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I have never been one to be too fussy when it comes to my hair. I never really used products before as I have a sensitive scalp that is very easily dried out. So as a result I never used to put anything on it. I was never too bothered by what my hair looked like, I have thick curly hair, so I never really thought that I could do anything with it. I still don't really pay too much attention to what my hair looks like, but I do like using twisted sista serum. It makes my natural curls more defined, and it doesn't really affect my scalp too much either.
I have been using the product for about 6-8 months now, and have used other twisted sista products too. I like to use them, I like the way my hair feels after applying them, and it does look much better when products are used to bring out my curls. I first tried it after finding it in a discount shop for 89p.
It is now readily available in a lot of places and it doesn't cost a fortune either. A little bit does go quite far with the products. They all seem to contain the ingredient of the moment for hair care products, argon oil. I am not exactly sure what the argon oil does but it is in there. The smell of products isn't too overpowering either. It is a pleasing gentle smell.
I would highly recommend this product to those wanting to enhance their curls. A good quality product that isn't too harsh on the wallet.
I have naturally wavy hair which can usually be styled either quite straight or very curly depending on my mood. Due to the crinkled texture of my hair though it tends to be quite frizzy and unruly and requires a fair amount of styling. I have used serums and calming balms for many years to try and tame and manage my hair with varying results. I was particularly interested when I found this Urban Therapy 'Twisted Sista' Different Strokes Serum as it promises to "instantly eliminate frizz for both straight and curly hairstyles". Just the thing I need!
The product comes in a very small bottle which contains only 30mls or 1.01 fl. oz. of product so you don't get a whole lot. The bottle is transparent plastic and therefore is widely recyclable. It has a lid at the top which can be unscrewed and disposed of/recycled after the bottle is empty. There is a pump action style button on the top and you can exert as much pressure on this as needed to dispense your required amount of serum. The bottle should be held at a slight angle when dispensing as it can drip out quickly.
The bottle labels provide much information about the product such as full ingredients and product benefits. The serum is marked as not being tested on animals. There is also full contact information for the Twisted Sista brand and their web address.
You can use this serum on either wet or dry hair. I find that in either case it has similar results although it is slightly easier to achieve the style you want if you use this when your hair is towel-dry damp. If you are using it on dry hair the brand say that it can provide 'instant shine' so you can opt to use this between shampoos to keep hair looking glamorous too.
I do use this on both wet and dry hair although I do prefer to apply after washing when my hair is damp. You can apply this all over the hair or just where you think you need it. I have particular problem areas so I tend to focus on these sections of hair.
The serum is quite runny compared to other serums I've used although it has that typical oily feel when you work it through your hair. It is easy to work through the hair as it tends to get absorbed well and does not clump in one spot but is easily smoothed across all of the target hair. Ther serum is not so sticky or gooey that you need to wash your hands after use. It just vanishes into the hair and does not feel heavy in the hair.
The serum has a much nicer fragrance than I'm used to experiencing with other serums. This smells just like fresh watermelon and it's a light, joyful, feminine fragrance that is very pleasing and which can freshen up your hair - particularly useful for using on dry hair between washes.
Using the serum on my damp hair definitely makes it easier for me to comb and style my hair. I'd say the curly hair style has the advantage over the straight here as a little more effort and things like styling appliances are needed to create my straight hairstyle so the serum's power tends to be diminished a little by the time I'm finished. With my curly hairstyle all I have to do is run the serum through my hair and dry my hair. My curls end up well defined, soft and looking really glossy.
Overall this is a great serum that makes my hair feel and look healthy. It's more of a help for me with achieving a curly hairstyle but I also like using it when my hair is dry to return moisture and shine. It's as good as any of the bigger brand named serums that I use such as Frizz Ease. I will definitely buy this again and would recommend it to anyone looking for a easy to use and effective serum product.
Oh dear lord the amount of money I have spent over the years trying to tame my naturally curly and some what frizzy hair I would have been better off putting my pennies to better use and getting my hair chemically straightened! I had never seen this hair serum before in the supermarket or other high street stores so I was not familiar with the brand but I chanced upon it in my local 99p store and thought it was worth a go.
