Recently, I had the opportunity to try out the Activilong Paris Actiforce range on my hair* – and boy, was I glad that I did. They sent me an amazing box of products below and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you! I plan for this to be the first of a few blog posts covering this wonderful range.
The Activilong Paris Actiforce Range
Firstly, the Activilong Paris Actiforce range consists of nine products. The word ‘force’ means ‘strength’ in French, so this range is intended to strengthen hair. It was impossible to try them all out on one wash day (!) but I have listed them all here. A full list of the ingredients for the products that I used appears at the end of this post.
- Hot Oils Hair Care (pre-poo)
- Fortifying Shampoo
- Fortifying Care Mask (deep conditioner)
- Puff Cream (moisturiser)
- Hair Butter (for sealing in moisture)
- 100% Pure Oil (Black Castor Oil)
- Hair Food (edge control)
I love the fact that the range is well thought out and clear instructions are given for how to use each of the products. Some of the products are also multi purpose! For example, the hot oils can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment but they can also be used as a light sealant for the hair as well. I love it!
Appearance and Packaging
The packaging for this range is distinctive, with yellow, orange and brown tones. The colours remind me of autumn and are earthy, alluding to the natural ingredients used. The bottles and tubs are sturdy and appropriate for each type of product – e.g. a pump bottle for the leave-in, which is more liquidy.
The main ingredients of the range are Black Castor oil (French: huile de carapate) and Sapote/Mamey seed oil (French: huile de sapote). Looking at the benefits of each of these, it’s easy to see why this range is so good for naturally kinky and coily hair during the cold weather.
Black Castor Oil Benefits:
- packed with fatty acids
- known for its anti-inflammatory properties
- used for scalp conditions and hair growth
- helps to keep hair follicles moist
- promotes healthy hair and alleviates dryness
Sapote/Mamey Seed Oil Benefits:
- helps to stop hair loss
- promotes hair growth
- ideal for dermatitis
- excellent oil for the maintenance of healthy skin and hair
- rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, proteins, amino acids, fatty acids and minerals
The Actiforce range proudly boasts of having no parabens, mineral oil, sulphates or silicones and also states that it is 96 – 98% of natural origin. Perfect if you follow the Curly Girl Method but also if you prefer products which are natural as possible. The creators have definitely set the bar high with this range!
If you have low porosity hair
These products make a point of saying that they are enriched with plant proteins. Along with the using words such as ‘strengthening’ and ‘fortifying’ it is clear that this range includes a good amount of protein. If you are extremely protein sensitive then you may want to avoid this range. However, if you use protein sparingly in your hair, some of these products would be good to use maybe once a month, or once every six weeks, depending on your needs.
Price and Size
Since I am officially partnering with Activilong Paris for this blog post*, these products were sent to me for free. However, the prices of the range are between €8 – 10 (about £7-9 in the UK and $9 – 11 in the USA) – not bad at all. Currently the products are available in France and in limited places in Europe and the USA, but distribution of these products is currently expanding. I will be updating this post in the near future with where you can get your hands on some!
The range has a slightly sweet, herbal smell which I love. When I say herbal, I mean it in the most positive way! The only product that I noticed had a strong, burnt smell was the 100% pure castor oil – this is to be expected, as this oil is known for its distinctive odour. But apart from that, the range smells pleasant and is really nice to use.
What I thought of the products
My thoughts on the products and how I used them are in this video, watch it for more details.
My written thoughts follow below.
Actiforce Fortifying Shampoo and Fortifying Care Mask
The Fortifying Shampoo lathered immediately on contact with water. I had to double check whether this was truly sulphate free! I was a little disappointed with the size of the bottle, I feel like it could be a little bigger. But judging by the effectiveness of the shampoo, I can see that it will last me a long time.
The Fortifying Care Mask is easily my favourite product of the whole range. It was a dream to use. I don’t quite know how a masque can be deep penetrating, rich and yet light on the hair with a ton of slip, but somehow Activilong Paris managed to do it! It left my hair with a slight buttery sensation after rinsing out. My hair felt nourished, protected and ready for styling.
Actiforce Leave-In and Puff Cream
I loved the feeling of the Actiforce Leave-In on my hair. I felt that it had just the right consistency for a leave-in – a liquidy texture but not too runny. It made detangling a very pleasant experience.
The Puff Cream gave me LIFE! It has that rich, creamy texture that my hair loves, especially during the colder, windy seasons. Again, layering this with the Leave-In gave me some juicy twists and that healthy, nourished feeling that my hair really needs. It also gave some definition, which I liked.
Actiforce Hot Oils Hair Care
This product is intended to be used as a hot oil treatment. However, looking at the ingredients, it contained some lighter nourishing oils (e.g. jojoba oil) as well as castor oil, and wasn’t too thick. Since it’s autumn, I didn’t feel my hair needed really intensive sealing with the 100% Pure Castor Oil, so I opted for this instead. It went over my twists easily and added the finishing touch that I needed.
