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Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Honey Butta Leave-In Conditioner

Brand: Curl Junkie

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Try this rich, creamy styler to moisturize and provide light hold and frizz-free protection of your precious curls.

3.5 (50 ratings)
Size: 8 oz.

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This honey-rich, all-in-one styling product helps define curls and tame frizz. Loaded with exotic butters, botanicals and oils, this super-moisturizing styling product can even be used on fine hair (in small amounts) to provide frizz protection and curl definition. This rich, luxurious product is fabulous when used on damp hair for two-strand twists and braids for a soft, shiny twist-out!


Distilled Water (infused with Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis Linn (Hibiscus) Petals), Cetyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Honey, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Beeswax, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Polyquaternium-7, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Panthenol, Plantago Species (Plantain) Leaf Extract, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Simmondisa Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Arnygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Dimethicone PEG-8 Benzoate, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed, Hydrolyzed Silk Amino Acids, PEG -7 Olivate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Propylene Glycol, Diazolindyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance.

Ingredient Attribute: Paraben Free
Silicone Free
Sulfate Free

Styling Tips

  • Use on wet or dry hair. Apply generously to hair after shampooing and conditioning.
  • Smooth and/or scrunch into hair.
  • Gently blot with a towel and go!
  • Also great for twists and braids to provide moisture and gentle hold

Customer reviews

  • 5

    Posted by TCAKE (Type 3c) on 10/22/2015

    As a leave in, this did not work for me at all, too heavy. I revisited it & changed it up using it strictly as a rinse out conditioner. I combine it with two other CJ conditioners for a seriously deep conditioning treatment. After at least 30 minutes under a heat cap, I have the most moisturized hair ever. You can use a product to suit your specific needs. The price is steep (ouch), but the results are worth it for me. I'll sacrifice. I really wish it came in a bigger jar-economy size!

  • 4

    Posted by andrea.elle (Type 4a) on 06/14/2015

    i am not a fan of sweet/candy scented hair products, this smelling like bubble gum threw me off completely. I gave it a try anyway to find it blew my current leave in out of the water as far as moisture and ease of set angling. Bonus the scent doesn't linger. The only down is the price.

  • 5

    Posted by modelmommd (Type Unkown) on 05/17/2015

    I loooove this product! I have 3c hair that is usually dry and a bit crunchy with other products. I usemthis product after a wash, and whenever i needna deep moisturizingn session. It alloews me to decrease the number of times I wash my hair since I workout everyday. It's very moisturizing, does a great job at controlling my frizz and curl definition ;). See more products I use at

  • 3

    Posted by themedievalist (Type 2c) on 01/23/2015

    I decided on a whim to try this as a leave-in, and see how it compares to the Curl Junkie Coffee Coco Curl Cream, which is my HG leave in. This is fine - I'll finish the jar - but not anything super special. In most ways, for my hair, it just seems like a slightly less awesome version of the CCCC - it feels like it detangles less effectively, and my hair doesn't quite start to spring into curls once I put it in. I also have to be careful how much of this I use, since if I use just a little too much, my hair will look greasy. I use this under a gel (right now, with Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha).

  • 4

    Posted by Aubsgirl7 (Type Unkown) on 05/21/2014

    I absolutely love this leave in. I am a pretty lazy natural but when I need a quick moisture fix, this has been doing the trick. I use along with Oyin Handmade Juices and Berries.

    Plus it smells like double bubblegum! And that smell lingers, which I love

  • 1

    Posted by newly_curly_ (Type 4a) on 03/16/2014

    This gets 1 star from me. I applied this on top Curl Assurance smoothing leave in and it did nothing for me. My hair felt dry and hard. Usually my hair would start coiling once moisturizer is applied but this did nothing for my thick low porosity hair. I rewashed my hair and applied As I Am Double Buttercream. So thanks for making that my staple product.

  • 5

    Posted by cecile (Type 4b) on 08/21/2013

    I've tried a lot of products with which to twist my hair and this one works the best for me. I find braiding works better for me than twisting. The style will last 3 to 4 days. I have thin kinky hair and this weighs it down well.

