I am back, and with a review! If most of you been following me for a while you would know that my favorite my favorite protective style is Yarn Braid, also known as Genie Locs.
The problem has always been cleansing my scalp. Diluted shampoo always seemed to leave a film on, and conditioning...forget it! I had to figure out something quick because between dirt and my natural oils building out, my scalp seemed to take on a grayish hue; definitely not cute!
Now I know I have said that Baking Soda, Water, and Apple Cider Vinegar, paired with a tooth brush worked fine, But that required being rinsed out well otherwise it would leave a white residue on your scalp or hair (yarn) itself. It is actually pretty good for Locs as well.
I wanted to use it a few times before I could say how well it worked and whether I liked it it, and by the 3rd use, I fell in love.
The ingredients list as:
Ingredients: Water Aqua, AlcoholTetrahydroxypropyl, Aloe Vera Aloe Barbadensis, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Wheat Amino Acids, FD&C Blue No. 1 CI 42090, Kola Nut Extract Cola Acuminata, Nettle Extract Urtica Dioica, Lavender Oil Lavandula Angustifolia, Basil Oil Cocimum Basilicum
The directions for use are: Directions to cleanse scalp: Apply a generous amount directly to the hair and massage. Let sit on hair for 1 minute. Remove residue with a warm damp towel. Directions to cleanse hair: Apply a small amount of product to towel, wipe each braid, lock or twist individually to refreshen hair. For a deeper cleansing: Saturate hair with Herbal Cleanse and wrap hair with a warm moist towel. Leave on for 15 minutes and wipe out residue with towel.
Which is not so bad for something that is considered a"dry shampoo". Though technically there is a wet aspect to it..
It brought it from a local Beauty Supply Store (BSS) for $4.99 USD. Used it 3 times and only have gotten through a quarter of the bottle, which is 8.5 fl oz.
It smells of alcohol mixed with lavender which I did not like at first but it gives the scalp a refreshing feel, it would not cleanse if it did not have alcohol in it.
I do not really wait the 15 minutes, just until I have saturated my entire scalp by following the parts from my hairline to nape; which is vertical, all the way until I reach the other side of my head.
Then like the directions said, I use a warm water and dampen my towel and follow the same sections and rub vigorously.
Yes dirt will get on the towel but essentially that is the point. Grossly enough how I check if it is clean is to scratch my scalp and see if any dirt is underneath my nail. If so, I add a bit more cleanser to the spot desired and take my damp towel and rub some more. FYI: rinse and re-dampen between sections!
Altogether the whole process can take 25-30 minutes. To combat the dryness the cleanser causes due to the alcohol. I spray Ginseng Miracle Wonder 8 Oil on my scalp. So not only is my scalp freshly cleaned, but moisturized.
You can use any oil of your preference though, massage it in, or applied with an applicator bottle. I just found that the spray is easier because my braids are waist length. (WL)
I love, love, love this product. I rate it 4/5 only because of the smell and the labeling says that you do not need water when in actuality you do.
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