I’ve been using this product for months! The My Hair Recipe Curl Up Essence from Innisfree has been my favorite product to use here.

It’s an essence that helps to firm up curls and volume for permed and curly hair. To me, it also helps to protect my hair by providing it with a moisture barrier. Since I have issues with dry hair, this is really important to me. Then, in the summer, my hair is crazy because of the wicked humidity here in South Korea, so the curl essence helps me keep the frizz at bay.

Application: 10/10

It’s super easy to use the My Hair Recipe Curl Up Essence.

After drying your hair with a towel after showering, apply an appropriate amount of the curl essence to your hair. Start at the tips and work your way up. Try to avoid getting too close to your scalp because it could cause your hair to get oily faster than normal. I like to apply one thin layer and then as my hair dries, I’ll add another thin layer to make sure my curls are locked in.

Packaging: 10/10

The packaging is perfect! It’s simple to use the tube and the directions are easy to read since they’re both in Korean and English. The tube is also recyclable. You can actually take all empty Innisfree bottles, boxes, etc. back to any Innisfree shop and they’ll recycle them for you. When you do that, they’ll give you points on your membership account if you have one.

Moisturizing/Curling: 8/10

I think the curls hold fairly well. I have weird hair. It’s naturally a mix of straight, wavy, and spiral curls…basically a mess, but I’m figuring it out as I go. This picture shows off my curls after a few minutes with the curl up essence in my hair.

20 Min after Product
20 Minutes After Putting Curl Essence in Hair

I think the My Hair Recipe Curl Up Essence can hold my curls for a few days as well. This is a picture the day after applying the curl up essence.

Day After
Day After Applying Curl Up Essence

Scent: 7/10

The curl up essence has a strong floral scent. I don’t mind it, but it could be bothersome to others. However, the scent does fade quickly throughout the day.

Feeling: 9/10

Like any other hair cream product, the My Hair Recipe Curl Up Essence feels like lotion. What’s great about this cream essence is that it’s light and doesn’t make your hair heavy. After applying the cream to your hair, I’d recommend washing your hands since it’s a bit oily.

Final Thoughts & Recommendation:

The My Hair Recipe Curl Up Essence is a great product. I highly recommend it. Overall, I give it a 9/10 because it’s easy to use, you can use it all year around, and it lasts well.


All of my reviews are based off of my own experiences. I’ll never give a high rating on a product if I don’t like it. Even if it’s a popular product, I’ll still call it like I see it. If you wan’t to have a discussion about the product or have questions, leave a comment below or write a message to me on my contact page.