So, this week I’m on my natural hair hype. I straighten my hair faithfully every 2 to 3 weeks but I have decided to go au naturale and rock my natural curls. Now in order to do this I needed to have THE right product. Everyone who knows me knows that I’m bougie when it comes to my products and only the best will do. I’ve tried this a few times and was left with a hot, sticky mess. One time in particular, I tried a product on my hair that was supposed to define curls and manage frizz. I applied the product to my wet hair. Curls looked cute and I was like OH OKAY! I think I can do this. I left the house with silky, shoulder length curls, went for a stroll in HomeGoods and as I was walking down an aisle, one of the saleswomen came from the back. She walked past me and gave me an astonished look of bewilderment; kind of like “WTH?!”. I continued down the aisle but had a sudden thought like a question mark above my head; Hmmmmm, What was that look for?? I ran to the aisle with all of the mirrors. OMG I was HORRIFIED!! My hair had shriveled up like Marge Simpsons older sister.
Except shorter and crazier. Actually this chicks hair looked better than mine. I mean it was dry, crunchy, no curls and ALL BAD. I had no scrunchy, no rubber bands, no pins. Nothing to fix the disaster on top of my head so I quickly threw together a large French braid to the back and ran out of there. Needless to say I never tried that again UNTIL now.
The luxury brand Oribe has added 4 new products to their Moisture and Control Curl Collection specifically for highly textured hair. There has been a lot of promotion and a major hype on social media about these new products. Perfect timing, so I decided to give them a try. The new products that they have added are the Priming Lotion Leave-In Conditioning Detangler, Styling Butter Curl Enhancing Cream, Curl Gelee For Shine & Definition and the Moisture & Control Deep Treatment Masque. You can learn more about these products at Oribe.com. I’ve been a fan of this brand for a while ever since they came out with the cult favorite, Dry Texturizing Spray, and after giving these products a test drive I am more intrigued with the whole line. Now let me warn you that when I said “LUXURY”, I mean that. Ranging from $38 to $63, the prices for these products are nothing to sneeze at, so you must be willing to splurge and indulge. In my case, although I was extremely nervous about the outcome, it was definitely worth it. I was impressed.
Although I haven’t purchased the masque yet it is definitely on my “things to get” list because it has received some rave reviews. Of the 4, I purchased the Priming Lotion, the Styling Butter and the Curl Gelee.
- Instantly absorbs into hair to define and soften curls
- Prevents dryness
- Protects from breakage
- Medium hold with natural finish
- Silicone Free
- Smooths and defines curls without crunch
- Nourishes and softens hair
- Medium hold with high shine finish
- Silicone Free
- Instantly detangles
- Prevents breakage
- Protects from dryness
- Provides thermal protection
- Silicone Free
I wasnt ready for an all out wash and go so I decided to try a rope braid twist out to give my straight ends some help. After shampooing my hair with Kevin Murphys Restore (another great highly recommended product) which takes place of shampoo and conditioner, I generously applied the Priming Lotion. The Priming Lotion has a thick lotiony texture with an awesome scent. Once applied, I combed through my hair effortlessly with a wide tooth comb.
I then sectioned my hair into 4 sections.
All while keeping the hair damp, I then parted each section into small subsections applying the styling butter first. After brushing the product through, I then applied the Gelee from ends to root. The Curl Gelee is a clear gel, almost activator consistency, but it wasn’t super sticky and also ,like all of their products, it has that amazing Oribe scent. Once the product was completely distributed, I twisted each subsection into tight rope braids coiling the ends around my finger. The consistency of the Gelee helped keep my twists smooth, tight and lustrous.
I applied small rod rollers to my straight ends, put on a bonnet and went to bed allowing my hair to dry overnight. Upon waking up, I was so excited to see the results! I removed the rollers, squeezed out a tiny bit of the styling butter to add to my finger tips and carefully separated the twists. Some areas of my hair in the front did more of a wave than a curl due to excessive flat ironing I suppose, but the rest of my hair was perfectly defined, soft, touchable with a natural finish and it was weightless. It did not feel like I had any product in my hair. With all the touching and fluffing I did that day trying to get used to this new look, my curls still lasted all day and all night long. I was even able to rock my twist out for a second day with minimal manipulation.
What do you think? I like it. It is definitely going to take some practice to perfect these curls but all in all the Oribe products definitely did what they were supposed to do! I think I’m gonna try to go heat free for a month. Maybe even the whole summer.