Curls Talk

We Are Loving: Miss Jessies’s Quick Curls

missjessies_quickcurls__13557.1433579693.1280.1280If you visit ourwebsite often, you will see that there are a few products that are on rotation that we are in love with. One of them is from the Miss Jessie line called “Quick Curls”

Founded by sisters Miko and Titi Branch (who sadly passed in December 2014), Miss Jessie’s products took the curly hair market by storm in 2004. Creating a successful line of hair products for afro kinky hair, as their was nothing on the market for black natural women at that time, from their salon to workshops, they are now known for their expertise in styling curly, kinky, and wavy hair of all types and textures,which made the Miss Jessie’s Salon become the go to place for curly hair solutions. Today, the girls have taken their brand worldwide and have been featured in numerous publications including O, The Oprah Magazine, Allure, Essence, Marie Claire, and many more, with a strong celebrity following as well.

So why do we love Quick Curls? The weightless styler was created to give you your desired look fast! With the leave in conditioner combining fresh fragrances of ginger flower and lime fruit, the best way to use this products and see it in it’s full effect is to apply a tablespoon  to damp hair, section by section. Be sure to rinse out. Then dependent on how you dry your hair whether naturally or with a blow dryer, one tip for extra volume is to use a diffuser for extra volume for a great wash and go!

Our Top Five Dry Shampoos For All Hair Types

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Whether your mid week flat iron, wash and go or natural curls  have lost a bit of life, and you don’t have the time or the energy to give it the full treatment, let the dry shampoo be of assistance. Now when it comes to the natural kinks and coily hair, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of dry shampoos on the market. This is not the case though! Dry shampoo has been around since the 1970s, and is popular way to refresh and cleanse the hair during the week rather than stripping the natural oils with your normal shampoo. So we have a treat for you. Not only are the ones that we have listed below kinky curly friendly, but you could also lend it to your girlfriends that have a different hair texture from you, to give their a great effect. These products listed below are in no particular order in regards to what they do and how well they perform the task. Here at Beauty By Zara, we like to know that we can provide you with what you need to know is out there in the hair community.

Tip! For maximum results, be sure spray 6-10 inches away from your hair coating the ends, while letting it rest on your hair for about two minutes to then comb or brush through. 

macadamia-natural-oil-volumizing-dry-shampoo-1Macadamia Natural Oil Dry Shampoo– This care treatment works great on finer hair textures to help pump up the volume, while refreshing and revitalising your hair.

evoEvo Water Killer Dry Shampoo– This fantastic dry shampoo doubles up as not just a styling spray, but a texturising styling spray as well. The Evo Water Killer is fantastic at preventing damage to the hair when washing and using heat.

rene_dryRené Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo– A celebrity favourite. The René Furterer Dry Shampoo instantly cleans hair to refresh and restore volume between regular shampoos. It also absorbs excess oil, impurities and environmental odours so hair is lightly scented and full of bounce. This is one definitely for the gym bag.

one_more_dayOne More Day Dry Shampoo– Philip Kingsley has put together One More Day as a lightweight spray that soothes the scalp, as well as absorbing excess sebum. Packed full of calming and soothing ingredients such as Zinc PCA, Allantoin and Bisabolol that cleanse the scalp, tis product would deb idea for those that suffer with an itchy scalp.

No-DroughtNo Drought Dry Shampoo– From the beautiful creator of Lush, the grapefruit and lime flavours add vibrancy and a incredible scent to your cleaner hair. Giving you a matte finish, this product leaves you without any dustiness.

 

Top Five Summer Styles For Caucasian Hair

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With summer now in full effect in the UK check out our top five favourite summer hairstyles that you can recreate to make your own. Whether you are  hitting the festivals or a day out with friends, or if you are heading out for the night or on a date, all these styles are just what you need to enjoy the summer months with as they are fun and easy to recreate.

