Saturday, May 7, 2011

Soft Sheen-Carson Care Free Curl Activator

Soft Sheen Care Free Curl Gold Instant Activator

This is the Soft Sheen-Carson Care Free Curl Activator Gold

It is sold EVERYWHERE, it is not a specialty product, but more so a daily "curl-popping-formula".

Product Description

Water - Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-11, Stearalkonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, Fragrance - Parfum, Dimethicono, Wheat Amino Acids, Yellow 5 - CI 19140 , Orange 4 - CI 15510, Silica
The Claim:
Soft Sheen Carson Gold Instant Activator activates and moisturizes in one easy step.
  • Dual conditioning for natural or curly hair
  • Restores curls, smoothes hair and adds sheen
  • Leaves hair feeling silkier, looking livelier
  • Never greasy or stiff
  • Silk moisturizer

Directions:Apply small amount of Care Free Curl Gold Instant Activator to palm of hand. Rub hands together, then apply evenly over entire head. Massage thoroughly. Gently comb or pick through hair to evenly distribute and detangle. Style as usual.
Color: Gold-ish

Scent: Not pleasant, grease like

Texture/Consistency: Oily, just thicker than oil and a grease like feel yet runny

Cost: It was around $4.00

Our Review

I must begin by saying that this product has been in our household ever since Diva R was 1 1/2... and in the beginning of time i was searching for something that would define her super cute baby curls. I found this at the local beauty supply store and out of all the dozens of products i picked up and read this one ended up being one of a few i got that day.  I didn't know anything about ingredients or anything hair related  specifically quite yet :) The curl activator lasted until Diva R was 3 1/2 (two bottles through the course of that time).  The scent of this product was definitely not good or scented by any nature which was kind of a draw back from the beginning because i have scent preferences *_*. But i moved passed that because of the definition claim and the recommendations that i got to try this back in the day.  The texture wasn't a yucky grease or oil texture to the worst extreme in my opinion it was runny but i could believe from the texture that it may just make her curls POP.  As she was a toddler this worked TOO WELL on her hair because her already short puffy curly hair that just wouldn't grow for anything really got short and curlee when i applied this activator.  This was a good thing because of the nice definition and feel that it left to her hair BUT since her hair was so short at that time her curls shrunk making her hair look boyish :0...  I then put the activator up for a bit until her hair grew a few more inches.  When she was 2 1/2 her hair was long enough for this to benefit her curlee's more so out it came from hibernation. I would wash her hair with her baby shampoo and a rinse out baby conditioner and then the activator just on her mid-ends. I mainly used this as a wash condition and go product because it is not suitable for being a gel or a holding product so when ever i had her hair freely hanging or in pony tails i would put about an amount just a smidge smaller than a quarter in my palms and finger comb it in.  By 3 1/2 her curls loved this activator it really did highlight and define them it didn't leave a gunky residue, nor was any more than 1 application per day needed.  Didn't ever leave stains on anything, and kept frizzies away. A little went a long way in Diva R's thin hair.

I may be slightly exaggerating the scent of the product so i will say to each her/his own when it comes to scents :)

I can say for quite some time i really liked this product but then i found some others that were just beyond amazing and it kind of just sat in the closet as a JIC product (Just In Case-for those of you who don't know ) for a short time before i gifted it to someone else :) 

The underlined ingredients above are some of the high hazard rated ingredients that I've seen on EWG.

I know know alot more than i did way back when about hair and products so i would not re buy this product again.   Just not for us :)

Diva R's Mommy-Kim

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