Tag: conditioner

Rinse-Out Conditioner as Leave-In Conditioner

For people who want to save some money, want to have fewer bottles laying around, or simply have a big bottle of conditioner that they’d like to get more use out of, can rinse-out conditioner be used as a leave-in?  I did a bit of reading online to find the answer.

While there doesn’t seem to be a universal answer, being that what works for some people may not work for others, here are some guidelines:

1. The consistency is not too thick
2. No silicones to build up on hair
3. No quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs or “quats”) to irritate scalp.  Some common quats include behentrimonium chloride, steartrimonium chloride, stearalkonium chloride, cetrimonium chloride, cetrimonium bromide, and distearyldimonium chloride.

Since I don’t use conditioner on my scalp, I’m not sure if I’d need to worry so much about quats, but I’d rather not take the chance.  As for silicones, I cut them out of my routine a long time ago, except for the occasional hair serum and my Göt2b curl cream I’ve had for a while and still use from time to time.

So back in May, when I started this blog and was going crazy buying new hair products for a while, I got a big bottle of Suave Essentials Aloe & Waterlily conditioner.  (I really wanted that particular scent, which apparently is only sold in the family size bottles, and in my area, only sold at Walmart.)  It works great as a rinse-out conditioner, but since I have such a huge bottle of it, I would like to be able to use it as a leave-in as well, if possible.  Luckily, after checking the ingredients list, I see that it contains no quats, and of course I already knew it had no silicones.  Nothing else in it appears that it would harm my hair if left on.

Front & Back

Here’s a closer look at the ingredients:

Ingredients

Since this conditioner is quite thick (I tried co-washing with it once and it left my roots flat and super oily), I diluted it with water in a small bottle. I thought a 50/50 mixture would suffice, but I ended up needing only 25% conditioner and 75% water to get my desired consistency!  (Good thing I only filled up the bottle with conditioner 25% of the way to start.)

Mini Bottle

Wow, such fancy, professional-looking labeling!

I actually just tried it out about two hours ago, since my hair was feeling quite dry despite just washing it last night.  I did a modified version of the curl refreshing method described in my previous blog post, of wetting my hair, then applying leave-in conditioner and gel.  Now that my hair is dry, while my waves do look defined, my hair feels like it has a bit too much product in it, particularly on the ends.  (I used LA Looks Define & Shine gel after the conditioner.)  I put some more water on my hair while it was still drying and scrunched it, and it helped a little.

In short, I would recommend that if you need a new leave-in conditioner, you might as well buy one made especially for that purpose.  But, if you already happen to have a suitable rinse-out conditioner at home, give it a try!  Of course, if you need to water it down or want to add anything to it, put some in a separate little bottle at least for your first batch.

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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.

Live Clean Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner.jpg

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.

Styling Products 1

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…

Styling Products 2

…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.

First Impression: DevaCurl Wavy Mini Transformation Kit

This blog may make me seem like I’m obsessed with DevaCurl, when in fact, the first time I’ve ever used any of their products was…about an hour ago, when I washed and styled my hair with the products in this kit.  It comes with a shampoo, conditioner, and styling product: the Low-Poo Delight, One Condition Delight, and Wave Maker.

Wavy Kit Front

Wavy Kit Back

I must mention first that before washing, my hair felt incredibly flat at the roots today (I used gel to slick my hair back in a ponytail for the gym last night), yet had the usual hairs sticking up while in a ponytail today since I forgot my gel, and looked dry at the shaft.  Today was quite humid here in New Jersey, and we had a fair amount of rain…and now it’s pouring and thundering as I write this.  I used to detangle in the shower, but recently started using my Tangle Teezer on my dry hair before washing, doing the bottom section of my hair first, then working my way up.

Whereas I usually take rather warm showers and use warm/hot water on my hair (not so bad since my hair is low porosity), today, the water just wasn’t heating up.  The colder water may have had some effect on my hair.  I usually squeeze the excess water out of my hair before getting out of the shower, but today I left it soaking wet as I applied my t-shirt to my head after my shower.

I wanted to LOVE these products, but after using them once, I have mixed feelings.

 

Low-Poo Delight: Has a slightly thinner consistency than that of most sulfate shampoos I’ve used.  When they say “mild lather cleansing”, they are not kidding!  I’ve used other sulfate-free shampoos that lathered much better than this, and I felt like I had to use a lot of product just to get it well-distributed on my scalp, almost as if I were co-washing.  In fact, I must have used a lot more shampoo than conditioner.  I wasn’t planning on using my shampoo brush, but ended up doing so since the Low-Poo felt like it wasn’t getting my scalp clean.  The shampoo brush actually helped a lot.  However, as I rinsed it out of my hair, my hair had the same kind of moisturized feeling that I get when applying oil to my wet hair.  This would be great if it were a conditioner, but I don’t know how I feel about that for a product that I apply to my scalp, especially since my scalp gets oily after only two days.  I see that glycerin is the third ingredient, so it could have been that.  I actually wouldn’t mind having to use so much product if only DevaCurl were not so expensive!

One Condition Delight: Same kind of scent as the shampoo; quite pleasant.  I would say it is of a medium thickness, probably comparable to Suave Naturals conditioner.  It moisturized my hair just fine, but nothing about it stood out to me, so I’m not sure if I could justify the price of a full size.  Like with any other conditioner I use, I kept finger raking to a minimum so I would not lose much hair.  However, I will say that with the combination of shampoo and conditioner, my hair felt moisturized enough that I felt that I did not need to use my leave-in conditioner.

