6 Heat Protectants for Natural and Transitioning Hair that Won't Break the Bank


So far, I'm really enjoying this #AllAboutHair Q&A that I've been doing on Instagram and Facebook. I'm trying to tackle all the questions -- ya'll have some good ones! It will probably take me at least two weeks to get through the ones I've already gotten -- I'm going to aim to answer at least 2 per day. So today's installment is all about heat protectants!

One lovely Instagrammer @meandmrjacobs3and_princess posed this question:
What is a good heat protectant for flat ironing that is inexpensive?

Rather than rattle off a random list of products and leave you to figure it all out, I'll go ahead and break down my 6 picks for blowing out and flat ironing natural and transitioning hair -- that don't hurt the pockets. All the products in the picture below are broken down in this post. Read on :)


Before you blow dry or flat iron...
Make sure you DEEP CONDITION! Having a good deep conditioning session is the first step to preventing heat damage. A deep conditioner that nourishes, hydrates, smooths, tames frizz, and strengthens is vital. Aside from too-high temperatures, one of the main causes of heat damage is dehydrated hair. Hair that lacks internal moisture is more susceptible to breakage and heat damage. So what deep conditioner fits the bill? For me, the best all-around deep conditioner to use before straightening is Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask ($15, Ulta Beauty). Not only is it enriched with keravis protein, jojoba, and fatty alcohols to nourish, hydrate, and strengthen, it also contains cetrimonium chloride, which when met with direct heat (via blow dryer and flat iron), actually increases the tensile strength of hair. All of this leaves you with properly moisturized and strengthened hair, ready to withstand the tugging and pulling associated with blowouts and flat ironing.

For blow drying natural and transitioning hair:

Lawrence Ray Concepts Shake & Go, $15 www.lawrencerayconcepts.com
Shake & Go is an amazing creation from the mind of Los Angeles-based high profile stylist, Lawrence Ray Parker. It is a water-based leave-in conditioning formula that banishes frizz and makes tangles history (I'm not exaggerating). It contains a mix of fatty alcohols, jojoba oil, keratin amino acids, aloe, and Pro-Vitamin B5 that will penetrate, smooth, and strengthen the hair. It also contains cones, which are vital to the straightening process as well. In this particular case, silicones help slow the dehydration of the hair. Hydrated hair is crucial to preventing heat damage from blow dryers, because blow dryers in particular work by zapping moisture from within the hair. Silicones help prevent the hair from fully dehydrating and thus, help preserve vital moisture that will prevent heat damage and breakage.

Blow Dry Addict, $5 (currently on sale or clearance) at Sally Beauty Supply
Although this product will never take home an award for "most natural cream or conditioner", it performs well as a blow drying aid. It is essentially a leave-in conditioner that in the same vein as Shake & Go, helps retain internal hydration against the drying heat of the blow dryer. If you decide to use Blow Dry Addict, grab it now while it's on sale. I bought mine months ago at full price.

ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer Spray, $8 at Sally Beauty Supply
This lightweight, bodifying spray is not only great for added heat protection, it is a must-have in my natural hair arsenal. Thanks to keratin, amino acids, and cetrimonium chloride, the hair is strengthened from the inside out and primed for blow dry styling. Added bonus: it provides UV protection and revitalizes follicles! Before you buy, check out my review here!

For flat ironing natural and transitioning hair:

Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray, $4 at Target
Tresemme Heat Tame Spray can be used during the blow dry process, or right before flat-ironing (just make sure it dries on your hair first before ironing). It contains a mix of silicones, polymers, and goodies like cetrimonium chloride that penetrate, delay transfer of heat, and guard the hair from dehydration during flat ironing. It is supposed to protect hair at up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, although I would never push my iron up that high.

Garnier Fructis Serums (really, any of them ), $5 Target
I say any Garnier serum because truthfully they're all the same. They are all silicone based formulas with a few drops of argan or jojoba or something. You really can't go wrong. Last year I was using the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment, now I'm using the Frizz Defy Marvelous Oil. The reason I use these cheapie serums is for their silicone content. As we discussed earlier, silicones when straightening are GREAT. Not only do they block frizz and humidity, but they're real champs when it comes to the flat iron. As I mentioned earlier, silicones help delay the evaporation of moisture from the hair. But they're also great at delaying the transfer of heat, which helps lessen the likelihood of damage from the flat iron. Lastly, silicones make the hair shaft smooth, which allows the iron to glide down your hair and not cause overheating in any particular area (which also prevents heat damage).

