I received some generous samples from the owner of Hoity Toity, Jan, that included both shampoos, conditioner, body wash, a jojoba lotion spray, shea butter lotions, and her two gels.

Every single one of the scents smelled amazing. I received samples in cotton candy, papaya sunrise, red apple, vanilla mist, warm sugar cookie, watermelon, fresh strawberries, brown sugar vanilla, and vineyard grape – a lot for free samples!

Since I finally finished gvp pm extra body gel I decided to try the HT medium hold gel. Consistency-wise, it moves like a more liquidy version of KCCC. It’s clear with a barely detectable lemon scent. Ingreds: Distilled water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Sorbitol, Flaxseed, Xantham Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Wheat Protein, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol (Natural Source), Sorbic Acid (Natural Source) EDTA, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Stinging Nettles) Leaf Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Acacia Concinna (Shikakai) Nut Extract, Sodium Bicarbonate (and/or) Citric Acid. Yup, wheat protein. The reason why I received such generous samples from Jan is because I couldn’t find an ingredients list on her website but the ingredients I did find from an NC.com post sounded pretty good. Jan thoughtfully sent me samples when I disclosed that I have a bit of protein sensitivity, wheat protein in particular. She felt that not all proteins are the same and that in combination with various ingredients, I may end up liking it. I figured it was worth a shot.

After washing with Wen and applying HSH pumpkin, I scrunched in about 2 1/2 half dollar blobs of the gel. It immediately dispersed itself in my hair much like MopTop acts. I didn’t notice any wave boosting or clumping after scrunching out the excess water with my flour sack towel.

I did my usual plop right out of the shower and followed up afterward with my Sedusa. I did notice that my hair didn’t feel weighed down like it does with more viscous gels like LA Looks or gvp pm. I diffused as usual and flipped upright to clip my roots. I definitely did notice more body, a little bit of wave boosting,  and was pleasantly surprised to feel a bit of crunch when taking a section of hair out of the Sedusa. Mop Top doesn’t impart as much crunch as this HT gel did.

Over the course of the afternoon which, incidentally, was a horrible day to experiment as it was drizzling on and off, my hair seemed to get frizzier and the waves loosened a bit. When I returned home from running errands, my hair looked like this:

Not too pretty….but not god awful either. There is a little semi-ringlet in there interspersed with straighter clumps and frizz. I do like how light the gel is however; it makes my hair really touchable and it feels soft. Also because it doesn’t have much of a fragrance, I was able to smell the yummyness of the HSH pumpkin leave in. I don’t think I have enough left in my sample to experiment a bit more, but I don’t think I’ll rule this out indefinitely.

On another note, I started a new pictures folder on my Fotki and decided to check out photos of my wavy transformation that I’ve uploaded. This photo is why I love KBB and wish I could just hurry and get through my stash so I can go all out on Karen’s site:

It’s a pretty noticeable difference between the HT gel picture above, no? My SO saw this photo after I made a stink about it to him and his response? “Well why do you keep experimenting then? Why not just buy that stuff that you used?” Ugh. I wish it were that easy.