Monday, August 17, 2009

product review: mixed chicks leave in conditioner/styling cream

a while back i posted an email i received from an acquaintence singing the praises of the mixed chicks product line (http://subbrock.blogspot.com/2009/04/mixed-chicks-products-testimonial.html). now im not trying to knock anyone's hustle, but the major thing that turned me off from the mixed chicks line in general is their marketing strategy. i personally feel like theyre capitalizing on mothers (white mothers in particular) of bi/multiracial children with curly hair. but i guess thats a-whole-nother issue...

i had the opportunity to sample their shampoo, leave in, and deep conditioner but i decided to go only with the leave in (the shampoo has SLS). i tried it on both myself and the munchkin.
pros:
- it smells yummy
- it has an element of hold to it
- left munchkins hair shiny and frizz free
- definitely gave our hair some bling (munchkin had blinging curls that lasted all day. mine were blinging at first but once my hair dried 100% no bling)
- depending on where you live, you can get it locally

cons:
- hate their percieved marketing strategy
- the ingredients are definitely not CG friendly. the shampoo has SLS, and both conditioners contain non water soluable silicones. the leave in has emulsifying wax (my hair hates waxes) and multiple parabens. many chemicals ive never heard of are listed in ingredients.

baby girl's hair styled with leave in + curl keeper:



my hair styled with only the leave in (no oils or gels added). i used my modified braid out technique (http://public.fotki.com/subbrock/2009/winter/pony112.html)to style instead of my usualy wash n go.





you can get mixed chicks products at www.mixedchicks.net (check their store/salon locator to see if they have a retailer near you) or www.curlmart.com

4 comments:

Sunshinelovespeace said...

Your daughters curls look great. And so do yours. Although I am not sure what they look like all the time.

Thanks for the info on mixed chicks, I had never heard of them before. Although with SLS in their product, I'm gonna have to let them keep their shampoo.

Your hair color is beautiful.
Peace

Mara said...

Subbrock, I love your hair! I don't often see short, curly hair that looks tamed. Most magazines always show super big hair, which isn't for me. I now want your haircut!

Kalane said...

It's interesting that you mention the marketing of Mixed Chicks products. I actually think they limit their market it targeting non-black mothers of multi-racial black kids.

A few weeks ago I read about a monoracial white woman who learned how to style her very curly hair from the Mixed Chicks website. Ultimately, she said that the techniques she saw helped her more than the actual products.

Nonetheless, both you and your daughter's hair looks great.

subbrock said...

thanks guys!