Noughty To The Rescue Moisture Boost Conditioner

Noughty To The Rescue is a hair product brand made in UK. The brand claim themselves to be 97% Natural on the label which is quite unique in their own way. All the product lines under this brand are vegan friendly and sulphates, silicones, parabens and petrochemicals free which itself is a good news for the CG lovers:)

I was quite fortunate to have got my hands on the Moisture Boost Conditioner for frizzy and damaged hair with shea butter and olive oil from the Life Pharmacy branch in muweilah, Sharjah, UAE.

You can find the list of some other CG friendly products available in UAE in here.

Now, let us look at the ingredient list:

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Is it CG Safe?

Yes.

Price:

46 dms.

Ingredient to look out for-

Humectant “Glycerin” mainly because it’s among the first five ingredients which means it is in higher concentration/quantity.

Protein “Wheat Amino Acids” is much below the ingredient list and thus it could be safe for protein sensitive hair.

Pros:

  • The price of this conditioner is quite reasonable.
  • Smells divine and absolutely soothing.
  • Moisturise your hair well which is exactly what a good conditioner must do.
  • The tubular packaging with a flip cover is very considerate and easy to use.

Cons :

  • This conditioner has an average slip.
  • It would require you to use a much more quantity than you would usually end up using. Which means the usual handful wouldn’t be sufficient enough :-p
  • May not last you long enough due to the over usuage.
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Scalp Massage

Frequent scalp massage/hot oil treatment is a very important aspect in a healthy hair care. It not only stimulates blood flow for hair growth but also helps in getting rid of dryness, dandruff and even flaky scalp.

Anykind of oil like coconut, olive, almond, sesame, argan ,unrefined sunflower oil, grapeseed oil etc. could be used for scalp massage. Or you could also make a DIY blend of your favorite oils to do the same as long as you are not allergic/sensitive (if you have an itchy scalp or have a out burst) to any of them.

Three ways to do Scalp massage~

  • Weekly scalp massage
  • Overnight
  • Daily night massage

Weekly scalp massage/ hot oil treatment is highly recommended. This can also be termed as a Pre-poo which means pre-shampoo where in you wash your hair with a shampoo after an hour of the treatment.

Overnight scalp massage mean you carry out the massage just like a weekly treatment and leave it overnight and wash your hair the next morning.

Daily night massage is done before you go to bed every night. Here in you may add any essential oil of your choice such as rosemary, lavender, Tea tree etc. to any carrier oil such as the ones I have mentioned above, for the massage. And make sure to use only few drops as it could make your hair greasy unlike a weekly/overnight massage where in you wash your hair with a shampoo post treatment.

How to do an Oil massage?

Take some oil in a steal container and heat it over a stove top for 5 sec. Or you could also microwave the same for 5 sec. Make sure the oil is “hot enough” so that your scalp can bear the heat (remember we do not wanna fry the hair😁) Now, flip your hair upside down/inverted and gently massage the oil on to whole scalp using your finger tips. This will stimulate a faster blood flow. Continue the massage for 10 minutes until you feel the warmth on your head. Secure your hair in a high bun or use a clutch/hair elastic. Now, it’s time to get some heat on. Heat helps the oil to penetrate better (very helpful for low porosity hair). You can do this in any of the following ways:

  • Using a thermal cap

Microwave the cap for a minute, put it over your head and leave it on for about an hour. Follow it up with a shampoo wash.

  • Using a grocery bag

Steam your head with a hair steamer for two minutes and then cover your head with a grocery bag. Leave this on for one hour. Follow it up with a Shampoo wash.

  • Using a towel

In case you do not have a steamer, boil some water in a pot and when the water is really hot, dip a bath towel in it. Squeeze the extra water from the towel and tie it around your head. Leave this on for 15 minutes. Now, remove the towel and re-dip in hot water and repeat the process. Follow it up with a shampoo wash after 30 minutes.

