Karen’s Body Beautiful has been on my radar for some time now. I saw it in magazines and read good things but I’d never seen the products in any of the places I shop.  It wasn’t online in any of the online shops either. Beauty by Zara  is one of my go online shops for my natural hair and I follow her on Instagram too. Imagine my utter delight to see that she had in stock several products from the Karen’s Body Beautiful range. On YouTube there are mixed reviews about the hair products from Karen’s Body Beautiful. I used them as my gage for selecting my own product. Zara graciously supplied the products for the trial and review.  I’m happy to report, I’ve had good results from both Karen’s Body Beautiful Luscious Locs Hair Mask and the Butter Love.

The Trial

I used Karen’s Body Beautiful Luscious Locs Hair Mask and the Butter Love as part of my usual washday regime. I felt I could do that as its states in the directions for the hair mask, use after your usual shampoo. (Oh! As aside I really appreciated the fact that the directions were easy to read. Sometimes the packing and font makes reading product directions difficult.) My hair was dry and looking much messed by the time washday rolled around. I was hoping for lovely silky hair by the end of process.  Here’s how it went:

Luscious Locs Hair Mask has a rich creamy consistency, without being too heavy. It coats the hair well and has good slip to make detangling easier. The fragrance is pleasant but mild. Once rinsed out, my hair felt very soft, light and manageable.  Ingredients are: Purified Water, Aloe Butter, Jojoba Oil, Agave, Vegetable Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera Juice, Panthenol, Arnica, Calendula, Echinacea, Nettle & Horsetail Extracts, Carrot Seed Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Arnica, Shikakai & Amla Extracts, Vitamin E & Natural Enzymes.

I towel dried my hair then I applied my usual leave-in- condition and oil.  I followed up with the Butter Love.

Butter Love  has the appearance and consistency of solidified coconut oil. The fragrance is pleasant and mild with notes of lavender and vanilla coming through. It feels rich but melts between the fingers easily and coats the hair well. Depending on how your hair responds to oils and butters less may be more.  Ingredients are: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Jojoba Butter, Aloe Butter, Essential and/or Fragrance Oils, Grapefruit Seed Oil & Vitamin E.

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The Results

Because I included the product into my usual routine, the result was as though I put twice the amount of oil in my hair than I should have. Also, once I applied it to my hair I realized I would not get no hold from it as I wold from a cream or perhaps a heavier butter.  However the product does not promise hold.  It does promise to ‘conditions, softens and adds sheen to fragile, stressed hair.’  I can day it did live up to the promise. Instead of my usual twists, I plaited my hair into 10 single plaits. My braid out the next day was a bit scraggly… no surprise. By day 3 due to the rainy weather and the fact that my hair was still a bit oily I wore my hair I two cornrows.

Despite the above, I hasten to say it had nothing to do with the product but totally how I used it.  In hindsight I should have omitted my usual oil. Perhaps I’ll include a styling cream which is how I intend to use it in future.  I give the Luscious Locs Hair Mask and Butter Love the ‘two thumbs up’.

I have 3b/3c hair.  Sometimes products can be too heavy or drying for my hair but these two products will work well for me, when I tweak my natural hair washday regime when using them.

Where to buy?

For a complete list of the Karen’s Body Beautiful range stocked by Beauty by Zara stocks click this linkThe hair mask RRP£11.99 and the Butter Love £14.99. Bit by bit Zara is bringing the popular American natural hair products to us, UK naturalistas.  Natural hair product junkie or not my loyal readers might interested to know that Zara stocks Kinky Curly (genuine UK stockists), Entwine (only UK stockists), Camille Rose (exclusive to BBZ , click this link to see how I used mine ), Karen’s Body Beautiful (only UK distributors).

I  mainly shop online but for those of you who like popping into the shops to see what other treats there are within by Zara is located on the high street 395 Walworth Road, London, SE17 2AW. The opening times are Mon – Sat 08:30- 20:30 Sun 09:30 – 19:30.

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