Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Arrojo Product Review

  I had the opportunity at the end of this summer to attend a small class with Nick Arrojo and Gerard Scarpci. I have always been fascinated with Nick Arrojo's razor techniques, and I really like that he is very active in the education side of the hair industry. They were also discussing the Arrojo product line. His products have been available in Canada since March 2011 and I have not had the chance to try them until now. So of course I just had to try their products for curly hair. My hair is very dry so I got the Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner and the Curl Creme.

It takes me a few months to really know if a product really works well in my hair or not. Some can build up easily and make your hair "used to" the product. My definition of a good product is something you can use all the time. I don't believe that hair can get "used to" a product hence why I use quotations. If a product is good, it will be just as good today as it is 6 months and one year from now. Although, sometimes your specific needs of your hair may change and in that case, you would want to switch products. I also only shampoo my hair once a week so it will take me some time to know if a shampoo will build up or not.

Let's start with the shampoo & conditioner. I've been using it once a week for about four months and I really really like it. It's not a sulfate free shampoo, but it feels like one. It's very very concentrated (that bottle will go a looong way) and it will not lather, using more shampoo will not help. The conditioner is great also. It is moisturizing enough to use without being overly heavy. If your hair is very dry (like mine!) it's not enough alone (you will definitely need an additional weekly deep conditioner etc...) but the nice thing is that it won't weigh down the finer hair types. This is definitely a moisturizing shampoo I would recommend to my finer curly haired types, and of course smells amazing.

The curl creme is good, but it's definitely designed for a more finer curl type than mine. It doesn't give quite enough control and long lasting hold when used alone. It does say right on the bottle that if your hair is super curly, to cocktail it with their styling creme. I did not try their styling creme, but I did cocktail it with Sebastian Texturizer and the results were amazing. This would be a great curl creme for finer curls, or if you're not looking for the absolute "perfect" curl look.

So that's how my hair was with only the Arrojo Styling Creme in my hair. If you look really close you can see little bits of frizz in and around the root area. Mostly just the new growth, however that is the type of frizz I dislike the most. Unfortunately the product just isn't heavy enough for my hair. The ends were a little straight on the long side, but that's only because my hair was needing a trim at this point.
It's really important to put this product in while your hair is still pretty wet (not dripping but before any frizz has begun). Otherwise I find that it won't really define the curls and just coats your hair. You really don't need a lot of this creme either, if you put too much it can go slightly sticky and create more frizz. Scrunch a quarter size amount into the ends and work your way up, only use more as needed. If your hair is fine only use a tiny amount on your ends.

All in all, I love the Arrojo Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. The Curl Creme is good but better suited for fine - medium textured curls and looser curly haired types. If your hair is thicker or curlier you will need to cocktail it with another product to get maximum control. Arrojo products are also very affordable. It is probably one of the least expensive professional product lines, and the products I tried preformed very well for their price point. I'm looking forward to trying more of his products, and will definitely let you guys know what I think. 

I also got to meet Nick Arrojo at this class I went to, he's a super cool guy and really funny. Unfortunately my hair looks terrible because it was a rainy day and my hair was half wet. 

1 comment:

  1. Would u suggest the moisturizing shampoo & conditioner for medium to fine hair that has no curl?