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I bought this Aussie Dual Personality Curl Definition Soft Feel Serum in a 3 for 2 offer at Boots, along with two other Aussie products. My hair is naturally wavy/curly and I like to style it by defining the curls. I hadn't tried a serum for curl definition before so I decided to buy this.
The packaging is just a simple white plastic bottle, with a pump to dispense the serum. The text on the front of the bottle says that it's supposed to 'help curly hair bounce back - unbelievably soft and curvy'. There are 75mls of serum in this which is quite a good amount compared to some serums which are very small.
The texture is thin and runny but you don't use much so there isn't a problem with dripping. One pump goes a very long way! I would usually need to add more serum but I was very surprised at how far a little bit of this went. It spreads easily and even on my thick and long hair, two pumps was more than enough. I'm not sure how to describe the smell... I would say it's a 'clean' smell, it just smells like a lot of other hair products really.
I used this on damp hair after washing as normal. I applied it by rubbing a couple of pumps between my hands before smoothing it through the middle of my hair down to the tips. When my hair was dry, I definitely saw results- there was no frizz and my hair looked a bit smoother. My hair did feel quite soft but it wasn't long before some frizz started to show. I wasn't impressed that I didn't notice any curl definition though... What I did notice was that it didn't weigh my curls down like some serums do. It's a very light formula but it still smooths the hair and makes it feel softer.
I'd recommend this as a light serum that does help with frizz and smooths the hair and softens it. I didn't notice any curl definition results but I was pleased that it didn't weigh my curls down. Compared to other serums I have tried, it was light and a thinner consistency which I definitely liked, it spread further and didn't make my hair look greasy but it did add a bit of shine. There are things I liked about this serum but I'm giving it a 3 out of 5 because it failed to deliver the results it was meant to. If I could I would rate it 2.5/5 because it's also quite pricey.
I was sent this as a replacement product, as the take the heat 3 minute had sold out at asda where I ordered from.
It cost £4.50 (was also on offer with all other aussie products at 3 for £10) which I thought was quite expensive, but having used several aussie products in the past and loving them, I decided to give it a try.
The product comes in a pump bottle which looks relatively small when you consider the price but after using a handful, you'll quickly discover you only need to use a tiny amount. My hair's just past my shoulders and is ridiculously thick and I use about 2 pumps before I style it every day, so it does last.
The product comes out of the bottle as sortof a clear sticky liquid and can be quite unpleasant to handle and maybe difficult to spread through the hair, but once your hair's covered, it makes it smell nice, look really shiny and definitely adds definition to naturally curly/wavy hair.
It can however be an absolute nightmare to get from between your fingers after you spread it through your hair.
I have unmanageable hair, it doesn't do as it told, its not always curly it can range from a Frizzy fluffy mess to a defined curls all by itself, if its was possible i would say that my hair has its own personality!
However I found Aussie curly hair serum!
I have always liked Aussie hair products i love the smell, the way they make your hair feel and the shine afterwards but i only ever treat myself to them as they are expensive until B&M started supplying them a lot cheaper than boots, tesco and superdrug which are in my nearest town.
I asked my hairdresser is their anything i can do to make my hair more manageable and defined curls as I'm not very good with hair styles its either down or in a pony tail and she recommend Aussie Curl Serum, so i begrudgingly made my way to buy some.
But mere words cannot describe what it does to my unmanageable mane, I apply it so my damp hair, I put a coin sized amount which to me is 2 squirts rub in into my hands and work it through my hair but not going near the roots as it makes my hair greasy. I then sometimes comb my hair or just leave it but 9/10 times i leave it dry naturally.
The fluffy frizziness has gone, its shiny, not heavy, not greasy and my curls are defined and there is more of them. The best thing about this product is it doesn't leave residue in your hair like mousse or hair spray which i don't often use, i can still with ease the next day brush my hair, put it up in a bobble and doesn't feel sticky or needs washing again!
I would recommend this product to anyone who has unmanageable hair to use on a daily basis and doesn't really have a clue how to style. I also use from the Aussie range the curly mousse for when i do go out dancing etc and i find that works well with this product.
