Frugal Fridays : Curl Enhancers

Friday, September 23, 2011

Another Friday and some more frugal advice for you. Most natural heads try to find ways to enhance their curl patterns, using various gels, holding creams and curl creams. Today we shall compare two different products that can be used to enhance curl pattern.

The Mission : A quest to enhance curls and make them pop like crazy

The Contenders : Ecostyler Gel VS Castor Oil

Kshs 195

What it claims
Eco Style promises a product that won’t flake or tack, and will provide a vibrant sheen. Ideal for updo’s, pin-ups, and twists, this product will provide the maximum hold, without damaging your hair like many other products with alcohol added. Professionals use this alcohol-free product as well. Eco Gel.

Water, PVP/VA Copolymer, Carbomer, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylene, Glycol (and) DMDM Hydanton (and) Methylparben, Fragrance, Carmel Color, Love and Pride.

Kshs 85

Castor oil is a thick, pale yellow substance derived from the tropical castor bean plant.
It is a natural emollient, thereby hydrating your hair while healing the scalp. The moisture penetrates the roots and the tips, thus dispensing with the need to use a leave-on conditioner after you shampoo your hair. When you buy castor oil, there is no need to worry about split ends or frizzy locks.

Even while castor oil cleanses the scalp, it already provides moisture which makes the hair smooth and silky. Moreover, the moisture stimulates hair growth, which solves the problem of those suffering from hair loss. It not only prevents your hair from falling, it also promotes more hair to grow, giving you a thicker crown. This only shows that castor oil is an effective organic solution for hair loss and other hair problems, without emptying your wallet.

Pure castor oil can serve as an organic hot-oil treatment for the hair. Warm some castor oil then leave it in your hair for 30-45mins under a plastic shower cap.Rinse off for shiny, moisturised hair


To achieve the above, I cowashed my hair with Enliven Coconut and Vanilla conditioner then used Organics Olive Oil moisturiser. I used the castor oil as my twisting product. Slept in the twists then released in the morning. The pictures above are day 2 hair.


Castor oil although being the cheaper option is very moisturising and provides medium hold. The oil leaves your hair looking lush and shiny. One thing I noticed is that if you use a small amount of castor oil, you hair still maintains its bouncyness rather than lying limp.

Ecostyler gel is a strong holding gel and hence if you use too much it can flake and make your hair hard. We find the best way to use it it to layer it over already moisturised hair and use a little.

Thanks for reading and Frugal Fridays continues next week... Have a great weekend X

Anonymous said...

I have been using Castor oil since June this year. I bought it cause I was not going to pay ksh 2500 for a 100ml bottle of Jojoba. The reason I went natural was to reduce the cost of doing my hair so jojoba oil was swiftly removed from my must have product list. When I did my research I found that castor oil has similar properties to jojoba oil so I substitute. I however mix the castor oil with almond oil (1:1 ratio). This way the castor oil is not as thick and the smell not as strong. Plus almond oil is still way cheaper than jojoba oil.

My hair is loving the castor/almond oil combo. It is much thicker than it was before I started using castor oil, growing faster(two inches in four months!) AND it is softer and more manageable. I even started to think my curl pattern was changing.

This is the only product I use on my hair.. other than shampoo and conditioner of course.

I do understand that there are other things that I have done to help my hair grow (no heat,no combing and has been in a protective style for 1 1/2 years) But castor oil has made such a difference. It is my new hair crack :-).

Castor oil addict

wambui said...

Hey kurly..... I need some Shea butter n I have read from previous comments that nyash has some... if still so could u let me how I could get some.
Lovely evening.

Cynthia said...

I'm just curious... where in Nairobi is Eco Gel KES 195??!! I buy the small tub for KES 215.

Mary said...

Hey Cynthia, we bought our Eco Styler at Ebrahims... That was a while back though. The Kenya shilling is a pitiful thing at the moment. Sigh.

Cynthia said...

As, Phineas would say, "Yes. Yes, it is." My name is Cynthia and I'm a cartoon buff.


Kinky, where can I get the Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie here in Nrb?

Anonymous said...

Hey people. I sell shea butter, 250ml jar for 1000/- only...It has minimal scent so comfortably applicable. Just send an email to to arrange for delivery. Good day

Gitonga Lynn said...

Where can I get pure castor oil at an affordable price?

Anonymous said...

hi guys where can i get the ecostyler gel and curl enhancing smoothie please help

Anonymous said...

Where were you able to get the smoothie n the eco styling gel

Anonymous said...

where can i get the Jojoba hair oil

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