Raw Curls is without a doubt one of my favorite curly product brands, and for good reason.Not only does the Raw Curls line give me consistently great results, it also contains many essential oils and nutrients inside to help treat my hair--and absolutely zero dangerous chemicals! The brand recently reformulated both the Curly Conditioner and Shine Serum, but b efore getting into my review of those products, I have to take a minute to talk about how incredible the Anti-Frizz Spray is. This is a Holy Grail of mine, especially in the warmer, humid months! Since recently using it again I'm wondering why on Earth did I never not use it. Perhaps due to product junkie-ism... Either way, bad Diane. This lightweight spray contains a patented ingredient called Kerabead Keratin Technology. Spray it on soaking wet hair before using other stylers and frizz will be cut down dramatically. This yummy citrus smelling spray plays nice with not only Raw Curls, but every brand I have ever tried it with. It also is a fabulous refresher spray to get the bounce back in days old hair!
When I asked Raw Curls creator, Ken Nickels, to elaborate on the magical anti-frizz ingredient in the spray, he said:
"The anti frizz spray utilizes a patented molecule that actually forces damaged cuticle to come back together and repair itself, thus eliminating frizz..The technology works from the very first application, and the hair cuticle only gets better with continued use. It is silicone-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free."
The newly formulated Curly Conditioner
The newly reformulated Raw Curls Conditioner contains the same patented ingredient as the Anti-Frizz Spray now. I asked Ken (who you should follow on instagram @rawcurls since he does more giveaways than anyone ever) if I still needed to use the Anti-Frizz Spray if I was planning on using the Conditioner as a leave in and they have the same special ingredient. "They both reduce frizz," added Ken. "One doesn't replace the other, the conditioner just makes [the frizz] better [to deal with]...and [the conditioner] 'heals' the hair strands, for lack of a better word. They both have frizz-fighting capabilities. Thus when used together, you get a super-high frizz-fighting results." In other words, we will surely get good results using either/or, but the combination will only take those results to the next level--that's why I layer both! Ken also told me the conditioner will continue to heal my hair and give me better results with each use. I have used it quite a few times now, trying it as a rinse-out and as a leave-in with no other mask and also as my leave in followed after a masque and have got great results each way. Since frizz is one of my hair's top issues, I really like how these products help get it under control while enhancing my curl definition and leaving my hair soft.
The newly formulated Shine Serum
All of the same strand-healing and shine-enhancing organic oils are in this product as well. However, the level of organic argan oil has increased, which is awesome news since my hair loves elasticity-repairing vitamin E and argan oil. I really like to seal wet hair with this oil and I also like it on hair that is days old if I want to bring back some shine.
Another thing I do with the oil, which I actually learned from Ken's wife, Melanie Nickels--who happens to be Co-Creator of Raw Curls, a talented hair artist, and Florida salon owner--is that you can combine this with the Raw Curls Pomade for additional shine and control. This oil is also good for the skin! It has been known to help with skin issues, including scarring. The silicone-free Shine Serum is lightweight and won't weigh hair down. I use a decent amount on my wet hair to seal--usually 2 pumps per section--but I love the benefits and how well it works. Even using the amount I use, the little bottles lasts quite a while for me.
My final review
You may be wondering now if I have a preference between the Raw Curls Wavy Swavy Conditioner or the original. I actually really like both products--I have even combined the two conditioners together to get the beneficial ingredients in both. However, since my natural color hair has grown in and my hair is still very dry, I think Curly Conditioner is a bit more moisturizing, which my hair has been really loving lately.
Overall, Raw Curls already had some solid products for curlies, so the fact they somehow managed to improve on what was already great is quite impressive. Now if only they would make a curl cream!
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