Shawny

Shawny has written 16 Articles:

First Impressions: Crochet Braids

Crochet braids are innovative protective style that everyone seems to be rocking lately. I too have been eyeing them lately. There are so many different crochet braid styles that have popped up in the last 6 months around the natural land that I just had to see if I could get some installed. I watched video after video contemplating doing the install myself but quickly nixed that idea because I am not the greatest at doing my own hair extensions.

I researched a local hair salon near me but once I saw the shocker prices of $200, I let go of that theory really quick. I put crochet braids on the back burner and didn’t consider them again until one day at work a coworker had them. I quickly asked her where she got hers done and started to “beg” her to give up the goods. A friend of hers figured out how to install them and she installed them on my coworker. After months of asking “begging”, she agreed to do them on me. I was over the moon!

The hair she used was Freetress Water Wave. While I was happy with the look, I was not happy with the feel of the synthetic hair after 5 weeks. It started to feel rough and hard. From far away the hair looked wonderful but up close it was not pretty. If decide to get them again, I would get human hair and suggest you do too if you are interested in them.

Overall the hairstyle is easy to maintain and lightweight, I would highly recommend you try them out at least once!

Here are some pictures of me rocking the crochet braids. Click on the pictures to enlarge them!

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Winner: Platinum PJ and Alikay Naturals Giveaway

 
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Congratulations! The winner has been contacted so please check your email!  You have 48hrs to respond to your email and claim your prize! We hope you enjoy these products and give us a holler about them on any of our social platforms.  For those of you interested in trying any of the Alikay Naturals products reviewed on this blog, please visit them at their website here. They’d love to see you there!

We have more in store for you all, so stay tuned for more giveaways and chances to win!

Alikay Naturals Giveaway: Knot be Gone Detangler

Alikay Naturals Giveaway: Knot be Gone Detangler

After my experience with trying Alikay Naturals Black Soap Shampoo and Honey & Sage Deep conditioner it would darn near unPJ like if we didn’t give you a chance to win an item from Alikay Naturals.  So we are excited to offer you the Knot Be Gone Detangler.

From the website:

This product makes the process of detangling easier.  Just spray on your hair and begin detangling. Helps to loosen stubborn hair knots. Botanical infused blends give your hair slip and moisture for easy manipulation without leaving hair greasy. This Product is 100% Natural and 90% Organic Hair feels fresh and clean and ready to style. The scent of jasmine is calming.. Key Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Wheat Germ Oil, Aloe Vera Juice, Fragrance, Behentrimonium Methosulfate(Rapaseed oil) , Herbal and Botanical Blend No Petroleum, No Mineral Oil , No Alcohol, No Paraben, No Sulfate, No Silicones.

 

So what are the requirements to enter?

Like “Alikay Naturals”  and “ PlatinumPJ” on Facebook

For additional entries you can

  • Follow BlackOnyx77  and  PlatinumPJ on Instagram
  • Tweet about the giveaway or
  • Leave a comment below telling us what Alikay Naturals products you have tried or want to try.

Good Luck!
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Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner Review

Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner

From Alikay Naturals website

Excellent Conditioner Treatment for dry damaged hair. Revitalizes your weak hair, and replenishes moisture. Honey attracts water to hair then locks in moisture in each strand. Sage is proven to prevent hair loss and thicken hair. Extra Virgin Olive Oil adds shine and softness. Smells like honey. Your Hair Will Love IT!

FTC Disclosure: The item discussed in this review was provided by Alikay Naturals for consideration. This is not a paid endorsement. All thoughts and ideas expressed are those of the reviewer.

