It’s officially autumn in NYC, with that comes our favorite shows, boots, sweaters and coffee dates. Unfortunately for some African American women that also means dry hair. I’ve dealt with my own hair issues for 30+ years so at this point I’m pretty comfortable with navigating the cold months. Morgan however, is new to this. Her hair is thick like momma’s but curly like daddy’s and thus far our small Sunday routine of wash, oil and twist has been working well for us. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I realized that her hair wasn’t as moist as I would like. She is in a heated house for most of her day so I can only attribute this to the artificial heat. I researched (via Instagram, obviously) methods of retaining moisture that still allow for a cute style and we stumbled upon Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker. From their site “GET DEFINED, SHINEY AND MANAGEABLE CURLS WITH POMEGRANATE SEED OIL, MARSHMALLOW AND AGAVE LEAF EXTRACTS . YOUR HAIR WILL HAVE AMAZING CURL DEFINITION, BOUNCE AND MOISTURE THAT EVERY CURL OR COIL WILL LOVE! PERFECT FOR WASH AND GO STYLING.”
Immediately I took notice.
We’ve been using this product now for a few weeks and I’d say that on a scale of 1 through 10 this product is a solid 8. My reasons are as follows:
Texture: Heavy with a nice slip.
Smell: eh! Not the best smell in the world but not offensive either.
Curl: Best that I’ve come across. Her curl pattern is defined and lasts for days.
Flake: This is where we go wrong. Maybe I’m just a little heavy handed but after our initial use, I found that the product leaves small white flakes at the ends of her hair. However, it’s not enough to make me want to stop using the product. After tending to a few tresses, we were flake free but it’s a little inconvenient.
We begin with a freshly washed head (we wash with Shea Moisture for kids-mango and Carrot, condition with Carols Daughter Hair Milk and seal with organic 100% coconut oil). At this point her hair is pretty saturated and easy to comb through. I apply a VERY small amount of curl maker as we two strand twist throughout her hair. That’s it! I kept her twist in for a full day and on day two removed the twist and finger combed the curls out. It was perfect. Her hair was super soft and curls really defined. We certainly have a new winter routine that lasts all week between twisting and finger combing. I plan on re-twisting every other night with Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Moisture Mist and coconut oil to preserve the moisture.