Review: Creme of Nature Argan Oil Perfect 7
Can one hair product truly serve two masters? Natural and relaxed strands are comprised of the same organic material (and so is all human hair, for that matter). In theory, any treatment should work equally well on both virgin and chemically straightened tresses. That was my reasoning for trying Crème of Nature Argan Oil Perfect 7, a creamy leave in conditioner boasting of seven different uses. It claims to detangle & condition, offer heat protection, prevent breakage, control frizz, moisturize, prevent split ends and add “exotic” shine. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what parent brand Dark N’ Lovely means by exotic. Unless it makes my cottony curls as shiny as panther fur, I’m giving that description the side-eye. Ridiculous claims aside, a dear friend and fellow Naturalista raves about this stuff, and she gave me a bottle to try.
I haven’t straightened my hair in years, so I opted to use Perfect 7 strictly as a moisturizer. Per the directions, I sprayed it over my damp hair and combed through. It definitely helped with detangling, but once my curls dried, they felt positively dehydrated. I had to apply my usual creamy leave in conditioner for touchable softness. After my descent into drought, I used it as a lightweight seal to lock in moisture, before stumbling into an aha moment a few days later. When I sprayed some in my hand, it hit me. Perfect 7 is actually a creamy moisturizer that comes out as a mist. I needed way more than a spritz or two to make my hair soft and supple. I opened up that baby, divided my hair in sections and like magic, I had strands that stayed soft for two or three days without added product.
Impressions: I liked the soft, powdery scent, which was feminine without being overwhelming. My hair felt soft and smooth, thanks to the many silicones in Perfect 7. While I can’t say with any certainty that the product reduced breakage or split ends, my hair did stay detangled longer than usual. My experience was generally positive, but this treatment seems better suited for people with relaxed hair, who can make a little go a long way. I had to use much more than the recommended amount to tame my tresses, and because I prefer natural oils and butters as sealants, I felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of silicones. I also try to avoid products containing propylene glycol, which can irritate the skin and is also an ingredient in commercial anti-freeze formulations.
Bottom Line: This is an effective moisturizer and sealant combination for naturals with thin, fine hair who don’t want their strands overwhelmed by product. I would also recommend it to transitioning women looking for something that works on multiple textures. Ingredient conscious Naturalistas may be alarmed by the inclusion of silicones and propylene glycol. I might use it again in a pinch, but won’t apply regularly. It’s good, but far from perfect.
Availability: Sally Beauty, drugstores, beauty supply stores nationwide.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water) (Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Parfum (Fragrance), Cyclopentasiloxane, Panthenol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Quaternium-80, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxahldehyde, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone