HANDS DOWN THE BEST EDGE CONTROL I’VE EVER USED

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!

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!

PRODUCT REVIEW | MY CRECE PELO DOMINICAN TREATMENT EXPERIENCE

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!

PRODUCT REVIEW | MY CRECE PELO DOMINICAN TREATMENT EXPERIENCE

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!

PRODUCT REVIEW: KERACARE NATURAL TEXTURES BUTTER CREAM

Price: 227g/8 oz £8.40

Product Claims

A moisture locking soufflé that employs Lanolin plus Argan, Abyssinian and Castor natural oils to achieve proper natural oil and moisture (lipophilic) balance.  Amla & Shikakai Botanicals enhance the shine of the hair. Hydrates curls and coils. Smoothes hair amazingly. Promotes healthy hair growth.

How to Use

Apply sparsely or generously based on the hair’s need for moisture, manageability and vitality.  Rub between palms and scrunch onto hair gently so that curls & coils are not disturbed.  Also may be used to set soft lustrous twists and twist-outs.  May be used daily.

Ingredients

aqueous extract, phyllanthus emblica and acacia concinna, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), hydrogenated vegetable oil, theobromo cocao seed butter, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, emulsifying wax NF, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, glycerin, lanolin, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, beeswax, argania spinosa kernel oil, crambe abyssinica seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, carbomer, panthenol, tocopheryl linoleate, triethanolamine, potassium sorbate, diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, fragrance, citronellol, benzyl benzoate, d-Limonene, lilial, linalool, methyl ionone gamma

KERACARE BUTTERCREAM

My Thoughts

I accidentally came to use this product after running out of the Jane Carter Curl Defining cream which I was previously using as a daily moisturiser. I had been meaning to replace the Curl Defining Cream anyway because I thought it to be rather steep in price, especially for something I was using so often. The very first time I used the Butter Cream I was so blown away I decided I had to give it another try on another occasion, because I wasn’t convinced that the softness and shine was solely from the cream alone. It clearly was though, each and every time I use this I fall in love all over again.

The Butter Cream is a heavy moisturiser which softens the hair and gives it great shine without feeling too greasy. It’s my go to for the L.O.C Method [will fill you in on this in the next post or two], and really does a great job at sealing in moisture or at being a moisturiser to well conditioned hair itself. With regards to the smell, it’s definitely quite pleasant and the packaging is durable. I throw this into my travel case every other week and have had no spills thus far. *Touch wood!

If you’re looking for a moisturiser that has some hold then this definitely will not give you the results you are after. My hair was quick to poof when I used this in the warmer months. Whilst I didn’t mind this so much some people will, so perhaps it’s one to reach for in the colder autumn winter months a.k.a Now!

Most of the ingredients are naturally derived which I think is great. I think I’ve said enough, a definite staple! P.s. before I forget, I have used this every other day since August 2nd and still have some more of the product to go. Not too bad right?!