I recently decided to stop fighting my natural wave, as I have been doing after every wash with smoothing creams, and paddle brushes, and barrel brushes, and ceramic irons, for...well, since I first started at all to "bother" about my hair. You see, I have one of those *messy* wave systems; my hair naturally dries, after washing, into a chaotic mass of barrel curls and loose ringlets, and waves that go in every different direction, and it's both as fine as spider-webs and as profuse as buffalo grass, so in order to make it look *tidy*, my only option was to straighten the whole mess right out - literally.
But I bleach my hair cold white, and I do worry about the extra damage from all that straightening, so about a month ago, I decided to see if I could make a truce with it for a while, and try to just find a way to let it do what it wanted to do...slightly more "cohesively".
This balm was in the second round of experiments, and it is amazing; as long as you don't overload your hair - as it is very emollient, and can easily make clean hair greasy if overused - it causes any natural kink at all to "snap" back up toward the scalp, as it dries from wet, so smoothly and tightly that it practically makes a "boing-oing-oing" sound, like a cartoon spring.
I have tried it in clean, damp hair that I then left alone to air-dry, and it defines the waves and curls, and helps take care of the loose mess in between them. I have tried it on only one-third-dry hair, in a spinning diffuser, and it creates perfect barrel curls that last for days, only slightly loosening each night. And I have tried it on only-toweled, three-quarters-wet hair (I use a chamois rather than a towel, and I just lightly *squeeze* rather than rubbing or scrunching), which I then put quite loosely into rollers - not hot ones, just the old-fashioned plastic ones with cage-clips that your Nana used - to take control of the movement and turn it all in the same direction, and what came out was so tight that I looked like Shirley Temple before brushing, and it took three days straight (pun not intended) before *any* of the ringlets loosened up enough to be called "waves".
And you know what else? It seems to have "memory", in that I found, up to days later, that if I dampened my hair at all (I use rosewater, in my spray bottle, personally; I find it adds not only scent, but also gloss), the waves and curls that it air-dried into were noticeably better defined and tidier than I know they are by nature.
Call me the converted!
I bought this mini package to try the product, since the full size would have been a very expensive gamble, indeed.
All I can say is, sign me up for the fanclub. When this little tube runs out, I will definitely be springing for the big one!
Just do be aware, as I said; it's extremely easy to use too much, and then the greasiness just weighs down the hair shaft, countering any effect it might have had. The tube says, "apply liberally", but I would say, use it the way you would apply argan oil, or a smoothing serum, or a body-enhancing cream; this is a care product, not a styling one, and it's extremely rich and nourishing, so employ a light hand. You want your wet hair to feel slightly smoother upon application, but you don't want to see any any residue in the water caught between the teeth, after combing. It did take me a couple of goes to get right, so I have to wonder if the people who left the more disgruntled reviews here didn't make that easy error and then get mistakenly discouraged.
Oh! And it won't work at all in dry hair; it needs to be applied to hair that is at least damp, because the protein that causes that "snap-back" movement only goes to work during the drying process.
Just keep in mind that this is just a curl *defining* cream; if you don't have any natural wave, using this alone won't magically give you one - though I would hazard that a light-handed application in very-slightly-damp hair before the intended use of hot rollers or a wand *would* most likely help the curls artificially created that way stay tighter for longer.
A+, 10/10, will def. buy again. It's well worth the small fortune price-tag. Curly folk, unite. ;-)