As I am always looking for new ways to tame my thick wavy mane of hair, when I happened upon Ouidad products in a promotional email sent to me by Sephora, I decided to give them a try.
Seventy-five percent of the battle over controlling wavy/curly hair is a good haircut. I am pleased to say that I use a wonderful stylist in my area that works for an Aveda Salon and knows exactly how to cut my unmanageable tresses. When she styles my hair she uses "Be Curly" products--especially the leave-in hair cream that is meant to enhance the curl (Aveda Be Curly Enhancer, 6.7-Ounce Tube). I have purchased this product and do use it at home with mixed inconsistent results.
To style my hair I use the clip method outlined in both Curly Girl and Curl Talk: Everything You Need to Know to Love and Care for Your Curly, Kinky, Wavy, or Frizzy Hair. The clips add height from the crown and position the curls in a pattern that enhances the natural flow of the curl yet looks like a more sophisticated style rather than just a jumble of hair. When I use "Be Curly" my hair doesn't exactly organize itself in the shape that I want it to be in. For the most part there is always a bigger pouffier side that needs retweaking before I consider myself done.
When I tried Ouidad's Curl Essential Starter Kit, I was uncertain about the shampoo. It definitely cleansed my hair, but it did not have a creamy consistency like the Be Curly counterpart. The Ouidad conditioner is great; I raked it through my hair and let it sit there for about three minutes. I used a wide tooth comb to make sure all the snarls and knots were eliminated. I pat my hair dry--never rub it--that would just produce more knots--and then just comb it into place with my fingers. I rubbed the Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel on my hands and then onto my hair and added little Aveda Confixor Liquid Gel, 8.5 Ounces) just because I like the fragrance. Once all my clips were in place, I dried with a diffuser. Before it is 100% dry, I remove the clips to check the progress. I dry it a little more without the clips and then replace the clips (not as many) to tweak the hair into shape.
Wow! I have got to say that Ouidad made the styling so easy! My waves/curls look shiny, well formed and have no hint of frizziness. Unbelievably fast!
Now I don't wash my hair everyday--especially when the weather is cold. To eliminate the inevitable bed-head, I spritz on the Botanical Boost, do a little more raking with my fingers and reclip. The shower or hot tub helps steam the curls into a hairstyle; I keep the clips in while I get dressed and do my make-up. Once the clips are removed--all done!
Bottom line? I am extremely satisfied with the Ouidad Curl Essentials Starter kit--so much so that I will definitely order full sizes of each of the components. As an Italian American with thick wavy hair, I can wholeheartedly recommmend it for those with similar hair traits. Highly Recommended. Diana Faillace Von Behren "reneofc"
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