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Original Recipe, or Extra Crispy?

By January 27th, 2021275 Comments
Original Recipe, or Extra Crispy?
that’s that ish I don’t like

This ish here? Bet you think it’s wet… nope, not even. These crispy little curls are completely dry. Imagine opening up a pack of ramen noodles, and then placing it on your head. *sigh* And apparently there’s not enough oil in the world to scrunch out this epic crunch. This, ladies and gentleman, is the result of one of my recent product binges. I was supposed to go to Sally’s to replenish my As I Am Gel stash – in my mind. But in reality, somehow I ended up with a tub, no, a vat of EcoStyler gel and a cistern of Fantasia IC. Who needs gel in such massive quantities?

Original Recipe, or Extra Crispy?

Anyway, I applied the Eco (the olive oil one) as I would the As I Am Smoothing Gel– over Living Proof’s Full Thickening Cream (which the verdict is still out on) and was amazed at the clumping.  Excited, I set up my hooded dryer to speed up the big reveal (Secret life of Nikki: I get about as anxious as a caffeine addicted child on Christmas Eve when I try new products), but was shocked and appalled that it looked exactly the same dry as it did wet.  It’s like it froze in place… in that wet rat stage. My hair looked like Splinter soaked in the ooze and it never shrank.

Original Recipe, or Extra Crispy?
#throwback #ICrackMyselfUp

 It. Never. Shrank.

What in the entire hell?!  I’ve never wished for shrinkage more in my life! I snapped a pic and jumped back in the shower.  And here I sit with a wet head, typing this article, ’cause sharing is caring πŸ™‚ 

I’d abandoned gels years ago for more voluminous pastures with conditioner and cream stylers- but my recent good experiences with As I Am souped my head up (along with your comments, ‘Nik, try Fantasia’, and ‘…but Nik, Eco is the best gel for the money hands down’).  The result? Well, it put me in the mind of the Miss Jessie’s scare of ’08 (it wouldn’t dry… it never dried!).  Where was I going with all of this? Let’s see, I suppose, (1) stick with what works, (2) just because a product is beloved by the community doesn’t mean it’ll work for you, and (3) yeah, that’s all I got.

Which #TeamNatural ‘product must-have’ failed you? 

275 Comments

  • Alwina Oyewoleturner says:

    To further echo the other ladies, stick with what you know and works for you. I remembering that as I figure out my personal hair challenges. Thank you for sharing!

  • Vona says:

    BTW, i never get in the dryer with gel in my head, unless i am trying to set something, which is what you did, you set your hair straight! after i put in my eco blue, i "dry" with a microfiber or a tee shirt.

  • Vona says:

    eco level 10 and my hair is so haard it can snap in half no matter what i mix it with. Now Eco Blue is a level 5. i put that over my leave in. after it is dry it is still a little crisp, put a little leave in and a good amount of some vegetable glycerin, talk about soft defined curls with curl memory and 7 day hair if i want, head shakin, neck whippin curls, so soft they feel like pillows.

  • artemis says:

    You smoothed it all through your hair, didn't you? Aww, poor Nikki lol. Maybe try *scrunching* just a quarter sized amount in all over after the living proof (or the redken smooth down)? With your curl size/shape that might work better. Not sure if you've ever seen IvyCharlaine on YT but she does this method with KCCC and she has hair kinda similar to yours (ie, gorgeous!)

  • Dilane Mitchell says:

    Well… yeah, the clumpy and straight part not the crunchy part.

  • ernise says:

    I used EcoStyler recently and experienced the same thing. Terrible! I lasted the day with it, but washed it right out the next morning. Still looking for a gel that gives a good style, yet no hardness. Does one exist?

  • Shashou says:

    I think different products will do different things on different peoples hair. The SM souffle an existing fail. I haven't found 1 entire line that works for me. I like some things from SM and CD. I've found signature shampoo and conditioners. But not a super great moisturizer. Anybody have any suggestions?

  • Derika says:

    My hair doesn't like oils to seal or prepoo. I just don't think it likes oils period. It feels so greasy after using them. I wish I wouldn't have bought so many oils because I have low porosity hair and the oils just sit on top of my hair. I didn't know though because I'm 6 months into my transition and I didn't know what products my hair would like or didn't like.

  • Chardae Davis says:

    Nikki, that face is hilarious. Crispy hair is definitely that ish I don't like. Same goes for dry scratchy hair! The only product I know to stay away from is Cantu Shea Butter. And I know people who walk around with crispy hair. Poor girls.

  • pixiecita says:

    Lurker to your site for a minute now, but I had to create a disqus for this post πŸ™‚ Ma'am, your facial expressions in these photos just gave me life ever lasting this Saturday morning!!! Thank you for being so open w/ sharing your hair journey — the good AND the bad. Can't wait to see your W&G routine for the piece-y S curlies — mine is pure struggle errrday.

  • Erica says:

    Nik, you ain't never lie. The following left me with crunchy nonsense and like your hair, never dried: the Curly Girl Method nonsense on my fine hair had me looking like Rick James, Miss Jessie's anything, Deva and the old formulation of Carols Daughter Hair Milk (afraid to try the new formulation sent in my CurlBox subscription). I'm a product junkie for life, but l always have to read the fine print before I try what is popular with the masses.

  • Charle says:

    You guys, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie + African Pride Olive Oil Anti-breakage Formula (which can be bought at Walmart for dirt cheap) = THE shiniest, most defined twistouts of my life. Trust me on this. πŸ™‚

  • CurvyCurly says:

    Okay, out of fairness I actually do like the SM Restorative Raw Shea Butter Shampoo. It's ultra moisturizing and leaves your hair silky soft. BUT that's it!

  • CurvyCurly says:

    That's what happens when they become commercialized and then sacrifice quality for quantity….I stopped using all of the body products years ago because of the questionable and certainly cheap ingredients.

  • Venita D. says:

    @disqus_co8NJ8GMKI:disqus – YES! KCCC does this to my hair. I just leave it alone now. I can't use it or I'm straight up extra crispy on the curls.

  • Dannay McMillian says:

    Sorry for the long delay…

    Thank you so much, CurlyNikki! =D And no regarding the color. I have medium brown hair that lightens in the summer so I guess some of it is mine (LOL!), but I added a semi-permanent rinse to cover my gray about 2 weeks ago…Clairol Natural Instincts in Rosewood to bring out the auburn in my tresses.

  • Iamsonotmyhair says:

    Well, I'd say you've solved the mystery to combating shrinkage, no??? But not the splinter huh, come on! LoL But seriously, what works for some doesn't work for all. I honestly think it wasn't so much the gel that failed, but when you got under the dryer is where it happened. The dryer is ment to freeze a style in place. My hair is supple with those gels, air dried, but after the dryer, it feels like a helmet!

  • Shanna Small says:

    So I never believed you when you said your hair was fine textured…but that picture proved that styling matters…big time….

  • Janadrma says:

    LOL. This is one of those times when we have to realize to keep it simple. I have used Eco Styler Gel the Olive oil kind, it was crunchy and left a residue on my hair. I switched to Fantasia IC thinking I really need to have a gel on for hold, results same crunch but no residue. Finally I decided to eliminate gel and only use my leave in conditioner, The III Sisters curl product (cheap knock off of Ms Jessie's) plus oil; wonderful results. No crunch, no residue, great curls, shine and hold.

