Natural Nigerian Moisturizing Deep Conditioner Review

22:29 Sandra N.U. 4 Comments

   Hello my people,

Today I'm reviewing the Natural Nigerian Moisturizing Deep Conditioning Treatment with Shea Butter and Herbs.
When Natural Nigerian launched her new products, I couldn't wait to try them.
Because deep conditioners are my favourite thing, this had to be first.
 This product is made in Nigeria. (Yay #BuyNaija)

Quick note about Natural Nigerian: she is VERY particular about living a very natural life- all the way from food to self care to cleaning products. No gimmicks. It is a life I am committed to (still on this journey) so I trust the quality of her products even before I buy.
Whether or not her product will work for my particular need, I can afford to skip reading the label and know that I'm not using anything that could potentially harm me. Of course if you have specific allergies, read labels and avoid your triggers, natural or not.


Features
Packaging: White jar, green label on the cover and the body. Clean and simple. I like.


Price: N3800 (about 10 USD now)

Smell: The only thing I can compare it to is plastacine. I loved playing with it as a child. I googled and found that plastacine gets its smell from flaxseed (aka linseed) oil but this product doesn't contain that so I guess something similar? Dunno. There's also a slight herbiness to the smell. On the whole it's mild enough and doesn't linger.

Colour and Consistency: Beige. Not too thick: it'll flow nicely if you tip the jar.



Product Description:
"A medley of herbs, juices and vitamins make Natural Nigerian™ Moisturizing Deep Conditioning Treatment a super nourishing, moisturizing, strengthening treat for hair. It contains ingredients that repair damage as well as prevent damage. It also sixteen amino acids (building blocks of hair) and contains an ingredient that is scientifically proven to improve hair combability and increase hair shine."

Ingredients:
 Aqueous extracts of Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss), Arctium Lappa (Burdock root), Ulmus Fulva Bark (Slippery Elm) and Yucca Schidigera (Yucca Root), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos nucifera (Coconut Oil), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-11, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Adansonia digitata (Baobab) Seed Protein, Benzyl Alcohol (and) Salicylic acid (and) Glycerin (and) Sorbic acid, Neem Oil, d-alpha tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride.

Guaranteed no added: Artificial colours, fillers, preservatives, Additives, Synthetic fragrances


          Great ingredients. Now let's get to the tea.

How I used it  I used this product like I would any other deep conditioner. I put it on my damp hair after cleansing with shampoo or clay, covered with a plastic bag +/- a towel so there's some heat; then rinsed after 45 mins to an hour. Sometimes a lot longer.

My Assessment
When I applied it, it didn't sink in immediately but as I continued to work it into my hair it did easily. 
It has a fair amount of slip but this probably won't dethrone your favourite detangling conditioner. It didn't immediately soften my hair like some other deep conditioners I've used but I was willing to wait.



One thing, it's not greasy at all. You may feel like you want to pile it on, but don't. You'll waste it. 

When I rinse off a deep conditioner that is moisturising, I expect my hair to feel very soft, lush, hydrated.

If it's strengthening, it should feel strong. Not hard and and difficult to work with, but strong so that it feels like it can handle some manipulation without breakage. I get this after a protein or an ayurvedic hair treatment.

If it's a balancing conditioner (strength + moisture), it should feel soft and hydrated, as well as strong. It's something you'll understand when you feel it.

NN Moisturising Deep Conditioner definitely fell into the strengthening category for me. When I rinsed and touched my hair, I went back to read the description and ingredients. It could be the 16 amino acids, the quinoa and baobab protein; it could be the yucca or any of the other plant extracts; or it's a combination of everything... but it was for sure a strengthening treatment for my own hair.

I also noticed more shine. Even when my hair was wet it seemed shinier that usual so I know this product did some work of filling in gaps and patching up my strands.

 I got the nourishing and strengthening parts of the product description, but I didn't get the moisturizing part with that 'Hair like Buttah' feel.

 I was a bit let down the first time because I was expecting fluffy cloud hair and I wasn't due for a protein treatment. But looking back I should have read the ingredients before using and since I know my hair, I would have known when to use it.

I have type 4 hair, normal to high porosity, not protein sensitive but will readily be strengthened when I apply protein. 
If your hair is like mine, I'll say treat this product like a protein treatment. Save it for when your hair needs one and follow with a moisturising deep conditioner.
 Orrrr just mix the two together for a balancing deep conditioner. I used it up before I got this idea but it's a thought. I might have to buy again to try this.

If you have fine hair, this product might be balancing enough for you on its own (I should get my sister to try it). Also, even if your hair looks like mine it could respond entirely differently from mine.

