When it comes to local products there are literally a handful that I’ve tried – some which made me want to do cartwheels in excitement and some…not so much. I have been following The Moisture Factory on Instagram for a while now and ever since I started wearing wash and goes I’ve been feeling the need to add a curl custard/crème to my regimen, so when I was ready to purchase one it was a no-brainer, I wanted to try out The Moisture Factory’s curl custard. I DM’ed them and they were kind enough to send me their entire curl range as well as their gel and I promised I’d do a review in return. Can I just take a moment and say their products smell really beautiful?? And to those who are wondering, their products are paraben and sulfate free. For those who aren’t too familiar with The Moisture Factory, it is a Joburg-based company owned by Nyakalo Ndlovu who, like most natural hair entrepreneurs, started her budding business right in her kitchen.
I struggled a little when it came time to review the products because the truth is I’m in favour of local products. I have so much faith in them because I understand how much blood and sweat goes into making these products, products made in Africa for African hair. But as with any product, local or international, not everything will work on your hair. And it’s this that I grappled with most. I eventually decided that I’d rather be the kind of blogger who shares both the positive and negative aspects of my experience when testing out products rather than focusing on positives only just so it may assist you in making a better informed decision. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Co-wash – R90
The co-wash smells of all the goodness of tea tree oil and peppermint oil and is made specifically for dry and damaged hair in order to stimulate the hair follicles, generate growth and promote longer and stronger hair. I haven’t co-washed my hair since early 2016 so I was curious to see how this would work on my fro. After dampening my hair as the application instructions indicate, I applied the co-wash onto my hair, however, I instantly noticed how dry it made my hair. I gave it benefit of the doubt since the instructions suggest to leave it on for 30 minutes so perhaps it needed time to get to work, but nothing had changed. After trying it out on two more wash days I decided to leave it out of my regimen as it only dried out my hair.
Curl Custard – R90
Of all the products in the range I received, the curl custard was the one I was most excited to try out for obvious reasons – keeping my wash and goes soft and moisturised. After applying it to my damp hair as the “C” in my LOC method, I instantly observed that it does what it says, it defines your curls and tames frizz, but I also noticed it did leave my hair a little on the dry side as well. The good thing about this product, though, is whether it’s used with the recommended gel in the range or even flaxseed gel, it dries clear which is what you want with a wash and go and personally what I liked about it.
Hair Elixir – R90
I especially loved this product. Infused with grapeseed oil, olive oil, jojoba, peppermint and tea tree oil amongst others, the hair elixir is what every scalp needs, especially if you suffer from scalp conditions. It promises to promote hair growth, encourage edge growth and restore hair lustre. I used it both as a sealant and for my scalp massages, and let me tell you, that cool, tingling sensation is just everything! I also added it to my conditioner and spritz for that extra oomph.
That Gel – R90
When it comes to this gel I can honestly understand what fellow naturals have been raving about, it really is that gel. The first thing you’ll notice right off the bat is that unlike most gels on the market catered to natural hair, this particular gel does not have a jelly-like consistency, which may be worrying or even lend itself to curiosity if it’s something you’re not used to seeing. The gel promises to impart moisture, promote elasticity and add shine and lustre. I immediately took note of the shine and lustre once I applied it to my wet hair and I loved that it remained even after my hair had dried. I noticed that when used in conjunction with the other products in the range (Co-wash + Curl Custard) it only sealed the dryness in, however, when I used it along with my staples it worked well and sealed the moisture in. I’m generally not a fan of laying my edges or sleeking/smoothing down my hair but I did give it a try and found that this gel is better at smoothing down my hair compared to my usual homemade flaxseed gel.
Detangler – R90
This detangler reminds me of Aunt Jackie’s Knot On My Watch, only in a diluted formula. The bottle does say you can use it as a moisturiser/leave-in formula, but I preferred using it as a detangler. It’s best used on dry hair before undoing braids or plaits or even on tangled hair and it really does eliminate tangles and knots and helps make the hair more easily manageable, not to mention soft to the touch!
If I had to choose I’d definitely say the Hair Elixir, That Gel and the Detangler are probably what I’d put my money on. If you’d like to purchase their products, you can do sohere. Of course, this was my experience with The Moisture Factory and how my hair reacted as I used their products. As always, every head of hair is different and you’ll never really know how a product works for you until you actually give it a try…but three out of five, I’d say that’s a win.