Product review: Dr. Miracle’s Follicle Healer

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I’ve seen Dr. Miracle products in the True Love magazine (it’s basically in every issue) during my last Dis-Chem trip, to restock my arsenal of natural hair products I came arcoss this sample pack and I knew I needed to get it, it was below R30 so it was worth a try..

The ingredients are: Water deionized (aqua), Polysorbate 20, Aloe Vera Gel, Hydroxy Ethyl Cellulose, Polyquaternium -10, Allantoin, Wheat Germ Protein, Panthenol, MenthoneGlycerin Acetal, Menthol, Isopulegol, Menthoxypropanediol, Salicylic Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia Oil (Tea tree oil), Biotin, PEG- 40 Hydrogenated castor Oil, Vitamin A, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin E, Thiamine etc….

What the product claims to do: “My follicle healer nourishing packet is your weekly treatment to feed, stimulate and energise your hair follicles. this is a vital step for having healthy growing hair and a healthy scalp. Nourishing treatment turns dry lifeless hair into soft shiny manageable hair. Energizing Complex continues to work after you stop feeling it.”

From the active ingredients (the first five) I only recognised two off the bat, that being water and the aloe vera gel, the other three ingredients didn’t really impress me much, Polysorbates, Hydroxy Ethyl Cellulose are used as emulsifiers and I don’t know what Polyquaternium. I’ve used 100% natural products in my hair, that I’ve made myself and that worked well, so I was excited to use this and see the result!

Product instructions: I’m too lazy to type them up so I’ll just summarise it, for best result use one of his shampoos, then apply the Deep Conditioner (DC), cover hair with a plastic cap for 30-45 minutes without heat and 5-10 with heat.

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My crazy hair

My crazy hair

What I did: I used the dark and lovely oil shampoo on my scalp, rinsed it out thoroughly then applied the DC to my hair followed by a plastic bag, after an hour I rinsed it off, applied my cheap conditioner because my hair felt dry

My thoughts: Mmmm, I’m not a fan instead of giving me “soft shiny manageable hair” it gave me dry to the touch lifeless hair…. Now my hair has been f=dry here and there but never so dry that it was crunchy, I couldn’t bear to touch my hair.

I will say this although my hair was dry it looked fuller, the individual strands looked bigger than before, now they weren’t thick but they honestly had doubled in size, I actually had to double check because my thin strands tend to “cuddle” up with one another making them appear thick.

Styles I rocked: I was going for a twist out at first but it came out so dry they I had to twist my hair up, The following week I soak my hair applied some olive oil and rocked a wash ‘n go, which looked dope due to the fullness of my hair, the wash ‘n go later turned into a twist out… The hair was more manageable after a week of doing nothing to it except spritz it with water and seal it with olive oil

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Would I use it again: I would, I’m not crazy about it but I loved the way my hair looked once I got over the crunchiness of it, I certainly will not be using it anytime soon, maybe next year sometime or even December this year.

Protective Styling Check in: Week One ( June 17- 23)

I finally finished twisting my hair, YAAAAY me !!!! I didn’t take any pictures of how I wore my hair this week simply because I didn’t go out much and I didn’t like how my hair looked (It needs a wash), the other reason is that I wanted to share the products I used while twisting my hair. Hopefully I’ll find this helpful in future

I used the LOC method before twisting, I only moisturize this way when I’m super busy and I know that I won’t have time to moisturize my hair, or right before a protective style. My final rinse being the liquid and any kind of oil then followed by shea or cocoa butter. In detail the LOC method is:

  • Liquid:

The first step would be to hydrate your hair (in an undertone: HY-DRAY-SHH-ION), what better hydrating “product” than water to perform this task? Water is afterall the first product you find in moisturisers -there’s a reason for that, not that you didn’t already know- in the liquid stage I basically used my hair tea spray (read more here) . For this first step you can always use a water based leave in conditioner

  • Oil:

You need something to seal in the first step with, right?! Right, okay we all know that we need something to seal the moisture in with. It’s best to use a penetrating oil for this step, for double “moisture” in a way. Penetrating oils would be coconut, olive, avocado, palm oil and argan oil.

  • Cream:

The final step should be a thick butter based cream, that’ll sit on the hair shaft prevent moisture loss… By butter based I mean the first 3 ingredients should be a butter, with water coming in last, I with my cheapness use a whipped butter. Depending on the, I’ll choose between Shea, Avocado or Cocoa butter.

This helps lock in moisture for a couple of days, say about 3-4 days, some people moisturize their hair using the LOC method once a week. As always peace, love and prosperity to all

Protective styling Check in

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This is the first day of my protective style challenge, today marks the first day although I’m still not finished with the first protective style… I’m still busy mini twisting my hair, I only mini twist at night and that’s only because I have things to do during the day, the reason I’m not finished is because there were some nights when twisting was the last thing on my mind, anyway here’s my hair during the week.

    Monday:

I started off with a faux blow out, that I wore on Monday pictured above. My hair was cleansed the previous week and detangled with some oil.

    Tuesday:

Not much was done by Tuesday, I had just completed a small section on the left side of my head and this is how I wore my hair out that day. I have to admit that it was a hot mess dot com

the right side of my hair

the right side of my hair

The right side of my face

The right side of my face

And this is how it looked in the front, can you tell how pissed off I am in this picture?

And this is how it looked in the front, can you tell how pissed off I am in this picture?

    Wednesday and Tuesday:

I was half way done on the one side on Wednesday and my fingers were hurting already, there’s nothing worse than a mini twist cramp lol, anyway I was able to style it better on Wednesday.. I didn’t twist my hair on Wednesday night, so I wore the same updo on Thursday

The left side of my head

The left side of my head

The front

The front

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    Friday

I didn’t go out on Friday, I just stayed home doing my hair and reading a book

    Saturday and Sunday:

I wore it in a bun, it looked cute. I didn’t do my hair Saturday and Sunday night. but I did on Monday night

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The Bun on Monday

So this was suppose to be up on Sunday, but I had an assembly to go to and I only arrived home round about 5:45 pm
and I fell asleep at 7 pm so I only got to type this Monday night. I’ll be checking in every Sunday or Monday from now onwards

Find your future favourite natural hair blogger

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I have done you guys a great disservice,  by only writing this post now but please understand my brain has been scattered everywhere thanks to my exams, I’ve told you guys before I get blinding stress during exam time. Anyway here’s my post!

I’ve been listed on the Natural Hair Blog Directory  (theNHBD) for the past 2/3 months… I want to share it with you guys because it’s an awesome site, it’s basically the phone directory for natural hair bloggers. if your on the lookout for that perfect natural hair blog, check it out, all the blogs are listed by hair types making it easier for you to find your next favourite natural hair blog.

Now that the exams are over (I know, I keep saying this, but I’m just so excited!!!) I can’t wait to be more active on theNHBD and keep an eye out, I have so many good natural hair post ideas I’m bursting at the seams with excitement. the next couple of months are going to be good for this blog

Check it out ladies!!! As always peace, love and prosperity to you all