  • Roul says:

    I washed it out the next day. I think I was in denial that the product was the culprit for my dry, brittle hair! SMH!!

  • Mylah Windham says:

    My fail is gel. Period. Well at least all the ones I've tried. Eco is the worst for me. It didn't look like yours (stifles a laugh) but more like a hardened ball of black cotton candy. That was hella dry and crunchy. Hated it!

  • hairscapades says:

    But Nik … did you TRY to scrunch the crunch at all?!?!?! LOL!!!! Awww, poor sweetums!! LOL!! I'm sorry … that face!! And I'm impressed with the Splinter reference!!!! Didn't know that you had it in you;)!!

    Shelli

  • Shel says:

    I feel your pain. Not laughing too hard though πŸ™‚ Eco styler does pretty much the same thing to my hair but I LOVE it. The thing is it's only like that for the first day. After I sleep on it and blow the roots out a little, it's voluminous. Love it! Lasts a full 7 days. I really wanted to like Giovanni direct leave-in- so much that I bought it on sale and have 2 full bottles under my sink i just can't bear to part with. It. just. doesn't. work.

  • Dani Starz says:

    Did you try smoothing your hands over your hair? And shaking it gently?

  • Dani Starz says:

    I have a question, when you used it once and it dried your hair, did you rinse it out that day or just wait till your next qash n go and when was that?

  • Dani Starz says:

    this is what happened to me! I just bought the Sally's Olive oil Eco styler gel, (due to the Lovely Mahogany Curls) and so far, it dries very hard, I'm not sure if it's techniques or what, but my curls don't get as defined as yours and hers do. This gel literally took the life from your hair tho, DITCH IT GIRL!

  • Rou says:

    I like some of SM's products, but the CEM is a giant fail for me, too! It leaves my hair very dry and almost brittle. Never again!!!

  • Imani BeautifullyPissed Monroe says:

    Oh no lol I learned my lessons with gel a long time ago but I must say the ors smooth and hold pudding used the same way works great

  • LaShelle McCoy says:

    O.M.G. We have got to be hair twins. That is exactly how my hair looks with Eco or Fantasia. I not only feel your pain, I know it first hand. I've read your blog for a couple years now and I never really got your "my thin, fine strands" bit cuz they never look thin or fine to me (you pull it off marvelously!). And I was extra critical because my hair is thin and fine as well. Let's just say I believe you now.

  • Capricorngirl says:

    I haven't had any problems with SM I'm a 3c/4a I use it for my WNG. I have plenty of unused products under my sink.

  • Sophie says:

    My epic fails that other people love have been: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, gels in general (they don't dry on my hair!) and anything from Carol's Daughter (the smells were too much, and my hair dried HARD all the time). Also, I definitely have fine hair but I don't like protein on my hair. I use it very sparingly even though people always say fine haired people should love protein 24/7.

  • cococrispecurl says:

    Giovanni Leave In does nothing for me too. It makes my hair hard, almost like it's been shampooed with sulfate shampoo and no conditioner.

  • cococrispecurl says:

    I had to look at the pictures a few times before I believed it was totally dry (no dripping water) ! LOL Oh. My. Hehehe… it's not funny, but it is.

  • Ebony says:

    I had problems with Carol's Daughter Curl Milk. It never acheived the bouncy beautiful curls that all the YouTube videos I watched and comments I read said it would. But living and learning is a part of the process.

  • Mini says:

    I completely feel you. I bought a big tub of eco-styling gel after listening to the rave reviews but my thin hair was NOT feeling it. Aloe vera gel is it for me from now on. It works for my thin curls and we get along better when they're happy.

    www.definechic.wordpress.com

  • Kayla says:

    So, maybe I'm the minority-but this looks salvageable to me. And I have very very thick hair, so I want a product to do this on my hair-but not from using half a jar of gel. The only product that has given me the "exquisite OMG hair" is the IsoTamer foam. No one has ever mentioned those products in reviews. However, the next day residue is to be desired. But that look right there CN, I would have used a detangler or Denman brush to gently separate the curls and fluff. No?

  • Pat says:

    No more gels period and the Shea Moisture curl smoothie was terrible, too stiff and drying. I had to mix it with my mango butter to get some results from it.

  • Mary Sheppard-Walker says:

    Your expression is precious. Lmbo! But, seriously, I applaud your sense of adventure. I am terrified of doing a wash and go.

  • Iris Andrews says:

    This is hilarious!

  • KP says:

    Have you tried using the Curl Defining Cream on top of Giovanni's Deeper Moisture Conditioner?That used to work for me. But seeing as JC got too expensive for the little jar it came in I had to switch things up for my wallet!

  • KP says:

    I agree. The Giovanni Direct Leave in does nothing for me, but the Giovanni "Deeper Moisture" or "Max Conditioner" work wonderfully as leave-ins for me. C'est la vie. Live & learn, right?

  • KP says:

    I use Giovanni Deeper Moisture Conditioner (33oz bottle for $12.99 @ Marshalls/TJMaxx) as my leave in and then I apply Shea Moisture's Soufflee (the clear one in the peachy orange container) in sections to finger coil my hair which is, when stretched, shoulder blade length. To touch up my finger coils I just twirl my hair with Shea Moisture's Curl & Style Milk. The combination of the Giovanni & the Soufflee leaves my hair soft & moist for a week before I need to touch up with the Style Milk (and this includes lasting through my work outs & morning 2 milers!) My finger coils last about two and a half weeks. No build up, no flakes, just pure loveliness. I'm sold. (I was adventurous this week; I used the Shea Moisture Deeper Masque as my leave in and the Soufflee on top and did my standard finger coil routine. That particula combination works well, but I like that I get more bang for my buck with the Giovanni–I mean, really, 33oz?! This stuff lasts forever! Since both the Giovanni and the SM Masque work the same, I'll alternate between the two leave ins, but once the Shea Moisture Deeper Masque runs out, I won't repurchase.)

  • Lisa says:

    Nik, I know what you mean. My hair LOVES aloe vera gel in any form. I've discovered a little aloe vera gel is ALL I need to slick back my hair-and I don't have to tie it down either. There's no crunch, no hard helmet hair, and it lasts all day long. I canNOT do the other gels. I am keeping it so simple these days that it takes all of 5 minutes to slap my hair up in a bun and go in the mornings. I'm done with twists for awhile; 4 to 6 hours twisting in front of a television while my life tick-tocks by is not my idea of living! This summer while on vacation, I rocked some loose two strand twists that took all of 45 minutes to put in (no micros for me!) and were a wiz to take down a week later. I didn't even care that they only lasted a week. I'm keeping it SIMPLE!!!

  • Ni says:

    I promise I'm not trying to be difficult but not many things work for my natural hair. When it's first washed it's wonderful and soft but…let it dry…just let it…i can't get anything through it. It's like one of those kids that does everything opposite of normal ("no i really like my peanut butter with pickles…don't get mad because you aren't on my level"). I have no heard a bad word from ANYONE about Oyin's Hair Dew and my hair hates it. I dampen my hair, put it on, hop in the shower and let it steam up, it's soft for about 10 minutes and then it dries angry. I can't deal. The KeraCare Natural Textures Leave-in was lovely when I applied it but when it dried…sigh. I have been forcing coconut oil on my hair but it gets crunchy with that too. I'm not big on definition because I've come to accept that my hair is not clumpy in any way but I would like some of that butter soft hair that people talk about!

