Monday, March 22, 2010

Dr. Miracle's: A Review


A few months back I was gifted with a very generous box of Dr. Miracle's products. Inside the box I found the Intensive Healing Oil, Damaged Hair Medicated Treatment, Temple & Nape Gro Balm, Healing Leave In Treatment and Conditioner, Intensive Spot Serum, 2 In 1 Tingling Shampoo & Conditioner, Tingling Intensive Deep Conditioning Treatment. Wow, talk about a gift box!

Over the past few months I have tried the products and I will be giving my review for them a few at a time.

But before I get into the individual products, I want to talk about the packaging, the presentation, and the scent.

Packaging: Each product comes in a brown box. The paperboard containers look old fashioned with the Dr. Miracle's logo printed in black on the front and top. Something about them look serious, not at all fruity or floral like most hair products marketed to women. They seem to say "we mean business" or "we have a purpose and our product is more about functionality than beauty". The red, black and brown color scheme punctuate this ideal, accenting the medicinal or healing theme of the product. These are not for the average girl who wants a sensual hair experience. They are here to fix, cure, or heal damaged hair and scalp.

Presentation: In addition to the packaging, Dr. Miracle's is probably most easily recognized for their ads in magazines like Essence and their commercials. Clearly, these publications are aimed at Black women. As we know, we spend more money on our hair than anyone else in this country. Knowing this, and playing up the good hair/bad hair (although not directly so) debate, Dr. Miracle's tends to do before and afters that aim to persuade Black women that whatever is broke about their hair, Dr. Miracle's can fix. It's not just a hair product. It's actually a miracle! Hmmm... I will give it some points for hilarity (that scream at the beginning makes me laugh each time) but at the same time, it always makes me uncomfortable with how the before and after pics seem to say that something is inherently wrong with Black hair. Especially that one with the woman with the long curly hair. Yeah, it looks a bit frizzy before. Nothing a good leave in/gel/styler couldn't tame (if that is the look you're going for. Personally I like frizz every now and again). And I am not against the straight after pic either. But to imply that the before was unhealthy (read damaged, unruly, just not right) and the after is beautiful (read straight, fixed, cured, whatever) is just the wrong message to send, in my opinion.

Scent: This is what did me in. Ok, I get it. This product is supposed to be the cure. So that means it must smell serious and intense, like medicine, right? Wrong. Menthol, medicinal, just plain strong! I think I put off trying most of this stuff for the smell alone! I am very conscious about the scents that go in my hair and on my scalp. So right off the bat, Dr. M lost major points.

Ok so that is the preview. The first two products I will review are the 2 In 1 Tingling Shampoo & Conditioner and the Intensive Healing Oil. And don't get me wrong. Even though I have some strong opinions about many things about this line, there are some good ones too. Stay tuned...

34 comments:

  1. I tried some other there products a while ago I think it was a tingling hair oil... I HATED IT!! The most useless product ever and it smelled way too nasty for me!

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  2. Nicely written. I didn't know they had a medicinal scent. Peppermint is sometimes used to create a tingling feeling. I don't know if it actually helps hair or just gives a sensation that something is happening.

    I'm looking forward to the rest of the review especially since you say there may be some good ones.

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  3. I love your blog so much Leslie. When my hair grows up, it wants to be just like yours!

    I look forward to your thoughts on the the Healing Leave-In Treatment and Conditioner. Because of its watery consistency, I transferred it to a spray bottle to get better coverage. I used the leave-in treatment for a little while, but had to stop because my hair became extremely dried out and brittle. I don't know whether it was error on my part or an ingredient in the leave-in, but I was so disappointed since I loved the 'tingly' feeling the product provided (I know it was the leave-in because once I stopped using it, my hair went back to normal.) Best of luck in your reviewing!

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  4. IT JUST FEELS GREAT IN YOUR HAIR. I LOVE THE HOT GRO FEEL IT FORMULA.

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  5. I tried the leave-in before, about 1-2 weeks ago, and I did not like it at all. It made my hair and scalp itch/burn in the crown area and some of the front. I was really irritated about this because I just did my hair in small twists and they got ruined when I rinsed my hair &scalp to stop the itchy/burning sensation. It also left my hair really dry and brittle especially the crown area and I had a little breakage (not noticable, but i did do another deep conditioning treatment to counteract the dryness).

    p.s. when i was in HS I tried the one that was like a grease and it tingled which I liked, but it didnt do much else.

