Monday, 11 February 2019

curly haircare products i've tried - a working list : leave-ins, stylers, gels, mousses

Here is a working list of all the leave-in conditioners, creams, curly girl gels, and hair mousses I've tried, and I'll be adding to it any time I try a new one...

Leave-in Conditioners/Creams
  • A’Kin Leave-in Conditioner - (US/UK)
    *****, CG approved
    I loved this conditioner, and I will likely buy and use it again. It isn't too heavy, you need very little product, and it makes a noticeable difference even used just by itself.
  • Boucleme Curl Cream - (US/UK)
    *****, CG approved
    My current fave, although not my HG, this curl cream does the job and is totally reliable under pretty much any gel.
  • Flora & Curl Curl Activating Lotion - (International)
    *****, CG approved
    Light, fresh and smoothing. This is a go-to product to mix with other gels.
  • DevaCurl Wave Maker - (US/UK)
    ****, CG approved
    I find this to be so very similar to a lot of the above mentioned products, it is light and yet adds definition. My only hesitancy is with the price and the availability of this product.
  • Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème - (US/UK)
    ****, CG approved
    I really like this creme - it's sort of a cross between a leave-in and a gel, and so I included it in this category so you know not to double layer it. Otherwise it works so beautifully at holding you curls, adding hydration and it's a great one-and-done product.
  • Andalou Naturals Styling Cream - (US/UK)
    ***, not CG friendly (amodimethicone)
    This isn't my favourite, and I found it a little heavy. The ingredients list isn't the best. The A'Kin one is a much better buy for the money.
  • Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave In Conditioning Spray - (USUK)
    ***, not CG friendly (isohexadecane)
    I like this product, but it's not love, like any other spray conditioner I feel it's good on refresh days but I'm not convinced it actually does anything for my hair.
  • Calia Purifying Leave-in Conditioner Spray - (US/UK)
    **, not CG friendly (cera alba)
    I don't find this does much for my hair.
  • Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie - (US/UK)
    **, CG approved
    The 3rd ingredient is shea butter, so I think this is why this product sits so heavily on my fine hair. I really didn't get on with this, when I use it (I hate throwing things away) I use a teeny tiny pea sized amount mixed with gel.
  • Only Curls Hydrating Curl Creme - (International)
    **, CG approved
    This weighs my hair down, and is therefore unusable because the following day my hair is flat and full of product, however little I seem to use.
  • Giovanni Weightless Moisture Leave-in Conditioner - (US/UK)
    *, CG approved
    This does nothing much to my hair at all, which is a shame, because I wanted to love it as so many others do. Instead it just seems to add frizz.
  • Flora + Curl Floral Hydration Hair Mist - (US/UK)
    *, CG approved
    Smells so bad, leaves my hair sticky... perhaps this is intended for much thicker, denser hair types? I cannot figure out who would benefit from this product.


  • Jessicurl Spiralicious Styling Gel - (US/UK)
    *****, not CG friendly (alcohol)
    I really love this gel, and I always get super tight ringlets when I use it.
  • Boucleme Curl Defining Gel - (US/UK)
    *****, CG approved
    I love the way this smells and feels, and it provides just the right amount of hold for me. I will always go back to this.
  • Calia Organic Styling Gel - (US/UK)
    *****, CG approved
    Probably my HG gel, I love this for the price, the quality of the ingredients and how nice my hair looks and feels when I use it.
  • Kinky Curly Curling Custard - (US/UK)
    *****, CG approved
    This is so similar to the Calia gel, in that the ingredients list is super similar, so whichever you get you'll be happy with, lovely tight curls and great longevity. I love this!
  • Flora & Curl Curl Defining Gel - (US/UK)
    *****, CG approved
    Lovely fresh scent, perfect hold and definition.
  • Not Your Mother’s Naturals Blue Sea Kale and Coconut Water Weightless Mousse - (US/UK)
    ****, CG approved
    I love this for a very easy and quick drying wash and go style. The curls aren't as defined, but I like it that way, they're looser and more romantic but with lots of volume still. The smell is gorgeous as with the rest of the line. The only trouble is that it really doesn't keep any hold to the second day, meaning a completely new wash or new product application.
  • Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel - (US/UK)
    ****, CG approved
    I really love the longevity I get with this one, it keeps the curl structure overnight better than any of the other gels I've tried. However, it can be easy to add too much, you only need a tiny amount, and it isn't always friendly with leave-in cream products.
  • Biotera Ultra Gentle Clean Gel - (US/UK)
    ****, CG approved
    I like this one for refresh days - it's really light and therefore will work better in some climates than others, and in certain seasons. This is a really reasonably priced product as well, and layers brilliantly.
  • Giovanni L.A. Natural Styling Gel, Strong Hold - (US/UK) & Giovanni Natural Mousse Hair Styling Foam - (US/UK)
    ****, CG approved
    These products only seem to work well enough when used together, otherwise apart they don't seem to do enough. The scent isn't great, but they sure do provide some hold and definition, without the need for a refresh.
  • Ecoslay Orange Marmalade Flax Seed and Aloe Curl Definer - (US/UK)
    **, CG approved
    This trendy creamy gel has to be stored in the fridge. That's its first downfall for me. I mean I get the reason why (it's ingredients are super pure), but it get's easily forgotten about in there. Second, it's too moisturising for my hair, and leaves it frizzy without much definition.
  • Only Curls Enhancing Curl Gel - (International)
    **, CG approved
    This needs the Curl Creme from the same range to work well, but it still leaves my hair too weighed down. It doesn't have much hold, it's more of a moisturising product. Perhaps better for thicker hair.
  • Aussie Instant Freeze Gel - (US/UK)
    **, CG approved
    This is an example of an 'approved' product that actually just isn't very good for your hair. It does have a strong hold, but easily builds up, and leaves my hair drier after I wash it out. It's super cheap for a reason folks.

Still waiting for review:
 - Innersense I Create Lift Volumizing Foam

It takes a long time for me to review, because it takes a long time for me to test each product fully, so I thank you for your patience.

Thanks for reading x

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