Hello fellow naturalistas! My apologies for the silence. I’ve had a lot of things changing in my life at the moment, hence my silence. I am back now and I have a product review that I promised you all in my last post.

If you read my About me, you would have noticed that I am all about budget purchases. I ain’t about that broke life while trying to fix my hair.

Natural hair may not always be easy to deal with but I think it should/can be affordable. So my product review today is on an affordable product and that is the Dark and Lovely Au Natural range.

I think just about every natural in the country had been sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for this product line to be released and Dark and Lovely South Africa finally granted our wishes in the month of September. The whole range is mineral oil, paraben and petrolatum free so you can be reassured that you won’t be clogging your hair follicles with any nasty stuff #cleanscalpforthewin.

The range’s signature ingredients are Mango oil and Bamboo milk. The only exception in the range is the Afro moisturizing butter that contains Guarana root and honey instead. The product line consists of the following products:

  • Moisture-replenishing shampoo
  • Knot-out conditioner
  • Plaiting pudding cream
  • Afro moisturizing butter

Before we get into the review, I just want to say that one of my favourite things about this product is the smell. The products smell amazing! If you are not into that kind of thing, this range might not be for you. If you are…

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All products were bought at Clicks. So with that being said, let’s get straight into it!

Moisture replenishing shampoo – R39,95

This shampoo claims to cleanse and provide a rich, quick lather that brings moisture to the hair and scalp (I paraphrased that from the bottle). The shampoo is not sulphate free but I didn’t find the shampoo to be harsh or moisture stripping when I washed my hair. My hair felt clean but not dry. The product does lather easily but you may find that you may need to use more shampoo than usual when washing your hair with this product. I do not think that the product brings moisture to the hair and scalp but doesn’t strip the hair of moisture instead.  

My verdict: 4/5

Knot-out conditioner – R39,95

I loved this product. The conditioner claims to easily detangle and soften hair, making it easy to comb and I think it did exactly that. The product does provide slip so you can comb out tangles when you have the conditioner in your hair. My hair felt super soft on wash day when I used this product.

My verdict: 4/5

Plaiting pudding cream – R79,95

I think that this is my favourite product in the whole range. This product is said to be for braiding, twisting and threading. I have used this product to style my hair and my hair felt so soft afterwards. It is a very moisturising styling pudding, but you must use a sealing oil or butter(castor, almond, avocado oil or shea or cocoa butter) if you want to retain that moisture. I’ve used it when following the african threading method to stretch my hair on wash day (I am avoiding heat) and my hair did not feel dry the next day.

I didn’t use any oil or butter and my hair was so easy to comb, no tangles or tugging at all. One thing to note, which I also love about this product, is that a little goes a long way. I’ve used this product so many times and I still have more than three quarters of a tub worth of product left. If I could buy only one product in this range, it would be this one.

My verdict: a well deserved 5/5

Afro moisturizing butter – R79,95

Out of all the products in this range, the Afro Moisturising butter is the only one without Mango oil and Bamboo Milk. This one contains Guarana root and Honey instead so it doesn’t smell like the rest of the range as well. The smell is a very light but sweet one which is nice if you are looking for a product without a pungent smell.

When I first used this product I used it as a butter, and when using it as a butter I followed the LOC method which meant I used it as a cream(sealant). I found that this product didn’t live up to that. The product doesn’t work well as a sealant. So because I hate wasting hair products, I tried it again and used it as an oil, while following the LOC method.

This worked out much better but I do not feel that this product is as moisturizing or as nourishing as the rest of the range. It’s great if your hair doesn’t suffer from dryness and you are looking for a lighter oil or butter for your hair. It is also great to use during the week after your wash day if you are trying to avoid product build up or wanting to refresh your hair without using too much product.

My verdict: 3/5 

Final thoughts on this product range

I would definitely purchase this product range again. Dark and Lovely have done a fantastic job in terms of natural hair products that are affordable and actually do what they are meant to do. The products are easy to use, gentle on the hair and gentle on the pocket too.

Let me know what your thoughts are. Have you used the products before and if so what did you think, what was your favorite product?

Look out for my next post in which I will be talking about my natural hair routine/regimen. And remember,

Good hair is 4c hair.


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