The first product to use in the system is the Dream Waves Amplifying Shampoo. I was delighted to see that it's free of the harmful sulfates that can strip your hair. If you color your hair or have had a keratin straightening process, the sulfates in most shampoos will take that out faster. You can safely use these products without harm to your other hair processes.
The shampoo smells great!! Just like a beachy coconut smell, much like Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen used to smell before they changed the scent. (Why, oh, why did they do that? Best scent ever!!) I found that the shampoo really does give me a little more volume, as advertised. It cleanses while protecting your hair. Two of the included ingredients are hydrolized silk and provitamin B5 which add shine and fullness. AND, the shampoo has UV protectors. I've never been able to go curly before and have so much shine and such little frizz. It's a win all around for me.
The next product in the system is the Dream Waves Amplifying Conditioner. It is also free of the stripping sulfates in most hair systems. It does have magnesium sulfate, which is a salt that helps to prepare the hair for curling. I don't find it to be drying to my already dry hair at all. And, for me, these products felt more moisturizing than any other curling hair products that I've used. This ultra-light conditioner has the same hydrolized silk, provitamin B5 and UV protectors as the shampoo. The conditioner also smells like coconut, but it's different than the shampoo. It smells more like a fake coconut, whereas the shampoo smells like coconut oil. I could bathe in the shampoo and be happy. :)
The shampoo and conditioner are both in 8.4 fl oz squeeze tubes, which make them really easy to use. No tipping the bottles upside down and smacking them into your palm like a faulty ketchup bottle. They are $6.99 on drugstore.com, (link provided), and $7.99 on Ulta. If you visit the Marc Anthony website, there are videos and more information about how to use the products.
There are two options with the finishing products and you can use one or both, depending on the look, wave, and curl that you're going for. I'll discuss them and show you what I have done. First I want to tell you about the Marc Anthony Dream Waves Amplifying Lotion.
The squeeze tube of this product contains 4.7 fl oz and retails for $7.99 on drugstore.com. The prices seem to vary at the different stores but remain under $10 each. To use this lotion, you work it evenly thru your damp hair from roots to end. Scrunch as desired, which amplifies the wavey texture and will help hold the waves longer. If you want, you can use a diffuser to pump up the volume.
Using this three piece system and air drying, I get some nice waves, some curly curls, lots of shine and volume and about 1000% reduction in frizz. Frizz reduction alone is HUGE to me. HUGE. I couldn't ever achieve that with the much more expensive Deva Curl system. This is how I look on day one.
I should take a picture of my hair the way I've previously tried to let the curls flow to show you the difference. However, the impact of that kind of picture might stun you in a way that you might not recover. I just can't do that to you. Trust me when I say it's normally a frizzy puffy mangled mess.
I naturally have dry hair and just about zero oil in my scalp. I need all the oil I can get so I don't wash every day. On the second day, I like to revive my hair using the Dream Waves Beach Spray. I scrunch it about and it revives the curls. You can use this product in wet or dry hair. It has the same protecting ingredients as the other three products and comes in a 4.2 fl oz squirt bottle. This is created for straight or wavy hair. I love how it helps me retain the curl until washing in a soft, natural way.
This is second day hair using the Beach Spray.
It's the best my hair has looked curly. You can find these products at most drugstores as well as online at Ulta, Drugstore.com and Amazon. This system has encouraged me to wear my hair curly a little more often. Thank you to the good folks at Marc Anthony for providing the products for me to test. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion. You can find these products at most drugstores as well as online at Ulta, Drugstore.com and Amazon. This post contains affiliate links.
Have you tried this or any other curly or wavy hair systems? How did they work for you?