I’m about to take a little vacation from everything including Afrobella — I’ll be back early next week with a fresh stack of beauty reviews. But this weekend’s my birthday, and I’m celebrating in an unconventional way. I’m going to hippie spring break, AKA the Langerado Music Festival! In years past I’ve seen Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band (who dropped out of this year’s lineup, I’m disappointed to say). This year there are a whole lotta bands I don’t know much about, but the entire reason I’m going is to see The Wailers, the Beastie Boys, the Roots, and the Funky Meters.
So while I’m off at the three-day jamboree, I wanted to leave with a big giveaway
I’ve been meaning to do since February. But first, the product review!
I know Creme of Nature is old hat to most of you all, but growing up in Trinidad, I honestly had never heard of the stuff until a once-regular commenter (where you at, coffy?) mentioned that it might make my curls happy. She was so right! Creme of Nature has been a staple in African American hair care for thirty years now, with good reason. When I first tried Creme of Nature, I discovered a supremely moisturizing shampoo that left my curls feeling deliriously soft. But the old formuation left a bit of buildup if I used it too often. Now Creme of Nature has undergone a complete makeover. Their shampoos and leave in conditioners now feature Certified Organic Ingredients (but for bellas who are truly obsessed with healthy hair ingredients, I am sad to report that there is petrolatum, alcohol, and ‘cones up in their mix).
So far, so great! The new formulation hasn’t given me any reason to complain just yet — I’ve been using the shampoo and conditioner for a month with no problems beyond occasional scalp buildup (which happens to me a lot because I try so many different products). When that crops up, I do an apple cider vinegar rinse to clarify my curls, and presto, no problemo. I love that the new Chamomile and Comfrey Healing Conditioner for Dehydrated Hair has a weight to it — it’s a great two-minute deep conditioner for weekly use.
The new leave in conditioners rock. The Lemongrass and Rosemary Leave-In makes my curls super sproingy and is fabulous if I slather it on immediately after shower when my hair is wet. I recently suggested the Red Clover & Aloe Daily Breakage Relief to my girlfriend Jessica who was freaking out recently because it appears that Garnier Soft Curl Cream and Curl N’Shine styling products are disappearing from store shelves. (WTF, Garnier?) The Creme of Nature Daily Breakage Relief is reminiscent of Soft Curl Cream to me, in that it works best when my hair’s wet. In the photo below, I slathered on the Daily Breakage Relief, then refreshed my front curls with a spritz or three of Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave In. It’s clipped up with a big octopus clip in the back. You’ll notice my front curls love it, the back ones, not so much. Also, Max apparently is camera shy.
So like I said, it’s my birthday this weekend, but YOU get the presents! The peeps at Creme of Nature are offering Afrobellas a complete set of the new organic products — Each set will contain one full-size Creme of Nature shampoo, one full-size Creme of Nature conditioner and two full-size Creme of Nature treatments, the Jojoba & Olive Oil Moisture-Active Deep Conditioning Treatment for Dehydrated Hair and Red Clover & Aloe Daily Breakage Relief.
I’ve got TEN to give away! Here’s all you need to do — wish me a happy birthday and tell me if you’ve had a Creme of Nature hair experience, good, bad, whatever. I’ll pick winners as soon as I get back!
Happy weekend, bellas!