I really enjoyed my experience with Lora Johnson at Papillon Salon. Although it was radically different from the deva experience I was getting used to, it was a welcome change. I came in with my hair styled as usual and Lora took a good amount of time determine the shape of my face: square with a bit of concave to it as my forehead is a bit wider and my high cheekbones make it sink in the middle a bit; it could also have been heart shaped but my widow’s peak isn’t as pronounced and my jaw isn’t pointed. After determining the shape of my face (something no stylist has EVER done outright), Lora decided that my bangs and layers are good idea but that they need to tweaked a bit with more side layers and movement of the part of my bangs to soften my forehead and temples a bit and allow for a more oval look. I also found out that even though I diffuse every day, my hair was in great shape. Lora also determined my hair type: medium/coarse which made much more sense then the “fine” classification I was previously told. Since my hair can tolerate protein to a certain extent and not daily at that, this definitely rings true.

Lora then took a comb to my waves.

Yes, she combed out my waves. I was a little bit horror-struck at first since I was used to the stylist just start cutting but Lora seemed to know what she was doing. She looked at all sides of my hair and pointed out that the right side was 3 inches longer than the left and that there weren’t as many layers as there should be to allow for better movement and wave enhancement. Lora told me that my hair needed to be slithered to make my waves pop. The technique is a little bit hard to describe but she basically took a section of my hair and ran her scissors vertically down the length. She did this throughout the rest of my hair and also evened out the ends. She washed my hair with re:coil shampoo and conditioner, towel dried a bit with a terry cloth towel, and started diffusing. I know the re:coil conditioner isn’t silicone free and that a terry cloth towel is a no-no, but despite that, I knew I was in capable hands the minute I saw my hair dry.

She let me take over after she scrunched in some re:coil curl activator and liquid fx so I promptly flipped my hair upside down and started diffusing and adding gel as necessary. Once my hair was 75-85% dry, I started arranging my bangs and the rest of my canopy since I didn’t have any clips to kinda “set” things. It was great to hear one of Lora’s coworkers gush over how great my hair looked. It really did.

It’s now two days since the cut and my sisters have seen pics from the day of and one of my coworkers yesterday complimented me and said that looking at my hair made her want to get a perm. Yay! And this despite not using any of my tried-and-true  products (aura gel and cvs curl gel yesterday over kbb milk)!

I’ll post some pictures once the weekend rolls around and my hair has recovered a bit from the shampooing I did today to ensure removal of the silicones from the conditioner.

Today I styled with GoW healthy hair serum and my FSG mixed with some seamollient. I just SOTC and my hair looks all nice and bouncy after last night’s DT.


Today’s warm, muggy weather would normally lead me to have my hair up by midday, that is, unless I used seamollient mixed 50:50 with my homemade FSG!! The combo was amazing! Defined, soft, frizz free waves and curls with amazing body and hold. I’m in love with it! I took some pictures but they just don’t do it justice. The day was quite windy and of course I had to enjoy the weather with my windows down as I was driving; despite the wind, my waves still look great and the minor frizz is nothing a little smoothing with cream or butter couldn’t fix. Today’s routine was a water wash which I rarely do, condition with kbb milk mixed with aloeba, my homemade fsg, plop, and 2 dimes of curls princess glaze prior to diffusing.

I’ve been using Avalon Organics’ CoQ10 wrinkle defense night cream as an eye cream for the past 2 weeks and have to say that I’m pretty impressed. Although I was a bit wary about possible pore clogging from the dimethicone and the fact that it’s a cream, I haven’t had any problems so far but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!! The fine lines I’ve noticed seem to have diminished and my eye area feels nice and hydrated. My eyes aren’t irritated nor does the cream make makeup application difficult.

Yesterday I tried out GoW’s majik lockes all on its own with my homemade FSG (now with seamollient!) on top and a wee bit of mop top for extra hold after plopping. Despite the freak weather we’ve been having (thunderstorms, occasional drizzle, and dewpoints 50+), my hair was pretty good! One of my sisters even asked if I had recently gotten a trim because my hair looked shorter – yay shrinkage! There was a bit of frizz and I’m more than likely to attribute it to the protein in the majik lockes. It’s something I definitely want to continue experimenting with but the cost makes me think twice about considering it for the long run.

Today’s hair is courtesy of a cowash, kbb milk rinse out, kbb nectar, donna marie honey and aloe curling jelly, and mop top as a finisher. My hair looks great! There isn’t as much shrinkage as Tuesday and Wednesday’s hair, but there is great wave definition, boosting, and hold with a tad less frizz. Unfortunately, the jelly was recently discontinued. More info can be found here and here. It’s a shame because I’m really impressed by the gel. My hair is quite picky when it comes to products containing aloe so finding one that works is like finding a needle in a haystack.

I received my most recent GoW order (with seamollient, veggie hair serum, majik lockes in apple blossom and the healthy hair serum amongst other things) yesterday. Yay!

This a.m. I added about an oz. of seamollient to my latest batch of FSG and I think it helped a lot with the consistency; I add some oils (Oyin after bath oil), mag sulfate, citric acid, honey and agave nectar, and xanthan gum to my flax seeds (50:50 of brown and golden flax) and while the consistency is akin to that of biotera gel, the seamollient helped thicken it a bit more.

