Product Review: KERACARE Conditioning Crème Hairdress

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Price: $16.75 on the Avlon website

Where to Buy: Casa Bella at the Palms Lekki, Yinka Bodyline on Awolowo Road in Ikoyi

Directions:

Rub just a small amount between palms until crème completely liquefies. Distribute evenly throughout hair. Massage also onto scalp if it tends to be dry. Comb through and style.  May be used daily.

Product Claim:

Moisturizes and revitalizes dull, dry hair adding a natural-looking sheen. An ultra light conditioning formula. Concentrated with high-quality natural oils.  Quick-penetrating formula. Can be used as a pomade or wax to separate and define hair.  Not heavy or greasy, so hair retains freedom of movement.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Cera Alba/ Beeswax/ Cire d’abeille, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Propylene Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearic Acid, Acetamide MEA, Fragrance/Parfum, Polysorbate 60, BHT, Zinc Oxide, Simethicone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Bicarbonate, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal Alcohol, Ciitronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool.

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My Assessment: An oldie but goodie! In fact, this is the first actual hair product I remember buying (Back in 2006 – when it came in a white container and had mineral oil and all that)! This product has also so impressed me, that it is responsible for bringing me out of my blogging hiatus ☺. So thank you, KeraCare Conditioning Crème Hairdress

Pros: 

  • Smells okay. Not bad, not good IMO. Honestly, I am not keen on the smell personally, but nothing irritating and thankfully it does not linger. On the review boards, its common for reviewers to say they like the smell. I am also uncertain as to what the smell is, exactly – what comes to mind as I inhale the tub for the umpteenth time is old school bathing soap bar – a la Joy Soap, Lux Soap, Imperial Leather etc
  • Nice consistency: a bit thick, not a whipped, fluffy texture but a nice crème that emulsifies when you rub it in your hands.

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  • Easily available and moderate pricing.
  • Gives your hair RIDICULOUS shine!
  • Excellent when you are months into your stretch (for the relaxed heads), as I feel it works in softening and ‘sleeking’ my edges. Honestly amazing! I am currently 18 weeks post relaxer (that is four and a half months) and I apply some of this product on my hair, from root to tip, and it makes it so sleek and shiny and makes my new growth appear relaxed.
  • The oil content makes this product suitable for hot oil treatments – as sometimes I put it in my hair and slap on a plastic cap, and I can feel a significant positive difference in the shine, softness and sleekness of my hair.
  • It is Ceramide-rich, as Sunflower Seed Oil is the second ingredient. You need to google the benefits of ceramides in any hair regimen especially if you have high porous, damage-prone hair. Jen of Justgrowalready, Ebony of Longingforlength and Nadege at Relaxedhairhealth have written detailed blog posts on the importance of ceramides. Please, please, please – do yourself a favor and get acquainted! In fact, if you would like me to break it down to you in another blog post – leave a comment letting me know ☺ #kikiforthegirlsdem
  • Contains castor oil and jojoba oil – great hair oils for thickening and nourishing hair.
  • Excellent value for money as you honestly need a very small amount to get excellent results
  • Excellent to base and protect the hair and scalp before a relaxer treatment. This is a pro that I have heard of but never tried personally –  I personally stick to cheaper oils, crèmes and pomades (ahem: Vaseline) for that job – but I’m happy to see this product has multiple uses in any hair regimen
  • Paraben-free. There are studies linking parabens found in many hair and skin products to cancer. So products that are paraben-free, are worthy of mention.

Cons:

  • The main con I can say about this product is I am not a fan of the smell. Don’t get me wrong, it smells okay – but honestly, I am a sucker for sweet-smelling products, which is what in fact made me abandon this first love of mine to the more delicious, cuddle-friendly similar rival product in the name of Mizani H2O Nighttime Treatment.
  • Not a strong con per se, but I also prefer the whipped consistency of the Mizani H2O Nighttime Treatment, as opposed to the slightly more pomade-y texture of the KeraCare Conditioning Crème Hairdress
  • Could be too moisturizing/leave the hair oily-greasy looking if used too much.

Summary: Sometimes, you get it right the first time – I did, finding this hairdress/moisturizer almost a decade ago. Like an overindulged lover, I take this product for granted and only return to it during desperate times – and as the old trusty lover this hairdress has proven to be; it is right there ready and willing to meet my needs. (Haha! Did I just wax a lyrical about a hair crème??? Father Lord, bring me my husband so that I can offload all this love boiling over in my body!!! Amen!)

Repurchase?: Yes! In fact, a true test came recently. I ‘misplaced’ my more than halfway full tub about two weeks ago – regardless of the no-buy ban I have imposed on myself and dare I say, followed quite well, I journeyed to a beauty supply store in suburban Virginia and paid a premium to replace it. The Ijebu in me is angry I overpaid for it – but I was desperate at the time.

Staple?: Kinda – It is most needed when I am further along in my relaxer stretch and my hair needs a moisturizing crème that gives it ridiculous shine and softens it. When my hair is freshly permed, I can play around with the products I use.

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    1. Ebony!!! OMG I can’t believe you left a comment on my post! I have been an avid reader of your blog since 2011! I am a huge fan. I have learnt many many things from you and feel like you’re my sister-girl in my head! I swear by Adore rinses, and this is thanks to you! So chuffed to see this!
      A Nigerian girl, recent transplant from Bay Area California to London Town!

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