Budget cuts and saving for an upcoming move have had me on a #productjunkie fast for a couple months but the hair gawds must've heard my prayers! The lovely Dy from 2Curls1Mission was kind enough to send me two of their products ... the Blueberry Conditioning Cleanser and the newly released Pineapple Mango Curl Cream. Now, I generally don't review every product I get my hands on but this one is soooo worth it. So let's get into it ...
Full ingredient list (as per the website): Water (Deionized Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Blueberry Seed Oil, PEG 40 Castor Oil, Marula Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride, Raw Shea Butter, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Peppermint Oil, Rosemary Oil, Tea Tree Oil and Fragrance (Phthalate free).
(And for my nerds out there) The 1st five (ingredient) breakdown: Cocamidopropyl betaine and decyl glucoside are mild cleansers, the former is derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine (I dare you to say that fast 5 times). Cetearyl alcohol helps to soften the hair and is also used as a surfactant and emulsion stabilizer (i.e. keeps the products mixed together). Blueberry seed oil is an all around all-star oil in my opinion. It's a natural fruit oil that is known to protect the hair from the environment, heals and moisturizes the hair and scalp, and adds softness and elasticity. Just in case you haven't noticed, blueberry is starting to become a very popular ingredient in natural hair products these days.
How I used it: Before cleansing I separated my hair into 4 sections and soaked each section with water under the shower. I then applied a "sizeable" amount of cleanser to each section, worked the product into my roots and scrubbed my scalp. I also let the product sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out. Sidebar: Once I got to the last 2 sections I realized less is more when it comes to this cleanser.
How it worked: When it came to cleaning my hair, this cleanser seriously got down to business. My hair and scalp were squeaky clean. I may even say a little too clean but next time I'll know not to use so much product (I'm naturally heavy-handed). My only disappointment was that this cleanser didn't have enough slip for me to detangle, so I had to use a different cheapie detangling conditioner afterwards. That's not really a deal breaker for me but for future reference I doubt I'd use this cleanser every week but I'll definitely reserve it for the times my scalp needs a good scrub.
The 1st five breakdown: Any product you put on your hair that claims to be moisturizing should have water as the first ingredient. Period. Next up is aloe vera which balances the pH level of your hair and aids in moisturizing and strengthening your strands. Cetearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol (the good kind) that softens the hair. Stearalkonium Chloride typically found in conditioners helps to add softness and flattens the cuticle to increase shine. Marshmallow root extract makes this curl cream slippery and is known to soothe itchy scalp. Other key ingredients are marula seed oil and avocado oil.
2nd Day Hair
How I used it: I've used it so far for twist outs on both freshly washed hair (after applying leave in and oil) and for retwisting on dry hair.
How it worked: 4 words, Hand in Hair Syndrome. I seriously could not keep my hands out of my hair! This lightweight cream has nice slip so I was able to detangle pretty well on both wet and dry hair. My strands were moisturized and had little frizz without having to add a gel on top (which *gasp* is a rare occurrence for me). And I know that if I had kept my hands out of my hair a bit longer my style would've lasted the entire week without retwisting.
Flat twist on dry hair
Final thoughts: The Blueberry Conditioning Cleanser works well to deep clean your scalp and get rid of buildup but remember less is more! The Pineapple Mango Curl Cream = pineapple heaven in a bottle!