Review of Righteous Roots Hair Rx

Review of Righteous Roots Hair Rx

I came across Righteous Roots Hair Rx by way of a few curly ladies on Instagram. Here was one oil serum that was being used as a hair thickener, growth agent, detangler, scalp stimulator, pre-poo, deep conditioner, anti-itch product, and seemingly a million things in between. I am a fan of oil for a variety of hair uses, so I had to give it a try.

My main goals with this product were: 1) scalp stimulation, 2) anti-itch and 3) hair growth. Hair Rx is formulated with 11 of the best oils for hair, including: coconut, Jamaican black castor oil, olive, grapeseed, sesame, peppermint, tea tree, jojoba, argan and rosemary.  Each of these oils has stand-alone benefits, but together can theoretically cure any hair ailment.

As far as my goals are concerned, this product definitely offers a stimulating scalp massage. The peppermint and tea tree oils leave the scalp ever so tingly, or “airy,” as I like to describe it. That means it’s working on those follicles. The smell is a mix of minty/woodsy/earthy. For me, it’s not great, but not bad either. The good news is the smell doesn’t linger too long in the hair, so it shouldn’t be of concern. I massage my scalp with 5-6 drops of this oil every other day. It feels like a mini spa moment (exhale…).

As for goal #2, anti-itch, this is a relatively new issue for me since I’ve started growing out my pixie cut. I’ve been trying to pinpoint the problem, since I don’t suffer from dry scalp, dandruff or any more serious skin conditions. I’ve read that itchy scalp could be caused by hair growth, product build-up, or just an irritation from an ingredient. While I’m figuring it out, Righteous Roots Hair Rx has come to the rescue. It provides fast relief, at least enough so that I don’t scratch the hell out of my scalp. The back of my hair, close to the nape of my neck, is the itchiest, so I’ll even spot treat that area once a day if I need to, massaging about 2 drops into that area alone.

I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to attribute hair growth (goal #3) to this product alone. But I do believe that everything I’m doing (scalp massage, essential oils, no heat or bleach, deep conditioning) contributes to my hair’s fast growth rate.

Overall, I would recommend this product for any of its promoted uses. You really can’t go wrong with essential oils. It’s easy enough to mix your own oils, but for those who don’t have the time to figure out the perfect balance, this product is it.

 

 

Review of Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque

Review of Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque

I have been using the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque fairly consistently over the last few months. I have to say, it really delivers! This deep treatment is packed with luscious ingredients that make my hair soft, shiny and moisturized. It seriously reduces my frizz and the good smell lingers for days.

When I wore my hair in a pixie I was using this hair masque only in the shower, leaving it on for maybe 10 minutes before rinsing it out. But when I decided to grow out my hair and revert back to my curls a few months ago, I knew I had to intensify my deep treatments.

These days I’m using it about once a week, leaving it on for the recommended 30 minutes under a shower cap. (I need to buy more heat caps. These are the ones I’ve used in the past). But even with only the heat generated from my head, this deep conditioner goes to work.

Here’s a summary of the featured ingredients from the packaging:

Manuka Honey: Anti-inflammatory properties soothe the scalp. Helps create a moisturizing barrier.

Mafura Oil: High levels of beneficial oleic acid help replenish oils stripped from hair.

African Rock Fig: Contains antioxidant Vitamin C, which helps keep hair looking vibrant.

Of course it contains Shea Moisture’s signature coconut oil and shea butter, PLUS avocado oil, mango seed butter and aloe leaf extract. What !?!?

This is an effective deep conditioner that gives me consistent results, reviving my curls each time I use it. I’ve definitely added this to my list of staple hair products.

Have you used this masque? Do you love it? Let me know!

-Thaïs 

 

 

 

Review of Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Styling Cream and Gel

Review of Ouidad Climate Control Styling Cream and Gel

Old Friend, New Friend

Summertime in New Orleans is a beast. With temperatures soaring into the low 100’s and humidity reaching 90 percent or higher, finding frizz controlling hair products is key to looking presentable.

I’ve been using Ouidad’s Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel for a few years now. I typically only need it in the summer because of aforementioned conditions. While I still have not found a “miracle gel” (if that even exists), this one does a pretty great job. It’s not sticky, the gel cast scrunches out very easily, and it leaves my hair feeling soft and lightweight.

