Sunday, January 27, 2013



INGREDIENTS: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Olea Europaea(Olive) Fruit Oil, Egg Protein, Coco Nucifera(Coconut) Oil, Peanut Oil, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Polyquatenium-32, Trideceth-6, Disodium EDTA, Yello #5, Red #33

Research on the first 5-6 ingredients shows the following:
(NOTE:  All quoted, italicized and bolded text is quoted from TightlyCurly Ingredients Dictionary http://www.tightlycurly.com/ingredients/)
  1. Water:  Excellent
  2. Stearyl Alcohol: This is a good ingredient to have in any hair product.  It's especially good that is is near the top of the ingredients list.  It "functions as a lubricant, thickener, and emollient"
  3. Cetearyl Alcohol:  This is a combination of Stearyl and Cetyl Alcohol. I it "used as an emollient, emulsifier, conditioner, and thickener".
  4. Cetrimonium Bromide:   This ingredient is listed with a caution note on it in Teri Laflesh's ingredients dictionary. " Detergent used as a disinfectant and cleanser in shampoos and skin cleansers. May also be used in deodorants to cut down on perspiration odor. Can be irritatingAlso,  on EWG's Skin Deep website(www.ewg.org/skindeep) says it can function as Antistatic Agent; Cosmetic Biocide; Surfactant - Emulsifying Agent; ANTIMICROBIAL; PRESERVATIVE
  5. Olive Oil:  "Excellent moisturizing plant oil. It can penetrate the hair's cortex, so it may make hair stronger. However, it has little effect on the cuticle, so you still need a slippery ingredient in the conditioner to comb through hair"
  6.  Egg protein:  For more info. on the effectiveness of various proteins on hair read The Natural Haven's post on protein size.     
This product is of a very thick and creamy consistency.  I use this as a light protein treatment in my regimen.  I put it in my hair after cleansing.  Once it is in my hair my hair begins to curl up just as if I'm getting ready to define my curls.  I place a plastic cap on my head and sit for 20-30 minutes under my heating cap.  My hair is very soft and moisturized after I rinse out.   I absolutely love how it makes my hair feel.  I especially love that there are no silicones in it and the first 5 ingredients are very good for your hair (and you can at least pronounce them lol!!. note: I don't know about ingredient #4.  I have not noticed any ill-effects on my hair as a result of having this ingredient in this product).  This product cost me $4.49 for a 16 oz. jar.  This product gets good ratings in my 3 rating categories of INGREDIENTS, COST, and EFFECT ON MY HAIR.  

 I've always had it in my plan to do a review of this product b/c I loved it so much but never did write up the review.  I have decided to go ahead and do this review to highlight this product now b/c my girl Farah has done a post on Cholesterol 101 where she talks about the difference between protein and cholesterol deep treatments, the benefits, cholesterol how-to and how it works for her.  I wanted to give you a little window into what has worked for me and to highlight this product.

As I'm going through these ingredients I'm wondering what other products/ingredients I can combine to kind of mimic this one whenever I run out of it.  Plus everywhere I go online they keep saying it's discontinued.  I got this one on the ground from my local beauty supply.  I think I'd better get something "invented" just in case my beauty supply stops carrying it.

I'm thinking about using my Tresemme Naturals as a base(it has Cetyl and Stearyl Alcohol) and add Olive Oil to it and some mayonnaise(has egg protein and the cholesterol/fat from the mayo.) and maybe a little coconut oil.  Maybe next wash day I'll try this homemade concoction and see how it comes out.  I love to get in my kitchen(or bathroom) and mix oils, conditioners, and things together to form more healthful and natural products

I'd love to hear what has worked for you as a cholesterol(moisturizing) and/or protein deep conditioner whether store-bought or homemade. Have you mixed up any homemade concoctions that became staples in your regimen?

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