Yet another QB Review

Winter always means down time for my hair. When I say ‘down time’, I mean it’s hat season. Don’t expect anything too cute from me. This winter, I’ve pretty much kept my hair tamed in two styles: plaited   pig tails or double-strand twists. That’s it. The cold weather really does affect my hair, and I’ve noticed that my eldest girl (whose hair is like mine) has the same issue. Despite it all, our tresses are healthy and thriving and I’ve become even more of a Qhemet Biologics fan than I was before. A couple of months ago, I purchased the last three items from the website that I had yet to try. I don’t know why I didn’t splurge on them before, but now they are a part of my regular line up. Let;s check ’em out…

Karkady Tea Replenishing Mist-  I’m starting with the mist because it was my biggest surprise.  By now, any one who follows this blog knows that I am a HUGE QB fan.  Everything I have tried has worked well with my hair, but I just never gave the mist much thought.  I still can’t say why I bought it, but I did and boy am I hooked.  Many of us natural ladies know (or should know) that water is our friend.  Unfortunately, tap water (with all its chemicals and chlorine) is not. I don’t have to use water to dampen my hair anymore for styling.  My first time using the mist produced fabulous (yes, fabulous) results.  I washed my hair and put in my regular mix of Biologics products; however, I also spritzed my hair with the mist and worked it in really good before twisting.  The next morning, I took out my twists and found my hair so soft, silky and shiny, with gorgeous waves. I couldn’t stop touching it!  Several co-workers asked what I did to my hair.  KTRM is now a staple.

Tea Tree & Grapeseed Therapeutic Pomade- Winter isn’t only harsh on my hair and skin, it’s  hard on my scalp.  My scalp needs only half a reason to start flaking, so I really have to be diligent with how I care for it.  I started using this pomade because I was seeing those few tell-tale flakes as the weather became colder.  So far, so good.  I have to say, it isn’t my only line of defense in preventing dry scalp, but it works well and it’s light.  I would buy it again, no problem.

Castor & Moringa Softening Serum- Great, great stuff!  Castor oil, in my opinion, is one of those oils that works wonders.  If you consider that the castor bean itself is toxic and a hazard even to reap, it is amazing that the oil from such a bean is so beneficial to us.  I bought the serum to protect my hair (especially my ends) and to stop them from getting brittle.  I have to say, I got more than I bargained for. The oil  has become something I use on my children daily.  My daughter’s hands became frost-bitten (a painful condition as anyone who has experienced it knows) a short while ago due to her refusal to wear her gloves.  I began treating her hands with the serum, followed by A&D ointment twice a day.  Her hands have healed beautifully without me having to put prescription creams or the like on them.  The serum has also become what I use to protect my kids’ faces before they go out in the cold each morning.  My mother used to use Vaseline or A&D on us.  I find the serum works terrific, and protects their skin  from getting chapped without having the ‘shiny face’ my friends and I had as children.

There are, of course, other products that I still support and enjoy using.  They are currently awaiting warmer days when I can style my hair and not have to don a toque.

Magic Soap

I am a big fan of soap.  I’m into the handmade variety (as I also make it) instead of the mass-produced stuff.  If I had to choose one (and only one) reason alone for endorsing the use of real soap instead of body wash (aka detergent) I would rest my case on this simple fact: soap does not remove oil and dirt.  Such a statement sounds surprising, sure, but it is true.  The makers of various body washes would have us believe that soap strips and dries the skin while body washes are gentle and moisturizing.  They aren’t telling you that they are referring to mass-produced bars of soap which use a host of strange ingredients including beef tallow (which is one of the more harmless additions, let me say).

Like I said, soap (the real stuff) does not remove oil and dirt; it dissolves it.  For a body wash to work, it has to remove everything from the epidermis (including the natural good oils) and try to put some kind of moisture back in so your skin doesn’t feel stripped.  Soap doesn’t have to strip your skin because is breaks down impurities and dissolves them.  Your skin feels clean without feeling chapped and dry when you step out the shower.

Liquid Castile soap has become a staple in my home.  It lathers beautifully, cleanses without stripping, and a little goes a long way.  My favorite liquid Castile soap is Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Pure Castile soap.  I particularly like the Lavender and the Rose liquid soaps.  Dr. Bronner’s is made with organic ingredients and has been ever since the beginning.  The soap was organic even before it was the ‘in’ thing to do.  Recently, I started using Dr. Bronner’s soap to wash my hair instead of shampoo.  I’ve been pleased with the results.  My hair and scalp feel clean without the use of an SLS shampoo, and I get the lather I crave when washing my locks.  There are loads of uses for this soap, as any one who has ever read reviews for the product can tell you.  People use it in their dishwashers, to clean the house (it cleans the bath tub with incredible ease) and even as tooth paste, although I can’t say I’m interested in using it for that purpose.

The whole story behind the soap maker and the company (now run by his son) is an interesting read.  A lot of people say Dr. Bronner brings his own particular brand of crazy to the world, but I’m more focused on the actual product, which is great.  I will say this, it takes guts to stamp your life’s philosophy on the label of your product.

The Journey to Great Hair?

Qhemet BiologicsOkay, so my co-worker got me interested in Qhemet Biologics.  I tried resisting, but found myself doing some research on the web.  The more I read, the more I wanted to try a few of the products.  I had previously tried Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue and the Stretch Silkening Creme. Thank goodness I only bought the travel sizes because I was beyond disappointed with the results for both products. Ironically, I tried Miss Jessie’s because of a co-worker (again). She loves their stuff and it works for her. Let’s just say, the lucky girl will be getting my full jars. Anyway, back to Qhemetic Biologics. This time I was more careful with my research and I decided to spring for the stuff. Problem No.1- This stuff is regulated like a controlled substance. No eBay, no long list of on-line shops selling QB. I was going to order from their website, however, the products I wanted most were sold out. Incredibly, there is one (yes, only ONE) brick and mortar store that carries Qhemet Biologics. Today, I left my home in Queens and made the journey to Brooklyn (Back to the Land Natural Foods) in order to get my hands on some. I dunno, maybe I wanted it more because it was so hard to get??? In the store, one of the employees commented on how fast QB sells out. They didn’t have everything I wanted, but they had what was at the top of my list: Egyptian Wheatgrass Cleansing Tea (SLS free!), Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee and Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm. So, I’m going to try these out tomorrow (with my curl-ease towel, of course), and I’ll be sure to let ya know how it goes!