In Review: Pattern Beauty Heavy Conditioner

Details: With a texture like butta, our Heavy Conditioner is perfect for coily & tight textures. Creamy, luscious & invigorating, our formula has coils singing in celebration as it wraps them in serious hydration & the signature “PATTERN slip” for easy detangling & great curl clumping . We boosted with ingredients like Avocado Oil, Shea Butter & Safflower Oil to keep our conditioner extra rich & nourishing. Time to coat the strands in a sliver of heaven.

Fragrance: Tracee picked this to be clean & not over-powering. Notes are a sweet floral essence of Neroli, Rose & Patchouli.

Suggested use: Apply to wet hair from roots to ends. For extra dense curls or long hair, section with PATTERN Hair Clip while conditioning to ensure every strand gets the love it deserves. Use PATTERN Shower Brush or fingers to help detangle & bring curls together. Rinse thoroughly. Pro tip: For dry or brittle hair, leave conditioner on for 10 minutes as a repair treatment mask to help restore & revitalize your curls.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-8 Beeswax, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Jojoba Esters, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol, Polyglycerin-3, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate

Pattern heavy conditioner is Paraben-Free, Free of SLS/SLES, Color-Safe, Free of cyclic silicones, Phthalate-Free and Formaldehyde-Free.

We all know Aunty Tracee Ellis-Ross has for a long time been a natural hair crush for every natural haired girl. Daughter of the legendary Diana Ross, Miss Tracee carved out a name for herself when she starred as Joan Carol Clayton on Girlfriends. When she announced that she was releasing her own haircare brand, I was excited. With hair as gorgeous as hers, there was little doubt in my head that she wouldn’t deliver. At that time, there weren’t too many reviews on type 4 hair like mine so it was a HIGE risk that I was taking in not only ordering something I didn’t know would work on my hair but also going for the biggest size, a whopping 29 fluid ounces which is just over 800ml. Because I don’t trust the South African postal service who will steal literally anything, I ordered these to my husband’s house in the UK and he brought it along with him to South Africa.

Listen Aunty Tracee wasn’t kidding when they wrote down the description of this conditioner, ‘texture like butta’ is right! That pump never knew what was coming and I am sure after a few months of using this conditioner, my arms will look even more toned. The consistency of the conditioner is so thicc, that I found the pump to be a deterrent. I know some people need pumps to ration out conditioner servings but I am not that people okay! I shampooed my hair and sectioned it into four. The benefit of having just received my conditioner is that I have picked up from most people that the best way to use this conditioner is on fully saturated hair. My hair was already detangled however, I found that I could finger detangle with ease, and without losing any strands. The smell of the conditioner is fresh and floral, I found it pleasant but once the bathroom got really steamy, I found the smell a touch overwhelming. Thankfully once you have rinsed it off, it doesn’t linger. Afterwards my hair was so soft and springy. I was able to apply my leave in conditioner with ease and style my hair without the usual knots that have been wrecking my hair over the last couple of weeks, the seasonal shedding I’m experiencing in summer of all seasons, is wrecking all my hair goals at the moment. I have zero regrets having bought this conditioner and once I have finished my massive bottle, I will evaluate my hair condition and make a decision on whether I will be purchasing again.

I give this conditioner a 4.5 stars out of a possible 5. I docked that point five because of the price which in my opinion is not fully warranted. While the ingredients in the conditioner are great, my hair lovesss shea butter!!! They also aren’t anything to write home about. At this point I am pretty happy with the products I have in my arsenal but if Aunty decides to release a style butter, I might just have to part with my money!

You can shop the full Pattern Beauty range over here.

In Review: L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Masque

I’m on a journey towards greater acceptance and love for my natural hair, shrinkage et al. I love braids, I love weaves and I will rock a wig well okurrr. Protective styles are much easier than having to do my hair every evening or in the morning, however the neglect has been real. This past month (nudged by encouragement from my fiancé,) I made the decision to wear my natural hair out. Thankfully it’s spring…or at least it was spring freak cold weather arrived, which means I can wear my hair out. Months of protective styling and very little conditioning has meant that my hair is more than just a little bit parched. I count my lucky stars that it’s just a little bit of dryness that can be remedied. The road to recovery for Sahara desert dry hair is paved with good conditioning days. I decided to use a mask(masque) that I’ve never paid attention to before…mostly because my hair was always in braids. If I’m being honest, the reason I chose it was because the tub said the masque had an exotic floral smell that a lot of other reviewers said perfumes the hair. I am the biggest sucker for any product that smells good, it’s the easiest way of convincing me to buy something that I don’t really need.

Love a good turban to camouflage bad hair days!

Ingredients: 1149617 A – Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Dipalmitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Esters, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491/Iron Oxides, CI 15985/Yellow 6, CI 19140/Yellow 5, Chamomilla Recutita Extract/Matricaria Flower Extract, Mica, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Trideceth-6, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil Nelumbium Speciosum Extract/Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Linum Usitatissimum Flower Extract, Amodimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caramel, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower, Extract, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Bisabolol, Cetrimonium Chloride, BHT, Citric Acid, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Fragrance. (F.I.L. C160552/2).

My experience: I almost didn’t buy this masque because of the presence of Paraffinum Liquidum, mineral oil to you and me. However I am no longer the militant natural that I used to be so that didn’t stop me. Prior to using this masque, I had shampooed my hair and sectioned it into a quadrant. Sectioning clips have been a real game changer in my routine. You don’t realise how much you need them until you have them. I towel dried my hair and proceeded to apply the masque. Straight off the bat, the slip was not the greatest and I was nervous! Considering that I had just henna’ed my hair, I wanted to cry (not even kidding) at the thought of having wasted 20 minutes of my life, and some money on a conditioner that would walk out on me and my curls! I persevered and fully saturated my hair from root to tip. The masque has an exotic floral smell that is not at all overwhelming which I quite liked, now if L’Oréal could bump the oils up to the top of the list, that would be great! I sat underneath my hood dryer for 20 minutes and then rinsed off with cool water. The moment of truth…

Deep conditioning with my precious niece ♥️

When I tell y’all my hair has NEVER been this soft or tangle free, what kind of magic is that! I combed through my hair using my Babyliss copper coated detangling comb (which I might add is amazing) without getting caught on any knots or tangles. I then continued with my normal routine of twisting my hair to get a bit of a stretch out of it and that was it. I am pleasantly surprised by this mask, considering how sceptical I was about it, it shut my mouth right up.

I was crying on the inside at my shrinkage 😂

Would I re-purchase? No. Even though it left my hair feeling great, I do believe that there are products within the same price range (or more if you’re fancy) that work the same, or even better with the added benefit of having ingredients that love on your kinks just right!