Eco Natural has unexpectedly dropped another product. The Eco Natural Curl Activator (with Aloe Vera and Panthenol).
In Nigeria, it is N1550. That was how much I got it at a supermarket but I’m sure it would be cheaper in the local market.
The cover is blue and like all other Eco gel products, the body itself is transparent, allowing customers see the clear blue-tinted gel that’s in it. There are things like ‘Glycerine Free!’ and ‘Alcohol Free!’ written on the body. You can also tell from the body that it eliminates frizz, enhances shine, conditions and is non-greasy.
Directions (according to the manufacturers)
Apply a generous amount of gel to damp or dry hair. Thoroughly massage for even distribution. Style as usual. Use daily or as needed.
Aqua/water, propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Panthenol, Aloe Barbandensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Ploysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Lilial, Linalool.
So the gel is watery. The other gels I’ve used (I haven’t used any Eco products before this) are usually very tacky and waxy. This Eco Curl Activator is watery. But not overly watery -like runny watery. It has a hold, but is still watery.
I tried this on both damp and dry hair -the dry hair was stretched already. As expected, it made the stretched hair shrink up again. I was expecting my 4c kinky coils to immediately pop right out but it didn’t, on both the damp hair and the dry. It was a huge disappointment. It left white residue on my hair at first but as it dried up, the residue disappeared, leaving my hair it’s real colour.
So after a while, I noticed that the frizz on my very frizzy hair had reduced somewhat, leaving a bit of definition that could only be seen when placed against a light background. It however didn’t peace my hair crunchy or flaky, unlike my regular gel.
My regular gel defined my coils immediately but after drying out, my hair crunched up till it almost resembled dreadlocks. I did not get that same effect from the Eco Curl Activator. The Eco product left my hair feeling soft. So I decided to try a twist out.
It was taking forever to dry so I took out the twist out and bam! It defined that.y hair was still very soft and it didn’t have any frizz.
So my final take? No, I won’t advise you to purchase this product. It wasn’t worth my money. I can use Aloe Vera juice and Shea Butter and still achieve a defined twist out at a cheaper cost. Instead, stick to your wash and go’s using the regular Eco Styler Gel. Which, in fact, is cheaper.