Yes, I know not everyone likes or wants to use gel on their natural hair. The potential crunchiness, dryness, and flaking is enough to annoy anyone going through trial and error with gel products, so a lot of naturals are flocking to curl creams, especially when they have shorter hair and multi-day hair is not a concern. But how do they stack up? A lot of curl creams are more expensive than gels (which, just a guess, could be due to the richer ingredients often in these formulations, so it’s good to have an idea of how the product may perform before dropping $20+. Here are some that I’ve tried and what I think of them.
Price: $28 for 8oz
Thoughts: Even though Living Proof seems to be more into the “science” of hair rather than a natural approach to products, I was excited when they developed a line for “coily” hair. Their model’s hair looks very styled and her curls are loose (not coily, in my opinion), but that didn’t stop me. However, for my hair, this product is very blah. It’s opaque like a lotion, but doesn’t provide a lot of slip going on naked hair, and not much more with a leave-in under it. Every time I’ve used this product, I haven’t been a big fan of my hair. Alone, it doesn’t do much for me (I think I get better results with a leave-in alone) in terms of styling or moisture, and when combined with other styling products my hair still feels kind of dry.
Verdict: 2 out of 5 stars
Price: $24 for 8oz
Thoughts: This is one of those products that I would absolutely be in love with if my hair was shorter and I restyled my wash and go everyday. My first day hair is fluffy and soft, yet still fairly clumped and without much frizz. Those characteristics are a total win, but come second day, there isn’t a lot of hold and I often feel inclined to restyle on the second day, or the third if I was feeling really lazy. The formula is also very moisturizing, so you can easily pair it with a heavier hold gel and use this as your leave-in/first layer styler. But for this one you might want to break out your diffuser and hooded dryer — your hair might be a bit white when you first apply (the product is pretty rich and thick), but it totally goes away as your hair dries. If you’re in a hurry, use a diffuser or dryer to speed up the process.
Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars
Price: $28 for 5.1oz
Thoughts: A newcomer to the curl cream lineup, DevaCurl’s new styler claims to be everything a curly girl could dream of. Volume, frizz control, moisture…you name it, SuperCream should give you what you need. And while I definitely have no issue comparing this product to a resort spa trip while on vacation, I ran into the same issue with hold and lack of multi-day hair. For me, it also has a high “humectant factor,” which means that the effect of it’s main humectant (glycerin) is noticeable. Think very fluffy, big hair in summer, which may end up causing tangles as your hair expands as it dries. I’d like to test it again in lower dews to see what happens.
Verdict (so far): 3 out of 5 stars
Although I’d use both the Curl Junkie and DevaCurl products again, I’m still searching for a cream that has a bit more hold but dries naturally. I know, so greedy, right?
What are your favorite curl creams?