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Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel Review

By January 27th, 202154 Comments

Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel Review
Hola Chicas!

If you recall, yesterday I had a plan, a dream if you will- – to do my hair. I’d been wearing the same tired twist-out for weeks and my ends were ridiculously dry. I made it to Walgreens (OMGosh it felt good to see the sun) and ended up purchasing a bottle of Aussie Moist and a tube of Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel. Random right? I’m not one for purchasing new stuff on the fly without reading reviews, but what the heck, life is short πŸ™‚

Even though hubby offered to keep an eye on G Baby, I declined in order to get practice handling her and my hair at the same time. I set her up in the vibrating bouncy on the floor in the bathroom, and believe it or not, she allowed me do my hair! I felt like I was on the clock though…. like she was a ticking time bomb laying in wait. I detangled my hair in record time and twisted it up in probably 30 minutes! She looked up at me the entire time, watching every move I made… she was so alert and obviously curious. She cried only once, which made my boobs hurt, swell up and leak shortly thereafter. But I digress…

I shampoo’ed with Elucence (a random shampoo I need to review for you guys), rinsed and applied Aussie Moist. After 5 minutes the tangles were melting away and I removed the stubborn ones with the Ouidad Double Detangler. I rinsed the Aussie, got out of the shower and allowed my hair to dry for 10-15 minutes. I then applied a quarter sized amount of Aussie Moist to each half of my head and proceeded to make 11 twists (five on each side and one at the crown). I added a dollop of Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel to each section as I twisted. I sealed the ends with coconut oil and rolled them on flexis. The combo played well together and dried relatively fast.

This morning, I removed the rollers and took down the twists to reveal very soft, defined curls. There is zero crunch, lots of volume, and some frizz (comes with the territory). The Aussie/Garnier combo left me with a product-less feel which made my hair very easy to fluff without fear of stirring up flakes. The gel claims to provide moisture and a strong hold. I can’t comment on the moisture just yet, but I’d definitely have to disagree with the amount of hold… it’s light at best. But I’m not complaining.

Ingredients: Water- Aqua , Dimethicone , Glycerin , Sorbitol , Propylene Glycol , PEG/PPG-4/12 Dimethicone , Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride , PVP , Fragrance- Parfum , Phenoxyethanol , Avocado Oil- Persea Gratissima , Polyquarternium-37 , Mineral Oil- Paraffinum Liquidum , Methylparaben , Disodium EDTA , Ethylparaben , Linalool , Limonene , PPG-1 Trideceth-6 , Amyl Cinnamal , PEG-192 Apricot Kernel Glycerides , PEG-70 Mango Glycerides , Citral , Lemon Fruit Extract- Citrus Medica Limonium Extract

Product Description:
From Unruly to Defined or Loose… Curls, Choose your Weapon.
. Bouncy Curls, Frizz Control with Extra Strong Hold
. Controls like a Gel, Conditions like a Cream
. Sculpted curls without the crunch

Hold Level: Extra Strong

How to use: Apply a quarter size amount of cream gel to slightly damp hair. Rake hair with fingers or comb through from root to tip for even distribution. Let air dry or dry with a diffuser.

Bottom Line: It’s super cheap and I’m definitely going to give it another try. The ingredients aren’t the best, but they aren’t the worst either. I’m curious to see how it would hold up in humidity. I used to live and die by Garnier’s Soft Curl Cream… it’s since been discontinued. It smells just the same, very light and fresh and yields the same results. Great curl definition, slippage, shine, softness and hold. I likey thus far πŸ™‚

11 twists I slept in last night– 5 on each side and one at the crown

Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel Review
Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel Review

Ummm… can we say ‘time to henna’? I’m not graying quite as fast as Momma, but I’m sure I have more gray strands than the average 27 year old. The henna dyes my grays a lovely copper at first, and auburn after several applications.

Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel Review

Closeup to show Twist-n-Curl texture w/ Garnier Gel

Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel Review

Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel Review
Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel Review

Back in the skinnies! I ordered her stroller today… we’ll be hitting the pavement soon!

Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel ReviewGarnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream Gel Review


  • krys. says:

    I'm sure you get this alot but…YOUR HAIR IS BEAUTIFUL πŸ˜‰

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Nikki!
    You are looking great and I'm a big fan of yours.
    Keep it up!

    Sistah love all the way from Holland.

    Naturalista Tisha

  • AlongCameStacey says:

    The soft curl cream can still be snagged online at places like Amazon and

  • Cygnet says:

    Hi, Nikki! I'm behind the eight ball, haven't been here in a couple weeks. You look fabulous, and little Miss Gia is so cute! Congratulations. I'd like to go back and review all the posts I've missed. I wish I knew how to do that :-(.

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow Nikki! You bounced back like nothing I've ever seen before! Work it girl, I'm definitely envious, but it's all good πŸ™‚

  • keishabradford2006 says:

    U look great. I hope I look that good after having a baby. ur hair is fab as usual. the baby is so cute.

