I'm still a PJ but I think I'm a more discriminating one now.
All through my teen years I felt compelled to try absolutely every new thing I could find in hoes of coming up with better and better products. Of course then I was just going by the claims on the bottle, not the actual ingredients so it was very very hit or miss. Mostly miss.
Once discovering CG, I had to go through the process of finding what works for me. And of course, when you're settling into CG (or mod-CG, really) that changes a lot over time. At first I needed moisture out the yin yang, then my hair thinned and I needed volume but still moisture, then something else would stop working and I'd hafta try again. Nothing was ever completely right yet though.
Once my hair has gotten into much more stable condition, I've been a little better. I basicly got off the whole thing for about a year because I was pretty unconcerned with my hair, considering other things I had going on. I was still struggling with a change in water and environment from a move but just didn't have the time or money to give it too much attention.
So finally this year, I went on a spree again for a couple months, snatching up whatever I could that I thought would work. Fortunately not that I'm able to make more informed choices about what I can really hope for when products and turn down ones that I know won't work for me, no matter how new and spiffy they are, I'm much happier with my purchases, even if they're not perfect HGs. So through trial and error I've found some products that really work well for me at this point and I'm trying to mostly stick to it. I've never been one to buy the same thing twice but now I have a few things I really love and buy repeatedly.
Of course, I still have the itch somethin' fierce and if I had more money to throw around, I'd be all over a few other things I'm coveting.
But I'm trying hard to remember that while I have something that really works I should stick to it until it starts to fail me and I need something different. Much easier said than done. No matter how good something is, you still end up hoping this other thing you wanna try might be even better. :P
Luckily I don't live close to a Whole Foods or an Ulta because those places are PJ heaven for me!
Yeah, it doesn't matter if you're using the perfect product, you still HAVE to try something new just in case it might work BETTER!
I go through cycles as well. Sometimes I'll be constantly buying things, and then I'll feel remorse for how much stuff is in my shower, or cabinet, and I'll vow not to buy anything new until the stuff I'm using is gone.
For instance, right now I have a liter of Too Shea!, a bottle of GF Length and Strength, and V05 Balsam and Protein conditioners in my shower. Which actually isn't SO bad, but I refuse to buy any more until at least 2 of those are empty.
I won't even go into hair products. Those are a different story b/c you can actually buy stuff that doesn't work for you, and you hate. Conditioners you can sometimes work w/ - products, if they suck, they suck, and they end up cluttering up your cabinet forever.
~ the artist formerly known as babywavy ~
Please excuse any typos. For the time being, we are blaming it on my computer.
I'm terrible at using up stuff that's not working as well as something else I've found so I get around that by giving most of my no-gos to my mom. But she has different hair and different tasted so it works out well, really. Plus she won't buy the stuff for herself so she has to get her products somehow. At least that's what I tell myself.