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New Hair Care Layout and Products at CVS

I have two CVS stores that I frequent.  One of them recently got a new layout of their beauty section, including some new brands!

The other CVS in my town sells DevaCurl, but now this one does too, plus they have mini 1.5 oz. sizes of several products.

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$7.29 for the no/low-poos and $10.49 for the styling products is pretty expensive when you consider that you can get a no-poo, a conditioner, and a styling product in the mini kits for only $12 on the DevaCurl website, Sephora, Ulta, or some other retailers, but if you have some CVS Extra Bucks or a percent off coupon, it could be worth it.  (Remember, if you use both, the percent off will come off of the total after the Extra Bucks are deducted.)

DevaCurl Minis

CVS has always sold Shea Moisture, Maui Moisture, and Carol’s Daughter, but they moved the shelves.

Maui Moisture & Shea MoistureCarol's Daughter & Shea Moisture

They also sell Renpure cleansing conditioners.  I bought the Vanilla Mint and Lavender ones in the packets about two months ago at this same CVS.  For me, one packet lasts for two uses.  Unfortunately, it looks like they are no longer sold here 😦

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In the ethnic hair care area, there are more Shea Moisture products, plus brands such as As I Am, Cantu, Mixed Chicks, and The Mane Choice. I’ve never used any of these, but maybe sometime.  Just because my hair is wavy and a bit thin doesn’t mean some of them can’t work for me 🙂

Shea Moisture & As I AmVarious Ethnic Hair Care BrandsVarious Ethnic Hair Care Brands 2

My apologies for the photos not being so great and some product labels not facing forward; whereas I’ve taken photos of the shelves at other stores, I felt awkward doing so at this trip to CVS since someone else was in the hair care aisles.  I’m a bit shy to explain to anyone that I have a small-time hair blog!

Note: Prices may vary by store location.  In fact, I just noticed from these photos that the DevaCurl products at this CVS are a little cheaper than at the other CVS in the same town: $21.75 at this store vs. $22.49 at the other one.

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No More Sulfate Shampoos…(Probably) Forever

Tonight, I finished up the last of my sulfate shampoos!  For the past few months, I’ve cut down my use of sulfate shampoos from 3x/week to just once weekly, to use as a clarifying shampoo after 3 days of no washing.  I’ve really started to see an improvement in my hair since then.  It feels thicker and denser at the roots.

A week or two ago, I finished my VO5 Ocean Refresh shampoo, and tonight, I finished my VO5 Extra Body shampoo.  Moving forward, for my weekly clarifying, I will be using my mom’s Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle shampoo.  I know she will not mind as long as I buy her a new one if I finish it 🙂  A 16 oz. bottle costs only $3.99, so while it may not be as dirt-cheap as the VO5, it is still quite affordable.

I must also mention that it smells REALLY good.  I guess I won’t need to worry about the invigorating smell keeping me awake when I wash my hair at night, since I generally clarify on weekends only.

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.

Samples FrontSamples Back

Can’t wait to use them 😀

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.

Low Porosity Hair Needs Heat for Maximum Conditioning Effectiveness

It’s Sunday and my house still has no hot water.  The technician came on Thursday, took a look at our water heater, and ordered the parts.  The parts arrived on Friday, but there was no available technician to come install them on that day, meaning that we must wait until at least tomorrow to get our water heater fixed.  This means I still have to take baths with pots of boiling hot water mixed with cold water! 😡

Instead of co-washing yesterday, I actually washed my hair with shampoo, since it needed a deeper clean.  I used my VO5 Extra Body shampoo, rinsed, then applied Hask Superfruit Healthy Hair deep conditioner, left the conditioner in for 10-15 minutes as I filled up my tub and washed my body, then rinsed it out.  Any washing or rinsing of my hair was with cold water from the shower head, to avoid having to fill the tub more than once.  My hair was due for a deep conditioning, but unfortunately, it didn’t work so well this time.  Now that I think about it, it’s probably since I only used cold water on my hair.  I guess low porosity hair like mine really does need heat for deep conditioners and treatments to work.

Next time I deep condition, although my hot water will be fixed by then, I think I will wear a heated cap so that it can penetrate more deeply.  Some ideas for how to heat my hair include:

• A self-heating cap, like the Evolve Platinum Deep Conditioning Cap
• A TheraPearl pack, heated in the microwave oven
• Hot Hands packs, or ThermaCare heat wraps (both contain iron powder and generate heat when exposed to air)
• If I don’t mind occupying one arm for a while, the heat from a blow dryer

Evolve Platinum Conditioning Cap

TheraPearl Sports Pack

Hot Hands

ThermaCare Heat Wrap Advanced Neck Pain Therapy

Of course, with all of these methods except for the self-heating cap, I will first need to apply a plastic cap, then a towel or t-shirt on top.  Although some of these may sound crazy, I think I’ll give at least one a try sometime. 🙂

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:

 

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.