Posted by CurvyCurly (Type 4a) on 09/09/2013
After washing and conditioning or co-washing I rake this through soaking my wet 4a/3c hair and then wrap in a micro-towel for 10+ minutes. Just shake and go or sit under the dryer for 10 minutes. When my hair is dry, it's SUPER shiny and my curls are well defined with light hold. I've been able to achieve 2nd day hair and even a 3rd day updo with minimal frizz. I also use this to twist my daughter's 4b hair, which results in super shiny twists. With a moisturizer underneath hair feels good for 3-4 days; however, when used alone hair will start to feel dry in about 2 days. Also, I can't say I agree with the elongation properties. Scent is okay, not complaining though.
Posted by bellita05 (Type 4a) on 08/25/2013
Tried it for a wash and go and while it defined my curls it didn't provide much hold. Have primarily been using it for twists and twist-outs and it does provide moisture and definition but not any better than products that are cheaper.
Posted by tifffulcurlz (Type 4a) on 08/06/2013
i like this product for my 4a/b type hair. Defined my curls for my wash n go's and added moisture to my 2nd 3rd and 4th day hair when styling. Only issue with product is hair seemed to dry out throughout day. When product is put in hair during styling or bed time it gives hair a soft and moisturized feel. Helped eliminate my shrinkage as well.
Posted by NaturalNana58 (Type 4a) on 06/09/2013
I really wanted to like this product but it did not work on my hair. It left my hair rather dry and didn't define my curls at all. I didn't care for the scent either. :-(
Posted by Bianca (Type 3a) on 04/21/2013
Pros: This made my hair super soft the first day. Cons: My curls weren't defined really, in fact they separated more than they normally do. The second day, my hair was hard and very dull looking and I ended up having to wash it out. And it doesn't play well with others. Creates white clumps when used with my other go to stylers and leave ins.
I wanted to love this cream styler because I'm looking for a cheaper and more touchable alternative to my staple KCCC (I buy the largest size). The cons outweigh the pros. Not a win for me.
Posted by jessie77us (Type 3b) on 04/18/2013
I love this stuff as a detangler! When applied to wet hair I can finger detangle with ease and it does define my curl pattern very well. If I use this alone it does leave my hair a bit hard so I usually add a milk or butter on top. For me this works best as a detangler/leave in. When I use this alone it my curls tend to separate rather than clump, which is fine since I use it as detangler.
Posted by geri1018 (Type 4a) on 12/08/2012
Left my hair nice and soft but with no definition! Waste of money IMO!
Posted by LovesHerCurlss (Type 3c) on 12/02/2012
I give it 4/5 curls because of the smell but I LOVE this product. It definitely defines my curls and my hair stays moisturized. It's expensive but worth it. Also I get a good 2nd day hair out of this product, sometimes 3 or 4!
Posted by lovemylocks (Type 4a) on 10/27/2012
I love this stuff!!! I am 6 months into my natural hair transition. I am using a synthetic half curly wig to support my Diva look as I transition ( and as a protective hair style). That said, I leave a small section of my hair out in the front and use rods to set the curl. I use Jane's defining curling cream to separate the curls ( at the root) and to provide moisture to my hair. This style lasts for about 5 days until resetting is required! It smells great and I love the organic vibe to boot!
Posted by niquiba (Type 3c) on 10/26/2012
Price of this is steep, in my opinion, but I really like this product and would rebuy given there is a good sale. Took me a while to figure out how to best use this for my hair and realized that it's best used as a styler with a leave in underneath for wash-n-go's. Gives me three-four day hair and it has a firm hold (I cannot determine from the ingredients where the hold is coming from). I have not used this with other products from this line however most of my creamy based leave-ins work just fine with this when used on damp/wet hair. Minimizes frizz (doesn't eliminate), slight elongation, great clumping action and slightly moisturized hair (this really depends on the leave in I use i.e. Curl Junkie smoothing lotion, BWC leave in, kinky curly knot today, Alaffia beautiful curls leave in, etc.). Hope this helps someone.
Posted by LaboriousCoils (Type 4b) on 10/24/2012
Smells amazing, but didn't do much for my hair.
Posted by dianemary126 (Type 3a) on 10/24/2012
another jane carter product that i took curls off due to the smell. i wish her products didnt smell so strong and herbally because they do perform great. i used this cream on both wet and dry hair. it didnt elongate my curls (which is fine) but it left them nicely defined, super shiny & NO FRIZZ!!! i did notice in wet hair it took my hair even longer to air dry. i also used it on 3rd day hair following her leave in and it helped to moisturize my hair and again aid in shine and help puffiness go away. i like that it is natural and silicone free. i would really love this if the smell was better.
