Sometimes hair products designed for curly hair aren’t what a curly haired person needs or wants.
My hair is very curly and has uneven texture. I’ve used gels, mousse, curl creams—everything on the market created for curly hair. I hadn’t found anything to give me the look and feel I wanted. I’d use a product for a day or two and invariably return to blowing my hair out. Smooth styles worked best until the weather was such that my hair wanted to be bouffant.
Finally, one day, fed up with blowing out my style and knowing I would fight the fullness for two days before it got into a shape I liked—I applied my smoothing cream, left the bathroom, and let my hair dry on its own. The result was the best curly style it’s ever been in. The curls were separate round curls, soft and springy. I could play with my hair. My curls looked good even after I slept on them two nights. I haven’t used my blow-dryer or flat iron for an entire month.
Finally! I love my curly hair.
This is how I do my hair. Keep in mind, you may have to adjust product amount and styling technique to fit your individual curl. We curly girls know what works perfectly for one may not work for another.
I love reviewing salon products. I test the products on my own thick, curly, slightly frizzy, color enhanced hair and on other types of hair when it is possible.
The first thing I noticed when I received Orchids Oil by White Sands was the very attractive packaging. The frosted glass bottle with silver lettering and cap more closely resembles a bottle of fine perfume than it does a hair product. The tiny picture of an orchid adds just the right touch of color.The bottle is designed to inhibit the flow of the product, allowing only a small amount to escape. I found this helpful when using a few drops of Orchids Oil on dry hair but more difficult when collecting the prescribed nickel sized amount to be used on wet hair.
I liked the results of using Orchids Oil. It is very light and is perfect for fine hair – imparting a healthy frizz free look while leaving in the body. My hair has more natural body than I like, so I will most likely use Orchids in combination with other heavier products.
Orchids Oil was provided to me free of charge for review by Janice McCafferty CommunicationsI love reviewing new salon products. I test the products on my own thick, curly, slightly frizzy, color enhanced hair and on other types of hair when it is possible.
Brazilian Smoothing treatments are one of the hottest products for smooth silky hair.
I decided to try Keratin Express Brazilian Smoothing Treatment because the literature states that it has no formaldehyde. Keratin Express is a conditioning treatment that only takes about 35 minutes and lasts about 6 weeks. I was told that it bonds keratin (keratin is the protein that hair is made of) to the hair to condition, repair and smooth. I was most interested in its ability to prevent frizz by locking out humidity. I was told that after the treatment I could wear my hair either straight or curly and it would be smoother and have less frizz.
My hair is very curly. I sometimes wear it curly but most often blow it out and use a flat iron to wear it straight. In the winter, with low humidity and the use of serums and smoothing creams my hair will stay smooth and silky. However, in the summer, in higher humidity, with the use of lots of serums, smoothing creams and lots of work with the flat iron, I can smooth my hair but frizzy ends develop as soon as I get out into the weather.
The Keratin Express treatment was a simple process:
Keratin Express gets an A+ from me.
(I purchased Keratin Express with my own money for my personal use and was not paid for the review.)
There was a time when someone with fine to medium textured hair was afraid to use any type of oil on their hair. Even though oils cut down on frizzy ends and added shine, they were heavy and often left the hair feeling ‘oily’ and looking flat. Today, oils are refined, light and work wonders on all types of hair – including fine textured hair.
I’ve found several new products containing oil that have proved very useful. They add shine, get rid of frizzies and moisturize ends.
Moroccan Oil Gold Glimmer Shine contains Argan oil. It is derived from the nuts of the fruit of the Argania Spinose tree in Morocco. The cosmetic grade of this oil has been used for centuries by women in Morocco to naturally enhance their hair, skin and nails. It gives a luminous shine and is said to have UB filters to protect your hair. Gold Glimmer Shine is in a spray form. I found that it did indeed impart a great natural shine to my hair – not oily looking. It was light in weight, helped to get rid of fly-aways, but it did not weigh my hair down. Use one drop of Moroccan Oil Treatment (emulsify between your palms and run your hands through your hair) to condition and calm frizzy ends. Use Moroccan Oil Light Treatment for very fine hair and pale blonde hair color.
It’s a 10 Miracle Shine Spray contains Noni oil. Noni oil comes from the seed of the Noni plant in Southeast Asian It has been used to moisturize sensitive skin and to seal moisture in. Miracle 10 Shine Spray can be used on either wet or dry hair. It shines, softens coarse hair, locks in moisture and gives thermal protection. When I used it, the first thing I noticed was the great smell. The second thing is that it gave a nice shine and did not feel heavy on my hair.
Lippia Tea Hair Oil by Zosimos Botanicals is an all-natural handcrafted oil made from the Lippia Tea from Ghana. I used just a few drops to stroke through my hair to calm frizzie ends. It is strong enough for ethnic hair and can be a bit heavy on fine hair if too much is applied. This is not a spray. You use it by drops. It is a moisture treatment that can be used as a treatment before shampooing.
Real Control Mineral Elixir by Redken uses Shea Butter and Ceramide to lock in moisture, block humidity, smooth split ends and fight frizz. Shea butter is a yellowish or ivory-colored natural fat that is extracted from the fruit of the Shea tree. It is widely used as a moisturizer in cosmetics. Ceramide is a natural-derived plant fatty acid. Real Control Mineral Elixir is applied at night and used as an overnight treatment. I was hesitant to use Mineral Elixir, being afraid of oily pillows, but I found that the Elixir absorbs instantly so it doesn’t transfer. It can be shampooed out the next morning or left in for more conditioning and control.
Lynne Chapman served as Hair Site Editor of BellaOnline.com for fifteen years. She is a professional stylist and colorist of more than forty years.