Creative title. Yes, I’ve been pretty bad with the updates but there’s a bit of a lull at work now so I thought to update.

Again, there aren’t any pictures and my descriptions are brief but I just haven’t found the time.

Two weeks ago I decided that AOHR was too heavy for the mild temps we’ve been having here in SoCal so I broke open my bottle of devacare one c. The texture is nice and creamy and it smells (to me) like orangesicles. In the shower, I was surprised that small amounts help detangle like a dream and provide the right amount of moisture for me upon rinsing out. That being said, I probably won’t repurchase as I’m none too fond of DevaCurl’s practices as evidenced in Jillipoo’s blog and the NC.com forums nor am I fond of the brushing off  Miss Massey gave. I would think it extremely unprofessional, if not illegal by FDA standards, to mislabel products just to save some cash/trees by printing new ones. Not only that, but if your products and philosophy helped to “revolutionize” the curly hair industry, wouldn’t you think it incumbent upon you to ensure that you aren’t misleading nor alienating your customers?

The past few days I’ve been dealing with less than stellar hair due to a run in with a GOD AWFUL gel by the name of got2b spiked up. Not only does it smell like embalming fluid but its ingredients probably match: Aqua Water , VP/VA Copolymer , Glycerin , PVP , Carbomer , Oleth-20 , Aminomethyl Propanol , Panthenol , Benzophenone-4 , Disodiium EDTA , DMDM Hydantoin , Parfum Fragrance , Butylphenyl Methylpropional , Linalool , Hexyl Cinnamal , CI 42090 Blue 1. Absolutley NOTHING natural in here except for the water and glycerin which, heck, you can find in a ton of other gels. I only used it twice and just had to chuck it; I wouldn’t even let my SO try to use it up it was that horrendous. Since then, my hair has been stringy and frizzy so I’ve been toying with some of my natural product samples from kathymack in hopes of returning my hair to its normal state.

In line with the title of my post, I’m pretty much copying and pasting product combinations and results from my Outlook notes albeit with a little bit of spackle to hide the bare bones of it all.

04/22-vo5/devacare one c/afroveda custard/giovanni+spike it: pretty good definition; amazing ripples (rather than waves!) up to the crown; good hold but there was frizz by COB.

04/23-vo5/devacare one c/afroevda pur whipped gelly+curly custard/spike it+its a curl moisturizer scrunched in: good definition but with a bit of frizz, good ripples but not like yesterday

04/24-alaffia shea buetter and honey nourishing shampoo/devacare/zerran combed in/aussie sun touched+giovanni la: my waves were thin and fell apart my midday; however, there was a decent amount of volume unfortunately coupled with frizz

04/25-cowash/devacare/afroveda custard+gelly/aussie sun touched+giovanni la: not much wave boosting, decent amount of hold, my hair felt rough and a bit coated and greasy at the roots

04/27-honey almond poo bar/acv rinse/kbb milk/komaza custard/garnier fructis curl spray gel: no hold nor clumping, my hair repelled itself; I would never repurchase this gel

04/28- cowash/devacare/afroveda custard+zerran li over/gf spray gel+nexxus phyto creative sculpting putty: definitely do not like gf gel, however, the definition wasn’t too bad and there wasn’t any frizz, good amount of hold and crunch although my hair looked a little weighed down. The creative gel was light and absorbed well

04/29-co poo with alaffia shea & honey shanpoo+vo5/devacare/zerran/komaza/ remainder of giovanni and nexxus phyto creative: good crunch & hold, no frizz, good definition but flat midway up to crown with good waves at the bottom half, the hold diminshed by 2 pm with increased frizz

04/30-shampoo bar/acv/aloeba/afrodetangler li/loma achieve/used sheam to sotc-liked how achieve isn’t sticky, detangler pretty fluid,  good hold and crunch but experienced stringy waves, not much frizz, good definition

05/01-cowash/qhemet ghee/afrodetangler/komaza/got2b spike it: ugly, stringy, no boosting, hair repelled itself, mediocre hold, limp waves.

05/02-cowash/aloeba/afroveda/got2b spike it: frizzy, dry hair with no definition & boosting, bad hair day, god awful gel, dry hair that felt like a wig, gel completely laden w chemicals

05/04-aloe rid/wdt/ohm shp/ohm aloe: stringy, frizzy, not much definition, feel like wdt isn’t working on my hair, not much hold but incredibly soft hair.

