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Can’t Deny A Jheri Curl Today!

Yea… So I ran out of gel yesterday and this morning, mid cowash, I suddenly remembered. There was an eerie hush and the water ran cold… What do I do? I’ve never done my hair without gel. I’ve heard ladies on Natural Hair Nation trying conditioner only Wash and Go’s when testing out products, but never have I styled my hair with only conditioner! I live in Florida… High Dew Point Central!

I had no choice in the matter. I used the corner I had left of my beloved Darcy’s Botanical Pumpkin Seed Conditioner. I used this instead of the Oyin Hair Dew, which I’ve been favoring of late, because the dew has a lighter lotion-y feel whereas the DB was heavier. It was 5 am and made sense to me: The oilier, the stronger the hold.

No sooner did I shake my hair out did the fluff start. Which was coo’. I want big hair. It actually reminded me of good third day hair. My worry was that it would fluff to the point of no return by the time it dried.

It’s 4pm now. It did not fluff out. It is fluffy and a tad frizzy like I’ve had my hand in my head and unraveled most of the corkscrews, but very wearable. But lawd, the shine! My hair is shinier than a waxed 2015 Covette at a car show. It looks oily! Oily to the point that it could possibly drip oil or **gasp** Jheri Curl Juice at any moment!

This is the last look I need. I’ve been asked “Do you have a ‘curl’?” more times than I care to answer in the past, so today’s hair is not doing me justice. If someone ask me today, lawd know, it’s going to be hard to deny.

Hair Regimen **PRODUCTS UPDATED**

*****Bold and in parenthesis notes reason for change*****

Mission: Locate products that give optimal results.

Optimal Results: MOISTURIZED hair!

•••Please consider my hair’s attributes when reading my regimen and products I use•••

♥*´`*•.¸ Current Arsenal ¸.•*´`*♥

(I try to use products with as many natural ingredients as possible!)

Shampoo

  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo

Deep Conditioner (DC)

  • Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner + EVOO
  • Curl Junkie Curl Rehab (haven’t tried as a DC yet, only as LI)
  • Curl Junkie Repair Me! (protein conditioner/treatment – unopened as of now)

CoWash Conditioners – Rinse Out (RI)

  • Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
  • VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze Conditioner (just haven’t used it in a while)
  • Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Conditioner (too creamy to ‘wash’ with)
  • Curl Junkie Daily Fix (when there’s a bad product reaction, i.e. whiteness)
  • Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan and Olive Oil Daily Conditioner (moved from both LI and RI to RI only)

Leave In Conditioners/Creams/Milks/Etc (LI)

  • Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
  • Darcy’s Botanicals Cocoa Bean Curl Smoothing Cream
  • Darcy’s Botanicals Pumkin Kernel Hydrating Milk (added — forgot to put on list initially)
  • Darcy’s Botanicals Shea Butter Curl Moisturizing Cream (never used it on my hair; had only a sample so I used it as hand lotion :-/) 
  • Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
  • Oyin’s Hair Dew

Styling Gels/Puddings/Custards

  • Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel
  • L’Oreal Paris EverStyle Alcohol-Free Curl-Defining Gel (Too many humectants for Florida dews — frizz central!)

Spritzes for Refreshing a Wash and Go

  • High Quality H2O
  • Shea Moisture Hold and Shine Moisture Mist
Oil/Sealants
  • Pure Jojoba Oil (used only for the occasional scalp massage)
  • Oyin’s Burnt Sugar Pomade (added – used to seal my edges)

Ok. So I’m product obsessed. Judge me.

♥*´`*•.¸ Current Everyday Wash and Go Regimen ¸.•*´`*♥

(I redo my hair almost daily using the following technique while in the shower)

  1. Cowash with a RO.
  2. Divide my hair into 4-6 sections and clip up.
  3. Undo one section.
  4. Finger detangle, rinse out RO, apply a LI conditioner/cream/milk-of-the-moment.
  5. Apply a styler like a gel/pudding/custard-of-the-moment.
  6. Clip section back up.
  7. Repeat on all the sections.
  8. Get out the shower, unclip all sections, and shake it out!
  9. Let it air dry.
  10. I DON’T TOUCH UNTIL AFTER IT DRIES!

Wash, Deep Condition, and Detangle Day (every other week):

  1. Wash with a sulfate-free shampoo.
  2. Apply deep conditioner.
  3. Detangle with wide tooth comb with deep conditioner distributed in hair.
  4. Rinse.
  5. Follow the regular routine, starting with the leave in.

White Specks and New Leave In’s

My Darcy’s Botanicals Cocoa Bean and the Pumpkin Seed Condish will be here tomorrow! I can. not. wait. I’ve heard sooo many good things about these products… Actually about Darcy’s B period!

I hope they work out because I’ve shied away from using regular drug store rinse out (RO) conditioners, such as Tresemme Naturals (TN), as my leave in’s (LI) and now I only have one tried and true LI. Don’t get me wrong, the RO’s like TN keep my hair moisturized and don’t cause me to get build up, but they do have a bad habit of lathering in my hair. My hair is low porosity in various areas, so it takes forever to dry and until it does (6-7 hours later!), I have white lather in my hair in a those spots. And after it’s dry, I have dry lather left over. Not cute.

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See the dry white specks?

I played with the products I owned and began putting Shea Moisture’s Curl and Style Milk (SMCASM) on top of the RO conditioner and had better (as in not complete) success with the “white” plus it acted as a sealer, but do you know how long it takes for this combo to dry? 10 hours!! I have all of 2.5 inches of hair! I don’t really know how long my hair is in inches. I’m trying to make a point here people. There had to be a better way. So I played with the ratios not real mathematical computation. Stay with me now and eased up on the RO before using the SMCASM. It now took 6-7 hours to dry like using a RO alone, just without as much white. Okay, now we were getting somewhere.

Then I gave gels a try (I’ve tried L’oreal Everstyle No-Alcohol Gel and recently Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel) and figured out that, in the right proportion, it also helps cut down on the white when I paired it with a RO without the SMCASM. Still not good enough.

Finally, for the past month I’ve been rinsing out all the conditioner and using SMCASM exclusively as my LI. And guess what? There is no white lather or dried white specks! On top of that, it dries in 4-5 hours! As my Grannie would say — Hotdog! I got frizz at first, so I started adding gel on top. Perfect. Only took me 3 months to figure it out.

So that brings me to Darcy’s Botanicals. I need more LI’s!! I think SMCASM is great. Then I thought: How do I really know it’s great if I don’t have anything to compare it to? Hmmm? Riddle me that…

Give me a week, I’ll let you know!

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