By Fran of HeyFranHey.com
Price – 8.5 oz for $22
Retail Locations – ULTA, Sephora, Amazon.com
Ingredients – Water, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Leaf Extract, Wheat Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-28, Glycerin, PPG-26-Buteth-25, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PVP/DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance.
Claims – “Controls frizz in all climates”
Product Review – The gel is thin and clear like a light serum. The smell reminds me of a Pantene conditioner. I cleansed my hair and finger-raked the gel into dripping wet hair, then let it air dry. Normally, my hair takes 4-6 hours to fully dry but with this product it took 9-10 hours. It also dried with a super tight hold and heavy crunch. I didn’t use a lot of product because you can tell, as soon as you glide it on, that a little goes a long way. But the hold was still very tight. I basically had the “wet look” for the entire day. And my hair was unable to gain any volume. This also brought on tons of white flakes. The more I tried to “scrunch the crunch”, once my hair was fully dried, the flakier it became. I went to sleep with it up in high, pineapple style ponytail.
The next morning, my hair was still defined and frizz free, but felt dried out. It no longer gave me the “wet look” but my hair was now flat and shapeless. I did my puff out technique and it would lay right back down. It was also completely full of white flakes at this point. I added more product mixed in with a little bit of water, my usual routine, to freshen up the curls for second day hair. My hair was sticky and crunchy yet again. I had to wash it out. I’m someone who loves tons of volume and this was just too much control. The only reason I can’t fully knock this product is because it does as it says, “Controls frizz in all climates”. My hair held up well in terms of definition, frizz and shine, in temps in the high 60s and after exercising outdoors. That’s definitely a plus. However, it seems to sacrifice softness and moisture while doing so.
Score – I give this product a C for natural hair. I will stick to the Knot Today by Kinky Curly as a leave-in, which gives definition and shine as well as moisture, while promoting hair health by using cleaner ingredients. And for almost half the price!
Ladies, have you tried this product? What are your thoughts?