December Curly Crown Holiday Box!

It’s the season of giving! In this spirit, Curly Crown Canada has created its biggest box ever! This special holiday edition box includes three full size products that promise to have you start the New Year off right with a glowing curly crown! Here is the breakdown of your December subscription box!

LONDON IVY | HOLY GRAIL PREMIUM CONDITIONER

Give your hair a treat! This vitamin and mineral rich formula provides moisture while adding sheen to your beautiful soft tresses.

Why it’s great: With ingredients like rose water, coconut oil and tee tree oil, your hair will get the moisture it needs to survive the winter months. This minty formula feels great because it creates a cool tingle while being massaged it into your scalp, it also gives your hair the softness it needs to de-tangle and style. It will cleanse and condition your hair & scalp without the harsh chemicals found in traditional shampoos and conditioners.

How to use it: Apply the conditioner to wet hair and massage into scalp using the balls of your fingers to loosen dirt, product build-up and debris. Leave on for the duration of bath or shower, then rinse.

Tips: Great cleanser for hair extensions/weave/braids , and great for “no-poo” (no shampoo) regimes

Ingredients: Distilled Water / Aqua•, Cetyl Alcohol•, Rose Damascena (Rose Water)•, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Extra Virgin Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil•, Camellia Sinensis (Camellia) Oil*, Stearyl Alcohol•, Cetearyl Alcohol (Colza Oil derived)•, PEG-40 Castor Oil•, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil•, Stearalkonium Chloride (plant derived)•, Melaleuca Altermifolia (Tea Tree) Oil•, Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint)*, Cedrus Deodora (Cedarwood) Oil•, Cetrimonium Chloride (coconut oil derived)•, DMDM Hydantoin¤[For External Use Only]
LONDON IVY | SMOOTH OPERATOR LUXE POMADE

Made with Natural and Organic Ingredients Including: Castor Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Beeswax and Jojoba Oil. This luscious multi-tasking blend tames frizzy dull hair with excellent shine, protects your skin, and soothes dry lips. Free from Mineral Oil and Petroleum.
Why it’s great: This product can be used in so many ways – it has multiple uses for hair as a styler, and as a formula to seal waves and locs. It can also be used on your body as a moisturizer. You really get your bang for your buck!
How to use it: Hair use: Section damp hair and apply a dime size amount of pomade from ends to roots (a little goes a LONG way). Style as usual. Waves: Apply to clean damp hair, brush and wrap. Locs: Apply to clean damp locs, and twist as usual. Sit under dryer to speed up process and set. Body: Great as a heel and foot moisturizer and revitalize dry feet, apply to clean damp heels and feet to lock in moisture.
Ingredients: Castor Seed Oil•, Rice Bran Oil•, Extra Virgin Olive Fruit Oil•, Avocado Oil•, Coconut Oil*, Jojoba Seed Oil•, Beeswax•, Peppermint*, Lemongrass Oil•, Vitamin E•, [For External Use Only]
NORTH AMERICAN HEMP CO. | CURLMEGA CURL ACTIVATOR AND REACTIVATOR

North American Hemp Co. Curlmega Curl Activator & Reactivator spray is the perfect potion to revive your curls. Its pro-vitamin B5 and hemp seed oil formula enhances your curls for perfect ringlets and glossy shine.

Why it’s great: If you’re looking for a product that’ll help enhance your curls, this is for you! The curl activator helps revive your curls especially in strands that have loosened.
How to use it: spray evenly throughout damp hair. Scrunch hair while blow-drying using a diffuser. This product is also great for in between days, spray all over dry hair then style as usual.

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, PVP/VA Copolymer, Polyquaternium-55, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 20, Heptyl Undecylenate, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Oil, Flavour, Panthenol, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

If you missed out, you can get your box HERE

Limited quantities available!

 

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August Box Review

 

 

All the good things nature has to offer is packed into Aycaona’s line of products. Sea algae, aloe, oats, and almond butter packed with fibre, protein, and antioxidants, are some of the elements used to produce this series of curly hair products. This month your hair will receive a high concentration of natural and organic ingredients that promise to deliver the moisture and care it needs.

