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Friday, May 6, 2011
Review: Queen Helene Royal Curl line
It’s product review time again! Today I’ve got something to share with you ladies, a brand new product line that I was given the opportunity to check out and review, Queen Helene Royal Curl. Yes ladies, that Queen Helene that you’ve seen and used for years. The Royal Curl line consists of 4 products currently; Stay Clean Shampoo, Moisture Rich Conditioner, Curl Shaping Crème, and Smoothing Oil. I got to check out all 4 products, so let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
The Queen Helene Royal Curl line is natural, free of harsh and drying chemicals like alcohol, sulfates, petrolatum, parabens and phthalates. Each product contains Royal Jelly. So what’s Royal Jelly you ask? It’s what worker bees feed the Queen!
The Royal Curl Stay Clean Shampoo is sulfate-free, as I mentioned. It contains sea kelp, mandarin orange extract, and green tea. It smells good, lathers nicely, and didn’t leave my hair feeling like a rat’s nest.
The Royal Curl Moisture Rich Conditioner contains jojoba seed oil, olive fruit extract, and green tea. Honestly, I was expecting a bit more from this conditioner, because the first ingredients after water are fatty alcohols and behentrimonium methosulfate. For me, BTMS is usually a great detangling agent, and it’s something I look for. While this conditioner smelled good, and felt good in my hands, it had almost no slip in my hair. I will say however, it did have a nice amount of foam to it when rinsing, so it might make a good cowash. I haven’t tried it yet, when I do I’ll give you ladies an update.
The Royal Curl Curl Shaping Crème is my absolute favorite product in this line. I am in love with it, and want to run away with it. It contains glycerin, aloe vera gel, agave nectar, and green tea. I’ve used this as my sole styler in all sorts of weather conditions, and it’s held up to whatever I’ve thrown at it. My hair has been outrageously shiny and bouncy and I’ve had volume galore. When I first opened the container of this and did a scan of the ingredients, I didn’t think it would have enough hold for me tastes, but for me, it’s been perfect. It dries to a soft crunch, which is easily scrunched out.
The Royal Curl Smoothing Oil contains meadowfoam seed oil, corn oil, and green tea. Most of the time when I apply oils to dry hair, it creates atleast some amount of frizz. I use them all the time, don’t get me wrong. I use coconut oil or Vatika Oil as a pre-poo, I’ve added grapeseed oil and/or coconut oil to deep treatment, I’ve used coconut oil to scrunch out the crunch when my hair is completely dry, and the list goes on. This oil hasn’t caused any frizz to speak of, whether I’m using it on wet or dry hair.
The Queen Helene Royal Curl line has been a fantastic addition to this product junkies arsenal. Each product in the line is around $8 and should be available initially at a Whole Foods near you in the next week or so.