Saturday, July 28, 2012

Giveaway: Jessicurl Haircare Light & Luminous Collection $36 ARV {8.14; US} CLOSED

This is a joint giveaway with Hobo Mama and Natural Parents Network. You may enter at one site only. Please find the section marked "Win it!" for the mandatory main entry and optional bonus entries.

Jessicurl is offering our readers a giveaway of a Light & Luminous Trial-Size Collection, a value of $36.

This haircare collection for finer curls and waves includes six safe and gentle products perfect for wavy and curl hair on adults or little ones! The zippered travel pouch includes a step-by-step instructional insert with tons of tips and techniques to help you get fabulous curl enhancement and definition.


I love Jessicurl products for my wavy hair, and for my young son Mikko's. Jessicurl haircare products are made from positive ingredients that are safe and natural or naturally derived. They clean hair without stripping the natural oils, and moisturize and style without weighing down the texture. Most significantly, they've made my wavy hair look nearly curly!

My hair on the Jessicurl regimen

I first became aware of Jessicurl haircare when I was transitioning my own hair from straight to wavy — an intriguing discovery I made when I started treating my hair more gently and ditched harsh shampoos and styling products. It also coincided with the birth of my firstborn, who gave us another delightful surprise: a headful of ringlets.

I needed haircare products that could care for my baby's curls gently and with a natural look, and also keep my own hair looking attractive. But I wanted to make sure anything I used was safe for my baby's sensitive skin and easy on the environment. Jessicurl fit the bill!

Jessicurl recently sent me a travel-size collection of Light & Luminous products, which is a collection designed specifically for thinner hair that might be weighed down by richer products. This makes it perfect for a lot of younger kids, who still have that baby-fine hair. (Jessicurl also offers a Rich & Radiant collection that's more moisturizing, ideal for thicker or coarser hair.)

This collection of 2-ounce bottles in a zippered pouch is perfect for traveling, as I discovered on our recent road trip, where I was able to simply toss the pouch into my suitcase and have all my haircare together. I enjoyed trying out the collection, rediscovering favorite products, and sampling new ones. Here's what's included:

Gentle Lather Shampoo

I don't usually use anything more than water on baby Alrik,
but he volunteered to model the Jessicurl products.
Or perhaps he just liked playing with the bottles. One of those.

Gentle Lather Shampoo is just that: a very gentle cleanser. Usually I don't use shampoo at all (just a gentle conditioner), because conventional shampoos strip the moisture from my hair and therefore kill the wave. But I can use Gentle Lather and have good-looking, wavy hair the same day! This is significant, people. It means I can use this shampoo every time I shower, with no detrimental effects to my hair's health and texture. There's also a Hair Cleansing Cream that adds moisture as it cleans and is best suited to very dry, thick, or textured hair.

Gentle Lather Shampoo doesn't lather an awful lot, because it's missing the harsh chemicals that make conventional shampoos so very foamy, but it does give a satisfying, mild lather (you can see it on Alrik above), and it's easy enough to get my scalp clean with just a small amount. I recommend rubbing it between your wet palms first before using your fingertips to rub it over and scrub your scalp (gently). Then you can just let the lather run over and down the rest of your hair to get it clean. (Gentleness is key when dealing with curls.)

Aloeba Daily Conditioner

Aloeba Daily Conditioner (which has aloe, as you might be able to tell) is moisturizing without weighing finer hair down. It's very smooth and I can feel how light it is as I smooth it into my hair. It also makes a good leave-in conditioner for pretty much any hair type, so you don't have to rinse it out all the way.

Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner

For a deep conditioner for finer hair, or a daily conditioner for dry hair, Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner kicks it. I've been using Too Shea (which features shea butter, obviously) about every third shower (I shower about twice a week, for the curious) to keep my hair nicely moisturized. I also use it after swimming in chlorine, coloring my hair, or similarly damaging activities. I put it in, pop a shower cap over my hair, and let it steam as I finish the rest of my shower, then rinse. Even though it's more moisturizing, it's not too heavy for my hair even the day I use it.

Gelebration Spray

Gelebration Spray is a lighter formulation of Rockin' Ringlets Styling Potion, which is the product that started it all when Jess herself formulated her own flaxseed-based styling product. She loved it on her own ringlets, and it turned out that curly friends loved it, too, so she bottled it!

Gelebration Spray has the word "spray" in it, but I don't find it sprays very evenly. For that reason, I usually spray into my palm and then smooth the product through my dripping wet hair, just post-shower. I took a Jessicurl tip to flip my head upside down first — it really does help the curl form even better! I scrunch two or three palmfuls of Gelebration Spray into my hair.

Gelebration Spray is a pretty light gel on its own. It helps the curl form, but I feel that the next product, Confident Coils, is necessary to help the curl stay put. Gelebration Spray is also very watery, so it's necessary to do just a small palmful at a time and be careful about not spilling it as you apply. I like that I can really see the flaxseed origins of this gel in its naturally brown color. Using this has made my curls bouncier and more defined.

