Sabino Moisture Block Review

March 30, 2009

Sabino Moisture Block

Name: Sabino Moisture Block

Price: $21.00

Rating: 3 out of 5

Product Promise: Is the only product that waterproofs hair and completely eliminates frizz in any climate!

The Review: As much as I want to love Sabino Moisture Block , it was just so-so to me. Just a warning… this is going to be a long review.

Sabino Moisture BlockFirst, I straightened my hair for the first time in six months last Wednesday. I blow-dried and then flat-ironed my hair. Before blow drying I applied my Lacio-Lacio leave-in conditioner and then the Sabino as instructed by their directions, which were included with the product. I then applied a little to each section from root to tips as I flat-ironed, because a lot of people told me that’s the best way to stop your natural hair from reverting with the product.

Sabino Moisture BlockI had to go to an event Thursday evening and by that time my new growth already started to revert. By Friday morning my hair was done. You could clearly tell the difference between the different textures. It still looked presentable, but my natural hair wasn’t silky straight like the relaxed portions of my hair. At that point I just didn’t care anymore and pulled my hair back into a ponytail. From Friday evening to Sunday morning my hair went through me running back and forth out of car through rain, and Florida’s humidity(It wasn’t that hot, but much hotter than MD). By the time I got back home Sunday morning from FL my dreams of rocking my future natural hair down for more than two days were crushed. But the relaxed portions of my hair did not revert one bit. I’m not sure if this is a testament to Sabino because Chi Silk Infusion did the same exact thing for my relaxed hair with less money. The picture to the right shows my hair Sunday morning. Notice the puffy new growth. For some reason it doesn’t look too bad in the picture, but trust my hair was just sitting up on my head and looking crazy in person.

I guess it did work to an extent, but people have been hyping Sabino like it’s some miracle worker… so I expected more. I expected my hair to stay silky straight for at least a week, not just the relaxed portions. And definitely more than two days. I didn’t buy this product for mediocre results… I wanted perfection. Especially after watching the youtube clip of the girl sitting in the sauna for half an hour with not one hair out of place.

The only thing I didn’t do was flat-iron my entire head with at least 400 degree heat. The directions state that the product will work if the hair is straightened with heat of at least 400 degrees. My silly behind actually flat-ironed about 20% of my head at the highest temp on my Sedu, which is 410, until I noticed that it was smoke coming from my iron. I then finished the rest with the temp placed at 320. Guess what? All of my hair looked exactly the same Friday even though I applied the “correct” heat advised with the instructions.

Seriously, I don’t want to use a product that I have to fry my hair with to get the “best” results. So if you plan on purchasing Sabino Moisture Block, please don’t use the highest temp as recommended. My hair turned out exactly the same although I used 320 on 80% of it. And trust, next time I flat-iron my hair… I’ll be using the lowest temperature on my Sedu (250 degrees). Majority of my strands are considered to be medium or normal sized. Even the parts that are coarse do not need additional heat to get it straight.

The only ingredients in the product are Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone. I’m wondering if I should have just saved my money and used my Keracare Silken Seal… How silly of me! It includes the same exact ingredients and probably does the same thing. I never used it for this purpose, but I may just give it a try next time I straighten.

In conclusion, if your hair is relaxed, I highly recommend it… but if you’re natural I’m still on the fence about it. Since I’m transitioning now… I’ll try the Sabino again when I’m fully natural to see if I may like it better when I’m not dealing with two different textures.



{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

ShayG June 12, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I felt it was over-hyped too. Sally has a GVP Chi Silk Infusion product and it worked 10X better than Sabino and it’s cheaper.

chilidog08876 June 24, 2009 at 10:04 am

I’ve been using SMB for about a year and can’t live without it. I just ordered more from LookingGlassNY.com on Sunday and just got it this morning. Ultra fast shipping and I only paid $12.09!

Ellen Kim October 13, 2010 at 8:19 pm

I can’t believe when something that actually work for frizzy hair, then it gets discontinued. It is hard to find now. I can’t even find it on amazon. The company changed the original Sabino moisture block to some new Lok and Blok. Not impressed or interested in the new product. I was able to find some more moisture block (clear bottle with red lettering) from this beauty supply website: justbeautysupplies. $16.99 per bottle for something that does not exist anymore is pretty good in my books.

Melanie August 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm

From what I understand, the products you use before the Moisture Block can actually be a part of the problem. I’ve found that you can contact them and ask for help in how to use their product with other products and tools to get the results you’re looking for. Try contacting them to see if they will help you.

Victor Sabino March 29, 2014 at 4:23 pm

A lot of people say that they followed the instructions exactly but there are always little issues that are different with each person. It’s not a set formula or rocket science. But it would be great, rather than posting negative reviews instead to contact me personally so we can discuss how you’re using it and how much are using. I have walked a lot of people through using moisture block because they were not using it properly for their hair issues. Once we have figured out exactly how to work it with your hair, you won’t believe the results. Regardless how strong the product is, when you go days without shampooing your hair eventually products will break down. I strongly suggest shampooing and conditioning your hair at least every 2 to 3 days

victor March 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm

For ShayG,

I have used SMB for years and did back to back tests with other products like your Chi Silk. SMB has saved many of my clients from hair damage, frizz and helps to maintain keratin treatments longer. My clients swear by it. The advantage that my clients have is my actually educating them while applying SMB. We can’t keep it on the shelves.

The reason why some people do not get the performance from SMB is due to improper usage. We have guidelines for people to follow but those guidelines are not written in stone. Everyone’s hair is different. The true test is to test the Chi product in high humidity as the manufacture suggests without layering a lot of other products with it. SMB is the closest product to maintaining softer, no-frizz hair next to a keratin treatment.

Chi Silk has tons of additives that eventually dry hair out. If you have had issues with SMB, wouldn’t it be better to take the challenge through us by allowing us to show you how to use it properly rather than putting the product down?

I forgot to mention that the reason the girl in this article reverted at the roots was due to the amount of heat used, how long the flat iron was left on the area and the amount of SMB applied to the root area.

Dani April 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Victor, the date of this review is five years old. I am the “girl” in the article that you mentioned above. Sabino, your company, provided me with the instructions to use the product and additional tips via email and I followed them. The product did not work on my transitioning hair. Period. This is not a “negative review”. A negative review would have been me giving your over priced product a 1.

Chi Silk Infusion has changed their ingredients since this review was posted. There were no fillers in their product back then. And their product was better than Sabino. Hands down. Do not come on my blog five years later spouting that nonsense and questioning my application and technique.

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