Today is all about The Mane Choice Crystal Orchid (sometimes called “The Alpha) Bioten Infused Styling Gel.
I’ve been making it a point to try out and review new products and this gel is next up!
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Now, let’s dig into the Mane Choice Crystal Orchid Gel!
Keep in mind, I can only speak from my experience with my 3a/3b hair. My hope is that this review will be a good guide for all the curly girls out there, but your results may be very different from mine.
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Also, I follow the simplified version of the Curly Girl Method most directly derived from the Curly Girl Handbook. This means the only ingredients I look to avoid are sulfates, silicones, and drying alcohols. If you have more ingredients that you look to avoid, it would be a good idea to check the ingredients for yourself before making a purchase.
You know scent is a big deal for me. If it’s bad or too strong, I don’t care how great the gel is. Luckily, this gel is light, refreshing, and fades as the product dries.
I was pretty surprised by how well this gel performed. The packaging doesn’t specify the level of hold of this gel. However to me, it seemed to be a hard hold gel. I thought it was a step up from a medium or even a medium-hard, but not as strong as an extreme hold or extra hard hold.
I found that this gel created a very nice cast that broke up pretty easily. My curls looked great for days! I tend not to have a lot of success with harder hold gels. So, I was pretty impressed with how easily the gel cast broke up.
I was also impressed by how flexible, yet long-lasting the hold was. Typically, once my hair dries, my part is locked in. But with this gel, I was actually able to flip my part and have it look decent.
Moisture and Definition
This product boasts that it both moisturizes and defines curls and I found this to be very true. My curls had great definition for days and I found I could use less product and leave-in conditioner with this gel.
In fact, I cut my styling cream out completely and I’m contemplating cutting my leave-in conditioner to see what happens.
Granted, this could be that my hair is simply evolving and needing less product. If this proves to be true, I’ll come back and update this post.
My hair refreshed great with this gel! Similar to the previous point, I found that it did better with a lighter leave-in conditioner or at least with a bit of a lighter touch with a heavier leave-in. (ICYM my refresh post, I refresh with leave-in conditioner only.) But my hair was defined and frizz-free 3-4 days.
Potentially the price
You guys know I like to try to keep my products under $15 (unless there’s a product that’s really good and earns a higher price tag).
I paid $12 for this product, which falls under the $15 mark and I would absolutely pay again. However, I’ve seen it go for around $20. Personally, I liked this product enough to consider paying that price–especially considering I only wash 1-2 times a week.
But I absolutely would not be paying over $15 if I washed more frequently and would be going through the product more quickly. So, if you’re earlier in the curly girl method and/or would just rather care for your hair on a budget, shop around to make sure you’re getting the best price.
Potential for flakes
I’ve seen a lot of review on store websites for this product that talk about the product flaking.
Personally, I did have a few flakes, but I found this to be a sign that I was using either too much of the gel or too much product under the gel.
I think that’s because this product has moisturizing ingredients. I found when I cut my curl cream out and reduced the amount of gel I was using, the flakes went away.
This is just my personal experience, but it may be something to keep in mind
The bottom line
I actually really love this gel! If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know my favorite gel so far has been Biotera Styling Gel. There have been other gels that I’ve liked, but none that have ever given Biotera a run for it’s money. This gel does.
I will absolutely use this gel on a regular basis!
You can get it on Amazon here.
Looking for more guidance on your curly hair journey?
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Sound off: Have you tried The Mane Choice Crystal Orchid Biotin Infused Styling Gel? Tell us about your experience! Be sure to tell us a little about your hair type too!