We’re back again with another product review! You must know by now how eager I am to try new products. Today, we’re talking about a brand I’ve never used before – AFRICAN PRIDE. Funny enough I also purchased the most products in one line from this brand (on separate occasions). I’ll give ya’ll my first impressions and thoughts on the products used so far.
The line I’ll be talking about is the moisture miracle line, where each product utilises different main ingredients. I’ll list them below along with their benefits for your natural hair. Each product also speaks about the Moisture Miracle story, “created with you in mind”.
Our collection is naturally crafted for the specific needs of coils and curly textures. Every product is made with a signature blend of rich ingredients of African origin, specifically selected to deliver intense moisture and the benefits you need in every step of your natural routine.
Coconut Milk & Honey: Hydrate & Shine Leave-In Conditioner
The conditioner comes in an 8 fl oz. spray bottle instructing you to “shake to mix”. It’s advertised to refresh and soften natural coils and curls. Coconut milk replenishes moisture, naturally softens and detangles while honey naturally retains moisture and adds shine. A plus, is that there are no parabens, mineral oil, sulfates nor petrolatum.
I don’t remember my reasoning behind purchasing this product because I’m not a fan of “spray” products. To me, I don’t feel like it gets the job done. Anyway, throughout the use of this product one thing which stood out to me the most was the scent. It’s STRONG! Not strong in a bad way, but it’s a real powerful sweet smell. Similar to my distaste with spray products, there’s one for strong sweet scents. Therefore I hardly used this product in my regimen.
Shea Butter & Flaxseed Oil: Moisturize & Define Curling Cream
“Shapes, hydrates and adds shine to natural coils and curls” The curling cream comes in a 12 oz. jar and contains no parabens, mineral oil, sulfates nor petrolatum. Shea butter deeply moisturizes, helps strengthen and protect the hair while flaxseed oil provides a natural hold and restores shine. It’s also said to leave coily styles smooth and bouncy with soft hold.
The funny thing about this cream and my hair is how light it is. Usually, my hair prefers thicker creams such as the leave-in but I’ve been reaching for this product lately while styling my hair. The only thing I’m iffy about is the hold, therefore I’d suggest pairing it with another product. On my next style I’d probably pair it with a gel. Besides for the hold, the definition and added shine is great, plus the scent is pretty mild.
Coconut Oil & Baobab Oil: Hydrate & Strengthen Leave-In Cream
The first product I tested from this line based on a review from Instagram and I instantly fell in love. I used it with a sample of another brand’s product and I got such an awesome twist out. Sadly, I haven’t been able to recreate that specific look but the leave-in cream works great on my hair to give me added moisture. As mentioned earlier, it’s thicker than the curling cream and pretty much has the same scent. Of course, this was my first product in the line to finish.
What I particularly love about this product is in the instructions it tells you to “apply a generous amount”, so you already know wassup (another reason it finished as quickly as it did). You can also use it as a daily moisturiser, which I did a few times or layer with products. The blend of coconut oil and baobab oil imparts lasting moisture while helping to protect against breakage.
5 Essential Oils with Vitamin E
Last but not least, an oil. Whether you’re using the LOC or LCO method, you need an oil to seal in every ounce of moisture. The oil comes in a 4 fl oz. bottle with a spout and contains five essential oils: Castor, Grapeseed, Argan, Coconut and Olive. Basically all your favourite oils!
- Castor Oil – nourishes scalp and helps to promote hair growth
- Grapeseed Oil – provides thermal protection, smooths and adds shine
- Argan Oil – natural antioxidant, smoothes hair cuticles
- Coconut Oil – deeply conditions, hydrates and helps repair
- Olive Oil – seals in moisture, helps prevent breakage
If we were ranking these products on scent alone this would be the winner; it smells heavenly! I’ve used this product quite a few times on my scalp, but it’s hard to judge it’s effectiveness (lately, my scalp always seems dry). However, I’d say it works great on your hair (using the LCO/LOC method) while adding shine.
Overall, I really enjoyed using these products and they are type 4 qualified and coily hair approved. It was something different for me from the typical mainstream brands and most of them worked great. I’d give the moisture miracle line 3/5 until I try the remaining products (pre-shampoo, shampoo, conditioner, gel n’ cream, masque and mousse). As you can see it’s an extensive product line covering everything you’d need for your natural hair care regimen. P.S I’ll continue to update this post once I try new products or styles.
Have you ever tried this brand before or this specific product line? How did it work for you?