I used my normal routine with the YTC: a 1/2 inch ribbon of sheam, a nickel of KY, and 2 nickels of spike it. The only difference was an ACV rinse after my VO5 sun kissed raspberries cowash.

First off, I’ve forgotten how nice an ACV rinse feels. After rinsing out the VO5, I ran my little tub of warm water and ACV over my hair and rinsed it out after letting it sit for a min or two. My hair felt great! Seaweed slippery and all that. I applied a generous palmful of the b2b, combed through, and clipped my hair up while I finished the rest of my routine.

I noticed that something was wrong immediately after combing in the sheam and ky mix. With YTC, my hair would stay in big clumps, with the b2b, however, it was as if my hair was repelling itself. I did a search for reviews on this conditioner and stumbled upon Laurabeth’s review: 

From condish chronicles (http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=10605)

Back to Basics Jasmine Curl Refreshing Conditioner

Primary Fault: a love-hate product—either curl boosting or no curls, crimped frizz and buildup
This conditioner didn’t disperse easily through my hair until I’d applied a generous amount in hair and then it detangled. When scrunched after applying gel, like with the other B2B (starting to notice a trend), I had some individual hairs rebelling from the clumps. In the morning, I had practically no definition, minimal curl, and lots and lots of poofball and surface frizz on all the days I tried this. Oddly, I got curls with the Blue Lavender formula but not this one. I also had some pricklies along my scalp with this conditioner. Finally, I could see potential for buildup with this since my hair had a noticeable coating on it after just a few days use. I think those in a drier climate (NM, UT, CO, etc) might have better results, ironically, because of the coating. That coating suffocated my curls into frizzing so much that I couldn’t muster a curl. But in a drier climate, that coating might be more protective and curl-encouraging. I also noticed those in the Rust Belt (OH, MI, etc) liked this so maybe it’s something in the water that works well with this product and makes it curl enhancing. This is the only reason I’m rating this with a fair instead of a poor.
water, propylene glycol, myristyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, cetrimonium chloride, isopropyl alcohol, fragrance, decyl oleate, methylparaben, diazolidinyl urea, tetrasodium edta, propylparaben, benzyl salicylate, butylphenyl methylpropional, linalool, limonene, citric acid, panthenol, sodium hydroxide, hydroxypropyl guar, pentylene glycol, glycerin, butylene glycol, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower extract, bisabolol

The fragrance alone should have immediately put me off this conditioner but since there were some rave reviews on the forums, I decided to stick it out. Now I know that it just doesn’t work for me. Off to either the trash bin, swap boards, or even “accidentally” leaving it at the gym.

Nexxus Phyto Organics Omnistyler ingreds: aqua, polyquat 11, pvp, hydrolyzed quinoa, avocado fruit extract, camellia sinesis leaf extract, alfalfa extract, linseed seed oil, ppg-5-ceteth-20, polysorbate 20, peg-12 dimethicone, tetrasodium edta, methylchloriosothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, methylparaben, linalool, fragrance. I’ve tried this with the Giovanni L.A. styling gel and when that didn’t work, I tried it with a gel that I previously had good luck with: sally’s spike it. When paired with the giovanni gel, my hair was soft, but quite frizzy. There was no hold to speak of and no definition. With spike it, the definition was a bit better, but still lacking. No boosting to speak of and no hold; it was as if the omnistyler negated the intense holding power of spike it. Omnistyler is clear, slightly viscous, and somewhat quite perfumed. I’ve been trying it out as a CK alternative but I’m just not feeling it at all.

Back to Basics Jasmine curl refreshing conditioner ingreds: water, propylene glycol, myristyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, cetrimonium chloride, isopropyl alcohol, fragrance, decyl oleate, methylparaben, diazolidinyl urea, tetrasodium edta, propylparaben, benzyl salicylate, butylphenyl methylpropional, linalool, limonene, citric acid, panthenol, sodium hydroxide, hydroxypropyl guar, pentylene glycol, glycerin, butylene glycol, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower extract, bisabolol. The fragrance is nauseating. It distributes just as well as any other thick conditioner but lately my hair hasn’t been happy at all. I’m going to try an ACV rinse and use the routine that worked with YTC. If my hair still doesn’t bounce back, I’m chucking this litre. (I’m actually thinking YTC wasn’t that bad and may just repurchase).

