This post is inspired by one of our readers, Kiyah. She wrote a comment on our blog that she is a natural African American lady living in South Africa, but is looking for good natural hair products which she can purchase locally. Well, both of us (Matlhodi and I) are new in this and we are tyring out a couple of hair products which are available here in SA. In most of the sites and blogs we visit, the products listed are usually not available in SA, so the only option would be to purchase the products online, but with the rand-dollar exchange and postal charges, you will pay big time!
Well, no need to worry about that anymore because here you will find product reviews (tried and tested on our hair ) of different hair products; from shampoos to mosturisers, from well-known brands to the not-so-well-known ones. I’m also a self-confessed product junkie, so I’m always willing to try out new things. The main things that matter the most to me are: how the hair product smells, and how soft and mosturised it makes my hair feel.
The brand which both of us have tried so far and love is the Organic Root Stimutalor (ORS) brand. This has only been available in SA for about year or two now. Initially i was quite skeptical about their products, until i read someone’s product review on this range. So, I decided to give their Hair Mayonnaise a try and what a great experience I had, and needless to say, I never looked back!
ORS Hair Mayonnaise treatment
What is it? This is a deep conditioner and treatment.
Price? R49.99 at Clicks.
Is it any good? Both Matlhodi and I have tried this product and we normally apply it to our hair once or twice a month. We use it as a treatment for our hair. We normally leave it for about 1 hour to 1 hour and half, with our hair covered in a plastic cap (to retain the heat) and then rinse it out. You hair literally feels soft afterwards. It has a ‘herbally’ smell to it, which is not amazing, but its also not too bad. So far we like using this product.
ORS Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo
What is it? Its a shampoo for your hair. Its main ingredients are olive oil and aloe vera. It helps to cleanse your hair and scalp from any product build-up and it also helps to mosturise it.
Price and stores where available? R49.99 at Clicks. You can also find it at most local supermarkets and Charlie Parker stores.
Is it any good? From my personal experience, it left my hair feeling hard and void of any moisture after shampooing. It also seemed harsh on my hair, and my hair felt like it was stripped of any little moisture that was there. However, it was good in terms of removing any product build-up on my scalp. My scalp did feel clean afterwards and any grease that was there, was removed. It also smells great – it has a minty and fresh smell to it.
ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Pak deep penetrating conditioner
What is it? Its a deep penetrating conditioner, which you can use after every wash. You can find this in a pack or in a bottle.
Price and where its available? R13.99 for the pack and R55.99 for the bottle at Clicks. You can also find it at any local supermarket and Charlie Parker stores.
Is it any good? I love it! It smells great, the smell is that of citrus fruits and it really makes my hair feel soft and moisturized. So far, this is a must in my list of hair products.
ORS Olive Oil incredibly rich oil mosturizing hair lotion
What is it? Its a hair mosturiser.
Price and where its availabe? R49.99 at Clicks. You can also find it at the same place that sells the ORS brand.
Is it any good? I find that it works best for me if i apply it after spritzing my hair with water or water/glycerine mixture (i think the olive oil in the hair lotion helps to seal in the moisture). Its quite oily, so you don’t want to put a lot of it on your hair. I also don’t use it everyday, because after a while your hair starts to feel greasy. It also smells okayish.lol
Yay! Our first product review.
We plan to test out other hair products that we come across, so we will keep you updated. If you have a product that works for your natural tresses, please feel free to share.