Product suggestions from a newbie

Hi all,

I'm a newbie here, and have mostly 3C curls, with some 3B, and the first few inches are 2B from tying it back for school and work for so many years. I know how hard it can be to find products that work, so I thought I might suggest what I use.

I alternate between The Body Shop's Honey Moisturising shampoo and conditioner, and L'Occitane's Shea Butter shampoo and conditioner. The Body Shop's are about $18 a bottle, L'Occitane's are $25. Washing 2-3 times a week, a bottle of each lasts around 6 months (my hair goes to around my bra strap when wet, shoulders when dry).

I also use L'Occitane's Repairing Shine Mask (with 5 essential oils it has a pretty strong fragrance - I prefererred their Shea Butter mask but it was discontinued for God knows what reason) every 2nd week or so.

For my leave-in I use the Revitalising Cream from Wella's Delva range. I find I don't need a hold product with this one unless I'm going to be somewhere particularly windy. It comes out of the can a lot like shaving foam, and spreads really well. A can costs about $20 and lasts between 1.5 and 2 months depending on how my hair is going at the time.

Over the years I've found a lot of products supposedly designed for curly hair were completely useless on my frizz-prone mane, so I tend to stick to the really nourishing deep-conditioning stuff that's designed for dry, damaged hair, and that stops it from going into a massive 'fro. I do brush it before bed every night though, just to keep my scalp healthy.

Hope that helps anyone searching for something new to try...

Bec.
Since my previous post, Wella's Delva range, including the Revitalising Cream, have been discontinued. ( BOOOOO!!)

I've previously used Vivant's Revitafoam, but with the (sadly too small) 125g can costing around $15, it neither lasts long nor is economical for someone with as much hair as I have. It is pretty good though, so for anyone with shorter hair, it's definitely an option worth trying.

In my state of despair, I asked the girl at Price Attack what else is similar to my beloved Revitalising Cream. She suggested Reviva Cream by Juuce. In a 250g can it's the same size, and at $22 it's only marginally more expensive. I fluked getting a 2-for-1 deal, which made it even better. The consistency isn't as thick - it's more foamy than creamy, which is taking some getting used to - but it has a very nice fragrance, so my hair smells great, which is always nice.

It's only day 5 using Juuce's Reviva Cream, but so far so good. Once I get through the first can and onto the second, I'll know whether it rocks or sucks at keeping my hair hydrated...and I'll let you know.
hiya,

I some how completely missed this post when you posted it. Thanks for sharing

So sad to hear your favorite product is discontinued. You should probably keep an eye out they'd be on sale to clear out the stock.

Good luck with the juuce product - love to know how you go. If you email juuce you may be able to score some free samples (that's what I did, I have some of their curl cream (sachet) stashed for later when I have more hair)

I have tried some of the L'Occitane shampoo & conditioner - the ones they have in hotel rooms, not exactly sure what it was, perhaps this one . I found the poo too harsh and the condish had cones in it. What are the ingredients like in the shea butter range - I like shea butter. I love the JC too shea condish. The hair mist also looks interesting. *sigh* I really don't need any more hair products lol
2 something Australian

http://public.fotki.com/curlywurlygurly/
pw:aussie

Aiming to grow hair to waist from buzz cut - slowly but surely.
I am loving Tigi's Foxy curls shampoo and condish and Tigi's Love peace and the planet Eco Awesome shampoo and condish at the moment.....

They're not 'cone free but the shampoos are sulfate free.

Actually the Eco Awesome is sulfate and paraben free and silicone is quite low on the ingredient list - it leaves my hair very soft and bouncy

I want to try the Tigi Rockaholic duo too.... it's sulfate free also.
3A/B - m - ii - porous


Located in Sydney Australia
Ooo... I love the Juuce kinky curl creme (I think that's what it's called), it come in a pink bottle. Just thought I'd add that

ETA: it's one of the few curl creams that actually moisturises my hair at the same time. Some people might not like the synthetic flowery smell though.
2b, medium, lots of them
CG: 21 Apr 08, Mod CG: 24 Aug 08
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I can't wait to try it - hanging out till my hair is longer.
2 something Australian

http://public.fotki.com/curlywurlygurly/
pw:aussie

Aiming to grow hair to waist from buzz cut - slowly but surely.
a curly q I was wondering what the ingredients are for the Juuce curl cream? I'm looking for an alternative to tigi's curls rock cream but without the silicones.
This product contains the following:
Demineralised water (Aqua), Alcohol, PVP/Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer PVP, Alycerin, PPG-26-Buleth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance (Parfum), Amyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linaloo.

