Category: Hair

Ouidad Mongongo Oil Review + Giveaway!

I’m so excited to review the Mongongo Oil Multi-Use Curl Treatment kindly provided to be by for Ouidad for review.

A Few Points About My Hair

  • I’m transitioning to no-heat styling
  • I have very thin and dry hair strands
  • I stopped relaxing my hair and did the big chop 4 years ago but continued to use heat
  • My styling routine has been to triple heat style my hair weekly, that is hood-dry with rollers, followed by a blow dry and then flat iron. I also flat ironed my bangs daily which equals to lots of heat damage and clearly curl loss
  • 6 months ago I bleached and color my hair twice in one week in to color correct
  • My hair needs a serious change!

Finally, I’m a curly in transition.  As of a month ago I decided to significantly reduce heat in my routine or completely eliminating it.  My husband is so supportive of this so it shouldn’t be hard. before-after-ouidad

The Verdict

I’m in love! This oil is very light weight and can be used in many different ways.  I love that it adds nice lasting shine without weighing my hair down or making it greasy. And it makes my hair smell great. I used the oil on a very humid day and my hair didn’t get out of control and I was surprised to see so many curls in the bottom half of my head.  My hair at the top is extremely damaged from the heat but you can see some curls starting to form.

 

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4 Ways You Can Use Ouidad’s Mongongo Oil

  1. Mixed with a deep conditioner
  2. In the Shower – spray on your hair after wash and massage onto scalp. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse
  3. As a heat protectant if you use heat
  4. Daily as a finishing gloss
 

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Enter the Maple Holistics Giveaway: Argan Oil Shampoo and Silk18 Conditioner!

In celebration of luckyseventen.com’s  1-year anniversary I will be hosting a weekly giveaway during the month of August.

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Maple Holistics, a US-based cosmetics company focused on offering natural beauty products that are cruelty free.  I’m clearly obsessed with natural hair products and currently on the hunt to find the best non-toxic hair products out there so MH sounds great to me (ingredients are listed below).

Giveaway Details

You are entering to win: 1 Maple Holistics Argan Oil Shampoo + 1 Maple Holistics Silk18 Conditioner valued at $25.

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RULES There’s no purchase necessary, simply complete any of rafflecopter actions below.The more you complete the higher your chances of winning. Raffle opens on 8/1 at midnight closes on Friday at 8/7 at 11:59 pm.  Winner will be randomly selected via the Rafflcopter app and announced on Saturday via social media!  Winner will also receive an email confirmation. Valid only in the U.S. Good Luck! XO, Leslie   Maple Holistics Product Ingredients Argan Shampoo: Water, Sodium cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Acrylates Copolymer, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Polysorbate 20,  Argania spinose (Argan) Oil, Phytokeratin, Prunus Persica (Peach Kernel) Oil, Prunus Bulcis (Almond) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Pseudocollagen, Camellia sinensis (Camellia Seed) Oil, Pseudocollagen, Natural (Vanilla/Honey) Fragrance, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil.

Silk 18 Conditioner: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Phytokeratin, Propanediol, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Argan Oil, Shea butter, Certified Organic Blend Pomegranate, Hibiscus, Green Tea and Sea Buckthorn, Silk Amino Acids, Jojoba Oil, Natural Vanilla Fragrance, Panthenol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,  Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.
Disclaimer:  MapleHolistics is sponsoring this giveaway.  I have  not tested these products.  

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A Hair Oasis in the Concrete Jungle: My Organic Color System at Yarok Beauty Kitchen Review and Experience

A couple of weeks ago I was searching for non-toxic hair dyes and I came across Organic Colour Systems (OCS), an ammonia-free hair coloring product available only in hair salons.  They provided me a list of salons that carry their colors in my area and I immediately recognized Yarok Beauty Kitchen (YBK) from a time that I purchased their products at an IBS Show and I gave them a call to partner for this post.

Mordechai Alvow (YBK’s owner) and Damian Daffara (Brand Manager) welcomed me into their literally hair kitchen, a clean,  sleek and relaxing salon where you can truly escape into peaceful and quiet place for some hair pampering.  Don’t think of it as a busy, loud and obnoxious place where you just want to be in and out, but rather a tranquil hair spa where clients get one on one personal attention from their stylist.  YBK  works by appointment only and there’s hardly ever more than two clients at a time. They pride themselves in taking care of you the moment you walk in, so there’s no waiting either.