  • Priscilla says:

    I'm just eternally weak at this entire post and entire comment thread. The pictures, the verbage, the lowkey shoutout to Stebie, Just weak on. all. levels. But now you have me wanting to try As I am….

  • CurlyNikki says:

    OILS are tricky, lol. Maybe a serum will do better?

  • CurlyNikki says:

    nope, not Boog this time, lol!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Live and learn is right. Try the Herbal Essence gel (I've used it with great results in the past) and/or the As I Am smoothing gel (not the curling jelly) and let me know what you think!

  • Miss Anne says:

    Oooooh Inuyasha… needs to check that one out! and you check out Naruto…xxx

  • shane gordon says:

    Darn, I'm sorry this happen to you. I feel your pain Mrs.Nikki I had a bad experience myself being so excited , I tried certain shea moisture products and the same olive oil gel you used. I had a big drying out experience. I deep conditioned on end and bagged for days. I learn less is more. But Idk I just started to use it for sleek pony tails. We live and learn. Hopefully I will still find a HG gel or it's back to my old conditioner that gives definition. Just don't like too much shrinkage.

  • keisha says:

    wow! you got me boo! i actually thought this post was about Boogie…but not this time. Sorry bout your hair boo! it'll get better!

  • Mel says:

    When I tried these gels all I had to do was put on a football uniform and take the field…..my head was already protected because my hair felt like a helmet.

  • adrie says:

    or even lets jam custard & eco gel but eco is amazing WITH A MIX OF SOMETHING…. be it an oil or leave in.

  • Mel says:

    Nik, what are you using for your deep conditioning treatment?

  • Mel says:

    Those were the only ones that I tried. I will check out the As I Am and let you know how it works.

  • PennieNotPenny says:

    So far I must say, OILS. They aren't good sealants for me, so my hair gets DRY!

  • Cynthia says:

    OMG! The expression on your face is priceless!!! Girl I am ssssooo sorry that this did not work out for you I have never tried either and I have fine hair just like you! When my hair is wet it just volume, curls, disappear! My hair be playin tricks on me sometimes and yours just decided to play one on you today lol

  • CurlyNikki says:

    LOVE the deets!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Does your hair like any gels??

  • CurlyNikki says:

    died @ 'i spit at you', LAWD! lol!!!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I've used it but now can't really remember my experience with it… #ProductJunkie

  • CurlyNikki says:

    that sucks πŸ™

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I know, right??!!!! DRY.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    alright alright πŸ™‚ Thanks for the tips Niko!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I heard terribly ratchet things about that defining cream. At one point, I think I possessed a jar of it but after reading the reviews gave it away (prior to moving to PA). The reviews I read where all about 'crispy, dryness' as well. Ugh.

  • Afrikan Latina says:

    Oh my! I would've put it on everything that your hair was wet Nik lol

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks for the tips Ann!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I haven't tried the leave-in yet, and from the reviews (including yours) probably won't. I need to seal… I'm doing good with my deep conditioning treatments though!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    hey name sake πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol, you get it now! The big hair is an illusion!!!!!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    re: where is all your hair— right!!!
    Um, bye. Get your cut, but you can use whatever the hell you want, lol. I haven't used Deva in a minute, and I used to swear by their products. You can always try them out, but don't feel peer pressured into that… that's ridic! If you wanted, you could take your ish in there and tell them to style your wet hair with your HGs. 'the customer's always right' πŸ˜‰

  • Vanessa says:

    I hate Shea Moisture's Coconut Curling Souffle…it never dried -_______-

  • Brittanny Winters says:

    No, i just saw the dvd pic and was like yaaassssss!!!! I hope its just as funny as the others

  • CurlyNikki says:

    not snowing in the summer time!!!!!! #dead

  • CurlyNikki says:

    SS, told you! My hair is FINE. Which As I Am styler did you use? The twisting cream was a fail for me (greasy, piece-y mess) but you know how I feel about the smoothing gel πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol!!!!! Thanks girl! Hair Milk was a no-go for me too :-/

  • DiscoveringNatural says:

    So many people rave about Vatika Hair Oil, for my transitioning hair.. it just tangled it up.

  • seriouslyaisha says:

    "Just let your soooooul glow" Is all I see. The face is priceless. I was juuuuust talking about CD with my sister. Hair Milk was not for us. Thanks CN for always coming strong with the funny!!

  • ss says:

    For my 4c hair – I will NOT put the following on my WNG at all.
    1. Ecostyler: clear, olive, pink – harsh dry effect, stiff; scared I damage my hair by using this
    2. SM Soufle – total waste of money – light sticky filmy half-set Jello left me damp and gummy
    3. As I Am Curling Jelly – Left my twistout frosty white – have not used on WNG – returned it for a refund
    4. Curls Unleashed Curl Boosting Jelly – has 'cones, left hair feeling weirdlly coated, ummm no
    5. IC fantasia sparkle lites – good for 1 day emergency WNG only (see #1, Ecostyler comment)
    6. Kiss My Face Upper management – kick myself for buying 2 of these online (see #3 As I AM comment)
    7. Any gel from Garnier or Herbal essence – dry as the sahara
    This is the opinion of a 4c curly only – these products may work for you.
    KCCC/KCKT is the only one I have come back to again and again because it is only dry on my day 1 hair. By day 2 and 3 it starts to feel softer. I like the moisture it keeps in my strands

  • Mel says:

    For me KCCC and EcoStyler gel are definite failures. I am still trying to find the right product combo for my hair.

  • Bridget says:

    Hilarious! My hair looked just like this one evening after applying KCCC to my hair. My husband looked at me crazy and asked what the heck did I do to my hair. Like you, I quickly jumped in the shower to wash away all evidence and memories of this experience. I think you just re-traumatized me. LOL!

  • ss says:

    @twitter-17537413:disqus – did you get frosted white coils too? I brought that stuff rat back to Sally Beauty for a refund. I kept the leave in however – should've brought that back too! LOL!

  • ss says:

    @NeeC1 – I agree with you about the "perpetually wet" KCCC, but that only begins on day 3 or 4 with my hair. When the KCCC starts to become "deliquiscent" on my hair, I know it's time for me to wash it out and start over! LOL!

  • wathair says:

    Epic fails for me were Deva Curl One Conditioner, SM Hair Smoothie, CD Hair Butter (that scent was a killer), ECO Styler Gels (don't get the hype), every single product from Miss Jessie's (what a rip!), Giovanni direct leave in (my hair said "I spit at you"), DAX, and a host of other products I wasted money on in my 22 months so far journey, ugh!!!!

  • ss says:

    @ CurvyCurly – Hahah! Too funny. I wasted 10 bucks on the SM souffle – still waiting for someone to come up with a recipe to cocktail it with.

  • ss says:

    Holy Cow! Nikki always stated she had fine hair. I could never understand or see it. Until now. Wow!
    The AS I AM was an epic fail for my twist out – I used their leave in with it and was still left with frosted crunch.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    As I Am Smoothing Gel is thick wit it though! The consistency is nearly the same, it's just a bit cloudy in color.

  • Tia Garrett says:

    Whenever I see a post about some product that claims to make your hair thicker, I say to myself, "Nikki is nuts! Her hair looks sooooo thick and big! I want that hair!" After seeing those "Ramen Noodles" I get it…but I still want your hair:)

  • Leimom says:

    "Audible hair", girl you had me laughing so hard that I almost peed myself. Between your face and the words, you are too funny.
    Yes girl that is an epic fail for you. It's like where is all your hair.
    Quick question, I am thinking about getting a "deva cut here in Raleigh, NC and the person seems adamant about having to use the products to maintain it. Can you enlighten???

  • Tami says:

    As I Am must be a light gel. Eco is a 10 out of 10 on the hold factor. You never need that much! You'd be alright with just a couple dollops of it.

  • Stace says:

    This same ish happened to me last weekend as I was experimenting with wash and go's. I was just TIGHT!! and my hair was CRUNCH and TIGHT…. Unlike you I did not hop back in the shower (was too tired) but rode out on crunchy gel'd up hair that week and be glad you washed it out cause right around day three it was snowing in the summer time in my wig, I will Never ever ever ever EVER, do that again. COLOSSALLY EPIC fail!

  • April Amanda Caddell says:

    Thank you! I always thought using corn oil as the main ingredient was just trifling of CD, especially for the price.

  • Shayjsongbird says:

    I dont think the eco styler gel is supposed to be used in that way. it suppose to give your hair a hold without the stiffness and crunchiness of regular gel. I use it when i do up do's and want a sleeker look. sorry no one mentioned it in advance. :/

  • Niko says:

    It’s amazing how different products work on different hair even if its the same texture or similar. I personally love ECO Styler Gel. It’s one of my staples for sure. I use Cantu Shea Leave In underneath it and the two products work well together. I never have flakes, build up, etc. I have shrinkage, but that’s fine for me. It may be a little crunchy day one, but by day 3 my WNG is soft and fuller. I can only get 3 Day hair based on my preference. My hair doesn’t like all the cream curl definers. I say give it another try Nikki with less and a good leave in. Then if it still doesn’t work you can toss it…….

  • Beezyology says:

    yikes. I know that "just bought a ridiculous amount of a product that doesn't work" feeling *looks at big tub of Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream*. Only it didn't leave me crispy…didn't leave me anything, really. I may still be a little bitter :/

  • Ann says:

    Oh wow. I'm sorry. I learned from hairlista is that you want to moisturize and then seal it in with coconut oil or something like that then I put the ecostyler on. When I do my hair like that then the ecostyler isn't crunchy. I know you didn't like the gel but if you ever try it again then maybe do it like that.

  • Megan M. says:

    My product must haves failed me so bad that it was like taking a kick to the stomach ouch! Eco-styler gel (olive oil one), Let's Jam custard gel, and As I am Leave-in. lets start with the baddest of the bad, first up Let's Jam Custard gel Epic Fail. I really wanted to love this product because Mahogany curls (Jess) raved about it on the Ytube. this was some s**** left white balls in my hair thw whole dang day and never dried people were staring at my hair all day saying you have white stuff in your hair even my mom said that i tried it again samething happened. The product left a fake greasy shine that was not pleasing to me. Next up Eco-styler gel crunchy stringy hard mess tried with several leave in's and shea moisture's curl enhancing smoothie and milk never maybe the wheat protein my hair hates it but what can I say I am a product junkie and a rookie still trying to find way with my hair lol! Finally As I am Leave-in not enough moisture for my hair dried it out even with sealing * FYI: I alway seal my hair after I apply my leave-in. Back to shea moisture's leave-in's Raw shea butter and curl enhancing smoothing or the milk. I used up the As I am Leave-in seeing if it was just my mind playing tricks but still was the same.

  • Davina916 says:

    I'm glad that Ulta has a good return policy.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Nope, it ain't just Boog πŸ™‚ Happy we cheered you up πŸ™‚ And yes! I'm actually testing out a new W&G routine, lol, as I type this, I'll report back… it's for all the piece-y s curlies out there πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    YEAH splinter! Now I don't know much about Naruto, but I have been known to watch an episode or 10 of Inuyasha, lol. I be up late, and it'd come on after Family Guy/King of the Hill/American Dad. but for real, I think I like Inuyasha.

    and yes @ your caption, that would've been perfect!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    #dead

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol @ all flavors and varieties! How u doing?!

  • Nicole says:

    Nik I know how you feel I have learned on this natural hair journey what works for one may not work for me and I can't use Eco Styler Gel or Fantasia IC on my hair as well because they are to drying.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    girl, no, lol! Po lil tink tink! Hubby and I say that at least like once a day! I haven't seen the new Katt standup, have you?!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    +1
    and right?! Why the VATS O' GEL?!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I hate the new formula πŸ™

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Dilane, you may like clumpy curls, but I'm pretty sure you wouldn't have liked my results… you could HEAR MY HAIR! Girl, it was so crispy I can't even describe it. It was like paper ribbons.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    OOh! Review and report!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks chica πŸ™‚ I'll probably be revisiting the Conditioner real soon… was a HG back in 07ish.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    look at all that glorious definition. LOVE your curls! Is your color natural?

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol, thanks Stephanie!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    vo5 has always been too… 'light' for my hair. That and the cheapie suaves… brands I never need to revisit…

  • CurlyNikki says:

    thanks for this!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    What's funny is how styling techniques and products will fail you even after years of being fully natural. Sucks.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I know. Damn. πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    oooh! try and report back! I still like the feeling of my hair sans gel, but I'll take the moment of crispiness for the dope definition.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol, I know, right?! No go.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    i don't think we're missing out on nothing πŸ˜‰

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol, well you were right πŸ™‚ Must try this Wondercurl Jelly! Thanks chica!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    and for the life of me, I was like, 'I did not share my sinful love of the ratchet Love & Hop Hop ATL, so how did a Stevie J shout-out slip in?' Then I remembered, 'rat face' and DIED. Had to tell hubby that one!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    OMG. Smell like, 'hell naw'?! Oh hell yes, I'm stealing that one!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    'shellacked'. that's the word of the day. Thanks Blair and sorry (and glad, lol) to hear you've been down this road before…

  • CurlyNikki says:

    i was πŸ™ lol!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    oooh and Salerm!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    LOL @ all of this– " I heard a giggle, then a chuckle and then my 4a tressess let out a
    hysterical rumble of laughter that shook my bathroom. "You call that a
    leave -in???" hahahah!!!!! Lacio Lacio?! I forgot all about that one! Time to revisit!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    You're right, I'm sure less is more, lol, I need to give it a go again with far less product. But in my defense, I used no more product than I usually do!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    It started off as a short post… like a pic and a caption, but I just had to tell the story! Thanks chica πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    coconut oil and I have a sordid (sp?) relationship… right now, we're in love.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol, happy Thursday πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Agreed. πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    LOL! That was almost the caption LaTissa!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    ugh, sorry to hear that and as you know, I've been there. At least the gel was only a few bucks and you best believe I'm returning it… if not today, tomorrow and swapping out for the As I Am.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol @ died and resurrected πŸ™‚ I almost bought some Giovanni products to re-visit but walked past them… maybe next time πŸ™‚ I remember that Direct Leave-in that everyone loved so much doing NOTHING for me.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    LOL! Well add mine to your cache πŸ™‚

  • Curliana says:

    I haven't commented in a while but i read this post and cracked up! My bestie and I have sent so many pics back and forth with similar wtf faces regarding new products or hair styles that turned out a whole hot mess. Sometimes it just doesn't work out the way you anticipated and it sucks when you actually put time and effort into it. We just laugh and move on.. sometimes your hair has other plans!

