Product Review

I wanted to find a product that has a good hold and doesn’t cause flakes, also its a plus if it mixes well with other products.  I decided to try the Olive Oil Twist & Loc Gel by Africa’s Best.  Here are the

directions straight from the jar:  Directions: For Comb Twists, Double Strand or Free Hand Twists. Before applying TWIST & LOC GEL gently cleanse hair with Orcanics by Africa’s Best® Olive Oil

Shampoo, then condition with Olive Oil Deep Conditioner.  Towel dry, section hair and apply TWIST & LOC GEL. Twist hair with comb or fingers, for best results, set twists under a warm dryer.  To touch-up twists or locs at new growth, section hair and apply a small amount of gel.  Re-twist or palm roll to touch-up twists and locs.  Set under a dryer for best results.

I did not follow the directions exactly.


I used this on damp freshly washed hair with only my leave in mixture(see my hair regimen for mixture) already applied. The texture of the gel wasn’t as thick as i expected to be and not as thick as other gels such as eco styler or pro styler.  I decided to do flat 2 strand twists all over for a twist out.  I was in the middle of a 30 day no comb challenge so I did not use a comb or brush at all.  I finger parted my hair to do the twists and i applied enough gel to almost saturate each twist with the product. 

Another reason i like to finger part is so that it’s easier to hide the parts once you take the twists out.  I wrapped my hair with a satin scarf and slept on the twists overnight, in the morning they were dry.  The twists felt soft and there were no flakes or crunchy feeling. When i took them out my hair was soft but, it felt like there was a film covering it, almost a gritty like feel, kind of hard to explain.  There was really no hold and i didn’t see much definition.  

I did notice some shine, but as far as the hold, i probably wouldn’t use this gel for a twist out again although i may try it one more time this time using a comb to detangle and possibly doing regular 2 strand twists and not specifically for a twist out, just to see if that changes the outcome.  I’ll probably end up using it to slick my hair back or to lay down my daughters baby hair.

I wouldn’t recommend this product for twist outs because although it was soft and added shine, it did not hold or define my hair the way I would like it to.  Maybe if I sit under the dryer it may make a difference as well as using their other products to cleanse my hair (don’t see myself going that far).

Remember everyone’s hair is different so I am just giving you my opinion based on what it did for my hair, it may give you different results.  If you don’t like to use mineral oil this is not a product for you because mineral oil is the 3rd ingredient.  I purchased this product myself ($3.99) and I am not being paid by anyone to do this review.

Please let me know if you have tried this product and what your results were.  Let me know if you did something different for it to come out better.

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Castor Oil (WOW!)

Castor oil is by far one of my favorite oils to use in my hair and in doing some research I found out that it has benefits beyond what I would have ever imagined!  I’ve posted some information i got from, if you’d like to read even more about castor oil, just click the link.

1. Castor Oil cures acne

The Ricinoleic Acid in castor oil works to inhibit many viruses and bacteria, and as castor oil is able to penetrate skin tissue deeply, this makes it an effective treatment for acne.

To treat acne, dab a hot damp washcloth all over your face in the evening before you go to bed. The heat will gently open the pores on your face. After this, massage a little castor oil gently into the skin. Leave on overnight. Repeat this daily for 1 to 2 weeks to see results. You can also repeat this twice in the day, once at night and once in the morning.

2. Castor Oil keeps the skin looking smooth, youthful and unlined

Castor oil’s ability to penetrate more deeply than any other essential plant oil make it an excellent way to keep skin looking youthful and fresh. Castor oil works better than any store-bought anti-ageing creams.

The best way to use castor oil is to rub in a small amount over your face and around your eyes before bed. This may be hard to do at first because castor oil is extremely thick and sticky. Therefore, rub the oil in as thoroughly as possible and then pat your face gently with a tissue to get rid of the excess. This will keep wrinkles at bay. Be sure to use only cold pressed castor oil that is hexane free. Any other kind may clog your pores.