1- The Pony- The classic and easiest hair style to create within a matter of minutes. After a wash and condition, be sure to minimise towel drying to avoid frizz. Then using your favourite styling cream apply a small amount to your hair to blow-dry. Once secured to your desired length, for a catwalk matte finish add a dry shampoo to the ends of the hair for volume. We love the Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo which smells like grapefruits and limes.

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2- Braid It Up- Whether you choose a traditional plait a french or fishbone plait, you will already be on trend as this look is sweeping the nation at festivals for that boho chic look. If you decide to go with a middle or side parting, be sure that before you braid you deep condition your ends to have them looking healthy. Once your chosen plait is in, the Keracare Silken Seal Sheen Spray is ideal way to add shine moisture and a nice gloss to the look.

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3- The Updo- This style is great for short hair and dependent on your personality adds character. Make sure you have a good handful of bobby pins, and a bottle of L’oreal Professionnel Serie Pro Keratin Blow Dry Cream to hand to add volume into your blowdried roots, which will give flat edges. Then it is a simple case of taking small sections and twisting them towards the back and pinning. For formal occasions the neater and more uniformed the better, and for the “I’m not trying” look then leave some loose ends out.

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4- Wash and Go- This is for every woman that gets on the train with wet hair. This is a quick and easy way to vamp up your “wet” look in the morning. If you wash your hair everyday, try a gentle shampoo and a moisturising conditioner like the Moroccan Oil Moisture Conditioner. This will coat and restore the oils lost from the hair and prepare it for the styling cream. Once the conditioner has been applied, simply run a straightening/styling cream throughout your hair and either scrunch for curls or leave to air dry for straighter hair. This makes getting out in a hurry a more fabulous way to do so.

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5- Natural Curls- If you have fine medium or thicker hair then this style is a win all round as it will always hold definition and volume. If you want to loosen your natural curls then take a wide tooth comb with some mousse and create your ideal curls. And for those adding curls, if you take medium sections of hair and loosely wrap them around a large barrel curling iron that should do the trick to revealing those “I woke up like this curls”. Remember because the curls are “natural” avoid doing the entire head. Once complete, flip and use your favourite hair spray like the Giovanni 2Chic  Dual Action Leave In Spray  to complete, which also works amazing on heated styles.

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Summer’s Here for Summer Hair

flower-731300_1280When it comes to the summer months in the year, it’s a time to showcase your new wardrobe for the picnics and music events, or the time to reveal your new body that you have been working on throughout the winter months. Either way summertime always brings out the best in people.

So when it comes to your natural hair here are five tips that are effective for adults and children to show off all your hard work in maintaining healthy kinks and coils, as well as allowing it to soak up the rays it needs without it being damaged.

Tip 1- The warmer the weather, the more moisture your hair will need. Dependent on the type of hair you have whether your curls are tight or loose, moisture is necessary in avoiding dry and brittle hair while out in the sun. Lighter oils such as coconut, almond and moroccan oils are good examples of providing the hair and scalp with a light coating to protect the root to tip while giving off a wonderful gloss and shine on your chosen hair style.

Tip 2– Sweat- From the month of May onwards, I always notice that because it is more humid in the evening when it’s time to go to sleep my body temperature is slightly higher than in the winter months. Your body temperature travels to your mane, which at when combined with products in your hair, your body heat almost acts as a steamer. Bed sheets with fabrics like cotton and polyester increase friction and dryness in pillowcases which increase the heat in your head to make you scratch and itch. Your hair need to breathe. So whether its plaiting or twisting it into smaller sections every night, or investing in a silk scarf or pillow case this will decrease frizz and dry hair that will make your mornings a lot easier to manage.

Tip 3- Chlorine and saltwater is not your friend- When hitting the beach or the swimming pools be mindful of the water you immerse your hair into. Salt and chlorine crystals weaken and dry out hair’s natural moisture. Make sure you deep cleanse and condition. Hair masks are a really good way to put back what was stripped and having to hand a water based styling product to style with makes all the difference when your ready to step back onto the beach.