Advertisements

I have been pretty remiss with my blog as of late save for the Curls Like Us towel giveaway. After returning from my mini-vacation to San Diego, I had to deal with settling into my program’s new office space and catching up on work. Also, my SO just purchased a PlayStation 3 so he and I have been relaxing after work by kicking some ass on Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

My updates are a bit brief since I’ve just been using my blackberry in the interim to take notes on how my hair reacted to the day’s product combination.

VO5 cowash/oyin handmade honey hemp rinse out and leave in/kccc mixed with a little Sebastian hi contrast gel for hold: I used this combination throughout my stay in San Diego and I was pretty pleased. The honey hemp leave in provided a good base for the kccc and the mixture underneath the hi contrast gel gave me enough moisture but didn’t compromise the extreme hold of the Sebastian gel. I’d have to say that the hi contrast is a suitable substitute for another hard holding gel that’s often discussed on the nc.com forums: BRHG.

When I returned from my vacation, I toyed with KMS cranberry pepper gel by mixing it in with kccc and even using my beloved custard didn’t redeem the KMS gel.

My sample of aubrey organics B5 design gel from kathymack had been calling to me so I paired it with ky jelly after an AOHR rinse out and the result was a a somewhat straightened crown but nice clumping. I tried it another time with a kbb milk rinse out and even more ky jelly and was rewarded with amazing definition, good clumping and even more hold with a relatively easy amount of crunch to it for a natural gel. However, the hold didn’t last for much of the day since it started to loosen by mid-evening. In spite of this, I’m impressed enough to want to purchase a full-sized bottle.

Giovanni L.A natural styling gel on its own is not a winner in my book but the combo of giovanni with ky jelly definitely led to nice clumping, good definition, and no frizz.

I usually don’t have problems with product application on the back of my head since I do everything to ensure coverage by scrunching in upside down, side to side, and upside down again. However, I do still end up with a lock or two that refuses to go along with the rest of my hair and receive its dose of styling product. I decided to try combing in product again and achieved my goal but with skinnier clumps and not much wave boosting tagging along.

I experimented with afroveda pur whipped gelly and sally’s beyond the zone spike it gel and while the gelly helped to soften the massive crunch from this extremely hard holding  gel and aid in giving good clumps to boot, there was a fair amount of frizz to be had and my hair felt pretty dry.

Again, I experimented with combing in product so I used my Mebco detangler to comb in a mix of afroveda gelly with zerrran equalizer leave in upside down and then scrunched in giovanni+ky with a little bit of spike it to up the hold. After combing in the gelly+equalizer mix, I was less than enthused to see stringy waves mixed in with straightened pieces. My hair that day had good volume but skinny clumps.

This past Sunday, I broke out the Komaza coconut pudding sample from kathymack. I cowashed with my new VO5 vita burst revitalizing conditioner cowash in the nectarine orange surge scent and rinsed out KBB milk. I scrunched in the komaza anf followed up with kccc mixed in with spike it gel. After plopping, I scrunched in the remainder of my AOB5 design gel sample. The result was fantastic clumping, amazing wave boosting, yummy smelling hair, good hold, no frizz and softness. 

I gave in to peer pressure and and a 15 page thread (trust me, there are little nuggets of actual info buried within) and purchased an ION conditioning  hard hat dryer from Sally Beauty Supply…as well as the ION hair dryers. The first time I used the hard hat, I diffused for about 3 minutes with my old conair and Sedusa/devafuser set up, clipped, and sat under the dryer for about 20 minutes. I wasn’t much impressed with the results since it was also the day that I tried combing again and my displeasure with that experiment overshadowed anything the hard hat could have contributed.

On Sunday, I broke out the ION hairdryer diffused with the Sedusa and devafuser, clipped, and sat under the hard hat for about 15 min. The result was waves up to my crown with NO FRIZZ! And not only that, but I was able to SOTC about an hour after showering…after showering! That alone pays for the hard hat in and of itself. I’ve never been able to SOTC just one hour after stepping into the shower.

Today I cowashed with VO5 vitaburst, rinsed out kbb milk, and scrunched in komaza and kccc mixed in with aussie sun touched shine gel. After diffusing and drying under the hat, I scrunched out the crunch with a dab of Afroveda hemp seed lock and twist. My hair has some nice clumps going on, but the Afroveda might have been a tad bit too much moisture as there is a bit of frizz.

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.