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Friday, August 26, 2011

Product Review: Naked by Essations Honey and Almond Conditioner



Naked by Essations Honey and Almond Moisture Whip Conditioner has been ecstasy this week for moisture conditioning. It feels soooo good as it is massaged into the hair. The clients are loving it. I brought it back with me from the Hair Show. The closest distributor is in Raleigh, NC area, but the salesperson said that he can make sure that my salon gets serviced.

So far the conditioner is definitely a "keeper." The shampoo is great too! I am still a Pureology fan for shampoo though. Also, I believe the Naked line is excellent for naturally curly hair.

September 17, 2011 Update: This Essations Naked conditioner actually has a lot of wheat protein in it. So if you are doing a separate protein treatment, then this conditioner will NOT serve as a moisturizing conditioner. This conditioner by itself should be enough protein and moisture balance without using a separate protein treatment. In a nutshell, if your hair is relaxed, then one should be careful about overusing this conditioner. It could be drying from the protein. Naturally curly hair is probably the best match for this conditioner. It still feels great going onto the hair and scalp . . .

8 comments:

  1. I stopped using the Naked conditioner. Some clients were returning back to the salon complaining of frizziness within a few days of the hair appointment. Mizani Moistufuse conditioner under the dryer seems to have reset and sealed their hair. I will save the Naked conditioner for my natural twist set clients.

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    1. I GOT THE NAKED RELAXER AND MY HAIR WAS FRIZZY AND I CALLED MY SYLIST AND SHE SAID IT WAS FROM MY VITAL RELAXER I BEEN GETTING IN THE PAST IT'S GROWING OUT SO MY ENDS ARE NOT THE NAKED RELAXER SO THAT'S WHY IT'S FRIZZY. SO I DECIDED TO GO BUY THE MIZANI AND I USED IT TODAY. I'LL LET YOU KNOW HOW IT WORKS. AND I ALSO WILL LET MY HAIR STYLIST KNOW TO. THANKS.

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    2. Hi Lisia: If your ends were not frizzy before the Naked relaxer then they should not be frizzy after a relaxer service unless some damage occurred. The conditioner that comes with the Naked relaxer could be the source of the frizz. Definitely, keep me updated!

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    3. well it worked ,but now they have took naked off the shelves I can't find online any were. Ensley does not have it they said essations took it off line so they can't sale it. and they might get it back. i'm not sure what hair relaxer to put in my hair now.

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    4. They probably had good reason to pull the Naked Relaxer. Paul Mitchell and Vital Pro are my two most popular relaxers right now.;

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  2. I have a 13 year old daughter, I am African Caribbean (with thick hair but I relax it) and her father is Irish and German (with naturally curly hair). I have managed to not relax my daughter's hair but with her being in middle school and within two years going to high school the topic of chemically straightening her hair is coming up more frequently.

    I am not familiar with many hair products and do not want to damage her natural hair (when wet it is very wavy and beautiful, when dry very difficult to manage), so I have not allowed her to straighten her hair with chemicals, very rarely I would use a flat iron or hot comb to try to relax some of the curls but this doesn't last but a few days at the most, with the Florida weather.

    I was told about Essations, that this product was not a relaxer; you wash it in and uses a flat iron to straighten, this holds for weeks or until you wash your hair but then you could just flat iron again and you have the straight style back. Is there any truth to this? I also keep seeing the statement no-base relaxer used by Essations from what I understand this uses lye which I was always told is very unhealthy for any ones hair?

    If you can please provide me with any information as far as products or insight on how to help my daughter I would be greatly appreciative.

    Thank you so much for your time,

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  3. Hi M H: I believe Essations has or had a "Soy" line that was designed to assist in "pressing" the hair and blocking out humidity. Mizani (brand) has a Thermasmooth Line that works very similarly as well. Namaste (brand) also has a similar shampoo/conditioner/leave-in serum and anti-humidity type spray.

    It sounds like you are at the crossroads between "styling" and "health" of your daughter's hair. Choose health until her social activities require a different style. (i.e. dance recitals)

    I do not recommend straightening curly hair. I am not fond of the "ionic flat irons."

    I recommend using the shingling technique using either Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding or Design Essentials Defining Creme Gel. The Curly pudding is best suited for medium to coarser hair. The Design essentials is best suited for medium to fine hair. I have a separate article on shingling on this blog. Also, Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner can be used daily to maintain the look for about five days at a time. I hope that this advice helps.

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  4. Thank you so much for the advice, I have tried Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding and it is very helpful. I have heard of a few other but never tried them because I just wasn't sure about them and it is too expensive to sample some of the products and they not work but with your input I think I will invest in the Mixed Chicks conditioner as well as check out other areas of your blog.

    Thank you again!

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