Water (Aqua, Eau), Glycerin, Pectin, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Polysorbate-20, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carrageenan, Fragrance (Parfum), *Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Oil, *Maurtia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, *Copaiferi Officinalis (Bolsam Copaiba) Resin, *Astrocaryum Murmuru Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Honey (Mel, Miel), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Glycereth-2 Cocoate, Caramel, Brown 1
* Certified Organic Ingredient
Let me just say this was a styler I wanted to love. And for a while, I did like it.
Love it? No. Sure. It did okay. As okay as any styler not made for low-porosity hair can do.
Here’s the thing. The Mielle Organics Curl Sculpting Custard is along the same lines as most other natural hair gels. Its main gel formulations is pectin (the stuff Jello is made from), glycerin (a humectant) and xanthan gum, which is thickening agent. Pretty run of the mill. Nothing special. Most gels have these ingredients. I had higher hopes for this gel because of all of the oils listed in the ingredients. Babassu oil. Buriti oil. Pomegranate extract. Sweet almond oil. I mean, how do you not get seduced by a list like that? And the price is pretty right. It’s about $9 for a 12 oz container at your local Target.
Very seductive, right?
A couple of things to keep in mind:
The gel has a super artificial fragrance. It doesn’t come close to smelling natural. That doesn’t mean it has a bad fragrance. It just means that if you’re looking for a natural product, this one isn’t it. By the fragrance alone, you can tell that something artificial is up.
It’s slimy to the touch. It’s a product you scoop out of the container with your fingertips and spread on to you hair. It’s lightweight gel consistency makes it easily spreadable onto your hair strands.
The Mielle Organics Curl Sculpting Custard is affordable and accessible. It’s easy to use. Just finger into wet hair and let dry, blow dry, or sit under a dryer. It doesn’t leave hair feeling crunchy once it dries. And it provides TONS of definition that lasts for a few days. I pushed it to a week because real life doesn’t really allow washing hair twice a week. But by the end of the week, the shrinkage was real. It’s also very strongly scented if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s a scent that lasts for a while. The fragrance isn’t altogether unpleasant, but it can come across as strong for anyone who is sensitive to fragrances.
In all, it’s a lovely product…for more porous hair types.
Yes, it flakes. That’s what most low-porosity folks want to know. One thing to note: the chances of the product flaking lessen considerably when heat is used to help it dry on your hair. That may mean sitting under a dryer, using a blow dryer/diffuser to dry your hair after applying, or whatever other means of heat application you have at your disposal.
Also note that if you apply too much, it leaves your hair sticky. And not a little sticky. Like, sticky for days. Attracting lint and debris kind of sticky. Need to rewash kind of sticky. So, you have to be pretty careful with the application. Don’t apply too much, especially if your hair is fine and not especially porous.
In all, there are some serious pros and cons to consider when thinking about this purchasing the Mielle Organics Curl Sculpting Custard. And whether it works for you is going to depend heavily on your hair texture and porosity. So for some, it’s going to work GREAT! And for those of us with problems absorbing products into out hair…not so much. If you’ve tried this product or plan to, let me know in the comments what your experience was.