Bonjour!!!  Well, if you partook in our FB 5k Fans Giveaways we had goings on, you may recall my lamenting on Noire Naturals (NN).  As promised, here is our review of the NN haircare system; we were given the sample set.  First, a little something about company and its owner, Ashleigh Thornton (from the NN website):

The Creator: 21-year-old entrepreneur and Kansas City native, Ashleigh Thornton, is well on her way to making her mark in the world of natural hair care! After making the transition from relaxed to natural as a sophomore in college, her research on how to maintain natural hair quickly grew into a passion… A passion that led her to create a line of her own.
Description/Mission:
NoireNaturals™ is an up-and-coming line of ALL NATURAL hair products, created specifically for the many variations of ethnic hair. This line was designed to cater to the unique needs of ethnic and multiracial hair, in order to help ease the anxiety and challenges that come along with maintaining it.

REVIEW TIME!

*Disclaimer* Need to back up, BBH had been rockin mini-twists for at least six weeks and a twist out for almost a week after. I prepooed her hair in sections with a mixture of conditioner and oil the night before.  Not gonna lie, I did not detangle as thoroughly as I should have, namely because it was taking sooooo long, I had to get her to bed.  NOTE TO SELF, the smaller the mini-twists, the less time they should be kept in (at least for us).. AND do not rock a twist out no matter HOW fabulous more than a day or two after hair being twisted or braided for so long.  HHHHhhhhh.  I have never in my life experienced such DRAMA in removing twists and detangling *shakes fists to high heavens*  WHAT WAS I THINKING!?!?!?!  Seriously, I literally became reminded of why so many parents are quick to relax their child’s hair. DISASTAH LAWD!!!  Nearly in tears frustrated….ok so there were tears, not gonna lie….

Mangled “hot mess” chunkey twist from an exhausting detangling session #BOO

See^^^ The experience in itself merits its on post, TRUST!!  However, thanks be to my sweet Savior I decided to try NN that day. Read on…

Oh La La Hair Cleansing Elixir  (see ingredients list here)

natural hair shampoo

  • Price: $9.99 for 8 fl. oz. bottle. This is consistent with other natural organic hair care products, maybe a few dollars less(?). Little goes a loooong way.
  • Smell: SupaLight smell.  Best I can describe , it’s a faint playdoh/sweet smell.  Odd combo I know, but 1st thing that comes to mind. It’s faint whatever it is.
  • Consistency: Like a thin syrup. Kinda runny, so be careful lawd!!  Lathers up something RIDICULOUS and quick!!
Lather is like INSTANT!

OK.  I’m really tryna not to go IN but HEAVENS TO BOOTSY!!  The slip of this shampoo is SIC!!!! DUMB even. HHHHHHhhhhhh. This is the FIRST time EVAH I’ve come across a shampoo that rivaled our staple shampoo.  I’m very close to saying it had even more slip.  Yeah, seriously folks.  I’ll have to compare in my next washing [*Update* Compared in second washing and yup, MORE SLIP!!], but it’s “the simple fact that” with BBH’s hair  in such a mangled MESS and I was able to further detangle it with this shampoo that truly made me a believer. I’ve used it on my own hair and slip was equally delightful like. AND we’re talkin like smaller than a dime amount for each twisted section I washed.  As for me,  this shampoo is the BIZZNIZZ fro’sho!!  See that squeakeh clean pic, lower right corner??  AND, her hair did not feel stripped at all.

C’est Magnifique Rinse-or-Remain Conditioner (see ingredients list here)

  • Price: $11.99 for 8 fl. oz. bottle. This is consistent with other natural organic hair care products.  Can be stretched pretty good.
  • Smell: More vanilla like, w/a hint of playdoh.  Pleasant. Not at all overwhelming.
  • Consistency:  Lotion type consistency.  Must shake well first though as the ingredients can separate.

See those curls pop after rinsing?!?!?

