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Old 01-09-2005, 01:27 AM
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Default Cathy Howse Products -- Are the Worth the Price?

I am thinking of buying her creme moisturizer and her Dew. I was just wondering if it was worth the cost of purchasing the products and shipping and handling, before I bought them. I have not been able to find a good moisturizer without mineral oil and I am at the end of my rope. I have a very sensitive scalp that itches all the time -- even if I watch twice a week with hot oil prepoos each time. Today, I used carefree curl gold and my scalp has been itching like crazy. My hair became even more dry than it already was, so I had to load it up with Elasta QP recovery. I am desperate for a solution to this situation. Should I buy Cathy Howse, stay with recovery? I am trying to save money, that's why I want to know if it's worth it.


I am really looking for something that will moisturize my hair without irritating my scalp. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-09-2005, 07:05 AM
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Default Re: Cathy Howse Products -- Are the Worth the Price?

bumping for more responses.
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Old 01-09-2005, 07:13 AM
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Default Re: Cathy Howse Products -- Are the Worth the Price?

Being in the UK I'm not sure about prices but if you look in the hair recipe boards there were threads on how to make your own version of the Dew and UBH conditioner. HTH.
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Old 01-09-2005, 09:15 AM
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Default Re: Cathy Howse Products -- Are the Worth the Price?

I used her
* Dew--ok, very light & made my hair kind of stiff, not soft & pliable. I guess good on the ends.
* Conditioner--too much protein for my hair & had a funny smell--like it was old or did not have a good preservative.
* Moisturizer--too greasy and wet for my hair.

I used the dew the most, but I threw the products out because they just did not give me the results I wanted.
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Default Re: Cathy Howse Products -- Are the Worth the Price?

I currently use all three products and they work wonderful on my hair. My hair type I believe is 3/b. In the past I posted my hair type as being 4/b but I was off. Anyway I'm 2inches past brastrap, and I believe by me using her conditioner weekly has helped me maintain length. On the other hand I have a friend that uses her products and it makes her hair kinda hard. Maybe it works differently on peoples hair.
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Default Re: Cathy Howse Products -- Are the Worth the Price?

I have used her products in the past, and just recently started using them again after trying out other products. Here is my review

Dew--Did not like, I won't purchase again. I use S-Curl instead and like it much better.

Moisturizer--I really like this, it makes my hair really soft and leaves a nice silky non-greasy feeling on my strands. I have tried others but ended up coming back to this one.

Deep Conditioner--I like this also, I started using it when my hair was in terrible shape, and it really helped to transform my hair. I rotate this protein treatment weekly with my Aubrey GPB, and it is def. one of my staples.

HTH
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Old 01-09-2005, 11:11 AM
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Default Re: Cathy Howse Products -- Are the Worth the Price?

The moisturizer is my daily staple. I feel it is worth every penny. I've tried many moisturizers and I have never found one more perfect for my hair than Cathy's. It leaves my hair, soft, shiny & well moisturized.
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Default Re: Cathy Howse Products -- Are the Worth the Price?

Heck Yeah... That creme moisturizer is awesome.. When I first tried I was singing its praises high and low.. Its so moisturizing my hands feel SUPA silky after using it A little goes a long way too... A comparable product is Dudleys PCA Moisture Retainer it gives almost identical results
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The moisturizer is my daily staple. I feel it is worth every penny. I've tried many moisturizers and I have never found one more perfect for my hair than Cathy's. It leaves my hair, soft, shiny & well moisturized.
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I have used her products in the past, and just recently started using them again after trying out other products. Here is my review

Dew--Did not like, I won't purchase again. I use S-Curl instead and like it much better.

Moisturizer--I really like this, it makes my hair really soft and leaves a nice silky non-greasy feeling on my strands. I have tried others but ended up coming back to this one.

Deep Conditioner--I like this also, I started using it when my hair was in terrible shape, and it really helped to transform my hair. I rotate this protein treatment weekly with my Aubrey GPB, and it is def. one of my staples.

HTH
At the beginning of my hair journey, it was Ms. Howse who got me started on the road back to decent looking hair. I used all of her products and they all worked wonderfully on my hair (again, products respond differently on different heads, even if around the same hair type). I met her in person and if I had questions, she emailed me back. I never would've known Aphoghee would work wonders on my head if not for her.

It's just a bit much, with the S&H that caused a hassle for me, and having to wait for product to be shipped.

As I've been on the board, I've learned to use other products that work just as well for me.

I can live without the Dew - although it worked on my head. I've found World of Curls to be just as effective and cheaper.

I don't think there is any other moisturizer on the market comparable with her moisturizer. It does what it claims. I have grown fond of Surge Woojee Cream and it works for me. But if the UBH Moisturizer was readily accessible, I would be buying that more often. I still plan on purchasing though to alternate with.

I keep reading commentary on how the UBH conditioner makes folks hair hard...ummm..it states that on the bottle that it will do that. It's a protein conditioner. It's not a hard core protein like Aphoghee...but it's stronger than GPB. It even states on the bottle - to follow up with something moisturizing. If that was done, then one would reap the benefits of this product. It most certainly brought my hair back when it was damaged and I was just starting out.