  • Jamie says:

    I really shouldn't be laughing, but HAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHA. I died and resurrected myself to type this. Your facial expression didn't too help either. *gathers self* Ok, I'm sooorryy this happened to you. I have been there. Less so with products and more so on just a failed style as a result of my sucky technique. If I must name a product though, the Giovanni's Tea Tree Triple Threat shampoo and conditioner def failed me. Shampoo=drying, conditioner=build up. Never again. They smelled great though!

  • Sherronda Bohanon says:

    One thing for certain going natural is not cheap …and you are so right about finding what works for you, because I love me some Miss Jessies, I finally found a product that fought the frizz monster.. those curly creamy frou frou curling butters were doing nothing for me… my biggest disappointment product wise was the new hair milk pudding from Carols Daughter…wasted my $20 on that stuff

  • Rhonda C says:

    Dead @ "Criminal Playa from the Himalaya!"

  • LaTissa ChaNelle says:

    I LOVE your "i am not about this life" face that you are giving us! Im so sorry for your hairtastrophe! I had that experience with every Miss Jessie's product ive tried, SM curling souflee, and the Mixed Chicks leave-in contitioner.

  • CurvyCurly says:

    Same here ya'll! SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie is no bueno! Funny how it feels good initially going on the hair and then WHAM! Betrayal, Disorder, Criminal Playa from the Himalaya!

  • CurvyCurly says:

    The only product I still like occasionally from CD is the TUI smoothie. Everything else is just *no* and when did corn oil become the carrier oil of choice……cheap.

  • CurvyCurly says:

    @dfdeea3d08f49c4da9d0b9865088c0ff:disqus I've jumped on so many badwagons over the years from the same brands as you and eventually fell off with the exception of 1 or 2 products from two companies that I only use seasonally. Yes, less is more and a simple routine is what works for my 3c/4a curls as well. Whew, I've wasted so much money over the years to get to this point.

  • Miss Anne says:

    LOOL! Where did you get hatch from? Trust me I have a lot of songs, I'm still non the wiser to. But hey, now you can sing it right! xxx

  • Sharon Foster says:

    Kinky Curly Curling Custard. People love it I personally dont

  • CurvyCurly says:

    Oh my! Nikki those pics are priceless! I don't know what the hell the hype is all about with Eco and IC Fantasia. This ish didn't do anything for me.

  • Sharon Foster says:

    hahahahahaha…i dont mean to laugh but girl your facial expression said it all….i am falling off my chair. oh dam…sorry it did'nt work for you Nikki, but thanks for the laugh I needed it.

  • Nikki Taylor says:

    O.M.G. That first pic!!! ROFLMAO Girl that is not the business for real. LOL Fails for me are Shea Moisture Enhancing Smoothie and coconut oil. They leave my hair dull, brittle and just blah

  • ambrey watkins says:

    You didn't have to write any words, Nikki cause Yo face said it all. This is on the top 10 post list that all newbs need to read because yo quote "
    just because a product is beloved by the community doesn't mean it'll work for you" is da truffest!! yups, shool is.

  • Kaysh Dee says:

    LOL. I live for eco gel. And from looking at your hair all these years, I'm surprised it didn't work for you. But I do know with gel, less is more. I'll glob conditioner on my hair, but use a very small amount of gel. The trick is that gel does hold the hair as is, so when I apply it I do it on hair that's almost dry and has already shrunken up a bit.

  • Kaye says:

    wow!!!…and all this time I thought it was heroes in a hatch shell! lol

  • Sydney Brown says:

    What is KCCC?

  • Sydney Brown says:

    Oh my goodness!! Kids say the darndest!

  • Sydney Brown says:

    I too can't do Carol's Daughter. It's just not thick or heavy enough to do anything to my hair. I will say though that it smells very nice.

  • Sydney Brown says:

    Thanks for the chuckle Nik! I think we've all had something that not only didn't work in our hair but made our hair laugh with triumph. For me it was Davines Wellbeing destress spray as a leave in. I did my wash day routine and then sprayed my hair with Davines before I had planned on blow drying. I heard a giggle, then a chuckle and then my 4a tressess let out a hysterical rumble of laughter that shook my bathroom. "You call that a leave -in???" Ha!, said my hair. I immediately put Lacio Lacio all over my head and it calmed down and acted like itself again. Lesson learned. Thanks again for sharing your story!

  • LaNeshe Miller says:

    Awww, ur face looks so sad lol

  • Rhonda C says:

    @Angela ~ Me too, me too! SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie left me with Sahara dry hair, stiff w/snowflakes. I tried it with every product combo known and nothing. nada. zilch…..changed the end result. #pitcheditovertheshoulder

  • Blair says:

    LOL!!!! Nikki, your facial expressions are priceless!! I can relate to this….when I first went natural about a year ago, I had a twa and was trying to figure out what products worked for me. I washed my hair one day, then saturated it with Eco styler olive oil gel; granted I had never used the product before, I didn't know how much to use, in addition, I tend to be rather "heavy handed" with products. Needless to say, when my curls dried they were hard.AS.A. ROCK. My hair looked shiny and shellacked— you could have literally thrown a boulder at my head and it would have probably bounced off. lol Whenever someone would try to touch my hair that day, I did the duck and weave dance. Fast forward to a year later, now I only use Eco styler to lay down my baby hairs, NEVER on my actual hair. Oh the adventures…..;)

  • NeeC1 says:

    KCCC is an absolute no-go. My hair is perpetually wet with that stuff … and you know if something is wet for too long – it can begin to smell like "hell naw". So, yeah … no, KCCC for moi!

    Sidenote: How cool, Nik, you shouted out "Stebie J" with that Splinter pic. Sorry, couldn't help it … I just came off the Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta thread! :p

  • LaToya Myers says:

    LOL!! Nik that first picture is everything! I thought Gia was the only one with funny pictures. I was having a rough day at work. I was feelin' mighty bad (in my Sophia-Color Purple voice) but then I saw this post! Thank you girl. I'm still working on finding what's working for my hair.
    I have S waves in the top of my hair too. Do you think you could do a picture or video tutorial on your WNG method? I tried wrapping my hair around my finger like you do, but when I let go it's a hot mess. Thanks for sharing your good, bad and in-between.

  • Miss Anne says:

    Oh Em Gee – Splinter!!!! heroes in a half shell… Turtle Power!!! LOL… that photo gave some crazy nostalgic moments. I miss my childhood! it kicked serious awesome butt!!

    Okay sorry back to hair πŸ™‚ Your ramen noodle hair though… that would have cracked my brothers and all the other Naruto fans out. I think yesterday was Ramen day…LOL! Sooorrryyy xxx

    EVCO failed me as a sealer or when I use it to LOC… left my hair dry and crispy the next day. I can only use it to pre-poo with lots of Tresemme Naturals or Yes to Carrots added.

    But Nikki, the look on your face in that first photo…. like 'told you there are consequences to being a PJ!' LOL!!!

  • Rhonda C says:

    I have a laundry basket that now doubles as a graveyard for products that simply did not deliver…too many to name, but here's a start: coconut oil (nope, not even) dries my hair to a crisp; Miss Jessies – all flavors, varieties, colors; Shea butter – sits on top of my head, covers it like Linus' blanket; WC's whipped – tacky, tacky, tacky; alma – ITCH; the life size container of Eco gel dries hard as concrete……#epicfails

  • Brittanny Winters says:

    That first pic said it all…po lil tink tink… I have yet to try a wash and go simply because I dont want that crispy feel or look.

