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.
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: