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The Beast I Call My Hair: New Products Review

Since the last blog about my long hair routine, I’ve been wanting to try out new products to see if I might find my new holy grail.


First, a little bit of background about my hair that I didn’t go over last time. I have a few different hair textures growing out of my head: straight, wavy, curly ringlets, and every texture in between. The front sections of my hair are more curly, the back is wavy, and the inside is straighter. It’s a very strange combination.

Because it’s so long, it’s also prone to dryness. That’s to be expected. The ends of my hair are 4 or 5 years old. Thankfully, my hair has about medium porosity, so it responds well to moisturizing treatments. However, I usually hate anything with protein. It makes my hair feel crispy and dry.

The Culprits

OGX healing + vitamin E Shampoo & Conditioner: IMG_9586


  • nutrient rich blend with vitamin E
  • help heal the signs of damage, revealing a healthy-looking glow
  • lower the risk of future breakage
  • increase strength and elasticity
  • dramatically improved split-ends and frizziness

But is it good?

Not gonna lie, I bought this because it was on sale at Target and it smelled fabulous~ It has a lightly fruity scent that I like. I’ve also used OGX in the past so I was hopeful for this sodium laurel sulfate-free line.

So, I used this for 1 month. (Bear in mind that I wash my hair 2-3 times per week.) The shampoo is very thick, almost like a gel toothpaste. It’s almost kind of hard to get out of the bottle. It also left a light film on my scalp after use, which wouldn’t be so bad if I washed my hair every day. But I don’t. Just one day after washing my hair, my scalp would feel greasy. With my Ichikami shampoo, my hair would still feel nice and fresh after several days.

The conditioner wasn’t much better. I used it per the directions, allowing it to marinate in my hair for 3-5 minutes. It’s very thick and made my hair feel moisturized upon application. However, once rinsed out, it made my hair feel squeaky clean (dry). It probably left my hair cleaner than the shampoo did.

All in all, I’m not a fan of this line. Good thing it was on sale.

Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask:

Claims: IMG_9585

  • help deeply quench, nourish and soften to get hair back to looking healthy
  • moisturized strands, mended split ends and a healthy glow with every use
  • NO silicones, parabens, gluten, SLS, sulfated surfactants, synthetic dye
  • YES vegan, eco-friendly, pure coconut water, pure aloe juice

But is it good?

Spoiler alert: I LOVE THIS HAIR MASK

This stuff smells AMAZING.
It smells faintly of coconut with a stronger fruity scent. I can’t stop myself from constantly smelling my hair. As I write this, I keep opening the tub just to smell it. I need to get a candle that smells exactly like this mask.

It makes my hair feel AMAZING.
It’s wonderfully thick and rich, and my hair instantly feels super moisturized upon application. After rinsing, my hair feels brand new. I couldn’t stop feeling my hair the first time I used it. I even made Allen feel my hair. My hair felt so soft and moisturized that I forgot to apply my hair serum. My hair didn’t even need it after this mask.

It’s AMAZINGLY cheap.
I believe I got this for $9 at Ulta, and it’s a dollar less on Amazon. I wish I had discovered this brand years ago. It’s so hard to find products that are easy on the wallet, easy on the environment, and actually work.

I have definitely found my new holy grail. I’m going to keep using this product and trying out more products from Maui Moisture. I loves~

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