Castor oil is found in several anti-ageing creams, wrinkle creams and undereye creams.

Reviva Labs Eye Complex Firming Cream - castor oilReviva Labs Eye Complex Firming Cream burt's bees radiance day cream - castor oil

Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Creme

Borba Advanced Aging Recovery Crème -castor oilBorba Advanced Aging Recovery Crème
Commercial anti-ageing creams that contain castor oil

3. Castor Oil breaks up external and internal scar tissue, and prevents new scars from forming

Castor oil’s unrivaled deep tissue penetration help to soften and remove both external and internal scars, like those that form following surgery.

Castor oil will penetrate deep into the tissues to slowly break up scar tissue. Amazingly, castor oil is able to distinguish between healthy cells and abnormal ones. In healthy cells, castor oil will detoxify and stimulate them, while increasing circulation. In abnormal cells like scar tissue and growths, castor oil will instead work to aggressively dissolve cells thanks to the solvent property of castor oil.

To break down internal scarring, soak a piece of clean cloth with castor oil and place it over the scar area for an hour or two each day. You can also simply rub castor oil over the scar each day. More serious internal scarring will take longer to break down.

On another note, castor oil can also prevent scars from forming in the first place. Applying castor oil over cuts or scrapes will promote excellent skin healing.

Remarkably, applying castor oil after surgery, cuts or wounds will also minimize scar formation. This could be because of castor oil’s ability to increase our body’s lymphocytes (because of this, castor oil packs are especially useful for people with HIV or AIDS). Lymphocytes, or white blood cells, appear to regulate wound healing. And studies have shown that T lymphocytes may play an important role in wound healing and scar formation. Babies and young children have naturally higher levels of lymphocytes than teenagers and adults, which could be one of the reasons why our skin healed with much less scarring when we were younger.

Several commercial scar reduction creams also contain castor oil (eg Scar Zone, Scar Repairex). However, they also contain more chemicals than they do castor oil!

5. Castor Oil thickens eyelashes and eyebrows

Rub a little castor oil over the base of your eyelashes before bed. This prevents thinning and promotes rapid growth, leading to thicker and fuller lashes. In fact, many commercial products for eyelashes contain castor oil.

To thicken sparse eyebrows, rub a little castor oil over the brow line before bed.

6. Castor Oil prevents hair loss and regenerates hair

The anti-bacterial and anti-fungicidal properties of Ricinoleic Acid in castor oil protects the scalp and hair from infections which can cause hair loss. The Omega-9 fatty acids in castor oil also nourish the hair and prevent the scalp from drying.

Rubbing castor oil on your scalp and the roots of your hair will regenerate new hair growth within months. This will also thicken thinning hair.

7. Castor Oil keeps hair looking soft and shiny

Castor oil is a humectant as it draws moisture into the hair and skin. Applying castor oil on hair will keep it looking soft, shiny and strong.

8. Castor Oil softens thick calluses and removes corns

Castor oil application will soften any rough or thickened skin, including calluses and corns. To treat corns, apply castor oil over your feet and put cotton socks on before going to bed. (Incidentally, sleeping with castor oil socks on will also soothe painful heels and foot pain.)

9. Castor Oil cures skin infections like athlete’s foot and ringworm

Apply a castor oil soaked cloth on the affected area. If it is small enough, a band-aid with a few drops of castor oil can be used instead.

10. Castor Oil prevents stretch marks

Rub a small amount of castor oil over your stomach and thighs daily to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy or periods of weight gain.

11. Castor Oil will remove moles and warts

Rub castor oil into moles or warts every night. The moles (or warts) will start to shrink over a few weeks, and continued use will eventually remove the mole without any scarring. Complete removal may take 2-3 months, but this slow healing will also ensure there is no “hole” in your skin. (The surgical removal of moles will often leave a hole where the mole was. This indentation can often be permanent.)

12. Castor Oil will remove age spots (liver spots)

Rub castor oil into your age spots every night. The age spot will lighten over time, and continued use will eventually remove the age spot completely.

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