Rated 4.39 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review New favorite
Some girlfriends and I had a spa day where we shared a bunch of different products we've been currently using and one friend brought sample bottles of this for us to try. And from there I was hooked. It's way pricey, but worth it. My hair texture has changed since hiking past 35 years of age and I've been looking for something to help me get that old thing back--this is it. My friends and I have noticed it works best if a moisturizer/leave-in-conditioner of some kind is used underneath it as a hydrating base, then applying the Ouidad on top of that works as a light-weight, all day lasting sealant. Also, the pump head bottle is SUPER convenient. I recommend!
Most Helpful Critical Review Why would you change a good thing??
This was my perfect gel! The new formula does not work well for me- I feel like I need to use MUCH more per application for the same definition, and the hold does not last all day. Unfortunately, I will need to go on a hunt for another product after faithfully using this product for years.
Ouidad, if it wasn't broke, don't fix it!!
Reviewed by 218 customers Perfect for the humid summer
Priscilla from Michigan
I found this product when my sister got me a "curly hair" sampler pack for Christmas. I live in Michigan and struggle all summer long for my classic curls to fight the humidity. Enter Ouidad. Between this gel and the shampoo and conditioner in this line, my hair has never been so under control. It's pricey but worth it! I've switched all of my hair products to Ouidad because of how well this worked.
This humidity lately is a real test!
ERNYU95 from Bronx, NY
This worked really well in low humidity, and well in higher humidity- but not quite as well. It smells nice.
Not that impressed
Curly Girlie from South Louisiana
For the cost I thought this would have more hold. It is weightless but my hair is still considerably frizzy and poufy. I live in the hot and humid South so I was thinking it would be perfect for my naturally curly hair. It does have some hold but not the hold I was after. Disappointed
It is weightless but doesn't control my frizz like i hoped
Lmpaterson from Evansville Indiana
Used on wet hair and let air dry
Best gel for coarse, curly hair!!!
Curlfriend from PA
I've been using this gel for years & it's my holy grail. I have thick, coarse, curly hair & this helps to form beautiful soft & shiny curls with just the right amount of hold. Just scrunch out the crunch after drying & my hair is good to go with no other product needed. I've tried numerous other gels from high end to low, and nothing compares to this for me, so I don't know why I ever stray. The stronger hold version of this dries out my hair a bit more & I don't find it to be that much more of a hold. I can't say my hair is frizz free when I use this, but I don't think any product can totally eliminate it for me, but this does tame it for sure. It's pricey, but goes on sale often enough, or using the 20% off coupons help too. I'd buy it at regular price if needed, I love it so much!
still have frizz and lots of it
paige from nc from NC
I read the reviews and thought this would help; after 3 weeks of use, my hair is frizzier than ever! I followed the instructions .. and then once outside, poof! I'm not sure what I am doing wrong or not doing. I guess I'll just have to deal with unruly hair
Holds my curls in place
Curly Hair from Houston, TX
It is a good product, but it does not hold the little freezies that stick up on my head.
Just from va
why would anyone like this stuff? Dries hard as cement. I was going to refresh my hair with water and had to completely wash it to get this stuff out. It was only on overnight. I couldn't get a comb through my hair with this stuff. Awful.
Staple in my hair routine!
Stellababella from Illinois
My curls are prone to frizz and this product was a total game changer! Gets rid of frizz and adds some curl definition all in one & doesn't make my hair crunchy! Definitely not a stand alone product as it doesn't have a super strong hold, but I like to layer it on after a heavier gel.
curly from kansas
Left hair dry. Curls shrink a lot more with this product than others
I didn't know how much it cost but now worth every dine!
Terri from Charlotte
I grabbed from a shelf by salon. Didn't know the cost and when I got home I was trying to figure out why my invoice was so high. After looking at receipt I was shocked at the price. It's a huge container and I knew it would last but with so many other products I buy I end up giving them away so I doubt I would have purchased if I knew cost. That said....this is the best my hair has looked. Curls so defined. Best hair product ever!
