Product Review: Alba Botanica Deep Moisturizing Kukui Nut Oil

I was in Whole Foods a few days ago wanting to see what type of oils they had that had ceramides in which to seal my hair (please read more about them here, as I do not feel like paraphrasing what a million other people have written about them!) I will state that they are beneficial to your hair! 😉

The website also has a handy list of what oils contain ceramides in them. The only oil that I used that contained ceramides was grape seed oil.

Barley Malt Oil
Eucalyptus Extract
Hemp Seed Oil
Kukui Oil
Sunflower Oil
Walnut Oil
Wheat Germ Oil
Safflower oil
Grape seed oil
Poppyseed oil
Sunflower oil
Hemp oil
Corn oil
Cottonseed oil
Soybean oil
Hot 6 Oil

The hemp seed oil was too much. I was not paying $17 for it, so I went back to the section with body and essential oils and there was kukui nut oil. I knew kukui nut shells from my time in Hawaii. I know people would wear kukui nut shells (they are like they male version of leis). If I am not mistaken, Nathan wore one when he graduated from college and will probably wear another one when he graduates from law school (hurry up 2014!) I did a quick Google of kukui nut oil, found some beneficial information, so I decided to buy it. This oil also has other in it (some with ceramides), so it makes it a double bonus!

Key Ingredients

Alba Botanica Kukui Nut Organic body oil is rich in essential fatty acids to soothe and soften skin. It is also formulated with alkyl benzoate, a natural water dispersant to help reduce fabric staining. Kukui Nut Organic body oil absorbs quickly to deeply moisturize.

Kukui nut oil is derived from the Kukui nut and is rich in essential fatty acids to moisturize and repair skin. Coconut oil nourishes skin and has natural anti-bacterial properties. Sunflower oil is rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant and moisturizer. Macadamia nut oil is rich in vitamins and emollients and deeply hydrates. (From livestrong.com)

The Concern

I was excited to try this product, due to its ingredients and my personal knowledge of how beautiful Polynesian hair is. I envied the women in Hawaii with their long, flowing hair!! The only worry I had about this product was the ingredient alkyl benzoate. I wondered if a water disperant would ruin the moisture in my hair! I Googled the ingredient to see if it was in any other hair products and it was … it is in CHI Silk Infusion. I also read: “12-15 alkyl benzoate is a dry, emollient, oil soluble ester like IPM that can offer some qualities similar to dimethicone in hair care products. Use at 1 to 15% in your hair care products” (From http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2009/08/silicone-replacements.html). I will continue to monitor my hair and if there are any changes, I will stop using it immediately!

The Verdict (So Far)
I love this stuff! When I took my hair down Thursday morning (after its inaugural use Wednesday night), my hair was moisturized, shiny and felt soft. I also put some on my skin and even the texture feels a bit better! I have been using it especially around my eyes, as I hear it is a good way to delay wrinkles!
I have been using it every day since Wednesday. It is a heavier oil, so I only use a drop per section and that seems to suffice. I will also incorporate it into some of my prepoos and deep conditioners.
I will keep you posted on how my hair continues to react to it!
Deep Moisturizing Kukui Nut

Wash Day: Hair Throws a Tantrum and Excessive Shedding

Today was Wash Day. I have not blogged about one in a while, but since they are pretty much the same, I feel that if you have read about one of my Wash Days you have read about them all! 🙂 Today’s Wash Day was like dealing with a two-year old child throwing a tantrum. My hair did not want to cooperate with anything I did. I am exhausted as I sit under the dryer writing this!

I started off with a 45 minute prepoo of Proclaim Aloe Vera hot oil on the scalp and length of hair. I also added vegetable glycerin to my hair, which has been MIA in my regimen as of late. This was a favorite prepoo ingredient this past winter due to its humectant properties and since I could definitely stand to draw a little moisture from the air into my hair, I thought it was time to revive it!

I washed with Alterna Life Solutions (which is running out) and Alterna Caviar, followed up my Alterna Winter Rx Thermal Oil. I am still not feeling the “slight warmth” this product is supposed to put off, but oh well! I rinsed it out and followed up with my dynamic duo conditioning squad (hhaha!): Alterna Caviar and Redken All-Soft. These two products have been in my line-up long before I knew what a HHJ was! I always use the Caviar, but sometimes when I want a extra boost of conditioner, I will use the All-Soft. I left it on for about 9 minutes and then rinsed with cold water.

I deep conditioned with Silk Elements MegaSilk. I tried to detangle, thinking that the product would make it easier, but my hair did not want to cooperate. I could barely get the comb through. I was a bit angry, so I thought I better leave the hair alone before I ripped it out. I was like “screw it” and slapped the product on, threw on a towel and shower  cap and sat under the dryer for about an hour. I rinsed it out with cold water, followed by Roux for a minute, then a final cold rinse.

