DevaCurl Light Defining Gel (formerly AnGEL)12 oz. & 32 oz. | Styler
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I use this when I'm too lazy to walk across the bathroom to get my Biosilk Rock Hard Gellee that I left in the tub. It's okay.
This product is a great value! (I got it at Ulta for only 5 dollars!) and it lasts a very long time (in the bottle). I've had it almost a year; incredible. Especially since I have to use A LOT because the hold completely dies out in a couple hours, (as most gels tend to do with my hair, but especially this one- it's like I'm not even wearing hair gel anymore!) however, the frizz management IS pretty remarkable! Also, the scent isn't that appealing, but acceptable. All in all, it was a good product and I would probably buy it again for the great value. (If I ever run out of it! I'm convinced it can regenerate!) I think that this product could do wonders on girls with thinner hair than mine!
2b, 2c, with a few 3a Just tried this for the first time over the weekend and absolutely loved it. After co-washing, I separated my wet hair into sections, raked in this gel with my fingers, and let it air dry. Once dry, I had a really nice crunchy cast which scrunched out into perfectly soft curls. The is the first gel I've used that controlled my curl halo without having to add hairspray once my hair was dry.
This product is amazing! Using only DEVA for 30 days will transform your curls! They will be more defined and controlled..Getting a Deva cut really helps as well. If you live anywhere near Central Florida, please call us to get you started on the Deva system and cut! Salon Ciseaux 407-865-5881
51 yrs old, colored hair: I wanted to badly to like this product. I am not usually sensitive to smells or fragrances and I wish I knew which ingredient it is that is causing my problem but; the conditioner and this product both have some ingredient that burns my eyes from the fumes throughout the day. Almost as though I had Vick's too close to my eyes.
LOVE LOVE LOVE MUST PUT IN YOUR HAIR WHEN SOAKING WET , A HANDFUL of gel AND TURN HEAD OVER AND SCRUNCH SCRUNCH SCRUNCH (IN THE SHOWER) . when out of shower scrunch again in a towel or t shirt. Leave hair alone after that, DO NOT TOUCH. when dry hair will be crunchy that is the cast. must rescrunch hair to get cast out and then beautiful curls!!!!!!!! I also use some set it free when my hair is semi dry to get rid of frizz and give it more definition.
Did not like this at all. Dried out my hair, made it sticky, did nothing for my curls. Will be returning it and looking for something better. I was surprised by the number of people who like it, because it did nothing for me.
I'm new to the CG method. I've been sulfate free for about three weeks. That said, I've always used mousse in the past because I felt like gel weighed my hair down. But I bought these products (the 3 step system) after reading the book and watching the video. I have easily dispersed curls so I have to be careful what I use. No heavy stuff, please. And even though my curls are delicate they do curl up tight and bouncy with these products, if I leave them alone. So I give this gel 5 stars because it is light and doesn't weigh my hair down. I also get great second day hair when I just wet my hair and let it air dry.
I use this everyday. After conditioning with Davines glorifying anti age shimmering pak, I add a small squirt of this gel and then about a 1/2 a pump of Devacurl curl cream. It sounds like alot of product, but I use a tiny bit of each. It holds my curls frizz free and soft all day. I go through a bottle in about 5 months. My hair is 3C shoulder length.
I usually use Arc AnGEL (a fabulous product. Good amount of hold and very soft once the gel cast has been broken), but I accidentally bought a bottle of this instead. I thought I'd give it a shot: no sense in wasting money (esp. at these prices), right? It was HORRIBLE to my hair! Drying beyond belief, it made my hair stringing and tangled if I applied to much. It I applied less, it just made my hair frizzy. I tried cutting it with conditioner, which helped a little and then with oil, with helped a little more, but it was still never GOOD. I ended up throwing it out, it was so bad and useless.
Nice light hold, wonderful scent, light gel which defines my kinky tight curls. It is the last product I apply after applying DevaCare One Condition. I never have to scrunch out the crunch with this gel & my curls are nice n curly!
This product was a real let down. After using the no poo shampoo and conditioner from DevaCurl, I used this light gel to tame any frizz and enhance my waves. Though it smells wonderful, it fell very short of doing anything other than adding bulk to my hair and MORE frizz! There is little to no definition and my waves do not look hydrated but rather disheveled and ugly. I had to keep rewetting my hair during the day to try to scrunch it back into shape, but the more I scrunched, the more frizz I got. This gel was recommended for my hair type 2a, but I think I will opt for a curling cream rather than a gel. I have thick hair and perhaps the gel is just not the right product type.
I can't even express how much I love this!! It makes my hair super soft and super defined and people ask me if I curled it! My friends all boing my hair and it makes me proud to be a curly girl:)
This is one of the most amazing gels in the world. If I had money, I would only buy this one. I have 3a/b hair and i used this religiously. It smelled so clean and fresh and my curls would have the gel cast once dried, then I would shake, and they would be beautiful soft curls. I recommend this to anyone. I used this gel with the plopping method and it was AMAZING. I also used this gel on the day I went to a wedding and everyone complimented on my hair.
I like this gel it's a solid product. It has good hold for my super high density type 3b hair. The only reason I don't rate it higher is because it's nothing special. When I finish the bottle I will probably try another light gel. Overall good product, works well, nothing super special.
This gel works pretty well in my hair. It also smells absolutely wonderful. I like how light it is- it leaves my hair feeling soft and bouncy once I scrunch out a little crunchiness. This gel doesn't have too much hold though (obviously, it has "light defining" in the title), so if you are looking for a heavier product, this is not for you. For performance, I would get it four curls. I deducted one curl because I need to use A LOT of this gel to get any results and it is expensive. My hair is 2c, high density, and about an inch below chin-length and I have blown through a quarter of this bottle in one week (using it on wet hair every day). I can't imagine how much I'd use if my hair were longer!
Good definition, increased curl, and clumping so long as I use it when my hair is almost damp rather than wet contrary to the instructions. Otherwise it's a terrible gel. It's helped by CHS Curlkeeper. It is expensive though.
This left my hair a complete frizzy mess with no curl definition. I have fine thin hair that has a tendency to go flat on top. This made it worse. Very disappointed and I used it for several months before reviewing it so I could give it an honest review. No matter how little or how much I used it just didn't work.
I am in love with this hair gel. I love the end result of my soft curls. The only downside I find, is that I feel like I'm having to use a lot.
I used this with the Deva Curl One Condition but this line is just not for my hair. My hair was dull. It was not soft to touch, it lacked curl definition, and didn't feel like my hair was moisturized by mid-day.
i really like this gel. the fact it is natural is important to me. it smells delicious. i use it after b'leave in and followed by set it free and my waves are super bouncy, shiny and soft. i do however have to add gloss once my hair is fully done drying bc it is a little fluffy
3c - 4a hair. Love gel to death. It is the best on my hair. No crunch, no dryness. I just love it.
I've been using this product with the no-poo and one conditioner. I love these products and my hair looks amazing when I use them. I like the ingredients, the way it feels in my hair, and the scent is a nice added bonus. My main problem is that it only lasts the day that I do it. I never have decent or even wearable second day hair and anything past that is just worse. I always have to wear my hair up in a bun or ponytail if I don't wash it that day which is a hassle especially with curly hair (kind of ironic). The hair in the nape of my neck gets tangled beyond belief, more than with any other product I've ever used. The conditioner is nice but doesn't have too much of a slip which is annoying. I don't think I would purchase this product again, but it isn't a bad product and it does make my hair look amazing on the first day.
It held my hair just a bit too much. Left it dry and crunchy. I would much rather use a cheaper gel than this stuff.
This was horrible for my texture. I rinsed this out and applied my faithful Eco styler gel. Smh
This is definitely high quality stuff but the lightweightness of it is just a little too much so for me. I need more hold. I gave it 5 curls though because it is gentle and lightweight like it says and I saw an immediate improvement in my hair the first time I used it. It's super soft and not crunchy and smells nice - not offensive and perfumey. It makes your hair very soft and smooth after using the no-poo and one conditioner. I got it in a kit and really like it. It's worth the money if you're looking for the qualities it advertises.
I have been using this product all winter with amazing results! I used it with no poo, one condition and set it free. My hair had definition, shine, hold and moisture. However as soon as the weather got warmer in New England, this product literally made my hair worse than if I didn't use anything at all. I think it's the glycerin reacting with high humidity. I'm going to stash my new bottle of AnGel away for when the weather is dry and cold again. In the meantime I'm on the hint for a good glycerin-free gel which is hard to find. Currently using Giovanni LA mixed with almond oil.
I have definitely had great hair while using this product! It gives great hold throughout the day and also gives me soft, touchable curls. I only gave it 4 curls because it doesn't give me the best second day hair as other gels and never great third day! But still one of the best gels I have tried. Great for summertime!
Smells like fresh fruit...yum. Very light, easy to distribute and pliable hold. Not big on the hops; Tangles my hair if used in excess. This is a biggie during my winter regimen, (glycerin included). My summer regimen requires more moisture in a styler, (and glycerin becomes a big no no).
For some reason, I've been resistant to trying this, but now that I've started using it I love it! The crunch is easily scrunched out, and then I get beautiful, shiny, frizz-free curls. I took off one star because I find it a bit drying, even with a leave-in. But with something a bit heavier and moisturizing underneath - I've been using Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Cream Lite - I haven't had to worry about dryness and get the same great results. Will definitely buy again.
LOVE! I like how low maintenance these products are. AnGel is a very light colorless and odorless gel that you scrunch in your hair. Just scrunch in and you are done. No hairspray, no additional product, no nothing. My hair looks amazing once it's dry with no frizz and it's shiny and soft like it should be. Before DevaCurl I had to use detangler and a comb now I just use my fingers, scrunch and go.
I have been using this gel for about 2 weeks now in conjunction with the Deva three step system and finally feel ready to review it. I have to say I really like this gel. I don't need a lot to get the hold I want and it leaves my hair soft (after the gel cast has been broken). It leaves no flakes and I adore the smell, especially when layered over the One Condition. Today I was out and about all day around the city in 45 mile/hour gusts and periodic lite showers. I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the day when I finally got in front of a mirror to see that my hair looked great. It wasn't too big and there was virtually no frizz. I only gave this gel five stars because I don't like the whole gel cast thing. However, having said that every gel I have ever used dries that way so I have not yet run across a five star gel. I will say that this is the closest.
Worked very well for my 3b hair. I am mixed and have very fine hair but a lot of it and it's curly. I used the whole DevaCurl line and used this after I got out the shower. My curls weren't crunchy but nice, soft, and bouncy. Gel held all day, which was impressive because since my hair is so fine I get frizzy fast...no frizz today! YAY! Pretty good! Curious to see what happens on those rainy days, if DevaCurl Angel gel will win or mother nature. So far I am pretty happy to be having a good curly hair day. :0)
This was very curl enchancing. My usual 3a with some 3b was pretty much all 3b when I used this. Ofcourse, this could have to do with the fact that I used my sample/travel size in the summer and my curls are generally much tighter in high humidity. Still though, this turned my lazy ringlets into corkscrews. That being said, it could do better with shine and frizz control. Regardless, I like it. I have many other gels that I like a lot too, but I might buy this for when my curks need a boost.
Love love love this stuff ! I literally just bought the starter kit that comes with this, the shampoo & conditioner & the moisture lock leave in. my curls are amazingly shiny, perfectly frizz free, and very moisturized ! and thats only after the first use! i cant believe some people don't like this stuff, I have type 3a/3b curls & I've been trying to go CG for 3 years and now my curls look amazing ! this is a little expensive, but I reccomend at least trying the starter kit, its awesome !
My first experience with this product was at the salon after a Deva cut. I enjoyed what the product did the only down side was that are left with no volume? but beautiful defined curls. I am 3C and and have volume but I enjoy height. And that takes a little bit more effort, skill, product and time of course. Overall I like and will continue to use. Also works great with the conditioner which you can use as a leave in as well when diluted properly or not completely washed out.
I really wanted to like it, but despite using this, and the Mister Right, this left my hair, dry, crunchy, and tangled, despite two deep conditioning treatments. It feels awful in the morning! I plan on returning this to the salon I bought it from and going back to my KCCC and Knot Today.
i love how it made my hair feel and look, however, it smells like a household cleaner and my friends told me I smelled like a doctors office.