-- Reasons for buying --
About 6 months a go I decided to go from dead straight hair to curly hair by getting a spiral perm. When I went curly I was dead set against buying the best brands and products I could to make my curls last as long as possible and making them look healthy! My hair was slightly damaged from the perming lotion and other chemicals involved so I decided to buy a moisturising shampoo and conditioner especially for curly hair. As my hair dried I always noticed my hair going quite frizzy and my usual serums were just not doing the job, so after reading up about this product and seeing lots of good reviews, I decided to invest in it.
-- Packaging --
The packaging is fairly simply, yet very effective. The product comes in a white, circular long tube with a push down dispenser. The label on the front states the brand logo, the name of the product and some information about the product. The push down dispenser is purple and has a transparent lid on top to protect the product from leakages.
-- Using the product --
The product is very easy to use, it has some directions of use on the back to give you a good idea of how and when to use the product. The serum can be used on both wet and dry hair which I think is quite good as I have purchased products in the past which state you can use on dry hair but not wet or vice versa, so the fact you can use on both wet and dry is a definite positive as in a way you are saving money.
I tend to apply like it states on the bottle a coin sized amount in the palm of your hand, if you have long hair (like me) you may wish to use more, but I always find the product goes a long way. I rub the product between my hands (to warm it up) and then distribute evenly throughout my hair both when its wet and when it is completely dry. Before applying it to wet hair I would recommend that you towel dry your hair before applying the product, as this will show better results.
-- Pros and Cons --
I found this product very effective on dry hair as it tamed my frizz and gave beautiful definition to my curls. I have found in the past using serum can make my hair greasy, but this formula was very light weight and gave wonderful shine and life to my tresses. The only positive I found with wet hair is that when my hair dried it wasn't as frizzy but I dint see an improvement with the was it defined my curls or making my hair look shiny, it was until I applied more to dry hair until I realised how much of a difference it made. So I only tend to use this on dry hair, as it gives much nicer results and made the product last longer.
-- Price and availability --
This product is available in most drug stores and supermarkets and is roughly £5 to purchase. I think the product is very reasonably price, as you only need to use a small amount of the product at a time and a lot goes a long way.
-- Conclusion --
I think this is a wonderful product, I was a bit disappointed that I didn't achieve better results on wet hair, but my hair turned out beautifully when I applied it on dry. I would definitely recommend this product if you want gorgeous definition and to tame that frizz! Unfortunately for me my curls only lasted about two months and as my hair is a little sick from all the heat styling and over processing it doesn't want to play any-more. So my next challenge is to not use any heat and leave my hair natural for a while! Fingers crossed it works for me! I still have quite a bit of this product left and will be saving it for when I get another perm!
This serum by Aussie is a brilliant product for giving your hair some shine and making it look fresh. It gives your dry, brittle and snapping ends a new lease of life. I love to have soft ends and always use some sort of serum to help me achieve that once I've straightened or finished styling my hair. I popped into boots to get some Heat defence spray (which I've also reviewed) and picked up 3 Aussie items for £10. I had a full tub of serum from Avon already but thought I would try out the Aussie one.
Hair serum is a solution or gel that makes your hair glossy and shiny. It comes in a small tube with a pump so you don't use too much. If over used, you will end up having to wash your hair again, so just use pea sized amounts and keep adding to it until you are happy with your hair. Serum goes a long way so just be careful.
The serum is for curl definition and it definitely helps. If you have Frizzy, curly hair like me, then putting the serum on will help to place all the frizz back into the curl and make them very prominent.
The smell is the same as other Aussie products, a light flowery smell which isn't too over powering but nice enough to notice.
I got home to wash my hair and the next morning went about my usual business and styled my hair and used the serum. It was like magic in a pot!. My hair looks damage free and like I had just had a hair cut. I really enjoyed using the serum and other Aussie products to make my hair look in much better condition that it really is. It had really given my hair some new life with the moisture of the serum. I recommend anyone to use serum on their hair when you're using heat to style your hair. I always put it on once it's dry and once I've style it so I don't end up ruining the softness of my ends with putting heat onto them. I really like this product, it has helped me be able to keep my hair natural without adding heat. I sometimes use straightners to calm down my ends and then using the straighteners, add some extra curls. I think that anyone could use this product, you don't need to have curly hair, you could use it just to bring a shine to your hair too, so don't be put off with the "curl definition" title.
