Tis the season to be jolly Daizies!
The products in this season’s rotation are coming to an end, appropriately timed with my near departure back to the States. Finding hair products in Italy was a trying task and I’m excited to go back home to the plethora of natural hair products on the shelves of hair stores, Walgreens, and more! But nevertheless, I tried some new products this season. Some were great, some not so much. Here’s how things went with the product haul that took place two months ago.
ORS Olive Oil Smooth-N-Hold Pudding – HIT
This was the main product I used to achieve twist and braid outs. The product was great for moisturizing and did a great job at smoothing.I didn’t notice any raving results with the “hold” of the product. What I would like more is if the product was a lot thicker and had a creamier consistency. Overall, I was satisfied with the product and it’s lasted a very long time. I’ll have half of the jar left to use still.
ORS edge control – MISS
I blessed up and got the edge control as a bonus along with the ORS Smooth-N-Hold Pudding. I hadn’t purchased edge control before so I didn’t know what to expected. After using it a few times, I noticed it was easier to grasp the product before doing makeup or using other hair products. This is because the oil on my hands from other products makes it hard to scoop up the gel and to spread, as it is very thick and hard. With this gel, the full length of what I consider my edges weren’t held by the product. The gel only laid the first centimeter of my hair and then the rest would just curl up.
Curls Curl Creme Brule – HIT
First product I tried from this line and I was impressed! The creme brule reminded me alot of a leave in conditioner. Wasn’t runny at all and provided a lot of moisture for my hair. Smells so so good too! The cream helped define my curls while minimizing frizz.
Dark’n’Lovely Quick Styling Gel – MISS
I reached for this when shopping in Rome because it was the only gel in the store with a familiar brand. I liked applying it to my edges because it defined the curls, but other than that I didn’t find much use for the gel. When applied throughout my hair, I didn’t like the feel of it as it left a white film and made my hair hard.
Palmer’s Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner – HIT
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this conditioner! It left my hair thoroughly detangled and incredibly soft. It is created with olive oil which penetrates the hair shaft very easily. I went through this bottle so fast!
Blue Magic Mango Leave-in Conditioner – MISS
Yeah so this was a no. It smelled okay but was the most watery leave-in conditioner I’ve ever purchased. After a nice wash and deep conditioning, applying this to my hair seemed like undoing an entire wash day. My hair felt immediately dry after applying.
Jojoba Oil – HIT
This was always an oil I was excited to try. I haven’t experienced any wild results since using the oil but I enjoy adding it to my conditioners each week. It is light and non-greasy which makes for excellent scalp massages. Using jojoba oil helps to add shine and elasticity to the hair.
Vatika Naturals Almond Hair Oil – HIT
This was another oil that provided extra softness and shine. I applied this oil to the ends of my hair to smooth the ends and seal in moisture. It’s also an oil I will restock when I am back home.
Garnier Fructis “Hydra Ricci” – HIT
As much as I love using DIY conditioning methods for detangling, my hair works best with a creamy conditioner mixed with water to melt the tangles. I had run out of all the conditioners I had and needed a simple conditioner to for the next few wash days. This was the first hair product that I bought at the Italian supermarkets. After careful deliberation, I googled “hyda ricci” to find that it translates to “hydra curly”. At last, a product at a general market dedicated to curly hair. I actually liked it. Not bad for Garnier. It had great slip and moisture.
Trying new hair products is always fun. It’s great to experiment with new brands and products. What works great for someone else might not work the same for you, but it’s all part of the natural hair journey 🙂