“Mixed Silk”: What Do You Think?

Adrienne February 2, 2011 39

Silk Elements has created, what I would call, a generic form of the popular natural hair care line Mixed Chicks.

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Their new products, Mixed Silk, have strickingly similar packaging & product color as the well known Mixed Chicks.

Like Mixed Chicks, Mixed Silk offers a shampoo, leave-in conditioner and deep conditioner. But, unlike Mixed Chicks, these seemingly look alike products retail at a modest $7.99 each.

It is painfully obvious that Mixed Silk is, for lack of a better phrase, a knock off of Mixed Chicks. Written above a photo of the products, in a Sally Beauty Supply sales paper, it says “compare to Mixed Chicks.”

With all that being said, I am curious to know if Mixed Silk stands up to its tagline and provides “natural curls for natural girls.” At $7.99 you can’t help but to give it a try.

What do you think about Mixed Silk? Would you shy away from these products or give them a go?

To check out my review of these products click HERE

photo: Sally Beauty Supply

*Update: PRODUCT INGREDIENTS

Nourishing Deep Conditioner
WATER ,CETYL ALCOHOL ,BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE ,GLYCOL STEARATE ,AMODIMETHICONE ,GLYCOL DISTEARATE ,PROPYLENE GLYCOL ,PEG-75 LANOLIN ,TOCOPHERYL ACETATE ,ROSA CANINA SEED ,SODIUM PCA ,CITRIC ACID ,BENZOPHENONE-4 ,CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE ,TRIDECETH-12 ,DMDM HYDANTOIN ,METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE ,FRAGRANCE ,ALPHA ISOMETHYL IONONE ,BENZYL BENZOATE ,BENZYL SALICYLATE ,HEXYL CINNAMAL ,LINALOOL

Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
WATER, AMMONIUM LAURETH SULFATE, TEA-LAURYL SULFATE, COCAMIDE MEA, GLYCOL DISTEARATE ,PANTHENOL, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, SILK AMINO ACIDS, HYDROLYZED SILK, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRAC, MALVA SYLVESTRIS (MALLOW) FLOWER/LEAF/ST, BORAGO OFFICINALIS SEED OIL, POLYQUATERNIUM-70 , DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, ALLANTOIN, CITRIC ACID, TETRASODIUM EDTA, SODIUM CHLORIDE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, YELLOW 5, YELLOW 6, FRAGRANCE, ALPHA ISOMETHYL IONONE, BENZYL BENZOATE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, LINALOOL

Leave-in Conditioning Creme
WATER ,AMODIMETHICONE ,WHEAT AMINO ACIDS ,STEARALKONIUM CHLORIDE ,GLYCERIN ,CETEARYL ALCOHOL ,POLYSORBATE 60 ,METHYL GLUCETH-20 ,GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE ,ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE ,HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE ,SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL ,CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OI ,OENOTHERA BIENNIS (EVENING PRIMROSE) OIL ,SILK AMINO ACIDS ,HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN ,DMDM HYDANTOIN ,METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE ,METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE ,YELLOW 5 ,YELLOW 6 ,FRAGRANCE ,ALPHA ISOMETHYL IONONE ,BENZYL BENZOATE ,BENZYL SALICYLATE ,CITRONELLOL ,HEXYL CINNAMAL ,LIMONENE ,LINALOOL

39 Comments »

  1. The SistahChick February 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Wow! Cant wait for you to review! Are the ingredients comparable also?

    • Naturalv March 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      Just tryed the slilk Elements mixed products from Sally’s beauty salon. It’s comparable to mix chicks. I thought it worked pretty darn good. This was the first product that I purchased from salon that actual worked in my hair. Before buy the products I was a little nervous because I read some comments from a few girls that had already tried it and it seem to get more negative comments then good. but like I said earlier my hair came out good and the price was even better. So, for girls that would like to try it I think you should because each person hair is different then the next and what may work for them may not work for you and vice versa.

  2. Lexi February 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Thats what I was wondering too…If the ingredients are the same then Im not going to waste my money because my hair feels THE WORST after after using Mixed Chicks Leave In

  3. PBG February 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Intriguing. Makes me curious, but I’ll wait for you to review them, Adrienne. I’m scared! LOL

  4. Adrienne February 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I’ve posted the ingredients of each product. What do you think about them?

