Not for Kinky Hair Twists Out
I really wanted to love this product due its use of Fair Trade Shea Butter as an ingredient, however sad to write that it does not curl Texture 4b, 4c hair types. I applied this Curl Activating cream two different times attempting a braid twist out style. It is very easy to apply on wet or damp hair, easy to comb through the hair using your fingers, a comb or brush. I used the Denman 9 Row Styling Brush because this excellent for smoothly distributing creams and lotion through wet and damp hair.
The hair looked good when the Cream was wet but when dry after I removed the braids the hair was super dry and super frizzed all over. The label reads “For Curly to Kinky Hair”, so those with curly to kinky hair should be able to use it and get the results promised on the back of the jar such as Rich, creamy emulsion of Certified Fair Trade Shea Butter, herbal extracts and plant gels hydrate and elongate your curls for soft, maximum definition. With natural vitamins for shiny, lustrous, long-lasting curls. Great for finger styling, twist and braid-outs and coiling on naturally curly to kinky hair.
Ingredients: Comfrey (Sympytum officinale) Extract (aqueous), Arnica (Arnica montana) Extract (aqueous), Certified Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Aloe Vera Leaf Gel (Aloe barbadenis), Agave Nectar, Emulsifying Wax, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Coconut Oil, Raspberry, and Ylang Ylang Extracts, Potassium Sorbate, Guar Gum, Xantham Gum, Citric Acid.
When I removed the twist from my hair did not feel hard but it was stiff to the touch. I saw some curl pattern from the twist out at first but after six hours my hair even after applying their oil products continued to feel stiff. Hair should never feel stiff after the product dries. I could have achieved the same results minus the stiffness, using just plain mineral water and an Afro comb on my hair.
I learned that Curl Activating Creams improve the look of curly textured hair that has coiled curl pattern, it is not for kinky textured hair with a zig, zag or uneven pattern on the hair strands. When wet if your hair has large, medium or small coils or ringlets then I strongly suggest to buy and try the Curl Activating Cream. However, when wet if your hair has that zig, zag or a Z shaped appearance on the hair strands or if you hair always shrinks to 75% when dry, then I suggest NOT to try and buy the Curl Activating Cream. Why? because you can not activate a curl on Texture 4b or 4c hair, our hair is not curly like the other curly to kinky hair types. Product companies know this, and they also know that most women don’t know their hair texture, so that market to general group of curly to kinky without specifying which curly to kinky group can’t use their creams, gels or lotions and oils. I knew that I could not activate a curl but I thought this would a good product for doing a twist out. I only placed 6 large twist in my hair and when I removed them I did get twists pattern, that as the day progress changed to a stiff and frizzy. I don’t know maybe I did not use enough cream on my hair, so I will give the Cream another go around this time using twice the amount and I will see if I get different results.
The 3rd attempt with the Cream yield results using a finger twist on the hair after the application. To get the best result for Texture 4b and 4c hair, it requires a lot of product on wet hair. I sectioned my hair into 8 sections and applied a tablespoon amount of product to each section, used a wide tooth comb and then a Denman brush to completely smooth the Cream through the hair. My hair was white with product after I finished. Next, I used one finger to finger coil small sections of the wet hair. The process time from start to finish was about 90 minutes, caused I am very slow doing my hair. After 8 hours the finger coils were still in the hair but the hair still felt stiff. It leaves a product residue on the hair that feels tacky but not oily or greasy and it does not leave a noticeable smell, which is great since I don’t like my hair to smell fruity or flowery.
The Shea Butter Curl Activating Cream for Texture 4b and 4c hair requires a lot of product on wet hair to give the best results. The hair, when dry will get some shrinkage but not a major 75% shrink down. The Cream will leave a white residue on the hair after application and a slightly tacky feeling to the hair after the cream dries. The next day, I had a huge amount of tangles and tacky residue in the hair, so I will definitely need to wash my hair. Normally my hair and scalp absorbs Shea Butter and other natural vegetable oils completely, therefore I assume that the addition of the Emulsifying Wax and the Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride reduces the absorption and places a sticky coating on the hair strands which can be felt days after the cream disappears.