I’ll be honest, I’ve been interested in Curl Gel-les’c for the past year or so…I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $25 for 8oz of a serum (a conditioner? maybe…). I tend to use serums as finishers for extra conditioning, to soften a gel, and frizz control, and my staple, Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle (CIAB), wasn’t giving me any issues. However, I went to one of my local beauty supply stores, and lo and behold, Curls products were 50% off! I couldn’t resist…it was also spring, and glycerin was being good to me. And let me tell you…I’m so happy I found out for 50% off, because I would have been uber annoyed if I had paid full price for this. I’ll get right to it –
Site Description: It isn’t a gel, and not quite a serum it’s Curl Gel-les’c (pronounced Curl Jealousy). This botanically based, organic curl styler imparts brilliant sheen, banishes frizz, and holds those twirls in place! Great for humid climates. Transform dry frizzy locks into the enviable curls that every woman dreams of, with Curl Gel-les’c. Go ahead, your curls deserve it!
Ingredients: Purified Water, Polyquaternium-11, Sorbitol, Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polyquaternium-37, Vegetable Glycerin, Certified Organic Coconut Milk ( Cocos Nucifera Fruit Juice), Certified Organic Linden Seed Oil ( Tilia Cordata Flower Extract), Certified Organic Flaxseed Oil ( Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil, Certified Organic Chamoile Extract (Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract) Certified Organic Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol. I really like the ingredients, like REALLY! They are pretty great, especially because I’ve never had issues with polyquats. Coconut milk…rosemary…flaxseed…yum!
Consistency: Like a thick serum, reminds me of Frizz Ease. A little thicker than Curls in a Bottle…it might be around the same consistency as Curl Queen.
Smell: A fruity type scent…sort of like tangerines and fruit juice. It’s yummy.
Performance: Okay, so I really wanted to like this stuff. But, my pet peeve was that it kept reacting with EVERYTHING! Light gels, heavy gels, curl creams, etc etc. And that is a MAJOR BUMMER when you are using a finisher…and you’re basically done with your hair, then you put it on your canopy and BAM! White head city! Like seriously, it made a white coating with everything, even for second day hair refreshing. The only time I could avoid it was if I used it as my sole styler, rather than a finisher (even if I had only used gel+serum), and Curls in a Bottle can easily be used as BOTH a sole styler and finisher for me. The Gel-les’c (GLC) as a sole styler was pretty good, but if you are looking for clumping/curl defining, you won’t get it with this, in my experience. It was good for frizz control and gave a soft hold, similar to CIAB, but did not have as much shine, which is okay. My hair looked like it does when I style with conditioner only, but with some extra frizz control, so it looked a little more tame. Also, since the hold was so soft, I could not get second day hair with this product. But anywho, I couldn’t even figure out what was making it react so much – maybe it’s the sorbitol? Usually serum type products and lighter gels help rid me of whiteness, so I was a little baffled at this issue. If any of you have had the same thing happen and can perhaps shed some light, please chime in!
Verdict? Granted, the directions do basically say to use it as your sole styler, so I cannot say that the product was bad, I was just not able to use it how I wanted to. Since purchasing the GLC, I tried Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper, which can also be used as a sole styler and finisher (and has glycerin as well). So, I’m going to stick with CIAB ($18 for 12oz) and Curl Keeper ($15.50 for 8oz).