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?!