Finally Finished A Full-Sized Hair Product!

Wow, I haven’t written in this blog in almost a month.  I guess my hair routine and any experimenting with it has been quite uneventful.  I haven’t bought anything new lately, just trying out some stuff I’ve gotten over the past few months and trying to finish up older stuff.

Tonight, I finally finished my Garnier Curl Construct mousse.  I’ve had it since last September!  It takes me a long time to go through styling products because I use a few in rotation, and some of my bottles of styling product are pretty big!

I retrieved this from the recycle bin because I figured I should take a photo of it for my blog.  So important!

Now that I’ve taken pictures of the can, after I finish the product, I just realized that it contains amodimethicone.  At the time I bought it, I didn’t care, but I’ve not been purchasing any new products that contain silicones, unless they are water soluble.  At least it’s pretty low on the list…I guess.

Next, I will finally crack open my Herbal Essences Totally Twisted mousse*!  I got this last September as well, just a week or so after the Garnier mousse (after I opened it and couldn’t return it, of course), for free from Influenster.  Sadly, I never opened it since I only like to have one of each kind of styling product open at a time (i.e. one mousse, one gel, etc.)  I’m very sure I was supposed to review it on their website but never did.  Oh well, I should be able to review it on this blog after a while.

You’ll notice that the Herbal Essences mousse has a lot fewer ingredients than the Garnier mousse, and no silicones!  Can’t wait to use it 🙂

Bonus picture of what my hair looks like tonight, while wearing my new Ottoto Castellano glasses from glassesusa.com…and some glamorous old, oversized Kmart pajamas with cats on them:

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Pre-Wash Treatment: All I Need Naturally Baobab Growth Oil Cocktail*, applied all over the hair except for the roots and the straight, thin bottom layer.  (My hair was so dry today, probably from the DevaCurl Delight low-poo and conditioner I used a few days ago.  Will air my grievances on that in a future blog post.)

Shampoo: Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo*
Conditioner: Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Conditioner*

Oil: All I Need Naturally Baobab Growth Oil Cocktail* along my hairline, concentrating on the edges
Moisturizer: All I Need Naturally Curl Refresher Cream* (Tried using this in place of a styling product, but it did not work for that purpose.  In fact, with this conditioner, I normally don’t even need a leave-in or any kind of post-wash moisturizer.)
Styler: Garnier Curl Construct Mousse

*Asterisks indicate products I received for free to review.  Live Clean and Herbal Essences products were from Influenster, and All I Need Naturally products from Naturally Curly’s Trendsetter community.

New Products: All I Need Naturally

Disclaimer: Being a member of naturallycurly.com’s Trendsetter Insights community, I received these products for free to review.  I received the Moisture Retention Leave in Conditioner with Baobab, Baobab Growth Oil Cocktail, and Baobab Creamy Curl Refresher.

I just joined this online community a month ago, so I was pleasantly surprised when about two weeks ago, I received an invitation email from Naturally Curly to test out these products and review them on their website.  The set includes a leave-in conditioner, oil, and curl refresher.  I do already use these types of products, so I gladly accepted.  I must say that I appreciate them listing the ingredients of each product to help members make a decision as to whether they would be interested.  These products from All I Need Naturally do have some quality ingredients.

They came with some tape over the tops of the bottles to keep the contents from leaking out.  Smart!

Front Sealed

I made sure to get some good shots of the front of the bottles, as well as the description and ingredients.  (My raggedy towel backdrop, though, is a different story.  I need a new backdrop.)

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I see myself getting use out of every one of these products.  Although in my last entry, I wrote about how putting oil on my wet hair made it super stringy, I should not have this problem if I use a small amount.  After all, the bottle of the Baobab Growth Oil Cocktail says to use 2-3 drops.  I used a lot more than that last night!

While I will be posting a review on naturallycurly.com within a week, per the program conditions, I will likely wait at least a few weeks to put a review on this blog, just so I can more thoroughly test it.

Oh, and I got some samples too!  I got the Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Sulfate Free Shampoo (whew, what a name!), Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream, and Twisted Sista Intensive Leave-in Conditioner.

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Can’t wait to use them 😀

A Word of Caution About Oils

Although oils can work great to seal in moisture, it is important to not only use the right kind of oil for one’s hair, but also the right amount.  For example, with my fine, wavy, low porosity hair, grapeseed oil is a good choice.  I have a DIY oil mixture that I use a little bit of when my hair is still wet.  It is mostly made up of grapeseed oil, but also contains coconut, castor, argan, and rosemary oils.  The rosemary essential oil smells quite strong on its own, but makes the oil mixture smell quite good.  To me, it smells like homemade pizza, since my mom uses rosemary on them ^_^

Since my ends were looking quite dry yesterday, after washing my hair last night, I applied the above mention oil combination, but quite a bit more than usual.  I basically applied it all throughout my hair, keeping the first few inches of my hair at the roots without any, since I have rather oily roots and my hair tends to be flat.  Today, I had rather good curl definition and much less frizz than usual, but my hair looked incredibly stringy!

