I bought a few new products


I got a few products from the United States (as if I need any more hair products).  A relative of mine travelled to the US and I asked if they could bring back some stuff for me if I bought it off Amazon.com.  I buy this way because I get the products cheaper than I would if I bought them online in South Africa. 

These products are available to buy online in South Africa (except the shampoo).  Online shops have stepped up their game and are now stocking many products we only used to dream of.  Check out this post by Wisaal where she gives details of some online stores where you can but a wide range of hair products that previously were out of our reach.  The landscape has definitely changed from 3 years ago when I started blogging.

The products I bought are:

Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor 473 ml – US$13.32

Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo 384ml – US$8.95

Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil 236ml – US$12.99


  1. Jada says

    Yes I understand. I’m just trying not to have to bring things back. Just in case I can’t make it home or no one is coming to visit me. I brought back a mini store last time!!! Including the organix line!!!!! Love it.

      • Jada says

        I have enjoyed it for the cost. Not sure how relaxed hair responds to it but sure you will enjoy. Thanks for the links. One site sells Kinky Curly yeah! Keep me posted on hair events in SA!

  2. Matshidiso says

    I need jbco,is there any way that I can get it without online purchase?I went on their site looking for distributors but I couldn’t get any help,I’m in Pretoria…please help

      • Matshidiso says

        I went there as well but all I see is credit card,which I don’t have.is it possible to get it from a retail store or an agent perhaps?

        • tkunaka says

          The have a shop in Randburg. The physical address they have there. You could call just to confirm they have it in stock before you go.

        • PreciousNonhlanhla says

          Matshidiso, another option is to send them an email (they have their email address on their website). They’ll give your their bank acc details and you do a deposit, email them your proof of payment then they post the JBCO to you. That’s how I do it when I buy their JBCO.

  3. Lindiwe says

    I am so jeolous Tee.

    I want to try these products, but though i work they are to expensive. so i just dont go there. Unlike you, i dont go overseas nor do i have that ever travels to the state. everytime i calculate the exchange rate and compare how much we have to pay for these products i think to myself “hell no”. i would love to try out the shea moisture range. i sounds like its pure joy for hair. but with products costing R280 and above …? now i feel the economic divide i tell you.

    • tkunaka says

      I agree these products are expensive. I get people I know going overseas from time to time and that when I manage to buy. If Im fortunate enough to go mself then I come back with a small suitcase full. Many of those product ranges have great products but I think they need to get samples out there. Anyone ywpu;d be reluctant to spend R300 on a product they may not even like.

  4. Sibo says

    Hi Tendayi,

    I am interested in knowing more about the aphogee product…Do you have a review on the product? Love the new look of your blog!

  5. audrey says

    Hi!What else have you tried from the Organix line?I’ve seen this particular line being sold at Foschini and was thinking of buying the anti-breakage serum. Bit pricey though:(

    • tkunaka says

      This is the only product Ive tried from the brand. I didnt know Foschini stocks it. I need to visit the mall more often!! Thank you for letting me know.

  6. Lindiwe says

    Guys we can now afford all these brands from the states! A lady posted dat she found a salon in jozi dat sells As I Am products for as little as R140! Appearently they sell other brands as well!

  7. audrey says

    Is it possible that you could make a list of clarifying shampoos available in SA?Something similar to the list you made of sulphate-free shampoos?I always get confused on when a shampoo is suitable to clarify with:( thanks so much!

  8. Michelle says

    I use the Organix coconut oil anti-breakage serum on my ends if I am bunning or even if I am wearing my hair down and it has made a difference to my ends. My ends no longer break or split as much as they used to. I haven’t had the need to trim my hair since using the product.
    I had been stalking Organix products on american blogs and finally found them on sale at Foschini.

  9. gabslivin says

    Hi ladies..

