I first came across this product on an American forum, where this product has reached cult status- people order crates of the stuff and have it shipped at extortionate rates over to the States. With such a following, and for the rather small price of 1.49, I decided that I had to try a pot of the stuff. My decision was accelerated because I'd just found out that my previously favourite product, MOP curling creme, had been discontinued, and I was in desperate search of a replacement. MOP normally sets me back about 11 pounds a tube, so for 1.49 I felt I really couldn't lose.
Boots Essentials Curl Creme is baby pink in colour, matching the rest of the Essentials range, and comes in a 250g clear plastic pot with a screw lid. It used to contain silicones, but they have taken these out, making the product much easier to wash out of your hair with each shampoo.
I need to use about a pound coin size on my hair, so a pot lasts me around 4 months, making it rather fantastic value for money. I put the creme on wet but not dripping hair, comb it lightly through, and either let it dry naturally or diffuse it. I think that whether or not you like this product depends on the kind of hair you have- if you have essentially straight hair, and are trying to use this product to make it curly, I don't think this product will work for you. If, however, you have thick or abundant curls, and want to lose some frizz and add definition, as is the case with my hair, then I think you will be impressed. I found that this product performed equally as well as Tigi or MOP, and an advantage of this product is that it can be used wet or dry, so if I need a bit more definition when I've finished diffusing, I simply scrunch a little bit more in.
One drawback of this product is that because of the high alcohol content, it is slightly drying. I combat this by using an intensive conditioner, and having a break from the product every few days, and then I've found that my hair is fine with it. I've also mixed it with a silicone free serum to add a bit more definition.
Overall I would say give this product a go- in the worst case you lose 1.49 and in the best you've got a bargain product that still performs as well as the A-listers.
I am a big fan of the essentials range at Boots. They do loads of different beauty products which cost a fraction of the big brands and normally are just as good. Unfortunately I wasn't a fan of the curling crème as I just didn't think it was as good a quality as the rest of the essentials range.
It has the same low price as the other products in the essentials range and costs £1.49 for a tub. The crème is designed to smooth hair and help rid it of frizz while helping to hold curls in place.
I think this is more suitable for people with natural curls. I have wavy hair and I like to curl it myself with either my tongs or my straighteners and I had hoped that this would help to give my curls some definition and help stop them from falling out.
Failing that I hoped it might just make my natural waves more defined if I used this on my hair while wet and blow dried it more wild than I would normally have it.
Unfortunately when I tried doing it this way I was left with hair which resembled a shaggy dog as my hair just looked wild with no definition to the waves and no smoothness to it. I had to then use my hair straighteners to make it look presentable before I could even leave the house.
When I used it for trying to do curls with my tongs it felt like it was too heavy for my hair and weighed it down too much as the curls fell out much quicker than they normally would have even with the use of some hair spray.
I know that I am probably not the intended buyer of this crème but even when used on my wavy hair if was useless so I can't imagine using this if I had a mane of natural curls as it wasn't smoothing enough of the frizz and didn't make my hair glossy and bouncy.
Regular readers of my reviews will no doubt be aware by now that I have long, curly, unruly hair that is prone to dryness, coarseness and frizz. It takes a lot of time, energy and products to tame it in any way and I have tried dozens over the years in attempt to transform my locks from big ball of frizz to sleek, defined and smooth curls.
One product that I come back to time and time again is this Boots Curling Cream (now called Curl Creme). As part of the Essentials range, it is one of their 'value' products and I was first attracted to it by the price. Nowadays, with all the celebrity hair dressers it is all too easy to get tempted by their own products and to end up paying a fortune for something that doesn't give the results you hope for so it was quite refreshing to find something like this in a lower price bracket.
As it is a Boots own brand product it is obviously only available from Boots shops or their online store (although it is currently out of stock due to supply issues but Boots reassures me they're working to correct that and it should be available again soon). Priced at only £1.32 for a 250ml tub it is excellent value and definitely won't break the bank if you fancy giving it a try yourself.
