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Product Review: Curls Asian Tea Ectasy and Soufflé

Oh, bother. I’m finally trying Curls conditioners for the first time and I’m not so sure if I like them.

Disclaimer: I

absolutely despise writing poor reviews, especially when I feel as if I am the only one whose hair repudiates a company’s record of excellence. I want my readers to take into consideration my hair type and the thickness of my hair. I am a kinky-nap natural. I have very small, very tight curls. It is not to say that these products don’t work at all. It is not even to say that these products could or could not work for your hair.

I was so excited when I read that Curls was having a 20-percent off sale last week. I’ve tried samples of two Curls for Multi-ethnic Women and Girls products: the Quenched Curls Moisturizer and the Curls Souffle.

I loved the Quenched Curls (it is a spray moisturizer). It gave me a bit more “oomph” than I got with Jane Carter’s Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner but more viscous than the Blended Beauty Silkshake.

Last Sunday in particular was probably the best day to test the effects of a new product on my hair. I had just taken out my twists and had a slew of breakage from not detangling properly…and using Fantasia IC gel with Sparklites.

Even my own family could not believe the amount of hair all over the tub.


Curls Asian Tea Ecstasy conditioner

Purified Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Octyl Palmitrate, Behentrimonum Methosulfate, Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearth-20, Certified Organic Ho Shu Wu Extract, Certified Organic Green Tea Extract, Certified Organic Chamomile Extract, Certified Organic Calendula Extract, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Panthenol, Soy Protein, Citric Acid, Quaternium-15.

So, I had very high hopes for the Curls Asian Tea Ecstasy. I shampooed my hair entirely too much trying to get all the gel out of my twists. It was breaking like crazy and parched. In fact, when I tried to rub the conditioner in my hair the resounding noise that followed was “crunch!”
I applied globs of the conditioner all over my super-thick 4b hair. You might ask, “why globs when the bottle came with a pump?” When I got my package in the main the pump on the top of the bottle was broken. Yep…
That was strike one.

The conditioner is very rich and thick, making it very difficult to get out of the slim-neck pump bottle. I actually wished it cam in a tub or jar so I can just dunk my hands in and scoop the conditioner out.

I sat under my bonnet dryer for a little past an hour. As soon as I rinsed the conditioner and tried to separate my hair with my fingers my hands got tangled. My hair was not smooth at all. I could not pull it back. It broke off everywhere.

One nasty mess.

I ended up washing again the next day, used the Aphrogee 2-Minute Keratin treatment, Avanti Silicone Mix and Pantene Relaxed and Natural mask. I first deep conditioned for about 5 minutes under the dryer using Aphrogee 2-Minute Keratin mixed in with Avanti Silicone Mix. I did notice a bit of a spring to my hair but I still had much frizz.

Afterward, I added honey, coconut cream, coconut oil and jojoba oil to a new bottle of Pantene Relaxed and Natural mask.

My hair was definitely back to normal after that.
Ingredients: purified water, certified organic sunflower oil, octyl palmitate, certified organic aloe vera leaf juice, glyercin, glyceryl stearate, potassium stearate, panthenol, stearic acid, sodium carbomer, allantoin, cetearyl alcohol, sweet almond oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, soy tocopherols, phenoxyethanol, fragrance.

I’ve kept a small 2-once sample of Curls Soufflé for a while, savouring every drop. It works like a soft hold gel without the alcohol or stickiness. It moisturizes like no one’s business, too.

The product is very gelatinous and gooey. When you pick it up it just plops right back into the bottle. It also has a creamy texture, making it easily spreadable styler.

I used this when I was transitioning to slick back my edges. Now, I apply it to my hair when to bring out waves (practically microscopic) when I slick the first inch of my hair back, sort of like this photo of Beyoncé.

After, I apply my leave-in of choice (in this case, Qhemet Biologics Amla and Heavy Cream) on sopping wet hair. I rake my fingers through my hair with the product on my fingertips and scoop the product into my tiny coils.

Afterward, while my hair is still soaking wet, I use the Denman brush to smooth back the front of my hair, including my hairline and add a teaspoon of the Curls Souffle to hold.

I also put the Curls Soufflé on the ends of my puff to ward of humidity and to keep the ends of my hair from frizzing when I pick my fro. I like my ends to be curl and the coils well-defined (I hate a straight Afro or one with zigzag ends).

A very little amount goes a long way if you have short or medium thickness hair.
If you are a thick curly natural, you may want to try the Whipped Cream. This style won’t force your hair downward like with the other styles.