Alrighty, I should’ve posted this review a while ago but was sidetracked due to lose of internets, so here goes:
I purchased the Happy Nappy Styles Creme several weeks ago during one of curlmarts online promotion, it was either free shipping or a coupon code promo that I fell upon somehow. Anywho…basically that was the only way I was going to purchase the creme because I always deemed the regular price (19$) a bit out of my PJ friendly budget. The company’s based in Canada and the actual price of the product coupled with shipping $$ always made me cringe.
Nonetheless I was excited when I opened my box from curlmart, and found that the creme was a hefty 8oz size! I’m always skeptical when I read the size vs. price ratio on some of these sites, because the bottom line is you never know what you’re gonna get until it arrives at your doorstep. I’ve often compared different 8oz jars of products and found there to be a significant difference. It’s more annoying than anything because I’d love to get my money’s worth, especially when ordering online.
Aqua (enriched with/avec Aloe Barbadensis and Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile)), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetyl Alcohol (and) Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Capryl Isostearate, Perfume, Soy Lecithin,Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Preservative [Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol and Sorbic Acid], Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Silk Powder.
So the size was relatively good! I opened the jar to find a nice THICK, creamy consistency, instantly convincing me that: a) I’d have to use sparingly & b)this would last me a good while. My first time applying the creme I used it after a regular co-wash/condition, applied my KCKT and styled by way of twists. The end result the next day was a bit tricky because I over moisturized! I didn’t know this was possible, especially in the winter months when my hair is thirsty for added moisture, but somehow I succeeded in doing just that.
My twists where hard and brittle to the touch for a good three days before they relaxed and softened up. By day four I was finally able to enjoy my twist-out, but realized that a different approach to applying the creme would be necessary, so to defy defeat I tried the creme the following week and managed to find a better balance when applying.
I used just a dab this time (pea size amount) on each strand to twist, allowed it to air dry and woke up the next morning confident that I’d found faith in where I’d spent my money….seriously that’s all I hope for sometimes! In the past I’ve raved about how my go to product for moisturized and defined twists is Donna Marie’s Pudding, but as far as a second in command goes…Blended Beauty’s Happy Nappy Styles fits the bill. The pics I uploaded on my Flickr page are the results of a Happy Nappy session because I was so impressed by how well it worked!
Here’s the claim from the blended beauty site:
A rich and moisturizing styling cream for kinky curls and dreads, or highly textured hair. Style and define your curls or twist locs, while naturally hydrating. Perfect for finger twisting curls! Create defined curls, with maximum moisture and softness. Drys touchably soft and satiny, not sticky or greasy.
My hair was indeed moisturized and dried soft. There was a good amount of shine factor and my curls were defined for several days after taking down my twists. I did not re-moisturized any time during the week of my twist out because the ‘moisture factor’ was long lasting.
Over all I’d suggest this product to those who have thick/coarse hair because if moisture is what your hair craves this will give it. One of the top ingredients is shea butter, so if you know what your hair loves go for it. I’m still trying to find a balance between aloe and shea based products…they both offer me superb results but I’ve had to approach each application process differently. If I sense a promo deal on the horizon from either the curlmart or Blended Beauty camp, I might buckle and try the Curl Styling Butter, an aloe based styler geared towards a lighter hold.