 day period when I do my final length check. I measured my hair on the day I started taking the supplements and it measured as follows:
Left Back-5 1/2 inches
Right Back-5 1/2 inches
Left Side-6 7/8 inches
Right Side-7 inches
Crown-6 3/8 inches
Front Center-9 1/4 inches

Left-July 23rd
Right-August 19th
I will come back at the end of October with the results and comparison pictures so stay tuned for that!

Disclaimer: I was given this product for the purpose of completing this review. I was NOT paid or encouraged to do a positive review. I have given an honest description of my experience with this product and I am in no way responsible for your experience with the product and/or company.