Rated 4.38 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review OMG...
I had heard about AG Recoil on several forums but refused to bite because I was trying to curb my product junkie habits. However I felll when they had the line b1g1 50%. I only regret not trying it sooner. I folliw the curly method and this curl activator is one of the best that I have tried. The results totally justify the price point and a little goes a long way. The slip is amazing and I had to decrease the amount that I was using because of it!! This may be my first Holy Grail product ever!
Most Helpful Critical Review I'm torn here.
I have wavy, barely curly hair that is long (mid-back length). I like to air dry my hair. This product leaves it crunchy, but when dry if I scrunch it a little the crunch goes away mostly. So, it's not entirely what I want - no one wants crunchy curls - but it is strong hold and can handle being...well...handled. It is sticky when applying to my hair. Day 2 there's tons of frizz. It's OK but not great. I'm on the lookout for a better product.
Reviewed by 391 customers My go to product
Loly07 from Orlando
I have 4b texture and 3c, I use only one product and this is it.
They look super hydrated and happy with tons of definition. Smells amazing.
Very good product for my 2C hair!
MrsE from Seattle
I'm new to the curly girl method, but a move to an extremely humid climate reminded my hair that it is, in fact, very wavy. And frizzy.
So that's fun.
This product, though, used in conjunction with Ouidad's Feather Light Creme, is magic. I use a nickel sized drop, rub it between my hands to emulsify it, apply it with prayer hands after forming clumps, plop for 20 minutes, and then diffuse with low heat at the roots until dry.
My frizz is cut down by 2/3. I do not anticipate ever being completely frizz free given how porous my hair is, but I am thrilled by this reduction in frizz!! The product does not leave my hair crunchy or crisp. The curls hold! Just yesterday I was outside for 2 hours in 15,20 mph wind and the curls held.
I really do recommend this product.
I will definitely purchase RE:COIL again!!
Erline from Hatfield, PA
I use this product on damp hair, I just purchased this product a week ago and LOVE it!!!! My hair is mostly curly with an area that is wavy, but now it's curly!! My hairdresser was shocked when I walked in and saw how curly my hair was. I love this product!!!
Mimi from Greenacres FL
Love the smell, brings the curls out
Becky from Los Angeles, CA
I have been playing around with this product for a few months. I experiment a lot, trying to figure out what is the bare minimum i need for shiny, fluffy, defined curls - with my hair, I want it all, not just results that are "good enough." If my hair isnt perfect, that means i still have work to do. This product is the difference between pretty good, and perfection. I have 2c-3a baby fine hair, so its mostly wavy with some nice ringlets, not color treated, but i do have greys. My routine is: clarify, cowash, rake in both a light leave-in and this curl cream on soaking wet hair, scrunch out excess water, plop, scrunch/glaze gel, diffuse until 100% dry, then scrunch out the crunchiness. This product has many conditioning agents but no oils, so its exceptionally lightweight, yet moisturizing. The stickiness some people feel is from the starches, and it is what gives the hair light hold and definition. It also texturizes the hair and for me, the increase in volume is NOTICEABLE. My hair is soft and baby fine, so i really love the added texture. If you apply on soaking wet hair, you wont feel any stickiness when dry. It also leaves my hair noticeably shiny and conditioned. It does everything. If you need more moisture, try a good leave-in underneath. If you want more hold, use a gel on top. Play around with it before you make up your mind, because it behaves differently depending on how you apply it. For me, i cant go without it!
Blondie848 from Southern California
I did not know a curl cream could be this good! It's my new go to!!
I have fine 2a-2b waves. I used this with AVC detangler spray and I'm getting 2c results!
My husband even noticed the difference🤩!
