CurlyNikki Reviews AG Recoil Curl Activator

Description of my hair: Cottony as hell with fine, highly porous strands... mostly 's' waves and some 'o' coils bringing up the rear.

Name of Product in Review: AG Recoil Curl Activator  6oz/$18 <<< dayum Gina! 

Product Description:

Recoil curl activator is made with AG’s unique Curl Creating Complex (C3):
  • Magnesium sulfate – helps shrink the bonds in the hair, cultivating and defining each individual curl and wave. It gently supports curls without being crunchy and helps give hair a silky, soft feel with lots of movement
  • Bio-fermented tomato fruit extract – shrinks the hair cuticle and encourages curl
  • Rice Amino acids – hydrate and improve hair strength, promote curl, and help fight frizz. Silk and keratin protein – adds moisture, strength, elasticity and shine
  • P-14 copolymer – gives long-lasting curl definition and flexible hold
  • NaPCA – a highly effective moisturizer
  • Herbal extracts – soothe the scalp and add shine to hair
Product Ingredients: Water/aqua/eau, Polyquaternium-55, Hydroxypropyl Starch, Cetylalcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Corn Starch Modified, Cetrimonium Chloride, Salvia Officinalis (sage) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Melissaofficinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Cymbopogonschoenanthus Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Sodium PCA, Polyquaternium-10, Magnesium Sulfate, Silk Amino Acids, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzedkeratin, Panthenol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tetrasodiumedta, Parfum/ Fragrance, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Fragrance: Light and clean, not perfume-y or overbearing.

Texture: Creamy consistency, goes on smooth.

My experience:
Although I'm not currently #TeamWash&Go, I was a few weeks ago.  On the forever mission to find the dopest curl definer, I'd heard good things about AG ReCoil (from the homie Wanda Sykes) and finally decided to give it a try.  I'd been gifted some a while back but never got around to testing it. I remember being excited because it's supposed to be good for humidity and I'm already in the, 'get your hair right for summer' mode.  I ended up using it over AG Fastfood (a pretty good, light leave-in conditioner if you're looking for one... probably best for summer) on soaking wet hair.  The Fastfood left my hair super detangled and slippery, so the ReCoil glided right in.  My curls were on 10... as I gently raked through sections of hair, the clumps that sprung up between my fingers were remarkable.  You know how you can tell from the way your wet hair responds to a product, what it will look like dry?  I felt good about it.  In my mind, I was gonna be left with fluffy, shiny, expanded curls and while I did achieve extra hang time and definition, I had helmet head.  I scrunched in some Mongongo Oil to loosen up the hold, but the volume was M.I.A.  So I re-washed a day later and tried again... using much less ReCoil this time.  The results were again very defined, almost too perfect spirals, with tons of shine, and although it wasn't extra crispy, it was still a bit stiff.  I feel that I'm on to something good tho... it needs a richer leave-in underneath or more tweaking with application.  I plan to revisit after this dry Twist-n-Curl spell runs its course.  

Would I recommend to a curlfriend: Yes, but err on the side of 'too little' product, which is good, 'cause it's pricey. The situation can get crunchy real quick with this one.  But if it's curl definition you're after, this is an amazing activator.  I'd also venture to guess that it would yield deliciously shiny and defined twist-outs.  The ingredient list is nice and I'm happy to see that glycerin is not in the top 5, which is rare with styling gels. Also, the online reviews are pretty good.

How many curls overall: (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the kitties titties!):
3.5, because it shows promise!

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WhimsyCurl Reviews 'Better Than Good Hair'!

While Googling around for initial reviews of 'Better Than Good Hair', I stumbled upon Danielle, aka WhimsyCurl's vid where she shares her thoughts after receiving the book yesterday!

CN Says:
Danielle is a regular CN contributor, curlfriend and hot momma!  I'm so very proud of our book and consider it the community's book.  Thanks everyone for your support!!!!

Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle: Community Review

CN community member, Mel writes:

Description of your hair: (1) thick density (2) medium texture, (3) low porosity, (4) spongy

Name of Product in Review: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner, $3.99 for 16 oz

Product Description: “We’ve worked with an upscale boutique to bring you this salon-quality conditioner that will rejuvenate your hair with a refreshing tingle. A blend of certified organic botanicals including peppermint and teat tree work together to moisturize and clarify your hair while alleviating dry scalp. Our product contains no laurel/laureth sulfates and is suitable for all hair types.”

Product Ingredients: water, tea tree, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, nettle oil, thyme oil, birch leaf oil, chamomile oil, clary, coltsfoot leaf, yarrow oil, mallow, horsetail oil, soybean protein, cetyl alcohol, vitamin e, trace minerals, citric acid, sodium hydroxymethylgycinate, grape seed

Fragrance: This is very minty. Once I was done, all I could think about was getting me a stick of Double Mint gum.

Texture: This conditioner is pretty creamy, but not very thick. The thickness, or lack thereof, reminds me of a leave in conditioner.

