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Do you use a CURLY brand or a "regular" brand?

Just curious whether the majority of people PRIMARILY use a Curly-Specific brand (Jessicurl, Ouidad, Devacurl, Curls, B&A, CHS, Curlisto, etc) or a "regular" brand (drugstore or salon brand).

If you use a "regular" brand, do you use a curl-specific line in that brand (for example, if you use Artec CurlMemory or Loreal Curl Vive... some line specifically for curls)?

So an example of each is:
Curly Brand = Jessicurl
Curly Line of Regular Brand = Loreal Curl Vive (of the Loreal Vive brand)
Regular Brand not Designed/Marketed for Curls = PM the Cream

Vote for the brand category most commonly used.
2b w/ some 3a
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  • JoyForeverJoyForever Posts: 1,628Registered Users
    I can't pick between choices 2 and 3.... though none are from a curly brand, some of my products are labeled curl-specific, and some aren't. How should I vote? By number of each type? The relative importance of each to my routine? Hmmm.... :)
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  • miacurlmiacurl Posts: 332Registered Users
    Devacurl mostly. So that is the curl specific brand I like most. Then a non-curl brand, OJON, is gaining a lot of favor with me though. Also, AG is a non curl brand with curl specific products that i like very much.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    I'm not sure what Luster's classifies as - it is an African-American line for all types of A-A hair, but that.
    I voted for non-curl specific brand (Aveda) but I think the Brilliant line was designed for ethnic hair and Be Curly is for curls but the shampoos, conditioners & cream are for anyone so.... I dunno.
    I use anything, but mostly regular lines that I've hard recommended for my hair type such as Paul Mitchell and Sebastian.
    Too much of a ho to make a decision...
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  • laurabeth33laurabeth33 Posts: 1,443Registered Users
    Joy4ever wrote:
    I can't pick between choices 2 and 3.... though none are from a curly brand, some of my products are labeled curl-specific, and some aren't. How should I vote? By number of each type? The relative importance of each to my routine? Hmmm.... :)

    Whichever you think is the majority or main representative of your typical routine, vote that way.

    I was torn too because in summer I'm a Jessicurl-girl almost 110%, and in winter, I vary.
    2b w/ some 3a
    product tester geek
  • starinastarina Posts: 665Registered Users
    I've never had much luck with any product designated for "curly" hair. Not sure why that is, but I've struck out many times. It's frustrating too, because there are so many products out there now for curly hair (which there didn't used to be). All the products I use are non-specific. I've been pretty happy, so I guess it's not that big of a deal. Although I must say some of those curly products are pretty tempting!
    I have 3A hair. I've discovered Jessicurl shampoo and Too Shea conditioner and I'm thrilled! Long-time LA Looks sport gel user.
  • kimmyckimmyc Posts: 551Registered Users
    I voted and as you know Laurabeth I'm a curl specific girl! Jessicurl is my first pick and I use Devacurl quite a bit in the summer.
    2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.
  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    I just had to share (and this thread seemed semi-somewhat appropriate) that I commented on how good a friend's hair looked last week when it was wavy, and she normally dries it straight. She said "Oh, I found this new product line, it's great, it's called Devacurl!" I had to laugh. Yeah....never heard of them or that Lorraine Massey lady. :wink:


    It's nice to see another friend letting her natural wave out instead of straightening, though!
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  • nycapitolcurlienycapitolcurlie Posts: 9Registered Users
    It's Devacurl for me so I'm definitely curl specific.
    Modified CG since 4/04; DevaCurl Low Poo, One Condition and AnGell; Jessicurl DT; mostly 3B with some 3A (formerly fun&springycurls)
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,571Registered Users
    non-curl specific salon brand (Robert Craig). The only curl-specific product I use is CK! :D
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  • laurabeth33laurabeth33 Posts: 1,443Registered Users
    It's so wild because I was noticing little idiosyncrasies.

    For example, no one is talking about Abba True Curls line (curly line, regular brand--group B), but many talk about Abba Weightless Gel (regular brand, not curl-specific line--group C).

    There are plenty who talk about the Jessicurl, Devacurl, and Ouidad lines, but Curlisto, CHS (other than CK), and B&A (other than their gel) are nearly invisible.

    As all the new products come out each month, I'm really curious how people choose what to use... and what to remain loyal to.

    Case in point, I rarely change shampoos. Poo is poo is poo, and they seem to fall in 4 categories (yes, I'm anal enough to have shampoo categories).

    1. Drying, harsh shampoos (85%)
    2. Moisturizing (read: coating, heavy) sulfate-containing poos (7%)
    3. Non-drying shampoos (5%)
    4. Sulfate-free shampoos (3%)

    Because of the odds, I generally stick to what I know. I use a non-drying poo in winter (old formula of Aussie Moist, Dove Moisture Rich Color (NOT Intense Moisture), or Elucence Moisturizing poo) and a sulfate-free in summer when I need every bit of moisture to battle the FL humidity ([buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Hair-Cleansing-Cream-p-103.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-hair-cleansing-cream]Jessicurl HCC[/buylink] or Linen Closet all the way).

    So when Abba True Curls came out, I had a little curiousity about the conditioner, quite a bit of interest in the styler, and just glanced at the poo like "hmmm, someone will be asking me about this, but I'm not in the market for a new poo."

    However, everyone has a system. They will try anything. They will try something by a curl-specific BRAND or a brand that makes a curl specific LINE (unless it's Matrix Curl.life... yuck!).
    2b w/ some 3a
    product tester geek
  • laurabeth33laurabeth33 Posts: 1,443Registered Users
    I'm actually rather surprised by the category B.