  5. Christy Larry February 7, 2011 at 12:07 am - Reply

    I tried this new product Mixed Silk and I am not very happy with it. It started out right detangling my strands. I was putting the product on my wet hair since it says to apply to clean wet hair. As the product started to dry I started seeing what looked like sand on my forehead. I went back into the bathroom to see and my entire head looked as though someone had thrown sand in my hair. I placed more of the product into my hand and I could see a little of what looked like sand grains in the product. I thought maybe I should let it dry to see the final outcome. My hair is very hard as if I put in styling gel and I hate for my hair to be hard and to top it off it looks as though I have sand all in my hair and once it dries you can no longer put your hands through it. I bought this product from Sally’s Beauty Supply where I will be taking it back with my receipt. Unless there are some people out there who’s hair will break down the little sand like grains I recommend that you leave this product in stores where it is.

    • shadiyah July 19, 2011 at 12:22 am - Reply

      I just wanted everyone to know that once these products dry and your hair is nice and hard you are suppose to smooth out your curls by rubbing your hands over your hair and they will loosing up in your hands and become so bouncy and soft that is with gels or what ever you are using to hold your curls. I hear this so much and I see everyone keeps forgetting the last step to the products. you can also get like a silk gloss product to do this softening.

  6. Dominique February 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    I tried the Mixed Silk products and I loved them because they are comparable to the Mixed Chicks and plus they are cheaper. The same thing happened to me with the Mixed Silk leave-in conditioner it began to flake up once it dried. I went back to Sally’s and they told me all the Mixed Silk Leave-in conditioners had been recalled because of the flaking. I definitely love the Mixed Chicks brand but it begans to get quite expensive if that’s what you use on a regular basis. I do beleive it will be a good knock off, once they get the leave-in conditioner in order. I will continue to use this because it has been one of the few products that makes my hair frizz-free and not alot of build up compared to the other natural hair cair lines. I will keep checking with my local Sally’s for that new batch of Leave-In conditioner.

    • Adrienne February 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the great comment Dominique!

      The leave-in did a great job at defining my curls but the flaking and hardness of my hair was too much for me.

      I wonder when they plan to release the new leave-in conditioner. Did the Sally employee you spoke with give you a time frame?

  7. Rachelle February 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    i have just started using the mix silk leave in conditioner about a week ago…my first mistake when using this product was using while my hair was dry when the contanier clearly says “use on wet hair” i notice flakes and wasnt pleased,but when i went home to wash my hair and reapplied the prouduct the next morning my hair was full of shine moisture and my curls were beautiful !!!
    I havnt explored the shampoo or the deep conditioner,i usually was my hair with “Suave” and at night EVERYDAY I twist my hair with the organic root stimulaor “lock and twist Gel” (purple cap) to wake up with beautiful curls. My hair never hardens and I believe i have 4B type hair. I started with braids back to back for a year and a half getting my eand clipped every visit and notice ALOT of growth this will be my first month with my hair out and natural and the Mixed silk leave in conditioner will be kept as I was my hair evey friday to have wonderful curls monday morning…
    I am a senior in high school and my “college girl look” definately will require this product !!!

  8. Estelle February 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Well girls the new and improved Mixed leave in conditioner is at Sallys. bought yesterday, tried it this morning and Wah Lah! Perfect. $5.99 on sale and even more of a discount with the Sally Card. How do they do that?

    • Adrienne February 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the update! :)

  9. alexandria March 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    the bottles that were recalled have already been removed from sally’s shelves. the bottles that were not part of the recall are still for sale.

  10. Teri April 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    I tried the Mixed Silk products last night and I have to say I was not overly impressed. The deep conditioner did detangle my hair well, however the leave in took a long time to dry and made my hair a little crunchy. I am going to try it on my daughter’s hair and see how it works on her. If the results are so/so I will give it to one of my friends to try.

