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Here’s the second part of my product review.

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo

Gentle cleansing for your natural curls

Gentle cleansing for your natural curls

Key ingredients: hydrolyzed soy protein, aloe leaf juice, Rosa Mosqueta seed oil (a rare rose from the Andes).

Description: a moisturising shampoo that gently cleanses and hydrates, giving ultra-softness; improves hair texture.

Smell: light, very sweet.

Consistency: n/a

Price range: high. A bottle costs £10.49. Then there’s postage…

Retailer: online/selected retailers.

Results: my hair felt clean but not stripped of moisture. Love the smell! It says on the bottle that it rehydrates the hair and it certainly did. Did it improve the hair texture? No! See below for more info.

Worth the money? I got both the shampoo and conditioner as a 2-for-1 offer, so yes! Otherwise this product would tend to be a tad expensive for me.

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner

A tonic for very dry hair

A tonic for very dry hair

Key ingredients: aqua, shea butter, wheat germ oil, aloe leaf juice, glycerine, Rose Mosqueta seed oil, plus lots more lovely organic goodies.

Description: detangles, rehydrates and smoothes to overcome dryness and brittleness, for ultra-soft shiny hair.

Smell: gorgeous; light and sweet.

Consistency: thick & creamy.

Price range: high. £10.49 per bottle. Best if you can spot a deal online.

Retailer: online/selected stores.

Results: OK, I’m going to deal with this in conjunction with the Honeysuckle Rose shampoo as I used them both together. The conditioner states that it softens hair texture and rehydrates. I’d heard a lot about the Honeysuckle Rose products, and having very dry Type 4 hair I was keen to give it a go. The shampoo was so gentle that I worried that I hadn’t cleansed my hair and scalp properly. But I checked my scalp and it seemed fine so I went ahead and applied the conditioner.

When they say that this product softens and hydrates the hair – boy – do they mean it! I’ve never found a product that instantly moisturises my hair like this. As soon as I applied the conditioner, I could feel my hair softening and it felt like my hair was saturated with moisture. However!!! I’m here to tell you: you can have too much of a good thing! My hair wasn’t just soft; it felt like it had melted and all the curls disappeared completely, leaving a frizzy mess.

This conditioner completely tipped the moisture/protein balance. In fact, my hair hasn’t fully recovered since using this conditioner. I’ve had to do some major damage control using a protein conditioner.

Let me be honest right now. The reason why this conditioner ultimately damaged my hair is because I didn’t follow the instructions. I dived straight in, poured it on my hair and left it for at least an hour, maybe more; fool that I am. On the bottle it says that you should leave it for 1-2 minutes, or 15 minutes for deep conditioning. Did I listen? No! Thought I knew better! I left it on while I detangled. So let this be a warning to others – the instructions aren’t there for decoration, they really do serve a purpose!

So with that in mind, this is a fantastic conditioner, and both the conditioner and shampoo do exactly what they’re meant to.

Worth the money? Yes – with the 2 for 1 deal. I’ll be using the shampoo and conditioner again (in moderation). I’ll use them in rotation with other products, maybe just saving them for when my hair is parched and needs a moisture boost.

TLC Naturals Hibiscus Rose Moisturising Leave-In Conditioner

Give your hair a little TLC

Give your hair a little TLC

Key ingredients: aqua, hibiscus flowers, rose petals, aloe broccoli seed oil, glycerine, coconut oil, hydrolysed oat protein.

Description: ideal for detangling, moisturising, strengthening, smoothing and softening hair strands.

Smell: slightly too pungent for my tastes, though not unpleasant. Very strong rose smell (so you can tell it’s made from natural ingredients).

Consistency: creamy; not too thick.

Price range: high. £7 for 60ml; £14 for 250ml (plus £3.90 shipping).

Retailer: online.

Results: This really is TLC in a bottle, in every sense. My curls sprung back the minute I applied this lovely leave-in. What’s more, my hair retained its moisture over a few days, which is unheard of! My curls are well-defined and my hair has never been so soft. This product really has brought out the best in my hair – I really can’t fault it. It seems to have the perfect balance of moisture and protein for my tightly coiled Type 4 strands and there has been noticeable improvement in my hair texture with continued use.

Worth the money? I liked the fact that you can buy a sample of this product. For people on a budget or who just want to try a product, it’s a great idea. But when the package arrived I was very disappointed at the size. Although there are pictures on the website, I didn’t really pay much attention so it wasn’t until the product arrived that I realised I was paying for a bottle that was only ¼ of the size of the full bottle – making it very expensive. I just wish I’d gone ahead and purchased the full 250ml bottle for £14, which is over 4 times bigger and much better value for money.

The good news is that it lasts really well and you don’t need to use much for this product to work its magic. Yes, it’s expensive but this is one dream hair cream I can’t do without so I’ll definitely be going back for more. If you’re looking for a good leave-in conditioner, I’d highly recommend this.

What products are you using? Have you tried any of these products or had problems over-moisturising your hair? Don’t be shy, add your comments below!

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