Tag: oily hair

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.

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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!

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…