Saturday, May 12, 2012

Product Review - VanTRESSa Naturals

Hey Kinkies.  Guess who's doing another review?!?  ME!!

I love doing product reviews, especially for smaller companies that you may not have heard of.  This time I am reviewing products from a line called VanTRESSa Naturals.  I was sent a total of five products to do a review on.  This review will be on three of the five products sent.
What's In VanTRESSa Naturals' Products?
CocoSheaSTRONG Protein Shine Conditioner: Water, aloe vera, glycerin, olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, BTMS, cetearyl alcohol (plant derived), lecithin, shea butter, silk protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, sucrose cocoate, guar, menthol, phenoxyethanol SA, tocopherol, sorbitol, essential oils, and fragrance.

Coconut Oil Créme:100% creamy organic coconut oil.

SheaGrow: 100% natural creamy shea butter, oils, and follicle stimulating essential oils.

Of note, the ingredients on the website differ from what is on some of the labels of the products that were sent to me.  The ingredients listed above are as per the labels of the products that were sent to me.  Also, I started this review on freshly shampooed hair (I used an Ayurvedic shampoo bar that I previously used.  I detangled with a detangling product and tool as it was much needed (I wore an Afro puff for a week so I am sure you can understand the need to detangle).  The products were rinsed out prior to starting this review.

What's your first impression of  VanTRESSa Naturals' Products Kinky?  The CocoSheaSTRONG smelled  a bit citrusy and it was pleasing.  The product itself is creamy, more of a liquid consistency, and a beige-like color.  It reminds me of waffle batter, but not as thick.  I left it on my hair for an hour (well actually a little over an hour), as directed by the bottle, then I rinsed with cool water.  After rinsing it out, my hair felt soft and had a bit of shine.  (It would help if I had a picture, right?)  Next I applied the Coconut Oil Créme to my wet hair.

As for the Coconut Oil Créme, it smelled like regular coconut oil.  The website (and product label) does note that you can choose different scents for this product; however, the one sent to me was unscented.   Man I wish that I had gotten ANY of the scents listed on the site as they all sound sooooooooooooo good!  It did not really differ from the coconut oil that you can buy at the store.  I did notice that while in the jar it did not melt as quickly as my other coconut oil that I have - this may be due to the dark jar that it is packaged in.  When I used it, it did easily melt in my hands, as with any other coconut oil.   After applying the Coconut Oil Créme to my wet hair, I then applied the SheaGrow as a second layer.

I used the SheaGrow, which smells like mint, on my scalp as well as my hair.  The product sent to me is not as pictured on the site.  The site shows a creamy product; however, what was sent to me was a solid form.  After rubbing it into my hands, it did smoothly coat my hair.  At times, I did use the coconut oil to help soften the SheaGrow in my palms.  After twisting, I covered my head with a bonnet cap that I previously reviewed and the next morning I could not WAIT to check out my hair.  My hair was bouncy, shiny and I could not keep my hands out of it.  I did my hair on a Friday night and left my hair in the twists until Sunday morning.  Normally I do it on Sunday night but since I was going to the hair expo on Sunday, I had to look right!!  Below is the picture of my hair on the evening that I took the twists out.
Normally I have more pictures, but I think that I got lost in the need to get ready for the NJ NHCE, and forgot to do the close-ups and unveiling.  I promise my hair was the business in person!!  It was soft and  my tresses bounced back when pulled.  I had gotten so many compliments on my hair at the expo, and was even asked what product was in my hair a few times.  If you check out my pictures from the NJ Natural Hair Care Expo, you will be able to see more pictures.

Anywho, I did an overnight pineapple.  I was not able to do a successful overnight pineapple, but I tried... once again!  I kept my hair tied up until Tuesday morning, when I had to actually go into the office.  I should have known it would have been just a pine instead of successful pineapple.  I was able to do a quick pompadour twist-out style, which I wore for the remainder of the week.  I only used an elastic headband.  I thought it was cute... see for yourself.
 Here's a close-up of the back.  
While my twists aren't as defined as a few days prior, you can still see the sheen.  My tresses were still soft to the touch, throughout the entire review process.  Nightly I moisturized with water, applied the Créme and SheaGrow, and covered my tresses with a bonnet.  I applied the SheaGrow to my scalp every other day, massaging it in.

Overall,  I really liked the products and would likely use them again.  Unless you're one that would want a scent added to your coconut oil, I would not really invest in the coconut oil.  This is not to take away from the company, as I know some prefer to get all of their items from one location, in one shot.  I just honestly wouldn't.  If there were EOs added, or some other beneficial ingredient, then perhaps I would consider purchasing it.

I know some may have protein sensitivity while others report how their hair is dry and brittle after using a product with protein... while I haven't used this product long enough to see the long term effects, I can honestly say that after using the CocoSheaSTRONG, my hair definitely had softness and shine so I will definitely use it again as a deep conditioner/protein treatment.

Look out for the review of the other two products that I am reviewing from this line.  I can't wait to try those!  That may be via YouTube though!  :-)

Where to buy: VanTRESSa Naturals

Oh as I typed this, I thought about something... As with most products, I rub the left over product that was on my hands, on my legs or arms.  I hope that the follicle stimulating EOs that are in the product don't have me looking furry!  LoL.  Just kidding... but I did seriously think that!

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Disclaimer: I was sent this product for the purpose of a review and I was NOT paid to do this review. The above review/opinions expressed was based on MY experience using the product. Kinky Kinetik is not affiliated with VanTRESSa Naturals and is thereby not responsible for your experience with the product.

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