I haven't seen any reviews yet on this product, but NN shared a video of this product on her daughter's hair and it really looked like it deeply moisturised her hair.

Verdict: Quality ingredients, great for strengthening and shine. Not as moisturising as I've come to expect.

Will I repurchase? Maybe. If I'm looking for a strengthening conditioner. If you read my blog often you'll know I use eggs for strengthening but I'm getting more interested in veganism so I might pick this up again.

You can get it online at naturalnigerian.com/ahia, I bought mine at Yellow Sisi salon in Lekki. Some stores in Lagos and Abuja also carry her products but I couldn't find a list. She posts them on her Instagram though. 

Thoughts? Talk to me in the comments.

Xx,
NGND










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Budget Curly Crochet Hair

17:14 Sandra N.U. 11 Comments


 

  Crochet is my favourite way to protective style. It's so easy, versatile, and it can be as expensive or as pocket friendly as you want. I prefer pocket friendly; girls can't just be spending lau lau on hair that we will throw away. We have dreams.

 You can do pretty much anything with crochet. If I can imagine a style, there's a way to achieve it with crochet and on a budget too. Latest in my imaginings: Big curly crochet hair. 

Now I'm in Nigeria and the variety of crochet hair isn't exactly overwhelming. I mean, there are all sizes of braids and twists but what about the loose hair? You can't just walk into the market/supermarket hair aisle and find a variety of curls or even straight hair to choose from. If there are online vendors, cost will be a factor. 

People usually put in crochet twists and then unravel them after a few weeks for a bomb twist out right? Idea! 
I can just unravel it before putting it in. That way I can control the size of the curls and how they are arranged. 

I went to the supermarket in search of really soft crochet twists. The softest I found was by some brand called Glow. After I got over the bias from being shown pepper by Glo network, I was very happy (Glow has no affiliation that I know of to Globacom o).  It's called Glow Bouncy Mambo Twist. This had "2X Value Pack" on it.
 Careful now, Glow has another crochet twist hair that isn't nearly as soft as this. I think it's Jumbo. Make sure you get the Bouncy Mambo.

 I wanted 12" but they only had 18" in this brand. It was the best so I decided I'd cut it. At least it was in Colour 2 which I wanted.

And then I discovered they only had two packs. I bought them for N1650 each. I went to other places, even a natural hair salon in search of at least one more, but no one had. I went back a couple of times after that to see if they had restocked but nope, nothing.

Eventually, I convinced myself I could make two packs work. One midnight, nervous, I got to work.
My cornrows were basic- straight back with 8 in front, joining a couple to make 6 at the back. Fewer cornrows means you need less hair to fill them up. I joined the two that made the centre parting and the two that made the side parting.
Something similar.
Source: Breanna Rutter

I cut the twists in half and unravelled. So I was working with 9 inches.
If you want perfect curls, don't divide.

 I like messy curls and you can get that look with curls of different sizes. So most at the back were divided into three, and some into two, some into four.

At the front, most were divided into four, and some divided even further.



The crochet process with a latch hook is easy, YouTube has tons of tutorials.
Also look up how to do an invisible part with crochet.

Centre part

All done with the main hair. Now the part I really pay attention to: the hairline and the cut.
 Most people naturally have shorter, wispy hair in front to frame the face. I like to make my crochet have a natural look so I mimic that.
I halved two again so I had 4 pieces, 4.5 inches in length. I divided them into small curls and crocheted them to the very front.
Side part. Notice the little pieces making up the hairline?

They're small and light so they won't do any damage to your edges.
 Biggest surprise, I used only one and a half packs!
Then I cut all around with scissors carefully to suit my face until I was happy with the shape.
Next step, go outside and shiiine. But it was like 3 am or so at this point so I carried my fine hair to bed.

It was time to shine

Care
  • I pack it up at night in a pineapple and wear a satin bonnet that frankly doesn't cover the whole thing.
  • In the morning I take down, fluff the curls and push them into shape, and cut off any matted ends. Over time, it loses some volume and length from this process so I add a little more if I want it bigger again. I still haven't used up the second pack.
  • I haven't needed to use any product on the hair. I used Shea Moisture mousse one time but nothing really happened. Maybe a serum might add shine or something but I don't care much for those.
 My hair is 11 days today and I'm going to wash my scalp. If the curls are affected too much, I'll try a braidout and do a hot water set and see what happens. If I do, it'll be on my Insta stories.

Total cost : N3300 for two packs of hair. That's less than 10USD now.
  
Thanks for reading! Thoughts? Hit me up in the comments.

XX,
NGND


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