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I’m not sure if the photos are capturing it, but my hair looked and felt so disgusting today that I just put it in a ponytail, braid, or bun throughout the day, depending on how frustrated I was with it.  Even after brushing it, it doesn’t look much better.

It’s been a while since I’ve used this much oil in my hair when it’s still wet, but I forgot that when I use so much oil to seal in the moisture, my hair looks the same when it’s dry as it does when it’s wet.  When you consider that my wet hair looks like overcooked noodles, it’s really not a good look.

I may need to wash my hair again tonight…

Deep Conditioners: Fatty Alcohol-Based vs. Oil-Based

Although I almost never heat style my hair and generally don’t put it through much stress, I enjoy a good deep conditioning treatment about once every two weeks.  I currently have two open, that I use in rotation: Hask Superfruit Healthy Hair Deep Conditioner and ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Pak.  I no longer have the original packaging for either, since I’d rather keep them in jars, but here they are:

Hask Superfruit

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These are obviously not my own pictures.  They are stock photos.

Here are the ingredients for each:

Hask Superfruit:
Water / Eau (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Quatermium-18, Lanolin, Carica (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Polyguatemium-70*, Dipropylene Glycol*, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Pathenol, Glycerin, Isopropl Palimitate,Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance. (*Brilliant Shine Complex/Complexe Eclat Brillliant).

ORS Replenishing Pak:
Aqua, Glycerine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-37, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Limonene, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Hydrolized Collagen, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Quaternium-80, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, Dimethicone PEG-7 Isotearate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 6 (Cl 15985), Yellow 5 (Cl 19140).

 

As you can see, the Hask has cetearyl alcohol, a fatty alcohol, as the second ingredient after water, whereas the ORS has soybean and olive oils.  It actually is the first deep conditioner I have ever used that has an oil base.  While it’s not marketed as a deep conditioner, Ion Effective Care used to be my favorite.  It mainly contains cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol.

Both the Hask and the ORS have a thick consistency, smell pleasant, and leave my hair feeling moisturized, if a little heavy, but that’s because my hair gets weighed down easily anyway.  However, the extra moisture my hair needs from time to time is worth the looser curl pattern right after using it.  I don’t find that I need to leave it in for 30-60 minutes like some people; just 10 is good, or however long it takes for me to wash myself in the shower if I wash and condition my hair first.  Sometimes I’ll put on a shower cap so I can get some heat to make it more effective.

Where the difference lies is in how both of them make my hair feel.  While both do the job of moisturizing my hair, the Hask, having a fatty alcohol base, just feels like a more intense version of a regular conditioner.  The ORS, in contrast, having an oil base, feels different in that rather than doing the moisturizing itself, it seems to be holding in the water that I put on my hair.  When you consider that soybean oil is a sealant, this makes complete sense.  Might I add that when I deep conditioned with the ORS last night, I noticed that after washing, my hair was markedly less frizzy than usual, even though it’s been humid, and it is currently raining.  Especially during the summer, THIS IS HUGE!

Although I consider soybean oil to be a cheap filler for hair products, I picked this up at my local CVS anyway simply because I was curious to see how it would work.  However, when you consider the other ingredients in the ORS Replenishing Pak (check out all those extracts!), I may very well repurchase.  While it does contain dimethicone, the amount is quite small, not enough to deter me if I’m only using it once in a while.  What I may do is try using my own oil concoctions on my hair when wet, and see if the effect is similar.  As for the Hask, I may very well purchase the Superfruit variety again, but I first need to try out the other Hask deep conditioners I have and see if I may like those better.

So would I rather use a fatty alcohol-based or oil-based deep conditioner?  The answer is: Both.  Different factors, such as the weather, affect what one’s hair needs on any given day.  I’m not necessarily justifying having to buy more hair products, but let’s be honest, I enjoy trying out new things anyway 🙂

My Hair Feels Great!

After about a week and a half of having no hot water in my house, the technician finally came over this morning and fixed our water heater.  Of course, after the gym today, I took a nice warm shower!  Lately, I haven’t had a chance to use the hair products that I’d like, due to the increased difficulty in bathing, so I was happy to use my Live Clean shampoo and conditioner tonight for some much-needed moisture.

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After washing, I used my Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla leave-in conditioner and for a change, did not comb it through; I simply sprayed it all over my hair so as to keep my freshly washed waves relatively untouched.  Then, I scrunched in my Göt2b Kinkier Gloss ‘n Define Curl Cream (discontinued, unfortunately) and finished off with a little bit of grapeseed oil mixed with a tiny amount of Nature’s Truth Good Nite essential oil on my ends and baby hairs.  Although applying oil all over my hair can make it look flat once it’s dry, it works well on my ends, plus I find that applying oil on my baby hairs when wet helps them lay down, preventing the sides of my head from looking bald.

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Blogger of the year setup right here!
Ha, I wish.  These photos were taken with my LG G3 phone.