  • 5

    Posted by sire (Type Unkown) on 07/30/2013

    (Type 3c hair)
    Awesome! I avoided this product due to all the complaints I've read on here or seen on YouTube about it not mixing well with gels and/or it flaking the next day. I decided to take a risk, and it was worth it. This product left my hair very soft, shiny, and well moisturized. Absolutely no flaking and it mixed well when I applied aloe fix gel over it. I don't mind the price because a little goes a long way. This product has become a staple in my arsenal : )

  • 4

    Posted by gnvvgates (Type 4a) on 07/19/2013

    I really liked this>>>I think it needs a light sealant over it like karens body beautiful butter love to retain moisture longer>>>great combo product

  • 1

    Posted by Kai (Type Unkown) on 05/27/2013

    Hair Type: 4 b/c

    I use this product underneath the Aloe Fix hair gel (suggested on the Aloe Fix sample pack), and that combination IMMEDIATELY flaked & caked up on my hair. The last time I saw little white balls form onto my hair so fast was after I used one of my favorite leave-in conditioners, and then applied Eco Styler Gel....a year ago, lol. The fragrance of this product is a bit overwhelming, it actually reminds me of bubble-gum pepto bismol, and while the creamy consistency is nice, I just don't know how well this product will work with other products - CJ or not. After using this twice at different times, but both on damp hair, it didn't melt into my hair as other moisturizers / leave-ins do. Not so interested in this product any more, which rarely happens. I don't think spending my $22 on this product would be worth it frankly.

  • 1

    Posted by cococurls (Type 4b) on 05/23/2013

    I definitely was not feeling this product, especially considering the cost. I have used it when doing my two strand twist. It left my hair feeling stiff and definitely not moisturized. I have used it as part as my LOC routine. It actually seems to make my hair even drier. This is part of my problem, getting my hair completely moisturized. Oh well, I guess I will find a way to use it, since I spent so much on this product. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!

  • 4

    Posted by MaggieT (Type 3b) on 05/17/2013

    Not sure this worked for my fine 3b curls when used as directed, but in the warm northeast weather it's a great 2nd-day product for me. A tiny drop smoothes frizz and keeps me from getting triangle hair. And I love the smell! Glad I gave it another shot; I think it may just be a summertime product for me.

  • 3

    Posted by monacaber (Type Unkown) on 04/06/2013

    I am on the fence about this product. Sometimes it seems helpful and other times, not. I am not sure if it as to do with how much I use or with other products that I work with or combination of both. Either way it's something to work out and for the price I am considering moving on to something else. I can say that it feels very silky and my hands feel great after using the product.

  • 5

    Posted by mickilopez69 (Type 3c) on 03/19/2013


  • 2

    Posted by Bibliophile (Type Unkown) on 01/01/2013

    I purchased this product 3 years ago from CurlMart to replace my scarce staple Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner (original formula in the white bottle). The idea of using a combined conditioner/styling product for twists, braids & set styles appealed to me. This product smells like banana bubble gum. The texture is a cross between chewed gum & pulled taffy; not creamy. Unfortunately this did not work as expected for me. I live in a humid climate & have natural, low porosity, dense, medium-coarse 4B strands. I smoothed it in sections on clean (naked), wet hair before twisting or rolling. The product did not have enough slip for me. It caused my strands to clump/weave among itself, causing tangles. My hair did not absorb the product. The crown/exposed layer would have some hold, but the rest would revert. There is too much of a learning curve for me. Heavy product application gives me sticky strands. Light application gives me tangled hair.

  • 1

    Posted by 90scurlz (Type 3c) on 11/11/2012

    AWFUL! First of all the smell is DISGUSTING. It smells so sickly sweet that it resembles a candy flavored cough syrup. The consistency is decent but as soon as I applied it to my hair I knew I would not like it. When it dried: frizzy, fluffy, undefined, almost dry-feeling curls. Doesn't even provide any moisture. Curl Junkie's Argan & Olive Oil Daily Conditioner works WAAAY better as a leave-in AND styler. Wish I had stuck with that instead. Smh.

