View Poll Results: Do you use a curly brand or curly line?
I use a curl-specific BRAND. 34 47.22%
I use a curl-specific LINE in a regular brand. 7 9.72%
I use a regular brand that isn't designed/marketed for curls. 31 43.06%
Voters: 72. You may not vote on this poll

Do you use a CURLY brand or a "regular" brand?

Just curious whether the majority of people PRIMARILY use a Curly-Specific brand (Jessicurl, Ouidad, Devacurl, Curls, B&A, CHS, Curlisto, etc) or a "regular" brand (drugstore or salon brand).

If you use a "regular" brand, do you use a curl-specific line in that brand (for example, if you use Artec CurlMemory or Loreal Curl Vive... some line specifically for curls)?

So an example of each is:
Curly Brand = Jessicurl
Curly Line of Regular Brand = Loreal Curl Vive (of the Loreal Vive brand)
Regular Brand not Designed/Marketed for Curls = PM the Cream

Vote for the brand category most commonly used.
I can't pick between choices 2 and 3.... though none are from a curly brand, some of my products are labeled curl-specific, and some aren't. How should I vote? By number of each type? The relative importance of each to my routine? Hmmm....
Previously Joy4ever.
Changed because the "number in place of a word" thing was bugging my no-longer-14-year-old self.
Devacurl mostly. So that is the curl specific brand I like most. Then a non-curl brand, OJON, is gaining a lot of favor with me though. Also, AG is a non curl brand with curl specific products that i like very much.
I'm not sure what Luster's classifies as - it is an African-American line for all types of A-A hair, but that.
I voted for non-curl specific brand (Aveda) but I think the Brilliant line was designed for ethnic hair and Be Curly is for curls but the shampoos, conditioners & cream are for anyone so.... I dunno.
I use anything, but mostly regular lines that I've hard recommended for my hair type such as Paul Mitchell and Sebastian.
Too much of a ho to make a decision...
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I can't pick between choices 2 and 3.... though none are from a curly brand, some of my products are labeled curl-specific, and some aren't. How should I vote? By number of each type? The relative importance of each to my routine? Hmmm....
Originally Posted by Joy4ever
Whichever you think is the majority or main representative of your typical routine, vote that way.

I was torn too because in summer I'm a Jessicurl-girl almost 110%, and in winter, I vary.
I've never had much luck with any product designated for "curly" hair. Not sure why that is, but I've struck out many times. It's frustrating too, because there are so many products out there now for curly hair (which there didn't used to be). All the products I use are non-specific. I've been pretty happy, so I guess it's not that big of a deal. Although I must say some of those curly products are pretty tempting!
I have 3A hair. I've discovered Jessicurl shampoo and Too Shea conditioner and I'm thrilled! Long-time LA Looks sport gel user.
I voted and as you know Laurabeth I'm a curl specific girl! Jessicurl is my first pick and I use Devacurl quite a bit in the summer.
2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.
I just had to share (and this thread seemed semi-somewhat appropriate) that I commented on how good a friend's hair looked last week when it was wavy, and she normally dries it straight. She said "Oh, I found this new product line, it's great, it's called Devacurl!" I had to laugh. Yeah....never heard of them or that Lorraine Massey lady.


It's nice to see another friend letting her natural wave out instead of straightening, though!
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But at least the pews never attend yoga!
It's Devacurl for me so I'm definitely curl specific.
Modified CG since 4/04; DevaCurl Low Poo, One Condition and AnGell; Jessicurl DT; mostly 3B with some 3A (formerly fun&springycurls)
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non-curl specific salon brand (Robert Craig). The only curl-specific product I use is CK!

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3b/c/a mix. medium texture, low porosity
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It's so wild because I was noticing little idiosyncrasies.

For example, no one is talking about Abba True Curls line (curly line, regular brand--group B), but many talk about Abba Weightless Gel (regular brand, not curl-specific line--group C).

There are plenty who talk about the Jessicurl, Devacurl, and Ouidad lines, but Curlisto, CHS (other than CK), and B&A (other than their gel) are nearly invisible.

As all the new products come out each month, I'm really curious how people choose what to use... and what to remain loyal to.

Case in point, I rarely change shampoos. Poo is poo is poo, and they seem to fall in 4 categories (yes, I'm anal enough to have shampoo categories).

