Hello, lovelies! Finally back again with another review! It's been too long...as usual. If you follow me on Facebook (and really, why wouldn't you? The link is right here), then you know I bought my own little starter kit of TGIN (short for Thank God I'm Natural) products while trying out black owned beauty brands.
I purchased their shampoo, conditioner, and deep conditioner, the products I tend to lean on the most in my hair care routine. I wanted to see if these products were on par with previous favorites, and if they were things I could see myself keeping in my rotation long term.
It must seem a little backwards to start with the deep conditioner review since it's generally the last step before styling in your wash routine, but if you've been following me for awhile you guys know that deep conditioners are bae for me. They are the biggest reason why my hair stays as healthy as it does, and if you held a gun to my head and forced me to relax my hair again, that is the main hair habit I would take with me when returning, kicking and screaming, to my childhood hair routine. So I figured it made sense to start with the product I stood to make the most use of before moving on to the shampoo and conditioner.
Alright, enough preamble! Let's get to the facts! All the info below comes directly from TGIN's website:
Product Name: Honey Miracle Deep Conditioner for Natural Hair
Price: $17.99 (often on sale for less)
What it does: "tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask is like an instant make over for dry, damaged or colored treated hair. This luxurious deep conditioner contains raw honey for softer, shinier tresses and jojoba and olive oils, which nourish and heal strands in need of repair. The result is hair that never looked so good."
Ingredients: WATER, RAW HONEY, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, STEARAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, GLUTAMIC ACID, FRAGRANCE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, EDTA, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE.
Curly Girl Method Friendly?: No
Their instructions on how to use the product were pretty straightforward -- after using their shampoo and conditioner, apply the mask, and then place a plastic cap over your head. If you're using heat, leave it on for 15 minutes. If not using heat, leave it on for 35 minutes to an hour. This is how I usually use my deep conditioners anyway, so that's exactly what I did with this one.
The first thing I noticed upon opening the Honey Miracle Mask was the smell. Which surprised me, because I have a horrible sense of smell and almost never notice how a product smells unless I go out of my way to get in close and sniff it. But the scent on this was strong enough that I noticed it right away. As you would expect based on the title, it smells exactly like highly concentrated honey. To me it's a pleasant smell, just a tad overwhelming when you first open it. Nothing wrong with it, but something to be aware of if you're more sensitive to smells than I am.
This deep conditioner has silicones in it, as you can see from the ingredient list, so if you're following the Curly Girl Method, you'll probably pass on this product. However, I think it's the silicones that give this product the great slip that allows it to glide through my hair easily. I don't use deep conditioners to detangle, I always do that with a rinse out conditioner while in the shower. But I could see myself detangling with this product if I wanted or needed to because it's not too thick, and not too watery. It's in that Goldilocks zone that allows me to get it through my strands easily but also allows it to sink in and provide some much needed moisture.
Generally, I prefer to use heat with my deep conditioners just to be on the safe side and make sure my hair is getting as many benefits from the product as possible, and this mask was no exception. I sat under my tried and true bonnet dryer for 15 minutes or so, and made sure not to stay under too long. I wanted to see what this could do in the time it stated on the jar, and I felt leaving it in for an hour would not give a fair assessment of how this works.
As soon as I rinsed it out in the shower the first time, I knew this mask would be on my repurchase list. This conditioner made my hair super soft, and also defined my curls and slicked down flyaways, making it MUCH easier to style my hair in whatever way I wanted once it was rinsed out. I was honestly surprised because other comparable brands had been disappointing me in the deep conditioner department (looking at you, Carol's Daughter), and I wasn't expecting much for the price. $17.99 may seem steep if you're used to drugstore conditioners that cost around $8 or $9, but keep in mind this is almost always on sale somewhere, whether it's Target, CVS, or even TGIN's website itself. Most of the time, you won't have to pay full price, and even if you do, the quality of the product is worth it. My hair has experienced less breakage, my curls pop when using it weekly, and despite the silicones in the ingredients, it doesn't build up on my hair and cause scalp irritation. I clarify my hair once a month or so to remove any potential buildup, but haven't experienced any issues between those washes.
As I mentioned at the beginning, this is also a black owned brand. And when I say black owned, I mean that literally -- unlike so many formerly black owned brands, TGIN is still under the control of its founder, Chris-Tia Donaldson, and has not sold out to a larger, white owned brand (no tea, no shade). So this product is a win both ethically and in terms of quality. If you're in the market for an affordable natural hair line that is readily available and not overpriced, TGIN just might be for you.
But I've rambled long enough, I want to hear from you! Do you guys deep condition your hair? If so, how often and with what products? If not, why not? Let's get a discussion going in the comments under the post, as well as on my Twitter and Facebook pages! In the meantime I'll get to work on a shampoo and conditioner review for this line. Were they a hit like the deep conditioner, or were there issues that keep them from getting the same glowing recommendation??? Stay tuned!