I’m back with a highly anticipated review of a brand new product line that literally JUST hit stores this month. Dark and Lovely jumped into the natural hair revolution and created a line for natural hair, called Au Naturale. It’s so new that they don’t even have it on their website yet and there are like NO reviews out yet. BUT you can learn more about the products on their Facebook page. if you haven’t seen it in stores yet, it’s because it is only sold in select Target stores (as of now) You can check out the list of participating Target Stores HERE.
I also wanted to say that I am blessed to have friends who are very generous and thoughtful, so I received these products as a gift last month for my birthday :o) (Thank you love!!!!)
The line includes the following products and are all priced at $9.99 each. I received all but the shampoo and conditioner:
- Hydrating Soak Shampoo
- Knot Out Conditioner
- Sheen Sealing Nectar
- 10-in-1 Styles Gelee
- Coil Moisturizing Soufflé
- Curl Defining Crème Glaze
The line promises the following:
- Uses Mango Oil and Bamboo Milk
- All day elongation
- All Curl Types
- No Alcohol
- No Mineral Oil
- No Parabens
- No Petrolatum
Ok so that’s the background information for the line. Girl, I haven’t used a Dark and Lovely Product since I had a relaxer! lol I’m glad to see more mainstream brands are helping more women “go natural”. I think it helps some women get out of their comfort zone when they see brands they recognized and have used for years….now if only they can get rid of all these synthetic ingredients…..but hey it’s a start! Their marketing and packaging is cute :o)
Moving along….So in this post, I will be sharing my experience with the Au Naturale Coil Moisturizing Soufflé. Again, this retails for $9.99 for 14.4 oz of product which is a good amount for the price.
Our new anti-shrinkage recipe with mango oil and bamboo milk. Includes no sulfates, mineral oil, parabens or petrolatum. A thick styling cream for coiled to tightly coiled hair. Coil Moisturizing Soufflé has a whipped cream texture with the most moisture and lightest hold for curl types 6-8. Coils are defined and elongated. Hairs feels very soft and conditioned after styling
42919 SS2 – water, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl esters, glycerin, amodimethicone, behentrimonium chloride, fragrance, phenoxyethanol, isopropyl alcohol, mango seed oil, trideceth-6, cetrimonium chloride, benzyl salicylate, methylisothiazolinone, linalool, benzyl alcohol, limonene, yellow 5, yellow 6, geraniol, bambusa vulgaris sap extract, F.I.L. D54976/2 ****I had to re-key all of these ingredients by looking at the package because I couldn’t find them listed anywhere online that I could just copy and paste, so I am sure I misspelled something!! FYI
I did my usually wash routine and then applied the Souffle to do a twist out. I THINK this is supposed to be used for a wash-n-go but I don’t really wear w-n-g’s in the winter plus this is WAY too light to provide any hold in my hair. The labeling does state that it provides light so that is true. This may be a good w-n-g product for those of you who may have looser, finer curls but I know it wouldn’t work for my hair.
Any who, I used it for my twist-out and applied the souffle at night. My hair was still a bit damp in the morning (and I even did THIS and it was still damp) so my hair was more frizzy than usual. I also tend to be a bit heavy handed (I can’t help it! I’m trying to do better lol) so that may have been why it was still damp.
Here’s my hair at night, twisted-up with the product in (note my new part pattern hehe it’s good to change up your part):
Here are the results from first thing in the morning BEFORE I separated the sections:
….and after I separated. Remember, my hair was still a bit damp so it’s pretty frizzy.
Here’s my hair after re-twisting it at night. I didn’t apply any more product, just used my spritzer mix to dampen each section. I couldn’t get second day hair from this product, my hair was just too frizzy and sleeping on it would have made it worse! It definitely looked much better when I re-twisted it because I let my hair completely dry before I untwisted it.
This product was OK it just may not be the right product from this line for MY hair (could work for you though!) BUT I will say that my hair was REEEALLY soft! It felt moisturized and really liked the way it felt. No greasy or white residue. It didn’t give me that great of definition or hold but it made my twist out have more of the chunky look which I kinda liked. It reminded me of how my Girl Behind the Curl Kelley wears her twist-outs :o) It also didn’t do anything as far as the anti-shrinkage and elongation goes. I am not sure how this would hold up in more humid climates i.e. hot azz humid east coast summers but I will have to try it out in the summer before I can draw any conclusions on that.
Stay tuned for my reviews on the other products!