For a while I was stunned as to how to prepare an intro to tell you about Alikay Naturals Aloe Berry styling gel. I was stuck for a while because every time I thought I had something to work with, I’d counter myself by remembering that there are other gels that persons are more familiar with and have already read and viewed raving reviews about; so who am I to come to you with something different?
Truth is, I can only come to you as the truthful hair enthusiast that I am. I absolutely love when people find products that’ll help them to fall more in love with their hair. So, I have no choice but to bring it to you as is.
My friend Kamaya and I have been long time fans of Eco Styler Gel. However, whilst walking throughout the hair aisle at Fontana Pharmacy, arbitrarily reading what some of the hair products could do and their ingredients, the Alikay Aloe Berry Styling Gel particularly piqued her interest.
So you know as the hair enthusiast that I am, I was all …
The first thing I gotta tell you about this product is THE SMELL. This product is a candy store on its own ! I guess that’s where the ‘berry’ element comes in because it smells like strawberry heaven; even it’s consistency is keeping with the fun theme, closely resembling jello/pudding. Watch out for the ants with this one, the scent is pretty strong. However, don’t worry, as it dries the scent goes away.
On the other hand, I must admit that the only downside to this product is that it’ll leave behind its strawberry goodness on your fingertips, tinting your fingers to a reddish hue. But don’t worry guys, it’s nothing that some good ole’ water can’t fix.
Nonetheless, the packaging is just as tropical as the scent, using a mix of colourful hibiscus flowers and other tropical flora to call forward the kinky, curly, wavy and straight hair types to indulge in the natural goodness.
The problem many people can’t seem to escape with gels is its ability to make the hair crunchy, stiff and hard. Kamaya noted however, that this gel in particular allowed her hair to have movement unlike her usual Eco Styler. She explained that her curls felt free and loose and was soft to the touch. She was equally amazed when she realised that once fully dry, her hair had no flakes.
Kamaya’s hair is 4a and although she was initially a little heavy handed with the product, she remarked that had her hair been wetter, less product would’ve been needed. Nonetheless, she marvelled at the moisture her hair had despite the amount she’d used. The next day she was happy to report that even though she’d slept on her hair, her curls were still in tact and didn’t even need a touch up … not even at the roots y’all.
The instructions advises using a nickel size (about the size of $20 JMD) and work it through wet or dry hair. BUT!! Let’s be for real, nickel size amount does NOT exist in the natural hair realm.
Alikay’s products are made from all natural and organic ingredients which was one of the major selling points for Kamaya.
The product contains Aloe Vera, coconut oil, almond oil, vitamin E and a lot of other hair flourishing stuff. What’s also good about this product is that it’s safe for coloured hair. Why not style and treat your hair at the same time? It’s a great addition to your product stash, especially for the minimalist naturals out there.
Below are Kamaya’s results.