Choosing the Right Styler

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If the image above excites you, you've come to the right spot! Choosing the perfect styler for your curly hair can be overwhelming with the variety available. But don't worry, we've got you covered. When it comes to stylers, there are three main types: Foams or Mousses, Gels, and Creams. In our March blog post, we dive into these categories, helping you make an informed decision without the guesswork.

Foams and Mousses


So, you're wondering about the difference between foams and mousses? While the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a technical distinction. Foams are typically found in pump bottles, while mousses are in aerosol cans. This leads to foams being lighter in weight than mousses. However, don't get too caught up in the terminology, as the functions of both products are quite similar. Both foams and mousses work to add volume and enhance curl definition. They provide a bit of hold, although not as firm as a gel, and are usually easy to scrunch out. If you're looking for a voluminous look with a touch of defining hold, a foam or mousse could be the perfect choice for you. You can always layer on lightweight gel like Ecoslay's Orange Marmalade to gain more definition and staying power without compromising volume.



When it comes to textured hair, gels are a go-to product for many of us on wash day, and for good reason! Gels come in a wide variety, ranging from wax-like to watery consistency, and from firm hold to light hold. This means you can find a gel that suits your specific needs and desired look. Generally, gels offer decent hold, help reduce frizz, and create smooth locks. Thicker gels typically provide firmer hold and more control. Keep an eye on the ingredients list, as gels with oils higher up in the list tend to have less hold. Within the gel category, there are subcategories like custards with a gooey texture and cream gels that are lightweight yet still provide hold. Our flagship product, Orange Marmalade, is a great example of a cream gel, boasting a light texture while giving a firm hold. Also, our Jello Shot is super thick with an extra firm hold, reminiscent of a more traditional thick gel.




Let's talk about the final type of styler: curl creams. Curl creams are unique as they combine moisture and definition in one product. They offer a balance between the moisturizing properties of a leave-in conditioner and the defining qualities of a gel. While not providing a super firm hold, curl creams are great for adding volume and combating frizz. One of the advantages of curl creams is their versatility. They can be used alone or layered underneath gels, mousses, or foams to add extra moisture and hold to your styling routine. Our newly launched Lemon Buttercream is a fantastic example of a curl cream, providing excellent moisture, slip, curl definition with a touch of hold.


I hope this post was helpful at demystifying the 3 basic curly hair styler types. While there are varying types of creams, gels and foams/mousses, understanding the basic properties of each should help steer you in the right direction when you walk down the hair care aisle.

So, what type of styler do you typically reach for? Do you like to layer different stylers or are is "one-and-done" more your jam?

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