I am finding it hard to believe we’re already into November! Although, the weather outside is starting to match that awkward transition between fall and wintry weather.
Over the past two months I have been sampling and testing several different curl gels and creams. I have used Ouidad Tress Effects curl gel for the past year, but I am not all that fond of how crunchy my curls get. So I decided to branch out and take the risk of trying new products. Sure enough, my hair has been screaming at me and I have found curl products I can’t stand, products I thought were okay, and ones that are growing on me. I will talk about five different products, starting with the Ouidad curl gel.
This gel is one of the only styling gels I’ve used that has a very nice texture. It coats the hair very well and when dried with a diffuser, the curls have a lot of structure and can have a lot of volume. The scent is a crisp clove scent and I actually like the scent for this gel. Creating second day curls and wetting my hair to restyle it is very easy with this hair gel. The only thing I don’t like about it is if I don’t dry my hair with a diffuser, my curls become stiff and crunchy and difficult to do anything with.
I found this brand at Target a few years ago and decided to try the Jelly Soft Curls one. I liked it right away, but found it didn’t always hold very well. The scent is pleasant and not overwhelming. The gel, however, is quite sticky. I never felt like I could put enough in without weighing down my hair and still have good curls. I could recommend this styling gel as a quick fix but don’t expect this to hold well for second day curls.
When wandering through Ulta, I came across a sample bottle of this curl cream for $2.48 and decided it was worth the pennies to at least try it. I believe I have tried creams like this in the past, and while I don’t remember liking them, I certainly do not like this product whatsoever. I couldn’t believe how it just didn’t work at all. This cream did smell like lemons but that was the only thing I liked about it. I don’t recommend this but if anyone has figured out how to make this work for their hair, let me know!
Curls Goddess Curl Gel – 3.5
I found this at Target on sale. This is an organic product, which is appealing to me. I like putting good things on my face, skin, and hair. The downside though of having an organic product is it is water based and does not coat the hair all that well. As I always put curl products on my hair when my hair is quite wet, this product just slipped right off. It didn’t create much of a hold, and certainly did nothing for my frizz. I don’t remember a smell with this product (I only used it once before returning it).
This is an almost gel like spray meant for second day hair. I’m not all that pleased with how it sprays on. I have to actually spray it on my hand then run my fingers through my curls to apply it. But, all that to say, this product really does do a good job for refreshing second day curls. I still dampen my hair before applying this spray though.
I ordered a sample bottle of this from Birchbox and the jury is still out. It is another water based gel. It has an almost overwhelming sweet scent to it, but I don’t notice any particular scent once it’s on my hair. I have discovered it is very very easy to OVER apply this gel. I have consistently put too much on and my hair has almost felt sludgy-sticky after it is dry. It is hard to tell how much I actually need because putting on the right amount feels like nothing. I’m going to keep playing with this gel so I’ll report back later when I have a more informed opinion!
Out of all of the products I’ve been testing recently, this one is my favorite. Like the Marc Anthony cream, it has a lemony scent and oddly enough, it is also a cream. However, the difference between this and the Marc Anthony cream is that this stuff actually works. It is also a little difficult to judge how much I need, but I think I’m getting the amount now. It dries nicely and my hair does not get crunchy at all; and that’s dried with a diffuser or air dried. It is a light cream but my curls seem to hold well even to the end of second day hair.
So those are the curl styling products I’ve been testing recently. The number, obviously, are my ratings. The Quick Curls cream and Tress Effect gel are my current top favorites. But, styling products are only half of what it takes to take care of curly hair. I have tried several different curly hair or ultra moisturizing shampoos and conditioners recently and have settled back on my favorites for taking care of my curls.
This is one of the best shampoos I’ve ever used for my hair. It’s light, cleanses well, and I never feel like it leaves a residue behind. You definitely need a conditioner to go with it though. It is not terribly moisturizing so you need the conditioner to keep the moisture in.
I have never used a shampoo and conditioner that worked so poorly as these two. My hair felt nasty and I actually washed my hair again to get these products out of my hair after using this.
This is what I got in one of my first Ipsy bags and I finally managed to find a full bottle of it. I will often use just this in my hair after a show and I’ll put my hair up in a bun to let it dry. The oil is light, smells absolutely heavenly, and is very moisturizing and makes my curls look amazing. I HIGHLY recommend it for curly hair, but also for any hair type!
Okay, so that wraps up this round of curly hair products! I hope these reviews help and tell me your thoughts! I’d love to hear what helps for your curly hair.