Product Review: Dark and Lovely ® Au-Naturale

By | Monday, January 02, 2017 3 comments
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This is a sponsored product review.
 I did not purchase these products with my own money.
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I waited a very long time for this product to reach South Africa. I'm happy to announce that it not only came, but it was re-formulated with the Southern African hair in mind. Dark and Lovely has proven in my eyes why it's been called the leader in black hair care. They are finally speaking directly to the African woman. Enjoy the review!



Product Name: Moisture-Replenishing Shampoo  - 250ml R31,95 CLICKS

Product Description: Cleanses and provides a rich, quick lather that brings moisture to hair and scalp. Suitable for frequent use and for wash and go hair styles. - Moisturizes hair and scalp - No Mineral Oil, No Parabens, No Petrolatum

Product Ingredients: 42914 SS1 - AQUA / WATER / EAU, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, C O C A M I D E M E A , S O D I U M C H L O R I D E , PA R F U M / FRAGRANCE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYQUATERNIUM-7, POLYSORBATE 20, POTASSIUM SORBATE, GLYCOL STEARATE, MANGIFERA INDICA SEED OIL / MANGOSEED OIL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM PCA, DISODIUM EDTA, SODIUM BENZOATE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, LINALOOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, BAMBUSA VULGARIS EXTRACT, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5, CI 14700 / RED 4, CI 17200 / RED 33, CI 42090 / BLUE 1. F.I.L. D54782/4 

My Review: This shampoo along with the rest of the line of products smells like a tropical vacation. Everything has a sweet mango-like scent that lingers for a while. I was surprised that this shampoo had sulfates in it, but since I don't use natural products exclusively, I wasn't afraid to try this shampoo. It gently cleansed my scalp and hair, and felt safe to use up to twice a week. Most importantly, when I rinsed the shampoo out I felt that the rest of the products that I had to use would take well to my hair because of the fresh base that the shampoo provided. I'm happy with the product overall, and I believe the sulfates will help some of the lines heavier products to rinse out properly. 4 out of 5 Mangoes!

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Product Name: Knot-Out Conditioner - 250ml R31,95 CLICKS

Product Description: Get the slip you want, the ease of detangling you crave, and the protection from dryness you need. Featuring the moisture rich recipe that immediately softens, making it easy to comb through and ready to take on any style with defined curls - Protects from dryness - Provides easy detangling - No Mineral Oil, No Parabens, No Petrolatum 

Product Ingredients: 42913 SS5 - AQUA / WATER / EAU, CETEARYL A L C O H O L , E L A E I S G U I N E E N S I S O I L / PA L M O I L , BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, GLYCERIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, STEARAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, MANGIFERA INDICA S E E D O I L / M A N G O S E E D O I L , C A P RY L I C / C A P R I C , T R I G LY C E R I D E , C I T R I C A C I D , C H L O R H E X I D I N E DIHYDROCHLORIDE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, LINALOOL, BAMBUSA VULGARIS EXTRACT. F.I.L. D158442/5

My Review:  I love this conditioner. I need it in a bigger bottle! I used this conditioner in its traditionally intended way, and I also use it as a leave-in conditioner, which is why I need a bigger bottle! It smalls amazing and the slip is awesome for my texture of hair. I need a bigger bottle. 4 out of 5 mangoes!



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Product Name: Plaiting Pudding Cream - 250ml R63,95 CLICKS

Product Description: Treat your curls and coils to a lightweight moisturizing delight with a medium crunchless hold that instantly defines and softens tight curls and coils. A styling cream to help you achieve beautiful curls from twist-outs, braiding and threading hairstyles. - Medium Flexible Hold - No Drying Alcohol, No Mineral Oil, No Parabens, No Petrolatum 

Product Ingredients: 42914 SS1 - AQUA / WATER, GLYCERIN, GLYCINE SOJA OIL/SOYBEAN OIL, POLYSORBATE 80, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, TRIETHANOLAMINE,OLETH-5, CARBOMER, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, PHENOXYTHANOL, BIS-DIGYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, MANGIFERA INDICA SEED OIL / MANGOSEED OIL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, LINALOOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL,LIMONENE,CI 14700/RED 4, GERANIOL, BAMBUSA VULGARIS SAP EXTRACT, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5, CITRIC ACID.(F.I.L. D55311/4)

My Review:  Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I don't like crunchy hair at all, but I also want to achieve 3 to 4 day hair and spend my time doing other things that really matter to me. This Plaiting Pudding Cream has really been a welcome to my arsenal of hair products. I use it strictly for wash-n-gos and I apply a small amount in sections and allow my hair to air-dry. The result is defined, crunch-free curls that smell great. This is my favourite product of the entire line. 5 out of 5 Mangoes


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Product Name: Afro-Moisturizing Butter - 250ml R63,95 CLICKS

Product Description: Quench dry hair with a delectable, hydrating treat just for your natural hair. Hair feels nourished and supple without the build-up or greasy transfer. Use daily or as often as needed - Moisturizes and reconstructs damaged hair for supple, shiny finish - No Drying Alcohol, No Mineral Oil, No Parabens, No Petrolatum 

Product Ingredients: 42929 SS2 - AQUA / WATER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE,COCOS NUCIFERA OIL/COCONUT OIL, STEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, STEARIC ACID, PALMITIC ACID, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, STEARETH-100, POLYACRYLAMIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SORBIC ACID, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, STEARETH-2, LIMONENE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HONEY, MYRISTIC ACID, LAURETH-7, MANNAN, XANTHAN GUM, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PAULLINIA CUPANA SEED EXTRACT, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINIONE, CITRONELLOL, CITRAL, GERANIOIL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, LINALOOL, CI 19140/YELLOW 5, CI 14700/RED 4, CI 17200/ RED 33, CI 42090/BLUE 1. (F.I.L. D162571/4)

My Review: I like this butter but my hair cant handle it more than once a week before needing to be washed. Because I have very fine and curly strands, this product even in the smallest amounts really weighs my hair down. If my hair is feeling very dry, I will spritz my hair with plain water and apply this cream at night before wearing a doek. It's not great for my hair type, but it may very well be what your hair has been missing. 3 out of 5 Mangoes

 MY HAIR
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My curl definition and softness is really awesome. This was after using the shampoo, conditioner and plaiting pudding. I used the butter in the evening for added moisture.
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I still have a lot of shrinkage but my hair happily got bigger as the days went on.


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