Lightweight curl cream?

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I am trying to find a product that will give me frizz-free, soft waves as opposed to clumpy waves. A curl cream sounds ideal since it will encourage the wave while supplying moisture and weight, but I can't find one with the right consistency. Many tend to be buttery and heavy, and MOP in particular was awful. Way too gummy/gluey. I have fine hair and need something lighter and silkier. How is the consistency of CJCCCCL? It's more expensive than I would like to spend so I would be interested to hear if it's worth trying.
I am trying to find a product that will give me frizz-free, soft waves as opposed to clumpy waves. A curl cream sounds ideal since it will encourage the wave while supplying moisture and weight, but I can't find one with the right consistency. Many tend to be buttery and heavy, and MOP in particular was awful. Way too gummy/gluey. I have fine hair and need something lighter and silkier. How is the consistency of CJCCCCL? It's more expensive than I would like to spend so I would be interested to hear if it's worth trying.
Originally Posted by loremipsum
I don't have fine hair but Re:Coil works well for me, and CCCCL is worth trying just for the heavenly smell. It isn't heavy, you might like it.

I have used both of these (alone without gel - on me I use them under gel) on the daughter with fine and loosely wavy hair and they do help with frizz without making the hair curly.
2c / C / iii (FIA)
Med-Coarse, LowPorosity, NormalElast (LCLF)

Shoulder-Length now.

Wash: DevaCare Low Poo
Detangle & Rinseout: Walgreens or Sally's Conditioning Balm (always)
Leave-in: DevaCare OneC (budget choice is GFTN)
Style: ReCoil & DevaCare Arc Angel (budget choices are HESMU or Got2BSpikedUp)

Henna!
What about SheaMoisture Curl Milk? I find it to be perfectly moisturizing and curl-enhancing but not terribly heavy either!
whurly girly (2C/3A).
thick; medium/coarse; low porosity.
hair that is drier than the sahara desert.

LOW-POO: Renpure Organics
CO: L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
RO: Renpure Keratin Conditioner. New HG!
LI: L'Oreal EverSleek Humidity-Defying LI Creme
Styling: SM Curl Milk, Argan Oil for sealing, sometimes GFPC Gel, some honey for hold, TIGI Control Freak Serum!!
Some curl creams have a polymer for hold (polyquats or PVA/PVP) and some don't. But the main thing seems to be that they are a lot like conditioner. I used Jason Curl Defining Cream a while back (then gave up, itchy - but not horribly expensive). It was pretty basic like that - emulsified with emulsifying wax more than "conditioners" and that is a big difference to me because it seems to give more texture (like a curl cream) than softness and slip (like a conditioner).

You could try using a conditioner you have, add just a teeny blob of gel or a drop of honey to however much you'll use, then rub it very well in your palms (so it gets kind of dry feeling) and scrunch/smooth it into damp hair. That could give you an idea of how your hair works with a curl cream before you invest in one. Curl creams are something us fine-haired gals use in very small amounts. I tried CCCCL and loved it - the smell, the curl enhancing (didn't like the itch). It made my hair look a little dull. I only used a very small amount to get a nice result.
It's a good product, but pricey. CJ has samples, but you have to buy a bunch of them. Kathymack might have samples.
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I like alba botanica soft hold styling cream. I think I called it by the right name. It's light, fragrance free, and soft hold.
twirlygranny likes this.
2b, fine; 2cFi
I like CCCCL. It has a light lotion texture, and it has more hold than I expected. Its true that it can kind of dull the hair which is why I use it with CIAB, but I've had good results using it alone. However I like clumping and this can increase it, depending on how I style. I,ve found that raking product through and then scrunching prevents clumping (which is why I need to stop doing that).
Have several allergies and sensitivities.
Current products
Low Poo/Cowash: Rio Grande Herb Co Negrita and Amole Deep Treatment Concentrate, Magick Botanicals (MB) Shampoo (diluted)
Rinse out/Leave in: MB with apricot kernel and jojoba oils added
Protein Treatment: MB Conditioner for Thinning Hair, IAgirl's protien treatment
Style: MB Gel mixed with LOTD Aloe Vera Gelly


2b-c, need lots of moisture, likes protein in moderation.
Do you have med-coarse hair? Can't remember, other than it's thick like mine. If so, CCCC lite may or may not agree w/ your hair if you're protein sensitive (depending on the protein). It is much lighter than the Mop C cream and more liquidy.

Re:coil is a little heavier and I felt it built up on my hair after just a couple uses.
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Repair Me, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC, UFD Curly Magic
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

I also really like Curl Junkie CCCC Lite. I like it much better in the lite version than the regular version. I didn't notice a dulling effect but I usually use a touch of KCCC on top which may help the shine.
2/c and some 3A.
Protein sensitive but can use occasionally
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
Thanks for the suggestions.

I have fine hair, but it's long and I have lots of it, so the amount of product I use can sometimes be as much as or more than someone with shorter, coarse hair. Protein isn't a problem for me, although I have never done a full-on PT (yet...have some SS coming my way this week).

The lotiony consistency of CCCCL sounds like exactly what I need. I actually placed my Curlmart order last night so we'll see how it goes. Tresemme has a similar product but I'd be curious to see how they compare. My hair is naturally shiny so I can handle a bit of mattifying if it gives me the result I'm seeking. Thanks guys!

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