That's all, folks! Another Instagrammer has requested an updated blowout and flat ironing routine, and I will definitely do those soon! But in the meantime:

If you want to know how to use a cellophane (yes, a throwback to your beauty shop days) as a heat protectant, let me know and I'll do an article on it!

If you're interested in my 2013 guide to straightening hair, check this out!

If you want to pick out your own products, or have some at home and wonder if they'll do the trick, check out these ingredients to look for when straightening natural and transitioning hair.

For my transitioning ladies, if you're interested in my 3 month flat ironing check-ins, here ya go:
3 Month Check-In
6 Month Check-In
9 Month Check-In
1 Year Check-In
19 Month Check-In

More tips for transitioners and preventing heat damage, click here!

And lastly, if you've recently straightened and you're looking to rehab your hair and bounce back, check this article out!

More questions? Keep them coming! You guys are giving me tons of inspiration to be a better blogger, and look for new and creative ways to share information!

9 Must-Haves for Working Out with Natural Hair


It happens all the time:

Ladies trade in their relaxers and flat irons for natural hair, with the hopes of more freedom to do things like work out, swim, and walk in the rain without being concerned about hair.

But after an intense workout, you realize your have sweated profusely at the roots of your hair, and your epic Sumetra Reed twistout is ruined. Instead of being Instagram ready when you leave the gym, you silently hope a Pharrell hat will fall from the sky.

One hour of working out doesn't have to ruin the style you waited 8 hours to dry and fluff. Check out these 9 tools and products to keep in your gym bag, and keep your style protected while you sweat:

Ready to roll? Check out the rest at NaturallyCurly.com before your next gym session!

Think Wash & Go's Aren't for You? This Will Change Your Mind!

Epic day 5 hair, courtesy of Eden BodyWorks, Obia Natural Hair & Deepthi Organics!
I apologize in advance for the number of times you'll probably see this picture. I really like it.

Can you believe its mid-summer already? I promise, we were just in May like two weeks ago.

If you've been battling your curls all summer and you haven't yet rocked a wash and go, STOP!  You're long overdue for giving this easy breezy style a try. But just in case you need a little convincing, here are 6 reasons to rock a wash and go this summer:

1. They require ZERO skill.
Like, none. I'm not a lazy natural because I want to be, or because I don't have the time. I just don't have the skill set and patience required to perm rod, roller set, bantu knot, twist and curl, three strand twist, and everything else. I have one style I can do with my eyes closed and get great results every time -- the satin strip braidout. But beyond that, I'm completely inept when it comes to styling (I can't even bun consistently half the time, lol). The wash and go is great for us naturals who can't seem to get the hang of doing much more than applying product and walking outdoors to dry the hair. Once you've picked your product lineup, everything else is a walk in the park.

Still not convinced? Check the other 5 reasons at NaturallyCurly.com!

Ouidad Flash Giveaway! Get Wash & Go FLY with Superfruit Renewal and Whipped Curls!


Time for a flash giveawayyyyyy! One day only, so get ready!

Because the 2nd winner never came forward, I'm rallying off the 2nd Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo and Whipped Curls to one lucky lady on Facebook!

To enter to win, simply head on over to www.facebook.com/maneobjective and make sure you THUMBS UP (like) my page. Then, find this photo:


and comment "enter me".

That's IT! Giveaway ends TONIGHT 7/21 at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be announced tomorrow. Good luck beauties!

By the way, stay tuned for other giveaways coming up:

Good luck!!!

Curious as to why Ouidad is a big deal? Check out my review of the Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo!

Wonder Curl Curl Control Styling Lotion Review


Thanks to the time I spent working on Natural Hair Small Businesses to support parts 1, 2, and 3 last summer (I can't believe that was practically a year ago -- wow!), there are several small businesses that will always have a special place in my heart. Wonder Curl is one of them.

So when Scarlett Rocourt, the genius behind Wonder Curl's amazing products reached out to me about a new Wonder Curl product, I couldn't help but say yes!

I absolutely loved Wonder Curl's Get Set Hair Jelly, I loved how it gave me an amazing transitioner wash and go that lasted for 4 days (and looked darn good every single day without much frizz):

Get Set Hair Jelly wash & go on my transitioning tresses...
The only drawback for me was the fragrance, given that my allergies were acting up during that particular season. How would the new Curl Control Styling Lotion hold up to my wash and go expectations? Keep reading to find out!