    • shadiyah July 19, 2011 at 12:24 am - Reply

      don’t forget the last step to rub your hands over your hair to soften it up and style as you like

  11. Jaleesa April 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I have extremely dry hair and after the disappointment known as Motions Hair Lotion I was in the market for a leave-in. I went to Sallys and after a good 20 minutes of comparing ingredients, bottle sizes, and prices; I chose Mixed Silk. I had just co-washed my hair before leaving the apartment so by the time I got home my hair was mostly dry. Even though the bottle clearly states USE ON WET HAIR, being my hardheaded self I put it on my hair dry. Surprisingly enough, my hair is now dry and sooo soft. I haven’t yet experienced the crunch, flakes, or any dryness. It may be a little too soon to say this but, I’m in love. :) I can’t wait to try the rest of the line…and actually follow the directions. *LOL*

  12. Adam Montgonery April 19, 2011 at 6:33 am - Reply

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    • cetyl m May 1, 2011 at 11:12 pm - Reply

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  13. Nelly April 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    I just bought the Silk Elements “Mixed Silk” product line and I love it! It is comparable to the Mixed Chicks product line but you get more for the buck with the Mixed Silk. They due have some different ingredients but we must remember that some and in most cases some of the ingredients are just fillers. But my hair feels great! The leave-in conditioner is a bit slick when applying to the hair for my liking but I’m sure I will get over it and it didn’t flake up at all. My hair feels soft and doesn’t look dull, I will continue to use this product so far so good!

  14. Tanika Mitchell May 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I tried mixed silk on my daughters naturally curly hair-not impressed. The product left her hair hard and DRY! I did finally find a product that works wonders for her hair….the Thermalizer moisture balance. Check out the website at hairthermalizer.com

  15. annette June 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm - Reply

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  16. BRM July 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Not to sound racists or anything, but does Mixed Silk products work on African American hair? i recently have had micros back to back for a year and my hair has grown tremendously and I really refuse to have a perm in my hair…. I do have sort of nappy hair, but it has grown to shoulder length and i dont really want a perm. Would Mixed Silk products help straighten my hair so that i do not have to get a perm?

  17. Kesha July 14, 2011 at 2:02 am - Reply

    I tried both Mixed Chicks and Mixed Silk, and found that Mixed SILK was much better for my hair than Mixed Chicks! Mixed Chicks left a film and sticky feeling in my hair (3b hair). Mixed Chicks made my hair look overall dirty and unkept (Leave In). Mixed Silk made my curls lock and left my hair looking clean and well defined (the Leave in). I will continue purchasing from Silk Elements, Mixed Chicks is a rip off anyway!!!!

  18. Tamara August 1, 2011 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I love Mixed Silk! It works great on my hair in combination with the ION curl spray gel from Sally’s. Never purchased Mixed Chicks before because of the cost and I probably won’t now that I know Mixed Silk works for me.

  19. Olivia Robinson August 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    I haven’t tried Mixed Chicks yet, but I have tried Mixed Silk. The first time I tried it I felt like I had found my hair’s soul mate.

  20. TG August 26, 2011 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I have tried both products on my daughters hair…must say I am pretty impressed with the Mixed Silk….not going to wast my money for the name brand product anymore!!!

  21. Michelle September 7, 2011 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I was using mixed chicks off and on and other hair care products I have experimented with other natural haircare products.I came around with mixed silk at sally s and I had to buy it because of the price and to see how it worked with my natural curly hair and I tried it and i fell in love with this product . I thought mixed chicks products were to expensive .I have 3c hair and i haven’t flat iron my hair in a month.Now i dont want to for awhile .Love this leave conditioner I give it a 5 star. = )

  22. sharri October 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    The deep condish’ is the truth. it works wonders for my 3c/4a hair. LOVE IT

  23. Paulette November 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I bought this product at Sally’s. Washed my daughters hair and applied the Mixed Product. Great detangler and She said she noticed the difference the next day. Worked wonders

  24. Jeanetta November 7, 2011 at 11:11 am - Reply

    I love Mixed Silk! I did not have any dryness, flakes, or crunch! I have never tried Mixed Chicks and now I never will cause there is no reason to!!! Mixed Silk really made my hair feel so soft and it defined my curls so much that people always ask to feel my hair and ask what I use….I also use Organic Coconut Oil…..

  25. Ashley November 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Mixed silk works well. I also noticed a little flake but nothing ridiculous if you apply when wet then I think you can avoid the flakes. If you have curly mixed people hair definitely try it. It’s a good product and it really does seem designed for our type of hair. My hair stays curly all day it doesnt frizz up everywhere and it gives it a great healthy sign.

