A Modern Lady IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel With Sparkle Lites Product Review

Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel with Sparklelites

Ah, gel. That one product that you either love or hate. Our feelings about gel can be as pointed and powerful as our coffee preferences.

My Experience

This is a drugstore gem, beloved readers–as in, potential HG. I used it to great success before trying similar products with higher quality ingredients. (I was endeavoring to avoid certain preservatives.)

It’s performance is nothing short of Good Hair Day Perfection.

T H E   G O O D

  • Crisp and fresh scent
  • Under $5
  • Ingredients: Glycerin
  • Great shine
  • Amazing definition
  • Dries soft
  • Multiple styling uses
  • Excellent hold
  • Easily found at Sally’s Beauty Supply & drugstores
  • Non-flaking
  • Rinses cleanly
  • No build-up

It dries to a touchably soft finish, though you may need to gently scrunch out any residual crunch if you use it as a leave in after it dries (especially my wavy curly, kinky ladies).

T H E   B A D 

  • Can leave hair “crunchy” is overused
  • Can be drying in dry climates/seasons

Thankfully, the potentially “crunchy curls” caused by product over-application are easily scrunched away without flakes.

Please note: Protein-sensitive ladies, this could be potentially drying over time for you.

Read more about my experiences with products from this brand here.


This gave me perfectly defined, gleaming, soft ringlets!

(Pssst: It’s a decent dupe for Miss Jessie’s “Jelly Curls” leave-in.)

Ingredients: Purified Water Aqua , Glycerin , Carbomer , Triethanolamine, Aloe Vera Gel , Dimethicone Copolyol , Tocopherol Acetate , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Polysorbate-20 , Benzopehonoe-4 , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Disodium EDTA , Fragrance

A Modern Lady Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Mist Review

Fantasia Hair Polisher Mist with SPARKLE LITES

My Experience

In short: this is the usual soup of silicones in a spray bottle. If you want touchable shine, this will most certainly provide it. (No more, no less.) I appreciated the weightless formula and its consistent performance most.

Please note: This will not provide adequate heat protection.

This outperformed products that cost three times as much to my surprise; however, if you prefer more natural ingredients, this product may not be of interest to you.

T H E   G O O D

  • $10
  • Easily accessible (your local drugstore or Sally’s Beauty Supply)
  • Non-drying
  • Non-greasy
  • Weightless formula
  • No build up
  • AMAZEBALLS-level shine

So, you may be wondering, does provide “Sparkle Lite” shine? Oh, my–yes! You will indeed receive gleaming, glistening, glimmering tresses.

Shine (or sheen, depending on your texture) will most definitely be yours. (Huzzah!)  I appreciated the ease with which is washed away, as well.

T H E   B A D

  • Powdery, sweet scent

Its scent is unobtrusive; however, you may not cary for it, if you don’t like sweet scents. It will linger in your hair slightly.

Read more of my experiences with Fantasia products here.


Affordable, weightless, touchable, shine with no build-up in an easy-to-use misting spray. #YesPlease


Ingredients: Cyclomethicone , Dimethicone , Phenyltrimethicone , Aloe Extract , Vitamin E , Benzophenone-3 , Fragrance


Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream


Many of you beloved readers fall into three camps, when it comes to this product. You likely: had awful experiences with this, have been scared by hearing the awful experiences of others, or you are like myself: mystified as to what went so wrong for others.

Given the wide range of reviews from Holy Grail to hellish, I’ll attempt to help you figure out if this product is worth your $6.00.

My Experience

According to Cantu, this product:

  • Stops and mends hair breakage
  • Leaves hair soft, shiny, and manageable
  • Formulated for severely damaged, dry, or coarse hair

“Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream is an intensive deep penetrating leave in cream conditioning treatment that is made with pure shea butter and other natural oils to stop and mend breakage, repair split ends, and add manageability and shine with every application. When used daily, Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream helps promote strong, long healthy hair.”

So, how does it measure up to these claims? Get some tea, this is going to be a long one, beloved readers.

     Stops/mends hair breakage:
This does have collagen in it, which can help mend hair. My hair adores protein; however, even the protein sensitive have little to fear, in my opinion.  I would not trust this to truly end breakage. I would turn to a real protein treatment for that. Do not expect this to leave you with stronger tresses.

     Soft/shiny/manageable hair:
Check and check.

It has many good ingredients and a few bad ingredients. One must pick their poison. The things my hair does not like, that are in this though, must be in TINY concentrations. I say this because my hair has not revolted by becoming stiff, dull or brittle. Does it repair damage? No. Was my hair soft during use? Yes.

Its creamy, spongy texture is a bit unusual. It’s a bit like whipped cream mixed with mousse. I rub it together in my hands to turn it into a thick, rich hair milk/lotion before applying.

