This past Friday, Bella Public Relations invited a few bloggers to their midtown offices in NYC for a royal celebration of sorts. It was a cheeky nod to the upcoming wedding nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. They promised champagne, cupcakes, and beauty goodies—how could I resist? What I discovered upon my visit was an amazing array of natural skin and hair friendly products that I was just itching to try. I was so excited that I posted some of my early favorites on my Twitter right then and there.

Luckily, I was given some Jane Carter products to sample. Ms. Carter recently won the 2011 Essence Beauty Award for her Curly Hair cream, so I was curious about the validity of her wonder potions, which feature moisture-holding ingredients like shea butter and aloe vera. The packaging promised soft, tangle-free locks, so I set out to put it to the test.

My hair, like many women of color, tends to shrink up when dry. I love my hair when its wet—its wild, funky, and free. But after a day or so, it shrivels up, and just looks like a cluttered mess. I was banking on these products.

Step 1. I combed out my hair. As you can see, it’s pretty dense!

Step 2. I washed my hair using my favorite—Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile soap. It tends to be a bit drying, but there’s nothing like the tingle you get after that final rinse.

Step 3. After my shampoo, I massaged some of the Curl Defining Cream in.

Step 4. Then I did a two-strand twist…

Step 5. …Followed by a spritz of the Natural Hold Locking spray

Step 6. I actually kept the twists in for two days, and let them out…

Step 7. …Finishing off with a spritz of the Revitalizing leave-in conditioner

The results were fab. What do you think?

You can purchase the complete line of Jane Carter Solutions here.

Lavishly Yours,