 

What is your favorite way to scalp massage? Let me know in the comments below😊

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How I got back my natural Curls

 

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A lot of you have asked me how I got my curls back to look like the present compared to a few years ago when they were so damaged, dry, rough and unreal to be more specific 🙃 Well, it definitely takes some effort to get your natural hair back especially when you have tortured it in the best possible way you can;)

When you relax/ straighten your hair, you actually force your hair to loose it’s ability to curl up naturally and there by changing its texture and pattern. So, when you ultimately stop straightening your hair, your hair starts looking all weird and unreal with the crown partially curled where as the length and tips in kind of straightened way. This could be frustrating as I know😞 since you can neither go back to straightening them again nor have your natural hair back any sooner. So how do you tackle this problem and what tips you can follow to make you hair look all natural. Read on to know~

❤ Patience –  Key to success! This is not merely a word but a truth. Understand this fact that you cannot repair the damage overnight. Years of sin cannot be rebounded in a day or a month. It takes time and effort to regrow your natural hair. So be patient.

❤ Get a big chop – Now this could be a tough decision to make especially if your hair is long. But, remember that you will need to let go of all the length which has been chemically straightened in order to have healthy hair growth. So, you will need to cut your hair at the exact place where you see the difference in pattern (actual hair vs damaged hair). So, if you have the courage go for it. But if you are not ready to get the big chop yet and are okay with the weird looking texture of your hair, take the next step👇( which is what I did too 😀)

❤ Get a trim – You can get rid of some damaged part of your hair if you are not ready to cut it all off. But make sure to trim the damage regularly as you see natural growth (may be once in three months)

❤ Avoid heat styling –  Now, this is very important after all the heat and chemical treatment your hair has undergone in the past, at least for a pretty long period of time.

❤ Use natural ingredients – There is no better product than the mother nature. Try to use natural ingredients in your initial stages and minimise the usage of expensive market based products. You could try the following for each of your treatment / styling~

  • Apple cider vinegar –  To clarify
  • Coconut oil/avocado oil / argan oil, honey, coconut milk, shea butter, aloe vera juice – Deep treatment mask
  • Rice water, boiled tapioca water – Protein balance
  • Homemade Flaxseed gel – You could use this amazing gel to style your hair post hair wash. Click here for the recipe.

❤Deep condition – Moisture is what your hair needs at this point due to all the dryness and damage. Make sure to deep condition your hair at least once a week if not more. Use natural ingredients like I have mentioned above such as honey, coconut milk, avocado, oils, shea butter etc on your deep conditioner to get extra that moisture. Check out my homemade DIY deep treatment mask here.

❤ Avoid shampoo – Use a sulfate free/CG friendly shampoo to cleanse your hair rather than harsh shampoos which will strip your hair and scalp of the natural oils. Or do an ACV rinse monthly to clarify your hair. Click here to know how to clarify your hair.

❤ Protein treatment – If you have severe hair breakage, there could be a possibility that your hair will need protein treatments. Try doing homemade protein treatments like the Gelatine treatment and use products contain proteins like amino acids, Keratin, wheat protein, soy or rice proteins etc.

❤ Follow someone with your similar hair texture and type in social medias such as blogs, you tubes and instagram to get to know more about how to take care of your hair and tips to a healthy journey.

❤ Start a hair routine – Plan and keep a track of your hair routine including all of the above and make sure to be consistent with each one of them to be able to make your journey worthy. Here is my hair routine.

CG friendly products in UAE

Hey guys, so this post is specifically dedicated to all my curl friends residing in UAE. “WE” know the struggle of being not able to get ANY sort of CG friendly products here forget alone our dream line or most favorite ones. Moreover, most of the products aren’t shipped to UAE and the very few which does are too expensive due to their customs and delivery charges.

