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​PRODUCT REVIEW: Aussie Miracle range products

Hi guys, so I tried out the Aussie Miracle products and thought I’d share my thoughts on them.
This review is not sponsored and this is my honest opinion on these products.

Aussie Frizz Miracle Shampoo

On the label it says that the shampoo is for flyaway, frizzy, “please sit still” hair. If there’s one habit I’ve developed as a naturalista when it comes to hair products it’s that  when I have been won over by the front label of a product, I immediately flip to the other side to see exactly how true it’s claims are by going through the label. 

One of the ingredients that will have me returning a product right on the shelf is sodium laureth sulphate.

In the past using shampoos with sulphates have left my hair crunchy right after rinsing which would follow with an irritated scalp that would last for almost a week. So was kind of wary when I saw this ingredient on the label of the shampoo. But just this once curiosity got the best of me, plus I got these for a bargain at Clicks so I said why not? 

This shampoo smells amazing just like bubble gum and looks like it.  It’s silvery Blue in colour.It’s not too runny and lathers up almost immediately. It really cleaned out my hair of the build up caused by my castor oil and moisture sprays.

My hair did not feel stripped of moisture to that squeaky clean feeling (this is an indication that all oils have been stripped from your strands) even when I went for a second wash with the shampoo, something I don’t usually do. Hair felt clean but moisturised, soft and spongey. Also I could see a few curl clumps forming before even applying the conditioner. And my hair was shiny! I then rinsed out with warm water to open up hair cuticles and prepare for conditioner moisture.

Bottom line: 

For a shampoo with sulphates it’s amazing. No crunchy feeling you get after washing your hair with a sulphate infused shampoo. It cleans out all the dirt and grease from your hair while at the same restoring moisture into hair. 

If it wasn’t listed in the ingredients I wouldn’t know there were any sulphates.
I would recommend this to naturalistas who feel that sulphate free shampoos don’t seem to be working well for and are looking for a good shampoo thats cleans all gunk away without stripping moisture.
Ps. I experienced some *very minor* irritation after the first wash. But strangely nothing happened the second time round

Photo cred: me 🙂

Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner

The label says that it’s for hair that is ‘dry / damaged / a bit unhappy’

[Side note: although I would consider my hair to be healthy, I always go for products that say ‘dry, damaged and frizz prone’ because my hair is kinky and needs all the moisture it can get.]

 It smells sweet and nutty, looks like Aloe Vera gel and is of a jellylike consistency. For those of you who use makeup, it feels a little bit like primer and with this conditioner a small amount is enough to melt tangles, I promise.
I applied the conditioner on soaking wet hair —as I have highly porous hair so towel drying will result in me applying conditioner to dry hair. 

Detangled by sectioning, brushing and twisting hair into smaller parts (8 to be exact lol) 

8-10 mins later I rinsed out with cool water to seal in moisture.
Curls were popping!!!🙌 No frizz and my hair was so soft to the touch. Not sure if my new detangling hairbrush had something to do with it too but I was  impressed. It looks something like this: 


With my hair still wet, I applied my fusion oil and let it air dry. When it dried, I still expected my hair to feel a little crunchy but nope! It was shiny, felt strong and smelled amazing!
Aussie products are available at Clicks stores and retail from R69.95

​How to eliminate a pimple as soon as it appears

How to eliminate a pimple as soon as it appears.

I just recently discovered this method while mixing and trying different combinations with my natural products.

This mixture uses activated charcoal and bentonite clay and is by far the fastest natural method that has ever worked for me calming breakouts with immediate results. I have tried this quite a few times with consistent results. 

Since charcoal and bentonite clay both pull out impurities in your skin through adsorption I imagined it would make the ultimate impurity destroyer and I was right because although both have adsorbing qualities they do so differently. 

Activated charcoal soaks up impurities and toxins from deep within the skin and has been used for years to treat poisoning and more recently to detox. It also does so at a much faster rate than bentonite.

Bentonite clay is aged volcanic ash that has been mined and has also been used for years to promote internal cleansing. This ingredient plays a big part in calming inflammation and drying out the pimple.
All the ingredients I was able buy from my local Dischem pharmacy.
What I use:

  • A small mixing bowl
  • Plastic teaspoon (this is very important as a metal teaspoon will cause bother the clay and charcoal to lose their impurity pulling properties)
  • 2 teaspoons of activated charcoal
  • 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon of aloe vera juice ( this is optional and can be substituted with water)

    Preparation:
    In a small mixing bowl, gently dry mix the activated charcoal and bentonite clay together then slowly add the aloe vera juice. 

    Note that bentonite clay swells to double its size when mixed with water so a little goes a long way.
    Stir until it forms a consistent paste.
    Proceed to apply on pimple and problem areas.
    Allow the paste to dry completely. This should take about 7-10 minutes
    Rinse off with warm water and a gentle face soap while rubbing away the mixture.

