The Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream is very popular for curly and wavy hair, but is it good? I have reviewed this cream, listed its ingredients and also explained how to use the Ouidad styling cream in this article.
I have been trying to find a good hair cream to control the frizziness on my curls. But as I have type 3a curls I often find that the products are too heavy or too light on my hair.
I have been looking at many curl creams and Ouidad has been propping up as a good one. So I decided to use it on my hair and see if it actually works.
Here’s what I found.
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Ouidad Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream Review
Let’s first check out the ingredients of the Ouidad styling cream and go through an explanation of what the top ingredients do to your hair.
Ouidad Climate Control Styling Cream: Ingredients Explained
Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Glycerin, Propanediol, Polysorbate 60, Sericin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) See Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Polyquaternium-59, Polyquaternium-7, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Polyquaternium-37, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycereth-26, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum).
|Ingredient Name||What It Does|
|Cetearyl Alcohol||emulsifying, surfactant/cleansing|
|Glycerin||skin-identical ingredient, moisturizer/humectant|
|Amodimethicone||emollient, viscosity controlling|
|Cetearyl Alcohol||emollient, viscosity controlling, emulsifying, surfactant/cleansing|
|Arnica Montana Flower Extract||perfuming|
|Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract||antioxidant, soothing|
|Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract||soothing, antimicrobial/antibacterial|
|Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract||soothing|
|Hydrogenated Castor Oil/Sebacic Acid Copolymer||emollient|
|Stearyl Alcohol||emollient, viscosity controlling, emulsifying, surfactant/cleansing|
|Butylene Glycol||moisturizer/humectant, solvent|
Water in most hair care products (and other cosmetics) is the chief component of the formula as it’s the solvent which dissolves all the other ingredients.
The water used in hair care products is sterile and deionized. This means there are no minerals in this water as they can interfere with the other ingredients.
Water-based hair products, especially conditioners are lighter, spread easily and help hydrate your hair if there are humectants (like glycerin, etc.) present in the formula.
Glycerin is used in shampoos and other hair products to act as a humectant. These attract moisture to your strands, hydrating them and then preventing the moisture from escaping.
This makes glycerin an excellent ingredient to use on low porosity hair, dehydrated hair, damaged hair, etc.
Hydrated hair is generally more elastic and less prone to breakage, hence glycerin helps reduce hair fall this way.
Olive oil can penetrate into the hair shaft and nourish the hair from within, making the hair stronger.
This can help reduce hair breakage and also reduce the hair fall caused due to hair breakage. It helps coat the hair strands and protect them from damage like split ends and dryness. It adds moisture to the hair and renews hair shine.
If you see an ingredient label saying just “alcohol”, they are probably talking about denatured alcohol or ethanol which are primary alcohols. These are basically solvents that help dissolve oil from your scalp and help the ingredients reach your scalp skin faster and more easily.
Alcohols are considered problematic in shampoos as they can dry out your scalp skin and hair. but as alcohol is listed at the very end of the ingredients list it is probably present in trace amounts which is not enough to cause any harm.
There are other forms of alcohol called fatty alcohols which include cetearyl and cetyl alcohol which are actually good for your scalp and hair as they function as emollients and moisturize them.
Soy protein is found in any soy products and can benefit the hair as it helps moisturize and condition the hair and provides nourishment to the scalp and hair. It can also improve hair texture; promote hair strength and better hair health. It is known to repair hair that is damaged.
My Review On The Ouidad Hair Cream
I won’t lie, I liked this Ouidad cream the first time I used it. It was hydrating, lightweight and really gave my curls the “lift” that they needed.
My type 3 hair was getting more wavy looking and limp day by day, so using this cream really helped bring it back by curl definition.
I’m also glad that it doesn’t contain heavy shea butter or coconut oil like other creams designed for curly hair do. My hair texture is kind of thin and I loved how this cream didn’t weigh my hair down.
I liked the consistency of the cream too. It’s more like a liquid and spreads very easily through my damp curls. I usually scrunch it into my wet hair before using a diffuser to set my curls and it works like a charm.
Now for the bad part, it contains silicones. I was so disappointed when I saw that it had amodimethicone as everything else about this cream was just so good. However, this shouldn’t be an issue if you clarify hair regularly.
I use a strong cleansing and chelating shampoo every 15 days to wash off the buildup and gunk. You can try this or use milder clarifying rinses like apple cider vinegar every alternate day.
Now for the price, I paid around $21 for a 168ml or 5.7 fl. Oz. bottle of this styling cream, which is actually cheap considering the prices of curly hair products in the markets.
And yes, it was totally worth it for me! If you have very dry hair, I suggest investing in a natural oil like coconut or Jamaican castor oil to use along with this curl cream and you’ll have a simple and budget curl care routine.
What I Liked About The Ouidad Styling Cream
- The curl cream is very lightweight. It won’t weigh down your curls and is also a great option if you have very fine-textured hair or oily scalp types
- The curl cream contains hydrolyzed protein that helps add “hold” to your curls, making them last longer and helping them get their shape.
- I liked that the curl cream reduces frizz without using too many heavy oils or butters and helps hydrates hair as well moisturize it
- The cream works almost instantly and adds gloss to hair as soon you apply it
- I liked the fragrance even though it’s from artificial sources as it leaves a nice scent on hair all day long
What I Didn’t Like About The Ouidad Styling Cream
- I think this curl cream isn’t very moisturizing. So if you have type 3 or type 4 hair you might need a hair moisturizer or oil along with this frizz-control cream
- One of the top ingredients in this cream is amodimethicone, a type of silicone. This can buildup on your hair if you don’t clarify your curls and cause greasy hair, low porosity and even dandruff
- I personally didn’t like the addition of parfum (synthetic fragrance) in the cream. This ingredient can dry out your hair if used everyday. And it is also very bad for sensitive scalp skin.
How To Use The Ouidad Styling Cream
A lot of people have the misconception that using creams in a curly hair care routine is really time consuming, but it isn’t the truth.
Using the Ouidad Styling Cream is very simple. You need to apply it to your curls after washing and conditioning your curls.
So after you exit the shower just apply some of the cream to your wavy or curly hair and scrunch it in. You need to air dry your hair or use a diffuser after this to let curls set.
If you’re following the Curly Girl Method, you can use the LOC (liquid, oil, cream) method. Before applying the Ouidad cream you can use a hair serum or lightweight hydrating conditioner, then apply an oil that suits your hair type (like coconut oil or castor oil) and then apply this Ouidad Climate Control Cream.
To sum it up, I really like this product for controlling frizz. It promises you that it will keep your curls soft, defined and frizz-free despite any weather conditions and it delivers on this promise.
However, I really really wished that it hadn’t resorted to using amodiemthicone to get this effect. Yes, this cream has silicones. So if you have thin hair, low porosity or use co-washes instead of shampoos, I won’t recommend this product.
I think this is a good enough product to use as a single leave-in conditioner if you have wavy hair or type 3a or 3b hair. But you need to remember to use a sulfate-based clarifying shampoo at least twice a month to prevent buildup.
Also if you have type 3c or type 4 hair, just using this one cream as both leave-in conditioner and curl definer won’t work. You need to use a richer, heavier moisturizer after using this curl cream to moisturize your hair.