Tag: curl refresher

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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Third-Day Hair Never Looked This Good!

When you consider that I don’t even make it to third-day hair except on weekends, when I’m not going anywhere but the gym and don’t care how bad my hair looks, this is a big deal. Normally my roots would be pretty oily by the third day, and I would need to use my ACV/water scalp cleanser, but they look and feel fine despite not using them this time around 🙂 However, if I needed to, I certainly could use the scalp cleanser before this hair refreshing method I just tried out yesterday.

Normally, if I leave my hair alone, even by the second day, it’s lost most of its wave/curl. Over the past few months, I’ve experimented with different methods of refreshing the wave, which either makes my hair look very frizzy or leaves it feeling covered in product. Last night I made a small change to what I’ve been doing lately, which has really helped. I just used more water, and a comb.

(Any straight pieces around the bottom are just how my hair is naturally.)

1. Spray hair with water until saturated
2. Add All I Need Naturally Curl Refresher Cream to hair in sections, not raking fingers through the hair
3. Comb through hair, using fingers to detangle as necessary
4. Apply more water or curl refresher cream if necessary, distributing through hair with hands and comb
5. Scrunch hair to bring back waves/curls

Compared to my previous method, which did not include combing, my hair has markedly less frizz than usual. (There is some right now, but that’s probably because I took a quick shower after refreshing my hair last night, and laid on a cotton blanket for a bit, but I’ve starting sleeping with a satin pillowcase again.)

While the All I Need Naturally Curl Refresher Cream didn’t work for me the first few times I used it, it turns out I just needed to use it differently. While I prefer using a styling product with more hold right after washing my hair, this curl refresher cream is good for in between washes on wet hair, to add moisture and soft hold without making the hair feel crunchy or product-laden.

Although I need to wash my hair every 2-3 days, I’ll also need to see if this method makes my waves either last more than one day, or if I have to do it again the next day, if my hair will look and feel like it has too much product. I have not yet tried using a creamy leave-in conditioner mixed with a light gel, but I wonder if I could achieve a similar effect with that. I probably will try that sometime this week.

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.)

Front 2Description 2Ingredients 2

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.

Samples FrontSamples Back

Can’t wait to use them 😀