Greetings natural beauties,
Finally – here I am with Part 2 of my very long overdue review relating to the Nilotiqa line.
Since my experiment yielded great results and having overcome my psychological “fear” of coconut oil which you can read all about in Part 1 plus, simply taking time to read the instructions on how to use the products, it worked, like a dream. So without any further ado let’s get into the review:
I was given:
- deep moisture butter: My 4c hair prefers heavier butters so I was pleasantly surprised that it reacted well to this light, creamy butter with a slightly runny consistency. As it is a water-based moisturiser it will cause some shrinkage if applied on stretched hair. I prefer using it on freshly washed and deep conditioned hair, firstly applying the detangling cream following it up with this divine butter, whereafter I’ll plait or thread my hair and wear it like that for the week.
- nourishing hair and scalp oil: This is a nice oil blend and value for money at R80 a pop. Some of the oils in this blend are grape seed, marula seed, olive, jojoba and coconut oil – all of which either possesses great moisturising properties, promotes healthy hair growth, strengthens the hair shaft and improves the general condition of the hair. I would usually spritz my plaits with water, apply just a little of the oil as a sealant, don my satin bonnet and call it a night. Sidenote: I used it on my skin too.
- detangling cream: This cream has as an ingredient panthenol which a.) is a humectant, i.e. a substance that attracts moisture from the atmosphere and b.) it forms a smooth film over hair cuticles which gives hair strands “slip” to discourage nasty knots or tangles. I did a test: I compared the amount of shed hair during my detangling process first incorporating the cream and then without. This product does exactly what it promises to do. The proof is in the pudding ya’ll – peep the amount of hair shed – that’s minimal! Even though I have simplified my regimen considerably over the last year, I have added this product to my regimen as it has undoubtedly chopped my detangling time in half. I would imagine that this product could work very well for type 3 and 4a/b ladies who “washes and goes”. There’s definitely some curl popping action to be had.
Packaging: I’m big on packaging. On a scale of 1 to 10 I rate the packaging a 5. It doesn’t catch the eye. Also, the moisture butter is of a slightly runny consistency so it would have been more practical had it been packaged in a container that regulates the quantity of product used.
Fragrance: Everything smells deliciously fruity or coconuty or both – I fall short of appropriate adjectives to describe the fragrance. Full marks here!
Moisture: All the products do exceptionally well in the moisture department. Full marks here too! Oh, and don’t be like me and not read instructions. Apply the detangling cream (and the moisturising butter) in separated sections and thoroughly work it into your hair for optimum results.
Price: I would love to see our local manufacturers NOT price themselves out of a huge chunk of the market thus making their products accessible to the masses. Let’s face it – R130 for an item (excluding courier costs of between R50 and R70) is just not affordable to the majority of households – and even though a little goes a long way, most households will have 2 or 3 individuals using a set of products which means that the products will last a month at most.
Results: If you’re after a long lasting defined twist-out, braid-out or coil-out, you will not achieve such as the products provide minimal to no hold. You will however have thee softest, most moisturised delicious smelling fro.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
My only real qualm is with the pricing. Local manufacturers should find ways to minimise input/manufacturing costs so that their stuff can be accessible to low income households too. Other than that – job well done Ms Mangwiro – your stuff is the business!
Until my next post divas, confidently wear your natural hair!