After chatting a bit more and explaining my hair doesn't respond well to products with shea butter, I was still sent the Shea-Yogurt Hair Moisturizer and the Lemon Grass Leave-In Conditioner. I opened both products, took a whiff of them and couldn't stop smelling them. They smelt great! Both had the scent of fresh lemongrass and while no one was looking, I rubbed some of the Shea-Yogurt on my elbows and misted my arms with the Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner!
I decided to first try the products on my daughter's hair to really get a feel for how they worked and I'll admit, I wanted to use her as the guinea pig, because she's 2 years old and would be less critical if her hair didn't turn out great (lol).
|Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner: I used this on my daughter and my hair right after our conditioner was rinsed out|
|Top 2 pictures are with no product on our hair|
Middle 2 pictures are with the Alikay Lemongrass Leave In only applied to our hair (I placed my hair in bantu knots and braided my daughter's hair)
Last 2 pictures are the next day after our hair dried
|Shea-Yogurt Hair Moisturizer: I used this to style our dry hair. I love the way this smells!|
|Left picture is the product scooped out of the jar. It was really creamy and smooth|
Right picture is after I rubbed the product in my hands a few times. This is the consistency I used to style our dry hair.
The Mane Verdict
I learned something very interesting about products and my hair. I went back to my graveyard of shea based products and took note of their textures and complete ingredients. They didn't contain many oils, they were very dense products and they were hard to break down. The Shea-Yogurt Hair Moisturizer was choked full of wonderful oils and felt very light and smooth. When emulsified, it breaks down into a complete oil product. We've been using the Shea-Yogurt Hair Moisturizer for about 2.5 weeks daily or either every other day, and don't have any build-up. On the product label, it mentioned not to use too much to avoid greasy hair. I took note, used what I felt our hair needed and didn't experience any greasiness. When we used it on wet hair, I didn't break the product all the way down to its oil consistency; I left it more in its "creamy"/solid state. I absolutely love this product. So much so, I haven't been using my favorite Oyin Handmande Sugar Pomade! I'll probably rotate these two because I truly love the results they both offer.
Hands down, the Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner is awesome! It worked on both my daughter and my hair and left it very moisturized and soft. It's a liquid, with lots of wonderful oils - which our hair loves! I've only used it on freshly washed hair so far, because that was the suggested direction. However since I've been wearing my hair in twists as part of the Growing it From the Roots journey, I will be misting my hair with the Lemongrass Leave-In during the week to keep my hair and ends moisturized and my scalp refreshed.
So as you can tell I really enjoyed these products, would seriously recommend them if your hair doesn't mind products with lots of oils and when my current stash is gone, I will be restocking these. Oh and I don't know if I told you all, but I LOVE conditioners. Honestly I could leave all the styling products alone, but conditoners are my sweet spot! Alikay has the Caribbean Coconut Milk Conditioner that's on my list to try.
Here are a few pics of our hair after being styled using the Alikay products:
So, what do you guys think? Have you tried their products? What about the Caribbean Coconut Milk Conditioner (I wanna know what you think before I purchase it!)?