So, I thought about doing this post to list out (some) products which are available here locally in the stores/shops along with a link/ place from where you can get them, with the help of few of my insta curl friends. Thank you so much for sharing the details with me. I am sure it will help all the curlies around UAE to get their hands on at least some of them:-) So here you go>>>>>

❤CG friendly shampoos

  • The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Balance Shampoo
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Volume Shampoo
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Shampoo
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo

http://www.shoppinginformer.com/stores/The%20Body%20Shop/495

  • Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deeper Moisture Shampoo
  • Giovanni Roots 66 Max Volume Shampoo
  • Giovanni Triple Tea Tree Shampoo
  • Giovanni 2chic Ultra Sleek Brazilian Keratin and Argan Oil Shampoo

Life Pharmacy UAE – http://www.life-me.com/contact.html

  • Yes to Cucumbers shampoo

http://www.hollandandbarrett.ae/store-locator

 

❤CG friendly conditioners

  • The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture conditioner
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Balance conditioner
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Volume conditioner
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance conditioner
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Shine conditioner

http://www.shoppinginformer.com/stores/The%20Body%20Shop/495

  • Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deeper Moisture conditioner
  • Giovanni Roots 66 Max Volume conditioner
  • Giovanni Triple Tea Tree conditioner
  • Giovanni 2chic Ultra Sleek Brazilian Keratin and Argan Oil conditioner

Life Pharmacy UAE – http://www.life-me.com/contact.html

  • Cantu Shea butter hydrating cream conditioner

Dawar Ah wehda cosmetics, Al Qasimia, Sharjah (Near crystal plaza hotel)

  • Tresemme expert selection botanix nourish and replenish conditioner with coconut milk and aloevera
  • Maui Moisture (Curl Quench, Shea butter and other lines)
  • Noughty To The Rescue ( entire line)

Nesto hypermarket, Muweilah, Sharjah Or most of the hypermarkets and supermarkets in UAE

  • Yes to carrots conditioner

http://www.hollandandbarrett.ae/store-locator

 

❤CG friendly leave in/ creams / stylers

  • OGX moroccan curling perfection cream
  • Maui Moisture (Curl Quench, Shea butter)
  • Noughty To The Rescue ( entire line)

Life Pharmacy UAE – http://www.life-me.com/contact.html

  • Cantu moisturising curl activator cream
  • Cantu shea butter define and shine custard
  • Cantu creamy hair lotion for natural hair
  • Cantu Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream

Dawar Ah wehda cosmetics, Al Qasimia, Sharjah (Near crystal plaza hotel)

 

❤CG friendly Deep conditioners

  • Shea moisture manuka honey and mafura oil intensive hydration hair masque.
  • Cantu shea butter natural hair deep treatment masque.

Dawar Ah wehda cosmetics, Al Qasimia, Sharjah (Near crystal plaza hotel)

  • The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter

http://www.shoppinginformer.com/stores/The%20Body%20Shop/495

  • Maui Moisture (Curl Quench, Shea butter and other lines)
  • Noughty To The Rescue ( entire line)

Life Pharmacy UAE – http://www.life-me.com/contact.html

 

❤CG friendly hair gels

  • Giovanni LA Natural Hair Styling gel

Life Pharmacy UAE – http://www.life-me.com/contact.html

  • Set Wet – Cool Hold (blue colored tube)
  • Set Wet – Vertical Hold Look (Green colored tube)
  • Set Wet – Wet Look (Brown colored tube)
  • Set Wet Ultimate Hold Hair Gel
  • Park Avenue Soft Hold Hair Gel
  • Park Avenue Hair Gel – Rugged
  • Park Avenue Wet Look
  • Enliven Active Care Hair Gel (Ultimate)
  • Enliven Active Care Hair Gel (Extreme)

Nesto hypermarket, Muweilah, Sharjah Or most of the hypermarkets and supermarkets in UAE

 

❤CG friendly Mousse

  • Giovanni Air Turbo Charged Hair Styling Mousse

Life Pharmacy UAE – http://www.life-me.com/contact.html

 

For more information on the store locations of Shea moisture, Cantu and some other most raved about brands, please look at the below picture taken from my post on Instagram. These have been suggested by my friends on insta:)) Thank you😊

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Hair Growth

Today I would like to throw some light on one of them most hyped about part of the hair journey which is “Hair growth”.