Ease of Application (1-5 with 5 being the easiest): 4- I’m a girl who absolutely needs “slip” and this one was pretty darn good. I loved the relaxing smell and that made finger detangling even better.

Your Experience: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner far exceeded my expectations. I’d heard about this so when Dallas/Fort Worth celebrated the opening of our first Trader Joe’s, I knew exactly what I’d be shopping for.

When I first opened the bottle, I was a bit worried because I tend to get better results with a thick rinse out conditioner. If the conditioner is thin, my kinks and curls usually laugh and have a mind of their own. This did the job and a little went a long way. I loved the minty scent and it was very relaxing. The price is right and I was so pleased to have finally gotten my hands on a bottle of this. This product had amazing slip, but wasn’t as moisturizing as I’m accustomed to. Regardless, as a curly who uses tons of conditioner, this one pleased me a lot.

Slip is one of the most important things to me in regards to rinse out conditioners, so I really like this. I’d had this bottle sitting under my cabinet for a few months and I hate I waited so long to finally try it out.

Would you recommend to a curlfriend: Most definitely. If you’re a curly who loves organic products this is the way to go. It affordable and it did the job well.

How many curls overall (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the kitties titties!): I give this conditioner 4. The slip beats most things that I’ve tried. If it were a bit more moisturizing, it would probably replace my go-to conditioner.

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The Community Reviews: Tresemme Curls

Cecily writes:

Description of your hair: 4a (coily/springy)

Name of Product in Review: TRESemme’ Flawless Curls Conditioner ($6 / 32 oz)

Product Description:

  • Curl Hydration for Curl or Wavy Hair
  • Formulated with vitamin B1, it replenishes moisture to your hair’s driest areas.
  • Detangles and tames frizz for beautifully defined soft curls and waves.
  • Formula is ideal for curly or wavy hair.

Product Ingredients: Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Cyclohexasloxane, Panthenol, Tocopheryl acetate, Thiamine HCL, Niacinmine, Biotin, Asparitic acid, Ascorbic acid, Dimethicone, Quanternium-18, Isostearamidopropyl, Ethyldimoninum, ethosulfate, Behenamidopropyl, Disodium edta, DMDM hydantoin, and Fragrance.

Fragrance: light (my sense of smell isn’t all that great though)

Texture: Thick creamy consistency

Your experience:
I used this as a part of my pre-poo. First I apply EVOO to my hair and let it soak in my hair for roughly 10 minutes, before applying this conditioner from root to end using a wide tooth comb ( I saturate my hair with water before applying the conditioner).
Secondly I shampoo using TRESemme Flawless Curls Shampoo.
Thirdly I condition my hair again letting it saturate my hair for 10-20 minutes using a deep conditioning cap and then rinse. I follow it with a 2 strand twist to let air dry, when completely dry I twistout.
RESULT: My hair goes 5 days without needing any moisturizer. This product lives up to its name CURL HYDRATION.

Would you recommend to a curlfriend: HECK YEAH! This makes my third week using this conditioner and my results have been consistent.

How many curls overall: (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the kitties titties!):

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The Community Reviews- Herbal Essence's Honey

Melissa S. writes:

Description of your hair: (1) thick density (2) medium texture, (3) low porosity, (4) spongy

Name of Product in Review: Herbal Essences: Honey, I’m Strong Strengthening Conditioner
$7 / 23 oz

Product Description: This rich and creamy conditioner provides strength against damage and helps repair damage to smoothness for silky locks you will love.

Product Ingredients: Water/Eau, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Honey/Miel, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Fragrance/Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Blue 1, Yellow 5, Red 33.

Fragrance: Fruity, sweet and yummy. You can definitely smell the honey and apricot extracts

Texture: Thick cream

Ease of Application (1-5 with 5 being the easiest): I give this a 5. This conditioner has a very smooth application and has amazing slip.

Your experience: I used it as a rinse out to detangle after shampooing and I feel in love with Honey, I’m Strong. I’ve been a part of Team Hello Hydration for a long time, but this really blew me away and will be replacing my blue bottles. I didn’t bother sectioning my hair when I shampooed, but was able to detangle in the shower in no time. Typically, if I don’t section my hair then I have a challenge on my hands. Detangling was a breeze, I saw very little breakage and shed hair and it left my hair incredibly soft and moisturized.

Would you recommend to a curlfriend: Yes, yes, yes!

How many curls overall (1-5):(on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the kitties titties!)
5 and a snap!

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The Community Reviews Shea Moisture Smoothie

 Shawnte writes:

Description of your hair:
My hair is medium density, medium texture, and has high porosity. Using the LOIS system, hair hair is S- the strands are wavy with hills and valleys. My hair is cottony, with low sheen, high frizz, and absorbs water quickly.

Name of Product in Review: 
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie (9.99/ 12 oz)

Product Description:
(from label) The product is designed to add moisture and shine to thick curly hair. It is nutrient rich, and will condition, restore moisture, and shine. Can be applied to damp or dry hair to enhance curls, minimize frizz and provide curl control.