I put on my Caviar Photo Defense and started to detangle. It was going a lot better than it was earlier. I applied my other leave-ins without incident, but when it was time to roll my hair, I couldn’t part my hair for anything. My hair just wouldn’t part! By this point, I am really mad. I do not know what is up with my hair today. I finally get it parted and start to roll. Everything is fine until I get the comb rolled into my hair. I mean, the hair was wrapped around the comb. I have no idea how that happened, but at this point, I gently unrolled it, took a breath and finished rolling my hair. I just did not have the strength nor the desire to keep being angry at my hair today!

But adding insult to injury, my hair is shedding … A LOT (well, to me, anyways!) I feel like it has gotten thinner! I normally shed a few hairs during the week and a good deal during my Wash Day, but this week, I shed while M&Sing and a lot today. I will be doing my garlic rinse next week! I have been slacking on my water and veggie intake. I have also been drinking too much soda!! Well, here’s to health!!

After taking rollers down

There is still some shedding, as I lost some hairs when I was taking my rollers down and applying the Vitamin E oil. Oh well … I felt like I was swimming in hair today. There was hair (still attached to my head) falling in my face, fallen hair on my arms and shoulders. I just could not wait to be done with Wash Day today. I have enough of my hair today! Now it is crosswrapped and placed under my satin cap, where it shall stay until tomorrow morning.

I did manage to take a few pictures. Despite me losing hair, I still have a lot of hair. Sometimes I wonder why my hair doesn’t fall like I want it to and why it’s always so big. It is because there is a lot of it. That’s a blessing, I suppose.

I will probably be wearing it up for the most part this week. I am going to Bend tomorrow and it is quite dry there, since its in the desert. It will also be snowing there, so there will be no need for stuntin’! Also, Nathan said that they are calling for 50 mph winds here! HA! My hair will be pinned up tight if it still like this when I return on Wednesday!

P.S. Yes, I know I am dressed for the Christmas season … thank you! 😉 Also, sorry it’s not close up, but Nathan is not the best photographer. He just points and shoots without regard for whether the camera is actually focused. I definitely need a tripod! 🙂

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Here is what my hair will look like if it doesn’t stop shedding! Awww! That sad little tree!

I LOVE MY BOBEAU!

I normally do not post about fashion, despite me being a pretty good dresser (I think!) I am not into high fashion, more like affordable luxuries and casual chicness.

Well, I have to gush about my latest fashion obsession … the Bobeau Asymmetrical Cardigan available exclusively at Nordstrom stores and Nordstom.com. My co-worker and friend Lindsay had one on and I loved it. I loved how it hung and how it was different from the normal “blah” cardigans I owned. I never asked her where she got it, because I hate people biting my style, so why should I bite someone elses? (Weird, I know). Anyhoo, I work near a mall so I walked into Nordstrom and there they were! I asked Lindsay’s permission to buy one and that set off a chain reaction in our suite. We all rushed over to buy them! They are so damn comfortable until it’s not funny! I called it a “womb.”

My first one was a seafoam green color. I wore it numerous times in NC and got several compliments. I traveled in it when I was sick. I wear it on the weekends with leggings. I wear it to work. I have even worn it to bed. The uses are endless. I told one lady at work about how one online reviewer uses it as a breastfeeding cover so she went and bought her friend one who then bought her sister one! Ah Nordstrom, I need commission!

So today, I went a bought the pink rose color that was on my wishlist and then I will buy the navy peacoat when it is available. I would buy them all, but that would be a bit excessive! They are flattering on any figure … go get yourself one! You won’t be sorry! (Well, you might be because you may become hooked and then spend $250 on the same item, only in 7 different colors … I take no responsibility for that!)

This model is sooooooo cute! She looks like a Japanese doll! I love the orange eyeshadow on her!

Bobeau

Mystery color in top of head

I have been meaning to post about this for some time. I discovered in October that I had some “highlights” in the top of my hair. I do not not know where they came from, as my hair is quite black and appeared to have only little hits of brown at the old, dry ends!

The streaks are a brownish-red color. I was wondering if they came from the summer, but I cannot be sure. They are pretty, for sure, and they save me the painstaking task of applying henna to my hair, which I was considering back in the spring/summer.

In this picture, you can see color in the top of my hair.

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In this picture, you can see some of the color throughout my curls.

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Roller Set Hair (Now vs. January 2012)

Sigh. I really need to buy a camera. Even though I have a perfectly good camera on my iPhone 5, I need a tripod where I can take photos of myself without the horrible “man in the mirror” shot. I hate those … but oh well, what are you going to do?

I wanted to share my hair this morning. I realize I have not been taking a lot of pictures of my hair lately, which is the point of the blog, right?

I think I will straighten a piece of it this weekend and take a length check photo. I am about positive I am BSB (or just at it – I have been flirting with that line for months now!). It is funny about growth during my 3 month relaxer periods: the first month, I get hardly no new growth at all; the second month an inch will magically appear and then the third month it is almost unbearable. I have been tracking my growth measurements and my hair grows just slightly above .5 inches a month (maybe .55-.6 inches), but other than the first month on my journey, it never grows more than that. In a three month relaxer period, I do not have 2 inches of new growth (awww man!!)

Here is my roller set hair in January … as you can see, it just at my shoulders.

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… and here it is now! Progress is definitely being made!!!

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