Review: Twisted Sista Curl Spray and Activator

Twisted Sista Curl Activator and 30 Second Curl Spray
 (Available and Spinneys)

Twisted Sista is a hair care range hailing from London. It is made specifically for curly hair, and the tagline includes 'celebrating curls, farewell to frizz, we pump up the volume'.

I was excited to find this in my local supermarket because I was looking for ways to limit using heat on my hair. I needed products that would allow me to airdry my hair and wear my natural curls out. 

I try to avoid alcohol based hair products because my hair is already so dry. Paraffinum liquidum (petroleum based mineral oil) and glycerine are main ingredients in both products. Mineral oil is another thing I try to avoid in my beauty products in general, but my hair had gotten so dry that I was willing to try it out!  Glycerine is a humectant, which means it attracts moisture.

So, based on that, one would think that these would be great for conditioning my curls and keeping them frizz free!

WRONG!! These products seemed to be a little bit of a contradiction for me. I found both of them to be too heavy for my hair. They left a somewhat greasy film on my strands and made my hair feel tacky. However, at the same time, I found that they made my hair feel drier. This might actually be due to the mineral oil (a big reason why I avoid it, and should never go against my intuition!) I found that an hour or two after using them, my hair became very frizzy and dry, with an almost matte texture. Not sexy.

I'm disappointed because I feel like these products could have worked better. The packaging is cute and simple. The smell is refreshing and not too heavy. Both of them contain UV filters and antioxidants, and they have not been tested on animals. These could have been great products, but they didn't work for me. Luckily, they were very inexpensive so I don't mind too much. 

Have you tried these products? Do you have any suggestions on products I can use for my curly hair? Right now, I'm back to using my 'cocktail' of products, which I will post about soon :)


  1. Aww, I'm sorry you were disappointed with this. =(


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  2. How about Frederick Fekkai "curl something or other " lotion? Not sure about ingredients, but works ok for me and I tried a lot of stuff out there.

  3. prettyinthedesertJune 13, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Yeah, it sucks. But for every product I love, there will be like 10 that I severely dislike! :(

  4. prettyinthedesertJune 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    You know, I tried a bunch of FF stuff a couple of years ago. They didn't impress me, so I never went back. I'll have a look at the curling stuff though, thank you for the tip! :)

  5. Oh, i've tried this before too and hated it. I had to wash my hair again -not impressed- xxx

  6. prettyinthedesertJune 20, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Yeah, they are just too heavy and make your hair so sticky! Blegh.


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