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Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel

Jul 20, 2014 - This stuff right here! If you are having any doubts about purchasing this, don't. It is everything that a hair butter, cream, styler should be rolled into one and I can see it working for a variety of textures. Details: The consistency is whipped frosting unlike gel, it smells like vanilla cake, but does not linger in the hair, a little goes a VERY long way, it smoothes and detangles hair upon contact, provides definition, but little hold, provides sheen/shine if you allow it to sink in, moisture lasts for at least two-three days, reactivates easily with water and no coated feeling. Why this is unlike other products on the market: My hair does not do well with the typical "leave-in" conditioners that have cationic surfactants like BTMS (Behentrimonium Methosulfate) and fatty alcohols like Cetearyl Alcohol high up in the ingredient list. I am not a chemist, but those ingredients while excellent for conditioning and detangling, provide no moisture to curly and kinky hair. Moisture= oil + water, plain and simple. The Aloe Whipped Butter Gel is an immersion of oil in water within the first FIVE ingredients. BTSM and Fatty alcohols are included, but they are not the anchor ingredients. It also has aloe vera gel (AVG), which unlike aloe vera leaf juice (AVJ), is very hydrating for the hair next to water. I use this alone since I have low porosity hair that dislikes layers of product/oil and I let it sink it for at least 10 minutes before styling or adding gels. I have used this in the winter, spring and summer with the same level of moisture retained. I could see this being used for an LOC or LCO regimen and sealed with a light oil, hair grease or styler. Camille Rose's line is the most nourishing I have found and the owner gets what moisture is and is not. I personally am not a fan of all of her products (i.e. reformulated Moisture Milk) and I certainly have regular conditioners and stylers from other lines, but everyone needs a staple moisturizer and few lines are able to get it right. She got this one right and I love it! Comparison: I have shoulder length low porosity 4a hair that is fine, protein sensitive and does not like heavy oils or butters. If your hair is similar, you may love this too.

Aveda Rosemary Mint Conditioner

Apr 13, 2014 - I have 4a, fine low porosity hair and this conditioner actually makes an amazing leave-in! I discovered it while using the "hotel size"away without my HG products, and purchased the full size once I returned. Compared to other popular leave-ins I have used, Aveda Rosemary Mint consistently maintains the moisture and texture of my hair with little upkeep. It's smoothing performance is comparable to KCKT and Abba's discontinued leave-in, but it is way better at absorbing, elongating, clumping and hydrating. I have been able to forego using KCCC and just style with the conditioner and some pomade (Oyin Burnt Sugar) on the ends. My baby nieces fine,4a hair agrees with this too and the moisture survives playing, naps and into the next day. One less star because it may not work as directed (conditioner) for those purchasing for that purpose. Overall, I have learned that salon quality products are best because they produce consistent results. Yet, many are full of ingredients that do not promote moisture for textured hair. I cannot speak to Aveda's other products, but with the Rosemary Mint Conditioner, I know that my hair won't just look good for a day, but thrive and stay hydrated. FYI, The ingredients do not include glycerin or keratin anymore.

Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment

Dec 29, 2013 - I originally purchased this to use as a leave-in some years ago and when that didn't work out, I finished up the jar as a deep conditioner. Sometimes it would leave my hair hydrated and springy, sometimes tangly and coated. The reason I am giving this conditioner five stars is that it started working amazingly for me once I figured out my hair type: FINE, LOW POROSITY. Difficult to get moisture in the cuticles and prone to buildup from heavy products. With my hair type, I cannot apply moisturizing products to wet hair and have them absorb. That goes for deep conditioners and leave-ins. My hair has to be damp. I now deep conditioner with this on freshly washed hair that has been t-shirt dried or dried by twirling and squeezing, no towels involved. A little goes a long way so I don't need to take globs out of the jar. I then spritz my hair with warm/hot water after the first application to help it absorb, t-shirt or squeeze dry again, and apply a second layer to fully saturate my hair. I then pin up the sections and let the deep conditioner sit for 5-10 minutes. This conditioner has been leaving my hair soft, hydrated, pliable and with a healthy shine. Simply amazing! I continue to follow this routine of applying to damp hair and not leaving it on too long and I've gotten comments on how much healthier, moisturized and darker my hair looks. ETA: I prefer the Gardenia Coconut scent because it is less sweet.