August Hits & Misses

adthomasadthomas Curl NeophytePosts: 5,525Registered Users Curl Neophyte
It is hot as heck outside. What is helping your curls stay healthy and beautiful and what is falling short?

Miss - Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter
Not moisturizing. tried it twice and no go. I think this may be a better winter product when I use lots of heave conditioner so this can seal. Also I think this has honey. Honey is great in my hair but not left in.

Miss SM balancing conditioner. Does nothing for my hair. Says it can be a li but that was a disaster. I'm using it now as a skin lotion since for execema and all and works well..cleared a problem spot.
Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:

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  • SweetRellieSweetRellie Curl Neophyte Posts: 468Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Nothing but hits so far:
    Naptural85's 25 minute detangling process: Didn't have any coconut oil so I melted shea butter instead and got awesome results in only 15 minutes!

    Aloe Vera Juice: (don't judge me for this one Lol) Finally purchased some AVJ and didn't think twice about it being the berry-flavored one. Used it anyway, hair felt soft and fluffy and smelled great too. Next time, I'll definitely buy the right bottle though Lol.

    Suave Professionals Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner: Omg love this!! Used as a cowash, dc, and leave-in styler for the Tightly Curly method. Results were great. Think I may have to drop my overly priced Curls Unleashed products.

    Tightly Curly Method: Was so skeptical about using only using conditioner versus gel but I'm pleased with the results so far.

    Africa's Best Herbal Oil: Smells like baby oil and my hair is finally shiny.

    SM Curling Souffle: Finally found a use for this! Mixed in a spray bottle with water, it made for a great curl refresher for my wng.
    Thick, highly porous but protein sensitive 4a hair
    Modified Curly Girl Method

    Current Staples
    Cowash/Rinse-Out: Not Your Mother’s Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Conditioner
    Shampoo: NYM Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower Shampoo
    DC: Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea & Cupuacu, Fruit Fusion, Superfruit Complex or Manuka Honey lines
    Leave-In: Maui Moisture's Curl Milk or Shea Butter Hair Mask
    Stylers/Creams: Maui Moisture's Curl Smoothie or Camille Rose Naturals’ Sweet Buttercream (kids line)
    Sealants: Maui Moisture's Coconut Milk Weightless Oil Mist
    Scalp Treatment: Alikay Naturals Hair & Scalp Balm; Essential 17 Growth Oil
  • ldymrmldeldymrmlde Posts: 24Registered Users
    I have to cosign on Naptural85's 25 minute cowash. I was skeptical at first but the end result was good.

    Design Essentials Natural Honey CurlForming Custard is a win for me. I've been using it for two months and my hair loves it. I like how it makes my curls shiny and moisturized.
  • pinkpostitheartpinkpostitheart Curl Neophyte Posts: 112Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Miss - MHM (Maximum Hydration Method).
    I thought I would give this a try to help along the clumping that usually takes a lot of product and water to achieve only to evaporate come 2 hours. Well, this actually made my hair drier, unfortunately. I know it's geared at Low Porosity people, but I thought I'd still give it a whirl for fun (my hair already dries pretty quickly if left free). The ACV and Baking Soda rinses really irritated my scalp and by the final leave-in conditioner step, my hair was begging for respite. My scalp was tingling/burning like I'd had salt on an open wound randomly last week. My hair also was drying within 20-30 minutes from getting out of the shower. My roots actually became kinkier coils (diameter of coil shrank) than they are naturally, so I'm never gonna rock a MHM wash-n-go, just my usual WnG fro.

    Hit - Naturalicious Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment.
    It was very, very expensive, but I sucked it up and ordered it. I am very pleased with the results, even though it demonstrably doesn't smell like "chocolate." It smells like...clay. In any case, I was able to wash out loads of product so easily (we're talking AIA CocoShea Whip + KCCC + SM CGS + SM Mist + Coconut Oil)! I left it on for about 5-8 minutes while I threw some stuff on in the kitchen, I rinsed it out and detangled in the shower with it.
    I didn't apply any leave-in after, just 2 stylers: SM CGS + 3 Sisters Curling Gelo. Hair has hold. May try spritzing with aloe vera juice before stylers next time though because it's getting crunchy/dry by hour 10.

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    Last Relaxer: 12/24/2012
    Weekly Products I'm Using:
    Pantene Relaxed & Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner
    Blue Magic Hairdress
    Grapeseed Oil
    my hair is normal-ish porosity / dense / fine+medium strands
  • adthomasadthomas Curl Neophyte Posts: 5,525Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Hit - making a green tea spritz. love it. I did log method with it.

