Founded by Michelle Scott-Lynch, Bouclème is dedicated to products that nourish and hydrate curly hair. I was drawn to this brand for it’s representation of a hair type that is so often neglected in the beauty industry. As a redhead I can appreciate the kind of stigma that ‘different’ hair types face and I stand by a brand who helps to instil pride within their clients of their natural beauty. These products are designed to enhance and hydrate curls naturally – Bouclème’s products do not contain sulphates, silicons or parabens and are eco certified as well as animal friendly, tested purely on real curls.
Bouclème’s products are designed for all curly hair types and when left to dry naturally, hair my forms itself into loose, wavy, curls. I imagine the results will vary depending on your hair type so bare this in mind when reading my review. I tested out three products from the mini travel set that came in their own see-through zip pouch…
Bouclème Curl Cleanser
Bouclème’s Curl Cleanser is a gentle, non-foaming cream that cleanses the scalp and hair without leaving curls dry and frizzy, working to nourish the hair cuticle from the inside out. All of the ingredients are natural with a blend of argan, virgin coconut oil, honey, aloe vera, linseed and pomegranate extracts. My hair has naturally loose curls rather than made up of tight curls that can dry 0ut easily but the curl cleanser still worked to leave my hair super-soft and smelling divine with a combination of citrus, spearmint and magnolia leaf, so for those with tighter curls this product will definitely work a treat. Replace your shampoo with this cleanser before conditioning.
Bouclème Curl Conditioner
As I’ve mentioned before, it’s the ends of my hair that suffer from dehydration the most so I was excited to try out the super-hydrating curl conditioner. The product is rich in Omegas 3, 6 and 9, vitamin E and antioxidants to strengthen the hair, working to penetrate deep into the hair cuticle with virgin coconut, argan oil and aloe vera leaf. To avoid weighing down my hair and risking oily roots, I only applied the conditioner from the tips to 3/4 of the way up my hair. The results were brilliant! My ends were left soft and my hair was brighter with a healthy shine. Leave in for 5 minutes before rinsing to give your hair a more intense nourishing treatment.
Bouclème Curl Defining Gel
I was slightly dubious about the curl defining gel as I imagined that this product would easily become sticky and feel unpleasant in my hair. Totally wrong. This moisturising gel works smoothes and defines curls without any flaking or stickiness. I curled my hair to create tighter curls and then applied the gel to my hair scrunching it in. According to Bouclème the gel dries hard creating a cast around the curls and once scrunched, this is released leaving super shiny, bouncy curls. Sure enough this was the result! My curls were left soft and glossy and held in place all day without any frizz. I’d definitely recommend this product to those with tight curls.
I spoke to Michele Scott-Lynch about a few of her hair care tips for curly hair…
Curly hair tends to naturally be drier than other hair types and frizz is a sign that hair needs more moisture. With proper hydration frizz will transform into a curl. Two ingredients that perpetuate the problem of dry frizzy curls are sulphates and silicones. One strips the hair of all protective oils and the other, a non-water soluble plastic film former which sticks to the hair shaft giving the illusion of smooth sleek hair but blocks much needed moisture from entering. The only thing that can remove silicone is sulphates so it becomes a vicious cycle of curls being dried out by sulphates and requiring more silicone to fix it.
Conditioner based cleansers like our Curl Cleanser gently cleanse scalp and hair leaving curls soft and hydrated. Focus on cleansing your scalp rather than your hair massaging firmly throughout scalp before rinsing. Fine hair textures may benefit from a monthly deeper cleanser with a sulphate free cleanser like our Hydrating Hair Cleanser.
Don’t scrimp on conditioner use a palmful at a time to ensure every strand is moisturised. Curls should look milky. Leaving some or all of your conditioner in will hydrate curls and banish frizz. Every head of curls is different so experiment to see what works for you.
Weekly deep conditioning is the foundation of healthy hydrated curls, it helps boost and maintain optimum moisture levels. As the condition of your hair improves this can be extended to every 2 weeks.
If your curls are porous and lose moisture quickly try adding a few drops of pure virgin coconut or argan oil (no silicone based oils) on top of your leave-in conditioner but before applying your styling gel. Layering products really helps lock moisture into curls for longer.
Protect your curls while you sleep by pineappling your curls on top of your head with a loose hair tie. If your hair isn’t long enough try using a hairnet instead. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase prevents friction which equals less morning frizz.
Look for products with a good balance of natural oils and humectants – these will keep your curls moisturised and defined. Avoid silicones, sulphates and petroleum/mineral oil based products as long term use can be drying on hair and also it weigh down.
When changing to a new hair care system, allow for a period of adjustment particularly when changing from a SLS and silicone based one. The hair and scalp needs time to detox and oil production needs to rebalance before being able to see true benefits. Being unique individuals the period of time differs for each person and can take from 6 – 12 weeks. The health of your hair will improve every month with noticeable changes in shine, hydration and overall condition.
Michele Scott-Lynch, Founder of Bouclème Ltd
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Words by Araminta Pender