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Product questions

bliss611bliss611 Posts: 238Registered Users
Firefox convinced me that my hair is actually high porosity so I am trying to come up with a new hair care plan.

I have a few moisturizing conditioners I need to cut back on. I plan to start oiling my hair pre-wash. And going back to weekly PTs with Colorful Neutral Protein Filler. But I need a few reviews/suggestions.

What i thought was lo-poo has a sulphate so need another lo-poo for occasional use. Is GTTT CG-safe?

What am I looking for in a leave-in? I really need one but my current BWC one has too many humectants and I live in high-dews. In normal dew my hair LOVES glycerine but I know I should avoid humectants in high and low dews. KCKT good? Any others you can suggest?

Anyone use Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor? It's supposed to be a protein conditioner. I didn't find it very moisturizing when I first used it but want to give it another shot.
Here are the ingredients:
Aqua (purified water) cetyl alcohol, stearalkonium chloride, tocopherol (vitamin E), citric acid, phenoxyethanol, natural fragrance, *helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, *glycine soja (soybean) seed extract, *betula alba extract, *malva sylvestris (mallow) extract, *achillea millefolium extract, *chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, *equisetum arvense extract, *lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, *salvia sclarea (clary) extract, *thymus vulgaris (thyme) extract, *tussilago farfara (coltstool) flower extract, *urtica dioica (nettle) extract.

TIA!!
3B curls
Medium texture
Normal elasticity
High porosity

Comments

  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users
    If you're willing to order online, I highly suggest Curl Junkie Beauticurls leave in, or Curl Fix for a protein rich LI (per the curl junkie owner, although this was designed as a RO, it also makes a great LI).

    I adore CJ conditioners! I also have the CJ smoothing daily conditioner, which can also be used as a LI.

    I have found with the CJ products, I don't need as much. So although they're expensive, they're worth it since they last longer.

    As for the KCKT, it's a great detangler, and good as a LI if you're just looking for more slip, and not moisture. If you "need" a leave for conditioning/ moisture reasons, I don't think it's the best choice.
    2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
    Cleanse: AIA cowash, TJ Tea Tree Condish
    Condish: JC Too Shea, Tresemme Botanique
    Stylers: flax/okra gel or KCCC + CJ PP or JC Spiralicious
    Experimenting with Got2B Ultra gel and loving it so far!
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Agree with Chloe92us Kinky Curly Knot Today is more of a detangler that a 'true' conditioner. It's also pH 7.

    The basics of a 'true' conditioner are fatty alcohols and cationic surfactants, they are emollients (softeners), weak humectants (can help hair hold the right amount of water), aid detangling and clumping. You woul normally see two to five of these in a conditioner, ideally two within the first five ingredients since these make up most of the product.
    Ingredients Commonly Found in Hair Care Products

    You may look for a leave in conditioner that is pH ~4.5 which should help the cuticle lay flat, perhaps ingredients that are film formers and/ or act to patch repair the surface giving shine and again helping the cuticle lay flat. These ingredients include panthenol and hydrolysed protein - again both are weak humectants so may help the hair hold the right amount of water when used in moderation. Other film formers that are more often in stylers are flaxseed gel and okra gel.

    I find I do well with just a little oil in my routine to coat the surface, that can be in the pre-wash OR the wash out conditioner OR minor ingredient in the leave in conditioner, personally I can't have it in too many steps or I get stringy greasy hair.

    I am confused by the Giovanni, I don't see protein - just glycine which is a single amino acid (one of the building blocks of protein). If you already have it in your bathroom definitely give it another try, perhaps with a different styler or different amount or with the different dews it will work better for you.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect