KMS California Curl Up Curling Balm6.8 fl oz / 200 ml | Styler
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This has been a staple of mine for years. I used to style with the Curl Up Cream by KMS, but I like the Curling Balm better because it doesn't feel 'producty' in my hair. My curls are soft and defined and feel natural. I find it works best with a leave in conditioner before hand and some kind of oil to seal (I'm currently using argan oil). This does have a cone, but it is water soluble. No other products I use have cones, and I regularly use a sulfate free shampoo so I don't have any issues with build up or dryness. This product is not anti humectant, so its not as good if you live somewhere humid. It's better in dryer climates. There is also virtually no hold, which works for me but probably not for others.
I liked this product in combination with the spray. Alone it really did not do much for my waves.
It's a gel more than a balm but it works very well it leave curls well formed and naturally boucy and with a lot of movement unlike gels which tend to dry flacky and stiff. The smell is subtle and fades with is good with people who are sensitive to odors.
This actually worked for me. Curling balms tend to make my hair fuzzy, but this one didn't. It has just enough hold for me, too. Smells great. I'd probably by the Curl Up Control Creme next though.
This cream didn't have enough hold on its own, but seemed to work better layered over another product like Curl Keeper.
My hair is long, very thick and slightly wavy. It frizzes when air dried without product, as the waves separate from each other and fall out under the weight of my hair. I'm looking for something to enhance the wave/curl and reduce some of the frizz. This product helps the wave a bit, but it just doesnt look nice.
This gave me some soft definition, but I got a good bit of fluff and rope frizz from it too. Definitely better on a cooler and less humid day than a hot, summer one.
Ingredient Attributes: anti-humectant
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