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Addicted to products?????

OK...I think I really am starting to have an addiction or something...and not YET to actual styling stuff (gels, etc)..but conditioners.

I started with Creme of Nature and for something being OTC, I thought it was pretty thick and awesome. But then...I thought it was "too much" for my hair and weighed it down....so I went for VO5 Tea something or other. Hey....for 99cents, I can do that ESP being CG friendly. But yikes...that stuff is like WATER!!! However, it did my hair just fine..just have to use more of that than the CON.

Well...ok...so I was content at the moment, right?? Yep....but I had to do some shopping today and BACK down the stinkin' conditioner/poo aisle I went.

WHY!!!!!! I don't KNOWWWWW why. Just compulsive. I dont' need any. I've got CON left...the VO5...plenty! But I STILL found myself reading the backs of these stupid bottles. STUPID!

And I did it. I bought another conditioner. UGHHHHH. Nature's Gate. I thought I read someone on here that uses it so it did caught my eye...and caught the $7 extra in my pocket. GRRR.

Is it just me or is there anyone that really isn't 'content' even though they think they are???? LOL!

Comments

  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users
    Teehee.... repeat after me: Hi, I'm carrie640, and I am a PJ. :D

    The good news: it will get better once you find products that work for you. The bad news: it will probably get worse before it gets better. I think all of us on this site went through this at one point. :)
    *Poster formerly known as Bailey422*

    Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. ~ George Carlin
  • wild_sasparillawild_sasparilla Posts: 4,306Registered Users
    Bailey422 wrote:
    Teehee.... repeat after me: Hi, I'm carrie640, and I am a PJ. :D

    The good news: it will get better once you find products that work for you. The bad news: it will probably get worse before it gets better. I think all of us on this site went through this at one point. :)

    You mean it ends??!! :shock: :lol:
    OMG, LOOK!!

    ...It's a siggie. :shock:
  • curlybricurlybri Posts: 16Registered Users
    Yesssssss we are in exactly the same bpoat. I buy at least 2 bottles of condish a week, almost religiously. And I get way too excited @ the idea of going to the drugstore (don't even think the words wal-mart or target!)

    But hey, we could be addicted to worse things!
  • echokittenechokitten Posts: 1,751Registered Users
    I have been a PJ since I was a teen (I am now 34) and I do not see any end in sight. CG just gave my junky a new direction... :lol: . BUT I am glad because although I have been a label reader forever, I never thought that any of the crap I put on my hair was the reason it was so CRAPPY. Go figure. Now that I am aware of the ingredients in prods and know the effect they produce, I can steer clear of the undesired prods thus making my PJ more selective. So I still try new prods, however I spend more wisely...IN THEORY.....I am still relatively new to CG and I have a backstock of condish and assorted preferred styling prods, I do this on a Big Lots budget. To give you an idea...I just bought 2 White Rain Sunflower Essense Condish for $.33 ea. I bought my Nature's Gate stock there also...for $1.5ea. Etc etc...
    But to answer the original question.....Hello, my name is Echokitten and I am a PJ...... :lol: :lol: :lol: it never ends.
    Cincinnati Ohio>>>Coarse protein sensitive 3a, Jessicurl WDT as a leave in, Biotera gel, White Boots, PW= coffeecurls

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  • sfisher323sfisher323 Posts: 537Registered Users
    Bailey422 wrote:
    Teehee.... repeat after me: Hi, I'm carrie640, and I am a PJ. :D

    The good news: it will get better once you find products that work for you. The bad news: it will probably get worse before it gets better. I think all of us on this site went through this at one point. :)

    You mean it ends??!! :shock: :lol:

    :shock: :shock:

    It does?!

    :lol:
    embracing my inner curl since late Nov 2006
    2b/3a (I think?)
    color-treated red/brown, medium-textured hair
    PJ, currently using Suave citrus smoothie, B2B pom cond, GF C&S leave-in, AG re:coil, LOOB, HE SMU, Jessicurl HCC, CC, AIS
  • medusahairmedusahair Posts: 3,515Registered Users
    It settles for a while, at least for me but then I got addicted to bpal and that's another story altogether :roll:

    When my hair looks bad I scramble for products like crazy and when it looks good I just keep using what I have that I know works. So every change of season I buy more things.