TOP TIPS FOR SERUM:
**You should never put serum onto your hair without rubbing it into your hands really well first then gently run your fingers through you hair and then rub it in well into your roots.
**Was your hands thoroughly once finished with the product. You don't want to keep touching your hair with the serum or you'll just make it greasy.
**Don't put it on before adding heat, it will steam and not do it's job. Always add it last.
Price: £4.99 Sometimes on offer in boots for 3 Aussie products for £10.
Places: Boots, Tesco, Superdrug and some other store which sell haircare products.
I have BIG thick, curly hair and taming it is a huge task for any product, so I like to look around and experiment to see what works best. I am a big fan of the Aussie deep-conditioner, and as there is often a deal on Aussie products in Superdrug, I decided to give this serum a go.
The product comes in a 75ml bottle, which in my experience is bigger than most serum bottles (which seem to be around 30-50ml), and the ingredients include Jojoba Seed oil to soften and condition hair.
My first test was to try it alone, with no other products on my hair. I smoothed a small amount into my hair (dry) and I did see a quick improvement. My hair was soft and bouncy, frizz was more or less controlled without my hair looking greasy or weighed-down, but I felt I needed to use slightly more Aussie serum to get the desired effect than with other hair serums I have used in the past. Also, the result didn't last as long as I had hoped, only a couple of hours. The result on wet hair is less defined curls, but it does go some way towards controlling frizz and it lasts much longer, it just doesn't do much in the way of separating and defining curls when compared to other types of product.
However, when I used it AFTER washing my hair and applying a curl-controlling mousse, it was great. It helped that last little bit, to smooth down fly-aways and frizz, and it smells really great. It just doesn't seem to have the strength to control curls by itself. I think this product is great for what it does, which is make my hair feel soft and bouncy, with lots of natural movement, but it may need to be used in combination with other products if you want more control and definition, because by itself the serum isn't always strong enough to handle rebellious hair.
Let me start by saying how much I love other Aussie products. In general I find them to be well worth the expense (even when my poor student budget seems to tell me otherwise). This is why I was not put off by the price (I think I paid around £5) for such a small bottle.
My initial thoughts were that this serum was brilliant, it smelt as heavenly as all Aussie products seem to, and kept my hair sleek without turning quickly greasy.
Unfortunately I've found that this serum doesn't really do it's brand justice. Sure, it smells great but it doesn't seem to be able to tame my hair more than an hour or so without the frizz sneaking back in. Its true that I have particularly frizzy hair so maybe someone with just a few flyaways could benefit more, but as the bottle says it's specifically for those with curls (and curls and frizz will go hand in hand) I would have thought could manage a little better.
Another minor problem (which is true of any serum really) is how oily it leaves your hands after application. I know it's a minor thing, but it actually made it difficult for me to open doors!
I have always been a firm fan of hair serum..I pump huge amount of it through my hair after washing and am sure this is the reason that, even without getting my hair cut regularly, it stays in good condition.
I decided to buy Aussie dual personality curl definition soft feel serum, not only because it is designed specifically for curly hair, but because it is in a larger bottle than most hair serums! As I get through so much serum, I though it would make sense to get something larger and I am very glad I made this decision as I have never looked back!
I have long blonde hair which when left to dry naturally is curly in ringlets but has a natural tendency to be frizzy. This hair serum completely obliterates any frizz (hurrah!) and separates my curls into defined ringlets which are bouncy and shiny. In addition to this, this serum is thinner than most and doesn't end up with a greasy build up if you use a lot of it (which I do) so using it doesn't mean you have to scrimp on conditioner or shampoo more often. My hair has been left so soft and shiny that not only can I (and my boyfriend :-) ) not keep my hands off it but I have been asked if I have had my hair cut as it looks in such good condition. (It has in fact been over 5 months since I've sat in the salon chair!)
