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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 Göt2b 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!

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New Products: DevaCurl Curly Mini Transformation Kit

Back in May, I bought the DevaCurl Wavy Mini Transformation Kit from Ulta, using it in rotation with other shampoos and conditioners I own.  (That’s why I haven’t finished all of the products after all this time.)  Just recently, I’ve even started using the conditioner with other shampoos I have, and will be doing the same with the shampoo within the next few days.  I know by now that the Low-Poo Delight and the One Condition Delight unfortunately did not meet my expectations and I will not be repurchasing either.  I hate to ramble on about these products and write several blog entries about them when I still have yet to write a full review, but I do want to be very thorough and use them in different ways first.

As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, I decided to give the brand another chance and purchased the Curly Mini Transformation Kit at my local Ulta.  I will wait to finish my Low-Poo Delight until I crack this kit open, but for now, here are some pictures:

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While taking these photos, I realized that for my blog entry on the Wavy Mini Transformation Kit, I never took a picture of the inside of the box, so here is that, for comparison:

Wavy Kit Inside

Here are the ingredients for both.  The Wavy kit is on the left and the Curly kit is on the right:

Wavy and Curly Kit Ingredients

Just from reading the packaging and taking a quick look at the ingredients, it appears that the One Condition Original will have better slip than the Delight.  Of course, the No-Poo Original’s ingredients look like those of a light conditioner.  It contains grape seed oil, which my hair does well with, but hopefully will not cause a problem when used on my roots.  I like that the No-Poo also contains peppermint oil, for a tingly feel on the scalp 🙂

As you may have guessed, I will not be purchasing the Super Curly set no matter how well or how poorly this Curly set may work, because the Decadence line and the Supercream would not work well for my hair type, leaving me unable to make a fair assessment of the products.

Stay tuned for my first impression of the Curly Mini Transformation Kit! 😀

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 😦  In addition, the Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditioner, and the Triple Treat Deep Conditioner and Silky Soufflé Setting Crème 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

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 🙂

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:

 

TJ Maxx haul…plus something from Ulta

Looks like I can write blog entries from my phone.  Great!  I have quite a few photos that I take with my phone, and this makes it very convenient to include them in blog posts.  Actually, I may even want to create one from my phone for the purposes of uploading a picture, publish, then edit and write the rest on a desktop computer…like I’m doing right now 😛

I got some goodies at TJ Maxx and Ulta this past Monday.  (Luckily, I had a gift card to use at TJ Maxx, since I spent quite a bit by my standards!)  I’ve been trying to get away from sulfates and silicones.  I actually tried the Curly Girl method years ago, then stopped, but I’d like to start again.  I also have been collecting carrier oils and essential oils of all kinds, to use for my hair and skin, so I got an argan oil and a rosemary oil too, plus a natural toothpaste for good measure.

I must add that if you’re into essential oils, TJ Maxx is a GOLD MINE.  Although they had a great selection, most of what they had were either things I already have or oils that I can’t use at this time.  However, I’d been looking for a rosemary oil and finally found one…after looking around for a while on the shelves…and getting my hands a little messy.

The Devacurl Wavy Mini Transformation Kit was from Ulta and cost $12.  Since Devacurl is so expensive, I just had to buy this little kit.  It comes with a mini Low-Poo Delight, One Condition Delight, and Wave Maker styler.  They also have some for Curly and Super Curly hair, which include heavier washes and stylers that would probably weigh down my hair!

At TJ Maxx, I got two little Shea Moisture shampoos.  I have a feeling the Raw Shea Butter shampoo may be too heavy for my hair, but for only $1.99, I figured I’d satisfy my curiosity.  (The Fruit Fusion Coconut Water cost $2.99.)  I’ve never heard of the brand Essano, but I saw this shampoo and conditioner duo for only $4.99 and was curious about that too 🙂  I didn’t see any reviews online, but apparently their Rosehip Oil is well liked.  TJ Maxx had that too.  Maybe I’ll go back and get it…

Of everything I bought, I’ve only use the argan and rosemary oil thus far, and they’re quite nice!  I actually already have an argan oil from a brand called Grandma’s Home, available on eBay, and that one is so thick and a little sticky, whereas this one from Argan Magic is thinner, yet that’s not a bad thing to me.  I will happily use both!

I’ll eventually crack open these other products.  Can you tell I like to try a “little” (literally) of everything?