How do you know if a product is working or not?

YeayeahYeayeah Posts: 100Registered Users Curl Novice
How do you guys tell if a product works or not? I put in a curling enchancing cream in my hair and the white stuff will not rub out and it just ends up making my hair look nappy and my curls messed up. Same thing with the curing custard from cantu it's clear but it messes up my hair. I even use a little bit and it still leaves the white stuff and manages to mess up my hair. Am I applying it wrong or it doesn't work? I have 3c/4a hair


  • CatitudeBooCatitudeBoo Posts: 590Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    if the hair looks/feels good to you and is healthy, then yeah, I'd say the product is working. Cantu didn't work well for my hair either. the leave-in left little white balls and a couple of their other products left my hair waxy. I stopped using it. Natural hair maintenance is largely trial and error. I've only recently found what worked for my hair and gave good results consistently. I'm also coming up on Year 3 of my CG journey.
    CG since Dec. 2013  B)
    3b/c ~ fine ~ high porosity ~ low density
    No-Poo: SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Shampoo 
    RO: Tresemme Botanique Nourish & Replenish Conditioner 
    Stylers: Tresemme Flawless Curls Mousse & Extra Hold Hairspray 

  • curlyamarylliscurlyamaryllis Posts: 338Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Well, if you don't like the way your hair looks, something isn't working. (What you like and what somebody else likes might be different, that part is up to you.)

    Personally, I'll try a few things before I totally give up.

    1. Using less or more. If I use too much KCCC, my hair looks greasy and stringy. If I use the right amount, I love the curl and bounce I get.

    2. Using it in different conditions- maybe it's a great product for medium humidity, but terrible in high humidity or vice versa.

    3. Testing before I combine products. Before you put a styler over a leave in, try mixing them on the back of your hand. If they form white balls when mixed, or won't mix at all, they won't work together in your hair, either.

    I really wasn't into LALSG the first time I used it, now I love it for really humid days. I don't like it much for lower humidity, but for high humidity, it's great for me. So you may want to play around with this product under different conditions.
    CG since May 1, 2016
    3a, fine, thin, normal porosity, no dye, greying naturally
    Devacurl Weightless Waves Low Poo & Conditioner, B'Leave-in and Ultra Defining Gel
    Curl Junkie Spiral Lotion in low humidity
    Ouidad Advanced Heat & Humidity Gel mixed with UDG for high humidity
    at home gelatin PT
    Hask Argan Oil Deep Conditioner
  • Mary Beth.CoMary Beth.Co Posts: 17Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Unfortunately YeaYeah it comes down to just experimenting. I would recommend becoming very familiar with how individual ingredients affect the hair and then you can label read before purchasing. Finding a hair twin also helps and see what they use. Best of luck - its a journey for sure!
    Type 3a, fine, highly porous (though much better after quitting the chemical dyes) 70% gray dying with henna/indigo/black walnut professionally every 4 weeks

    Modified CG:
    Shampoo - Indigo Hair and Scalp Cleansing Cream
    Rinse Out - Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner
    Deep tx - try weekly but get lazy - Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
    Gels - Jessicurl Spiralicious, MGA Sculpting Gel, Matrix Total Results Curl Super Defrizzer Gel

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