Tuesday, February 19, 2013

***OBI Natural Hair Care Product Review & Giveaway***

So I was introduced to this product line a little while ago and I'm finally getting around to writing my formal review. In December of last year I was contacted by OBI Natural Haircare and given the opportunity to use 4 of the products from the line. Now, I will admit that I had not heard of the line prior to them contacting me so I immediately went to their website to see what products they had to offer and the ingredients in them. I was nervous about how I would like the products due to the high glycerin levels in them but was willing to give them a try and I'm glad I did. Check out my review.....

Name: Neem & Tea Tree Shampoo Bar

Ingredients: Saponified Oils of Coconut, Palm, Castor Bean, Safflower; Vegetable Glycerin, Purified Water, Essential Oils: Neem, Tea Tree, Rosemary Essential Oil, Sorbitol, Soy Bean Protein, Sorbitan Oleate, Fragrance. **

Product Promise: This invigorating shampoo soothes dry scalp and helps remove unwanted buildup, while alleviating itching and flaking. This cleansing shampoo is excellent for dandruff and psoriasis of the scalp.**

Review: After pre-pooing my hair I used the Neem & Tea Tree Shampoo Bar to cleanse my hair and scalp. The bar produced a lot of lather but was still gentle on my hair and scalp. After rinsing the shampoo my hair did not feel stripped however, my hair and scalp definitely felt clean and free of any buildup. The shampoo smelled just like tea tree oil (which is not my favorite scent) but to my surprise it failed to provide me with the "tingly" sensation that most products with tea tree oil in them do. Overall, the shampoo bar was just ok and for this reason I probably would not purchase this item.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Name: Curl Moisture Cream

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Vitis vinfera (Grape seed) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) oil, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Arctium lappa (Burdock Root), Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycine soya (Soybean) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Oil, Triethanolamine, Fragrance (Parfum). **

Product Promise: Use to add moisture and hydration to your hair.  Infused with argan oil, lavender oil, grape seed oil, vitamin E, and burdock root. Promotes hair growth without leaving your hair weighed down. **

Review: I've used the Curl Moisture Cream as my moisturizer before styling with the Curl Enhancing Custard and I used it alone to twist my hair with and I definitely prefer it coupled with the Curl Enhancing Custard. The cream does a good job at moisturizing my hair however, my kinky hair prefers heavier creams when doing twist styles. This cream is very light and fluffy which I didn't expect since it comes in a jar as opposed to a bottle. As the product promises it does not weigh your hair down which makes it great for a daily moisturizer/leave-in. Glycerin is the 5th ingredient listed so I expected the product to have that sticky feeling I have found products with glycerin to have but it did not which I was very happy about. The product smells kind of perfumey but it is not over bearing and does not linger.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Name: Curl Enhancing Custard

Ingredients: Purified water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vitis vinfera (Grape seed) Oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Vegetable Glycerin, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Triethanolamine, Xantham Gum, Fragrance. **

Product Promise: This alcohol-free formula hydrates, elongates, and provides super shine to all types of hair.  Does not leave a waxy residue or buildup. **

Review: I absolutely LOVE the Curl Enhancing Custard!! Of all the products I was sent the custard was the one I figured I would like the least. If you follow my blog you know that I mainly wear twist-outs and normally I do NOT like to twist my hair with gels. For the purpose of this review however, I decided to use it on my twist as opposed to doing a wash-n-go since those are usually hit or miss for me. I applied the Curl Moisture Cream as my leave-in and then added the Curl Enhancing Custard to each section of hair that I would twist. My twist-outs came out soft, shiny, and well defined each and every time I used the product. I couldn't believe that I enjoyed a gel for my twist as much as I did. The product has a pleasant smell, very similar to KCCC and the consistency is like a jelly. I would definitely purchase this product!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Name: Curl Hydration Spray

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Vegetable Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Rose Oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Soybean Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Triethanolamine, Fragrance (Parfum). **

Product Promise: Use daily to moisturize your hair and scalp, or to refresh your style. **

Review: The Curl Enhancing Custard and Curl Hydration Spray are tied as my favorite products from this line. Having vegetable glycerin as the second ingredient in this product I just knew I would not like it although I really wanted to. I've been searching for another hydrating spray to put in my rotation and I think I found a winner. As I do with all products that contain glycerin I applied a little to my hands so I can see if the product felt sticky. I was so shocked when it did not give me that feeling. I was still convinced that it would turn into a sticky mess when applied to my hair but contrary to my belief it felt great! I have been using the Curl Hydration Spray every morning and evening as a "refresher" spray to give my hair a light mist of moisture before styling and setting it for the night. This product absorbs into my hair quickly and leaves it soft and moisturized. In addition to loving the way the product works, I absolutely love the way it smells. It reminds me of rose water which I happen to love! Definitely purchasing this product!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Overall, I enjoyed the products from the OBI Natural Haircare line and was happy to have been introduced to them. The products are reasonably priced and packed with good ingredients that I'm sure you all will love. To find out more about the line and to shop visit their website at http://www.obinaturalhair.com/.

Here are a couple of pictures of my hair styled with the Curl Moisture Cream and Curl Enhancing Custard.

**information obtained from the OBI Natural Haircare website.

Disclaimer: I was given the above mentioned products solely for the purpose of completing this review. I was NOT paid or encouraged to provide a positive review. I have given an honest description of my experience with these products and I am in no way responsible for your experience with the product and/or company.

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