|Dark and Lovely - Au Naturale|
So! I saw the commercial on TV this past Sunday and was geeked by the "anti-shrinkage" slogan. A trait of my natural hair that leaves me helpless at times...one minute the hair is there, the next its gone (just a fluff of TWA). I did the big chop June 9, 2012, and though I don't expect to have shoulder length hair, I, however, have noticed that due to shrinkage, my hair seems like it has not grown an inch.
Lets evaluate! I have 4c type hair (with a handful of 4a way to the back of my head). Its perfectly manageable when wet, but totally unmanageable when dried. The other evil I battle with. Its not a deflecting factor to being natural, its simply a learning process. Learning how to manage my hair better, for healthier purposes. So in seeing the commercial, I was excited to try a product, any product that will keep my hair from shrinking, all the while keeping it manageable.
Now soft, I'm not looking for...I know my hair texture and soft just isn't its nature. I love it nonetheless. However, I simply want an effect, that after drying, I can let stand alone, until my next primping session....face it, we all play in our hair as though we're our on doll! Am I wrong?
I raced to the beauty supply store in my area that actually carries natural hair care products (a diamond in a rough). I purchased $40 worth of products (the Hydrating Soak Shampoo, the Knot-Out Conditioner, the Curl Defining Crème Glaze and the Coil Moisturizing Souffle)...again, simply because I was sold by the "anti-shrinkage" slogan. I got home, and couldn't wait to let my mane soak in this goodness. I tried the shampoo, as I've read from a few natural hair gurus that you should at least shampoo once a month to rid product build up, and it was time. I then used the conditioner.
First to begin, the scent of the product is very citric. I'm usually not one for the fruit scents, but must say the odor is quite inviting (tempting even...please do not taste). The end result from the Hydrating Soak shampoo and the Knot-Out conditioner were fabulous. Underwater the feel of my hair was soft, and kinky....until it dried completely. Which I anticipated...I know my hair. However, with the purpose of the product I had some hint of hope that it would stay in its "wet" form once dried.
Alas, I was disappointed.
I know, the product isn't supposed to perform any altering magic to my hair, but I have to admit, I hoped that it did *I think I closed my eyes and clicked my heels 3 times*
Note: I intend on keeping the Hydrating Soak shampoo and Knot-Out conditioner.
After shampooing and conditioning, I moved on to the Coil Moisturizing Souffle, intended to "instantly define and soften tight curls and coils" .... its the morning after and I'm still waiting. There honestly was no definition to the kinks and coils of my hair. It remained a puff...again... a puff I've grown to love (grown, simply because I am a returning natural and learning as I go)
I allowed the product to sit in my damp hair for a while, and gave in. I re-wet my hair and proceeded to apply the Curl Defining Crème Glaze...intended to "morph curls into healthy-looking, frizz-free silky ringlets." NOW. I know from the moment I saw the word ringlet...it was impossible that this product was for me. My hair type is incapable of forming ringlets without any added finger/comb/brush/hairstylist effort. May hair type is something short of a brillo-pad, so I bumped my head in assuming this magic could have happened.
I slept with the product in my hair over night, with my silk bonnet for protection.
As I groomed for the work day, I found that my hair was completely dry to the touch. With no sheen. I wasn't pleased with the end result, though I hoped for something better. I tried. I hoped. And I'm glad I have the option of returning the unused product, if not satisfied. I actually am.
If anyone of you try this product (with the 4C potential brillo-pad/sponge type hair) but have a totally different end result, please feel free to share...and possible tell me where I went wrong...as I'm hoping that I did not use the product properly...so all help will be welcomed.
Now, I wait for my As I Am products...to revel in the greatness of the product, as per its reviews (by MANY).