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yarok beauty kitchen - Hair Color by Isaac Davidson using Organic Color SystemsIssac Davidson was my stylist.  I initially wanted an ecaille balayage but since my hair, though course, is naturally thin and has been so fragile in the past couple of months from mixing a henna color and detox powder the same day, I told him I was  completely open minded to whatever he wanted to do.  Issac opted to tone down my brassy grown out highlights, and for my look paired very subtle low lights with an ombre look. We chatted as he colored my hair and I was impressed to learn of his career in the beauty industry and he is a total sweetheart!  check out his website here and  Wigbar business here.

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I was very excited to try Organic Color Systems.  Ever since I found out that most hair dyes (anywhere) contain highly toxic ingredients that have been to linked to  fertility, allergies and immune system issues and in some instances to cancer I became obsessed with finding an alternative to dying my hair.  Some of those bad ingredients include  Ammonia, PPD,  Coal-tarDMDM HydantoinMethylparabensPropylparabens2. 2,5 Diamine Toluene Sulfate,  Lead AcetateResorcinol among others. While OCS is not completely chemical-free (that’s impossible) nor is it 100% natural, it does not have any of the following 5 toxic ingredients which to me is an improvement because it still managed to make my hair a few shades lighter without the bad stuff and offensive smell.

The real alternative to traditional dyes are Henna dyes, and by far the safest hair coloring available  in the market, however I once (not long ago) tried to use a blonde henna color to go a few shades lighter and that of course it didn’t work at all on my dark hair.  I love light hair and since I don’t dye my hair often OCS proved to be a good alternative for me. I hope the ombre and balayage looks are here to stay so that I can keep the dyes as away from my roots as much as possible.

yarok beauty kitchen - intimate salon dedicated to the YAROK lifestyle of organic, sustainable beauty. Here, Mordechai Alvow chats will Leslie of luckyseventen.com

While getting my hair done, Mordechai sat down to talk to me about his reasons for starting a hair salon committed to high quality organic and sustainable hair products.  He previously owned MOTY MOTY, a hair salon inside the upper east side’s Equinox Sports Club.  While he was in the process of going through healthier and greener lifestyle changes, Mordechai  started experimenting with fresh ingredients in his kitchen for his salon clients at the time.  His clients would just keep coming back to ask for more scalp treatments, they just couldn’t get enough of the amazing results they were getting from it.  In fact that’s what inspired him to start his own vegan hair line Yarok, which means green, and is made with organic and all-natural botanicals.  He later opened his second salon Yarok Beauty Kitchen to embrace this new lifestyle and is enjoying the same loyalty from his green-conscious high-end clients.

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Although I came in for a hair color I must admit I was intrigued and could not take my eyes off his famed scalp treatments! Yarok Beauty Kitchen is literally a hair kitchen, equipped with high quality exotic nut seed oils and essential oils with amazing beauty benefits.   When I saw the aloe vera leaf and avocado on the table I knew I would be right at home. Those are part of my weekly hair routine, because like Mordechai I also experiment with fresh ingredients at home.  But I have to admit fruit seed oils is something I have not played around with yet, nor have I used many of the exotic oils he carries. I didn’t try the scalp treatment this time for lack of time but I plan to make an appointment for that because certainly this salon elevates scalp treatments to a utopian level.

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YBK  is highly committed quality, so you can expect top notch local and imported exotic oils and natural ingredients.  Some of the interesting oils I spotted included with amazing hair benefits included: Broccoli Seed Oil (growth, strength, counter hair-loss); Black Currant Seed Oil (hair-loss prevention/ prevent thinning hair ); Black Cumin Seed Oil – used by Cleopatra– (hair-growth and prevents (poliosis) early graying); Marula Oil (scalp-health and growth); Apricot Kernel Oil (conditioning/norishing, moisturizing, growth); Kukui Oil (moisturizing) and Tomato Seed Oil (conditioning, restores dry/brittle hair). Scalp treatments area vailable a la cart or any of the curated mixtures.yarok beauty kitchen

And here’s what you’ve been waiting for, My Organic Color Systems results:

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You can see my previously brassy color in this picture.

yarok beauty kitchen - Isaac Davidson  - Isaac Davidson Hair Stylist Yarok Beauty Kitchen is excited to introduce organic colorist and hair designer Isaac Davidson. After graduating from the Aveda Institute, Isaac moved to NYC where he began his path to alternative styling, starting with Hair Police salon and then apprenticing with one of Broadway's leading wigmakers. Although specializing in Hair extensions , Isaac continues to see clients for hair cut styling and color services. Isaac is devoted to organic practices and products using "The Organic Color System" Isaac has worked with renowned photographers including Steven Meisel, Jim Fiscus, and Terry Richardson, and has a client list featuring top fashion brands like Chanel, Bebe, and DKNY. He has designed custom wigs for shows and exhibits in renowned venues like Museum @ FIT, Hessel Museum of Art, and Brooklyn Art Museum. His television credits include RuPaul's Drag Race, America's Next Top Model, and MTV's "Made" series.
Issac Davidson, Organic Colorist and Hair Designer and myself
yarok beauty kitchen - Mordechai Alvow Hair Stylist Mordechai Alvow is an editorial stylist and the founder of Yarok Haircare, a budding, botanically-based line of restorative hair care. Brilliantly interpreting fashion and trends into uniquely fresh and wearable hairstyles. He has worked with scores of designers, advertisers, photographers and celebrities, his work gracing the pages of Allure, ELLE, InSTYLE, Marie Claire, New York Magazine and VOGUE. Mordechai's celebrity clients include Melania Trump, Naomi Watts and Vanessa Minnillo, to name a few, and his international runway experience includes Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, and Yohji Yamamoto. He brings this runway influence to his salon clients through his technical mastery of cut and color.
Mordechai Alvow, Yarok Hair Products and Yarok Beauty Kitchen Owner and Stylist and myself

Thanks to Mordechai and his wonderful team for my color and allowing me to introduce you to this hair heaven.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

XO, Leslie

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MORROCCO METHOD WEEK 5: Earth Essence SHAMPOO + FLOATING LOTUS CONDITIONER (W/ PROMO CODE)

This is the final week of my 5-week review of the Morrocco Method (MM) rotation.  It’s been and amazing journey  and I’m happy to say I have already place my next order…which should be arriving soon.

For this final week I used the Earth Essence Shampoo*, which is meant for normal to oily hair types (my hair is on the extremely dry side) + I used the Floating Lotus Conditioner* which is my absolute favorite conditioner.

Here are my results:

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First thing I noticed is that my hair has grown quite a  bit and it needs a serious trim.  It hasn’t been growing in a while! so I am VERY happy about that…  I love long hair.  I feel like words are pointless at this stage.  I am obviously never going back to anything short of natural and organic and Morrocco Method is clearly my top choice.

I have gotten a hair trim since these pictures and I’m waiting on the spring equinox for perhaps get some layers.

What do you guys think of this 5 weeks review? If you have purchased MM after reading my review I would love to hear about it in the comments, and if you have any questions about switching over let me know also.

By the way, Morrocco Method has kindly extended my promo code, and  new customers can get 15% total order until the end of the month with  promo code: LUCKY710.

 

Xo, Leslie

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase products using my affiliate links throughout this post.  Purchasing through my links is highly appreciated if you found this review useful. My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about any product or service. I choose my affiliate programs based on my own personal use or interest in the product.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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Morrocco Method Week 4: Pine Shale Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner (w/ Promo Code)

Hey lovies,  I can’t believe I’m on my fourth week of my 5-week review of the Morrocco Method (MM) rotation for natural (relaxer-free) hair and all I can say is that I’m truly in love with this product.  From the ingredients to the performance it is perfection in a bottle.  I feel so good and confident recommending it and showing my results.

