Product Review: African Naturalistas

Hello loves!

The African Naturalistas review I promised is here.

At our last Naturals in The City meetup, I was given a nice bag of African Naturalistas products to try out. April was all about me and them.

Though I did not buy these products, you have (and always have) my deepest assurances that this is just another honest review on the blog! Everything cannot work well, or work the same for everyone, so in my reviews, I’m not worried about hurting anyone’s feelings. Different people, different experiences with the same products.

Alright. So I got the following: Leave-In Conditioner, Black Moisturising Natural Shampoo, Moisturising and Detangling Conditioner & Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The mayonnaise comes as most mayos do, in a tub for easy scooping. The rest of the products are light plastic bottles that are easy to squeeze. White containers with transparent labels stuck on. this minimalist presentation and packaging works for me.

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The products share the same base fragrance. At first I was thinking- fruity? But I concluded that they smell unlike ny fruit I know, but they definitely smell like Vitamin C. The regular sweet, orange, round Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) tablets easily found at Pharmacies and dispensaries. The Deep Conditioner smells kinda different- I believe I smell the honey in it somewhere in the mix. It is also worth noting that all four products are water based, they have water as the first ingredient.

OKAY, OKAY. THE REVIEWS!!

Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise

Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified), Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerine, Centrimonium Chloride, Honey, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 30, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Elaeis guineensis (Palm) Fruit Oil, Egg Protein, Urtica Diotica (Stinging Nettle), Guar Gum, Euxyl, Fragrance.

Thick, creamy and with good slip for detangling.

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I used this on three occasions, and on the first 2, my hair felt a littttttle bit strange. Maybe strange isn’t the word as I’ve felt this feeling many times before. On the lowest of keys, it felt similar to how it normally feels after a henna treatment- or interacting with protein: coconut milk, coconut oil… Soft because it’s wet and freshly washed, but somehow not so moisturised. If you’re protein sensitive, maybe you can relate? I can’t scientifically say what this all meant, but this does contain protein: Coconut oil, Coconut milk and Egg protein. Each time, I remedied this with a quick co-wash with my trusted Hello Hydration to replenish moisture.

The 3rd use though (last Sunday), my hair was actually okay. I didn’t have the weird feeling and I didn’t need to co-wash after, I just rinsed the DC out. My hair was soft enough.

Black Moisturising Natural Shampoo

Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified), Cocamidropropyl Betaine, Honey, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Camwood, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerine, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Glycerol Monostearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Elaeis guineensis (Palm) kernel Oil, Ash, Euxyl, Fragrance

This sulfate free shampers is the star lol definitely my favourite product of the 4. It doesn’t lather like that, but my hair felt clean enough afterwards and SUPER SOFT. MUDWASH SOFT. My hair was much softer post-shampoo, than it was after using the deep conditioning hair mayonnaise. Good stuff yo.

Not Sudsy
See? Not So Sudsy

Leave-in Conditioner

Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified), Glycerine, Cetyl Alcohol, Centrimonium chloride, Glycerol Monostearate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Vitamin E, Urtica Diotica (Stinging Nettle), Guar Gum, Tocopherol Acetate (Citric Acid), Euxyl, Fragrance

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The leave-in conditioner is very very light. Easily absorbed by my hair because, light- but the slip wasn’t too nice. I used it on its own after washing and deep conditioning, and sealed. By the next day, my hair would be leaning towards dry. No bueno. When used as a refresher though, instead of a post-washday leave-in, it was good.

Moisturising & Detangling Conditioner

Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified), Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerol Monostearate, Centrimonium chloride, Polyquartenium 7, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerine, Urtica Diotica (Stinging Nettle), Guar Gum, Tocopherol Acetate (Citric Acid), Euxyl, Fragrance

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This is the Instant conditioner in the line. The way my hair regimen is set up, I mostly shampoo and deep condition, moisturise and seal. I rarely co-wash these days- except between Washdays, I feel icky and I have to do something. As I hadn’t had the best of times with the DC and leave-in, I wasn’t in a hurry to try this but I finally did. It’s thicker than the leave-in, with much better slip. After use, my hair felt really nice and soft. Good one this!

SO. In order of preference:

1. Shampoo

2. Moisturising & Detangling Conditioner

3. Deep Conditioning Hair Mayo

4. Leave-In

All in all, good stuff from African Naturalistas! These products are suitable for use on all hair types. Atilola who’s on top of all this also happens to be a recently certified trichologist. Yep, she’s an expert with the diploma to prove it! For your hair problems, hair loss, patches, stunted growth, scalp craziness, any and every hair consulting, she’s your girl! Call: 07061141501

African Naturalistas products can be found here: africanaturalistas.com/ourstore.

If you’ve tried these products, your own reviews are welcome in the comments!

Love,

AB,

xx

28 thoughts on “Product Review: African Naturalistas

  1. I have been waiting for this review girl! The leave-in has been on my wish list since Dabs reviewed it on her blog and gave it a high rating. I’ll still try it though and maybe the shampoo. My hair has been so nasty to me lately, paying me back for all my neglect. Sigh 🙁

  2. Great review. I have the shampoo and the detangling condish. Shampoo is def the star. You’re so right about the vit c smell! I’ve been trying to place it for so long.

      1. Hi nafisah. No need to worry. We don’t make hair butter again for about 2 years now. We make butter cream, three types exactly. I’m sure you would love them. The product is totally different from the one Jen mentioned. Hope to receive your order soon.

  3. babe I’m making my own again, I did d first time b4 it got finished n I started hustling for store ones….do Google it and also doing coconut butter will give u more results Dan just coconut oil so i’m doing that Dis time…

    1. Thanks hun.. I prolly will.
      @kunshi, all the ones I saw at casabella were petrolatum based. That was my first port of call. I wasn’t even going to mind the price. Thanks though. DIY seems like the way now. *rushes off to get coconuts*

      1. Eyaa sorry. If you’re up for ordering online you should try natural nigerian, olori or the kinky apothecary. They deliver all over Nigeria.

  4. Why can’t I find all these in ph? I went to 3 supermarkets this week to hustle for coconut oil but none had. good review,its honest

    1. Girl I feel your pain! I stay in IB tho, but its just as hard. All the coconut oils I found had 90% petrolatum. No pure coconut oil anywhere. *sigh* God save us all. If anyone has anywhere I can get pure, original coconut oil in IB, do tell.

      1. babe I’m making my own again, I did d first time b4 it got finished n I started hustling for store ones….do Google it and also doing coconut butter will give u more results Dan just coconut oil so i’m doing that Di’s time…

      2. Have u tried asking the ‘iya alagbos’,u kno dose women who sell herbs and stuff?that is who I bought from here in lagos.

      3. Honey, I stay in Ibadan too. I gave up trying to look for coconut oil in stores. Its yoruba name is “adi-agbon” and you can get the pure unrefined form from local sellers. Folks who sell local soap are more apt to sell pure coconut oil. I personally buy from a local seller as far as Bode market (I live at the GRA around Governor’s office at Secretariat). Sorry about the stress. Try a local seller.

      1. it was one of d 3 places I went,ahhh,so ur d one that cleared there lol,dey said they’ll restock at d end of the month,how much was it?

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