I know I’m late to the game with this one.
(Note: this review is for 4 type hair since that’s the hair type I have in my head.) So this summer of 2018 I decided to test out different hair products on my hair to find my staple. I was very reluctant to try a different eco styler gel in fear of wasting money on another product, but I can’t deny how cheap the product is and how well it does define my hair. Eco styler can last on my hair for a week, but I hate how crunchy it gets and how well it clumps my hair. When my hair clumps together, it looks like I don’t have much hair on my head.
I watched many videos on this specific eco styler gel and decided to try it.
It has a perfume-type scent that I liked, but the smell isn’t that strong, so that is a plus.
The consistency is less sticky and tough than Eco Styler Olive Oil.
When using the gel, I first applied Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream and then coconut oil on wet hair.
I continue to spray my hair with water until I’m satisfied because this gel doesn’t work well on dry to damp hair. I think very few gels do. Then I applied the gel using the “prayer-hands” method. I do not shingle my hair or use a denim brush to define my curls. I let the gel and my hair work together on their own.
I have been using Eco Styler Caster and Flaxseed Oil for weeks now, and I love it. I consider this to be a staple of mine now.
Eco Styler Black Caster and Flaxseed Oil
- It doesn’t clump my hair. This can be a pro or con, depending on what you want, but for me, it is a pro because I hate when my hair clumps. I lose volume when my curls clump together.
- It doesn’t dry with a crunch. This gel leaves my curls defined and soft.
- The gel is moisturizing. Before this gel, I used Eco Styler Olive Oil which always left my hair feeling dry a few hours after applying it. That might’ve been due to the extreme crunch it gives. Eco Styler Black Caster and Flaxseed Oil, feels like it would moisturize my hair and it does. My hair doesn’t feel dry for a few days.
- This also could be a pro or con, but it doesn’t weigh my hair down once it dries.
- It doesn’t have an overpowering smell
- I don’t need to use a lot.
- Less friction when applying it to my hair
- The gel reactivates well
- Works well for afro-based styles
- The hold only lasts 4 to 5 days before the gel cast is completely gone. You can tell when the gel is no longer working in your hair by wetting your hair and you should feel if the gel is still in your hair. Your hands will feel a little sticky. Water can reactivate the gel if the gel is still there.
- Cannot be used to lay down hair. It does say that it has a hold of 10, the strongest hold Eco has, but I don’t think it’s that strong to do so. This isn’t a problem for me since I don’t have edges to lay down. If you want a slicked high puff or bun, don’t use this gel.
- It doesn’t make your curls pop. Since this gel doesn’t have a strong God-fearing hold like some of the other eco stylers, your curls won’t be popping. It works similar to the Ors Curls Unleashed Jelly. The curls looked shiny the first day, but once my hair dried, the shine and the popping definition was gone. This gel is a better version of that jelly which is probably why I like it so much. I am not too fond of the strong hold that Eco Styler Olive Oil has.
In conclusion, this gel is excellent depending on what type of style you are going for. If you are trying to wear your hair in afro-based styles, then I think this works well for that. If you are type 4 and want your curls to fall and pop, then this isn’t for you. Remember that what works for me might not work for you. I will be repurchasing this gel, and I do recommend you give it a try.