Love this stuff - it's light but holds my curls just right without ANY crunchiness at all - even if I accidentally use a little too much.
LOVE IT! My hair is really thin so I need a lightweight gel. It leaves my curls defined without weighing it down and making it crunchy!!!! I have tried other things but always come back to this :-)
I got a Deva haircut and the Angel gel used at that time made my hair look Dull. I still gave a second try and I bought it. It makes my hair look crunchy and dull. I love the low poo but I will not reccomend Angel. I gave a 2 curls since it does hold the curls.
OK so i live in the UK and was so excited to receive my AnGel in the post that i ordered from the states, but it was quite a let down. I thought it would make my 3a/3b curls really well defined, basically how devacurl suggest. However, the first few times i used it it left my hair really dry, dull, and feeling really producty (not the 'gel cast' feeling, but a gunky straw like feeling). No shine or bounce what so ever. To be honest it made my curls less curly. Then I read somewhere that it is best combined with One Condition (leaving some in your hair). So i tried again, this time i washed my hair and left in some One Condition, and applied the AnGel. This time it did leave my hair a lot softer and did slightly define my curls. So why the low rating? because whilst when applying it with some One Condition the producty feeling went away, as did the dryness, My hair was so frizzy, not enough hold at all and still looking quite dull. I think this product will work well if you have low to no frizz and if you combine it with One Condition left in. But if you really need the control from a gel/styling product, then its not as well suited.
Expensive but leaves my curls soft and people can actually touch my hair without me having to freak out. The gel doesn't flake. I agree that it does feel like there is a sort of film over the curls if you use a lot but I'd rather have that soft, touchable curls than flakey, crunchy curls.
In the 90's split ends were fixed using a high concentrated super glue called LA Gear. The second cousin and ex-convict of "Los AnGeles Gear", this took me back to borrowing your dads Flannel button ups, "No Scrubs", and stuffed converses. Years later, people slowly began to put together the correlation between LA GEAR & hair strands parting ways, dooming all hair to a high-top ponytail / facelift prison. Word on the street now is AnGel, has made a second coming... and it's in this bottle, asking to borrow some money, ese. At first this seemed to work pretty darn well. My hair was well defined, soft & it really did wonders for accentuating my random, spiral curls and taming frizz. After a while I noticed the bottom ends of my hair began dreading. The ends of my hair became dry. I had to cut pieces of my hair more times then Jessica and that gum "incident(s)" in 2nd grade. I was using only DevaCurl products at the time, clarifying every two weeks, then every week, and deep conditioning to no avail. I started to eliminate all my products until this product was the one left standing. I gave it a pretty good star review here because I truly believe there's probably a single ingredient in here that's doing it for me. I feel in a way - it's not entirely their fault for my picky hair who clearly has a mind of it's own.
When they say "gentle frizz control" they really mean gentle frizz control. I wouldn't suggest buying this product if you're hair is generally frizzy to begin with- it won't do you much. As far as the product goes, I do like it. It has a very pleasant smell and leaves my hair smelling devine (as well as feeling incredibly super soft and moisturized). I find it works best when used in conjunction with other Deva products. Overall, it's a good gel if you already like your hair, but just need a little added control.
This was the first DevaCurl product I used on my hair and it did not work well at all. BUT after purchasing the DevaCurl One Condition, No-Poo, and the ARC ANGEL Gel, my curls look FABULOUS. I would recommend anyone who hasn't been successful with this gel to try the ArcAngel instead. BIG DIFFERENCE! :)
So I have been using DevaCurl AnGel for quite a while and I have to say that my hair looks great for about anywhere from six to eight hours after I apply it. I do love how it practically dissolves into my hair while it's wet. It's super easy to apply, but using too much will cause crunchiness because it still is a gel after all. My hair is naturally a flowy fine mess that kind of floats when the breeze rolls in, this does give my hair weight, but it is not enough sometimes and it doesn't do really anything for the frizz at my crown. AnGel doesn't work the best on humid days either. It really dries up, causing my hair to dry up and frizz out. So I recommend this product to anyone with fine hair who doesn't want a whole bunch of hold.
Left me feeling gunky and producty. Did not control frizz at all - even when paired with other Deva products.
i bought this for my 11 year old along with the shampoo, conditioner, and the sprays. it did not work! her air poofed out out and looked dryer than before. my daughter is biracial and has very dry, curly, soft hair.
So I've reached a stage where friends are started to ask me what I've "done" with my hair. No one ever knew I had "so much" of it, and, except during swimming or at the beach, most people never saw that my hair curls. "For the first time in my life I'm doing nothing to my hair," causes suspicion. So I tell them I've found some hair care products that really suit my hair. And this is completely true. I've never enjoyed my hair before, and I'm having a ball "getting to know it."
Not a good bet for me. Starts out fine, but my waves quickly fall apart and turn to soft, producty fuzz. :( Guess I need more hold (we have had high dews though).
I have been using angel for almost 2 months now. My major complaint is how much of it you have to use. I have gone though half of the liter bottle in 7 weeks. I have to keep adding more and more of it to try to keep the frizz away. I have finally decided to give it up and switch to something else.
I am very pleased with AnGel. I had been trying the Ouidad and Curlisto product lines and really hated having to apply their multiple products in "sections". It feels so unnatural, heavy, and sticky. Finally, I tried the DevaCurl 3-step trial pack and I am thrilled. AnGel is low-maintenance and leaves my hair completely natural and soft, while still providing beautiful definition. The scent of the whole line (no-poo, one condition, and angel) is also really nice. Kind of a chamomile/mint tea with a bit of citrus. My husband can't keep his nose out of my curls! The only reason I didn't give it a 5: it is a bit pricey. But I think buying in bulk online would make it worthwhile...I am definitely going to stick with it.
