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If you haven’t already heard, NaturallyCurly recently released the winners of this year’s Best of the Best Awards. We've heard from fellow curlies and seen countless reviews on these products, which have been impressive, so I decided to post my own review on some of my favorites. If you've been searching high and low for your own holy grail curly products, read on, you may end your search.

 

Bounce Curl Clarifying Shampoo

Bounce Curl clarifying shampoo is a combination of gentle cleansing agents blended with hair softening and conditioning ingredients. The base is prepared using two isethionate surfactants which are known for their creamy lather and yet effective in removing product residues and dirt particulates. Both isethionates are environmentally friendly and way milder than regular sulfates. A third surfactant is decyl glucoside which is a plant-sourced biodegradable, high foaming non-ionic cleanser. It removes sebum excess by emulsification and gets rid of unwanted dust particles. Vitamins biotin (vitamin H) & Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5) have been added and both can penetrate hair fibers and restore its tensile strength. The formulation also contains several natural oils e.g. Argan Oil & Rosemary oil. Argan oil is our scientifically proven remedy for hair health. 

It does not contain any Silicones, parabens, sulfates, PEG's, DEA/MEA, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, and phthalates. The product is cruelty-free, safe and vegan, completely green.

In summary, this clarifying shampoo formulation effectively removes product deposits and dust particles, and leave hair soft, light promoting their natural curly texture.

 

Bounce Curl Avocado & Rose Oil Clump & Define Cream

Curls need a product to activate and define them and Bounce Curl’s Clump & Define cream does its job efficiently. The product is a fine emulsion of natural butter, oils, and long-chain fatty alcohols mixed with medium-range molecular weight cationic conditioners. This ensures well defined - soft hold for our curly hair. Butters blended with non-tacky caprylic/capric triglycerides provide excellent slip without any greasiness. The product also contains relatively less-known yet interesting exotic oils from the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean. Both Nigella Sativa oil & Baobab seed oils are rich in anti-oxidant molecules and their unique carbon chain imparts a fantastic sensorial touch to our curls. Besides oils, sorbitol is added to provide a moderate hydrating or wet effect as this polyhydric alcohol balances water level in the curls. 

The ingredient listing shows that the formulation is quite concentrated and therefore, “Less is more”, so care must be taken while applying it to our curls. Only apply a small quantity and work it through thoroughly. It gives a very gentle and soft curl definition. 

 

Kinky Curly Knot Today

It is a solid curl definer, Yes, a leave-in detangler making hair soft and natural. No harsh chemicals, no polymers, and no silicones. The product is formulated using natural extracts that hydrates the hair and keeps them "Frizz-Free". It is a light formulation which does not contain any polymer at all, which means no build-up or limpness. Behentrimonium Methosulfate is a cationic ingredient that makes the curl soft, smooth, and bouncy. However, keeping in mind, Methosulfate is not “sulfate” so please, don’t worry. Mango, elm, marshmallow, and lemongrass bring freshness, moisture, and natural touch to the product and hairs. 

So, it is a nice blend of natural ingredients that are blended in a smooth textured emulsion leaving our curls soft, natural, and bouncy.

 

Righteous Roots Oils

An amazing mixture of plant-sourced oils engineered to be used as a multi-purpose product. It is used as a hair conditioner, detangler, glossier, scalp massage, and stimulating hair regeneration. It is a non-aqueous formulation, so there is no water present in the formula. The hydrophobic nature of it makes it ideal for dry and damaged hair. It can also be used to combat frizz as the fine oil coating will reduce fiber to fiber friction. The peppermint and rosemary oils improve blood circulation to the scalp area offering a “relaxing effect”. By this, hair grows strong; its density improves and gets improved visual effect. This combination also strengthens the hair’s mechanical strength and gives hair shine and a natural gloss. 

It is the solution to various hair and scalp problems, give it a try. It is all-natural and no side effects because all ingredients are high purity grade oils that ensure top-quality performance.  

 

Innersense I Create Lift Volumizing Foam

A unique way of delivering active ingredients to the hair surface, very gentle and soft creamy foam provides a sensational experience. It gives curly hair a very natural and amazingly attractive look. Curls are not heavy or limp, even when wet. Under high humidity conditions, hair still holds its curls suggesting this product prevents high water impact on keratin molecules of hair. 

Aloe Vera leaf juice is listed in the first five ingredients, which means it is present in large amounts in the formulation. Aloe juice gives starch and essential elements to hair and scalp that delivers moisture and soothing effect. Honey is a natural moisturizer that is rich in sugar and nutrients. High sugar content attracts water molecules and keeps hair and scalp hydrated. The formulation also contains natural oil imparting a slip among hair strands with a natural slippery feel. 

Interestingly, it also contains pumpkin seed oil which is helps to improve hair density.

It is a gentle formulation that does not induce any buildup and hence is ideal for consumers looking for natural bouncy curly hair. Importantly it does not cause any sticky or tacky feel, thereby leaving hair with a very natural, soft look. 

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know which ones are your favorite in the comments below.