Confident Coils

I really love Confident Coils. It's a smooth white cream that works with the Gelebration Spray (or Rockin' Ringlets, if you have thicker hair) to help hold the curl. I need just a tiny amount (as in the picture above); if I use too much, it weighs down my hair and makes it too sticky. But with a small amount through my wet hair, it ends up gorgeous!

With both styling products together, I find I have bouncy, well-defined waves and even a few curls (woot!) that last all day. They do not make my hair look crunchy or wet as some gels can do; any crunch can be gently scrunched out after the hair has dried, but I don't ever need to. I let my hair air dry, with the roots supported with a clip and excess moisture scrunched out with a microfiber towel. If I'm feeling ambitious, I use a hair dryer and pile the curls on top of the diffuser, pushing them toward my head — that makes them even more defined. Either way, I just love the way Jessicurl products make my hair look and feel!

Awe Inspiraling Spray

Alrik's ear-skimming hair is too sparse for me to know
whether Jessicurl products make his hair curlier or not —
but Mikko's hair looked great with them when it was curly!

Awe Inspiraling Spray has me a little stumped, I have to confess. I love the idea of a second-day spray that refreshes curls, but I can't get it to work as well as spraying a lot of water on instead. I've tried spraying it on dry hair and on wet, but I haven't noticed much difference. If anyone figures it out, let me know! I'll keep experimenting.

I'll mention that one other downside I've found to Jessicurl products is that they're lower hold in general. Second-day hair is less defined than when I use a more conventional gel, and my roots tend to go flatter with Jessicurl as well (not always a bad thing; sometimes gel makes them stick up in odd ways). I've been experimenting with adding a dab of gel to my roots before I put in the clip. That seems to help. And for second-day (and third-day, etc.) hair, I wet it or just pull it back, as per usual!

Ingredients & Scents

Jessicurl puts a lot of emphasis on choosing safe, healthy ingredients and, most importantly to me, being entirely transparent about which ingredients they use and why. Many ingredients are natural or naturally derived, and Jessicurl provides explanations for the non-natural ingredients they've chosen to include.

From the website:
Every ingredient in every Jessicurl product is there for the specific positive effect it will have on your hair — there is no filler. …

You can also rest assured that NONE of our products contain any animal ingredients, nor do we test on animals. All of our products are tested on many heads of curls — people who actually want to be a part of the development. These aspects of Jessicurl will never change.

Natural ingredients include nourishing aloe vera, coconut oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, avocado oil, flax seeds, shea butter, and an herbal "hair tea." Some of the non-natural ingredients are humectants, emollients, and a tiny amount of preservatives.

What's critical is what ingredients they don't have: silicones that coat strands and are hard to wash out, harsh cleansing agents, drying alcohols, and the like. All the ingredients are specially chosen to nourish and strengthen hair, protect natural oils, and make curls and waves look their best with every use.

The trial sizes come unscented, and you can choose unscented for the full-size products as well. Otherwise, Jessicurl offers two fragrances, and scent samples are included in the trial: Citrus Lavender and Island Fantasy. I've tried both and find the Citrus Lavender (lavender, grapefruit, and orange essential oils) is heavier on the citrus, and Island Fantasy (coconut, vanilla, and citrus) is heavy on the coconut. From reviews I've gathered that many people seem to prefer the Island Fantasy, but I'd guess that's a personal thing. Citrus Lavender is a lighter scent and has no synthetic fragrances so is a good choice for anyone with sensitivities. However, since sniff-critic Mikko hates them both, I've learned my lesson to get the No Fragrance option next time! For use on kids, that's not a bad idea, anyway.

Price point

One downside to the Jessicurl line is the price. I stopped using it for awhile because I needed to put my money elsewhere. Now that I've gotten to use it again, though, I'm hooked. It does such great things for my hair that I've decided it's worth the cost for me. A regular 8-ounce bottle of product costs $16.95. Since it's a small company with high-quality products, I'm willing to pay more for something that works well for my hair so consistently.

There are a few ways to save money: You can buy larger amounts (32 ounces in a pump bottle such as you'd see at a salon, or even a gallon jug!) if you know you like it and want to decant it into a smaller bottle for the shower or vanity. Buying the products in a collection also cuts down on the price, whether you choose the 2-ounce or 8-ounce sets. You can also buy the 2-ounce sizes for travel or trial purposes for $6.95 each, or a 0.5-ounce sample for only $1.50 just to give something a go. You can choose one free sample with each order, or buy additional samples singly or with an order. That means you can decide if it's right for you before committing, so give it a try — I know you'll love it!

You should also sign up for the Very Important Curly newsletter for ongoing discounts, and see the Buy It section below for an amazing discount just for our readers!

