For the past month or so, I gave the new Royal Curl line by Queen Helene a go, using their new Stay Clean Shampoo, Moisture Rich Conditioner, Curl Shaping Creme, and Curl Smoothing Oil. Did it give me the Royal treatment? Let's see:
Stay Clean Shampoo - I liked this shampoo because it didn't give me a stripped yucky straw feeling. It lathers nicely and smells good, very fresh, sort of like green tea and sweet tarts lol. It moisturizes the hair and even is slippery enough to finger detangle. I feel like I did use a lot though on my thick hair to really get in there and clean my whole head. I'd give it an A grade because I would use the shampoo still and the price of $8.99 is reasonable.
Moisture Rich Conditioner - This is a nice product but not a must have go to conditioner for me. Decent slip, decent feeling hair afterwards, just decent all around. I'd use it still but I wouldn't weep into my towel if I ran out of it. It says that it can be used as a leave-in conditioner but I never tried it that way. Smells good, scent like the shampoo. B Grade.
Curl Shaping Creme - HATE! This stuff flakes so much that it was making it rain all over my black shirt like I had the world's worst case of dandruff. My brother gave me this face when I was taking down my twists in front of him
The first time that I used the curl creme, I did a wash n go so that I could see how it acted. My hair had a producty, kind of crunchy feel that I really don't care for. Some curls were defined but it just felt icky. My mom looked at me and asked what I had in my hair with her nose turned up since she isn't all that used to me with hair that LOOKS like there is product in it either. I just wore it as is that whole day then fluffed it with the curl smoothing oil the next day and it made it softer so that it didn't look so blech.
The second time that I used it, I washed my hair and conditioned again with the Royal Curl products and then twisted my hair while wet with the curl shaping creme. HORRIBLE mistake! I pinned them back as usual and woke up to hard hair....cringing, I wore it pinned back for a couple of days then decided to undo the twists and hope for the best. BLECH! As I was simply unwrapping the twists, it was SNOWING down flakes from the product all over my black work shirt.
This stuff flakes like a nightmare. On top of that, my hair felt like hard straw crap and I was about to go out for a nice dinner looking crazy. I sprayed my hair with a water/aloe vera juice mixture that I used to moisturize it and applied some of the curl oil and it turned out okay looking but still has ugly flakes in it. I now have to wash it again and that makes me angry. I will NOT be using that again *throws at wall*. F grade for sure
Curl Smoothing Oil - This is a light oil and smells like hand soap. It doesn't weigh down my hair nor make it greasy, imparts a bit of shine. It helped out with that disastrous shaping creme fiasco by making it a bit softer, so I don't have any real issues with this one. Sometimes oils make my scalp itchy and this doesn't do that, but I haven't used it directly one my scalp nor as a hot oil treatment like it says it can be used. By applying it only to the hair for shine and to de-crust it from the shaping creme, it is a product that I found agreeable. I'd rate it an A.
Overall, everything but the curl shaping creme was nice enough. Holy grail line? Not really, but I'd use it if it was in the bathroom and the fact that it is paraben, petrolatum and sulfate free is a plus to me. I'd run to the hills barefoot on glass before using the Curl Shaping Creme again but the rest was fine.
It can be used on people with a whole host of different hair types. Here are reviews from folks with different hair types other than my black kinky curls:
-White girl with straight hair: Pammy (straight hair with a couple waves) http://www.pammyblogsbeauty.com/2011/05/queen-helene-royal-jelly-hair-care.html
-Curly 3 type hair on Mrs. Blacksten (also Caucasian) http://mrsblackstenbeautyjunkie.blogspot.com/2011/05/review-queen-helene-royal-curl-line.html
-Wavy Curly African American hair http://www.beautystat.com/site/hair/review-queen-helene-royal-curl-line/
One thing that I really didn't care for as well is the tag line: "Turn your dry kinks and frizz into smooth silky curls" as if kinky afro hair is something to be banished and only curls are coveted. What about those with a hair pattern that DOESN'T CURL? Just say that the stuff is nourishing and moisturizing, no need to make it seem (as usual) that afro = bad and defined curls = good. That's why half the time black women won't go natural as it is, because they don't have that "good hair".
Her curls are nice
BUT so are Esperanza Spalding's fluffy frizzy kinks thank you very much
(steps off soapbox)
*As a Beauty Stat member, I received the products complementary from BeautyStat in order to review the new line.