I was disappointed in this gel. It left my hair crunchy and hard, frizzy at the ends and around my face. I wish Birchbox would carry Deva Curl "Set it free" styling cream. It's a spray and leaves your hair soft. The gel I felt I had to use so much to get it to work that my hair was hard and not finger worthy. Not enough obviously just didn't work. My hair felt sticky and frizzy and unmanageable. I love Deva Curl but I wouldn't recommend this stuff.
Bad Hair Day
I decided to try this product as an alternative to my normal line of curly products because it is a little less expensive. Right off the bat it tells you to commit the ultimate in curly hair sins...scrunch your hair. I should have put it back down after reading that. I tried to use it with my normal techniques for styling my natural curls, but my hair was left feeling sticky, frizzy, and fluffy. The next day I decided to try it following their instructions by scrunching my hair. That only made it worse. I watched the how to videos on their website, I wanted to make sure that I was giving this product a fair chance. I eventually returned this product back to the store after a week of bad hair.
Nice Curls, Flaky Scalp
Got this gel after using the DevaCurl Whipping Cream (LOVED IT!). I went into another store that carried the products and she highly recommended the Defining Gel - easy to use after shower on wet hair. I was sold. After using this gel for about a week I felt build up on my scalp and noticed a bit of flakes so I switched up and used the DevaCurl Styling Cream for comparison - no build or flaking. Overall, I followed the directions on bottle and the advice from a trained consultant - using after shower on wet hair and leaving alone to let air dry occasionally using a microfiber wrap. My scalp EVERYTIME has build up and flakes like dandruff from using the gel. It does hold a decent curl with no scrunchy like look.
Works good, but only with the help of other products
So, i wasn't as impressed as i'd hoped to be with this. For one, I couldn't use alone, when i did, it really did nothing. But when i paired with mousse, it worked well. Another thing that i don't like is that it leaves residue, there are like, balls of gel in my hair. Wont be purchasing again.
I love this gel! It's not sticky at all and a little goes a long way! Also it smells really good