I wish I could for the life of me remember my first PK encounter but I can’t, all I know is that it has been a serious love story since then and this has to be one of my longest running staples! I couldn’t believe I had yet to officially review this here on the blog, so let’s just say this is exactly that – an official review!
Product: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme
Price: 150ml £27.50 Product Claims: Elasticizer Extreme is targeted at a very specific hair type: extremely dry, porous and very thirsty! Specifically formulated for African-Caribbean or Caucasian hair that is exceptionally processed and damaged, this product provides instant replenishment, hydration and nourishment.Elasticizer Extreme has all the moisturizing ingredients of Elasticizer, with higher active doses of the components that can really make a difference to very dry, porous and thirsty hair.
My Thoughts Could it be any more obvious, I absolutely adore this product solely based on the effects it has on my hair as the price tag most certainly isn’t appealing! This product does four main things for my hair, well at least from what I notice, it softens, detangles, protects and increases elasticity. I use this product at least twice a month and upon application it instantly smooths out my hair and any tangles or knots that linger on from a long worn twist out. It literally emulates clay and conforms your hair to any shape you mold it. I’ve become so used to using this product that I find no shampoo I use after it has managed to dry out my hair to the point of worry and all in all, well, it’s a pretty great product! [Transitioners this was one of my absolutely must haves during my transition FYI!] For those wondering how far the £27.50 goes well I’ve thus far used my 150ml on 4 wash days and there is still half of the tub left, mind you I use this fortnightly as opposed to weekly as advised on the PK website!
Over the years I’ve gone through my fair share of hair gels, from the old school Lets Jam Conditioning Gel, to every natural girls favourite Ecostyler, and no gel, I repeat no gel, has laid my edges down as well as my new favourite Gorilla Snot Gel
As I type I am currently one week and four days into the LYT 6 Month Protective Style Challenge, and I just can’t get enough of these EvaWigs units [styling video coming soon]. The only downside [if I dare even call it that], of wearing these staight haired units is that my curly edges stand out like a sore thumb!
Now before I discovered the Gorilla Snot Gel, Ecostyler was the name of the game when it came to mastering the edge lay, however I always found that it would only give me a few hours of hold before my curls began to make a comeback. So I took to the internet in search of a gel with a stronger hold and stumbled upon this 5 star review of the Gorilla Snot Gel…
You definitely didn’t have to tell me twice, I clicked buy in just a matter of seconds and the rest is history!
As for the gel itself there are a few other things I love about it besides its long lasting hold. For one there’s it’s inexpensive price point at just £4.97 for 350g, and then we have its delicious scent. One thing I noticed only after buying the gel, is that Alcohol is one of its top three ingredients, which is a little too high up for my liking, despite this I’ve decided to continue using the gel as I haven’t had any adverse reactions. Plus I usually rinse the gel off when I wash my face before bed so it’s a win win situation.
I’m pretty sure there are a dozen more of it’s kind but until another gel steals the limelight, I’m in a long term relationship with this and there will be no break ups! If you need some more convincing I filmed a short video review and included some clips of the gel in all of its glory. Let me know what you think!
If you’re to ask me where I buy most of my hair products it’s definitely my local hair shop. It stocks just about every product that I have in my stash and cost wise it’s very friendly. There is however one range of products that I’ve yet to see on shelves, Dominican hair care products. I’m not sure why but all four hair shops I often go to just haven’t caught on, nor do they seem interested.
I spoke to the owner of my favourite store and asked why they were not stocked. His main reason was that he hadn’t heard much about them, but was willing to reconsider looking into them if I came back to him with good news following my review.
Well here are my thoughts on the first Dominican hair care product I’ve ever used.
Ingredients The first thing that struck me about the treatment was its claim to grow hair, at least that’s what I gathered from Google translate! Crece Pelo – Grows Hair. It’s the first deep conditioning treatment I’ve used with such a claim, so my first action was to check the ingredients list and search for any growth promoting ingredients. It didn’t take me long to identify which ingredients would be responsible for growth, as the label was quite clear in stating that it was the natural plant extracts [hence the ‘phytotherapeutic’ title].
Of course I then took to Google to do my research on the plant extract properties, many of which [Laurel, Arnica, Nettle etc] did in fact have hair loss reducing and hair conditioning properties. So far so good.
I mentioned in the accompanying review video that the ingredients list layout was different to that of most products. The plant extracts and natural ingredients were listed separately from the non-natural ingredients. Initially I thought this was because ingredients which appear lower in a list usually have the lowest presence in the product. This wasn’t the case. I was advised by Dominican Hair Care that the plant extracts were in actual fact the sixth ingredient, and therefore the product contained a substantial amount of the extracts. I guess the producer just felt like going against the grain with their labelling!
