Lets all try this

1Joy1Joy Posts: 355Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I have noticed that guys who grow their hair long use the same products pretty much the entire time. Lets do a challenge where we use the same 2 or 3 (4 max) products for the whole Month of February and post our results on March 1. Some of you may already do that, but for some of it will be a challenge. We can post the difference between changing all the time and using the same thing for a Month solid.
I will be using the following:
Suave Str and Cream co-wash
Giovanni Direct Leave-in w/2 drops of Vatika oil
Bio-Infusion Mousse
My quote:When someone makes you mad do 50 jumping jacks, when someone makes you sad do 50 sit ups. That way your haters can contribute to your 6-pack instead of your Prozac!
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  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    You realize you posted this after I spent $50 at the beauty supply store?!! LOL I wouldn't know what to pick. I'll have to give it some thought. My hair is so moody. What works today might not work for me tomorrow.

    :laughing7:
    - Maria

    Big Chop: 9/23/07
    Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

  • subbrocksubbrock Posts: 8,212Registered Users
    im not a pj or product rotator so obviously i wont be taking part in this challenge. but i have always wondered why people switch up products all the time. other than being a pj, what is the reason?

    at least the participants of this challenge can save some loot! and tax time is here, so you'll be rolling in dough!
  • 1Joy1Joy Posts: 355Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I tend to constantly change because of 1 of 2 reasons:
    1. Thinking the grass is greener on the other side.
    2. Not satisfied with how hair is acting.
    My quote:When someone makes you mad do 50 jumping jacks, when someone makes you sad do 50 sit ups. That way your haters can contribute to your 6-pack instead of your Prozac!
    30-Day R3 Method Challenge
    http://r3method.com/
    Reverse, Retrain, Rebuild Your Body & Mind
  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Usually its because somebody will rave about how awesome the product is on their hair. So I'll run to the store and buy it, only to find it it doesn't work on me.
    - Maria

    Big Chop: 9/23/07
    Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

  • teshonteshon Posts: 1,127Registered Users
    mariag002 wrote: »
    Usually its because somebody will rave about how awesome the product is on their hair. So I'll run to the store and buy it, only to find it it doesn't work on me.

    Exactly, this is the only reason I have bought so many hair products in the past. Subbrock, also made a valid point about the tax refund. If I were wanting to purchase new hair products, now would be as good a time as any. I'll be rolling in the dough. But I'm pretty settled in what I'm using. It would be so hard to narrow them down to one co-wash, one leave-in, and one deep conditioner. I'm rotating between 2-3 products each. I don't use a gel. I'll have to evaluate my stash make a decision.
    3c-4a; Protein Sensitive(forms of wheat, keratin, soy and anything "hydrolyzed"). My hair hates coconut oil and jojoba oil(sometimes).
    http://photobucket.com/teshon PW: crazycurls
    Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/teshonandfamily
  • KellKell Posts: 201Registered Users
    I rotate because

    1) Im afraid using the same products over and over will promote build-up
    2) I get bored quickly. And there are as many types of products as there are species in nature. I dont under why anyone WOULD use the same ones.
    3) I get high end products for discounted prices at places like tj maxx and loehmanns
    4) Rotating means each product will last for SEVERAL months, so ironically you save money.
    5) There's always something better
    6) Its fun
    7) Different products give you different results

    Need more? :laughing5:
    J&J Baby Shampoo fugged up my hair! :thumbdown:
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If I wasn't buying hair products I'd be buying crack (JK)

    I love putting different stuff on my hair. Some women wear different perfumes, shoes, etc.. I don't. In some ways hair products are my perfumes. They engage sight, smell, touch -- pretty much every sense except taste. It's great to have [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink] on my hair and have the silky, bouncy feeling. The SIF smells, feels and looks so good on my Day 2+ hair. Then I miss the smell of Qhemet -- gotta use that!

    As a PJ, I'm past the point of buying everything because I'm really happy with what I have. But I still have the need to change up so I will sit this challenge out.

    ETA - Now Subrock mentioned a product in a recent post, and the only reason I haven't yet bought it is that I forgot what it was LOL.
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
    My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/
    comic-p.jpg

    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.
  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If I wasn't buying hair products I'd be buying crack (JK)

    That is by far the FUNNIEST quote I've ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :laughing1: :sign5:
    - Maria

    Big Chop: 9/23/07
    Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

  • 1Joy1Joy Posts: 355Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I believe their can be pros and cons to constantly buying products. It is fun playing around with different things and seeing what they do, however it can drive you mad at the same time. We all yearn to have a feeling of satisfaction, and constantly searching makes it feel like you are never satisfied. So I guess the question would be how much is too much? A new product everyday, week, Month, Year? I think it is up to the individual to determine, but if you start to feel like it is obsessive or to pre-occupying then it may be time for a change.
    My quote:When someone makes you mad do 50 jumping jacks, when someone makes you sad do 50 sit ups. That way your haters can contribute to your 6-pack instead of your Prozac!
    30-Day R3 Method Challenge
    http://r3method.com/
    Reverse, Retrain, Rebuild Your Body & Mind
  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    1Joy wrote: »
    So I guess the question would be how much is too much?

