When I first decided that I was never going to relax my hair again, I made the conscious decision that I was NOT going to be a product junkie and I was going to make my own products. I did not want to give any more money to an industry that discouraged my Black sisters and I from wearing our hair the way it grew out of our heads, the way God intended it to be worn. I experimented with creating my own mud and clay washes, deep conditioners, ACV rinses… you name it.
That got old REAL fast. Like, REAL fast.
Now, I no longer deny my product junkie tendencies. I love trying new products to see what works best for me and my hair. I have my staple products that I use regularly, but every now and then I will get something new to test it out and to see how it compares.
A while back, I received an e-mail from Influenster notifying me that I was qualified to receive one of their Vox Boxes for L’Oreal Paris’s new Extraordinary Oil Curls hair products so that I could review them. I was pretty excited because one thing I love more than trying new products is trying new products without having to pay for it.
Influenster is a website and app that allows its users to discover and review lots of products ranging from beauty products to snacks to books and so on. There are a ton of products on the site and people can ask questions and other super helpful people answer those questions about particular products. You can also create lists, such as favorites, wish lists, reading lists, etc. Anybody can join Influenster, and if you connect your social media networks you may qualify to get free products, like the L’Oreal Paris vox box, from different brands so that you can honestly review the products on social media and different websites. The greater your social influence, the better your chances of getting great boxes! (Click this referral link if you are interested in seeing what Influenster is all about!)
EXTRAORDINARY OIL – FIRST IMPRESSION
In my Influenster Vox Box, I received the L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Curls shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment mask that are geared toward very dry, curly hair – which I have, although my hair is more on the kinky side. The claim is that the products can give you better hair in just one wash. Challenge accepted.
Now, I feel like I should disclose here that although I was excited to try these products, I was extremely skeptical about whether they would work for me. I have not been able to use products from brands like L’Oreal since I stopped relaxing my hair. I’ve been sticking to brands that are specifically made for my kind of hair – dry, thick, coarse, and kinky. As in, “stands straight up on my head” kinky. As in, “I’ve broken a lot of ‘natural combs’ in my lifetime” kinky. It definitely crossed my mind that the “Curls” on the front of the packaging did not extend to kinks or coils. However, with the increasing popularity of women of color rocking their hair naturally I figured that surely L’Oreal would have taken black natural hair into consideration when creating their products.
I’m not sure what I was expecting from L’Oreal, but I will admit that I was a little disappointed that these products contain sulfates. I’ve tried to stay away from sulfate products since YouTube has told me that they are pretty much the devil when it comes to natural hair. All jokes aside, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my hair since I stopped using shampoos with sulfates, as sulfates tend to leave my hair feeling extra dry and stripped of everything. Since these products had a bunch of great oils that are supposed to help with providing moisture back into the hair, I decided to go ahead and use them to see how I liked them.
Another thing I noticed right off the bat was the fragrance. It smells A. MAZE. ING! I can literally sit on the couch or in my bed watching TV and smelling this stuff all day long. Some people say it’s too strong and I say it’s perfect. This is definitely not for you if you don’t like strong smelling hair products. I was a bit hesitant to use the products in my hair because as a kid I always thought that if I put perfume in my hair it would fall out, and these products smell just like perfume. Don’t ask me where I got that from.
DID IT WORK?
Since their claim was to make my hair extraordinary in just one wash, I only washed my hair with these products once. Also, I used all of these products together since I prefer to use a complete product line instead of pulling different products from different brands.
My hesitations about the sulfates in the shampoo proved to be well founded because even with all of the great oils, the shampoo left my hair feeling stripped of all moisture (even while it was wet) and it did not recover after using the conditioner and mask. I knew almost immediately that this was not going to work and I almost reached for my other products. But, since I committed to doing the review I pushed through. The result was that my hair was SO dry after using these products. My tight coils were not defined. My hair was not soft. I probably won’t use these products again.
Since I already had reservations about the products, I can’t say that I’m super disappointed. But I am a little let down because I was hoping that with the new advanced formula the shampoo, conditioner, and mask would perform better in my hair. It may work better for someone with a looser curl pattern than mine (did I mention my hair was THICK and KINKY?). That’s not to say, though, that if your hair is like mine that it won’t work for you. It just did not work for me. I have seen plenty of naturals on YouTube raving about this product.
I LOVED the smell though.
WHERE TO BUY?
If you are interested in seeing how these products work for you, you can find these products on Amazon by clicking on the images below (these are affiliate links), but I believe that they would also be available in Target and on the L’Oreal Paris website.
I did post a review of these products on YouTube, so make sure you subscribe to my channel so you can get notifications of when I post new videos!
Are you a product junkie or a nuts and berries (DIY) natural? Let me know down in the comments!
“Her messy hair a visible attribute of her stubborn spirit. As she shakes it free, she smiles knowing wild is her favorite color.” – J.