As for the rest of the ingredients, nothing caught me by surprise. The usually deep conditioning suspects e.g. Water, Fatty alcohols, Humectants, Panthenol etc. I also noticed the presence of Dimethicone (though lower down the list). I thought it was worth the mention as not everybody responds well to cones.
Consistency, Scent & Packaging Let’s start with the scent. On first opening the jar I must say I found the fragrance of the treatment to be quite strong. I even mentioned in my video review that it smells quite soapy, almost identical to the scent of a dove soap bar! This however wasn’t a deal breaker, as I came to find I really liked how fresh it made my hair smell after being rinsed out.
My favourite feature of the treatment at least when it comes to consistency, scent and packaging, is its thickness. Somewhat like a super thick set yoghurt which would not slide out of its tub when turned upside down. Forgive my lack of a better description, you can see what I mean in the video. As soon as I apply this to my hair it tames my strands and the softening process kicks off. I’ve used the treatment three times now and there’s still so much of it left.
Hair Experience I’m sure you’ve already guessed I’m a fan of this product. Not because of its claim to grow hair (which I can’t vouch for just yet), but because of how it makes my hair feel. As I mentioned already it makes my hair feel soft, a softness I expect with high quality deep conditioners. One observation I made which caught me by surprise was that this treatment also strengthens my hair. Yes it softens and strengthens! It’s hard for me to explain but I genuinely feel like my hair is in better health after using this product, it goes way beyond just adsorbing (molecules adhering to strands and softening hair from the outside), it penetrates too. I guess the presence of hydrolysed silk may explain this, giving my hair a whole lot of moisture as well as a subtle protein fix.
I had a lightbulb moment whilst preparing this post. Imagine the wonders this treatment would be if I add some oil to it! Oh my goodness I can’t wait for washday!
I was able to scoop up a discount code [lyt10] for any one who wants to give the treatment a try, and would love to know about your experiences with Dominican hair products in general.
*A huge thank you to the Dominican Hair Care team for sending me this to review, no doubt I’ll be trying some other Dominican products very soon!
Over the past couple of months my pinterest and instagram feed have been overflowing with photos of ladies with the juiciest and bounciest looking spiral sets I’ve ever seen. Now don’t get me wrong I know crochet braids have been around for years but these ladies, are on another level, and I need some of the action like now!
It’s been a couple of years since I had my last sewn in weave and I can’t say I’ll ever revisit one, but crochet braids, those I can do. They take less time to install and remove, will cost you a fraction of the cost of a weave, and best of all with the help of a video or two you can install them in no time by yourself.
I’ve challenged myself to make my own crochet wig before the end of July, so here goes some video and photo inspiration that I know I’ll be needing. Wish me luck!
It’s no surprise that I’ve been on a serious growth enhancing hunt for the past five months! With successful results in the first four months of my six month speedy growth challenge, I have been determined to get the most out of the final weeks before my final length reveal in August.
Of all of the techniques I’ve put to the growth test, I must say tools have taken a serious seat on the bench, at least until I was sent the Vanity Planet Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush to give a whizz. Having read up on several reviews of the brush claiming that it does to some extent stimulate your follicles and increase blood circulation, I decided to set a whole day aside to give my hair some serious TLC, in preparation for my first try of this rather quirky in shower scalp massaging tool.
To start things off I rinsed the final remnants of my Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme [you may know from my washday transformation post how much I love this!], from the first section of my hair, and began to unravel my twist ready for what I was hoping to be a vibrating moment of amazingness.
So what actually happened? I applied some shampoo to my scalp and reached for the massager. The vibrations were in full mode and I gentle moved the brush around in circular motions. I wanted to love the massager but unfortunately found it to be quite painful, which took me back to why over the past few months I moved over to a hand/fingers only regimen. Without wanting to leave the shampoo on for too long I placed the massager down and commenced wash day with my hands/fingers.
Disappointed at the sensitivity of my scalp and first experience with the massager, I revisited another attempt at using the tool during my midweek scalp feeding session. This time things were different! I applied my Super Scalp Tonic [my go to for a serious scalp spa session] to my scalp and laid down on my bed with my head resting on my DIY Satin Pillowcase. I then began to slowly and gently massage my scalp with the brush. The vibrations this time were so good I slumped into bedtime mode and almost forgot about dinner!
So what was different about this time? I pondered on why my in shower experience was not as great at my out of shower experience, and whilst I couldn’t pick up on something super scientific I came to a close enough conclusion… the heat from the shower had opened up my pores, thus making them more sensitive than usual and making the massager seem quite heavy on my scalp.
I’m definitely glad I gave this a second try as it definitely works a treat, although my fingers always steal first place as my favourite tool!