BUT… this summer I needed another layer of frizz control. I’m still trying to gauge which products work in my hair at this new, shorter length. Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, my old standby, is too heavy now. I am also trying to make an effort to use products of the same line, since companies always say they work better together. So  I recently added Ouidad’s Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream to my product mix. Here’s how they worked…

How I Apply the Products

On freshly shampoo’d, conditioned, and t-shirt blotted hair, I shake my hair to let it fall into its natural curl pattern. I rake a nickel sized amount of the styling cream through my hair with my fingers, focusing on the crown, front and side sections. I then rake a nickel sized amount of gel through the same sections, finger coiling sections that are prone to frizz. To avoid sleeping on wet hair, I diffuse on the low, warm setting, sealing it with a shot of cold air.

The immediate results are good!

Curly Hair Results from Ouidad Climate Control Products

Pros:

Lightweight

Too much of any product tends to weigh down my hair, but even with these two together, if feels like I have nothing in my hair. My hair is extremely soft, touchable and light. In addition, there is no feeling of product build-up. (Note: these products do contain amodimethicone, but when my hair is properly moisturized, these light silicones are not a problem for me. I found a really helpful article on NaturallyCurly.com explaining what amodimethicone is and how it functions.)

Moisturizing

My hair gets oily at the root, so with short hair, I don’t need a ton of added moisture. But I do need a bit, especially on the ends. With ingredients like olive oil and Meadowfoam seed oil, the Featherlight Styler seems to provide just the right amount.

Cons:

Doesn’t Fight Frizz for the Long Haul

To clarify, the gel on its own does fight frizz for me, regardless of the day. But I’ve noticed that it is much more effective when I combine it with a different leave-in, like Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie or Giovanni’s Direct Leave-in Weightless Moisture Conditioner.

When I use the Featherlight Styling Cream, I notice that I have more frizz past day 1 or 2 (compared to other styling creams). I believe the culprit may be the high amount of glycerin in the product. I live in a VERY humid climate, and I think the glycerin is just drawing in too much moisture into my hair, causing it to swell and raise the cuticle (aka frizz). However, when I recently visited Atlanta, which has less humidity, I had incredibly smooth and frizz-free hair with the Ouidad cream and gel duo.

In summary, I do think the styling cream can be an effective product, just not for my extremely humid climate. The gel continues to work for me and I will purchase it again.

I hope this review is helpful! Have you tried these two products together, or anything else from the Ouidad Climate Control line? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Hair Growth Update: Short and Curly

short natural curls

It’s been about three months since I decided to grow my hair out and get back to my natural curls, and I’m so glad I did. Although I LOVE a fly short haircut, I was ready for something more carefree. When a pixie blows in the wind it doesn’t quite give the same effect as flowing curls. 🙂

Since I started growing my hair out I’ve cut it about three times: twice I trimmed my own bangs and once I got a professional shape-up. I had been letting the front grow longer than the back and sides, but it got to a point where my hair was in my eyes and it was annoying. So I went and got a round, symmetrical cut that could grow out for a few months. I’m sure I’ll still need to trim my own bangs as they grow and cover my eyes.

pixie with bangs
April 2018, when I decided to let my hair grow and get back to my curls.
short curly pixie with bangs
Mid June 2018, after a bang trim.
growing out a pixie haircut
Late June 2018, after another bang trim.
short curly hair
Early July 2018, after getting a professional shape-up. This is my new “grow out” cut.

I’m actually really enjoying this short curly cut. I may play with a few more short styles before I let it grow past my shoulders. This length is so fast and easy, not to mention cool in this New Orleans heat! I’m looking forward to the next phase, when the sides and back grow just a bit longer.

~Thaïs

Head Wrap and Peplum

fullsizeoutput_2174

As a busy mom to a toddler, my outfits tend to come together in a last minute, frenzied kind of way (that is, if I bother putting together an “outfit” at all). Every now and then, however, I end up with a combination I really like.

This phenomenon happened last Sunday when I went to grab lunch with a couple of friends at Atchafalaya Restaurant here in New Orleans. I thought I should document it in case I’m at a loss for what to wear for a future occasion. (Shout out to my photographer, aka Dad.)

I’ve been wearing more head wraps lately while my hair is growing out from a pixie. This one from The Wrap Life has been a favorite. It is 100% cotton, ties nice and snug, and does not fall off. I like to pull a few curls out just to be fancy.

fullsizeoutput_2176

It does feel good to dress up to go out again. I’m going to try and do it more often. Now, if I can just peel these sweatpants off… 🙂

Have a colorful week, folks!

~Thais

fullsizeoutput_2170

Head wrap: The Wrap Life
Sunnies: Tahari
Peplum Top: Express (old)
Boyfriend jeans: Fashion Nova
Wedges: I.N.C. (old)
Clutch: Cannot remember