Review of Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Styling Cream and Gel

Review of Ouidad Climate Control Styling Cream and Gel

Old Friend, New Friend

Summertime in New Orleans is a beast. With temperatures soaring into the low 100’s and humidity reaching 90 percent or higher, finding frizz controlling hair products is key to looking presentable.

I’ve been using Ouidad’s Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel for a few years now. I typically only need it in the summer because of aforementioned conditions. While I still have not found a “miracle gel” (if that even exists), this one does a pretty great job. It’s not sticky, the gel cast scrunches out very easily, and it leaves my hair feeling soft and lightweight.

BUT… this summer I needed another layer of frizz control. I’m still trying to gauge which products work in my hair at this new, shorter length. Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, my old standby, is too heavy now. I am also trying to make an effort to use products of the same line, since companies always say they work better together. So  I recently added Ouidad’s Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream to my product mix. Here’s how they worked…

How I Apply the Products

On freshly shampoo’d, conditioned, and t-shirt blotted hair, I shake my hair to let it fall into its natural curl pattern. I rake a nickel sized amount of the styling cream through my hair with my fingers, focusing on the crown, front and side sections. I then rake a nickel sized amount of gel through the same sections, finger coiling sections that are prone to frizz. To avoid sleeping on wet hair, I diffuse on the low, warm setting, sealing it with a shot of cold air.

The immediate results are good!

Curly Hair Results from Ouidad Climate Control Products

Pros:

Lightweight

Too much of any product tends to weigh down my hair, but even with these two together, if feels like I have nothing in my hair. My hair is extremely soft, touchable and light. In addition, there is no feeling of product build-up. (Note: these products do contain amodimethicone, but when my hair is properly moisturized, these light silicones are not a problem for me. I found a really helpful article on NaturallyCurly.com explaining what amodimethicone is and how it functions.)

Moisturizing

My hair gets oily at the root, so with short hair, I don’t need a ton of added moisture. But I do need a bit, especially on the ends. With ingredients like olive oil and Meadowfoam seed oil, the Featherlight Styler seems to provide just the right amount.

Cons:

Doesn’t Fight Frizz for the Long Haul

To clarify, the gel on its own does fight frizz for me, regardless of the day. But I’ve noticed that it is much more effective when I combine it with a different leave-in, like Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie or Giovanni’s Direct Leave-in Weightless Moisture Conditioner.

When I use the Featherlight Styling Cream, I notice that I have more frizz past day 1 or 2 (compared to other styling creams). I believe the culprit may be the high amount of glycerin in the product. I live in a VERY humid climate, and I think the glycerin is just drawing in too much moisture into my hair, causing it to swell and raise the cuticle (aka frizz). However, when I recently visited Atlanta, which has less humidity, I had incredibly smooth and frizz-free hair with the Ouidad cream and gel duo.

In summary, I do think the styling cream can be an effective product, just not for my extremely humid climate. The gel continues to work for me and I will purchase it again.

I hope this review is helpful! Have you tried these two products together, or anything else from the Ouidad Climate Control line? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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Creating Volume for Fine Curly Hair

Creating Volume for Fine Curly Hair

My hair has a split personality. When the weather is hot and humid, it can swell up to a beautiful size without my having to do much but step outside. However, when the weather turns cool and the humidity drops, it just gets kind of… limp. I could use clips, bobby pins and hair spray to help it defy gravity, but I don’t like using these on a daily basis. My hair is thick, but the actual strands are fine, and when there’s no humidity to lift them up, they lay flat at the root and twirl down, forming curls at the ends. So my hair can get very bottom heavy, resulting in flat locks.

There are ways, however, to give fine curly hair the illusion of volume. Here’s what I do when I want big hair:

Cut hair into layers
If you have medium-length hair or longer, be sure to have it cut into layers throughout, rather than just long layers. For example, if your hair hits mid-back, your first layer may start somewhere between your chin and collarbone, depending on your curl pattern. Be sure to have layers cut in the back of the hair as well. You don’t want lots of volume in the front and a flat back.

Go light on the styling products
Heavy-handed use of products will weigh down your hair, preventing you from getting the lift you’re looking for. Personally, I use a small amount of a very moisturizing leave-in, usually Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and maybe a touch of a lightweight gell like Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel. Also, I never apply styling products to the root. If your hair is heavy at the root, the rest will invariably follow suite.

Diffuse upside down
When I have time, I love letting my hair air dry. The curls are more defined and I have less frizz than when I diffuse, but when I want volume, I have to put curl definition on the back burner. My favorite way of diffusing is to let my hair air dry about half-way, then use the diffuser on the low heat setting. The key is diffusing your hair upside down, since this dries the roots in the opposite direction of the way they grow. I dry in sections, gathering one at a time in the diffuser cup, bringing it up to the root and holding it there for a few seconds. If I’m diffusing completely wet hair, I use the high setting or else it takes forever to dry. Once  dry, I always blast my hair with the cool setting to help seal the cuticle.

Creating Volume for FIne Curly HairThe photo above is actually second day hair. After sleeping with my hair in a pineapple, I flipped my hair upside down, shook the curls loose from the root, and used the Ouidad Botanical Boost Refreshing Spray to spruce them up. Another trick I learned to create volume is to use a pick. It works great on fine hair because you can lift the root and separate the curls without causing a lot of frizz. Again, I find I get the most volume if I flip my hair upside down and lift from the root. A pick is also a great tool if you want to achieve the classic Diana Ross look.

If you have any tricks for achieving volume on fine curly hair, please let me know!

~Thaïs