    This change of season I had to get a shampoo and three different gels. Ah well at least I have a conditioner that works.

    Those Nature's gates are pretty good, that I've tried so far anyway.
    2c/3a?
    Low porosity, medium texture.
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  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users
    sfisher323 wrote:
    Bailey422 wrote:
    Teehee.... repeat after me: Hi, I'm carrie640, and I am a PJ. :D

    The good news: it will get better once you find products that work for you. The bad news: it will probably get worse before it gets better. I think all of us on this site went through this at one point. :)

    You mean it ends??!! :shock: :lol:

    :shock: :shock:

    It does?!

    :lol:

    OK, well mine settled down anyway. I used to be completely unable to make a trip to target or walmart without buying a hair product. I mean it... EVERY trip. Now I can make it out safely about 95% of the time. :D
    *Poster formerly known as Bailey422*

    Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. ~ George Carlin
  • tooj68tooj68 Posts: 471Registered Users
    OMG--I hear you!!

    Just today, as I was adding at least 5 new products I purchased this week (which I've never even tried before!) from the swap boards, I looked inside the bathroom closet and thought...this shelf is gonna break...

    I'm not kidding!

    :oops:

    So it ends???

    I agree that the PJ goes through phases. My PJ may have lay dormant for awhile, but now it's back--stronger than before!! :twisted: :twisted:
    3B, with oodles and oodles of curly hair! :toothy7:
    Summer Faves: Devacare NoPoo & OneC, CF High Humidity Gel.
    2nd day hair: Deva Set Me Up pomade & Mr. Right
    DT: Devacurl Heaven in Hair
    Been CG since 2005 and never looked back!
  • Curly Girl FlaCurly Girl Fla Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    I don't think PJism ever actually ends per se, but I agree that it does die down at times-for me it cycles. Now that I sort of know what I need, want, should have, I settle down for awhile. Then I get bored, and I read about all of the fabulous results others are getting with these new, exciting products, I just have to get me some of that. You cheat on the reliable ones that stood beside you long term and also on the ones that just gave you that one night of fabulous hair that you'll never forget, but you practically had to beg for it to happen again....and then, after the deed is done, well, you just feel guilty and end up going back, but who knows if the relationship with the tried and true will ever be the same.....what was this thread about again?
  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users
    You cheat on the reliable ones that stood beside you long term and also on the ones that just gave you that one night of fabulous hair that you'll never forget, but you practically had to beg for it to happen again....and then, after the deed is done, well, you just feel guilty and end up going back, but who knows if the relationship with the tried and true will ever be the same.....what was this thread about again?

    Are you sure you're still talking about hair products? :shock:





    :lol:
    *Poster formerly known as Bailey422*

    Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. ~ George Carlin
  • sfisher323sfisher323 Posts: 537Registered Users
    I don't think PJism ever actually ends per se, but I agree that it does die down at times-for me it cycles. Now that I sort of know what I need, want, should have, I settle down for awhile. Then I get bored, and I read about all of the fabulous results others are getting with these new, exciting products, I just have to get me some of that. You cheat on the reliable ones that stood beside you long term and also on the ones that just gave you that one night of fabulous hair that you'll never forget, but you practically had to beg for it to happen again....and then, after the deed is done, well, you just feel guilty and end up going back, but who knows if the relationship with the tried and true will ever be the same.....what was this thread about again?

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    CGF, if you were here, I'd hug you. :P
    embracing my inner curl since late Nov 2006
    2b/3a (I think?)
    color-treated red/brown, medium-textured hair
    PJ, currently using Suave citrus smoothie, B2B pom cond, GF C&S leave-in, AG re:coil, LOOB, HE SMU, Jessicurl HCC, CC, AIS
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    It'll never end for me with rinse-out conditioners because it's fun to try new ones. There are so many "old" ones I haven't tried, new ones always coming out & so little time! :lol:
  • carrie640carrie640 Posts: 216Registered Users
    Bailey422 wrote:
    sfisher323 wrote:
    Bailey422 wrote:
    Teehee.... repeat after me: Hi, I'm carrie640, and I am a PJ. :D

    The good news: it will get better once you find products that work for you. The bad news: it will probably get worse before it gets better. I think all of us on this site went through this at one point. :)

    You mean it ends??!! :shock: :lol:

    :shock: :shock:

    It does?!

