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Old 03-31-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
 
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Default Does anyone go back to old products after experimenting?

So quite frankly, I'm tired of being a PJ. Lately I've just been using old products that I've stock piled over the last year. So far I have rediscovered a shampoo and a conditioner that I had bought a long time ago and I'm lovin' them. Also, I just retried KCCC and I like it too. It makes my hair hard so that's why I stopped using it but it really controls my frizz which is what's been bugging me lately. So after all this experimenting and wasting money I've gone back to stuff I've had sitting in my cabinet for a year -___- has anyone else gone through this?
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sure....I've also repurchased items that I had used a long time ago. I've used Paul Mitchell Super Sculpt gel on and off for many years. Haven't used it for a while now but will probably buy again some day.
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After buying far too many products iv gone back too my simple cheapest co wash I first bought, cheapest boots curl creme and a bit of gel, and simplest routine of scrunching in product, no fancy raking, smoothing or brushing and my hair is looking better than its looked for months 😜
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It's puzzling how something can work well on one occasion and not another.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:36 AM   #5
 
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I definitely re-visit old products (I'm in the middle of some major stash-killing right now). I try different techniques or combinations, and I try to experiment in different dew points as well, since some products work better for me in higher or lower dew points. I generally reserve my experiments for days when I don't really care how my hair turns out (which is most work days for me), and save my HG products for events when I need a guaranteed good hair day (at least until I get the stash down to basically all HG products). I do have to note, though, that my hair appears to be very agreeable to most products, so for me the difference between HG and stash kill is often "wow!" vs "ok." Products that I try in 5 different combos without even reaching the point of ok get tossed or given away (there haven't been very many of these). I see no point in wasting a ton I products that I spent money to acquire.
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I always go back to the basic products I've been using for years. I like to experiment just for fun, to try out new things, new scents. But they never take the place of my daily products.
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I definitely re-visit old products (I'm in the middle of some major stash-killing right now). I try different techniques or combinations, and I try to experiment in different dew points as well, since some products work better for me in higher or lower dew points. I generally reserve my experiments for days when I don't really care how my hair turns out (which is most work days for me), and save my HG products for events when I need a guaranteed good hair day (at least until I get the stash down to basically all HG products). I do have to note, though, that my hair appears to be very agreeable to most products, so for me the difference between HG and stash kill is often "wow!" vs "ok." Products that I try in 5 different combos without even reaching the point of ok get tossed or given away (there haven't been very many of these). I see no point in wasting a ton I products that I spent money to acquire.
I'm with you on this. I had some gel (Ken Paves) I got for cheap and didn't like. I decided to give it one more try using a larger amount and got decent results. So instead of discarding it, and since it's in a tube, I'm keeping it in my travel bag.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:48 PM   #8
 
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Yep. Sometimes I go back to older products or I try to use up what I have. I like trying new things to see if there is something else out there that works brilliantly for my hair, but I have my old favs.
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Am I the only one who doesn't have old products to retry? I finish products or return/swap/trash before I move onto the next.

I don't enjoy experimenting for the sake of it, so I always quit once I find a product that I love and I'm happy to stick with that product for years.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:04 PM   #10
 
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I definitely do this- but it's because my hair acts so differently in the summer vs the winter! In the summer, I can use heavier products because my hair defies gravity with all of the humidity here. In the winter, I need lighter, curl enhancing products and LOTS of deep conditioning treatments. I

So.. my arsenal changes depending on season anyways. I always have a variety of types of products.
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As far as conditioners go, I've pretty much stuck to the same ones for a few years. They are a staple and work consistently for me. I don't even look for new conditioners to try anymore.

Now styling products...well I do like to experiment but most of the time I find myself going back to my old faithful tried and true products. I did add one new favorite this year though, UFDCM. LOVE, LOVE IT!