Posted by curlynini98 (Type 3c) on 09/17/2012
An okay product. If there was no other product for me to buy, I'd get this and be somewhat satisfied. It's pretty good with moisture I guess but I wouldn't say it necessarily DEFINES my curls. I don't mind the smell and funny thing is I remember loving this product before I knew how to properly do wash and goes. I guess it was the best product I was using, I might need to try it again on full wash and go but whenever I do tests on small sections of hair, it doesn't work well.
Posted by Lilly (Type 3c) on 08/20/2012
Over all I like this product, my curls don't shrink, leaves my hair moisturized and shinny. However, I do not like the scent, it's too strong and I also feel that this product is very greasy.
Posted by sammysam (Type 3c) on 07/29/2012
My favorite creamy styler! Works amazingly all by itself. The first day, I get very shiny very defined coils. It's always a little shrunken. The second day is perfect! It's still shiny, soft, and moisturized, but just a little fluffier.
Posted by curlykid13 (Type 3b) on 07/26/2012
I have 3b-3c hair and this product did NOT work for me. I am sure it would work for someone with wavy hair to crunch your hair. It really did not do anything for my hair. I love Jane Carter shampoo and conditioner, but this product was too weak to do anything with my hair. It did not leave my hair in any form rather than what it would normally be at.
Posted by Sweetumms (Type 3b) on 07/21/2012
I got this in the travel kit and boy am I glad I only got the travel size. It does leave the hair shiny and healthy looking but DRY. The crunch seemed like I used a heavy gel and no moisturizer. The smell is way too strong and doesn't dissipate..gave me a headache and I had to rewash.
Posted by carrice3 (Type 3c) on 07/20/2012
Its OK... to me it is too expensive and the smell is not all that.
Posted by MsKinkyKurly08 (Type 4a) on 07/08/2012
If you like getting bang for your buck, then this is NOT the product for you. This cream has a milky like consistency that sucks all the moisture out of my hair. Keep your hard earned cash for a product that actually WORKS.
Posted by Kai (Type Unkown) on 06/30/2012
I purchased the 8oz. container for $14.00 at Target, after watching a few reviews on YouTube. Additionally I had already tried the JCS Nourish & Shine which all by itself makes my hair feel like cotton, lol. So I figured why not give this a shot too?
Let me tell you, my hair LOVES this product.
1) At first the scent was interesting, though over time I've become used to it and I actually love the citrus-y smell.
2) The consistency of this product reminds me of a hair lotion, which I didn't expect much out of but GGGUUUURRLLL (haha!) when I applied this cream to my "very wet hair" as the directions state, I got MAJOR slip!!! I mean I was actually able to finger detangle through my Type 4 a,b,c textured hair with a breeze using this cream.
3) Adding the Nourish & Shine on top the Curl Defining Cream just....gives my hair life! And what I like about these products is that despite how "strong" the scents may appear to be, the scents never overpower my nose or in my hair either.
4) Usually I tend to apply a leave-in conditioner underneath whatever cream/styler in order to get the perfect amount of moisture, however with this prodcut I don't...sooo that's really impressive, lol.
5) Something I noticed; when I apply this onto very wet hair, I get a lot of slip and I don't need to use as much per section/twist. However if I apply the cream onto dry hair I notice that I dip back into the container more often - which isn't a bad thing, but if you want to prolong the life this container it might be better or you to use less per section. Less is more with this product.
Overall great product, and JCS products are a new staple for me!
Posted by browniesgirl (Type Unkown) on 06/03/2012
There is no other product for me!! I love the definition and softness that it gives my 3c/4a curls. I'm not crazy about smelling like Pledge furniture polish though!
Posted by jessicat (Type 4a) on 05/01/2012
I like this product! The smell of it was annoyingly familiar, until my sister pointed out that it smells exactly like Fruit Loops cereal, that mildly lemony and strong fruity smell. The smell wears off after a while, though and I don't mind it too much.
The product wasn't that moisturizing for me, so I have to use a leave-in first (Giovanni direct leave-in), but it has excellent hold and great shine. Depending on my leave in, it doesn't dry hard. I love it for my twist outs as well as my wash and go.
Posted by tmbethel (Type 4a) on 03/19/2012
I still consider myself a newly natural girl (1 year & 2 months post big chop) so I am constantly looking for new products that give my hair that WOW factor and this product does that and more! For my twistouts, I put it on my hair after I apply my leave-in without sealing it with oil, because this product is a great moisturizer in itself. I never have to seal with oil which is a plus because I HATE producty, oily hair. When I take it out the next morning, I have the prettiest, most defined curls I have ever had! Not to mention, my hair shines so beautifully and the hair easily separates without causing frizziness and a fro-ish look. My hair looks as if I just got a roller set and all I did was twist it. I can’t stop bragging about it! Go pick it up NOW!