 

   Ingredients: Honey, Sage, Coconut Oil Extracts, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Wheat Protein, Behentrimonium  Methosulfate(Rapaseed oil), Silk Amino Protein, Rice Bran Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Babassu Oil, Herbal and Botanical Blend

   Size(s) 8oz , 16oz

   Cost(s) $16, $27

   Samples?  No

   Packaging: I received a 8 oz jar with clear writing and a lovely Caribbean theme label. I have gotten my label wet and the  letters have slightly faded yet it doesn’t smear

   Scent: an island fruity scent

   Texture: creamy

   Slip: I used this immediately after the shampoo and It sank into my strands immediately. It was creamy enough that I only  needed two quarter amounts for my entire head . I enjoyed the scent along with the my hair felt immediately after applying  and rinsing. It grabbed at my hair and slide easily down the strands

   Moisture: I have to say my hair felt moist and supple after keeping in for only 15 minutes. I didn’t even use it with heat  because it sank into my strands immediately

 

 

FINAL VERDICT

I love it.  It worked so well in conjunction with the shampoo that I feel it’s a must to use both together. The honey didn’t bother my hair at all, as honey sometimes leaves my hair hard if its not all rinsed out.  I do feel as if it was grabby so I have to rinse several times to ensure I had rinsed all the product out.  It was a wonderful hair spa experience and I look forward to trying this with my steamer after a henna treatment.

Alikay Naturals Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo Review

Alikay Naturals Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo

From Alikay Naturals website

Get clean hair Naturally. Made from Raw Black Soap, this shampoo is great at cleaning the hair without stripping it of its natural oils. It leaves your hair moisturized and soft. It is watery form so no thickening agents have been added. Scent is tropical and fruity. Directions: Apply directly to the scalp and massage in to create lather. It is in a watery form so apply in small amounts at a time. It is concentrated, so not much is needed. Even if shampoo doesn’t lather a lot, it still cleans your hair.

FTC Disclosure: The item discussed in this review was provided by Alikay Naturals for consideration. This is not a paid endorsement. All thoughts and ideas expressed are those of the reviewer.

  Ingredients: Water, Raw African Black soap, Coconut Oil, Essential Oils, Fragrance, Herbal and Botanical Blend No Petroleum, No  Mineral Oil , No Alcohol, No Paraben, No Sulfate, No Silicones

   Size(s) 8oz , 16oz

   Cost(s) $12, $20

   Samples?  No

   Packaging: I received a 16 oz bottle with clear writing and a lovely Caribbean theme label. My label got wet in the shower and the letters  have faded slightly, but they are not smeared and I can still see the writing and read the label

   Scent: an island fruity scent

   Texture: Very liquid like, watery

   Lather/Rinsing: You have to be very careful dispensing this out of the bottle during your wash routine. You can easily use more of the  shampoo than needed because its fairly watery in texture. This does not lather, however it cleans the hair and scalp very well without  stripping the hair of its natural oils.

 

 

FINAL VERDICT

I love it and that says a lot because I’m not a big shampoo user. I use a lot of clays and cowashes to cleanse my hair but when I need to try a new product and want to clean my hair to start from fresh I like to bust out a shampoo.  This shampoo left my hair pliable and soft.  I actually washed twice because I wasn’t sure if my hair still had oil in it from my prepoo.  For those of you looking for a product that cleanses like a shampoo, but mimics the moisture and softness of a cowash, I highly recommend this product!

Product Review: Brazilian Kinky Curly Hair

FTC Disclosure:  The item discussed in this review was purchased with personal funds.  This is not a paid endorsement.  All thoughts and ideas expressed are those of the reviewer.

 

I am a lover of wearing weaves to give my hair a break from boredom and daily hair styling. I find myself not able to commit to protective styling with my own hair because I’m more of an out style than an up style kind of natural. Usually when I put twists in, it’s for the sole purpose of a twist-out.  I am however, able to keep a weave in for at least 8-9 weeks and for someone as impatient as I am, this works well.  I have had my eye on purchasing Mongolian kinky curly hair because it is as close to my texture as any other hair I have seen out on the market. The only downside is that it is very expensive. I’m not ready to shell out over $250 for two bundles of hair so I went on a search to find an alternative. Lo and behold, on Instagram I found a company selling “Brazilian Kinky Curly” for a fraction of the cost of Mongolian Kinky Curly hair.