  • Tenika says:

    Miss Jessie's line is a #FAIL for me!!! But you are right I have the eco styler gel and my first thought was who needs so much gel???

  • Davina916 says:

    DevaCurl One Conditioner was a huge fail for me.

  • Dilane Mitchell says:

    SheaMoisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie was a major let-down for me. I love their hair milk though. I love EcoStyler but that may be becasue I like my hair to be like yours is in the picture. I despise shrinkage.

  • Volare says:

    My hair doesn't lke coconut oil or kinky curly curling custard. The oils makes my hair feel brittle and the custasrd makes my hair a tacky (sticky) mess of a bush.
    Side note: Kimmaytube/LuvNuturals launched her haircare product line last week. Pruduct junkies, please review. I am sure it's cool but, I will save my money and stick with what I know.

  • FabEllis says:

    LOL! I loved this post actually. The Olive Oil gel makes my hair dry as well. I have better luck with the Argan Oil version over Paul Mitchell's, "The Conditioner."

    I know people that swear by Kinky Curly and that mess NEVER worked for my hair…never.

  • Dannay McMillian says:

    I will agree with the masses regarding ECO Styler gel for the very reason you mentioned in this hilarious post…you CAN NOT BEAT the clumping action! If I don't use a product that clumps, my curls look frizzy. That's a no go for me! But, like you also mentioned, the crunchiness that ECO Styler produces is SOOOOO NOT the business, especially for someone with your length.

    I have 3c/4a hair so I'm always going to get a lot of shrinkage. So, my issue will always be to make sure that my curls are well-defined. My solution was to mix ECO styler gel with a good softening & curl-defining product. So now I still get my clumping action and my hold (of my clumped curls) without it being crunchy once it's dry.

    I mix 2-parts ECO Styler gel, about 3 squirts of my leave-in (Paul Mitchell's Original Leave-In Conditioner…yeah, the blue stuff that smells like that Blue Magic grease your mom used back in the day… Seriously, do white people really use this product?!), a squirt of argan oil, and 1-part Sage Naturalceuticals Curling Jelly. My wash and goes look AWESOME! πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie says:

    This has to be one of your funniest posts EVER! I am at work crying! I'm so sorry about your hair but this makes for a great lunch time laugh πŸ™‚

  • Naturally Naturals says:

    V05 moisture milk conditioner. It jacked up my hair!

  • D.A. says:

    Tangle Teaser = not good
    EcoStyler = helmet head/ residue
    HelloHydration! = left me unenthused
    SheaMoisture = gel too viscous
    Miss Jessie's = ugh
    Mixed Chicks = build up

    KKCC = great results, but only with 2nd day + hair

  • Chris says:

    I've been natural for 15 years and have sported every length from teeny-weeny TWA to APL. My "no-fly" list: Miss Jessie's, Jane Carter, Mixed Chicks, Carol's Daughter, Curls, Deva, Kinky Curly, and anybody's gel. All of them are either too damn expensive, drying, crunchy, or all of the above. Natural, light, and "less is more" is what works for me and my 3c/4a curls. I love SM (except the souffle) and recently did a throwback to Giovanni's Direct Leave-in for my WNGs with great results. I don't need to "tame" or "control" my natural hair. Shrinkage and a little bit of frizz don't phase me one bit. That's why I'll never jump on the gel bandwagon.

  • Ashley says:

    You are totally right about products not working or treating someone the same. And I've also found out that the products and styles that worked for you while transitioning and after big chopping (cause I did so just a couple days ago) also don't treat you the same. While transitioning twist-outs were okay… but terrible on my curly chopped hair. But my Honey Be Deep Conditioner still does miracles πŸ˜‰

  • living in. chicago.. says:

    quoting chief keef…deep sigh

  • Hilary B. says:

    lmaooo, that caption is so apt. but wow, i'm glad to see that products sometimes just don't work out

  • Laurie Pierre says:

    People swear by gel and on top of the list is Eco Styler. My hair hates gel of any sort especially Eco Styler. I haven't found a gel yet that'll work well with my hair. Maybe i'll try the As I am that gave you amnesia for a second.

  • Pecancurls says:

    Nik, oooh girl the stringy look is not for you. πŸ™‚ LOL!!! I have tried, but my hair cannot get with the SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie or MJ's Butter Creme. I purchased during the end of year BOGO at Tar-jay and promptly took it back. Both left my hair greasy and lifeless. πŸ™

  • Tanika Wiggins says:

    I cant fin olive oil gel or aloe vera gel to even try to experiment with it on my hair. *shrugs* But maybe I mnot missing out lol

  • Shak75 says:

    When I saw that first picture, without even reading your post yet, I though "oh my damn, this ain't gon' be good." Well, I have Eco Styler gel that I haven't touched in I dont know how long. It just made my hair heavier, and I already have very very thick hair so I don't need nothing else on it to make it heavier. Also, coconut oil alone on my hair just don't work. It doesnt moisturize or do any of the millions of things it's supposed to do. I also can't mess with Miss Jessie's no more. The curly pudding was cool for me but that -ish cost too damn much, and the other products, especially the curly meringue, uhh, 'no ma'am.'

    What is working for me, is the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and when I want to use any kind of gel like substance, I use Wondercurl's Hair Jelly – that stuff is GREAT! Or Aloe Gel. I'm just real simple with my stuff nowadays 'cause I cant with buying products that cost the equivalent of dinner for two and it don't work.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    girl yes! I'm done.

  • monniej says:

    thank you for this, miss nikki, lest i forget! this is so funny because your blog is what made me ditch the gel head syndrome in the first place! your crazy mad curls and serious volume made me ease up on the "control" and give my hair full reign! i still don't have your volume, but i'm keeping hope alive. πŸ™‚ i'm never going back to the days when my hair didn't dry until 2pm, but i guess every now and then it's good to remind ourselves why we did what we did in the first place! <3

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol at your entire commentary!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol! polar opposites! What do you think of the As I Am gel?

  • My Baby Girls Curls says:

    That first picture is too funny! BTW, I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award! Details here http://mybabygirlscurls.blogspot.com/2012/09/i-was-nominated-for-versatile-blogger.html ^_^

  • MissIris2121 says:

    That's hilarious!

  • Suzette Spencer says:

    Eco Styler is the Anti-Christ. I.do.not.like.it. I stick with my homemade flax seed gel, but the downside is that it has to be refrigerated. I tried Eco thinking I can use it when I travel. WRONG! Now I'm stuck with a silo of protein gel I'll never use. I feel your pain Nik. LOL! By the way, which As I Am gel are you using? I tried the smoothing gel and didn't really care for it.

