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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.

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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.