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.

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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).

While unpacking my boxes in the new house, I realized just how many hair items I have. I’m not kidding when I say that I filled up 4, yes, 4 boxes worth of hair products. And these weren’t shoe boxes – these were honest to goodness, I should be able to empty 1/4 of my closet into this box, boxes. Yeah, good times. During the unpacking, however, I stumbled across some Jessicurl CCSS and RR samples that I had purchased a while back. It’s been a while since I’ve used a product with mag sulfate in it so I’ve spent the last week or so noting why my hair didn’t seem to get along well with JC styling items.

The first 3 days with Jessicurl and I was wondering why I quit using them. My waves were boosted, soft, and somewhat frizz-free with the addition of some Mop Top (I love this!) gel. The fourth time around with CCSS and RR and I remembered why; my hair was frizzy and dry. I could say that Jessicurl stylers would fall under the ‘products in a pinch category’ but the fact that I can use them only every so often combined with it being a natural product and therefore susceptible to spoiling wouldn’t make much financial sense.

In the not too distant past, I read in the NC.com forums that HE reformulated some of their conditioners without ‘cones. Rather than spend an albeit small amount on a new cone-less bottle of HH, I picked up two oh-so-convenient sample bottles of the conditioner from the Target sample aisle.

While HH definitely doesn’t have cyclopentasiloxane, it does have bis-aminopropyl dimethicone. A cone but not as evil as the -xane. I’ve had experience with this cone before as its one of the ingredients in Aussie’s Catch the Wave conditioner. According to this article by the CurlyChemist, Tonya McKay, this silicone does require removal via a sulfate or cocamidopropyl betaine at the very least. I did like how silky my hair felt with HH and Catch the Wave, and considering I do low poo every so often in a month, these conditioners don’t seem all that evil. However, given that my hair does prefer conditioners with more natural ingredients, I may not repurchase either one.

Today I cleansed with Wen, applied 2 pumps of HSH pumpkin potion, and finished off my bottle of GVP PM extra body with 2 1/2 quarter sized blobs. I used the scrunch and pump method I ever so conveniently forgot about and the result was nice clumping, wave boosting and a good amount of volume at the crown. However, by the end of the day, the GVP pm gel reminded me why I won’t be repurchasing it unless in dire need; there was ever increasing frizz and the hold gradually diminished. Boo.

Consists of a wash with 8 pumps of Wen sweet almond mint cleanser followed by 2 pumps of my new love, hsh pumpkin potion leave in, and my gel mix du jour: 2 quarters of mop top anti frizz mixed with a 2 nickels of gvp pm extra body sculpting gel. The result after scrunching in the gel was RIDICULOUS clumpage! Unfortunately, the weight of my hair in the big clumps actually stretched them out so they’re now elongated, clumpy waves. Not bad, but I did prefer the boosting I saw after diffusing with my Sedusa (medium heat, medium fan setting) earlier today. It’s about 9 hours after doing my hair and it’s a bit frizzier than I’d like it to be and somewhat dull.

I was a bit skeptical of the whole Wen cleansing system initially but I have to admit I’m pretty surprised. Sure, it’s essentially just cowashing but there’s something different about it. My hair doesn’t feel oily at the roots like it did when I was just cowashing and conditioning the length (straight CG) and while it does have the dreaded wheat protein, my hair isn’t rebelling like it did when I used CJ coffee coco creme as the only protein containing item in my current hair styling arsenal. It’s only the 2nd day of use, so we shall see how it holds up over time. I don’t plan on following the instructions and using massive amounts of this conditioner no matter how thick or long my hair is. 8 pumps suits me just fine. I’m a sucker for the minty scent and it gives a good amount of slip that lasts after rinsing it out.

As for mop top, I definitely think this is a keeper not only as a curl booster but for days when I’d prefer a lighter hold and for mixing into really thick, goopy gels. Mixed with the gvp pm gel, mop top turned it into a more spreadable, mucous-like gel somewhat reminiscent of KCCC. I’ll tweak with the gvp pm:mop top ratios to find what works best.