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Product Review: SheaMoisture Braid-Up Conditioning Gel

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I have used many SheaMoisture hair products and they usually work amazing well. This SheaMoisture Braid-Up Conditioning Gel is the latest addition to my haircare products collection. Myself and my daughter usually have our hair in a protective style, so this Braid-Up Conditioning Gel by SheaMoisture has been put to the test numerous times already. For those who have never heard of this haircare product, here is a brief product description for you.

 

Product description

Create simple or complex braided styles with effortless control using this conditioning gel. Super-hydrating Jojoba Oil, soothing Ucuuba Butter and Carrot Seed Oil blend in this non-greasy formula that softens , improves workability and adds suppleness so hair resists breakage caused by tugging and tightness. Lightweight hold helps keep flyaways and frizz under control.

 

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Ingredients
Water, Glycerin (Vegetable), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Simmondsia Chinese (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Virola Sebirefa Nut Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed oil, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Aloe Barabadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend) *Certified Organic Ingredient ‰Û Fair Trade Ingredient
I have used this SheaMoisture Braid-Up Conditioning Gel for months now and I really like it. There are more pros than cons with this hair product, which is good.
PROS
1. I love the fragrance. It has a sweet light fragrance that lingers on for ages.
2. This product is quite light on the hair. It gives a firm hold but it does not heavy.
3. It is super easy to use, absorbs into the hair quite quickly.
4. I love the natural ingredients. My hair is natural and I prefer using natural hair products only. This works great for my hair texture (I am a 4C).
5. It moisturises and deep conditions the hair, which makes it a great multi-tasking hair product.
6. This product is colour safe and sulfate free.
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CONS
1. It flakes so I use a little each time.
What do you think of this SheaMoisture hair product? Have you used it before?

 

 

 

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Beauty Muse – Gwen Stefani

The gorgeous Gwen Stefani is the Beauty Muse for the month of December. I am a huge fan of everything Gwen Stefani. She is such a beauty and also very fashionable, which is why she has appeared on Fashion and Style Police many times. This woman doesn’t seem to age. Looking at her, I can’t believe she is actually 50 years old! She could easily pass for a woman in her late thirties. I hope I look this good at 50. This beauty muse makes 50 look like beauty goals!

 

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According to an interview Gwen Stefani had with Elle Magazine some time ago, she pays a lot of attention to her health and skincare. Her skincare routine is clearly working well for her. Her skin is simply flawless. Here are some of her beauty tips she shared in the interview –

 

Stay out of the sun

Now this tip is great to know as many of us get carried away in the summer sun. It is best to stay out of the sun as much as possible and wear sunscreen. Your skin will clearly thank you for it.

 

Get your beauty sleep

Another reason to sleep the recommended hours every night. Adequate sleep is so important and we can see the magic it is doing for Gwen Stefani. Her skin is clear and beautiful.

 

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Take your makeup off at night

The skin needs to breath at night so remember to wipe every trace of makeup, no matter how tired you are. This will do wonders for your skin long term.

 

Have spiritual exercises

Now hearing this, you may wonder what does this have to do with skincare or beauty, but it is the main deal. Meditating, yoga, or whichever spiritual exercise you prefer, will have you from the inside out. When you feel good from the inside, it starts to radiate out.

 

You can read the full interview here.

How to wash your hair properly

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It took me many years to realise I have been washing my hair all wrong. We tend to pay more attention to our skin than our hair for some weird reason. We spend time cleaning, toning and moisturising our face. On some days, we even use a face mask. However, when it comes to hair wash days, many of us spend a couple of minutes and we are done. I only recently started washing my hair properly, and I can see the difference already with the way my hair looks.

 

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How to wash your hair properly

So how do you wash your hair properly? You need time and the right products and technique to get your hair clean and moisturised. It is going to take more than 2 minutes in the shower to achieve this. So if you have been washing your hair wrong all these years, these easy to follow steps may come in handy –

 

Use your shampoo sparingly

You don’t need a lot of shampoo to get your hair clean. A little goes a long way. The key is to ensure you massage the shampoo into your hair for about 5 minutes. That way the shampoo sinks into the hair and all the goodness is soaked it.

 

Rinse and rinse again

Once you have massaged the shampoo into the hair, you need to rinse and rinse again to ensure all traces of the shampoo are out of your hair. You should rinse your hair more than you think is required, that way you will be sure there is no trace of shampoo left in your hair and the hair feels like wet hair with no products in.

 

Use warm water

Make sure the water you are using is the right temperature. Warm water is the best for washing your hair. Cold water tangles the hair and hot water will strip the hair off all the moisture.

 

Use the conditioner correctly

You should ensure your read the label on the conditioner and follow the instructions on how to use it. You should leave your conditioner in for the time required.

 

Use the right products

I use SheaMoisture shampoo and conditioner and I have done so since I went natural. There is a range for everyone, so do try the different ranges until you find the right one for your hair type. Here are a few ideas here –

 

 

Have you tried the SheaMoisture range? What do you think of the hair products?

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