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Old 02-13-2007, 07:07 AM   #1
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Default Curl refresher w/o propylene glycol?

Now that I'm back to being curly, I was looking around for a curl refresher to use on off days (days when I don't wet my hair). It seems like all the ones I can find (Mister Right, Ouidad BB) are chock full of propylene glycol, which is a MAJOR frizz-inducer for me. Does anyone have a curl refresher that doesn't have propylene glycol in it?
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:36 AM   #2
 
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I'm not sure this is going to count , but I make my own by putting a few drops of oil in a spray bottle with a small amount of water. There are lots of recipes on the recipe board for mixes that add gel, but I find the water and oil spray is just enough to refresh my curls without making them sticky or frizzy. I only make a small amount at a time, because there are no preservatives to keep the mix fresh. Lorraine Massey's CG book has a recipe that uses lavendar oil and calls for boiling the water first. I use the Jessicurl oil mix, but I think you could also use any of the hair-friendly oils, like jojoba or lavendar.
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:48 AM   #3
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I tried the lavendar/vegetable glycerin mix a few years ago, but it was on the heavy side for me. I'll have to think on this one.
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This is gonna sound crazy, but I mix 2 parts 70% rubbing alcohol with one part water in a spray bottle and mist and scrunch. If I use straight water, it frizzes badly, so I use the alcohol mix because it evaporates quickly. I may get a tiny bit of halo frizz, but that happens with any kind of spray I use, alcohol-containing or not. I just smooth on a bit of cream or hand lotion after my hair dries and it's good to go. I've been doing this for months and I can now get third- and fourth-day hair and it's less dried out than before I started "dry cleaning" my hair, probably because I'm washing less often.
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Old 02-14-2007, 01:11 PM   #5
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The alcohol doesn't dry your hair out?
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No. I've been doing it for a couple of months. The first pic in my album is from yesterday, after I dry cleaned it. It was shiny and spirally. There are enough oils in my gel to moisturize it, I guess. Or the alcohol evaporates so quickly that it doesn't affect my hair. I didn't even need any cream yesterday. And it's sooo soft this morning.
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:29 AM   #7
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Which gel are you using?
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:33 AM   #8
 
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Blended Beauty Kick for Curls
Oyin Greg Juice
DevaCurl Set it Free
Plain water
Your favorite conditioner diluted with water

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Old 02-15-2007, 10:08 AM   #9
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Set it Free is probably my favorite, though I was just looking for some alternatives that might be lighter. Thanks!
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:49 AM   #10
 
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modegrrl I can't get your password to work to see your pics dang it, I wanna seeeeeeeeeeee

I wonder why that doesn't dry your hair out? I'm always tempted to try that
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Oh, I'm sorry!! I forgot I changed it to frizzella. BTW, I am using a cocktail of La Bella Lots of Curls gel and the yellow LA Looks. Did I post that? I changed my avatar temporarily; it's the pic from yesterday.
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