Rated 4.32 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Best gel I've ever tried
This is the best gel I have ever tried. Usually my 2b/2c waves are limp within a few hours of drying no matter what products I apply. With this new stronger hold gel, my waves have held for days with minimal refreshing required. I was concerned that with the stronger hold it would make my hair too crunchy, but it maintained it's softness. It could have been better at controlling my frizz, but given my hair can frizz in the shower, I don't think any product can eliminate frizz in my hair. It was definitely reduced though. The true test will be how well this product holds up in the height of summer.
Most Helpful Critical Review Disappointing
I don't normally leave reviews about products but considering I have been searching for the perfect curl product I felt I needed to. Let me start by saying I am Caucasian with 3a/3b ringlet curls if I diffuse. If I air dry my hair their more 2c/3a curls. I tried this gel because I live in super humid Florida and my normal curl cream/gel routine wasn't cutting it. Had to many glycerin properties and it just attracted the nasty humidity to my hair. I tried this ouidad gel a few ways. I used a cream first then the gel. It didn't give me the curls I was used to but they elongated and skinny. Took a lot to poof them. My cream had Argan oil so I thought maybe that was too heavy. So I purchased a styling milk and tried again. Another weird curl was going on. So tonight I decided I wasn't going to use any creams and just used the gel all by itself. Well I can tell you that the issue wasn't the either of the creams it was definitely this gel. I have a hot mess of long stringy curls. I stopped diffusing half way through because I realized there was no hope.
I don't want to be a negative ninny so on a positive note, the gel did have nice slip to it which is similar to the gel I am trying to replace so I loved that. And it did leave my hair soft. But that's all I've got for the positives.
The curly struggle is real!
Reviewed by 172 customers I use this product all the time
Chicki from San Diego, CA
I love this gel for my curly hair. It hold off the frizz like no other product. I've been using it for many years.
So far, this product is helping my curly hair, under contro
Nana from Vancouver, Wa
I have very unruly, curly and frizzy hair, and so far this product is helping control the friz without feeling stiff
2A/2B Waves SAVED
wavy girl from Nashville, TN
Now it took me a little to love this gel. The gel by itself is mediocre, but when you marry the gel with its soul mate cream . . . magic.
I used this right after the Not Your Mother's Curl Talk Cream while flip-styling (a technique in the curly girl community, I learned it from marisacurls on instagram) and diffused. The first time I used it I applied my cream, plopped, then applied the gel. My waves were flat and oily. BUT when I applied my cream and gel straight out of the shower then plopped they were bouncy and beautiful.
A quick note: I have wavy hair that loves a crunchy cast to scrunch out. This gel might not work for you, especially if you find curl casts to damage your waves/curls. But it's the travel size. Why not give it a shot?
I will continue to buy this product. Love it!
Tra from Memphis Tn
Can use on any kinds of curls. Smells good too.
Good And Good for you product
Msmaria from Van Nuys
This gel really helps to keep the frizz away. My hair is badly damaged by a bad bleach job, and nothing was keeping those little hairs from sticking out but this gel helped. I love that it is not sticky at all but still gives some good hold. I would use it mid-shaft to ends, and use very sparingly above that like on your roots and crown.
Millie from New York City
I usually never leave reviews but I might be able to spare someone. This gel has no cast, so if you like that then you'd like this. I would compare this to miss Jessie's pillow soft curls. It gives no shine either. I have type 4A hair and very little of it, it's also very fine. It is very light though. But I need my stylers to last all week, I barely got to day 2 without tons of frizz!!
Love this stuff
Penny from Panama City Beach Florida
I Love this Product along with the Shampoo an Condition
I would buy this product again and again.
Lmarin 44 from Watchung NJ
Used after your hair is very wet,don't used a little bit maybe because I have too much hair.i use a lot of the product.
ela from Harrisonburg VA
love it!! Amazing product.
The Best Gel....
Maryann from Omaha
I use it after styling cream when my hair is wet and I reapply by rubbing it in my hands with a little water to refresh and restyle.
