A/G • Recoil Curl Activator • Styling Products
|Would buy this product again.||82%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Although this product is supposed to be a curl booster & smoother, it seemed to do the exact opposite. I tried this multiple different ways-- on its own, with a gel, with a leave-in, air dried, diffused, etc...and I ended up with a rat's nest of hair each time! It's supposed to help in humid climates, but when I used it on the coast the effect was actually worse than inland. Will not be repurchasing this one.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I am so kicking myself for not having tried this curl cream decades ago as I would have saved thousands on hair products. It really is one of a kind and the best curl product I have ever used as the reviews say. I have naturally wavy fine but alot alot of it hair that has really been a pain my entire life. I have only dramed about being able to step out of the shower and go but my hair makes things a constant production. I always have to either blowdry my hair straight or use a curling rod to go over and define curls to look put together otherwise justt letting my hair dry I would have a complete mane of pure pouf/frizz and look like a hobo basically. That is where my hair product obsession started since I was in my teens in having tried every pomade/texture creme/oil/curl cream/mousse/gel on planet earth basically to be able to air dry my hair for definition and wave. INstead I either get crunch, limp and weighed down, frizz or no definition. Every curl cream I have tried basically jsut feels like a leave-in conditioner and has never done anything to define or reduce frizz in my hair until Recoil. THis is aobut the only product I put off trying all these years as honestly I was jsut totlaly frustrated with curl creams and figured this would be yet another hyped product that failed for me. Boy was a wrong as even when I was scrunching my hair I could for once feel the deifnition forming and once my hair was dry I had amazing waves/curl with no frizz. Still shocked and about to go run and buy th ebig pump bottle of this stuff. This cream really is the product to try if you have anywhere near as fussy unmanagable hair as I do and don't want to always have to rely on heat tools to have a good hair day. The texture really is amazing as it is the perfect gel/cream combo in giving moisture while defining which I have yet to come across in any product I have tried/even when cocktailing products together. This is deifnitely my go to as of now and can't recommend it more! :)
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
Great product for my fine, wavy hair if thin it out a bit with water and then apply. Expensive though. I get similar results with Mark Anthony curl cream, which is about $10 cheaper.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I love this product. It gives my curls so much definition and holds them so well. The only bad thing is that it doesnt control frizz at all, so i have to use super strength frizz serums before, which is totally not a big deal, i'd probably use them anyways. I like to put in kerastase oleo serum and paul mitchel super skinny before i apply recoil. then i do a bit of scrunching and my let it dry. i love the pump, i've bought this product a bunch of times and will continue to purchase!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I've been using Bumble & Bumble Styling Creme and BB Gel, which are good, but I needed something with more hold. A/G Recoil definitely had more hold, but it was also a little stiff and greasy (not too much). And the smell, which reminds me of bathroom fragrance is really, really strong. for $15 at the salon, I would definitely buy it again, but it's not replacing my BB products.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I love this stuff! My hair is coarse, with 3a curls that lately have looked more like a frizz collection. AG Recoil mixed with some leave-in conditioner worked wonders on my very long, very thick hair! I got more compliments in the last two days than I have in months! And I say last two days because I had such pretty "next day hair" (all you curly-headed ladies will understand that holy grail of hair aspirations) that I couldn't bear to wash it. Two days of great hair with minimal effort - yay!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Medium Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Green
I like this stuff. Friend gave it to me and I used it up. Been looking for a decent curl cream to replace my HG Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious, which has been difficult to find and cough up the big bucks for.
The others I have tried either haven't been effective and/or have been too much like glue.
The AG Recoil is is much tackier and stickier than the BB so I do not necessarily like that. The BB you can run your fingers through and is a pleasure to apply to the hair. However, the AG definitely HOLDS a curl and isn't tooo tacky especially with wet hair. Figured out to spiral my hair in pieces and pin it back while air drying and this honestly will last for many days without washing (using a shower cap). Still holds the curl and didn't flake or make my hair greasy or gross. I ran out of my "tester" and think I will buy more even though I tend to product jump excessively.
For comparison, I have curly/wavy fine to medium hair that is very dry where I live. The climate is also very dry making curls difficult to coax and stay.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I love Re:coil! Not exactly wallet-friendly, but after hearing about this on naturallycurly.com, I couldn't resist. It sounded like the product for me (3a curls). I paired it with Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper and got great results. Frizz-less, beautiful, romantic curls. I love it! I will repurchase. I rated the packaging quality 4 instead of 5 because it's non-recycleable, but that won't stop me from buying it again...
It's not heavy, and it's silicone-free! Wonderful!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
UPDATE: It is Feb 2013, still the only thing I use. If you want a softer hold version try AG Beach Bomb, many seem to love that. But I love the hold this provides. After applying it as indicated below, I comb it through with a wide tooth comb and then use something like Paul Mitchell Wild Ginger HydroWhip rubbed between my hands to scrunch it back up. This softens the feel of my hair and gives more hold/frizz control. You could use any of your favorite hold products to do this step or even MoroccanOil to really soften your hair in this step if you don't need the strong hold my fine locks need. HTH
-When buying this be sure you grab the curl ACTIVATOR, not the curl cream, both are under Recoil. My review is for the curl activator and it rocks!
ORIGNIAL REVIEW: Fine hair wavy/curlies...don't shy away from this gem. It is your friend as long as you don't coat your head in it. My salon recently started carrying this and I was so excited to try it when my stylist put it on after my last hair cut. WOW! My hippy chic wavy hair had volume at the crown and nice defined curls. It was the perfect balance of just enough product to tame, but not gunk up my hair. (My hair has to have product in it to weigh it down or it is uber fluffy and flyaway...it is very, very fine). I thought I would never get duplicate results at home. But applying it like she did (rubbing product between my hands and kind of pinch/pulling/picking at mid-shaft down w/just a slight pull up at my crown) it is my fave thing to use. I use it with something like PM Super Sculpt to help tame frizz/hold. I just hope my salon keeps carrying it.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Yay! I'm liking this cream a lot! And it's free of silicones! I have fine, curly hair, and this product does not weigh it down or make it limp, and it defines all the different curl types on my head and makes them shiny and soft. I only use about a bean-sized amount, on wet hair, then after working it in I scrunch it very gently with a T-shirt. It takes a while to dry (I don't do hair dryers, because I make a big mess if I try), and when it is wet is SEEMS like it is going to dry all crunchy. But nope--once dry, the curls are soft and stay nice and defined all day long, with minimal frizz (there is *always* a bit of frizz, of course). The past few days I have used only a bit of leave-in conditioner and this stuff, and the results are truly impressive. Note: it does not yield a very controlled look, so if that is your goal, you would probably also have to use a gel or spray of some kind. I like Bumble&Bumble's curling foam for days when I want hold, but I prefer this A/G stuff far more because it leaves hair soft and touchable.