Finally, as with all Aussie products, this serum smells really great!
At roughly £4.00-4.50 for a 75ml bottle, I feel this product is average value for money. Aussie products are often on 2 for one in stores such as Boots and Superdrug so looking out for these with save you money- especially if you stock up like I do!
I wrote a review not too long ago on the Aussie Smooth mate shampoo which I indicated at the time I had purchased on offer in a Tesco 2 for 5 pounds deal and ended up buying 4 products so I think it's time to let you know how I'm getting on with some of the other products I purchased from the Aussie range.
***Why I decided to Buy Aussie Dual personality Curl Definition and soft feel serum***
Of course I mentioned before that my hair is prone to static. I find that the static often rears it's ugly head after I've used my straighteners but on occasion I like to let my hair dry naturally without the use of hair-dryers and straighteners and have always had some sort of serum on my shelf to apply to my wild and untamed mane to calm it down be it for frizziness or just because I like the smell of a product.
Anyway I'm going to tell you a little story about my childhood and this will hopefully entertain and help you to understand the nature of my hair. When I was young, say around 6 or 7 I got a horrible dose of the creepy crawlies on my scalp - yes those unpleasant little buggers started nesting on my head, commonly known as nits. I had the most beautiful long luscious locks - perfectly straight and I loved it. Well these little beasties ruined my life. I was devastated when my mother in all of her wisdom decided to get all of my hair chopped off after several days of trying to get rid of the nasty nits without success. I was walking around with what I can only describe as a crew cut and I looked like a boy and was teased terribly at school. At the time we lived in Dumfries but not long after moved back to Aberdeen.
Now my mum is a fan of the old perm and of course when you're young, mum makes all the decisions about your hair. Horrifying me, my mum decided that because my hair was short, she would get me a perm - BIG MISTAKE - the teasing and bullying at school escalated in as far as I was being referred to as a love child generated by one of the teachers who had a shockingly similar hair style to my own. Anyway, ever since then my hair has never been the same and it's always grown in wavy.
For years I have straightened my hair because I hated the thought of having curls, but now that I'm older I actually quite like them and so when I let my hair dry naturally I have a lovely wave through it, but naturally, this can sometimes look a bit wild, as I have incredibly thick, voluminous hair and at the moment it is quite long also so I need to use something to tame it down a bit and this is where the Aussie Dual personality serum comes in. Quite a fitting name I think because I think my hair does have a dual personality and this is just the perfect treat to help soften and tame those bushy locks.
So enough about my childhood, on to the product itself.
***About Aussie Dual personality Serum***
The claim for this serum is that it revives and separates each curl, giving your locks unbelievable definition all the while conditioning and softening your hair leaving it shiny with beautiful bouncy curls. Now I'm always a bit dubious when I read these sorts of things because I've had some disappointing experiences in the past with hair products that make wonderful claims but just don't do what they say they do.
I also have to laugh because there is a statement on the bottle that says "There's a difference between Beautifully bouncy curls - and that rusty bedspring look", what a strange comparison. I know my hair can look wild but never would I relate my dishevelled appearance to rusty bedsprings - oh well I guess there maybe are people out there with hair worse than mine.
***What's in it***
The Serum itself is made with Australian Jojoba Seed oil which is commonly used in many different types of cosmetics such as moisturisers, shampoos and conditioners and even some sun care and anti-ageing products. Jojoba seed oil is hypo-allergenic (actually a liquid wax) and is renowned for it's moisturising properties, said to mimic the sebum naturally present on human skin, hence the reason for using it in cosmetics.
Jojoba seed oil is a natural product, containing vitamin E and is a natural anti-oxidant. The oil has no odour, is non greasy and does not break down when exposed to water or oxygen. Wow - A natural moisturiser for both your skin and your hair, I didn't realise Jojoba oil was so commonly used. You can even use Jojoba oil to relieve sunburned skin as it conditions and soothes and it is commonly mixed with essential oils and used as an aromatic conditioning treatment for the skin during massage therapy. Basically the Jojoba oil in this serum acts as a deep cleansing, deep conditioning aid for your hair - how wonderful.
