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The Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream

Beloved readers, this was my go-to curl cream for several months. (Why do I constantly try new products? I’m hopelessly curious.)

My Experience

It spreads quickly, disappears into hair immediately, and leaves it shiny and defined. I was utterly shocked at how well my coily, curly, dense hair (virgin 3c/4a) was gorgeously defined, soft, and had noticeable added shine.

This can also be found in a larger container with a pump–GLORIOUS. It is on the pricey side, but lasts quite a while as ” a little dab will do.”

You can read my other experiences with this brand here.

T H E   G O O D

  • $30-32 dollars
  • Available at your local Target, Whole Foods or Ulta.
  • Adds shine
  • Smooths, de-frizzes
  • Defines curls gorgeously
  • Rinses cleanly

T H E   B A D

  • Product build up

I had to clarify every two weeks like clockwork while using this as my sole styling product.

T H E   B A D

  • Texture

This product has the same scent, color, feel, and consistency of Elmer’s glue. (There, I said it.)

Please note: This curl cream may be too heavy for fine-haired ladies.

TL;DR

This curl cream adds soft, touchable shine and definition to curls and coils. Clarify regularly (OR ELSE!) and enjoy a great hair day–everyday.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Extracts of Anthemis Noblis Flower (Camomile), Symphytum Officinal Leaf (Comfrey), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) of Butyrospermum Parki (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Glycerin, Propanediol, Poly-quaternuim-200, Citric Acid, Polyquaternium-37, Ceteareth 20, Phen-oxyethanol, Caprylyl, Glycol, Sorbic acid, Fragrance

 

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Kinky Curly Gloss Pomade

Beloved readers, your texture and regimen is going to decide how useful this gloss pomade is for your mane. It has the potential to multi-task–beautifully, at that–giving it potential Holy Grail status for the right head of hair.

My Experience

The product itself is a slightly tacky, creamy, off-white pomade. It melts down into a thick, smooth oily texture when warmed by rubbing it between your palms.

The quality of this product allows you to use a small amount with each use,  making it very economical. For those who are concerned, it has natural ingredients–a major plus for me.

On the subject of washing: I suffered no product build-up with this, provided I did not exceed 2-3 applications (with a bit of water before each one) between shampoos. It washed away cleanly and did not dry out my thick curls–a major plus.

It also multitasks:

  • Braid/Twist out styler
  • Tames fly-aways

 

You can read the rest of my experiences with this brand here.

T H E   G O O D

  • $10
  • Lasts for months
  • Fruity, sweet scent (lingers unobtrusively until the next wash)
  • No build-up
  • Rinses cleanly
  • Potentially multitasks

I dislike fruit-y scents and this smells like a fruity, sweet-tart, hard candy. I’m sure that sounds delightful to many of you, beloved readers. If it does, you will enjoy how rich and luxurious the scent of this is. It’s not that synthetic overly-sweet “generic fruit cocktail” scent the cosmetic industry often relies on.

 

T H E   B A D

  • No increased curl definition

TL;DR

Looking for a fruity, candy-sweet-smelling, all natural, petroleum-free gloss pomade to add touchable shine and softness to your daily look? Look no further.

Ingredients: Soybean, jojoba, grapeseed, and avocado oils (soften and enhance shine)

Coco Curls Curly Styling Aid (Rebranded as Moisture Love)

Beloved readers, Coco Curls, after hearing of my previous poor experiences with Shea-based products, was kind enough to send me some of their lovely Curly Styling Aid.

I must admit was extremely reluctant to try it–my hair hates shea butter as a leave-in; however, this changed my mind for the better towards Shea Butter.

The mousse-like texture of this erased the cringe already forming, as I opened the package. Shea butter is a wily beast of an ingredient. Few products can tame its moisturizing power and use it for good, rather than evil. I’m (clearly) zealous in my disdain for Shea, but the mousse-like texture told me a few things immediately:

  • This product is well-formulated.
  • This product will interact with my hair gently (a lot of manipulation won’t be required to use it properly).
  • This product will have more than one use.

The texture is absolutely perfect.

