Name: Sabino Moisture Block
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.
First, 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.
I 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.