Check out this inter­est­ing post from the Nat­u­ral Sun­shine forum writ­ten by mem­ber Kay LaVon.

I have been watch­ing alot of videos, and have run across a hand­ful of nat­u­rals say­ing that they use curl acti­va­tor mois­tur­iz­ers in their hair. Back in the day I knew a curly and I told her that I was try­ing to go nat­u­ral but my hair always looked dry and frizzy. I admired her pret­ty, long, “juicy” look­ing coils so much and want­ed the secret to her hair great­ness! She sim­ply looked at me and said “Right on Curl”. I said “What???” How could some­thing that is used to mois­tur­ize a Jheri curl, help my nat­u­ral hair?

Over two years ago, I bought the yel­low and orange bot­tle but didn’t use it because I wasn’t com­plete­ly sold on the idea of it work­ing on nat­u­ral hair. When I was about 13 years old I had a Jheri Curl. My hair grew alot while I had one. I didn’t start suf­fer­ing from break­age until the dread­ed relax­er! With me putting 2 and 2 togeth­er, I fig­ured that it might have been the mois­tur­iz­er that pre­vent­ed my hair from get­ting extreme­ly dry, and stopped my hair from break­ing off.

To sum it up, I start­ed to final­ly use the pro­duct and was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised to see how soft and pli­able my hair was after using it! It had a great sheen that last­ed ALL day. I have been using it for a lit­tle over a mon­th now and I love it!!! I haven’t had any break­age so far and I will con­tin­ue to update every­one on my pro­gress with this pro­duct. As curlies, we exper­i­ment with dif­fer­ent prod­ucts and hair­styles to com­pli­ment our jour­ney. I think I have found one part of my mois­ture prob­lem.

Has any­one else heard of some­one, knew some one, or tried this pro­duct too?   Please weigh in and tell me what you think.

Ladies, what do you think? Have you tried using curl acti­va­tor? How did it work out?
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How do you ladies use it? On your ends? On your entire head? As a mois­tur­iz­er when you do your twists? Always look­ing for tried and true ways to lock in mois­ture.

All of the above, Tomi, depend­ing on the con­sis­ten­cy of the product—or you can exper­i­ment with a few and see what works for you. One time, my hair freaked out from some­thing I did to it, and for what­ev­er rea­son, the Stay-Sof-Fro that I was using at the time had some­thing to do with it. So, to fin­ish up the bot­tle, I just used it as a fin­ish­ing spray, spritz­ing over my fin­ished style light­ly and let­ting it sit. It worked very well that way. My hair is very porous, so if I were using those prod­ucts now, I’d be… Read more »

I used Sof­t­ee acti­va­tor gel and I must say this is the ONLY stuff that mois­turise my hair for days ! mY hAIR IS NOT GREASY , it’s soft con­trary to oth­ers so called “nat­u­ral mois­tur­iz­ers”.
I decid­ed to let my soul glow sis­ta XD!


My hair loves glyc­er­in based prod­ucts and s-curl is one of them.


Wow — I feel like I should have known this by now given that so many oth­er peo­ple have tried it. Thanks for shar­ing! I might give it a try…


nev­er had one, but i do know no mat­ter what i try my hair hates glyc­er­in prod­ucts

Come On People

Wow, some­one like me. My hair becomes one big knot with glyc­er­in prod­ucts.

Michelle Hubbard

I have tried “acti­va­tor” as it has been called back in the made my hair super greasy,lots of shrink­age, and it looked just like a jher­ri curl because I have a coily pat­tern in my type 4 hair. It was awful. I’m not real­ly into the whole curly hair look..especially if it looks wet.



I used Elas­ta QP mois­tur­iz­er AND spray when I had a tex­ur­iz­er. Glossy curls for days! The secret is to use it on WET hair, then let it dry. No greasi­ness that way. I’d use the Fan­tasia gel on top of that for hold. 

I still keep Elas­ta on hand, but I like Curlz Cre­me Brulee–it’s cheap and avail­able at tar­get. I may go back to the jheri juice after this thread. I am try­ing des­per­ate­ly try­ing to retain growth and mois­ture!
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Well I had a jheri curl as a child and that mess trau­ma­tized me. LOL. I remem­ber doing som­er­saults on the gym mats and every­body knew when I had tak­en my turn cause there was a big ol grease spot on the mat!!! I recent­ly bought some olive oil gel that smelled like acti­va­tor gel and I gave it to my sis­ter. I shall not walk around smelling like Soul Glo ever again!


