Curlbox celebrated their 8th birthday this year and of course they released a dope box to help commemorate it. They always come through with bomb deals and I was especially excited to see this one. I remember Qhemet Biologics from years ago when I went natural in 2011. Back then there weren’t as many options out there for kinky and curly hair. A couple highlights that drew me in were their all natural ingredients and their use of Ayurvedic herbs which my hair always responds well to.
For this wash day, I started with old passion twists I’d installed. They’d grown out a bit, started to get real frizzy and at this point I was missing my curls.
Egyptian Wheatgrass Cleansing Tea
I’m typically not big on shampoo-type products (they often tend to leave my hair feeling stiff and stripped of moisture), however, this one performed well. Once massaged into the scalp and hair, it lathered up nicely. Now of course lather isn’t necessary for a good cleanser but I love a little sudsy action. This cleanser allowed for some light detangling as I smoothed it throughout my hair in sections. There was no overpowering scent, just light, herbal and a hint of tea tree. As I rinsed out each section, my hair felt truly clean, and lightly moisturized.
Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee
The first thing that stuck out to me about this conditioner was that it could be used in multiple ways! On the label there are instructions on how to use it as a leave-in, a deep conditioner or a heat protectant. Who doesn’t love a multi-use product?! It has a medium consistency, not too thick and not too thin--pretty standard for what you would see for most leave-ins. The scent is sweet and herbal but not what I would call too sweet. I tried it as a deep conditioner first and then a leave-in.
After rinsing out the cleanser, I applied a generous amount of the conditioner to my hair in my go-to four sections. After application I twisted each section up and let it sit under a shower cap for 30 minutes. Once the time passed, I rinsed it out with warm water and I instantly felt the difference in my hair. It was significantly softer and any tangles easily fell apart with light finger detangling. That’s a definite win! Typically my hair only responds well to thick deep conditioners so I was shocked to see how well it took to this one! I then applied the same conditioner to my hair in four sections to use as a leave-in to begin setting my hair.
Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter and the Castor & Amla Nourishing Pomade
Next I applied the twist butter and then the pomade on top of that to smaller sections ( about 10-11) and two-strand twisted each one. With these two products, a little goes a long way. I then tied my hair down with a scarf with the ends free, threw on a bonnet and went to bed. I usually just let my hair air dry overnight.
Castor & Moringa Softening Serum
The next day I applied some of this serum to my hands prior to taking down my twists to help reduce frizz. It smells divine and added some extra nourishment to my hair. This oil also added just the right amount of shine to my curls! Not only that, but I appreciated how it didn't leave my hair feeling greasy or weighed down. This performed just the way you'd want it to with all the benefits and no fuss.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the results of my twist-out! It was light, moisturized, soft and shiny. Often I'll fluff out my twists because I love big hair but this time I only lightly separated them. I don't always need my twist-outs to be perfectly defined but the definition here surprised me and I loved it.