Update 7/19/12: I no longer use Curls products.
When I was in MD, I caught this major case of PJism after I got of the plane, most likely from jitters, or having to sit still for that long. I was on a mission for something new as soon as I landed. Luckily, I had to go to Target to buy Bacardi food – excuse! Just as I started to pick up some Miss Jessie’s (cat hiss), I saw two new Curls products on the shelf! There was an oil and a pomade type product…when I picked up the jar of pomade, it “boinged” (you know, like JAM). It was instantly love.
The Texture: Basically, it’s like a thick clear pomade…basically, it’s just like JAM! JAM with natural ingredients, yay!
The Smell: Very fruity, I really like it. It was yummy! Sorta like….fruit and vanilla.
Ingredients: Water, Ceteareth-25, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Isostearyl Isostearate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl, Ascorbate, Passion Fruit Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Hydroxyptopyltrimonium, Hydrolyzed Maize Starch, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
Price: $7, at Target stores
What it Claims to Do: Slick down edges, tame frizzy curls, add shine.
What I Thought: The first time I used this stuff, I used it over my Ouidad Climate Control gel, which is known to give a bit of crunch. Result? My hair was super soft, and although the gel already had tamed my frizz, this did not frizz my hair out, and it went on totally clear. This was totally awesome, because I love how pomade tame frizzies, but they often make my wet hair white. Then, I used it on top of Mixed Chicks (which we all know I’m not a fan of). While I still wasn’t wowed, it did help add moisture and tame some frizz I was still having with MC alone. I will say, I definitely like it on wet hair rather than dry…when I applied it to my dry hair, there didn’t seem to be enough moisture and made my hair kind of stiff – it’s definitely like paste! Overall, I have to say that I really like this product, especially if I know that a gel is going to make my hair crunchy, and I can prevent that ahead of time!
Will I Buy it Again? I’m not sure yet. While I enjoyed the product’s performance, as Izzy grows, I am trying to find stylers that have a softer hold anyway – you can’t really tell when a TWA has a lot of hold…actual hair hanging down, you can definitely tell! Stiff hair…ehhh me no likey! I’ve been experimenting with some curl cremes to use instead of gel. But, it definitely does what it says it’s going to. Bravo, Curls!