This year so far has made me curb my PJ-ism more than before. I realized that I had a good start with good products from the beginning. So why mess with a good thing? I suppose I've been looking not so much for a product to give me better hair than I already can achieve, but products that I can purchase locally and not always online or are less expensive. My hair does have rather expensive taste.

I suppose unless something just absolutely stopped working for me, was discontinued (gasp!), or I could no longer afford the products that I love, I will stick to what I know works for me. My favorites/staples are in my signature. I've also considered narrowing the list down even more just to keep it simple. Choosing the products that I just can't live without.....sometime soon .
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Yeah, okay, curlsnswirls. Now I am going to have to try Uncle Funky's! Where's the best place to buy this? Can you describe the scent (that's usually the 2nd deal-breaker for me on a product).
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I do, and it's because after a while I realized that barring a few ingredients. the technique is more important than the products.
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I always go back to the basic products I've been using for years. I like to experiment just for fun, to try out new things, new scents. But they never take the place of my daily products.
I am the same way! Lately I've been using my old Suave Naturals Coconut as a RO/LI with good results.
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I do, and it's because after a while I realized that barring a few ingredients. the technique is more important than the products.
I wish this was true for me. My hair is so picky.Technique isn't that big of a deal for me though.
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Yeah, okay, curlsnswirls. Now I am going to have to try Uncle Funky's! Where's the best place to buy this? Can you describe the scent (that's usually the 2nd deal-breaker for me on a product).
I got mine from the swap board, luckily. Their website has a list of places where their products are sold. Next time I need some more I will order from their website...probably two bottles to make it worth the shipping. Unfortunately I missed the last sale by two days . The scent is light and kind of a lemon herb scent? I'm not good at describing scents...but it is very light and does not linger at all. If you would like a sample, I might be willing to part with a little . Just send me a PM.
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Yes! Did it today, actually. I've been struggling lately with frizz and lack of curl and just all around bad hair. I thought it was just the season, but then this morning I went to apply the Shea Moisture stuff I've been experimenting with lately and thought, "Hey, why not go back to something that has been reliable in the past?" So I mixed up my trusty KCCC/SS CEJ combo, went through the usual routine, and bam - decent hair again! I don't get caught up in pj-ism often, but when I do, I find I'm often led astray. I have some pretty reliable winter and summer combos, so I don't know why I keep trying new things.

Now, if I just can get myself to make an appointment for a way-overdue haircut, I'll be all set!
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Yeah, okay, curlsnswirls. Now I am going to have to try Uncle Funky's! Where's the best place to buy this? Can you describe the scent (that's usually the 2nd deal-breaker for me on a product).
I got mine from the swap board, luckily. Their website has a list of places where their products are sold. Next time I need some more I will order from their website...probably two bottles to make it worth the shipping. Unfortunately I missed the last sale by two days . The scent is light and kind of a lemon herb scent? I'm not good at describing scents...but it is very light and does not linger at all. If you would like a sample, I might be willing to part with a little . Just send me a PM.
CnS thank YOU so much. i cannot believe i can buy this on the ground here in california and hadnt realized it. sweet! im gonna pick some up lickety split.
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Yeah, okay, curlsnswirls. Now I am going to have to try Uncle Funky's! Where's the best place to buy this? Can you describe the scent (that's usually the 2nd deal-breaker for me on a product).
I got mine from the swap board, luckily. Their website has a list of places where their products are sold. Next time I need some more I will order from their website...probably two bottles to make it worth the shipping. Unfortunately I missed the last sale by two days . The scent is light and kind of a lemon herb scent? I'm not good at describing scents...but it is very light and does not linger at all. If you would like a sample, I might be willing to part with a little . Just send me a PM.
CnS thank YOU so much. i cannot believe i can buy this on the ground here in california and hadnt realized it. sweet! im gonna pick some up lickety split.
That's great! I so wished I could buy it locally myself. Lt us know how you like the curly magic.
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curlsnswirls -- in your sig you say you live in a dry climate. you found ufdcm good for low dew points? how do you use it?
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