Tag: curly hair

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!

Left Side

Right

Back

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.

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:

 

DevaCurl at Harmon

Here in the tri-state area, we have a chain of drugstores called Harmon Face Values, or just Harmon.  They have some excellent everyday prices!  Because they are under the same parent company, Bed Bath and Beyond coupons can be used at Harmon for even more savings, even if they’re expired.

Since I found few DevaCurl products on Harmon’s website, I was pleasantly surprised to find so many in the store.  They even have their own generic version!  I also happened to be lucky enough that several products were on sale for a mere $14.92.  I did not purchase any today, but plan to go back by the end of the month.  (I had forgotten my 20% coupon at home.  I’m not aware that it excludes salon hair care, but I don’t see why it would.)

They even have the DevaCare line, for color treated hair, which isn’t even available on DevaCurl’s website anymore.  Sadly, just like my local CVS, they do not have the Delight line.  I’m going to crack open my Wavy Mini Transformation Kit tonight, and may get a Low-Poo Original if I like the Low-Poo Delight.  (Low-Poo Original doesn’t come in trial sizes.)  From looking at the ingredients, they seem to be almost the same product, so I figure that I won’t be taking a huge gamble by purchasing the Low-Poo Original as long as I try the Delight first.