The Dark and Lovely Au Naturale range made to cater for natural hair is soon to be hitting our shores here in SA 😀 Thanks to Beauty Bulletin and D&L, I was chucked in to review the products #dead #zerochillwasfound XD Read on, and don’t be shy to sound off about your thoughts on this new range in the comments 🙂
- Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Moisture Replenishing Shampoo R34.95 (250ml)
The entire range has an amazing tropical scent reminiscent of papaya, takes you straight to the island. The only possible downside is being chased by monkeys because of it #durbanproblems. The shampoo is a good option for clarifying, and leaves hair smelling amazing. I know I said this already, but damn that smell is H E A V E N. The entire range is free of all the nasty parabens and drying alcohols that curly hair does not need, but the shampoo has sulphates. At this point I was on my knees screaming “WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY” to the hair deities, I feel you. I’ve only recently discovered the joys of a good co-wash and I was so loathe having to use sulphates again D: FIX THIS PLS PLS PLS TALKING TO YOU D&L
- Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Knot Out Conditioner R34.95 (250ml)
For a conditioner that only costs R34.95, this thing is #bomb! My hair was left super soft, even after the sulphates from the shampoo #subtlehint #downwiththesulphates. My only complaint is that the 250ml bottle is not enough, I need more of this affordable goodness in my life. For someone with a LOT of hair this bottle may only last 2 washdays or so. Once again, the fruity scent had me on a white beach in Barbados, drinking pina colada and getting caught in the rain. It’s quite thick and I do love a conditioner that has some junk in the trunk i.e. not a runny, loser conditioner. You are a conditioner, not a detangling lotion, know your place #sorrynotsorry. However, this does both! 😮 So we can detangle and condition simultaneously? I’m so here for that 😀
- Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Plaiting Pudding Cream R69.95 (250ml)
The styling products in the range have a bit of a heftier price tag. However I maintain that this range is great value for the natural on a budget. Let’s be real, a lot of natural hair products come for a pretty penny, especially if you’re looking for healthy ingredients and effective results. The D&L Au Naturale Plaiting Pudding Cream and Afro Moisturising Butter have both these things, but at a reasonable price comparatively. I have type 3B/C hair and intended to LOC using these as my L and C.
The Plaiting Pudding Cream was so thick that even putting another product on was going to leave me looking like Severus Snape for sure. I hacked it by thinning it down to a more liquid form with water and it worked just as well as my usual R120 styling cream. It mixes well with other products, if you’re into that vibe (no white residue) and defined my curls, holding it’s own as well. I sealed with a light oil and I was good to go. This product has some serious potential as it can work for type 3 and 4 hair. The heavier texture means it won’t cause too much shrinkage, but definitely go easy if you prefer volume “:) I feel it’s important to note that I smelled exactly like a drink with a paper umbrella in the best way, which made other people feel like happy hour was closer, which made everyone happy.
It lasted quite a while, giving pretty decent second and third day hair.
- Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Afro Moisturising Butter R69.95 (250ml)
I don’t often do twist outs/ braid-outs with styling creams, I prefer moisturizing when I do these even if it means some frizz. This is my new staple because it is meant for moisturizing but held my twist out with great shine and definition. I never thought my twist out could be this defined, so much winning at life- at least until I tried to separate it and frizzed it up, blame my useless styling skills XD Still, my hair was very soft and nourished 4 days after wash day, so no complaints here 🙂
Dark & Lovely has finally given naturals a chance to eat meat again- good quality products at affordable prices (just get rid of the sulphates #oncemore #pettywap). The products in the range are versatile, and you can use them to suit your preferred routine.
PS-Did I mention that it smells like an island getaway? #THESMELLIJUSTCANT #SOGOOD