Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hair Journey Product Reviews

"I gotta say...Today was a good day." -Ice Cube

Hola Pretty Facez!!!

So a trip to the bank this morning turned into a detour to the hair supply store.  (<---This happens often.)  I walked in solely with the intention of purchasing a regular-sized jar of the new Hair Masque by Organic Root Stimulator.  I had received a sample pack in the mail and watched a few good reviews on YouTube (Hey 'Megz' of!), so I decided to go ahead and try it out on my own.  Sounds like a quick and simple task, right?

Wrong...see below...

SMH.  What can I say?  I'm an admitted product junkie.  Not to mention, I'm currently battling post-partum shedding and therefore, decided to give up 'heat' on my hair for Lent.  Along with Facebook.  I'm still going thru withdrawal in both regards :-(

Anywho...after a successful first-time outing with my Hubby, our 2-year-old and our 7-week old, I decided to wind down and round out a great Saturday evening by trying out all of my new goodies.  Here's my take on four of the six products above so far...

ORGANIX HYDRATING MACADAMIA OIL SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER (13 oz. / Retails for $6.99 at my local Rite Aid, but I caught a BuyOneGetOne Half Off sale...yay!):

Let's start with the shampoo.  I feel like it did what a shampoo is supposed to do as far as cleansing my scalp and removing any product build-up that had accumulated.  As a matter of fact, at one point, right after the second lather, I actually got a little worried because it felt as if my hair was a little too squeaky clean, you know?  Like the shampoo might have been stripping my hair of it's natural moisture, which surprised me since the product claims to be sulfate-free.  I was afraid that this would result in major shedding when it came time to follow-up and detangle with the conditioner.

Thankfully, this wasn't the case, though.  The conditioner, which smells better than the shampoo by the way, seemed to really rehydrate my hair and give it really good slip ('slip' = the ease with which your fingers or a comb can run thru your hair after applying conditioner).  I only wound up seeing about three strands as I used my wide-toothed comb from tip to root and back again, which was great because I typically see more than that with products that I've been using for a while.  So for the most part, my experience was a pretty good one.  I mean, there was nothing that would make me want to set off fireworks or anything (although I did love the scent of the conditioner a lot).  But I didn't feel like I wasted my money either.  I'd recommend these products to anyone looking to try something new as potential go-to alternatives in their regular hair regimen.

Overall Rating: B


Now this product I absolutely looooooooove!!!!  And ok, ok...I understand that it's only my first time using it.  But let's just say that if the product was a guy (and if I wasn't already involved with a man whom I love VERY, VERY much - heyyyy hunnnny), he'd definitely get a second date!!!  After I washed and did a basic conditioning with the products Macadamia Oil products, I wanted to follow with this one as my deep conditioning treatment.  So I thoroughly rinsed my hair and generously applied the ORS Masque.  Honestly, I don't think there was one negative thing that came to mind while using the product.  I really liked the thick consistency and didn't need as much as I thought I would for my armpit length thick hair.  The scent was also very light and unoffensive.  Not as enjoyable as the Macadamia conditioner, but nothing to make me turn my nose up either.

After application of the product, I covered my head with a conditioning cap and waited 30 minutes before rinsing, even though the instructions on the product advise you to go 5 minutes without heat or 10 minutes with a plastic cap and under a warm dryer for severely damaged hair.  When I went to rinse the product out, OMGoodness did my hair feel sooooo soft!!!!  The slip, once again was amazing, and my hair just really smooth afterwards.  I will definitely be adding this into my regular monthly regimen, perhaps as a light protein deep conditioning treatment.

Overall Rating: A+

MIZANI SUPREME OIL HAIR TREATMENT WITH 8 PURE OILS (4.1 oz. / Retails for a whopping $19.99 at my local beauty supply store):

So the jury is still out on this expensive little bottle.  I mean, I pretty much just applied it to my wet hair as a leave-in after my DC treatment to aid in locking in moisture retention while I air-dried.  What led me to purchase it in the first place was the fact that it claims to be 99% naturally-derived with no silicones or mineral oil.  Plus it contains a host of great oils - Sesame, Jojoba, Avocado, Apricot, Olive, Argan, Sunflower and Rice Bran...along with Vitamin E.  Yippee!!!  The consistency is very light, which is always a plus in my book because I hate for my hair to feel weighed down when I do wear it out.  And again, the scent was light and pleasant.  I will get back to you guys on how this product holds up to its claims, as I plan to incorporate it into my nightly 'Moisturize & Seal' routine, as a substitute for my current KeraCare Essential Oils product.  Stay tuned....

Overall Rating: TBD

Ok that's about it!  Hope this was helpful.  Feel free to post any comments/questions you may have or inbox me directly -!  Also, let me know if you would like to see more of these type of reviews in the future!

Peace & blessings until next time Pretty Facez!!!!

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