1. Drying, harsh shampoos (85%)
2. Moisturizing (read: coating, heavy) sulfate-containing poos (7%)
3. Non-drying shampoos (5%)
4. Sulfate-free shampoos (3%)

Because of the odds, I generally stick to what I know. I use a non-drying poo in winter (old formula of Aussie Moist, Dove Moisture Rich Color (NOT Intense Moisture), or Elucence Moisturizing poo) and a sulfate-free in summer when I need every bit of moisture to battle the FL humidity (Jessicurl HCC or Linen Closet all the way).

So when Abba True Curls came out, I had a little curiousity about the conditioner, quite a bit of interest in the styler, and just glanced at the poo like "hmmm, someone will be asking me about this, but I'm not in the market for a new poo."

However, everyone has a system. They will try anything. They will try something by a curl-specific BRAND or a brand that makes a curl specific LINE (unless it's Matrix Curl.life... yuck!).
I'm actually rather surprised by the category B.

Maybe it's like this:

Curly brands know curls (generally speaking).

Regular lines try to know curls and make lines for them, but they are so-so.

Occasionally, regular brands make something non-curl specific that's "accidentally" good for curls.

Anyway, it's odd that with all the resources (chemists, marketing people, $$$) that the big regular-line companies can't seem to get the curly lines right.

In-ter-est-ing....
I do use the curly lines of a couple different brands-- Marc Anthony's "strictly curls" shampoo and Pantene's "curl defining scrunching spray"... and in the past I've used CitreShine's "making waves curl booster"... but I judged my gel and conditioner, which aren't curl-specific, as more important, so that's the way I voted.
Previously Joy4ever.
Changed because the "number in place of a word" thing was bugging my no-longer-14-year-old self.
Anyway, it's odd that with all the resources (chemists, marketing people, $$$) that the big regular-line companies can't seem to get the curly lines right.

In-ter-est-ing....
Originally Posted by laurabeth33
Maybe that's the problem. After all, Devacurl and Jessicurl, which are definetly two of the most popular brands here, were designed by curly women who have struggled with their own curls. Maybe the chemists at these companies are out of touch with what curlies really want and what they think might make curls look good isn't what we think. (Like the stylists who put tons of mouse in my hair and blow it into a big, undefined 80s poof and think it looks good)

I have noticed that if you read the labels of the curly lines of general brands, and compare the "curly" product with the similar "non-curly" product, they are nearly identical. For instance, the Marc Anthony Curl Defining Lotion is very similar to the one for straight hair, and the ones for different hair colors. John Frieda also markets basically identical products in his various lines (Secret Weapon in the Frizz-Ease line is the same as Dream Cream in the Blonde line, there's also one in the Brunette, line...on and on).

I know that some manufacturers, mostly higher end ones, actually make products that are different in their different lines. But I get fed up with marketing ploys and refuse to play their games.
No curly hair products for me...
Hispanic/Black 3A-B
Mixed hair: Curls, waves and spirals.
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Since I don't buy haircare products online, most of the available products marketed toward people with curly hair are full of silicones or mineral oil. I just concentrate on finding products with good ingredients.
I used to always use a curl specific brand, but now when I have found out that I am gluten, milk and soy intolerant I have gone over to a brand that is "allergy" friendly. I use some of the curl brand specific stuff still though.

I'm equally split between all three categories! I voted for non-curl brand with curly line, just based on what I'm using now...

~Elucence MBS and MBC - non-curl brand, non-curl line
~GF Curl & Shine leave in - non-curl brand, curl-specific line
~AG re:coil - non-curl brand, curl-specific product
~CK (in the summer) - curl-specific brand
~HE TT - non-curl brand, curl-specific product
~Aussie Tizz No Frizz - non-curl brand, non-curl line
~Joico JoiWhip mousse - non-curl brand, non-curl line
~DevaCurl SIF - curl-specific brand

so, probably either option 2 or 3... but yeah, pretty evenly split.
2c/3a-M-i
modified CG since July 2004.
searching for products that work...
Wow, this thread was really dug up. I started to vote and realized I couldn't, then saw the date of the original post.

My vote is still the same as the first time - curly brands.
3a/2c f/mii. pics added 2/3/07

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