I suggest you do the same to avoid using too much of this, which is painfully easy to do.

T H E   G O O D

  • Price: $4-6
  • Adds softness and hint of shine
  • A little goes a long way
  • Can help define curls

My hair was left buttery soft, with less frizz, and a bit shiny.

T H E   B A D

  • Noticeably sweet fragrance that lingers after application
  • Not a “natural” product
  • Does not mix well with other products
  • Can cause (incredible) build up
  • Packaging (Tubs are less hygienic)
  • Does not multitask well (Best used as a leave-in on damp hair)

You MUST wash hair frequently while using this. For me using it for daily “wash and gos” I had to wash daily to every other day, or earn a trip to Clarify Island. DAILY, I say!

Why do some beloved readers have terrible experiences with this? I cannot give a definite answer. Instead, I have some promising theories to offer that may help you decide if this is truly worth your time.

Let’s begin with a look at the directions, shall we?

“Daily Styling – Apply to towel dried hair. Work a generous amount of product into hair beginning at the roots to the tips. Comb through for even distribution. Do not rinse. Apply more to longer hair at the ends or problem areas.”

“Leave In Treatment – Apply as directed for “Daily Styling” just after shampooing. Re-apply and cover with a plastic cap overnight for maximum absorption and intensive conditioning.”

“Frizz Free Hair – Apply daily to split ends or damaged areas. Comb through and let dry natural.”

THEORY #1 Too Much Water


I suggest, no IMPLORE you, to USE THIS ON 80% DRY HAIR! You need moist hair with this product to allow for QUICK and DEEP penetration.

THEORY #2 Too Much Product

Work from roots to the tipswith a teeny amount of product!

I think the addition of “comb through” causes a modern lady to (reasonably) assume she should apply enough product to run a comb through her hair. Good gracious NO! This is not a true conditioner. I would NEVER attempt to detangle with this product. It is a STYLING product that TRIES to multi-task.

So, that “apply more” suggestion? DON’T. (Your hair will thank you.)

THEORY #3 Too Much Multitasking

I have found through trial, error, and near disaster with this product that it performs best as a leave-in on damp hair that is air-dried.


Please pay special attention to the words: on. damp. hair.

See also: that is air-dried.

(By the way: I gained frizz whenever I diffused my hair while using this.)

A final note:

The infamous “warnings”. These gave me pause–well actually only one:

“Avoid applying any styling or conditioning product directly on new growth.”

WTCupcake? Yes, well, this has puzzled MANY a user of the product–satisfied and dissatisfied alike. What does it mean? I…have no earthly (nor heavenly) idea.

On a serious note though, my dears I hope this helps you decide if this product is right for you. If you’re are still undecided, give it a try–and keep your receipt and favorite clarifying shampoo handy.


This is a great leave-in when applied on damp hair left to air-dry that unsuccessfully attempts to multitask.

Ingredients: Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Propylene Glycol, Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG 1 Trideceth 6, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Stearalkonium Chloride, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Panthenol, PPG 1 PPG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Lanolin Oil, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylamide Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Benzophenone 3, BHA, BHT, Zea Mays Oil (Corn), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, DMDM Hydantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance


Baking Soda Curl Softener Recipe & Tutorial


Beloved readers, I am so excited to share this with you! However, before I proceed: USE DISCRETION. I’m not a doctor, stylist, or trichologist.

Especially if you have sensitive skin or extremely fickle hair, try it on a small section first or not at all.

This does not truly “texturize” or “relax” curls in the traditional sense.  This encourages curl definition and absorption of moisture due to its alkaline nature, which can cause them to “hang” a bit lower or appear looser.

The disclaimers are posted because baking soda is very alkaline.

Like relaxers? Yes and no.

No as in relaxers are at a pH of 12+ and baking soda is a 9 on the pH scale. Blood is close to 7. That said, from box to box pH can range from 7-9 on the pH scale.

You will need:

¾ to a cup of baking soda for the very adventurous. Otherwise start off with 1 Tablespoon.

½ Cup of Conditioner if you use 1 T of baking soda or 1 cup conditioner if you use 3/4 cup of baking soda.


What to do:


Wash hair with gentle SLS-free poo.


Dry to 80%. (Avoid dripping wet hair for this treatment.)


Mix baking soda and conditioner.


Apply 1/2″ to 1″ from roots to tips.


Pop on a shower cap.


Rinse after 30 minutes with warm (not hot) water.


Immediately add your deep conditioner. DO NOT attempt to detangle before adding deep conditioning treatment.




Rinse hair.


Style as usual.


*For best results: Use a deep conditioner that is moisture-focused, not strengthening/protein heavy.