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  6. I STRONGLEY AGRE WITH ALL THE COMMENTS ABOUT THIS PRODUCT. i DONT THINK IT WORKS. IT TINGLE LIKE MOST USERS SAID TO GIVE YOU THE FALSE IMPRESSION THAT IT WORK. i DO GET THE BURNS AND DRYING OF THE HAIR. AS A MATTER OF FACT MY HAIR DRESSER WARN ME NOT TO USE IT BUT I STILL WENT AHEAD AND TRY IT ANYWAYS. i HAVE SINCE STOP USING IT. ( IT DOES NOT WORK) A WASTE OF MONEY AND FALSE HOPE.

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  7. However, the Dr. Miracle's Tingling Intensive Deep Conditioning Treatment works AWESOME on my hair, especially is you go under the dryer. The tingling experience is nice, NOW once the process is completed, blow dry and style...NICE, silky soft and everyone around me notices. TRY IT. CON: I've only been able to find it in the 1.75 oz packs; but really it's worth it to me. This has become a weekly treatment for me.

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  8. I heard that the products work BUT after you stop using the products your hair will shed. More than one person told me this.Has anyone on here had this problem???

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  9. My sister uses the grow oil and it has grown her hair very long.

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  10. Yes I also use the grow oil and it works amazingly. This is my third time useing it within three years and I run out and start using other oils and they don't work the same, this oil spreads so you only need a little, the tingle feels great, and my hair grows fast naturally but this oil definitely stimulates my problem areas. I have light edges as well as long as a balding pic but using this growth oil definitely shows a difference,

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  11. I have to say that I use this product, I like it, Ive learned it's to help un clog pores of the scalp to help new hair grow not magic. you will have to maintain oil to the hair because it will strip you hair dry. It's a deep clean. I've seen changes in the way my hair looks (rid of dirt) and feel. So YES! this doses work. be careful not every black women has the same grade of hair, so you may not need to use it as much. :) I use my set once a month

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  12. This is the WORST product EVER!!!!!!

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  13. Awful product. Used the deep treatment product and as I was combing thru my hair, it was just coming out in big chunks. Currently at the hair dresser cutting it all off. My hair was touching my shoulders now it can barely pass my back hairline.

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  14. I have been using the temple and nape balm twice a day for 3 weeks now and my temples which were burned out by a bad relaxer treatment and excessive tension from braids that were too tight are now growing back in very nicely I might add. Now this product line is not for everyone, and I had to try many different ones to find the one that works for me, but I know this much is true that I will continue to use it for as long as it is around because I thought my edges were gone for good, and now they are coming back!!!!!!!

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  15. BEAUTFUL HEALTHY HAIR TO THE SHOULDER JUST RELAXED WASHING IT OUT AND MY HAIR IS COMING OUT IN PACTHES CANT UNDERSTAND THE WORST WORST WORST PRODUCT EVER WISH I HAD NEVER BOURGHT IT.

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  16. dr wonder products took my hair to a never before seen level before baptist hospital of columbia s.c made it fall out. he is by far the best on the market. i notice that its hard to find him in places i usually would but i do recommend him for all. my hair was at a stuck point last year and when i started using his products it grew like never before!!! over about a months time i saw a dramatic difference! he IS the truth!!....joshia.whack@yahoo.com

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  17. My personal experience using Dr. Miracles hair products has been a pleasant one and it grows my hair!!! Dr. Miracles products will be a stable product of mines.

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  18. My mother gave me some of the Dr.Miracles "Damaged Hair Medicated Treatment" and I really did not know what it was so I added it to some of my Sally's Brand Almond Hair Conditioner and "WOW" I was pleasantly surprised it had a nice tingling sensation and my hair felt thicker in the back!!!! I have not used any of the other produces but I think I will buy more and keep mixing it with my conditioner.

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  19. Hi...my name is nique...i have used dr. miracles for a long time and it had made my hair more healthier and longer however i am transitioning in my natural state so i have started from stratch on my hair...(i have a little afro) but i am using my dr.M products...Now everyones hair type is different and everyones hair shows results differently....some people might see results whereas some won't, it all depends on the outcome of your hair as now...so personally, i haven't had absolutely no problem with any of his products, they have all worked wonders...even his relaxer is amazing, my mom loves how it coats the hair without drying the hair out...so to anyone who is willing to try dr. Miracles products, just try to c if any results are shown throughtout the entire process..that is why it is always avertised as "some results may vary"....so as i always say, THANK YHU DR. MIRACLES!!!!!