Ingredient List:
Organic Aloe Juice, Polyquaternium-7, dl-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Witch Hazel, Phenoxyethanol, Vegetable Glycerin, Alcohol Denatured, Carbomer, TEA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Fragrance

Top Ingredients 411:
  • Aloe Juice: Acts as a natural conditioning agent that restores the hair's sheen, luster, and shine. It not only makes the hair soft, but it also enhances strength and suppleness.
  • Polyquaternium-7: Polymeric quaternary ammonium salt used as an antistatic agent and hair fixative (for hold).
  • Pro-Vitamin B5: Form of vitamin B that can penetrate the hair, and is known to moisturize and soften.
  • Witch Hazel: Natural astringent that provides a light hold, while helping reduce static and flyaways.
  • Phenoxyethanol: Preservative and fragrance ingredient.
Availability & Affordability: Curl Control Styling Lotion is available online at www.wondercurl.com. Currently, you can catch it on sale for $8.40 (normally $14) -- that's like 40% off! The bottle size is 8oz.

Product Claim/Description: A unique styling aid that creates soft and fluffy curls without any frizz or crunch, even in humidity.

Performance/Delivery: Yes, yes, yes! This summer (especially since the theme is Wash and Go Fly for the Month of July!), I'm ALL about the touchable curls. Curl Control Styling Lotion definitely delivered. I got a fabulous wash and go using the methods I outlined in this video, with Infusium 23 Pro Vitamin B5 Leave-In Treatment as my leave-in, Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Pudding Souffle for moisture, and sealed with a little coconut oil. Then, I worked the Curl Control Styling Lotion through my hair in sections and let it air dry.

Hair completely dry and banded to stretch

As it air dried, I thought it might dry crunchy (especially since I'm heavy handed). WRONG! The end result was well defined hair that was frizz-free, and touchably soft with tons of body, shine, and movement. Once my hair was completely air dried, I banded it all for a few hours (okay, like half a day) to get a more elongated look for date night.

I was sooo in love with my hair! It was everything a summer wash and go should be! And, I was totally able to snuggle with the Mr. at the movies, without a fear of goopy hair, flakes, or residue rubbing off on his shirt!

As far as fragrance goes, I must say it is a bit strong for my taste. It doesn't smell bad AT ALL -- very fresh, clean, and slightly floral. It didn't agitate my allergies like my previous experience with Get Set Hair Jelly, even though the scent is the same. Maybe my allergies were just tripping at that time. The fragrance isn't unpleasant at all, I just prefer scents that are a little more toned down.

The consistency threw me for a second. When I looked at the contents of the bottle, I saw a custard-esque jelly.  But when I pumped it out...it was lotion-y. I don't know how Scarlet does it, although I'm pretty sure it's magic. Even though as a definer it is on the thicker side (when pumped from the bottle, it bears a consistency similar to tgin Twist and Define Cream), it spreads through the hair easily and is able to be raked and smoothed through without drama. No flakes, no funny white goopy balls, no crispy or dry hair.

Drawbacks: The only downside to Curl Control Styling Lotion really isn't a downside at all if you wash your hair once or twice a week.  With this product, you can only expect about 3 day hair before it's time to wash again or get creative with these styles. This is largely due to the fact that it is a lighter hold product -- and products that promise light and touchable hold don't have as much long-term staying power for definition, because they're not designed for that purpose. I personally prefer to wash my hair about every 3-4 days because it helps me cut down on tangles and knots, so that works for me. I just wanted to be clear about performance expectations with this product. If you're looking for something with more long-term hold, definitely give Get Set Hair Jelly a try.

My curls after banding....yes!!!!!
Bonuses: While rocking my Curl Control Styling Lotion wash and go, I had serious hand-in-hair syndrome. My hair was soft, shiny, and felt great, because my hair loooooves aloe! It's also worth noting that Curl Control Styling Lotion is free of silicones, so it is totally curly girl friendly. Interestingly enough, it does not contain any oils, beeswax, or lanolin, which makes it lightweight and perfect for fine hair that is easily weighed down or made stringy or greasy. It is also paraben free, and the fragrance is free of phthalates.

Bottom Line: If you're looking for lightweight, touchable curls that won't feel dry or crunchy, this is your go-to. Performance-wise, this product put up a pretty good numbers next to Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls. If you like the idea of pillow soft hair, but prefer way better ingredients and more affordable prices, Curl Control Styling Lotion is definitely the way to go!

Overall Product Rating: 4.5 stars. I love the performance! I just need a little less fragrance, or perhaps an unscented option.

