- Value: 19/20
- Functionality: 20/20
- Ease of Use: 19/20
- Aesthetics: 17/20
- Moisturizing: 19/20
My hair has a love-hate relationship with moisture. After wash day, it offers sweet promises that it will stay bouncy and shiny. But just a day later, my hair doesn’t waste any time kicking moisture out the door, leaving my once-defined curls looking like a raving beehive.
At the beginning of my natural hair journey, I had my wash day hair routine down. But when it came to the days in-between shampoos, I was completely lost. I wasn’t going to do my whole routine every time a curl was out of place. So, I walked down the beauty aisle at my local drugstore (and did some extensive research) and the Mielle Organics Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk ($13) caught my eye.
I have to admit, it wasn’t a love at first sight kinda thing. There were actually three reasons why I made the purchase: brand, price, and ingredients. First, Mielle Organics is a Black-owned business that offers natural hair care products catered specifically to people with 3c to 4c hair. Secondly, it wasn’t too pricey—one bottle costs $13, to be exact—which is great for someone like me, who likes to stock up on my faves. Lastly, avocado oil is one of the ingredients I know (and trust) to work well for maintaining my hair. Avocado happens to be the OG ingredient that curly hair gals use to keep their locks looking soft, shiny and defined. So yeah, you could call this an educated impulse purchase.
The moment I poured the Hair Milk on my hand, I was relieved to find the texture was thick and creamy, but it wasn’t infused with an overpowering fragrance. Instead, it smelled like a subtle hint of lavender and the fragrance didn’t attack my nose like some products do (seriously, I’ve tried creams that went from smelling like a fruit bowl to laundry detergent—no thank you). The scent wasn’t headache-inducing because of the all-natural ingredients (jojoba seed oil, aloe vera, lavender and sage), all of which deliver even more nourishing and hydrating benefits to my strands.