Posted by johuds0n (Type Unkown) on 03/10/2012
Purchased this product at the local Target. (8 oz jar $14.99) I have been searching for the last 6 years for the right product for my daughters 4a/b hair. This is the only product that does not make her hair greasy or wet feeling. It worked great for twp-stand twists. It controlled her edges that always tend to creep away from the rest of the hair and curl up. Made her hair super soft. I am too thankful that I found this product. Best product for her hair.!!!
Posted by Nmbaker84 (Type 4a) on 01/31/2012
Love it! Finally found a curl cream that works for me. Great for coils & twist outs :-)
Posted by Sodeba (Type Unkown) on 11/07/2011
I loved Kinky Curly Cusard so much I was hesitant to try this. I love this stuff. Unlike Kinky Curly, it doesnt dry hard. I love the fact that I can use it through the week without shampooing.
Posted by ChicN (Type Unkown) on 10/22/2011
If I could give this no stars I would. One of my costliest and completely useless PJ buys to date. No stretch, dried dull and seemed to suck the moisture right out of my hair. Second day hair? Forget it. Head full of flakes. Seriously disappointed.
Posted by emartini04 (Type 3c) on 10/16/2011
I received a free sample of this product and this stuff is a no no for me. The first thing I didn't like about this stuff was the smell. It has a strong lemon scent to and it reeks. There is no way I would want anyone close to my hair with a smell like this coming out of it. The second thing I didn't like was the dryness it caused my hair to have. Yes my curls were defined but my hair looked dry also. Once I left my house my hair was nice and bouncy and an hour later it was bouncy and dry looking. I don't think I will be using this product again and definitely not spending thirty dollars on it.
Posted by Jadedea Jade (Type 4a) on 10/10/2011
Me- Type 4A. Natural for 3 years, responsibly natural for 1 year.
Rating- Took 1 curl away for price, 1 curl away for smell, 1 curl away because it didnt work for me
Smell- Smells like the shampoo and conditioner with a slight eucalyptus or mint smell. Still hate the smell.
Makes My Hair Feel Like- Dry, stripped and in need of moisture
Pros- I like the pump on top, thats useful!
Cons- Didnt do anything for my hair. Dryed it out, hair shrunk, got flakes and the smell overpowering wouldnt go away.
Remarks- Again this product is light. I think it should be used in the summer time for heat and humidity. This along with the rest of the line that i have reviewed has dryed my hair out, making my hair feel stripped since using the shampoo. I even got flakes and my hair itched on occassion. The smell is overpowering. I used the cream along with the leave in to keep it moist to do twists. When you apply it it feels slick at first but then it drys up really fast. I tested it on my hands. When i applied some to my hands it felt slick and slippery like gel but it immediately absorbed into my hands and then my hands felt firm. It didnt feel dry but felt rough. I ran my hands under the water and the slick gooey slipper feeling came back. I think it is meant to absorb into the cuticle providing a layer of stiff protection but does not make my hair soft or anything. If you already have long curl defined hair, and are looking for a light wash in go and dont need moisture this may work for.
Posted by cndoctor (Type 4b) on 09/28/2011
I completely enjoyed this product. I tried a sample which was given to me a the naturally curly pool party in nyc. I was excited to take it home to try it out. my hair was in deep need to be done anyway. So the next day I did and I was so please with the results. I am going to buy this product and do a youtube video on it.
Posted by FemmeNaturel (Type 4b) on 09/26/2011
I must say that I really like this product. It defines my curls. This product gives my hair a soft shine without weighing it down.
Posted by curlyquad (Type 3b) on 09/25/2011
I ordered this to give my curls definition and control fly aways. This JC product worked okay on freshly shampooed , but next day hair was limp and greasy and it smelled like Pledge furniture polish. Considering the price and the bother of a return process I used it. This wouldn't be something I would order angain. I wish these companies offer samples.
Posted by kinkytj (Type 4b) on 09/18/2011
My natural hair stylist used this on my hair after she colored my hair. The do turned out fine, but it felt a little dry to me. I thought OK, it's probably the color, my hair is always dry after color. It wasn't the color. When I washed my hair the next week with my As I Am Naturally products, it had returned to it's usual state, soft and shiny. Since I wanted to use what my stylist used on my hair I went out and purchased the JC hydrating shampoo, conditioner, leave in and curl defining cream (I will leave reviews on the other products on their respective sights). I thought this would be the best thing to do for my hair. Main was I ever wrong. It wasn't the color. It was the the Jane Carter products. This particular curl defining cream does not do what it says for highly textured 4b hair. It does not reduce shrinkage. My hair did not dry soft. It was horrid. Mind you I am following the instructions to a "T". If your hair is highly textured, shrinks to more than 1/2 it's length when you wash and hold water like a sponge, this is not the product for you. This product does not leave you hair smooth. It may work for 4a hair, but I found the As I Am to work much better 4b.
