In March I took part in a competition on Instagram hosted by Antidote Street and Curly by Nature, AND won! The prize was Personal Consultation with Klerissa McDonald, the brand founder of Curly By Nature, along with Curly By Nature products which would be recommended based on my hair’s needs. I was super excited because it had been a years since my last professional treatment and trim. I was anxious to know whether or not my hair was still in good condition. As it turns out, the consultation was not to be face to face. However, it came in two stages. Stage one was a very thorough questionnaire in which I gave information about my diet, lifestyle, hair concerns and goals. Stage two was a skype chat with Klerissa. Based on stage one and two of my consultation, Klerissa recommended the Curly By Nature Intensive Conditioning Mask because I wanted strength and volume for my hair. Overall my hair was in good condition. When my package arrived it came in very nifty kit shaped box. I’d never received products packaged in that way. It’s a special touch by Antidote Street. The Kit contained trial size: Moisture Shampoo, Intensive Conditioning Mask and a Nourishing Gloss Balm. I had the great results with Curly By Nature’s Intensive Conditioning Mask worked well on my colour treated hair.
I trialled Curly by Nature’s Shampoo and Intensive Conditioning Mask together. Klerissa advised that I use the treatment once per week for four weeks, then once per month. I was able to have two consecutive uses from the size I had. The Moisture shampoo would have lasted for three washes but it accidentally spilled (thanks kids!). Here are the results:
Moisture Shampoo: Absolutely loved the smell. Ylang Ylang is one of my favourite fragrances. It lathered really well. However, my hair had a crunchy feel during and after shampooing which I didn’t like. I don’t use a lot of products on my hair during the week and what I do use is usually more than 50% organic. I suspect this could be the reason that my hair felt crunchy. I don’t have much build up by the end of the week. In my opinion the shampoo may be better suited to some one who has a lot of product build up, prone to oily hair, or hair that’s not colour treated.
Intensive Conditioning Mask: After using the Moisture Shampoo I followed up with the mask, which I applied to damp hair. I covered my hair in two plastic caps and left it for 30-45mins, without heat. The mask is rich and thick, average slip. Depending on length, thickness and extent of tangles, it may be best to detangle before washing hair. I opted to detangle after I’d rinsed out the mask on the first occasion. On the second trial I detangled with the conditioner in because my usual shampoo is conditioning. After the mask as rinsed out on both occasions my hair felt fortified and slightly dry but that was temporary.
I followed up with my usually oil and styling products, then diffused my hair. My hair felt and looked full, bouncy, shiny, hydrated and healthy. I would use the Intensive Conditioning Mask again . I would certainly recommend it for anyone with dry, damaged hair or weak hair. However, I only used the Nourishing Gloss Balm once. I applied it to my scalp and ends of my twists when I put my hair away for the night. It’s very light and not gummy. It would work on all hair types damp or dry hair, as a styling aid or finisher. Depending on curl pattern an holding gel maybe required for a longer lasting twist out or braid out. When I used the balm, it absorbed quickly into my hair and give it a nice healthy shine. There is something for every curl type with Curly By Nature. Naturalistas who are mindful of the ingredients in their products will be happy to know that the range uses 100% natural ingredients.
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