    Tendayi, thanks SO much for replying to my request for suggestions when my friend was headed to America for Christmas. She is American and goes home to visit during special holidays so I am blessed that I have a contact. I got the Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose Moisturising conditioner and its SUBLIME! My hair is SO soft and silky after using it and I suspect that is why my hair is no longer breaking. I use it every 2 weeks though… Its only 325ml and I am hesitant to finish it. Longing for more but cannot buy on Amazon because postage alone is more than R200!


    We are desperate for awesome products at affordable prices.

    • Tendayi says

      I LOVE AOHSR Moisturising Conditioner. I jut don’t mention it because it’s not easily available for us here :(

  10. Tee says

    I found Organix range at Foschini in Centurion mall. It’s selected Foschini stores coz some says it wasn’t performing. Do ask the sales consultants.

  11. Tee says

    Hi Tendai, my hair is very bad. I dont wanna relax it anymore. Its been 3 months now. I find it to be very dry and seriously damaged. I used the Organix shampoo and Organix anti-breakage treament few days ago. I tried pure coconut oil but its still dry anyway. What do you ladies apply on a day to day basis? And to your babies and children what do you apply to their hairs.


  12. lindani ncube says

    Hi Tendayi, I’m looking to purchase a topical growth aid.Regular castor oil has been good for me but i want to try something new. I was just wondering which you think is better t444z or the Jamaican black castor oil? I know you are not supposed to apply anything else to your scalp when using t444z or else I would use both simultaneously.. I also know that my experience with the products will differ I’m just looking to hear opinions from those that have used both products, thanks!

    • Tendayi says

      It’s hard to say. It will depend on individuals I think. My advice to you is that whatever you choose to use, use it consistently for 3 months before making a decision about whether itd working or not. We often use a product for 2 weeks then decide we its not working. This is not long enough. Also consistency is key as well. If you are not consistent you wont see results.

    • Tendayi says

      The founder / manufacturer said that its made for the scalp. Thats how it works. She said there is no harm in using it on your hair but its made for the scalp. She said use proper moisturisers for the hair.

  13. Alicia says

    Hi Tendayi
    Love your site!!

    Did Lindiwe ever reply with the name of the salon in Jozi that sells the “As I am” products?

    • Tendayi says

      Thanks Alicia.

      No she did not. Let me see if I can reach out to her. She probably forgot.

  14. Chipo says

    Hello tendayi
    Hubby went to Europe a month back and I got those 3 products :). (well mostly because u raved about them) lol. I started my hair journey last August. Am 20 weeks post relaxer and the two textures are a monster to maintain not to add in the dry hair n broken hairline Please advise how can get maximum benefits from the aphogee two minute reconstructor and the organix Shampoo.

    • Tendayi says

      How long are you planning to stretch your relaxer Chipo?

      I use the aphogee 2 minute reconstructor exactly as the instructions say on the bottle. I may sometimes leave it on for maybe 5 minutes because 2 minutes is just such a short time!!

      The Organix shampoo is sulphate free so I will occassionally use shampoo with sulphate just to get rid of the buildup from products since the Organix shampoo is so gentle.

  15. Tee says

    Hi Tendayi,

    1. I’m using regular castor oil as a growth aid. The only problem is that it smells bad. What do you ladies mix it with?
    2. And does the Jamaican black castor oil smells strong?

    • Tendayi says

      I find the JBCO smell stronger than regular castor oil. I mix mine with coconut oil mostly to thin it out since it’s so thick. You could add a few drops of essentials oils to mask the smell as well eg peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender etc.

    • chipo says

      hi tendayi .
      sorry for late reply, had exams . i was stretching my relaxer as a way of encouraging length retention . finally texlaxed over the weekend using ORS relaxer . i used the 2 minute reconstructor for 5 mins as per the bottle instructions , was a bit wary coz i had seen a lady on youtube say she bagged the reconstructor overnight…

      thanks for the organix shampoo tip and yes it is so gentle(not to mention expensive lol)

      my view on the JBCO ….. im experimenting with it to see if it will restore my hairline and add thickness to my hair . i massage it in undiluted , then massage in coconut oil .(afraid of mixing the two as i hate how coconut oil solidifies easily)

      • Tendayi says

        Yes Organic is quite exensive but it lasts a long time!!

        Let me know how your hairline is going. Hope you get improvement soon.

  16. Didi says

    Hey Tendayi,

    Good job you’re doing here.
    I live in Nigeria and I’ve also tried shopping from Amazon but I haven’t anyone who can help me receive them and I was wondering if you could help.Methods I’ve tried are really costly so I dumped the idea for a while.*I don’t earn much*
    I know you’re busy and all but I’ll be profusely grateful if you could help.
    Thank you!

    • Tendayi says

      Hi Didi
      I have to rely on people travelling from the States. It doesn’t happen often unfortunately as you can imagine.

  17. Kone Mukwevho says

    Hi Tendayi. When ordering the JBCO from Amazon. com do they ship the products this side, and are the shipping costs reasonable?

    • Tendayi says

      I get the stuff shipped to the States. I take advantage when someone I know goes there or when a loved one is visiting this side. I have the staff delivered to them there and they bring it for me.

  18. Kone Mukwevho says

    Hi Tendayi.

    I’m struggling to find the Millbrook extra virgin coconut oil. I’ve looked for it at the dis chem in Brooklyn and at the dis chem in Centurion Raslouw. Could you please tell me which dis chem you got yours from.

    • Tendayi says

      I bought mine at the Dischem in Brooklyn mall as well as the Dischem at Centurion Lake mall. It may be that you are looking in the wrong Aisle. In Dischem you find it in the health food aisle.

      • Kone Mukwevho says

        I’ve been going to that aisle, but they have this other brand there and I was hesitant to buy it. They don’t call it extra virgin coconut oil. It’s called cold pressed organic virgin coconut oil. Do you think it’s the same as the Millbrook one?

          • Kone Mukwevho says

            Yes that’s the one. If you’re saying it’s just as good then I’ll try it.

  19. Mimi says

    Hello Tenday,

    Thank you for such an informative website! Much appreciated!
    You see, I have a different problem. Perhaps a question more than a problem. I have been living outside SA for 12 years (but of course visiting often once or twice a year ever since)… I am now thinking of coming back home. Over the years I have noticed how things have changed in terms of hair-care/make-up for the black community. I was/ am pleased to say the least!

    Now, I have been spoilt with having all the products I could ever dream of. I don’t live in the US, but I shop online from the US all the time and have my things delivered within 5-7 days. Most of the items are available here anyway. what I have noticed, however, from the comments on your website, and from even you, is that you do not shop directly online from the US, but prefer to do it online in SA or get someone to bring it for you. May I ask why? I am terrified (maybe a little dramatic) of running out of products. Is it because of customs? Or perhaps because of never receiving purchased parcels? I mean if you can pay $7 for something online (outside SA) why go ahead and pay R300 for it instead?

    Granted, I have to “re-learn” somethings :)

    Thank you so much!

    • Tendayi says

      It all depends what you are buying! Some sites do not deliver to SA so the only way you can get the product would be if someone brought it for you. Im not sure about now but I know there was a time when amazon didnt deliver to SA so you needed to make a plan if you wanted to buy from amazon. I also do it for duties and to get my prodcts to me quicker instead of waiting for them to be shipped to SA. The other thing are the shipping costs which can be really expensive.

      • Mimi says

        True that…about being expensive! Especially when shipping with DHL (unfortunately the only guarantee to receive items as they can be tracked). There are other places to buy from besides amazon…e.g. Hair companies in the US. I normally use ebonyline.com. Also iherb.com is wonderful for affordable items such as pure organic natural oils (sweet almond, castor oil, neem oil, coconut oil – I love the nutiva brand – and many many more including organic raw Shea butter) essential oils, conditioners, shampoos and good quality vitamins.

        Anyway.. Let’s see if I can keep up with that while in SA. I am so excited to move back in November. Thanks again…love your blog!

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