Product Review | Andre Walker The Gold System

by West Parsons on February 11, 2014 · 1 comment

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Ultimate Moisture Sulfate Shampoo
Price: $18
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Product Claims: The first step in the Gold System, this is the perfect sulfate free shampoo for maximum moisture, shine, and softness, with an infusion of African Mongongo Oil, all in one step
Ingredients: Water, Sodium C14-C16 Olefin Sulfolnate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine…

TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner
Price: $22
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Product Claims: Perfect for all hair types, his keratin and oil rich formula absorbs quickly into your hair so you decide how much TKO to leave in and how much to rinse out.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbabadensis Leaf Juice, Purified Water, Gylcerin…


You may find the name Andre Walker familiar, as he is Oprah’s hair stylist and has been so for 20+ years. He is also the brain behind the Walker hair-typing system, where curl patterns are referred to as 1, 2, 3, 4 with a, b, c letter break downs.

I sectioned my hair in 4 and dampened each with water. I added a quarter-size amount to each section of my scalp and massaged in.  The shampoo lathered well, but upon rinsing my hair felt stripped and tangled.

With my hair remaining in the 4 sections, I generously applied the conditioner to each. The way it applied, I could tell that glycerin was an ingredient high on the list — it was not a completely smooth application. As usual, I deep conditioned with my handy dandy therapy wrap overnight. When rinsing, initially my hair felt soft, but as I continued rinsing it was completely dry and difficult for me to finger detangle. If I were to make a comparison, I’d say my hair felt similar to what my hair felt like when rinsing out the shampoo.

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Though I was sent two additional finishing products to review (Beautiful Kinks Styling Creme Gelee & Get It Straight Styling Creme), I chose to forgo them both due to the undesirable results of the shampoo and conditioner. Maybe I may try them in the future on hair that I am scheduled to wash the next day, but for this review I didn’t want to risk having to go through my wash day process again.

Since the TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner performed much like a keratin-based conditioner, I ended up following with another moisturizing deep conditioner. Considering Andre’s conditioner was labeled as moisturizing, I was highly disappointed in the moisture it did NOT provide.

I was highly interested in the mongongo oil since I’ve been seeing it as an ingredient in a few moisturizing products lately. But I’m guessing the oil content must have been pretty low in the shampoo, since the moisturizing properties were not evident.

Would I purchase this product? No.

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{ 1 comment }

JC June 27, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Hey lady, my mom ordered the moisture conditioner and the styling creme (beautiful kinks) last November. She let me try them out and I was pleasantly surprised with the styler. It gave my fine, flyaway hair a look and feel that it has never had during my seven years of being natural. My wash n’ go bun, twistsouts and braid outs had an amazing sheen, hold and my styles lasted a whole week without frizz. I got comments on how “smooth” my hair looked while using the styler. For reference, other product lines I have used in the past include Kinky-Curly, Oyin, Qhemet, KBB, Hairveda, Curl Junkie, Paul Mitchell, Beautiful Curls line by Allafia, Camille Rose, KeraCare, and Elucence. I am likely forgetting some. Stylers I have used in the past include KCCC, Eco styler, Beautiful Curls cream, Kiss My Face gel, X-treme wet line gel, Keracare twist cream, Shea Butter, Aubrey’s B5 gel, Qhemet Honey balm, and a bunch of other drugstore holding products. I will definitely be ordering my own jar of the styler after seeing its performance all throughout the polar vortex and this humid spring. I encourage you to give it a try if you have not already. Now, I agree with you about the conditioner; it was glycerin heavy, had a cone in it and my hair didn’t feel very moisturized at all. I will stick to the styling products from this line. If you try the straightening styler, please let me know how it compares to your deep conditioning method for straightening your hair.