This week I used the Pine Shale Shampoo*, with pine shale oil which calms irritation and it’s good for dandruff/flakes, itchiness and dryness + I used the Floating Lotus Conditioner* which is my absolute favorite conditioner ever made.  I received my conditioner travel set last week and I loved the sapphire volumizer conditioner* which I used as a leave in conditioner and then followed steps 4-7 from week one.  Please be sure to read my previous posts for proper use of the product.

Don’t forget new customers can get 15% total order until 3/4.  Use promo code: LUCKY710.

Please remember that these products will not foam but  you don’t have to worry that your hair will not be clean.  If you see my hair it doesn’t look dirty or clogged up (because it isn’t).  My scalp looks incredibly healthy and my hair has this beautiful natural sheen which I enhanced with a few drops of the Euro Natural Oil Conditioner and Moisturizer*.

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I also noticed my hair is growing a little, unevenly but non the less it is growing a little faster than usual.  My hair has been growing so slowly since I went natural and I feel so impatient about it.

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Clearly I need a trim but I’m waiting for a full moon and/or the spring equinox as recommended by the MM  lunar calendar for maximum growth.  Let’s see if that works.

What do you guys think? Are you ready to toss hair products with toxic ingredients and exchange it for all natural, raw food for your hair?

If you started using Morrocco Method products after reading my review I would love to hear about your experience with it, please a comment below.

Xo, Leslie

P.S.  Morrocco Method has kindly provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM  affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase products using my affiliate links throughout this post.  Purchasing through my links is highly appreciated if you found this review useful. My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about any product or service. I choose my affiliate programs based on my own personal use or interest in the product.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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Morrocco Method Week 3: Heavenly Essence Shampoo + Floating Lotus Conditioner (W/ PROMO CODE)

It’s not a secret that I am beyond thrilled with Morrocco Method hair products for the awesome results I’m getting on my natural (non-relaxed) hair.  I mean, what is not to love when there isn’t a single toxic ingredient in any of their products.  It is raw, natural, wild-crafted vegan food goodness to feed your hair.

For the third week I used the Heavenly Shampoo and Floating Lotus Conditioner  combination from the sample packs which delivered shiny, full and healthy hair.  You can use promo code LUCKY710 for 15% off your order. 

This was the teaser last Sunday and it looks like you guys liked it too:

My Week 3 MM Routine

  1. Started with a homemade aloe vera mask – removed the gel straight from the leaf and put it on a blender until it became a foamy liquid.  I then applied the mask on my hair and left it on 15-20 minutes. I do this every time but it is not a necessary step.  Most the MM shampoo and conditioners already have aloe vera in it.
  2. Used the Heavenly Essence Shampoo diluted with equal parts water as recommended.  It’s hard to describe the scent beyond just earthy but it smells very good and a little different than the other shampoos.  The texture is the same as the others, a thick brown texture.  After the wash my hair wasn’t soft but softer than my normal texture.  Although these shampoos do not foam my hair felt clean.
  3. Used the Floating Lotus Moisturizer,  and as I mentioned on week one, I loved this one. My hair looked moisturized and shiny instantly.
  4. Followed steps 4-7 from week one.

These were my results: Morrocco Method Review - Promo Code - Lucky710 - healthy hair - natural hair - vegan hair - paleo hair - dominican hair

 

One thing you might notice right away is that I need to clip those ends (like, yesterday).  My hair is finally growing and you can see that it looks very uneven.  So why haven’t I cut it?  MM has lunar calendar with the best dates to get a haircut for lengthening. The next one is from March 17th -19th during the Spring Equinox so I will be waiting almost A MONTH so that I can give this a try, sigh.  The good thing is that you will be able to see if it actually works by coming back to check my blog.

So what do you think?  If you want to see what happens during this 5-week try out, you can check my instagram on Sundays for a sneak peak and then come back to the blog on Thursday  a week later for the full details.  Each week I will be rotating shampoos and posting results of my shampoo/conditioner combination.  I have 2 more weeks to go.

Xo, Leslie

P.S.  Morrocco Method has kindly provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM  affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase products using my affiliate links throughout this post.  Purchasing through my links is highly appreciated if you found this review useful. My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about any product or service. I choose my affiliate programs based on my own personal use or interest in the product.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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Morrocco Method Week 2: Sea Essence Shampoo + Pearl Essence Conditioner (w/ promo code)

Hi there, so this my second week of my 5-week review of the Morrocco Method (MM)* rotation for natural (relaxer-free) hair and I am so excited to share this one for so many reasons which you will find out below.

My Morroco Method routine this week

I started with a homemade aloe vera mask for 20 minutes, then washed and conditioned at home.  I then walked over to my local Dominican hair salon for magnetic rollers (rolos) and 40 minutes under a professional hard hat bonnet hair dryer (this is not necessary step, I’ll explain on the results below) and since my hair lady was out sick I blow dried it myself, for the first time in a long time.  Here was my instagram teaser:

Shampoo used: Sea Essence Shampoo*

This shampoo has a mild earthy/herbal scent.  It has a thick toothpaste texture and must be mixed with equal parts water.  It will not foam, and if need that to feel that your hair is clean MM shampoos will take some getting used to. MM Recommends two washes, the first wash gets rid of dirt and the second wash is to stimulate the scalp and nourish the hair follicle.  I can tell you that my hair felt cleaner on the second wash and I thought it was a necessary step.

My hair was not super soft after I washed it but it was not coarse either. Most of the drugstore/salon shampoos I used in the past would make my hair feel hard/coarse, with MM it was softer. I noticed hair strands looked moisturized and my curls were defined.

Conditioner used: Pearl Essence Conditioner*

This conditioner is a white toothpaste texture cream with a mild coconut scent.  My hair looked moisturized and it was very manageable. Again, not super soft while wet because my natural hair is not soft, none the less not hard either. I would say it was softer than my natural texture. This one seems to have stretch out the curls that I got from the shampoo.

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At the salon they used a wide teeth comb to detangle, grabbing small strands of hair at a time and it was very easy to get the job done. No knots or hair pulling.

The Results

I LOVE the results although the pictures unfairly tell a different story because it’s not a perfect blow dry.  But let me explain why  I’m so happy, I never-ever-ever blow dry my own hair anymore because the few times that I have tried it took me a very long time to finish and my hair would end up looking dry and bumpy and just not nice at all.  Unimpressed with the awful results I gave up on doing it myself.  On the picture below, it took my 15 miraculous minutes to get rid of the curls from the rollers, it was so easy to do and my hair was not dry at all – that’s groundbreaking for me.  That means that I can potentially do my own hair and skip the salon every other week.

Side note: New York is full of Dominican salons where you can get a blow out for $20-$40 + tip depending on the length of your hair. Most people fall between the $20-$30 price-range. So I opt to do my own nails, skip the spas and other beauty services and I go to the hair salon weekly (I also get my brows threaded/waxed bi-weekly).

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I drew a white line the picture above so that you can see what it would look like if I had more than 15 minutes to actually finish the job but unfortunately I had a date with a friend and I was running a little late. I spent most of my time on the bangs.

Here is the full view:

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A couple of side notes my hair journey

  • I have very thin, cottony and dry hair. It tangles very easily when wet, it is very manageable when blow dried.
  • I want a full head of healthy, nourished, manageable long hair that I can wear straight or curly/wavy.
  • I’m open minded and ok with non-conventional ways to care for my hair.
  • I’ve been playing with homemade products for almost 3 years.
  • I’m looking for all natural hair care routine that delivers performance.
  • I want Morrocco Method’s natural, raw, organic way of treating my hair to work because everything is great about it.

Do you find it difficult or spend too much time blow drying your own hair?   Do you have any questions about my use/experience with this product?  Drop me a note in the comments below.

Xo, Leslie

P.S.  Morrocco Method has kindly provided me with a promo code  for my readers.  You can use promo code: LUCKY710 for 15% OFF your entire order. Only one use per customer. Expires 3/4/15.***

 

*Please note that I was not compensated for this review and did not receive a free product.  As an MM  and Amazon affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase products using my affiliate links throughout this post.  Purchasing through my links is highly appreciated if you found this review useful. My reviews are ALWAYS truthful and I will never misrepresent, mislead or provide deceptive information about any product or service. I choose my affiliate programs based on my own personal use or interest in the product.  Be mindful that my results may be different than yours.


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