Yes, I am doing my very first product review because I've gotta let ya'll know how much I really really really love this thing.
But you're gonna have a wait a minute (or speed read, or skip to the bottom) because there's a mini background info that I must get through first.
Women and hair go together like coffee and cream, cupcakes and coffee, convertibles and sunny days. Black women and hair go together almost like oil and water. We're never very happy with our hair texture, length, color, thickness, style or just generally being on our heads. Thanks to weaves, braids and wigs we can do just about anything to our hair these days.
When I was younger I used to glue in my own weave tracks. I never could get down wearing wigs (my head heats up with all that brain power going on) and I've been doing my own relaxers since I was 16. I couldn't tell you the true texture of my hair except thick! I've had it cut Salt-n-Pepa sideways to Halle Berry bob from Boomerang to currently just grazing my shoulders. As of late, I have been contemplating cutting it all off.
Why? Why lose my crown and glory? Because I'm tired of relaxing my hair. I workout a lot (6 days/week) and I sweat A LOT!!! This leads to sweating out the chemical process and just leads to unnecessary damage to my hair.
Here's the good part...
Well this past Christmas, I struggled with what to give my mom for a present. We differ when it comes to taste in clothes, shoes and handbags (plus, she has 3 closets full of stuff). So she mentioned she wanted an Instyler. Ta-Da. Problem solved. I headed over to the wonderful bedding/bath store with coupon in hand and snatched one up.
Of course I was skeptical that it would even work on Black hair. Black women spend billions of $$$$ on hair care products, most of which don't work. How many flat irons do you have in your drawers (I have 2, and 1's a chi). So when my mom finally pulled it out the package and announced she was happy with it (just don't use it when your hair wet), I was still skeptical. Especially since her hair is fine (thanks to all the over processing, years of dye jobs, flat ironing, hot combing, and weaves).
Well, I used it last weekend prior to jetting off to Sacramento. Loved the results (minus burning my ear). No burnt hair smell, no need to keep applying oil so the ends aren't damaged. I had great volume and body (not like the old Blonde lady in the infomerical, but I was happy with the results).
I am itching to order my own Instyler (just can't swing the $99 at the moment). The one downfall is the whirling noise it makes. It caught me off guard the first few times. I used it again this weekend while visiting her house and you get used to the noise.
So if you've been thinking of getting one - go for it. Make sure you use your BBB coupon for 20%. And if the folks from Instyler are reading this, I'd gladly accept a freebie! Otherwise, I'm trolling eBay for 1.
What's your fav hair care product?