After having such a great experience with the slip of the shampoo, I expected the same if not more slip with the conditioner, but surprisingly it was not the same.  Hands down it did moisturize her hair though. But, because her hair required so much detangling this go round (mommy’s fault:/), I actually went back to the Cleansing Elixir to help further detangle her hair.  Then reapplied the conditioner for moisture, shown in the above pic. Her hair was SUPASOFT!!  I like how light it is on her hair. This product does not “stretch” as much as the shampoo, but I manage to get 2 good washings out of the trial size bottle (2oz), plus a few washings on mine.

J’adore Curl-Defining Jelly (see ingredients list here)

  • Price: $11.99 for 8 fl. oz. bottle. This is consistent with other natural organic hair care products.  A little goes a LONG way.
  • Smell: Really same as above conditioner.
  • Consistency:  Very light with runny tendencies.
*Disclaimer*  I did not review the Jelly the 1st go round, due to the sensitivity of her hair; I decided it best to stick w/something familiar and used our staple styling product instead.  BUT, I did in our 2nd washing and follow up restyle and boy was I pleasantly surprised!!!  This product feels like water on her hair, best I can explain it.  It’s a VERY light gel, but the shine and hold is REALLY good.  No residue even when twisting tightly.  It’s kind of deceiving cause it doesn’t feel like you put product on that BIG HAIR, but it’s there, trust.   As a definer, her curls were not so much “clumped” like others,  but definition was there. It was kind of nice to achieve that  “Stay Soft Fro” look (my daddy swore by that stuff btw, LOL!).  I did a twist style with the product that was supposed to be all over twists but turned into “twists and a pony” due to time. I was very pleased with the results.  Unfortunately, I don’t have pics of the original style (darn camera battery!!).  BUT you can see the AMAZING moisturized “twist out bow” style we achieved here prior to restyling again. Styling the second time around  was nice since her hair was stretched a bit.  Check it (and the above pic w/product in hair and then twisted)…
kids natural hairstyles
Loves it!  Decided to keep the pony again:)
Pros
Def that there shampoo Elixir  *Shrills*  I LOVE it!!  In particular, it was right on time for detangling a hot mess!!!  And a little goes a long way for lathering.  I still have 1/2 of the 2 oz trial size I was given!  The moisture provided in the conditioner and the weight from the the jelly were pluses as well, gave her a tad bit more length for styling on wet hair than usual.  Did I say SUPASOFT?!?!?!  Golly… And her hair was moisturized for days at a time. Which is HUGE for us; ain’t nobody got time for dat!! I think the best thing about this line is how LIGHT it is and how silky BBH’s feels to the touch.  I almost thought her texture was beginning to change (cuz that happens),  but it was like that soft BIG HAIR has come “back”, EEEK!  VERY happy about that given the beating her hair took in the detangling debacle (points fault at self)…
Cons
Wish the conditioner had a bit more slip like the shampoo.  If you are accustomed to to thicker products, this supalight line will take some getting used to.  Just feels like no product at all sometimes! That’s actually a pro, but wanted to note for those who have to “feel” the product to be one with it, LOL!
Summation
Overall, a nice natural haircare system that I suspect will be “one to watch.”  Leaves hair feeling light and moisturized with a good amount of hold.  I’d be very curious to see how the entire system would work on freshly washed down and out BIG HAIR, but for now, we love it for twists!!  For more NN reviews, check these out: The FrizznessLucky MagazineAphroditekinks.  BIG props to this young entrepreneur (did I mention she is only 21?!?!) and upcoming brand.  Ashleigh Thornton and NoireNaturals….
Go’Head Baby!
p.s.  Beginning now thru Saturday, December 8th, enjoy 10% of your NoireNaturals order!  Use our excluse code:  BBH10 at checkout!
 *This post is my honest and unbiased opinion. The subject products were provided to Baby Big Hair with no incentive to offer a favorable review.*
By | 2012-11-30T14:20:58+00:00 November 30th, 2012|Big Hair, Product Reviews|