Hello! Let me first say that I have been a huge lurker on this forum for all of my beauty needs (such smart people here ♥). This is my first post
I have natural hair, very dense kinky and s pattern curls (4ab I guess). I have been looking for a product that slightly loosens the curls, promotes curl clumping, reduces frizz, and protects against humidity. (I know, I know, I have been looking for a unicorn.)
I found this: http://belegenza.com/hair-/ethnic-hair/sp/simply-straight/ - Belegenza Simply Straight Progressive Straightener.
It doesn't have any chemicals in it, so the company says. I did some research, and the second ingredient, sugar cane extract, could function as glycolic acid--which could explain the curl loosening effect.
I don't know much about glycolic acid for straightening, but the "food grade fusion" seems reminiscent of Rio, right?--I was rocking my fresh press at 5yo when Rio came out, but I heard terrible things about it.
On http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/beauty-tried-belegenzas-simply-straight-progressive-straightener-on-maxi-me-and/ - Beyond Black & White, Christelyn used it on both herself and her daughter and saw no adverse effects. However, I am still very distrustful of the product.
It has a pH of 5 and here are the ingredients:
Purified Water, Sugar Cane Extract, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol: humectant/moisturizing carrier, mold preventor, Cetearyl Alcohol: coconut oil derivative, not isopropyl alcohol, non-drying, Hawaiian Algae, Red Mapleweed, Gulfweed Algae, Ricinus communis: Castor seed oil, Sorbitol: sugar/berry extract, Glyceryl Stearate: coconut oil derivative, Peg-100 Stearate: fatty acid ester, Polyquaternium-4/Hydroxypropyl starch copolymer: thickener/binder, Polymerized Hydro-Carbons: Proprietary vegetable oil complex, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate: cellulose fiber resin, Polyvinylpyrrolidone : rubber tree derivative, Peg-90M: Wax Tree extract, Phenoxyethanol: Sugar based fungal preventor, Fragrance: phthalate-free natural, Peppermint Oil, Wintergreen Oil, Yellow-10 & Blue-1: FD& C approved safe coloring, Castor Oil Extract.
What do you think/Would you use it?
Do you think that this is safe for long term use (the product takes full affect after 30 uses)?
Do you think it only changes the surface of the hair, like the sugarcane acts like a cellulose resin rather than glycolic acid?
Check out the comments in BB&W, do you have any thoughts?
The http://www.abesmarket.com/belegenza-simply-straight-progressive-straightener. - reviews on this product seems quite favorable, meaning no one has went bald yet (lol) , but there are no pictures grrrrrrr!