A common complaint among natural haired women of color — too many products aren’t made to suit our needs. From the ingredients to the marketing, often afrobellas can feel excluded from the new hotness debuting on store shelves, displayed prominently on billboards, or splashed all over magazine spreads.
“That stuff is not for me,” you might hear a disgruntled bella mumble to herself.
Well, sometimes you might be right. And sometimes, you just may be surprised at the results you get from a product that isn’t necessarily targeted to your demographic.
In the name of being a beauty bloggin’ guinea pig, I tried out some hair products that I initially assumed were just not for me. And here are my somewhat surprising results!
First stop, Davines. Fancy website, no? Fancy prices, too. The Momo Shampoo and Conditioner are specially formulated for dry, dehydrated hair. Made with milk thistle oil, panthenol, jojoba oil, and rhizoban gum… yeah, I gotta admit. I have no idea what the last thing is either. But the gorgeous girl at the top of this post is from the Davines site, so it made me wanna try it!
Amazon breaks down all the ingredients right here for those of you who need to know the deetz.
Momo moisturizing shampoo and conditioner seemed like the kind of overpriced product I doubted would rock my socks, but surprise surprise — my hair loved this stuff! The conditioner is amazing, and gave fantastic slip for combing through my tangles and knots. Now I have high hopes for other Davines products, like the curl serum and the olive butter nourishing repairing mask. I’ll keep you posted if and when I review more of Davines products, but be forewarned, the prices might give you a freakin’ heart attack if you’re on any kind of budget. If you’re a bella who’s balling, then definitely check ‘em out!
Next up, Bumble & Bumble. This is one of those classic seen-in-the-magazine brands that I can honestly out myself as assuming wouldn’t do anything for my kind of hair. But I’m happy to report, some of these companies are starting to get it and realize curly heads, natural heads need love too! And we are constantly on the lookout for products that work to soften, tame, and treat our hair like it deserves to be treated. B&B has a whole range of products for curly girls, some of which I L-O-V-E loved. Some not so much. Take for example the Curl Conscious shampoo and conditioner, which smelled good but left my particular texture of curl more frizzy and dry than I’d have liked. Blame it on the a-a-a-alcohol. And the SLS.
But I did really really like the results I got from the Alojoba shampoo — I think most afrobellas would, actually. It’s a light, moisturizing, low lather shampoo with aloe vera gel, jojoba seed oil, cucumber and chamomile. Gentle and healthy. Left my hair very soft and bouncy. At $22, it isn’t the cheapest salon-type brand on the market but if you’ve been seeking the ideal shampoo for a while, give it a whirl.
I’ve had hit or miss luck with Lush — after numerous tries, I’ve decided to abandon hope that the Jungle Conditioner will work for me. I really held out hope that a solid condish would work, but it never melts enough, and just leaves my hair frizzy and clumpy and not cute at all. But I do LOVE the smell and the effect of the
Godiva Solid Shampoo
. I love the environmental friendliness of Lush, and the easy-portability of this product. No shampoo’s easier to travel with. And I’d be hard pressed to suggest a shampoo with more scent than this one. Godiva smells so decadently jasmine-y and delicious, your significant other might want to smell your hair for a while. And that’s a good thing! If you’ve been wanting to try a solid shampoo, give this one a try.
My next Lush adventure will be
Curly Wurly Shampoo
. Coconut, cocoa and avocado butters? Sounds like a match made in afrobella heaven! You know I’ll let you know when I know.
Have you tried any new shampoos lately? Any exciting results to share? Digame, chicas!