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Zuresh Smoothing Detangler & Curl Definer


Back in August, Weusi was working the National Black Theatre Festival and attended a vendor market. He came across a new, all natural, body and hair product line, Zuresh, and got to talking with one of the creators. The seeds of a possible Hairscapades/Zuresh collaboration were planted and the plan was to try to get a Zuresh rep to our September Meet-Up. Alas, the meet-up was never to be, thanks to Irene. But, don’t worry, I’m working on a new date! Until then, check out this review by Michelle, who had a chance to get her hands on one product out of the line last month!


by Michelle of Radiant Brown Beauty

When I attended the Circle of Sisters event in October, I stumbled upon a new brand. It’s not new to some, but it’s new to me in the sense that I had never heard of it before that day. Ever the sista desiring to try something new, I caved to my product junky ways and purchased Zuresh’s Smoothing Detangler & Curl Definer.

I was excited to try this product because the manufacturer boasts it being able to define your curls – which I’ve had little success with using other brands. Although my excitement was firm, it took me a couple of weeks to actually use the product. When I did, there were definitely some things I liked about the product and ONE thing I did not. Read on …

Zuresh Smoothing Detangler & Curl Definer is formulated with the following:

Ingredients: Distilled water, Aloe Vera Juice Puree, Tahitian Coco Palm & Gardenia Oils, Rosehip, Hemp Seed, Carrot, Meadowfoam, Vitamin E Oils, Silk Peptides, Amino Acids, Guar Gum, Essential Oils, Fragrance

With those luscious natural ingredients, it has to be good right?  Well, here’s my take:

PROS: Smooths and gives the appearance of thickened hair, like it says. I did my first flexi rod set using this product and my hairstyle held up pretty well. I was glad too, because it was the night of the Curly Nikki event in NYC. Hence, the claim that it “brings your curls to life without the crunchy hold and feel,” is right on the money.

In NYC with Curly Nikki

This product also claims to remove tangles and knots. I can’t speak for that since I didn’t have any. Now on to the CON (notice, it’s singular).

CON: While Zuresh did a good thing by making this product with fabulous natural ingredients, it smells HORRIBLE! I just can’t take it. It smells like it has gasoline in it. I can’t tell you how I had to hold out until now to share this.

Unfortunately, the smell is a deal breaker for me. I can’t possibly see buying it again unless it’s reformulated to smell better. I even sprayed it on my daughter’s curly weave and she turned around to ask what it was that smelled so badly. So, I’m not the only one.

Sorry, Zuresh. The product claims are on point, but the smell is way off. Maybe drop that fragrance (which is hard to believe is causing such a ruckus, since it’s last on the ingredient list).


Does the smell linger once dry Michelle? I don’t love the smell of Wonder Curl Butter Than Love, but it works so well and fades a lot once dry, so it doesn’t bother me. I’d be really torn about a product that does what it claims, but does it with a scent that is distasteful. And dang, gasoline?!?! Yeah, that’d be a hard one to stomach. Maybe take a little sample of it and add an essential or fragrance oil to see if it helps? 

Have you ever discovered a product that you absolutely loved everything about … except for the scent? Is smell a deal breaker? Have you found ways to get around, mask or eliminate undesirable scents in products that you otherwise love?