    :lol:

    OK, well mine settled down anyway. I used to be completely unable to make a trip to target or walmart without buying a hair product. I mean it... EVERY trip. Now I can make it out safely about 95% of the time. :D


    OHHH QUIT!! You guys are KILLING me!! LOL!
  • carrie640carrie640 Posts: 216Registered Users
    Bailey422 wrote:
    You cheat on the reliable ones that stood beside you long term and also on the ones that just gave you that one night of fabulous hair that you'll never forget, but you practically had to beg for it to happen again....and then, after the deed is done, well, you just feel guilty and end up going back, but who knows if the relationship with the tried and true will ever be the same.....what was this thread about again?

    Are you sure you're still talking about hair products? :shock:





    :lol:

    HA! My thoughts EXACTLY!!!!
  • EireEire Posts: 72Registered Users
    :lol: You guys are hilarious! But, I digress...My name is Eire, and I am a PJ. :D
    3A- Current products: EMBS, B2B Pom, Pink Boots
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    Welcome to the world of the PJ. I found a perfect conditioner for my hair and I an longer need or want to buy other conditioners. I still look at them though. Went through the same thing with stylers; and leave-ins and deep treatments (I think I'm still on that one). Now I'm on a quest to find the perfect oils. Bought some murumuru butter off eBay and tamanu oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. Gnashed my teeth in frustration when tucumu butter was sold out at New Directions Aromatics.
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  • carrie640carrie640 Posts: 216Registered Users
    lol @ Suburbanbushbabe.....!! LOVEEEE your product cart picture in your Fotki!!! THAT is freakin' hilarious!!!!

    OK...so maybe I am NOT a junkie!! LOL! I sooo don't have anything that looks like that!!! LOLLLLLL!!!!!!
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    carrie640 wrote:
    lol @ Suburbanbushbabe.....!! LOVEEEE your product cart picture in your Fotki!!! THAT is freakin' hilarious!!!!

    OK...so maybe I am NOT a junkie!! LOL! I sooo don't have anything that looks like that!!! LOLLLLLL!!!!!!

    Curiosity got the best of me so I had to look. :shock: :lol:
  • CurlyMom73CurlyMom73 Posts: 123Registered Users
    I'm finally heading out the tunnel of my long PJ existence. Took me a while to find products that worked for me. You don't even want to know how much stuff I have in various spots that need to be used up for either just co washes or shaving..LOL

    My prob was finding a condish that was moisturizing enough for my hair on a consistant basis. Factor in all the changes companies have made in their product lines..well..let's just say it didn't help. :lol: Not to mention the fact I wanted to find more than one working combo just in case my ole reliables disappear off of the shelves.

    Anyway, I use to be the one who walked down the hair aisle and scoped out every bottle of gel and condish there was. It passes with time. :wink:
    Corkicelli Now! YAY! Now all I have to do is update my avy pic. :)

    "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."- Albert Einstein
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    carrie640 wrote:
    lol @ Suburbanbushbabe.....!! LOVEEEE your product cart picture in your Fotki!!! THAT is freakin' hilarious!!!!

    OK...so maybe I am NOT a junkie!! LOL! I sooo don't have anything that looks like that!!! LOLLLLLL!!!!!!

    There's still time :twisted: :lol:
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    My FOTKI - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwhatsnew.fotki.com%2Fsuburbanbushbabe%2F" class="Popup
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    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • msgibletmsgiblet Posts: 5,825Registered Users
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Hi, I'm msgiblet and I am a Product Junkie! Nice to meet you, carrie640.

