I tried Crece Pelo Phitoterapeutic Treatment on my curly hair. In English, it means "Natural Hair Growth" treatment.Crece Pelo Phitoterapeutic means Natural Hair Growth in English. This is a Dominican hair treatment that uses natural, plant-based ingredients such as nettle, rosemary, and watercress to help your hair instead of harsh ingredients. It is meant to be used after washing as a deep conditioner that promotes the hair's health and also stimulate growth.
The treatment promises to add the necessary nutrients to help your hair grow and improve its overall strength, shine and texture.
My first impression
I was really impressed by the size of the product! It comes in a big 16-ounce tub and has even larger sizes available (36 and 61 ounces). I was also surprised to see that the product is filled to the very top of the tub appealing to those like myself who want to get their money's worth.
Consistency and scent
It is a thick creamy consistency similar to a deep conditioning hair masque. The products strong smell did put me off as I felt like it smelled like a flowery perfume. This then led me to think it must have a ton of nasty ingredients; however, it does fade. Eventually, I got used to it--hey, better than a nasty smelling product!
This treatment to me was very similar to the Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor due to the fact that I saw results straight away during application; my hair began to curl up and look healthy whilst the product was working its magic.
Why I wanted to try Crece Pelo Natural Phitoterapeutic Treatment
I first heard about the product through friends that mentioned Dominican products were really good for the hair and I had seen a few Dominican curly girls on YouTube raving about them. Luckily, I was sent this product to try (not sponsored). It is targeted to curly girls with damaged hair, and my curls had been experiencing breakage. They were becoming much drier than usual.
How I applied the treatment
I apply this treatment generously every other week after washing, as it is a much deeper treatment. After using the product it can dry out the hair so I alternate a deep conditioner and then use this treatment the week after.
After my hair is cleansed I literally take a huge handful of the product and slap it onto my hair and finger comb it through so it is distributed to the whole hair evenly. Leave on (without heat) for around 10 minutes and then rinse and style my hair.
For about five months, I have used this product to the bottom of the tub--it's almost empty! I can probably get one more treatment session out of it but it lasts a LONG time especially if you use it monthly or fortnightly.
Where I got it
Mine was sent to me in the mail, but during my travels in New York, I noticed the Crece Pelo line in every beauty supply store for a much cheaper price than online. If you don't see it in your local beauty supply store or live in the UK like myself, you can order Crece Pelo Natural Phitoterapeutic Treatmentfrom certain UK online stores and Amazon. The 16-ounce tub is around £30 on Amazon.co.uk.
My final review
Overall I think this is a great product. I believe it will really appeal to those who want great curls, but are put-off from intense DIY protein treatments. This product has improved my hair's health tremendously; my curls feel much stronger, have more flexibility, and hardly any breakage.
Have you tried this Dominican hair treatment before?
Which other ones do you suggest for curly hair? Let me know, and don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel, UK Curly Girl.
This article was originally published in 2016 and has been updated for grammar and clarity.