The Curl Creme comes in a clear plastic tub with a screw top lid which I really like. Not only is it easy to see how much of the cream you have left but it is also really easy to control how much of the product you use at a time and to get every last bit out of the bottom. I generally prefer flip top lids on cosmetics and toiletries as you invariably have hands covered in some sort of gloop when you're trying to close it up again. With this curl cream however, I tend to use three or four smaller fingerfuls of it rather than one big blob so it is handy that it can be left standing open on the dressing table until you've applied enough to your hair. I then tend to wait until my hair styling process is finished before washing my hands and rescrewing the lid on.
The cream itself is a soft pink colour, reminding me somewhat of bubble gum. It has quite a thick consistency so it is definitely more of a cream than a mousse and is almost pearlescent in appearance - sort of shiny, almost like a blancmange...well, not that I've ever eaten blancmange but it's how I imagine a blancmange to look! The smell of it is quite nice too and whilst it's not a particular strong scent it's quite sweet and floral without being too overpowering which is good as it does tend to linger on my locks for quite a while afterwards.
To apply this curl creme I simply run it through my freshly washed and towel dried hair, making sure I coat all of my hair evenly from roots to the ends. This involves tipping my hair upside down to make sure I don't miss the underneath as well. Because I have such long hair (it comes to about halfway down my back) and it is quite thick I tend to use quite a lot of this cream so a tub usually lasts me about 2 months with using it 2 or 3 times a week. But, being the price it is, this is still really good value as far as I'm concerned!
Boots claim that this cream will "control and nourish to smooth away frizziness, enhance shine and hold your curl without weighing it down". Everything that a curly top like me wants from a curl cream really, but which very few actually deliver. But do you know what? By golly this one does deliver! It really does do exactly what it says on the tin...or tub if you're being pedantic!
When I've used this cream my curls are left looking defined and much smoother without any tell tale signs of frizz. other products I've used in the past have also achieved this but most of them either leave your hair so heavy that the curls get weighted down or leave my hair feeling really hard and crisp or really sticky. This one doesn't do any of that. It leaves my hair feeling soft, my curls feeling bouncy and just overall makes my hair feel and look really healthy.
I usually either leave my hair to dry naturally or, when I can be bothered, twirl each curl individually around my finger to make them more of a corkscrew curl and this cream works equally well with both styles; When left to dry naturally my curls are much softer whilst still being defined and when twirled into corkscrews they're unbelievably bouncy and frizz free. The fact that I can achieve both these looks without my hair feeling really sticky or hard is amazing to me!
I tend to wash my hair every three days as it is such a chore and this cream will last the full three days without needing reapplying. On the other two days I tend to give my hair a quick spritz with a spray of water as just the act of sleeping on it can make some parts of my hair slightly frizzy again. But once I've lightly coated my hair with a mist of water it is once again easy to smoothe my hands over and tame any stray hairs.
In case you hadn't noticed, I actually love this cream and would go so far as to call it a miracle product for curly hair. I have tried many over the years (and do still experiment if something catches my eye) but this is one that I keep coming back to time and again and writing this review has made me realise just how good it is and to wonder why I bother with anything else!
For me it's a winner on all counts - packaging, price, performance and effects on my hair. It does exactly what I want a product such as this to do and all for less than £1.50. I don't think you can argue with that!
I read so many rave reviews of this curl creme, including on this website, that I felt I had to try it out for myself. I have naturally curly hair, and after washing it I always leave it to dry naturally. If I brush it or blowdry it, I end up with a big fluffy ball of frizz! To help keep it in line, I always apply a product (or sometimes even two!) to my hair while it is still wet, and I always use cream formula products, as these work best for me. Mousses, gels and so on just won't work on my hair.
This cream is designed for naturally curly or permed hair and, according to the Boots website, it "controls and nourishes to smooth away frizziness, enhance shine and hold your curl without weighing it down". And best of all, a 250ml tub of the cream costs a mere £1.32 (with which you will also get four Boots Advantage Card points).
Well, this all sounded too good to be true but at such a low price I was more than willing to give it a go. The cream itself is a pale pink colour and the packaging is very basic, as you would expect for this price. You can use it on either damp or dry hair, but I used it on my hair while it was still wet
The cream itself has a slightly gloopy texture, and has a nice fresh and clean fragrance. I applied a small amount to my hair, smoothing it through to the ends and also smoothing a little over the top of my hair to keep my frizzies in check. I then left my hair to dry naturally as normal.
