Blue Magic and Black Natural Hair
Grease Is Back and I'm Loving It!
I've been "natural" since March of 2010 and one of the first natural hair taboos I learned about was petroleum and mineral oil! That meant that the products that I had grown up with and loved where no longer an option.
You will find in one of my earliest hair product reviews that I went to my bathroom cabinet and not only pulled out but discarded or gave away any products that contained petroleum, mineral oil, alcohol, and sulfates (shampoos). Only now to realize that I've may have taken an too-soon or rash position against hair grease.
Blue Magic Organics Super Sure Gro
My Month Challenge
Curly Nikki, a prominent natural hair guru and blogger piqued my interest about the whole hair grease issue (http://www.curlynikki.com).
I wash or cowash my hair, apply Tresemme Conditioner, rinse out some of it. Then apply a generous amount to my ends, apply my Blue Magic Organics to medium-size sections and twist. Cover hair for the night. Untwist hair in the morning and style. Hair is pliable, soft, and shiny.
After doing a little more research, I decided that I would only use Blue Magic Organics Super Sure Gro on my hair, only with my Tresemme Moisture Conditioner for a month! My challenge started on Thanksgiving and I'm still on that regimen and LOVING it!
Immediate Benefit Noticed
Immediately I noticed that I only now use TWO products instead of two or three or sometimes four natural hair products to achieve the look I wanted.
Secondly, the cost-effectiveness is unmatched! Kinky Curly Knot Today is $11.99 per 8 ounce bottle while the Tresemme 32 ounce bottle cost me $5.99 at Walmart. The Blue Magic is $1.99 for a 12 ounce jar and I've been using it since Thanksgiving and have only used less than an eigth of the jar. Compared to $23.00 for an 8 ounce jar of Kinky Curly Custard Gel!
Price point is a no brainer!
I also immediately noticed that with the "all natural" hair products that my hair would be a frizz ball by midday. Therefore, making it necessary to spritz or reapply hair gel during the day to contain the frizz. With the Blue Magic and Tresemme I'm able to go several days without having to apply a moisturizer. However, because I'm addicted to adding water to my hair nightly, I lightly spritz with water, place my plastic hair cap, cover my hair for the evening and wake up to refreshed, soft, and shiny curls!
Blue Magic Organic Super Sure Grow Ingredients
The Blue Magic Organics Super Sure Gro grooms hair and scalp. It relieves itchy and dry scalp and helps prevent dandruff. Furthermore your hair gets wonderful shiny and glossy. The list of herbal ingredients is long and includes: coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, Japanese green tea, hemp root extract, safflower oil, aloe, cloves, echinacea, fenugreek and kola nut extract.
- Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,
- Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
- Buxus Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
- Camellia Sinensis Leaves (Japanese Greeb Tea)
- Tocopheryl Acetate
- Apocynum Cannabium Root Extract
- Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil
- Propylene Glycol
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
- Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract
- Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract
- Echinacea Angustifolia Extract
- Trigonella Foenum-Graecum Seed Extract
- Cola Acuminata Seed Extract
- Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract
The Gangs All Here!
It was mind blowing how quickly "natural products" naturals threw down there bottles of high-end "natural" products and returned to their first love!
The common and repeated phrase was "my mom used (grease of choice) with water and braided my hair and my hair grew to great lengths! How could it have worked then and now it's a major taboo!
I've tried Carol's Daughter, Mixed Chicks, Curls, Kinky Curly, Shea Moisture and a few other high-end natural products without getting nowhere near the great results achieved with Blue Magic.
I do not apply the Blue Magic to my scalp ONLY about an inch from my scalp to the ends of my hair. Remember that you don't need a LARGE amount of product, just enough to coat and seal the moisture (water/moisturizer of choice) in the hair!
I usually spritz my hair with water/oil/glycerin nightly and found that I didn't need to re-apply the Blue Magic again until I washed or co-washed my hair. Since I wash or co-wash my hair about twice a week, I have no issue with or concern about product build-up.
Old School Choices
The biggest debate is about petroleum and mineral oil. Both, however, are "NATURAL" substances. They are filtered and cleaned up for use in everyday products such as hair grease.
Natural products only take the stanz that this is an unhealthy choice, even though we are applying it on essential "dead" hair! I am, however, an advocate of using jojoba oil, coconut oil, or olive oil on the scalp instead of petroleum or mineral oil.
The debate between the hair grease vs. natural products becomes downright hostile. Making the choice to use only natural products is extremely costly across the board. Therefore, as with any product, cost is a determining factor, along with product performance.
Even Miss Jessie uses mineral oil in some of her products because of its sealing properties! If you would like an natural alternative that will give you similar results to hair grease, you should try Shea Butter. I just found that, if you apply too much, build-up is a risk also. For ages people considered it a moisturizer, which it is not since it contains "no water," it is a superb "sealer."
Hair Grease Vs. Natural Products
What is the determining Factor When Purchasing Hair Products?
A Popular Old School Brand
Blue Magic Hair with Tresemme Conditioner
UPDATE -- January 26, 2012
I continued the use of Tresemme Conditioner and Blue Magic Hair Conditioner until two weeks ago when I went to a two-strand twist style for two weeks.
I washed hair the second week with the twists in and than applied "natural hair products" and retwisted. Needless to say, by the end of the second week my hair shedded what seemed to be a lot but being twisted for two weeks was really a normal amount of shedding.
The following day after taking out the twists and washing hair with Tresemme Mango Shampoo (low sulfate), I left some of the Tresemme Conditioner in and used the Cantu Shea Leave-In as the styler. I also applied Eco Styler Moroccan Argon Gel on top of that, remembering that Cantu does play nice with other oil-based products, I used a careful amount of Eco Styler gel. By the end of the day hair was fluffy but the back of my hair was frizz city!
So that evening, I co-washed my hair enough to get the gel out and applied Hydratherma Naturals Moisturizer and then made large two-strand twists all over head and covered with a plastic cap and went to bed.
The next morning, I didn't take hair down. Left the cap on and covered with my knit cap and went to work. Took hair down. Hair was well-moisturized, soft, and shiny.
For now, Blue Magic, Tresemme Conditioner and/or Giovanni Direct Leave-in will be my daily routine. I'm well-pleased with my results!
Noon Day Hair
Eco Styler Gels
My issue is that many "naturals" have been using hair grease and have been ashamed of admitting to it. Now, natural hair grease using sisters are coming out of the closet with their Blue Magic, Dax, and Royal Crown in hand.
As always, we must be mindful of the freedom of choice and the ability to change our minds if we choose to!