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Products on Review
Brand: Alikay Naturals
Product 1: Lemongrass Leave in Conditioner
Product 2: Crème Brulee Curling Delight
Where to buy: Antidotestreet.com
1 | Lemongrass Leave in Conditioner
The Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner is the perfect moisture solution for all hair types. This lightweight leave-in conditioner will penetrates deep into hair cortex to lock in moisture, soften, strengthen and condition each strand. Infused with Essential oils, Aloe Vera and Silk Amino Acid that will repair dry damaged hair and promote moisture from the inside the cuticle.
Scent & Texture
The first thing you do when you discover a new product is to read the description. But with this product, the first thing you NEED to do is…unscrew the top, place your nostril over the bottle and give it a good old sniff. This leave in conditioner smells absolutely delightful. I tend to gravitate towards products that have a sweet fragrance, but this scent is so zesty and refreshing, you can’t wait to get it onto your hair.
Prior to application I shampooed my hair and then followed up with a deep conditioner. I then followed the directions on the bottle and saturated my wet strands with the product. But don’t worry ladies, it also recommends using it on dry hair.
On application I was instantly hit with the fresh, zesty smell of the lemongrass, which was great. The product is very watery and light, so it made it easy to apply to my hair and scalp. Within seconds of applying the product, my natural coils started to pop. As a naturalist, you can't wait for these moments , as you get so excited to see your natural hair react in such a simple way.
This product smells absolutely fantastic and is packed with ingredients (Aloe Vera, coconut oil, amino acids and essential oils) that my hair agrees with and of course needs.
My hair took really well to the product as it felt really soft and moisturised, but I noticed that some of the product did sit on my hair as opposed to being absorbed. Could this be down to the deep conditioner prior to application? Or is this just how the product works? Who knows, I just know that it smelled great and I was looking forward to the results.
Score: 6 out of 10
2 | Creme Brulee Curling Delight
This Creme Brulee Curling Delight will make your curls will POP!! With a yummy Pineapple scent, it is also contains Aloe Vera, Agave Nectar and Argan Oil, that will give your curls an A+ rating. Infused with nourishing oils such as almond oil and coconut oil it hydrates and moisturises. It also works to smooth hair cuticle to reduce frizz while clumping and elongating your curls to create the polished curly look you desire. This product will not leave hair dry, crunchy, sticky or greasy. Just touchable hydrating curls that stays defined for days. Perfect for Wash and go for Kinky and Curly textures.
Scent & Texture
In my opinion you can never go wrong when pineapple is involved, so I was excited to have received this amazingly fruity, curling delight. The scent is also similar to icing, which makes you want to dip your finger in and taste. But of course I didn’t. That would be ridiculous.
The texture has a similar consistency to Eco-Styler Gel, so I was a little bit anxious, as my hair prefers stylers that have a creamy/buttery like texture. But hey ho, if I don’t try, then I won’t know.
After applying the Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner, it was time to explore this wonderfully sweet smelling curling product, which promises to make my curls pop. It also promises to reduce frizz, elongate my curls to create the polished curly look that most of us desire. I get really excited when it comes to using stylers for the first time, so I couldn’t wait to see the results.
The instructions state that you should apply the product to wet or damp hair, followed by their Lemongrass Leave in Conditioner. But as this had already been applied, I ignored that step.
I sectioned my hair into 8 sections (4 rows on each side), applied a finger tip amount to each section, detangled and then did a two strand twist with bantu knots (for my twist out). Whilst twisting it felt like I didn’t have enough of the product in my hair, so I found myself adding a little bit more, which I didn’t like.
Overloading my fine strands with too much product tends to end in a failed twist out, so I was a little apprehensive about the results. I then covered my hair with a satin bonnet and left my twists to dry overnight.
When I unraveled my twists the following day, my hair was super soft and it felt really moisturised. Yay! But unfortunately my twist out was a fail. Boooooo!
My natural coils looked nice and shinny but my twists were frizzy which meant I lacked curl definition. Plus my curls weren’t elongated as promised.
I’m apart of the high shrinkage club, so I don’t expect all products to elongate my strands, but it would have been nice to achieve a more polished curly look.
I was disappointed that it failed to achieve a style that I could rock with confidence the following day. But I was happy with how soft and moisturised my hair felt, even after a couple days when my hair was stretched.
What would I do differently?
On my second attempt I think I’ll use less of the Creme Brulee and add some hair gel in the mix to achieve more defined curls and hopefully get them to last longer.