  • 5

    Posted by dovesnob (Type 3c) on 11/07/2012

    I LOVE THIS STUFF. INSTANT HG. Word to the wise ladies-- this is NOT the product to use when you want to wash-n-go. When not used with a butter, oil, or aloe vera product it will make little white flakes. It IS however perfect for braidouts, twistouts, and it is WONDERFUL for my detangling on wash day. I very rarely style without reaching for my honey butta!! I am on my second container, and each time the products looks a little different, which i attribute to the natural variations in the ingredients but is the same great quality product. The smell is a sweet banana bubblegum, and the texture is honestly like smashed bananas and aloe lol. I would definitely recommend it !!!

  • 5

    Posted by dovesnob (Type 3c) on 11/07/2012

    I LOVE THIS STUFF. INSTANT HG. Word to the wise ladies-- this is NOT the product to use when you want to wash-n-go. When not used with a butter, oil, or aloe vera product it will make little white flakes. It IS however perfect for braidouts, twistouts, and it is WONDERFUL for my detangling on wash day. I very rarely style without reaching for my honey butta!! I ran out and my life was in SHAMBLES (lol) The smell is a sweet banana bubblegum, and the texture is honestly like smashed bananas and aloe lol. I would definitely recommend it !!!

  • 5

    Posted by Heis1God (Type 3b) on 11/05/2012

    Im in love with Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Honey Butta Leave-In Conditioner!!!! It is thick and creamy very moisturizing; and it doesn't weigh my hair down. It smells delicious!!! ; )
    I have about an inch to an inch and a half left to I am not fully natural. But I love this stuff. I use it on 2 strand twist out. I did notice that it was not as moisturizing for me as it was in the summer months. As the weather changed I noticed I needed more moisture in addition to the CJ HBHB leave in. I still give it 5 starts though!

  • 4

    Posted by meesh64 (Type 4a) on 10/08/2012

    Love this product! A little heavier leave in but works wonderful on my 4b hair!

  • 1

    Posted by teri5kidz (Type 3c) on 10/02/2012

    I have yet to try this product, but was disappointed with the consistency. This product was described as creamy, and that is what I was expecting. When I opened the package the product is more like a custard and yellow in color, not even a butter consistency either. You can't contact anyone in curlmart or curl junkie to express you opinions or concerns. I would like a refund because the in not how it was described.

  • 4

    Posted by kimmical (Type Unknown) on 09/24/2012

    I really like this product. The smell is addictive. I use it as a leave in for my wash n go's under Curls In A Bottle. Please note that I don't use it generously with my wash n go's. I use just enough to coat my hair section by section. I love the look of my section and third day hair when I use these products. It's a little pricey therefore I couldn't give it five stars.

  • 5

    Posted by jerseycurlZ (Type 3c) on 09/05/2012

    I LOVE THIS STUFF. INSTANT HG. Word to the wise ladies-- this is NOT the product to use when you want to wash-n-go. When not used with a butter, oil, or aloe vera product it will make little white flakes. It IS however perfect for braidouts, twistouts, and it is WONDERFUL for my detangling on wash day. I very rarely style without reaching for my honey butta!! The smell is a sweet banana bubblegum, and the texture is honestly like smashed bananas and aloe lol. I would definitely recommend it !!!

  • 5

    Posted by Sweetumms (Type 3c) on 08/15/2012

    This has become one of my staple products. I have a mixed texture of 3b/c and a little 4a and this product moisturizes all of my textures and plays nice with other products. Leaves my hair very soft and bouncy.

  • 4

    Posted by jacampbell (Type 4a) on 08/14/2012

    I must say that I really (emphasis on really) loved the smell of this product. It smells slightly sweet and reminds me of a banana smoothie. It is good for my hair (type 4a) in holding a curly style and adding moisture. I use this product in conjunction with the Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment and it does well with my styles (rod setting and two-strand twist outs). I will say that even with the Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment and the Honey Butta that my hair (both permed and natural textures) may prefer a deeper moisturizer. This is a good product that I have tried so far.

