I was finally able to pull my face out of G Baby's long enough to write this review! She's so cute I wanna eat her...
As you all know, many old school, larger brands have hit the natural hair scene. Dare I say natural is becoming main stream?! These brands- while popular among relaxed divas, and tried and true for many of you back in the day- sometimes miss the boat. I tried Design Essentials. Disappointment. I heard about the Mizani line, and after a peek at the ingredients, have no desire to experiment. To be quite honest, I didn't have high hopes for the KeraCare Natural Textures line either, but I was pleasantly surprised after receiving my free samples. By the looks of their ingredient lists, they definitely did their market research and developed some quality products... they must have heard that we're a persnickety bunch!
Below, you'll find my thoughts on the three products I tried.
*Use to eliminate styling product build-up.
*Use to soothe and clarify dry or itchy scalp conditions.
Ingredients: Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificato, Purified) Extracts: Azadirachta Indica (Neem)1, Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla)1, Acacia Concinna (Shikakai)1, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol2, Cetyl Alcohol2, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Glycerin1, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil1, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil1, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil1, Poyquaternium-10, Piroctone Olamine, Potassium Sorbate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance/Parfum, Benzyl Benzoate.
My Experience: Excellent cleansing cream! I liken this to the CURLS cleanser that I adore. It has amazing slip, which aids in detangling, and removes buildup without stripping my strands. The consistency is similar to a light conditioner and is super easy to apply, and the sudsing action is mild but effective. Upon rinsing, my hair was soft and clean, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it was moisturized. I definitely needed to use a conditioner afterward. Since the line doesn't offer an instant conditioner, I used Aussie Moist to finish detangling and to provide moisture. I rinsed clean, got out of the shower, blotted dry, and applied the Leave-in.
Product Description: KeraCare Natural Textures™ Leave In Conditioner is composed of a unique blend of natural ingredients. Amla and Shikakai moisturize dry frizzy hair while wet and prepare the hair for styling into concise coils and curls. Then, botanicals plus Argan and Abyssinian oil add shine to hair and promotes proper moisture and oil (lipophilic) balance.
*Use to help seal cuticles and balance hair pH.
*Use to help preserve elasticity, strength and health of natural hair.
Ingredients: Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificato, Purified) Extracts: Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla)1 and Acacia Concinna (Shikakai)1, Cetyl Alcohol2, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil1, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil1, Phytosterols, Betaine1, Citric Acid1, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract1, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract1, Propylene Glycol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract1, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract1, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Stalk Extract1, Potassium Sorbate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Dimethyl Stearamine, Fragrance/Parfum, Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Linalool, Methyl Ionone Gamma.
My Experience: Excellent consistency. Y'all know I'm a sucker for slip. This leave-in has it, along with a light, clean fragrance. I can't speak for the moisturizing properties of this conditioner alone, as I used it along with the Twisting Cream, but I was impressed at how soft my finished set (Twist-n-Curl) felt.
Product Description: KeraCare® Twist & Define Cream allows you to maximize your twist ability with ease! When dry, hair will have the desired shape and coil foundation from this non-flaking botanical rich formula. Gives hair abundant shine imparted from Argan, Abyssinian and Castor natural oils and Amla extract.
*Use to get smooth, shiny, soft twists and twist-outs.
*Use to moisturize hair.
Ingredients: Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificato, Purified) Extracts: Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla)1 and Acacia Concinna (Shikakai)1, Glycerin1, Acetamide MEA, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil1, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil1, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil1, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil1, Phytosterols2, Potassium Sorbate, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance/Parfum, Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Linalool, Methyl Ionone Gamma.
My Experience: I'm not a fan of oddly colored products, so I wasn't over the moon to find that this cream is mauve. Give me a clear or white product any day, but a nuclear colored one... I take pause. I gave Herbal Essence's purple and blue conditioners a chance, so I figured, what the heck.
The cream is wetter than other curl creams I've tried (more creamy than buttery), which made for a slightly easier application. It goes on heavy, and definitely stretched my curls (both during application and after drying). I applied this on top of the Leave-in, and allowed to dry overnight. In the morning, at take down, my hair was super shiny, defined, moisturized, and had an excellent touchable, yet firm hold. I was totally impressed... the combo gave me one of the best sets I've had in a long time and lasted 4 days. Good stuff!
Bottom Line: I was truly impressed! It's a bit pricey, but probably worth it. The combo yielded a lasting hold, moisture, definition, shine, and hang time. Would I purchase? That's always a tough one... the prices are a bit steep, but I'm thinking I'll use these again in the future. Give it a try and report back here... I'd love to see what you guys think! I honestly feel that KeraCare's Natural Textures line is what Design Essentials aspires to be. I'll probably add it to my rotation.