Acure Organics Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell Leave-In Conditioner
I did a full review of this product a few months ago, and my opinion has basically stayed the same. I love the way it works, but I struggle with how it smells. It smells like lemongrass, but it's heavier and more herbal than the lemongrass scents I'm used to, and unfortunately, the scent is one that really sticks in your hair. If Acure were to come out with another scent, I'd be all over it, but as it is now, the smell wears on me enough throughout the day that I won't be buying this one again, regardless of how well it works.
Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner
Yarok's Feed Your Roots Mousse has been a firm favorite of mine, so naturally I had to try their leave-in. It smells the same as the mousse - sweet, fresh, and lemony - and it does a great job too. It's one of the lightest of the bunch, so I can really go to town spraying this one and not have to worry about my hair ending up greasy or sticky. As an added bonus, it also does double duty as a heat protectant.
Rahua Voluminous Hairspray
Rahua's is the only one of the bunch that's sold as an actual hairspray - soft, flexible hold - but I really thing it would be better marketed as a leave-in conditioner. As a curl refresher, it works fine initially, but after just an hour or two everything falls flat again and I'm back where I started. If I'd bought it intending to use it as a regular hairspray, I think I would have been even more disappointed. I've read positive reviews, but on my hair, it gives virtually no hold.
Beautiful Curls Shea Butter Curl Reviving Tonic
It shouldn't come as any great surprise that the sole product of the bunch that's actually marketed as a curl reviving product does the best job reviving my curls. I was initially concerned about how I'd fare with the mango-vanilla scent and eyed this product for months before finally taking the plunge and buying it. I was worried it would be overly sweet or fake smelling, but it's actually fairly light and not overpowering or sickly. The product itself performs exactly how I want it to. Several sprays and some scrunching easily take my deflated curls from sad and slept on to bouncy and fresh once again.
The Bottom Line
All things considered, the Beautiful Curls is the clear winner here and the only one that I'm confident I'll be repurchasing. (In fact, I kind of already have. I let my mom try it and ended up having to buy her her own bottle just so I could get mine back!) The Yarok is also quite lovely and I could see myself buying it as an occasional splurge, but for an everyday product that gets used up fairly quickly, I can't justify spending more when the Beautiful Curls is equally or more effective and a third of the price. I think the Rahua and Acure could potentially suit different hair types and noses, respectively, but neither were winners for me.
Am I the only one who struggles with second day hair? Have you tried any of these?
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