12, 09, 2017
As individuals we are often guilty and forgetful of how special we are—especially when it comes to beauty. Admiring other’s beauty is perfectly fine, but we can’t write ourselves off of the beauty we have as well. Instead of wishing for the things we had it’s a lot more empowering to embrace what we do have, and to learn how to enhance those one of a kind features. It took me a very long time to love my natural hair texture and to simply ditch the straightening iron so that I could let myself feel free again.
This came true from my years of being a pre-teen to early adulthood. It was always implanted in my head that straight hair was better than curly hair. I was always self-conscious about my puffy uncontrolled frizzy curly hair in elementary school, so when I finally made it to my first year of high school, I begged my mom to buy me one of those steam Conair hair straighteners that needed to be filled with water to work (if you know exactly what I’m talking about you’re a true millennial). As I got older I took it further by constantly getting my hair chemically straightened every few months to maintain a pin-straight look. After awhile of spending a lot of money on this expensive lifestyle, I quit and settled for my regular ol’hair straightener—the truth though is that keeping up with my unnatural form of hair just got tiring and my really damaged my hair.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun to change-up of your look, but there’s a difference between having fun with it and just trying to change something you dislike or even hate about yourself. Although I love a nice sleek straight look, I now very much prefer my long wavy hair to be the star of the show, since it better represents me and my personality—in fact, often times it ends up being a fantastic conversation starter!
Even with my 2b wave curl type kind of hair (yes there’s names for different types of curls!), getting the right products can be quite the struggle. Most moisturizing shampoos end up weighting down my hair overtime and giving my locks a noticeable lack in body. When Tropic Isle Living contacting me to review some of their products I had no idea that I had already found my match. I went in only knowing that they focus their products on those with very wavy to extreme curly hair types. These are some of the wonderful products I got to try out:
This was an entirely new experience for me—never in my life have I ever used a shampoo like this before. I do believe that every type of wave or curl is going to need to adjust the amount of Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo they use according to how intense their wave/curl pattern is. Initially I followed the “use a generous amount” on my hair and it was a tad too much for me to handle. My hair was left moisturized alright, but it felt too greasy for my liking. Surprisingly enough instead of weighing down my hair, it helped liven up, lift, and volumize my teases despite it being a bit greasy. I learned from my mistakes and decided it was best to use a lot less, or even mix my regular shampoo into my roots and use a smaller amount of the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo from the shaft to ends of my hair instead. If you’re hair is curlier than mine, I see this doing wonders for you as well.
The Strong Roots Conditioner was yet another unique product introduced to me and my hair. I absolutely love this conditioner since instead of being a very cream dense conditioner like most of the ones that you see on the market, this one is very creamy and you can literally see it sink right into your hair cuticles before your very own eyes. It disappeared so well which made me question if it’s working at first, but the results of how my hair looked and felt after it air-dried showed how defined my waves were from using the Strong Roots Conditioner. It does have a matching shampoo to go with it so I’d be curious about how that preforms as well. I definitely see myself buying the conditioner again though!
Infused with rosemary, shea & Jamaican black castor oil, the Leave In Conditioner & Detangler works as delicious as it smells. I’ve tried plenty of leave-in conditioners and I have to say this one is by far the best I’ve tried in my entire life. It doesn’t at all feel or smell of chemicals since Tropic Isle Living takes pride in their more natural and healthy lifestyle approach. As I only use my fingers to brush through my hair nowadays, this has been a wonderful addition to get through the knots in my hair. I also love the generous amount of product in the 240ml bottle, since it smells so good there’s been a few times I went a little overboard on the spray.
As someone such as myself who always whines about having dry hair, yet never really does anything about it—well my complains have been answered. The Jamaican Coco Rosemary with Vitamin E helps to restore and nourish distressed and dehydrated locks as it can act as a deep conditioner or a hot oil treatment. Since it is very moisturizing I prefer to use this as a hot oil treatment on drier parts and ends of my hair once a week for the best results. It can also be used as a skin conditioner on areas where you’re most prone to dryness such as elbows, knees, heels of feet, or on any cracked skin in general. The weather has been changing a lot, and I’m noticing my knuckles are starting to get dry, so this has come to the rescue!
This was the only non hair related product Tropic Isle Living sent over, which was nice because they’ve proven to be wonderful for very wavy to curly hair. Their Jamaican Bush Bath Rejuvenating & Therapeutic Liquid Bath is blended with ingredients of organic coconut, olive, aloe vera, jojoba oil, kelp, and eucalyptus —to only name a few—helps to cleanse and detoxify the body during a therapeutic bath. This is a great reminded that I need to take baths more often! I always make up excuses that I don’t have time for a bath, but the truth is we all need to make more time for them since they’re not only relaxing, but very beneficial for our health as well.