April 16, 2014

Community Review- KeraVada Ayurvedic Hair Oils + Cleansing Co-Wash

via Keravada.com-- "Get ready for the Eastern hair experience! KERAVADA 4 IN 1 CONDITIONER contains powerful ayurveda ingredients that will leave your hair fresh, detangled, and oh so soft to the touch. Our super-low lather formula will leave your hair squeaky clean without stripping your tresses of much-needed moisture. KERAVADA 4 IN 1 CONDITIONER contains powerful cleansers, such as Neem, Shikakai, and Aritha to remove build up and unclog pores. It also contains Apple Cider Vinegar to balance the pH levels of your hair and scalp.

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Coconut Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Ceteryl Alcohol, Glycerin, Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Vera, Honey, Amla, Brahmi, Bhringraj, Fenugreek, Tulsi, Neem, Shikakai, Aritha, Sweet Almond Oil, Grape seed Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Lanolin, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Vitamin E, Avocado Oil, Ginger, Patchouli, Bergamot, Neroli, Evening Primrose Oil, Lavender, Rosemary, Lime Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Lemon Extract, Sweet Orange Extract, Lemongrass, Clove, Sage, Magnesium Oil, Optiphen Plus, Fragrance"

For deets on the oils, SEE HERE

4 in 1 Co-Wash + Cleanser + Detangler + Deep Conditioner (8oz $16)
I used this first as a cleanser and then a deep conditioner. My hair was dampened under the running water of the shower and I applied the creamy, herbal scented product section by section. I massaged — there was no lather. It didn’t seem as though much was happening at all, so I followed with my usual shampoo to ensure my hair was cleansed. I then applied more of KeraVada product as a deep conditioner. When rinsing, I can’t say there was anything significant to the way my hair felt afterwards.

Ayurvedic Oils (8oz $15-16)
*Hibiscus Rosemary Neem Shikakai Ayurveda Oil
*Irish Moss Kelp Spirulina Ayurveda Hair Oil
*Argan Jojoba Coconut Marshmallow Super Herbal Essential Blend Oil

I have been using all three oils for the last few months and have lumped them all into one single review. How come? Because I didn’t notice any one oil performing much differently than the other. I contacted the vendor regarding the labeling of the oils being 6x more concentrated as compared to 4x concentrated (which as once available on the website) and was told it had to do with the amout of herbs used in the initial creation — some very complicated measure.

I used the oils in few ways:
-Deep Conditioner Boost – Added a few tablespoons to one of my usual deep conditioners and didn’t notice any difference in the performance of said conditioner.
-Leave-in Conditioner – After detangling, I massaged 3 different oils on 3 different sections, plaited my hair and waited for it to air dry. Once dried, my hair didn’t really feel like anything was applied at all.
-LOC method – After stretching my hair with heat, moisturizing with a Palm Tapioca Cream and using either of these oils to seal, my hair felt great! It appeared to smooth my cuticles and hair was very shiny.

I appreciate that these KeraVada oils are packaged in bottles with tips for easy scalp access. This made my scalp massages much less messy. Though these oils are marketed for various uses (pre-shampoo, hot-oil treatment), I only found use on dry hair to be beneficial for me. It really appeared to work well with whichever cream moisturizer I chose.

These oils are Ayurvedic, which often results in some pretty funky smelling concoctions, yet they were each nicely fragranced. Even the Hibiscus Rosemary Neem Shikakai oil had no remnants of the horrid neem scent.

Overall, the 4 in 1 Conditioner/Cleanser would not be something I would purchase, but the oils are a go!

Photos below feature a fresh twist-out after wearing twists for 7 days. I moisturized with Palm Tapioca and sealed with all three oils.

I also received the Creme Brûlée for review, but I’m still working on that one.

Do you use any Ayurvedic products in your regimen?

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