As mentioned before, I’ve been experimenting with products for the past year or so. Basically, I’ve been hopping from one brand to the next, just seeing what my hair responds to the best. A brand that I had come across within the last 10 months is Obia Naturals, and it’s by far one of the brands my hair likes the most. I’ve been using their products quite frequently since last year, October, and have tried most of their haircare products. But today, I will only be sharing my experience with their products from the Style & Maintain Box: The Curl Hydration Spray, Curl Moisture Cream, and Curl Enhancing Custard.
CURL HYDRATION SPRAY
The Promise: This product promises to moisturize, hydrate and refresh your hair and scalp with its natural ingredients. It also states that it will condition, add shine and detangle hair without leaving build-up or residue.
How it worked: Generally, I’m not really into Curl Refreshers, but I thought I would give this product a fair try. I mostly used it as a primer for my wash & go’s to prep my hair for styling. I typically give my hair a couple sprays and then brush it through with my detangling brush to evenly distribute the product. I find this to be a better alternative to just using water because it gives my hair the extra nutrients it needs, and it helps to seal the hair cuticle which adds shine. In between my washes, I would use the Curl Hydration Spray as a refresher (and detangler), and I actually liked being able to hydrate my hair in this way between washes as opposed to doing/using nothing. I felt that this was a healthier practice for my hair.
What To expect: The Curl Hydration Spray is a lightweight formula that nourishes hair. It has a similar consistency to water although slightly more emollient. To me, the scent is a bit fragrant like rosewater but not overpowering at all. This product will leave your curls and coils shiny and soft without weighing it down.
Ingredient list: Purified Water (Aqua), Vegetable Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Phthalate-Free Fragrance (Parfum).
Other details: I bought the Curl Hydration Spray about three times so far on Amazon for 9.99 USD. This formulation is vegan, pH balanced and natural. This product does not contain: sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum, phthalates, DEA, synthetic colors, and drying alcohols.
CURL MOISTURE CREAM
The promise: Obia Naturals’ Curl Moisture Cream promises to seal in moisture and minimise frizz by smoothing/closing the hair cuticle. It also promises to strengthen and add shine without weighing hair down.
How it worked: My hair just eats this stuff up! With this leave-in, I am able to detangle and hydrate my hair as well as reduce frizz which leaves it soft and shiny. It does not really work as a conditioner, but it is a wonderfully moisturising styling cream which is what it was intended to be. I usually use this product right after spraying my hair with the Curl Hydration Spray, and I use my fingers to smooth it through my hair. Honestly, it ticks all the boxes for everything that you would want in a leave-in. I’ve even used the Curl Moisture Cream on its own without a gel/custard, and I loved how it made my curls so touchably soft. Granted, the style didn’t last as long as it would with gel, but it was very moisturised nonetheless.
What to expect: The Curl Moisture Cream has a whipped consistency and is rather lightweight. However, a little goes a long way; only a small amount is needed to feel the moisturising effects of this cream. When I first smelled this product, I was unsure of how to describe it. To me it smells like babies… or more specifically baby wipes. Definitely a clean smell which I happen to like. The Curl Moisture Cream doesn’t flake or leave residue and has slip for detangling.
Ingredient list: Purified Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Vitis vinfera (Grape seed ) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Arctium Lappa (Burdock Root), Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Oil, Phthalate-Free Fragrance (Parfum).
*Note: Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol is a plant based emulsifying conditioner.
Other details: The Curl Moisture Cream generally seems to go for around 17.99 USD on Amazon as well as the official Obia Naturals website. To be honest, that’s a bit pricy for only 8 ounces of product, but it works so well that I continue to purchase it. The formulation is vegan, pH balanced and natural ingredients are used. This product does not contain: sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum, phthalates, DEA, synthetic colors, and drying alcohols. It’s also worth mentioning that this cream was voted the Best Moisturizer for Type 4 hair in both 2015 and 2016 by the Naturally Curly Editor’s Choice Awards.
CURL ENHANCING CUSTARD
The Promise: This oil-enriched, alcohol-free and lightweight custard promises to leave hair soft, shiny and deeply moisturized, and is perfect for wash n’ go’s, up-do’s, finger coils and smoothing edges.
How it worked: **Waves goodbye to Eco Styler Gel** My search for the PERFECT replacement gel is over!!! This is it. This is one of the only gels (or custards) I’ve ever tried that can actually hold my hair just as well as the eco gel can. I typically apply this product on top of the Curl Moisture Cream. I like being able to wash my hair on a weekly basis (although I’m trying to make it biweekly) and I’m happy that I can do that with this custard.
My hair is definitely shinier and more moisturised after applying this product, and when it dries, my curls are soft and defined with a nice hold. I love it – can’t stress that enough. Holy Grail. And also, can I just bless these ingredients for being awesome😊?
What to expect: This is a thick custard (not as heavy as Eco Styler Gel but thick nonetheless), and it has the same “clean” smell that the moisture cream has. The more product you use, the more hold you will experience, so I recommend finer hair textures to use it sparingly. Overall, I think this is a great custard for thick and coarse curls/coils like mine. It will leave your hair practically frizz free. Who can argue with results like that? This product is also said to be colour-safe, but my hair is colour-free so I can’t shed any light on that.
Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vitis vinfera (Grape Seed) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Vegetable Glycerin, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Xantham Gum, Phthalate-Free Fragrance (Parfum).
Other details: The Curl Enhancing Custard is somehow cheaper than the Curl Moisture Cream retailing for ~14.99 USD on Amazon. I can’t be mad at that. It’s worth it to me, and it’s also 12 fl oz of product. I like this product – it likes me, I mean…. It’s a match made in hair heaven. As you saw in the ingredients list, this custard is alcohol free, and like the products above, it’s also vegan, pH balanced and natural. It doesn’t contain any of the baddies (sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum, phthalates, DEA, and synthetic colours). Lastly, the Curl Enhancing Custard was voted the Best Styling Cream for Type 3 hair in 2015 by the Naturally Curly Editor’s Choice Awards.
Would I buy these products again? Been there, done that…