Thursday, May 21, 2009

Curl Junkie Products

I had the opportunity to test out a variety of Curl Junkie products. Once again, I started off with the smell test. It's always the first thing I do with a new product. Two thumbs up for the scents, especially the Coffee Coco Curl Creme and Hibiscus and Banana deep fix - moisturizing conditioner. I already had the Sulfate Free Gentle Shampoo and Curl Assurance Daily Hair Conditioner which came with a My Pretty Pink Box I had ordered a couple weeks ago. Marsha, of Curl Junkie Hair Products, was nice enough to send me Curl Theory Moisturizing Hair conditioner, Hibiscus and Banana deep fix - moisturizing conditioner, Coffee Coco Curl Creme, Curl Assurance Aloe Fix Hair Styling gel, and Curl Assurance smoothing gellie.

Whenever I review products, I try to keep and open mind even if I've already read reviews on those products but, I still can't help but have certain expectations for products that have a lot of positive reviews. I figured I would test out three different combinations of styling products, each time using the the Sulfate Free Gentle Shampoo and Curl Assurance Daily Hair Conditioner.

I really like the Sulfate Free Gentle Shampoo. Its consistency, which is similar to just plain water, is kind of unusual for a shampoo. I usually expect shampoos to be thick and creamy. I was pleasantly surprised to see that you still get a lot of sudsing action even though the shampoo is not thick at all. As for the Daily and Moisturizing hair conditioners, both did condition my hair, but the results were average and typical of other conditioners I have tried.

Test#1 - Hibiscus and Banana deep fix - moisturizing conditioner + Curl Assurance Aloe Fix Hair Styling gel

This combination didn't really do much for my hair. I didn't get good clumps and using a gel to hold the non-clumping just left me with limp semi-wavy hair. It also made the more straighter sections of my hair even straighter. I might have to try this combination again but, use different amounts of each product and see if my results differ.

Test #2 - Coffee Coco Curl Creme by itself

I was expecting this to be my favorite of the bunch because of how heavily it's been discussed on naturallycurly.com. It's also supposed to do the job of both a leave-in conditioner and a gel which I love because it cuts down on the amount of products I have to buy and apply. The Coffee Coco Curl Creme moisturized my hair and gave me good clumping, but the clumps were falling towards the end of the day. I think next time I'll have to use more product. I used a light hand this time thinking too much would weigh my hair down.

Test#3 - Hibiscus and Banana deep fix - moisturizing conditioner + Curl Assurance smoothing gellie

This was my favorite combination of the three I tried. It gave me lot of clumps and good hold without the crunchiness. I even tried it out at a birthday party picnic with high humidity and temperatures close to 90 degF. By the end of the day, I did have some friziness but, this combination still responded better to the humidity than other products I've tried. I'm still searching for a product that totally protects my hair-do from humidity.
Sooo..in order from my most favorite combo to my least favorite combo..I would have to go with Hibiscus and Banana deep fix - moisturizing conditioner + Curl Assurance smoothing gellie, Coffee Coco Curl Creme by itself, and finally Hibiscus and Banana deep fix - moisturizing conditioner + Curl Assurance Aloe Fix Hair Styling gel.

I spoke to Marsha of Curl Junkie about the results I got (she's really great about discussing issues you might have with Curl Junkie products and giving recommendations) and she said she normally doesn't recomend the Hibiscus and Banana deep fix - moisturizing conditioner as a leave-in for people with my hair texture because it's usually too heavy but she's happy it worked for me. She also suggested trying the Curl Assurance Aloe Fix Hair Styling gel alone on wet hair or Coffee Coco Curl Creme + Curl Assurance Aloe Fix Hair Styling gel. If you have these products and you aren't getting the results you want, you might want to try Marsha's recommendations.

Another thing I really like about these products, other than the scents, is that some of them are multi-purpose. For example, the Hibiscus and Banana deep fix - moisturizing conditioner can be used as a rinse-out, deep or leave-in conditioner. I'm definitely one for saving money and getting the most out of a product.

I also mentioned to her that a lot of people, including me, dislike buying products online because of shipping costs. She said she's "slowly but surely" adding retail locations where Curl Junkie products can be purchased. Currently, they can be purchased at Back to the Lands Natural Foods in Brooklyn, NY, Lin's Beauty Supply in Little Elm, TX, and Honeyfig in Ontario, Canada but, be on the lookout for a retail location close to you in the near future.

26 comments:

A. Rose said...

coffee coco and banana products? are you sure you're not mixing up a dessert in your hair? hehe. jk! once again, you've made me envious of your pretty curls...*sigh*

ps. only a few more weeks til the race!! eeek!

Sage Vivant said...

I think your hair looks FANTASTIC in Test #1! (It looks great in all befores and afters, but I particularly like that one.) Just shows you how everybody likes their hair to look different...

Marsha rocks!

Jen said...

OoooOH! Are you going to try the new Spring Roll CIBU Products? It launches today!! WOOT WOOT! I'm eyeballing their stuff sooo hard. No parabens either. =)

Janelle said...

Pretty! I like them all. I love how you test a lot of different products, esp. when you mix & match them.

Btw, I went to Whole Foods last weekend & I was tempted to get the Kinky-Curly Curling Custard you use. But I couldn't bring myself to spend $25. Maybe next time!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I don't know if this is the right place to ask this, but I am just going to start the CG and can't wait!I have seen on the list of products on the left, in the rinse-out conditioners, several lush conditioners like the Jungle one, which actually have sulfates in it, so I am confused. Are sulfates ok for rinse out conditioners?I do already use lush products and it would be great to be able to still use the conditioners.

Thanks!

Sofia

DeeDee said...

This post made my day. I love CJ products, but IA, shipping is not something I want to pay for. I live in Dallas/Ft. Worth and it's good to know that there is at least 1 store in this area selling the CJ line. I will definitely be making the drive up to Little Elm to pick up a buttload of CJ products. ***opens pill bottle to take another PJ addiction cure pill*** :)

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Anonymous said...

Hello girl with curl,

your hair is WAVY, not CURLY.
as far as i can see, i cant see a single curl on it
if you focus on products for wavy hair, you will get a far better result, rather than trying to force your hair to curl :)

cheers, mate

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