Natural Hair Chronicles | Garnier Fructis Curl Treats Voxbox Review

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Happy New Year! I hope that 2019 got off to a great start for everyone. These past few weeks I’ve been planning and mapping out my goals and what I want to accomplish this year. One thing new thing I did this year was set self-care goals. Last year, I didn’t make self-care a priority like I should have and it showed.
This won’t be the case for 2019. I’ve already started tackling my main self-care goal which is to master the art of doing my curly hair. It’s been about 10 years since I made the decision to go and stay natural. But despite being 10 years deep in this natural hair journey, my biggest struggle remains styling my hair when it’s in its naturally curly state.
For years, I would just flat iron it, blow it out, twist it up, or braid it back. Frizz and lack of curl definition are two of the main reasons I’ve shied away from wearing my natural hair down often. The few times I have done so, things started good but by the end of the day my hair would be a frizzy and tangled mess.
And ain’t nothin’ cute about that! So over the summer, I tried about a Coconut Extract Nourishing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask from Garnier Fructis. It was a divine y’all. My hair was so soft, maybe the softest it’s been in a long time. Plus detangling was a breeze. 

So when I found out that Influenster was sending me the Garnier Fructis Curl Treats Voxbox, I was excited to see what products I would get. I was also curious to see if I would have another positive experience with Garnier.

Products I Received

There are 3 products in the Curl Treat line – Curl Smoothie for defining curls, Curl Jelly for shaping and holding curls, and Curl Butter for hydrating for curls. In my voxbox, I received the Curl Butter and the Curl Jelly.
The Curl Butter, infused with shea butter, is designed to keep hair drenched in moisture as well as reduce frizziness for up to 24 hours. This product is meant for normal to coarse hair with a spiral curl pattern. Keyword spiral. (If you have waves or thin hair, the Curl Smoothie is designed for you.)
I also received the Curl Jelly which is infused with coconut and is appropriate for usage on all hair types. It’s formulated to give hair lightweight moisture and a firm hold in addition to keeping hair frizz free for up to 24 hours.

All of the leave-in stylers in the Curl Treat line have biodegradable formulas and 98% naturally derived ingredients.  They have zero parabens, silcones, sulfates, artificial colorants, or mineral oils.

My Suggestions & Thoughts

Right out of the box, one of the things I loved about both of these smelled amazing. The scent isn’t overpowering and the compliment each other. Please note that these products are designed to be used on wet hair, not dry. Therefore, I would suggest detangling your hair during your hair washing routine and sectioning it into quadrants. 
This will help to make the process of applying the products faster but keep a spray bottle of water handy in case some of your sections air dry before you get them. Speaking of air drying. These products are designed to be used on hair that is going to be air dried. I did not and will not be experimenting with using a hair dryer in conjunction with these products. I don’t want to damage my hair or risk compromising the effectiveness of the products.
With my hair sectioned off, I then broke each quadrant into smaller sections adding a quarter size amount of the Curl Butter followed by a nickel size amount of Curl Jelly overtop. I made sure to smooth both products from my roots to my ends making sure all my strands were coated. For the most part, I used my fingers, but there were 1 or 2 sections of hair that I needed to comb the product through. 
I wouldn’t suggest using a ton of the Curl Jelly on sections though. Less is definitely more with that. I learned this the hard way my first go round with this product and had lots of flaking once it dried. Since then, I’ve adjusted how much I use and have only experimented minimal flaking that isn’t really noticeable.
So the picture above is what my hair looks like once it dried for 24 hours. I absolutely love the results. My curl definition is on FLEEK! And there’s not a hint of frizz anywhere in sight. Seeing my curls look this great made a little emotional because I’ve never had natural curls this defined and frizz free as an adult.
To be honest, I didn’t think my hair was capable of producing these kinds of results because I’ve used curl-friendly products in the past and didn’t achieve anything even remotely similar to this. This mommy is shook! In a good way. 
Something else I wasn’t expecting was how light my hair would feel. If you have thick, full hair then you know how heavy/weighted our hair can feel some times when you had product. That wasn’t an issue for me this time around. And the Curl Butter definitely had my hair feeling like silk.
Thank God these products help fight frizz because I couldn’t stop touching my hair. The kids couldn’t either. And speaking of kids, these products are safe to use on children. The slip from the Curl Butter was pretty good and I could easily rake it through with my fingers for the most part.
So overall, I really like these products and would recommend them to other curly girls who haven’t had much luck with other curl-friendly products. The Curl Treats line is under $7 making it one of the most affordable lines on the market specifically for curly hair.
I definitely think the Curl Jelly has the most room for improvement so that it won’t flake at all. But for right now, I think Garnier hit it out of the park with these leave-in stylers. I’ve already ordered more and I’m going to be trying out their Curl Nourish Shampoo, Conditioner, and Air Dry Butter Cream next. So expect a full review on those in the future.
What products do you used to treat your curls? Have you set any self-care goals for 2019? Let me know in the comments below.
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