I was disappointed with this product. I usually use kinky curly and decided to try something different. It gave very little hold and definition and my hair just looked frizzy. I think this product is suited to 3b and 2bs. Now I'm stuck with a huge bottle of it. Oh well - back to my holy grail of Kinky Curly
I’m terribly disappointed with DevaCurl. I spent so much time researching products and was looking forward to hopefully finding the right one….NOT so! I have thick 3c/4a type hair and the Low-Poo shampoo made my hair feel so dry and very straw like, I was baffled. I was desperately hoping the One Condition would make it feel softer and detangle my hair but I felt like it did absolutely nothing. I applied more to no avail. I rinsed out the conditioner after combing through my hair, reapplied a little to use Deva Angel and my hair started having white dots like the conditioner and gel was clumping together. It continued to feel worse and more disgusting. I’ve only used it once and terrified to try it again. Prior to DevaCurl I used Surface Vegan Hair Products and Mixed Chicks…I’m desperate to find something healthy for my thick curly hair. I'm only giving it two curls because the smell wasn't too bad - well not as bad as Low-Poo.
Makes my hair feel sticky. I tried using a less of the product thinking I used too much but it still made my hair feel sticky. Nothin worse than sticky gel feeling in your hair :(
Good light hold gel. I do prefer the Arc Angel for my hair because I need a little more hold. I love the fruity scent. Most people have a love/hate relationship with all the Deva scents. I also love that this gel is not sticky ( I hate thick gooey gels) and rinses out well. It is not a heavy gel yet you get a great cast over you curls which I scrunch out with either Deva Set It Free or the Deva Set Up & Above. The one thing that I dislike about the Deva gels is that it always feels like I have a coating on my hair. The price is a little high and I tend to have to use alot of product for my short hair so I am not sure if it would be a good value for someone with really long hair. I have purchased this from Ulta and Curlmart but I will not repurchased again because I prefer the DevaCare Arc Angel.
Best product I have ever used! After my new stylist introduced me to this line, I went home and gave everything else away. :)
I've been using this product for almost two months. I cannot use the product if I want volume, though. It weighs down my curls--and this is good to control frizz, but not good if I want any lift. And I LOVE voluminous hair. I will not repurchase this product.
Gives okay definition. I found my hair to be a little frizzy and very dry. I usually use Kinky-Curly's curling custard but it sometimes leaves a white film on my hair. Angel did not leave a film and it did better when I left my hair soaking wet and applied oil first. Smells great!
The product is not sticky going on. It looks like a gel but goes on like a thick liquid. Thank God there is no crunch. My hair feels soft. But on a humid day my hair fluffs. Its not enough to hold nice curls.
I love this stuff! I have baby fine 3a hair and there hasn't been a miracle gel that is strong enough to hold my curls without making them crunchy or dry... until now! When I use it on sopping wet curls with Set it Free, I get beautiful, soft shiny curls that last all day and sometimes longer! Never have I ever had 2nd/3rd day hair until now :) thank you Deva!
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this product. While I hate the idea of putting gel in my hair, this gel is the least crunchy of any other gel I’ve tried. My boyfriend dislikes the feel of my hair with gel in it but I can’t deny the awesome curl formation I get with this product. Typically I’ll use a very small amount of this product on wet hair before scrunching with the DevaTowel, then scrunch again when dry to release the gel cast. Occasionally I’ll mix the AnGEL with the Set It Free for softer-looking/softer-feeling curls.
This is probably the worst gel I have ever tried. I am glad I only got a small bottle as a trial. It did NOTHING to my hair, I applied it as directed and it feels as if I had no product on my hair...ewwww.
Received a bottle from a friend who found it didn't work on her mixed race hair. I was put off immediately by the overpowering smell of gasoline or oil. Maybe it was an old bottle, but nothing you rub on your head should ever devolve into something so foul. Found it to be terribly drying and left my hair feeling slightly starchy and a little gummy when styled. Hair didn't have much give to it either - pulling off a pony or bun after using was virtually impossible. Kept it around as a backup when I've run out of my usual products, but eventually just chucked it. Not for me, that's for sure.
Been using AnGel for a year now. Tried other gels but keep coming back to AnGel. My hair is very fine and it gives me hold without being heavy. However it does not work alone. I have to use a small amount of leave-in conditioner and a curl enhancer. Putting all this together gives me soft curls with hold. This will not give you freeze-dried curls. Gives mild hold when combined with PT for fine hair. I also don't use tons of it or rake it through. Just scrunch in to the canopy after curl enhancer and leave-in.
This was used on me at my first curly haircut and I had tried it twice on my own and just figured I didn't apply it correctly. It makes my hair very producty and dry straw like with a lot of spiderweb frizz, not a good one for my cherub 2b curls. I prefer Biotera gel much better and it saves me a ton of money!
Wow. Purchased as part of the trial size set. It works alright, but it's a very thin gel and you need a lot of it to control the curls. By the time I felt like all of my hair was coated, I used a good amount of my trial size bottle. When my hair was dry (air dry only), the "curl cast" was significant. I'm fine with that - a little scrunching and it goes away. There are definitely other products that do a better job for the money.
Usually I use a cream for my 3b curls... (think Bb grooming creme, MOP texture lotion) so I was a little hesitant to try a gel... I bought the travel size and I have to say, I really like this stuff. It smells great, and makes my hair soft and shiny. I'm only giving it a 4 though, because I felt like I NEEDED to pair it with the Mist-her right to get the look I wanted. Also, I think I'm just most comfortable with cremes.
The scent is clean and light. Smells kind of like grapefruits. This is a good gel, but cannot be used (for my hair) in dry whether, as it makes my strands even more dry.
Love this stuff! I have short thick hair and this give me lovely shiny curls with no crunch. Best gel I've used in a very long time.
This product is OK. I tried it after using the No Poo and One Condition. I finger combed this through my hair and then sprayed on Set It Free. I found it really made my hair feel rubbery. There was just some sort of mask on my hair that I couldn't make go away. I find my hair looks great just using some leave-in conditioner and some of the Set It Free.
This gel is the best! I just got a deva cut yesterday and my stylist did an amazing job! My hair has never looked this good and I've tried every product out there for curly hair. I recomend scrunching the gel in while your hair is still sopping wet. This seems to give the best result. I took one curl away for price, but on second thought if my hair keeps looking this good its worth the extra cash!
For the price and effect, I will not be buying again. Thinking of swapping on the board. I found that it does smell good, but I have to use SO much to have an effect. It frizzes fast by the end of the day too. Trying to spray set it free on it when dry just leads to a sticky, icky mess. I loved the devacut but not the products. My 3b/c are very happy with the kinkycurly line though. cg method only a month but after 2 weeks done with the deva products.
