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

Natural Hair Favourites

Since starting on this transitioning journey I would definitely say I’ve become a product junkie! Previously my favourite brand was Keracare, but I’ve found that my natural hair doesn’t seem to like it. The moisturiser and conditioners I used to love just left my hair feeling hard and very dry.

I started testing out lots of different products to find what works for my new texture and have been making an effort to buy more black owned brands as well. So far I have found a few products that work really well for my type 4 hair

 

1) Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque

This product was recommended to me by my sisters who both use this on their relaxed hair. After the first use I knew this would be one of my holy grail products, I loved it! I had never felt my hair so soft before and the scent is delicious. You can smell the honey, coconut and sweet almond oil very strongly, the smell stays in my hair for a few days even after applying other products on top. The conditioner is really thick and I tend to use a lot in each section to coat my hair. The mafura oil is good for strengthening dry, damaged and brittle hair.

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2) Uniqurl, Supreme Moisture Leave-in Detangler

Uniqurl is a black owned brand that I came across this year. As I’ve previously reviewed this product on my blog I won’t go into much detail. (You can read my review here… https://wordpress.com/post/coilyadventures.wordpress.com/32 ) I still love this detangler it’s a leave in conditioner and detangler combined, with aloe vera and coconut oil. The slip makes it so easy to detangle my hair even if just using fingers instead of a comb.

 

3) TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask Deep Conditioner

This product had amazing reviews online so I finally tried it out, and found it was worth the hype. It contains raw honey, olive, oil, jojoba oil and aloe vera juice. I personally don’t like the smell of this product, it’s not too bad, but it does have a weird scent which is quite strong. Honey has great benefits for your hair it helps treat dry scalp, reduce frizz and moisturise the hair strands. Aloe vera juice promotes hair growth, adds shine and strengthens the hair strands.

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4) TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer

I love this moisturiser it’s thick and creamy enough to really moisturise and soften my hair, but it’s not too heavy and doesn’t weigh down my hair. It contains shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil as well as aloe vera leaf juice. I tend to use this every other day, but you could easily use this daily without getting too much product build up. It has a really nice, sweet fruity scent, compared to the other moisturisers I have tested this is definitely my favourite.

These are just a few of my favourite products so far, thanks for reading!