So let’s get this clear…I’m no stranger to Tropic Isle Living. I used their products when I had relaxed hair and also during my transitioning days. Even though I am no stranger to Tropic Isle Living I am however a gal who loves to revisit products of the past. Especially since my hair has changed so much since my last use.
Since using their products years ago Tropic Isle Living has definitely expanded and that I’m quite pleased about. They were best known for their Jamaican black castor oil line. So it’s awesome to see how the company infused their staple product (black castor oil) with other products from their line. The brand actually popped back up on my radar at the World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta held earlier this April. My mind went into a frenzy when I arrived at their booth and I just wanted to try everything they had—from their hair products to their bath and body products. Lets just say I picked up basically everything from their line that day. Okay not everything but you get the point.
Let’s dive right into the review:
NOTE: I also received their shower gels and body butters but I’ll save those for another review that I’ll share with you sometime next week. Now, please do continue on…
Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner
I personally don’t have a set schedule when I use protein in my hair because I listen to my hair and then respond. So if my hair feels like it’s in need of a little protein re-up then I’ll give her just what she needs. The thing is my hair doesn’t beg me for protein too often so this 8oz jar of product is going to last me a while.
There wasn’t much slip when applying this deep conditioner to my hair but slip isn’t something I typically would look for from a protein conditioner. After application I covered my hair with a plastic cap and left the deep conditioner in my hair for roughly 20 minutes. As soon as I started rinsing out my hair I could already feel how much stronger my hair felt. My hair not only felt stronger but also more manageable and full of shine. The only downside to this deep conditioner was the scent! I suppose this was mostly because of the mayo but the smell didn’t matter after I saw how well this deep conditioner worked.
I will definitely continue to use this deep conditioner and I highly recommend it if you’re not easily affected by strong scents.
Strong Roots Shampoo with Red Pimento
Generally speaking, shampoos don’t impress me, so I really wasn’t looking for any groundbreaking results from this shampoo. It smells just like what the name suggests, pimento. Also a bit earthy I suppose, but definitely not overbearing. The consistency is not as thick as other shampoo’s I’ve tried, but that I really don’t mind.
Tropic Isle Living suggests that naturals should lather, rinse and repeat 3 times when using this shampoo. At first I thought these people must be insane! THREE TIMES! But then I realized why. The first time I used this shampoo I had very little build up on my hair. So I was very impressed with how my hair looked and felt after cleansing. It had a nice lather, and it gently cleaned my curls without stripping them.
The second time I used this shampoo I had lots of build up on my hair and after shampooing my hair it still felt coated. Sigh…okay lets try this one more time. It still felt coated! Almost as if there was a film on my strands. Okay third times the charm they say, right? Wrong! Yes my hair now felt squeaky clean but it was too squeaky. After lathering, rinsing and repeating 3 times my hair was definitely clean but it also felt coarse and straw like.
Bottom line…if you have very little build up on your hair then this shampoo is for YOU! But if you happen to have major build up on your tresses skip this shampoo. I personally will only use this shampoo when my hair needs a light wash.
Strong Roots Conditioner with Red Pimento
Ahh yes, conditioner! Where do I start? Well the Strong Roots Conditioner smelled exactly like the shampoo. Surprise, surprise! But it most definitely performed better than the shampoo. I applied a generous amount of this conditioner to my freshly washed (squeaky clean) hair and massaged it into my hair and scalp. The shampoo had really left my hair feeling dry and brittle but after applying this conditioner it instantly became soft again! She’s ALIVE!!!
I left the conditioner in for 10minutes and detangled my hair during that time. Honey! Detangling was a breeze. After rinsing, my hair felt deeply moisturized and ultra silky. I would definitely recommend this conditioner in a heartbeat.
Leave-In Contidioning & Detangler
I LOVE any product that claims to be a detangler and actually can get the knots and tangles out of my ever growing mane. I had very high hopes for this detangler because it’s also a leave-in conditioner. Well I was not disappointed!
I used this product both as a leave-in after my wash and also to help with my pre-poo process. I was very impressed. So impressed that after pre-pooing my hair I held off washing my hair for another 2 days. My hair just looked so shiny and smooth and I just couldn’t possibly wash away my amazing results. This leave-in conditioner is definitely one not to sleep on. But once again the only little glitch was the scent. I get it though. Tropic Isle Living adds no fragrances to any of their products So what you get is a very herbal and earthy scent. It’s not terrible but it does take some getting used to.
Black Castor Oil Hair Food
Myself and basically every natural gal I know share the same tale of being very heavy handed with product. Well, let’s just say this thick, yummy, butter is a product that I can honestly say, a little goes a long way. I loved the Tropic Isle Living Hair Foods so much I learned the hard way that it is totally possible to have too much of a good thing. I was using the Hair Food on my scalp and also as a daily moisturizer. All while being very heavy on the product.
Long story short: my hair felt tacky and weighed down!
Moral of the story: Don’t be greedy when you fall in love with something (or someone lol)
As long as you’re mindful of the amount of product you are using your hair will absolutely love this multipurpose product. More recently I have been using the hair food to lock in moisture and also for laying down my edges. It leaves my edges shiny and laid while giving it all the nourishment and moisture it needs to enhance growth. Something else I found to be pretty amazing??? It smelled so good! FINALLY! Not just an awesome, all natural product but also one that smells good too! SCORE! [btw, I think I’m going to use this in my next twist out, will share my results. I already have a feeling the results are going to be BOMB!].
Coconut Jamaican Black Castor Oil
I’m gonna just go ahead and say it: 2016 has been the Year of Oils for me. For growth and shine, my hair has been loving oils and soaking it all in.
I’ve been using this oil to massage into my scalp for hair growth, scalp nourishment and healthy hair since my relaxed and transitioning hair days and it still works amazingly on my now natural hair. Yes the Tropic Isle Living oils infused with Jamaican Black Castor oil are still WINNING!
Using this oil brought back memories and it ‘got me real hype’! It works great to oil my scalp, as a boosting serum, as a pre-poo treatment and also as a sealant. Since incorporating this oil into my regimen it has left my scalp feeling better than ever. Plus my hair now has this natural sheen to it. WINNING! And if you’re wondering if I would buy it again? Well, I already got myself a second bottle (because I’m almost all out of the first one).
Jamaican Coconut Oil with Rosemary & Vitamin-E
Another oil with a multitude of uses is this Coconut Oil. I personally have been using it for my bi-weekly hot oil treatments or as the perfect prepoo treatment. As a prepoo treatment it does a great job at prepping my hair for the cleansing thats about to follow. Whenever I use this before cleansing my hair, it always makes shampooing much easier and more manageable. This rosemary infused coconut oil works amazingly.
But wait there’s more! I also have been using this oil on my skin as a daily moisturizer after I shower It leaves my skin feeling soothed and even more moisturized than my every day lotion. WINNING!
Overall I think the line of products are winners. I love supporting Black owned businesses and Tropic Isle Living is a really great brand. Leave a comment below if you’ve used any of their products before along with your thoughts on them too. Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