Giovanni L.A. Natural styling gel. I’ve been using it with KY jelly and Omnistyler. I’ll try it with the SAMY curls re-energizing potion as the last trial. If it doesn’t work, it’s into the “try later” bin.

On to SAMY Get Curls Re-Energizing Potion. Ingreds: Water Aqua, Polysorbate 20, PVP, Triethanolamine, Steareth-10 Allyl Ether/Acrylates Copolymer, VP/VA Copolymer, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, PEG-Ricinoleate, Methylparaben, Acrylamide/Sodium, Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Fragrance Parfum, Polyquaternium- 57, Sodium Benzoate, Methylisothiazolinone, Red 4 CI 4700, Yellow 5 CI 19140. I gave it a shot yesterday and again, my hair ended up in a bun. I used in conjunction with spike it and my hair felt weighed down, undefined, stringy, and undefined. After reading some reviews on NC.com (here and here), I’m suspecting that I may have to use this AFTER my gel or as a scrunching out the crunch product.

Lastly, Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream. Ingreds: Water, Decyl Polyglucose, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Avocado Oil, C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolized Oat Flour, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynl Butylcarboamate, Fragrance. I chose the Island Fantasy scent. I find that it’s comparaable to the Freeman conditioners is terms of gently cleansing my hair and leaving it moisturized and volumized. It’s runny, thin, and not definitely not like any shampoo I’ve ever used before. Considering that it seems to act just like the Freeman cowash, I probably won’t repurchase. It does go to show that I can’t go straight CG. Using just the Suave or VO5 conditioners daily maked my hair straight at the roots and with a slightly greasy feeling.

In other news, it seems that Walgreens has expanded their Yes to Carrots line. According to this thread and on the yes to carrots website, there are going to be two new lines: Yes to Tomatoes and Yes to Cucumbers.

Yes to Tomatoes conditioner ingeds: Aqua (Water), Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomatoes) Extract*, Cetyl Alcohol, Capsicum Annuum (Red Pepper) Extract*, Aspalathus Genus (Red Tea) Extract, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Extract*, Maris Aqua (Dead Sea Water), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Magnesium Chloride, Chamomilla Recutita (Camomile) Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Benzyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Calendula Officinalis Oil*, Maris Limus (Silt) Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate Peel) Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Dehydroacetic Acid.

Yes to Cucumbers Conditioner ingreds: Aqua (Water), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract*, Capsicum Annuum (Green Pepper) Extract*, Maris Aqua (Dead Sea Water), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Magnesium Chloride, Chamomilla Recutita (Camomile) Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Brassica Oleracea (Broccoli) Extract*, Benzyl Alcohol, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Calendula Officinalis Oil*, Maris Limus (Silt) Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Extract*, Parfum (Fragrance), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate Peel) Extract*, Lactic Acid, Centaurea Cyanus, Beta Vulgaris (Beetroot) Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Dehydroacetic Acid.

Yes to Cucumbers leave-in ingreds: Aqua (Water), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract*, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Capsicum Annuum (Green Pepper) Extract*, Maris Aqua (Dead Sea Water), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Magnesium Chloride, Chamomilla Recutita (Camomile) Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Brassica Oleracea (Broccoli) Extract*, Benzyl Alcohol, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Oil*, Maris Limus (Silt) Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Extract*, Parfum (Fragrance), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate Peel) Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Dehydroacetic Acid.

I’m pretty excited. The ingredients look good – both of them don’t have the dimethicone that YTC has and there is a leave-in! Based on my experience with b2b jasmine, I’m starting to think that I should be using products that contain more natural ingreds. I don’t think the jasmine conditioner actually provides any nourishment to my hair.

