[First Impressions] AfroBotanics

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I want to profile hair products that I recently bought and I used for the first time on my last wash day. The brand is called AfroBotanics and is a proudly South African brand. They have 5 products in their range, I have 3 of the products. Just for transparency, I had originally bought 1 of the products, but there was a mix up with my delivery and when I alerted the owner, she sent me an extra 2 products to make up for the mix up. Anyway, lets get into it.


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Product name: Repairing & Strengthening Treatment

Product information: A protein treatment that repairs damage caused by relaxing, colouring, heat-styling, braiding and everyday manipulation of hair
β€’ 99% natural botanical ingredients including coconut oil, castor oil, shea butter, mafura butter, cocoa oil, olive oil, avocado oil
β€’ Collagen, ceramide, keratin, vitamin E, pro-vitamin B5 to strengthen, repair and prevent damage
β€’ Strong hair grows longer, ages slower and breaks less
β€’ Only nourishing ingredients, no mineral oils and petrolatum. This treatment nourishes and strengthens hair from root to tip in one application

How to use: After washing hair with AfroBotanics Moisturising Shampoo, apply generously to towel-dryed hair, cover with plastic cap and sit under steamer or hooded hair dryer for 20 minutes. If no steamer or hooded dryer, then sit with plastic cap for 1 hour. Rinse thoroughly then apply AfroBotanics Conditioning Moisturiser before blowdrying, going under dryer or combing/styling. Apply treatment at least once a month.

How I used it: I used it as a deep conditioner, I used heat for 20 minutes.

Likes: This product has amazing slip and it, it left my hair really soft, which was surprising to me as it is said to be a protein treatment, but I am not complaining. It comes in a tub, so it makes it easier to get the product out and use. The smell is so good and not overpowering.

Dislikes: None after my first use.

Pricing: R80 for 500ml

Product name: AfroBotanics Conditioning Moisturiser

Product information: High in natural conditioning and detangling agents to moisturise and soften hair
β€’ Aloe vera, wheat bran extract, orange fruit extract and propolis to moisturise,repair and strengthen hair
β€’ Natural emollients like avocado oil, coconut oil,shea butter to nourish hair and give natural shine
β€’ Vitamin E, Pro-Vitamin B5, Linoleic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate are natural repairing and strengthening vitamins
β€’ Lightweight moisturiser and leave-in conditioner hydrates hair and is quickly absorbed.
β€’ Polyquaternium-59 and Butylene Glycol to protect hair against heat styling and against dryness caused by air conditioners,wind, sun and heaters

How to use: Apply to hair daily to moisturiser, detangle and soften hair. Apply on hair after washing and before blowdrying, curling or styling to protect hair from heat and combing.

How I used it: I applied it to my hair on my wash day after I applied my leave-ins

Likes: I love the ingredients and the texture of the products, it’s not too runny or too thick. I felt like it did penetrate my hair

Dislikes: None after my first use

Pricing: R60 for 250ml

Product name: AfroBotanics Super Hair Growth Creme

Product information: A true hair food that provides scalp all the nourishment it requires to be healthy and to generate the best hair. A healthy scalp is the foundation for good hair growth.
β€’ 99% natural botanical ingredients that are easily absorbed, add shine and do not weigh heavily on hair. A generous cocktail of good natural botanical oils.
β€’ Coconut oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, meadow foam seed oil, avocado oil, olive oil, shea butter
β€’ Contains 2.5% Procapil (R) which is a scientifically proven natural cocktail of ingredients for hair regrowth and thickening
β€’ Contains 0.5% Climbazole for scalp health and lessened itchiness and dandruff
β€’ L’Arginine and Gurana Extract to promote hair growth
β€’ Contains Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Pro-Vitamin B5 to nourish hair and scalp to keep it looking vibrant
β€’ Super Hair Growth Creme strengthens hair so it grows longer and ages slower
β€’ No petrolatum and mineral oil as they are too thick and heavy to penetrate hair and have no nutritional value for scalp and hair
β€’ Should be applied to scalp every second day but preferably daily. Just as the skin on your body requires lotion or cream daily, so does the scalp, the scalp is thinner and more sensitive than skin on other parts of body

How to use: Apply generously onto dry hair and scalp. Work through hair from hairline to tips of hair. Do not rinse off. For best results, apply all over scalp & hairline every third day. Best to use with AfroBotaics Conditioning Moisturiser. Can also be used as a hot oil treatment.

How I used it: I applied it to my hair the day after my wash day prior to plaiting my hair. I worked it into my scalp and hair concentrating on the ends.

Likes: It’s thick and absorbs well into hair. A little bit of product goes a long way.

Dislikes Confusion: I would definitely use this product after moisturising my hair, and probably as the “C”part in the LCO/LOC method. I say this because it is a very oil based product so I wouldn’t use it on dry hair as mentioned in the instructions.

I gave this product away to my niece, not because I didn’t like it – she has natural hair and I think she will need it more than me. Just thought to mention this since it won’t be appearing in any of my future wash day posts.

Pricing: R70 for 250ml

All these products are available on the AfroBotanics website. I know they do have stock in some salons, but they didn’t have stock in my city. I think that is the one suggestion I would give is to have stock in more places because there is something about being able to smell, feel and hold a product in your hands before buying it.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. I am definately considering buying them… they seem good and they are affordable

    1. Lungi

      They are very reasonably prices Lebo considering that they are high quality products ingredients wise

      1. Olerato

        Hi Lungi I need your help please I just bought 3 of afro botanic products

        1. Lungi

          Hi Olerato, I’ve replied your email

  2. Zinhle Anele Majola

    Hi Lungi. I have 6 Afrobantics products but I really loved how you broke it down as to how I should use it. My hair had already fully transitioned but there was some relaxed hair that I chopped off back in April. My thing is especially with this range, there are so many products and I don’t want to feel as if my hair is not breathing because of application after application of products. What I’m asking then is especially with so many hair products like the cantu hair range and the now tresemme botanique range. Should I have many different products or should I stick it out with these ones. I do npt have a conditioner and I am thinkong of trying the tresemme conditioner will it work qonders? Also my hair is currently in braids, how do I nourish and treat my hair in this style and help it grow?

    1. Lungi

      Hi Zinhle, yout hair definitely shouldn’t be weighed down with product. I think you should stick to the products that you currently have and see how they work for you. You need a deep conditioner in your regimen, you can check out a post I did on the different deep conditioners available in SA. The Tresemme conditioner can be used for prepoo, cowash and detangling – you will need to use another deep conditioner. For your braids, you need to moisturise them using a water based moisturiser and also apply some natural oils to your scalp e.g. castor, coconut, olive oil. And when you are taking down the braids, you need to do it with care, I have a video detailing that process on my Youtube channel – I hope this helps.

  3. Ndumi Nhlabatsi

    Hai Lungi. .I have bought 4 products but I need your help.

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