|Coil Moisturizing Souffle (yellow) Curl Defining Creme Glaze (pink)|
|Hydrating Soak Shampoo|
This shampoo has sulphates in it. I typically use sulphate shampoos every 4 to 6 weeks to clarify my scalp from any product build up so that's fine for me. The smell was just so delicious. You only need a small amount to get a huge lather. I washed my hair twice with this and it didn't feel too dry so I was happy with this.
I think a lot of companies can shoot themselves in the foot by calling their conditioners a "detangler". This conditioner claims to offer "the slip you want making your hair a piece of cake to comb though". Not for me unfortunately. This product offered no slip for my hair and I definitely wouldn't be able to use it as a detangling conditioner. I didn't feel that it left my hair particularly soft. Considering that it's to be used after a sulphate shampoo this was pretty disappointing.
Curl Defining Creme Glaze and Coil Moisturizing Souffle
I wasn't really sure what the point behind these two separate products were. They are both to be used after conditioning and detangling with the Knot- Out conditioner. You're supposed to apply a generous amount to your hair and finger comb the product through then allow your hair to air dry. I could only guess that the glaze is a styling product and the souffle is a moisturizer. So I used the souffle in my hair and decided to use the glaze on my Nazuri Afro Kinky Curly extensions. Both products left my hair smelling wonderful but I felt like they could be more moisturizing.
Sheen Sealing Nectar
I used this product on my extensions for sheen. The shine you get from this is AMAZING. It does leave your hair feeling a little sticky at first but once it dries this goes away. I haven't been able to find another product that can beat the shine of this product.
10-in-1 Styles Gelee
This is supposed to be used as a styling product for twist-outs, bantu-knots etc. I found it a bit too thick.
If you don't like overwhelming sweet smells then this range isn't for you. I personally LOVE it! The whole range smells like Skittles, its got mango oil and its very strong. I love the bright packaging, the afro head is really pretty and there's a lot of information on the labels. Unfortunately, this isn't an all-natural product range. The range contains no mineral oil, parabens or petroleum. However, The shampoo has sulphates and bunch of other chemicals that I typically wouldn't like to use on an every day basis in my hair. At the meet-up a lot of the ladies in the focus group expressed some discomfort with the range being called "Anti-Shrinkage", it honestly didn't bother me. I did think if anything it's just a marketing ploy really because all the products contain water which is the main reason for shrinkage in any case.
All in all my favourite thing about the range was the smell. I found the ingredients list a little overwhelming for me with a bit too many chemicals than I'm typically comfortable with. The stand out product for me would definitely be the shampoo and the sheen sealing nectar. I'm not sure if this range is available in Nigeria yet but if it is I will definitely be repurchasing those two products.
As you know I started My Healthy Kick at the beginning of the year. As a self-proclaimed foodie and someone who enjoys cooking I've enjoyed reconnecting with healthy foods and learning more about what I'm putting in my body. A few years ago I switched to soy milk because I realised that my digestive system wasn't coping with regular milk well (it would always leave me feeling bloated, gassy and with horrible cramps). But I've learned that soy milk contains plant compounds called phytoestrogens or isoflavones. These compounds resemble human estrogen and can block your normal estrogen and disrupt endocrine function, causing infertility and increasing your risk for breast cancer. However these same compounds are said to reduce other types of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and help relieve menopausal symptoms too.
Truth is the research is pretty contradictory and for someone that likes the occasional soy latte, this may not be a problem but for me I decided to introduce another non-dairy milk product into my diet because I drink A LOT of milk. I put it in my porridge or cereal (which I have every day), smoothies etc not to mention that soy is found in a lot of the foods we eat. So I've decided to transition to almond milk which luckily is very easy to make!
|I got this brand for N2,500 from my local supermarket|
|Soak your almonds in cool water - you want to have at least an inch of water above the almonds|
|Soak the almonds over nigh (for at least 8 hours) then rinse them in cool water. You'll notice that the almonds are now plump and engorged.|
|Dates are an excellent natural way to sweeten your almond milk. I got this brand from Goodies in VI for about N600. Add a tablespoon to the blender along with the almonds and 3 cups of water|
|Blend for 3 minutes - use the Pulse setting to break up the almonds then blend until you have a smooth frothy mix|
|Here's the jug and linen cloth I used|
|Place the linen cloth in the jug as shown|
|Pour the almond, date and water mixture into the jug. The linen cloth acts as a filter. You can speed up the process by using a spoon or your hands to squeeze the almond meal against the cloth|
|Pour into an airtight container and store in the fridge. Your fresh almond milk should last you about 3 days|
Next month for me I'm going to integrate working out into my Healthy Kick. Once I'm at the gym or actually exercising I love the way it makes me feel but getting myself to do it is the hardest part. Day One of Fitness February starts tomorrow and right now I'm full of motivation! I'm aiming to get 14 workouts in the bag next month - wish me luck!
PS: I’m starting a series on here keeping you up to date on my journey I’m going to call My Healthy Kick. I’m thinking of doing updates every other week so let me know what you think? And if you've made any health/weight related resolutions let me know how your first month went. We can do it guys!
I recently went to Dubai and I wanted to share a few of my pictures with you. It was an incredible experience and I got to do a lot of firsts such as riding a camel, swimming with dolphins and dune bashing in the desert! Dubai's beautiful with so much to see and do, I can't wait to go back:)
|ATLANTIS THE PALM|
|ATLANTIS THE PALM|
|RUSSIAN DANCERS ON STILTS IN DUBAI MALL|
|ATLANTIS THE PALM|
|OOTN ON NYE|
|VIEW OF DUBAI MALL FROM STARBUCKS AKA MY 2ND HOME|
|JUST A FEW OF MY RIDES *COUGH*|
|FALCON SHOW IN THE DESERT|
|SUNSET IN THE DESERT|
|MY FAMILY <3|
|PARDON MY EDGES LOL|
|MY SISTER'S HENNA|
|WE RODE THIS GUY!|
|FEELING BRAVE WITH THIS OWL|
|BURJ AL ARAB|
|BURJ AL ARAB|