Giovanni Smooth as Silk

sixelamysixelamy Registered Users Posts: 4,157 Curl Novice
I know a lot of people like Giovanni Smooth as Silk, but I had a reaction to it, not sure what ingredient caused it. I applied it to soaking wet hair, and as it dripped, my collar bone area became itchy, then bright red splotchy. Also, when I was scrunching my hair, it seemed like my hair was repelling it, it was almost getting sudsy, like it didn't penetrate at all. I ended up washing it out and starting over with my regular products.

I will be returning it and will never touch the stuff again!!
2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
:bunny:
NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
:thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens

Comments

  • BluebloodBlueblood Registered Users Posts: 1,748 Curl Neophyte
    People react to different products so nothing to be alarmed about.

    However if you do have an allergic reaction to something try and find the specific ingredient you reacted to so you can avoid it.
  • sixelamysixelamy Registered Users Posts: 4,157 Curl Novice
    Yeah, I have no clue what ingredient it would even be. I was itchy pretty much all day. I'd love to figure it out.
    2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
    :bunny:
    NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
    RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
    DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
    STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
    COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
    :thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
  • CallyCally Registered Users Posts: 58
    I was also very itchy after using this..
    Fine 2c-3a Curls
    Normal porosity/ Medium density
    Henna over color-treated hair
    Not currently CG :(
    Poo: Pureology hydrate
    RO: Pureology hydrate
    LI: HSH Tri-wheat spray
    DT: Coconut oil
    PT: Henna/Cassia
    Styler: AG recoil/mousse-gel
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Registered Users Posts: 15,490 Curl Neophyte
    sixelamy wrote: »
    Yeah, I have no clue what ingredient it would even be. I was itchy pretty much all day. I'd love to figure it out.

    I hope you can figure it out. I never had a reaction to their shampoo's, conditioners, or the protein filled LI. I was not a huge fan of their products, other than the LI, for different reasons. They did not work well in the long run. I have had several reactions and know it is a huge pain to pin point the culprit. Every time you think you have it narrowed down; you realize you have used another product which contained that particular ingredient with no problem. I often wonder if it is the combination of particular products that triggers.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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  • sixelamysixelamy Registered Users Posts: 4,157 Curl Novice
    I used their 2Chic deep conditioner and now the Tea Tree Triple treat shampoo with no problems. I still wonder what was in that conditioner...
    2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
    :bunny:
    NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
    RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
    DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
    STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
    COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
    :thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
  • caramix3acaramix3a Registered Users Posts: 462 Curl Neophyte
    So sorry this happened to you! You were wise to go back to your other stuff. I tried the Smooth As Silk shampoo and conditioner a few years ago - the shampoo was nice but the conditioner was too light-weight for my hair and didn't really do much(I do color my hair so that would make a difference.)
  • wavydazewavydaze Registered Users Posts: 2,065 Curl Novice
    sixelamy wrote: »
    I know a lot of people like Giovanni Smooth as Silk, but I had a reaction to it, not sure what ingredient caused it. I applied it to soaking wet hair, and as it dripped, my collar bone area became itchy, then bright red splotchy. Also, when I was scrunching my hair, it seemed like my hair was repelling it, it was almost getting sudsy, like it didn't penetrate at all. I ended up washing it out and starting over with my regular products.

    I will be returning it and will never touch the stuff again!!

    I like this conditioner a lot and I obviously don't have any reactions to it. As far as allergies, anything can be the culprit. I really wonder what formulation you used, as I believe there may be a few floating around.

    FYI, if a conditioner is sudsy it usually signifies a higher percentage of cationic surfactants. It's not a bad thing.
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

    iherb discount code: CFN646
  • ChillyCurlsChillyCurls Registered Users Posts: 13
    I had been using the shampoo with some success, so I bought the conditioner. It is sudsy! I wonder what ingredients are causing it.
  • fefe912fefe912 Registered Users Posts: 570
    That sucks. I had this same experience with a few different conditioners and they all had the same fragrance so that's the only thing I could narrow it down to be. For that reason if I buy a new conditioner I have to smell it and if it smells like those conditioners I know it'll irritate my skin. It sucks because I actually liked the results these conditioners gave me but because of that issue I can't use them blahh!!
  • sixelamysixelamy Registered Users Posts: 4,157 Curl Novice
    I had been using the shampoo with some success, so I bought the conditioner. It is sudsy! I wonder what ingredients are causing it.

