Tag: frizzy hair

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 G√∂t2b 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 ūüôā 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.

First Impression: DevaCurl Curly Mini Transformation Kit

So I bought the DevaCurl Curly Mini Transformation Kit almost two weeks ago at Ulta, after the Wavy kit unfortunately fell quite short of my expectations. ¬†(I did like the Wave Maker, though.) ¬†I finally cracked it open today. ¬†Even though I’ve only used the products once thus far, I’m already feeling pretty optimistic. ¬†Here are my thoughts after my first use:

No-Poo Original: Has the consistency of a thin conditioner. ¬†Smells minty due to the peppermint oil and menthol, but with something “extra” that I can’t put my finger on, probably from the other extracts. ¬†Despite it being a non-lathering cleanser, I felt that it was easier to spread around my scalp than the Low-Poo Delight, and I suppose the minty sensation helped in making my scalp feel clean as well. ¬†I massaged quite a bit with my fingers, then with my Sally Girl shampoo brush. ¬†I tried not to overdo it on the no-poo, focusing it on key areas of my head, then spreading it around as I massaged my scalp. ¬†Unlike the Low-Poo Delight, it did not feel like it was holding a lot of water in my hair, which I was in fact pleased with, because my hair is low porosity and gets weighed down easily. ¬†After just two days, the roots may start to get flat and look oily, which is when I need to wash again.

I noticed that while the first oil in the ingredients list of the Low-Poo Delight is PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, in the No-Poo Original, it is grape seed oil, which I love to use for my hair and skin. ¬†It is known to be great for low porosity hair, and non-comedogenic. ¬†(That’s the stuff I have in the huge, ugly plastic bottle I’ve featured in an earlier blog post, but I’ve since moved some to an amber glass dropper bottle for easier use and storage, plus it looks a lot nicer.) ¬†My hair felt moisturized yet not at all heavy when I rinsed the no-poo out. ¬†Major win!

One Condition Original: Seems to be about the same thickness as the One Condition Delight, but with a different scent and definitely better slip. ¬†I’m honestly not a big fan of the smell, but it’s not terrible either. ¬†To me, it smells like baby powder. ¬†I believe I used just two quarter-sized squirts, which was enough for almost my entire hair shaft. ¬†Like the No-Poo Original, it spreads well. ¬†Again, my hair felt moisturized but not heavy after using this product.

Styling Cream: Whereas the Wave Maker is basically a moussey cream, the styling cream has a somewhat thinner consistency and is a translucent white color. ¬†It definitely is thinner than my G√∂t2b Kinkier curling cream, and has a candy scent. ¬†I’ve read a review where someone said it smells like Skittles. ¬†After taking another sniff of it just now, I would say that’s pretty accurate! ¬†I used a nickel-sized amount on either side of my head, then just a pea-sized amount more around the center and in the front, just to cover any areas I may have missed.

Some key differences between the Wave Maker and the Styling Cream are that the Wave Maker contains hydrogenated vegetable oil and maracujá oil, and no proteins, starches, or glycerin, whereas the Styling Cream contains glycerin as one of the first ingredients, a few proteins and starches, and no oils.  Due to the oil content in the Wave Maker, even though it is the seventh ingredient in the list, I need to watch how much I use, or else my hair can look stringy.  Hopefully the Styling Cream will be a little more forgiving.

Although I posted it already in a previous blog post, just as a reminder, here are the ingredients lists for both the Wavy and Curly kits:

Wavy and Curly Kit Ingredients

Of course, the real test will be how my hair looks over the next couple of days. ¬†I’m really hoping my roots won’t get flat and oily prematurely, and that my ends will stay moisturized. ¬†We shall see!

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 ūüė¶ ¬†In addition, the Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditioner, and the Triple Treat Deep Conditioner and¬†Silky Souffl√© Setting Cr√®me 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

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 ūüôā