Thursday, 8 March 2012

Review: Keracare Natural Textures Defining Custard

Price range: £7-£9
Marketing speech:

For Curls & Coils
Aids in getting shiny, well moisturized, clearly defined curls, waves and spirals.
  • Defines curls.
  • Maintains structured coils for days.
  • Minimizes frizz.

Ingredients:Aqueous extracts, Phyllanthus emblica and acacia concinna, glycerin, hydroxyethylcellulose, xanthan gum, pectin, argania spinosa kernel oil, crambe abyssinica seed oil, citric acid, tocopheryl acetate, potassium sorbate, diazolininyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, betaine, fragrance, benzyl benzoate, d-Limonene, linalool, methyl ionone gamma
Ingredient Attributes: silicone free, sulfate free, paraben free, protein free

I spotted this in my local Sally's beautyshop looking a tad bit cheaper than it usually was, it was going for about £6, instead of the usual £8-10 price range I had seen it in the past so I grabbed it. I hadn't had much luck with it's siblings: The Hair milk & Buttercreme so I picked this up slightly skeptical.I tried this mixed with some TIGI Love Peace & Planet Leave in conditioner.I liked the ingredients included with Pectin (also in Kinky Curly) and hydroxycellulose being great coil clumpers for me from other products.
Packaging: It comes in a beige jar, with bronze coloured lid that opens easily.
Scent: On opening the jar I was met with a strong but pleasant scent. If you have tried other products in the range   then you would already know the scent as it is identical. Slightly tangy-with-vanilla-and some tropical vagueness tossed in there, quite 'perfumey' and not artificial in my opinion.
Texture:  It was quite slimy, gloopy and mucousy like Kinky-Curly, Original Curling Custard, so it gave some slip but instantly absorbed in and stiffened up.So if you are a 'gel raker' I wouldn't recommend that you try that with this custard. It proved quite dificult to get out of the jar, as it would slip right out of my fingers as soon as I dipped it in. So I got into the habit of just dipping four fingers right down to the bottom of the jar, and whatever was left on my fingers would usually be enough to put on the small section of hair awaiting application.
After application
I LOVED that the custard dried quite quickly. It gave great coil definition and left my coils extremely shiny! It dried with some firmness, but not eco-styler (max = 10 hold) type of firmness.

The next day, My hair was drier than sand.  I couldn't recommend using this with an ultra-moisturising leave-in enough. Geez! Dafro was not impressed. Water did not work alone with this, so I had to wash it out and try again. At least with Eco-styler, by the second day the glycerin present within Eco really takes effect and softens up the hair as soon as you spray water on it or expose it to shower steam.  
I won't write this off just yet till I try it with some good old curl activator - PART 2, it turns out that I got much better results!

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