This product was weird. I tried using it with the One Condition as a leave in as the bottles say for dry hair, which mine is, but i got this nasty mess, like clear, runny tapioca pudding, with little chucks! Now, whether you like tapioca pudding is neither here nor there, but I am personally of the opinion that this is not an acceptable consistency for a styling product. I wanted to see what the problem was, so I tried mixing a tiny bit of gel with every conditioner, leave in and styling product in my bathroom. It had the same reaction to every single one, to greater or lesser degrees. So I decided to experiment: if it does not play well with others, I should not use it with others! I No-poo'd my hair, used a generous amount of One Conditioner, and then rinsed it all out *very* thorooghly. I will chalk this up to a moment of madness. My favorite description of my result was from my husband; he said that I "looked like a life-size Fraggle from Fraggle Rock, and not in a cute way". It was not crunchy at all, but it was dry, frizzy, undefined, tangled mess! Not cool... I think I may have to give up. I am going to give it one more shot, this time still with not leave in (pray for me), but with a ton more gel (hubby's suggestion, since the last time it looked like I did not use enough product).
At first try I didn't like this gel. I tried some combos and came up with somethiing that works great on my hair after swimming. I use One Condition as a leave-in and then some AnGel, followed by 3 - 4 sprays of Set It Free (sprayed into my hands and spread over my hair). Works great, no frizz, great moisture. I like!
I had been hesitant to try this for a long time because of the mixed reviews. Also, having grown up in the 80s, I am wary of gels in general. But I have been using it for about a week, and I am pleased with the results. I have very fine hair, and it gives me good curl definition, shine, and volume. It isn't sticky or crunchy. I tried it by itself with no other products, and it did dry my hair out a bit. But now I am using it with a leave-in underneath, and my hair is not dried out. I gave it 4 curls instead of 5 because it would be nice if I didn't have to use other products to counteract the drying properties. Also it is a little expensive. But overall I am very pleased with this gel, and I will continue to use it for the foreseeable future.
I just recently went no-poo. This was my first styling product since the switch. It provides good definition... but not good clumping, and by the end of the day my curls were stuck to my head and totally frizzed out. This is a good product to build upon... I definately needed something with more hold and more volume. But it did keep my curls super soft.
Love, love, love this and I usually hate hair gel! My stylist started using this in my hair and I liked it so much I bought some. It really defines my curls without being crunchy! The trick is not use too much and to make sure it gets distributed throughout your hair.
Hair type: 3A, super fine texture, spirals. I find AnGEL a little too sticky. It can also weigh down my hair a bit. It is called a "moisturizing" gel. It contains castor oil as one of the first ingredients. However, I use this gel when I need more moisture then ArcANGELL when my hair is doing well. No crunch.
DRIED OUT MY HAIR! it literally took me weeks to recover. this is actually how i felt about the entire Deva line. I've heard so many good things about this line but was quite disappointed. Maybe it's just my hair? I seem to have better luck with moisturizers rather than gels anyway. In my opinion, though, go for other products. sorry.
This is the best CG gel I've been able to find so far, but I won't say it's the best. It smells really great (I wish the other DevaCurl products smelled like this one, but unfortunately they don't). My hair feels soft when it's dry, which is what I want (I hate "hard" or "crunchy" hair). However, my curls look best right after my hair dries and I slowly loses curl and gain frizz as the day goes on. Maybe ArcAnGEL would work better in the humid summer weather? I'm willing to try it, but I hope that it smells like this one and not like some of the other products.
I love AnGEL as this is a great styling gel that doesn't leave my hair crunchy or sticky best of all it is light weight. When it dries my hair is not feeling like it has a ton of product. I am so happy to find a product that finally defines my loose wavy hair; this is the only product that has done that the best job! I have lots of body and movement with this product. It gives me great hold and my hair last all day.
I have fine 2A hair that can look stringy or clumpy when certain products are used. I tried AnGell plus Set it Free spray on my honeymoon in a hot & humid climate and had great results: full and (mostly) frizz-free soft curls (even the hubby commented!) Back home in the midwest, it does seem to make my hair fuller and less stringy than other products, but the results are not as fabulous. Will definitely take this on all my trips to warm places!
I love this product. It gives me beautiful curls and I have received many complements. Not sticky nor crunchy. Gives me loads of body to my hair as well.
This product worked GREAT on my hair. I used DevaCurl No-Poo followed by Heaven in Hair (left on my hair for 30 minutes). I then used about a quarter to silver dollar amount for my super thick shoulder length curls followed by AG:Recoil and my curls are BEAUTIFUL!
I do like this gel. I mix it with BRHG for a bit more hold. I also use a couple of curl defining products before the gel.
This worked really well on my hair. I'm 2b/3a. It wasn't too heavy... I really wish I had it now, but I have to wait til summer :) it also smells great.
I definitely had better luck with this gel than the No-poo and One Condition that I bought to go with it. I've stopped using the poo, and I'm getting a really nice end result with the gel now. Unfortunately, I'm not going to repurchase because I'm done with the Deva line all together. Smells great tho!
I love this product! I used it and got decent results, and then it snowed. Even with 93% humidity I still had curls! Well defined and with no frizz. This never makes my hair crunchy at all, in fact I think it adds softness to the finished product. I will alternate between Jessicurl and Deva from now on. I'm in love.
It's obvious that this gel was made by and for curly girls. This is definitely the best gel I've ever used and I've used many. I used to settle for gels that would leave hair sticky, believing that sticky was better than crunchy any day. But this is the first one that left my hair defined, soft, very curly, non-sticky, and non-crunchy. The gel dries hard... and after it's dry, scrunching it magically makes it soft and very beautiful. It is so incredibly gratifying!! I'm torn as to whether I should continue buying the whole line (great results but so much $$$!) but I'll definitely keep using this gel.
This is a great gel with a mild and pleasant lime or lemongrass scent. I rake it through wet hair, scrunch with a microfiber towel to form curls, and then I plunk my hair in the microfiber towel (also known as plopping) and let them dry overnight. The result is a head full of glossy, defined curls and there are no 'cones to weigh down my hair. Everything I want in a hair gel. 5 stars.
