Friday, 28 March 2014

Product Review - Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner

I have used this product 3 times now, which means its time for a product review. Yaaaay!!!

Product: Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner for Mixed Textures

Rapid Repair

Price: I don't remember but between US$15-US$20 (at Jeenz, Travel Plaza, Harare)

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract/Aloe Vera, Phenyl Trimethicone, Panax Ginseng Root Extract/Ginseng Extract, Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/ Dicaprate, Steareth 2, Steareth 20, Lanolin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Polysorbate 20, DMDM Hydantoin, CI 15985/Yellow 6, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, d-Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lyral, Methyl Ionone Gamma.

Promises: (from Beautiful Textures website) To help ensure your hair has a fighting chance against daily styling stresses use Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner to help strengthen, rebuild, protect and hydrate.
Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner allows you to embrace more versatile styling options, while protecting your hair from the inside out. To achieve softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils and simply silky smooth hydrated hair use this feather lite deep penetrating conditioner.

My take:
The first time I used this product, I frankly hated it. I was using it on loose hair and it had no slip whatsoever when I applied it and tried to detangle -____-. And I was close to 12 weeks post then, so I really had a lot of new growth to go through. I ended up adding some ORS Replenishing conditioner on top to add some much needed slip. The next time I used it, I mixed it with what was left of my Darbur Vatika Naturals DC. It did an adequate job, but it wasn't anything to write home about. 
On my last wash day (23/3/14) I used it on its own. The difference this time was that I was using it while my hair was in box braids. The lack of slip didn't matter since I wasn't detangling using the DC. But man oh man, when I rinsed it out after an hour of baking in the Zimbabwean sun... My hair felt awesome when I was taking down the box braids I washed in, very soft and hydrated. My new growth was behaving so well, it felt like I had a texlax done that day. Detangling was a breeze, despite the minor matting and tangling I had had during the week. 
I am not happy about the jar size, that jar is so itty bitty, and my hair needs major amounts of conditioner for us to be friends when I have this much new growth. I only managed to make it up to almost 4 washes using this jar because I was mixing with other conditioners. 
The ingredients list is OK for anyone as OCD about what they put on their hair like I am (yes, I am that annoying girl in the shop, reading product ingredients 5 times before deciding whether to keep a product or chuck it back). I am not too happy about how far down the list my beloved dimethicone is (10th) which is probably why it doesn't have as much slip as I would like. But the top 5 ingredients (water, soya bean oil, vegetable oil, argan oil and coconut oil)are top notch for keeping hair at its healthiest. 
Conclusion: I give this product 3.5/5 thumbs up. The lack of slip is what really let it down, since I need my conditioners to have plenty of slip.But the goodness that this DC leaves in the hair, is what redeemed it in my eyes. 
I will use it in rotation with other conditioners, but I cannot say I have found a staple to replace my beloved Darbur Vatika range of DCs. The hunt for a great DC is still on.

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