Review: HerGivenHair Clip Ins

As my hair is still quite short I decided to buy some textured clip ins for special occasions. I searched online to find ones that would look nice and still quite natural, and decided to try out HerGivenHair as they had a lot of good reviews on Youtube. I picked the coily textured ones, they arrived in a box with 6 tracks all with different lengths, some extra clips and a booklet with some information.

In the box there was 1 track with 5 clips, 2 tracks with 4 clips and then 3 tracks with 3 clips, they advised getting 2 set for a full head. I co-washed all of the tracks and combed them through with my fingers. Once they had air dried I tried to frizz them up slightly by combing them and separating the coils. So far I’ve worn them 3 times and I liked the way they looked in a ponytail and in a half up, half down style. They were very easy to put in and (with the help of a good YouTube tutorial!) I was able to hide the track at the top easily

I would say if your mostly 4b & 4c definitely get the Kinky textured ones rather than the coily ones. My hair is a combination of 4a, 4b and 4c so I thought the Kinky clip ins might be a bit too kinky to blend with my looser curls, but after trying these coily ones I would like to buy the kinky ones as well to see which ones actually blend in best.

 

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Product Review: Camille Rose

I’ve been hearing a lot of Youtubers and hair influencers talk about this brand Camille Rose, the Curl Maker gel in particular. But when  I saw their prices I honestly wasn’t keen on purchasing anything from them initially. Luckily whilst I was in my local Boots I saw that they were doing a 3 for 2 sale on black hair care products, so I used that as an opportunity to finally try them out!

 

I bought the Curl Maker styling gel for £16.99, the Algae Renew deep conditioning mask for £15.99 and then I got the Curl Love moisture milk for free (sold at Boots for £11.99). Even with the 3 for 2 offer these are still very pricey compared to most of the other brands that I use. Unfortunately the product junkie in me just couldn’t say no!!

 

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Algae Renew Deep Conditioning Mask, Cocoa & Mango Butter

This mask is supposed to help prevent your hair from breaking, shedding and thinning. It contains aloe leaf juice, shea butter, coconut oil, mango butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and peppermint.

After shampooing my hair I deep conditioned with this mask, it looks a lot like vanilla yoghurt to me. Consistently wise it’s really thick and so creamy, which is great for thicker type 4 hair. I love the way this mask smells, you can really smell the cocoa with a hint of peppermint coming through. I left this on for 45mins with a shower cap over my hair, when I washed it out my hair felt so silky and soft. I did really like this mask, but it didn’t top my current favourite deep conditioner, and I think the price would stop me from buying this again.

 

Curl Love Moisture Milk, Rice Milk & Macadamia Oil

The Curl Love Moisture milk is a ‘leave-in conditioning cream’, which can also be used as a moisturiser. I generally don’t like milk type products as I find they are too runny and don’t do much for my hair. But as this is a leave-in not just a moisturiser I wanted to try it out. it was thicker than I expected. Again the smell was really nice, but not too sweet or strong. it contains avocado oil, macadamia oil, castor oil, aloe vera and rice extract. As I applied this product it took awhile to absorb into my hair, but it was light and non greasy. Afterwards my hair felt moisturised and it smelt nice, by the next day my hair did feel a bit dry, I think that was down to the gel I applied after this though.

 

Curl Maker, Marshmallow & Agave Leaf Extract

The Curl Maker is a defining jelly with marshmallow, agave extract, aloe, coconut oil and castor oil to nourish and define your curls. Out of all three of these products this one was my favourite! It smells so nice and fruity like grapefruit, it comes in a pump bottle which is ideal when doing wash and gos. I raked this jelly through dripping wet hair and then combed it with my Denman three row comb. When it dried my hair was a bit crunchy, but I didn’t get any flakes in my hair. The curls held really well I didn’t have to redefine them or tame any frizz for the next 2 days. Even though it costs almost £17 here in the UK it’s the best gel that I’ve tried so far for a wash an go on my hair type. Others I’ve tried were either too sticky or didn’t hold my curls for more than a day, so this really impressed me.

 

Product Review: Keracare

When I used to relax my hair Keracare was my favourite brand to use. From the shampoo, conditioner, edge control to their essential oil blend I had so many of their products. Since I started my natural hair journey I began researching and experimenting with so many other brands that were aimed at natural type 4 hair. Keracare do have a ‘Natural Textures’ range for us natural girls so I decided to test some out and see if my old favourite brand would work on natural hair as well as it did on my relaxed hair. I picked a few products for my wash day – the Hydrating Detangling shampoo, Intensive Restorative Masque and the Natural Textures Twist and Define Cream

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Hydrating Detangling shampoo (sulfate free)

I shampooed my hair using the hydrating detangling shampoo, which I have previously used on relaxed and transitioning hair, as I washed my hair I found that my hair still felt soft throughout. The shampoo didn’t strip all the moisture out and I was able to finger detangle my hair quite easily with this. My hair was still soft and silky after I rinsed the shampoo out. The only issue I had with this was the scent, I love sweet and fruity smelling products and this doesn’t smell nice. It has a Soapy or medicinal scent, but luckily the smell didn’t stay in my hair especially after conditioning and then styling afterwards. I was really happy with this shampoo, it’s definitely something that I will keep using, it remains one of my staple products after so many years!

 

Intensive Restorative Masque

This masque is a big NO for me! I bought this when I was still transitioning, as it’s for weak and damaged hair, I used it several times but found that it was nowhere near as good as other masques I had tried. This time I used it on my natural hair and again I wasn’t impressed, firstly the consistency is too thin, I had to use a large amount to coat my hair. Generally thick and creamy products are better for my type 4 hair. Secondly the scent isn’t nice and it’s very strong. Lastly my hair didn’t feel soft or silky after rinsing this out so I wouldn’t repurchase this product personally.

Natural Textures Twist and Define Cream

This is the only Natural Textures product that I have tried from Keracare and I would say that I’m still undecided on this one. It’s quite thick in consistency, which I like, and contains sunflower seed oil, castor oil, coconut oil and shea butter. I’ve used this twice now for a twist out and both times my hair has been very frizzy and didn’t have any shine or definition. The first time I thought I hadn’t let it dry enough, but the second time my twists were definitely dry, but I somehow had the same dry, undefined, frizzy results. Maybe it will be third time lucky?

 

Have you tried any of these products? Did they work for your hair type? Would love to know your experiences

My Big Chop

So I can finally say that I am fully #TeamNatural! After transitioning for 1 year and 10 months I finally decided to cut off the last of my relaxed ends. My plan was to big chop once I reached the 2 year mark so that I would have enough length to still wear buns and style my hair the way I wanted to. But the last few months my hair was breaking severely and detangling my hair on wash days became so stressful. I had tried deep conditioning and moisturising more often, but I was still losing a lot of hair every time I washed it. A natural hair page I follow on Instagram were doing an advice session in their stories so I told her about the amount of breakage I was experiencing and she suggested cutting my hair as soon as possible… and she was right! My hair looks and feels so much healthier post big chop.

 

I chose to cut my hair myself as I wanted to be alone and feel comfortable, I wasn’t sure how I would feel after cutting it, if I would like the way my hair looked, if I feel any different about myself or my hair. But as I was cutting my hair I didn’t really feel anything to be honest, I just wanted to get it done.  I did my first wash and go, and after so many years of relaxing my hair it was so satisfying to see the different textures and curl patterns in my hair. I would say that I have 4a hair at the top and the nape, then the rest is a combination of 4b and 4c curl patterns .

 

It’s been almost 2 months since I big chopped and I have no regrets, in terms of daily styling and night time routines it’s been easier than I thought. I tend to wear one hairstyle for the whole week, so whether it’s a bun, a puff or whatever that determines how I will sleep with my hair at night to make it quicker the next day. My hair is currently collar bone length when stretched and my next goal is to reach armpit length.

 

The first photo shows my texture after I shampooed my hair

The second photo is an old wash and go, I used the Coil Defining Jelly by As I am

Product review: Uniqurl

I came across a brand called Uniqurl on Instagram, the products are specially designed for type 4 hair and it’s a black owned company so I decided to give them a try. My hair has been breaking a lot recently so I decided to purchase the ‘Supreme Moisture kit’ to see if this would help. The supreme moisture kit contains a leave in detangler and a moisture sealing oil. Unfortunately Uniqurl products aren’t currently available to purchase in the UK, so I had to order from their US site and pay the international postage.

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The  aloe and coconut leave in dentangler is really thick, creamy and it smells amazing. The smell reminds me of sweets or some kind of dessert. I used the leave in detangler on freshly washed hair and finger detangled. I would normally use a comb but I found that my fingers just glided through my hair with this product, I did use a very generous amount per section. Afterwards I used the moisture sealing oil which contains sweet almond oil, aloe vera oil, palm oil, vitamin E and coconut oil. The next day when I styled my hair is was so soft, moisturised and smelt great.

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I will keep using the two together  to see if they help reduce the breakage that I’m experiencing. But I would definitely re purchase the leave in detangler, although the oil worked well with it I imagine I can use any other oil as a sealer.

If you’ve tried any Uniqurl products let me know what you thought!

My Natural Hair Journey

So my story isn’t one of self discovery or acceptance really, because I actually didn’t plan to go natural. It just sort of happened! My last relaxer was in February 2017, so it’s been 1 year and 8 months of transitioning. I had yet another bad chemical burn so I decided to give my scalp a break. I planned to not relax my hair for at least 6 months just to see if my scalp would improve. But after the first 6 months I didn’t feel like relaxing my hair again. I researched some alternatives like texlaxing then after lots of YouTube videos and reading blogs I decided to quit relaxers altogether!

Like most of us my hair was relaxed when I was a child, I would say I was around 10 years old. I remember my twin sister and I being so excited to get our hair relaxed, we day dreamed about having long flowing hair like the girls at school. When the big day finally came, instead of going to a proper salon my mum took us to a lady who lived locally and did hair from her small council flat. To say I was disappointed with the results was an understatement! Although my hair was straight it was stiff, greasy and frizzy at the ends.

From figuring out what to do with my hair, to discovering cheap hair gel, hair straighteners and weaves my hair has been through a lot. I’m excited to see what my natural hair will be like once I’ve cut off the relaxed ends, this is just the start of my healthy hair journey.