Best Practices: The best wash and go results come from hair that is soaking wet. This product is no exception. Check out this post for tips on getting your best wash and go yet!

Will you be trying  out the new Curl Control Styling Lotion?

Read More: Wonder Curl Get Set Hair Jelly + Butter Than Love Pudding Review

Should You Consult Your Significant Other Before Going Natural?

Me and the Mr. on a mini vacay in Vegas

About a month ago on Instagram and Facebook, I posed this question:

For the ladies in relationships, did you consult with your significant other before deciding to go natural? Why or why not? And for the single ladies, would you talk it over with your partner, or is it a "my hair, my choice" deal? Lastly fellas, would you want your lady to talk things over with you, or nah?

The responses I recieved were diverse and sometimes complete and polar opposites. Here are a few excerpts:

"I don't see a good reason to talk/have his permission for something that grows out of my hair naturally..."

"I didn't ask for his permission, but I did let him in on my decision. I explained to him what it meant to me..."

"My boyfriend had his reservations about me becoming natural. He didn't understand why I wanted to cut my hair. So for a few months, I educated him on it and showed him how versatile it was. When I did the big chop, he loved it. Moreover, he admired my courage to make such a drastic change..."

"Nope. Didn't even consider asking him."

Sentiments on the subject matter range from indifference, to hotly contested notions of not seeking validation from a man. When it comes to this topic, there is no right or wrong answer. Everything hinges on experiences and perspectives.

So I'll share mine. Keep reading over at NaturallyCurly.com!

Postpone Wash Day: 5 Ways to Wear Your Old Wash & Go

Not me getting my hurr' did....but I wish it was!

Article also available on Black Girl with Long Hair!

What do you do when your wash and go gets old, or your pineapple fails in the middle of the night, leaving you with scary hair in the morning?

You improvise. Avoid the hassle of washing your hair and starting from scratch with these 5 creative styling suggestions:

1. Get Creative with Bobby Pins

Whether your wash and go is past its prime, or went sour due to wack products, a few bobby pins can always save the day. With a spray bottle of water, an edge taming product like Curls Blueberry Curl Control Paste or a DIY butter pomade and a handful of bobby pins, the style possibilities are limitless. Pull the front of your hair into a pompadour, create a faux hawk, or a nice little flat twist to conceal unruly parts of your hair. Need a little style inspiration? Check out this video by Tia Kirby:

2. Bantu, Twist, or Braid

A warped wash and go can be fertile soil for an epic twistout, braidout, or bantu knot out. It will provide enough definition and tons of volume because the hair you are working with is essentially dry. Just re-activate the product in your hair with a little (enough to make it pliable, but not soaked) water, add a twisting butter like Qhemet Biologics Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter or tgin Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer, and set your style. A few tutorials, for your viewing pleasure:

note: these specific style tutorials may not have been done on old wash and go styles. But the methods and inspiration are still the same!

Twistout (courtesy of Chronicurls)

Braidout (courtesy of African Export)

Bantu Knot Out (courtesy of NaturalMetra)

3. Rods & Curlformers

Not quite ready to wash your hair, but in need of a fly style? Try a flexi rod, perm rod, or Curlformers set. All you need is a spray bottle of water to help make your hair workable, and a styling foam like Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Foam or LottaBody. You can also incorporate more products, but when working with old wash and go's, less is more. What good is is to have a fly new style ruined by buildup? Check LiveNaturallyLove's tutorial:


4. Heatless Blow Out

Make your big hair even bigger. Old wash and go's tend to be stretched, so this is the perfect time to use Naptural85's heatless blowout method aka finger and comb detangling. It's super simple and requires zero additional product:

5. Tuck it Away

Sometimes, you just can't be bothered trying to make an old wash and go work. I understand. When you aren't feeling like rejuvenating an old wash and go, the easiest thing to do is just tuck it away into a milkmaid braid, bun, roll and tuck, or updo. If you've got 5 minutes, you can pullof this BeBe Nycole inspired tucked away updo:

How do you rock your old wash and go's?

20 Super Sweet Products to Indulge in for Transitioning and Natural Hair

I have a serious sweet tooth.

Like most folks, I love chocolate. But we can't eat it all the time, right? Luckily, I've found the perfect substitute for a chocolate-fueled sugar binge: hair products.

So the next time you feel a sweets craving coming on, pick up one of these 20 products to indulge in, guilt-free.

Check out the complete list, including goodies from Eden BodyWorks, Soultanicals, Miss Jessie's, tgin, ApHogee, and more at NaturallyCurly.com!