The serum (made by Urban Therapy, London) comes in a small 1.1oz plastic jar that claims to "Instantly eliminate frizz, seal and repair split ends" as well as having a shine enhancer. The actual contents is like a transparent oil and it feels quite greasy. You apply the serum to damp/towel dried hair smoothing over the entire length of the hair from just below the roots through to the ends, comb through and style as normal.
I used quite a small amount on my first application (about the size of a 5pence piece) and it was still too much for my mid length hair. I decided to blow dry anyway but my hair was so sticky that I had to wash it out and start again! (you live and learn). Next time I used just a couple of drops and rubbed into my hands before applying and once blow dried was much better. I used straightening irons (I always do) which was a nightmare because my hair took much longer to straighten and when finished looked a little lank and lifeless, initially though there was no frizz.
For the first few hours after finishing my hair it would look quite straight and the serum did seem to weigh it down slightly but then during the day it appeared to look dull and lifeless and a bit greasy, although it never actually felt greasy. It did keep my frizz at bay for a short amount of time but during damp weather or humid conditions my hair was still as frizzy as it would have been if I had not used the product and I never noticed my hair looking any shinier or glossier after using either. I also found it took quite a while to fully wash out of my hair.
Yes my hair was less frizzy but it did not eradicate the frizz only lessen it. My hair was no more shiny looking than if I had not used it and I did not like the greasy look that my hair took on a few hours after styling so it is not a product that I would bother to use again.
I think that if you have reasonably straight hair to begin with or only mild frizz this could work for your hair but if your hair is thick and prone to a lot of frizz then this probably wont tame it completely.
Urban Therapy also have other products in their range which include shampoo, conditioner, curl activator and relaxing cream.
I have been straightening my naturally curly mop for about 20 years now during which time I have tried out A LOT of products, seriously the hair products aisle in Boots ain't got nothing on me!!
However, the only item that has stayed for the duration is John Frieda Frizz Ease serum. Although it lasts a while, it costs just under £6.00 and occasionally when I am particularly skint, I do try a cheaper option.
Browsing the aisles in my local Quality Save store, I spotted Twisted Sista Different Strokes serum this for a bargain price of 99p and figured I had nothing to lose (apart from 99p) by giving it a go.
Twisted Sista is a range of hair products by a company called Urban Therapy, which is a day spa based in London. They pitch their brand as the first ever to span the diverse mix of ethnic markets, taking a multicultural approach, which I guess means that their hair products are suitable for all hair types including tough to tame curls (ie: afro).
The packaging is colourful and fun rather than sleek and sophisticated with cartoon drawings of funky looking chicks on the front.
The serum comes in a 1.01 oz bottle with a pump dispenser.
I applied it as I always do, in a 20p sized amount to freshly washed hair, then set about drying.
The first thing I noticed was the dispenser is easy to control meaning you don't get a big splodge when you only need a little.
Secondly is the smell which in my opinion is the best thing about this serum. John Frieda is fragrance free, but this stuff smells like tropical fruits - yum!
Upon applying it, I could already tell my hair felt quite heavy (John Frieda is lightweight and 'barely there'). As I started to blow-dry, I could tell my hair felt thicker than usual and more weighed down which is not a plus for me I'm afraid. My hair might be curly but its not massively thick so I like it to feel weightless.
On the plus side, the following morning after a windy walk to work, my hair didn't succumb to frizz, so it did its job in that respect. However this stuff is not suitable for all hair types as it claims. I would say it would suit those with thick, hard to tame hair types, but not those with fine - medium hair. I can also imagine that it would make those with greasy hair even worse.
In summary, I would recommend that if you want a weightless feel to your locks then this isn't the stuff for you but perhaps it would be more successful to those with thicker hair more prone to frizz. Plus for 99p it's cheap enough to give it a whirl.
For me though, its back to the Frizz Ease :)
Thanks for reading
I love my hair. I would go as far to say I'm a bit vain about it really lol. It wasn't till I lost alot of weight I cared about it and then it was all intensified somewhat by getting a load of £2.00 off haircare vouchers from Boots around Christmastime and becoming addicted to the Lee Stafford hair care range! I had never realised I had such lovely hair cos it had never known how to behave before finding these products and suddenly I was able to achieve straight, smooth and more importantly glossy locks after years of trying!