  • April Amanda Caddell says:

    Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner failed me so hard. How is anyone with very coily strands supposed to work that ridiculously thick conditioner into their hair. The first ingredient wasn't even water. And I've vowed to not use conditioner that don't have water as the first ingredient ever since. My other community-loved personally failed product was Herbal Essences Hello Hydration/Totally Twisted/you name it. That stuff made my scalp itch so badly. That's what I get for using something bright purple/neon blue that smells like the perfume counter at Dillard's with my sensitive scalp self. To each curly her own

  • Alex says:

    Nikki, you're too funny! My hair likes the complete opposite product list that your hair likes. Anything that is a cream, lotion or a pudding, my hair rejects. It only seems to like products that are clear and gelatinous in texture. My hair ABSOLUTELY loves KCCC. That product has been with me since my big chop. If KCCC is ever discontinued, I don't even know what I would do. My hair also likes the pink Ecostyler gel and Fantasia IC Olive Oil Gel. It's definitely true though, what works for one natural head may not necessarily work for the other. My hair hates: Anything Miss Jessie's, entire DevaCurl line, entire Shea Moisture product line, and Jane Carter products.

  • Sweetdrk1 says:

    Hmmm that's a great idea

  • Kim Chong says:

    I think Eco works best with shorter hair.. I used very little when my hair was longer, now that i have cut my hair it's my best friend!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    yes Gaye, stay away from Eco… you and Shelbey both, y'all don't want none of this!

  • Sweetdrk1 says:

    You are an undercover comedian! That look on your face is priceless. That is why I don't do gels..right there!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol @ boo boo !!!! hahahahahah!!!!! Thanks chica πŸ™‚

  • Dee W says:

    lol at this post. Too funny. I love Eco. It never leaves my hair like that. Sorry it didn't work for you. The Miss Jessies Baby Buttercream was an epic fail. My hair was so damn sticky and tacky. #Neveragain

  • Alexandria Miller says:

    @CurlyNikki:disqus I definitely know how you feel. I remember when the kinky curly styling gel and spritz was all rave, and I forked out the $30 plus from whole foods and that stuff was total boo boo for my hair, I'm talkin old lady jehri curl looking shrunk hair (side eye) But I love the conditioner, need less to say I stick with what I know my flat twist n curl a la nikki b/c wng are not for me. lol

  • CurlyNikki says:

    what did the smoothie do to you? I notice that a little goes a long way so I must be extra light-handed.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    haven't tried that one yet, but it's on the list!

  • Sweetdrk1 says:

    Lmaooooo

  • CurlyNikki says:

    haha, thanks chica πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    so hard!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    In between… used it the same as I do with all my products… about a quarter-silver dollar sized amount of gel per section (5 sections give or take)

  • Sher says:

    Eco gel does my hair the same way.. So many people swear by this product, but it makes my twa straight and hard as if I had a perm. smh

  • Rela says:

    How much gel did you use?? A little? A lot? In between?

  • Suzette Spencer says:

    Just…..wow. I echo the same sentiments regarding Eco Styler. I.do.not.like.it. I used some just last night over my shea butter for a twist out. Epic fail. So, I too have a big silo of the gel in my closet patiently awaiting for the next product swap. Yes, stick with what you know. My gel staple is my homemade flax seed gel. No flaking and maximum hold. The ONLY reason why I bought the Eco Styler was because of the rave reviews and I need something that I could travel with. Flax seed gel has to be refrigerated πŸ™ So, I'm back to square one I guess.

  • Anastasia says:

    I think maybe you put too much of the gel. A little bit of eco styler can go a long way to get volumous hair as well as soft hair when scrunched out. But besides that your other hairstyles are beautiful πŸ™‚

  • Cassandra St. Surin says:

    Oh and my hair is super fine as well, dense, but fine.

  • kwnatural says:

    I hate the auto-correct.. it should say mix the smoothie with the souffle.

  • kake says:

    how do yal feel about curls unleashed? I've been using kinky curly..haven't tried the as i am yet…bt yes eco olive oil failed me too! super crispy and flaky!

  • Michelle says:

    Aww that's too funny. I tried the pre-poo regiment of egg,evoo,and raw honey. While trying to let it sat on my hair for at least an hour,got restless. I picked up my hand dryer to speed up the process. While it was halfway dry, kept wandering what is this white gunk. OMG, it was the egg being fried on my hair, although I thought it was mixed well enough. Had to lol @ myself. Thanks for sharing w/us today…

  • CurlyNikki says:

    oooh! Dilute boo! Check. πŸ™‚ thanks Cass!

  • kwnatural says:

    Great post, Nik!

    The SM smoothie didn't work for me, but someone suggested mixing it with the source to see if it works.

  • Cass says:

    Oh dear Nikki, I never comment, but I’ve got a secret that I
    must share (maybe others know). I struggled with Eco Styler for years. The
    shine and hold are unmatched, but the lack of movement, volume, and softness –no
    thanks. My tighter coils do well with light hold gels, but my looser waves are
    the definition of frizz, eco is the only gel that can control that situation.
    So, during this summer’s wash and go season I decided to dilute the eco a bit.
    To my surprise, that ish is ridiculously concentrated. I’m talking one table
    spoon mixed with water can give you a full jar of gel. I dilute it until it has a liquid consistency
    and it works like a charm. I apply full strength gel to the frizzy sections.
    DILUTE, DILUTE, DILUTE boo!

  • 3rdXsthecharm says:

    Coconut oil (gives me squeaky crunchy hair) and KCCC. I sweat a lot especially when I exercise and the KCCC leaves my hair smelling like stinky socks after 2 days!

  • Rethea says:

    Thanks for the truth. I thought I was the only one. Spent my money on Miss Jessie. What a horrible mistake. My hair was U.G.L.Y. Made me want to cry. Too much money spent to have ugly hair. I love you ladies for telling the truth. I am slowly ending my product junkie ways. Too many ugly mistakes!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    πŸ™‚ thanks lady, love the shape of your hair!

  • Stephanie Jones says:

    Do you think maybe you used too much? My avi is with eco styler gel, just about a handful for my whole head works on wet hair for me

  • CurlyNikki says:

    oh no! Not THE MOIST!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    thanks Kris πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks TiAnna Mae!

  • Stephanie Jones says:

    Do you think you maybe used too much? My avi is with eco styler gel

  • CurlyNikki says:

    hmmmm….. thanks for the tip! I remember back in the day I'd mix shea or coconut oil into my Fantasia… seems like forever ago.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    the thing is, I wasn't even that heavy handed… no more so than I am with the As I Am and other stuff I use, lol, but yeah, you're right, less is probably more πŸ™‚

  • Sharon Tillman says:

    LOL!!!! This just made my morning… and it's quite a lesson πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    thanks Carla!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol! dont' let me scare you, it may be your holy grail!!! For me… a bust. Thanks chica πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    really?! I LOVE that gel! It dries crispy but it immediately scrunches out!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    hey girl! thanks πŸ™‚ Jane Carter was aiight for me… I like the Nourish and Shine but mostly use it on my skin, lol

  • niki says:

    Jax if i lived in Antigua i would take them off ur hand, they don't bother me

  • CurlyNikki says:

    trust me, there was NO working this hair!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    LOL @ your caption!!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol @ the evil that I know πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    hey boo! hope all is well!!!

  • DetroitDelta says:

    My hair does not like get at all…relaxed or natural gel is the devil for my hair!

  • niki says:

    I"m yet to find something that doesn't work. I'm not a product junkie and i mostly stick to the evil that i know

  • CurlyNikki says:

    #teamFINE cute pic!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    cause sometimes I have a lapse, lol. Damn silly.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    if they're cool with audible hair… you could hear my hair! It was unbelievably crispy! lol!