Posted by NYCgirl (Type 3c) on 09/09/2011
My stylist uses this on my hair in the salon and I was surprised at the results.
She uses this along with a light gel/serum (PM Round Trip) and I get great finger coils every time.
The style lasts for an entire week but I feel it loses its "umph" quicker than other products that I use when I do my own hair. I think that my stylist may need to use more product on my hair to make sure its throughly coated to prolong the "umph".
But this is a moisturizing product and has an OK smell.
I've not purchased this due to the fact that I'd prefer to start with a smaller tube before investing in this large tub. With the Fall/Winter months coming, this is one product that I will keep my eye on.
Posted by 1foxyRN (Type 4a) on 09/03/2011
I love all of the jane carter products but not this one, it glides through the hair well and looks greAT that day but the next day my hair was greasy and had so much build-up that I had to wash my hair all over again. it is great for one day wash and go's but not for more than that
Posted by maneman (Type 4b) on 08/28/2011
I did not like this at all. It left my hair undefined with a coated or waxy type feeling. Definitely not a repurchase for me.
Posted by mieshelkinky (Type 4b) on 08/11/2011
Have curl definition, nice and soft hair...little frizz I like it!
Posted by Shinningstar (Type 3c) on 07/25/2011
This product showed a lot of promise when I first applied it to my wet 3C hair but when it dried it turned into a frizzy curly mess. Not to mention it felt like straw. There's not much curl definition but I'll give it at least 1 curl for the scent.
Posted by twatts819 (Type 3c) on 04/24/2011
This product didn't really do anything for my hair. It looked like it was going to define and leave it shiny and moisturized but it felt dry and straw-like once it dried. The smell was nauseating. I had a huge headache after smelling it being in my hair for a few hours and was completely turned off because of that. The smell should be more subtle like the shampoo/conditioner.
Posted by geeant (Type 3c) on 04/19/2011
i loved it at first. smells great, nice slip factor, curls are almost perfect, BUT it makes my hair feel straw like.
Posted by shawnyblazes (Type 4a) on 03/17/2011
OMG, I am in love! The only thing is my hair has a soft hold so unless I put a hard gel over or under I might only get 2 day hair. Love it
Posted by arielevette (Type 4b) on 02/22/2011
This product did help me to define my curls, however, I am not a fan of the smell. The fact that it's made with a lot of natural ingredients though, is a plus to me.
Posted by curlyV (Type 4a) on 01/23/2011
Good curl definition and shine. I only gave it 4 curls because I still had some frizz and the second day hair was even frizzier. I love the smell, but it is strong and lingering. Make sure you like the scent before you purchase. Price is pretty steep also.
Posted by 2lovelyhair (Type 3b) on 12/07/2010
I only gave this product a 2 curls because it did not do for me what it claimed to do - eliminate shrinkage. My curls still shrank as normal leaving me smaller than normal, dry curls. I first tried just the cream on clean well conditioned hair but found that gave me serious frizzies so I paired it with a Curl Junkie as a thicker leave-in and Kinky Curly and had better results. After several rounds of experimenting with various product combinations with this cream, I have yet to achieve the bouncy, soft curls that the product promises. I will not repurchase this product.
Posted by Gretchen (Type 3a) on 11/29/2010
Love this curl definer. I got shiny, well-defined ringlets.
Posted by talymo (Type 3c) on 11/26/2010
I ordered this product because I am a product junkie as well. I am pretty impressed with the curl definition and softness of my hair. It only elongated my curls a little bit. I used as a styler over CJ Smoothing lotion as a leave in--the 2 combined reduced the volume of very big hair I normally get and very very defined, smoothe frizz less curls! I think I have find my daily routine! I have tried a lot of products and these 2 products are really good!!
Posted by vitaliec (Type 4a) on 11/18/2010
I order this product because I'm such a product junkie. I was actually quite impressed with the results, my hair was moisturized, it produced soft defined curls and it had the best sheen I have ever had in any product this far. A little of the product goes a long way, so don’t use a lot. I gave it four stars because it did not elongate my curls, other than that it’s a STAPLE product of mine now. Don’t believe the bad reviews just try it for yourself..
Posted by unique4me (Type 4a) on 10/26/2010
Gave 3 curls because it did not eliminate shrinkage. Yes it defined my curls, but my 4a curls still shrunk to half it's size. I used this product for twist, so I did like how moisturized and shiny my hair turned out. Another plus, it eliminated frizz.
Posted by sweetface1118 (Type 4a) on 10/09/2010
Awesome....that's all I got.