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PRODUCT REVIEW: Aunt Jackie’s curls & coils Curl la la defining custard and In control conditioner

This is review of the Aunt Jackie’s products and how I tried them on dry hair and wet freshly washed hair. It took me two tries to figure this out.

Curl la la defining curl custard

If there’s something that immediately stands out with Aunt Jackie’s hair products it’s the yummy fragrance. It smells like a loaded berry smoothie. I liked it so much that I would shake my head happily just to get a whiff of the fragrance! 
For the first try I used it on dry hair in combination with a braid spray to mist. When applying the custard, hair was touchably smoother and easy to brush. I then tied it up into Bantu knots and left it overnight. 
The top Front of my hair curled perfectly but the back not so much as my hair texture is kinkier there. As for hold I wouldn’t recommend this hair custard as it didn’t really work for a Bantu knot out. In the product’s defence it does say ‘for natural curls’ so I’m guessing ‘fabricated’ curls like the Bantu knot out don’t count? 😅 I might try Aunt Jackie’s flax seed gel next time for a Bantu knot out.
The Bantu knot out result was lovely but in my opinion not very defined.

So I decided to give it a second try tweaking a few things. This time I did not layer the curl custard on any other product — layering can easily change the way your product works on your hair — I applied it on freshly washed hair and used Aunt Jackie’s​ in control “anti poof” moisturising and softening conditioner, sho! That’s a mouth full 😅
I used the Aussie​ frizz miracle shampoo going for a second wash to make sure that my hair was completely product-free.
Deep conditioned with Aunt Jackie’s​ in control conditioner. Since the directions​ said to use a generous amount, I did and detangled, sectioned & twisted my hair focusing on my nape hair as that is where my hair is the most coarse and coily. I put on a plastic cap and hopped into the shower while it deep conditioned with body heat.
After rinsing the conditioner out, I did a final rinse with 1 cup of aloe Vera juice + 1 cup of cold water all while my hair remained in sections (I’m really too lazy to undo individual sections​ just to rinse. Plus I like a little bit of conditioner left my twists​ for softness)
I must say my curls hardly ever clump regardless of the product I use but while undoing those twists to put in the curl la la defining custard, I noticed that they had clumped. I was impressed! Also my hair was soft. The deep conditioner worked really well.
To style, I decided to do something different so I braided​ my hair. What I loved is that since my hair was wet the coils formed much better at the ends of each braid which is everything if you want your twist out or braid out to look defined and frizz free when it will dry.
By morning I unbraided, fluffed my hair out and I was good to go!  I was so pleased with this braid out.
This is how it turned out:

Day 1
Day 2

Aunt Jackie’s products are great and you can expect your braid outs to last all day. I managed to stretch my style for 2 more days​. Now I’m definitely keen on trying the other products in this range.

If you’ve tried Aunt Jackie’s curls & coils products let me know how they worked for you below. I’d also love to know what products you’re using to define your coils!

​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

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 😀