Rarely do I expect to find a haircare line that has multiple products that actually work quite well across the texture spectrum, but Alikay Naturals proved me wrong.
On the search for the next Holy Grail product, I have come across many lines. Rarely do I expect to find a haircare line that has multiple products that actually work quite well across the texture spectrum, but Alikay Naturals proved me wrong. Alikay Naturals has become a household name within the naturally curly, coily and wavy hair community. Recently, I tested some out to see how well they worked for my type 2c hair. Here is what I thought of the following products from the line.
Since this is the base for my hair care regimen, I'll start my reviews with the Alikay Naturals leave-in. This liquid is super bright yellow with a lemon-like zest, which is no joke. I am in love with the fact that it smells like fresh lemons without being overpowering. The leave-in is in a spray bottle, however, I do not spray it into my hair. Instead, I spray some into my hands then scrunch into my strands so I can control the amount I use more than nozzle allows.
- silk amino proteins to help rebuild damaged hair cuticles
- aloe vera that moisturizes and heals damaged hair
- lemongrass oil which helps promote shine and volume.
Just like the leave-in, this curl refresher is not lacking in the scent department. This one reminds me of a yummy mango. Like the leave-in, Alikay Naturals' curl refresher also comes in a spray bottle, and I also prefer spraying some into my hands for more control of the amount I use. In the morning to refresh, I dampen my hair with a spray bottle of water then scrunch in a few sprays of the curl refresher, and go. I find this refresher adds a nice amount of volume to my second day hair, when often times, it can fall flat. The product also controls my frizz all day long.
This lotion smells like watermelon jolly ranchers, what more can I say? It is also the lotion that switched me back from using mousse as my primary styler. With ingredients like kokum butter to help increase the elasticity of my waves, in addition to preventing breakage, it is no wonder why this cream is so soothing. I scrunch about three pumps into my hair after applying the leave-in and finish it off with a hard hold gel. I have found that my hair has a beautiful shine and amazing curl definition while also feeling soft and moisturized.
This oil sticks with the trend of the line with its fresh scent. It comes in a pump bottle which I can appreciate because it is not as messy as most oil blends can be. While I cannot apply this heavy oil to wet wavy hair, I enjoy using it for overnight applications or midday if my hair feels drier than normal--in this case, one pump is enough for all of my hair. For the silkener, I like to smooth through with a focus on my ends. I find that if I apply the oil on dry hair, it does not weigh the waves down. It actually leaves them feeling moisturized and not slick.
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