I’m actually quite impressed by this gel; it’s a clear, fluid gel (i.e., not as thick and sticky as LA Looks nor runny like Biotera) that actually doesn’t require a lot to provide hold, definition, and crunch. I can’t find the ingreds list online but sleekhair.com did have this description from the back of the bottle:

Nexxus Phyto Organics Rigid Gel is an extreme styler with strengthening bamboo extract. Rigid Gel Extreme Styler blends instantly into damp hair to create a variety of textures and designs. This super hold sculptor is excellent for molding, defining curls, and blow dry styling. Formulated with strengthening Quinoa Protein, Bamboo extract, nutrient rich Alfalfa, vitamins, and thermal protectants to add strength, sheen, and exceptional body.

I washed with my KM bay rum bar, ACV/honey rinsed, conditioned with curls coconut sublime, and scrunched in two dimes of CJ coffee coco. I followed up with about two blobs between a nickel and quarters worth of the NPO rigid gel and scrunched. I noticed that the gel spread easily but didn’t disappear into my hair like angell; in fact, it actually made my hair feel a little slick like I had applied a more runny gel. I started to consider adding a bit more gel to ensure complete coverage but refrained from doing so to see just what my hair would do with this gel.

It’s about 12 hours later since styling and my hair is frizz free, defined, shiny, and soft with enhanced waves. To add to that, my hair feel like…hair. Not hair laden with product as it does with the Deva gels. I plan to experiment more with this but can tell it might be a repurchase.

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Not going to repurchase. It’s only what? three days? and I’m already halfway through the bottle. Plus 6 oz for approx. $10.00 doesn’t sound like a steal to me. But will that stop me from trying the PBH gelatine goo that I’ve read about on the NC.com boards? Nope. I just recently discovered that the passion shine gel is marketed as a flexible/medium hold gel….something my hair doesn’t much like on its own.

Today I washed with my bay rum bar (loving the spicy scent!), did an ACV rinse, rinsed out curls coconut sublime, scrunched excess water out, scrunched in two dimes of cj coffee coco, and a nickels worth each of lush the big tease mixed with pbh passion shine (x2). The result? Not a great hair day. Even my SO noted that it doesn’t look as controlled as it usually does. My hair feels fluffy and there isn’t a whole lot of holding action going on. I think the pbh flexible hold cancelled out the tough hold the lush usually has. On the plus side, my hair isn’t horrible enough that it requires putting up in a messy bun, nor has it expanded into frizz city like it did the first time I used KMF upper management.  

What I did notice with some surprise was when I lightly scrunched out the excess water after rinsing out the curls conditioner, my hair clumped up in a major way and the waves remained. Nice.

I’m still liking my sedusa and after diffusing today, I had no troubles at all taking my hair out.

I’m still on a shampoo bar kick. Yesterday, I washed with KM’s windblossom bar but regrettably forgot to pour out ACV for my follow up rinse. I figured that I’ve been able to pull off a no ACV rinse before so my hair shouldn’t cause too much grief. I followed up with Curls coconut, 2 dimes of KBB nectar, 2 peas of white boots, and the remainder of the SS hold and shine gel mixed with LA looks wet look. Well, my waves were boosted and I had volume, but I also had frizz. Ick. Something I haven’t dealt with in a long time since using soap bars and KBB nectar. Mind the frizz wasn’t as horrendous as the first day using KMF upper management, but it was unusual for having had to deal with it in a while. I have now learned my lesson, ACV, and I shall not go astray.

Today, I decided to switch things up and I used a different bar. No, not one of my two new KM bars that I received in the mail, but one of my CV samples: honey beer and egg. I’m interested to see if the proteins in the beer and egg yolk will wreak havoc on my hair like regular ol’ hydrolyzed wheat and the like. The lather was surprisingly thick but it didn’t leave my hair as squeaky feeling as KM’s bar.

I followed up with Curls coconut, KBB nectar (2 dimes), white boots (2 peas), and angell mixed with la looks sport. I have already given up on angell. I know that it will never work on my hair on its own and so I mixed it with a harder holding gel. Esp on a rainy day like this, I did NOT want to have to deal with the minimal hold of angell. So far, my hair is holding up and I get the yummy starfruit scent every time I move my hair.

ETA: Ouch. By midday the hold started to dissipate and the “hold” I experience with angell took over…so basically, about 15 hours later, my hair is frizzier than usual. Boo.

I’ve been using the shampoo bars daily for about a week now, sometimes without an ACV/honey rinse follow up and I’m still really liking the results. I’m getting more body, softness, less frizz and seemingly better wave formation. I’ve been using the KBB hair milks and nectars on and off and I actually quite like them. Today I used the windflower soap bar (getting used to the granny smell) followed by an ACV/honey rinse, KBB milk rinse out in cherry (don’t like the scent), and two pea sizes of KBB hair nectar (in white tea) mixed with KY. I applied 2 palm-sized gobs of SS hold and shine gel over it all and scrunched. After plopping I diffused, sprayed some Suave healthy curl spray gel, and diffused a bit more.

I’m feeling a bit ambivalent towards the KBB hair milk. Granted I don’t have to use so much to get moisture, but I don’t feel like I get nearly enough slip as I’m used to and I think the oil content may be causing a straighter crown area. I do like the nectar because it provides just the right amount of moisture, doesn’t weigh my hair down, and I’m sure it’s good for my hair. I’m EXTREMELY tempted to purchase some KBB nectar due to the “buy 2 get one free” deal going on at the website, but I have so many other items I need to weed through that even the great deal can’t be justified (I keep telling myself that).

I’m not a fan of the SS gel. Yes, the ingredients list (which I wish I could find online) is small and contains a good amount of natural ingredients, but there really isn’t any hold to speak of. It has a pleasant scent and I suspect that it contributes more to frizz control and possible wave enhancement (akin to my thoughts on MopTop anti-frizz gel) but even with a stronger holding gel mixed in, it doesn’t do the job. I’ll use it until it’s finished but I definitely won’t be repurchasing it.

When I’m not experimenting with the KBB hair milk samples, I’m using and enjoying the Curls coconut sublime conditioner. It has a heavenly scent, gives a good amount of slip and moisture, and it doesn’t suffocate my hair like I thought such a thick conditioner would. Would I repurchase? Time will tell but it’s definitely something I’m going to consider.

I’ve been on the hunter for the perfect travel dryer since a plain old dryer with the Hot Sock isn’t cutting it for me. Neither is the Conair pancake dryer I was using when my hair was shorter. I found the perfect solution at Marhsall’s of all places. A X5 Superlite travel dryer that folds in and comes with a bowl diffuser attachment! It was a steal at $40.00. I’ve seen it online for $80+ so I’m quite happy with the price.

On another note, I was pretty upset to see Healthy Sexy Hair products at Marshall’s, paricularly the pumpkin potion and chocolate milk sulfate free shampoo. Both items were less than $7, almost 1/2 of the price I paid for each at a mom and pop beauty supply store. Grrr….