August is about loving your hair enough to provide it with the nourishment it needs to be healthy, strong and beautiful. Here is the breakdown of what’s in your box!

BANA – SUPREME HYDRATION DEEP CONDITIONER

Why It’s Great: Packed with aloe vera, coconut oil, shea butter and avocado, this product is rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E, and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc. It promises to condition, nourish and soften your hair!

How To Use It: Wash your hair with lukewarm water and go through your regular wash routine (whether you wash with ACV, co-wash or shampoo), wash your product out and step out of the shower (or turn off your water) to apply your deep conditioner. Generously massage the product all over your scalp and hair to saturate it in this goodness, be especially generous at your tips. Let it sit for 10 minutes before hopping back into the shower to rinse in cool water.

Tips: It’s important to rinse out your shampoo before deep conditioning to allow for a clean slate for the ingredients in the deep conditioner to work their magic.

NI – DETANGLING & HYDRATING SPRAY

Why It’s Great: Your life just got a whole lot easier. This detangling spray adds moisture to your hair aiding in the process of combing and styling. With nutritious ingredients like broccoli oil and gotu kola, this product will not only detangle, but it will strengthen and prevent hair loss.

How To Use It: Apply to damp hair and section off the areas you would like to detangle. Use a comb or your fingers to run through each section of your hair and reapply as needed.

Tips: This also makes for a great refresher for days between your washes. Apply some NI – Detangling & Hydrating Spray in the morning to give your hair an added shot of moisture to get through the day.

SHINGU – CURL DEFINING CREAM GEL

Why It’s Great: Not only will you get definition, you get vitamins.  Aloe vera, mango butter and flaxseeds are some of the main ingredients used to create this cream gel. Your hair will get the elasticity, strength and vitamins it needs.

How To Use It: This product works well on its own and with a leave in conditioner. Section your hair and add a quarter size amount of the SHINGU – Curl Defining Cream Gel to each part. Comb through with your hair using a wide-tooth comb or you fingers. Use your fingers to twist out and separate your curls.

Tips: This is also great for adding definition to your curls during your in-between days. After revitalizing your hair with the NI – Detangling & Hydrating Spray, use the SHINGU – Curl Defining Cream Gel to redefine some of your curls. Focus on the crown of your head, back of your neck, and the hair around your face. Use your fingers to recoil.

ATABEY – Herbal Fortifying Hair Mud Mask

Why It’s Great: Its not real mud don’t worry!  Henna is the main ingredient in this composition giving it a mud-like appearance. Although its popularly known as a natural dye, henna has been proven to improve hair strength, prevent breakage and increase shine. Accompanied by aloe vera and olive oil, this product promised to nourish your hair.

How To Use It: Apply a generous amount to clean wet hair. Gently massage into rich lather from scalp to ends and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Tips: If you’re worried about the henna colouring your hair, leave this mask in your hair for no more than 10 minutes to avoid staining. Be sure to wear gloves while applying this to avoid getting your hands stained!

 

Follow Curly Crown Canada on Instagram and Facebook for more hair tips, and remember your curls are best worn with confidence #ILOVEMYCURLYCROWN

 

 

 

Vlogger Search

CURLY CROWN CANADA VLOGGER SEARCH

Curly Crown Canada is a community built to help women appreciate their natural curls. Whether they are starting out as new naturals, or been on this journey for a while, we’re here to support women be their natural selves!

Curly Crown Canada is a subscription based business designed to help women with curly hair embrace their curls and learn to care for them. Every month our subscribers receive a box of carefully curated products from a variety of brands created for women with locks.  We aim to educate and support consumers in the care of their curly hair and expose them to brands that work best for their hair type.

Where do you come in? You’ll be helping us create some amazing content for our clients and help grow our online fan base! We’ll be interviewing people within the beauty industry, doing hair tutorials, hair hacks, providing social media advice, and talking about the latest beauty news. If you have a serious passion for beauty and you love being on camera, then this is the perfect opportunity to showcase your talent! For many, this will be a journey and a lifestyle. As an ambassador, you will play an active role in encouraging women to embrace their natural curls and become a leader within the community.

