Been a while since I reviewed a product. As a somewhat reformed product junkie, I don’t any more — not at first, second, or even eighth use. After almost 5 years as a natural curly and literally hundreds of products used, it takes a lot to impress me these days. Just Great Curls from Delineation Hair & Skin Essentials is doing it for me. I got a free bottle as thanks from an editorial contact, loved it at first use, said “okay” and continued to use.
After using half the bottle, I knew it was time to re-stock. Naturally Curly had a review, but their Curlmart doesn’t carry it? Hmm. Google-time. Well folks, this is a Canadian product available at Delineation Essentials’ web site. And it was out of stock. Week after week, “out of stock.” Desperate and down to a third of a bottle, I called them. They were in production and promised to call me in a few weeks when Just Great Curls was back in stock. That was maybe a month ago. Yes, a third of a bottle lasted almost a month. I still have a tablespoon left.
Finally, I got a call today. It’s back in stock and they are having a buy 3 get one free sale! This is not listed on the website as yet, so if you are interested give ’em a call. The price is CAD $25.00 per 250ml bottle, and I’m getting four, one of them free. Shipping to the US is CAD $19.00
At first glance the look and feel and ingredients resemble Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle. I happened to be have both Just Great Curls and CIAB in my stash at the same time, and had been using CIAB for a month or so. It’s a very nice product. There are long, sweeping sagas of threads at Curltalk that rave on it. So why am I stuck on Just Great Curls? It’s more syrupy, has more flower extracts. It imparts more moisture. It is a glaze-y, syrupy, clear curl definer, not a gel.
Ingredients: Aqua, polyquarternium-70, hydroxethylcellulose, urtica doica (nettle) extract, arnica montana flower extract, naturium officinale flower/leaf extract, rosemary leaf extract, sage leaf extract, wheat amino acids, panthenol, PEG-60 almond, glycerides, PEG-33, PEG-8 dimethicone, PEG-14 Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, diazoldinyl urea, lodopropynyl buylcarbarnate.
It starts out really natural, except for the polyquat-70, then those “PEGs” start to add up. Don’t care; this stuff is great. And whatever polyquaternium-70 is, my hair loves it.
What I like:
- Sinks into my hair and defines, yet I don’t need to use a lot
- Combines beautifully with any leave-in I have used, and oils and butters
- I can use it over gel, under gel, combined with gel for longer lasting definition
- It softens gels
- My porous hair loves wheat amino acids in a leave-in
- It seems to have a heavy molecular weight and weighs down my hair, but without gooping it up or coating it in any way.
What’s not to like: $25 frikkin Canadian dollars a bottle and CAD $19 to ship, and it’s not available anywhere in the US.
You lucky Toronto curlies can hie off to 1110 Yonge Street and stock up. The rest of us have to on-line it.