Rated 4.43 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review My curly hair has never looked so good
For the past 10 years I have been using DC styling products. Few months ago I switched to Curlsmith-- and just recently I finally perfected their styling technique. My heir has never, ever looked so good. I have what my stylist refers to as "cherub curls": fine hair that can be styled into beautiful ringlets, but which tends to loose it's curl after a day or two of not styling. I use this product with other curlsmith products. Finally I have mastered my stylist's technique and every day my hair looks like it does when I walk out of the salon-- gorgeous, voluminous, smooth and frizz-free curls. After 43 years, I am confident I will never have another bad hair day again, and I love, love, love my hair.
Most Helpful Critical Review Not for me
After i saw the reviews and the natural ingredients i decided to buy it, my curls looked natural,frizz free,smells good ,the only problem is that it leaves white residue in the hair, i thought it was dandruff then I use it on my son who doesn't have dandruff and he came back from school with his hair full of white residue
Reviewed by 921 customers I pair this with the Oil-In-Cream
Crybaby from Texas
This is now a go-to for me! I'm only giving this product 4 stars though, because I first use the Oil-in-Cream, then I wet my hair more and go in with the styling soufflé. I like it's consistency, because it's like a gel but doesn't weigh my hair down. I've never used this product by itself, but my 2C/3A hair needs more than just a soufflé. I recommend buying a travel size to test the product, since this brand is on the pricier side.
I would use this in between say every few weeks
D from CA
see pros and cons
ericav330 from Miami, FL
I wanted to try something different for my hair. I have mostly thick wavy hair with some curls mixed in. As soon as I put this on my hair it made my hair feel super dry. I let the product air dry and it was horrible. It left my hair looking like straw. It was so hard and stringy. I tried to break the cast like it says and it wouldn't budge. And no, I did not even put a lot on at all. It also left my hair very frizzy and puffy. I returned it. Save your money.
Great for Curly Hair
Multikitycat from Orlando Florida
I use a little dab on my wet hair after washing. No more frizz and my curls look great.
I will buy this in the big size
Beth from Shelby, MI
I put a litlle in my hair, scrunch it and dry to set.
Going in the Trash
FLHairJunkie from FL
Received this as a freebie at the store with the purchase of some other Curlsmith products, and I'm grateful I didn't spend money on it. I like the smell of the other Curlsmith products in this 'moisture recipe' line, and this smells similar, so that's a plus. The only plus. I have 3c/4a low-porosity hair, for those who find that info useful, and this styling souffle made it very frizzy (poofy, really), dry/brittle-feeling, and crunchy at the ends. I do really like their oil-in-cream product - it defines and moisturizes my curls and, if I wear a scarf or sleep cap, they'll last for days with only some water and a smidge more product to set for the day. That can get heavy and waxy-feeling if I use too much, but even then, I have so much volume to my hair naturally, that it's not much of a bother. All this to give you a general idea about what works for my hair (or not) and why. Maybe it'll help you sort out what to try.
I used it after applying LUS leavin styler in curly in 4 sec
Dede from Yorktown Heights NY
Great for Twist-outs and Wash n Gos
bubblyarielly from Colton, CA
I started out using this product for twist outs and it works great. After using my leave in conditioner, I apply this in small sections, use my denman brush to smooth my hair and remove any stubborn tangles, and twist! It creates nice defined curls that aren't crunchy or too dry with the perfect amount of hold. The definition lasts for at least week, and I can make the style last longer if I leave my hair in twists for a few days before separating them.
I recently started doing wash n gos and this product helped my natural curls pop as well. I've found I do need to use a cream styler and oil (LCO method) before using this gel for the best wash n go results; otherwise, my curls are dry and I experience more shrinkage. The product provides definition and hold I can't get from a cream styler alone.
The product smells nice out the bottle, though the scent isn't lasting once it's in your hair. The gel does have a clumpy but slippery consistency, so it's helpful to emulsify it by rubbing it between your hands before applying it to your hair. While this is more expensive than other products out there, it works consistently for me no matter the style, so I think it's worth it.
I have thick, medium length, 4a hair that tends to be very dry. I tend to be more heavy handed with product.
Not understanding the hype
MegMill from Raleigh, NC
I love curlsmith! Every product I've tried I love!! However this product right here I don't understand the hype. It's clumpy gel that's hard to apply to hair. I gather it and apply using the praying hand method and it just goes on as clumps of gel. I feel like it's not even getting applied to my actual hair.
Maybe it's the consistency for me but I just couldn't get with it.
Find your own way to use it
Sarah s from TN
It's a great product once you learn what works. I lightly towel dry my hair. I don't leave it soaking wet like the bottle says. Then I part my hair like usual and separate two sections of my hair. I rub a nickel size amount in hands and apply to one side by lightly scrunching all over. Then I do the prayer hands and really rub it in. That usually makes your hair go straight so I lightly scrunch again. I do the same thing on the other side. I let it air dry but have to flip my hair every 15 mins or so. Whenever it seems a lil drier I flip it carefully to the side or forward or wherever it seems necessary. If not exposed to humidity while my hair is wet then my hair looks absolutely fantastic. I live in a high humidity city but I got this during fall so it hasn't passed the big humidity test. For now it's great. I bought a travel size early October and now almost out and will go back to get more soon. And yes the smell is strong but I love it and normally I don't like a strong scent
On my 2nd purchase, don't get the jar
New Curl Navigator from Denver
I really do like this stuff. I have medium density, high porosity, thin 2b-3b hair. I only found out I made it to 3b when I added this to the cowash and styling balm in the same line, and then put them in the right order (I'm still kinda new to CG/curl care). Even though the label says to use a generous amount per section, using a quarter size in total worked much better for me, and cut the drying time down. The only reason this particular size doesn't get 5 stars, is that the consistency of the product doesn't mesh well with the jar it comes in. I lost a bunch of the stuff to the shower floor just trying to scoop it out. I ended up using a spoon for assistance.
