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Product Review: Queen Helene Royal Curl Shaping Créme

5 Jun

As I stated in my Jan/Feb Acquisitions video, I love this stuff. I bought this 15 ounce jar at my local Earth Fare for just under $8. I’ve seen Royal Curl Curl Shaping Créme recently at my local BSS & Tarjay, so it’s fairly easy to find. It claims to be “all natural” which isn’t entirely true (see the ingredients list below). However, it is alcohol, sulfate, petrolatum, paraben & phthalate free! WOOT WOOT! It promises to tame frizz, define curls, smooth waves with silky hold, quench your hair’s thirst (without grease) & defend against heat & humidity. It smells ridiculously sweet, like a pack of Tropical Starbursts… YUM! I love sweet-smelling hair products, so this is one of my favorite features. If you’re conservative in that area, you probably won’t be a fan.

Royal Curl has the consistency of grape jelly

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Pectin, Agave Rigida (Sisal) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum).

I used this product on dry hair (twist n curl) & had underwhelming results…

But the directions explicitly state that this product should be used on wet hair. Reading is fundamental y’all. I did a twist-out on damp/wet hair & had much better results…

I have also used Royal Curl to shingle & coil Giovanni with great results. Although this is an overall great product, I do have a few gripes. I read several product reviews in which the curly girl used this product to smooth her edges. It did NOTHING of the sort for me. I’m sure you could use it to smooth down a puff/bun/ponytail, but doubt I’d use it that way (unless it was close to hairwashing day) because this product has the tendency to build up. Anyway, I needed to smooth the edges of my twists, so I used Ecostyler olive oil gel, which brings me to my next complaint… Royal Curl does not play nice w/ Ecostyle gel or coconut oil. It left tiny white flakes in my hair on two separate occasions. Next gripe: this product is extremely sticky. After my hair was dry I had to use a hot washcloth to remove the tacky residue from my face/neck/ears. But once my curls were set, I enjoyed a flexible, crunch-free hold.

NOTE: Because wet hair is susceptible to shrinkage & you must use Royal Curl on wet hair, this is not a product that will help elongate your curls. But if you’re seeking a sweet-smelling humectant, you should definitely give it a try.

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        Overall score: 7

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To grease or not to grease? That is the question…

31 Dec

Did you hear about CurlyNikki’s hair grease experiment? After she wrote this post, hundreds of curlies from far & wide came outta the closet regarding their hair grease usage. The debate about using petroleum-based hair products is a heated one too! Science has proven that hair products containing mineral oil or petrolatum make your hair shiny, but they seal it so effectively that no additional moisture can penetrate the shaft. The only hydration you get is on hairwashing day, after you wash out the grease. Oh & sulfate free shampoos won’t remove all the build up of synthetic & petroleum-based hair products, so your have to use a “regular” shampoo. But the other side of the argument is that our mamas used these products on our hair as babies/children & it looked great. I for one grew up in a Blue Magic household… the vintage glass jar, LOL! Mama washed, greased my scalp & braided my hair EVERY WEEK. My hair was full, long & shiny, so it couldn’t have been all that bad, right?!

Before I transitioned to natural, these were the products in my permtastic arsenal of hair grease: African Pride Miracle Creme Hair Dressing. It smells amazing, but it’s extremely thick (think vaseline), so use it sparingly.

B&B Super Gro Extra Lite is my favorite hair grease. It has a tropical smell & the formula is so light that it melts in your hand, kinda like coconut oil.

And last but not least, KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Glossifier. I used this mentholated hair grease to “manage” my scalp issues. It smells horrible, but feels amazing on a dry or irritated scalp.

My friend Kamisha referred me to 101LadyT’s video of a twist out using Royal Crown Hair Dressing. She had hair porn worthy results! Feast your eyes…

Are you willing to give grease another try? If so, what brand?

Another one bites the dust…

29 Dec

The Body Shop’s Macadamia Straightening Balm is one of my holy grail hair products. I discovered it last summer during a layover at Douglas International Airport in Charlotte. Did you know that the air in the airplane cabins is not only pressurized, but also humidified? I was about seven months into my transition to natural & Giovanni was looking a hot ham & cheese that day! Some sweet stranger recommended that I try this product. Her wig was “swanging” sans perm, so I decided to try it. As soon as I returned home, I added MSB to my roller set routine (along w/ thermal protection spray & leave-in conditioner) & we all lived happily ever after…

It took me a whole year to finish a five ounce bottle of this stuff. Extremely. Effective.  Earlier this year I re-stocked via Amazon.com & noticed that the price had jumped from $12 to $16… NO BUENO! There’s no Body Shop near my home, so I was willing to fork over the cash.

Fast forward to this afternoon… Erinn, a new member of the Glam Fam, informed me that she couldn’t find a bottle of MSB anywhere. What the…?! It’s not in stock on Amazon or The Body Shop’s official website. *cue waterworks* WHY LAWD, WHY? Yet another great product has gone the way of the dodo bird. If you must try it, you should know that I did find a bottle on eBay. If nothing changes between now & then, I will be auditioning straightening balms next summer… *DEEP SIGH*

Curls Giveaway

26 Oct

NaturallyCurly.com is hosting a giveaway to celebrate the release of CURLS Brand hair products at Rite Aid stores. Click the link below to enter for your chance to win!  Easy access to a curl brand out here in the county?! Y’all know I’m geeked about this 🙂 Have any of you tried their products yet? What did you try & what did you think?

