Rated 4.37 out of 5 stars
Several months ago, after watching a bunch of YouTube videos of curly-haired women using Curlsmith products, I decided to try some on my own very fine, thin, low-porosity, 2b–3a hair. I purchased the Feather-Light Protein Cream, Weightless Air Dry Cream, Hydro Style Flexi Jelly, and the Bouncy Strength Volume Foam. Curlsmith also inluded a free sample packet of Curl Defining Styling Souffle with the order. Since then, I have tried them all multiple times by themselves, varying the amount used, as well as combining some, trying to consistently get the best look I possibly could. Since my hair is rather short—just touching my collar in the back—the trick is to not use too much of anything. Here are my conclusions: 1) Curlsmith does a very good job of describing their products. 2) I can pretty much use any of these products with good benefit during the fall/winter months of low humidity, with the exception of the Bouncy Strength Volume Foam. It is very good at giving volume, but it does inhibit curl formation for me, so I will have to figure out a way to use this one up. 3) I got the best curl formation with the Styling Souffle, but it doesn't have sufficient hold to use routinely. 4) The Weightless Air Dry Cream doesn't do much for my styling needs, so that also will be a challenge to use up. 5) The winner in my experiments was a combination of the Flexi Jelly and Feather-Light Cream. This is working well for me even during the humidity of Southern Indiana's summer. Not to say that I get no frizz, but it is tolerable. I end up with moisturized, shiny curls and waves in thin clumps that hold well enough, although I usually spray my hair with water and do a quick restyle each following morning, which usually turns out even better than wash day! I don't need to add any more product—just water. The products reactivate very well and also wash away completely with mild shampoo. Great! :) This is my procedure: I wash my hair twice with a gentle, moisturizing shampoo (by Andalou Naturals), I skip conditioners, since they inhibit curl formation for me, I dry my hair with a T-shirt just until it doesn't drip anymore, I take a pea-size amount of Flexi Jelly and a bit less of the Feather-Light Protein Cream and mix them together well by rubbing them between my hands. I apply the mixture around the outside edges of my hair and distribute it as best I can, then I pull my hair outward from the center of the top of my head, exposing the tops of my hairs and repeat with an additional, but smaller amount of the product combination, until every hair is coated. I brush it all by sections, pulling outward from my head with a Denman vent brush (not the brush most curly women seem to use, because that one pulls too many of my very few hairs out in the process), I shake my head and crunch to encourage the curls to form, which they do in a natural way. As my hair air dries, I shake my head back and forth and up and down periodically to help encourage some separation that adds volume. When fully dry, I crunch out the cast, and I am done. Sorry I have used so many words, but I hope this will help other Curly Girls (and guys) who, like me, have few, very fine hairs, so can't pile on all the products most of the curly people on YouTube use.
I am providing this review in an effort to assist others who may be experiencing the same effect as I have. I read the reviews before buying and found that a lot of people love this product, but there were a few who experienced increased and excessive hair shed. I am one of those people. I am part of an online hair group and brought this up in my group and found that there were a handful of others who experienced the same with this particular product line. I am not sure which product it is, but all of them contain similar preservatives, emulsifiers, and "detox" agents, so I am leaving this review on all of the products I used. The product created great curls, shine, and definition, smelled great and slip was wonderful….but my hair shedding quadrupled and didn't stop until I stopped use. I took photos of my loss after using this. The photo was two days between wash and style. The subsequent wash was with another product I've used before without incident and shedding decreased by half. If you are experiencing increased hair shedding, this may not be for you.
ozette from washington
Normally I use the styling souffle which is rated an 8 hold. I decided to try something different and tried this one which is a 7 hold. this has absolutely no hold and I can immediately tell that it will not keep my curls for even one day.
Nikki from Florida
Love how this product helps to define my curls
I mix it with Luv Ur Self step 3 curl cream and they are a dream team for curls!
Brenda from Virginia
I went back to the Curl Smith Shine Gel - seem to control frizz better
LKS from Atlanta, GA
This works well if I don't apply too much. Product has the potential to make hair crunchy and crispy. If I re-wet it after application, it also dries crispy.
Anna L. from Undisclosed
This summer I decided to try the hydro jelly (I've tried almost all the others) and I love it! It holds my curls and hydrates them! The quality and consistency is great, it feels like a refreshing balm jelly!
Francesca S. from Undisclosed
What a fantastic gel Perfect hold
Gelibelli from California
I finally found the perfect gel for my hair. I have a mix of 2b and 2c curls, so I have to be careful with gels that either weigh down my curls or don't hold them and so they get frizzy. This is the perfect mixture! I don't even have to use alot just 1-2 tablespoon size while my hairs wet.
Rosario D. from Undisclosed
I use this styler on wash days when I can't be bothered to invest as much time and energy into my style routine and I want something light that doesn't weight down my hair so I can go longer between refreshing or washing it. I use this after the air dry cream and the style balm and my curls stay put for days.
C from Minneapolis
Medium definition but no hold. At the end of the day my collar bone length hair was really stretched out. Average frizz control. Nothing special about this product.
Patricia A. from Undisclosed
Love the hold! Not crunchy:)
Val from United States
Seriously the best gel I've ever tried. I have a lot of frizz, and super thick coily curly hair but when I use this gel on top of the hold me softly style balm, it gives me the best voluminous first day hair and definition lasts for days.
Charlton V. from Undisclosed
Love these products! Makes my hair look and feel the best ever!
Enanga from Undisclosed
Love this product! It's perfect weight and doesn't leave my hair too crunchy or weight it down. I have fine hair so this works best for me.
Maria L. from Undisclosed
Love this product. Easy to use, light weight. I've gone from fuzzy hair to beautiful curls!
Alison F. from Undisclosed
A really good gel that I layer with in shower style fixer.Combing the 2 gels gives me long lasting bouncy ringlets.On a good day,my hair doesn't require a refresh.Always good to go.I recommend hydro style fixer jelly.
julie p. from Undisclosed
Lovely texture, not too heavy. Easy to use
Kimber C. from Undisclosed
The hydro style flexi jelly is my latest find. I love how it helps with frizz! My curls feel controlled using this product.
Sarah T. from Undisclosed
The jelly gives a good cast and a strong hold, without weighing my hair down!
LAURA S. from Undisclosed
Good product but the texture is too liquid and I had difficult to apply. I have 2b 2c and it weighed down my waves.
Erika G. from Undisclosed
Now that I've figured the right amount for me I think this cream in combination with the Air Dry cream, is best for my hair. After fully air drying, I get bounce and curl that may be the best so far.
Amy K. from Undisclosed
Second time buying this, i went for the large as i know it's the one for me. Gives good natural looking hold, no sticky residue.
Shanice B. from Undisclosed
Great item perfect amount of hold for my curls
Marlena C. from Undisclosed
Great for styling right after the shower! Around day 3 and 4 though I'd definitely recommend using a smaller amount if you don't want a crunchy weighed down look. But other than that this is the first product I've had that has almost completely taken care of my frizzy hair! After I wash my hair and either use my leave in or hair balm I use about a dim size amount for all of my hair and my hair is significantly less frizzy for the rest of the week !
Claudia S. from Undisclosed
Enjoyed using this product, as the hold is good and flexible though some frizz still remains and to achieve good definition quite a decent amount of product needs to be used. Love the scent too!