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African Pride Olive Miracle Growth Oil
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2014
This oil is designed to keep hair follicles strong, however it can clog your pores and your scalp will itch if applied. I only apply it to my hair and avoid applying it to my scalp as much as I can. My hair is stronger and thicker because of this oil.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2012
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I will first say emphasis on the "For Me!"...everything works a little different for everybody...however, I love this stuff! I wash my hair then moisturize and put this stuff on top and on my scalp (not often, only when I feel I personally need it...) and it's perfect for sealing in moisture after I wash and condition my hair and before I style.

Another pro about this is it works WONDERS on my skin! Now I'm aware this isn't the intended use so I would do this with caution but right now my morning skin care regimen consists of cleansing my face with alcohol pads, patting it dry, putting this oil on, then wiping off the excess...B.E.A.U.tiful! I don't know WHAT cause me to do my face this way, more than likely personal trial and error, but my honey even thinks that I'm wearing make up because my face looks sooo smooth

Well that's my review, hopefully it can assist someone! I had to order some more of this and can't wait until it gets here!!! :D

*Update 1/2/2014*

Just wanted to come back and say that I no longer use this product on my face and (looking back...) I can't believe that I EVER did that but I was in Europe during the winter time which greatly differs climate-wise from the California Bay Area that I'm in now. I do still use this on my hair but I only use it when I straighten my hair and want a bit of moisture without my hair reverting to it's naturally curly state and occasionally when I want to diverge from using olive oil on my hair after I shampoo and condition my hair to lock in the moisture (as I stated above).

I still give this product 5 stars and while I can't say that this in particular aids in the growth of my hair I will say that while using it my hair does look and feel healthy and my growth has not been stunted. Again, I hope this review can assist someone! :)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2013
I love this oil. I have really thick hair such and keep it braided under wigs. I am trying to grow it out. It says its a growth oil and I have seen growth; I think its because the oil is stopping breakage. It makes my hair soft and manageable, isn't greasy and smells really good. A little goes a long way and its very cheap! I love this stuff

UPDATE 4/20/2014- My first review of this was May 21st 2013..so we are almost to a year. I must say this oil has worked WONDERS. It has stopped breakage and I love the smell. I love how it feels. I do scalp massages with it, hot oil, and use it to seal. I also am determined to believe it is the oil because I haven't changed anything to my regimen. But this stuff works wonders. Will keep buying.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
I discovered this oil at Sally's Beauty Supply, which I don't normally shop in, but I wasn't in an urban area at the time of purchase. I love the smell of this oil and use it reguarly for my edges and moisturizing. I don't find it overly greasy as some products I've used in the past and most importantly, it does not break my on-and-off sensitive skin out. I also add this oil to my conditioner for extra moisturizing. I highly recommend this product. Sally does offer a much better price than the urban beauty supply stores, which did surprise me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2014
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My sister in England actually recommended this product. I have natural hair so I need a lot of moisture..'i use it after my natural coconut oil treatment. Love the smell
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2014
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ive had this before, my mom used it.
and omg it made my hair grow fast !
not over night but does give u couple inches in a month /s.
will keep buying once I run out.
& it smells good.!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2013
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I have always loved the smell of this oil. It lingers and make my hair smell awesome. it also makes my hair shine & seems to be keeping my scalp happy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2013
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After a few days of use , I would recommend it to the persons with falling hair . I have felt a better change.
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on February 25, 2015
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This is without a doubt the best hair product I have ever used. And I've bought the expensive Sephora s*** plenty. This product is THEE product.
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