a product that is made in the US. Kosher Kurls controls the frizz
and defines the‘Kurls.’”
But is it really kosher? “Sometimes people want to know
what makes Kosher Kurls kosher. I tell them that it is just a
play on words, and that it will work better on your hair than in
their stomach!” said Lampkin Tydings. “But you don’t have to be
Fellow curly hair proponent Ouidad
has expanded her product offerings sold
at Sephora, Ulta and other locations with
the new Ouidad Climate Control Frizz
& Flyaway Fighter, a taming shine spray
designed for all hair types. This light-
weight and non-greasy finishing product
is the newest addition to Ouidad’s line of
Climate Control products, which also in-
cludes shampoo, conditioner and styling
gel. Flash dry fruit oils—olive, avocado,
and grape—leave a non-greasy finish.
Additionally, DevaCurl, another popular curly hair care brand sold at Soho’s
Devachan Salon in New York City, is rolling out a new styling
gel and creme for Spring 2012. Alcohol- and silicone-free, the
SKUs contain humectants and nourishing ingredients to protect
hair against outside elements, according to the company. Once
applied, the styling gel will harden, and when dry, the cast is released and the result is defined curls.
“The hottest ingredients are coming from the Brazilian rainforest such as capapoa, yucca and tapioca starches are found in all
DevaCurl styling products,” Lorraine Massey, DevaCurl founder
and co-owner of the Devachan Salon. “These starches replace
True Match targets a
variety of skin tones.
harmful plastic resins which are found in most shampoo cleans-
ers on the market.”
In mass, Palmer’s expanded its Olive Oil offerings with
Formula Super Control Edge Hold Hair Gel and a No-Lye
Relaxing System. Both contain Palmer’s Organi-Gro, a blend of
nettle, sage, hyssop and, of course, olive oil. Meanwhile, L’Oréal
added a Butter Blend HG relaxer to its Mizani line. Developed
with the signature moisturizing Butter Blend ingredients of shea
butter, cocoa butter and honey, Butter Blend HG is formulated
with less sodium hydroxide to minimize scalp irritation and leave
hair stronger, more manageable and less prone to breakage or
thermal damage. It is available in two formulas—Mild, for mini-
mal/moderate curl reduction; and Normal, for moderate/maxi-
mum curl reduction.
Jane Carter Solution unveiled the latest addition to its line of
natural hair care products: the Natural & Curly Hair Essentials Kit at
Target and Rite Aid. The kit contains the line’s six essentials to treat
curly locks: a Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo SLS-Free, Nutrient
Replenishing Conditioner, Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner, Wrap
& Roll, Curl Defining Cream and Nourish & Shine.
Skimming the Surface
Skin care customers tend to prefer products rich in natural emollients such as shea, cocoa and mango butters, olive, avocado
and sweet almond oils, noted Funlayo Alabi, president, Shea
Radiance, Columbia, MD.
“These products are desired because they deliver moisture
and conditioning that can be immediately felt on the skin,” she
“Shea butter is a staple in ethnic skin care, especially shea
butter that has not passed through the refining process before
being used as a cosmetic ingredient.”
Pure, unrefined shea butter is said to be high in bio-actives,
vitamins and sterols that provide long lasting moisturizing ben-
efits to the skin. Shea Radiance Whipped Shea Butter and Ultra
Rich Creams are rich in shea butter and feature a cocktail of rice
bran, coconut, avocado, hemp and castor seed oils. The products
are sold at Whole Foods.
Specific Beauty’s new Professional Moisture Complex is a
NEW COMPANY FOCUSES ON MULTI-CULTURAL SUN CARE
• As the self-proclaimed, first multi-cultural focus
company for sun protection, extrashade of Brooklyn,
nY recently debuted Sun Protection for rich
complexions SPF 30. According to the company, it offers uniquely photostabilized sunscreen combined with
hydrating naturals and anti-aging botanicals.
the term “rich complexions,” coined by
extrashade, refers to those who have extra melanin from olive, brown to dark brown and other exotic
shades in between.
in the formulation, hyaluronic acid hydrates, while
white ginger and passionflower soothe inflammation
and soften the skin. Vitamins c and e help strengthen and add radiance, while soap bark, coconut and
plantain extract help heal wounds, hydrate the skin and
fight free radicals. Pomegranate and kiwi fruit extract act
as antioxidants, calming inflammations and fight visible
signs of aging.