Tag: Ulta

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?