Camille Rose Naturals *NEW* Curl Maker Formula 2014 Review

Did you even know Camille Rose Naturals released a new Curl Maker?

It almost slid by me too.

I had heard whispers about it on Instagram, but had yet to see anyone with it in-hand. One day, a few weeks ago, I was moseying along in Target and spotted ONE bottle of new formula. ONE. Without a second guess, I grabbed it.

I was anxious to try the new formula, because I couldn't ever really make Curl Maker "work" for me. My sister LOVES the stuff. I want to like it, but it almost seemed like no matter what I did, it flaked and made my hair feel a little dry and frizzy.

NOT ANYMORE!!! The new Curl Maker formula is nothing short of amazeballs. It has tons of slip and goes onto hair really easily, and creates soft, touchable, defined, shiny, and flake-free curls. But don't take my word for it! Check the review:

The new Curl Maker formula is available online at www.camillerosenaturals.com. It is $22 normally, although I copped it at the Target I frequent in Hawthorne for $11. The bottle is 12oz, and well worth every penny. Check your local Target to see if it's in stock!

Some review points I didn't quite hit in the video:
  • The fragrance is similar to the old Curl Maker, grapefruit/citrusy but a little sweeter
  • It's curly girl friendly and free of drying alcohols, harsh preservatives, silicones, mineral oils, and petroleum
  • Camille Rose Naturals products are all hand crafted!
  • Overall product rating: 4.5 stars. At $22 it's a little expensive, but a lot more economical than Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls, and contains WAY better ingredients. But the performance is phenomenal overall.
For those that would like to examine the old and new formula ingredients side-by-side:
Old Formula Ingredients:
Dionized water, glycerin, pectin, coco nucifera(coconut )oil, panthenol, equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract, althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice , agava americana leaf extract, punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil, oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, PEG-40, hydrogenated castor oil, xanthan gum, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), cyanocobalamin (vitamin B-12), acrylates/C10-30, alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, aminomethyl propanol, pheoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, tetrasodium EDTA and LOVE!

As you can see, I'm happy with the new formula!!!

New Formula Ingredients:
Dionized water, pectin, coco nucifera(coconut )oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, panthenol, ricinus communis (caster) seed oil, althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root extract, agava americana leaf extract, equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract, corn starch, xantham gum,  chondrus (seaweed) crispus, polysorbate 20, tocopheryl acetate (vitanin E), cyanocobalamin (vitamin b-12), phenoxyethanol (optiphen nd) caprylyl glycol, fragance (parfum) and LOVE!

Major Changes:
+More aloe vera juice (higher on ingredient list)
+More castor oil (higher on ingredient list)
+Addition of corn starch (thickener)
+Addition of seaweed: high in iodine and a great source of iron, sodium, phosphorus and calcium and has a variety of vitamins, including A, B1, B2, C, D and E. Also contains laminaria angustata, which is believed to thicken hair. 

+No glycerin (yay)
+No rice bran oil
+No pomegranaete seed oil

Have you tried the new Curl Maker? What do you think of it?

Obia Natural Hair Babassu Deep Conditioner Review


I think it was about 8 months ago or so when I was perusing the Obia webiste for Black Friday (I honestly CANNOT wait for Black Friday this year....I'm hoping for a BIGGER and BETTER list!), and I caught wind of their "Deep Conditioner...Coming Soon" listing.

I got antsy.

Every month or so, I'd check back, anxious to see if it had been secretly uploaded. Then at the beginning of the month, I saw the promo sneak onto Instagram...attached to a 30% off introductory/pre-order offer. I hopped on it like there was no tomorrow, and grabbed myself a Curl Enhancing Custard while I was at it. And when the Babassu Deep Conditioner arrived, I did a happy dance.

But enough about my awkward obsession with hair products. Let's get on to the review:

Ingredient List:
  • Purified Water (Aqua), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Stearyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Centrimonium Chloride, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum).

Top Ingredients 411:

  • Rice Bran Oil: Antioxidant oil rich in vitamin E that helps prevent free-radical and oxidative damage to hair. Also rich in ceramides which penetrate the hair and restore moisture within the cortex.
  • Cetyl & Stearyl Alcohols: Considered "fatty alchols" -- NOT to be confused with drying alcohols such as ethyl. Both Stearyl and cetyl alcohol are lubricants, thickeners, and emollients. They give conditioner its velvety feel without making hair greasy. Also used to keep product ingredients from separating. 
  • Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine: A derivative of stearic fatty acid that is used to keep ingredients from separating, as well as provide "slip" (useful for easy detangling). 
  • Vegetable Glycerin: Vegetable-based humectant that absorbs and retains moisture from the air.
  • Babassu Seed Oil: Oil pressed from the kernel of the Brazilian Orbigynya Palm Tree, with a similar chemical composition to coconut oil. It is able to penetrate the hair (to a degree), improving moisture, strength, elasticity, softness, and shine of hair. It is a wonderful alternative for those who want the benefits of coconut oil, but don't care for it in the hair.