    I wasn't sure I wanted to try this then I remembered the first moisturizer I had any success with as a natural was Roots Of Nature Green Tea Shea Butter. It's moisture was how I realized my hair was curly.
    Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:
  • SistapopdemcurlSistapopdemcurl Posts: 225Registered Users
    Hit: I just started oil rinsing my hair. This is very good for people who suffer with very dry hair. I used avocado, coconut, olive, and grape seed oil. Excellent blend of oils. Oil rinising is a vital step in my regiment.

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  • SistapopdemcurlSistapopdemcurl Posts: 225Registered Users
    Miss: She scent it marula hemp cream. It does not give the moisture that I need for my hair. Can anyone if suggestions on a good moisturizer?

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  • ChaklatChaklat Posts: 89Registered Users
    Hit: Wet Line Xtreme gel- never wore a wash and go. Since '09, I've tried with creams, conditioner, gels, activator, custard, techniques, methods, etc. This is the one thing that has worked.

    Continued Hit: Naptural 85 Cowash regimen. Works perfectly.

    Miss: Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Leave In, just can't make it work for me. Tried different ways, and methods. Ended up giving it away.

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  • ParatyParaty Posts: 394Registered Users
    Chaklat wrote: »
    Hit: Wet Line Xtreme gel- never wore a wash and go. Since '09, I've tried with creams, conditioner, gels, activator, custard, techniques, methods, etc. This is the one thing that has worked.

    Continued Hit: Naptural 85 Cowash regimen. Works perfectly.

    Miss: Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Leave In, just can't make it work for me. Tried different ways, and methods. Ended up giving it away.

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    Yep, Xtreme Wet Line gel is simply amazing. I have been using it for a few years but revisited this Summer. It changed my hair life! It works well for me in the humidity of summer and in the dead of dry winter.
    Hair • Wellness • Style Blog

    Routine: Cleanse Kenra Clarifying, Deep Co with Matrix Biolage Balm + oil (EVOO, avocado, KCPP or Wild Growth oil),:glasses1:Style with Matrix Biolage Balm + KCPP; or Aloe water + KCPP + KCCC; or CR Almond Jai + styler (KCCC, KCPP or Treluxe Hi Def gel); or Treluxe combo (Treluxe UK leave-in, KCPP, Treluxe Hi Def gel); or Eco gel alone (Argan or Olive). Avoiding Buildup with low glycerin, coconut, shea, honey, non-keratin protein.
  • ParatyParaty Posts: 394Registered Users
    Hits:
    Andre Walker Beautiful Kinks Creme Gelee :king:

    I raved about this some months ago, then put it away to play around in summer gels. Re-visiting this it still rocks and it actually works the same in all seasons. My hair is smooth, shiny and well defined. No webby frizz and my definition lasts until I wash my hair. It also reactivates very well with just water or water/leave-in. This is a definite staple and has replaced most of my hair lotions/creams/stylers.

    Trader Joe's Nourish Spa (old formula)

    I have been using it more this summer to both condition my hair and co-wash since I am wetting more often. I love how it is creamy, foams nicely, hydrates and mildly cleanses. Too bad they changed the formula to include dimethicone. I need a replacement.

    Pre-liminary Hit:
    My Honey Child Organic Styling Creme
    I was looking for something comparable to the Andre Walker since my hair likes that ingredient sequence (water first, butter second, oils third, fatty alcohols fourth). I used this over a leave-in and MHC Sophia's grease and so far so good. Shine, softness, definition; a little greasy so I will see if using less makes a difference.

    Miss:
    Aloe Vera Juice/Gel in products including Kinky-Curly Custard, Curl Junkie Rehab conditioner, Camille Rose Aloe Butter + Curl Love Milk and Oyin Handmade Hair Dew. Aloe Vera never dries in the summer apparently. These products have been leaving my hair frizzy, coated, crunchy and dried out lately.

    Gel of any kind-
    *Other than re-visiting the X-Treme Wetline Gel lately, Gel has been drying for my hair this summer; leaving it dull. I tried different types including organic and drugstore brands. I only now remembered that my hair prefers minimal product in humid weather. My hair has been noticeably more moisturized with just leave-ins and cream stylers. I will return to gel in Winter.
    Hair • Wellness • Style Blog

    Routine: Cleanse Kenra Clarifying, Deep Co with Matrix Biolage Balm + oil (EVOO, avocado, KCPP or Wild Growth oil),:glasses1:Style with Matrix Biolage Balm + KCPP; or Aloe water + KCPP + KCCC; or CR Almond Jai + styler (KCCC, KCPP or Treluxe Hi Def gel); or Treluxe combo (Treluxe UK leave-in, KCPP, Treluxe Hi Def gel); or Eco gel alone (Argan or Olive). Avoiding Buildup with low glycerin, coconut, shea, honey, non-keratin protein.
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Curl Neophyte Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Really enjoying Faith in Nature's chocolate conditioner. Is a little watery, but it seems to be really enhancing my curls and helping me to achieve second/third day hair!
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • artemis513artemis513 Curl Neophyte Posts: 666Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Miss: Curl Junkie Pattern Pusha
    I should know better as I have had this for a long time and it has only not flaked ONCE hahaha. But I am a hard-headed gel addict and it's sitting in my closet laughing at me. I am determined to figure this stuff out. I'm thinking with no LI whatsoever is the key...

