By Emelyne of Nubian Tresses
As most of my readers already know, I am a 4b with very thick, shoulder-length (un-stretched) hair and I am a BIG fan of moisture.
I am also a fan of curl activator gels (like Long Aid Curl Activator gel) and alcohol-free holding gels (like Eco Styler). When I was transitioning and hunting for an all-day moisturizing product, I gave the ‘jheri curl juice’ (in the form of Carefree Curl and S-Curl) a try, but it was sticky and gummy in my relaxed hair, so I gave it up. As a new natural, I gave S-Curl another try and this whitish liquid of relatively thick consistency worked pretty well… when sealed with shea butter. But it wasn’t a stand alone product and then (as now), I want to have as few products on my hair as possible (even though I own many, lol!). Last week, I was in a Dollar General and saw Right On Curl Activator Moisturizing Lotion for the low, low price of $1.25, so I decided, almost 3 years since my last unfortunate curl juice experience, to give it a shot. And I am so glad that I did!
First off, the product smells really great! A combination of floral and fruity with a thin-ish consistency and a pinky/orange color. I can apply this to damp hair alone (or as I prefer, under a curl activator gel), bun my hair and have moisturized strands until my next wash 3-5 days later. It hasn’t yet ceased to amaze me how smooth my hair! And it is so soft that it almost seems to be a different texture — but not so soft that it breaks easily. The only downside (for some, not me) is the frizziness that this causes. But I don’t mind fly-aways, I love volume, and I embrace the fuzz. If I need to look put together, I simply spritz my hair and smooth the edges of my bun with L.A. Looks or Eco Styler gel and my semi-retired Denman brush.
My hair has never retained length so effortlessly before and I have 4-6 hours to spare each week from not braiding/twisting. I had always prepared myself for the inevitable fact that as my natural hair got longer it would be more difficult to manage. I am so happy that, with the time saved thanks to my tension-free bun, and my new favorite curl activator lotion, that is not the case. I spend an hour and a half on my hair per week, tops. From wash to condition, to detangle to moisturizing and bunning. That is a fraction of the time I used to spend on washing and styling for twists (6 hours).
Ladies, have you tried curl activator juice or lotion on your natural hair? How did it work out?!