Friday, 4 September 2015

How to Test for an Effective Moisturiser/Leave-in Conditioner on your hair

Hello, hello ladies!

A moisturiser or leave-in conditioner is one of the cornerstones of a healthy head of hair. You are headed for breakage city if you don't have one in your arsenal.

Some leave-ins in my arsenal
The product junkie in me purchased the  African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Leave-In Conditioner recently. As I was thinking of how hyped I was to test it out, I thought I would share the testing process which all my leave-ins/moisturisers undergo.


A good moisturiser must be water based, meaning water is the FIRST ingredient in the list; followed by your humectants (to draw in moisture e.g. glycerine, propylene glycol), fatty alcohols( to soften the hair and aid with moisturising it e,g, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol etc) and additional extracts from oils, fruit and herbs. These extras besides the water do not have to be in the particular order I have set them out in.

A moisturiser may have all these bomb ingredients, but the true proof is in the pudding, how your hair likes it. Enter the ultimate moisturiser test which puts the product on trial for close to 24 hours. In the evening before you go to bed, moisturise your hair using your usual method (L.O.C or L.C.O etc ). It is important to use your staple products here so as not to interfere with the results of the test.  Apply the moisturiser, seal, style/prep for the morning as usual. Basically go through your normal night time routine.

In the morning style your hair as usual, but do not add any more moisturiser, water etc. Style and go. Take the time to notice how your hair feels again. The importance of this step is that the moisturiser would have had time to seep into your hair undisturbed at night, moisturise it and make the hair soft. You are testing for endurance here, so go about your day and let the weather have a go at it as well. Feel free to touch your hair from time to time  during the course of your day to monitor how soft or hard your hair is. By evening when you prepare for bed, assess your hair again. Is it still soft? Is it rough? Hard? Supple?  If your hair still feels generally soft, then you have a good moisturiser/leave-in conditioner on your hands as it kept your hair soft and supple for a whole night and day without any reapplication of product. However if it is hard or dry then you know it may not be the product for you.



How do you test for an effective moisturiser?

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  2. This is quite informative.
    I have never thought about doing a test on my hair.
    I will definitely give it a try.

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    1. Great, let us know how the test worked for you.

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  3. Well then I'll be trying this. Recently switched from profective's megagrowth leave-in to cantu argan and for some reason, I don't think my hair responds well to the cantu. I'll skip the moisture part on the first day and see how my hair feels.

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    1. Im glad you'll be giving it a go, I hope the cantu will agree with your hair.

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  4. Very Helpful!Thank you for sharing!Am always on the look out for a good leave in conditioner that keeps my hair moisturised.I love that Shea Butter Miracle by African Pride but another fast favourite has to be the Giovanni Leave In Conditioner.

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    1. Whoop whoop, Im even more excited to try it out now. I've heard great reviews for Giovanni. It's on my "to-try" list.

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  5. Interesting, since selecting a leave in conditioner is a major issue for me.

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    1. You should try African Naturalistas Leave in conditioner. You won't be disappointed. You can get it here. http://africanaturalistas.com/ourstore/

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    2. Yeah a new leave-in is scary to try out. The hardest part is trying it and then it doesn't work..I just think "ehhh, my money!!". Give the AN Leave-in a go :-)

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  6. Based on this, I need to start searching for a new leave-in because my current one didn't pass the 24hr test.

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  7. I got a giveaway leave in conditioner at an event. Smelt so good, but the effect was so disappointing, I don't even know how to describe it. So I feel you.

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  8. Ill be trying this as I've really only tried one moisturizer on my hair,and its all i know.

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  9. I haven't actually thought about trying to test. I do know that when I use my AN leave-in conditioner, my hair feels nice and hydrated.

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  10. I find that my hair loved very thick leave ins when dry and watery when damp.

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