The Only Product Your Curls Will Ever Need Again
Every girl with curly hair struggles to find the perfect balance between full, bouncy curls and a frizzy, unmanageable lion's mane. For me, the struggle typically results in my favorite bad-hair-day looks, a sock bun or ponytail and my faded ball cap. I have always preferred the lazy-girl, shower-and-go system when it comes to my hair, especially now that most of my showers get interrupted by my almost-toddler, but my hair always dries frizzy and my curls are limp and lifeless.
Over the years, I have used just about every curl gel, mousse, leave-in conditioner, and product on the market. I've tried "conditioner cocktails," I've tried not using shampoo, I sleep on a silk pillow case... I have tried just about everything to get voluminous, defined curls. Lately, I found that the TresEmme Expert Botanique Curl Hydration duo works great. It doesn't leave my hair feeling heavy or sticky with any residue. I follow up with using my go-to mousse, TresEmme Flawless Curls Enhancing Mousse. (I use different products for my coloring, alternating brands every few showers)
This system works for me, but unless I take the time to dry my hair with a diffuser, it gets crunchy as it air dries. No one wants crunchy curls, but I don't have the time to dry my hair everyday. What mom does?
So when my sister-in-law was raving about this new curl product at her salon, I knew I had to try it. She's yet to steer me wrong when it comes to hair and hair products. The Devacurl mission is to celebrate curls of all kinds and make curls look their best. Knowing my curls haven't been looking their best, I thought, Okay, I can get on board with this. The scent alone is enough to make me keep using it. It's deliciously fruity.
My first time using the Devacurl Ultra Defining Gel went horribly wrong. My curls were all kinds of wonky and frizzy. I was so disappointed, but knew what I did wrong: I used it on damp hair and I didn't scrunch enough.
The instructions for using the Ultra Defining Gel are super specific. Use on soaking wet hair. Don't towel dry, don't wring out excess water, just comb and run the gel through your hair. The floor under your hair should be wet. Then, and only then, if you must, gently scrunch your hair with a microfiber towel (I used a cotton t-shirt... gentler than a regular towel and cheaper than a special hair towel) to eliminate dripping hair. Then scrunch, scrunch, scrunch. Really work the product into your hair and give your curls a head start. After that, follow the cardinal rule of maintaining flawless curls: Do Not Touch Your Hair.
(left: hair partially dry, curls starting to form. right: hair is finally dry; bouncy, full, soft curls)
I have a bad habit of playing with my hair and flopping the part back and forth because I hate it hanging in my face. But I kept myself busy and forced myself to not touch my hair as it was air drying. The back of my shirt was pretty wet from my hair hanging on it all morning.Having thick hair means my hair takes hours (like all day) to be completely dry. I would need to shower in the morning for my hair to be dried before going to dinner. Which is inconvenient, so I'm curious to see how Devacurl works when partnered with a diffuser...
But waiting all day for my hair to dry paid off.
My curls were soft and manageable while being defined and bouncy. The gel does leave a cast on your curls, so after your hair is fully dry, flip your head over and massage your roots to soften the curls. It works wonders.
So would I use it again? Absolutely. Will I use it everyday? Probably not. But when you want to leave your curls down, this is the only product you'll ever need again.
Perfect for the lazy-girl who hates high maintenance hairstyles
Curls are bouncy and defined
It's super easy
Until your hair is dry, the curls don't look perfect
Run the risk of having a damp shirt for a few hours
If you touch your hair too much, it'll be a frizzy hot mess
Once the curls look this good, you won't be able to stop looking at them or taking selfies.
I dare you