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.

 

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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

Hair Journey… Transitioning struggles

The last time I relaxed my hair was February 2017, so it’s now been 1 year and 9 months of trying to grow out my hair. I chose to transition over doing a big chop as I’ve had shoulder length to armpit length hair for most of my life, I didn’t want to jump to a TWA as I don’t think it would suit me. It seemed like too drastic a change for me.

 

Overall transitioning hasn’t been as difficult as I expected, the hardest part was when I got to about 10 – 11months in. I was really struggled with styling my hair because of the 2 different textures. I had too much regrowth for a weave (I don’t use hair straightness anymore) but wearing braids was beginning to affect my hair line so I had been wearing my hair up in a bun most days. Some days my hair just did not want to cooperate and I would end up in the bathroom for ages extremely frustrated and fed up. One wash day my hair had tangled so much I spent an hour detangling, after that I booked an appointment to go get my hair relaxed! Fortunately (or unfortunately at the time!) the hair salon had an issue with the water pipes and they had no running water that day so my appointment was cancelled… I took that as a sign to keep going!

After some time I found products that worked for my hair and made wash day so much easier. I think my hair has type  4a, 4b and probably some 4c textures, but I have no idea about my porosity! The back of my hair is pretty much all natural now, some I cut myself out of curiosity and some of it broke off. It’s mainly the front section of my hair which still has a lot of straight ends left,  I’m planning to cut it all off when I reach the 2 year mark. I could cut it sooner, but I would prefer to wait for the front of my hair to catch up with the back in terms of length.

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Would love to hear your hair journey stories, did you transition or big chop straight away?