Friday, November 2, 2012

My Tropic Isle Living (JBCO) Routine! AKA: A Curly Girl Chronicle

A while back, I did a post about a hair care regimen I was trying out, that incorporated products that included Jamaican Black Castor Oil. They garnered decent results, but being the true product junkie that I am, I jumped on the chance to try another line of products featuring the “miracle” ingredient. Enter Tropic Isle Living!

I love the company’s motto “The Natural and Traditional Way to a Healthy Beautiful You,” and that it is something that is truly reflected in the entire line. Tropic Isle Living’s natural hair, skin and body care products are not mass produced. They are natural, traditional, healthy and each batch is made with special care and attention to maintain its integrity. There are no preservatives, additives, or non natural fragrances added. In fact, the scents were something I had to get used to, but boy am I glad that I did!

I start my routine by dry detangling my hair with either the Leave In Conditioner and Detangler (which I waxed poetic about here) or the Coconut Black Castor Oil. I love this variation of coconut oil because of its inclusion of castor oil in the formula. It adds richness to the concoction, gives you the added benefits of JBCO, but the ease of use of coconut oil. This formula has a delicious, warm (and natural) coconut smell (literally like freshly opened coconuts that have been warming in the sun).  I usually use it the night before I plan to wash my hair: I divide my dry hair in to four sections, coat my hands in the coconut oil and gently divide each section into smaller sections, working my fingers through carefully in order to work out all of the tangles. I then put the smaller sections into two strand twists. When my whole head is done, I go back with the coconut oil and twirl the ends around my fingers and rub a little extra oil around my hair line and into my scalp.

The next day (or the one after that),  I actually start of the shampooing process with conditioner, the Tropic Isle Living Jamaican  Black Castor Protein Conditioner to be exact. It’s 100% natural, with ingredients like mayonnaise, avocado oil, mustard oil, pimento oil, and of course JBCO. Because of said ingredients (and because TIL does not use artificial fragrances), it sort of smells like salad dressing.  But it’s all good! After leaving it on for about 20 minutes (with a shower cap or damp towel wrapped around my head), then rinse it out with lukewarm water.

I then follow up with the TIL Jamaican All Natural Black Castor Oil Shampoo with Shea Butter. It cleanses and conditions the hair while promoting a healthy scalp. It has a delicate aroma, with hints of the Lavender and Rosemary extracts present in the ingredients evident to the nose. I concentrate application of the shampoo on my scalp and work it down through the ends of my hair, adding more if I need to. It rinses clean without leaving my hair feel stripped and it feels so refreshing.

Then I use the corresponding conditioner. It’s so light and has the same delicate, herbally scent as the shampoo. I LOVE how it coats my hair without feeling heavy and after leaving it in my hair for 5 or so minutes and rinsing it out, my hair feels so soft, dries so shiny, and my curls are so defined and bouncy.

If you couldn’t tell already, between Tropic Isle Living and the other JBCO brand I tried, I prefer TIL. Any product that performs well enough for me to disregard my nose is a hands down winner. My hair and scalp feel FANTASTIC, every time I use these products! Links to all of the products and the Tropic Isle Living site abound in this post (they are NOT affiliate links) so please do your hair a favor and look into them! Until next time...

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