New Products: DevaCurl Curly Mini Transformation Kit

Back in May, I bought the DevaCurl Wavy Mini Transformation Kit from Ulta, using it in rotation with other shampoos and conditioners I own.  (That’s why I haven’t finished all of the products after all this time.)  Just recently, I’ve even started using the conditioner with other shampoos I have, and will be doing the same with the shampoo within the next few days.  I know by now that the Low-Poo Delight and the One Condition Delight unfortunately did not meet my expectations and I will not be repurchasing either.  I hate to ramble on about these products and write several blog entries about them when I still have yet to write a full review, but I do want to be very thorough and use them in different ways first.

As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, I decided to give the brand another chance and purchased the Curly Mini Transformation Kit at my local Ulta.  I will wait to finish my Low-Poo Delight until I crack this kit open, but for now, here are some pictures:

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While taking these photos, I realized that for my blog entry on the Wavy Mini Transformation Kit, I never took a picture of the inside of the box, so here is that, for comparison:

Wavy Kit Inside

Here are the ingredients for both.  The Wavy kit is on the left and the Curly kit is on the right:

Wavy and Curly Kit Ingredients

Just from reading the packaging and taking a quick look at the ingredients, it appears that the One Condition Original will have better slip than the Delight.  Of course, the No-Poo Original’s ingredients look like those of a light conditioner.  It contains grape seed oil, which my hair does well with, but hopefully will not cause a problem when used on my roots.  I like that the No-Poo also contains peppermint oil, for a tingly feel on the scalp 🙂

As you may have guessed, I will not be purchasing the Super Curly set no matter how well or how poorly this Curly set may work, because the Decadence line and the Supercream would not work well for my hair type, leaving me unable to make a fair assessment of the products.

Stay tuned for my first impression of the Curly Mini Transformation Kit! 😀

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Ouidad Trial Sets at Ulta

Of course I can’t resist trial kits of anything.  I’m still doing yet more testing on that DevaCurl Wavy Mini Transformation Kit I got months ago, and went to Ulta today to buy the Curly kit.  I’m interested to see how they compare.  While in the prestige hair section, I was curious to check out the Ouidad products, and saw that they had a few trial kits available too, on clearance, no less:

Sorry for the bad picture, but I actually took this for my own reference so I could do some research on the products before possibly buying one.  I wasn’t even thinking of posting them to this blog.  I need to be more diligent next time!

I’m not sure if all Ulta stores have them on clearance, but since I don’t see them on the Ulta website, and neither the Playcurl or Vitalcurl sets even on the Ouidad website, they probably are.  They also had a trial set for Kinky Curls, but I don’t recall if that one was marked down.  I see it is still on Ulta’s website, right here, advertised at the regular price of $36.00.

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I did a little more reading on the Ouidad trial kits upon coming home, since I just looked at them briefly in the store, and I realized that the shampoos contain sulfates 😦  In addition, the Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditioner, and the Triple Treat Deep Conditioner and Silky Soufflé Setting Crème from the Kinky Curls set, contain non-water-soluble silicones.  (Many of the other products contain water-soluble silicones.)  However, if anyone who doesn’t mind wants to try them out for the low price of $17.97, I would recommend hitting up your local Ulta to see if you can grab one.

For a full list of the ingredients, these kits are all still listed on the Sephora website:

VitalCurl Trial Set for Classic Curls
PlayCurl Trial Set for Loose Curls
Curl Quencher Trial Set for Tight Curls
Curl Immersion Travel Set For Kinky Curls

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.