Camille Rose Naturals is one of those natural hair brands that used to be harder to find, but is now available in select Targets. I was in Target and saw the Camille Rose section, so I decided to try a few out. The first one that I have tried enough to review is the Curl Maker. It is described as a “curling jelly” that “will eliminate frizz, moisturize, and define curls.” Keep reading to see how this product’s performance measures up against those claims!
First things first, I really like the packaging of Curl Maker. The pump makes it so easy to use and is more hygienic. Sometimes when gels are in jars, I don’t like using them because shed hair is bound to get mixed in with the gel. Also, the smell is a nice grapefruit scent that is not overpowering.
Upon first use of Curl Maker, I initially thought that this gel reminded me of Kinky Curly Curling Custard (previous HG status). It has the same type of giggly jelly consistency. I tend to like gels that feel like this because they are easy to spread throughout the hair evenly. Unfortunately, Curl Maker is nothing like Kinky Curly in terms of performance.
This product claims to define curls and reduce frizz, but also to hydrate the hair. I do think that this product helps cut frizz and define curls, but not amazingly. It does a better job of decreasing frizz than a conditioner only wash & go, but not as good as some other gels I’ve tried. I also find that I need to really refresh my 2nd day hair whereas with other gels, I can wait about 3-4 days. Furthermore, my hair looks and feels drier when using this product. I’m assuming this is due to the fact that glycerin is the second ingredient.
I could probably live with all of the aforementioned, but I cannot live with the flaky hair. I have used this gel 4-5 times and I still don’t really like it. The first time I used this, I got flaking. I thought it was just that my hair wasn’t clean enough and that the flaking was due to product build up. So the next time I used it, I used a clarifying shampoo, but still ended up with big disgusting flakes. Since then I have tried it with a lot of product and with only a tiny bit of product and it still flakes. Also note that I tried this with different leave-in conditioners and got similar results.
- easily accessible
- jelly like consistency that spreads easily
- appealing scent
- silicone, mineral oil, & sulfate free
- cleanses gently
- leaves my hair flaky
- doesn’t provide long lasting style
- makes my hair look dull
- price is high for the product’s performance ($22 for 12 oz)
Final Grade: D I really wanted to like this product, but I can’t get it to work well for me. This one is going back to the store. 😦
I just can’t get down with Camille Rose Curlmaker. Have you used it? If so, how does it work for you?