Something I really love about working at NaturallyCurly is that on any given day I can turn to my coworkers and ask what they think of certain products, and get input from several different hair type. We all have different hair goals, lifestyles, and expectations when it comes to our products, and I never get tired of learning about what works - and what doesn't. When The Mane Choice recently released their new Heavenly Halo line at Target, we decided to try it out on a Type 2 wavy, a Type 3 curly, and a Type 4 coily because A) we thought it'd be fun and B) we hoped it would be helpful for you. The 6-product line was designed to "restore moisture-depleted hair with intense hydration. Highly concentrated with essential hydrating ingredients to help deliver vital moisture to each strand." Here's what Gerilyn, Alexandra and I thought of the line.
Gerilyn's Hair Type: My hair is Type 4C, low porosity, high density, and mix of fine and medium width.
First Impressions: Compared to hair oils I typically use, this one of the lightest feeling of all. It's somewhere between a dry oil mist and a thick oil. As you will learn, hair oil tends to show up on my face, making it appear oilier than normal; because of this, I am very particular about hair oils and which ones I recommend to NaturallyCurly readers.
Application: I used the serum oil mist immediately after rinsing out the Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Mask and drying my hair with a microfiber towel. Then I spritzed my wrists with a signature fragrance and did not notice a clash in aromas which is key for me.
Results: After consulting with a few stylists, each one of them told me that even though my scalp is healthy, I need to oil it more often than not. Admittedly, I am annoyed by this because that means more work for me in between wash days. It also means that my T-zone and nose will be oil slicks; for some reason, the more I put on my scalp, the oiler my face is... and it's gross. When I saw The Mane Choice® Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Serum Oil Mist, I was very excited to try it because of the misting bottle it's in. This product design told me 1) this oil is most likely lightweight and 2) if it's a serum, it's got to have super ingredients in it. Going into the application process, my fingers were crossed that I would be able to easily apply to my scalp and curls and not experience the face-oil-slick-grossness that hair oils tend to give me. With that hope and blotting papers at the ready, I drove to work today to experience the full extent of the serum oil mist's wear. It's about 2 pm CST; I applied the serum oil mist to my curls around 9 am CST; and my face isn't covered in oil! Also, my hair is so soft you'd be envious. Instead of turning green, get yourself a bottle. I recommend it because it has been 5 hours, and my hair is still holding strong to the product's hydrating ingredients. I'm a fan; if you have low porosity hair strands and dense curls that make sometimes impossible to get to your scalp to oil it, you will be a fan, too.
Alexandra's Hair Type: I'm a combination curly, I have a mix of Type 3b and 3c curls, with medium porosity.
First Impressions: I've never used the Mane Choice line before, but know it's a staple for many curlies, black-owned and affordable so I was eager to give it a try. What I noticed first was the smell! It has a heavenly scent with a mixture of sweet citrus and fresh roses. The texture was whipped to perfection, creamy and light-weight. I'm usually to prefer a heavy cream on my hair but was quite intrigued how much I liked the texture of this hair milk.
Application: I applied the Softening Milk on my damp hair, raked it through from roots to ends. I then finger coiled my hair into sections and let it air dry.
Results: Usually, I prefer more of a defined look with tighter curls but was surprisingly impressed how fluffy and voluminous this softening milk made my hair. Not only was my hair fabulously fluffy, but extremely soft and shiny! I've never seen my curls this with so much volume, this is a new look for me and I'm loving it!
My Hair Type: I have Type 2c waves mixed with 3a curls. My hair is coarse, with high porosity (due to lightening).
First Impressions: I'd never used The Mane Choice, and I'd also never used a pre-poo, so I was very excited to test this. My initial expectations were that a pre-poo may weigh my hair down and make it feel oily. I also primarily see The Mane Choice being used by curlier and coilier women in my social feeds, so I didn't know if it would suit my waves.
Application: I followed the directions and applied the pre-poo to my hair before cleansing and let it sit for 5 minutes. It felt strange applying so much product to dry hair, but I was happy it didn't add much time to my normal morning wash routine. Then I hopped in the shower and rinsed the pre-poo, and followed up by cleansing with the Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Shampoo. I fought the urge to use a clarifying shampoo because I really wanted to see how the products worked together in the line.
Results: I was pleasantly surprised by this pre-poo! It did not make my hair feel oily, weighed down, or limp. If anything it actually made my hair feel a lot softer, and I've had great volume on the days I've used it. I do have highlights on the ends of my hair, and now that my hair is getting longer I find that my ends get very dry, so I appreciate how soft and moisturized my hair feels when using this. I also do hot yoga classes most mornings, so I tend to cleanse a little more often than I otherwise would, and having a pre-poo in my arsenal now makes me feel like my workout routine doesn't have to be at odds with my hair health. I would definitely recommend this to other wavies and curlies who are curious to try a pre-poo!
Have you tried the new Mane Choice Heavenly Halo line? I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below, and be sure to share what your hair type is.