Curls Passion Fruit Curl Paste Product Review

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!

A Love Letter: Herb N Life Coconut Hemp

My Dearest Coconut Hemp,

I know we have only known each other for a short time, but I feel as if I cannot hold these feelings back any longer. The fondness that I have for you continues to grow each day, with every whiff of your scent, every time we touch, when you caress my head. When I smell you, I become dizzy with pleasure and my knees buckle. When you touch me, I tingle and experience a shiver of lust. You feel so good on my hands and all my senses are awakened by your refreshing disposition. I melt where you touch me, and it only gets better as the day goes on.

Okay, so…am I done creeping you guys out? Sorry about that, but I’m truly in love. With a boy? Yea no…with a pomade. The other day I was randomly at Erewhon, the natural foods store around the corner, possibly looking to invest in a new conditioner or hair treatment. And there it was, Herb N Life Coconut Hemp Treatment. The jar was a little uh, hippyish looking to me, but they had a tester, so I picked it up anyway and dab a bit on my hand. Holy mother and sweet jesus–is this pure butter in this jar? But why does it smell like Thin Mints? Why am I instantly awakened by the scent and walking on sunshine? It must be mine. But wait, $14 for 4oz…oh come on man! My Oyin Burnt Sugar is only $18 for 8oz and we’re in a recession! I had to leave it for the time being and do some additional research (you guys know I have to research EVERYTHING, come on I’m in PR!). So, I went home and found the Herb N Life site to read the claims for what it does, posted a forum on Naturally Curly, and checked out what the blogosphere was saying about this little jar of fun.

Seriously, everyone who had tried it said it was great, and the site made some pretty great points–great for promoting hair growth and softening your hair. OBVIOUSLY, they know what natural chicks are looking for. But it wasn’t even what I read about it, I couldn’t get the SMELL out of my head. THE SMELL. I wanted to sit there with the jar under my nose for hours. I mean, I’ve put things in my hair that smell great (and some, not so much…*cough cough* mayo), but this stuff…was tugging at my heart strings. Therefore, I rationalized–“Okay Elle, well, you’re not drinking right now, so that’s going to save you, what? At least $60 a week? Oh, well then, what’s $14? Go get that shit…get it, get it, get it…” My inner product junkie won–I bought it the next day and instantly smelled it when I got home. Oh, yes…and I guess I also used it, haha. I really really like it because it’s a light pomade, and usually they are heavier and can make my hair sort of stiff when they dry on my wet hair. This makes my hair much fluffier, but I still get great definition. Check the breakdown:

Pros: RIDICULOUS SMELL/Great definition/No buildup/Cute tingle on my scalp/Makes my hair super soft and fluffy (in the good way)/A little goes a long way/All natural

Cons: So light that you have to re-apply for 2nd day hair…um…that’s all I can think of? I feel like I’m cheating on Burnt Sugar?

The ingredients are: Shea butter, hemp oil , avocado butter, Castor oil , olive oil , coconut oil , neem powder, rosemary, shikakai, amla, vegetable glycerin, cocoa butter, essential oils of rosemary,sage , peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree, vitamin e, gse and love.

Love is right, and it’s all for me! I’m getting this stuff forevAr!!!