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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Product Review: Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel

It's finally spring break over here at SUNY Purchase, but I can't leave you guys without a post this week now can I? I have a million things going on this week, so I thought I give you guys a quick review of one of my favorite locking agents that I've used (so far).

The product of the day is Jamaican Mango & Lime Resistant Formula Locking Gel. (great for hair that doesn't like to lock).

Before we get into the review of this particular product let me just say, I am a HUGE advocate of Jamaican Mango & Lime products. If you are unfamiliar with their line of products, then we can't be friends. Just kidding...but actually.

The most notable thing about Jamaican Mango & Lime's Locking Gel, like most of their other products, is the AMAZING smell. Their products emit a very sweet perfume smell. It reminds me of candy whenever I open the container. Honestly if they made a candy, or pastry, or even a drink that taste the way this stuff smells, I'd be hooked. Okay, maybe not a drink, but you get the point.

The product itself is very VERY light weight, as opposed to many other heavier gels and waxes out there. It also isn't very sticky on the fingers. The gel is water based, which is a very good thing. When twisting hair, you want to use a product that is as close to the consistency of water as possible. Another great thing about this particular product is the lack of petroleum.

"But Jae, I thought petroleum was good for my hair." FALSE. A lot of people think petroleum is a moisturizer when in fact, it has no moisturizing qualities of its own. What it is, is a barrier. What ever moisture you may have on your scalp (as well as any dirt, oils, etc) gets trapped underneath the petroleum when you apply it. That's typically why you find yourself re-applying the jelly in smaller and smaller intervals after the moisture has dried out, in this sense the petroleum is actually pretty ineffective. It also clogs your pores, smothering your scalp so it can't breathe. If you're pores cant breathe then they cannot dump out toxins.  In the long run you're doing nothing but damage your hair and skin.

For my particular hair texture (coarse and kinky), this gel seems to have a very strong hold. I frequent the gym. I'm there typically five days a week, so naturally I sweat a lot. Even after five, almost consecutive, days of sweating, my freshly twisted locs will still look nice and tight. I won't lie and say it looks perfectly the same, but it still looks neat.  If you're looking for a long lasting hold (which chances are, if you have locks, that's sort of the point for many of us), then Jamaican Mango & Lime is a good option.

The only negative thing I've discovered while using this locking agent, is the residue. To clarify I don't mean residue in terms of build up. It isn't like a wax that leaves flakes and things behind after it dries. The particular gel I use is white. After letting my hair air dry, I find that some of my locks have a very light white coating to them. It typically goes away by the second or third day. Honestly I think that may be due to the amount of gel my locitician uses. Either way it's a VERY small set back to having healthy, breathing hair with a long lasting hold, and a great smell.

Probably my favorite thing about this locking agent is it's cheap and readily available. It runs anywhere between 4 and 5 dollars, and can be found in almost any beauty supply store, as well as wal-mart, rite aid, and pretty much any store with a beauty supply section.  Go try it out!


  1. Thank you so much i just bought the resistant formula today (starting with two strand twist) and you made me a happy camper lol , and it does smell delicious o.O lol

  2. Thanks I was trying to find something that will not break my wallet and actually works.