Absolutely amazing. This styling gel doesn't leave my hair sticky AT ALL, and yet it gives my curls fantastic definition. I love the scent, too.
In the summer I've found this is ok as a light (albeit crunchier than optimal) gel -- even in the humid southeast, assuming my hair is in good shape. At the moment, however (midwinter, hair is fried) it seems to pull out more curl than it helps form. My corkscrews are confused, lifeless, stretched out, deformed and, no matter how much I scrunch when dry, crunchy. I also never feel like I get it evenly distributed in my hair. Prefer PM sculpting gel.
This product has helped my hair in so many ways. It holds my curls, doesn't cause frizz, isn't drying, and doesn't flake. Also, it doesn't way down my hair, which is quite fine. I can't ask for a better gel considering that I only use to use cream styling products. This is another product that I can't imagine doing without.
I am a big believer in DevaCurl's No-poo and One Condition, so I have tried really hard to like the Deva styling products, too. But after trying all of them, I have come to the conclusion that the whole styling line is one big fraud perpetrated on CG believers. This gel, like all of their other styling products, just makes my hair look stringy and flat. I can't get any sort of bounce or spring with ANY of their styling products. I have tried just about every method I can think of to make them work (damp hair, soaking wet hair, raking it through, scrunching alone), but nothing seems to work. As I said in another review, I truly believe that the only people who claim to get "good" results from Deva styling products are those who have yet to discover just how good their hair can look with other quality styling products.
It didn't do the trick for me. Made my hair look big and frizzy. I tried using it with DevaCurl SetItFree and that didn't help as well. It probably works better on tighter hair and heavier.
I loved this product!! At first, I used too much of it and my hair was limp. After I figured out that I only need a little bit on my thin hair, it works great! It smells great too!
Once I discovered how much my hair needed, it works perfect every time. I finally have found my HG!
This product was good, left my hair with volume, good curls :) But what most people are complaining about.. is right, if they did not mix the gel with a leave in conditioner.. I washed off a little of the One conditioner and it looks great.. I also applied the gel. Deva Salon teaches you how to use it properly.
I put it in when right before I hop out of the shower and my hair is uber wet. I love it. No crunch, no greasy feeling, no wet look. Love it!
After reading other reviews, i have to sya that I was very disappointed with this product. The ingredients looked promising. But, this produtc didn;t do anything (for me) that it promised to do. My hair was sticky, crunchy, undefined and really dry. I was baffled because my hair was really curly right after I washed it before I put this in it. It took a few washes for my hair to recover.
I am a lover of the DevaCurl line, but this just didn't do it for me. I have super super thick 2c-3a hair... on a good day it works and gives me good definition but ONLY if I use it with Mixed Chicks Leave in and revive with a spritz of water.... Otherwise my hair can be flat, crunchy and on the worst days...poufy and dry.
I really liked what this did for my hair but I had an extreme breakout/allergic reaction when using this and didn't figure out the product was causing it for a week. Used about 3 handfuls of the gel about a half dollar size each and distributed through towel dried hair (shoulder length, 3b). Would love it if my skin wasn't so sensitive!
I love this stuff! I have very fine 3A curls and I've been searching for the right gel. I use this gel mixed half and half with the lavender mist recipe in the book "Curly Girl". Put it in a spray bottle and it gives me just enough hold and makes my curls look great.
I was so excited to finally have these deva products everyone has been raving about but it did nothing for my hair. It somehow managed to relax the curl so I had no curl definition and the texture of my hair somehow managed to be frizzy and crunchy at the same time.
Because Deva products are water based you need to use more product so the hair absorbs all the moisture. Most gels coat the hair so you have to use less or you'll flake.
I think this may be the worst gel i've ever used.... it left my hair icky, not very defined and very frizzy. For $18 i think i should be given better results. I've heard some good things about Deva but so far it's not going too well for me.
I like the herbal scent of this product and the fact that it feels very clean, but it does dry crunchy on my hair, even when paired w/ a leave-in. After my hair drys completey I can scrunch out the crunch and my hair is shiny and mostly frizz-free. Alot is needed tho and it is not cheap stuff.
Oh my goodness gracious. This is HANDS DOWN the best product my curls have EVER seen. After applying and letting my hair air dry half way and finish drying with a diffuser my hair felt and looked like it had no product at all in it. My curls were SO WELL defined and lacked any frizz. I bought the 12 oz bottle to start and immediately went back to "Ulta" and bought the larger size!
It worked great for 2 days possibly becaue I had heavily conditioned my hair with Olive oil overnight. 3rd day I followed all the same steps (except Olive Oil) and my hair is dry and brittle on the canopy- it looks dull and lifeless... what is going on?
I have a combination of fine 3b/c hair and walked for 50 minutes today in humid NJ weather (dew point 62 degrees). It was great! I tried it on the the curliest part of my head an it was completely unaffected. It has been 3 days since my last conditioner rinse, so the true test will be to see how it holds up on day 1.
This product is the best gell that i have ever encountered. allows the curl to dry naturally while protecting it from frizzing. the best thing is after it has dried, scrunch to release the crunch!!
I love the smell of this product! The hold is alright. I have to use another gel to keep my hold but as far as forming and keeping curls it is awesome. Love this a lot!:)
I really had high hopes for this gel and I actually liked the smell and the light weight feel of it. When I first used it my hair looked nice but I noticed there were some stiff parts and when it fully dried it look like I had nothing in my hair. It was just frizzy and unbrushable. I like to brush my hair before I shower but when I tried brushing, it tangled so bad that I had to cut a tangle out of my hair!!! Not using this again.
My hair didn't respond to this creatively spelled Gell. It was sort of like I didn't use anything.
I really like AnGell. My 3C curls respond very well to it, but I *have* to use B'Leave-In *and* another conditioner as a leave-in with it, or I get too dry. And if I use to much, my curls get weighed down, the top of my hair goes flat and sort of ropey. I have fine textured hair with a lot of volume (more hair per square inch of head than most stylists have ever seen), and my hair is currently just brushing my shoulders wet, drying to my jawbone. I use about a tablespoon for my whole head, concentrating on the length, not the roots. It works great for me - expensive, but good!