Product Review: Kinky Curly Knot Today

16 Aug

Is PJ-ism hereditary?!

31 Jul

I went to visit my mother last weekend & in my usual fashion, I snooped around her bedroom & bathroom looking for stuff to… umm, er, uh… “borrow” & BEHOLD *trumpets sound* I found some new makeup & hair products! I stormed into the kitchen (hands on hips) & demanded to know why she hadn’t told me about these new cosmetics. She just rolled her eyes & laughed at me! (C’MON MOM) At least she agreed to review her acquisitions for Sham I am Glam, so that I could share with you 🙂

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Gloss & Shine Mist is a superfine mist with instant, weightless shine & great frizz control. Formulated with UV protectants, it helps guard hair from environmental damage & conditions. It is perfect for daily use.

Mom bought it for about $7 @ her local BSS. She sprays a bit on her hair (prior to curling) to add shine to her silver locks.

Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Glossing Hair Mousse is a creamy, moisturizing foam specially formulated with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vitamin E to give hair volume, hold & healthy shine. An alcohol-free, non-drying formula that leaves hair manageable with extra bounce, body & sheen.

Mom bought it for about $5 @ her local BSS. She plans to use it as a wrapping foam on hairwashing day. In case you were wondering: Yes! my mama is a permie… well, FOR NOW anyway.

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Maybelline Super Stay Makeup is a liquid foundation that touts flexible, breathable, all-day comfort. It can withstand heat, sweat & humidity w/ zero-transfer (it won’t rub off). Its oil free, so it won’t clog your pores & is suitable for all skin types.

She bought a bottle in “Cocoa” from CVS for about $10. (NOTE: she hasn’t used it yet)

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder claims to precisely match your skin’s tone & texture. Its micro-fine powder provides versatile coverage, so you can blot shine, blend for a natural finish, or build for more coverage. The formula now contains a hint of pearl pigments that enhance your skin’s tone. Applicator & mirror inside.

Although Mom hasn’t used it yet, I can personally vouch for this pressed powder. I have used it for several years & plan to go back to it as soon as I finish this Estee Lauder pressed powder compact, LOL. My L’Oreal True Match color is Nut Brown (C7), Mom’s is Cocoa (C8). This compact costs about $8 at CVS.

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Doesn’t this make you wonder if genetics play a part in my PJ-ism?! LOL

Something “nouveau”…

28 Jul

A few of you have asked about my shiny, happy wash-n-go/curly fro. Giovanni & I have sampled some new styling products that he really likes & he asked me to share them with all of you 🙂 Our acquisitions include: Wave Nouveau Moisturizing Finishing Lotion & Mane N Tail Hair Strengthener Daily Leave-In Conditioning Treatment – SMH @ Mane N Tail for this verbose nomenclature!

I know you’re wondering & I can guarantee you that I HAVE NOT been back to the BSS this pay period. I bought these products about two weeks ago (on the same day I purchased the Ruby Kisses gel liners)… I just wanted to use them a few times before giving y’all my 2¢.

Wave Nouveau Moisturizing Finishing Lotion contains a blend of silicones & humectants to provide shine, softening & moisture to curly hair. Apply as needed to maintain your Wave Nouveau style. It promises to:

  • Quench dry, thirsty hair
  • Provide long-lasting softness & shine
  • It’s excellent for permanent waved & natural hair

Directions:
1. Apply the desired amount of lotion into palm of hand. Apply evenly throughout hair, massaging thoroughly.
2. Gently comb through the hair and style as usual.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water) , Propylene Glycol , Glycerin , Cetearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Polyquaternium-11 , Behentrimonium Methosulfate , Dimethicone , Methylparaben , Fragrance , Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Butylphenyl Methylpropional , Linalool , Simethicone , CI 16035 (Red 40)

My analysis: Although it’s called a lotion, it has a liquid-gel consistency. If you ever wear your hair curly then you know that it’s difficult to find balance between curl definition & crunch. The glycerin in this product gives your hair a soft, yet shiny hold… I love the “wet look” & on top of that it smells amazing! This 8.5 ounce bottle cost me $5 @ my local BSS. The efficacy of this product combined with its reasonable price make it a no-brainer! I will definitely be adding this to my natural style repertoire.

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Mane N Tail Hair Strengthener Daily Leave-In Conditioning Treatment is a daily protective & fortifying leave-in treatment for stronger, healthier hair. It promises to:

  • Nourish & repair
  • Provide essential protection to help prevent split ends
  • Protect hair strands from heat & chemical styling
  • Provide additional moisturizing & conditioning protection
  • It has an alcohol-free formula
  • It’s safe & gentle for all hair types

Ingrdients: Water Chaparral Qaternium-79 Hydrolyzed Silk Polyquaternium-11 Colts Foot Allantoin Propylene Glycol Horse Chestnut Retinyl Palmitate (Vit. A. Palmitate) Isostearamidopropylmorpholine Lactate Meadow Sweet Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Dimethicone Copolyol Red Clover Panthenol DMDM Hydantoin Polysorbate 20 Niacin Aloe Vera Polysorbate 80 Fragrance Horsetail Grass Quaternium-79 Hydrolyzed Keratin

My analysis: I used this spray refresh my fro on day two. I selected it because it has a light, non-greasy formula & smells wonderful. It cost me about $5 for a 6 ounce bottle… again, very wallet-friendly. I wish I had more to say about it, but for me it was just something to do. However, I do plan to try it as a thermal protectant spray some time in the future… I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Day 2 Hair!!!