I bought this about 6 months ago, when I first began the CG method. I haven't used it yet - I meant to check out some of the ingredients and haven't gotten around to it. I am concerned about the alcohol being drying. It smells ok and is clear in colour.

What do you think?

Sorry, this is the pink bottle 'boost curl definition'. It doesn't look like a creme, more like a gel.
3a. iii medium porosity.
JC, FSG, Matrix Biolage hydratherapie,
Giovanni 5050, KCCC

All CJ products

Last edited by jerrY; 04-06-2010 at 09:35 PM. Reason: different product!
so these ingredients aren't for the curl cream..?

Hmmm it seems to have castor oil and Copolymer PVP which tends to build up on my hair, what other styling products do you use in your hair jerrY?
so these ingredients aren't for the curl cream..?

No, I think I have a different product.

Hmmm it seems to have castor oil and Copolymer PVP which tends to build up on my hair,

In that case I will leave it out of my routine!

what other styling products do you use in your hair jerrY?
Originally Posted by CaseyJane
Atm I am using Giovanni 50:50 balanced hydrating-calming conditioner as my leave in, then layering this with KY Gelly. Then I use either homemade FSG to which I have added some wheat germ oil or Joico Joiwhip mousse.

I am really interested in trying the Curl Junkie products. I wonder if they are worth it? What are you using Casey Jane?
3a. iii medium porosity.
JC, FSG, Matrix Biolage hydratherapie,
Giovanni 5050, KCCC

All CJ products
Just as a bit of knowledge the PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oi should be water soluble, and shouldn't build up like normal castor oil. That being said everyone's hair is different.

I'm not sure exactly on the ingredients for the curl cream as my sample is at my parents house (safe keeping) sorry i'm not of more help.

I too have shown an interest in curl junkie, however it annoys me when companies don't do gift packs or packs in general. I always want to try a range of items.
Importing from the US is expensive as it is - packs usually help out with the cost. I have found a lot of the companies do not ship here (if they do it's expensive!) - though you can get most on curlmart.

if you end up trying it - I'd love to see what you think
2 something Australian

http://public.fotki.com/curlywurlygurly/
pw:aussie

Aiming to grow hair to waist from buzz cut - slowly but surely.
Just as a bit of knowledge the PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oi should be water soluble, and shouldn't build up like normal castor oil. That being said everyone's hair is different.

I'm not sure exactly on the ingredients for the curl cream as my sample is at my parents house (safe keeping) sorry i'm not of more help.

I too have shown an interest in curl junkie, however it annoys me when companies don't do gift packs or packs in general. I always want to try a range of items.
Importing from the US is expensive as it is - packs usually help out with the cost. I have found a lot of the companies do not ship here (if they do it's expensive!) - though you can get most on curlmart.

if you end up trying it - I'd love to see what you think
Originally Posted by curlywurlygurly
Thanks for the tip re PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil being water soluble. Perhaps I will try this product in the next week or so and report back.

I will certainly let you know about the Curl Junkie products when I purchase and use them. I am interested in their styling products. Probably won't be for a couple of months though. I am hesitant to begin an expensive habit of importing from the US!

Curlywurlygurly, I have just looked at your fotki photos. You were very brave cutting your beautiful hair so short! Good luck with the growing.
3a. iii medium porosity.
JC, FSG, Matrix Biolage hydratherapie,
Giovanni 5050, KCCC

All CJ products
Currently I'm using Natures Gate herbal daily conditioner for co-wash and their Aloe Vera conditioner for a rinse out. For gel I bought FOTE gel and I bought a new conditioner from Garnier that is free of silicones, parabens and proteins! Finally a supermarket product that is free of all three things. I was using tigi's curls rock cream as a styling product as I loved it, however, it contains too many cones. So I'm still on a hunt for some CG friendly styling products.

I've just started the whole cg routine on Wednesday so I'm still trying to find products. I would love to buy products on curlmart but shipping is darn expensive!
Tigi is bringing out a new range for curls (incase you haven't seen ads on here!) that might be worth a look if you like them. no idea what the ingredients are like though.

I agree with the curlmart shipping expenses - I've ordered once and it was a end of exams splurge (thanks to the tax man ) A few companies like drugstore and few others do international shipping cannot remeber what the price was like. They all stock a different range of products, from your cheap V05 some even have deva etc.
2 something Australian

http://public.fotki.com/curlywurlygurly/
pw:aussie

Aiming to grow hair to waist from buzz cut - slowly but surely.

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