  • Anya says:

    OMG!!!! YOU LOOK AMAZING!!! I cannot believe how time flew by so fast… CONGRATULATIONS TO A BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Nikki!

    You and baby Gia look ABSOLUTELY fantastic!! I bounced back from pregnancy very quickly too and I had twins!! I thank God for you for bringing this blog into fruition. You are a blessing to me and so many others. Wishing you and your family all of God's best!!

  • Toya says:

    Congratulations G Baby is beautiful like her mom, and you look amazing for just having had a baby.

    Thanks for the review always looking for affordable quick pick-ups for hair.

  • Aishah says:

    Back in your skinny jeans already?!? Way to go Nikki! Hair is still fab of course πŸ˜‰

  • lovinlife2thefullest says:

    First,congratulations on your new addition. Second, you look great! Third, I finally tried you placement method for my twist n curl, after many failed attempts, the results are amazing. I thought since my hair is not as long as yours that I would need more twist, negative. Now if I can get multiple day hair w/o retwisting i'll be in business

  • darkbeautytt says:

    your hair looks beautiful, AND BABY G looks cute as usual. please tell us your exercise regimen so that we too can bounce back from preggo like you. thanks woman

  • hair curling irons says:

    Your hair growth is amazing! Curly hair suit to you. Nice captures! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Anonymous says:

    You look great. Baby G looks just like a doll in this shot. Precious!

  • Bilqis says:

    you look great CN, and your hair looks amazing!!! Ok, im giving this natural thing another shot. This morning I was all set to go to a salon n get my hair relaxed. My hair is so dry n i just havent been doing it right…im getting tired of it. But u inspired me. Gotta do something, atleast give it another shot. Kudos to u to taking that time for urself. I have 3 kids, n i still cant manage to get myself together. Dont let urself go..bc its hard to get back. Keep it up, n wow do u bounce back fast! lol. congrats

  • Ms. Sassy says:

    Nikki, girl you are looking great! Back in the skinnies quick too! Whats your secret?

  • Barbara Naturally Speaking says:

    OMG & Wow!!! You look phenomenal after just having a new addition!!! Your hair is gorgeous to match!

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow Nikki, you look great! Your hair is always beautiful.

  • ronnisha Owens says:

    OMG I loved Garniers Soft Curl Cream. Why would they discontinue it! I tried the putty by Garnier and its so not the same. Ugh! I guess I will try the Survivor Rough product by Garnier.
    Anyway, you look great Nikki and baby G is gorgeous. Wishing you the best.

  • Curly Hair Tips says:

    Gia is so cute! And you look great!

  • westNDNbeauty says:

    Wow! Baby weight is just a memory now! Back to the old you!

  • Rania says:

    I thought I bounced back with pregnancy quickly! You look great! woo hoo!
    And the hair is awesome as well πŸ™‚

  • svrbrownsuga says:

    Looking good Nikki!!!

  • OloriOba says:

    Girllllll!!! You look mighty good to have just given birth. Daing!!! I think you need to let us in on the secret so that we moms-to-be will at least know we can bounce back too lol!! You and baby are beautiful Nikki!!

  • ShakLand says:

    First Momma Nikki – you look fabulous! Congratulations on all of your blessings.

    Second – I LOVE me some Garnier Soft Curl Cream and I almost cried when I found out they discontinued that product (I even contacted Garnier's corporate office to ask if they had any extra jars lying around that I could purchase, lol!) Whenever I'm in a store and I see that they have a jar I just buy it! I have 2 jars now. But I will have to check out the curls sculpting cream (I like their products and they're easy on the pockets too).

  • KeetaRay says:

    Wow, Nikki – you look GREAT! Love the hair and it does NOT look like u just had a baby. I love that you are sharing this with us. Thanks for that πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    nikki you look good!!! looking at the pics no1 would've guessed you just had a baby…your hair looks great too

  • Anonymous says:

    I do remember Crucial Conflict! "Smoking on hay…hay in the middle of the barn!" lol Anyway, thanks so much for the review and the pics…you look great! You better go girl! πŸ™‚ ~KF519

  • Anonymous says:

    You and your hair look fab as usual and baby G is such a cutie.

  • Lynnieluve says:

    Nikki, you look AWESOME to be only a few weeks post partum!!! I literally laughed out loud at the boob leaking when Baby G cried. I remember those days. Your hair looks FAB as always!!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks ladies! I'm totally feeling my hair today. I can't wait to try it again to see how it goes. Thanks for the review Traci… glad to hear that we're on the same page. I'll try it with a different leave-in next time, but I'm liking the fluffy, care free look. I felt more like myself today after getting out of the house and having my hair freshly done. You guys are right… taking time for yourself is CRUCIAL. lol, for some reason typing out CRUCIAL reminded me of CRUCIAL CONFLICT. Remember them?!