    I know... Isn't that the weirdest thing?
    fefe912 wrote: »
    That sucks. I had this same experience with a few different conditioners and they all had the same fragrance so that's the only thing I could narrow it down to be. For that reason if I buy a new conditioner I have to smell it and if it smells like those conditioners I know it'll irritate my skin. It sucks because I actually liked the results these conditioners gave me but because of that issue I can't use them blahh!!

    I was wondering if it wasn't the fragrance. Some fragrance tend to make me a little itchy.. This could be.
    2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
    :bunny:
    NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
    RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
    DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
    STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
    COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
    :thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
  • SortaRicanSortaRican Registered Users Posts: 310
    I was reading some old posts and was actually considering purchasing Giovanni Smooth as Silk. I'm looking for a new conditioner with good slip....I've never had a reaction to any of my products like that but now I'm a littler nervous.
    3b/3c
    Fine, Long, High Density, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

    Products
    CoWash: YTC Nourishing Conditioner/AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI: GDLI
    Styler: KCCC
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • sixelamysixelamy Registered Users Posts: 4,157 Curl Novice
    Just because I did doesn't mean you will. I have extremely sensitive skin. Deva products make me itch too, but those I can handle... this one was pretty bad.
    2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
    :bunny:
    NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
    RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
    DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
    STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
    COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
    :thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
  • SortaRicanSortaRican Registered Users Posts: 310
    sixelamy wrote: »
    Just because I did doesn't mean you will. I have extremely sensitive skin. Deva products make me itch too, but those I can handle... this one was pretty bad.

    I'm still going to give it a try....I will just proceed with caution, I tend to have sensitive skin. I'll be more aware if anything funky starts to happen. Before being introduced to SM I used Tresemme (for years), it had great slip and was amazing for detangling. I might go back to it.
    3b/3c
    Fine, Long, High Density, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

    Products
    CoWash: YTC Nourishing Conditioner/AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI: GDLI
    Styler: KCCC
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • CallyCally Registered Users Posts: 58
    sixelamy wrote: »
    Just because I did doesn't mean you will. I have extremely sensitive skin. Deva products make me itch too, but those I can handle... this one was pretty bad.


    Seems like we have similar issues.
    Fine 2c-3a Curls
    Normal porosity/ Medium density
    Henna over color-treated hair
    Not currently CG :(
    Poo: Pureology hydrate
    RO: Pureology hydrate
    LI: HSH Tri-wheat spray
    DT: Coconut oil
    PT: Henna/Cassia
    Styler: AG recoil/mousse-gel
  • sixelamysixelamy Registered Users Posts: 4,157 Curl Novice
    Cally wrote: »
    sixelamy wrote: »
    Just because I did doesn't mean you will. I have extremely sensitive skin. Deva products make me itch too, but those I can handle... this one was pretty bad.


    Seems like we have similar issues.

    Stinks, doesn't it!? I'd rather bond over being awesome or something. lol ;)
    2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
    :bunny:
    NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
    RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
    DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
    STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
    COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
    :thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
  • CallyCally Registered Users Posts: 58
    sixelamy wrote: »
    Cally wrote: »
    sixelamy wrote: »
    Just because I did doesn't mean you will. I have extremely sensitive skin. Deva products make me itch too, but those I can handle... this one was pretty bad.


    Seems like we have similar issues.

    Stinks, doesn't it!? I'd rather bond over being awesome or something. lol ;)
    Yes I wish. However I am giving these another try. I found the leave-in and gel that I want to test out. I love the ingredient list, all natural makes me want to give it another shot.
    Fine 2c-3a Curls
    Normal porosity/ Medium density
    Henna over color-treated hair
    Not currently CG :(
    Poo: Pureology hydrate
    RO: Pureology hydrate
    LI: HSH Tri-wheat spray
    DT: Coconut oil
    PT: Henna/Cassia
    Styler: AG recoil/mousse-gel
  • SortaRicanSortaRican Registered Users Posts: 310
    I finally made it to my Target and of course they had none in stock or I couldn't find it and didn't have time to ask someone. I was really looking forward to trying it out this weekend...I'll probably just end up ordering it online.
    Does Ulta carry it?
    3b/3c
    Fine, Long, High Density, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

    Products
    CoWash: YTC Nourishing Conditioner/AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI: GDLI
    Styler: KCCC
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • sixelamysixelamy Registered Users Posts: 4,157 Curl Novice
    Ulta doesn't list the Smooth as Silk on their website.. looks like they only carry the 2Chic line.
    2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
    :bunny:
    NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
    RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
    DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
    STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
    COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
    :thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
  • SortaRicanSortaRican Registered Users Posts: 310
    Well I went back to my Target and this time I asked someone for help and they had none in stock. Fortunately I know where it is located now and can check back periodically.