Mikko's curls in their glory, with Jessicurl care:
healthy and natural

About Jessicurl

Jessicurl is the baby of Jess, a lovely lady with a head of ringlets who needed naturally inspired haircare to manage her own curls. Her motto?

You have the right to remain curly!

You can read more of Jess's story on her site and follow along with her blog. I'll give you a hint, too: If you sign up for the Very Important Curly newsletter, you'll receive an immediate 20% discount code, notices of future sales, and a heads up whenever Jess is in your town. That's right — you can meet the curly girl herself!

Curl education

One thing I love about Jessicurl is how committed they are to making sure your waves and curls look their best. The key to that, as they've noted, is education. boasts a whole Curly Care Center with tons of tips and videos on how to care for curls and use Jessicurl products.

The Curly Care Center will walk you through identifying your own curl type (I'm a 2a-2b) and choosing what products will work for you, and then teaching you how to wash, dry, and style your hair to bring out its natural texture. I highly recommend checking out whatever video looks closest to your hair type — you're sure to learn a thing or two, and be astonished at just how amazing your hair could look with proper products and techniques!



You can purchase Jessicurl curly hair care products online at or at local salons and co-ops and from international websites.

Jessicurl offers products geared toward wavy and curly hair of all types and textures, from cleansing to moisturizing to styling to accessories.

Just for our readers, Jessicurl is offering a 20% discount off any order at from now until September 12! Enter code HBMA94632 at checkout.

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Colleen said...

I learned that I have type 3 curly hair. I also learned that avocado oil is good for hair. :-) These look like truly great products!

MomE said...

EEK! I've heard that silicones aren't good, but I'd never heard WHY... or bothered to research why. Now I worry about my poor, curly/wavy hair and the silicones I've been putting on it! :(

MomE said...

As to who will use them... ME! And possibly I will use them on my little lady. While she's only 4mos now, it looks like she inherited her mommy's curls and waves. :)

MomE said...

I really want to try the Confident Coils. I don't like having crunchy hair; something that defines without making my hair unpleasant to touch would be awesome.

TheVegan said...

I learned that you need to use a diffuser on the end of your hair dryer, and that sulfates,silicones and alcohols are bad for curly hair.

Lucinda said...

I learned that I have type 2c wavy hair. I'd love to try a new product for my untame-able hair!

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Unknown said...

My curls used to be awesome, at a 2 pregnancy seems to have weighed them down to a 1. I would love to regain bounce!

Unknown said...

Rockin' Ringlets sound like something I would use.

Jen said...

Washing curly hair every day is bad for it.

Jen said...

I think my mom's hair would benefit from trying JessiCurl products. Her curls don't have much umph anymore...

Jen said...

I'd like to try the Stimulating Scalp oil.

Shannon said...

I think I really do have the same type of hair as you. It's fine and wavy, but it resists styling. I really need to practice more, and I'm totally going to eventually get around to following your regimen.

Kimberly said...

I learned that there is one store in Washington state where I can buy Jessicurl products :)

Mama G said...

I have 3b curly hair

Mama G said...

I will use them for myself and my daughter because we have out of control hair!

Mama G said...

I really want to try the rocking ringlets styling potion.

Amanda (floatingpyramids) said...

I learned that washing your hair (especially curly) hair every day is very bad and can cause damage.

Amanda (floatingpyramids) said...

Me and my mother would use these products! We really need them since our hair pretty much had a mind of it's own.

Amanda (floatingpyramids) said...

I'd love to try their Awe Inspiraling Spray.

Lindsay said...

I learned that my son's hair would probably be less frizzy if he had a silk pillowcase! Seems a bit impractical for a preschooler who is just going to get it all sweaty and puke on it and stuff, but maybe I can sew him one :)

Lindsay said...

My son would use these-he has really curly hair and I have totally straight hair and no clue what to do with his hair to keep it healthy!

Lindsay said...

I'd most like to try the gentle lather shampoo on my son!

Unknown said...

I learned that I have type 2a hair. I'd love to try these products!

Unknown said...

I will use them--still trying to find the right thing to bring out the waves in my hair without weighing it down!

Unknown said...

Rockin' ringlets sounds promising! I'd love to try any of these products!

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♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

Both my daughter and I have curly hair, so we could both us it!
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♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

I'd like to try the Rockin' Ringlets Styling Potion
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Ellyn R said...

I found out that I have a type 2b wavy curl for my hair. I hadn't realized that there are different types of wavy hair as well! I just thought it was all sectioned out by wavy, curly, and super curly :) This is good to know for product purchasing!

Lexi's mama said...

I have learned I have 2b waves which tend to frizz :p

Lexi's mama said...

I would LOVE to try to deep conditioning treatment!

Lexi's mama said...

I will be using the jessicurl products because as a busy mama I need something for ME' and my crazy messy hair could use all the help it can get!

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