Tasks & Responsibilities

What You Will Be Doing

  • Brainstorming with the ambassador team to come up with new themes, topics, and ideas for content
  • Conduct hair tutorials, cover events, and provide social media tips/advice
  • Write engaging blogs and articles on a monthly basis
  • Help grow our YouTube channel and online fan base
  • Create and star in videos!
  • Create unboxing and Instructional videos which should be posted one week after boxes have been delivered.

What We Want You To Possess

  • Positive, “go-getter” attitude
  • Must have naturally curly hair
  • A passion for beauty, hair, and social media
  • A great, charismatic personality
  • Some experience acting on camera or previous vlogging experience
  • High degree of self-confidence and leadership
  • Experience on camera and maintaining a blog
  • Experience growing an online fan base
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong work ethic and self-motivation, a true self starter
  • High Quality Camera able to take videos
  • Knowledge and experience in editing software

Attending Events

  • Act as the face of the company at events, socials, meet-ups, tradeshows, and other promotional events.
  • During events, vloggers and ambassadors are expected to stay for the duration of the event, welcome potential subscribers and educate customers about Curly Crown Canada.

Community Outreach – You will be a leader in the Canadian curly hair community, expressing positive self image of naturally curly hair and interacting with our current, past, and potential subscribers.

  • Relay customer feedback to Curly Crown Canada in anticipation of improving products and services
  • Represent Curly Crown and its products and services to the media and consumers in a positive manner

You will be testing and reviewing products for your followers. This also entails creating a positive interaction and experience for consumers to increase brand awareness.

You will act as a liaison for Curly Crown Canada to your friends and social media followers

Educate consumers on the use of products and techniques that you think work best using a variety of mediums including videos and blogs

Benefits:

-Free curly hair products monthly to test and review

-Discounts on online store

-Gain exclusive access to private events

-Opportunity to earn commission

Please send your cover letter, resume and social media handles to info@curlycrowncanada quoting “Vlogger Application” as your e-mail title.

Due to the number of applications only successful candidates will be contacted. We thank everyone who has applied!

Curly Crown July Box

 

Windblown hair in a convertible, luminosity in the sunlight, the kind that only exists in commercials and Beyoncé concerts – this is how my hair looks after trying the July Curly Crown box. It has me flipping my hair, twirling my coils and walking with confidence. Never has a set of products made my hair feel so soft, thick, defined, and frizz-free.  There is no other way to put it other than it feels naturally healthy and beautiful. I’m obsessed…

This month is all about nourishment and care; your curly crown will love you for the care you give it this month. Here is the breakdown of what’s in your box.

LOCSURIA COCONUT DETANGLING LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER 

Why It’s Great: Locsuria’s power-packed Detangling Leave-In Conditioner is formulated for the health conscious curly girl. It is 98% plant-based, has no fillers, chemical, sulphates, and parabens. Enriched with shea butter and aloe vera, this product works to protect your curls and leaves hair soft, tangle-free, frizz-free and easy to style.

How To Use It: This may be one of the easiest products to use, your hair will feel silky soft on contact making it detangle like a charm. After showering, section your hair and add the leave-in  section-by-section, starting at the top and working your way to the bottom. You can add as much or as little as you like (there is no buildup), and use your fingers to detangle and define your curls, and that’s it! You’re good to go!

Tips: This product makes your hair so detangled; you won’t need a root brush or a wide tooth comb. Use your fingers to work the product in and avoid breaking your curl pattern.

CURLSHOPPE COCONUT JELLY (SOFT HOLD)

Why It’s Great: This curl defining jelly will give you perfect soft curls when styling, without the crunch or added weight. It’s packed with natural health promoting ingredients like coconut oil and aloe and is designed for all curl types. Added bonus – it smells like heaven!

How To Use It: Great for finger coiling, if you want certain parts in your hair to have extra hold – i.e. the bottom hairs at your neck tend to frizz quickly, or the crown of your head and front of your hair, use your coconut jelly to define the parts you want to have a little extra hold and definition.

