I gave La Bella Super Spikes one last shot and I’ve finally handed it off to my SO. I figured that maybe the combing was the cause of the stringy waves with this gel so I gave it a shot with soaking wet hair. Yup. My suspicions were confirmed – La Bella sucks. I cowashed with Giovanni 3T condish (done with this dud, finally), rinsed out b2b jasmine, combed my hair and scrunched in JCRR and 2 cupped palm globs of la bella. My hair is fluffy with no hold whatsoever, undefined, stringy, and sorely lacking in the wave boosting part. Luckily, it doesn’t contain protein so my SO is willing to take this off my hands.

The next gel I will be trying is Giovanni Styling Gel L.A. Natural Strong Hold. A quick glance at the ingredients (Aqua (Purified Water) with Rosemary¹ (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Oil, Nettle¹ (Urtica Dioica) Oil, Thyme¹ (Thymus Vulgaris) Oil, Birch Leaf (Butela Alba) Oil, Chamomile¹ (Anthemis Nobilis Flower) Oil, Clary¹ (Salvia Sclarea), Lavender¹ (Lavandula Angustifolia), Coltsfoot Leaf¹ (Tussilago Farfara), Yarrow¹ (Achillea Millefolium) Oil, Mallow¹ (Malva Sylvestris), Horsetail¹ (Equistetum Arvense) Oil, PVP/VA Copolymer, Soybean¹ Protein (Glycine Soja), Hydroxyethylcellulose (plant derived), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid (corn), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Grapefruit Seed (citrus derived)) leads me to suspect that it might end up like KMF. We shall see tomorrow…

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.

My horrible hair day is courtesy of Giovanni DLI, two 1/2 dime sized globs of sally’s spike it mixed with two quarter blobs of FOTE AVG, and a bit of Suave professionals to try to salvage it. I know, I know. Not the greatest of ideas given that I’m not liking that gel . Take a gander at the disaster.

Yuck. Stringy, no definition, slightly dry, and overall craptacular.

It’s just 3 hours after I fixed my hair at home and my “waves” are already back in a ponytail. Not only can you not call my hair wavy today, but to call it frizz-free is a cruel joke. I used Kiss My Face Upper Management gel today and let me tell you, this gel can kiss something else. Sure the ingredients look and sound all organic and good for the hair [Ingreds: Certified Organic Aqua of Urtica dioica, Calendula officinalis & Anthemis nobilis, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Amino Acid derived), Faex, Panthenol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus grandis] but I found it to have the opposite effect.

I cowashed and used a rinseout as usual (Freeman and yes to carrots) and combed my zerran leave-in. For having had a mere 3 hours of sleep thanks to the wonderfully long line at the Mexico/CA border, I was still lucid enough to know that the clumps looked quite nice so I was rather excited to use the new gel. First off, the gel was thick and sticky. That’s ok, I’ve used thick gels before. Scrunching it into my hair, it seemed to disappear like Angell but it left some sort of dry, plasticky feel like when you apply a cream or lotion that turns into a powder (sans the plasticky part). Can’t be too bad, I thought. My hair soaked up Angell, right? I scrunched a bit more water out and plopped for 15 min. When I took out the towel to diffuse, the clumps were still there but they were mixed in with some stringy, almost straight clumps. I still had hope at that point. Well, that evaporated the minute I turned on the hairdryer; there was practically instantaneous frizz and although I did my usual pixiecurl method, the straighter clumps refused to wave. I gave up and clipped hoping that it wouldn’t turn out as bad as it was starting to look like. A bowl of cereal later, and my hair resembled something like this with some wonky curly parts:

Not very attractive. Even my SO commented on how bad my hair looked and this is a guy who doesn’t see frizz when I’d swear that I’m walking around like a bad ad for Frizz Ease. With that, my hair is up in a bun to save my workers (and my dignity) from gazing upon the awfulness that is today’s hair.

I thought I had bad hair days before, but this one definitely takes the cake. It’s almost as though I didn’t put anything in my hair and decided to brush it out like my hair is straight. I’m going to give the gel one more shot and then it’s back to the cupboard to try in the winter.