    Hit: Going back to old faves
    PM Supercharged. All the luscious hydration of CJ Rehab without the shea butter. Perfect for me in the summer if I feel I need just a bit of moisture boost.

    Kenra MC: Ulta had their liter sale so I picked up another bottle of this. Must have on hand at all times

    PM The Conditioner: See above re: Ulta liter sale :)

    TIGI Moisture Maniac: um why is this still available years after being "discontinued"? Nevermind. I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth. I have no tangles at the moment despite being thoroughly due for a trim. 3 big bottles on deck.

    Shower Mirror: Thanks to Naptural85's recent vids I decided to pick one up. While I still style my hair out of the shower, detangling time in the shower somehow seems much more productive with this on my wall :toothy8:

    New to me, semi-hit: AIA Curling Jelly. I didn't expect to like this but then I remembered that it's made by the same chemist that formulates Keracare. So I tried it and it's much better than the Keracare version. Might be my go-to when I want to take a break from Eco styler. Still testing though.
    4a/3c, fine strands, low porosity, medium density
    Last relaxer: Jan 2010 - BC'd: 2/27/11
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  • pinkpostitheartpinkpostitheart Curl Neophyte Posts: 112Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Semi-Miss: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner

    I washed my hair with AIA Coconut Cowash and Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner.

    While wet, I used the LOC method (Water - Grapeseed Oil - SM JBCO Leave-In Conditioner).

    Pros: Detangling/Slip properties are GREAT, softness while wet was unbelievable, smells amazingly like, as my partner put it, "Christmas". I can layer it w/ Curling Gel Soufflé and KCCC for moisture and hold w/o residue or fragrance-note competition.

    Cons: That I have to layer it w/ another moisturizer in the first place. Hair dries HARD, does not feel moisturized...in the middle of the night, I suddenly smelled...playdough? Dubiously long ingredients that should've raised by spidey senses because they are proteins and/or things that don't have layman's terms in parantheses (like my Curling Gel Soufflé does), the fact that I still am about to do the BOGO sale to try the SM JBCO Styling Lotion *smh*:happy6:

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    Last Relaxer: 12/24/2012
    Weekly Products I'm Using:
    Pantene Relaxed & Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner
    Blue Magic Hairdress
    Grapeseed Oil
    my hair is normal-ish porosity / dense / fine+medium strands
  • adthomasadthomas Curl Neophyte Posts: 5,525Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I love JBCO but I am determined to pass on the new SM line even if a BOGO temps me. As long as they are in love with coconut oil it's going to be hard for me to get consistently good results.
    Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:
  • WonderWallWonderWall Posts: 19Registered Users
    my hit - shea moisture smoothie leave in
    my miss - this thick protein deep conditioner
    Pre-Poo: Aleo/acv + oil
    Shampoo: Shampoo bar
    Conditiner: A Mix of things
    Leave-in: thick leave in/ butter
    Refresh: light leave in /water/oil
  • pinkpostitheartpinkpostitheart Curl Neophyte Posts: 112Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    UPDATE:

    Semi-HIT (previously semi-MISS): Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner

    What originally had a beautiful fragrance of peppermint and vanilla spice has definitely developed into a funky old plastic playdough smell. I shall persevere, though! I'll figure out how to doctor this up, because I LOVE how my hair feels and looks!

    I've also discovered that, for me at least, LOC does NOT equal LCO.

    With LCO method,
    L = water
    C = SM JBCO Leave-In
    O = Coconut Oil + Castor Oil

    My hair was re-donk-u-lous-ly soft. It's like it just untangled itself when I finally took down the remaining mini-twists I'd left randomly in my fro.
    Shed hairs literally just "came away" when I raked my fingers through my hair w/ a spritz of water.

    I've washed my hair today with Aphogee Moisture Shampoo (layover from relaxed days) + Naturalicious Moroccan 5-in-1 Clay Treatment, and my hair is still clumping and coiling up uniformly. I am literally *shocked* at the longterm benefits of SM JBCO LI and Coconut Oil + Castor Oil.

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    Last Relaxer: 12/24/2012
    Weekly Products I'm Using:
    Pantene Relaxed & Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner
    Blue Magic Hairdress
    Grapeseed Oil
    my hair is normal-ish porosity / dense / fine+medium strands

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