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Product Review: Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures

Every now and then I think it’s important to switch up your hair care products, no matter how much you love the ones currently on rotation. Today, I’m sharing with you one of my latest drug store finds.

As much as I love a high-end grooming product, I definitely have an affinity for everyday, drug store brands. Honestly, it was I end up using most often because who really is spending more than $20 on a bottle of shampoo on the regular? Not me!

A little while ago I came across Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures, and fell in love…much to my surprise.

The ingredients list could use a bit of natural ingredient plumping, no doubt, but don’t sleep on this one. For you kinky hair folks, both the shampoo and conditioner are great, cost-effective products for your hair care routine. There’s a LOT of slip and my hair is SUPER dense so it’s something I need. Most times, I’m able to finger-comb my mane with a load of shampoo in it. Yep, that good.

There are two things that are less than favorable about this line of products for me. First, naturally I would like the ingredients list to be a bit more organic. On the other hand, I also imagine that this is, in part, what keeps the products as affordable as they are.

Second, I think that the scent, while pleasant, is a little too artificially fragrant for me. That being said, I know that I’m particularly sensitive to smells so maybe most of you won’t find it to be a problem at all. But, as always, take a whiff while you’re in the store just in case.

I’ve found that my hair really loves honey-infused products. Yours might too. With Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures you get to try it out for less than $10 and when is that ever a bad thing? Check out your local pharmacy or grocery store out to give it a shot!

Product Review: Kinky Curly

Kinky Curly product

I’ve long been a fan of Kinky Curly products from my early fro-growing days. I once tried the Kinky Curly Curling Custard and found that it worked pretty well but eventually opted for cheaper gel alternatives.

Today, I’m checking out the entire brand in a little more depth, including Kinky Curly’s newest deep conditioner, Stellar Strands.

First up is KC’s Knot Today leave-in conditioner which is well-known among the natural hair community as one of the best conditioners out there. In short, I have to say that I agree. While Knot Today isn’t great for deep conditioning, the benefit lies in its superior ingredient list and usability that is all but unparalleled in the hair care industry. Knot Today moved easily through my hair, which is thick and porous. It’s also a pretty effective moisturizer that always leaves my hair feeling soft and moisturized. This is definitely a superior performing product.

Kinky Curly’s Spiral Spray is another story altogether, unfortunately. The spray gel doesn’t seem to be suited for type 4 hair like mine. It’s consistency is thin and almost snot-like. I didn’t have a particularly good experience with the product and to date haven’t had any luck using it to my benefit. Spiral Spritz is no match for my thick mane and while it’s ingredients list is superior (like all Kinky Curly products) it just doesn’t work at all for me.

Perfectly Polished is Kinky Curly’s nourishing hair oil which works as a pre-shampoo treatment and finishing aid. Formulated with apricot and argan oils, among others, Perfectly Polished is a potent oil blend that offers a lot of nourishment and softness. In my experience, the oil blend was the perfect last step to de-crunchify gelled hair. It’s also great for scalp massages. At 4 oz. for $18, Perfectly Polished is a pricey, yet effective and luxurious product. If you’re in the market for this type of product, I can’t imagine you would have any buyer’s remorse. Plus, it just smells so good.

Similarly, Kinky Curly Gloss Pomade is a finishing aid to help tame fly aways and offer softness. While I enjoy this product as well, I would have a hard time choosing this over Perfectly Polished.

Finally, Stellar Strands is the newest kid on the Kinky Curly block. Labeled as a hydrating deep treatment, Stellar Strands is designed to be used with heat for 15 minutes or 30 minutes without it. Before I say anything else, I should note that I have done neither. I just can’t see myself walking around with goop in my hair for a half hour, but then again maybe I’m really missing out.

That being said, Stellar Strands does well even if left on for 10 minutes in a long shower. It definitely softened my hair and I felt it left my mane feeling a little more moisturized as well. My biggest negative about the product, is its overall difficulty of use. The time commitment notwithstanding, Stellar Strands isn’t nearly as silky and smooth as I would have expected. It doesn’t have that magical “slip” like Knot Today, which would quickly change it from a good deep conditioner into something really special and worth the investment. At this time, the product sells for $13 for 8 oz., and I can’t say that I would spring for it on my own dime just yet.

Overall, Kinky Curly has a good collection of hair care product offerings. While Perfectly Polished is an obvious standout, Spiral Spritz completely failed for me and left me wanting something much more usable. The Gloss Pomade is also a good product, and Stellar Strands, while good, leaves a little bit to be desired. All in all, I can still say without reservation that I like the Kinky Curly brand with its cruelty-free and ingredients lists that any purist would likely fawn over. It’s totally up to you if you think the products are worth the investment.

To learn more about Kinky Curly, you can visit the website at www.kinky-curly.com.

Disclosure: This post is a sponsored review by Kinky Curly. Products for review were provided for the sole purpose of this review. All opinions listed herein are mine, and mine alone and have not in any way been influenced by Kinky Curly.

The Dick Van Dyke Show Takes on Balding

I’m a huge fan of classic TV shows and The Dick Van Dyke Show is definitely one of my all time favorites.  I recently re-watched an episode on Netflix where Rob (Van Dyke) fears losing his hair in the Season 3 Episode 31 titled “I’d Rather Be Bald Than Have No Head at All”.

As many guys out there are fearful of balding prematurely, I thought it would be great to share the episode right here with you (courtesy of Hulu.com).  There’s also a little bit of classic hair care information to pick up on AND I’m sure that you’ll get a kick out of the recommended concoction a barber gives to Rob to try.  Many of you naturalistas out there can probably relate VERY well to that mix.


Product Review: Pantene Pro V Intensive Restoration Treatment

While I like to promote all natural products as much as possible, every once in a while a wild card product comes along and just blows everything out of the water.  Today, I’m sharing my experience with  Pantene Pro V’s Intensive Restoration Treatment.  I discovered this gem sometime last year when I bought it on a whim and now it’s my go-to deep conditioner any time of the year for my natural hair.  Read my full review below.

Packaging: The Pantene Pro V Intensive Restoration Treatment for Medium – Thick Hair is pretty simple.  There’s nothing over done about it while it still is recognizable on the shelf as part of the Pantene brand. Unlike most of the other conditioners, the treatment comes in a small, square plastic box of sorts which is a little too wide to rest on the lip of my tub.

Consistency: The treatment is pretty slippery which is to aid in product distribution.  The only real downside to this is that I have to be pretty careful to not be wasteful during application. Even in hair as thick and dense as mine, the treatment is easy to use and makes detangling a breeze.

Smell:  Maybe it’s me, but I tend to think that some brands have a distinct smell and Pantene is one of them.  I can’t think of a very good way to describe it, but I can say that it’s pretty pleasant and doesn’t have any particularly overwhelming floral or sweet scents. I personally think it has a “clean” smell to it which I like a lot.

Price: I got my treatment from Soap.com for about 6 bucks (in a 10 oz tub). I personally think it’s well worth the money!

Overall Impression:  While this product is nowhere near natural, it is probably the best treatment I’ve ever put on my hair. I try to promote all natural products as much as possible, but I have to tell you that nothing has slid through my mane like this stuff.  I highly recommend this stuff for those with thicker natural hair textures as a weekly treatment. For those with finer hair, Pantene makes other weekly treatments for you to try out.

Easy Daily Hair Care for Curly Men

I recently stumbled across Chaz’s You Tube page Dudewaitewhat and saw this video “Easy Daily Hair Care for Curly Men”.  I think  it’s a great video that shows the basics of developing a regimen and includes some solid product recommendations. This video is definitely a must for a curly guy in your life.  Check it out below!