The Mission : A quest to enhance curls and make them pop like crazy
The Contenders : Ecostyler Gel VS Castor Oil
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.
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.
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.
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