“ Brand: Sunsilk / Type: Hair Serum „
Having long curly hair for a good portion of my 27 years of life it feels like I've spent an equal amount of that time looking for products that might tame the curls and frizz with the hopes of getting that smooth defined look that so many others with curly hair seem to achieve. Alongside shampoo and conditioning products I've also tried many different serums and "leave in" products, Nicky Clarke and John Frieda to name a few, another was Sunsilk Frizz Control.
Nowadays the product is presented in a 200ml green coloured bottle with a pull up cap much like you get on bottled water with the sports caps, formally it came in a white & aqua coloured bottle but the dispensing method was the same. It's not the best design for packaging as it can leave the bottle quite messy and it's never easy to get the last remnants out of the bottle even if the rest of it is quite easy to dispense. The cream itself is an off white colour and has a mildly fruity scent to it which stays in the hair after it's dry.
Designed to be applied to wet hair after it's been shampooed and conditioned the cream is quite thick in it's consistency but applies easily to the hair, to get the best, most even application it's best to run your fingers repeatedly through the wet hair, as you apply it the product seems to smooth the hair making it feel silky. The amount of product needed will vary depending on how long and thick your hair is, I have quite thick hair which comes down below my shoulders so the traditional "pea sized" blob just won't be enough, I would usually use twice that amount and make sure I worked it well into the hair. You could use the cream on dry hair but I can imagine all that would achieve is greasy lank hair rather than shining silky curls.
You can leave your hair to dry naturally or use a blow dryer, depending on your usual technique, I prefer to leave my hair to dry naturally as that seems to cut down any frizz for me but on occasions when I have had to blow dry it I've found that the cream doesn't really benefit the hair, you'd imagine that as it was designed to cut down on frizz that you would see a marked difference but I still had the same level of puffy, frizziness that I did without using the cream, the only difference was in the smell of my hair. The same results came from leaving my hair to dry naturally, while my hair had a little extra definition as a result of the natural drying I never really felt that there was any improvement in it's overall look or feel as a result of using the cream. When using the cream I did feel like my hair became dirty quicker than usual and I was washing my hair much more regularly as a result, although it never felt heavy or greasy while wearing it.
I was never overly impressed with the product, and while I've heard of others having success with it, it simply didn't suit my hair so I wouldn't recommend it. Yes it is affordable costing in the region of £2.50, depending on where you shop, for a 200ml bottle, but what's the point in an affordable product if it doesn't do its job.
Sunsilk Frizz Control Aloe Serum
I was given this as part of a gift last Christmas and decided (against my better judgment) to give it a try. I am not in general a fan of Sunsilk Products and feel sometimes they are let down by the quality of their products.
Anyway, The Serum comes in small plastic bottle with a pull out dispenser (similar to that of a water bottle.). The bottle looks attractive but the dispensing technique is a bit messy and you have to wash/wipe the bottle often. The Serum cost approx. £2.49 and is available in most stores nationally.
I was attrached to the product by its price as its much chaeper than my normal brand of Hair serum.
I used the serum for two weeks to see how it got along and I was not impressed. I put the serum into my wet gair, as directled before blow drying but found little benefit from it. If anything I found my hair to be a little sticky. I am unsure if this product is possibly more suitable for people with mildy frizzy hair but im afraid it did little to tame my major frizz.
In its favour it did have a lovley fresh aloe vera smell that stays with your hair once dried
Not any good for my frizz!
Sunsilk Frizz control Cream
My gran bought this for me as I use the other Sunsilk products that go with it. The Shampoo and the Conditioner. Unfortunately, she didn't realise that Sunsilk products that I use are called Satin Proteins (purple/mauve bottles) and not Aloe Serum(the aqua bottles). Anyway, I decided to give it a try. I mean what's the point in wasting money. I might even like the Aloe Serum frizz control cream better than my normal Satin Proteins smoothing cream.
She said she paid £1.99 for it in Bodycare (I don't know if they have them around the country but they sell top quality products at very low prices) but in Boots, it costs £2.19. At the moment, Boots have got an offer on Sunsilk Products and it's buy one and get one free. So it's cheaper at Boots if you buy two Sunsilk products. The offer lasts until 26th April 2005.
It comes in a small plastic bottle with an aqua coloured pull out top. The bottle looks white because that's the colour of the product inside.
It says on the front: 'Frizz Control Cream Sunsilk Aloe Serum. Leave in. Frizz free waves and curls. Super light feel. For frizz prone wavy/curly hair'
On the back it says: 'Are you frustrated by frizz?'
Then the instructions on how to use the product in very small lettering.
Using your fingers apply 1 or 2 walnut-sized amounts of Frizz Control Cream to your wet or dry hair. Leave in and style. Reapply as necessary.
'Celebrate your fabulously frizz-free waves and curly, anywhere, at anytime.
Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isipropyl Myristate, Polyquaternium-16, Dimethiconol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dimethiconol/Silsequioxane Copolymer, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Trideceth-12, Parfum, Citric Acid, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis.
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The bottle is 200 ml, which is great value for the price you paid. My bottle is half-empty now and my mother uses it 3 times a week and we've used it since the begin of January. (I've gone back to my Satin Proteins Sunsilk Smoothing Cream. I'll explain why later on.)
When the bottle is half-empty, it's quite hard to get the liquid to come out which is quite annoying.
The product itself
Works better if you use it with other Sunsilk products, especially the Aloe Serum ones. Shampoo and Conditioner but it still works okay with other brands of Shampoo and Conditioner.
I washed my hair and then applied the product on my wet hair. I used two walnut sized amounts of the product. (The length of my hair goes half way down my back)
The product is a white colour and very creamy and smoothes into your hair with ease.
I combed the product through my hair and then blow-dried and straightened my hair. This took longer than usual and I think it had something to do with the product. After I had finished, my hair looked as normal but slightly frizzier than it normally goes.
Then my mum used the product. She absolutely loved it. It goes great with her hair. The only difference between my mum and myself is that she has natural curly black hair and I have mine is light brown streaked with blonde and it's quite wavy. When my mum used the product, it gave her curls an extra bounce and they really looked shiny and no frizz at all. So she uses it all the time and I've gone back to my old product.