In August, I received three products from an indigenous company, AfroRiri Haircare. I got the Honey Moisturising Shampoo, Luxe Detangling Conditioner and the Luxe Hair Butter. I blogged about my First Impressions in this post.
Its been almost two months now, and I’ve really got to use them, so here I am with my review.
First, what my hair is like
I have tightly coiled, ziggly 4C low-porosity hair. My individual strands are very fine and thin in texture, but they’re a lot, so I’m between medium-high density. I am not having any problems with my hair at the moment.
Let’s get to it!
All three products are free of sulfates, silicones, mineral oils and parabens.
AfroRiri Honey Moisturising Shampoo
Ingredients: Purified water, Dodecyl Benzein, Nitrosol, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Tripoli phosphate, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Deyl Glucoside, Cetyl Alcohol, Camwood, Glycerin, Honey, Coconut milk, Aloe Vera, Palm Kernel oils, Fragrance.
Since last year, I’ve been using creamy and relatively thicker sulfate free shampoos (L’oreal Ever Creme, Curls Unleashed) so the lightness of this shampoo was a little unfamiliar. Pouring the shampoo into my palm to work through my hair as I normally would wasn’t really working, so I’d pour it into a bowl instead, add water, shake it up to make it lather and use the soapy water to wash my hair.
It cleansed okay, without stripping.
I do not like the way it smells. It isn’t fruity or floral or anything like that. It smells like a cleaning agent. On the bright side though, the smell does not linger.
Luxe Detangling Conditioner
Ingredients: Purified water, Cetyl Alcohol (from Coconut), Shea butter, Aloe leaf juice, Glycerine, Chamomile flower extract, Coconut oil, Stinging nettle, Coconut milk, Sweet almond oil, Grapefruit oil, Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Fragrance.
The best way I can describe the look and feel of this is, it’s like a well blended suspension. Do you remember your science from primary or secondary school? Like, really watery with the other elements inside.
It is of a very light consistency. Definitely the lightest I’ve ever known.
It is designed for use as a detangling rinse-out conditioner, but detangling with this product was such a drag for me, because it has very little slip.
Also because it is SO light, I could not feel the impact of it when my hair is wet. The light runniness + the almost clear, cream colour made it about impossible for me to know if I’d actually applied it everywhere. To be honest, after using, I’d just moisturise and seal in faith, not knowing if the conditioner had truly covered all my kinks. Unless I put it in my hair in sections (which I don’t always have the patience to), I couldn’t really tell. My rating? 2/5 as a rinse-out conditioner.
As I like to do with my conditioners, I also used it as a leave-in and I wasn’t feeling it either until one blessed day. My hair was dry and stretched in a 3-day old twist out. I lightly spritzed my hair with water, smoothed the conditioner into my hair, and after a while,combed my old twist out into a fro. At the end of the night, 6 hours later, I was pleasantly surprised that my hair was still soft. I was genuinely happy, like YES! REDEMPTION!
However on the next day, after washing and conditioning, I applied it as a leave-in to not-so-wet hair, section by section, and sealed. A few hours later, hair was still wet but dry feeling. Especially my ends, so crispy! ( ._.)
So. I would not recommend this as the detangling rinse-out conditioner as it is intended to be.I’m only interested in using it as a light lotion, as a refresher, not as a proper moisturiser and definitely not for co-washing/ rinsing out.
Luxe Hair Butter
This is made of shea butter and cocoa butter whipped together with a variety of oils.
Ingredients: Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Castor oil, Almond oil, Grapeseed oil, Olive oil, Coconut oil, Palm kernel oil, Glycerin, Peppermint oil, Rosemary oil, Vitamin E, Fragrance.
It’s of the same consistency as Blue Band margarine, and as with products of this nature, a little goes a long way. I used this butter as a sealant, and to help with twisting.
It’s also recommended for use as a deep conditioner (to steam with) but, I didn’t try it this way. I’m not big on hot oil treatments, and apart from being a nice styling aid, shea butter does no miracles for me.
One thing I really do not like about all three products is the way they smell. I have a very sensitive sniffer, and the butter and the conditioner had me sneezing a lot when they were freshly opened. I’d call them unpleasant, if not for the fact that one or two people said they liked the smell (of the butter/ conditioner) in my hair. Barbara of Barbara & 1923 loves the smell of the butter, so I guess it’s different strokes… The smell of the shampoo isn’t as strong as the other two and it does not really linger, but they do.
Would I purchase these?
I love the fact that AfroRiri is a Nigerian brand. The shampoo is not stripping. The butter is good, the ingredients and composition are fine, but the smell? A BIG turn off, a deal breaker. And the conditioner? Just not for me.
Curls (And noses) differ. Just because I didn’t like these products does not mean that your hair won’t. I doubt there’s any product in this world that would go well with everybody. And this doesn’t mean I won’t ever buy anything from AfroRiri in the future. Perhaps a fragrance free option if nothing is to be changed about the current scent situation? That could work.
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