I can’t stop laugh­ing at the pic­ture of the grease spot on the mat! I had a jheri curl too so I left more than my fair share of grease spots all over the place! Thanks for tak­ing me back!


LOL’ing loud­ly at the gym mat sto­ry!!! i’ve been there girl! embar­rass­ing at the time, but soooo fun­ny now!!!


@ MissD, girl you are tak­ing me back w/the grease spot…lol! I remem­ber I was one of a few black girls that had the jheri curl in junior high in the San Fer­nan­do Val­ley in 1983 and it seemed that I was picked to be the jheri curl expert from all the ques­tions I got from every­one but I don’t think it will be as trau­mat­ic as it was back then. Since I am nat­u­ral now, I will just use a lit­tle of the pro­duct instead of sat­u­rat­ing my hair. I will def­i­nite­ly not be a Soul Glo rep­re­sen­ta­tive.


I luvs me some jer­ry curl juice!!! When I was relaxed I used it for unbe­liev­able twist outs. Now as a nat­u­ral it gives my hair lots of mois­ture!!


I used an acti­va­tor for mois­ture after I first tran­si­tioned. I mix World of Curls Acti­va­tor mixed with olive oil to lessen the crunch­i­ness of I.C. Lites gel.


My bf uses S curl on his hair. I mocked him at first, but it real­ly makes his curls clump and look so per­fect. I use it in a pinch to mois­tur­ize my hair.


I have been using this stuff for awhile. Even when I had a relax­er I used it, and retained more length than ever. The ony issue I have with it, an all glyc­er­in type prod­ucts is that when I want to straight­en my hair.…it refus­es to stay straight. May­be I just need to clar­i­fy reallt well after­wards?

SCurl works for me. I was in Tar­get and looked at the ingre­di­ents for a well known pro­duct that had water, glycerin.…it was $10.99. Went to the good ‘ol “black hair pro­duct” area and got my SCurl acti­va­tor with water and glycerin.…for what I believe was no more than $5. When I have been pick­ing prod­ucts late­ly, glyc­er­in is the key word for me.  I think there is a lot of looks from peo­ple, because if you lived through the jheri curl gen­er­a­tion, lets just say it was trau­mat­ic LOL. But with our hair in its nat­u­ral state, the effect of… Read more »
I admit I had a jheri curl back in the day and I hat­ed the greasy residue, the extreme “wet” look, and wear­ing the plas­tic bag on my head at night. Yes, those were the days but my hair did grow a lot from hav­ing that hair style. I have been nat­u­ral now for 15 months now and I have been look­ing for prod­ucts to keep my hair mois­tur­ized. I think I will have to give the S-Curl or Long Aid acti­va­tor a try again to see if that will work for me. I’m will­ing to do any­thing to get… Read more »

My mom uses it, and loves it (she is nat­u­ral). I have a very sen­si­tive nose, and I can’t smell it all that much when around her.


LOOOOOOOOOOOOL @ the pic­ture of Randy Wat­son

Jheri Curl juice???? No! Hell, NO!!!! LOL


I’ve nev­er used it, but I’ll def­i­nite­ly check it out.

{Will it let my soul glo? ;3}


I have used Smooth and Shine curl acti­va­tor as well as Long Aid curl acti­va­tor and both have been good to my hair.…


The­se are the same two that I used in the last 2 years. My hair grew tremen­dous­ly with­out much break­age at all. I do reg­u­lar­ly clip my ends too, but I love using them.


Is it greasy? I had a Jheri Curl back in the day as well. I loved how thick my hair got but I hat­ed the greasy residue.


I apply care free gold when my hair is soak­ing wet or damp and I nev­er get greasy hair. When my hair dries it is very mois­tur­ized and soft to the touch.


I used wave neau­vu (sp) and while it is mois­tur­iz­ing it also gives me build up and dry sec­ond day hair. I will com­pare ingre­di­ents next time I go stock up.


