Manechoice Crystal Orchid Biotin Infused Styling Gel Review

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Price & Purchased From

$11.99 for 16 oz jar from manechoice.com

Promises

Crystal Orchid is a one of a kind biotin infused styling gel. Finally, a gel that specializes in keeping your hair healthy while delivering an amazing hold at the same time. Loaded with essential vitamins and nutritive ingredients, Crystal Orchid is sure to aide in your healthy hair growth regimen. Gentle enough for daily use. Promotes growth & retention. Defines curls & smooth edges. Mends detectable damage. Moisturizes hair & tame frizz. Helps to minimize damage & breakage

Directions

Directions to define curls: On clean, damp hair, apply gel evenly from root to end, working curls into your desired style. For faster drying, sit under a dryer or use a blow dryer with a diffuser. For 2nd-day hair: To reactive the gel, apply a few sprays of water to dry hair then evenly apply gel while using your fingers to reshape and scrunch curls back into place for a fresh finish.

Direction to smooth edges: On clean, damp hair, apply gel evenly to edges. Then smooth edges with the palm of your hands and finally brush edges gently to smooth in product. For 2nd-day hair: To reactive the gel, apply a small amount of water to edges by spray bottle or by applying water to brush and smooth onto edges. Next apply gel evenly to edges. Then smooth edges with the palm of your hands and finally brush edges gently to smooth in product for a fresh finish.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Purified Water), Polysorbate-20, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Biotin, Silk Amino Acids, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract, Marshmallow (Althaea Officinalis) Root (Organic), Aminomethyl Propanol (Water Soluble), Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Violet 2.

How Did It Do?

I gushed about this gel in last week’s post on turning a frizzy braid out into a high puff so you already have an inkling about how much I like this gel. This is light-weight, does not flake, does not make my hair feel coated, and does not dry out my hair.

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I used EcoStyler Gel (crystal and olive oil versions) and aloe vera gel prior to trying this gel. Compared to the consistency of both EcoStyler and aloe vera gel, this gel is much thinner. While EcoStyler and aloe vera barely move (they jiggle), this gel is thin enough to drip when scooped, which I love because its consistency makes it easy to apply and spread evenly through my hair. Unlike the gels I’ve tried, it settles well, to the point where after a few minutes it looks like a brand new jar… that fact is not really one of consequence because what really matters is how it performs, but it’s still nice to see.

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Any who. What I really like about this gel is how much hold it provides and how long it keeps my edges smooth with just one use… which it sort of deceptive to me because of how light-weight the gel is. This was my hair when I first applied the gel to my damp hair + tied down with a silk scarf to smooth.

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Three days later, my edges  hadn’t frizzed up too much after not wrapping my hair once (I sleep on satin pillowcases) and without reapplying the gel since the first day.

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As for its claim that it “mends detectable damage,” my edges weren’t damaged when I started using it so I can’t report whether this gel lives up to that claim. And for its claim that it is “loaded with essential vitamins and nutritive ingredients,” the ingredients lists is packed with goodies: avocado oil, vitamins C, D, and E, biotin, silk amino acids, pro-vitamin B5, slippery elm extract and marshmallow extract (ingredients commonly found in products that provide slips).

All in all, this gel is a winner to me. It’s light enough to be used daily without flaking or noticeable build up, and provides long-lasting hold. and one that I will repurchase. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

 

HAVE YOU USED THIS GEL? LIKED IT? LOVED IT? LEFT IT?

Disclosure of Material Connection: Items in this post were purchased with my own funds. I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

4 Comments

  1. Is it just for edge control or will it bounce up curls?

  2. I have the gel but haven’t really used it yet. I’ve been using the hell out of the edge control. It’s a winner for me. It keeps my edges smooth all day. Way better than the any other edge control I’ve used.

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      *Adds their edge control to my ever-growing wish list*

      That’s great, I’d been eyeing the edge control. The last one I used was the ORS edge control and it never lasted the day for me.

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