Tip 4- Washing your mane more frequently is ok- Now that the sun is a like a free hairdryer, creating fabulous wash and go’s to get out and about with your friends are ideal for this time of year. Whether it be chunky twists or just taming it with a setting lotion or gel, will provide unique styles in an instant.

Tip 5- Wear your hair with pride- Summer is always a good time when women always either change their hair colour, invent new protective styles or rock a new cut for the season. Whatever your way of rocking your hair and however many times you may change it per week, never be afraid if someone asks you how you achieved that look to tell them. Let them know the products and process you used, while being encouraging as to how they can be able to achieve the very same look. You have to remember it always starts with “omg her hair looks so nice” which influences someone else to become more adventurous with their hair.

Curls In-Store Hair Event 2015

​Essex was buzzing last Saturday afternoon, as a bunch of eccentric naturalistas made there to Beauty By Zara’s new store for the US brand Curls event. Hosted by the girls from the Curls team, UK hair bloggers along the likes of Fro Girl Ginny, ​
Curly Girl Shannon and ​London Curls the store was filled with women who love all things natural.
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The goodie bags and bubbly had women talking to each other about the one thing that we all had in common: curly, beautiful volumised natural hair.
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The Curls girls bought their A game, with advice, tips and recommendations to the ladies about the brand and how the products would moisturise, restore and enhance their mane. The sample giveaway  as always was a nice way to try before you buy, and those who had previously used the products before, were able to restock by picking up a few pieces from the Beauty By Zara shelves.
The Q&A session allowed the hair bloggers to answer some intriguing questions on daily routines, maintenance to keeping your mane fabulous, as well as being able to take a few selfies and mingling with other naturalista’s.

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Overall the Curls event was a success, and was a new and innovative way to host an event within a hair store. It worked really well, by also allowing women to stock up on hair and beauty essentials. This style of event could be one to look out for, as Beauty By Zara seems to have started a new trend that could become the new way to network and shop at the same time.
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The Secret to Fabulous Children’s Hair

By Natasha Ferguson

As parents we are complimented on the way we grow and look after our children. Hair is a massive part of how are children will be conditioned and treated in todays society, and various settings that they will encounter as well as the everyday interaction they have with other children and adults. And it’s down to us as parents to make sure that they are confident and proud of their hair texture and quality.

I’ve put together ten tips on how become more aware on what we need to look out for to give our children the best when to comes to their hair.

  1. Investigate. Understand your child’s hair texture. Does it dry out in the sun? Is the scalp always dry? What breaks or snaps or thins the hair? Once you have an idea, you’ll then know what points you need to focus on and what to look for with products.
  2. Research. Take the time to research what you will be applying to the hair. Cheap is not always cheerful. However some brands are cost effect and do exactly what they say they will do. Build your own awareness of what you’re looking for and what it needs to do. When I try new products, I try to use a few from the range and give it at 6-8 weeks to see how it works out.
  3. Not everything works in their hair. What works for one may not work for the other. Each hair type and texture is different. So if you like the effect of what a product does, ask for a sample.
  4. Eat good grow good. A good meal is a reflection on the consistency and strength of hair growth with the right balance. Healthy body and healthy hair. We all get days where convenience saves the day, however keep in mind the future effect that can take place if it becomes to regular.
  5. Don’t pull it so tight. Be cautious of how tight you pull hair. Children’s hair scalp and roots are sensitive and regular hairstyles will begin to thin the area’s most affected. Try to find bubbles hair clips and bands that don’t have small seals/clasps to avoid damage to the roots or to the ends.
  6. Get that routine in place. From wash days to plaiting before bedtime. Always be forward thinking of what needs to be done so that it doesn’t feel like a chore. Wash days should be a chance to check on their growth and what their hair needs. School days are the best place to input and maintain routine that will keep the entire family in clockwork.
  7. Mix it up. Get creative. There are weeks were cornrows or a twist out work for us. Whatever your preference, make it work for you and your needs. If you choose to use hair extensions, please be advised that the weight of the additional hair can causes weakening and sensitivity to the scalp, alongside the strength of the hair elasticity decreasing.
  8. Less manipulation. More growth. Having to comb wash blow dry and style hair is no joke. Set a style. Once the hair and scalp is moisturised, you give the hair time to breathe and grow without any problems. Again if you are using extensions please be advised that the growth may be slower for your child.
  9. Remember their children. Their hair never stops growing, but give it a chance to do that. Let it breathe. Teach them about their hair so that they can be conscious and confident in understanding the differences between them and others.
  10. Note it all down. Don’t throw away what didn’t work for your child’s hair. As you grow confident in what you’re doing that will show. You may have others come to you for advice and giving them the basic steps with a few samples may help them on their way to a healthier and happier outlook on how to care for their child’s hair.

