Product Review: Goddess Curls Curl Gel

By: LaTasha R. Merchant

After being a Kinky Curly  addict for months I got the itch again to try a new product. Deep down I am as much of a product junkie as any natural chick.  If you haven’t noticed, Target now sells a host of natural hair care products. So I decided to try the Curls for Target line. A few months ago I picked up the Curl Crème Brule Styler, but I have only been using it as a curl refresher on days I don’t feel up to combing my hair. And I love it. The smell is awesome and it does the job.

A few days ago I purchased the Goddess Curls Curl Gel in hopes that it would be a cheaper alternative to the $16.00 jar of Kinky Curly Curling Custard.  Curls for Target comes at a very reasonable price. The products range from $7.99 to $10.99.

I did my usual wash and go routine using Aussie Moist Shampoo and Conditioner.  I parted my wet hair into  sections and applied the Goddess Curls Curl Gel. I noticed as I continued to apply the product that it didn’t seem to take unless I used a pretty generous amount so I actually went back to the first few sections of hair and reapplied more of the product and noticed immediately the difference.  Once I was done applying the gel I let my hair air dry. Here are the results: 

As you can see my hair is very poofy. I even have some pinned back! By the end of the day it was SUPER dry and felt like a brillo pad. I was not happy with the outcome.  However, instead of giving up I decided to give the product a second try. This time putting the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie,that I previously reviewed, under the Curl Goddess Gel in hopes that it would provide moisture.  

Of course, my hair is still big since I have so much of it, but it’s definitely not poofy as before. I was very happy with the results! My hair was super soft and smelled wonderful. My curls were defined and best of all my mane wasn’t dry.  I would definitely recommend these two products as a cheaper alternative.

So let’s review…

-product didn’t weight the hair down
-good price
-great results when used with a moisturizing product like Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
-like that the gel came in a mess free pump instead of a jar.

-not a stand alone product
-very drying when used alone 



  1. I am so glad you posted this. I am natural and a product junkie who loves Target. When I saw all those products that Target started carrying of course I had to indulge. First I purchased the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I was not impressed by it at all. I had always wanted to try Kinky Curly Curling Custard but didn’t want to pay shipping cost. So KCCC was next and I was very pleased. It’s definitely a keeper. I had been debating about the curls gel. After reading your post and seeing your results,(your hair looked good) I will get the curls gel and use the shea moisture smoothie underneath. That shea moisture smoothie has just been sitting in the cabinet under my sink so maybe it will work for me too.

  2. I found that using the Curls Creme Brule works even better under the Shea Moisture!

  3. Great helpful review with Pics…THUMBS UP. I purchased the Curl Gel yesterday and I like it a lot. I have never tried the Shea Moisture Curl or KCCC. I did like the results w/ the curl gel. It was not poofy. It did just what I wanted it to do gave me a soft relaxed curl that was not greasy feeling. Lasted well too. I was wondering did you condition your hair before putting on the product? I did condition well before i put on the curl gel, & it didn’t seem to dry my hair out. I am going to buy & try the Shea Moisture w/ the curl gel using your technique, I Love the effect it gave you, its a big difference from your pic of just using the curl gel. Thanks for posting. PS: KCCC is just too darn expensive for me even buy & try, I think this curl gel is probably just as good.

  4. Yes I always condition my hair well and even leave a little conditioner in cause I have so much hair. I guess my hair just didn’t like the gel. I’ve learned that my hair just isn’t fond of most gels.

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