Tips: Curl Shoppe’s Curl Defining Jelly is designed to work for all curl types. Its water-based lightweight formula is perfect for wash’n go styles. It is also great for patting down those baby hairs, and for in-between days, and touch up your curls with this gel, it’ll also leave your hair smelling amazing!

MONAT REJUVENIQUE OIL INTENSIVE

 Why It’s Great: MONAT’s naturally based ingredients include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and beta-carotene. Their unique combination has been proven to mimic the body’s own natural oils to reduce hair thinning, prevent oxidative stress, and add volume and shine, and it smells great!

How To Use It: This oil has multi-uses; you can use Rejuvenique Oil Intensive as a pre-poo treatment, a leave in finishing treatment, or as an anti-frizz treatment.

  • Pre-shampoo treatment:Apply a generous amount to dry or damp hair and scalp. Leave on for 15 minutes before washing hair, and rinse thoroughly.
  • Leave-in finishing treatment:Apply a small amount to hair, concentrating on the ends for soft and strong tips.
  • Anti-frizz treatment:Rub a small amount between hands and apply to hair, concentrating on the ends. The oil will moisturize your hair and leave it with shine.

Tips: Rejuvenique Oil Intensive is also great for your face and body! Even if you have oily skin, it absorbs quickly and won’t cause breakouts. Rub some oil in your palms and apply it to your dry areas before going to bed, it will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized.

MONAT REVIVE SHAMPOO

Why It’s Great: If you’re looking for thicker hair, this is for you! This salt and sulphate-free gentle cleanser hydrates the scalp, while helping boost natural hair growth and improve follicle strength to reduce hair thinning. It revives the moisture in your hair giving it a youthful vitality.

How To Use It: Apply a generous amount to wet hair. Gently massage into rich lather from scalp to ends. Leave in hair for 2-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if needed.

Tips: If you’ve coloured or chemically treated your hair or if you suffer from hair loss, stick to using this product. Clinical studies have shown that 46% of users noticed an increase in hair growth, 76% experienced an increase in collagen directly increasing follicle size, and 58% noticed a decrease in fibre breakage.

Follow Curly Crown Canada on Instagram and Facebook for more hair tips, and remember your curls are best worn with confidence #ILOVEMYCURLYCROWN

 

 

Curly Crown May Box Review

 

That bottle of hair product – glossy, beautifully labeled and full of promise… until you have to figure out how to use it. Sometimes when it comes to curly hair products, instruction manuals seem more appropriate than the directions written on the bottles. Should your hair be sopping wet or towel dried? Do you use it before you wash your hair or after? Wait, you wash your hair, add product, wait ten minutes, and then wash your hair again?  Wash days can take over, you need to study the labels, look up YouTube videos, block out a chunk of your day and focus.

Curly Crown Canada’s goal is to make the natural hair journey fun and simple. Below is a list of products from our most recent May box. We’ve tried, tested, and learned about their strengths and methods. We want you to get excited for wash day!

Up North Naturals 8-oil Blend

 Why It’s Great: If there is one way to describe this product, it is hair vitamins in a bottle – pure goodness and nourishment for your hair. Ingredients include coconut oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, and neem oil and great essential oils.

How To Use It: If you’re washing your hair in the morning this is great to put in your hair the night before. If you’re washing your hair later on in the day, add it to your hair for a few minutes just before you shower. This product is so versatile. You can also add it to your hair after using the Up North Naturals Go-2 Hydrating Hair Milk for soft defined curls.

Tips: The 8-oil Blend is also a great scalp massager!

Up North Naturals go-2 hydrating Hair Milk

Why It’s Great: This all natural leave-in conditioner is great for nourishing your locks while giving you a light hold. Ingredients include shea butter, coconut oil, and Vitamin E oil.

How To Use It: It serves as a great base for any styling product. The 8-oil Blend adds an extra punch of moisture and vitamins. After washing your hair, remove excess water and comb it throughout, now you’re ready for styling.

