I was going to chop my hair off! I was done! I didn’t know how to take care of my natural hair and I didn’t want to put any chemicals in my hair- in 2012 I had swore I would never use a relaxer on my hair again, too many bad experiences! While I was still contemplating it, I met Latinoil…sorry… I met Fred!
Let me tell you about my hair first. I went to a salon late 2012 to get my braids off and the “nice lady” decided to take a scissors, not bothering about where my hair stops and cut off the braids and my hair together, smack down in the middle of my head! And some months before that incident, I went to relax my hair and 2 days after I found some of my hair on the pillow! So after the “nice lady” gave me a cute short patch in the middle of my head I knew that enough is enough! I suddenly hated salons! So, I walked into a barbing salon and cut off my hair! Well, it wasn’t my first time- I seemed to be cutting my hair every 2 years for no particular reason and then relaxing it when I couldn’t take care of it or style it but always ended up with a bad experience and then back to the barbers- I’ve never had that much luck with my hair! Then I discovered the natural hair movement and saw the wonders I could do with my natural hair.
But, still I couldn’t get it right. Lots of videos online, natural hair blogs, products and I just got more confused so I practically just did “wash and go” everyday and my poor hair was always getting knots and falling off. It was getting so bad that I decided to chop it off again and that’s when I met Fred.
Fred gave me five Latinoil products and I figured that it was a sign from God saying- DON’T CUT YOUR HAIR! And trust me I take those signs seriously! So I decided that here starts my nappy hair journey of learning about my type of hair, how to take care of my hair, the right products to use for it to be nourished and grow right. What better way to start this journey but with Latinoil, on my almost damaged hair! And I loved also that Latinoil hair products do not contain alcohol, sulfate, phosphates, or parabens and is ph-balanced to satisfy the natural levels required for my hair type. Yipee! Let’s dig in!
So I got this from Fred.
Latinoil is the first hair treatment in the world based on Chia Oil. It’s lightweight multipurpose formula rich in Antioxidants and Omega 3-6-9, nourishes the hair adding instant shine, conditioning and intense repair to the hair fibers.
Chia Repair Shampoo: Product description -Among other ingredients, it contains Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Mamey Oil and Royal Jelly. The biotin in royal jelly helps produce keratin, the building block of hair. Folic acid promotes healthy cell growth and skin regeneration, and with that comes hair regeneration or hair re-growth.
Pros: I love the peppermint smell. I get a little tingling sensation when I use it making me feel like some good work is going on down there in my hair roots!
Cons: When used on my hair, it does not generate a nice lather (though natural hair experts say that that is a good thing). It also leaves my hair feeling hard after rinsing not quite moisturized as I would have loved.
Chia Repair Conditioner: Product description: Super rich silky conditioner softens hair by filling in uneven hair cuticles thus thickening each strand.
Pros: It was incredibly easy to comb through my natural hair with this conditioner in without losing much hair. That was new for me (not losing hair when I comb). I found it very moisturizing, and when I rinsed it out, my hair was left super soft and smelled really nice.
Cons: I read that washing my hair with shampoo a lot is not very good for the hair. According to Nubianwaters, conditioners are simply awesome for the hair and a crucial step in caring for my natural hair. It did make my hair soft but I did not feel the “slip” when I apply on my hair. Maybe it’s the texture of my hair. So, this bottle won’t work for me especially financially. It is a 250 ml bottle and running out already especially since I generously use it.
Chia Oil Hair Treatment: Product description: Chia Oil hair treatment is healing oil for all hair types. Its lightweight multipurpose formula rich in Antioxidants and Omega3-6-9 nourishes the hair adding instant shine, conditioning and intense repair to the hair fibres.
Pros: Anytime I use it, my husband says I smell nice! It’s got a sweet smell. I’ve got soft hair but ai! This oil makes my hair extra soft, light and the comb goes right through my hair! I call it my detangling-oil and I also noticed that I do not loose hair when I comb my hair after using the oil. It also contains Jojoba Oil also, light and non-greasy.
Cons: It’s perfect but the other small problem for me is that it comes in a small bottle. It’s going to finish quick quick! So economically, it’s not going to work for me, aside that, I love how it makes my hair feel.
Chia Oil Hydrating Therapy Mask: Product description: Supports health, shine and silkiness from the very first application. Rejuvenates and seals split ends with its ultra repairing properties. Antioxidant rich formula with Chia Oil Omega Fatty Acids that restores the hair natural oil leaving it shiny and manageable. The how-to-use instruction says after shampooing, apply a generous amount to towel dried hair and comb through. Let product absorb for 5-7 minute. Rinse or leave-in and use 1-2 times a week and less frequently when the hair improves.
Pros: Chia Oil Hydrating Therapy Mask combines the moisturizing benefits of a leave-in conditioner with the smoothing and holding properties of a gel. It also kinda stretches the hair, curls it, and makes the hair light and bouncy.
Cons: When I leave-in and not wash it out, it takes a long time to dry and kinda sticky when you touch it like when you use lot of gel in your hair. Next time, I’ll use it on my wash day hair day when I know I’m not going out and let it dry in braids. I can imagine the curly effect when I take it off! And when I wash it out it leaves my hair feeling hard.
I’ve still got the Chia Curls BB Cream but I haven’t used it yet. I want to do some bantu knots or put my hair in rollers so that I know how it works. My favorite Latinoil product so far is the Latinoil Chia Oil Hair Treatment and Chia Oil Hydrating Therapy Mask especially the oil!
There’s been a huge difference in the texture of my hair since I started using Latinoil. My hair looks and feels healthy and super soft too. Latinoil products can be found on MIRA Dynamics, sole distributor here, in South Africa. The products are suitable for those with natural hair, and also those with relaxed hair that want to reduce the chemicals they use on their hair. You can purchase their products ⇒HERE.
Info on Antioxidants & Omega Acids:
Antioxidants mitigate and prevent damage to cells and structures from free radical and reactive oxygen species by putting the brakes on the chain reaction that destroys everything around it. In other words, antioxidants are there to protect and repair our bodies from free radicals.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Hair Benefits : According to Stylecraze, it creates strong and beautiful tresses: Omega-3 is known for its ability to fight problems of dry and brittle hair, itchy and flaky scalp, dandruff, hair fall and improper blood circulation in the scalp. DHA and EPA provide nourishment to the hair follicles to make the hair strong and healthy.
See Transition Movement for more info on the benefits of Omega 3-6-9 for natural hair.
You got any advice for me on simple ways to take care of my hair, please tell me in the comment box, would love to hear from you! If you’ve used Latinoil tell me about your experience too!