Leslie C from Portland Oregon
I struggled to find something great for my hair, then I got recommended this product and it changed the game for my hair. I have gotten a lot of complements on how nice, and curly my hair looks. I would 100% recommend this product .
aswitz16 from Minnesota
I really like this product! Not much hold so I need to use gel on top of it but I highly recommend. My routine is wash, comb with a leave-in, this and then gel. (for reference 3a, high porosity, medium density hair)
Did the job but was too heavy
Mermaid Wannabe from new york
I have long fine hair and a lot of it, I do get a soft subtle wave throughout my hair and most days i air dry. I get success to amplify my wave with sea salt spray but I always find that it makes my hair tangle up more and seems to appear a bit more greasy. This product definitely did what it claimed, I noticed it really molded and held my waves. It was too heavy for my hair and weighed it down. As others have stated, it did make my hair kinda stiff and sticky, I was able to brush it out after it dried, the waves stayed. Great product but not great for my hair. Probably better suited for those with thick hair.
No more bad hair days
Rza from Jersey
Anyone with curly hair has tried probably thousands of products. And we all stuck with maybe a cheapy drug store because it worked. But it never did anything other than make your curls a little better than ok. Then curl creams etc came out. If you're like me..3A/3B curls...the creams and a lot of these gels claiming to be for curly hair just don't work!! This AG recoil when used properly works great. It actually coils my curls so
They are spiraled. I never knew my hair could even look like this. It doesn't get frizzy in the rain and a little water, quick scrunch makes ...hair is still great on day 2. You absolutely HAVE to put it on soaking wet hair after u get out of shower. Do not take any of the water out with a towel or tshirt. If ur hair feels too wet..just squeeze a little more out in shower before applying but don't dry. I usually let mine air dry for best results. Once dry, there is a slight cast to break then the hair is so soft (not crunchy) underneath. But if I need to dry...upside down with diffuser. I hope these products stay natural and they don't change the formula.
Nia from VA
I tried this because it was on sale but I'm not really a fan. I styled my hair with it at night and the minimal definition I received was gone by the end of the next day. Not great for more coily/frizzy textures
Had it for the past 4 months
KavicG from Fort Lauderdale, FL
It is really good.. a little goes a long way I have a lot of hair (Curley 2c/3a) and I part my wet hair (towel dried but not toooo dry) use a little bit in each section and diffuse it with water to make the product not manageable and not just stick to one area and 👍👍👍 amazing. It does sometimes flake if I touch it too much after my hair dries however.... I think it may be the mixture of it with another product. Soo I'm still giving it 5 stars.. not disappointed.
It WORKS but follow the directions!
Maya from Fairfax, VA
I nearly didn't purchase this product because of the reviews saying it made their hair feel sticky and gross. As someone with fine, low density hair I try to stay away from anything that can feel too heavy or oily. But I'm glad I gave it a try because I had amazing results with this.
The best advice I can give you is to read the instructions. Use a SMALL amount and apply to WET hair. Don't go pump-crazy because you don't need as much as you think. And it's definitely better to apply this to wet hair, not damp hair. Wet hair will help to distribute the product more evenly and prevent you from using too much.
For my long, fine, 2C hair I wash, condition, apply a leave-in to soaking wet hair, comb it through, scrunch, then emulsify a dime sized amount of this product between my hands and glaze over my hair, then scrunch. Plop for 20 minutes, scrunch any excess water out with a tshirt, then diffuse. Once hair is dry, wait about 20 minutes for hair to fully cool down (if diffusing) then scrunch out the cast. If the cast is too strong, rub a couple drops of hair oil between your hands, gently glaze the hair, then scrunch. Oils will help break up the cast if needed.
Basically this is my new HG styler. It gives my hair definition I didn't even think capable. I really do think this can work for anyone, but experimenting with the amount you need is critical for success.
Works for me!
Kathy from CT
I have lots of fine, curly hair. Maybe a 3a on the curl chart. This give my definition and coils. Love it!
Love this stuff!! 👌🏾
Loops from Sacramento
I have used this product for years and I love it. I have used other products in the past, but I always go back to this. I use it with the fast food leave-in conditioner on soaking wet hair and air dry. After air drying completely I fluff the roots and crunch up a bit to break the curl cast. Works like a charm. My curls come out well defined and not frizzy. I recommend this product if you are looking for something that will bring definition to your curls.