 

The premise and claim (from betterthanbss): 100% Brazilian Hair. 10x better than Beauty Supply Store (BSS) “human” hair. THIS hair is REAL. You can wash it, dye it, bleach it, straighten & curl it- even perm it if you want! If you take care of it, we guarantee its longevity to last up to a year with proper care! Don’t trust those Chinese vendors, or take another risk on cheap beauty supply store hair. Trust BetterThanBSS! We guarantee you’ll love this hair better than anything you’ve bought in your average BSS, at a much better price too.

 

Price: $35 a bundle

 

 

Overall Impressions: When it was first put it in, I was a little put off, the hair was more curly than kinky. I never leave any hair out but if I wanted to then this hair wouldn’t be the type for me. It would not blend with my own hair texture. I have to say I am currently on week 8 of this hair and I will leave it in another week. It has held up pretty well. I make sure that I wet it before styling and condition well.  If I wanted to go another 4 weeks I could pull it off but I’m missing my hair. It does shed but it is not excessive. I’m satisfied with the quality and customer service.

Consistency/Application

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Over-all Impressions

Final Grade

10/10

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9/10

A-

 

FTC Disclosure:  The item discussed in this review was purchased with personal funds.  This is not a paid endorsement.  All thoughts and ideas expressed are those of the reviewer.

Soultanicals Napp’etizers Hair Sample Pack: We have TWO Winners!!!

 

Thanks to all of you who entered the Soultanicals Napp’etizer Giveaway. The love and support you have shown to both Soultanicals and PlatinumPJ has been tremendous!!!  We appreciate you!

 

THE WINNERS OF THE SOULTAINICALS NAPP’ETIZER SAMPLE PACKS ARE:

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Congratulations! The winners have been contacted so please check your email!  You have 48hrs to respond to your email and claim your prize! We hope you enjoy these products and give us a holler about them on any of our social platforms.  For those of you interested in trying Soultanicals, please visit them at their website here. They’d love to see you there!

We have more in store for you all, so don’t lose heart!! Stay tuned for more giveaways and chances to win!

 

Soultanicals Napp’etizer Giveaway

 

The Platinum PJs have been fans of Soultanicals since they launched about a year or so ago. From the ingredients to the product names, Soultanicals delivers products with a unique flair thanks to owner Ayo- Ogun McCants.  Suffice to say, we’re hooked!  Can you blame us?  With names like luscious creamy detangling Knot Sauce, sheen inducing satiny Loc-n-roll Twist &Fro out butter and lets not even get into the Herseha Love Polishing Fudge!  Soultanicals is a soul infused melanin inspired body and hair product line whose mission is to enrich lives through fun and pleasure while promoting a holistic well being.

TLynn unboxed her goodies here and the rest of us have shown our love of the line on the forum.

We are really excited to offer you a chance to try out this line. Not one but TWO winners will have a chance to win a Napp’etizers Hair Sample Pack. Included in each pack are:

  • 2oz Knot Sauce Coil Detangler
  • 2oz Hydrating Kink Drink
  • ½ oz Loc-n-roll Twist & Fro out Butter
  • ½ oz Curl Blaze Hair Glaze
  • A Soultanicals Hair Product Guide

So what are the requirements you say?

Register at Platinum Product Junkies forum then leave your screen name in the comment section below!  We’d love for you to introduce yourself in the “Introduce Yourself” thread and jump right into the conversation.

To earn additional contest entries

  1. “Follow” the Platinum Product Junkies and Soultanicals  on Twitter.
  2. “Like” the Platinum Product Junkies and Soultanicals on Facebook.

Please note: Giveaway is open to US residents only. Contest winner has 48 hours to respond to email notification (please double check your email in the comment section), with a valid shipping address.