I love my Mane and Tail for my protein, I'm also going to keep implementing the UBH one, because there is nothing like the tingle of her conditioner and its strengthening properties. I feel the conditioner is worth it. I'm lazy, I don't feel like mixing up a concoction, I just wanna buy it. That's just me.
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Old 01-09-2005, 11:33 AM
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Default Re: Cathy Howse Products -- Are the Worth the Price?

Thanks to all of you for the responses I've gotten so far . Some of you have me tempted to try it. At least the moisturizer. I have found that the mane and tail works pretty well for me and I use that with the homemade Cathy Howse conditioner, so I think that I will continue to use that. I just love the fact that her stuff does not contain mineral oil, that's the main reason why I wanted to buy it.

Thanks also for the substitutes that you all mentioned. Are there any other substitutes that you would recommend for her products? I already have the homemade Howse conditioner, but I am wondering about the Dew and the Moisturizer -- I don't want to make my own Dew.
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Default Re: Cathy Howse Products -- Are the Worth the Price?

I love CH's conditioner! It has made a huge difference in my hair. I've been using it for about a year now and my hair feels so much fuller, mainly because so many of the short hairs are now growing and are stronger. Before they would look just like baby hair - extremely short, thin and fine. It does make my hair hard but I try to use her moisturiser right after that.

I haven't used her Dew much because I need more oil than it has. I'm not too crazy about the moisturiser because I feel my hair needs more oil than it has. I also noticed that when I use moisturisers with water, I see a lot of really tiny short hairs in my hand, and some long ones.

My hair does really well with Vitamin E oil - the thick, hardly moving kind. I don't know but I noticed a retained a lot of hair using it. By the way I'm natural.

So yes I definitely think her conditioner is worth the price!

HTH!!
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Default Re: Cathy Howse Products -- Are the Worth the Price?

I like the moisturizer and the deep conditioner. I think these products are worth the price.
I did not care for the dew.
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Thanks also for the substitutes that you all mentioned. Are there any other substitutes that you would recommend for her products? I already have the homemade Howse conditioner, but I am wondering about the Dew and the Moisturizer -- I don't want to make my own Dew.
When I first joined the board I swear I tried every moisturizer on the market and Dudleys PCA Moisture Retainer IS very comparable to her moisturizer just thinner/wetter
Luckily a salon about 15 minutes from me sells all of her products , if I had to pay that shipping I would settle with the Dudleys Moisturizer...
The Dew sucks, its like franganced water in a spray bottle

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When I first joined the board I swear I tried every moisturizer on the market and Dudleys PCA Moisture Retainer IS very comparable to her moisturizer Almost identical
Luckily a salon about 15 minutes from me sells all of her products , if I had to pay that shipping I would settle with the Dudleys Moisturizer...
The Dew sucks, its like franganced water in a spray bottle
DITTO!!! I just purchase the Dudleys PCA moisture retainer for now. I have never tried her conditioner though. I may in the future
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When I first joined the board I swear I tried every moisturizer on the market and Dudleys PCA Moisture Retainer IS very comparable to her moisturizer just thinner/wetter
Luckily a salon about 15 minutes from me sells all of her products , if I had to pay that shipping I would settle with the Dudleys Moisturizer...
The Dew sucks, its like franganced water in a spray bottle
Thanks so much, I might try Dudley's PCA. I am desperate at this point for a good moisturizer without mineral oil -- does it contain mineral oil? Glycerin and mineral oil make my scalp itch.
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Default Re: Cathy Howse Products -- Are the Worth the Price?

Here is the Dudleys PCA Moisture Retainer ingredients:


Deionized Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerine, Petrolatum, Glyceryl Stearate, Emulsifying Wax N.F., Sodium PCA, Lanolin Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Animal Protein, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Panthenol, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol, Biotin
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Thanks. I know my hair won't like this. Glycerine is WAY too high up on the list. I might be stuck with Cathy Howse
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Default Re: Cathy Howse Products -- Are the Worth the Price?

I use the Creme Moisturizer and it does a decent job.

I mix the UBH Deep Conditioner with GPB and will not be without this mix. Together, they do the very best job of condtioning my hair and I usually use this weekly. I was so impressed with both that I buy the biggest sizes I can find.

I liked Dew, but thought it just cost too much for what it is. I am now using a homemade mixture...can't for the life of me tell you what it is. Too bad, too, because it works just fine. Now I will have to guess at what I put in it in order to re-create it when I run out. I know that I started with distilled water, added a few drops of Humecto, a few drops of Kemi Oyl, a spritz of S-Curl. This gave me most of the ingredients listed on the Dew bottle. If you play around, you can get something that works pretty much the same as Dew.
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When I first joined the board I swear I tried every moisturizer on the market and Dudleys PCA Moisture Retainer IS very comparable to her moisturizer just thinner/wetter
Luckily a salon about 15 minutes from me sells all of her products , if I had to pay that shipping I would settle with the Dudleys Moisturizer...
The Dew sucks, its like franganced water in a spray bottle


The Dew worked for me but my sister hated it (we have the same hair type). It was not worth me purchasing this as the shipping cost to the UK was more than the product. I make my own concoction of distilled water, a little olive oil, S-curl, drops of lavender, rosemary & peppermint oil.

The conditioner made my hair too dry but I was probably using incorrectly. I loved the smell though & I loved the way it made my scalp feel.
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