Update 7/19/12: I no longer use Curls products.
If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you’d know that I don’t usually care for the Curls line. Namely, the Souffle and Goddess Glaze. Izzy does not like either of these products in the least. However, I have nothing against the company, and love supporting natural hair companies, so I continued to try products from the line to see if there was something that would work on my hair. And I’ve finally found it! I was browsing around Wilshire Beauty last week, and I realized that Curls Curly Q’s Coconut Dream conditioner was only $14 for 16oz. And it had no glycerin – even better! Note, this condish had the same ingredients as the Curls Coconut Sublime conditioner, which is $16 for 14oz…not really sure what the deal with that was, but I decided to go with the kids’ version. Here’s the description from the site:
Looking for a rinse off conditioner that provides MAXIMUM moisture and softness for your angel’s dry curly tresses? Look no further, Coconut Dream conditioner is guaranteed to soften the kinkiest curl, moisturize the driest lock, and detangle the most unruly tresses. Use after cleansing with Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream. Great for all hair types,including coarse, dry, damaged, and chemically treated kinky, medium or coarse curly hair.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Cetyl Alcohol (derived from coconut) Stearalkonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol (derived from coconut), Polysorbate 60, Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos Hucifera), Panthenol, Certified Organic Arnica Flower Extract, Certified Organic Chamoile Flower Extract, Certified Organic White Tea Extract, Monoi de Tahiti, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Natural Fragrance,Caramel.
Sounds good to me, so I decided to get it and use it as a cowash and leave-in. I really loved the texture; it’s pretty thick without being oily, and has great slip and detangling capabilities. It really felt like it was moisturizing my ends while also smelling great! The scent is a vanilla coconut type deal, kind of reminds me of a coconut cake or some kind of custard. After leaving it in, I added Qhemet Burdock Root Butter Cream, and the next day my hair was amazingly soft! Could it be that this little kiddie conditioner became a holy grail?
Later in the week, I used it as a deep conditioner, and that was also great. The thing I liked most about this conditioner really is the texture – it’s very unique from my other conditioners because it’s so thick, but my hair absorbs it quickly. I’ve been using it as my leave in with a multitude of other products and it keeps working. It’s a little bit of awesome. Here’s the quick breakdown:
Pros: Smell, convenience (can get it down the street), price, texture, moisture factor, versatility, ingredients, doesn’t cause frizz
Cons: I wish there were some more herbs in it for growth, or some peppermint or rosemary oil. But it’s a pretty short ingredients list, and most are good.
Conclusion: I highly recommend trying out this conditioner, especially if you can get it on the ground. I will definitely rebuy this. In fact, (yikes) I may pick this over my beloved Curl Junkie Curl Rehab, which is $20 for 8oz (and I have to order it!).