Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Aloe + Aloe = Aloe Aloe

My hair has been misbehaving very badly since my last post. Yes, every day since then. It really starting acting up when I first used Loreal Vive Nutrigloss and their Melting Gel... my hair really doesn't seem to like that combo. Actually, my hair doesn't seem to like any Loreal products for that matter. Anyone else have that problem? I hated it so much today after I co-washed, that I co-washed and re-did my hair again. However, I decided to do something different today after reading a post on naturallycurly.

I've experimented with FOTE AVG before, didn't like it, and so I gave up. It gave me soft curls and nice clumpage which I loved, but it didn't hold much and sometimes my hair seemed to be dryed out, maybe result of other products I was using, but still, I decided to cut it out. Today someone mentioned using it and mixing it with their conditioner (which happened to be Aloe & Waterlily). So I thought that putting Aloe and Aloe together would work well. That other person mentioned they used glycerin, so I decided to try that today too.

So what I did was I co-washed with Suave Aloe & Waterlily (which smells very yummy btw!), then I scrunched some in as leave in. Then, in my hand I mixed some of it with aloe vera gel and diluted glycerin (3 parts water to 1 part glycerin), mixed it together, and then I combed and worked it through my hair. Then, I scrunched in more aloe vera gel mixed with a little more conditioner. Immediately I noticed more clumping, and better curl formation. We'll see how it holds up as the day goes by. First I guess I should wait and see how it will dry. I'll report back with pictures later! Now I need to figure out how to clip my roots properly to get some needed volume!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

ACV/Honey Rinse

I did my first ACV rinse today. I had an empty conditioner bottle that I poured my mix into. My recipe was 1 tablespoon of ACV mixed with 1 cup of water, plus a couple of drops of honey. I co-washed and conditioned first. After rinsing out my conditioner with water, I then poured the ACV over my hair. I made sure I got it good and saturated, but I didn't end up using all my mixture. Then I rinsed with water and scrunched in some leave-in conditioner with honey. Applied KY gelee followed by LA Looks Cashmere Curls and La Bella Super Spikes, and plopped for 20 minutes. Its still drying now.. and my hair feels soft, but its frizzy, with some crunchy spots. Maybe it will look better once it dries.

Also I uploaded pictures of my first co-wash. It was okay, but a little frizzy. Day 2 was worse so I didn't take any pics. My hair is frizzy today too. I'm mad about that. I actually went CG after my wedding (July 19) and stuck with it until this past Sunday. (September 14). It did great at first, but I guess too much product built up over time and it started getting weighed down and it looked bad. So I thought it would be okay to wash it with my Samy Pure Smooth & Shine Shampoo, because its supposed to be sulfate free... that was a mistake. Now its yicky! Should I stick with it, or shoulod I wash with a clarifying shampoo and start all over?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My Routine

My hair is recovering from a bad scene haircut, so I have to co-wash it everyday to get it to behave. I usually co-wash with a Suave conditioner, applying it even over my scalp/roots and massaging with my finger tips. I then rinse with warm water, still massaging to remove dirt. If my hair still feels yucky, then I use my CHI silk masque to co-wash again. This conditioner seems to remove small amounts of build up nicely; I haven't figured out why, because it doesnt have any kind of sulfate as an ingredient. Weird. Next, I usually use the same conditioner on my ends. Or I use a 1/2 and 1/2 mix of honey + conditioner. Either way, I leave it on while I finish my shower. I rinse it with cool/cold water. O squeeze out excess water and blot with a towel. I scrunch in a little conditioner and comb through. Then I apply KY gelee then the rest of my styling products. I either let my hair air dry or plop it for 10-15 minutes then air dry. When I take it down, sometimes I have to re-wet because my short layers stick out like crazy. But thats it. :]

Upcoming Reviews

# CHI Nourish Intense Silk Hair Masque
# L.A. Looks Cashmere Curls
# L.A. Looks Mega Mega Hold
# La Bella Super Spikes
# La Bella Lots of Curls
# LOOB (Loreal Out of Bed)
# FOTE AVG (Aloe Vera Gel)
# DevaCurl AnGe

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

To-Buy List

There are products I've been wanting to get and once I get to the store I always forget what they are. Here's a list to check back to!

At Sally's:
Cream of Nature Shampoo (sulfate free) - $6.00
Bioterra Curl Creme - $6.99
Biotera Styling Gel
biotera leave in conditioner
volumax styling gel
aura hypo-allergenic styling gel $5

Drugstores:
Suave Naturals Vanilla Floral, Tropical Coconut
IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel - $4.49
Giovanni Products [teatree poo/co] (Walgreens & Target)
Organix
Real Solutions (Riteaid)
Naked Naturals (Walgreens)


Online:
CocoaPink
MARK Curl Goddess Gel

Hello Curls

This is my hair journal/blog. I shall keeup up with my crazy curls here! I've tried alot to satisfy my curls, so I might as well share what I've found.