My routine yesterday was: cowash with VO5 calming chamomile, condition with AOHR, scrunch in two peas of white boots creme, and scrunch in 8 dimes and 2 nickels of MGA sculpting. Right off the bat I didn’t see the clumps I was getting with my homemade FSG. The scent of rosemary actually wasn’t as noticeable as it was on Sunday, instead, I was just herbal in general which I don’t mind. I diffused as normal and was surprised by the amount of crunch after air drying for about an hour. I lightly scrunched out the crunch but was unable to see the results in the ladies room as I had to head out for a site meeting.
About 6 hours after I had SOTC, I was finally able to check out how my hair felt about MGA. Well, the clumping wasn’t too bad – they didn’t reach as high into my crown area as it does with my FSG and it seemed to straighten out the crown area of the canopy, but it was decent. In terms of hold, it’s somewhat comparable to my FSG. Frizz-wise, however, it didn’t really hold up. The day started off with some light drizzle and remained gloomy for most of the day. Comparing my hair to a similar day last week when using FSG, yesterday’s hair ended up looking a little like a wool sweater – a fine layer of light fuzz that isn’t obvious when viewed from afar but the closer you get, you start to notice that floating layer of fibers.
Today, I used the MGA without a leave in or creme underneath and I’m still a little underwhelmed. I cowashed, did an white vinegar rinse, rinsed out AOHR, and applied about 8 quarters of MGA sculpting all over my hair. The good thing about this gel is that you can apply a bit more than usual without feeling like it’s going to buildup in your hair.
3 hours later and I’ve already scrunched out the intense crunch – crunch similar to that of KMS cranberry pepper (a good thing for me!). I had high hopes because there definitely is less frizz but there isn’t much boosting, the clumps again don’t go high into my crown, and the waves are pulled out in the crown area. It is touchable and had I not seen how my hair reacts to my homemade FSG, I’d say MGA was fairly decent. However, knowing what I do know, I’d rate MGA with a 5-6 out of 10 so far. It’s almost as though MGA sculpting elongates my wave pattern. I’ll try this out tomorrow with a lighter conditioner in hopes that it isn’t my hair just getting weighed down by AOHR.
I forgot to mention another find from Sally Beauty Supply. A year or two ago I had purchased an E.L.F. eyelash curler. For it being a dirt cheap curler (seriously, it was $1), I was actually pretty impressed. So much so that I did a review for it on MUA…as have about 215 other women so far. After almost 2 years, the darn curler broke and while I could have gone and purchased a boatload of $1 curlers, I figured it would be better for the environment and my wallet to buy something with a little bit of longevity.
I’ve read about the Shiseido and Shu curlers, but would rather not have to head to Sephora, Macy’s or Nordstroms for either one. Luckily, I came across a curler at Sallys: B Beaute double curl. At $10.99 with my card, it’s a bit more expensive than a drugstore brand curler but less than the Shiseido or Shu when you add travel time and gas to the equation. Not that I live miles from a Sephora or other department store, but I’d rather not have to enter one for the sole purpose of getting an eyelash curler. At least at Sallys I don’t feel so guilty browsing the aisles and picking up an item or four. It’s my second day using it and I’m pretty impressed by the curler. A single review on MUA for this is a bit of a downer, but considering the competition it faced by the reviewer and the positive feedback, I feel much better.