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Over the last 12 months I have been following the Curly Girl Method* and have been on the quest to find products that work with my hair. Recently I purchased the Créme de Curl, Curl Control Cream from Umberto Giannini and have been using it quite a lot so thought it was time for a review.

My current hair routine is to co-wash my hair (using only conditioner) and to pop in one product only – usually a cream – and  put it in a t-shirt turban (known as plopping).

Previous to this cream I had used a different product from Umberto Giannini which seems to have been discontinued (even though it only launched a few months earlier) and had enjoyed it and hoped this would be the same but it is slightly different.


I use a 10 pence piece size and rub it in to my hands then rub on to wet hair.


It is a thick-ish cream consistency and has a slight pink colour to it.


It does have a nice scent but isn’t too overpowering, although it does linger so I’m constantly getting compliments on the smell of my hair.

So what do I think?

This does work! This keeps the curls curly but not frizzy and soft and bouncy. There is no crispiness and doesn’t seem to leave a residue on the hair.

Any downsides?

There is one downside and it’s a big one… this product contains silicones which through the curly girl method you should avoid. It does appear low on the ingredients list though so not sure how bad it is for my hair and I do think it works.

Final thoughts

I still miss my all time favourite which was the Naked Hair curl cream as that was silicone free but it’s a good replacement. There is still a long way to go for highstreet shops to sell appropriate hair products for curly/mixed hair but this will have to do in the meantime.

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*The Curly Girl method is found here. I will be doing a post in the future about what I do with my curls.