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curlypearl 12-27-2012 02:15 PM

what exactly is "serum"?
 
I've watched some youtube videos about curly hair and they talk about serum. I haven't been able to identify what brand is being talked about. Do you use a "serum"? At what point in your technique do you use it? What kind and for what reason?

Jessiebanana 12-27-2012 02:52 PM

To my knowledge the word serum is like the word milk, it refers more to consistency. Serums are light and most of what they do is cosmetic, like gel, and don't moisturize or otherwise contribute to bettering your hair. Most mainstream serums are -cone based, but there other serums made up of different ingredients, usually light oils.

FrizzBgone 12-27-2012 04:37 PM

Many serums are cone based. I use Curls Gel-les'c in the high dewpoints and Curl Junkie's Curls In A Bottle (CIAB) as a serum.

After applying a curl enhanced (jelly or cream) and scrunching in gel for hold, I use a Curlease towel to plop. After I remove the towel I tip my head over and scrunch in one of those two products before I diffuse. Both are HG for me. It had allowed me to use almost any of my products all year. I no longer have to switch them up with the change of seasons.

It provides that extra coating in my hair to protect against any frizz. But...it doesn't build up like cones do for me.

claudine19 12-27-2012 05:36 PM

I did not know any of this.

Good question, cp. :)

FrizzB, good to hear from you. :)

FrizzBgone 12-27-2012 11:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by claudine19 (Post 2092448)
I did not know any of this.

Good question, cp. :)

FrizzB, good to hear from you. :)

Hi ...nice to be back 😊

These two products are the only products I can get away with using daily. I rotate everything else. Another option for a serum is the Styling Spritz from Kinky Curly. I do think the Curls and CJ is better though.

Happy New Year all


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curlypearl 12-28-2012 01:18 PM

JessieBanana - thanks for the explanation! Makes sense to me.

FrizzBgone, when I saw you had posted I thought exactly the same as Claudine19 - good to hear from you! Welcome back and thanks for the info!

Ericachristina 12-28-2012 05:37 PM

I just used a serum by ElastaQP and it made my hair a bit limp and lifeless so I didn't care for it. It did contain a lot of oils so maybe that was why.

curlypearl 12-29-2012 04:09 AM

EricaC, thanks for chiming in. My hair hates oils so I appreciate your input. I'll be careful to avoid oils in any serum that I buy (down PJ!).


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