Probably won't buy again
AnjiP from Hammond IN
Was looking for something to block the humidity from my curls, it does do that, but it makes my hair crunchy and look dirty.
Lori from TX
The best product for curly hair.
The gel every curly girl needs!
AlyRene from AR
I bought the sample size of this product to try out and after one use I understand why they were sold out of the normal size bottle. This is the BEST gel I have ever used on my hair No crunch or tacky feel. I will order a big bottle ASAP!
Great for textured hair!
Maya from Michigan
I have 4b/4c hair. I apply this on wet hair after using a leave in conditioner and it keeps the coils defined without being hard or crunchy at all! I am thoroughly impressed. Looks a bit white when my hair is wet and it's mixed with the leave-in but it dries completely clear. My wash n go lasts about 4 days and my hair is pillowy soft. So shocked by this product. Really good.
Emmie from MD
I absolutely love this! It does everything it says it does. I love that it doesn't make your hair hard or crunchy. Yoy can actually run your fingers through your hair with this.
Will buy again
Jules from FL
Not greasy and is great on hair.
Great gel for thick curly hair
LadybirdNY from Long Island, NY
I applied this gel immediately after the matching feather light styling cream (on soaking wet hair). Loved the results! I could do without the perfume smell, but it goes away quickly.
Then I scrunch my hair a little in a t-shirt or hair towel. Results were great- defined curls, not much frizzy and it lasted for 2-3 days with minimal refreshing.
My all time favorite Ouidad product
Nicole from Pennsylvania
I have been using Ouidad products for 17+ years and cannot live without this product! I section off my hair and rake and shake this product into wet hair and use a towel to remove excess product. Great slip that is not sticky! Gives great touchable hold without being too stiff! Curls last throughout the day and I usually get 2-3 days between washing. I like to fluff and play with my hair throughout the day and this products allows me to do that. I prefer this "original" version over the stronger hold (in the red bottle). I find that the stronger hold weighs my hair down where this version holds without being heavy! Now if I need a little more hold, I will scrunch in a SMALL amount of the stronger hold in certain areas only AFTER using this original. I allow my hair to air dry by over half and then diffuse the rest of the way. I also use the Climate Control Shampoo and Conditioner. Highly recommend!
Best gel for curly hair
Jen from Ohio
This is my go-to hair gel for my curly hair. It really does a great job at keeping my curls from frizzing or changing during the day. I have used other products such as DevaCurl and Aveda. It works great for airdrying or diffusing your hair.
It defined my curls!
Curllllsss from Orlando, FL
My curl goddess recommended the switch from my old Products. My oh my it does help define my curls. I use this paired with ag curl activitor.
Lori from Virginia Beach, VA
I have thick curly, highlighted hair. My daughter, who is five, has thin ringlets. Ouidad products are the only ones that work on both of our hair; it's our go-to brand. I have tried every curly hair brand out there (Deva Curl, Aveda, Giovanni, etc.) and nothing works as well as this. There is no hard cast and our hair feels soft even with this gel on it.
Disclaimer: I do have to reapply on days two and three, but that's okay with me.
Better than their Moisture line
Alexandra from Indianapolis
For the brand that calls themselves the curl experts, I am disappointed in their products. Nearly all of their products contain sulfates and silicons, which dry my hair out and leave it feeling like straw. The Advanced Climate Control has a good hold, but that's not worth anything if it damages your hair in the process.
Helps w/Less Frizz
ltlchef from Warren, NJ
I like to use this on days I wash my hair and it is raining. It really does help with frizz. I have long, fine, wavy hair, and I use about a Quarter-sized amount, and run it over, and through my wet hair, and then scrunch. I love that it is Silicone Free, as I use the CG Method. I didn't notice it making a cast, because I use Gel in my last step, to form a cast, but I find that rubbing oil in my hands, while breaking a cast, also helps to create less frizz.
Jess from Des Moines
It's ok but something I probably won't buy again