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Did you know female boxing champion Laila Ali has a line of hairstyling tools? Yeah, neither did I!

Recently I tried two of their products-- the Conditioning Heat Cap and The Ionic Styler Dryer on my 3C curls. In the past few months my curls have been particularly dry and lacking moisture (due to my overdoing of ACV rinses) so I’ve been extremely protective of my mane and what I want to use on it.

These two have been sitting on my desk for quite some time due to my complete nervousness in taking them home to actually test out on my medium-high porosity curls. Recently I bit the bullet to find out if my curls were actually missing out on anything. Here’s what I thought.

Heat Conditioning Cap

What the box says

"Helps condition and restore dry or damaged hair in just 20 minutes."

What I say

This cap is meant to help a deep conditioner penetrate the hair for longer lasting, more effective results. It has three heat settings on a hand-held switch and gets hot quickly, I must say. I used it on low heat. The adjustable strap gave me a little comfort but was still intimidating at the same time. As I tightened the strap to my dampened, covered hair, I couldn’t help but think about some strange, random freak accident happening, so I deep conditioned in 5-minute intervals (a total of about 40 minutes) in conjunction with Eden Deep Conditioner. Afterwards I spritzed some ApHogee Curlific Moisture-Rich Leave-in to lock in the moisture. Once the DC process was complete, I did notice some extra softness and bounce in my curls but nothing drastic.

Since I only used the heat cap once, I'll definitely give it another go my next deep conditions and interchange products and timing to see what works and doesn't. I really like the design of this tool and my curls want to give it a fair chance.

Ionic Styler Dryer

What the box says

"Helps retain moisture to prevent breakage for shinier, healthier-looking styles."

What I say

I SELDOM use heat, if at all. During the week I like to air-dry my curls using the clumping technique for a defined wash-and-go. This time around I used the dryer to speed up my styling process. Like the heat conditioning cap, the dryer also has 3 heat settings, so I was able to hold it a few inches from my hair on low after co-washing my hair with III Sisters Cleansing Coconut Co-Wash. The avocado and vitamin E in the product definitely helped seal moisture into my hair, so I wasn't as timid about using the dryer for a longer period of time. I noticed a small amount of frizz at the crown of my head, but nothing that a little Obia Moisture Cream couldn't tame. It also comes with 3 attachments- a wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, and a brush. I didn't need those for this style, however. Overall, I enjoyed using the Ionic Dryer. At less than 30 bucks, I would recommend it to my fellow curlies looking for a reliable home hair dryer that's built like a pro.

Where you can buy

Both $29.99, available online at lailaalistylingtools.com.

 


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