Wave Maker: After what I would consider a ho-hum wash, this “touchable texture whip”, as it’s called, really impressed me!  It has a creamy yet moussey texture, and it smells quite nice.  The tube says to use a nickel-sized portion, but I used three dime-sized portions the same way I apply my gel: on both sides with my head rightside up, then in the back while my head is flipped upside down.  My hair is currently drying and the waves/curls look so defined!  Although I rarely use any styling products besides gel or mousse, just because I guess they’re the most easily accessible and do the job for everyday, I’ve found that Göt2B Kinkier Gloss ‘n Define Curl Cream (sadly no longer in production) and Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Defining Lotion also make my hair look great.

Other things not specific to each item:

Packaging: 1.5 fl. oz. tubes.  The caps are sturdy yet make the tube difficult to open, especially with wet hands in the shower.  I had to use a dry towel to flip open the cap.  Of course, the full sizes come in bottles, not tubes.

Scent: Fresh, clean, not too strong.  The Wave Maker also had a bit of a sweet hint to it.

Price: $12 for the kit.  As previously stated, each tube measures 1.5 fl. oz.  The 12 fl. oz. Low-Poo Delight and One Condition Delight typically run at $22, and $44 for 32 fl. oz, whereas the full size of the Wave Maker usually goes for $26 for 5 fl. oz.

Although the Wave Maker is pricey and is not very widely available (my local Ulta has it, but not CVS or Harmon), out of the three products in this collection, this is the only one that I would actually strongly consider buying.  However, I will continue to use all three to see how they go.

Some bonus photos of how my hair looks now:

 

First Impression: Live Clean Coconut Milk shampoo and conditioner

Disclosure: I got these for free in my Influenster Daisy VoxBox a few weeks ago.  However, me receiving these products for free has no impact on my opinion of them 🙂

In case you don’t know what Influenster is, it’s a website where you can receive samples and full-sized products of mostly beauty products, but also other things like food, health items, and pet products, for free, in exchange for leaving reviews and participating in social media activities.  The more activities you complete, the more free stuff you can get.  I haven’t been too active on the site for quite some time, so I was surprised that I got the Daisy VoxBox, which included this shampoo and conditioner as well as several other samples, and a full-sized bottle of gummy probiotics.  If you’d like to join, here is my referral link that you can use: http://www.influenster.com/r/1551609

But anyway, this blog post is about the hair products.  Let me stay on topic!

Since I’ve been phasing out sulfates and silicones from my hair routine and have been wanting to try new shampoos and conditioners, I’m very pleased that I received these.  I have thus far used them only a couple of times and will need to use them a little more before I can give a full review.  However, here is my first impression.

(Yes, that is a big white envelope I used as a backdrop.  So fancy and professional.)

Just like they claim, the shampoo and the conditioner are both quite moisturizing.  In fact, I think the shampoo is the most moisturizing I’ve ever used.  It doesn’t contain anything that feels like it’s coating my hair, unlike another shampoo I tried recently that left my hair feeling so nasty I had to wash it again the next day.  (In case you’re wondering, it was Head & Shoulders Classic Clean.  Not sure what possessed me to try it out.  Luckily, it was just a sample packet.  I gave what was left of it to my dad because I hated it that much.  It even irritated my scalp, which never happens!)

The conditioner is quite thick.  One problem I’ve noticed with it, which I suppose is more of a packaging issue, is that it’s a little difficult to get out of the bottle, causing me to have to squeeze the bottle hard, which then sometimes squirts out too much product.  When I last used it, I got too much conditioner out of the bottle and just put it all on, making my hair feel a little flat.  Being that my hair gets weighed down easily, I’m probably going to have to keep a little empty jar to put any excess in.

I don’t feel like I need a leave-in conditioner after using this shampoo and conditioner.  I’m still experimenting with my post-wash routine, so I guess I’ll need to see what works best with these.  I think a gel would be best, as opposed to a mousse or cream.  Not sure if it’s because my hair is fine, or wavy, or low porosity, but a lot of moisture in my hair can make it limp, and feel like it’s lacking structure.  Gel should take care of that!

I’ll honestly need to be more consistent with these products, since I’ve been trying out a ton of stuff lately.  Then I’ll be able to more accurately report my findings.

DevaCurl at CVS

Stopped at my local CVS today to check out the DevaCurl items for selection and price comparison purposes.  I still need to try out my DevaCurl Wavy Mini Transformation Kit I bought at Ulta, but that one has the Low-Poo Delight, One Condition Delight, and Wave Maker, none of which CVS sells.  However, depending on how it goes, I may want to try the Curly kit, which has the No-Poo Original, One Condition Original, and Styling Cream.  (Although I’ve seen a few wavy-haired ladies try the Decadence shampoo and conditioner, which are in the Super Curly kit, I’m very sure they would not work for me.)  The Low-Poo Original isn’t in any of the mini kits, but it is one of the items that DevaCurl sells separately in mini bottles, so I may want to try it.

CVS gives me a 30% coupon almost every week, and sometimes an additional 20-30% off coupon, both of which can be used in one transaction.  Supposing they work on salon hair care items, I could get an excellent deal!

There’s another CVS in my town that I still need to check, especially since a lot of things there are a little cheaper than at this one.  I also need to check Harmon.  I think they may even have generics of some DevaCurl products.  I’ve already confirmed today on a trip to Walgreens and Target that my local stores don’t sell DevaCurl.  Since about 95% of my beauty products are from the drugstore, or at least within a drugstore price range, if I’m going to buy high end products, I’d like to save as much as possible!