  26. Alexandria December 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    I bought Mixed Chicks and I liked it. My good friend told me about Mixed Silk and I absolutely loved it! I am biracial and I have naturaly wavy/semi curly hair, and when I use Mixed Silk it makes my waves more of a loose curl and it’s very shiny and soft. Every time I wash my hair I get compliments and people ask if I went and got my hair done or if I curled it. I never get my hair done, so for people to think that I did, and I all I did was wash it, is pretty good. My sister has very thick curly hair and swore that Mixed Chicks was the best thing for her hair. When her bottle was getting low I poured in Mixed Silk in her Mixed Chicks bottle and she thought it was new. She never complained of a difference in her hair or anything. Eventually I told her it was Mixed Silk and she was shocked! She loves Mixed Silk now. It made her curls less dry and frizzy and more defined and moistured. For me, I didnt notice a difference between Mixed Silk and Mixed Chiks so that’s why I have continued to use Mixed Silk for the past 10 months. A lot of people have left comments about the flakes but my sister and I have noticed any. The one thing I will mention is, that is best to use the leave in conditoner on wet/damp hair. I used to put it in daily as a hair lotion, and it would leave my hair crunchy. So do as the bottle says and apply it when wet for the best results.

  27. Michee January 13, 2012 at 11:43 am - Reply

    The first time I tried Mixed chicks was in 2007 and I was not impressed at all. The product was goopy, sticky and it looked and smelled strange. I used it once and threw it away. Now when I was in SBSS I saw Mixed Silk and decided to give it a try. I must say I was very impressed. The shampoo worked very well. I had just taken out a weave and I used a deep conditioner with olive oil mix on my hair to soften it up before I loosed my braids. I took out my braids, washed the conditioner out and used the Mixed Silk shampoo. It only took one wash to get my hair clean. Then I used the Mixed Silk deep conditioner. I let it sit for 5 minutes then rinsed it out. I towel dried my hair and the results were really amazing! My hair was soft and light and my natural curls were very defined. Both the shampoo and conditioner smell great also. I’m very happy with my purchase and will most likely buy more Mixed Silk products.

  28. ruthy February 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    I live by this stuff! I’ve got the leave-in, gel and conditioner. It makes my hair sooo glossy n smooth! I’ve never experienced flakes from it. My hair is curly but loose curls so I’m not sure if it depends on your texture or not becuz everyones hair responds different to product. I’ve used mixed chicks too but it didn’t work as good as mixed silks and is waaayyy overpriced. When I go to sallys I always buy every bottle on the shelf. Most times its on sale for buy 2 get one free or buy one get one free. I still don’t understand the flaking others say they had. I use it on wet or dry hair so Idk. Best and only product I would buy. Sorry, but mixed chicks is a good product, but the price is ridiculous. I am not going to spend tht much money every month just for a small amount of product.

  29. Rocky March 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Just purchased the leave in and used it today. All I can say is that “I love it.” I just recently made the BIG CHOP and I didn’t realize how important it was to use good products on your hair. I am stilll using mixed chicks leave in, however mixed silk seems to have a better shine and cost less!

  30. Jae March 11, 2012 at 3:51 am - Reply

    I love mixed silks. It leaves my hair so soft it doesnt leave a nasty white film on my hair. PLUS i can afford it! My sister was a mixx chick freak but now she has switch …We love it its makes my curls look moist….i love it!

  31. LiNCOLN PARK July 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    I’ve been natural for 17 months, now. I think I’m a 3b… Who knows? LOL Anyway, I started using Ouidad products. LOVE her conditioners, but you have to have a second job just to buy all this ish, IMHO. Then, I got the Terri LaFace ebook, CURLY LIKE ME, a mega-sized bottle of AUSSIE MOIST, and started to rockroll! Next, I heard about MIXED CHICKS, so I wanted to try it out. Hi-price aside, my hair looked lovely! I even sent them a tweet! BUT — haven’t used any of it since, because to me, it’s GREASY. NO CAN DO GREASE. So, went back to AUSSIE MOIST. Got some MIXED SILK LEAVE-IN, today. Curls are defined & soft; but look kinkier& smaller. Will use the MIXED SILK in future along WITH my AUSSIE MOIST.

  32. Valerie January 27, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    This product is great!!! Especially the leave in conditioner. I’m a mixed chick and ALWAYS have struggled as I have very curly and very thick hair. This stuff is amazing AND affordable. There is nothing else comparable on the market. However, today I went to Sally’s to get some more and was informed that Sally’s is NO LONGER CARRYING THE MIXED SILK LINE! I was devastated. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I can’t find any other place that carries it and even Amazon is out. :-( Please let me know if anyone finds another vender.

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