I thought that this would make my naturally curly hair look better in the winter, but it didn’t really do what I thought it would.
I have naturally curly hair which looks great in the summer, but in winter when the air is so dry it flattens out quite a bit. After a lifetime of being used to unruly curls, I don’t like the flat hair look in the winter. So I saw the ad for this on television and thought that I would try it. I think the ad was rather deceptive because it implied that you could just wash your hair and this would make it curl. Although the directions are rather vague, ending with “style as usual, ” I think that what that means is that if you use rollers or some other means to curl your hair that it will make the curl hold better.
Anyway, the bottle is marked “Extra Strength.” That was promising, and it cost $2.59 for 8 oz, which wasn’t too bad, so I decided to try it.
I used it twice last season without any noticeable difference from my other shampoo as to the amount of curl in my hair. I decided to give it one more try and really follow the directions carefully.
First of all, you are supposed to use “a generous amount.” So that won’t make it very economical. With the first application you just lather and rinse. Then you are supposed to leave the second application on for five minutes. I have to be honest and tell you that I didn’t do that the first two times I tried it. Nor did I use a generous amount. I thought that my natural curl might be sufficient so that the shampoo would give it just an extra burst. That didn’t work at all.
Today I followed the directions to the letter.
1. This is a pain in the neck. I’m not big on spending a lot of time getting cleaned up. What on earth are you supposed to do while you are letting that lather sit on your head for 5 minutes? I know I won’t have the patience to do that again.
2. The smell is terrible. I don’t have a lot of experience in beauty shops, but I used to go to one with my grandmother as a child. This shampoo smells like what I remember from that, a very strong of the permanent wave chemicals. Three hours later, my hair still smells this way. Yuk.
3. It hurts like heck when you get it in your eyes. And while I was waiting those 5 minutes it oozed into both eyes.
What was the result? Well, “style as usual” for me is comb it and let it dry. You can see the result. My hair has pretty nice body, but isn’t particularly curly. I think to get curls I would need to use pincurls or rollers or something. Hey, this is me, Sharkey... I don’t think you will see me taking time to mess with any of that.
If you normally curl your hair, this might be worth a try to see if it makes the curls hold better. But it doesn’t work the way the TV advertisement implies.
It does have a money-back guarantee, so I suppose if I thought it was worth getting $2.59 back I could take advantage of that.