It melted into my hair, spread as if it contained a plethora of silicones (it doesn’t), and didn’t leave a greasy feeling or build-up with prolonged use. Huzzah! My hair was left silky-smooth, plumped, and moisturized.

I’ve only one potential caveat with this product, and it is based on a personal preference, more so than a fault of the product, per se. Let me begin with this:

Many people do not like strong fragrances–I do, and this was a bit strong to me. I can cheerily report that the fragrance of this is well formulated, strength aside. It smells truly luscious and sweet in a way that is actually appetizing, which goes extremely well with the texture and color. It smells like some luscious, sweet, creamy confection that would be worth extra time in the gym.

Something else that impressed me is how well this performed. This slid easily over my hair wet AND dry (it’s suggested for use on wet hair). It absorbed quickly into my wet AND dry new growth with ease–a definite plus. A little dab went a long way, which I appreciate having such thick, dense hair.

Better still, this product can be used a variety of ways (I ask you not judge me for experimenting in ways that would allow for their discovery, in advance):

  1. General leave-in
  2. Sealing ends
  3. Smoothing fly-aways
  4. “Bunning Beauties” will love this for smooth buns
  5. Hand cream (In a pinch)
  6. Braid out product
  7. Scalp treatment (when applied directly during super dry weather)

It’s a “steal” at $15 for 8 oz, given the quality of the ingredients:

Aloe Vera Juice, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxypropyl trimonium Honey, Lactobacillus Ferment, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (and) Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract,  Dehydroxanthan Gum, Fragrance Oils.

Beloved readers, as many of you well know: I don’t like tubs, as I’m a bit of a germaphobe, and sticking your fingers into something repeatedly is a no-no in the germaphobe handbook. That typed and read–a tub is clearly the best packaging for this product, given the pleasant texture.

Thank you again to Coco Curls (now Moisture Love) for such a pleasant experience.

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Kinky Curly Original Curling Custard Natural Styling Gel

My Experience

It can be tricky to find the perfect use for this product, when not paired with anything else. When it is paired with the rest of the line, it’s usefulness is greatly dependent upon texture.

Allow me to explain: My natural curl pattern (4a/3c) benefited from less frizz, but took about six hours to dry. When used (as suggested!) paired with Kinky-Curly Knot-Today (read my review) it performed slightly better: it required about two hours to dry. However to enjoy less frizz, without such long air-drying times (I avoid heat tools) I could only use it as a light touch of moisture on my ends, with a slight increase in definition.

I passed this on to straight and slightly wavy (1b and 2a) friends who ADORED it for holding their bangs in place, slicking back (fine) hair, keeping hairlines in neat, adding moisture and adding shine over all.

(You can read the rest of my experiences with this brand here, by the way.)

T H E   G O O D

  • $12
  • Available at your local Walmart, Target, and Ulta
  • Softens and moisturizes
  • Natural and organic ingredients
  • sulfate-free
  • glycerin-free
  • silicone-free
  • The scent

It has a pleasant creamy-sweet fragrance, that lingers slightly in the hair after application.

T H E   B A D

  • Performance is extremely texture dependent
  • Coordinating products are a must for best performance
  • Can flake when used on denser, thick hair

It’s a great product if it works for your hair texture. Sadly, I found using the rest of the line was a necessity for its best performance, and I prefer to mix and match products and product lines.

TL;DR

Highly texture-dependent, this natural styling gel can add moisture and slightly reduce frizz leaving a creamy sweet scent–when used with the rest of the product line.

Ingredients: botanical infusion of water, horsetail, chamomile, nettle and marshmallow, organic aloe vera juice, agave nectar extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), pectic, citric acid, potassium sorbate and natural fragrance.

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Kinky Curly Knot-Today Natural Leave-In Detangler

Beloved readers, one thing I love about the Kinky Curly line is its natural ingredients. This natural leave-in is no exception. Better still, this line is silicone free, sulfate free, organic, and glycerin free! Huzzah!

My Experience

This natural leave-in moisturizes exceedingly well. It also detangles hair exceedingly well. (Double huzzah!)

You can read the rest of my experiences with this brand here. You can read about my experience with  Kinky Curly Original Curling Custard Natural Styling Gel here, which should be paired with this product to enjoy its best performance.

