Since reaching mid-back length (MBL), my hair has been super determined to be in a curly state instead of stretched. To make a long story short, I spent over a year being miserable because I could no longer attempt the braid outs and twist outs that I love. Once I went outside, my hair would immediately frizz up as it attempted to form kinks, ringlets, and curls. Fast forward to about a month ago, and I realized that I could no longer keep on trying to go against my hair; I had to work with and began doing wash and gos. Finding a gel has been, to say the least, very difficult. My hair is extremely particular and hates most gels.
On a recent shopping trip to Whole Foods, I saw they had Andalou Naturals hair products, and having a good experience with their skin products, decided to try the styling cream as an alternative to gel. Last night was the first time I used it, and I must say, I was very pleased. It has a very thick, creamy consistency, but stuck to my hair like a gel. It also helped my hair to curl back up on itself after towel drying took some of the curl out. Generally, I wash my hair at night and make 4-8 chunky two strand twists to keep my hair from fizzing the first night (this does not create a twist out look on my hair, but encourages clumping). When I took the twists out in the morning, I had nicely clumped curls that were not crunchy, but still had hold. There is a pleasant fruity smell to the cream, which despite my sensitivity to smells, did not bother me, but even if it had, the smell completely dissipated when the product was dry. My hair was also very soft and shiny. Also, the ingredients are all natural with aloe vera juice first on the list (my hair absolutely loves aloe vera).
On first try, I would rate this product a 5 out of 5, and I am definitely purchasing again.