Product Reviews by jrobsf

Styling Products - No Brand (DIY or homemade) - Homemade Flax Seed Hair Gel

5.0
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May/04/2017

Just hands down the best thing I have ever put in my hair. For real.

I make a very thick version on the stovetop, just the seeds and water. I don't use anything added to it or layered under it, just a couple of large blobs worked through my wet curls. My hair air-dries shiny, spirally, and defined.

Also, unlike pretty much every other hair product, flaxseed gel …
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Hair - Matrix - Biolage Cleansing Conditioner for Curly Hair

2.0
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fromjrobsf

Jan/06/2017

ETA - This stuff breaks me out horribly. Probably not advisable for the acne prone.

ETA - I honestly like this stuff (3.5 stars), but after two months I have two caveats: 1) it's not great for detangling and 2) I really can't use it more than every 2nd or third "shampoo." But it's definitely a nice break from my no-sulfate …
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Hair - Kinky Curly - Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner

2.0
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fromjrobsf

Oct/02/2016

This really doesn't do anything for my hair - for a detangler it's not enough slip even if I use a ton of it. It might be a good leave-in for someone; for my fine, 3C, low-po hair, it doesn't do much. Leave-ins under gel just make my mane lifeless and limp. Like all KC products, it does smell great, it has no parabens or silicones (not necessarily important for for me), and …Read more

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Styling Products - Kinky Curly - Curling Custard Styling Gel

3.0
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fromjrobsf

Oct/02/2016

EDIT - 3 stars. Breaks me out, although honestly, almost all hair products do. If you're acne prone, try homemade flaxseed gel instead.

EDIT - 3.5 stars. KCCC only works for me (fine 3C curls, low porosity) with nothing under it (the KCKT is overkill). The hold is very light, which means I lose my curls if I manipulate them. But my curls do look fab if I don't over-apply …
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Cleansers - Fresh - Soy Face Cleanser

3.0
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fromjrobsf

Jun/16/2016

Whelp, I mean, maybe this is 3.5 stars, but I have...issues:

1) smell - yep, I'm firmly in the I don't like the smell of cucumbers camp
2) amount needed - I feel like I need kind of a lot of this to fully cover my face
3) packaging - this is specific to the sample size, moderating how much cleanser comes out is difficult
4) price - $38???

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Styling Products - Carol's Daughter - Hair Milk The Original Curl Definer (NOT styling foam)

2.0
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fromjrobsf

Jun/05/2016

I can't figure out why this product works so well for me - it seems like a typical leave-in/curl creme, but I get good results using just this alone.

I have fine but a lot of very curly hair (3C-ish), which is mid-back length, and loses curl/gets frizzy quickly with manipulation. It is low-porosity and hates 99% of all products ever, including the gels that other curlies swear …
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