Once my hair was dry, I have to say I was sadly quite disappointed with the results of this. Although it did define my curls nicely, it made them feel a bit sticky and unpleasant, and it felt as if this weighed my hair down quite a bit. It didn't feel at all soft and I was very aware that I had product in my hair which is a sensation I don't like!
One of the reasons I always use cream-based styling products in my hair is that I usually find these leave my hair feeling softer than with mousses or gels, but this really felt to me like a gel - a bit sticky and not soft to the touch. Despite trying the cream a few times I had this same feeling with it every time and I just didn't get on with it at all.
All in all I am obviously very disappointed with this cream. It did help to define my curls but I just didn't like the way it felt. However, I would still suggest people with unruly curls give this a go as all hair is different so it may well work for others - as the positive reviews I have seen suggest! And as it is such a cheap product you haven't got much to lose if it doesn't work for you. But sadly for me, it wasn't to be.
Boots Essentials Curl Creme.
When wet, my hair naturally curls and every so often I did want to keep it styled that way, but I can only achieve this with the help of hairspray and mousse. Being that my hair is long, thin and blonde, it isn't the best look. In fact with any type of hair, too much product really isn't flattering. So in the end I gave up trying and stuck mostly to straightening. (This doesn't help the thin hair problem!)
During a recent visit from my sister we nipped into boots for some girly essentials and it was then that she mentioned this product and pointed it out.
I wasn't completely convinced to be honest. My sister has naturally curly hair too, but hers is beautifully thick and dark, I thought any product she would use would be far too rich for mine, not to mention useless. But I bought it anyway. At one pound thirty-two pence for two-hundred and fifty millilitres, I could hardly grumble, if it didn't work after experimenting I could easily give it to her.
First appearances and at such a cheap price, the curl cream hadn't encouraged my hope and I cast further judgement when I eventually got home and had a proper look.
The contents are visible through the translucent container, of which is fairly large and round enough to fit a good part of your hand in. The cream itself is a lovely pale pink and smells wonderful... but it appeared thick and that worried me.
Written on the front of the tub is the Boots Essentials logo with the simple 'Curl Creme' written on its side. Next to that, horizontal, it states 'Natural control and defines.'
On the back of the container this product promises to "make the most of your natural or permed curls with this high definition styling crème. It controls and nourishes to smooth away frizziness, enhance shine and hold your curl without weighing it down." Some lengthy promise. I still wasn't convinced -such the pessimist! But I had never used a curling cream before.
Even though it states in the directions you can use this product on dry -or- damp hair, I choose the latter due to my curls only really taking form once my hair is wet. I thought it had more of a chance this way. I scrunched my hair with a towel taking the majority of wetness out of it and set about working the cream through my strands. It advises you to apply the product evenly from root to tip, but having thin hair I thought it best to work from about an inch and a half down and onto my tips.
I cautiously covered my fingertips in a thin layer of the product then began to apply. It didn't have the extreme stickiness that I initially thought it may have had and surprisingly it wasn't that thick at all. Sometime later, after my hair had dried naturally I did notice my curls had remained and my hair did look fuller without the frizziness, but parts did look greasy. This really wasn't the look I was after; I wanted touchable curls.
I decided I would keep experimenting with the product leaving a couple of days in between attempts, to see what I could manage. This was after all my first experience with curling cream.
I applied the product to my dry hair - disastrous! It was laughable; I looked like I had soaked my hair in oil. The next time I tried working it into my damp hair from route to tip, as advised, but my roots, as I'd known would- looked too greasy. I used smaller amounts, I -stupidly- used larger amounts and then one day I blow dried my hair a little after applying it. It was then I noticed what effect it took with a little heat.
The final time I experimented, I used the same technique as the first time; applying the product evenly from about an inch and a half from my roots down to the tips of my damp hair and scrunched away. I left it to dry naturally then pulled out my cheap curling tongs. I rarely curl my hair with tongs apart from the odd occasion to go out on an evening, due to the simple fact it takes too long and I have a toddler to get ready as well as myself every morning. Not to mention the fact I'm clumsy and tend to burn myself; this experiment has left me with a straight line on my neck. No more day-dreaming whilst bored using hot items anywhere near my skin!