    Good question. I'm starting to wonder if my obsession with my hair is getting to be borderline psycho LOL Today I went to GNC to buy some vitamins and I ended up walking out with Aloe Vera gel. I've never used this stuff in my life and have no idea how to use it. I bought it because somebody mentioned it in a forum. I almost bought castor oil and some other crap. I have to force myself to walk out of a store without a new conditioner, oil, hair accessory...
    :sad2:
    - Maria

    Big Chop: 9/23/07
    Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

  • subbrocksubbrock Posts: 8,212Registered Users
    haha sounds like a personality thing--ive been wearing the same perfume for God knows how long. if it works for me i stick with it!! i have a sweatshirt from 6th grade that i still wear. im a terrible person....

    suburban- maybe it was the [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Elucence-Extended-Moisture-Repair-Treatment-p-200.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=elucence-extended-moisture-repair-treatment]elucence extended moisture repair treatment[/buylink]???
  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I used to have a lipstick compulsion. At any given time I'd have 6 lipsticks in my purse :happy4: I am trying to get this obsessive compulsive with my BODY LOL so I can lose some weight
    - Maria

    Big Chop: 9/23/07
    Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

  • teshonteshon Posts: 1,127Registered Users
    Kell wrote: »
    I rotate because

    1) Im afraid using the same products over and over will promote build-up
    2) I get bored quickly. And there are as many types of products as there are species in nature. I dont under why anyone WOULD use the same ones.
    3) I get high end products for discounted prices at places like tj maxx and loehmanns
    4) Rotating means each product will last for SEVERAL months, so ironically you save money.
    5) There's always something better
    6) Its fun
    7) Different products give you different results

    Need more? :laughing5:


    Definitely numbers 6 and 7 for me, but I've decided to give this challenge thing a shot with my tried and trues in my siggy. I use these for the most part anyway. My SheaMoisture is back in stock at Sista's Place so I'll be putting my BC products on the shelf until this is over. This will be a cinch using my faves! Count me in! :blob:
    3c-4a; Protein Sensitive(forms of wheat, keratin, soy and anything "hydrolyzed"). My hair hates coconut oil and jojoba oil(sometimes).
    http://photobucket.com/teshon PW: crazycurls
    Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/teshonandfamily
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    double post
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
    My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/
    comic-p.jpg

    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.
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Nope! (Phew!)

    How much is too much is a good question. And it's a different answer for every PJ. When I felt like I was buying too much, I did a Cold Turkey Challenge for 2 months. That helped me "detox". Since then, I've relaxed quite a bit about being a PJ, and just let it be. When I started, I was buying a lot because I was searching for products. A year and a half into it, I don't buy as much because I've found some good products for my hair.

    I also started 2 threads, "PJ's Confess your Sins Here" and "PJ's Post your successes here". This is so that I and other PJ's can be conscious about our purchases, and feel good about our triumphs.
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
    My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/
    comic-p.jpg

    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.
  • KellKell Posts: 201Registered Users
    I have tried and trues! Actually, I stick with the same gel. Its the conditioner and moisturizer that gets switched up. Only thing, since I buy mostly clearance items, I might not see the same product again.

    Im going to join the challenge!

    My products will be....
    Abba Tru Mint light conditioner
    Curls souffle since I have a whole jar of it.
    L'oreal studio line gel (my faithful fav)

    Im really impressed with the Abba. Its a 100% vegan product, and it goes on really light, almost feels like nothing. But its the best detangler Ive EVER used. It completely shattered my notion that thick/rich products work better.

    Actually, I just remembered something....I have no desire to grow my hair out, and plan on getting a nice trim at the end of the month. Wouldn't that defeat the whole purpose of this challenge??? Ive never had a problem with hair growth.
    J&J Baby Shampoo fugged up my hair! :thumbdown:
  • Curlee QCurlee Q Posts: 523Registered Users
    I used to use different products all the time, but for the last six months have been using the same thing. My pocket book and hair are loving it, lol. So I won't be participating since this is my regular practice, but I can't wait to see how the results work for everyone else. Happy Growing :-)
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  • 1Joy1Joy Posts: 355Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Kell, I don't think it would defeat the purpose. You could still report back any findings.
    CurleeQ, your hair grows fast too. I just checked out your pics.
    My quote:When someone makes you mad do 50 jumping jacks, when someone makes you sad do 50 sit ups. That way your haters can contribute to your 6-pack instead of your Prozac!
    30-Day R3 Method Challenge
    http://r3method.com/
    Reverse, Retrain, Rebuild Your Body & Mind
  • rainshowerrainshower Posts: 4,420Registered Users
    i think the reason why i spend a modest amount on hair products a year is because:

    1. i don't like my hair smelling like candy, potpourri, flowers, or coconut, which rules out almost every commercial shampoo/conditioner out there.

