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I got some Scurl!

7 Feb


My friend Irene got me some Scurl Curl No Drip Activator Moisturiser from Zimbabwe.  I was so grateful.  We haven’t had this moisturiser in South Africa for some time now.  This is one of the first moisturisers I used when I started taking proper care of my hair.  I even did a post on it back in 2011.  I found it really moisturising back then, I wondered if I would feel the same this time round.

The first thing I noticed is that the ingredients have changed.  I wondered if I would still like it or if the change in formula would affect its efficacy.  They have added oils (argan and olive oil) and they have also removed parabens.  The main ingredients (water, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol and propylene glycol) remain the same.  I’m happy to say I still love this moisturiser.  Along with the change in formula is also a change in fragrance.  The moisturiser now has a sweet smell.  I don’t really mind the new smell because it’s quite light.

Regular readers will know that my last relaxer was more than a year ago.  I have major new growth on my head!  This moisturiser made it very soft and to detangle.  My hair has become quite difficult to handle with the two different textures I have on my head but this moisturiser makes it much easier.  I will definitely make sure I don’t run out.  I will make sure I ask my friends and relatives for more bottles when I run out.

Irene bought the moisturiser for US$6 (approximately R66) in Pick n Pay Kamfinsa (Harare, Zimbabwe).  It’s a 236ml / 8fl oz bottle.


Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Argan Oil, Olive Oil,  Acetamide MEA, Ceteth-20, Olealkonium Chloride, Stearalkonium Chloride, Panthenol, Simethicone, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Coumarin, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone

Any of you using Scurl Activator Moisturiser?  What do you think of it?


The braid spray I use

10 Aug

I have been talking a lot about braids lately simply because I have them at the moment.  I’m often asked about the braid spray I use, why I choose that particular one and where to buy it.  This post will be dedicated to that.

I prefer to use African Pride braid sprays.  The reason I prefer this particular brand is simply because of the ingredients.  I mostly use the one marketed for kids (in the middle of the picture).  I find the smell of the one marketed for adults quite strong.  That said, if I go looking for the kids one and don’t find it, I buy the adult one and will often mix them to dilute the scent.

I mention that the reason I prefer these braid sprays is because of the ingredients.  Here they are:

Anti-breakage Braid Sheen Spray

Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG 8, Olive Fruit Oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Nettle Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Articum Lappa Root Extract, Betula Alba Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Carrageenan Extract, Coltsfoot Flower Extract, Wild Cherry Bark Extract, Dandelion Extract, Sambucus Nigra, Equisetum Hiemale Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Ruminex Crispus Root Extract, Brewers Yeast, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Matricaria Flower Extract, Oleth 20, PEG 12, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Polysorbate 20

Dream Kids Soothing Moisturising Braid Spray

Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG 12, Dimethicone, PEG-8, Olive Fruit Oil, Shea Butter Fruit, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Coconut) Oil, Soybean Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein PG Propyl Silanetriol, Horsetail Extract, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soybean Protein, Hydrolyzed Silk, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Matricaria Flower Extract, Oleth 20, PEG 75 Lanolin, Silk Amino Acids, Acetamidopropyl Trimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propyparaben, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, d-Limonene, Linalool

The Anti-breakage Braid Sheen Spray contains oils (olive fruit oil and tea tree leaf oil), herbal extracts (peppermint leaf extract, nettle extract, rosemary leaf extract, wild cherry bark extract etc) and protein (silk amino acids).  The Dream Kids Soothing Moisturising Braid Spray contains oils (olive fruit oil, soybean oil, coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil, flaxseed oil, wheat germ oil) and protein (hydrolysed vegetable protein, hydrolysed oat protein, hydrolysed soybean protein, hydrolysed wheat protein).

On the left is the spray bottle that I use.  The reason I use a spray bottle is because I find it faster to moisturise my hair with it.  It also enables me to mix the two products.

I buy both products in Clicks or Checkers Hyper.  I have found that the smaller Clicks stores do not stock the sprays, only the larger stores.  The Anti-breakage Braid Sheen Spray costs R29.99 (approx. US$3.75) and the Dream Kids Soothing Moisturising Braid Spray R20.99 (approx. US$2.50).

Product review – Luster’s Scurl Activator Moisturizer

6 Sep

I thought I would do a product review for a product that I always have in my cupboard.  The product is Luster’s Scurl Activator Moisturizer.  I began buying Scurl Activator Moisturizer after reading so much about it on many hair blogs.  It is often described as an excellent moisturiser and always gets the thumbs up for being very moisturising without containing any mineral oil / petrolatum.

I use this moisturiser frequently but I use it most often when I am about 6 weeks and more post relaxer and my new growth is coming in thick and fast.  This is one product that can immediately soften my new growth and make it manageable.  I simply part my hair into sections and spray directly onto the new growth.  At other times though I spray into my hands and moisturise my hair in sections concentrating on the ends.  I will often follow all this by sealing with a bit of coconut oil.  I rub a bit of coconut oil in my hands and apply it to the hair.

In South Africa we get the product in a 355ml bottle.  In other countries though they have many sizes to choose from.  The 355ml bottle costs about R25 (approximately USD4).  I buy it from Clicks (It’s more readily available at larger Clicks stores like Menlyn, Centurion, Eastgate etc).  The moisturiser is runny and has a faint smell.  It was initially designed for curly perms / jheri curls but works very well for natural and relaxed hair styles.  As soon as you apply it your hair feels soft and moisturised.


Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Acetamide MEA, Ceteth-20, Olealkonium Chloride, Stearalkonium Chloride, Panthenol, Simethicone, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance.

Directions on the bottle:

Hold bottle about six inches from hair.  Spray evenly over the entire head, massage completely through, then style.  Use daily to maintain proper moisture balance.

If you have never used this product, give it a try and let me know what you think 🙂

** Note

In South Africa, Clicks no longer stocks Luster’s Scurl Activator Moisturizer.  In Capetown you can buy it at Station Cosmetics.  They have shops in Belville, Claremont and Kuilsriver.  In Gauteng you can buy it at Africa Cash and Carry, Jumbo Cash and Carry and Charlie Parker.