Wake Up Your Curls

Nothing But product line upI have been using the Sofn’ Free Curl Wake Up Spray for about a year now and I am really pleased with the results. You know the phrase, ‘If it ain’t broke…’?

Thought I would remind you all of how easy this is to use, what a transformation and gives your hair and find out if any of you, our Haircoustic readers, have used it before?

The spray can be spritzed directly onto damp hair for an extra wet look. Your curls will stay defined and the product will also keep your tresses nice and moist.

The way I use it is sprayed directly onto dry hair. It will give curls an instant lift and also helps detangle. When I want to style my hair, I will spritz this on before brushing. The curls stay relatively defined for the day, there is no obvious scent and my hair is quite long and probably takes about six to seven sprays.

My hair after the Sofn' Free Curl Wake Up Spray is applied

My hair after the Sofn’ Free Curl Wake Up Spray is applied

After you have applied it, lock in the moisture with a serum or oil, such as the Aussie Dual Personality Curl Definition which is really good if your hair is quite frizzy, like mine. The other option is to add an oil before you style or just over the tips of your hair and around the edges to seal in the moisture.

I would definitely recommend it and if you’re lucky, you can usually pick-up a bottle for about £3.99 at most black or Asian hair stockists.

Rating: 4/5

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Slick it back with Anti-breakage Edge Control Hair Gel: The Review

Anti-breakage Edge Control Hair Gel, by ORS

Anti-breakage Edge Control Hair Gel, by ORS

Since the Afro Hair and Beauty Show 2015 @afro, I have been very experimental with my hair products. With all the samples, competitions and giveaways, thought it would be the best time to try and few things out and see if my regime could be improved.

This week, I am trying a new product to tame my flyaways.

Anti-breakage Edge Control Hair Gel

This lightweight fixing gel is quite good at doing what it says on the tin. Firstly, it’s a gel and is quite a hard substance. Unlike the usual gels on the market for women, it’s quite light, smells nice and contains some essential oils for your hair.

I have quite frizzy hair so my baby hairs at the front of my head tend to flyaway easily and not much can keep them in place on a windy day!

As it’s quite warm in London at the moment, I haven’t done the ‘wind’ test as yet. But in terms of hold, it’s pretty good. It doesn’t leave any flaky mess behind and you only need a small amount for medium hold of a hairstyle.

The Anti-breakage Edge Control Gel, by ORS, dissolves nicely in your hair and is't flaky

The Anti-breakage Edge Control Gel, by ORS, dissolves nicely in your hair and is’t flaky

On the downside, the hard texture in the tub means you have to give it quite a rub between your palms or fingertips before it’s pliable. This then leaves your hands a sticky. Saying that, it’s not too gloopy and because it contains coconut oil, it dries nicely on the hair… and the skin!

The other thing is, it isn’t an extra firm hold, like you would achieve with hairspray or one of the run-of-the-mill hair gels, so I wouldn’t recommend it for mixed race hair, frizzy hair or very very thick hair as you would need to use quite a bit. It’s one for everyday use.

This gel by ORS has a nice light texture and contains coconut oil

This gel by ORS has a nice light texture and contains coconut oil

Rating: 3.5/5

Well done ORS!

 

Moringa Soap – Increases Sex Drive

I bought this natural, homemade bar of soap from Dicksons Natural Beauty Products. Their stand is massively busy every year at the Afro Hair Show in London, for good reason. They sell great natural products. It cost £5 and I thought it was worth a shot.

IMG_20150527_101230I lived in Jamaica from 2013-2014 and found that moringa had become the new miracle plant there – from teas to oils, moringa was the plant of choice. It seemed like if a problem existed, moringa was the undisputed cure for it. But what is moringa, and what makes it so special?

You just need to barely tap into the internet to find out more. WebMD has an excellent short introduction to moringa – definitely read this. In short, moringa is a plant that grows in warm climates. The whole plant has medicinal properties, and its bark, roots and leaves are used to make medicine for anaemia, infections and joint pain to mention a few.

IMG_20150527_101149So onto the sex-drive bit. This soap is many things but it did not increase my sex drive. The soap smells beautifully herby and it is the most relaxing smell for me to date. I can’t help but feel relaxed, and for romance, I guess it would work. It won’t send you over the edge for sure! The cleansing properties are obvious – it strips your skin of dirt and oil – you feel squeaky clean and calm. This soap does not moisturise, but who cares!

Ratings: 7/10

It smells great, but I have not seen any obvious changes in my skin after using it for a month. Oh yeah, and no changes in sex drive… which is fine by me to be honest!

There’s still time to bag a basket of Hair & Beauty Goodies from Haircoustics

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It’s competition time, and our first ever giveaway. To be in with a chance of winning a basket of hair products just post a picture of your favourite hairstyle on our Facebook page by FRIDAY, June 5. Can’t get easier than that, but if you need convincing, here’s a sneak preview of what’s up for grabs.

Taliah Waajid – The Great Detangler 

This leave-in conditioner and co-wash promises to soften your hair on contact without the build-up.

From what we see online, people like this product – we’ll be reviewing it ourselves in due course.

Henna-Si – Silk Infused Hairdress Souffle 

Henna-Si Silk Infused Hair-Dress Souffle

It promises to be a light hairdress that adds body, movement and shine. It was initially meant for relaxed hair but the owners say it is suitable for natural hair too. This is the only product I’ve seen that encourages you to wear a silk scarf during the application process. Should be interesting – it’s a new line that seems to be offering something we haven’t seen before.

We will be giving away A LOT more, so please enter for your chance to win.

Afro Hair & Beauty Show 2015

ORS were promoting their new range, Curls Unleashed

ORS were promoting their new range, Curls Unleashed

The Afro Hair & Beauty Show returned for another year and did not disappoint.

Revellers were treated to an array of offerings at the two day event, which took place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, North London on May 24 and 25.

New brands featured in this hair and beauty extravaganza, included Henna Si, a new hair relaxer which claims to use 60 per cent less chemicals and African hair wrap producer Kiyani Wraps. New African Woman magazine also exhibited at the show and as always, Black Hair & Beauty sponsored the exhibition.

As well as the discounted hair products, consumers could also indulge in a bit of pampering, with massages, threading and henna tattooing also up for the taking. Continue reading

The Afro Hair & Beauty Show 2015 returns…

The 2013 exhibition

The 2013 exhibition

The two day hair and beauty event that you’ve all been waiting for is back!

This year’s Afro Hair & Beauty Show returns to The Business Design Centre in Islington, London from May 25 to May 26 and as always promises to be a hair and beauty bonanza. Continue reading

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara: The Verdict

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara, Black

Every girl loves a good mascara. When it comes to make-up, it’s all about the mascara. For some of us, mascara is a staple, regardless of the day, date or time and it’s even imperative if you’re just nipping out to grab some milk from the shop or putting out the rubbish!

Hypnose Drama Mascara by Lancome

Hypnose Drama Mascara by Lancome

For me, I swear by my mascara and wear it on it’ own just to make me look awake! It works wonders and I have often been told I look like I am wearing fake lashes – RESULT! Continue reading