    2. i'm an ingredient junky in that i use products that have the most wholesome ingredients for my body and the the least-offensive ingredients for the environment after they've been washed down the drain.

    3. i don't like clutter.

    4. i really believe that if it ain't broke, why try to fix it? i use aubrey organics shampoos and conditioners. i do change up, but only after i've used up all the current product, and only when there is a reason for me to change, like, when the weather changes and a different ao sham/cond. will give me better results, or when my scalp is itchy from the dry heat of my house (like now) and a different ao shampoo formulated for the scalp moreso than for the hair would be more beneficial.

    5. i don't like wasting money. my girlfriend's vanity looks like a beauty supply store. she stockpiles shampoos, conditioners, greases, styling products . . . and don't get me started on how much she invests in black soap and shea butter from internet orders. she and her husband are struggling with money, yet she's aware of how she'll drop $75 on personal care products in a minute when she already has stuff that's not even halfway used up in her bathroom.
    "Dogs stink too, but I like dog stink." ~ rileyb
  • preciousjewel76preciousjewel76 Posts: 679Registered Users Curl Novice
    By nature, I'm pretty conservative with my money (read: I'm a tightwad:wink:). However, since my BC in November, I've spent a nice chunk o' change on hair products. I hadn't done that in a long time. Most of that money has been spent on conditioners (cheapies/mid-priced ones for cowashing) and hair goodies, like a satin pillowcase & tons of headbands. I also tried out a few different gels before deciding on one that didn't make my hair feel awful. The gels were cheap, though, so they didn't hurt my pocket too much.

    I had some staple products already - Aubrey Organics Conditioners, most notably - that I wouldn't trade for the world. However, I think my mini-PJ is settling down since I've figured out (mostly) what works for my hair. My most recent purchase is some soap & shampoo bar samples from Chagrin Valley Soaps. I'm really trying to use primarily natural products. I won't give up my V05's for cowashing, though! I like to rotate those out depending on scent and mood.:)
    4A - dense, medium strands - APL/BSL - 3+ years natural!

    :love7:YAY!: GF Triple Nutrition Conditioner, YTCu Color Care Conditioner, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, LOTD AV Gel, EVCO, JCN&S, KCCC, buns and updos!
  • LovemylocksLovemylocks Posts: 766Registered Users
    This is actually a very carthartic approach to settling into a routine and lightening the load. I love to try different products, but I usually try to find ones that will give me what I am looking for. Although I have some PJ issues, they come in spurts. I have pretty much found what my hair likes and dislikes. It is getting easier as time goes on.

    I am more of PJ when I come to the boards/forums and read about what others are using successfully. And that gets me going. But when I think about the bills I drop on something that does not work has me more apprehensive about trying it. I used to push pass that and do it anyway, now I am on a path that has less of that in it.

    I can't use the same products over and over, but I can use what I do have without buying anything new. But I usually will not tell myself I can't do this or that, because then an obsession begins and I want to do it all the more even when I normally wouldn't. So, I am sitting this one out. I think it would be the opposite for me even when I use practically the same few products already. I fear that it would make me go mad and just start purchasing out of feeling deprivation.

    Good luck to the ladies participating. I will definitely be keeping up with how it works for you and your progress.

    -LML
    3C s-curls, coils, and corkscrews

    TIGI MM, QB AOHC, KCCC, MJ CM, MJ BBC, JC WDT, CD HM, CD MHH, DC OneC, Veg Glyc, and Jojoba oil.

    http://members.fotki.com/gypsycurls/

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  • ParasolParasol Posts: 291Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
    I think the reason why some people can't resist the temptation of constantly buying new products is because they are impatient and expect those magic results. When the product called "Super Moisture" doesn't make their hair feel super moistrized they move to the next one. This kind of behaviour will cost lots of money and nerves (I know!) and I'm glad I'm beyond that. I use only three or maybe for products regularely. A shampoo,a conditioner, styling mousse or styling fluid.
    I've tried lots of different stuff ,but why should I buy new products when I already have something in my closet that works?