Availability & Affordability: The conditioner comes in an 8oz jar and retails online at www.obianaturalhair.com for $15. Although I caught this particular beauty for 30%, which made it $10.50. Either way, not bad considering some of the asinine prices out there for deep conditioners.

Product Claim/Description: Specifically formulated for natural curls, kinks, and waves. Immerse your curls and kinks in this deeply penetrating and fortifying treatment that deeply repairs and reconstructs all hair textures and hair types. Strand-strengthening Babassu Oil will nourish, repair elasticity, soften, and add shine to your hair. Avocado Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, and Pro-Vitamin B5 will repair damage and moisturize your hair. This protein-free formula restores your hair's natural moisture balance. 

Performance/Delivery: Great products come to those who religiously stalk natural hair websites retail stores Good things come to those who wait. I am on a deep conditioner kick right now, and I am looking for a rotation of holy grails to alternate between and keep in the stash. Obia, welcome to the club.

The conditioner is average consistency for a deep conditioner -- thicker than normal conditioner, but not impossible to work through the hair. It coated my hair easily, and I really felt like the ingredients I love (cetrimonium chloride, rice bran oil, panthenol, aloe) were being taken in by my hair, and conditioning the outside. I didn't follow the instructions exactly (they say to use it for 30 minutes, I did it for about 20 while I showered and shaved), but that didn't matter.

It worked. WELL. I was able to work it into my hair without much drama, although the Babassu Deep Conditioner itself doesn't have a lot of slip. But the magic really happened at rinse out time. I got that nice "my hair soaked up a bunch of good stuff" feeling that I get with Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Hair Masque. You know, when your hair hangs a little more and feels like it picked up some weight. But it wasn't greasy AT ALL. My hair felt incredibly conditioned, soft, and strong -- which is rare because there is no protein in this conditioner whatsoever. Best of all? Frizz -- banished. I love it when a good deep conditioner can take control -- and this one definitely did.

Do you see that shine....and lack of frizz?!?
As far as fragrance goes, I'm not wild about it. I think they were aiming for a fragrance hybrid of clean, floral, and citrus. But something inside of the product (maybe the Babassu oil) smells a little to plant-oily (if that makes any sense...you know some of these oils can smell...awkward) and throws it off for me. I've got no qualms about using it for its intended purpose, as the fragrance washes away and doesn't linger. It isn't really strong either -- I'm just not a fan. I won't be leaving any behind during my rinse, or using it as a leave-in for this reason. Others may find the fragrance pleasant, so definitely check out what some other bloggers and vloggers have to say!

Drawbacks: I would say a drawback is the slip, but much like my beloved Eden BodyWorks Hair Masque, it has enough slip to make it work-withable and gets a little slippier during rinse out. The one drawback that sticks, is the fragrance :-/

Bonuses: The Babassu Deep Conditioner is protein free, which is super bonus for ladies with protein sensitive hair in need of some strengthening power. It is also silicone-free for the Curly Girl Method crew. It is also vegan, gluten free, paraben free, and contains no mineral oil or petroleum.

Bottom Line: If you're looking for a good deep conditioner that will strengthen, nourish, and really penetrate the hair without proteins and icky stuff, this is the one. It won't de-throne my beloved, but it definitely has earned a spot in my cone-free deep conditioners department.

Best Practices: Definitely make sure you detangle your hair prior to using the deep conditioner, despite the fact that the directions say to detangle after applying product. Not enough slip for all that, and trying to make that happen will lead to using excess product (trust me). Just make sure you detangle beforehand. Truthfully, try to detangle before shampooing and deep conditioning anyway. It just makes wash day easier.

Overall Product Rating: 4.5 stars. Obia's Babassu Deep Conditioner is a solid, wholesome, deep conditioner that delivers on all its promises. I wish it had more slip, but that didn't factor much into the point deduction. Even without the super slippy, I still love it!The fragrance is what kept this from being a 5-star product.

Have you tried the Babassu Deep Conditioner? What did you think of it?

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