Posted by carmensto (Type 3b) on 06/05/2014
Love love love it! I have 2b hair and after experimenting with the Deva products for the past year, I have my routine down pat. I use this product only on windy days with great results. I use the no poo, one condition, detangling between each step, then leave a tiny bit of one condition in. I apply arc angel while still in the shower with my hair dripping then wrap my hair in a t-shirt. I let it set for about 5-10 minutes then put the set up and above in. My secret is that a little goes a long way. I have long hair but it is super thin so I scoop up about a quarter sized amount and rub it into my dry hands. Then I put the stuff that's not stuck to my hands back in the jar! I unwrap my hair, tilt my head forward, and rub this stuff in from root to tip paying special attention to the ends because they tend to get frizzy first. I finger comb then let it all air dry. Voila! Defined curls that are not overdone, sticky, or greasy looking. Thanks Devacurl for your fantastic line!
Posted by memphiscurls901 (Type 3a) on 11/27/2013
My favorite Deva product (besides Set It Free), I use a tiny bit with a tinier bit of Chi serum (oil) together after I'm completely dried and crunchy (if I am that particular day) and tilt my head over and scrunch all the crunch out, then flip up and smooth my hands over my hair and scrunch all around. No frizz or flyaways.
Posted by Salonciseaux (Type 3b) on 10/01/2013
This product is amazing! Using only DEVA for 30 days will transform your curls! They will be more defined and controlled..Getting a Deva cut really helps as well. If you live anywhere near Central Florida, please call us to get you started on the Deva system and cut!
Posted by smudge1995 (Type 3c) on 06/07/2013
This gel, along with the Deva One Condition conditioner, about 20 minutes under a hood dryer, and only a dime size amount of leave-in, left my hair drier than the Sahara Desert. I liked the fact that it brought definition and shine to my otherwise not defined or shiny curls. I have to give this product the benefit of the doubt, as it might have worked better if the stylist had raked leave-in through my hair before applying, or if she had forgone the hood dryer. But one thing the gel definitely did that I didn't like: It made my pineappled hair stick up in the air in the morning, and it wouldn't lay down, until I raked my own leave-in conditioner into my hair.
Posted by Samanthascurlz (Type 3b) on 05/23/2013
I used it as the direction stated (root lift), but wasn't too impressed for that purpose. Instead, I use it for fly-aways. I think it's better for that.
Posted by dianemary126 (Type 3a) on 11/04/2012
this product rocks!!! its not sticky or goopy or gross like a lot of pomades i have tried. i like that there is no silicone in it. i use this on dry hair on days 2 and 3 when needed. it helps to seal split ends, give my hair extra shine and bring the bounce back into my curls. my hair just looks so awesome when i used this! a little goes a long way- i apply a pea size amount in each of 7 sections and scrunch it in. my hair is long and thick so usually i need to use so much more of a product. this is good stuff right here.
Posted by Bianca (Type 3a) on 10/13/2012
This is one of my staple products. If you don't use it correctly, it can be a mess. But, if used the right way (which took me several attempts) it makes curls soft, shiny, defined, and totally frizz free. And it gives me lift at the roots and at the crown so my hair looks bouncy and layered and not like a crispy triangle.
I have super curly/kinky/wavy hair and I like to do only wash and go. I've found that if I use this product on hair that is about 80% dry, it has great results. I smooth it onto my edges and then separate my hair and smooth it over whatever stylers I have already put on my hair. It adds such great shine and bounce.
The key for me is that my hair has to be mostly dry and my hands have to be dry while applying, otherwise it doesn't distribute well.
This product is also great for second day hair. Before bed you can mist water all over your hair, smooth this over sections, then put into a pineapple, your hair will look awesome second day.
Posted by hoppyrules (Type 2c) on 01/10/2012
OK - so I use all Deva products, and have good results with "Lo Poo" Shampoo, Deva One Car Conditioner, ArcAngel gel, and the Frizz Free volumizing foam. I just started using these products about 8 weeks ago, so I got a little ahead of myself and bought the Set Up and Above since my hair has been doing so well.
I am not pleased at all with it - it seems like too little does nothing, too much makes you look greasy. As I look above, I see it is highly rated for 3a's and I am more of a wavy girl with curly on the sides and in the back (ie somewhere in the 2's), and soft wave on the top. That could be it - or I am not using it right. But I am really not pleased with it at all. I would try it before buying it if I were you.
Posted by quietwar (Type 3a) on 11/26/2011
"Hell, what happened to my hair!" No matter how hard I try to lift the roots with clips, as it was drying, it still appeared as though someone hit the back of my head with a frying pan. It robbed me of my waves & curls, told me "You're a 1a now" and laughed in my face about it as it gave one last wave of it's wand, creating an illusion that my head was now in the shape of a triangle. And there was nothing I can do about it but clarify & frizz. To give the benefit of a doubt for this product, I do know one person who uses it and she has incredibly gorgeous curl formation and sheen (and not the Charlie kind). Just wasn't my idea of heaven.
Posted by gardenerwithcurls (Type 3a) on 09/27/2011
This is great for volume. It can make my hair look about 2 inches shorter than I want it to look, so it's not a go-to product for me. This will probably be a staple for me when I'm in dry, low dew point climates, because it doesn't have glycerin. If you want tighter curls, this may be one to try.
Posted by acberkery (Type 2c) on 07/09/2011
I love this stuff but it does make me go a little crispy when I try to refresh on day 2. Not digging the plastics in it either.
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org (Type 3b) on 04/28/2011
My hair is 3b and mid-back length. It is pouffy and frizzy without a product. This Set Up stuff said to use generously, but I used a moderate amount and ended up with no frizz but stringy greasy looking hair. How disgusting! The first product I've ever just thrown out.
Posted by sweetmelissa33 (Type 3a) on 11/25/2010
This product is great!!! I use it on my short curls to add lift and definition after scrunching in AnGel and drying with a diffuser.
I just spread a dab across my fingers and rustle/scrunch through my roots. It creates wonderful volume too! If used properly this product works miracles.
Posted by pandora4bn (Type 3a) on 09/20/2010
I love this product. I use it in my medium length 3b wet hair along with Devacurl anGel. I do not have frizz and end up with wonderfully defined curls.
Posted by radianceunveiled (Type 3a) on 08/10/2010
I have to disagree with the previous ladies. I like this product. The smell to me is kind of citrus like, it doesn't smell bad at all and it dissipates. I love this product to give me maximum hold if I am using DevaAnGel or for second day hair after I have misted with Mist-er Right and I put this on top by scrunching it in. Set it Up and Above is a great addition to the Deva product line if you are looking for extra hold, breaking up your curls after they are dry or your curls need a little peep on second day hair. :))
Posted by currlyQ4days (Type 3c) on 06/20/2010
Have to agree with previous poster, this product stinks!! I like mostly all the other ones I have tried especially One C conditioner. I have tossed this one in the trash! Yuck!
Posted by llthomas1117 (Type 3b) on 03/05/2010
I'm a 3b curly girl and am generally a "Deva devotee" - I use almost all of the products Deva offers with continuing satisfaction...except for this one -- it leaves my hear gummy and sticky and is the only Deva product that I not only do not love - I just HATE it to the point where I'm actually throwing it out -- a total waste of money!!