I finally tried Curl Keeper

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So after two years of being curious, I finally got myself some Curl Keeper! I stumbled upon it, pretty cheap, on an online store I use a lot, and I couldn't resist.

I used it yesterday on top of some leave-in and left my hair to dry. It has the same hold as my Ouidad gel, but allows for a little more volume. Also, my second day hair seems to look better - less frizzy and more a good kind of wild.

Another great thing was how quick my hair dried. With gel, my hair takes forever and a day to dry. It's actually ridiculous. With Curl Keeper, it was dry in about four hours. Which was amazing as I was going out later that day and it meant I didn't have to worry about wet hair.

It's more like a serum consistency than anything else. Ouidad, to me, is like 'thick water', but Curl Keeper is a lot smoother and absorbs into the hair MUCH faster.

I've never used water to re-activate my hair, but APPARENTLY that works for second day hair with Curl Keeper, so I may try that tomorrow on my third day hair and see.

All in all, I'm pretty impressed and may start using this in place of Ouidad (which is perfect timing as Ouidad have changed their formula and I'm a bit iffy on the new one).
3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

LP: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus
Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
Gel: Ouidad Climate Control/Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper
DC:
Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
Growing my hair to WL
So after two years of being curious, I finally got myself some Curl Keeper! I stumbled upon it, pretty cheap, on an online store I use a lot, and I couldn't resist.

I used it yesterday on top of some leave-in and left my hair to dry. It has the same hold as my Ouidad gel, but allows for a little more volume. Also, my second day hair seems to look better - less frizzy and more a good kind of wild.

Another great thing was how quick my hair dried. With gel, my hair takes forever and a day to dry. It's actually ridiculous. With Curl Keeper, it was dry in about four hours. Which was amazing as I was going out later that day and it meant I didn't have to worry about wet hair.

It's more like a serum consistency than anything else. Ouidad, to me, is like 'thick water', but Curl Keeper is a lot smoother and absorbs into the hair MUCH faster.

I've never used water to re-activate my hair, but APPARENTLY that works for second day hair with Curl Keeper, so I may try that tomorrow on my third day hair and see.

All in all, I'm pretty impressed and may start using this in place of Ouidad (which is perfect timing as Ouidad have changed their formula and I'm a bit iffy on the new one).
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
I'm glad to hear about the great results your getting from using Curlkeeper. I certainly do hope that it continues to work very well you.
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3B, low density, high porosity hair

Clobetasol Shampoo or Darcy's Botanical's Daily Conditioning Cleansing Cream

Darcy's Botanicals Pumpkin Conditioner

Kenalog Topical Spray- Spray onto scalp twice a day or Clocortolone Pivalate Cream 0.1% used to apply to my scalp twice a day

Darcy's Botanicals Sweet Cocoa Bean Moisturizing Hair Whip

OR

Darcy's Botanicals Sweet Cocoa Bean Curl Smoothing Cream

***Diagnosed in June 2015 with chronic scalp eczema
Thank you! I'm really pleased. My hair feels much less dry today than it would do with gel. It's soft and fluffty (in a good way), while still being defined. I think it was a combination of my new DC and CK combined. Can't wait to continue using and see if I carry on having such awesome results
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3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

LP: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus
Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
Gel: Ouidad Climate Control/Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper
DC:
Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
Growing my hair to WL
Lucky! Everyone raves about this stuff, but it was a complete dud for me when I tried it a couple years ago. Hope it continues to work great for you!
2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density

NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, YTBbs
DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
Oh, I hate when that happens! Hopefully it wasn't just a fluke for me and it'll give continuously good results. It'll be nice to have found a Ouidad replacement so easily/quickly!
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3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

LP: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus
Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
Gel: Ouidad Climate Control/Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper
DC:
Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
Growing my hair to WL
Yeah, I'm completely disappointed in that Ouidad gel! I've found an HG gel recently to replace it too. Always great when you find something else!
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2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density

NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, YTBbs
DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
Sixelamy, what's your HG replacement?

BB, I was just thinking of you because I, too, wound up disappointed in the Ouidad Formula and I can only imagine how disappointing it was to have a HG change on you. I was actually thinking CK might be a good replacement int hat it probably gives the same definition/frizz protection. But I think I'm too allergic to the ingredients in there. Glad to hear that it's working for you!
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2B/2C/f/i
Baby fine brown hair, fluctuating porosity (currently low)
No poo: AVG mixed with glycerin, KMF volumizing conditioner
Leave in: SS PT
Stylers: AO Mandarin magic, SS CEJ, SS protein, homemade gelatin hair gel, SCE crazy curly FSG (sans PVP),
Treatments: amla, fenugreek, irish moss, aloe vera powder, rosemary and chamomile tea rinse (with marshmallow root and irish moss water), henna, hydrogen peroxide, catnip tea
IA Girl's PT
CJ Curl Queen
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2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density

NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, YTBbs
DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
It seemed to make my hair quite soft.
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2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
CJ Curl Queen
Originally Posted by sixelamy
Okay, now I want to try this. STOP FEEDING MY INNER PRODUCT JUNKIE
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3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

LP: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus
Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
Gel: Ouidad Climate Control/Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper
DC:
Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
Growing my hair to WL
BB, I was just thinking of you because I, too, wound up disappointed in the Ouidad Formula and I can only imagine how disappointing it was to have a HG change on you.
Originally Posted by naturecat
Yeah, it really annoyed me. Especially since I was actually quite happy to try the new ingredients as they looked a lot better.

