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One of the best and one of the cheapest hot oil treatment for dry hair
on March 25, 2012
I must say that I am surprised that I even tried this product at all. I am familiar with the brand African Pride for about 10 to 20 years but I never paid any attention to that line. It wasn't because of the name but the way the packaging looked. It looked cheap and garish and nothing in that line appealed to me. And that held true until about two or three weeks ago when I was browsing through the major drugstore clearance shelves and found this beauty for something that was cheaper than bus fare in my city. When I read the ingredients, I was impressed by the number of natural ingredients it contained (granted it is not all natural but you have to add something to the oils since the go rancid quickly):
soybean oil, olive fruit oil, wheat germ oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil flaxseed oil, horsetail extract, silk amino acids, wheat protein, soybean protein, hydrolyzed oat protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein pg-propyl silanetriol, phenyl trimethicone, D&C yellow 11, D&C green #6, TBHQ, propylparaben, fragrance, lanolin oil, c12-c14 alkyl benzoate
I will admit that this is probably a deadly cocktail for those who have allergic reactions to one or more ingredient (add any form of peanut in this bottle and your child would probably be effectively banned for the school year *lol*) but I have no problems with it. And for the granola set, since it contains "bad" ingredients, just make your own. For those who are too lazy and cheap, like me, continue reading.
Slightly off topic: I usually avoid products that contains silicone but lately I stopped caring. My hair is a bit easier to manage when I have a touch of silicones. I know I know that silicones are bad but honestly they have its place. Since I wear my hair out, it is exposed to the sun, which gradually destroys my fine but thick kinky curly hair. In short, silicones protect my hair from heat exposure and daily stresses I encounter when I comb/style my hair.
Back on topic: I purchased it and used it several times as a pre-shampoo hot oil treatment. What I liked about it so far is that it leaves my hair soft and moisturized and it appears to encourage curl definition. Even with my natural shampoo, my hair winds up brittle at times due to the hard water municipal water and I don't have the funds to spring for one at the moment, but I will in the future. In the meantime, I have to do some of the extras from time to time to make my hair cooperate, like hot oil treatments, chelating treatments, etc. Next time I plan to do a modified Chicoro[sic] pre-shampoo treatment, which includes aloe vera.
The product comes in a eight fluid ounce bottle, with a snap lid. It dispenses the oil well, meaning you can control how much you want but be mindful of the pressure you apply on the bottle. But the flaw I find is that the lid doesn't stay sealed, so this container is definitely not travel friendly and you need to clean around the openings of the bottle to avoid attracting dust. The scent of the oil blend smells like candy, almost like Wonder 8 oil. So if you hate the smell of that product, then please avoid this one. On me, the scent does not linger but then again I don't use much of this product. When I wipe off the oil from the body of the bottle, I apply it on my ends at night and in the morning, my hair looks moisturized. I have not experience any exponential growth but honestly I feel like that is just a gimmick. I would definitely give this product a try but look around to find a cheaper price. You can definitely find it cheaper locally or through some online e-tailer.