Always on the hunt for a product that will, without fail, give her frizz free, swirling hair, Ella Walker tries out some of the high street’s top curl treatments.
Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Curls Original Curl Cream, Boots, £5.10
I’ve been using this on days when I’ve needed some volume. It’s ever so creamy and leaves you with big, heavy locks of ringlets that seem to just improve if you sleep on them, ruffle them up and wear out again the next day. No crispiness even if you load up and work from roots to tip. The only let down is that you can’t always guarantee a frizz-free finish.
label.m Sea Salt Spray, Toni & Guy, £11.75
This comes in a very salon-professional looking bottle with a great spritz effect but after using it, I really couldn’t notice that much difference. It would probably be more suited to people with hair that isn’t already a touch wavy and needs some oomph. If your tresses naturally have a kink to them, like mine, it’s just like chucking a load of slightly salty water on your head. Nice beachy feel, but not entirely worth the price tag.
Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly, Boots, £4.79
I didn’t have the highest of hopes for this one the first time I used it. It’s very liquidy and runny – a small bit goes a very long way so don’t apply more than a pea sized amount. Slap on too much and you end up with a crispy wet-look. But, once I’d mastered the application the result was quite brilliant. Slender, spirally curls, smoothly defined, and it smells great too: super sugary. Just wash your hands after applying or you’ll stick to everything.
Boots essentials curl crème, Boots, £1.32
If they stop making this I may cry – a lot. For some reason, despite being a humble own-brand, this curl crème is perfect for fuss-free curls. It works on damp and dry hair, always reliable for boosting lightness and bounce and you don’t even need very much of it – total bargain! The only thing it is rubbish at is being packed. It’s drowned a couple of wash bags in pink gloop but it’s so dependable the rest of the time I can’t help but forgive it.