I wanted to try some new things for the last couple of weeks in 2016! I went to my local black owned beauty supply store and grabbed some new products.
I wanted to straighten my hair to add some flexi rod curls, but I ended up doing bantu knots (see photo above.) They had the Avanti Silicon Mix Bambu deep conditioner and I remember seeing this on YouTube years ago and thought I’d give it a try.
The product boasts that it will make hair soft and stronger in just 3 minutes. My hair has been feeling dry lately, and this looked like something I needed.
I also picked up the ORS Monoi Leave in Conditioner, so this will be a duo review 😉
How I Prepped My hair:
Before washing, I always detangle my hair with a conditioner. My favorite right now is Tresseme Naturals Anti Breakage, it smells good and has great slippage! I left this on over night because I was tired lol.
Shampooing my Hair:
I like to use my new favorite shampoo by OKAY Pure Naturals (product review coming soon). My hair is put into four sections, two in the front and back, and I wash each section twice. Then I twist my hair back up to avoid more tangles. I wash my hair in the sink so twisting my hair helps my hair from getting in the way.
Applying Deep Conditioner + Color:
I used the same colors in my “Coloring My Natural Hair” post to mix with the Silicon Bambu deep conditioner. I used about half the container of conditioner and mixed in a good portion of the color using a ratio of 1:1.
The mixture was applied to my ends first, and then I moved up towards my scalp. I did not apply any of the mixture to my scalp! I didn’t want a stained scalp and I also read about some people having a negative reaction to the Silcon Bambu conditioner, so I made sure to avoid that at all cost!
Processing the Color + Conditioner:
I left the mixture in for 30 minutes using a grocery store bag (I couldn’t find a shower cap lol). I blasted a blow dryer on high heat for 10 minutes while the bag was on my hair. For the remaining 20 minutes I wrapped my hair with a scarf and let the mixture sit.
After 30 minutes, I rinsed with cold water.
Blow Dry + Flat Iron:
My hair was blown dry on high heat using a denman brush. I then flat ironed my hair on medium heat. My wet and dry Conair flat iron uses a number system for heat settings, 3 is in the middle so I used that.
I applied the ORS Monoi leave in before blowing my hair dry to act as a heat protectant. I was able to glide through my hair well and it made my hair smooth. However it is really waxy and my hair felt sticky. But I should have know that as it is a leave in not a heat protectant lol.
Even though my hair was still textured, it was really soft and bouncy! I was also able to seen great shine after one pass of the flat iron, even on medium heat. This is the first time I’ve used heat in about 3 years, and I’m impressed. I do remember the results not being this great the first time, so I would use more heat (resulting in damage)
This post is longer than I though! So I created a review for each product, click the links below to find them:
- ORS Monoi Oil Leave In Review
- Avanti Silicon Mix Bambu Conditioner Review
What do you all think about the results?
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