These are the last 2 products in the Curls Unleashed line— Take Command Curl Defining Creme and the Let it Flow Shine & Define Mousse. I’ll just get right into it…
Take Command Curl Defining Creme — $12.99 for 16 oz. at Sally Beauty
Ideal for Curly and Kinky Textures, Defines and Elongates Curls, Free of parabens, alcohol and mineral oil. Curls Unleashed Take Command Curl Defining Creme is ideal for curly and kinky textures. Made with coconut, sweet almond and safflower oils, our curl defining creme moisturizes, defines and elongates tightly coiled curls, and does so without flakes or shrinkage.
aqua, coconut) oil, shea butter, safflower seed oil, glycine soja soybean oil, polyquaternium-11, cetearyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, glycerin, propylene glycol, peg-12 dimethicone, cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, amodimethicone, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, sweet almond oil, hydrolyzed keratin, panthenol, carbomer, vp/va copolymer, pentamethylheptane, dimethicone, dimethicone crosspolymer, laureth 4, laureth 23, triethanolamine, tocopheryl acetate, parfum (fragrance), benzyl salicylate, citronellol, cinnamic aldehyde, hydroxycitronellal, d-limonene, lilial, linalool, lyral, methyl ionone, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, bht, ci 19140 (yellow #5), ci 15985 (yellow #6).
This was another “high-hopes” product that disappointed me :o(. I used this for a wash-n-go but it can also be used for twists, braids, etc. It’s a medium-thick creme and applied easily as I put it on in sections to ensure coverage. I liked how it elongated my curls! But then the disappointment came….it took forever to absorb meaning I had chunks of white product all over. When it dried, my hair was no where near moisturized and I was left with an oily residue until I washed it out. Oily to the point where I had to wipe my forehead, ears and neck. I could have been heavy with the application but I think it would have been oily either way because it just “sat” on my hair, nothing penetrated. Also, the scent is super strong and lingered in my hair until I washed it out. It’s not a bad scent, just strong. I wanted to try this on a twist out but the oily residue turned me off so I decided not to. I would not buy this.
Here’s my hair WET with the Creme. Note the clobs of white all over:
Here’s my hair DRY with the Creme. I really liked how it looked but it felt horrible :o(
….and here is my hair the next day using the “shower droplet” method to refresh:
and last but not least…my fav…..
Let It Flow Shine & Define Mousse — $10.99 for 8 oz. at Sally Beauty
Used to scrunch, shape and get curl definition, Lightweight, Fast Drying, Free of SD Alcohol. Curls Unleashed Let It Flow Shine & Define Mousse is ideal for wavy and curly textures. It will not strip hair of the precious natural moisture that makes it thrive. Curls Unleashed is free of parabens, alcohol and mineral oil. It can be used for wavy, curly, or kinky hair. Use Curls Unleashed to define, twist, and curl.
Aqua, cocamidopropyl betaine, polyquaternium-11, cetrimonium chloride, tea-cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen, panthenol, peg-12 dimethicone, peg-75 lanolin, olive oil, oleth-20, quaternium-80, maltodextrin, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, pafum (fragrance), d-limonene, linalool.
I really like this product and it was the LEAST expected! I have to tell you, this was the most overlooked product in the entire line, which was why it was the last one I tried out. I wrote it off like “eh, this won’t do jack for my hair, whateva”…. and here it is—my fav in the line! See, this is why I must reiterate why it’s important to try out different things because you never know what may work for your hair!
So this product is a very light, fluffy, foamy mousse. It says it’s for hair types 2/3 (looser, wavier curls) which made me count it out even more. But back when I first BC’d and had a teeny weeny afro, randomly, I loved using mousse hair products! Maybe it’s the kid in me, but it’s just something about playing with the mousse and applying it lol. I also love how mousses are light and provide soft hold…and this product definitely delivered! I really think this may be my favorite mousse product I’ve tried. I had light, fluffy, soft, semi-defined curls. The scent is light and fresh. The best part is it didn’t dry my hair (I did apply a little vatika oil over it one day and some coconut oil under it another day). It wasn’t sticky or tacky, it dried amazingly fast and no white stuff leftover! I put it on soaking wet hair and my hair was probably halfway dry by the time I walked out the door for work.
Here is the first attempt with this on WET hair. This was about 25 mins after I applied it:
I also really liked that a little goes a loooog way. It was weird, I would apply it in sections (to ensure coverage) and the more I worked it in, the more foamy it got. It was like it lathered up. That really helped with even distribution. I find that with other mousses, as soon as I put it in my hair, it dissinegrates and I have to keep putting more on.
Another great thing about the mousse, is the ability to refresh my curls. So normally I would tie a scarf on my head at night and then revive it in the shower with water sprinklets but my hair was smashed to the point of no return when I woke up lol. This will not give me second day hair BUT here’s the great news…..when I got in the shower, I put my entire head under the shower head for a few seconds to get my whole head wet (not soaking). This was to “reactivate” the mousse. Then, when I got out, I pumped maybe 3-4 pumps and rubbed it over my hair, no need to section my hair, just over the outside. The water from the shower and the extra pumps of the mousse was enough to “reactive” the foam in the under layers of my fro and it lathered right back up! This took like 5 mins whereas the initial application that I did in sections took maybe 15. I took pics of how it looked doing this process.
I think this will be a new, fav wash-n-go product of the moment. :o)
Here’s my hair DRY at the end of the day on the initial application. Please forgive me for not having better pictures for this stage, this was me after I went to the gym so my hair is no where near as nice as it looked prior and I’m a lil greasy lookin lol but I was rocking my LAKER shirt so it was ok #donthate
And here’s my hair the next morning using the “soak and revive” method. Note that this is immediately after I applied it. See how foamy it is?
And here are pics about 25 mins after the pic above.
I wish I had pics of my hair dry this day but I had to rush to teach my bible study class and didn’t have time to take any pics but here is an Instagram pic I took while I should-have-been-working at work :o)
In summary, I don’t think I would make it a priority to purchase some items in the Curls Unleashed products (with the exception of the shampoo and the mousse!). Although I did like the way my hair looked, I did not like the way my hair felt…and that’s more important. The chemistry and formulas for most of the products just didn’t work well with my hair. I think since I have stopped using silicone products, my hair went into a ”shock” when I used them again lol. What doesn’t work for me may work wonders for you so give them a try if you’ve been curious :o)