I know what you're thinking. Garnier? Nah! I'm not buying their products. What do they know about our hair?!
I hear you, I hear you.... but actually, Garnier may just be one of the few commercial brands that are paying attention to what is going on in the natural hair community and what we are saying we want.
Now whilst I am a self confessed product junkie, I am proud to say that I have been quite good in recent months and even more selective about the products I am buying. The downside to that is, I sometimes run out and I now live in an area where I do not have the hair shops I am used to on my doorstep. That is where my mainstream backups come in.
The Ultimate Blends range is probably the only mainstream brand I use and even then it is only select products as not all of them are sulfate and silicone free. I usually use the coconut water and almond crush products and now, there is a new kid on the block (new for us in the UK anyway). The Hair Food range.
I will be reviewing all of the masks but the main one for me was the aloe vera one as it is one of my fave ingredients. I had seen a few mixed reviews from the natural hair community on insta and I didn't have super high expectations myself. I thought it would probably be another sticky, highly perfumed, generic hair product branded to rake in some pounds from what most of these mainstream brands see as a cash cow trend. That said, Ultimate Blends do get it right sometimes as I mentioned previously so I still purchased, the half price offer at Boots helped too.
Here is a bit of info as per Garnier:
What's Inside Hair Food: YES 98% Natural Origin ingredients** YES 98% Biodegradable Formula*** YES Vegan Formula: no animal derived ingredients or by-products YES Dermatologically Tested YES Plant Oils NO Silicones for a natural feel NO Parabens NO Artificial Colourants Read more at https://www.boots.com/garnier-ultimate-blends-hair-food-aloe-vera-3-in-1-normal-hair-mask-treatment-390ml-10261177#lERoB5sBTS0Ert7C.99
Ingredients: Aqua / Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Sunflower Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera Fruit Extract / Grape Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera Oil / Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Cetyl Esters, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum /, Fragrance, (F.I.L C232337/1) Read more at https://www.boots.com/garnier-ultimate-blends-hair-food-aloe-vera-3-in-1-normal-hair-mask-treatment-390ml-10261177#lERoB5sBTS0Ert7C.99
I was disappointed to see that all four masks seem to contain coconut oil as that meant they probably wouldn't be great for Jaya- another reason I held off buying the others in the range. My disappointment though, was short lived.
This product is surprisingly great as a DC! For me anyway. It smells good, has great slip, nice consistency and nothing about it made me roll my eyes or regret not spending that £3.50 on a box of Guylian chocolates instead.
I applied it as a DC and left it on in four twisted sections underneath my usual cling film and frizz towel for around 30 mins. It did a good job at moisturising and detangling throughout, so based on my experience, the AV & Coco Hair Food deserves a place in either your plan a or plan b wash day kit.
One thing to note is that it is positioned as a multi-purpose product. The tub says you can you use it as a conditioner, deep conditioner or leave in conditioner. Personally, I don't think I would use it as a leave in, though I may try it and review it for you guys. I'm not really a fan of multi-use hair products as I feel a product should have specific properties to achieve their purpose. Totally open to being proved wrong on that though!
So in summary, give it a go! As you know, I am sharing my experience with the product, on my hair, which doesn't mean yours will be the same but for £3.50, it's worth finding out!
If you try it, let us know. Reviews on the other three masks to follow.
Speak soon curlfriends.
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