Product Ingredients:
Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Certified Organic Ingredient), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter (Certified Organic Ingredient), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silk Protein, Ammonium Salt, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Caucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Sorbitol Esters, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Caprylyl Glycol, Essential Oil Blend, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Fragrance: Sweet and fruity, but not overwhelming. It has a really nice scent.

Texture: A thick cream.

Your experience:
I use it to moisturize my curls for a twist out, it makes my hair very manageable. The product is thick which I prefer over a liquid or really light moisturizer because it will air dry faster. I use it with Kinky Curly Curling Custard which helps eliminate frizz.

Would you recommend to a curlfriend: 
Yes, if she has medium to thick hair, if she has fine hair, I would recommend using it very lightly or maybe using the curl milk which is not as heavy and won't weigh the hair down.

How many curls overall: (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the kitties titties!)
5, because the product does what it claims, it is affordable (only $9.99), and is easy to purchase (it is sold in drugstores, target, and online).

Find Shawnte on the web-

Twitter: @posh_urbanite

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CN Says:
I LOVE the Milk + Smoothie on Gia's curls which are prone to frizz and dryness.  

The Community Reviews- TERRESSENTIALS

Tery's review:  

Description of your hair: (1) medium density (2) medium texture (3) low porosity, (4) 3c/4a (cottony)

Name of Product in Review: TERRESSENTIALS Pure Earth Hair Wash in Cool Mint

Product Description: "Our Hair Wash is a pure, totally natural, clay-based product blended with soothing organic herbals and beautiful, stimulating organic essential oils. It contains no synthetic petrochemicals, synthetic protein or petrochemical polymer plastics, oleochemical surfactants/detergents, or oleochemical emulsifying wax emollients ("vegetable wax," cetyl alcohol, stearates, fatty acids, etc.) to leave a residue on the hair or scalp. As the Hair Wash contains no soaps or foaming agents, there will be no lather at all. The unique mud comes from extensive mountain deposits in Africa and has been used sustainably by humans for centuries to cleanse the hair and body, and is used by top spas and environmentally-conscious individuals worldwide. The clay cleans in a very different manner from conventional shampoo detergents and soaps, forming a colloidal suspension that pulls the excess oils and pollutants from your hair. The Hair Wash works well in either hard or soft water."

Product Ingredients: Organic aloe vera juice°, clay minerals, organic extract° of organic linden flower°, essential oils of organic peppermint° and organic spearmint°, extracts of organic nettle°, organic chamomile° and organic shavegrass°.

°Certified Organic

Fragrance:  Minty

Texture: Creamy, somewhat thick.

Ease of Application (1-5 with 5 being easiest): I give it a 4/5.  It was easy to apply, just takes more time since it does not lather. You don't need to use too much, a little bit goes a long way. Also, be sure to shake up the bottle before each use! Water tends to rise to the top.

Your experience: I first tried Terresstial Pure Earth Hair Wash in Lavendar Garden, and the results were amazing! I recently tried the Cool Mint, which I found to really work well for my hair with the cold weather --- definitely more hydrating than the lavender garden, which will be sitting on my shelf until the warmer months (I still love it!). It's a different method to wash your hair, since it doesn't lather. But, the mint does give a little tingle to your scalp and gives you an overal feel-good, refreshing feeling!

Would you recommend to a curlfriend: Yes

How many curls overall (1-5):  5!

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The Community Reviews- Tresemme Naturals

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Description of your hair: (1) thick density (2) fine texture, (3) low porosity (4) cottony

Name of Product in Review: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner

Product Description:

This conditioner with USDA certified organic aloe vera and avocado extracts, moisturizes your hair for protection against damage and breakage. Our unique silicone free formula for lightweight conditioning, infuses hair with moisture for hair that's noticeably more manageable and smooth. Discover 10X stronger hair after just one use.*
No dyes
Safe for color treated hair
This product is not tested on animals

*When used with TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture shampoo and conditioner versus non-conditioning shampoo.

Product Ingredients: Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Fragrance , Lauryl Lysine , Caprylyl Glycol , Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed)/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer , Aspartic Acid , Distearyldimonium Chloride , Persea Gratissima (Avacado) OilOrganic , Citric Acid , Alcohol , Isopropyl Alcohol , Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice Organic

Fragrance: Perfumey

Texture: Thick cream

Ease of Application (1 to 5 with 5 being easiest): I rate it 5, it's super easy to apply, slippery and moisturizing.

Your experience: I LOVE THIS CONDISH, THIS MY ISH! I have used it as a cowashing condish, after shampooing, I have left it in my hair and used it with aloe vera gel and even protein gel and ALWAYS get soft moisturized hair! My hair is super dry and this is a real fixer-upper for hair like mine that fights moisture.

Would you recommend to a curlfriend: Yes!!

How many curls overall (1 to 5): 5

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