Bounce Curl Review- Is it All it’s Cracked Up to Be?
Bounce Curl Light Creme Gel
Overall Ranking: 6 out of 10
Cheapest Place to buy: The actual website
Website: Bounce Curl
If you are an instagram-er then you’ve likely already seen this brand floating about for a while now, and know all about the hype that surrounds it. It was created by a lady named Merian who has incredible, long, gorgeous curls. I didn’t know it at the time I recorded my video review (watch below), but the lady on the bottle is indeed the creator of this line. So far it looks as though the only styling product available is the Light Creme Gel, but there is talk of a creme being produced to precede the application of the gel- which those of us with more curly/kinky hair might favor/need (*update there is a curling lotion as well which you can try out here*).
My Hair Goal
The goal for me and my hair is always to have:
- Frizz- free hair
- Defined curls
- Soft curls
- Voluminous hair
If a product can give me all of these things, then I am one happy lady!
Instructions on the Bottle
The instructions on the bottle are easy enough to follow- Use on extremely wet hair. The product will soak some of the water once you apply it. Part hair in a couple sections, distribute it from the top to bottom. Scrunch your hair up and down. Water can be dripping down from your hands while you scrunch. This will help with frizz. Air dry or diffuse.
How it Went for me
I followed the instructions and used the Curly Girl Method to do so. I tried the gel on its own with only my conditioner left in my hair after I cleansed it. We are meant to clump the hair (according to video tutorials) when applying the product to avoid frizz. You can find these videos on youtube and on the actual Bounce Curl site, they walk you through the application process (and their curls turn out really amazing!). I followed the video instructions but was ultimately underwhelmed with the results of my curls. I noticed frizz straight away and no amount of clumping, smoothing, or finger combing helped the situation. My hair also dried looking very wet/crunchy and like I had a ton of gel in it. Even after I picked it out and scrunched the gel caste stuck with me on the first day.
I diffused my hair until it was about 80% dry and then let it air dry for the rest of the day. I slept with my hair up in a pineapple and the next day there was more frizz, though the gel caste had subsided (whew!). I tried to fix the frizzy lizzies but by day three I had to rinse it out and try again. When I use the Deva Curl or As I Am gel, my curls last a good few days while keeping the frizz at bay.. no jokes!
I rinsed and re- conditioned my hair and followed Bounce Curl instructions again, but this time I used coconut oil and grapeseed oil to seal my strands in the hope that it would prevent frizz. I then mixed a tiny bit of As I Am Coil Defining Jelly with the Bounce Curl gel and had better results this time around.
- I really like the smell of this product, which is really important to me
- This product does NOT contain Mineral oils, PEG’s, Synthetic dyes, parabens, sulfates, & silicones- all yesses for this curly girl!
- Bounce Curl is not tested on Animals, really important
- Has some lovely “nourishing” ingredients
- The bottle is really cute!
- Gives good volume
- The gel is really light and it felt that I had to use more of the product to fully coat my hair so not sure that the product is long- lasting
- I noticed frizz straight away after following the instructions and it did not live up to expectations
- curls lasted for about 3 days
Day 3 Hair
WHO IT IS FOR
On the website, front and center is the caption: Where all Curls Matter. This product is marketed for wavy, kinky, curly hair types.. meaning all of us that don’t have straight hair. This product is said to be for every single curl type and can benefit hair from 2a types all the way to 4c. Check out my previous post to learn where your curl pattern falls.
The actual website says you can purchase an 8 oz bottle for $17.99 and with shipping (to the US) it is $5.94 for first class, $8.83 for priority, and $33.41 for express. Not so bad for US customers! However, if outside of the US the price goes through the roof, I put in my UK address and the shipping fees quoted $23.38 as the cheapest. If outside of the UK I’d recommend purchasing from here as it is only $30 total without shipping fees.
FINAL OPINION- Is it all it’s cracked up to be?
I am actually very willing to give this product another try, but think that I need to try it with the cream for better results. This product obviously works for many curly ladies so it certainly might be worth a try if you have been considering purchasing this. However, my two tries with the gel yielded ok results so it certainly was not all it was cracked up to be for my hair BUT if you are looking for a new product to try, I would recommend Deva Curl or As I Am lines as they are really special for curl care (read here for my reviews on each!).
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What do you think, girls? Willing to give Bounce Curl a try?
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