Product(s) Of The Week | Holy Curls Curl Cream & Curl Gel Review

Holy Curls Cream Gel

THE BLURB

I've got another two-for-one review for you, peeps. You’re welcome!

There are some things that really should just be reviewed in pairs: that occasionally applies to cleansers but for curly hair products, the marriage between cream/leave-in and gel needs to be a harmonious one and so the bigger picture is just as important as the individual steps. The two products have been designed to work together so it made the most sense to me to talk about them as such.

If you’ve read the most recent Beauty Roundup, you’ll know that I became aware of this brand for the first time at an Antidote Street hair event. I’m always skeptical when it comes to trying new hair products because I’ve tried a lot of ‘meh’ ones. On top of that, Holy Curls are a fairly new brand on the market - a baby brand, actually, that launched in May 2019 - so I was going in completely blind. I’ve also found what I believe to be the holy grail of curl products in Oribe so, bank balance permitting, I could never look at another hair care brand again and die a happy, curl-poppin’ old lady.

But I love products and I love indie brands that see gaps in the market and take a whack at filling them so, for Holy Curls, I decided to loosen my purse strings and see what they were bringing to the party.

The Holy Curls haircare system comes as a set of four numbered products:

01 Shampoo

02 Conditioner

03 Cream

04 Gel

I went with 03 & 04; the styling steps because that’s the best way to get the measure of a brand, in my opinion.

So let’s get into it.

The Review:

03 Cream

Did I Like It?:

Yes, but not at first.

Why I Liked It:

It is a medium-weight moisturising cream that is oily but not heavy or greasy. My curls detangled easily and became nicely defined. My reason for not liking it initially, as you’ll see if you have a close look at the first picture below, the cream left white bits in my hair when first applied. I was initially worried I’d used too much but this happened on sections where I used half as much. I started to panic but after running my fingers through it a few times and working it into my hair, it disappeared. I think the gel also helped as a follow-up product. Basically, I’m not pointing this out as a negative, I’m giving you the heads up and saying don’t panic if it happens to you, because the white bits aren’t permanent and the end results are actually pretty dope.

The second picture is after the product has been worked in and the gel had been applied. But more on the gel in a sec. Back to the cream: my hair has felt incredibly soft in the 3 days since I’ve applied it and yet not so soft that the spring in the curl has been dampened in any way.

Key Ingredients:

  • Baobab Oil: rich in omegas

  • Coconut Oil: penetrates the hair shafts, hydrates and prevents breakage.

  • Hydrolyzed Silk (plant derived): has moisture binding properties

Smell:

Citrus and sweet. Like orange cordial.

Consistency:

Creamy. A bit heavier than the feel of a conditioner but not overly greasy.

Price:

£18 for 300ml

How I used it:

On wet-but-not-dripping hair. About the size of a grape, per section. And I usually split my hair into 6 sections. It is never an exact science with hair product application so my advice is always to start small and add more if needed.

Would I Repurchase?:

Yes. It’s fairly priced and delivers on results. My hair felt moisturised and soft but not weighed down or greasy. On top of that, it’s a British Brand and I love supporting local, independent businesses. Especially ones owned by women of colour.


04 Gel

Did I Like It?:

I really did.

Why I Liked It:

Gels with a lightweight feel and a heavyweight hold are hard to come by. This gel did not appear to have strongest of holds in the world, in the traditional sense; stiffness, crunchiness - but 3 days in, I had minimal frizz and curl memory like you wouldn’t believe. Seriously: I gently pulled down one of my curls to inspect my colour (currently a fading shade of coral) and *ping* it just sprung right back. That almost never happens. I’d describe the product as giving a serious level of definition, with medium hold without any residual crunch.

Key Ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera: moisturises hair and scalp

  • Baobab Oil: rich in omegas

  • Gluconolactone: has the ability to attract water and enhance moisturisation

Smell:

Strong notes of citrus - more lime-scented than the cream.

Consistency:

Like jelly. Almost runny. Water-based. Not sticky.

Price:

£18 for 300ml

How I used it:

After the cream. About a grape-sized amount on each section. I usually split my hair into 4-6 sections when applying gel.

Would I Repurchase?:

Yes. The gel gives lovely definition, though I prefer a little bit more hold. But for the price, I can’t complain. This product would be perfect if it held my curls for an extra day or two. By day 4 I was just about ready to wash my hair or tie it up in a bun. I like to be able to get a week between washes so this did not quite give me the 7 day curls I’m used to with the likes of the Oribe Moisture & Control Range, but Holy Curls are also half the price, so… Swings and roundabouts.

Overall I am really impressed by Holy Curls. The products smell great, my hair felt healthy and my curls looked shiny and defined. I am tempted to try their shampoo and conditioner and will be keeping an eye out for future launches from the brand.

Holy Curls products can be purchased directly from their site: holycurls.com or from Antidote Street.

This post is not sponsored. I am in no way affiliated with Holy Curls and products mentioned in this post were all purchased, in full, by me.

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