Since I ran out of my NG rose & persimmon conditioner, I’ve been experimenting with my bottle of Oyin Handmade’s Honey Hemp conditioner. So far, I’ve got a  little crush.

Pros:

  • yummy fruity scent
  • simple ingredient list [water, organic aloe vera gel, behentremonium methosulfate (emulsifier derived from colza oil) honey, coconut oil, hemp oil, vegetable glycerine, hydrolyzed silk, citrus essences, fragrance, preservative, and love!]
  • the price isn’t too bad ($11.00 for 8 oz)
  • it does make my hair feel like its taken a long, refreshing drink of water

Cons

  • a little too runny for my taste
  • I have to apply a bit more than usual in order to get the seaweed-y feel
  • Oyin can be a little late with their orders
  • short shelf life (4-6 mos)

Yesterday, I washed with my CV carrot milk and honey bar, did a white vinegar rinse, and liberally applied the honey hemp throughout my hair. I rinsed out  upside down and scrunched in mass amounts of my homemade FSG. The result? At my nephew’s baptism yesterday, I had 3 women ask me what I do to my hair to make it look so wavy. +1 to the honey hemp! However, by the end of the day, the definition I had earlier was sorely lacking, a bit of frizz started to kick in, and my waves looked a little stringier than usual. -0.5 for that.

In order to make my 8 oz. bottle last a bit longer, I mixed about a nickel’s worth with AOHR for each side and raked through. My hair felt like seaweed immediately! Not only that, but when I scrunched in my FSG, I had clumps like crazy. +1.5!!

My hair is still drying so we’ll see how it holds up after the crunch has been scrunched out.

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I finally got MGA sculpting to work for me. I think the key is a lighter conditioner. Today I washed with my CV carrot milk and honey bar, did a white vinegar rinse, conditioned with NG rose and persimmon, and styled with about 7 quarters of MGA. The result is more volume vs my homemade FSG, clumping up to the crown, good frizz control and hold, but skinnier clumps. Holdwise, it seems to rival BRHG for me. Amazing considering it’s a natural gel! Overall, I’d give MGA a 7-8 out of 10.

So today I shampooed with my bay rum bar, did a white vinegar rinse, conditioned with AOHR, and styled with IQCCC and my homemade FSG. The result was a little underwhelming; my waves weren’t frizzy and there was still some clumping, however, there wasn’t any of the wave boosting I’ve noticed as of late and my waves looked a little pulled out. Boo. There is a possibility that using AOHR may have been a little too much or that IQCCC doesn’t play well when using a shampoo bar. To test, the next time I shampoo I’ll use white boots to see whether it’s the creme that contributed to the lank waves. If that experiment isn’t conclusive, I’ll bust out my NG rose to test whether or not AOHR is just building up on my hair…however, I may be able to test that hypothesis by seeing how my hair reacts for the next couple of days.

I made my first iHerb.com purchase which included the following: AO island naturals & GPB conditioners, EO rose & chamomile and honey & chamomile conditioners, BWC leave in, citric acid (for my FSG), and Avalon Organics CoEnzyme Q10 wrinkle defense creme. Yeah. Talk about me stopping my rampant PJism. The reason why I purchased the creme? Well, I’m running low on my beloved PSF phyto-lift cranberry eye gel and right now I can’t justify paying $45.00 for o.5 oz of this amazing gel. Not only that, but the GoW eye serum that I’ve been checking out isn’t that much more cost effective either: $15.30 for 8mL or roughly 0.27 oz. In order to equal PSF’s 0.5 oz, I’d have to spend $30.60 and not only that, but it opens the door to me just “giving in” and adding more GoW goodies to my cart to justify the shipping. I did a search for eye gels on iHerb and stumbled across the Avalon creme; not only did it have a 4.5/5 rating, but there were about 33 pretty good reviews on it. A quick search on MUA showed a small number of ratings but 100% would repurchase the product. At $16.22 for 1.75 oz, it was almost a no brainer.

Ingreds: Organic lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower(1), chamomilla recutita (chamomile) flower(1), camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf (2) and organic arnica montana flower(3) extracts (aqueous), vegetable glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glyceryl stearate SE, organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil(2), cetyl alcohol, sodium hyaluronate, organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil(2), cetyl ricinoleate, stearyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol (vitamin E), ubiquinone (CoQ10), dimethicone, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), emulsifying wax, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, polysorbate 20, citric acid, sodium carbomer, sodium PCA, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond), rosa canina (rose hip) seed and borago officinalis (borage) oils, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), organic citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil(2) and other essential oil.