    After his you can continue with your normal skincare routine. You will notice that the pimple will come to head but will be dried out.

    Tell me what you think after trying this out!

    Bouncy Bantu knot out results

    ​Today I’m in the best of moods!! I feel like God was smiling on my fro and I. 

    After having being way overdue for wash day (by a little over 3 weeks 🙈) I finally got around to doing it.

    The journey starts last night yesterday when knowing I would have a busy day ahead, I dragged my feet for this planned wash day turning it into a wash night (yep, that’s a thing too) and I was sad because I couldn’t find my favourite paddle brush and would have to detangle with a wide tooth comb. 

    I made a hair mask using activated charcoal, bentonite clay, tea tree oil and aloe vera and applied it on damp hair to get all the buildup out then followed it with a quick shampoo using the Garnier ultimate blends sleek restorer

    Next, I decided to give the ORS Hair Mayonnaise that’s been sitting on my shelf for months now a second chance. Since by then it was so late at night I couldn’t wait for the recommended 15 mins and just added the Garnier conditioner ontop of it and started with the detangling.

    By then it was 11 PM  and I started with blow drying on medium heat using some heat protectant, my favourite — caivil fusion oil and a little bit of gel. The whole time I was blow drying I kept thinking: Lydia why do you do this to yourself? lol

    I went on to start Bantu knots and crossed my fingers for great results as I went to bed.

    In the morning when I took down the knots… Hellooo yummy curls 🙂
    Couldn’t help but snap a few shots of this Bantu knot out 😀

    ​How to get strong, healthy and manageable natural hair

    This is what I’ve learnt over the 5 years of being natural. This is isn’t an exhaustive list and there are many things I used to do that I am not so strict on anymore. This is what I really want to explain everytime someone asks me what I do to get my hair looking as healthy as it is. I usually just give them the basics or awkwardly go with ‘it’s castor oil and washing with conditioner’ because I might leave them confused if I started gushing about natural hair, sulphates, all the do’s and don’ts and must haves.
    Be gentle and patient. Contrary to what most people believe, ethnic hair is the most fragile of all hair types and although appears to be strong and unruly requires the gentlest of means to be tamed.

    Cut out the products with sulphates. Sulphates are the ingredients in your shampoo (and sometimes conditioner) that hair care companies add in to make your shampoo foam and get all the dirt out. Their names on products range from sodium lauryl sulphate to ammonium lauryl sulfate. The problem is that these ingredients harshly strip coily hair of natural oils and this is immediately  noticeable with that squeaky clean feeling you get after a wash which is followed by crunchy hair when you attempt to dry and comb your hair.

    Always use conditioner. Conditioner is your best friend. Before going natural I didn’t  think it made a difference whether I used conditioner after washing my hair or not. But now I wouldn’t even dream of getting my hair wet if there won’t be some kind of conditioner around for me to use.

    Do not attempt to tackle and detangle/comb dry hair. Have a spray bottle handy to lightly spritz your hair. When combing your hair, finger detangle or use a wide tooth comb or paddle brush. I personally prefer a paddle brush as it untangles my strands effectively.

    The best time to safely detangle your hair is when you have conditioner in it. Just don’t over-manipulate your hair for long periods of time while wet or you might experience hydral fatigue.

    Do not compromise on quality. Read what goes into the product you are about to purchase/use. Most products will say something like olive or Shea butter on the front only to have that ingredient far beyond the 8th ingredient or worse not even have it included in the product.

    Don’t become a product junkie it doesn’t help. You’ll only end up with drawers full of products and disappointment at your delayed hair growth. I’ve been there.

    Do get your hair trimmed professionally regularly. I tried to put this off for as long as possible or trim it by myself and it just made my split ends worse that at some point I felt like my hair wasn’t growing anymore.

    Try to be consistent with moisturising your hair this will help reduce the amount of hair that breaks when you comb your hair.

    Keep it simple. Do not use so many different products that you can’t tell whether something is working or not. By simplifying your hair routine you can tell how everything is working for you. Always changing your hairstyle while neglecting it is a recipe for disaster. Give your hair some time to breathe after taking out a hairstyle.

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    Here are the must haves in my opinion. The other things out there are just things that will make your hair journey interesting and for those moments when you want to be a lil’ extra fancy:

    A good shampoo and conditioner

    A rattail comb, wide tooth comb or paddle brush

    A good boar bristle brush or one with a blend

    Heat protector protectant

    A spray bottle for spritzing with water throughout the day

    Metal-less hair ties

    Hair oil: Coconut, olive or castor. I currently use the Caivil fusion oil which has a blend of all these oils and more. It’s amazing!

    Bobby pins!!

    Satin head scarf or pillowcase

    Hair dryer for days when air drying just won’t do or if you’re like me can never wait for hours till my hair dries.

    So this is what I could think of of the top of my head and hope that it could help someone out who doesn’t know yet that this is the information they are looking for.