Sunday, December 2, 2012

Product Review with Tamar Braxton

I'm gonna let you in on a big secret: I am lazy.  Or should I say - when it comes to my hair, I am lazy.  Yes, when I first went natural, I too, was a product junkie, like every other natural out there.  And because I am a hoarder attach sentimental value to things, I still have quite a few of these products under the bathroom sink, collecting dust.  smh.  I've since streamlined my routine because I realized I simply didn't have the time, or money, to use seventeen different products on my one time.  So I figured out what works best for my hair and that is what I stick to.  Shampoo & conditioner aside, today I use 2 products to style my hair:

 Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil  & SoftSheen-Carson Roots of Nature Mango Oil & Cupuacu Butter Whip Coil Cream

Jamaican Black Castor Oil, or JBCO as we in the natural hair community affectionally like to call it, is an awesome product. I'd been using regular castor in my hair (and on eyelashes) for years before I'd heard of JBCO.  Castor oil is used for a multitude of things, but it is known to be a tried and true hair thickener and moisturizer.  I can personally attest to that.  My already thick hair has grown ever bigger thicker, and because I rub a little bit on my eyelashes nightly, I often get asked if I'm wearing false eyelashes.  Or more specifically - "what kind of mascara are you wearing? How many coats of mascara are you wearing?"  People - believe me when I say I'm lazy low maintenance.  I simply can't be bothered with more than 1 coat of mascara.  Castor oil just thickens and grows my lashes as well.  No extra "coating" needed.  This Tropic Isle JBCO is (in Tamar Braxton's voice) "the bomb dot comb. And she don't use nothing in her hair if it don't work...." Sidebar: How crazy does Tamar sound speaking in third person? Hil-ar-ious.  And...sad.)

5 out of 5 stars

Now the Mango & Cupuacu....see, too lazy to finish out the full product also a great product.  I purchased it because of seeing the cupuacu, which I know to be extremely moisurizing, having used it on my hair before.  When I first went natural, I purchased straight cupuacu butter directly from  Brazil and believe me when I say that it is some good stuff.  However, this Roots of Nature product (contains cupuacu but is not straight cupuacu butter), used in conjunction with the JBCO (that's how I roll) is cheaper and just as effective.  No passport needed.  I've seen mixed online reviews of this product, but I can only give you my review on what works for my hair.  And she thinks this stuff is the bomb dot com.  Her My hair thinks this stuff is the bomb dot com.  After lightly oiling my scalp w/ the JBCO, I take a little dab of the Mango Cupuaco butter, add a  dab of the JBCO, apply it sectionally to my hair, and commence to twisting.  The moisturization (is that a word? somewhere my "grammar nazi" mother is grimacing in all her grammar-snobbery glory) and definition is awesome. 

I would give this 5 out of 5 stars, but because I've never actually used it alone without the JBCO, I'm going to give it:

4 out of 5 stars   (because who doesn't shop Wal-Mizzle?)

Stay tuned for Show & Prove pics!


  1. I got my Black Castor Oil thanks to your infomercial! Thanks :-)

  2. And TRUST when I say your HAIR WILL THANK YOU in the end! ;-)