Possibly my most anticipated review and best kept secret. I can’t wait to share my TréLuxe review with you! What to buy and of course, a 15% discount code.
So if you saw my stories on Instagram over the Summer and have been wondering what I used – this is it! This is the brand, these are the products, this is my review.
I was first introduced to TréLuxe by one of my best friends who sent me some of their products to try. We both have curly hair and she knows what kind of products I like, and work well on my hair. She thought I’d like TréLuxe and she wasn’t wrong!
I’ve since tried the entire range and one product is shaping up to be my product of the year for 2020, I’ve already repurchased it three times! So I can’t wait to share my full TréLuxe review with you.
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TréLuxe has a curated line of five products formulated with natural ingredients and active botanical blends to cleanse, moisturize, strengthen and define wavy, curly and coily hair.
Curly girl friendly, they’re free from sulfates, silicones, parabens, waxes, harsh chemicals and drying alcohols. As well as being gluten-free and cruelty free.
TréLuxe products are quite fragrant, and each one is unique. Although strong at first, the scent does fade after a while.
Their packaging is easy to use and easily recognizable. I love the simplicity of them, it’s not complicated: cleanse, condition and style. If I could use one word to sum up their line, it would be weightless.
TréLuxe products contain quite a lot of protein, which can sometimes cause dryness. So you may need to balance this out with some moisture within your routine.
Each person is different, so it depends how much protein your hair likes and can handle. Read this post for more info on the protein moisture balance. I love that their styling products are glycerin free too!
You can get 15% off TréLuxe using code CURLMAVEN. If you’re outside the USA, use code CURLMAVEN to get 10% off Curl Warehouse in Canada or Kiyo Beauty in the UK. You can also get TréLuxe at Sari Curls or Le Curl Shop in the EU. Naturalistic Products in the UK or The Curl Store in Australia.
Who are TréLuxe?
TréLuxe are an amazing Black-owned business to come out of the South side of Chicago. When TréLuxe was founded by Kiprono and Cortney, it wasn’t to create some game-changing, miracle product for curly hair – although they have totally achieved that!
They identified a problem, that curly hair (like theirs), wasn’t considered as being of equal value as straight hair. And as a result, most hair products weren’t made with curlies in mind.
So when they created their line of products, it wasn’t just to define and enhance curly hair. It was also to inspire confidence, encourage people to have a healthy relationship with their hair, and empower others to do the same.
I LOVE that! It’s so true, I say it all the time: we are so much more than our curls! Yes, we start this curly journey to try and repair, embrace, enhance and define our curls. But along the way, we discover it’s about so much more.
We don’t just learn how to repair, embrace, enhance and define our curls, but ourselves too. Without realizing, it becomes a journey of self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-esteem, and with that comes empowerment. That’s part of the foundation that this brand was built on.
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Curl Renew & Restore Gentle Cleansing Rinse
Their sulfate-free, low-lathering cleanser, Curl Renew & Restore Gentle Cleansing Rinse is the most light-weight cleanser I’ve yet to try. For fine hair that gets easily weighed down, this would be perfect!
It’s a lovely gentle cleanser, leaving the hair feeling clean and light, without being stripped of moisture. I love that it contains olive-derived squalane, which is an excellent non-greasy emollient. I use it daily on my dehydrated, sensitive skin.
Our bodies naturally produce squalene, making up about 10% of our scalp’s natural oils, gradually decreasing as we age. Squalane can help increase shine and prevent breakage, replenish any moisture loss and protect hair from further damage.
It’s a true hero-ingredient and not one found in many hair care products, but is used throughout TréLuxe products. This gentle cleanser also contains protein, great for providing strength and structure to the hair. You can get 15% off using code CURLMAVEN.
Untie the Knot Nourishing Leave In Conditioner
The only conditioner from TréLuxe, Untie the Knot Nourishing Leave In Conditioner is great at smoothing and detangling. Providing the hair with moisture, hydration and slip. Nourishing, but still really light weight. I found my hair and my daughter’s hair drank up all the goodness of this leave in conditioner.
It smells like the best pumpkin, cinnamon and spice candle. A good balance of protein and lightweight moisture, with a blend of coconut, avocado and olive-derived squalane oils, and it’s glycerin free. You can get 15% off using code CURLMAVEN.
TréLuxe have three styling products in their line, a serum, a cream and a gel. These are some of my favourite products and where TréLuxe really stands out from the crowd with unique products for curly hair!
Personally I don’t use curl creams in general. As I find them a little too heavy and moisturizing for my hair. Which tends to always be a little on the over-moisturized side.