It’s cloudy with a creamy-sticky texture, that is on the runny side. Thankfully, it spreads with delicious ease, wraps around every strand, and drenches it in moisture–with no added tangles.

T H E   G O O D

  • The scent
  • Deeply moisturizes
  • Available at your local Target, Walmart and Ulta
  • Organic and natural ingredients
  • Detangles beautifully

It has a sweet, subtly fruit-y scent that lingers unobtrusively in the hair once applied. I don’t care for fruit scents, yet I didn’t find this one unpleasant.

T H E   B A D

  • Can cause break outs
  • Slow-to-air-dry formula (5+ hours)
  • Can become greasy if over used

I had a slight breakout around my hairline due to how moisturizing this is–be careful to keep it off of your face! (Carefully wash your face and body after shampooing it out.)

I bought three bottles of this before moving onto something that better agreed with my skin. It will be greatly missed.

Please note: Fine-haired ladies, this may be best for your ends or skipped all together, unless you have coarse strands. (I strongly suggest a light touch.)

TL;DR

It’s a hard-working, deeply moisturizing product that is all natural, not terribly expensive (around $12), and of great quality.

Ingredients: Mango fruit extract, slipper elm, marshmallow root, lemongrass, cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, citric acid, phenoxyethanol and natural fragrance.

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Kinky Curly: Spiral Spritz Natural Styling Serum

Beloved readers, when I read the words “natural styling serum” on a product’s bottle, the super-slick sensation that silicones provide immediately come to mind. Rest assured, this has no silicone.

It is also sulfate-free, paraben-free, and animal-friendly.

My Experience

This “styling” serum is a high-quality moisturizer more than anything else. That typed and read, used alone, it won’t deliver the heavy moisture highly-textured hair (3c and curlier hair types) often craves, but it’s a great way to add a (teeny) bit of hold to your natural texture, under your usual curl-defining products.

I must say I adore the bright yellow color on the chic clear bottle and the pump. I have yet to meet another pump strong enough to adequately pump out a product so thick while simultaneous releasing the right amount–without breaking.

You can read my other experiences with this brand here.

T H E   G O O D

  • $12
  • High Quality, natural ingredients
  • Bottle dispenses the perfect amount; Extremely durable spray nozzle
  • Available at Target, Walmart, and Ulta beauty

T H E   B A D

  • Texture
  • Formulation (“wet”; heavy)

The texture of this product is, fortunately or unfortunately, like mucus. This will revert straight styles very easily, so be wary of using to much.

When used alone as a leave-in this styling serum my short crop of curls took hours to dry. Finer hair types with looser curls may find a Holy Grail in this product for daily styling.

TL;DR

This natural styling serum can add a touch of moisture and hold to your usual line up of daily styling products. The heavy, wet texture may compromise some blown-out styles however, and takes a long time to air dry.

Ingredients: Lavender water, extracts of horsetail, nettles and sage, aloe vera gel, vitamin B-5, glycerin, citric acid, and grapefruit seed extract

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The Jane Carter Solution Wrap and Roll

Beloved readers, I’ve enjoyed reviewing the products this company sent my way and fully intend on restocking one (Nourish and shine) and trying more (shampoo, serum, gel) in the future. This natural styling foam was another positive experience.

My Experience

You’ll receive a generous amount of foam with each pump. This spreads easily and goes right to work. It somehow manages to provide a bit of “grip” without leaving an unfortunate residue. This also create gorgeous, mirror-shine on straight looks and turns up sheen a notch on curly styles.

 T H E   G O O D

  • Non-sticky
  • No residue/build-up
  • Rinses cleanly
  • Sweet, heady scent

This natural styling foam the luscious scent the other products of her line do. It lingers, its feminine, and its strong. Not overwhelming, but it is hardly a “floral water” or “sweet candy,” scent. You have been warned.

This multitasks beautifully:

  • Twist/braid out aid
  • Pin curls
  • Tame fly aways
  • Roller-setting aid
  • (It also tames eye-brows, but you did not hear that from me!)

