I am on the verge of tears, and it's not because my menstrual cycle is heavier than most days, but because this is the first product that I have used on my very curly, spirally, unruly hair (3B hairtype for a better visual) that works miracles to achieve a soft, wavy hairstyle.
I have used about a million other products for my curly hair to give it more of a relaxed wave, from Garnier Fructis's Surf Hair paste, L'oreal springing curls mousse, Organix Coconut Oil mousse (I liked this product too but it was so lightweight that I had to use a few other products), Garnier Fructis Beach Wave Spray, DevaCurl spray- you name it. This product was reccomended to me by a hair stylist and costed me about $8 for the 3.4 oz tube.
MY METHOD: In the shower, I wash my hair with only conditioner and really massaged it in to rid of the dirt. Left it in for 10 minutes or however long you can stand, then washed it out with cold water but left a little bit of the conditioner in; just enough to my hair moisturized but not sticky. Towel dried gently. While my hair was still damp, I used FX moroccan moisture argan oil (you can use any oil) all over, then let it dry for about 5-10 minutes. Then, I worked a dime size amount of Straight Works to each quarter-section of my hair, let it dry a bit, and used my blow dryer for each section. Blow dry it until there's a little bit of moisture in your hair. Air dry the rest of the way, putting it in a braid if you'd like.
This is a great product if you want to reduce the amount of heat tools for your hair and embrace your natural curl without the frizz and hard work behind it. Definitely buying again.
I just tried this (at my mom's house, I don't have my own) but I think the name is misleading. It doesn't straighten your hair, it's just a serum that you can use TO straighten your hair. Similar to Paul Mitchell's Super Skinny Serum. This is cheaper than SSS and a bit more like a gel, yet still serum-like. I have the SSS at home and while I don't use it often (I usually use Biosilk) I do use it when I need a bit more polishing. I feel both are thicker than Biosilk. It may or may not matter, but I don't heat dry my hair, so I'm assuming that like the other serums, it doesn't get sticky when you do heat treat it, but just noting that I'm not so I don't know. (I also would recommend a heat protection spray if you do.) I also just used a Deep Conditioner so it's hard to know what really does what. I put my hair up in a bun and it's nothing close to straight, just nice smooth curly-waves (which is how it like it :) ) So overall, I gave this a shot and it's nice. Might actually get my own some day :) I think I actually like it more than SSS...hmmmm!!
Had my slightly-longer-than-shoulder-length hair cut at Fantastic Sam's this weekend. My hair is fine and wavy, but I have a LOT of hair. I also use permanent color. I wash my hair once a week, and flatiron it after washing/drying and "touch up" flatiron daily.
The Fantastic Sam's stylist towel dried my hair and then took a dime-sized blob of this product, rubbed it between her palms, and then applied it to my hair. She then blow-dried my hair until dry (no brush!).
After my hair was dry, she flatironed it and my hair has never looked - or felt - so good! It was perfectly straight, soft, and silky - with NO waves.
I was so impressed I'm going to buy this product today. For those of you who don't like it, consider a couple of things before you give up on it completely. First, you may be using too much of the product. Second, are you using OTHER products (leave-in conditioners, mousse, etc) in conjuction with it? Try using a smaller amount of the product, and use it alone. You might get the results you're hoping for.
Although this product is expensive (for me - I usually use Garnier hair products), it will probably be cheaper for me to use this in the long run, because I can stop using the three leave-in products I was applying to my hair previously.
I got a bottle of this for free. It does okay, but not great. My hair is naturally thick, curly and pretty coarse. Without styling/product it gets very frizzy and remains rough. I often blow it out with a large round brush and it smooths out very easily. My hair seems to like silicone products. This was just a little too gel-like rather than creamy or more like a serum, which I prefer. Other reviewers have said it's a little too light and doesn't add any weight to the hair. I'm the same in that I need a little bit of weight to make my hair look silky and remain straight. So this was just okay and I probably will not repurchase. I gave it three stars because it does work fairly well and keeps my hair pretty smooth.
This product is pretty much useless. It has a gel consistency, it's not a cream like most straightening products. I've used it a couple times, but never got good results. It's also way overpriced. I would never purchase this product. There are so many better products out there.
This is the worst product I've used on my fine, wavy hair! I wouldn't give it a second chance. I've never had such flat hair! My hair doesn't even feel good to the touch. I can't wait to wash it out!
The best product for me was Graham Webb Stick Straight. Since it was discontinued I've never found anything that works as well for my hair. Still searching!
Oh, how I love Straight Works. This product is amazing! I have wavy hair and this gel tames it like no other straightener I have tried, both drugstore and high end. One tube lasts a long time, and it doesn't leave hair feeling sticky, tacky, or dry. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 lippies is because it's a bit expensive and the packaging isn't so great. The tube is shell thin and too delicate. My last tube of it broke in half and I had to put the product in a plastic spray bottle that I had laying around the house. I will definitely repurchase Straight Works and would recommend it to anyone who has unruly hair.
My hair is pretty rebellious. It does the reverse of what I want it to do. Usually, styling my hair takes hours and gets me really tired and fed up. I use this on my damp hair and sometimes I add some Garnier straightening balm to it. I comb my hair and then blow dry it till it is completely dry. Then with a big curling iron, I go over small sections and make sure that the ends are curled. I do not care for pin straight hair. This does the job very well. In fact, by using this, my hair stays frizz free and smooth and straight and presentable until the next time that I wash it. I wash my hair twice a week. Although you should not use a lot of this product, for those who have a lot of hair, more product should be used.
I have been using this product for years and I LOVE it. I have long, course,dry, wavy hair and this is the only product I have come across that I feel is thick enough to protect my ends and keep them from drying out. I usually put a small amount in while my hair is damp before I blow dry and straighten it. When I am finished, my hair is smooth and my ends are silky. I don't feel that this product weighs my hair down or makes it sticky. I have tried dozens of high-end hair products and none compare to this.
I love this hair gel! For reference, I have very thick, course, wavy, hard-to-straighten hair. It really has a mind of its own. I have tried quite a few straightening gels out there only to find that they did nothing more than make my hair smell pretty. It seems like most will help treat frizz or add smoothness but the wave is still there! This actually helps straighten my hair. I apply about a nickel sized amount on my wet/damp hair and blow dry. I still need to flat iron but the waves straighten much more easily. Plus my hair STAYS straight as the day wears on. I must warn you, this product is very heavy and can cause major buildup so using a clarifying shampoo occasionally would definitely help. Also, because of the heaviness of the product, I would recommend this to people with thick or course hair. I am only speculating, but it may be too heavy for those with thin or fine hair.