So I’m not including the Curl Supreme 4 in 1 Hydrating Creme in this review. But I did try it out on my daughter’s hair, with great results. Her hair is a little more dry and coarse than mine. You can get 15% off using code CURLMAVEN.
Reflex Curl Styling Serum
Where to start with the Reflex Curl Styling Serum?! First of all, I think it needs to be renamed to Reflex Ringlets Styling Serum. Because whatever magic is in this formula, it gives both me and my daughter the most gorgeous ringlets, every, single, time!
I’ve really experimented with this product over the last few months, and I can say with certainty, that no other product gives our hair spirals and ringlets anything like this. Every time I’ve had insane ringlets, it’s been because I’ve used this styling serum!
Designed to smooth, elongate, and define curls and waves. Again, using a lightweight formula that won’t weigh the hair down. Glycerin free, with a good balance of protein and moisture.
You don’t need a lot, and it plays well with other products too. Love love LOVE this product! Definitely a game-changer in your routine if you want gorgeous ringlets, for daaayyyysssss! You can get 15% off using code CURLMAVEN.
Hi! Definition Curl Enhancer Styling Gel
I’ve saved the best to last. You’d think after my review of the Reflex serum, that that’s the product shaping up to be my 2020 Product of the Year. But no, it’s the Hi! Definition Curl Enhancer Styling Gel.
I’m on my 3rd tub and I cannot get enough! I’ve hardly used another gel since my friend first sent it to me earlier this year. The consistency is somewhere between a gel, a custard, a jelly and a purée.
This gel is great at enhancing curls and creating clumps. Providing long-lasting curl definition, as well as shine. A little goes a long way, so don’t apply too much. Otherwise it will leave a white, flakey residue on the hair until the next wash day.
I got a little carried away at first, because the slip feels so good when you apply it. I’m going to say it, this is the perfect balance of protein and moisture I’ve found in a gel. I recommend it all the time in Curl Clinics!
Enough protein to define, enhance and tighten my natural curl pattern. Combined with enough moisture to give me hydrated, frizz-free, juicy ringlets and curl clumps, and lots of shine! This gel is also glycerin free, which works best for me in Ireland with the crazy humidity. You can read more about glycerin here.
The Hi! Definition Curl Enchancer Styling Gel works well with other products too, should you wish to mix and match. I’ve tried it with leave-in conditioners, mousses, foams, serums, other gels and hairspray, all with great success. If you only get one thing from TréLuxe, make it this gel! And you can get 15% off using code CURLMAVEN.
TréLuxe Styling Routine Video
Check out my styling routine video using the TréLuxe Reflex Serum and Hi! Definition Gel. Don’t forget you can get 15% off all products on the TréLuxe website using code CURLMAVEN. Or use code CURLMAVEN to get 10% off Curl Warehouse in Canada or Kiyo Beauty in the UK. You can also get TréLuxe at Sari Curls or Le Curl Shop in the EU. Naturalistic Products in the UK or The Curl Store in Australia.
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I really hope you found it helpful. And if you’ve been thinking about purchasing some products from this brand, you have a better idea of what will work best for your hair. If you have any questions, drop them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you.
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Michelle Harkin says
Excellent review. Love all your blog posts. You have taught me so much! Definitely interested in trying these products especially if it can help with the Holy grail of creating ringlets!! Just checking – is the discount code for the Treluxe site or Naturalistic Products. Based in Northern Ireland. Thank you! 🙂
your review came at the right time.
I have placed an order today and been so impatienced for products to arrive.
Could you plase tell me the size of the gel when you are using it?
Thnx a lot
You can see how much I use and how I apply the products in this video: https://youtu.be/0NC_vx9I5Y4
I’ve been wondering where you got your beautiful ringlets this summer! I’ve been using Jessicurl and love it SO much, but I’ve found I seem to be short on protein most of the time. I have a hard time doing the protein deep treatments on a half-regular basis so I was wondering if I should switch to products that have protein in them.
I have very fine hair that is easily weighed down. Spiralicious and Rockin’ Ringlets are too heavy. But Gelebration Spray and Confident Coils seem just right, and I love the moisture level.
Would you recommend the same lineup you mention here? Or should I mix and match products? I would prefer to find a whole product line that worked well for my hair for both protein and moisture. I tend to stick to a routine and I don’t switch things up often.
Yes that was my problem with Jessicurl long term, not enough protein for my hair either. There are definitely lighter products out there than the Spiralicious, and Gelebration Spray is a lighter alternative to Rockin Ringlets. I’m surprised Confident Coils doesn’t weigh you down though, as that’s heavier than both of those. The problem with sticking with one entire product line from start to finish, is it’s not catering to your hair’s specific requirements and needs. For me, I have to mix and match to get the balance of protein and moisture and weightlessness just right, that’s my priority rather than everything being from one brand.