MJ from Charleston
I love Ouidad products mainly because my hair loves protein and a lot of their products have protein in them. I have 2B/2C hair. This gel along with the Ouidad Finishing Mist really helps to hold my curls giving them definition & a lot of volume.
Holds my curls perfectly and light weight
Ka uaha'ao from Kailua, hi
I used this gel with the not your mothers defining cream and my hair looks so great! Did it weigh down my curls at all
Best Gel for 3b curls
Julia from Palo Alto, CA
This is the best gel to use for 3b curly hair. It makes my curls defined and frizz free for multiple days. All you need is a little spray of water on day 2 and 3 hair to reactivate the product. I usually will add a little more gel around my crown because it gets frizzy when I sleep. It doesn't dry my hair out and is amazing.
Brenna from Philly
I have always used curl creams on my 2C curls for fear of the crunch, then I watched some ouidad videos and found out you scrunch out the crunch when it dries! game changer for me. it is expensive though and I use a lot of product to get good results on my super thick coarse hair
D from car
I didn't like it and already purchased something else.
Defines my curls well but has a heavier, stickier texture
Anika from Arizona
I was actually much more impressed with this gel than I thought I would be. It gives really good hold and actually makes my fine, 3B curls more into ringlets than wavy curls. My hair is the best with this gel when it's very wet. If I use it in a damp refresh, it has a very heavy and sticky texture that takes away my volume and creates frizz if it's applied when my hair isn't wet enough. I do love this gel I just have to be careful with the amount I use and how wet my hair is. I would definitely still buy it again!
Don't hate it but don't love it either
ddnicole from Media, PA
I was so excited to try this. I've been on the hunt for a great gel since Graham Webb's Making Waves stopped being produced. I started off with decent definition but just a couple of hours later I already had frizz - and this was in a/c. I had zero crunch. That can be a positive for some but my hair almost requires some crunch that I can scrunch our in order to look nice. My hair is super difficult so maybe this would work better for others. The hunt goes on.
Elyse from VT
This product should be used on wet/damp hair, and a little goes a long way. This is by far my favorite hair product because it has a strong and lasting hold which can leave your hair slightly crunchy, but soft when scrunched.
The best I've tried
Ruby from NY
My hair frizzes up easily and responds to heat, moisture etc. This is the best gel I've tried. Decent 2nd day hair
Heather B from Cincinnati, OH
Bought the travel size and gave it a month. Tried raking through, tried praying hands... Tried diffuser, tried air drying... didn't have good definition even before the humidity got to it! Very disappointing.
Love this product!
LE from Tallahassee, FL
Highly recommend this product for women who find that creams and sprays don't give their curls enough body.
Amazing on wavy/curly hair!
CurlsForDays from Colorado
This product is amazing! I've been looking for something that will keep my hair defined throughout the day, without weighing it down and looking crunchy. This does it all! I was pleasantly surprised at how hair my shiny is after using it! I scrunch it into wet hair, let it air dry, and then scrunch out the crunch. So happy I decided to try this out! I bought the regular Climate Control as well, but haven't used it yet. I'm going to purchase the 1L bottle when I run out! Highly recommend!
Hal from Virginia
Left my hair defined, soft and weightless!! Will be repurchasing.
One of the best!
mua.autumn.wormtongue from San Antonio
I was looking for a replacement for the deva curl ultra defining gel and this definitely doesnt disappoint! The consistency is more watery to what I'm used to but I get great hold, slightly stronger than the deva curl gel. Also the smell isn't strong or bad smelling and my hair easily lasts for days. Also has a nice strong cast on my hair.
I'm in love with this gel!
Shannon from Longview, Washington
I was on the hunt for a gel that would hold up in Hawaii humidity. I took a chance on this gel because it came in a travel size. I've been to Hawaii 2 other times and my hair was a complete disaster. I used a great leave in by Pureology first then used this gel and was happily amazed! Great control of my frizz. Seriously.....I was amazed. I wish it was cheaper but on the plus side I don't think I use as much as some other products. I'm ordering a bigger size. I am so in love!! :)