Best curl cream ever
Courtney from Elko, NV
Best curl activator I've ever tried and I've tried them all. I have long 2c wavy hair and it is amazing at turning my wavy curls into ringlets BUT I have to apply gel after this to keep the definition all day.
Jazlyn from Chicago, IL
I have tried BounceCurl, Not Your Mother's Curl Talk, and Cantu but nothing has defined my hair. Rizos Curls and AG Re:Coil have defined the cudls I didn't know I had! Especially since I started my transition in January.
Christy B from FL
The first time I tried this product was about 2 years ago, used it once and returned because my hair felt sticky and gross. Recently I have had to begin searching for new hair products as the brand I was using caused hair damage. I tried the AG line shampoo, conditioner, and leave in with great results. I came back to this product after reading the many positive reviews and decided to try it again seeing as I liked just all their other products. I am glad I did! I have medium length botticelli curls and waves and fine hair texture. This product enhances my curls, leaving them frizz free and defined without weighing them down. I apply this product after I use the AG leave in and a curl defining cream. I separate my hair into 4 or 5 sections and scrunch this product (dime size amount) into each section, avoiding the roots. I use a small amount of a light mousse on the roots for volume and to prevent halo frizz. This product is amazing. hair is soft, shiny, frizz free!!! You do not need to use a lot of this product for good results!! Less is more!! And make sure your hair is wet when applying or else you will end up with the sticky mess I had the first time I initially tried this product!!!!
I use this stuff all the time
Leslie from Richmond, VA
I have extremely curly/crazy hair! This stuff helps me keep it full but not frizzy.
Nat from Ohio
The first time I used this I loved it. I've used it the last 4 wash days and each time I notice more and more flakes on my scalp. I even did a scalp treatment which helped tremendously, but as soon as I used this again it was back to square one. Other than that, it's great.
Less is definitely more!
Love this Curl Activator
Deanne from Springfield, Oregon
I replaced a product that has been causing hair loss (yep I had hair loss). I look up other products and this one came highly recommended. I recommend using only a little bit because it goes along way and too much will make your hair crunchy. My curls have not look this good in a long time. I have curly hair with waves and it is a shorter style. My husband even noticed the difference. Plus is smells nice.
Monique from MS
Recoil is the best curly hair product currently on the market. It smells lightly of vanilla, the texture is a sort of hybrid-gel-creme. I use it on soaking wet hair after AG fast food, and first rake and smooth it in then scrunch, scrunch with a tee, then use a small amount more scrunching in again. I let it air dry for 15-20 min or so (the time it takes to do makeup) then diffuse until 100% dry. What's amazing is, it leaves this great cast but when you scrunch that out you are left with the most unbelievably defined but SOFT, frizzless curls. Nothing else I've tried even came close. Diffusing is the key with this product. (The fast food is the best leave in conditioner as well and these two products together are seriously witchcraft!)
I have fine hair, colored (80-90%gray), 2b (some 3a) curl pattern.
Great curling product
Emily from Houston, Tx
I used this product on my daughters and my husband. They all have wavy hair. I have used several products from low end to high end and have found this one to be the best. I don't mind paying more if the product works. It isn't too sticky or heavy. The smell is ok. To style, I get their hair wet with a spray bottom comb through and then squeeze a dime sizeinto my hands and scrunch the hair in an upward movement. Stays all day!!
Stephanie from Rochester, NY
The good news is, this stuff smells just like toaster strudel icing. The bad news is I think it might just be a tube of toaster strudels icing.... made my hair sticky and left a sugary crusty residue.
I love this product, but it's finicky
tesee from San Diego
I have 2b/2c fine hair and it took me a few tries to find the right amount of this product for my hair. When I get too much of this in my hair it feels funky and heavy but once I learned that less is more and ruined down the amount I was using it really works beautifully! It holds my curls throughout the day better than gel and keeps frizz at bay. There is a cat when it dries so you need to scrunch out the crunch once your hair is completely dry and it turns into bouncy soft curls. I put this on my hair when it's soaking wet, plop for about 10 minutes, follow up with a little mousse and then diffuse. I also appreciate that Ulta often has this on sale because it is pricey.