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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?


Product review – Revlon Special Feeling Super Soft Activator

8 May


Thought I would just share my experiences with this moisturiser which I bought on a whim while taking pics for a post.  What made me buy it was the name, I was drawn to the fact that it was a ‘super soft activator’ and I was curious to see if it would work in making my new growth super soft.

One of the things that also made me buy it is that Scurl Activator Moisturiser has been out of stock for months now.  This looked like it might be a good substitute.

My thoughts:

I really liked this moisturiser.  I did make my new growth ‘super soft’.  I last relaxed my hair six months ago so I am dealing with a lot of new growth.  I have been using it by applying it directly to the new growth and a bit to my ends. I’ve also applied a bit to my sons hair and it works well on his hair too.


I discovered the hard way that I cannot be heavy handed with this product.  It tends to coat the hair and make the hair heavy and limp.  I also learnt that the best way for me to prevent this was to use a bit every other day instead of daily. The heavy coating may be because it has some silicone as the 8th ingredient.

I cannot pronounce some of the ingredients because they are so long!  It had me wondering what they are exactly.

Directions on the bottle:

Place a small amount of Super Soft Activator in the palm of your hand and massage gently through hair.  Style as desired.


Water, Glycerin, Stearalkonium chloride, Cetyl alcohol, PEG – 4 stearate, Hydrolysed Collagen, Methylparaben, Sodium chloride, Simethicone, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Disodium phosphate.

 I bought this product at Sweet Penny for R21.99 (approx US$2.50).  It’s also available at Checkers.

Pics of mineral oil / petrolatum free moisturisers

20 Mar

Following my post on pics of sulphate free shampoos last week, I thought I would go back to the shops and see what petrolatum or mineral oil free moisturisers / leave in conditioners I could find.  Once again I went to Clicks, Dischem and Checkers.  If anything was out of stock on the day I went to the shop then it won’t be included in this post.  I have found that when it comes to Clicks stores, look for hair products in the bigger branches.  In Pretoria I go to the branch at Menlyn Park Mall because this is the biggest Clicks in my area.  Smaller branches stock very few hair products.

There are more mineral oil free moisturisers than what appears in this post, I just focused on what can be found in the three shops I visited.  I chose these shops because they are found in most towns in South Africa.  I have to place a disclaimer though that all I did was look at the ingredients list to see if a product has mineral oil or not.  I did not go through all the ingredients to see what else is in the product.  I suggest that before you buy any of these moisturisers you make sure you are happy with the other ingredients the product contains.

In taking pictures it made me realise just how many curl / gel activators there are out there.  Maybe I can find one to replace Scurl Activator Moisturiser which has been out of stock in South Africa for months.

I did not include braid sprays in my pics though many do not contain mineral oil and they can also be used to moisturise the hair.

 1.       Organic Root Stimulator Carrot Oil1

Contrary to what the name implies, this is actually a moisturiser and not an oil!  I came across it in Dischem though I know you can find it in Clicks too.  It costs R65.95 (US$7.30).  This is one of the moisturisers that I have.
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Hair Update – 24 weeks post relaxer

30 Jan

I am now +/- 24 weeks post relaxer.  I have never gone this long between relaxers before.  I managed to go this long because I had my hair braided from the 3rd of November 2011 to the 16th of January 2012.  Since I removed the braids I have just been taking care to be gentle with my hair and to keep it moisturised.  I’m actually surprised at how soft my new growth is.  I’m attributing this to all the treatments and moisturising.  I am moisturising with Lusters SCurl Activator Moisturiser and Elasta QP Mango Butter.  I’m also using a bit of coconut oil for sealing.

I have been keeping styling simple since I took out the braids.  I love hair bands so I have been wearing these almost everyday.  The pic above was taken on Friday.  I had done a braid out.

I think I will relax my hair over the weekend.  I will keep you posted.

Beginner Wednesday – Moisturisers 101

26 Oct

This week we focus on moisturisers.  When you wash and deep condition your hair you follow this up with a moisturiser (some use a leave in conditioner).   You then use an oil / butter to seal in the moisture from the wash, deep condition and moisturiser.  There are some oils that penetrate the hair shaft (e.g. coconut oil).  These have the added benefit that they will nourish the hair as well.

As I have often said before, African hair thrives on moisture.  It needs moisture for it to be healthy.  Most of the steps in African hair care including washing and deep conditioning are done with the aim of adding moisture to the hair.   A mistake that is often made is thinking that grease (that old school hair food!) is moisturising.  Grease cannot moisturise your hair.  Some women have success with it for sealing in moisture but grease by itself cannot moisturise.  If you are relying on grease to moisturise your hair you find that you end up having greasy, oily hair but it still feels dry.  Also it is prone to breakage and you do not retain any length.  You need a proper moisturiser.

You need to be consistent when it comes to moisturising hair.  It needs to be incorporated into a regular hair care regimen.  I moisturise my hair every morning.  Sometimes, if the weather is extremely hot or if I have spent a lot of time outdoors then I will moisturise it again before bed.  There are some women who moisturise their hair twice a day, every day.  As with all things that are hair related, find what works for you and your hair. 

There are two types of moisturisers available for hair:

1.          Water based moisturisers

In these moisturisers water is the first ingredient.  Water is the best moisturiser there is!

2.          Oil based moisturisers

In these moisturisers, oils are the first ingredients and water is lower down the list.  They are popular with women who have straightened their natural hair as water based moisturisers can cause the straightened natural hair to revert.   To use them properly, you need to make sure that you have already moisturised your hair with washing as well as conditioning. 

You can make your own moisturiser spritz by mixing water with any combination of other ingredients like glycerin, aloe vera, rose water, natural oils and  a few drops of essential oils.  You can even add a bit of conditioner to the spritz.  These spritzes are especially beneficial to those that wear their hair natural as they soften while they moisturise.  Braid sprays are also great moisturisers too.

Many women (including myself) get good results with moisturisers that contain humectants (ingredients that attract water from the atmosphere) like glycerin.  There are several available but I use Scurl Activator Moisturiser.  I know Revlon and Easy Waves also make glycerin based moisturisers.  These moisturisers were popular years ago for curly permed hair but their popularity has moved to women with relaxed and natural hair.

Avoid moisturisers that contain mineral oil or any other petroleum based product in the first few ingredients. Mineral oil does nothing but coat the hair leaving it shiny but dry.  Some have no problem with mineral oil low down the ingredient list.  I personally avoid mineral oil in the first 3 ingredients.  Such products do nothing for me. Also avoid excessive silicones which can cause buildup.

Right now I have the following moisturisers which I use interchangeably depending on how my hair is feeling:

  •         Scurl Activator Moisturiser
  •         Organic Root Stimulator Carrot Oil (the name is misleading, it’s a moisturiser!)
  •         Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter
  •         Organic Root Stimulator Oil Moisturising Hair Lotion
  •         Yes To Cucumbers Leave In Conditioner