  • 4

    Posted by seamelody14 (Type 3a) on 03/16/2012

    This stuff is great, very moisturizing, smells delish, and really makes my hair silky. I like that it is heavier than most leave ins I have tried, and that a little goes a long way. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 curls is because I have not really tried enough leave ins to compare it to.

  • 5

    Posted by bfoxy4life (Type 3c) on 02/16/2012

    I love this stuff! I have a twa, just bc'd on 01/17/12 and it really helps define my little curls; gives them the clumping effect so they look like the tiny version of sista curls. It is so cute. I used this after washing with CJ cleansing conditioner and they both work wonderfully!

  • 2

    Posted by ruiz4books2 (Type Unkown) on 02/12/2012

    This is the only Curl Junkie product I don't care for, all her other products work great for me. I purchased this product to provide moisture to my curls, which it did. However, every time I used it my scalp itched like crazy! I tried to deal with it because I love the way the butta smells but no matter how much I put in my hair, by the end of the my scalp felt like ants were crawling on it. What really made me decide to stop using the product was the amount of buildup I started getting. After a month of using I noticed my hair felt really plastic and strange to the touch. When I scratched my scalp my hands would come away coated in product! So I gave up and gave this to my sister. She loved it though. I wish this product had worked for me because it smelled so yummy and it did seem to provide moisture at first, but I just couldn't get over the side effects. Anyways, I have tons of other CJ products that I LOVE so it's not big deal.

  • 3

    Posted by dangelkim (Type Unkown) on 12/10/2011

    I love the product for my 2 strand twist only. I dont like it for any other style. I love the smell but its a heavy product

  • 5

    Posted by currrlygurrrly (Type Unkown) on 11/29/2011

    I LOVE this stuff! Smells fantastic (bananas) and it works even better! Use it daily as a LI under my CIAB. Leaves hair super soft, no frizz, perfectly shape spirals for my 3A/3B/3C curls. Did I mention, I love this product??!! Part of my HG, now. CJ is really a class act! Great products for all curls. Happy currrlygurrly, with all the CJ products.

  • 5

    Posted by curlcanuck (Type 3c) on 10/02/2011

    My HG! I use this over curl junkies coffee coco creme. I apply both in the shower and finger comb through, then skip-curled a few pieces. It increases the curliness, definition, shine and volume with no crunch! If your hair is like mine (very fine, color-damaged, 3b/c curls) and you live in a dry cold place like me give these two a try!

    The best part? This combo gives me great second day hair! (I never have second day hair!)

  • 2

    Posted by bridgett (Type 3c) on 05/25/2011

    I have 3c/4a curls. DO NOT mix this product with any other product. It leaves product build up so you will see white wet junk. I tried applying by itself, it leaves your hair dry and poofy. Not good for wash and gos. ITS GOOD FOR TWIST OUTS!!! But i dont like doing twist outs and was hoping this product would be good for a wash and go.

  • 2

    Posted by frizzyfi (Type 3c) on 03/08/2011

    This LI left little white pieces in my hair, it can't be mixed w/ any other product b/c it'll react & it's too heavy as a LI for my hair. I usually like to use heavy products b/c my hair is thick, but not this time. I gave it 2 curls b/c the smell was okay. (However, the Curl Junkie H&B Deep Fix is the best DC I have ever used..interesting)

  • 2

    Posted by ruthiemn (Type 4b) on 01/16/2011

    I purchased this thinking that it would be great for my hair and help to give my curls definition; however, that didn't happen, it was just hard and dry. It recommends using it on twist outs so I guess I will try that next, for the price I need to try and figure out something to do with it. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because it smells wonderful. I really wanted to like this leave-in too :(

  • 4

    Posted by twirlygranny (Type 4a) on 11/06/2010

    One of my favorite moisturizing. It works equally well on the kinkier and looser curls on my head and mixes well with my gelly stying products. Kills frizz but leaves bounce!

