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Jessicurl Review: Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo

September 12, 2023


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Last Updated on September 12, 2023 by Verna Meachum

Welcome to our in-depth Jessicurl Review, where we shine a spotlight on one of the standout products in the curly hair community: the Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo.

The Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo is a delicately formulated cleanser designed to cleanse your hair without depriving it of its essential moisture. Utilizing the softest cleansing agents in the market, it produces a subtle, creamy lather that ensures your hair remains clean and supple without weighing your hair down.

This shampoo boasts key ingredients tailored specifically for the needs of curly hair. Not only will we delve into the intricacies of its formulation and the benefits of its key ingredients, but we’ll also guide you on how to best use it. Whether you’re a curly hair veteran or just starting your journey, this review promises valuable insights for all.

The Importance of Gentle Hair Cleansing

Hair is constantly exposed to various contaminants such as debris, sebum, pollution, and product residues.

These impurities can cause hair strands to become tacky, challenging to style, and lose their natural texture and volume.

This effect is particularly pronounced in curly hair, which can lose its distinct curl pattern and appear unkempt.

For hair to maintain its health and vibrancy, it requires a cleansing solution that is both gentle and effective. This solution should not only cleanse but also condition the hair simultaneously.

Enter the JessiCurl Gentle Lather Shampoo. This product is a prime choice for those with fragile, dry, or damaged hair in search of tender care.

Its formulation is rooted in an eco-friendly and sustainable surfactant that is both potent and kind to the skin.

Crucially, it retains the hair and scalp’s essential moisture and lipids, resulting in consistently hydrated and revitalized hair strands.

Ingredient Listing:

Aqua (Water), Decyl Polyglucose, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Flower Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, PEG 150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Panthenol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Limonene, Linalool.

Key Benefits

  • Mild, gentle comprising biodegradable and skin-friendly surfactants.
  • It lathers quickly and offers a good volume of foam.
  • Rich creamy lather with small bubble size for a fantastic sensorial experience during washing.
  • NO dryness or roughness, as it does not remove moisture and lipids from the hair shaft and scalp surface.
  • Leaves hair feeling light and airy without any heaviness or limpness.
  • Restores the natural texture and bouncy curl pattern.

Key (Featured) Ingredients

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Ingredient listing of the Citrus Lavender version.

Decyl Polyglucose: A Gentle and Effective Surfactant

Decyl Polyglucose is a non-ionic surfactant sourced from corn starch and coconut oil. Known for its mildness, it provides powerful cleansing and emulsifying advantages.

This ingredient excels in wetting properties and detergency. It effectively emulsifies and lifts sebum fat from the hair and scalp, while also suspending and removing solid particles.

With a low potential for irritation, Decyl Polyglucose is especially skin-friendly. As such, it’s highly recommended for those with sensitive scalps and damaged hair strands.

The Power of Essential Oils in Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo

Essential oils are prized for their therapeutic properties, making them popular in personal care products.

The Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo is enriched with Lavender Flower Oil, Sweet Orange Peel Oil, and Grapefruit Peel Oil.

These oils not only enhance the washing experience with a refreshing and clean sensation but also amplify the shampoo’s cleansing power.

The natural aromas elevate the shower experience, while their scalp-soothing properties promote better blood circulation, improving the scalp’s overall health and texture.

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (GHPTC)

Derived from the guar bean, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (GHPTC) is a cationic hair conditioning polymer.

Its cationic properties allow it to bond effectively with hair fibers through electrostatic interactions, adhering to the hair cuticle’s surface.

GHPTC excels in detangling dry and damaged hair strands and unraveling curl knots. Additionally, it enhances the absorption of other oil-based ingredients in the product.

Within the JessiCurl Gentle Lather Shampoo, GHPTC works in harmony with essential oils, amplifying their distribution and adherence to both the scalp and hair.

Panthenol: Hydration and Strength for Hair

Panthenol is a multifunctional ingredient that not only hydrates but also fortifies the structural integrity of hair fibers.

It delivers essential moisture to dry and damaged curly hair, effectively combating dryness and reducing frizz for a smoother appearance.

Zero Polymer, Zero Silicone: Pure and Lightweight Care

The JessiCurl Gentle Lather Shampoo boasts a lightweight formulation, free from high molecular weight polymers.

Devoid of petroleum-derived ingredients, silicones, and similar fatty substances, this shampoo ensures a gentle and soft cleanse.

Its composition prevents any product build-up or weighing down of the hair. As a result, it’s the perfect choice for curly hair enthusiasts seeking a natural, bouncy finish.

How to Use It

Image of the foam of the Jessicurl gentle lather shampoo.
This is what the “gentle” lather looks like.
  • Shake the bottle to ensure even distribution of ingredients before application.
  • Apply a sufficient amount of the product on wet hair.
  • Work it gently until you get a nice rich creamy lather. You will produce more lather the second round of washing your hair.
  • Rinse it off and repeat the application if needed.
  • Blot out the excess water and follow it up with your everyday hair care routine.

My Experience with the Shampoo

Image of the Jessicurl gentle lather shampoo in my bathroom.

The shampoo offers three distinct scents: Citrus Lavender, Island Fantasy, and an unscented option. I chose Citrus Lavender, and I must say its aroma is pleasantly subtle. Unlike some products that can be overpowering, this scent is gentle and won’t overwhelm your senses.

I used this shampoo for an entire month before sharing my opinions. During this period, I observed my hair’s texture carefully. The consistent use allowed me to genuinely assess its benefits and any potential drawbacks. The results? My hair felt revitalized, soft, and manageable. The shampoo not only cleansed my scalp effectively but also maintained the natural oils, ensuring that my hair remained hydrated.

For those who’ve been with me on my journey, you’re aware of my active workout routine. Despite this, using the shampoo twice a week feels just right. True to its name, it’s “gentle” yet thoroughly cleanses my hair. There’s no need for a follow-up product to achieve that fresh, clean sensation.

In conclusion, this shampoo has quickly become a favorite, easily ranking in my top three of all time. I genuinely believe you’ll adore it as much as I do, and I wholeheartedly recommend giving it a try!


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