Staple Hair Product Review Series: Curl Junkie Curl Queen

The next product on my Staple Hair Products list is Curl Queen by Curl Junkie. This glycerin-free gel is a medium hold gel that can be used for various styling. I usually use this in combination with my Donna Marie Dream Curling Creme for my wash & go styles. This styler retails for $22  for 12 ounces of product. It can be purchased in at,, and select other retailers.

Key Ingredients: aloe leaf juice, polyquat-4, wheat protein

Product Texture/Consistency: thin for a gel, but not watery

Product Claims: to be a light-medium conditioning gel that provides extra protection in high humidity

How the Product Measures up to the Claims: This product gives my hair medium hold. It’s touted as a conditioning gel, but I’m not sure about that. I do know that it does not dry my hair out or leave my hair flaky.

How I Use This Product: I actually have a YouTube video that shows how I use this product (click here to view) in combination with Donna Marie Dream Curling Creme. Please note that I only use around a nickel-size amount in each of my 4 sections of hair. If I am using this with just a leave-in and not using the Donna Marie, I use maybe a quarter size amount in each of my 4 sections.

Overall Thoughts


  • provides medium hold
  • “plays well” with other products
  • thin texture makes it easy to spread through hair
  • nice smell
  • a little product goes a long way
  • defines my hair without making it too defined


  • I can only purchase online
  • can make hair slightly crunchy (can be remedied by using an oil to “scrunch out the crunch”)
  • expensive for a gel, but a bottle lasts me at least 6 months

Have you tried Curl Junkie Curl Queen? What is your favorite gel for wash & go’s?

5 thoughts on “Staple Hair Product Review Series: Curl Junkie Curl Queen

  1. I see. I recently bought CIAB because it was on sale and I heard a lot of great thing about it. But I think I’ll wait to use it because I’m waiting for my TWA to grow out a bit more so I don’t waste it. Thanks for your feedback.

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