Yes, I’m so fancy that I keep my grapeseed oil in a huge plastic seltzer bottle, of which I didn’t even bother to remove the label!  As for that little Justin Bieber perfume atomizer…

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…that’s where I keep my grapeseed oil, with several drops of the Good Nite essential oil mixed in.  I also spray some on my skin before going to sleep.  I love multi-functional products.

Low Porosity Hair Needs Heat for Maximum Conditioning Effectiveness

It’s Sunday and my house still has no hot water.  The technician came on Thursday, took a look at our water heater, and ordered the parts.  The parts arrived on Friday, but there was no available technician to come install them on that day, meaning that we must wait until at least tomorrow to get our water heater fixed.  This means I still have to take baths with pots of boiling hot water mixed with cold water! 😡

Instead of co-washing yesterday, I actually washed my hair with shampoo, since it needed a deeper clean.  I used my VO5 Extra Body shampoo, rinsed, then applied Hask Superfruit Healthy Hair deep conditioner, left the conditioner in for 10-15 minutes as I filled up my tub and washed my body, then rinsed it out.  Any washing or rinsing of my hair was with cold water from the shower head, to avoid having to fill the tub more than once.  My hair was due for a deep conditioning, but unfortunately, it didn’t work so well this time.  Now that I think about it, it’s probably since I only used cold water on my hair.  I guess low porosity hair like mine really does need heat for deep conditioners and treatments to work.

Next time I deep condition, although my hot water will be fixed by then, I think I will wear a heated cap so that it can penetrate more deeply.  Some ideas for how to heat my hair include:

• A self-heating cap, like the Evolve Platinum Deep Conditioning Cap
• A TheraPearl pack, heated in the microwave oven
• Hot Hands packs, or ThermaCare heat wraps (both contain iron powder and generate heat when exposed to air)
• If I don’t mind occupying one arm for a while, the heat from a blow dryer

Evolve Platinum Conditioning Cap

TheraPearl Sports Pack

Hot Hands

ThermaCare Heat Wrap Advanced Neck Pain Therapy

Of course, with all of these methods except for the self-heating cap, I will first need to apply a plastic cap, then a towel or t-shirt on top.  Although some of these may sound crazy, I think I’ll give at least one a try sometime. 🙂

Co-Washing for Practical Purposes

There has been no hot water in my house since this past Thursday.  Just our luck that the water heater broke on a holiday weekend -_-  We had a technician come check it out on Sunday, since that’s the soonest we could get anyone in, and he inspected to check what parts we would need, and said he would come back on Tuesday with the parts to fix it.  It is now midnight on Thursday and still no parts.  It seems like they weren’t even ordered!  We will be going with another company that will get the job done faster and cheaper.  In the meantime, instead of taking showers, I’ve been taking baths in my tub by mixing the cold water from the faucet with two big pots of hot water I’ve boiled on the stove.  Very inconvenient, especially on weeknights!

What does this have to do with hair, you ask?  Well, since I still need to wash my hair every two days, and having to boil water to mix with the cold water is fairly labor-intensive (and time-consuming to boil so much water), I have been co-washing this week so that I will only need to rinse my hair once, rather than twice if I were to use a shampoo and conditioner.  When I washed my hair on Saturday, I actually did shampoo and condition, but was only able to rinse out the conditioner after draining and refilling the tub with cold and hot water mixed together.  That is just too much work!

I actually do pre-cleanse my hair before co-washing, with a 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar and water in a hair color applicator bottle, because I use quite a bit of gel to slick my hair back in a ponytail on gym days.  (Most wash days for me happen to also be gym days.)  I apply it to my scalp and a little to the rest of my hair, then rinse out.  However, since it doesn’t make the bath water soapy like shampoo would, it is much more practical.

For co-washing, I have been using VO5 Volumizer conditioner, mixed with a little water into a trial-sized bottle.  (It is thicker than the other VO5 conditioners I’ve used, so it helps me to dilute it a little.)  After applying it to my roots all the way to my ends, I massage my scalp with my Sally Girl shampoo brush, then comb through my hair a little with a wide-tooth comb.  Then I apply a little more conditioner at the ends of my hair, and clip it up while I wash my body.

Yes, I know, it does contain dimethicone, but it is #8 out of 20 on the ingredients list, and I had a lot of this conditioner at home.  Since co-washing uses so much conditioner, I thought I’d at least give this stuff a try before buying something new.  I haven’t been able to find this variety anywhere since I bought it on clearance at my local ShopRite last December, so I will be buying a different one next time regardless.

To rinse, I use the cold water from the shower head, keeping my head upside down the whole time.  Not only does this prevent the cold water from running down my back, but it seems to also help give more volume.  After rinsing, everything is the same as my usual hair routine: squeeze out the extra water from my hair, plop with a t-shirt, and apply my normal styling products.

The VO5 Volumizer conditioner has quite a bit of slip and is not too heavy for my fine hair and oily roots.  However, I think I may need a heavier conditioner for my ends, since they have been looking quite dry by the second day as of late.  I think I will need to deep condition soon.  Hopefully the hot water heater will be fixed by my next wash day.