I used S-curl when I first BC’d and it worked pret­ty well. I stopped using it in replace of just con­di­tion­er since I need the thick stuff to real­ly mois­tur­ize my hair. When I learned that glyc­er­in made S-curl work so well, I added it to my con­di­tion­er (along with some aloe vera juice).


Yep I have tried that pro­duct in both the reg­u­lar and lite ver­sion of it as well both worked nice. How­ev­er I like Hawai­ian 14–1 n Care­free Curl the best, and the afro spray cant remem­ber who makes it that’s good as well.


I thought I was the only one, LOL. I just decid­ed to exper­i­ment with this one day, and I loved it. It makes my hair very soft and shiny. Like Ry, I also have to use quite a bit of pro­duct to get my entire head light­ly sat­u­rat­ed, but I’m care­ful to not over­do it. I found that using it every 1–2 days is enough.


I like care free curl gold instant acti­va­tor for my wash and gos. It clumps my curls and keeps my hair mois­tur­ized all day long. The smell isn’t the best, so some­times I spray some Hawaai­ian Silky 14-n-1 Mir­a­cle Work­er (anoth­er glyc­er­in based pro­duct) which masks the care free gold smell.


What are the main ingre­di­ents? Also is it greasy and drip­py like Jheri curls are known for?

The drip­pi­ness of Jheri curl moisturizers/activators is due to the user being heavy-hand­ed with the pro­duct. Noth­ing more. Some do build up; for me, the worst build-up offend­er is Stay-Sof-Fro in the brown bot­tle. But you can’t beat it for mois­tur­iza­tion, which is why, as much as I dis­liked it, I often found myself return­ing to it before I dis­cov­ered the won­ders of veg­etable glyc­er­in, which I have paired in gen­er­ous quan­ti­ties with near­ly every­thing else I’ve used in my hair in the last two years. S-Curl and Right On Curl are more lotiony, so you may like them bet­ter.… Read more »
natural dancer

I swear by SCurl Activator.…my coils love it! It’s helped me to retain mois­ture for days on end with­out apply­ing more pro­duct, which saves on my pen­nies! I paired it with reg­u­lar Shea But­ter & my strands couldn’t be hap­pier. I was appre­hen­sive as well, how­ev­er once I acci­den­tal­ly omit­ted it from my reg­gie, my hair choked & was DRY, DRY, DRY! Now it’s a sta­ple. :)


used to use sof n free curl acti­va­tor, to great results. only dropped it when i decid­ed to go for more nat­u­ral prod­ucts.


I love care free curl gold hair and scalp spray. It made a big dif­fer­ence in how my hair felt!

deviant sole

I total­ly co-sign the care free curl gold! I used it back in my JC days & for a peri­od while nat­u­ral. I kin­da for­got about it til this post! to the drug­store I go!


Love S-Curl


I haven’t tried Jheri Curl Juice but I do love glyc­er­in-con­tain­ing hair prod­ucts (Shea Mois­ture Deep Treat­ment Masque, Alba Botan­i­ca Leave-In Con­di­ton­er, DIY water/aloe vera gel/vegetable glyc­er­in spritz) because they mois­tur­ize very well. 

Glyc­er­in has also been shown to pre­vent pre­ma­ture break­age in nat­u­ral hair.



P.S. Jheri Curl Juice prod­ucts con­tain glyc­er­in as the main ingre­di­ent.


I’ve been using J-curl juice to mois­tur­ize my hair for almost 2 years now. When ppl ask me what I use to keep my hair from dry­ing out and I tell them — I get a fun­ny look. I’ve shrugged it off and I keep my secret to my self now. Sounds mean but the fun­ny looks are rude.
@hehe: the bot­tles have screw tops so you can open one up and take a whiff. It doesn’t smell like any­thing to me.


How does it smell? I hate how most drug­store black hair care prod­ucts smell so I’m a lit­tle appre­hen­sive about this.


Yup I got the idea of using S-curl from the girls over at LHCF. And it’s pret­ty good. I have to spray a lot to get my hair sat­u­rat­ed with it but it makes my make hair super smooth and it makes the curls clump which is very help­ful when I’m braid­ing


I used Lus­trasilk Right On and couldn’t find it called com­pa­ny, changed to Lus­trasilk Curl Max bought it at Dol­lar Gen­er­al.