Natural Hair Product Review

As a natural I love products; some would say I’m a product junkie. I have a whole cabinet and part of a closet full of hair products. Every time a new product comes out and it has good reviews I want to try them. I currently keep track of my wash day product use with my Wash Day Journal by Plan Your Own Way. So today I decided to do a review of a product that I tried recently. The Camille Rose Leave-in Collection.

The Camille Rose Leave-in Collection has 3 products: the honey, the Latte and the define. The Honey Hydrate Leave In has honey, olive fruit oil and castor oil as the first 3 ingredients. The Camille Rose Naturals Latte Define Leave-In Hair Conditioner 9 fl oz has pectin infused water, black cumin seed oil and sunflower seed oil as the first 3 ingredients. The Camille Rose Naturals Herbal Tea Seal & Softening Leave-In Hair Conditioner 9 fl oz, pack of 1 has nettle leaf, sage, and marigold flower as the first 3 ingredients.

The first one the of the three I tried was the honey. It had my hair very moisturized almost too moisturized. I was very excited for the moisture especially since I have high porosity hair. The next day after my hair dryed it still looked good. I was really excited then. I thought to myself… We have a winner, winner chicken dinner. About 3 days later my hair was extremely dry, almost brittle. So then I decided that the honey leave-in was not for me.

The next wash day I decided to try the other two: the latte and the define. I co-washed my hair with Design Essentials avocado cowash instead of using shampoo and I did a deep conditioning treatment, then I styled my hair using the LOC method. The LOC methods means to use a liquid then and oil and last a cream when styling. My liquid was the hydratherma naturals leave-in. My O was the latte from the CR leave-in collection, and my C was the define. After the cream I also added my Ouidad humidity gel. The next day I took my twist down and my hair was shiny and very defined.

So after trying all three I give them a 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason for the four is because the honey had my hair extremely dry after a few days. I would definitely recommend the Latte and the Define from the Camille Rose Leave-in collection.

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High Porosity Hair

I have been natural for 3 plus years and I never really thought about hair porosity. When I first did the Big Chop I had never even heard of hair porosity. Over the last 6 months I have been trying many new products. In the midst of trying these new products I really paid attention to how dry my hair was. One night while I was watching videos on Bentonite (Indian Healing) Clay  the girl in the Youtube video mentioned that everyone needs to do a porosity test on their hair. The next day I decided to do a porosity test on my hair.

The Reason to do the Test

When a porosity test is done correctly it will tell you your hair strand’s ability to take in moisture. Moisture could come in the form of water, a hair coloring dye or other liquid. If you have low porosity hair your strands do not absorb liquid well. The product or liquid will just sit on top of the hair. Normal porosity is the type of hair that we all want; it absorbs moisture like is needs to. High porosity absorbs water really fast because the hair shaft had open pores so the moisture also evaporates quickly. Wouldn’t you know that this is the type of hair that I have. Since this is my hair type I have several products I will recommend for high porosity.

The Test

  • Fill a glass with water
  • Drop a strand or two of CLEAN hair in the glass
  • Watch what happens next
  • If the strand(s) stay at the top then you have low porosity hair
  • If the strands float in the middle then Lucky You you have normal hair
  • If the hair drops to the bottom then you have high porosity hair

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Low Porosity

If you have low Porosity hair coconut oil may be your enemy. Coconut oil has protein in it and it is not good for this hair texture. Allowing steam from the shower or a steamer before adding products will help with moisture retention. Always use the LOC or LCO method when styling hair!

Normal Porosity

When you have normal porosity hair it feels smooth to the touch.  Normal hair also floats in the middle of a glass of water.  Your hair type can also used almost any product.  Your type holds styles well and color.

High Porosity

If you have high porosity hair you need to moisturize it in a stretched state as often as you can.  I use Spectrum Essentials Organic Coconut Oil and eggs they are great for high Porosity hair because of the protein. When I wash my hair there are a few Staple products I use most of the time. I love the Giovanni Eco Chic Smooth as Silk Shampoo & Conditioner Deep Moisture  combo. This deep condition gives my hair so much slip.  It makes the detangling process much easier.  I also love Ouidad Curl Recovery Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil. It cleanses but it also moisturizes; it does not strip your hair of moisture because it contains several seed oils and butters.

When I do my Two-Strand Twist, I do a partial Blow-Out using the tension method. When I say partial, I just mean that my hair may still be damp. After I finish I put my hair in 6 sections and then I apply my products using the LCO method to each section. I first apply my Alikay Naturals – Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner. It is my Liquid (L).  Then I apply my Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel.  It is my Cream (C).  I use a gel instead of a cream because it give more definition.  This particular gel is light and it has anti-frizz properties.  Living in MS this is a must!  Lastly I apply my Alikay Naturals – Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer to seal in the moisture. It is my Oil (O) of the LCO method.

Whatever your hair type, you have to take care of it.  Your hair is an extension of your body so without proper care and nutrients it will become fraile and brittle and possibly break off.  When deciding to go natural do the research and learn what works best for your hair.  Your hair is unique just like you so Do You because no-one else can!