Saturday, August 9, 2008

A bit of experimentation..

So I've had about a week of me using different products from the norm and I'm liking some of the results. I'll try and post as much as I can remember.

I have recently discovered Tigi Bedhead Superstar Sulfate Free shampoo. And so far I really like it. I haven't really noticed a difference in the volume of my hair with it, probably because my hair is pretty voluminous anyway so a slight bit more is not going to make much of a difference to me. Anyway, the smell is a bit like strawberries and bubble gum. Thankfully it does not linger.

I wrote off Re:Coil a while back, before my haircut. It weighed down my hair immensely and just did not work at all. I've been giving it more of a chance lately, and it has been my go-to styler for a few days now. I get wonderful shrink and well defined curls. I have a newfound love for this stuff. So, don't write something off immediately. You have to work with it a bit before you figure it out.

Aloe gel. I've been putting about a quarter sized glob in everytime I do my hair and my hair has just looked so nice. I'm liking this.

I also wrote off Labella Lots of Curls gel a while back. Sure, it is not the best gel in the world, but if you want something cheap and in bulk, this is quite nice. The smell is rather odd, but doesn't linger, I had nicely formed curls [until I scrunched out the crunch too early that is. >=/ ], and it has a much faster drying time than say, the HE gels. Those however, are still my favorites.

It seems as though I am having a wonderful hair day right now [*knock wood* I haven't scrunched out the crunch as of yet]. I washed with Tigi Bedhead Sulfate Free Shampoo, conditioned with Suave Coconut [I still can't get over the smell. I adore it.], left a little in for a leave in. I added about a nickel sized glob of Re:Coil, a quarter sized glob of Aloe gel, and then brushed [yes, I did say brush. No not denman, a cheap old conair akin to this one: Am I going to be smited now? And I'm not recommending this, I have practically tangle free hair now that I'm CG, so there isn't any breakage. And it helps clump.] I added three quarter sized globs of HEBE gel and scrunched the mess out of it. Scrunched with an old t-shirt and diffused for about 30 minutes and I'm in the process of waiting for it to dry. =D

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sorry for the delay..

I've been pretty busy for the past few weeks, with summer work, getting the last few days in of hanging out with my buddies before school starts back up.
I haven't exactly been adventuresome with my hair lately, I just don't think about it.
Anyway, the other day I had to drive over an hour to the DMV [the one nearest to me is absolutely horrendous] and we got there around 10:30 a.m. We waited around for about an hour and then the lady told us that driving tests don't start until 3 p.m. Lovely.
So my mom and I drove back to go eat somewhere [where a waitress told me I had pretty hair.], we went to the bank, and then to Walgreens [where I found a tube of Aloe gel and a 30 oz. bottle of Suave Coconut =) Yay!] and then finally drove back to the DMV and waited another hour. Needless to say, I was exhausted.
Long story short, I got my license and as my picture was printing out she said that she likes my hair much better now than when I got my permit [when I still straightened it all the time]. It suits me better.
I'll try harder to update more often.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Raise your hand if you never remember to update.

*Raises hand*
I don't really have a lot to report on to be honest. Although I did have a fabulous hair day today. Pictures unavailable because a lady I'd just met ran her fingers through my freshly scrunched-out-crunch hair.
I was fuming.
But just to say, I used Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream because my hair was starting to feel a bit gross. I conditioned with Suave Coconut and a bit of TooShea. My normal protein-filled styler was put aside today because my hair was feeling a little dry. Too much of a good thing, you know? So I reverted back to my lovely Gelebration spray. I put Loreal Lasting Curls gel as a frizz fighter and HESMU gel. I diffused for about 20 minutes or so and about 2-3 hours later, scrunched out the crunch [right after I found out that we had company.
Then came the, "Is this your natural hair? Does it really curl like this?" complete with the raking of the fingers through my hair.
I was highly upset. I worked hard for that hair and she ruined it! Then started telling me about Redken products because she sells them! No, lady. I don't need your products.