Just as you would expect with the main ingredient being Jojoba, the serum itself is a clear liquid, pretty much the same as every other hair treatment serum I have used in the past. It's not overly thick and it's not too runny either, it's just a nice oily consistency .
The distinct smell of bubblegum seems to be common amongst Aussie products and this product is no different, you can definitely smell that familiar bubblegum scent, but it's not as pungent as I find it in the shampoo's and conditioners and there are subtle differences in the scent of this serum compared to other products in the Aussie range. The one thing I did notice was that strange chemically smell that you often get with hairspray (let me just state that there is no hold in this product whatsoever) and this is a little unpleasant but it's not too overpowering so the product still smells relatively good especially when in your hair.....that lovely bubblegum scent takes over and it's really quite nice, and it tends to linger throughout the day. If you have long, thick hair like me and you use these sorts of products then you'll understand when I say if you swish your hair or it falls in front of your face the scent catches you - again, not overpowering but very pleasant.
***How to Use***
The bottle indicates that this product can be used on wet hair and dry - I've tried both. Squeeze about a coin sized amount into your palm (it doesn't say what size of coin - so I base it on a penny), and rub your hands together. Distribute evenly by working this through your hair and if required use more. If you have longer hair like me then you may like to use slightly more, but I often find that the coin sized amount is enough.
***On Wet Hair***
Towel dry your hair thoroughly before applying any of the serum, just so you don't have big drips still plopping onto your carpet and follow the directions on the bottle using a coin sized amount of the serum and just run your hands through your hair. Of course because your hair is wet you're not going to notice if the serum has made any notable impact on the appearance of your locks so you just have to wait for it to dry. Once I've applied the serum I normally get my fingers onto my scalp underneath my hair at the back and give it a good ol shake just to give it a bit of volume. Now I always shower in the evening so I never see the results of using this product until the next morning.
***On Dry Hair***
Apply exactly the same amount of serum as you would for wet hair onto your naturally dried hair. I normally rub the serum into my hands and scrunch it into the ends, working my way up as I go, to try to define the curls that have already set in. Once again, make sure the serum is evenly distributed and style as you normally would. I don't tend to anything other than add the serum to my hair as I don't like to overdo it with heated products.
***Does it do what it says on the tin?***
I have to admit that this is actually a really good serum although there are variances in the results when you compare using it on wet hair versus dry hair. When used on wet hair I do notice a more defined effect on my curls and my hair is certainly soft - I wouldn't say it was overly shiny, or bouncy though, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Using it on dry hair it has a somewhat different effect - although it doesn't define the curls as well it definitely does add shine and bounce and my hair is incredibly soft after application, more of a taming serum on dry hair than a defining serum in my opinion so if it's definition you're after I would recommend that you use it on wet / damp hair.
***My overall opinion***
Having experimented with Aussie products in the past and knowing how expensive they can be, I think this was a very good purchase at two pounds fifty and will certainly continue to use it. I don't use it every day as I often straighten my hair but it's very handy to have on those days where I can't be bothered and just want to let my hair be free to bounce. The product is very easy to use, and it doesn't take much to have an effect. As indicated, a penny sized amount in the palm of your hand is more than sufficient. The bottle itself is a neat and compact 75ml bottle which you could easily fit into your handbag to cart around with you just in case you need to revitalise your bouncy look whilst out and about and if you can get it on special offer - what more could you ask for.
The product smells nice (just watch out for the occasional whiff of hair-spray) in general, and although it doesn't do exactly what it says on the tin - it's pretty darn close and is certainly a product I would recommend for those of you who have wavy or curly hair that are looking for bounce, shine and definition.
***Where can you buy it***
You can buy Aussie products in pretty much any supermarket and will often find offers or promotions like I did or alternatively you can find it in your local boots or super-drug. I know boots are currently selling this particular Aussie product for four pounds forty nine which is 2 pounds more than what I paid for mine so it's quite expensive if it's not on promotion so I definitely recommend you look out for those bargain buys and of course there are other products such as shampoo, conditioner and the dual personality anti frizz and conditioning milk to use alongside this serum to get the added benefit from the range.