The first time I used this product I thought it was absolutely fantastic! I couldn't believe the change-it was astonishing! This gave me really soft, shiny, abundant curls with body & no crunchiness. Before there had only been some half-hearted curls in the back but otherwise just a few waves in my thick, coarse, silver-salted, slightly dry & pretty short hair. I particularly loved having soft, shiny hair again, b/c as I've been aging I've found my hair starting to lose those qualities, and I was thrilled to get them back. Too bad it was so temporary-for a week or so I felt like Shirley Temple, but then my hair started becoming drier,less shiny & less curly. W/the help of the Hair board I realized that the Aubrey shampoo I was using was stripping my hair. I replaced it w/a John Masters shampoo (yes it's $$$, but since my hair's so short I only need a little) & waited for some recovery. I never saw much b/c this product has grain alcohol-a drying alcohol. Curses! I'd missed it when I'd read the ingredients before I bought it. I'll never make *that* mistake again.
Of course the Aubrey website says it's a benign alcohol-I SO wish that was true! Maybe this would be OK for more oily hair, but it was a complete disaster for me. If you do try this, too little's better than too much. Too much will give you stiffness a lot like using too much old-fashioned hairspray used to. I also liked at much more when I used it on just towel-dried but still wet hair, and letting it air-dry seemed better. Quick air-drying, like sitting in a warm place outside, always gave me the most curls.
I'm totally heartbroken. I loved this so much in the beginning, and now I have to start all over & search for a replacement w/no silicone, drying ingredients, or things I can't pronounce. Anyone want a couple of bottles?