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:
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!