Last week, I shared with you that I’ll be using Schwarzkopf hair products for 6 weeks, courtesy of Walmart, and sharing my results. Last week, I used the shampoo and conditioner. This week, I’m trying a product I was surprised to find in their lineup: a curl defining cream.
Washing and conditioning my hair is just the start of my regimen. It’s the longest part, thanks to the careful, thorough detangling my curls require, but it is just a small part of what I do. I wish I could say that I could rock the infamous natural “wash-n-go” style with ease, but it really just doesn’t work for me. My hair gets dry, frizzy and tangled within a day when I try this, and I end up having to wash and detangle again just to tame it. So when I discovered the Styliste Ultime curl defining cream was a part of the Schwarzkopf arsenal I’d have to work with, I was surprised, but relieved.
Why surprised? Well, curl defining cream isn’t something a lot of mainstream beauty brands bother to carry. There’s hairspray, and mousse and gels and more, but usually nothing this specific.
You may recall that this is where we left off last week, after I’d washed and detangled:
Well, my next step is to style my hair in two-strand twists to define and stretch my curls a bit. The Styliste Ultime curl defining cream was thick and…well…creamy. It was the perfect consistency for my hair. I separate it into small sections, rubbing a little cream on it from root to tip, and I twist. I have a lot of hair, so the whole process takes about an hour — even after detangling. But the result is worth it.
This is my hair immediately after twisting:
Shiny and soft. This is my hair when I took down the twists the next day after my hair had fully dried.
Perfectly defined and clumped. I will say that it felt a little bit “crunchier” than I would like. I prefer a soft hold, and while this wasn’t hard at all, it just felt a little different from what I’m used to. This gut feeling proved true when I started separating my curls. The ends were a bit frizzier and drier than normal:
Don’t get me wrong, I liked the result. Big hair on the first day is always a good thing. My only issue is that because the ends frizzed so quickly, I knew my style wouldn’t last as long. Usually, I can “pineapple” a twistout for a week. To “pineapple” means to bring all my hair to the top of my head and tie it up with a satin scarf at night to preserve my curls when I sleep. In this case, I was only able to do it for a few days before I had to resort to a high bun.
Still, all in all, I was pleased that it worked really similarly to the curl defining products I’m used to. I’ll go a little lighter with my application next time to see if that helps with the “crunchiness”, but it really worked.
I’m still not a fan of the fragrance though. Like the shampoo and conditioner, it was strong and perfumey and lingered for more than a day. I know fragrance is a completely personal and subjective choice, but it is the kind of thing that can make or break a product for me. If I don’t like the way my hair smells — especially when my wash has to last a week or more — I’d hesitate to use it.
Next week, I’ll be trying hair oil, so keep checking back!