Caring for my natural hair is a learning journey. Finding out what products work and which ones don't take a whole lot of trial and error. While I'm pretty sure I have my leave in conditioner nailed down, I'm still on the hunt for hair oil that will seal in my curly hair's moisture. Sealing is important because if I don't my hair is dry, by the end of the day. Dry hair spells damage and breakage, which doesn't help me and my goal of growing this hair out.
For the past two months I've been reviewing Shining Star ($16) from Uncle Funky's Daughter, a brand that specializes in creating the products our natural hair needs. I heard of them around the natural hair blogosphere and when they reached out to me to review this styling product I was kinda psyched. At the time I just finished cutting off the rest of my relaxed ends and I was in need of a great oil product that wasn't too heavy for my fine hair but kept my hair moisturized. Made with natural Jojoba and Soybean oil, this product is supposed to fulfill that old school tradition of "greasing your scalp" without the guilt of using products that can clog your pores. Shining Star is free of synthetic dyes, mineral oil, petroleum, parabens, and sulfates. It claims to prevent a dry, flaky scalp while giving your hair great shine. I also love the packaging! Homegirl is working it! :)
I applied Shining Star after my leave in conditioner and it was a bit of trial and error as to how much to use. With my leave in, I'm pretty liberal with it, applying it to my hair in sections to make sure I don't miss a spot. When I did the same thing with Shining Star, my hair was too greasy. So I had to modify it by applying a dime size amount in my palm and then lightly apply it all over my hair. If I'm doing a twist out, I'll put some on my finger tips and then undo the twists. For my scalp I'll do the same thing and gently massage it in, which works very well. It gave my hair great shine, too and keeps it moisturized most of the day. However I do need to apply a little more before tying up my hair on night. The fragrance isn't overpowering either, which is a plus especially if you use it twice a day like I do. I also get better results on dry hair than when it's just washed, where I'm finding I may need a slightly heavier oil to seal my hair while it dries.
My husband is also a big fan! He suffers from a really dry scalp and his old hair grease was just not cutting it. When your man stops you while you are in Walgreens and randomly raves about "that new hair stuff you got in the bathroom", you know he likes it! His hair stays moisturized all day long and does wonders for his scalp.
Have you ladies used any products from Uncle Funky's Daughter?
Photo courtesy of: Uncle Funky's Daughter
FTC Disclosure: Product used in this review was received as a free sample.