T H E   B A D

  • Nothing (a rarity)

TL;DR

Want a non-sticky, natural styling foam that leaves great style and shine, with no residue in its wake? This might be what you’re looking for, if you enjoy heady, floral scents.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Anthemis Noblis Flower (Camomile), Symphytum Officinal Leaf (Comfrey), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Humulus Lupulus (Hops), Lawsonia Inermis (Henna), Certified Organic Essential Oils: Lemon, Grapefruit, Coco-Sultaine, Glycerine, Glyceryl caprylate, methylisothiazolinone (preservative)

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The Jane Carter Solution Nourish and Shine

The company was nice enough to send this my way–I almost didn’t try it. My hair normally hates butters/rich styling cream, with a vengeance. I was skeptical that this would do anything, other than annoy my hair when worn curly or weigh it down worn straight. I was pleasantly mistaken.

My Experience

This tames fly-aways, keeps ends smooth, makes blow-outs shiny, braid/twist/bantu-knot outs soft, and keeps curly-hair defined.

A little dab of this styling cream will absolutely do. I’m continually astounded by how little of this I have to use for results. My hair EATS product by the handful. A dime sized amount kept my hair in check, soft, touchable, and bouncy. My 3c/4a curly hair had increased sheen and was oh-so-soft.

This performed superbly on my flat ironed hair, giving silicone-shine, taming flyaways, keeping my ends nice and smooth, and all without weighing my hair down.

This styling cream rinses cleanly; but I would suggest washing once or twice weekly, especially if you use this in conjunction with other products

You can read my other experiences with this brand here.

T H E   G O O D

  • $22
  • Rinses cleanly
  • Heady, floral/citrus scent
  • Multitasks
  • Softens and nourishes hair and scalp
  • Can be used on the body (softens and perfumes skin)
  • Defrizzes
  • High quality natural ingredients
  • Available at Whole Foods, Target, and Ulta

T H E   B A D

  • Scent

The scent is luscious but strong, and lingers in your hair until the next wash. Be advised.

TL;DR

This rich styling cream tames fly-aways, keeps ends smooth, makes blow-outs shiny, braid/twist/bantu-knot outs luscious, and curly-hair days defined.

Ingredients: Shea butter, Kokum butter, Illippe butter, Mango butter, Viamins A, D, & A, pear and grapefruit essential oils.

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The Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner

Beloved readers, in short: I’m rather pleased with this styling spray JCS kindly sent it my way.

My Experience

This moisturizing, leave-in spray gave me soft, fleecy, moisturized hair. It left my flat-ironed, 3c/4a curly hair bouncy. This is no easy feat as thick as it is. I’m not going to complain about having thick hair, goodness no, but it does create its own set of challenges to achieving certain looks.

Is this the most awesome styling spray in existence? Not necessarily, no. Is it the most deliciously scented one I’ve used to date, that helps detangle, add shine, and refresh my scalp without weighing my hair down or drying it out? Yes.

You can read my other experiences with this brand here.

T H E   G O O D

  • Scent
  • Packaging
  • Aid weightless moisture
  • Provided great shine (heat-styled straight and curly)

The fragrance is what struck me most. It’s absolutely delicious. It’s potent, sweet, feminine, and well-bodied. This is not your generic floral-water-beauty-product scent. I adore it!

A note on the packaging: The sturdy spray delivers a great amount with each spritz and has a sturdy pump, which is always a plus.

T H E   B A D

  • Scent (strength)

I enjoy strong fragrances, but I know many modern ladies out there do not. Be advised.

TL;DR

This is a fantastic styling spray for ladies of all textures who want a romantic scent and scene-stealing shine, true to the creator’s word.

Ingredients: purified Water, Extracts of Aloe Vera, Comfrey, Watercress, Myrrh, Panthenol, Essential Oils, Anthemis Noblis Flower, Symphytum OfficinalLeaf, Equisetum Arvense, Urtica Dioica (Nettle), Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Lawsonia Inermis (Henna), Butoxyethenol, Polyquarternium11, Soyamid DEA, PPG30, Cetyl Ether, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Hydantoin, Glyceryl caprylate, methylisothiazolinone (preservative)