For this Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker review, I did something a little different. I gave the product a second chance. We all deserve them, right? Oddly enough, I had totally different results both times, so I decided to break up the review into my first impression summary, second try summary, and then the good, bad, neutral, and conclusion of the overall experience!
1. Although the slip was amazing, the application was awkward. Did I just confuse you? The gel clumped and was awkward to apply with one hand. (I use one hand to hold the section I’m applying product to, and the other to apply the gel.) Globs of gel actually fell on my forehead and in my hair a few times. “/
2. Once my hair was dry, my curls weren’t as soft as they are with the Xtreme Wetline gel I have come to love.
3. Despite these shortcomings, I can’t deny the curl love. My curls were poppin and oh so shiny!
I decided to try the gel again. I had to.
This time, I cowashed with the Caramel Cowash (I’m so sad I only had a sample packet of this goodness) as my first step. I didn’t follow up with any additional conditioner because I wanted to really challenge the products and see how well they performed together in their truest form. Staying true to my LOC method, I applied olive oil, then followed it up with Camille Rose’s Moisture Milk instead of my usual leave in. I then rolled up my sleeves, and began to get it in.
As I applied the gel, I couldn’t help but appreciate the slip, just as before. The application was actually A LOT better this time around. I took my time applying to each section of soaking wet hair, re-wetting my hair when needed, and raking it through all the way to the ends.
Where do I begin? There are SO many amazing properties of this gel. To be honest, I’m new to the “gel for your wash and go game” because although I love curl definition, I HATE dry, crunchy curls. I would always wonder how curlies would get 5,6, even 7 day hair from their wash and go’s, when I was re-styling on a daily basis. But my friends- this gel right here will get you right. Let’s discuss.
1. Slip (or the ease of applying the product with your fingers from root to tip) that is out of this world. Once the product was raked through, I forgot I was applying a gel. This could easily be compared to the slip of a conditioner or a styling product.
2. This gel is the gift that keeps on giving! I stretched my wash and go out to 4 days without washing or co-washing my hair, and I have no doubt that I could have gone longer. Each night I would re-moisturize and every morning I would do the same, yet my curls were still in tact with no frizz or dryness. Because I’m an avid fluffer, my day 4 hair was by far my favorite curl day, but the only difference between day one and day four was the volume. #curldefinition
Let’s just be frank. $22 for a hair gel hurts my feelings. And my wallet.
Neither Here Nor There
1. Camille Rose Naturals has gotten me spoiled with their cupcake, chai tea, almond goodness scented products. So when I pumped and used this gel for the first time, I was taken aback when I instead got a whiff of citrus fruits. It reminds me of grapefruit. Not bad, just not… cupcakes.
2. I experienced a crazy amount of shrinkage with this product. Its not a major deal breaker for me, because sometimes I want to take a break from my “fluffy” wash and go and rock more controlled curls
3. Glycerin free. Again, no major deal breaker, but the humidity in Florida is my hair’s hype man, and I notice that products that contain humectants like glycerin and honey work great for plumpling my curls to the volume I adore. When I used the gel, I noticed my hair wasn’t as soft as it usually is outdoors, and that kind of made me sad.
I liked this gel. My curls are so happy, they’re *glowing*!
Would I repurchase? I can’t make that commitment right now, and luckily because I have a 12 oz bottle- I don’t have to. I know, I know, beauty comes with a hefty price tag. I’m still wrapping my head around the idea of paying $22 for a hair gel- even one that may or may not produce stellar results. The last gel I purchased was $4.99, and I was hurt and bothered when I found out that I could have gotten it for $1.97. I praise Camille Rose Naturals for being a total wellness brand that always delivers in the quality of their products, so I know when I am saving my pennies to purchase from them, I am making an awesome investment. But right now, this girl has to delegate her coins to more dual purpose products, like their Jai Twisting Butter!
Have you tried the new formula of Curlmaker? What are your thoughts?