As a curly-haired girl, I have spent many years hearing about the transformational properties of Ouidad's hair products, so I jumped at the chance to review her Curl Essentials Travel Kit. Ouidad's promise with this set of products is that these products will "cleanse, condition, fight frizz and revive curls so your hair always looks great!"

I began my trial of Ouidad's set with the Clear and Gentle Essential Daily Shampoo, a low-lathering formula with an unexpected baby powder scent. The shampoo left my hair feeling a bit dry, which I thought could be fixed by the kit's conditioner.

I had high hopes for the Ouidad Balancing Rinse, a conditioner containing  glycerin, a humectant found in many curl products that draws moisture into the hair. I left the piña colada-scented conditioner on my hair for the recommended three minutes, expecting to find my curls defined and silky. While the product left my hair feeling soft, it did not feel thoroughly conditioned, and even after an application of the Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel and a trial of Ouidad's "Rake & Shake" technique, my curls refused to curl. When my hair dried, it looked frizzy and shapeless.

The one product I would purchase again in the kit is the Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing & Refreshing Spray. Not only did this aloe and ginseng-infused formula help detangle my hair when wet, it also plumped up my curls when applied to my dry hair the following day.


Clear and Gentle Essential Daily Shampoo

Water, ammonium laureth sulfate, decyl glucoside, cocamidopropyl betaine, sorbitol, polysorbate 20, panthenol (provitamin b5), tocopheryl acetate, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed wheat starch, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ extract, hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycans, cocamide DEA, cetrimonium chloride, butylene glycol, citric acid, sodium chloride, methychloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, fragrance

Balancing Rinse

Water, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, cetrimonium chloride, hydrolyzed wheat protein, polyquaternium-59, hydroxyethylcellulose, tocopheryl acetate, lactic acid, fragrance, butylene glycol, benzophenone-4, disodium EDTA, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone

Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel

Water, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, panthenol (provitamin b5), chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract, actinidia chinensis (kiwi) fruit extract, lawsonia inermis (henna) leaf extract, wheat amino acids, hydrolyzed wheat protein/pvp crosspolymer, propylene glycol, PEG-60 almond glycerides, PEG-12 dimethicone, dimethicone, polyquaternium-28, glycerin, oil, PVP/DMAPA acrylates copolymer, hydroxyethylcellulose, methylparaben, propylparaben, DMDM hydantoin, fragrance
Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing & Refreshing Spray

Water, panthenol (provitamin b5), cetrimonium chloride, hydrolyzed rice protein, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, hydrolyzed corn protein, centella asiatica extract, hydrolyzed wheat starch, panax ginseng root extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein, rosa canina leaf extract, spirulina maxima extract, methyl gluceth-10, butylene glycol, propylene glycol, benzophenone-4, benzalkonium chloride, fragrance, polysorbate 20, sodium hydroxide, disodium EDTA, DMDM hydantoin