With Dark and Lovely’s first natural hair range on the market, I couldn’t help but get excited because it meant that the natural hair movement is certainly making its mark in the hair industry.
I was contacted by Beauty Bulletin to test and review the Dark and Lovely naturals range, of which I obviously accepted with open arms. I was not sure what to expect besides the fact that they were sending me four products, namely the moisture-replenishing shampoo, knot-out conditioner, afro moisturizing hair butter and the plaiting pudding cream. As natural hair blogger my first instinct would be to look at the ingredients of the product to see if there are any harsh chemicals, such as paraben and sulphate. With all excitement I didn’t even bother looking at these, and even showing my sister what I received! She had then made mention that the products do contain those chemicals that we try and avoid. I became a little uncertain of whether to use these products because of the chemicals they contain, but then had spoken to someone about that and he had mentioned that it wouldn’t cause any harm, as long as they are used in moderation.
Moisture-Replenishing Shampoo & Knot-Out Conditioner
I tried the shampoo and conditioner that very night I received them and to my surprise it wasn’t bad. I loved the apricot smell and the easy to use squeeze out bottles, as this makes it easy to use when in the shower/bath. The conditioner is just as the bottle says, knot-out! I didn’t even have to use a comb to detangle because finger detangling was a breeze for the first time. I have been using the knot-out conditioner on every wash because it makes my hair feel silky smooth.
Afro Moisturizing Hair Butter
My first impression when feeling this product was that it was heavy which meant that I had to mix water and the product together for it work on my hair. I used the Afro moisturizing butter for my Flexi rod set and worked like a bomb. To my surprise my curls came out light and bouncy, kinda exceeded my expecting which is great.
The results below!
Plaiting Pudding Cream
The plaiting pudding reminded me of relaxer, so was extremely hesitant to give it a try (still traumatized) lol. I was a tad bit disappointed in the product in terms of the end result. I did a braid from freshly washed hair, thinking that I’d obtain better results but clearly not. The product went on really nice, even making it easy for me to braid through so was really left with great expectations once they were done. When taking them out the morning, they looked good, got a great wave all around my head but then as soon as I got to work I noticed how dry my ends were, feeling like grass. I was kind of disappointed but will definitely be trying the product on dry hair to see if there is any difference.
(All 4 products are rather affordable, so great for when you have regular wash days).
Moisture-Replenishing Shampoo – R34.95
Knot-Out Conditioner – R34.95
Afro Moisturizing Hair Butter – R69.95
Plaiting Pudding Cream – R69.95
They are available at dis-chem and clicks stores.
Remember that not all products will work for your hair, so don’t become despondent when you try something and it doesn’t work. Just keep trying until you find the right one.
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