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  20. Ladies...Take it from a retired white guy...Dr. Miracle and Dr. Wonder are the same products. I've been using them for 8 years. That's the key. Hair is the last thing to grow overnight. Circulation and cleansing has to be restored in your scalp. Unclogging takes time. If you want to know the truth...hair that we see is dead. What's under the scalp is alive. In order for "healthy" looking hair(which is dead)to be obtained, you must do the underneath work. You can use all sorts of cheap methods and products to "look" pretty, but if you want healthy growth and even restoration, the tingling oil combined with the shampoo and conditioner worked miracles for me. My hair grew back, and in places it had NEVER been, But you just can't "try" it. Give it at least 6 months. And the "smell" is clove, which I love! Try eBay, Amazon.com, Dollar General or Fred's. Don't quit!

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  21. I agree. Dr. Miracle is what I always use. I love their products although I haven't tried all of them yet. It does tingle and yes everybody can't handle the smell but if you keep using it, you will see great results!

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  22. I am a stylist and have been using his/her products in my clients hair for years. I used it for the first time in the head of a client who had a bald spot in the top of her crown and a small teeny fro. a month later she not only grew a full thick afro but her bald spot had begun to fill in. Now after 5 years she is sitting on her long Locs that I have maintaining since the beginning of time. I feel that most people who complain about the smell should think whats more important... the smell or an exposed balding scalp. If you need it then use it. Not only does it make the hair supple and moisturized, but it opens your pores. Def something these other products dont do. Most products clog the pore then making it very difficult for your hair to grow well. Dr. M is a very good product that can be trusted. I use it in my hair as well.

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  23. Hi I actually went natural using Dr.wonder products and during my transition my hair went from being shoulder to reaching my waist in a matter of a few months. After a while I couldn't find them in stores anymore :( so I tried Dr.miracle. I don't know if the products were too strong for me but my hair began to thin out, It took about a week for me to notice it was the products so I immediately stopped and my hair stopped falling out. I wish I could find Dr.Wonder again but until then I'll stick to olive oil products.

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  24. The stimulating Moisturizing Gro Oil really does work. My sister used it on her eyebrows because they wouldn't grow from previously getting them tattooed, and when she tried this, her eyebrows grew back to normal. Not all the hairs grew, but there was defintetily an improvement!

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  25. I would have to agree with u guys!!! This product did not work for me. I gave it a chance and tried it for almost six months and not a big diffrence in my hair growth. I did invest in so mizzani conditioner, and kept my end clipped every 3 months and omg what a diffrence. A friend hair is down her back she suggested when u condition rub a palm full of olive oil in rinse out and style as usual.

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  26. For me this products is just like any others
    It work for some peoples and doesn't work for others
    For me is working good so far...
    Maybe you are focusing to much in the''Miracle''word:)
    instead of the product itself

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  27. I've had nothing but success with dr. miracle products. The main one that has given me the most growth is the stimulating moisturizing gro oil, i use it day and night. Recently I started using the relaxed hair potion since I use a flat iron ever few days on hair and it does give the hair shine and provides breakage. Also since I just gave birth to my son 6 weeks ago and my hair has been shedding due to not being pregnant anymore, the shedding has stopped. Before using dr. miracle products I was told by a hair stylist it would cause a build up, but after using many of the products the only one so far to me to do so was the anti-breakage strengthening cream. And as for the smell is something to get use to, but you can't have gain without some pain lol!!

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  28. I use the Dr. Miracle Deep Conditioning Treatment every month and a half or so after I come out of my braids or weave and my hair does benefit for this treatment tremendously. This product could be to strong for some people's hair but I recommend it for thick, natural hair. (esp. if it is naturally dry)

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  29. Left my hair rather greasy. I cant stand heavy feeling hair and thatswhat this product made my hair feel like. :(

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  30. Left my hair rather greasy. I cant stand heavy feeling hair and thatswhat this product made my hair feel like. :(

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  31. Left my hair feeling very greasy and heavy. I cant stand greasy hair and because i dont put any grease or oil in my hair i deep condition weekly. I dont like this product. :(

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  32. I love Dr. Miracle products! I started using them on my daughter's hair in March of 2011, and now she has very long and beautiful hair. She goes longer without any chemicals. I would tell anyone to use Dr. Miracle products.

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  33. I used two Dr. Miracles product. One was a grease and the other 2 n 1 shampoo. The grease I noticed mad my hair dry and brittle, my hair shed a lot. The shampoo made my hair fall out reaaly really bad. When I washed my hair, I started to see chunks of my hair in my hand and the sink, My hair feel out on the sides and my temples. I don't know what to do next. I'm glad the prouduct work for some of you all, but it did not work for me.

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