Tips: This product is great on its own if you’re looking for a light hold of if you’re on vacation and want to add a light product for a quick wash and go

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Original Total Control for Frizzy Hair

Why It’s Great: This product is what makes Curl Keeper so popular. Its water-like consistency is light and promises to significantly reduce your frizz without adding the buildup.

How To Use It: Add generous amounts into your wet hair and brush it through. Keep adding the product in smaller sections of your hair and finger coil your hair to style your curls the way you want them to look (If you’re looking for a more defined look). If you’re in a hurry, comb the product through, flip your head upside down and scrunch, scrunch, scrunch.

Tips: The product works really well when there is minimal movement in your hair during the drying stage.

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Styling Cream

Why It’s Great: With ingredients like aloe leaf juice, sunflower extract and a base of water, this product is great for helping you style your hair and is ideal for humid conditions. Another great feature is that there is no build up, you can keep adding product without worrying about flakes or residue.

How To Use It: This styling product is great after adding some leave-in conditioner to your hair. Distribute evenly though wet hair and finger coil your curls into the way you want them to look, or scrunch and go.

Tips: This product is amazing for days in between washes. Spray your frizzy areas with your 50% water 50% conditioner spray bottle and manipulate your curls using the curl cream  – guaranteed success!

If you missed out on the May box and want to try these products, head over to our online store and get it today!

http://www.curlycrowncanada.com/shop/all/

Until next time, keep rocking those curls with confidence!

5 Reasons Why a Curly Hair Subscription Box Will Change Your Life

Not all curls are created equal and not all journeys are alike. When I get together with the girls in my family (who almost exclusively have curly hair) we talk about methods, and share new knowledge (what we like to call curl-education). Although we share genes, and our hair types appear to be similar, each one of us responds to various products differently, we have different methods and approaches to caring for our hair, and each one of us has a different journey.

At Curly Crown we get inundated with questions – What curl type am I? What products should I use? What do I do with my hair after the shower? There is no doubt; curl-education could be a very confusing and daunting thing. This is why we developed the monthly subscription box. Here are 5 Reasons Why a Curly Hair Subscription Will Change Your Life:

  1. You Gain Access to a Curly Hair Community

Sometimes when I walk down the street and I see a fellow curly girl, we have a moment of silent exchange, it includes a subtle head-nod and smile. It is recognition of someone who looks like you, who may have had similar experiences, and it is an exchange of solidarity. Whether you’re a seasoned natural or a transitioning novice, this sisterhood amongst curly girls needs to grow to support women in all points of their hair journeys.

When I was a child, all my friends had straight hair, my mother straightened her hair and my hair was forever tied in a bun until I was old enough to use extreme forms of heat to knock out my curls. I didn’t have anyone to guide me or help me see that my natural hair was beautiful. It wasn’t until grew up and started researching ways for me to care for my curls that I realized the great need for a community. As a response to this, Curly Crown Canada has set up seasonal Meet Ups for curly girls to get together and talk about all things curls! We also have an online community with a blog and tips and tricks posted on our social media outlets.

  1. Access to Products Made Just For You

Your subscription gives you access to products that are new to the market, as well as products that have been tried and tested by experts. Your hair will respond differently to a product than that of your friends; that is why it is important to try different types of products to figure out what works for you. Sometimes products that once worked for you, don’t seem to do the trick any more and you’re left searching for something new. The Curly Crown team spends countless hours gathering and testing different types of curly hair products that work for various curl types. Every month is a treat to new things.

  1. It’s Good for the Bank

Throughout my curly hair journey, I have had to set aside a special “hair budget” every month the money in my budget (often upwards of $65) would go towards purchasing new products and trying things that could make my hair look even better (it sort of became an addiction). When you subscribe to Curly Crown Canada, the products you receive in your box have a much higher retail value than the cost of the box. If you were to purchase the products on your own, you could end up paying double, sometimes triple the cost of the box. Not to mention, you get free shipping and you don’t pay tax!