I've been using this for a while, believing what lorraine massey, in her hoity toity accent, said about the products being "botanical." I discovered that it contains DMDM hydantoin, a preservative that actually releases formaldehyde into the product. How that is beneficial for curls I don't know. I'm angered, and I'm never using expensive Deva products again.
I honestly wish that I could give this product a 0! It has a slightly unpleasat dor to it, its not moisturizing, it pulls out the curl, caused my hair to frizz, and left me with curls that hadd barely any movement to them.
I've tried this product again and again, with and without conditioner underneath, with OneCondition and also with other conditioners, and I just can't get consistently good results. Two curls for its ability to reduce or eliminate frizz for me and for the great shine, softness and curl definition for the first few hours after having applied the it. After that my curls get slightly "big" though still defined. But by the end of the day my hair is dried out and looks coated with some whitish powdery stuff all over it and is terribly tangly, and I'm forced to shampoo a couple of times to get it out.
This product smells incredible and everytime I wore it, people would ask me, "what perfume are you wearing?" However, it didn't hold any curl for me and I needed something stronger. My hair is on the thicker side and I have a feeling it responds much differently on fine/thin hair.
The AnGell defined my curls okay, but there was absolutely no frizz control. I would not recommend this product to anyone with medium, textured African-American naturally curly hair.
I really wanted to like this product, BUT I just couldn't. I started out with a little, and then a little bit more, and then MORE. It just wouldn't handle my fro. Left my hair feeling like it had a chalky dry film and super poofy.
I love this product. Really helps to hold my curl and barely any crunchiness. I love the smell as well but the price is a little steep especially with how quickly I go through gel.
This is the only gel I use. Nothing else compares. My hair is very thin and fine with ringlets, and this gel works very well for it.
As with the No-Poo I initially had good results but with continued use my hair got more and more dull. I think the product built up quickly and my fine curls felt dirty and looked limp.
This gel not only smells fantastic, but it really seals beautiful curls...and when you scrunch the crunch they are amazingly soft and well formed.
This is the BEST gel I have used for my natural, 3B curls. They stay defined, frizzless and shiny even in the deep south where I live!
I usually don't like gels but this one is wonderful! Gives my fine curls/ waves hold without any being sticky or crunchy. I use about two nickel-size blobs in my long hair. It works great for me as my only styler. I wish it smelled more like oranges as some of the other Deva products do.
I am still struggling with this product. I got great results ONCE, but haven't been able to replicate it since. You have to use an insane amount. I don't think I will repurchase.
I plopped down a chunk of change for this gel and the Angell conditioner and the No poo. I had high expectations based on what the salesperson told me. Too bad for me. This is a sticky and unwieldy gel. It doesn't coat my hair shaft and leaves my hair feeling dry and brittle. I've tried it for a month now, styled it many different ways (air-dry, diffuse, blow dry). It's not worth the money. I recommend Ouidad over this gel any day.
Very disappointed - I bought based on all the rave reviews, but it left my 2a/3b curls very dull, limp and frizzy. Tried just air drying and diffusing, both to no avail.
I have been using this for years. It is the only gel that I like. It is never sticky or crunchy, completely elminates frizz, and leaves my hair soft, with very defined curls.
If I could submit a 0 curl rating, I would, since that's what it did for my hair. It smells great and isn't sticky or heavy, but it didn't define curl or reduce frizz. My hair is between a 3b and a 3c, and it just didn't do anything at all.
Okay, not the worst and not the best. Good hold and definition, but hair felt sort of "coated" and product-y when dry, and it was hard to distribute. I like my products to go on smooth like butta.
I don't know why people like this product. I found it made my hair look like cotton candy and was dry and dirty looking.
The jury's still out on this one. It was recommended as the "best" curly hair gel out there; however, it leaves a residue on my hair, I have to experiment more, maybe I'm using too much along with the be-leave in conditioner.
Sadly, I was disappointed with this product. My curls had good definition, but they were very stiff and crusty! The next morning, the stiffiness did go away with some wetting and re-styling. But who wants to wait until day two for a product to work? I've tried mixing it with other products to see if the crustiness goes away. No luck here.
I couldn't even get this stuff off the shelf at Ulta...one sniff and I had to put it back. The smell is one that I think you either love or hate and to me, it was vile.
This gel smells just great, but it has too little hold for me. I seem to be able to get away using it better in the summer than the cold winters when I get more frizz. It feels fresh in the hair.
I'm giving my winter review. Because right now it doesn't work for me. It dries my hair out like straw. I will re-evaluate in the summer.
this product does not have enough hold for me. it leaves my hair frizzy and looking/feeling dry. and i must use a diffuser for it to look decent. definitely cannot air dry when i use angell for some reason. i was really disappointed.
This gave me very little curl definition or hold. I could feel the build up on my hair, and it left it VERY dry. My hair was a tangled matted mess. I tried it several times with different combos. The smell is nice though. I prefer Curl Keeper, Ouidad Climate Control Gel or Paul Mitchell Styling Glaze.
I had no luck at all with this gel. It left my hair thick and gunky-feeling. I tried several times in different ways and ended up swapping it.
This was okay on my 3a-3b hair. Not enough hold but worked better when mixed with a firmer gel.
It took me a little while to figure this one out, but I absolutely love it now! I rub about a tsp of it between my hands, hang my head over forwards, and scrunch it in that way into dripping wet hair. Dries a bit crunchy, but it's very easily scrunched out after hair is dry. Leaves beautiful shiny curls, and smells lovely! LOVE it!
This product did a good job of creating definition for my curls. I also liked that it wasn't sticky and didn't leave my hair stiff. I only gave it 2 curls because it did NOTHING to control the "poof" factor, which is very important to me so I will not buy this product again.
This product didn't provide nearly enough hold for my hair. The curl formation was good but it didn't even hold for half a day.
when they applied the angell at the devachan salon, it was drying stiff and i was thinking ew gross, then the stylist was like no watch, he scrunched and like magic stiff lifeless hair became soft, goddess like frizz free curls! of course i got the stuff, and use it at home and my results are just as amazing. i normally dont like using gels, but this one is a keeper.
