That right there is my new fave hair product: Long Aid Curl Activator. I got the one for extra-dry hair. Just like the Fantasia, it's got a decent price. They looked so similar and I was in such dire need of something, so I snagged it. It was also nice and cheap - about 4 dollars for a 16-ounce jar.
The Fantasia is more of a styling/holding gel and it does work great for adding moisture to dry hair like mine. The Long Aid is a curl activator and it is super moisturizing but doesn't have the holding factor. That's fine because I use it for when I twist my hair and for finger-styling in some curl. (By the way, I cut my hair super short yesterday because of these 90-plus temps we're getting!)
|Older photo but same hair as pre-cut|
|Much cooler in this heat!|
But it's time for some dye..
What I also love about the Long Aid is that there is no strong smell. Just like with the Fantasia, a little bit goes a long way. That means that you get a lot for your less-than-5 dollar investment.
Here are the ingredients for the Long Aid and Fantasia side by side:
LONG AID FANTASIA
Aqua/Water Purified Water (Aqua)
OLETH-20 Aloe Vera Gel
Fragrance (Parfum) Dimethicone Copolyol
DMDM Hydantoin Tocopheryl Acetate
Methylparaben Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Disodium EDTA Polysorbate-20
Hydrolyzed Collagen Benzophenone-4
D and C Violet Disodium EDTA
Aloe Vera Fragrance (Parfum)
Notice that the Aloe is last on the list for Long Aid and much higher up for the Fantasia.
Anyway, like I was saying, the Long Aid will be my go-to for moisture. When my hair grows back out, the Fantasia will be for styling on the more humid days. Both are awesome. I do know that some folks - especially among my fellow Afro-Natural-Curly ladies - don't like the 'cones and the other chemicals. I have to work with what I can on a very limited budget. I've tried other products that may have had 'cleaner' ingredients but not-so-great results. For a short stroll down memory lane, I can point back to posts I did on these products:
And there were so many other (often pricey) products that I tried. Some worked but were too costly, and some were pricey and failed.
So for those of us on squeaking-tight budgets, this Long Aid might be the best thing.