Ever since I was little my Mom has used the same hair product on my curly, almost afro-like mane: Sofn'free. In adulthood I now use the same product sporadically when I need something to hold my hair down, or as an intense, moisture-rich and non-greasy hair conditioner.
Sof'n'free (£3.00 for 500ml), is a slimy, cream-like hair dress, which looks like a fine lotion. Slimy doesn't sound too good, but that is the best description of the hair product. To tame my hair, or at least make it look good I need to use a sizeable amount, a literal handful of the stuff, worked through my hair makes it beautiful.
From frizzy to defined curls in about 2 minutes (how long it takes to get through all of my hair), sof'n'free is an oldie, but a goodie. The ingredients haven't changed since my Mom started using the product nearly twenty years ago. The mild scent of almond oil and slight fruitiness takes me back to my childhood every time.
Once the product is distributed through your hair, it looks almost-wet but dries to a softness where your hair has both body and movement. It does weigh your curls down initially, which is welcome when your hair is a big, dry, frizz.
Sofn'free is advertised as a 'curl activator lotion', and that's exactly what it is. The lotion quite literally activates your natural curls, and you're left with a pretty mass of tendrils.
Sofn'free is the best product for curly hair because it's cheap, it goes far, and it makes curly hair manageable, and (forgive me) pretty. When I was little I used to always get complimented on my hair and my Mom was asked how she got my hair like 'that', which I can only take as a compliment.
I have only purchased sofn'free at Beauty Queens stores in West Bromwich, Smethwick, Birmingham city centre, and Handsworth. I do know, however, that sofn'free is available at hair shops for afro-caribbean hair types in Manchester. Paul's Hair World and Julia's, in the city centre, stock it.
For very tight curls, and frizzier manes, give sofn'free a go, and see how soft and manageable your hair becomes.