Revlon Realistic uses Black Seed Oil as one of its major ingredients to help give natural hair strength and shine. Black Seed Oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe the scalp and prevents flakes, and also helps with hair growth and strength. The line also includes ingredients like sweet almond oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and argan oil, and is formulated without parabens, sulfates, colorants or harmful additives.
On my wash day, I gave four products a try from the Revlon Realistic line: Strengthening Shampoo, the Strengthening Conditioner, the Strengthening Curling Custard, and the Strengthening Twist Pudding. Check out my thoughts below!
First off, I love when products have a pump, because it makes it easier to control how much product I need. I washed my hair with the Strengthening Shampoo twice, before moving on to conditioning. My first thoughts was that it lathers a lot — I mean a lot. Personally, I feel like my hair gets cleaner with a lather, so I really enjoyed that about this product. I feel like the product did a job cleaning my hair, but nothing extra outside of that. For the record, the shampoo is very fragrant, almost like a perfume. Some people don’t like heavy smells like this, but I thought it smelled pretty nice!
This conditioner is your standard conditioner that normally gets paired with a shampoo, versus a deep conditioner. I tried to use it as a deep conditioner, leaving it on for 30 minutes, but it didn’t do an intense conditioning like my typical deep conditioner. But my hair was soft after rinsing the product out and it really helped with detangling — which is what I struggle with having type 4 hair. I recommend using this as a co-wash or detangler, rather than a deep conditioner!
After I rinsed out the Strengthening Conditioner, I added the Strengthening Curling Custard to my hair, sectioning my hair into four parts and finger combing the product through my hair. I thought it did a good job of making my curls more defined, but that’s really it. I will say that a little bit goes a long way with this product — you don’t need a lot if you’re sectioning your hair like I did!
If you know me, I love a good twist pudding or cream. For the longest, I used curling custards to do my twists or braid outs and I’d always wonder why they wouldn’t stayed defined for more than a day. Since using twist puddings, my hair style have changed for the better — so I was excited to use this product. After I combed the Curling Custard through me hair, I sectioned my hair into eight sections before adding the Twist Pudding to my hair. Like the Curling Custard, a little bit goes a long way with this product, so keep that in mind when braiding or twisting your hair. The product went on easily, but of course the big test was how your hair looks when you take the braids down — and my hair looked okay. My curls weren’t defined as I would have liked, but what I did enjoy was the fact that the product didn’t weigh my hair down so that it wouldn’t be fully dry the next day.
Overall, I was a little surprised at the quality of the products. I will definitely reach for the shampoo again to get a nice clean, and I’ll use to conditioner to co-wash. I wouldn’t use the Curling Custard or Twist Pudding in my regular routine, but it might work for someone else!
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