Oct 17, 2015 - After my first few experiments with this product-- by itself, over a leave-in, gel on top, soaking wet hair, damp hair, I was angry and frustrated that I had spent so much $ on it and it didn't work for me even though it got great reviews here and elsewhere. Gave my hair super skinny clumps, super shrunken curls, frizzy, no definition, no matter how I used it on wet or damp hair, no matter what I paired it with or if I used it alone. Had it been an inexpensive product, I would have tossed it. But it wasn't, so I kept it, thinking maybe I'd find some other product I could pair it with to use it up. Well, one day when I was in an experimental mood, I tried using it to touch up 2nd day, frizzy curls (I use it on 1st day frizzy curls too!). It worked amazingly!! I take a little bit and smooth it over a clump that has gotten frizzy/lost definition and curl, and it looks wet. When it dries, it is slightly hard. If it is a super humid DC day, I don't bother to scrunch out the crunch, it is protection for when I go outside and will soften up on its own quick enough. But if I don't want the crunchy/wet look for the curls I've applied it to for even a moment, I can rub it out gently with my fingers. It makes frizzy curls defined and shiny. I wish I did not need a product to fix my hair after it dries, but often, on my recently-turned-porous hair, I do. I just finished the tube and will buy another. About the scent-- I am allergic to over half the scents in hair products I try, like most SheaMoisture products, even less strong scents like Knot Today and Cantu-- but this scent does not make me sneeze or trigger my asthma. It is between a mild and moderate scent, not sweet but a bit musky. I don't mind it at all. This is pricey for a curl refresher, but it works so well on dry hair. On damp or wet, it makes my hair look awful, but on dry, it's fantastic.
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Jul 04, 2012 - This is a holy grail product for me! I had been searching for a gel to use for muggy weather (basically most of spring, all of summer where I live) for months, and spent way too much money. The most popular ones on NC either failed to give me hold or contain parabens, which I will not use. Anyway, I feel great about the ingredients in this gel and it is actually moisturizing enough for me to use without LI underneath. However, I like my results best when I do add a little LI first. It is not liquidy or thick, somewhere in between, and absorbs easily. it dries pretty crunchy in places (I air dry), but using LI reduces this a lot, and it scrunches out to smooth, shiny curls, not frizz! I am regularly getting 2 and 3 day hair and many compliments from strangers. The only thing I don't like about it is the price. I was tempted to knock a star off for that, but it just works so well!
Jun 12, 2012 - This was just so-so when applied with CIAB on top. My hair looks better with CIAB alone than it does with this conditioner underneath. I also tried using beauticurls to refresh some frizzy 2nd day curls, and it looked ok until it dried-- it increased my frizz exponentially. I can't do straight oils on dry hair and maybe the butter/oil content of this is too high for me. But the even bigger problem I had with this product is the smell. It dissipated when applied to wet hair, but lingered for hours on dry hair. It smells like a more cloying V05 Hairdressing. Awful and irritating to my allergies/asthma. Will try a sample of a different CJ conditioner as this brand works for so many people and I do like CIAB.
diaspora's Latest Salon Reviews
- Matt and Artur
Jun 12, 2012 - Not a single CG styling product in the place. 1 diffuser in the whole place. The stylist Matt, owner (Artur), and stylist who shampooed me had no clue about using an adequate amount of conditioner to detangle my hair or to apply products to wet hair. They did not know how to style my hair. It was such a frizzy mess when I was paying that I told the receptionist I was embarrassed about how it looked. She was apologetic and said Matt could add more product, but I knew that would make it worse, it had one of the more frizz-causing cones in it and who knows what else. And it wasn't until I got home and looked at my hair in normal light (that place is very dim for a salon) that I noticed the extent of what was wrong with my hair-- the color. There was a Groupon for this place, the reviews (no reviews on this site though) were good, and they cut hair dry, so I thought this would be a good place to try. Plus all I was going for was to get single process color on my roots. How could a stylist mess that up? Well, they did. :( Matt colored my roots 2-3 levels darker than my base color, and very unevenly. Formerly medium reddish-brown, the roots in the front for a few inches were almost black. I'm low porosity, Matt said he made my roots darker on purpose. He also upsold me a "glossing" because he said my highlights looked faded. This darkened my entire base color and took the red tone entirely out! I left with my hair damp, so I couldn't even assess the depth of the color until I got home and my hair was dry. I was very upset and eventually called and left a message for the owner, Artur to call me. Instead he had my original stylist Matt call me, who said he thought my hair looked great, but if I wanted it lightened he could fix it. Um, no, not letting him touch my hair again. I ended up having Artur and another stylist attempt to fix it. They were very nice about everything, but all they did was lighten my roots a little and add a few highlights to my base color. This was a very disappointing and expensive experience ($120 including a $20 off coupon, plus tips). The owner and receptioninst were very nice, but they ruined my color and do not have curl-friendly products or know how to style curly hair.
May 29, 2012 - Turns out now Andre Richard has an actual Deva certified stylist named Eric. If you choose to go to Andre Richard, I would try him. I saw Amanda 3 times, for cuts and color. She colored my roots fine, but applied the highlights in a random way that didn't follow the shape of my curls. It looks fine, but I've had highlights that have complimented the shape of my curls much better in the past. Amanda cut my hair wet and took off way more than I asked. She didn't even attempt to cut my bangs, and said "we'd cut them next time." I guess she knew she would mess them up so I actually appreciated that. Styling was a mess. She said she had taken some Deva classes but was breaking tons of the rules, like not using enough conditioner and towel drying my hair. It was too dry when she applied products and tried to skip curl it, (which it doesn't need, it curls great on its own), and I ended up with a frizzy, sticky, scraggly mess that i cowashed as soon as I got home. The 2nd and 3rd times, I was more assertive in explaining to her how my hair needs to be styled, and she still just couldn't style my hair right and I left a frizzy mess embarrassed to walk home again. I would go back and try Eric, but i kind of don't want to go into the salon again so I will try a Deva certified stylist at another salon.