Another amazing review! I don’t think I’ll ever get over how honest and thorough your reviews are. I’ve been wanting to try this brand, but wasn’t sure about it for my fine hair. I always trust your reviews, so I will definitely give it a go! Thank you! 🙂
I love Treluxe! Their leave-in conditioner has saved my hair, no joke! A great hack for the Reflux Serum is to use it as a dry refresher! I rub a small amt between my palms, ghost it lightly over dry hair, and voila! Refreshed curls without water and in seconds!
Leigh Anne says
Your reviews are just the best and i totally trust you won’t steer us wrong! I’m definitely going to order these products!!
Thank you! That really means a lot to me. I would never do a review or recommendation unless I 100% believe in the product, brand and have done significant testing x
Please can you tell me how you apply the serum to get ringlets as I understand it can be used a few different ways?
Sure, you can see me using and applying them in this video: https://youtu.be/0NC_vx9I5Y4
I’m going to swap in the gel to try. I’ve been doing the CMG method. When do you use the serum? Instead of the mousse?
Either/Both. Sometimes I’ll use the mousse, serum and gel. Most often I just use the serum and gel.
Oh no my wallet
Does Trelux contain more protein than innersense? The Innersense pure line does not contain enough protein for me.
In which web shops is the discount code valid?
thank you very much for this great review
You can check out the ingredients list to compare side by side
Another great review and these products look amazing. You know when you’ve watched enough IG stories to be able to hear your voice while reading the blog!! 🙂
Was really excited about this and was so looking forward to the giveaway information until I saw it was for USA only 🙁
Does your discount code work on Naturalistic or is this just for the US site too?
I actually get told that a lot, that people read my blog posts and can hear my voice. So sorry, I don’t have any discount codes for any of the UK distributors. Believe me, I have tried, on numerous occasions but can never get anywhere. I’m as frustrated as you are, trust me! Really sorry
I love your reviews and trust what you recommend 100%! I was anxiously awaiting which line you were using this summer.
Before I purchase- I’m confused and I hope you can clarify this for me- Bounce girl has propylene glycol listed, along with parabens and other not healthy nor good for curly hair ingredients so they won’t use it. But this line has it listed as it’s 2nd ingredient after water, which is very high on the list. There is ethylene oxide in propylene glycol which is bad for us, and the reason why bounce girl won’t use it (I emailed them and asked). What is your take on having this as a very high ingredient on their list in most of these products? I actually read the list of ingredients carefully now because of the wonderful advise you’ve given us. Thank you for all that you do for us curlies!!
I don’t get that caught up on ingredients like that, everyone has their own personal opinions and standards when it comes to certain ingredients, like parabens. For me, I don’t have a problem with them, Calpol one of the world’s leading pain relief medication for kids contains parabens for eg. Yes certain ingredients are important, but formula is always key. We can have an IDEA or a GUESS of the quantities based on where they appear on the ingredients list, but no one but the formulator, chemist and owners know the exact % quantities. Merian herself, owner, formulator and chemist of Bounce Curl says this herself.
Question. Do you still a mousse when you use this serum and gel?
I have done, but I get just as good results with jut the serum and the gel so for the first time in years I’ve not been using mousse as regularly as I used to
Those products sound amazing! You mentioned that they contain quite a lot of protein, do you think they’d be suitable for my low porosity hair?
It’s a total myth that low porosity hair should avoid protein. Your hair is MADE of protein. It’s like saying short people should avoid drinking water.
Do you use the gel and serum together?
Yes, every time. I have tried using them on their own, or with other products, but I find best results using them together.
Jennifer F says
I’ve seen people use the gel first and others use the serum first. What do you suggest?
Another beautiful and complete review, thank you.
So now that you tried this brand, can you tell us what are your favorites routines ?
This is my favourite styling routine by far. I’ve been doing it consistently using these products almost all of 2020 and I really struggle to try anything else because the results are always so consistently good. You can see my full styling routine using these products here: https://youtu.be/0NC_vx9I5Y4
Love this review! I’ve been using the serum and gel for a while but have recently purchased the other products in the line! I would love to see your Treluxe routine at some point with how you apply the stylers!
Thanks Joanne, I actually have a YouTube video up now featuring the stylers, my top tips for applying them and my results. I’ll link it here for you: https://youtu.be/0NC_vx9I5Y4
Fanny Todd says
Hi Cailín. I loved to read your blog. You are a very good writer and a hair expert. I would like to ask you: what do you prefer the most: TreLuxe products or Innesence products. Thanks
Hi Fanny, I prefer Innersense cleansers, conditioners and some of their stylers. But I much prefer the TréLuxe gel, and their serum. Hope that helps!