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Giveaway: Bel Nouvo Castor Collection

L-R: Nefertiti, Mr. Bel Nouvo, and Shawny

L-R: Nefertiti, Mr. Bel Nouvo, and Shawny

 

Us Platinum PJ’s have been on a giveaway spree lately and we’re not letting up!  We have had the pleasure of meeting so many shop owners and tried so many new and exciting products at the WNHS that we simply could not WAIT to share them with you all.

One of those great shop owners we met was Mr. Bel Nouvo.  I initially stumbled upon his Etsy shop during one of my many late night shopping research sessions and on a whim I decided to try a few things.  I’ve been in LOVE with him and his products ever since.  The first thing that intrigued me was that he is one of the few men immersed in the world of natural hair.  Second, his products are not your typical shea butter based products (which is great because my hair isn’t really a fan of shea butter) and lastly, he is one of the most charismatic and funny shop owners I’ve had the pleasure of meeting…and over the course of this natural hair journey I’ve met quite a few.

After chatting with him at the WNHS and sampling the products, Nefertiti and Hillery decided to take the plunge and purchase a few products as well, so look out for reviews from us on the line on the blog and forum soon.  In the mean time, we’d like to give you the opportunity to try these products out and tell us what you think of them.  We’re giving away the Castor Collection which includes the following:

 

  • CCreamy Castor Custardreamy Castor Custard Deep Conditioner w/ Jamaican & Haitian Black Castor OilKey Ingredients: Haitian Black Castor Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Mango Butter

 

 

 

  • CoCo Castor Pudding

    CoCo Castor Pudding: The perfect synergy of a styling aid and moisturizer!

    Key Ingredients: Agave Nectar, Mango Butter, Candelilla Wax, Coconut & Castor Oil

 

 

 

  • _MG_6165CoCo Castor Nectar Hydrating Hair Mist: Our lightweight moisture packed mist is the perfect way to refresh styles, detangle washed hair, and soften up dry frizzy hair. Not your typical watered down moisture mist…
    Key Ingredients: Coconut Milk, Vegetable Glycerin, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Wheat & Silk Protein

 

 

 

So here’s how you can enter to win these products…the more options you do, the more chances you get to win!!!

  1. Like Platinum PJs and Bel Nouvo on Facebook
  2. Follow @Platinum PJ and @MrBelNouvo on Instagram
  3. Leave a comment below letting us know which of the Bel Nouvo products you are most interested to try

 

Good Luck!

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Shawny’s Little Secret: Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love

FTC Disclosure:  The item discussed below was purchased by the reviewer with personal funds.  This review is not a paid endorsement and all thoughts and ideas expressed are those of the reviewer.

Product: Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love.

The premise and claims (from www.karensbodybeautiful.com):

“Seals Moisture.  Works Best for Thick kinks or curls, relaxed, color treated or dry hair. Made only from rich, thick butters and luxurious oils, Karen’s Butter love conditions, softens and adds sheen to fragile, stressed hair.”

Ingredients: Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Mango butter, jojoba butter, aloe butter, essentials and or fragrance oils, grapefruit seed oil and vitamin e

Size(s): 8 oz

Price(s): $18

Look at how soft and creamy the butter love looks!  I just MELTS onto my hair!
Look at how soft and creamy the butter love is! It just MELTS onto my hair!

 

This little gem is my secret weapon when I want to re-twist my hair at night or when I need soft supple hair.  It works best for me as my sealer and twisting product. You need so little of this that I have literally just gotten to the bottom of my jar after almost a year of usage. The consistency is very creamy. The look of the butter will lead you to believe you need more than you actually do.  I lay my fingertip on top of the product and press down. What clings to my skin is what I use per section under a water based moisturizer. If you’re a fan of the L.O.C Method then this is what your hair needs!

FTC Disclosure:  The item discussed was purchased by the reviewer with personal funds.  This  review is not a paid endorsement and all thoughts and ideas expressed are those of the reviewer.