    Maybe it's like this:

    Curly brands know curls (generally speaking).

    Regular lines try to know curls and make lines for them, but they are so-so.

    Occasionally, regular brands make something non-curl specific that's "accidentally" good for curls.

    Anyway, it's odd that with all the resources (chemists, marketing people, $$$) that the big regular-line companies can't seem to get the curly lines right.

    In-ter-est-ing....
    2b w/ some 3a
    product tester geek
  • JoyForeverJoyForever Posts: 1,628Registered Users
    I do use the curly lines of a couple different brands-- Marc Anthony's "strictly curls" shampoo and Pantene's "curl defining scrunching spray"... and in the past I've used CitreShine's "making waves curl booster"... but I judged my gel and conditioner, which aren't curl-specific, as more important, so that's the way I voted.
    Previously Joy4ever.
    Changed because the "number in place of a word" thing was bugging my no-longer-14-year-old self.
  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    Anyway, it's odd that with all the resources (chemists, marketing people, $$$) that the big regular-line companies can't seem to get the curly lines right.

    In-ter-est-ing....

    Maybe that's the problem. After all, Devacurl and Jessicurl, which are definetly two of the most popular brands here, were designed by curly women who have struggled with their own curls. Maybe the chemists at these companies are out of touch with what curlies really want and what they think might make curls look good isn't what we think. (Like the stylists who put tons of mouse in my hair and blow it into a big, undefined 80s poof and think it looks good)
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  • SuZenSuZen Posts: 1,595Registered Users
    I have noticed that if you read the labels of the curly lines of general brands, and compare the "curly" product with the similar "non-curly" product, they are nearly identical. For instance, the Marc Anthony Curl Defining Lotion is very similar to the one for straight hair, and the ones for different hair colors. John Frieda also markets basically identical products in his various lines (Secret Weapon in the Frizz-Ease line is the same as Dream Cream in the Blonde line, there's also one in the Brunette, line...on and on).

    I know that some manufacturers, mostly higher end ones, actually make products that are different in their different lines. But I get fed up with marketing ploys and refuse to play their games.
  • ZARIA**ZARIA** Posts: 706Registered Users
    No curly hair products for me...
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    Since I don't buy haircare products online, most of the available products marketed toward people with curly hair are full of silicones or mineral oil. I just concentrate on finding products with good ingredients.
  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    I used to always use a curl specific brand, but now when I have found out that I am gluten, milk and soy intolerant I have gone over to a brand that is "allergy" friendly. I use some of the curl brand specific stuff still though.

  • Leilani42Leilani42 Posts: 200Registered Users
    I'm equally split between all three categories! I voted for non-curl brand with curly line, just based on what I'm using now...

    ~Elucence MBS and MBC - non-curl brand, non-curl line
    ~GF Curl & Shine leave in - non-curl brand, curl-specific line
    ~[buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/AG-Recoil-p-24.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=ag-hair-cosmetics-recoil-curl-activator]AG re:coil[/buylink] - non-curl brand, curl-specific product
    ~CK (in the summer) - curl-specific brand
    ~HE TT - non-curl brand, curl-specific product
    ~Aussie Tizz No Frizz - non-curl brand, non-curl line
    ~Joico JoiWhip mousse - non-curl brand, non-curl line
    ~DevaCurl SIF - curl-specific brand

    so, probably either option 2 or 3... but yeah, pretty evenly split. :)
    2c/3a-M-i
    modified CG since July 2004.
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  • lushaholiclushaholic Posts: 2,180Registered Users
    Wow, this thread was really dug up. I started to vote and realized I couldn't, then saw the date of the original post. :lol:

    My vote is still the same as the first time - curly brands. :wink:
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  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Posts: 2,369Registered Users
    regular
    3b-3c CG
  • embudiniembudini Posts: 580Registered Users
    I use a "regular brand" I guess- AHC and mop poo.
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    There are plenty who talk about the Jessicurl, Devacurl, and Ouidad lines, but Curlisto, CHS (other than CK), and B&A (other than their gel) are nearly invisible.

    I used Ouidad than Curlisto for 4 years because those brands marketed to get my attention. And most of their products are quite good (except for the cones :cry: )

    Pre-CG I always used "curl activators". It breaks out curly products for styling and mainstream for wash/condition.
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  • BeachBlondeWavieBeachBlondeWavie Posts: 159Registered Users
    ouidad :D
    Diane
    2C blonde long hair

    •ojon + curls
    •goal: to grow my hair to my waist!

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    -trimmed on 10.1
    -softened @ ouidad 10.20
  • SYBSYB Posts: 305Registered Users
    The majority of the products that I use in my hair are Curls products which is a"Curl" Brand. I also use one product exclusively from Miss Jessies, which is another "Curl" Brand. And the few products remaining that I use don't come from a "Curl" Brand at all!

    My hair actually thrives better from using products "made especially for curly hair" the most!
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    Products in my current regime: Nioxin Scalp Therapy Shampoo, ORS Replenishing Pak, Curls Whipped Cream, Curls Souffle, Curls Spiral Curls Cream, Curls Milkshake, Curls Quenched, BB(Bonner Brothers) Growth Lotion
  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    Umm... I voted before realizing that this thread is over a year and a half old...
    Brooklyn, NY

    Hair: 3A/B, Underlayer of 2B
    HG products:
    Winter- Giovanni Tea Tree (co-wash) & 50/50 (condish); Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Leave-In; Curls Milkshake & Quenched Curls; Re:coil; BRHG
    Summer: DevaCurl No Poo & OneC; CK; Re:coil; BRHG; Honey!!!

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