The secret behind the amazing quality shine and texture is all down to you. You’re the secret. Invest in them and you’ll reap the rewards unconditionally.

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About The Author

Hi, my name is Natasha. I am a vibrant kinks and curls naturale. As a Freelance Journalist, Editor in Chief of Urban Gospel magazine 2BReal and Mother, I believe in being bold in finding who you were created to become, emphasises why finding our purpose in life is so important.

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Don’t put me in a box!

By Natasha Ferguson

Ok, so how many of us are guilty of jumping on a new trend? “I want to try something new. I want to be different” We are a culture and society that soak them in. Rocking the fro is the latest to join the line for all things fashionable. The other day I was on the tube and I saw for the first time in a while an advert where an ethnic woman was being promoted with her afro. It made me think how much we think of our naturally beautiful hair. First and foremost we need to recognise that going natural and saying we have natural hair is two different things? What do I mean by that? Millions of women of different race and colour have natural hair which has never been manipulated to become something it isn’t. And going natural is allowing your hair to return back to the original form.

No matter how you wear your hair permed or natural and whatever condition it’s in have you noticed that we have now become a generation where everything is labelled? You’re able to put you and your friends in specific boxes because of the way they all wear their hair. Now it’s not something that we do consciously, however labelling who’s who I believe does create a subconscious division. We’ve been put in a box. Even within the natural community. We have created a system of labelling how curly and kinky your hair is. From 1to 4 (4 being the kinkiest) Now this system has been put in place so that the products you use alongside many methods that are out there for washing styling and maintaining your hair, will become effective if you’re able to categorise your hair Does it work? What does it matter? Either way your hair is always going to be unique to you. It may look similar to other women’s in texture length and coils, but it will never be the same. Now I’m not saying to scratch it out completely. To some it is useful. Just don’t let another system make you feel that what you have on your head should look a particular way.

I started my natural hair journey almost three years ago. I permed my hair for convenience. And I continued on a cycle because from an early age my mum couldn’t manage my hair, and so she permed it when I started secondary school. I maintained it with treatments as you do and don’t get me wrong I was impressed by the length, but over the years the quality went downhill. As I got older I realised how this particular “look” kept me in a box. However becoming a mother planted a seed that I wouldn’t have fertilized off my own back. My daughter had incredibly soft beautiful hair. As she got older it grew into a head full of curls that sparked the question that everyone asked. “She has really nice hair, what side of the family does she get it from? And that question bought me to where I am today. Natural and proud.

My hair is not like my daughter’s. And that’s ok. Because just as her hair is gorgeous so is mine. Now I enjoy not looking like everyone else. And this is the very lesson I want to continue to teach my daughter. However you wear your hair, it is imperative now more than ever for them to be confident in themselves on the inside and out. Never stop telling them how beautiful they are. Because the moment you let go the media grab onto their weakness and insecurities and thrive of that through social media in this technological age. We as a growing natural community need to be educating the younger generation on how to manage their hair and to provide them with the time and tools needed for that to become effective and for it to become the new normality. Each and every one of us are fearfully and wonderfully made. And it’s up to us no matter how you wear your hair to remember that.

