I’m gonna jump right in to it…
If you’ve been searching the web for more info on this new line, you probably didn’t have much luck because it JUST came out like a few weeks ago. Your best bet is to search for blogger reviews or check out their Facebook page.They don’t even have it on their official website yet! But lucky for you, you can read all about it here! (at least from my POV of course :o) )
Ok so next up, the 10-in-1 Styles Gelee and the Sheen Sealing Nectar…again, both retail for $9.99 for 5.3 oz of product for the Gelee and which is significantly less than the other two styling products in this line which are 14.4 oz of product (all for the same price).
Our new anti-shrinkage recipe with mango oil and bamboo milk. Includes no sulfates, mineral oil, parabens or petrolatum. A styling gel for all curl types. The 10-in-1 gelee provides the most hold and has humectants to bring moisture into hair and ceramides to seal the cuticle. Curl formation will be enhanced and defined. After drying hair is firm but touchable!
42929 SS3-Aqua/water/EAU, sorbitol, glycerin, benzyl alcohol, lithium magnesium sodium silicate, dehydroxanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, panthenol, mango seed oil, ethylhexylglycerin, benzyl salicylate, linalool, limonene, 2-oleamido-1, 3-octadecanediol, bambusa vulgaris sap extract. F.I.L. D55074/2 ****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
The Gelee is a clear jelly and the consistency reminds exactly of Kinky Curly Curling Custard. It has the Au Naturale scent of mango apricot but a tad bit different than the other products. It could be because of the components of the ingredients that alters the scent a bit but it still smells pretty good.
D&L markets this product as a 10-in-1 styler that can be used for twists, coil outs, bantu knots, etc. but I opted to use this for a wash-n-go (which I don’t wear often, especially in the dry winter months over here in the East coast BUT I did it for you guys :o) ). You know I always do twist outs but I have never used a jelly-like product for a twist-out so I don’t know how that would work for me (I prefer shea butter based products for twist outs). Jelly products tend to be crunchy for me and I can’t imagine a crunchy twist-out on me. This product contains glycerin.
The gelee applied really well, has great slip. I applied it in sections on wet hair ensuring I covered from root to ends. One thing though, I did end up having to use quite a bit of product, which could be because a) I’m heavy handed (the usual lol) b) I have thick, dense hair plus all that combined with c) a big head lol so that could all be why I had to use a lot. I feel like this product (5.3oz) should be as big as the other two products in the Au Naturale line (14.4 oz), especially since it is intended for multiple uses….just my thoughts.
Check out the results. Here’s my hair about 30 mins after I applied. It’s still wet.
Anyway….here’s my hair at the end of the day when It was completely dry. It definitely shrunk….
The results were pretty good. I had nice, shiny, defined curls and it didn’t give me any white flakes. It did take my hair quite some time to dry but then again it is winter time. I could have used a diffuser to dry it faster but ***Sweet Brown voice*** ain’t nobody got time fa that! lol My hair was a little crunchy but it did say it provides the most hold of all the products so I kind of expected that, most jelly products give me crunch. The way I remedy the crunch is by applying a light oil like coconut once my hair is COMPLETELY dry i.e. the end of the day and the next morning.
***SIDEBAR – Ok so one thing I find interesting, is the Au Naturale line boasts that every product is “anti-shrinkage” and “elongates curls”, I can’t really say it did much for my shrinkage, could be a great marketing ploy but it wouldn’t be the selling point for me to want to purchase this line. But, I did like the results for the most part.
Here’s my 2nd day hair–slept with a scarf tied over my hair, skipped the shower cap in the morning and let the water droplets dampen my hair. I spray a little bit of Shea Radiance Moisture Milk to give it some additional moisture and help fluff up my flattened hair. I always do this method with wash-n-gos. It is also why I like to go a little heavy with the initial application of the product, I can usually get a week out of one application by doing this “morning hair revival” method :o) I like the way my hair looks and feels a day or two after application, its softer and less “crunch”.
Ok NEXT UP….Hopefully you made it this far down this post to be reading this lol…..I wanted to briefly review the Sheen Sealing Nectar since this one is kind of a no brainer. The Sheen Sealing Nectar is a finishing spray that gives you sheen. Retails for $9.99 for 5.75 oz..
Our new anti-shrinkage recipe with mango oil and bamboo milk. Includes no sulfates, mineral oil, parabens or petrolatum. A natural hair sheen spray with weightless high mirror shine. Sheen Sealing Nectar doesn’t just sit on hair but is absorbed for even more nourishment.
42930 SS3-Ispropyl myristate, sunflower seed oil, capryylic/capric tryglyceride, apricot kernal oil, dicaprylyl ether, isopropyl isostearate, fragrancs, mango seed oil, benzyl salicylate, linalool, benzyl alchohol. limonene, geraniol, bambusa vulgariz extract. ****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 used this as a final touch to any style. Let me tell you…..THIS smells soooo good. It’s the same scent as the other products but its a bit stronger. It makes your hair smell really good all day! It definitely give shine BUT you only need like 1-3 spritz of this because it is really oily…like oily where you will need to wash your hands after you touch your hair. Despite what the product description says, it doesn’t absorb into my hair so to me, it really is just a finishing, sheen spray that I would use sparingly. It definitely is light, doesn’t weight my hair down. Although this still has a ton of synthetic ingredients, it has the most amount of natural ingredients of all the products i.e. the apricot, sunflower and mango oils so this would seal in moisture.
Check back for part III my final product review of the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale line!