  • 4

    Posted by moblack91 (Type 3b) on 07/24/2010

    Hair Type: 3b

    I really like this product. I got a sample of it and the first thing i noticed when I opened it was how awesome it smelled kinda like tea with honey. I used it on its own and got more curl definition than with other leave-ins i've used. Later i used it under my normal gel and I got amazing cur definition and very nice second day curls. It only gets 4 curls because i'm looking for a more all in one product.

  • 5

    Posted by MissCurlGirl (Type 3a) on 05/18/2010

    Love this leave in! Even though it is thick, it does not weigh down my hair at all! My hair stays moisturized all day long.

  • 4

    Posted by Naturalista (Type 3c) on 04/13/2010

    A rich LI/styler that's good for protective styling as well as a wash n go under CIAB or a med to harder hold gel. The richness may make this more appropriate for colder vs. warmer climates.

  • 5

    Posted by Greatcurls (Type 4a) on 03/15/2010

    Pleasantly surprised about the results. Though it has beeswax, I did not make my hair hard and dry. Very moisturizing. Have already repurchased.

  • 5

    Posted by RNaturall (Type 4a) on 03/15/2010

    This stuff is great! Smells yummy. No only does it work great under other Curl Junkie products, but also works great under ANY other brand of curly pudding, gel and butter.

  • 4

    Posted by cgardner4u (Type 3c) on 09/08/2009

    I really like this product. I think depending on the look you're going for and the type of hold you want, this works well. I noticed others mentioning the stickiness and heaviness and this is heavy, but I haven't experienced any stickiness or flaking. I've used this for two strands twists and wash n go's. This product is definitely my second fav styling product next to KCCC.

  • 5

    Posted by thirteenlbs (Type Unknown) on 03/22/2009

    This is my holy grail product. I get huge shine,incredible definition, and great moisture. I use it along with a light gel for days and days of great kinks and curls.

  • 5

    Posted by Suburbanbushbabe (Type 4a) on 01/30/2009

    I used this as a leave-in and then plopped. My hair was almost totally unshrunken and smooth, even after plopping. Definitely a product for tighter curls. I like it.

  • 4

    Posted by FrizzBgone (Type 3a) on 01/12/2008

    Really liked this. Is quite thick and rich. I was surprised that it didn't weigh my hair down. I suspect it will be a winter only conditioner for me though. Fine haired curlies would likely find this one too heavy. No frizz after I used it. Hair felt great. Smells really nice as well.

  • 2

    Posted by teshon (Type 3c) on 09/14/2007

    This product started out great. Smooth, creamy texture. Nice cake batter scent. Provided a lot of moisture, shine and was the perfect weight for my hair when applied to wet hair. Not too heavy as w/ other butta/creams. The results were different once my hair air-dried. The moisture didn't last and after a week of use my hair felt very producty. Beware of the wax!

  • 2

    Posted by michelle (Type 3b) on 03/11/2007

    A little heavy for my 3b curls. It's meant for coarser, kinkier curls. But it's very rich and moisturizing.

  • 4

    Posted by kdcreigh (Type 4b) on 12/31/2006

    Left my 4b/4a hair soft and moist. Provided good definition when applied to wet hair. Be careful not to use too much or it will coat the hair and flake off!

  • 1

    Posted by laurabeth (Type 2b) on 09/11/2006

    I felt really hesistant about this leave-in because of the beeswax so I only applied it to a single curl that was a little flyaway. However, it became very suffocated-frizzy (unlike the surrounding curls) and enlongated until it was barely wavy as if the humidity couldn't reach it to boost my curl or because it was too heavy--hard to tell which was the reason.

  • 2

    Posted by gretchen (Type 3a) on 09/06/2006

    I love the moisturizing properties of this, but it is definitely too heavy for my hair. I bet it would be awesome on 3C-4B hair though.

  • 5

    Posted by iniece (Type 4a) on 07/26/2006

    Smells great!My twists had moisture, sheen, touchable hold & definition in my twistout for days...Love it w/ the whole hibiscus banana system

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