  • Tania says:

    Your hair strands are fine though. Why would you ever use that much gel??? It's fine if you don't like it, but that's way too much gel!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    πŸ™‚

  • Tash says:

    LOL! Absolutely hilarious! I'm sorry…… I'm laughing because I can relate. Same hair. Same issues.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    'different strokes' indeed! Thanks chica!

  • Mama Naturalista says:

    :MAP You are too funny…. πŸ™‚

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol, no prob girl and thanks!!! Cute profile pic!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Damn Georgi!!! What *can* you use?! I never tried the KCCC but I tried the Knot Today with sticky ass results. Maybe I should revisit… thanks lady!

  • Tamika J says:

    You are hilarious, and thanks for the heads up. I wasn't planning on buying EcoStyler, but just in case I ever get the itch…now I know.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I wish! I always get fluffier results when I dry 60% of the way under the hood. I've done it with the As I Am gel plenty of times with the same soft results :-/

  • Jasmine Shelby says:

    All I can do is LOL!!!!

  • Djuanna says:

    lmao! OMG, I'm so glad I'm the only one that can't do those gels.

  • Latoya Williams says:

    Well so far ecostyler gel and miss jessies sweatback treatment both were hit and misses for me, seriously they both made my hair dry and brittle especially the ecostyler gel I tried it with a wash and go it made my hair so dry and crunchy it felt like a snap, crackle, and pop convention was going on.

  • Nic says:

    To play devil's advocate, could these extreme results have somewhat to do with the fact you dried under a dryer? Instead of letting it air dry? I always get poofier/bigger hair when I air dry than I do under the dryer? Just thinking…

  • Ashley Nichole Watkins says:

    I tried EcoStyler Gel and it left my hair with a white residue. My hair shrunk and curl definition was so-so, but once taking 2 days to dry, left it so crunchy. With the crunchiness, I also got white dandruff-like flakes. It took me 2 co-washes to get it out. My stray hairs in the front were not even laying down… No bueno, but different strokes for different folks! I am 4a/4b about collar bone length hair.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    you could HEAR my hair. It was terrible.

  • Georgi says:

    Nah Son! you need to be doing comedy NikKi!
    I HATE ecostyler, SheaMoisture, Devacurl, Mixed CHicks, Miss Jessies, Aubrey Organics, Oyin! Anything other naturals like. My hair aint wanna hear about it. I've gotten the ramen noodles hair from the olive oil ecostyler but the blue is okay. My hair is obsessed with KCCC, I mean she just dont wanna mess with no one else.Been using it for years and my ish is always fly.
    Oh and I tried using your method (minus that nasty yogurt) and it worked. Cut down drying time significantly. I was scared as hell since KCCC allegedly should be applied to sogging wet hair. rme

  • mzcnnd says:

    LOL, IKR!

  • mzcnnd says:

    LMAO! OMG, the unfunny thing about this is there is someone looking at that picture thinking "Bingo" that's the look I want! No, but really Miss Jessie's curl cream was a complete and utter disappointment for me. Thankfully it was given to me or I woulda been real pissed. It just goes to show that everything doesn't work for everybody. As much as I love Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie, I'm surprised to see negative comments about it. Still, their hair is not my hair. Different strokes for different folks!

  • Leisa Monique says:

    Damn Nik!!

  • Annette says:

    You just helped somebody out because they have been trying to get this look! LOL

  • Nyjae says:

    Aussie Moist definitely failed me. I can say that the conditioner and the three minute miracles are okay at best but I DISLIKE the shampoo and probably wont use the line again because of it.

  • TiAnna Mae says:

    LOL! Girl you can tell a story. Nikki, make sure to take it back and get something else or get your money back. You probably already know, but I just learned that Sally's will take used products back if it didn't work out for you.

  • Kris says:

    Sorry about the hair:/ I guess different stokes for different folks. Some poeple may like that look but anyway It actually looks like yo use to much, maybe. For me the product the fail was Givanni Tea tree triple treat and Herbal Essence totally twisted.

  • LadyDreadHead says:

    I combine Ecostyler gel with a shea butter/oil mix, 50/50 if I want more hold. I would never use it alone. It works very well for me that way.

  • Elizabeth Gonzalez says:

    I love EcoStyler! I agree that it gives you crunchy hair, but I'm OK with a little crunch here and there, because to get rid of the crunch I just scrunch my hair after it's dry. I think you used too much product, though. I don't know if you want to give it another try, but why don't you use a 1/3 of what you used this time and see what happens?

  • Ann says:

    Eco Styler, Olive oil and some random leave in whose name I can't remember right now but yep. What's good for the goose might just cook the gander lol

  • LynSara says:

    Giovanni Triple Tea Treat shampoo or something like that… it sucks for me…makes my hair feel worst then when i started washing it…SMH

  • Lillian says:

    Girl, I saw this on FB and thought to myself, "Self, why is she looking like that?!?" I had to click the link to see what the problem was. OMG!!! I have not tried Eco yet and I have wanted to, but this is scary. I hope you were able to get back to normal after you washed it ou.

  • Carla says:

    Oh poor Nikki! It happens to us all however….never again will I use Herbal Essences product. It just doesn't work for my hair and I ended up all crunchy-fied if that's even a word.
    Thank you for sharing the good, the bad, the ugly and the in between. I appreciate you for that! πŸ™‚

  • Sherrie says:

    The title is too funny.I actually have the opposite experience.As I Am leaves my hair hella crispy and the olive oil Eco leaves my curls defined and soft.

  • Natural83 says:

    LMAO!!! The title and picture, Hilar!!! But Nikki, I totally feel you girl! I cannot, and I repeat cannot use gels on my hair. I tried the Eco-Styler gel about a year and half ago, and I did not like it at all. Like you, I tried it because it seemed to work for everybody else, but for my hair, it was an epic fail! Haven't touched it since. I just have this big jug of gel sitting in my product stash. SMH! Lesson for me- stay away from gels! So that's definitely been one of my hair product failures. Another product line that didn't do so well for me was the Jane Carter line. Didn't really care for it! The shampoo is pretty good, but everything else, no m'am!

  • Jada says:

    dead at this whole post! You look so downtrodden in that first picture, but I think I would've worked with that hair! I hate shrinkage!

  • DaiShanell says:

    I could compile a pretty lengthy list of the natural must have products that have failed me. I'll mention a few like that awfully expensive (thirty-eight dollars) Miss Jessie's, KCKT is not my friend and most of the Curlz products did my hair no justice.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Why was I thinking I'd go back and buy a different one! We never learn πŸ˜‰ I'm done with Eco… sticking with As I Am for now!

  • Jillian says:

    LOL at the pic and the Miss Jessies Scare of '08! EcoStyler failed me too, along with the entire Miss Jessies line and Sheamoisture. Pretty much anything that other people like, I don't.

  • Jax says:

    Too funny, but cheer up! My product fail…Eco Styler…I've tried to love it (I have a jar of EVERY formula they make, cos I figured I hadn't bought the right one….sign…Product Junkies of Antigua, contact me if you'd like to take them off my hands.

  • Angela says:

    #dead at the title and the first pic. Let me caption "just.got.tried." ……oh boy, so many have failed me and this hair. The most dreadful product (said like Dwight from Housewives of Atlanta) had to be SM's curl enhancing smoothie. Not only were there boogers, but my 7 year old flat out said "ma, that ain't it. Please don't do that again".

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