Aside from dryness, a major concern I receive from many naturals is that inability to acquire and then retain curl definition. Curl definition seems to be somewhat attainable, yet elusive at the same time. We’ll try just about anything to get it and when what we’ve tried doesn’t work, we often throw our hands up in the air, give up and resign ourselves to the “fact” that our hair type is unable to achieve any measure of definition.
I used to think this way until I found the perfect product and method to enhance my 4a-c curls and bring out the best in my hair. I won’t go into detail here because I discuss how to do this ad nauseum in another post. However what I want to talk about is what we’ll do to get those curls. And what we’ll use.
Enter in SNOT. Yes you read it correctly. Snot. But not just any snot. Gorilla snot. It’s becoming a popular product among naturals that are looking for inexpensive products to define their curls. This is not a product review and you’ll find out why later one. This is more of a “should you use this product” post and my humble opinion of course, based on my research.
So here goes…
What’s In This Thing???
The company isn’t forthcoming with the ingredients on its website so I had to look these up ELSEWHERE. I like to get all of the info I need upfront. Just my opinion though.
Water, PVP, Alcohol, PEG-150, Sorbitol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba Gum (Guar), Fragrance, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 10 (CI 47005), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Green 8 (CI 59040)
It’s important to look at the first 5 ingredients since these are the ones that tell you what the product is going to do. The top 5 ingredients are:
Water is pretty self explanatory. But what is PVP? It’s a polymer and the main styling agent. It stands for Poly n-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone. This polymer is notorious for causing flaking. It’s great at film-forming and can be washed away with water which is great for the no-poo or low-poo naturals. It’s also inexpensive. However, some notable drawbacks are a crunchy feel to the hair, flaking in cold, dry weather, and, in humid conditions tackiness, stickiness and frizz.