I really like the Curlsmith brand, but between my own experience, and reading reviews from other products, the major drawback is the packing/containers that house the products. The other sizes of the souffle are much easier to use.
BEST GEL EVER
Madison from Utah
I love this stuff. I got the travel size and this stuff is heaven. It has a stronger hold than an 8 I think. It lasts so long with minimum refreshing. You will not regret
This stuff is amazing - when I use it the right way!
Michelle from Chicago, IL
So, the second ingredient in this product is glycerin - which is an amazing humectant *when used properly*! If you're using this and the dew points are super low or super high, it's probably going to look bad. I can't use this when it's humid out otherwise my hair is a weird ball of frizz, and I instead reach for the Curlsmith Aqua Gel, which has very little glycerin. However, when the dew points are between 30-60 F (the optimal range for strong humectants), this stuff works literal miracles on my hair. It has a way stronger hold than 5 in my experience, and it makes my hair incredibly shiny and defined after I break up the cast (which is usually pretty easy to do). It's one of the few products that I can use as a single styler - major win for lazy days - and also has some pretty solid curl enhancing abilities, as my "wavier" waves tend to form up into curls. The scent is fine, not my favorite thing on earth, but it's not unbearable and tends to fade over wash day. 10/10 product when used at the right time. Also, Swavy Curly Courtney on YouTube has a couple great videos on glycerin, which have totally changed the game for me in what products I use when.
Bibi from Arizona
Not good, does nothing
Jen from Dartmouth, MA
My curls have never looked better!!!!
expensive but worth it
Crystal from Reno
it worked for my hair and it lasts a long time
3c Curl Pattern and No!
Frizzzzzz from Oklahoma
I followed the instructions and this product is not worth $27. I first tried it by letting my hair air dry and the 2nd time with a diffuser on my blow dryer. Both times it was minimal curl definition and a LOT of frizz. My hair was soft but that's about it.
Great curls but too much perfume!
V from New York, NY
This worked beautifully on my hair (about a 3a/b type) and gave me beautiful shine + no frizz! However... the smell! It's REALLY strong! Like, strong enough that I won't use it again. It's not a bad smell per se but heavily perfumed that it made me feel sneezy and dizzy. If you love this scent, I suppose it would be an added bonus for you? But not so much for me(a comparable smell that comes to mind is Garnier Fructis mousse & hair spray-- not BAD, but a little artificial and too strong). But it seems like most people don't have this problem, so maybe I'm extra sensitive to the smell? Might be worth buying in the travel size first.
Love this product
Kayla from Iowa
I love this product, I have natural wavy hair and this product gives me curly hair!
Holy grail product
Brooke from Knoxville, TN
I have really curly hair and never could get my curls defined with no frizz until I started using this. It changed everything for me. My hair doesn't get frizzy and curls stay defined for multiple days.
Mandi Moo from Virginia
This may work for some, but it left my hair greasy and weighted down.
not enough hold for type 4 hair
mau from nyc
i do like the curl definition it can give however, i would pair it with a gel or something with more holding power if you have type 4 curls.
I love this product.
Isa from Salem,Oregon
I apply a little bit on my palm then I rub it with both my hands & i then apply it from roots to tips in the praying method.
they are flexible curls and it is pretty weightless...but...
TigerGirl from New England
...this stuff was just weird on my hair. I like a really good cast, because if I can get one of those on wash day, I know that my curls are going to be shake-and-wear through at least Day 5. This stuff made the weirdest cast I've ever had. It was firm - lot of definition - but the cast wasn't crunchy. It felt...rubbery, and it didn't want to scrunch out or break up, but it also doesn't really feel like it's got a lot of hold. It also took bloody forever to dry with a diffuser, at least twice as long as it takes with my usual product (Kinky Curly custard or As I Am curling jelly). I suspect that's the Irish Moss at work - I'm familiar with that stuff from other uses and was purely surprised to see it included in a hair product. I need to let this just go for several days to see how it's going to wear, but on Day 1 my feeling is that this gel is really sitting on top of my hair in such a way that I'm going to have shampoo sooner than I wanted, and that I'm probably going to have to use a clarifying shampoo when I do.
Earlier, I had tried out the Hold Me Softly Style Balm and reached the conclusion that it's better for high-porosity hair, and given my experience and the reviews here, I suspect the same is true of this gel. That would explain a lot of the negative reviews.
Not great for fine hair, but strong hold.
Melanie P. from Chicago, IL
I wanted to love this product, but unfortunately it just seems too strong for my 3b curls and fine hair. I diffuse my hair to add volume, and when my hair is completely dry and "done," it makes my curls seem even thinner than they are and seems to stretch the curl out a bit. While scrunching after completely drying my hair does soften it up a bit and break the gel cast, I still feel residual crunchiness all day unlike with their hair balm. I wish that Curlsmith had a formula that was a 3 out of 5 hold- that would be perfect for me!
That being said, I can see this gel working very well for people with thicker, coarser hair.