As promised here is a review of the Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils products that I purchased at Afro Hair and Beauty Live.
Oh so clean! Moisturising & Softening Shampoo
I was very excited when I got my hands on this sulphate and paraben free shampoo that promised to be moisturising and detangling. Although I'd worked out a really solid wash routine with a cheap and cheerful high street brand, I couldn't wait to try a product that was designed with my texture in mind. So for the first time in my life, I was more than a little chuffed when wash day rolled round.
I had pre-pooed the night before with a mix of coconut oil, olive oil and a squidge of deep conditioner so with a little finger detangling and a run through of the wide tooth comb my hair was fairly tangle free before I stepped in to the shower. My hair is thick so I always wash in sections. I followed the instructions to the letter and applied a generous amount of shampoo to each section and massaged into my scalp and hair. I'd always been overly cautious using shampoo because of the sulphates but with this sulphate free number, I let myself enjoy the feel of suds. I mean what's the worst that could happen? No sulphates means no problems right? WRONG!
After the first wash, my hair had that squeaky dry feeling but my scalp still had build up so I went against my better judgement and did another wash. HUGE MISTAKE! Now my hair was super dry and my scalp felt only marginally cleaner. I tried to combat the shampoo by dousing my hair in my fave conditioner and while it was still wet I layered on coconut oil and shea butter.
My hair didn't feel pleasant to the touch and for the first time in a long while had to be detangled again post wash. So far, so not loving Aunt Jackie's shampoo. I'm not completely writing it off because I know my hair is temperamental and friends have had positive experiences with it. I will use it again in much smaller amounts and see if it makes a difference. I'm also going to only use it fortnightly with a co-wash in between and see if we get along better that way. I will keep you posted!
UPDATE: So I have updated my wash regimen to include the shampoo on a fortnightly basis. I also use significantly less and make sure I do a deep condition after. My hair is much happier!
Curl la la Defining Curl Custard
A couple of days after my not so great wash day, I decided to give the Defining Curl Custard a whirl. My hair was dry, stretched and ready to go. I split my hair into four rough sections which I spritzed with a little water (not enough to make it wet, just slightly damp to the touch) before a quick comb through to get rid of any knots. I again massaged a generous amount of the custard into my scalp and hair before I set about putting my hair in twists. I wasn't enamoured with the overly perfumed smell of the product but it had a nice non sticky feel and I found a little went a long way.
I wanted a chunky style twist out so I did about five twists per section and left them to air dry. My hair and scalp felt surprising moisturised and looked nice and shiny. There was little to no frizz and as I'd put the twists in quite neatly, I wore them in twists for two days before unravelling.
I absolutely loved the results, the curls were defined, bouncy and super soft to the touch. The custard wasn't heavy so I still had lots of volume which meant less fluffing. It lasted two days before I had to comb it out but I'm sure it would have lasted longer if I hadn't been too lazy to wrap it up after the first night. I'm looking forward to using it again and experimenting with different styles. I'm yet to try a bantu knot out so that might be it's next adventure. All in all, I love it as I got great curls and it moisturised my hair too!
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