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.

 

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

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?