Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu Product Line Review
I must admit that a few years ago I knew nothing about caring for natural hair, when I was a young girl growing up in Trinidad I ask my mom to put a relaxer in my hair as soon as I hit secondary school. It was my way of being big – well at least that’s what I thought at the time. Fast forward to my major hair catastrophe that lead me down the path of natural hair, and now I’m always on the look out for products to help me keep my hair healthy and growing. I reached out to the folks at Nubian Heritage about trying their Indian Hemp & Tamanu Product Line, and they sent me five items to try out and share my thoughts. Any opinions expressed are my own.
My package of goodies arrived and I was super excited to try them out, since I had just gotten my hair braided I decided to try them on my daughter’s hair. I’m very firm on keeping her hair as natural as possible and I try my best to keep her in styles that won’t damage her hair. Making the choice to use these products on her hair was big, because she has very sensitive skin and scalp. I trust Nubian Heritage as a brand, so I was fine with entrusting my daughter’s hair to their products.
The five products I received to try includes the India Hemp & Tamanu Deep Treatment Masque, Shine Mousse, Hair & Scalp Serum, Co-Wash, and Shampoo. The Indian Hemp & Tamanu Fortify & Soften Collection is formulated with Tamanu Oil, revered in Thailand for its reparative benefits for hair and scalp. Bamboo, used in Chinese medicine to strengthen hair, is blended with Garlic Extract, used by naturopath in the Mediterranean to encourage growth, due to high mineral content. Hemp Oil offers anti-inflammatory benefits to strands and scalp.
The first product I used was the Deep Treatment Masque, I like applying it to both my daughter and my hair before shampooing if we recently had braids in our hair. It helps soften the hair and makes it much more manageable. I also find I have less breakage when I use this method. I’ve even seen some brands starting to recommend conditioning before shampooing for better results.
My pictures really doesn’t do justice to how soft and silky my daughter’s hair was after washing out the masque. We used the shampoo to finish the washing process and help remove any dirt and oil from her hair. It worked amazingly well. I usually end up washing her hair multiple times to make sure it’s clean and the Indian Help & Tamanu Shampoo got it clean in just one try. I only did a second wash because it’s my regular routine and I wanted to make sure it was clean.
The next step for us once her hair was washed clean and towel dried was applying some of the Hair & Scalp Serum on her hair before oiling her scalp with Argan Oil and twisting. She needed a break from braids and twists are a great alternative. The serum was light and didn’t leave her hair feeling weighted down at all. It helped add some more shine to her hair and locked in the moisture from the deep treatment masque.
I didn’t use the Indian Hemp & Tamanu Shine Mousse on my daughter’s hair because she didn’t need it. I have however used it on my own hair when I’ve blown it out and needed to get some hold around the edges. I shared it with my hair dresser and she’s been using it on all her clients. She even replaced it with the current brand she was using since she claimed it provided better hold and it was very lightweight.
This was my first time ever using a co-wash, it wasn’t something I’d ever used in the past and wasn’t sure what I was planning on using it for. I ended up using it when washing my daughter’s hair between washes. It’s impossible for African American women to was their hair daily, I’ve read online that there are benefits to co-washing. I ended up using it one week when my daughter’s hair wasn’t very dirty, but it did need cleansing. I don’t think it’s something we’ll be doing often. I really liked the results when I used the co-wash but I wouldn’t forgo shampooing and just use this method alone.
The Indian Hemp & Tamanu product line from Nubian Heritage is available for purchase in stores and online at NubianHeritage.com. The prices for products in this line costs $11.99, except for the Deep Treatment Masque which costs $14.99. Visit Nubian Heritage’s website to learn more about all their products including this line. Plus you can connect with them on social media.