A lot of you have asked me for tips and suggestions to speed up your hair growth. But before I begin I would like to stress upon a fact that every one’s hair is different and the growth may vary on one’s lifestyle and general body health. Also, please note that the tips are based on my self experience. So let’s begin>>>>

Weekly hot oil treatment – This is one of the most important part of hair growth which I follow consistently every week. Heat the oil (I prefer olive or grapeseed oil). Put your hair upside down and massage the oil well on to scalp using your fingers tips. Continue this for 10 minutes. Now, use a steamer or hair dryer to give a gentle steam to your scalp. You could also use a warm towel to wrap your head (dip the towel in hot water before doing the same and continue for at least two to three times). This will help the oil to penetrate in (those who have high porosity hair can skip the heat) Now, take a shower cap or grocery bag and cover your head well. Rinse off with shampoo after one hour.

Nightly scalp massage – Use three to four drops of any essential oil of your choice such as peppermint oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil( extremely good for hair growth) with any carrier oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil (my choice) and gently massage your scalp with your finger tips every night before going to bed. Make sure to be very gentle as you do not want to create any frizz or disturb the curls.

Regular trims – Now, this might sound a bit odd but it is not. You must trim your hairs end every now and then to ensure healthy growth. It need not be a foot long but a small trim as an inch is more than sufficient. This is most important if you have split ends or if you have straightened your hair to get rid if the damaged hairs. Now, you need not always go to a salon to chop an inch as they might go over the board and take off a huge chunk of your hair. So, try a DIY cut yourself.

Ditch your cotton pillow case – This is literally an under rated point in hair growth. Using cotton pillow case will generate frizz and lead to breakage of hair. Well, you might not notice this but it is definitely happening without your knowledge. So make sure to switch it up with a satin or silk pillow case.

Eat healthy – Make sure to include vitamins, iron, zinc, proteins in your routine. Remember you are what you eat!! So get all the nutrients from the food you intake for better hair growth.

Minimise the usage of shampoo – It’s shocking to me how many women skip conditioner when showering, which is the worst thing you can do for your hair — especially when you’re trying to grow it long — and it’s actually shampoo that you should be skipping as much as possible. Here’s why: The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product buildup, but it can also take essential natural oils that keep strands soft and healthy along with it. When you really do need shampoo, be gentler on your hair by only lathering up at your scalp and then simply letting the suds slide down strands, hitting the rest of the hair as the water rinses it away.

Use a microfiber towel – Stop using your super soft bath towels on hair. It causes breakage. Instead use a microfiber towel or a cotton t shirt.

Winter Care for Curls

Curly hair is naturally dry, so it’s important to keep your curls moisturised at all times. With winter around the corner, the cold and dry air doesn’t exactly help retain moisture on hair due to low humidity! (the amount of water vapor in the air) And this might also leave you thinking that the products you used to love in your summers which were your holy grail might fail to sprinkle it’s magic in these stubborn winter. So, what could be the reason for this? Read on to know~

Which ingredients to look out for and Why?

  • Humectants (promote moisture retention and have the ability to attract water from the atmosphere) such as glycerin, sodium PCA, sodium lactate, propylene glycol and occasionally agave nectar and honey should be on a look out as they could be the culprits this winter making your hair dry and brittle. Wait! What? I know, I know. They are supposed to be “the humectants right” !! Since there is not a lot of water / moisture in the air for the humectants to attract to the surface of your hair there is high chance that humectants may remove moisture from the cortex of the hair into the air. Moisture will move from areas of high concentration (in this case the hair) to areas of lower concentration – the air! This can result in dry, icky feeling hair. Hmmm, Not cool right! So don’t look for ultra moisturised hair from humectant use in this type of climate because it’s just not going to happen.
  • Not all humectants act in similar way. Film forming humectants such as flaxseed, okra seed, xanthum, Guar gum etc work really well to grab the moisture on to hair due to their large complex molecules unlike others.

Now, what if you wish to use products with humectants? What precautions can you take?

  • Use products with humectants that are lower on the ingredient label.
  • Steam your hair in the shower before applying the products with humectant to make it easier in penetration.
  • Use a moisturizer/leave in with a lot of emollients, butters and oils underneath.
  • Instead of traditional gels use cream-gels that contain a fixative polymer, as well as oils and butters. This way you’ll get the added moisture as well as the hold.
  • Use a sealing oil to lock the moisture.

 

Now, let us look at few other ways in which you can keep your hair hydrated this winter:

  • Deep condition – This is an absolute necessity for curly hair to retain moisture. And during winter, it becomes even more important to deep condition, may be twice the usual count. So continue to give your thirsty dry curls the required moisture. Check out my DIY deep condition mask here.
  • The LOC method – LOC method (leave in conditioner, Oil and Curl cream) usually works greatly on hair that is high poros and not so with well with low porosity. However, we all have an excuse this winter and the aim is to get as much moisture in hair as possible. Trial and error gains perfection. So try and use a light weight sealing oil such as Grapeseed oil for this method which could be ingenious.
  • More/Extra product – Indoor air is extremely drying to curls so make sure to use extra product this winter. Listen for hair to squish, to make sure there’s enough product in the hair. Remember, most curly hair is dry, so don’t be afraid of using a some extra product.
  • Diffuse your hair – This may or may not be a thing for you but if you wish to make your curls look and feel better this winter, try diffusing. Moving around with wet hair in and out in this dry and cold weather does not really help.
  • Increase the usage of oil – Oils and creams are curly girls best friend in these dry winter. Shea butter could be one. Check here. They prevent your scalp and hair from becoming dry and work as a barrier to lock the moisture in.
  • Cover your hair – Use a satin scarf while heading out as your first layer touching your hair, then cover with a thicker scarf or hat. Curly hair tends to get trapped in cotton and other fabrics and can break off and become damaged. A satin layer will stop your hair from getting caught in your favorite winter garments.
  • Eat and drink right – Well, it goes without saying but really What you eat directly affects your body, including your hair. Make sure you’re drinking lots of water and eating enough green vegetables. Try your best to eat foods with the vitamins and minerals you need.
  • Use protective hairstyles – Winter is a good time and reason to use protective hair styles. It doesn’t seem like a good idea to leave your hair open for too long in this dry winter.
  • Flaxseed gel – A perfect styler and gel to retain the moisture on your hair. Check my DIY homemade flaxseed gel.

The Goodness of Shea butter

What is Shea butter?

Shea butter is produced from the Shea-Karite tree nut, which is a native tree found in the tropics of East and West Africa. It provides extraordinary moisturising properties and is therefore known as “mother nature’s conditioner”.

Shea butter is also known to heal burns and injuries, and to get rid of surgical marks, dermatitis, and stretch marks. Apart from its medicinal uses, it is also used as a UV protector, as a lip balm, for baby care, natural moisturizer for your body and face and of course on hair. So here’s how you can use this on your hair:

  • As a sealant –  Shea butter is packed with moisturising properties and thus it can amazingly seal in the moisture on your hair. It can be used in the LOC method especially by those who have high porosity hair. A great advantage of Shea butter is that it doesn’t leave the hair greasy. Also, it can be easily washed off afterwards. Just melt down a tiny amount of Shea butter in a double broiler over boiling water and use it as required.
  • Sooth irritated scalp – Spread some melted shea butter onto your fingertips and apply in small amounts directly onto your scalp. Rub in circular motion. You can add drops of tea tree oil for an extra soothing sensation. It absorbs easily into the scalp and it does not clog the pores and provides moisture from the roots on down to the ends. It is therefore extremely beneficial to hair that is relaxed, colored, or heat-treated.
  • Scalp massage – This could be used for hot oil treatments either alone or could be combined with other oils. It can be used whether your scalp is dry or oily. On oily scalp, it helps reduce excessive oil production by the skin glands. It can moisturise dry scalp and reduce flaking due to dryness.
  • For deep condition – Add half a tablespoon of Shea butter to your favourite DIY hair mask and you will get all the moisture in the world 😉
  • Natural curl enhancer – Amazingly this can be used as a styler too. It helps to enhance and clump your curls together and give you a retain able definition.

WARNING

While shea butter is quite safe and can be beneficial for the skin and hair, you should avoid shea butter or shea butter products if you have tree nut allergies. There are no clinical trials concerning shea butter and allergies. Consult your allergist or health care provider if you have further questions.

Where to buy Shea butter?

When buying Shea butter, it is important to choose unrefined, raw Shea butter. You can purchase it from here on Amazon.