I scrunched in about a half dollar’s worth of the majik lockes and felt a bit concerned since my hair absorbed it so well. I scrunched in some kbb nectar, my fsg + seamollient and topped it off with some mop top after plopping.

When I SOTC I immediately fell in love with how my hair looked. Nicely defined and bouncy waves with great root lift! My wave pattern looks even tighter than in my avatar – something I’ve been noticing when I usee kbb + fsg. My hair feels really soft but the fsg+ seamollient and mop top gave me a good amount of crunch. By the end of the day the wave definition and hold hadn’t decreased but there was a bit of frizz showing. I’ll have to try the combo out tomorrow since today was a co-poo day.

Yup, despite the ultra-moisturizing feel and the fact that it’s listed as low-protein on the Curl Junkie website, my hair felt a bit rough and was noticeably frizzy yesterday. I thought it may be due to having only a little bit of fsg left to use but I don’t think the mop top or cj smoothing gellie have ever made my hair feel rough and dry. It’s a shame since I was pretty pleased with the results the day before yesterday. However, I don’t plan on writing the CJ theory conditioner off. No, if anything, I’ll just rotate it with a protein-free conditioner. Maybe I’ll even give their curl assurance conditioner a shot despite the amodimethicone.

Rather than tempt the hair gods today by trying to rule out the protein in cj theory, I co-poo’d with alaffia and aloeba (need to use it up somehow!), rinsed out kbb milk, scrunched in about a nickel’s worth of kbb super silky and topped it all off with homemade fsg and two dimes of moptop after plopping. I was suprised by the consistency of the super silky – it seemed almost creamier than the nectar and it definitely lingered on my hands after scrunching it in. Comparing the ingredients of the nectar (Purified Water, Grapeseed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Wax, Panthenol, Yucca Extract, Horsetail Extract, Nettle Extract, Melissa Extract, Essential and/or Fragrance Oil, Vitamin E and Natural Enzymes) vs super silky (Purified Water, Aloe Vera Juice, Vegetable Wax, Coconut Oil, Arnica Extract, Jojoba Oil, Panthenol, Organic Rosemary Hydrosol & Vitamin E)  there are heavier oils in the latter which may account for the heavier feel and creamier texture.

I was less than a little enthused after scrunching in the ss, fsg and mop top so imagine my amazement when I SOTC to get nice, airy, defined, boosted, waves! Waves that are tighter than they are in my “About” picture! Yay!

I’m really pleased with homemade fsg. I made a new batch last night and ended up with about 28 oz. However, it’s always fun to tinker with products so after reading this thread on NC.com, I ordered some seamollient to try adding to my fsg.

Today’s great hair day is due to a cowash, cj curl theory rinse out, curl smoothing gellie, fsg, and bit of mop top after I’ve plopped for about 15 min. All I can say its wow! Boosting, definition, great hold (I did drive with the windows down so pictures now don’t do my hair justice) – my hair had it all today!

Considering the CJ theory condtioner ingredients:  Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Matricaria Recuitita (Chamomile) Flower Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elder) Flower Water, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, I’m really surprised my hair isn’t feeling dry and straw-like because of the protein….and WHEAT protein at that! It will be interesting to see how using my sample for the rest of the week will end up.

My hair these days have been a bit of a hit and miss. I’m slowly but surely working my way through my kathymack samples. So far, my hair is liking the CJ line: curl theory conditioner, curl assurance leave in, and (surprisingly) the aloe fix gel. The smoothing gellie is still something I’m trying to figure out. It seems more like a cream/leave in/curl enhancer as opposed to something that should be giving light hold. Unfortnately, I’ll have to use both the gellie and the aloe gel with a harder holding gel since neither of the two provide enough hold for my waves. Today I cowashed, rinsed out curl theory, scrunched in a dime’s worth of curl assurance leave in, three dimes of the smoothing gellie, and three nickel’s of the aloe gel. I was amazed by the waves I was seeing in the shower before and after srunching out the water. However, my amazement turned to a bit of disappointment once my hair was dry; there was a good amount of frizz, and no definition or boosting…but my hair felt great.

And now for my blackberry updates…

May 18th: co-poo with alaffia and vo5, aloeba rinse out, homemade fsg with 5 nickels of cj aloe fix – decent hair day. Good hold from the cj but some frizz. Skinnier clumps but decent wave definition

May 19th: cowash, kbb milk rinseout, fsg & cj aloe fix – good clumping and definition, medium hold with minor crunch, but slight frizz after 2 hours.

May 20th: cowash, hoity toity red apple scented conditioner, fsg + cj aloe + nexus phyto organics emphasis gel – good clumping, definition and waves up to the crown; more crunch, but skinnier waves

May  21st: alaffia wash, kbb milk rinseout, fsg & nexxus phyto organics emphasis gel – good clumping, definition, crunch, and hold but slight frizz.

May 22nd: cowash, kbb milk rinseout, mop top & fsg – good definition and boosting. Good amount of crunch but skinnier clumps. No frizz to deal with so a good hair day overall.

My experiments to date have led me to the following conclusions: my hair doesn’t like aloeba or mostly aloe gels (works better with a stronger gel mixed in).