As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
Just to break it down for you with a little background, I’ve had back-to-back braid styles for over six months. To make a very long, emotional story short, I’d never worn box braids before but a few months ago, I tried them for the first time. I fell in love and never wanted to take them out. They made me feel free, rebellious, and strong. But that’s a story for another day.
While wearing box braids, I washed and deep-conditioned my natural hair to the best of my ability between each braided style (I was wearing my hair braided with synthetic hair for four to six weeks at a time). But I didn’t let my curls breathe for more than one or two days max. These are normal circumstances for protective styles like box braids, but I definitely felt like my natural tresses needed a lot of tender love and care when I took down my braids.
That's why I was so excited when I recently took a meeting with the Nancy Twine, amazing CEO and founder of Briogeo, to hear about her upcoming product launches. Twine is the youngest black entrepreneur to ever launch a collection at Sephora—in other words, she’s dopeness personified. You’re probably familiar with her brand and have likely seen or tried one of Briogeo’s best-selling products in your local Sephora.
During our meeting, Twine gave me all the juicy details on her latest addition to the Hero Don’t Despair, Repair! Treatment Collection. Think a hair mask on a hundred. It’s actually way more than a hair mask, marking the brand’s most unconventional and innovative product launch yet. And it's just what I needed. The product is essentially a hair cap infused with high-power hydrating ingredients. (Genius, I know.) Twine told me that at home she always DIY’d her shower caps by lathering oils and other hydrating products on them. She realized there was nothing else like this on the market, so she created one for sale.
After I spent two hours taking down my braids, I was so ready to hydrate my curls with this moisturizing mask cap. After washing my hair with shampoo, I left my curls damp. The cap and the deep conditioning treatment come in this portable little packet. One side of the packet is full of deep conditioner, and the other side is the actual cap. To being, I did exactly what the directions said: I started by lathering the deep conditioner onto the midshaft and ends of my curls. There was more than enough product in one pack for my whole head of curls.
Next, I opened up the cap side of the packet and a cute little baby-pink shower cap popped out. I could instantly tell from the touch that the cap was infused with super-hydrating ingredients. I placed the cap on top of my curls (which already were coated in deep conditioner, remember) and used both hands to massage the cap’s hydrating juices onto my hair. I could feel the ingredients from the cap seeping into my strands. The act of massaging my cap and my hair at the same time felt so incredibly soothing. I kept my cap on for hours in hopes to cook my curls all the way—and it worked.
After a few hours went by, my roots felt rejuvenated after being touched by this heavenly cap. Not to mention it made my strands feel baby-soft and gave my curls a nice glossy sheen that lasted all day. I decided to save my cap (since it was still a little moist) in a Ziploc bag so it wouldn’t lose moisture.
After rinsing my hair, I applied Briogeo’s scalp tea-tree treatment on my scalp and finished up my go-to natural hairstyle: a braid-out. My curls were extra springy the next day and looked more alive. They still felt baby-soft and that was my priority. Not to sound cliché, but this cap truly does give you those at-home salon feels we all so deeply desire. No doubt, this miracle-working cap will be a staple in my Sunday self-care routine.
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