A couple of weeks ago I went to Target for the first time since the beginning of March. I’ve really been forcing myself to go into stores to get over the fear of it (yikes) but I have to admit that wandering through Target was actually nice and it was also 10am on a Thursday morning and nearly empty. Anyway, I wandered through every aisle and ended up picking up this Kristin Ess curl gel on a whim.
I try all types of curl products with high optimistic hope and they almost always leave me wanting something more. This Curl Defining Jelly is 95% perfect in my opinion. (I think I have to say that everybody’s hair is different so take my recommendation for what works for me… worth trying, but it’s not a guarantee.) I hate the smell of it– it smells very strong and it’s unpleasant while it’s still wet. But it doesn’t linger on your hair once it’s dry so it’s not a dealbreaker to me.
I load up on the product– doing two big pumps. One for the front section and one for the back section. It does feel sticky like a gel but doesn’t have the “crunch” that other gels have. Instead it kind of soaks in or evaporates out (hard to be sure which).
To be honest, I don’t love wearing my hair curly. It’s a lot of work. It seems like it should be a breeze to just let your hair “air dry” with it’s natural texture. But you have to wash your hair in a certain way, condition in a specific way, have perfect conditions for drying, etc. Letting my hair dry takes six plus hours so… it’s a process. I have my system for blow drying my hair down pat and can be completely done in under 20 minutes.
And even dedicating the time to wash and conditioning my hair properly and then applying product and then letting it dry doesn’t guarantee my hair looking good. Someone DMed me back saying curls could be “unreliable” and I couldn’t agree more.
ANYWAY. This is a long way of saying that this product is the one that gives me the most ideal and most consistent results for my hair anyway.
Above is my hair right after my shower with the gel scrunched through my hair. This is where I started to panic the first time I used it because I feared I was going to have crispy and crunchy curls… but as it dries, it softens up perfectly.
Below is my hair around 90% dry. (I didn’t get a good picture of it fully dry because I had a little two year old hairstylist giving me ponytails and buns for thirty minutes, ha.)
PS I know a lot of people love the Curly Girl Method. I’ve looked into it but found the system to be very restrictive and the community a little to serious and judgmental. Someone sent me a link to the Curly Method Rejects Facebook group and honestly it’s so refreshing. It’s fun to hear about people’s different experiences with curls and what works and what doesn’t work. (And also I love hearing about people struggling too because it makes me feel less alone in the curl struggle!)