I wanted to do a review of all Giovanni Products, since I am a big fan. I thought that I had tried them all (at least all of the shampoos and conditioners in the Organics line), but I noticed from thier website, that there is one that I have never seen in any stores that carry Giovanni. It is the
Have you seen it? What is it like? Where did you find it? How much is it?
I have decided to rate products on a YUM or YUCK basis. 3 YUMS= great stuff! 3 YUCKS= really bad stuff! And please comment if you think I am wrong, or right on the money!
I give Shakai Color Reflect Shine Serum:
This serum smells good, feels good, and works really well. Although it says that it is for color treated hair, I still decided to try it. I actually got it at Earth Fare because it was on clearance for $1.99, which is a real steal anywhere, but especially for hair products at Earth Fare! I have not seen the product in any beauty supply stores (mostly because, I don’t really shop in those stores for my hair products), but this line I am sure is in Health food stores because it is supposed to be natural/organic.
It contains: Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Ethyl Ester of Hydrolyzed Silk, Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsis Chinensis)*, Dimethiconol, Polysilicon-15, DiMethiconol Meadowfoamate, Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Natural Fragrance.
For this price the product promises to give “hair a brilliant shine and silky smoothness“. Just after a few days, I must say that it has kept my hair silky in this harsh cold weather. So I would recommend this product to people who want a light, non-oily, smoothing product for dry hair. I recommend serums in general for black hair because grease and oils may be too heavy sometimes.
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Follow the link below to find out what products to stay away from when choosing what is best for your hair.
I am posting this link because there are many people out there (including myself) who just bought a big bottle or have been using FOTE Aloe Vera Gel.
Ingerdients: Aloe Vera Gel, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea
This gel works well, but it does contain UREA. (# 3 on the list: “Ureas, formally known as diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, or DMDM hydantoin and sodium hydroxymethyl-glycinate, are preservatives that have the potential to release formaldehyde in very small amounts and are a primary cause of contact dermatitis.”) The FOTE brand has this ingredient last, which means it is in the least amount, but still I don’t want to make my sensitive skin even more sensitive. Do you?
This product also contains #13 on the list. (“Chelators, such as disodium EDTA and tetrasodium EDTA, are used in personal care products to remove impurities from low-quality raw materials. They do not readily biode-grade in the environment.”) Bad for the environment is ultimately bad for you.
Carbomer…not so good either for you or the environment. # 11 on the list (“Synthetic polymers, such as sodium polyacrylate and carbomer, come from petroleum and give viscosity to skincare products. They are highly processed and their manufacture creates toxic by-products.”)
I must admit. I bought this product because it was cheap, and it had Aloe Vera as the 1st ingredient, but I should have put my money where my conscience was, and got the good stuff. Aloe Vera gel is great, but it is best to get it from an organic foods grocery store such as Earth Fare or maybe Whole Foods.
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This is a new and fun blog dedicated to black women who are living (or want to live) a healthy natural lifestyle from their hair follicles to their toe cuticles. I created this blog for women to have support as they transform (and struggle a little) with growth and ultimate care of newly natural tresses. I hope to be able also comment on how to live a fruitful, healthful, natural lifestyle including diet, product use, exercise, and stable cognition.
About a year and a half ago, I decided that I would go natural. I did my research, read some books, and contemplated for a few months. I stopped getting my perm in early Nov 2008, and I transitioned with protective styles for 10 months. Sept of 2009, I did the big chop. No, I did not cry. Now I am doing what it takes to grow my hair strong and healthy. I have taken advice from YouTubers, Bloggers, and random shoppers in grocery stores. I have learned a lot about my hair by doing my own styles; I tried a non-natural hair dresser, and a natural/locs hair dresser. Both cost too much, so I forced myself to DIY! Anyway…enough with my story. I will write a page about that. This blog will allow me to give my advice to people that are going through the same struggles as I did. On this blog you will receive useful product reviews, interesting book reviews, hot web links, sexy pictures, Hollywood-like videos, crazy polls, in-your-face surveys, and much more! I would love to hear from you all about what you like, dislike, can’t live without, or can’t live with. Or anything else you wish to comment on. So please follow me on this So Nappy journey! The bumpier the ride the better!