I have been using this product for about 2-3 months now. Not consistently, but enough. I started using this during my previous relaxer stretch and now through another relaxer stretch.
Now I like [love] this product. I first heard of it lurking in threads in LHCF. A relaxed girl said it was really good, so if a relaxed head says its good, its worth a try (only because most products are too heavy for relaxed ladies). Then I started researching it and saw that most curly/natural girls use it, as it is marketed for them, but the reviews are sometimes mixed and even then, those reviews span to HOW they used the product. It was so confusing. Not one texlax review could I find.
So I looked at the Darcy’s Botanicals website and saw that it could be used as a rinse-out, cowash or DC. Looking at the ingredients, I decided it was too heavy for a cowash and a rinse out so I’d use it as a DC. It was perfect as a DC.
Here’s my experience with this item:
-Moisturizing when left on for at least 30 minutes
-Used under a heating cap its good, under a steamer is great
-Overnight conditioning is good too. With a good protein regimen, can be used consistently overnight if that is ones desire. I could see this causing mushy hair for some
-Never used it as a pre-poo, probably wouldn’t recommend it as one either
-Thick and really creamy. You really need only small amounts and is better when you work it in sections
-Will affect protein/moisture balance on the moisture side
-Used it after a “bad” rinse and a protein treatment, separately and corrected moisture each time
-Lasts up to 3 days without moisturizing
-Despite being so thick, not heavy feeling at all
-Pleasant smell, not to pushy or overbearing, but I could see it being strong or annoying for some
-Never used it myself as a leave-in, but my natural friend did (we did) and she wasn’t crazy about it. Actually she said “It dried my hair out. I don’t like it as a leave-in” and that it was the same on her moms hair. I dont believe in hair typing, so i will say her hair is has tight O and S curls/coils.
-Gave my first bottle (actually, my first and only bottle that I had for 3 months) to my cousin for her daughter who is 2. She said she would never use it as a leave-in but didn’t explain why, just gave me the same face as my natural friend. She used it as a DC and said it was great.
-IMO, this is too heavy and not immediate enough for a rinse-out, too heavy for a cowash but good enough for a DC.
Now I gave away my first bottle to my cousin because I did a haul with my natural friend (the one I mentioned before) and I got the 16 oz pump bottles. The 8 oz is what I gave my cousin, but what upsets me is that the 8 oz doesn’t come in a pump bottle. Perhaps that changed, you can email the owner, but last I remember, it didn’t. Now I’d recommend getting the 8 oz just to try, but halfway through the bottle you want to give up trying to get it out and turning it upside down doesn’t help because its so thick it doesn’t move until you beat the bottle like a $2 heaux. Then you will find yourself using too much because squeezing it out makes you think you don’t have enough when its too much. The 8 oz would have lasted me 6-8 washes as I was a little less than halfway through the bottle and I had used it either 3 or 4 times and I have BSL hair with mostly medium strands.
This is a really good conditioner for anyone stretching or transitioning, but its great for anyone who is looking for added moisture. It is my favorite products from Darcy’s Botanicals with the Cocoa Bean Whip being second and her Daily Leave-in being third.
This is my favorite DC in competition with Silk Dream Avocado Butter. I like both equally, so if you asked me to recommend, I’d tell you to roll a dice or flip a coin. AB has avocado which is nutritious for the hair but the pumpkin seed has more comforting ingredients. All depends on what you want and your mood.
ETA: My experience as a customer is mixed. My first order in November was shipped quickly. I ordered again a week before Christmas, but she has closed the shop without any notice on her [main and Etsy] website so I didnt find out until she emailed me after the New Year which is when I received my order. The last time I ordered, I did a haul with my friend, and she received no email update, no shipping notice, just the package in the mail 2 weeks later. Now I love Silk Dreams, and I hate Jorien’s processing time, but she sticks by that 1-2 weeks and ships promptly. Jorien also shuts her site down when needed. I love everything but Jorien’s processing time, but its worth it. Darcy’s Botanicals website states her processing in 3 days regardless of distance, but it hasnt seemed like that lately. I feel that if Lysandra updated her website like Jorien, it wouldnt create so much inconsistency. When she does, its never IMO, for anything major. I wont stop ordering from Lysandra, but will have to do her like I do Jorien and buy in bulk when needed.
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