I went on a mini shopping spree this past week to reward myself for the hard work I did this month and my package came today! I took part in three kids consignment sales in my area to make money from my children’s clothing & other items they’ve outgrown. If you don’t know about children’s consignment, check out Just Between Friends for more information.
I was being loyal to Amazon because I have their prime membership which gives me free two day shipping on items sold by Amazon. However, I had been looking at several different items after reading the forums at Curly Nikki and Naturally Curly and I found that Amazon wasn’t giving me the best prices. I turned to VitaCost and I’m glad I did.
I purchased a total of 9 items including various oils, Biotin pills, and Auromere Hair Conditioning Oil / Pre-Shampoo Conditioner. It’s a blend of oils and Ayurvedic herbs including Sesame, Coconut, Ginger Lilly, Khus Khus, Nutgrass, Neem, Brahmi, Castor Leaf and More. I prefer to make my own oil mixtures, but this one included Ayurvedic herbs, so I wanted to try it. My first experiment with Ayurvedic herbs didn’t go well because I didn’t know what I was doing lol. This oil was a lot less messy and cost me less than $6.
I applied it to my hair liberally. I don’t mind heavy oils at all because my hair “eats” them up quickly. I left the oil on my hair for several hours while I browsed the internet, ate dinner, and lazied around the house.
I finally convinced myself it was time to wash my hair, so I hopped in the shower. I washed my hair with a Chagrin Valley Shampoo bar sample, then added Giovanni Moisture Conditioner. I am very pleased with the results.
After shampooing, the oil was removed from my hair, but it remained very soft. The conditioner sat on my hair while I washed up and I exited the shower with clean, soft, moisturized hair.
The point of pre-shampooing is to keep the hair moisturized while washing and the Auromere Hair Conditioning Oil helped me achieve that goal. I have to say though, it doesn’t work any better than when I mix random oils and use that as my pre-shampoo. Like I mentioned before, the herbs are the difference. From what I read, the herbs have benefits, but since I’ve used the oil once, it’s too early for me to tell if the herbs work as mentioned.
I recommend this oil to those that don’t have the desire to mix their own oils, but want the benefits of using multiple oils or those that are into Ayurvedic Hair remedies. This is also a great item for Product Junkies such as myself to try. It costs much less than many of the items marketed towards curly people and it does pay to pre-poo if you’re concerned about moisture or shampoo stripping your hair.
Now, for the downside. This is a heavy oil. I rarely use shampoo that has sulfates in it. I usually am satisfied with co-washing and using shampoo once a month or so. I don’t have product build up, but some people do. I did use a shampoo bar, but it is all natural, contains no sulfates, and some say that it won’t clean your hair of oils and other chemicals, but my hair feels squeaky clean using a shampoo bar. In addition, the oil has a funky smell once applied and I know for a fact, it’s the herbs. The good part is that the smell went away as soon as I shampooed. The smell didn’t bother me much anyhow.
The only way to determine whether you’ll like it is to try it out for yourself. Even so, if you don’t like heavy oils or oil period, you may want to skip it. If you do decide to try it, there’s only small investment and if you don’t like it, you can always give it to me. Just kidding lol.
If you decide to try it, come back and let me know what you think.