Anyway, my hair fully dry and the product in, I began to wrap half an inch worth of strands around my curlers. I waited the usual time I would with my hair around the tongs a few times -burn caused then- and noticed a great difference in my curls than my usual efforts. I then began to shorten the time I went through the procedure and It really only took a few seconds for me to produce lovely curls that didn't appear to have any product in them at all. In the end I had a head full of bouncy -non greasy looking- curls that had the shine, wasn't frizzy and took record time to produce. The product really was that effective that my curls lasted until the next day even whilst being slept on.
I think this curling cream is great; some it has worked on without the aid of heat, maybe my hair is simply too thin for any styling product to be applied on its own. I'm excited to have my hair curly the next time I go out on an evening knowing it won't take me the usual couple of hours to get ready when I use my curling tongs. I have already applied this style to my hair the other morning before taking my son to pre-school, with time left for a brew.
Overall I'm impressed, and will be stocking up should the product ever get discontinued. (Really hoping not!)
WHAT IS IT?
It is a curl-enhancing creme styling product for the hair from Boots' own economy range. Designed to 'make the most of your natural or permed curls".
It comes in a see through plastic pot with a screw lid and the basic writing describing the contents. It states "natural control and defines". It holds 250ml.
WHAT IS IT LIKE?
It is a pink pearlescent semi-liquid texture and smells really fresh and feminine. It glides through your hair well and you only need a small amount to spread out over your whole head. It doesn't have a sticky texture.
DOES IT WORK?
I have naturally wavy hair and was advised by my hairdresser to buy a lightweight product like this, to apply when damp and then scrunch dry my hair with a blowdrier.
It was a pleasure to apply to my hair and was not much effort. However, that is where my enjoyment of the creme ends. I combed through with a detangling comb and started scrunching my hair whilst using a low heat setting. My hair actually started getting straighter than it usually does and just ended up scruffy and no curls.
Comparing this to when I do not use a treatment - it is usually really curly after washing and drying.
My conclusion is that this creme weighs the hair down rather than giving it a lift like needed. Boots have obviously let themselves down on this one. After reading a few of the other reviews, maybe it is just my hairtype as others seem really pleased with it. But as it has been discontinued - perhaps I am not the only one to find it useless?
This product is undoubtedly one of my favourite products for the days I decide to go curly. It costs just £1.29 for a 250ml tub and is available exclusively in Boots.
The cream is light pink (as with all of the Boots Essentials range for curling your hair) and comes in a see-through tub so you can see exactly how much you have left. The cream has quite a light pleasant scent and I do love the fact that it's pink!
The cream promises to do away with frizzy curls and give you curls which are beautifully defined instead. I have to admit that I'm one of these people who think that if you pay more for something then it will be better, so the first time I used this product (about 3 or 4 years ago) I didn't expect much but from the very first time I used it I knew that this was a good quality and effective product.
I usually scrunch the cream through my hair, then depending on what I'm doing I will either blow dry with a diffuser or leave my hair to dry naturally, either way I find that my hair is frizz-free by the time it is dry and my curls look lovely and glossy. More importantly they still look that way at the end of the day!
The only negative thing I can say is that Boots have discontinued this at least once since I have started using it and then reintroduced it. I don't know why but hopefully it's here for good this time as it's a great product and one I would recommend to anybody with curly hair who wants to have a lovely frizz free look without having to pay the price of designer products.
I use this on top of a leave in (shea butter) on my afro hair. It is the best thing I have ever tried. I can heap it on quite a bit for more definition, with little stickiness and no greasiness.
It is really great! I couldn't live without it!
Boots curl cream is the best styling product for curly hair ever! My top tip is to let your hair dry first (even though it will look like a frizzy mess at first!) If you have natural curls, the minute you apply the curl cream, the curls become defined and look in great condition! Not that awful wet look some girls choose to go for! Another top tip for curly hair - get a side parting as this makes your hair look like it has a purposeful style and avoid too many really short layers at the front.