    I'm still in the "it'll get worse" before it gets better phase and it's been a year! :D Pretty soon I'll own every product there is and it will end only because there's nothing left for me to buy. :roll:
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  • hockeymomof3hockeymomof3 Posts: 2,159Registered Users
    *raises hand* me too!! I'm on a constant quest to find *the* product...or products...when I hear of something new, I just gotta have it! ;)
    3b/a
    Cowash - No Poo
    Conditioner - One Condition
    Gel - Light Defining Gel

    Looking to try Devacurl Decadence line next! Can't wait to try it.
  • cara4curlscara4curls Posts: 336Registered Users
    "Those Nature's gates are pretty good, that I've tried so far anyway." - medusahair

    Which Nature's Gate products do you like? As in shampoos and conditioners. There are so many, I don't know which ones would be appropriate for my 2C/3A color-treated hair! Need suggestions!
    health-conscious, visionary artist in transition
  • meriellynmeriellyn Posts: 1,135Registered Users
    I'm still a PJ but I think I'm a more discriminating one now.
    All through my teen years I felt compelled to try absolutely every new thing I could find in hoes of coming up with better and better products. Of course then I was just going by the claims on the bottle, not the actual ingredients so it was very very hit or miss. Mostly miss.
    Once discovering CG, I had to go through the process of finding what works for me. And of course, when you're settling into CG (or mod-CG, really) that changes a lot over time. At first I needed moisture out the yin yang, then my hair thinned and I needed volume but still moisture, then something else would stop working and I'd hafta try again. Nothing was ever completely right yet though.
    Once my hair has gotten into much more stable condition, I've been a little better. I basicly got off the whole thing for about a year because I was pretty unconcerned with my hair, considering other things I had going on. I was still struggling with a change in water and environment from a move but just didn't have the time or money to give it too much attention.
    So finally this year, I went on a spree again for a couple months, snatching up whatever I could that I thought would work. Fortunately not that I'm able to make more informed choices about what I can really hope for when products and turn down ones that I know won't work for me, no matter how new and spiffy they are, I'm much happier with my purchases, even if they're not perfect HGs. So through trial and error I've found some products that really work well for me at this point and I'm trying to mostly stick to it. I've never been one to buy the same thing twice but now I have a few things I really love and buy repeatedly.
    Of course, I still have the itch somethin' fierce and if I had more money to throw around, I'd be all over a few other things I'm coveting.
    But I'm trying hard to remember that while I have something that really works I should stick to it until it starts to fail me and I need something different. Much easier said than done. No matter how good something is, you still end up hoping this other thing you wanna try might be even better. :P
    Luckily I don't live close to a Whole Foods or an Ulta because those places are PJ heaven for me!
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  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users
    Yeah, it doesn't matter if you're using the perfect product, you still HAVE to try something new just in case it might work BETTER!

    I go through cycles as well. Sometimes I'll be constantly buying things, and then I'll feel remorse for how much stuff is in my shower, or cabinet, and I'll vow not to buy anything new until the stuff I'm using is gone.

    For instance, right now I have a liter of [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Jessicurl-Too-Shea-Extra-Moisturizing-Conditioner-p-105.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=jessicurl-too-shea-extra-moisturizing-conditioner]Too Shea[/buylink]!, a bottle of GF Length and Strength, and V05 Balsam and Protein conditioners in my shower. Which actually isn't SO bad, but I refuse to buy any more until at least 2 of those are empty.

    I won't even go into hair products. Those are a different story b/c you can actually buy stuff that doesn't work for you, and you hate. Conditioners you can sometimes work w/ - products, if they suck, they suck, and they end up cluttering up your cabinet forever.
    ~ the artist formerly known as babywavy ~

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  • meriellynmeriellyn Posts: 1,135Registered Users
    I'm terrible at using up stuff that's not working as well as something else I've found so I get around that by giving most of my no-gos to my mom. :oops: But she has different hair and different tasted so it works out well, really. Plus she won't buy the stuff for herself so she has to get her products somehow. At least that's what I tell myself. ;)
    2/f/i, waist length w/ long layers

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  • embudiniembudini Posts: 580Registered Users
    I am a semi-PJ as I get a steady product income of $25 of products per month for being the tween scene columnist on curly kids. Haha! (J/K)
    PW: ihaveafotki :toothy2:
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