  1. It’s Convenient

Forget doing the research, searching for product reviews, and driving 45 minutes to get the one store in your city that sells curly hair products. With Curly Crown Canada, you receive a box delivered to your door every month. It is filled with hand picked products just for your hair and you don’t even have to leave your home.

  1. You Grow in Your Hair Journey

Every journey is different, every curl type is different, and even the curls you have now change as you grow. Having a subscription box helps you stay on top of your changing hair and adapt as your curls change. You get to try new things every month and become part of a community that shares knowledge, support, and helps you along the way. Most importantly, you will embrace your natural beauty. Welcome to the sisterhood.

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5 Tips for Wearing Curly Hair for Occasions

curly modelIt was the same thing for every special occasion. Come wedding season, I would plan, carve out time, and mentally prepare myself for the arduous task of straightening my curly hair. It was no laughing matter, all tools needed to be ready – the blow drier, flat iron, brushes, pins, hair bands, protective creams, and a minimum of two hours worth of Netflix. This mission became increasingly difficult as I  transitioned from straightening my hair into leaving it naturally curly. My hair became healthier and thicker, and my curls became tighter and more stubborn; the task of straightening my hair required solid bicep strength, mental vigor, and ample time. What made matters worse was the fact that my straight hair didn’t look nice anymore; my curls had become so tight, they caused my straightened hair to look f… fr… frizzy. I was at the mercy of humidity fluctuations and inclement weather conditions, starting my day looking like J.Lo and end it looking like Diana Ross.

Enough was enough; a year ago I made the decision to stop straightening my curls for good, regardless of the occasion. This liberating resolution proved to be wise; getting ready for occasions was no longer an event, my hair could withstand weather conditions, and because I looked different, people complimented me on my hair (I never got compliments when I wore my hair straight)! I embraced my natural locks with open arms and started looking up pretty hairstyles, buying cute hair accessories, and having fun with the process.

The only set back was that there were not enough resources when it came to learning how to style curly hair for occasions. A simple Google search on “hair for special occasions” provides an infinite list of straight hairstyles. Even typing “curly hair for special occasions” gives you a myriad of images of women with straight hair who have curled it with a curling iron. Other than a few dedicated blogs, there are very little resources when it comes to styling curly hair for special occasions. This needs to change. In order for curly haired women to gain access to information and tools to wear their natural hair, there needs to be more content – more postings, and more knowledge put out in the world. Curly Crown Canada is dedicated to sharing curly hair wisdom by meeting with experts, researching, writing and posting about all things curly hair.

Recently, we met with the Curl Ambassadors in Toronto to gain some insight on how to wear curly hair for occasions. Since opening in 2006, they have been the mecca for curly girls in Toronto and Vaughn. Famous for their dry cuts and step-by-step guides to caring for curly hair, they had a few things to say…

  1. Wear Your Second Day Hair – Second day hair has more hold and volume. Given that hair’s own natural oils are greater that day, your hair will look fuller and your hairstyle will hold longer.
  1. Be Generous with Your Products – Whether you decide to wear your first day hair or second day hair, applying generous amounts of product when you first style your hair after the shower makes all the difference. Be sure to add more of your styling product for greater setting. You don’t want flyaway or frizzes when you’re taking pictures!
  1. Holding Spray is Your Best Friend – Holding spray helps keeps chignons, and buns from budging for hours. Apply your spray while prepping and setting. Flip your head over and shake out your curls while spraying on the holding spray to your roots. To add extra volume use your fingers to back comb at the roots.
  1. Know Your Tools and Use Them! – Screw pins and bobby pins are a must if you’re wearing your hair up. Be sure to secure them by making an “x” for large amounts of hair to reduce the risk of your hair getting loose.
  1. Finish with Styling Cream or Natural Oils – Styling cream and natural oils can be used to smooth and add shine. Finger coil and add extra hairspray or holding spray for a defined look, or add water for a more natural look.

This blog post was written by curl ambassador, Sandy Saad and was inspired by Curly Crown Canada’s Meet Up topic “Curls for Occasions” at the Curl Ambassadors in Toronto on Thursday, April 21, 2016.