For my first ever try of these products, I tried out a fluffy, slightly stretched afro. Did somebody say touchably soft ?! My hair doesn’t naturally have a really high shine to it, as you can see in the photos – but trust me, the nourishment factor was on 10!
I could physically feel a protective barrier around my strands and I’m looking forward to seeing how this range performs when the weather gets colder and when I want to opt for different styles.
In conclusion, I think I may have found a new staple range for the Autumn/Winter season for my hair! Most of all, it is obvious that the team at Activilong Paris designed the Actiforce range for those with hair that needs serious nourishment like mine. I’m so glad that I have had the chance to try it out, and now you can too!
This is going to be my first ever giveaway on my blog!
One lucky winner will receive these four products:
- Actiforce Fortifying Shampoo
- Actiforce Fortifying Care Mask
- Actiforce Leave-In
- Actiforce Puff Cream
The rules are simple:
- Sign up to my mailing list HERE – if you have already signed up, no need to sign up twice! As a thank you, you will receive my 10 Natural Hair Growth Tips for free!
- Share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter with this caption (copy/paste to make it easier): Facebook: – “Check out this giveaway of the @ActivilongParis Actiforce range products by @TheCurlyCloset here! #Actiforce #TheCurlyCloset“. Twitter: – Check out this giveaway of the @Activilong Actiforce range products by @TheCurlyCloset here! #Actiforce #TheCurlyCloset” . You need to tag both myself and Activilong Paris so that we can see your entry!
- Comment below saying why you would like to win!
Good luck! The giveaway ends Sunday 15 October 2017 at 11.59pm UK time.
I hope that you enjoyed this review, and let me know your experience with the Activilong Paris Actiforce products below. You can find out more about the Actiforce range of products here.
Wishing you health, happiness and beautiful hair,
*This giveaway and blog post are kindly sponsored by Activilong Paris. This is a UK only giveaway but I will be having international giveaways coming soon!
Here are the ingredients for each of the products used for this wash day.
AQUA (WATER), SODIUM LAUROYL SARCOSINATE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 CAPRATE, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, GLYCERIN, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, XANTHAN GUM, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), MARIS SAL (SEA SALT), POLYQUATERNIUM-10, CITRIC ACID, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, RICINUS COMMUNIS (BLACK CASTOR) SEED OIL, TETRASODIUM EDTA, PANTHENOL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, POUTERIA SAPOTA SEED BUTTER, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, SODIUM ACETATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, CI 14700 (RED 4), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5), CI 42090 (BLUE 1).
Fortifying Care Mask:
AQUA (WATER), CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, DIPALMOYLISOPROPYL DIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, RICINUS COMMUNIS (BLACK CASTOR) SEED OIL, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, GLYCERIN, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), OLEYL ALCOHOL, CETYL PALMITATE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, POUTERIA SAPOTA SEED BUTTER, POTASSIUM SORBATE, GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, HYDROLYZED SWEET ALMOND PROTEIN, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, ASPARTIC ACID, GLUTAMIC ACID, BENZYL SALICYLATE, CITRIC ACID, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, CITRONELLOL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, CI 75120 (ANNATTO), POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, TOCOPHEROL, HYDROGENATED PALM GLYCERIDES CITRATE.
AQUA (WATER), COCONUT ALKANES, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CARAPATE) SEED OIL, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, CETYL RICINOLEATE, GLYCERIN, CETYL ALCOHOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), POUTERIA SAPOTA SEED BUTTER, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, CITRIC ACID, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER, TOCOPHEROL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, CITRONELLOL, ALPHA ISOMETHYL IONONE, CITRAL, CI 75120 (ANNATTO), ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE.
AQUA (WATER), CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, GLYCERIN, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CARAPATE) SEED OIL, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED BUTTER, POUTERIA SAPOTA SEED BUTTER, MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL, TRIETHYL CITRATE, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, BENZOIC ACID, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, PANTHENOL, LIMONENE, ARGININE, GERANIOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, CITRONELLOL, TOCOPHEROL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, ALPHA ISOMETHYL IONONE, CITRAL, CI 75120 (ANNATTO), ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, COUMARIN, LINALOOL, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE.
Hot Oils Hair Care:
OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, RICINUS COMMUNIS (BLACK CASTOR) SEED OIL, GLYCERYL OLEATE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, POUTERIA SAPOTA SEED BUTTER, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, CITRONELLOL, ALPHA ISOMETHYL IONONE, TOCOPHEROL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, CITRAL, LECITHIN, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, HYDROGENATED PALM GLYCERIDES CITRATE, CI 26100 (RED 17), CI 61565 (GREEN 6).