THE 4C HAIR CHRONICLES: TALIAH WAAJID AFRICAN HEALING OYL

Not only is 4C hair difficult to manage and prone to brittleness, it’s forced to deal with dryness, and searching for a lasting solution is a stressful task. Hot oil treatments are a good way to restore moisture lost through combing, brushing, straightening, and outdoor elements, but with salon prices rapidly on the rise, how often do we treat ourselves to this essential?

I first came across Taliah Waajid early this year when my local hair care store slipped two sample sizes of the Healing Oyl inside my bag, but I hid the sachets in my drawer for three months and forgot about them until I ran out of my usual cream. I distributed the oil through my hair and rubbed more into my scalp before twisting and wrapping in a silk scarf. Next morning my twisted felt more moisturised, even in the cold weather. My large Afro comb still struggled with my 4C, but I couldn’t stop running my fingers through those twists because my hair hadn’t had it that good in ages. Finding a full bottle of Healing Oyl took forever as the product had sold out nearly everywhere, and I had to wait a whole month before I finally added Taliah Waajid to my bathroom cabinet.

The results didn’t last long. I continued the application all week – every two days – but the buildup left my hair more greasy than moisturised. During my next shampoo, I added the Healing Oyl to my usual conditioner and covered my hair in a plastic bag for an hour before rinsing. Nothing spectacular about the results. However, the oil/conditioner combination worked better when I used my bonnet dryer to steam my hair two week ago, as mentioned last week.

Healing Oyl ingredients include soyabean, almond, olive, sunflower, and palm oils. Nothing unusual, but the quantities of each make the blend unique along with the added fragrance. The scent is surprisingly citrusy despite a lack of citrus fruits in this dark orange oil. The texture is thick enough to stay in your hair, and you don’t have to stress over the product running down your neck and dripping into your eyes. The thickness doesn’t allow you to apply to your hair through the applicator, and I had to unscrew the top off first. At £6.69, Taliah Waajid’s Healing Oyl won’t exactly break the bank, but with other products competing at lower prices, I’m not sure I’ll buy this again unless I go really mad.

In conclusion, Healing Oyl works for my hair on shampoo days, impressive enough for me to punch the air and yell “Yay!”. For the rest of the week, grease is the word.

 

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