I got a gently questioning e mail from a longtime reader, wondering why there was a reduction in my hair posts.
In all honesty I hadn’t really realized that some of my original readers felt like I’d abandoned my original mission of showing love to natural hair at every available opportunity. Now that Afrobella is my full-time focus, I can get back to basics!
How about a hair product review?
There are tons of pre-shampoo and post-shampoo hair treatments on the market, all promising to do something different and extra special for your hair. But natural hair can be particular about its wants and specific about its needs. Not every hair treatment has passed the test. So a word of forewarning — what works beautifully for me, might not work for you. And vice versa. But I’ll do the best I can to break down my experience with the product, so hopefully you can make an informed decision when you’re looking for the next perfect pre or post-poo product.
I’ve heard from more than one all-natural bella that they wanted to love Lush products, but couldn’t find one that did anything for their hair. I’m happy to report, I found three that I’m totally digging.
If you want your hair to smell like a bouquet of jasmine flowers, treat yourself to Godiva solid shampoo. $9.25, and I am convinced this shampoo bar will last forever. You just don’t use as much product with shampoo or conditioner in solid form, IMO.
I wanted to love the Jungle conditioner bar, but despite the alluring ingredients — cocoa butter, avocados, figs, bananas, passion fruit and kumquats, for example — it didn’t give me the detangling power my hair so desperately needed. I was informed by the heavily tattooed, very cool Lush lady that this product can also be used as a leave-in, and when worked and warmed between the fingers, it can be molded into a soft, nurturing putty for bellas with short hairstyles, seeking a pomade with body.
Now on to what worked — Lush’s Jasmine and Jenna Fluff Eaze Hair Treatment. The product promises to ” turn dull, crazy hair into smooth, silky tresses even Rapunzel would be proud of.” Um, not so much. Bellas with a looser curl pattern might get more of the promised smooth-silkiness. But yay! Using this stuff as a 20-minute pre-shampoo treatment left my tresses so incredibly fragrant and cotton-candy soft, it was hard to stop touching it. And sometimes, I like a big poofy cotton-candy fro. Do you? It’s $20.45 for a 7 oz tub, but if you’re super nice to your Lush lady and buy some cheaper stuff, you might be able to wheedle out a free sample like I did. They are tres generous at Lush, and love answering questions about their products!
I first mentioned Devacurl’s Heaven In Hair like, last summer, but I never completed my review. Heaven in Hair is a 20 minute “deep treatment moisture remedy with botanicals from the rain forests in Brazil,” and my tresses love it almost as much as Ojon, almost. The day-or-two extra soft-softness that I typically experience with an Ojon treatment didn’t last quite as long as I wished it would have with Heaven in Hair.
There are some Devacurl products I LOVE (OMG, One Condition) and some that haven’t rocked my world (Set Me Up is clearly a product for bellas with a looser texture who need texture and body). I wouldn’t yet say that Heaven in Hair is my new essential deep conditioning treatment, but it sure did leave my hair soft, sproingy, and smelling amazing, and I’d recommend it to my fellow bellas who are product junkies searching for their holy grail. Just because it wasn’t for me, doesn’t mean it might not be for you! For even more Devacurl, check out their YouTube channel.
I got hooked up with Kronos Phyx Overnight Repair Masque thanks to the fabulous deal from my friends at Beautyfix — for $50, a full size bottle comes included with a range of hand-selected hot beauty products. Phyx is a lightweight creamy-serum type of mask, and bellas who are concerned about hair product ingredients will say the nay-no to this with a quickness. Having tried it, I liked the lightness of the product, I liked that it didn’t stain or leave residue on my pillow, and my hair did feel softer in the a.m. But the effects weren’t at all lasting, and the price of this stuff when it’s NOT part of the BeautyFix deal blew my mind. Bellas with a very loose curl pattern or relaxed hair with money to burn, buy this. If you’re more into saving money and want to try some new stuff, definitely sign up for BeautyFix. If you’re actively looking for an affordable pre or post-shampoo hair treatment, look elsewhere.
The latest product from Shalini Vadhera’s beauty line, Global Goddess, combines the kind of good-for-you hair ingredients afrobellas have been seeking out at the Indian grocery store for a while now! The Coconut Amla Revitalizing Hair Treatment goes to the root of my favorite pre-poo products and blends a bunch of fabulous oils together. Coconut oil, neem oil, amla extract, henna, grapeseed oil, and avocado oil are combined in a 6 oz bottle (that costs $45). I knew I was going to flip for this from the moment I read the ingredients, and yup – my hair drank it up and loved it. I chose to apply overnight and wash my hair in the a.m., and I’m happy to report that three days later, my hair still looks shiny, and feels both strong and soft.
Global Goddess FTW, because this is the rare pre-poo that might work for bellas with a variety of hair textures, and because these are ingredients so many bellas already have! You just might be able to save yourself the $45, and whip together a perfect pre-poo for yourself right there at home. Yay, frugality!
Do you have a favorite pre-shampoo or post-shampoo hair treatment? Tell me about it!