Review Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Cream: Week 1

Friday, April 19, 2013

Hi All, 

I said I would give the Curls Unleashed range of products 3 weeks after last weeks product haul but not not sure if I will make it that far with the Curl Defining Creme. I am still using the Curls Unleashed Shampoo and Condition but this Curl Defining Creme and me caan gree!, so here is my review of the Curl Defining Creme. 


     

First Week Review:
Price: £7.99


Ingredients: Aqua (water), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, polyquaternium-11, cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, glycerin, propylene glycol, peg-12 dimethicone, cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, amodimethicone, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, hydrolyzed keratin, panthenol, carbomer, vp/va copolymer, pentamethylheptane, dimethicone, dimethicone crosspolymer, laureth 4, laureth 23, triethanolamine, tocopheryl acetate, parfum (fragrance), benzyl salicylate, citronellol, cinnamic aldehyde, hydroxycitronellal, d-limonene, lilial, linalool, lyral, methyl ionone, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, bht, ci 19140 (yellow #5), ci 15985 (yellow #6).


Description: Curls Unleashed Take Command Curl Crème helps shine, define and moisturize your curls without shrinkage. This product is great for twists, twist outs, coiling, freestyles and updos. This product does not flake and stretches your curls. The Take Command Curl Crème also does not contain petrolatum, mineral oil, SD alcohol, or parabens. Packaging is BPA free and recyclable. 
Product Attributes: moisture, anti-humectant, paraben free

Consistency:
Now I wonder about this because other reviews have said it is like an opaque jelly or a mix between a pudding and a gel, but as I have found in the past buying from random BSS might mean that it has sat on the shelf for yonks and what I bought was more like butter! 

(I used to buy a particular product from a random BSS and it was always orange in colour and very thick. Bought some last year from one of the stores I normally recommend online and it was pale yellow, light to the touch and smelt amazing. Why the random colour difference, was this expired, counterfeit, tampered with or just poorly stored? These places really need to do better!) 

Anyhoo I digress.

I found this very thick and although took a little while to work into hair it did not leave flakes once worked in.

Hair Feel:
A friend of mine stopped me yesterday and commented on how crunchy my hair felt. My hair did feel quite dry after just a couple of hours. I found that I kept having to wipe my forehead which seemed greasy all the time. Attempted a twist out with it but the twists were not defined and they didn't stay long. This products did not hold the curls as I thought it would.

Hair Look: Shiny and healthy, this product was very oily due to the ingredients but made my hair shine.

Smell: 
Far too chemically for me. It just didn't smell natural. My son even said to me yesterday "Mummy, why do you smell like the hair shop" I assume he meant the hair dresser as you sometimes get that relaxer smell permeating the room.

Other:
My concern about the consistency was further renewed when as the instructions stated i mixed with the green (ice -cream jelly) product that is the Moisturising Conditioner, This just resulted in a coagulated mix which left lots of bits in my hair which I couldn't then wash out. After going back into the shower three times to get this out of my hair, I found knots around the bits and wasn't happy. I think it may have something to do with the differences in consistency.  Wont be doing that again!





All in all not a terrible product, but perhaps just not for me and my hair. From other reviews I found people with type 3 hair really seemed to get on with this but some with type  4 weren't too keen. Go figure...

Anyway whether or not this s a great representation of this product in the UK I do not know. All the American reviews describe a completely different product. Serves me right for walking into random Beauty Supply Store (BSS) and buying product of the shelves. Definitely sticking to my 'go to' online stores.

     

Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity
Leilu

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