I’ve used some products a few times and wanted to share my experience using Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In and the Moisture Rich Hair Parfait!
Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner Target – $12.99 – 8 oz
First things first I do not like the bottle this came in because once you get to spraying and using it with the Parfait then the bottle becomes extremely slippery and it’s hard to press the top of the bottle. I think a pump would be better on this bottle especially because of the product consistency as well which is like a wet oil to me if that makes any sense.
As far as the color, it’s bright yellow which I like, but don’t be surprised that if you use this first in your regimen that later in the week if you decide to rewet your hair with water or remoisturize with a milk or styler that the mix of the products will come off on your hands. This isn’t a deal breaker or anything but I thought it was great indicator that there was too much product on my hair and it was kind of funny. 🙂 The smell is okay>>>it smells like lemongrass or lemons but not in an overpowering way.
On performance as a leave in conditioner, it makes the hair very soft when applied on damp hair or wet hair and especially soft when the Parfait is layered over it. This is a conditioner not a moisturizer so think about that if you plan on using this as a refresher or something on dry hair because I tried it and been there done that! You will be just coating your hair because conditioners smooth the hair cuticle only and don’t moisturize. I noticed when I used this on my dry hair to refresh that it was just dry again the next day. Again, this is best used on damp hair so that you can trap the water, use this leave in and then the Parfait to seal the deal and you will have 2-3 good days before you need to refresh again. I’ve used this with the Parfait to prep twist outs and Bantu knots and results were great when starting on freshly washed damp or wet hair. There is a debate on if Argan oil acts as a moisturizer but most think so…see CurlyNikki article here! I thought only coconut oil had the ability to penetrate the hair shaft as a moisturizer. Again, I got the best results and my hair was moisturized longer when I used the leave in and Parfait on damp hair.
Ingredients – Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(Aloe Vera Juice) , Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Natural Detangling Agent), Silk Amino Acids(Natural protein), Vegetable Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Cymbopogon Flexosus ( Lemongrass) Oil Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Color Additives, Botanical Blend
Alikay Naturals Moisture Rich Hair Parfait
Target – $15.99 – 8 oz
I didn’t consider this to be a moisturizer but it’s essentially a butter because there is no water in this and oils pretty much nourish the hair. I used it as a sealant over the leave in conditioner. I really liked the smell of this but can’t pinpoint the smell besides the fact that it’s lightly scented and smells kind of sweet. It’s creamy maybe from the Argan oil and goes on well. It’s a butter which I have like so many of but the fact that it isn’t on the hard side is awesome. It’s nothing to scream home about but the Argan oil as the second ingredient is a major plus because Argan oil is great for frizzy hair and is best used on damp hair.
Ingredients – Key Ingredients: Shea Butter, Avocado Butter, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Mango Butter, Fragrance, Herbal and Botanical Blend.
Overall my experience was pretty good but I hope the line incorporates a true water based moisturizer into the mix…because I would totally buy it. The ingredients are naturally awesome and I love how I can pick this up locally without shopping online! I copped mine at Target. The price may be a little hefty for some. Visit http://www.alikaynaturals.com to check out more products because I have the Aloe Berry Styling Gel and Essential 17 Growth Oil on deck on the shelf.
Have you used this brand?
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