Roisin Duffy says
Amazing. Just bought the serum. Fab ringlets. Just like you promised. Now to buy the whole range!!
Looking forward to trying their products! I’ve recently been using As I am cowash, bounce curls clump & Creme, Bounce Creme gel and washing with Trader Joe’s/Biolage Hydrosource every other day. I also deep cleanse (BB Sunday) and rice water treat about every 2 weeks. My issue is that on the second day after a real wash, my products leave my curls heavier, not as light and certainly flatter on the scalp. I can’t fluff them as easily. I’m hesitant to add a leave-in conditioner, because I have fine hair, medium porosity type 3b curls that get weighed down easily. Would you recommend using the Reflex curl serum & Hi!Def gel together? Or try them separate first? I do wash with Trader Joe’s every other day because my hair is feeling product heavy on the second day, I’d like to stretch it out to at least 3 days. AND I’m using a small amount of each styling product, so I thought build-up wouldn’t be an issue. Lastly, since you are my current curl goddess … do you have any recommended scrunching paste, pal made, oil that you recommend? I hate to use hairspray if i can help it!
I’m not surprised your hair feels heavy and weighed down, that’s a lot of products to be using so often, and a lot of moisture too. I don’t use oils or pommades. I scrunch out the crunch with my hands, and sometimes using the Aquis double sided silk turban. I don’t think the styling products are the issue here, it’s the co wash and the amount of moisture in your routine.
I have been trying Jessicurl rockin’ ringlets lately and like it! I’m on an island like you (canada) so it’s not terribly cold, just wet and unpredictable! If you were to oversimplify the differences between rockin’ ringlets and spiralicious vs treluxe’s serum & gel ….. why would I pick which?? Any suggestions appreciated – love your blog!
I have to same question!!!
Great question and I’d also love to know how they compare.
I posted a looong comment here the day before yesterday, what happened to it? It took me over an hour to write it! Anyway, the point was I’ve been binge-reading and watching your blog, IG and YT and fallen in love with your hair, personality and knowledge! Thank you for all the great advice and please don’t stop! Also wanted to ask your suggestions on what to buy right now as I can’t wait for the 2020 overview! Managed to find B&B Sunday Shampoo, As I Am Coconut Co-wash, Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner, Giovanni Direct Leave-in, but TréLuxe isn’t available in Estonia (or anywhere outside the US?). Also I haven’t been able to find a protein product or a good gel that is available to Estonia and isn’t sold out. Maybe there’s some 2020 discoveries that you could unveil? And another idea I got reading and watching everything is thay maybe you could do a kids special post – what and how to use on innocent hair and how not to overdo it. Your daughter Éabha’s hair is amazing and she’s such a character (132 books in one year, wow!). I have 4 kids and 2 of them seem to be quite the curlies, I would love to give their hair the love they need (oppose to my own childhood where I thought I had straight hair that didn’t obey me!).
Thank you, my Favourite Products post for 2020 is now up, you can read it here: https://curlmaven.ie/my-favourite-curly-girl-products-of-2020/ I’m very hesitant to put images of my children up on the blog, as to date the entire content of my site, including all the images have been stolen three times in three different countries, that I know of.
Hi, excellent review! It was really helpful to read. I’ve never heard of a hair serum and ringlets sounds amazing. I was wondering where does a serum fit in a normal wash day routine? I use bounce curl shampoo, cream conditioner, leave in, avocado clump & define and the gel. Thanks very much.
Thank you! When applying styling products, I always recommend starting with the lightest formula/texture/consistency first and working your way up to the heaviest at the end. Hope that helps x
Do you layer the Hi Definition gel over the reflex serum or use them separately on different days? What routine gives you the beat results?
I think you have great defined curls. I did notice at the root of your hair it kind of looks like there is some flakiness and build up. Ia this something you jus deal with despite all the steps you take? I feel I have experienced the same thing when i use products that are too heavy.
Yep, those white flakes are from using too much of the gel, which I mentioned in the review, and wanted to show in the images too. It can happen to everyone. It’s not necessarily that the product is too heavy, it’s that I was too heavy handed when I applied it, and applied too much. It can happen with quite a few products, MopTop Curly Hair Custard is another product that springs to mind and does this if I apply too much. Ps. My name is Gabriella, not Cailin. x
Laura Trigger says
Hi love reading your blog. I’m using treluxe. When I add the gel my hair goes knotty. Like I lose the slip I then find it harder to style. Am I doing something wrong. I use floracurl leave in then treluxe serum then gel.