Wonderful scent. It has a light hold and keeps curls shiny and moist. However, I need to use a lot of product to get the results I want. So unfortunately it's something I cannot afford to keep up at this point in my life.
I really love the smell of this gel. But alas it doesnt do well for me. It is too light, but the thing about it that irritates me the most is how my hair feels once it is dried. Too producty feeling. It still looked okay though.
This product caused my hair to frizz badly and it gave me crunch. I ended up throwing this away in the end!
I like this product BUT as some of the other curly q's said my scalp gets itchy and even now I even get scabs at times.
I really like Angell. For some reason it works wonderfully for me in the summer. It doesn't always work so well in the winter but I still keep some on stock. It works best when put into soaking wet hair and when hair is air dried.
Not bad. Since I have a lot of hair, I need to need a lot of gel for better frizz and definition.
One of the best products that I've ever used and coming from a reformed product junkie that means a lot. Smells devine and never leaves my curls crunchy. The trick is to figure out how much to use in your hair.
I love the smell, in fact I think the whole Devacurl line smells incredible. But I agree, my hair felt very dirty after using it. And when I was out in the wind, my hair just got frizzy and uncontrolable. I will try to experiment a little more with it to see, but right now I wouldn't recommend it.
I consider this to be my HG gel! When used with One Conditioner, it gives me beautiful and defined curls.
I HONESTLY have tried EVERYTHING. Mix this gel with the One Conditioner and you've got yourself THE BEST syling product out there. Defines curl, is not sticky or crispy, doesn't even need crunched out. The only thing is that I needed a shine serum after but I'm so thrilled that I've finally found something I LOVE!!!
More ambivalent about the smell than most, but still love it. Defines my curls without making them sticky.
I'd really like to give this gel 2 and a half curls. I'll probably use up the bottle, but this made my hair curlier than usual (which is not what I was going for) and left me with more halo-frizz than usual. My hair got bigger than I like it to, also. I am really disappointed becuase I thought I would love this product given how much many other culies do and given that I like One Condition a lot. I'll experiement with using different amounts of the gel.
At first, I hated it...thought it was tacky to the touch and thick feeling in a bad way. totally ready to throw it out until I used less gell...who knew so little would do the trick? for those that were not so pleased, try using less and actually do that scrunching thing...it works!
Not enough hold for my 3c hair, and while it made my curls soft, there was no control in humidity at all. Made my scalp itch, and couldn't wait to rinse it out, and when I did my hair felt like straw.
A very nice light gel that smells absolutely awesome! It gives me hold, shine, definition and a soft look, but sometimes too soft, and the hold doesn't last as long as I like. Almost perfect.
This is a great product, but I can't use it alone-- the hold just isn't strong enough. I love the smell!
I love this product! It smells great, is never sticky or crunchy, and leaves my curls feeling soft. Also, the control is great. If you have thinner hair, you might want to try something that doesn't weigh your hair down quite as much, but i liked the control it gave me.
I have such horrible results from this stuff! I love the smell, but my hair frizzes horribly! I let my hair air dry, maybe that is why, but it has very little hold and my hair looks like a before commercial.
I felt the need to re-review this product. While I still think it's a great gel, some days it doesn't give me enough hold or frizz control as I need.
Very good. Smells lovely (like all the Devacurl products) and with good hold without the crunch. Best so far.
Love this gel, gives me soft shiny curls and keeps frizz at bay. Wasn't convinced at first but the key was leaving in all my One Condition and scrunching in more gel than I normally would. On second day hair I'll run a little water over my canopy and then a tiny amount of Angell to get rid of halo frizz, also with good results!
Unfortunately for me, this has ultra, ultra light hold. I live in humid SW Florida and this just didn't hold up. In order to use it and have a good day, I have to pair it with some Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee... and well, that's just not cost effective. There are definitely better gels out there. This one smells DELICIOUS, though! I WISH the One Conditioner smelled like the Angell...
Gives pretty good curls and cuts down on frizz, but feels terrible. If I use very little, it's not bad, but the good effects are lessened, as well. Use enough and my hair feels like it's full of gunk. The next morning it is even worse and I can't wait to shampoo!
This took a little getting used to. It's very light and has less hold than the other products I had been using. I find myself having to use a lot in order to get the look I want. That said, this is a terrific product. It leaves me with defined, non-crunchy, shiny curls. I wish it had a little more hold to keep frizz at bay longer, but it's still a winner. I will definitely repurchase!
If it hadn't been for this gel, I would have completely given up on gels period. Every other gel had always left my hair crunchy and stiff,incl.Biolage. I absolutely LOVE Angell! My hair is on the finer side and more wavy then curly, so it gave definition to my hair without weighing it down. It's light, easy to apply, and smells fab! Definitely a HG for me. :D
This did not work in my hair at all. I have type 3B hair and it left my hair frizzy and poufy even after using alot of it. I am sticking with Ouidad Climate Control.
I felt the need to re-review this product..Bought it again and I really like it now. I found out how much to use from the devachan folks and love the smell...no greasy look...don't know what happened in the last review...it is a soft hold and I do have to mix it with a bit of firm hold clear gel or an Aloe Vera Gel..I would re-purchase this...the price is good.
Greasy hair, had to shampoo the next day after using this. Nice smell. My scalp also itched alot with this.
The best gel I've ever used. No crunchiness or flaking. I have a very dry sensitive scalp, and I don't have any problems using this product at all.
This is the only gel that gives me decent curl definition with little stickiness. I LOVE the whole DevaCurl line, because I can get great curls without buying a whole mess of products... just conditioner and gel and I'm out the door! Bravo!
i have thick coarse spirals and this stuff works wonders. not crunchy, doesn't way my hair down, and smells excellente. the whole line of products is awesome as well.
I like this gel--it gives good curl formation and controls frizz without leaving my hair sticky, crunchy, or wet looking. Its hold is pretty light, though, so my hair could get a bit fluffy during humid Texas summers or a bit droopy during cold, dry winter weather.
It really holds my curls together, creating shiny, frizz-free and bouncy curls. I use this gel with the Devacurl Conditioner and Low Poo. I absolutely LOVE this stuff.
beautiful defined frizz free curls, light hold with no stick or crunch and moisturized curls! The smell is awesome!
Ingredient Attributes: frizz control, anti-humectant