Treatments -Garnier - Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment
comealongpond10 11/23/2012 4:17:00 PM
I normally hate silicones, but this serum has somewhat won me over. My friend suggested this to me over the summer, saying that it made her thick, straight hair a lot softer, shinier etc. Of course, I knew this was just the silicones, and she has the kind of hair where she can use anything, and I don't...but I picked up a bottle anyway. The first few times I used this, I was not impressed. My coarse, dry, curly hair was still frizzy and really poofy and had funky waves--this didn't help straighten it out at all. I went to the salon a couple weeks ago and the stylist used Moroccanoil (not the real deal, some other brand) on my hair and my hair was pin-straight and perfect for days. Hence I decided to break this out again in the hopes that it would work. And it does! Not as well, but very close. I apply about two or three pumps of this on towel-dried hair after using Evercreme Intense Nourishing Shampoo, V05 Blackberry Sage Conditioner, and Tresemme Nourishing Moisture Conditioner. This has helped to give my hair really nice shine and slip and to straighten it out a bit. I usually let it air dry about halfway and then braid it. This also makes my hair super pretty if I put it in pin curls instead of a braid and take them out in the morning. This isn't something I want to use often--just when heat styling, or when I need reliably good hair--but this is a really good, most importantly non-greasy alternative to my standby coconut oil. Pros: makes hair shiny, soft, straighter, detangles, defrizzes Cons: the product sometimes shoots right out of the bottle onto you, the counter, whatever; the scent's too...powdery...for my taste; full of silicones so it isn't really healing my hair, just masking damage. I'll use this when heat styling.
Treatments -L'Oreal - EverCreme Nourishing Leave In Spray
comealongpond10 9/1/2012 5:50:00 PM
I have really incredibly dry, thick hair. The discovery of heat styling right before high school fried my hair for two years straight. I chopped several inches of damage off junior year and went CG but I'm still struggling with my natural dryness--I've never had split ends, but countless trims and cuts have never eliminated my awful, kinky, frizzy ends. I've noticed that amodimethicone (this product contains it) really helps my hair wrt shine and softness. That's what motivated me to pick this up in the first place. I've never experienced build up from this even though I co-wash, so don't let that stop you. When I first got this, it was my only leave in product besides my conditioner. I would put some GVP conditioning balm in my hair after my shower and then unscrew the top of this and pour it into my hand--a little spray doesn't cut it with my hair. The texture of this is very light and slippery. I'd apply this straight to my hair and when it dried, it would be a bit less frizzy, with amazing shine and so soft, and virtually tangle-free except for my perpetually pesky ends. The downside was that my hair would still be fairly frizzy and I was going through the bottle really fast. Now I use Garnier Sleek & Shine Leave-In Creme as my primary leave-in conditioner. This is just the cherry on top. I apply my GVP balm, a bit of coconut oil, Sleek & Shine, and then about 4 sprays of this. The shine is still there and I never need to untangle my hair anymore. For someone with less dry hair than I have, this will be a great leave in on its own. If you recognize your situation in my hair, though--I suggest the method I've now developed. This really smells too good and makes my hair too shiny for me not to repurchase it :)
Treatments -L'Oreal - EverCreme Deep Nourishing Masque
comealongpond10 9/1/2012 5:37:00 PM
This is the best masque/deep conditioner I've used! I have very dry, coarse, thick and porous curls that frizz like no other. This masque has a really buttery, slippery, thick texture that melts out my tangles and makes my hair shine. I like to leave this in overnight and shower it out in the morning. Sometimes I'll mix this with coconut oil for added moisture but this works just fine on its own. This does contain amodimethicone, which is partially water soluble so not as bad as other cones. I just use the Evercreme Intense Nourishing shampoo every couple weeks instead of co-washing and I've never had a problem with buildup, even though I sometimes use this up to 5 times a week. Pros: very moisturizing, cuts down on frizz, adds shine, makes hair soft Cons: doesn't completely eliminate frizz, tub packaging (doesn't bother me but I know lots of people hate that), strong vanilla smell (again doesn't bother me, and it doesn't linger), somewhat expensive especially as I have to buy a new one every month. I really recommend this. This works much better than the Eversleek or Everstrong deep conditioners. Try this, you won't regret it!