I’m not too keen on the fact that dimethicone is included since I avoid silicones on my skin as much as possible. Once I started the RedCatWaves skincare routine of gentle soap-free cleanser, salicylic acid, vitamin C, and moisturizer, I stopped using my trusty Oil of Olay SPF 15 oil free moisturizer because of silicones. On the RCW routine, I don’t think the facewash was effectively removing the cones from my skin. Rather than revert to sulfates and deal with average skin, I just booted the silicones. The fact that the cone in the Avalon creme is halfway down the list seems somewhat innocuous, but we’ll see. I’m hopeful that I can give a positive review after trying it out because if it works, that means I can splurge a little more on other skincare items without feeling too guilty.

Wow. An amazing combo. I’ve been using AOHR for the past few days and really enjoying the slip I get from this heavy, ultra-moisturizing conditioner. I still could do without the florals, but for the slip and conditioning I get I can more than tolerate it.

Yesterday being a rainy, stay at home day, I decided to toy around with using a curl creme underneath my homemade FSG. Since white boots is within the limits of my “controls,” I decided to try two peas underneath a generous helping of my FSG. I cowashed with VO5 calming chamomile, rinsed out AOHR, applied white boots, and topped it off with my homemade FSG. After I scrunched out some excess water and applied Boots, I wasn’t feeling too confident about clumping and wave boosting; my waves looked a little skinny and didn’t clump all too well. I decided to just diffuse and clip as normal because in all honesty, I wasn’t really expecting fab-o results. After scrunching out the crunch I went downstairs and my boyfriend said the following, “Is that homemade gel supposed to do something to your hair because it looks pretty curly.” I checked it out in the mirror and was pleasantly surprised to see that the waves shrunk and clumped together rather well.

Not too bad! Just to make sure that it wasn’t some freak occurrence, I tried the combo out again but tossed in a white vinegar rinse after my cowash just for kicks. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take pictures due to rather long meetings, but I can say that the combo held up well…and even with it being rainy and all. I did notice a bit more frizz vs. yesterday’s hair but none that would cause too much grief. This is something to definitely keep on playing with!

In other news, I’ve definitely got to curb my PJ. Within the past month I’ve made two purchases from kathymack, tried out BB’s FSG, made two swap board purchases, picked up some items from Sally’s Beauty, and received a package from Curls. Not good…not good at all.

Ever since I received my samples of BotticelliBabe’s custom made FSG I’ve been in a bit of a quandary considering I had purchased about a lb each of the dark and golden flax seeds, some epsom salts, xanthan gum, grapefruit seed extract, and agave from my local health food store. Also, not one to waste a chance to whip up my own concoction, I decided to try my hand again at making FSG.

This time I used 1/4 c each of the dark and golden seeds, 4 cups (total) of distilled water, and 3 pinches of epsom salts. After I drained the resultant gel, I added about 3 drops of Oyin handmade after bath oil which contains olive, virgin coconut, jojoba, avocado, sweet almond,  wheat germ, rice bran, and black seed oils;  1/4 tsp each of agave and clover honey; 1/4 tsp xanthan gum; and 48 drops of GSE. The result was a pretty viscous gel that contained blobs of the xanthan gum thickener. I tried adding the xanthan gum slowly rather than just dumping it all into my gel but it still results in little opaque white blobs. I’ll have to do more research to find the best time to add the thickener. All in all, I ended up with a little under 4 oz of gel. Considering I made all my additive measures based off of 8 oz, I whipped another batch with just my already used seeds and distilled water. I ended up with a lot more gel using just the seeds and water. I wonder if adding the epsom salts to the boiling water reduces the final amount of gel produced? I ended up splitting my first batch between two 8-0z. bottles and splitting up my second batch between both bottles.

Compared to BB’s, my FSG is a little bit more viscous. Her spreads easily in the palm whereas mine comes out as a blob that doesn’t like to be separated as much. It’s hard to think of something to compare it to other than snot than a snot-like substance that stretches and will return to its normal shape unless you really pull them apart; I guess the molecules are just really attracted to each other. It’s not difficult to distribute and in fact, held up well when scrunching and smoothing it into my hair.

After taking a break from shampoo bars, I’ve been noticing that my crown area has been looking a little pulled out with just the cowashes. To remedy that, yesterday I shampooed with my KM bay rum bar, did a white vinegar rinse (I ran out of my Braggs ACV and forgot to pick some up the last time I was at Henry’s…d’oh!), rinsed out NG rose & persimmon and applied approximately 2 oz. of my homemade FSG. The clumping was pretty impressive and there was a good amount of crunch. The best part was being told by one of my sisters wavy my hair looked and how soft it was. By the end of the evening, there was a little bit of frizz but the wave boosting held up and the clumps were still there. Yay!

Today, I cowashed with VO5 calming chamomile, rinsed out NG rose and applied the remainder of my BB FSG mag sulfate, honey, and vanilla sample, and topped it off with my homemade FSG. The amount of crunch rivaled that of a regular store bought hard holding gel. How does it look?

Not bad eh? I’m pretty impressed. For cold winter weather waves, I must say that it looks pretty good.