My hair when I wash it goes into beautiful ringlets alot of people would be jealous of! However that's when it's wet and well before I dry it off with a towel! When I've done that I end up with waves covered in frizz and the limpest ends you have ever seen! I hate my hair when it's unstyled it's an awful mess and it really depresses me. hence why I buy so many hair products lol
I have no choice but to style my hair every day. I really can't let it dry natural with no products because even just tying it back looks a mess with flyaways and frizz everywhere. So even for a day dossing around my house I do, if nothing else try to sort my locks out but it really isn't low maintence and I haven't as yet found an easy regime to achieve gorgeous hair and believe me I do try really hard lol!
If I'm going out of an evening I do blow dry my hair and straighten and at the moment this is on an everyday basis since meeting a lovely new man! However to get my hair straight it takes alot of hair products, very hot straighteners on 220c, a lot of perseverance and a prayer simply because my hair wants to be curly but it's actually easier to straighten it though I do get curls sprouting out and a huge cows lick no matter what I do if I'm not careful.
I've never really worn my hair curly as no matter what I use I don't get amazing results though my curls are really there! I do experiment and own alot of products of this type but as yet am still looking for something that really does work for me!
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Hence why I bought this product. Feeling brave and this being really cheap I thought it was very worth a go and I do like alot of other 'Boots Essential' hair care products (I own loads lol). If it didn't work for me.... well so what I lost £1.29 and if it did work it struck me as a bargain and it could change my hair forever... ok I'm an optamist lol
250ml clear plastic, recyclable tub pretty similar to the one on the review photograph at the top of this page. The tub is identical with the screw on/off matching see through lid and the only bit that is different is the front labelling. All the writing you can see on the review photographs front isn't the same now and it's obviously been updated a bit in the packaging stakes. On the front I'm told it's Boots Essentials, Curl Creme, 'natural control and defines'. On the back I'm told how it works, how to use it, ingredients are listed, contact details for Boots are there, sized is stated (as I've listed already), the recycle symbol is on there along with a bar code. I can see the light pink shimmery cream through the tub which I like because I can see how much I've used and all in all it's simple enough packaging without looking tacky and provides me with all the information I could possibly need to know whilst remaining an economy product!
About The Product....
Make the most of your natural or permed curls with this high definition styling creme. It controls and nourishes to smooth away frizziness, enhance shine and hold your curl without weighing it down.
Directions For Use....
Use on damp or dry hair, work through evenly, from root to tip.
My Experience Using The Product....
The first thing I noticed when I first opened the tub up was the lovely fresh smell. It's floral to my nasal passages and smells a bit soapy really but it is nice and not too strong and if for any reason a guy wanted to use this he could as it's no more feminine than a lot of family shampoos and conditioners on the market at the moment in my opinion so not too feminine.
The creme itself isn't a cream as such. Don't think it's like the texture and consistency of a face cream or a body cream type of thing as it isn't. Although the consistency is rather thick it is quite greasy in appearance and shiny and of course pink and reminds me a bit of blamange only greasier lol. If you tip the jar upside with no lid on it doesn't run out though if you tip it upside down with the lid on it does eventually move of course so it's moist and its wet when you tip it onto your hands.
Now I use this after I've thoroughly washed and dried my hair and I'm happy to use this without any other products i.e heat protection spray. It doesn't say I need to use heat protection spray but at same it doesn't say anywhere on my packaging that this will protect my hair from heat damage. Though I've used this a very long time now and I haven't noticed any bad side effects to my hair so I'm happy with that and prefer not to use too many styling products on my hair on one go!
Now because this is quite greasy looking in the pot I don't use much as I do suffer with greasy roots after a few hours of washing my hair and I use about the size of a 10p (if that). I rub it between my hands first so I can easily spread it and it goes white and soapy looking though without the bubbles of course lol. I then gently run it through combed or brushed hair evenly coating every strand I can and the colour vanishes in easily without me rubbing it hard at all. As I do this I coax my hair into curls by cupping it and scrunching as I go, paying attention to my straggly ends in particular. You can feel the product in the hair and you can feel where is has and hasn't coated. Curls appear more defined and controlled and frizz is banished completely to my eyes but you do have to be gentle when applying it and hair feels a little bit greasy and hydrated.
