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Old 08-18-2005, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default If you were going to make up a gift basket...

like the grab bag one from CurlMart, what would you put in it? I'm thinking of giving myself one as a birthday present. I'm 2b with some 3a, though I've been straightening lately (long story). I live in a VERY humid climate. I have an oily scalp. My hair likes proteins in summer and 'cones in winter. My HG so far has been Ouidad Climate Control, though it leaves me a little more crunchy than I like, and gives a bit too much of a wet look. Shampoo (with SLES) is usually OK, though I feel like I should use something less harsh. I DON"T like using tons of stylers: two is probably my maximum. I have to be careful using too many botanicals because they can cause my skin to break out. Suggestions?
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Old 08-19-2005, 04:49 AM   #2
 
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If you like proteins in the summer I would say stick with Ouidad or maybe try the Batia & Aleeza line from here in Curlmart. They have some proteins and their gel is awesome!! I absolutely love it and I live in an area that's been pretty humid lately.

I don't know about silicone products though.
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Old 08-19-2005, 04:53 AM   #3
 
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I am not 2b, but I thought I would post anyway...

If I were to make up a gift basket from Curlmart, this is what it would include:

B&A Gel
B&A Conditioner
B&A Shampoo
Back to Nature Rosemary Mint Gel
Devacurl Set-It-Free
Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner
Jessicurl Too Shea
Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment
Ojon Volumizing Foam
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Old 08-19-2005, 06:52 AM   #4
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WOW, skywatcher! How would you use these products? All together (except for the deep treatment), or what combination?
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Old 08-19-2005, 08:48 AM   #5
 
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Well, I am a Product Junkie, so I rotate products. I actually have & use all of the ones I listed (expect for the B&A poo which I do want to try)
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Old 08-19-2005, 11:10 AM   #6
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I'm trying not to be a product junkie, but I want to get the core things no 2b should be without. Any other suggestions?
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I'm trying not to be a product junkie, but I want to get the core things no 2b should be without. Any other suggestions?
I know, I know... I'm a bad influence
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Old 08-19-2005, 11:15 AM   #8
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Don't feel bad, skywatcher. I have a huse product graveyard, and I just don't want to add to it.
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For a cleanser, I would pick Low-Poo for you, or if you're still going to use many products with cones, maybe try the Elucence Moisture Balancing poo.

For conditioner I would pick 2 of the following: Too Shea, One Condition, Curls Ecstacy Asian Tea condish, Elucence.

For Styling: If it's really humid there, you might want to try Curlkeeper, but it has no hold and no curl enhancement, just helps with frizzies and keeping definition. Otherwise I would definitely recommend B&A gel, and either Recoil or Qhemet Karite Nut Curl Milk (to user under B&A or Angell). And as a finishing product for styling, I'd recommend Set It Free.

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Old 08-19-2005, 12:14 PM   #10
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For a gift basket for a fellow 2b I would make up one of the following two baskets:

Basket 1 -
Devacurl No Poo & Low Poo
Devacurl OC
Devacurl Angell
Devacurl Set-it-free
LLL Coco Light


Basket 2-

Jessicurl HCC
Jessicurl Too Shea
Jessicurl RR
Jessicurl CCSS
Back to Nature Rosemary Mint Clean Gel

Both baskets would contain Re:coil, Suave M&H for a conditioner wash, Jessicurl WDT, ORS Lock & Twist (for second day hair), EMB clarifying shampoo for once a month, and EMB for a leave-in.

I am prone to break outs too and have not had problems with any of the above.

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I am a PJ and rotate all these products so I couldn't pick just one basket, so, to make a smaller basket I created two in an attempt to make it look better  :wink:
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I am a PJ and rotate all these products so I couldn't pick just one basket, so, to make a smaller basket I created two in an attempt to make it look better  :wink:
No fair, how come she gets away with it???
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Old 08-19-2005, 01:20 PM   #12
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I am a PJ and rotate all these products so I couldn't pick just one basket, so, to make a smaller basket I created two in an attempt to make it look better  :wink:
No fair, how come she gets away with it???
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Old 08-19-2005, 03:00 PM   #13
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You guys are great! I will definitely study this some more. I've been reading raves about the Re:coil combined with various gels....I tried CK a while back, but I tried it with the whole Curl Keeper line. My hair turned into a complete frizzball. I may try the CK with a gel.
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Old 08-19-2005, 03:02 PM   #14
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One more thing: how does the Set It Free compare with Jessicurl Awe Inspiraling spray? The Awe Inspiraling spray is one of my favorites...-
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csb, SIF is completely different from Awe (which I also love!). While Awe refreshes your curls, especially on 2nd day, and can bring back a little more spring to them, SIF is what I like to use after my hair has dried. I don't spray it directly on my hair, but rather spray 2-3 squirts in my hand and smooth that over the hair and then scrunch. It adds a soft but good, moisturizing hold to the curls and also on 2nd day hair it can help to reform the curls.
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Old 08-20-2005, 02:21 PM   #16
 
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Well now, I would also recommend all those things that skywatcher, Lush and Kimberly recommended. I just thought you were only looking for protein rich or silicone products.

I love anything Jessicurl or Devacurl and I love the Elucence conditioner too. If I was to shampoo I would probably like to try the Elucence shampoo.
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Old 08-21-2005, 12:14 PM   #17
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Decisions, decisions....At least I feel a bit better informed. Thanks, you guys!
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Originally Posted by 1228kimberly
For a gift basket for a fellow 2b I would make up one of the following two baskets:

Basket 1 -
Devacurl No Poo & Low Poo
Devacurl OC
Devacurl Angell
Devacurl Set-it-free
LLL Coco Light


Basket 2-

Jessicurl HCC
Jessicurl Too Shea
Jessicurl RR
Jessicurl CCSS
Back to Nature Rosemary Mint Clean Gel

Both baskets would contain Re:coil, Suave M&H for a conditioner wash, Jessicurl WDT, ORS Lock & Twist (for second day hair), EMB clarifying shampoo for once a month, and EMB for a leave-in.

I am prone to break outs too and have not had problems with any of the above.
Oh, good. Kimberly got here first. That saves me a lot of typing (If you guys don't knock it off, I will have to buy some of that mint gel stuff!)
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Oh, good. Kimberly got here first. That saves me a lot of typing (If you guys don't knock it off, I will have to buy some of that mint gel stuff!)

That mint gel stuff is awesome!
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Old 08-22-2005, 06:31 PM   #20
 
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HA! Sold out! So there! (yes, I checked--I was just going to add to my wish list--I swear )
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