Cat-Eyes the Chameleon

Cat-Eyes the Chameleon

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Natural Hair Old School Style: Royal Crown Grease

2nd Use Twist-Out
The latest craze for some in the natural hair world right now is twist-outs done with Royal Crown Hair Dressing (grease).  Is there some sort of "magic" to it's use with regard to twist-outs? Can the results be recreated with other products? Does it improve the curl definition? Should you even use "grease" in your hair?  I personally got the idea from a fellow blogger and YouTuber "jcokes7" better known as CoilyHeadChick and decided to give it a try. 

My first attempt using the RC grease was on hair that had reverted from being blown out and flat-ironed and had several other products already in my hair.  I simply moistened my hair with a water-mix I created with some SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and water. The results were nice.  My hair was soft, however, because I did it so late at night, it wasn't completely dry when I got up in the morning.  No worries though, I rocked it out.  (See below)

1st Twist-Out with Royal Crown Hairdressing (grease)

As you can see the definition wasn't as well defined, but does the definition come from the grease anyway?  Unlike the second attempt I actually separated the untwisted twists to get more fullness and coverage since I did the twists rather big for my personal liking. (27 to be exact)

2nd Twist-Out with Royal Crown Hairdressing (grease)

Immediately after Untwisting, without separating

After coming home from church, 5-hours later.

After church -- It was a little windy.

My second attempt was done from freshly shampooed hair with SheaMoisture Restorative Conditioner as a leave-in and Royal Crown Hairdressing.  I was a little concerned that it wouldn't be dry again, but it was and the results were absolutely BEAUTIFUL!  My only complaint is the pointy-straight ends in the front section of my hair.  That's always an issue for MY hair though and not related to the RC at all.   I didn't separate the untwisted hair in order to help the style last longer without re-twisting at night.

So let's answer my original questions:

Is there some sort of "magic" to it's use with regard to twist-outs? 

Can the results be recreated with other products? 
In short, "Yes"!  There are many other styling products on the market to assist with curl definition, but by far the price of the Royal Crown Hairdressing beats them all.  So when you want to be a budget conscious consumer, there are some old school products still on the market that will tickle your fancy if you give them a try.  :-)

Does it improve the curl definition? 
I would say "yes" and "no" to this question.  First, I would say "no" because in and of itself I don't believe it improves curl definition.  On the other hand, and this is from my own experience, is to say "yes" because what this product does do, due to it's thick consistency, is help to hold the individual strands of hair together to keep the "frizzy" look away.

Should you even use "grease" in your hair?

The use of hair grease on our hair dates back many, many years.  For most of us, our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmother's etc. used hair grease.  However, in this more modern time and knowledge about product ingredients "natural hair wearers" tend to stay away from all types of hair greases.  Your choice to use it or not should depend solely on your own personal preferences and experience in what works for YOUR hair.

I will certainly continue to use "grease" in my hair, although, I have another hair grease I plan to go back to using on a regular basis so stay tuned for that in the near future.

These results are specific to me, let me know how it works for you.



  1. Great job! Keep the posts coming!!! Oh how I remember my days with Royal Crown...sweet memories!

  2. I really liked how this product made your hair look in person. The pix really don't do it any justice. The color really stood out w/o having a greasy appearance!

  3. @Life A Bit Sweeter (Michelle): Thank you!!! That means a lot to me coming from such a skilled writer as yourself. I want to be like you when I grow up. :-)

  4. @VonnaB: I appreciate your feedback. I can always trust that you'll keep it 100% with your Sista. Muah!!

  5. Hey would you mind telling what is the name of that color in your hair and the brand?

    1. Thanks PKG_Elan Deux for comming. Unfortunately, I can't answer your question. I had my hair colored by a professional so no brand and color info to share.

  6. I've been using the Royal Crown on my twist-outs with much success. I've just tried the Carols Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey (ponder hairdresser). Can't wait to see the results!

    1. Anonymous -- How did it turn out? I use to use the Mimosa Hair Honey by Carol's Daughter, but it was prior to my getting into twist-outs. I've recently cut my hair into a tapered cut and just wash-n-go mostly. (which actually requires some manipulation for best results).

  7. This is Anonymous! The Carols Daughter is a pomade hairdresser!


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