Hey Bombshells! After seeing an ad in Essence magazine’s Hot Hair Issue last year, I’ve been on the lookout for Soft Sheen Carson’s Roots of Nature Remedies for Natural Hair collection. Well, after much difficulty and waiting, my local beauty supply store finally got in their shipment of this new line.

So, here’s what the ad claims:

Unbeatable 24-hour curl definition leading salon brands can’t beat.

In tests of Roots of Nature Feather Whipped Cream and Butter Whip Coil Cream versus Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding and Roots of Nature Curl Reviving Spray versus Deva Curl Set It Free.

Pretty tall order, but one that could save natural hair beauties a ton of cash in the long run, because natural hair care product ain’t cheap! So did these products live up to the hype? I’ve been using the Butter Whipped Coil Cream and the Curl Reviving Spray for the last few weeks to find out!

First up is the Butter Whipped Coil Cream (click on the pic above for a closer look). This is the product that I was really hoping would work. Sadly, I was greatly disappointed. I first tried to use this product on my TWA for a wash-and-go style. I applied it in sections to my soaking wet hair…and was left with a wet head full of creamy white product. I raked it through my hair again, and again (and again) and still the same results. This stuff refused to be absorbed into my hair, and no amount of rubbing or raking would help. Over the course of a few weeks I tried using different amounts of the product, with varying degrees of moisture in my hair, with no luck. Needless to say, I did not get the least bit of curl definition.

Next, I decided to try using it on a twist-out. I applied the product on damp hair that was then twisted into two-strand twists. I let my hair dry over night and untwisted it the next morning. Apparently, this is where this product excels. My hair had great definition without frizz. The only downside was that it was very dry looking, so I applied some oil to add some sheen. While Day 1 results were very good, the same couldn’t be said for Day 2 and beyond. My coils no longer had definition, and were very frizzy. So I turned to the Curl Reviving Spray

As you can see in the pic above (click for a closer look) the Curl Reviving Spray claims to refresh next day curls, leaving them “brilliantly defined without shrinkage or frizz”. Uh, not so much. While this spray (along with some manipulation from my fingers) did help some squashed curls, it couldn’t do so without creating tons of messy frizz. Any definition my hair had was gone after using the Curl Reviving Spray. I’d have been better off using a spray bottle filled with plain ‘ole glycerine and water.

I passed these products on to my mom, who also has natural hair, and she had similarly disappointing results. This is saying a lot considering every product for natural hair, from the cheapest drugstore stuff to the most expensive and trendy brands, seems to work with great results on her hair (yeah, she makes me sick!). The products I tried from this line were just no good for her or for me. I did not care for these products, but if you’re just itching to try them, or are in need of a cheaper alternative to more expensive brands, then go for it. They didn’t work for me, but maybe they’ll work for you. I paid $6.99 for each item at my local beauty supply store, so you won’t be out of to too much money if you don’t love it.

I should also mention that there is also a Feather Whipped Curl Cream for curly/wavy hair (think 3a-c hair types), a Thermal Smoothing Serum for blowouts, and two low-pH relaxer kits in regular and gentle strengths. I don’t quite get how relaxers fit into a line for natural hair, but there they are. If you can’t wait until your local store gets this line in stock, Luxurious Hair Boutique has the entire line for sale online.

So, there you have it! Will you be trying this line? Already tried it? What did you think? Share in the comments!