As much as a I love products like Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream and Hair Milk Lite by Carol's Daughter, they can get a bit costly. I recently put myself on a budget, so I've been searching for less expensive products to add to my natural hair care arsenal. One product that's definitely going to help me be a frugal fashionista is the new Pure Clean Smoothing Cream by Garnier Fructis.
Pure Clean is a new line of products that are 98% naturally-derived. For those of you who hate the scent of most Garnier Fructis products, don't worry. The Pure Clean offerings smell nothing like them. The Smoothing Cream claims to provide 24-hour frizz control without weighing down your tresses. And it did just that, without the help of parabens or silicones. The secret is Acacia gum, which is apparently used around the world for its natural holding properties.
To use the product I followed my usual wash-and-go routine. I shampooed and conditioned my hair with Aussie Moist Shampoo and Conditioner. (In the future I'm going to give the Pure Clean shampoo and conditioner a try.) Then combed through Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I used tea tree oil at my hair line, which tends to get dry, and finished by applying the Pure Clean Smoothing Cream. So basically I replaced my frizz control product (which is sometimes Hair Milk Lite by Carol's Daughter and sometimes Umberto Curl Enhancing Lotion) with the Pure Clean Smoothing Cream.
I wore a headband for a couple of hours to stretch my roots (another part of my regular routine) and let my hair air dry. Not only did the Smoothing Cream control frizz as promised, but it also reduced the amount of time it took my hair to dry. The product was also potent enough that I was able to pull off second day hair.
The only drawback I noticed was that my hair did shrink a bit more than it does with other products. (This didn't happen when I used less product, but when I used less of the cream my second day hair didn't look as good.) But the Pure Clean Smoothing Cream costs less than $5 and can be found at Wal-Mart. So I'm willing to make the sacrifice.