April 26-27 was the World Natural hair show in Atlanta, GA and I attended both days. Blog of my haul/experience is in the works :) While I was there, I watched a demonstration being done by My DNA and they had a special where you could purchase their entire product line for $30. If you review the Co-wash, you just give them a call and share your thoughts and they will send you a check for $15 so I was like hey that's a deal. I haven't called yet so I can't say if that is legit or not the hours are funny and I'm at work when they are open. The deal was so great, I didn't ask any questions about ingredients nor did I read them I just figured they had to be up to the typical standards most naturals look for in products... oh my was I wrong!!!! These products maybe "made" or "intended" to style natural hair but they are the furtherest thing from being natural! If you log onto their website, no ingredients are listed?!? Now that's sketchy. So, without reading the ingredients or anything I proceeded to style my hair in a braid out. I didn't style it on freshly washed hair so that could have had an affect on the reaction I had but I doubt it. The following will be a brief overview of each product, how I used them and my thoughts.
|1. Showing how well it defines; 2. The set; 3&4 the braid out|
My DNA Leave-In Conditioner & Detangler
This product states it is a lightweight conditioner treatment that detangles and moisturizes hair. I agree with this statement and this is probably the only one of the three products shown I will use again. It did a great job at allowing me to easily and quickly finger detangle my hair. A few of the ingredients towards the bottom are questionable and definitely not naturally occurring but I don't feel they caused any build up and there are no cones listed. I did look up the more unfamiliar ingredients listed and they happen to be water soluble which makes me feel better about using this product while being on a bi-weekly wash routine. The consistency is of a creamy, light weight conditioner that really hydrated my hair. I would recommend this product and will use it again but not combined with the next two products.
My DNA Hair Butter
The product states it provides moisture and conditions to revitalize the hair while eliminating frizz. I do agree that this is a very moisturizing product as water is the first ingredient. However, if this is supposed to be a 'butter' why is it so runny like liquid? To me, this is not a butter but rather a heavier leave in conditioner or a hair cream. Besides being moisturizing, I can say this product defines your curls very well! My curls were popping. But, mineral oil is one of the main ingredients as well as several cones. Mineral is the seventh ingredient listed so if it's in the top 10, there is a significant amount of it. I can say my hair felt very soft to the touch but it had a coated feeling. Imagine putting Vaseline on your leg, once it's absorbed it feels smooth to the touch but you can still feel the vaseline. That's how my hair felt and it did not eliminate any frizz when I wore it out as this Georgia humidity is something serious. In the pictures to come you will see how it was almost impossible for me to get my hair clean and rid it of this product and the custard. I will never blindly apply a product or make a purchase again without checking the ingredients first.
My DNA defining Custard
This custard says it turns dry, frizzy, natural hair into springy, bouncy, soft well defined, frizz-free curls or spirals, with less crunchiness. Now that is a mouth full! This product has a lot of claims. I can say yes, it is high moisturizing. I layered it onto of the hair butter before I braided my hair up to give em some hold. My hair was super defined. I tried to get a picture to show how well it defined my curls but you can only do so much with an iPhone lol. My hair was not crunchy at all but it still frizzed up but as mentioned above I'm sure there is nothing to prevent that in this humidity. The only thing it was lacking was hold. My hair was defined but it didn't have the hold I like so if you have hand in hair syndrome, your style will not last the day. This was the runniest custard I've ever used so I was shocked it was able to define my kinky curly hair.
|My hair doesn't like mineral oil or cones|
Finally, fresh clean hair!
Now that was my hair nightmare. Never again! I still have the shampoo, conditioner, and serum from the line to test but I don't know I'm scared! All that's in my hair now is my home made aloe vera juice and water spray, ynobe shop coconut moisture cream and silky shea cream! All natural, no mineral oils, no cones, no weird chemicals, just natural *safe* goodness lol Oh I forgot to mention, the products all smell the same like a loud flower perfume smell.... beware it attracts flies and bugs.
So in conclusion... take a lesson from me and don't 'assume' just because you're at a hair show the products will adhere to the norm of what ingredients most naturals avoid. The only product with cones I use is the Cantu Shea Butter leave in on wash day on my ends to combat breakage.... nothing that *unnatural* will touch Zoe again!
What are your thoughts? Does your hair prefer more natural or the not so natural products?