Where to Buy: QhemetBiologics
Product Claims: Restores manageability, softness and elasticity to normal to very dry hair. Smooths cuticles, improves combing ability and reduces breakage.
Ingredients: Water, Nettle Extract (Urtica Dioica), Barley Extract (Hordeum Vulgare)…
Ever since Taliah Waajid changed the formula of her Protective Mist Bodifier, I have been in search of a moisturizer for the longest! On a whim, I decided to take a trip over to one of the natural health food store in the city which carries Qhemet Biologics. I decided on the Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee and another product of theirs. I really didn’t have much expectations for the Ghee, besides, what the heck is “Ghee” anyway right? Looked it up. Lol.
a kind of liquid butter, used especially in the cooking of India, made from the milk of cows or buffaloes and clarified by boiling.
I’m not sure how much of a help that was, but the product itself is much like the consistency of a really thick, solid-like lotion. Though, it’s not runny like a lotion and it’s not hard/solid as shea butter. I also have the Amla & Olive Heavy Cream (AOHC) and I will venture to say, the ghee is slightly a bit more solid/stiff and is much lighter on the hair. About the scent, I prefer my hair products to smell perfumey but this smells like chocolate and I didn’t mind at all.
About the Ingredients
The first ingredient listed is water and of course, any moisturizer will have this as the first ingredient. The next, nettle extract (urtica dioica) is actually from a plant, as kids in the islands, we were always told to keep our distance from. Elders warnings never worked though. Lol. Time after time, you would hear about someone running home with the itches because they came in contact with what we called ‘stinging nettle’. Believe-you-me, the stuff ITCHES! In health terms, this nettle helps to prevent hair loss. The third ingredient, barley extract may have some function for hair loss, but is also probably serves as a thickener for the product.My Experience
I first used this on freshly washed hair. Can I tell you — The knots melted and The. Comb. Glided. I’ve experienced many products where hair was easily detanlged but the catcher was the fact that my hair wouldn’t feel moisturized after it dried. By golly I think I’ve found it! My hair was soft to the touch after it dried. It wasn’t too greasy, but just enough moisture. I will say my hair took all day to completely dry though :/ Honestly though, I will sacrifice having a long dry-time for a good detangler and moisturizer in one.
Pictured: wet twisted hair with Coco Tree Detangling GheeI followed by using the Ghee on dry hair to help in stretching. Just as it performed on wet hair, it also performed well on my dry hair (of course with a quicker drying time). The cream melted into my hair with no remaining residue. It applies much lighter than the AOHC.
On my trip to Chicago, this was the moisturizer of choice. The kicker was I didn’t even have to travel with it! My hair was washed on Wednesday, stretched and styled on Thursday. I went to Chicago on Friday and returned on Sunday. I wore my hair in a bantu-knot out. I re-knotted once and the only thing I used was a dab of water on the ends of each section. That little bit of water some how seemed to awaken the product that was applied to my hair days before. I literally was able to feel the product re-surface once my hair met the water. I say that to say, there was no need to re-moisturize my hair beyond wash day, unless I simply just wanted to.
I think I’ve found a gold mine! I really hope my hair does not acclimate to this product. I like the Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee so much I am buying my friend a jar and mailing it all the way to her in Nomads Land, but there is one problem, the shelves are empty at Return to Eden (the only Qhemet Biologics retailer in GA).
The photo above also displays the condition of my hair when using the Ghee alone after my Chicago trip. My hair was washed on Tuesday, stretched and twisted Wednesday. I added rollers to the ends on Friday and twisted it out on the same night. Note, the last time I used product on my hair was Tuesday. As I write this review, it is Saturday and again my hair is still soft with no further product needed.
If you ever discontinue this product, please provide me with advance notice so that I may by up your remaining stock 🙂
What Qhemet product is your favorite?
I no longer purchase this product due to my experience with the below detailed inconsistent performance. As stated, I’m not the only one who has reported this.
UPDATE Aug 2012: As of lately my experience with this product has not been the best. Qhemet Biologics has transitioned this product into bottles and have also gone into auto production, meaning all of their products are no longer handmade.
A few months ago I purchased my first bottled version of the CTDG and the product left much to be desired; a few hours after application my was hair dry to the point where I needed to re-moisturize hours later and even still the dryness was not remedied. That was absolutely not typical in my previous experience with this product (as you’ve read in my original review). I purchased another bottle a couple of months later and the product seemed to work just as I remembered.
I contacted QB about this variance in product performance and my first communication was never responded to. A couple months later I spotted this thread on a hair board where others were talking about having the same experience with the CTDG and other products in QB’s line. Again I tried to contact QB about my concern:
WEST: Hi QB, In June I literally did a side-by-side with CTDG from one batch (purchased in March) and CTDG from another batch (purchased in June). Each product was on either side of my hair and they both performed differently. That was my confirmation [that there are variances beyond texture, scent and color from batch to batch].
I’ve messaged you on June 23 about my experience with the newly bottled CTDG through LHCF and I received no response. Just today I came across a thread on Naturally Curly where someone seems to be having the same experience as myself with the CTDG not working they way it previously did.
Has there been a change in the product?
QB: Hi West! Sorry for the oversight and thanks for resending the question. I’m glad you got the results you were looking for from the bottle you purchased in June. We haven’t changed the formula but slight differences may occur from batch to batch.
Let me know if you have any other questions.