I'll try the same routine tomorrow. *sigh*

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I keep forgetting I have this thing...

So I haven't updated in a few days, so I figured that I would today.
Since then I have tried to wave my best friend's hair just with gel and Gelebration spray and tried to "curl" it with a curling iron.
Things I have learned:
*Naturally straight hair really does exist. I didn't believe it until then.
*I don't know how to deal with fine, straight hair. It boggles my mind. Funny how things work like that.
*Her hair will not hold a curl, no matter how hard I try. We have to come to terms with this fact.

After "Waving".

After "Curling" with a curling iron.

In other news, I tried Biotera today. I didn't get bad results, but they weren't fabulous. I think I need a lot more hold than it offers, but I will admit that my hair feels very soft and is frizz-free. Always good.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The protein thing was not a fluke. My hair has not been limp since I started using a lot of protein. I love that I found this out. I thought I would always be one of the curlies who had no idea what my hair liked or disliked. As of right now, my HG combo is Alagio Curl Enhancer Balm, Curl Keeper, and HEBE gel. I really love it.
Oh, so my best friend asked me to do her hair. I'm incredibly excited to see what I can do to it, it's always been stick straight and I want to see some wave! Body! Something!
We'll see when she gets here. Pictures tomorrow. =)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Experimental Day

I think I might have resolved my hair issues. Might being the key word in that sentence, I am not getting my hopes up. But today I experimented with many new products, and I just may have figured out the reason for my limp curls. I seemed to be lacking protein in my life. Or at least that's what I hope was the issue.
First I shampooed with Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo then conditioned with Suave Coconut [smells heavenly] and used VO5 Strawberries and Cream as my leave-in. =D
For styling I used Alagio Curl Enhancing Balm [which I heard has a good bit of protein in it, so I thought 'Why not give it a whirl?'], then Loreal Lasting Curls Gel. Unfortunately this product has long since been discontinued, but I have some from years ago that I discovered only the other day. Seems to work pretty well. And I also used Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel, which definitely has max hold. The smell bothers me, hurts my nose. I think this will only be used when absolutely nescessary. I like my Body Envy gel far too much. And that smell I can handle. After I diffused for about 20 minutes and let it airdry the rest of the way for a few hours, I scrunched out the crunch with some Vitamin E oil that I had from a sunburn a while back. Seemed to work pretty well. My only complaint was the odd smell, it didn't linger though, so no problem.

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I missed those ringlets.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

First Blog

I'm not so used to blogging, so I don't know whether to give some sort of intro or just dive right on in...
I'll give a brief intro I suppose.
After spending months on [Best website ever if you're having curly hair troubles, or wavy for that matter.] I've developed a bit of a hair obsession. I've become a product junkie, but I suppose there are worse kinds of junkies to be.

I've been having troubles with my bangs [well, they wouldn't be bangs if they were straight, but that's all I can think to describe them] lately, so I found a new little way to wear my hair that doesn't involve headbands.

A guy at target complimented it, so it may be a keeper.

I tried some new products in my routine today. First I co-washed with Suave Cucumber Melon, which is far more runny than what I normally use, Suave Tangerine. I used two pea sized droplets of my VO5 Strawberries and Cream as a leave-in. I raked in some Alagio Crazy Curl Curl Enhancing Balm, probably about a quarter sized amount, mixed with some LOOB [Loreal Out of Bed weightless texturizer], three fingers worth of a scoop, which seemed to work fairly well, and didn't weigh my hair down as much as Re:Coil. I used Herbal Essences Body Envy Gel, probably about 4-5 dime sized drops and scrunched the heck out of it. And of course diffused until about 60% dry.

LOOB is still iffy with me, it helps with clumping if used correctly, but if you don't use enough or you use too much, it will just look stringy. And I love HEBE, it smells heavenly and it has excellent hold. I'll get back to you on the Curl Enhancer.