Product Review: Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Vs. Curls Unleashed

Beauty / March 26, 2013

I am always looking for a styling product that can give me great definition with great hold and frizz free twist outs on my hair. I love twist outs and it’s definitely my one of my staple style to go to no matter what season I’m in. I decided to try Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Curl Defining Crème Glaze and Curls Unleashed Organic Root Stimulator Curl Defining Crème, which I will review my personal results from the two products. I will weigh the pros and cons of each product and let you know in the end which styling product was my favorite.

Let’s start with Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Shrinkage Curl Defining Crème Glaze. This styling product is said to be a lightweight moisturizer that defines and have a medium crunchless hold morphing your curls into a healthy looking frizz free silky ringlets. It has no drying alcohol, mineral oil parabens or petrolatum. The recipe has mango oil and bamboo milk which helps for all day elongation. I used this product on fresh washed hair and allowed my hair to air dry completely for the next day. When unraveling my twist out my hair was very much defined. However, when I started to separate my twists a little further my hair started to lose its definition and started to look somewhat frizzy in certain areas of my hair. My twist out did somewhat held up throughout the day and I did get recognized for my hair looking stretched.

dark and lovely au naturale

Pros of Dark & Lovely Au Naturale:

  • The product smells absolutely delicious once applying onto hair
  • The styling creme definitely has a medium crunchless hold
  • My hair was left looking soft
  • My hair did have some stretch all over so shrinkage was not really a problem after taking down my twist out

Cons of Dark & Lovely Au Naturale:

  • My hair wasn’t as defined as I wanted it to be
  • The product did leave my hair looking somewhat frizzy in certain areas of my hair
  • The moisture was extremely too light for my hair
  • My hair didn’t really have much shine especially with the frizz from parts of my hair
  • My hair felt somewhat dry especially on my ends of my hair
  • At some point when running my hands across my hair it did leave my hair flaky (definitely not a good look)


With Curls Unleashed Organic Root Stimulator Curl Defining Crème it is said to be perfect for curly and kinky textures (3’s and 4’s). It is great for majority of the styles that you want to create. It moisturizes and define curls without shrinkage or flakes. It doesn’t contain petrolatum, mineral oil, SD alcohol or parabens. It’s made with coconut, sweet almond and safflower oils as part of the ingredients. I used this product on freshly washed hair and once again created twist outs letting it air dry completely for the next day. As I unraveled my hair I noticed the definition on my hair. As I further separated my twists, I continued to have more definition on my hair. My hair didn’t really have much of a crunchy feel and my hair was absolutely shiny. My twist out lasted all day and I got a lot of compliments for the definition and hold.

curls unleashed ORS

Pros of Curls Unleashed ORS:

  • My hair was extremely defined and shiny from my twist outs
  • The product smelled absolutely delicious that actually lasted all day
  • My twist out had a super hold that wasn’t crunchy at all
  • There was no flaky residue when I ran my hands across my hair
  • My hair was completely frizz free (really loved that!)
  • My hair had elongation so shrinkage was not a problem when styling my hair
  • My hair lasted for a few days which I didn’t need to reapply for definition

Cons of Curls Unleashed ORS:

  • Moisture was light (but not too extreme)

Overall, in my opinion Curls Unleashed ORS is definitely a winner in my book. It worked better for my hair and gave me exactly what I was looking for. I would definitely use Curls Unleashed as my staple product to go to. The results were more lasting and it definitely was perfect my hair texture. It gave my hair a natural shine which is a plus of not having to add so much product onto my own hair.

* This product review is solely based on my own personal opinions. These products were bought with my own money and my opinions are not paid for this review.*

Have you tried Dark & Lovely Au Naturale and Curls Unleashed ORS products? Which one do you prefer? Share and comment below.


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FanCee is a New York based founder and editor-in-chief of PhenoLot Magazine. Actively writing professionally, she has used her experience within various media outlets, such as Vibe Vixen and Trace TV.

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