  • 1Joy1Joy Posts: 355Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have been using the same exact products for 2 weeks and it sure does save time and energy. I've noticed that I have more consistent results than with switching often. My next step is to use all the conditioners I have in my inventory for co-washes instead of buying more when I run out. I have about 15 bottles of full conditioners by different brands and they can satisfy the job of co-washes while I continue on with my trusted Gio direct for my leave-in and Bio-infusion mousse.
    My quote:When someone makes you mad do 50 jumping jacks, when someone makes you sad do 50 sit ups. That way your haters can contribute to your 6-pack instead of your Prozac!
    30-Day R3 Method Challenge
    http://r3method.com/
    Reverse, Retrain, Rebuild Your Body & Mind
  • LovemylocksLovemylocks Posts: 766Registered Users
    1Joy wrote: »
    I have been using the same exact products for 2 weeks and it sure does save time and energy. I've noticed that I have more consistent results than with switching often. My next step is to use all the conditioners I have in my inventory for co-washes instead of buying more when I run out. I have about 15 bottles of full conditioners by different brands and they can satisfy the job of co-washes while I continue on with my trusted Gio direct for my leave-in and Bio-infusion mousse.

    Thanks so much for the update. I did not do this, I have not found all the right products that works for me just yet. But it does have me in the mindset of simpler is better. Once I totally get my core products, I will be right here. I do enjoy buying occasional products, but I am reaching a point that too much product usage isn't all that great and a drain on the pocket. I am getting much closer to my products and routine.

    -Nicki
    3C s-curls, coils, and corkscrews

    TIGI MM, QB AOHC, KCCC, MJ CM, MJ BBC, JC WDT, CD HM, CD MHH, DC OneC, Veg Glyc, and Jojoba oil.

    http://members.fotki.com/gypsycurls/

    http://www.ratedpink.com


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  • teshonteshon Posts: 1,127Registered Users
    It's been two weeks since I agreed to take this challenge. Well.....(violin music playing) lol, I've had nothing but moisturizing issues with SheaMoisture. SheaM. doesn't have that much of an oil content and my hair is very accepting of oils. This was my first winter using SheaMoisture and I had to mix with [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]! or pure oil. Not crazy about the results I get with the pure oil mixing with this leave-in. It seems thick but it is very light so maybe this is not the season of SheaM. for me. Sooooo I've had to turn else where for my hair moisture needs, diverting away from this challenge. I guess I still have more to learn about what my hair likes at what time. Sorry, I had to bail on this one ladies but I'll be ready for the next challenge, hopefully.
    3c-4a; Protein Sensitive(forms of wheat, keratin, soy and anything "hydrolyzed"). My hair hates coconut oil and jojoba oil(sometimes).
    http://photobucket.com/teshon PW: crazycurls
    Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/teshonandfamily
  • 1Joy1Joy Posts: 355Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I can see how it would be hard to play if you do not have the right products. I am starting to become convinced that the more basic/simple your routine, the better the results. I saw someone the other day who's hair looked and felt beautiful and she said that she only uses that Olive oil cream in the green/white jar. Most people I walk up to to compliment never say more than 2 or 3 things and they all say that they have been using those things for a while.
    My quote:When someone makes you mad do 50 jumping jacks, when someone makes you sad do 50 sit ups. That way your haters can contribute to your 6-pack instead of your Prozac!
    30-Day R3 Method Challenge
    http://r3method.com/
    Reverse, Retrain, Rebuild Your Body & Mind
  • teshonteshon Posts: 1,127Registered Users
    1Joy wrote: »
    I can see how it would be hard to play if you do not have the right products. I am starting to become convinced that the more basic/simple your routine, the better the results. I saw someone the other day who's hair looked and felt beautiful and she said that she only uses that Olive oil cream in the green/white jar. Most people I walk up to to compliment never say more than 2 or 3 things and they all say that they have been using those things for a while.

    ITA, I don't think that it takes a squirt of this, a dabble of that, mix this with that, a little something on the ends and an overnight deep treatment to have a good hair day. lol. OMG, that is like hair product overload for me. I have used two bottles of SheaMoisture and I'm now on my third. It just stopped working, not moisturizing enough right now. I've never used a lot of hair products at once and I never will. Frankly, I can't afford it:) I personally think simplicity is best! I'm discovering that my hair is seasonal. I was cruising this CG's fotki the other day and all she said she used mainly was coconut oil(extra virgin), Aubrey Organics product line and henna, occasionally. She doesn't use a lot of commercial product lines. Now, that's what I call a simple routine and easy on the pocket, too! Gosh, I'm so jealous of that!
    3c-4a; Protein Sensitive(forms of wheat, keratin, soy and anything "hydrolyzed"). My hair hates coconut oil and jojoba oil(sometimes).
    http://photobucket.com/teshon PW: crazycurls
    Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/teshonandfamily

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