As part of my Black Friday haul this year, I picked up the Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly. I can admit that I purchased this product solely off of hype. Youtubers have been singing the praises of this jelly styler and I wanted a piece of the action.
Availability: Curlz.biz, Target, Curlmart, Sally Beauty (and more!)
Price: $18, 8oz
First Five Ingredients: Water, blueberry leaf extract, PEG 40 hydrogenated castor oil, acrylates copolymer, carbomer polymide-1
Scent: Blueberry Margarita 💃🏾
I first tried this with my normal wash and go routine-- PrettyWitty77 Leave-in mix (Moroccan My Shine as the base), Shea Moisture Frizz-Taming Smoothie, Blueberry Bliss generously applied, then rake and shake technique throughout. I did a final rinse to help distribute the product and added more gel over top for smoothing.
Post-styling, my hair seemed to not have any gel on it and when it dried my hair was frizzy and poofy. It was, however, extremely soft and had great movement. I don't particularly like to wear my hair puffy because it causes tangling and makes for unpredictable hair. There is no guarantee how long my hair will last or if it will come down "wearable" the next morning.
I wasn't going out without a fight. I ran out of some of my products and I made a few tweaks to my routine this time around. This time I moisturized with Soultanicals Knot Sauce and Fluff-a-Licious Curl Nutritious followed by an un-godly amount of the Blueberry Bliss. On the front section of my hair I used another gel that did me the same way as the Blueberry Bliss the first time around.
I then did the rake and shake throughout my hair and SKIPPED the final rinse. These gels just can't last through that. I topped all sections off with a generous coating of my microwave flax seed gel. My thinking was that flax seed gel doesn't do well raked through but it does encase the hair and define curls--especially when generously applied. I did all the raking with the other gels so all I needed to do was glob the flax gel on.
The result? The back of my hair was slamming! It's soft, defined, etc. The side of the front that I cannot see without a mirror also looked good. It's the very front that didn't do so well. This hair is just harder to define anyhow. It takes certain gels to get the coils going in that area.
I was able to achieve cute hair but at what cost? How much I used (remember, un-godly) and having to top it off with my flaxseed gel recipe which I had to make is just not worth it. I will take from this experience how to use up gels that don't work out for me. I now know to apply a ridiculous amount, not rinse, and top with flaxseed gel. I will be trying this routine for the DevaCurl Arc AnGel since it's not getting any buyers.
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