November 2011 I won a gift set of over $100.00 worth of Deva Curl products (including their signature tote and satin scarf) from giveaway I'd entered at the Nappiology Expo this past November...yes and just now using the products. I read Curly Girls by Lorraine Massey over a year ago and posted a book review on it. I'd been interested in applying the curly girl method as my go to hair care regimen but shortly after got board with wash n' go's and protective styling my hair up kicked in. Since winning the gift set ( so happy I won FULL size bottles and not samples) and cutting my hair this month, I figured now is the best time for me to put my products to some use.
The very first time I tried these my kynxx just didn't agree with them at all. When I do product reviews I stay mindful that its never the products fault if I don't get the result I want. Many factors come into play. One, if I use it on dry or wet hair. Two, if I have product build up from other products I've used on my hair. Three, the amount of product I use on my hair, and four, if I'm using them in the correct manner to get the result I want to see. The first time I used them was on wet hair, just as in this review because Deva Curl line is meant to be used for wash n'go's to give more definition the curl pattern in kinky curly hair. That much it did...buuuuuut ask for the final result...you'll see.
To be sure my unpleasant experience with the Deva Curl line wasn't due to previous product
build up, I cleaned and clarified my hair with Bentonite clay and ACV (apple cider vinegar). The more I use ACV the more I'm getting used to the scent, it's an acquired scent for sure but still not one I like to smell. [Click here to read and see application tutorial]
The clay treatment:
I towel dried with Microfiber to remove excess water making sure the product absorbed in each strand.
I never rub the towel against my hair, just pat it, hold the towel their for a few seconds until the excess water is absorbed.
Now for the Deva Curl products....
Eliminate frizz, add shine and enhance curls with this 24-48 hour moisture lock spray.
Suggested use: Mist on wet or dry hair.
Ultra Creamy Daily Conditioner
This ultra creamy daily conditioner provides maximum hydration and is perfect for all curl types.
Suggested use: After cleansing, use fingertips to glide a generous amount through curls. Rinse. For extra hydration, reapply a small amount. Do not rinse. Follow with DevaCurl AnGel curl defining gel.
Lavender Curl Revitalizer
A curl refresher and scalp rejuvenator infused with lavender that creates fresh and natural frizz free curls without the dehydrating effects of a dry shampoo.
Suggested use: Spray on dry hair, tilt head forward and scrunch curls in an upward motion.
This versatile styler provides maximum hold, texture, volume and styling control.
Suggested use: On wet hair, tilt head forward. Apply to palms and scrunch curls in an upward motion.
For extra volume, on dry hair, rub between palms and scrunch upward toward the scalp. On wet or dry hair, for root lift and support, apply product directly to scalp and massage with fingertips.
Curl Boost and Volumizer
A botanically enriched curl volumizer that enhances fullness and strength. Ideal for fine delicate curls.
Suggested use: Tilt head forward. Scrunch hair using upward motion to release excess water. Rub between palms and glide throughout hair.
msrp: $16.95/ 6oz Tube
Special thanks goes out to Angie Damiani of David Dalton Salon, Ft. Worth, TX
Plump and defined curls...just how I like it!
The Final Result
My hair looked great, curls were defined and hair shiny. Only thing was it dried feeling stiff and sticky to the touch. Could it be I used too much product?...Possibly. If you follow the CG method, and use Deva Curl products, advice would be helpful. I have no intention in letting these products collect dust so I have to get it right!!