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Old 02-21-2007, 09:23 PM   #1
 
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I know these are three really random products, but I have been hearing a lot of people say good things about each of these. For those of you that use either honey, shea butter, or coconut oil, how exactly do you use them? Do you wash with them, use them as styling products.....
Thanks! I'm dying to try them.
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Old 02-22-2007, 05:45 AM   #2
 
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Hello

I haven't messed about much with coconut oil as i've heard it can make your curls more elongated but if i did it would probably be as part of a deep treatment.

Honey can be used in lots of different ways, adding a blob to conditioner will help with curl definition and give you nice shiny curls. You can also do a deep moisture treatment by mixing honey with aloe vera and your conditioner... heat the mixture in a microwave for a few seconds and slather on wet hair, wrap your hair up and leave for about half an hour (this is known as snowys moisture treatment.. SMT... invented by a girl on the longhaircommunity forum and by all accounts its fanastic). People also do honey rinses by mixing a few tablespoons of honey with water for your final rinse. People also use it with some aloe vera as a gel / curl defininer after thier final rinse.

Shea butter is my altimate God send!! I use it as a leave in and it gives me well defines, bouncy curls... i've quit using gel since i found this stuff!! it doesn't hold as such but because my curls are so moisturised and free to springy i don't feel i need any hold! I'm about to order some unrefined stuff but at the moment i scrunch Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave-in conditioner into my hair, towel dry a little and thats it! Heres what it looks like... http://www.healthlifeline.com/item.html?PRID=1001662

I also srunch a little in when my hair is dry and it gives me an extra bit of clumping. And when i tie my hair back, i smooth a very tiny amount over my hair to catch any frizzies
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I use coconut oil as a leave in. It helps with keeping the moisture in and calming the frizz before I put on my gel.
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Old 02-22-2007, 05:10 PM   #4
 
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That leave in looks good! Grecian do you have a photo album up? I've seen a pic of your curls before but I want to look again please!
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Old 02-22-2007, 06:59 PM   #5
 
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Grecian, I just ordered me some! Thanks. I'm also going to try the honey & aloe mixture.
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I don't have any nice recent pics so i'll do my hair with just the leave in this weekend and let you see the result!
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Old 02-23-2007, 06:29 AM   #7
 
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can anyone tell me what aloe vera is used for, can it be used as a gel for styling or is it used for conditioning.

Also the shea butter, I'm imagine this to look like a lump of butter ( I'm new to all this).

I 've started using a tiny amount of leave in ( 1 part honey /10 parts water ), this gives me the volume I've been after and a few more curls (not enough), and so far no build up.

I'm now looking for something that will add definition and shine.

Can anyone help
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Old 02-23-2007, 07:03 AM   #8
 
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I'll be watching for the Grecian, thanks!

You can use aloe for conditioning. I have it in both my leave in and my gel. Some can use aloe with a little honey as their gel.
Shea is solid but melts with the heat of your hands. Generally it's in a tub.
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Thanks Medusahair

Where can I buy these, drugstore, supermarket or health food store.
I live in the UK.
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Old 02-23-2007, 11:48 AM   #10
 
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I'm not in the UK but here I buy it at Walmarts, the health food store, drugstores. Be sure it's just aloe though. Usually I can find it with first aid for sunburns
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GrecianCurls - I don't know if I should thank you or fuss at you for posting that link - so many cool-sounding things I want to try. And I'm trying to be good and not spend so much . . . oh, well.
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I just washed my hair and put a blob of aloe vera in and plopped for 1 hr.

Result -Hair not too good. Less curl and a bit poofy. What did I do wrong.
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argh... sorry for feeding your PJs!! I hope the people that have brought the shea moisture leave in on my rec like it

bibbles... I'm not too sure what you did wrong, i had very mixed results with aloe as a leave in so i just use mine in deep treatment mixtures now and love using it that way. Are you on CG? Whats your hair type? Maybe it doesn't quite give you enough hold? Also (sorry to throw another product in) i have read posts before where people have used aloe mixed with a drop of jojoba oil and had good results... the jojoba can help de-poof a little if the aloe isn't enough by itself. Sorry i can't help more but i kind of gave in experimenting with aloe as a gel on wet hair, i did get some good results though using a tiny amount on dry hair.

I've added some pics of my hair for anyone interested... they show how fine and wimpy my curls are but also how spirally the leave-in makes them!

http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/ren...034scd&.src=ph
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Ok I'm convinced I need to try this now. I thought you were using aloeba?

Your hair is spiralled up so nicely! You have beautiful hair!
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I can speak about coconut oil.

I've used it in various ways. I have blended it with both rinse out and leave in conditioners for more moisture.

I have left it on my ends at night for a protective coating.

I have used it as a DT.

My most common use for it is for defrizzing after my hair is finished. I graze it and/or scrunch it on any surface frizz and it seems to work for me. I have a little tub with me so I can use it during the day if I need to.

Many seem to find that it elongates their curls, but I haven't seen too much of this myself.

ETA: GrecianCurls - you ahve some awesome spirals!
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Thank you!

I ran out of aloeba so i'm using Elucence till my next lot arrives (thats the only problem with it... i use loads), I'm so fickle, i love something and then my PJ starts calling, I should know by now that if it ain't broken don't try to fix it!! There are somethings i keep going back to and aloeba is one of them!
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:40 PM   #17
 
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Actually I was asking about Aloeba because you mentioned the other leave in you use. I was wondering if the other leave in is better? In a different way I mean.

I understand perfectly about the PJ! I have the products I love dearly but if something is similar in ingredients that I like I have to try it! It's like a law I swear, it's not me
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Grecian, your curls are absolutely beautiful!! Can I have them please??
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LOL... lushaholic... 2 years ago i'd happily of chopped my curls off for you but i've grown quite attached to them now!! You're hair is stunning too! You always want what you don't have though eh!?

I see what you mean now Medusa.. If i use aloeba as a leave-in it'll be as an overnight treat, i love how it moisturises my hair but it also makes it look a little greasy. For day-time help with banishing frizz and encouraging curls i use the shea moisture stuff! Hope thats answered your question!
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Old 02-26-2007, 06:25 AM   #20
 
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It sure does thanks so much Grecian!

Edited because I repeat myself before I get coffee in me oops
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