Description from the CURLS Brand website: “Infused with Plumeria Alba Flower Extract and Aloe leaf juice, this botanical gelle imparts sheen, fights frizz, and creates popping curls. The perfect product for curlies in humid climates to provide all day curl definition and to protect against a curly girls worst nightmare, FRIZZ. Great product to use before traveling…to set and keep your curls in place” (curls.biz)
Directions on packaging:
Day 1 – Apply Goddess Curls to freshly cleansed/conditioned hair, while it is still wet. Scrunch Goddess Curls into hair, section by section. Allow hair to air dry. Day 2 – Refresh your curls with Lavish Curls Moisturizer, and reapply Goddess Curls to curls as needed.
PRICE: $10.99 on curls.biz. I picked this botanical gelle up from Target for around $8.
Availability: This product is fairly available on the ground (Target & some hair stores) and online. If you’re in need of this product immediately, depending on where you live, you may not be able to purchase this product as easily as a bottle of Shea Moisture for example, which is very easy to find in almost every pharmacy. You should be able to find this CURLS product in a Target near you.
SCENT: Personally, it smells faintly of the plumeria it boasts, but if it wasn’t written on the label I would say I couldn’t smell anything at all. So for those sensitive to strong fragrances this gelle would be amazing for you, because I literally could not smell anything aside from the very very faint plumeria flower scent which is not overpowering – upon opening it for the first time I had to sniff for a few seconds to even recognize a scent.
CONSISTENCY: This gelle is very lightweight and semi-thin. In my opinion it is a tad thicker than a hair straightening serum – not as sticky, more runny.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Sorbitol, Polyacrylate-14, Polyacrylate-14, Polyquaternium-7, Polysorbate 20, Fruit Certified Organic Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Plumeria Alba Flower Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Carbomer, Certified Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin.
My Thoughts: To be honest, I didn’t think I would like the CURLS Goddess Curls Botanical Gelle, so I didn’t really have any expectations for it: but, if I’m being completely honest here, I have to admit that I’m jumping on the CURLS Bandwagon now. THIS product + Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave in are really nice hair products. I would feel proud giving these CURLS products to my friends and family as gifts because they smell really nice, are packaged well, and overall just seem to be pretty good quality without being extremely fancy. I dare even say a step above Shea Moisture! (Although, when it comes to CLEAN and GREEN for natural hair, I don’t think anything will beat certain Shea Moisture products). Overall, I’m liking the CURLS brand in general so far and will definitely be investing in some of their other products to see how my hair responds to them.
In regards to the CURLS Goddess Curls gelle specifically, I’m not sure if I’ll be picking up another bottle just yet. I’ve used it a few times and feel like it’s something I could live without. I do like having CURLS products around because they make me feel like a “cool kid” in the natural hair community, but the product itself doesn’t add anything to my hair regimen that one of my current hair products, possibly in combination with another, can’t already do.
Things to Consider from my experience:
On freshly washed hair with the Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave in applied, this product as a styler, got foamy. This isn’t a ‘con’ for me because the foaminess is similar to wrapping lotion and goes away after a while.
The gelle Goes into hair smoothly – it’s not hard to rake through curls with this product, even though it is not very slippery.
The Goddess Curls botanical gelle defined and elongated my curls and minimized shrinkage on my twistout .
Could the CURLS Goddess Curls Botanical Gelle be used for a wash and go on Type 4 hair? I say probably. For me, it would take a decent amount of product because the product is very light, it does define curls well and imparts some shine. I mainly used the product to define my curls, not for a wash and go, in which I used a lot of product – but I can’t say how it dries in a curly state because I twisted my hair after defining for a twist out. My twists came out elongated and shiny with very good definition. I liked the results, but I am an Eco Styler girl and in combination with other great moisturizers, I’m pretty sure I could replicate the good results I got from this gelle.
Final Thoughts: If you’re interested in trying a new hair gel or in giving the CURLS brand a shot, I say go for it – I’m glad I did. The gelle is very lightweight and has a very faint scent that is good for individuals that are sensitive to strong fragrances. This gelle was inexpensive and was easy for me to get at my local Target, so in purchasing it and having good results, I don’t feel that this buy was a waste.
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