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About The Author

Hi, my name is Natasha. I am a vibrant kinks and curls naturale. As a Freelance Journalist, Editor in Chief of Urban Gospel magazine 2BReal and Mother, I believe in being bold in finding who you were created to become, emphasises why finding our purpose in life is so important.

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Keep your mane looking fly healthy and fierce this summer

by Natasha Ferguson

We love this time of year. The summer clothes burst onto the wardrobe scene. When it comes to reflecting our personality, which makes us unique to us, our hair rocks! And in it becoming so, being experimental is essential.

Here, I have put together a few tips and some of my staples and favourite products as a template that you can personalise and make work for you.

  1. Invest In some Great Hair Tools

Like all great hairstyles, there are the essential items that bring it to life. Whether you’re a pro and use your fingers as your comb, or whether your just starting out then your must haves in your hair kit includes a wide tooth comb, a soft brush (to help control your edges) and a detangling brush.

  1. Keep It Clean So It Doesn’t Get Mean

With day to day styling amongst occasions, for that amazing hair you’ll need clean hair. Product build up weighs down your kinks and curls and can also cause those little spots around the edges of your face which is a telling sign. My favourites at the moment for a Co Wash are the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser and Camille Rose Caramel Co Wash. Both smell great, are lightweight and rich as they are wholesome products so less is more. If I need to shampoo then Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Cream Shampoo completely removes the build up in my hair naturally. TIP: Don’t forget to detangle throughout the process otherwise you’ll end up spending more time then you need going over it again!

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  1. Hydrate, Moisturise or Butter Your Hair With Care

The sun is really beneficial for our hair at this time of year. And a great way to maximise that is finding what oils, butters or moisturiser works for you. I have to say that for twist outs and defining curl styles Entwine Exotique Butter Crème Hydrator is wonderful for keeping your hair looking and feeling moisturised and defined without weighing it down. ShyMiah Rosehip Serum and Lush moisturisers provide versatility as they are light enough to use daily to maintain the hair from going dry and frizzy.  One of my staple hair gloss must haves is E’tae Carmelux Hair Gloss. With bergamot and clary sage not only does it strengthen, but penetrates into the hair follicles and doesn’t leave an oily residue.

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  1. Night Night Sleep Tight

Whether you twist plait, pull it back in one or high up in a pony, it’s so important to invest in your hair at night. Silk or satin scarves, bonnets or a pillowcase will help prevent dried out hair in the morning. Why? Well with the other material headscarves, are not as supportive of retaining the hair’s oils and moisture when sleeping. So by using a softer material like silk or satin to protect your mane, not only does the quality help retain moisture to the hair, but acts as a barrier to not waking up to a tangled bomb site in the morning.

  1. Take The Time To Care for Your Hair Daily

Give yourself at least 5- 15mins a day to pamper and love your mane. Getting ready in the morning or evening is paramount to make yourself known through what you wear. And it should be the same for your hair too. It’s necessary to give your hair whatever it needs before you start your day. So if your edges need a touch up, revitalising your kinks and curls to keep your hair looking fabulous, allow that time in the day to become a routine. You’ll see the benefits and you also become more knowledgeable and understand why your hair is unique to you, which could also be an inspiration to others.

About The Author

Hi, my name is Natasha. I am a vibrant kinks and curls naturale. As a Freelance Journalist, Editor in Chief of Urban Gospel magazine 2BReal and Mother, I believe in being bold in finding who you were created to become, emphasises why finding our purpose in life is so important.

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A Guest Post: 2Chic or not 2Chic By Maria Tumolo

My hair has changed over the years. I’ve noticed every time I cut it very short it regrows thinner and a bit straighter. I’ve been wearing my hair natural for four years; this is my second time as a naturalista.  I’ve had two TWAs (teeny weeny afro) within the last 14 years. Due to postpartum shedding from two pregnancies, as well as my hair’s penchant to get thinner after a short cut, my is the thinnest it’s ever been.  Prior to using Giovanni’s 2Chic Tangerine & Papaya Butter Ultra-Volume range, I’ve only used one other brand. My usual brand makes my hair look and feel great but the volume remains was unchanged. Using Giovanni’s Tangerine & Papaya Butter Ultra-Volume range increased my hair volume when used but I did experience shrinkage.