I had an entire post typed out complete with pictures, smilies, links, the whole shebang and then a stinkin’ link messed it all up. Ugh. Two days’ worth of drafting. Short story:

JCHCC – like

Giovanni gel – disliking

Nexxus – too early to tell

I’ll add more when my comp and wordpress stop being lame.

I’m still trying to figure out if a conditioner containing a small amount of cocobetaine really does help produce volume at my roots and provide for an all around better head of hair. With that, I’ve been trying the CWC method (condition, wash with a shampoo, condition) in lieu of purchasing more Freeman conditioners. My SO would have a fit if I bought more cowashes….especially considering I’ve got probably 12+ VO5 conditioners in my stash. My SO does like VO5 as a conditioner, but I’m sure it would take him at least 3 years or more to go through that amount.

On Saturday, at my SO’s house, I washed with activate shampoo, conditioned with loreal nutrigloss for wavy hair, and applied JCRR mixed with easy straight, and biotera gel. The result was less than spectacular. While my hair wasn’t super frizzy, it was also limp, too soft, and looked weighted down.  

Yesterday, I cowashed with Giovanni 3T conditioner, rinsed out back to basics jasmine, sprayed in a generous amount of Oyin Juice and Berries, scrunched out excess water with my curlease, and scrunched in some FOTE AVG. Bad hair day #2. Soft hair, but a marked lack of wave boosting and definition.

Today’s disaster is courtesy of CWC using giovanni 3T conditioner & dudu osum, b2b jasmine rinsed out, sheam & KY jelly combed in, and la bella super spikes scrunched in. Wow. Just…wow. Amazingly bad hair. I think I may not have used enough gel but then again, if that gel is truly supposed to hold anything, 2 cupped palm sized globs should be more than enough. When I took my hair out of the plop, I really couldn’t feel any of the gel. I wasn’t sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing. 5 hours later, I realize it’s a bad thing. My hair looks so bad it’s up in a bun right now. Prior to that, my hair was frizzy with no definition to speak of. There was absolutely no hold because my hair felt just like my hair – it was as if I just applied a leave-in and went sans gel. It was even to the point where I bemoaned my bad hair day before my SO and I even left the house for work today. Luckily, my lovely SO is willing to take the gel offender off my hands. He uses the green la bella gel so it shouldn’t make much of a difference. As long as I never give him a protein-containing gel, he’s set.

Ingreds: Deionized Water , Sorbitol , PVP , PVP/VA , Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer , Sucrose , Propylene Glycol , Carbopol , Triethanolamine , DMDM Hydantoin , Methylparaben , Polysorbate-20 , Benzophenone-4 , Isosteareth-20 , Tetrasodium EDTA , Fragrance , FD&C Yellow No. 5 , FD&C Yellow No. 6

Only two days and already my hair is suffering from sally’s spike it withdrawal. My hair doesn’t have as much volume as it did with spike it and the waves are more pulled out, less clumpy, and not boosted at all. The first time around, I applied it much like I did my spike it; I mixed sheam with KY jelly, combed it through and mixed a dollop of fuzzy duck with super spikes. My hair was not looking so great. Today, I used just KY jelly and a generous amount of super spikes. Again, my hair wasn’t thrilled. It’s only two days and a couple of things have also introduced themselves to my usual routine. I finally finished ytc and have phased in Back to Basics Jasmine curl conditioner (scent is too flowery but its doing its job). Also, I’ve replaced my empty bottle of Freeman condish with VO5 sun kissed raspberry condish. I suspect that the cowashing without a touch of cocobetaine may result in the lack of voume. I plan to rectify that by low pooing more often than I used to – every 2 days versus my once a week with the freeman condish. Time will tell if this la bella gel ends up sneaking into my reject pile that I foist onto my SO.

An update on GoW’s lemony mint cleanser – I really do like it but I get a bit skittish when I feel a minty tingle near my eye. Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t any irritation but I just freak out when I feel that cool rush near my lash line.