Since then though I have been using them products regular and re buying them as they really are worth every penny to me but of course I do get seduced by other products that cross my path particulary the ype of products that Lee Stafford doesnt sell!
So I was in Superdrug when I came cross this in a reduced basket. I got it for 49p and decided it was worth a try at that price and it's usually sold for about £2.99 I think and it's in a range of products including intensive hair conditioners for straight and curly hair, and straightening creams etc. It appears to be a range really directed at achieving perfectly straight or perfectly curly hair.
Shoulder length, dyed jet black hair. Greasy roots, dry ends and a mass of frizz. With the right products I can achieve a poker straight style and I can achieve really curly hair as I have a natural curl but I mainly choose to straighten it out as it's easier as alot of curling products make my hair feel crispy and I and up with messy curls with er frizz! People tell me I'm lucky to be able to choose how I want to wear my hair and yes I guess I am in many ways but it's hard work to get it looking nice believe me!
30ml recyclable frosted white pump action bottle with a clear plastic lid that goes over the top safely to stop the product going everywhere! On the front, to the back of the bottle there's a lime green label with black writing on it that tells me it's Urban Therapy, Twisted Sista, Different Strokes Serum and that it 'instantly eliminates frizz giving dazzling curls adding shine', and on the bottom the size is stated (as I've listed already). On the back I'm told how to use it, ingredients and there are contact details for Urban Therapy. Quite plain packaging but safe and secure and attractive enough. From the picture on the top of this review I think when you buy it full price it comes in a box, mine didn't, probably hence the reduction lol
Apply serum into palms of hands and smooth through wet hair giving you individual ringlets or apply after using Twista Sista Curl Activator to give a mirror-like shine to your curly or afro hair.
The liquid itself is not as thick as I expected a hair serum to be after years of using Frizz Ease on and off. This is runny in consistency therefore you really don't need much at all! An example of this this was I decided to test run the product after stepping out the shower and I put in about 5 pumps and kind of saturated my hair. Got ok results but hair felt greasy as hell and I tied my hair back and had to get up go town shopping. Nightmare! Yes hair blinged but it was a grease ball. So be warned less is more which brings me on now to telling you a little goes a very long way indeed and therefore it's incredibly economical!
So I use it on wet hair out the shower as the instructions say. The liquid smells fruity in general and fresh and light and as I have just said less is more so lets say a couple of pumps through combed hair is enough. It doesn't feel too greasy if you have wet hair and try to coat the whole of the hair. Add too much and you can feel it and you need to start again so you do need to gauge the amount carefully and to remember that you can add more but you can't take it away!
Now I have scrunched dried my hair with a diffuser and I have simply blow dried my hair and basically I've found no difference in the results providing you gently style your hair with your fingers as you blow dry to tease your hair into shape. The grease evaporates under the heat and hair shoots up into curls. Course it depends how much wave and curl you have in the first place and then double that in what you achieve
It defines and softens and is not at all crispy. Frizz vanishes and believe me that's a problem for me. It gives me bounce, thickness and control and you can really tell my hair is curly rather than the natural frizzy wavy look I'm blessed with if I use no product and go eau natural. Also the shine to the hair is phenomenal! It really is shiny after using this!
It's none heavy and you cant feel it. The smell stays on hair throughout the day as well and this products doesn't react to the sun or humidity which is quite important in this weather! Once its dried into hair it's going no where and is in charge in a quiet way.
Really brilliant and I won't be buying another curl activating product other than this again. It washes out easily, it doesn't transfer on to clothes and doesn't make my neck greasy where my hair touches. This would be great for someone with decent length hair, particularly straight to use and put in some rollers, but I wouldn't advise anyone with hair they are trying to grow to use this cos it does take your hair up a couple of inches!
Really a great product and a snip of a price!
I've only seen in it in Superdrug so I'm not sure if it can be purchased anywhere other than there but it is on sale on line in discount stores, just google it!
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