Zara of Beauty by Zara  offered me the opportunity to trial and review Giovanni’s 2 Chic Tangerine & Papaya Butter Ultra-Volume range and I accepted.  I was curious to see whether or not the range would live up to its claims. I am happy to report that overall I am happy with range. It does what it says. They don’t have any parabens, lauryl or laureth sulphate. They have 100% vegetarian ingredients and were not animal tested. The fragrance is mild fruity and uplifting. I used the shampoo, conditioner and amplifying styling gel twice, for my trial.

Here are my results:

Trial 1- I used the products totally as advised in the directions. The shampoo is runny but coats hair and lathers well. After two wash and rinses my hair still felt soft and moisturized. No crunchiness. The conditioner is rich but has good slip which made detangling quick and easy. I really loved that product.

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My hair felt so soft, silky and bouncy.  The gel is light and was easy to spread all over my hair.  It gives a light hold and shine. I was happy with the combined results of the products. My curls were well defined with no frizz but the styling gel made my hair a little dry and crunchy once my wash-n-go styling had totally air-dried. I did spritz a mist of light hair oil and this improved the feel of my hair. I experienced shrinkage but I’m not bothered by that at all.

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Trial 2- On this occasion, I went through the process of my regular hair washday regime. Therefore, I included other products alongside the 2Chic products. I used the 2Chic shampoo and conditioner, followed by a leave-in-conditioner and organic oil then I applied the 2Chic amplifying styling gel. I two-strand twisted my hair, and then half dried it with a hair-dryer. I was happier with the results on the second trial. My hair had no frizz which normally happens when I style my hair in a two-strand twist-out. However, my hair was still little bit crunchy but even less than the first time. Once again I spritzed a light hair oil and my hair this took away the crunchiness.

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I should mention that I recently colour treated my hair and the Giovanni 2Chic Tangerine & Papaya Butter Ultra-Volume range isn’t made for colour-treated or damaged hair. I don’t know whether or not the fact that my hair is colour-treated impacted on how the gel worked for me. However, I really like the range. It made my hair fuller, super, silky, soft, and manageable with a wonderful! Every whiff made me smile. If you have fine natural hair that’s not colour-treated or damaged, I’d suggest trying the shampoo and conditioner. Depending on your hair texture and how you like to style you hair you may want to try another type of styling product or a combination of them from the range. 2Chic also has a leave-in-elixir and a mousse. All the products RRP £8.99. It’s not cheap but affordable. Depending on the length of your hair and of often you wash it, you could get at least one month’s use from the products. Not bad value for products that do what they promise, I think. It’s 2Chic.

 

About Author

My name is Maria Tumolo. I’m an expat and older stay-at-home-mum, originally from Trinidad, West Indies. I currently live in the Greater London, England. I write for my blog The Tiger Tales. The blog is named in honour of my first child, Angelo. He is part Chinese and was born November 2010, the Chinese Year of the Tiger. The topics I cover range from how I engage him in early years learning, our family’s mixed cultural experiences, his relationship with his toddler sister, Valentina, to hair, beauty and fashion. I also enjoy writing product reviews and guest posts for other blogs.

Karen’s Body Beautiful – Bringing it home!

It’s been practically ages since my last post. So sorry. I have been caught up in a million and one other things, that have needed all of my attention.

So…All my naturally curly people and/or natural product junkies will be happy to know that Karen’s Body Beautiful haircare products have made it firmly to the United Kingdom…long last!

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Now, I have not tried these products yet. But I have heard thousands of good things about the brand. I shall found out for myself soon enough but in the meantime…I have asked a lovely naturally curly online customer and blogger in her own right to try some of our KBB haircare products and to tell us what she thinks too. Post to follow soon…stay tuned!