Now please be aware that you get the best out of the curls you already possess on your head. This won't give you them and is no good on say straight hair to use for styling (my friend tried rubbing this over her poker straight do and putting some heated rollers in and the results were disapointing at best lol. This doesn't give you better curls than what you have as such. It gives you as I said the best look of what you own on your bonce already and we need to be clear on that lol.
Drying time is the same as ever for me. I either blow dry and scrunch with my hands being really gentle as I go as to not mess up my curls or I dry with a scrunch attachment on my big shot hairdrier that I've owned for years!
Well this for me is a really good start in achieving curls and this is the only product I can use and simply blow dry my hair and tie back in a pony tail without looking like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards. It still doesn't look amazing but it does give a nice shine, does give me more defined curls and defines and controls my hair slightly. I don't even need hairspray to hold my hair back and frizz is very almost completely gone from my life. The smell is lovely and fresh and stays like that for hours and it's a great solution for me to look tidy with minimal effort and having to really go to town on straightening my locks. It's not a perfect look but it is wearable and the curlier your hair is the better the results would be with this I presume.
However using it to say go out of an evening is very different as I want to wear my hair down and be all girly and this on it's own isn't enough though it is a good styling base to be fair. I find worn down that yes my hair is still shiny, feels smooth and not sticky but in warm atmospheres i.e clubs it starts to feel a bit greasy and it plays havoc with my tempermental roots. The frizz doesn't stay banished when I go outside in any weather and the curls drop out after a while and give way back to frizz I originally almost got rid of. This does give root lift if you want it and that drops out after a while along with the curls.
This though can almost be prevented with a little extra effort. I have a curling spray (not a Boots Essentials) and I can use that after this to 'lock' in my curls in and some hairspray to also help set it all. However it does take extra effort of course but again is that worth it to you is the question?
I think it is worth using it and I'm happy enough to go to the lengths required however as I previously stated it doesn't work so well in warm conditions on my hair so I wouldn't bother as even with loads of hairspray and the likes my curls won't hang about and they give way to waves and me not like that! But for a day time look..great.
It washes out easy as anything and when removed through conventional washing it comes out like a cream and hair feels soft before washing and conditioning it and I don't feel like any residue is left or that my hair is left limp and lifeless.
If your expecting miricles then this really isn't for you. This doesn't create dramatic curls and it does take time to get the hang of i.e how much you need etc. If you have curls then this is good stuff at not weighing hair down and if you have particulary dry hair I think this would be very good for you indeed. Me, well I shall use it for a day to day basis but if I want something to use for going clubbing or anything where I need to rely on my hair looking good then this isn't so good for me but this is a very nice day to day product and cheap as chips to boot!
Only available in Boot's at a price of about £1.29 per pot.
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I was living in London about a year ago and fell in love with boots curling creme. It was seriously like NO Other curl product on the market. It conditioned and eliminated frizz without making my hair greasy like other serums or hard like gel or mousse. Now I live in the states and am desperately seeking Boots Curling creme or a close equivalent product to no avail.
I was in Boots yesterday looking for frizz ease extra strength hair serum which was sold out so I was looking at alternatives when I found boots curl creme for less than £2 for a massive tub so decided to try it out!I've just washed my hair & used the creme before brushing, & it took me about 2 minutes to brush my hair compared to the usual 5, so let's see what it looks like when it's dry! Smells good too!
This product is extremely good. I don't understand why Boots have discontinued it. Huddersfield Boots haven't had it in for about a month now yet they have other products in that haircare range....
Come on we all need to write to Boots and tell them to continue selling it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The advantages of this product is that it doesn't leave your hair crispy (if that is a real hair word!!) and it holds your hair for the full day
Boots Essentials Curl Creme is the most amazing product for frizz free natural curls - Ive tried 100s of expensive salon developed products and nothing compares to this inexpensive wonder creme. Used as a leave in conditioner after washing it gives curls great definition and leaves hair shiny, not flakey or dull like so many other curl products out there. Only disadvantage is that its always out of stock and that Boots occasionally stop producing it...God knows why. Stock up on Boots Curl Creme!