  • TraciT says:

    I've used this a few times as somewhere along the way the garnier line has become my "mainstay" cheapie brand for washing and styling my hair. I wanted to submit my own review but never got around to it, haha. Anyway, your review is spot-on Nikki. I've only used this "gel" (it's more like the consistency of liquid hand soap) for twist outs and have achieved successful styles with it. The hold is light compared to the "extra-hold" it claims, but I suppose that may depend on your hair type. My hair is very thick and shrinky. So if you're a person that likes fluffy hair then you will appreciate this product. It doesn't have a crunchy feel to it at all, which surprised me. I've noticed that I can achieve AMAZING day-one and two hair, but it starts to not look so great after day two. It doesn't hold up that well in humidity, even with combining it with the sleek & shine conditioners, though it stands a slightly better chance when you combine it with the sleek & shine serum. In humidity the hair starts to get very shrinky, frizzy, and the curls start to wilt away. Or it could've been just my hair, who knows. lol…It might be worth a try to see how well you fare. You might get to reach 3-day hair before you have to redo it or bun it up, 4 if you're really good, haha. It is definitely worth a try, I found it to be a good alternative for the more expensive products I use. I also love the smell (I love the way all garnier hair products smell). You can really get good results with this one ladies.

  • Unknown says:

    You look good Mamasita. Keep it up and love the hair.
    Live, Love, Peace. ~Sweetsop

  • Sheeta Boo says:

    Nikki!! Maybe the hold would work better with a different leave in maybe garnier's sleek and shine. I know Aussie Moist is so moisturizing it may have affected the hold factor of the gel. Just a thought. Love the pics. Baby is gorgeous.

  • Anonymous says:

    Kudos to you for doing your hair with th baby. You are truly inspiring to aspiring mothers! Hair looks fab and good to know that you ae back in you pre pregnancy attire.


  • Anonymous says:

    Nik you look great its as if you werent a swollen ball of emotions two weeks ago Gia looks great and you hair cant wait till my hair grows more 8 months since BC

  • HolisticLifeRN says:

    YOU look great!

  • latasha says:

    my gram started turning gray at 25…i have one long strand in the front and several small ones in the middle of my head. so don't worry, i have about as much gray as you and i'm only 25 πŸ™

  • Jae Manolo says:

    You and your hair look great! πŸ™‚

  • jasmineleann says:

    I shall be trying those producs out. They are collge-budget friendly! And you look great Nik!!!

  • MissCurly says:

    Awww look at little Miss Gia… cute…is that a bow I see in her little curls. Pretty soon you'll do updates on her curls.

    Anyways back to your hair………

    Girl your hair is getting thickier and bigger each day. I love it! Making me jealous, now I want thicker hair too

    Looking good curly mommy

  • Natakue says:

    You look amazing!! I hope I bounce back that quickly after I have a child. Looks like baby girl was as fascinated with your hair as we are.

    I still have a jar left of my precious Garnier Soft Curl Creme. It never had super strong hold, but it always provided nice definition and soft curls. I've been staying away from Garnier though since boycotting the L'oreal parent company, but boy-oh-boy is/was their SCC a dream product. Sigh…

  • DreamchaZer says:

    I love that Ms. Gia "allowed" you to do your hair. YOU LOOK GOOD MAMA!!

  • Claire says:

    Congrats on little Gia's arrival. You look amazing! Garnier has a new product called Survivor Rough It Putty in a small jar like the Soft Curl Cream. The ingredients are nearly identical. I haven't found many reviews on it yet. You should try it to see if you get similar results to the Soft Curl Cream.

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  • BlackBetty says:

    Ohhh Garnier's products are on sale at my local drugstore this week. I'll have to try it. Looking good mama!

  • Anonymous says:

    We're lucky that you're brave enough to try out new products on the fly Nikki! You look amazing.

  • Unika Molden says:

    Well look at you!! You and baby G seem to be adjusting to one another very well. I am so proud of how you are multi-tasking and still keeping us abreast of things. Thanks for all that you do.

    I would still like to send the baby a gift. I love shopping for girls since I have only boys and it seems as though all of my relatives are having boys…ROFL….

    You look great!!

  • mood_indigo says:

    You look great! Who plays the guitar? πŸ™‚

  • Natural-ness (LV) says:

    You're looking beautiful Nikki! It's funny how when nursing, our bodies react to our crying babies. It makes you feel so connected to them. Anyway – brings back memories. I'm going to have to try your twist and curl technique once my hair gets longer.

  • Jay-Jay says:

    OMG you sound like me after I had my daughter 7 years ago!!! My hair stayed in a messy bun for close to a month without being done. Your body is right back to the beginning before being preggers. Which is also what I looked like after I had my daughter….I only gained 30-35 pounds. GOOD LOOKING CURLYNIKKI!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Lovely volume!

  • E says:

    You look great! I have to disagree with you about being abnormally gray for your age though. I have more than I'd like to think I should and I'm in my mid 20s. I think it's the coffee? Tryna get off that stuff! And it's probably the sugar too… And maybe I need to make sure I stay on top of the vitamins. I hope it's one of these things because that means that I can control it and it's not genetic!

  • Anonymous says:

    Ok not only does your hair look fab but so does your body!! If it wasn't for the previous pics I would have no clue…way to bounce back!!!

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