To be fair, I have only tried it a couple of times, so I won't condemn it completely just yet. But Ouidad was getting a little too expensive for me, so even if I do end up thinking the new formula is okay, it's still unlikely I'll repurchase. I'm becoming so cheap in my old age
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3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

LP: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus
Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
Gel: Ouidad Climate Control/Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper
DC:
Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
Growing my hair to WL
CJ Curl Queen
Originally Posted by sixelamy
Okay, now I want to try this. STOP FEEDING MY INNER PRODUCT JUNKIE
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
lol, sorry! It is truly amazing though
2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density

NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, YTBbs
DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
CJ Curl Queen
Originally Posted by sixelamy
Okay, now I want to try this. STOP FEEDING MY INNER PRODUCT JUNKIE
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
BB, you took the words right out of my mouth.

I guess we'll see which one of us breaks down first.

2B/2C/f/i
Baby fine brown hair, fluctuating porosity (currently low)
No poo: AVG mixed with glycerin, KMF volumizing conditioner
Leave in: SS PT
Stylers: AO Mandarin magic, SS CEJ, SS protein, homemade gelatin hair gel, SCE crazy curly FSG (sans PVP),
Treatments: amla, fenugreek, irish moss, aloe vera powder, rosemary and chamomile tea rinse (with marshmallow root and irish moss water), henna, hydrogen peroxide, catnip tea
IA Girl's PT
naturecat - you may want to be careful with the CQ if you decide you want to try it. If I apply it to my scalp area when I wear my hair up, it makes my scalp a bit itchy.
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2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density

NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Sevi Pumpkin Seed, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, YTBbs
DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
Thanks for the heads up. I react badly to chemical fragrances often. Though lately I found something that can help determine which products might be okay for me to use. I might try that on this product, but my wallet might be the first in the line of defense against my inner PJ.
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2B/2C/f/i
Baby fine brown hair, fluctuating porosity (currently low)
No poo: AVG mixed with glycerin, KMF volumizing conditioner
Leave in: SS PT
Stylers: AO Mandarin magic, SS CEJ, SS protein, homemade gelatin hair gel, SCE crazy curly FSG (sans PVP),
Treatments: amla, fenugreek, irish moss, aloe vera powder, rosemary and chamomile tea rinse (with marshmallow root and irish moss water), henna, hydrogen peroxide, catnip tea
IA Girl's PT
Lucky! Everyone raves about this stuff, but it was a complete dud for me when I tried it a couple years ago. Hope it continues to work great for you!
Originally Posted by sixelamy
I didn't find that it did anything spectacular for me, either. I actually prefer the Lube over the Curl Keeper.
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I'm definitely a "curly" 2c. Sometimes curly and sometimes just wavy upper layer with a ringlety under layer. My hair has been thick and coarse since birth. Strawberry blonde in color that can and does change depending on the type and amount of light.


All in all, I'm happy with my hair type but almost for sure think yours is prettier.
Lucky! Everyone raves about this stuff, but it was a complete dud for me when I tried it a couple years ago. Hope it continues to work great for you!
Originally Posted by sixelamy
I didn't find that it did anything spectacular for me, either. I actually prefer the Lube over the Curl Keeper.
Originally Posted by AngelaE8654
Me either. It was very popular when I first joined nc and I was so excited to try it and then so disappointed - it made my hair really frizzy, from memory. Probably matched my disappointment in KCCC.
Still, glad it's working for you BB, bonus that it's cheaper than what you were using. Oh, reminds me - Ouidad stuff was pretty much an epic fail for me too!
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3b in South Australia.
Yay! I LOVE curl keeper!
Ahh I will definitely end up trying Curl Queen. It's on my list. Actually looking back...I used to like it a few years ago...so I just need to repurchase. Although I actually am loving the current products in my siggy.

I've used Curl Keeper for over 5 years and still love it!! It's a staple. I use it with just a leave in and can get 3rd and 4th day hair when using it...
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3a (normal-porosity/elasticity/density)
Cleanse: Deva NoPoo, EMB shampoo, poo bars, Sevi pumpkin poo
LI/RO:MD RCLI, KCKT, As I am LI, Andalou LI, Briogeo LI-GVPCB, DB pumpkin, Sevi pumpkin, EMBC
Stylers: CHS CK, CJPP, CR CM, KCCC, UFDCM, LALSG. Top everything with BRHG or OM Hold up Serum .

LOVE, LOVE Andalou Naturals Sunflower & Citrus hairspray!


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I've used Curl Keeper for over 5 years and still love it!! It's a staple. I use it with just a leave in and can get 3rd and 4th day hair when using it...
Originally Posted by Curlsnswirls
I'm currently rocking REALLY nice third day hair. Like, it looks like first day hair. I'm thrilled at how well this is working! I think I'll easily have fourth day hair tomorrow
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3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

LP: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus
Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
Gel: Ouidad Climate Control/Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper
DC:
Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
Growing my hair to WL
Fourth day hair is a go! I need to post pictures tonight. My volume is insane, but I still have great definition. WHAT IS THIS MIRACLE?
3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

LP: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus
Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
Gel: Ouidad Climate Control/Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper
DC:
Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
Growing my hair to WL

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