    My next question is about the Direct Leave In Conditioner. Have any of you tried it? Since I can't seem to get my hands on Smooth as Silk I was considering trying the Direct Leave In.
    3b/3c
    Fine, Long, High Density, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

    Products
    CoWash: YTC Nourishing Conditioner/AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI: GDLI
    Styler: KCCC
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • wavydazewavydaze Registered Users Posts: 2,065 Curl Novice
    Giovanni has A LOT of trial/travel sizes of many of their products at Whole Foods... if you have one in your area I would recommend going there.
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

    iherb discount code: CFN646
  • SortaRicanSortaRican Registered Users Posts: 310
    wavydaze wrote: »
    Giovanni has A LOT of trial/travel sizes of many of their products at Whole Foods... if you have one in your area I would recommend going there.

    I don't have one nearby :(. But I was talking about the Giovanni Smooth as Silk and Direct Leave In with my sister-in-law this past weekend and it turns out she uses the leave in and loves it. Of course her curl pattern/hair texture and I'm sure her properties are different from mine. I was just going to pick up a bottle to try it out any way but she was kind enough to get me some yesterday. I used it this morning and I think I really like it. I can't wait to try the Smooth as Silk too (as soon as I get it).
    3b/3c
    Fine, Long, High Density, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

    Products
    CoWash: YTC Nourishing Conditioner/AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI: GDLI
    Styler: KCCC
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • wavydazewavydaze Registered Users Posts: 2,065 Curl Novice
    G SaS is pretty protein-packed, which is not for everyone, but my hair usually likes a lot of protein! If you end up trying it and feel that it's too much, just alternate it with your TN, or you could probably even mix it with your TN. :)
    2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

    Currently using:
    Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
    RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
    PT: CJ Repair Me

    :thumright: hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
    :angry8: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
    Neutral on cones.

    iherb discount code: CFN646
  • SortaRicanSortaRican Registered Users Posts: 310
    Thanks for the suggestion, I will remember that when I do finally get it and use it. My LCLF hair analysis said I could use more protein due to my hair being fine so maybe the extra protein will do me some good.

    Day 2 of using GDLI and I'm still loving it!
    3b/3c
    Fine, Long, High Density, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity

    Products
    CoWash: YTC Nourishing Conditioner/AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI: GDLI
    Styler: KCCC
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • NvmbrCurlssNvmbrCurlss Registered Users Posts: 732 Curl Neophyte
    I always see the big bottles at Marshalls/TJ Maxx?
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]3B, Fine, Normal P, Normal E, Low-Med D
    LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
    NoP: As I Am CC
    RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
    LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)


    "To much is given, much is expected"
  • NamelessElegyNamelessElegy Registered Users Posts: 40
    Sorry to be bumping this so long after it was posted but I was just going to say that as far as the allergy to something in SaS goes, if you have grass allergies at all it may be the lemongrass. My mother has mild grass allergies and is very allergic to lemongrass.

    Also, does anyone know if you can use SaS as a leave-in?

    And to whoever was looking for SaS, I just found it as Marshal's this morning for $13 for a large bottle. If you have one nearby you may want to check there.
    2a/3a (I think?), very fine, medium density, low porosity. Protein craving.
    Low poo: Nature's Gate Biotin Strengthening Shampoo and L'Oreal's EverSleek Reparative Smoothing Shampoo (Occasionally)
    Rinse out/Leave in: TRESemmé Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
    Stylers: EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System™ Humidity Defying Leave-In Crème (Occasionally), Fructis Style
    Curl Scrunch Gel
  • BluebloodBlueblood Registered Users Posts: 1,748 Curl Neophyte
    There is a vlogger who uses it as a leave-in so I would try it and see if it works.

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