Product Description: What is Amla Legend Rejuvenating Oil?
An opulent concentrate that contains Amla Oil derived from an Indian superfruit renowned for its incredible conditioning properties.
I am far from naive when it comes to dealing with my hair. I’ve been natural since 2010, I have chopped and regrown my hair enough times, and dabbled in most hair products on the market.
I am also not new to Amla oil.
My grandmother is East Indian (her dad was from India), which means Amla oil, coconut oil, rosemary and witch hazel were some common terms that I grew up hearing tossed around concerning hair.
At the Amla Event, celebrity hairstylist Johnny Wright stressed the fact that their products were carefully infused with amla, which they had to retrieve all the way from India. He even playfully compared their products to Miss Jessie’s, saying that Miss Jessie’s isn’t going all the way to places like India to get good ingredients for their products.
First off, I totally agree with the Miss Jessie’s comment, but I was a little skeptical that all of the Amla products were below $10. Possible though, as the Shea Moisture, an excellent all organic line is around that price range.
I then Googled amla, to see how much amla oil by itself cost, because that would tell me all I needed to know. I found out Amla itself is not an oil. Amla is a fruit.
Manufactures mix the Amla fruit into a carrier oil such as coconut oil, mineral oil, carrot oil etc. Most Amla oils on the market howevre are infused with mineral oil.
Mineral oil and petroleum jelly are worst than silicones to me, but I didn’t yet sample the producyt or had a chance to browse the ingredients, so I continued being engaged.
I love Tracee Ellis Ross, and her beautiful mane like most, but I kept hoping she was not using her image to promote false advertising.
She told us that she uses the Amla Rejuvenating Oil as a sealer on her hair, by applying a tiny dime sized amount to her ends only, then scrunching, and that it had worked amazing for her.
I received my sample bag with lots of goodies. Excited, I forgot to look at the ingredients on the back to confirm my suspicions.
I went home, took my hair out of my bun and scrunched a dime sized amount of the Amla Rejuvenating oil on only my ends, in the same manner Tracee said she did it.
My hair had nothing but organic ingredients in it, and was just washed and conditioned the night before, so I knew the results would not have been affected by any build up.
I braided my hair in two cornrows and went to bed with the oil in my hair. I also slept on the lovely satin scarf they gave us.
The next morning my hair felt brittle. I immediately went to the restroom and looked at the ingredients on the back of the Amla Rejuvenating Oil.
I traced my eyes over every ingredient, and their was no sight of amla. Not even .5%.
The ingredients read: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Carrot Oil / Beta Carotene, Limonene.
Now compare those ingredients to that of the Indian Hemp oil by Nubian Heritage, an all organic sister line to Shea Moisture, that cost around $3 more. They both claim “India” right?
Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp Oil/serum Ingredients:
Shea Butter Oil Olive Fruit Oil, Vegetable Squalene, Hemp Seed Oil, Safflower Seed Oil , Vitamin B-5), Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Tiare (Gardenia Tahitensis) Flower, Garlic Extract, Neem Seed Oil, Keratin, Vitamin E.
Big difference right? You can actually understand the ingredients, and they have the difficult terms in parenthesis so you know exactly what they’re talking about, as they do on most products made with certified ingredients.
I couldn’t be any more disappointed. Going to scrub this stuff out of my hair today, even though I JUST shampooed two days ago :(. My hair feels like a Brillo pad.
I seriously do not believe it has anything to do with the fact that “everyone’s hair is different”. It’s a simple flaw on the part of cheap manufacturers and money hungry companies who are trying to profit off of a booming trend (natural hair).
I really feel as though my awareness of manufacturing companies and businesses in general when it comes to my hair has nothing to do with being a difficult natural, and everything to do with the fact that I took a corporate communications class my last semester of college, which really opened my eyes to the games.
I just related the knowledge I received to something I care about (my hair).
I understand companies have to make a profit. My thing is, if you choose not to use the ‘real thing’, then don’t advertise it as that.
Mel B., (my hair), makes all the final decisions about what she likes, regardless of how I or my pocket feels (lol).
I love Tracee so much. I just wish she would endorse a better brand. She’s so much better than a relaxer transitioning company who hasn’t yet grasped the concept of natural hair, but is interested in its profits.
Two things I am going to steal from Tracee Ellis Ross’ hair regimen:
1) I’m going to buy and attempt to use the diffuser one more time, diffusing downward like she does. We both have high density hair naturally, so no more volume is needed.
2) She talked about how much she didn’t like flat edges, and that she in’t concerned about them being sleek. I used to feel the same way, and still don’t use gel or edge tamers to slick them down, but I do put a scarf around them for a few minutes. I think I’m going to eventually eliminate that when wearing my hair down, and just let them do their own thing. It looks more uniform that way. Also by not flattening, slicking and brushing your edges constantly, it lessens the chance of them thinning.