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Monday, 17 February 2014

Product Review: ENTWINE COUTURE


Have I mentioned how much I luv, luv, LOVE my girl Gina aka @Naturalbelle of hairspiration.blogspot.co.uk? I really do!
Thanks to her I was finally able to try out the Entwine Couture Audition Collezioni pack, from Zara Hair & Beauty.

The design and branding is all quite intricate which can make the products seem more complicated than they actually are.



The Audition Collezioni pack contains 3 hair styling guides in total, including one by Chary Jay, and one by Ms Vaughn, as well as the following sample size products:

  • "The Clique" = Cleansing ({Act One} Lathering Hair Bathe) + Conditioning ({Act Two} Crème Hair Rinse) Duo
  • "Total Perfection" Argan oil
  • "Indulgently Luxe" Exotique Butter Crème Hydrator
  • "The Manipulator" Crème Jelle Styler
  • "On The Edge" Crème De La Mold
All products are "100% liberated from Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Phthalate, and Paraben".
 


The relationship between women with Afro hair and sample size products is a contentious one, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t desperate to finally try this brand, not least because of all the reviews on Youtube.
If you’re not a fan of products with a heavy fragrance, Entwine could be for you.
I could barely detect a fragrance from the shampoo. Similarly, the conditioner had a very slight fragrance, which I couldn’t pin point. Whatever it was I wasn’t a fan, but it was so faint it wasn’t really a problem. The butter, jelle, and mold had a much lovelier tropical/fruity scent, which was a bit easier to detect. 
The most impressive aspect of all the products was their texture.
The conditioner was quite runny, but actually felt amazing as it went on to my hair. It had excellent slip, and I was surprised that the tiny 1oz bottle was able to do my whole head. I would like to try a full size bottle so I could be a bit more liberal, and probably get even better results, but even the small amount did a good job.
The butter and jelle are like creamy lotions and both smooth on brilliantly. Their textures were also a lot thinner than I'd imagined, but the seemed to work really well.
For best results I recommend following the instructions and applying the butter first, then argan oil, before gently detangling while applying the jelle. My twists looked and felt healthy and well hydrated, and considering the amount of rain we’ve had recently, the hold was quite impressive.
(The picture below was taken a few days after using the products.)
I’ve seen loads of fantastically defined twistouts by Vloggers using Entwine, and Im pleased to say that mine felt like no exception when I took them out a few days later.
In all honesty, the products were lovely with really great results, and I’ve definitely been won over by how well the butter and the gel work together to make my hair look and feel brilliant, but with their current UK prices being some of the highest I’ve seen (£24.99 for a 8oz tub), it’ll probably be a while before I splash out on the full sized products.


You can check out the ingredients list below:
{Act One} Lathering Hair Bathe
Water, Decyl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Glyceryl Oleate, {Exotique Butter Oyl BleandTM: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol (Vegetable Derived Proteins and Amino acids), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Biotin (Growth Promoter), Panthenol (Strengthner)} Glycerin, Stearyl AlcoholPolyquaternium-7 (Conditioning Agent), PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate (Vegetable-derived Thickening Agent), Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin and Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylamide Copolymer


{Act Two} Crème Hair Rinse
Deionized Water, Cetyl Alcohol§Stearyl Alcohol§ {Exotique Butter Oyl Blend: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parki (Shea Butter), Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol (Vegetable-Derived Proteins and Amino acids), Shorea Stenoptera (Illipe) Seed Butter, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Biotin (Growth Promoter), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) } §Cetrimonium Chloride (Anti-Static Agent), Propanediol (Corn-Derived Preservative), Stearlalkonium Chloride (Plant-Derived Fatty Acid) §Cyclomethicone (Anti-Frizz Agent), Fragrance, Disodium EDTA§Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylamide Copolymer, DMDM Hydantoin and Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate


"Indulgently Luxe" Exotique Butter Crème Hydrator
Balsamic Butter-Oyl™ Blend* of: (Shorea Stenoptera Seed (Illipee) Butter, Indica angifera (Mango) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Fruit Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene and Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer), Water, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ceteareth-25, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-32, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, PEG-75 Lanolin, Fragrance, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil and BHA and BHT, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin


"Total Perfection" Argan oil
Argan Oil Argania Spinoza Kernal Oil (Aragan Oil) Grapeseed Oil (Vitus Vinifera) Fragrance (Essential Natural Oil)


"The Manipulator" Crème Jelle Styler
Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Oleth-20, Polyacrylate-14, Candilla Wax, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearic Acid , Propylene Glycol, Behenyltrimonium Chloride, Ceteareth 25 , Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol (Hair Strengthening Complex), Ethyl Hexylmethoxycinnamate, Fragrance, PEG-90M, Aminomethylpropanol, Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate Phenoxyethanol


"On The Edge" Crème De La MoldDeionized Water Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-20 Cetyl Alcohol Beeswax VP/Methacrylamide/Vinyl Imidazole Copolymer Polyquaternium-7 Myristyl Myristate Isopropyl Palmitate Elaeis guineensis (Palm) Oil Polyacrylate-14 Dimethicone Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter Carnuba Wax PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate C12-15 Alkyl Lactate PEG-90M Aminopropanol Fragrance Phenoxyethanol Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbomate