Mommy Tried It! Just For Me Curl Peace Collection
Just For Me has a line of products for natural hair called Just For Me Curl Peace, and it’s an impressive range of products geared toward children. But hold up, before I get into that I can’t talk about Just For Me without bringing up some nostalgia.
If you were a kid in the ’90s then you probably remember the Just For Me ads. Back then, the brand was all about its no-lye relaxer and the commercials were always catchy. The infectious theme song was easy to remember and the ads featured adorable little girls who you wanted to be friends with that always had the shiniest, most luscious hair, prancing around singing and rapping about how Just For Me was for them, and subsequently, us. Some of those commercials even featured future Destiny’s Child member LaTavia Roberson.
I had a perm growing up. Back then I thought I had to have a perm because my hair was too kinky for anything else (I know this isn’t true now, but I digress), so the marketing caught on in my household. The product also worked, so it was my go-to perm for years. Several decades later, we’re in the middle of another natural hair renaissance and people are generally a lot more aware of what’s going on when it comes to the messaging we’re receiving, what products to use, and what ingredients we look for. My daughter is natural, so I’ve been trying various products over the past three years to figure out what works.
There’s so much to choose from now on the natural hair front that it can be overwhelming, which is a good problem to have. Just when I got a routine going, the PR team at Just For Me sent over the Just For Me Curl Peace line to try out. I’ve been using these items on my daughter’s hair for a couple of months now and I can report that it’s a really good range. And, in my opinion, there’s something in it for everyone.
This collection is described as helping to eliminate wash day stress for parents. For reference, my daughter has kinky/curly, low porosity type 4b/4c hair and, trust me, wash day is quite stressful. As far as my toddler is concerned, me trying to wash her hair is the same thing as me trying to kill her. The levels of resistance I get from her when I try to wash and style her strands is ridiculous and you can forget about me trying to comb and detangle her hair. On that note, the hero product in this line for me has been the Tender Head Detangling Treatment, but hold that thought because we’ll get there.
The photo above is of my daughter playing coy, it’s also a day after our first try with Just For Me Peace Curl. Every item in the line is formulated with some variation of honey, castor oil, avocado oil, marshmallow root extract, flaxseed, and cocoa butter and has a light, sweet pleasant scent driven by either the marshmallow root or cocoa butter. Here’s a breakdown of what I got to try:
This shampoo is pretty straight forward. Not all shampoos have the same effect but this gets the job done. My daughter’s hair is prone to product build-up and sometimes certain shampoos don’t do a good job of getting all the gunk out and I feel like I have to give it another washing, but this one works. It cleans hair without leaving it too dry.
I have no complaints about this conditioner. Pair this with the shampoo for supple, hydrated hair.
This edge control is formulated with flaxseed, avocado oil, and black castor oil, and what I find most interesting is the texture. Most edge controls feel like a hard gel, but this one is more like a cream and gel blend. With everything in this line of products, a little bit goes a long way.
I didn’t use this one much since it’s hot and humid outside and as you know, kinky hair and edge control don’t play well together in the above weather conditions. You’ll slick those edges down then after five minutes of walking outside, the edges are back where they started. So, I gave my daughter two seconds of baby hair just to see if it would slick down since the texture is odd. It does slick the hair down, but once we got outside we may have gotten about 30 minutes of baby hair time before the heat got to her. I’m going to have to try this again when the weather cools down, but I loved the texture and I do think there’s potential for it to work. It didn’t flake or leave a white residue, which is always a plus when it comes to edge control.
Nourishing Hair and Scalp Butter
A little bit of this stuff goes a long way. I repeat, a little bit of this stuff goes a long way! It’s that thorough. I use the hair and scalp butter the most out of everything in this line. It’s formulated with grapeseed oil, shea butter, and castor oil.
I use this often as part of the LOC method post-wash, and it also holds its own for everyday styling, especially for braids and twists. Again, do not go ham like I did once, otherwise, it will build up in your child’s hair and create a waxy film that you will not have a good time trying to remove. Just lightly glide your fingers over the top and you’ll be good.
Like I said, this is the hero product for me. It’s formulated with aloe vera, marshmallow root extract, and raw honey. The texture is gelatinous, and you can use it in multiple ways. You can put the treatment on as a pre-poo. (Just slather it on –I use a lot when I do this method — work it through your child’s hair and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.) By the time you go to wash the hair, the strands should be much easier to get through. I love it as a pre-poo, but I also like it after washing and conditioning. When I do it this way, I just put a little bit on her hair and by the time she’s dried and dressed I’m ready to start combing her hair. It makes combing through much easier because it softens the hair and makes it pliable.
Defining Curl and Coil Cream
This is another gel/cream hybrid product formulated with flaxseed, avocado oil, and black castor oil. It smells nice and I used this for twists. It’s hydrating and gives a nice definition to twist outs.
Braiding and Twisting Grip Glaze
This is another one of my faves and, again, a little bit goes a long way. I know I keep saying that but I’m serious. Don’t get so caught up in how luxurious and emollient it feels that you act a fool slathering it all over your kid’s hair or your hair (because I high key used this on myself too sometimes). Just a touch will do. This is also good for daily styling.
5-in-1 Wonder Spray
It’s described as being able to detangle, nourish, heat-protect, reduce frizz and add shine. It was okay for me as a detangler. It wasn’t as good on my daughter’s hair as the tender head detangling treatment. I think this would be a better detangler on looser curls. However, it’s good for adding moisture so if you’re into the LOC method, this is a good liquid. It’s very hydrating, it does leave a luster, and it manages frizz well. Don’t use too much, it can get sticky and slimy pretty quickly.
All of the Curl Peace products are free of sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, phthalates and animal testing. And as I mentioned, the products in this line cover a wide variety of hair types, so there’s something for everyone and a little bit goes a long way which is great for the budget conscious consumer. Did anything in this line pique your interest?