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Old 12-06-2006, 03:22 PM   #1
 
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Default CO Bigelow Not Your Ordinary Daily Conditioner

I think my hair hates it! Or did I screw it up???

After reading the Conditioner Chronicles (THANKS LAURABETH!!) I went to B&BW and bought a bottle. I don't like the smell of coconut, so after discussing it with the sales person, I put about 2 oz into an empty jar and added some grapefruit and lime essential oils. Probably about 10 drops of oil, although the coconut scent was still dominant. This morning I did my normal routine--co-wash with Suave Aloe, conditioned/detangled with the Bigelow (it felt good on my hair and seemed to rinse out cleanly), honey final rinse, CJ HB fine leave-in, CK and gel. Plopped and scrunched as usual. Everything was the same as usual except the conditioner. I was looking forward to the clumpy, chunky curls Laurabeth got. I got fluffy, stringy hair with almost no definition! It feels soft, so I'm assuming it's overconditioned. I didn't leave it in very long. The only other times I got overconditioned was when I slept with conditioner in overnight (once with CJ HB Deep Fix and once with OneC).

Could it be the essential oils I added? I add them to my jojoba and coconut oils without any problem. My hair normally LOVES oil. I slather on jojoba oil at night a lot, even when I'm not washing or really wetting it the next day. And I often slather on coconut oil the night before I co-wash and it always rinses out fine.
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Old 12-06-2006, 03:53 PM   #2
 
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I think your overconditioned. The CJ leave in seems to be very rich in oils, so it might be a bit too much.
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Old 12-06-2006, 04:47 PM   #3
 
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I think your overconditioned. The CJ leave in seems to be very rich in oils, so it might be a bit too much.
I agree. This is a rich, wonderful conditioner. I'd hold off on adding the oils and use the leave-in, just in case the oils weren't emulsifying well with the Bigelow conditioner, and try it that way.

I had a few others test this conditioner before recommending it who had similar results, but we're all different, so we'll see. I would try the conditioner more traditionally, and maybe your results will improve.
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:56 AM   #4
 
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BUT I'M SCARED TO! Alright, I'll probably try it again before deciding to return it, but if it was the essential oils causing the problem, I'm not sure I can deal with the VERY strong coconut scent.

Added some lemon juice to my co-wash this morning and conditioned with Elucence and my hair is back to normal. That overconditioned fluff is just so weird!
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:44 PM   #5
 
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The coconut fragrance was very light after rinsed out of my hair.
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