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Mip 02-09-2005 11:13 AM

Please help me decide
 
So I want to try a new shampoo and conditioner, and even more so since I did a post asking about it. (Again, a big thank you to those who responded).

The shipping for products from Curlmart is expensive, so I looked into alternatives. Those are the Aveda Sap Moss and KMS curl hydrator stuff. Funny thing is though, although shipping is inexpensive for those (I can get them from a UK site), the actual products are expensive.
To cut a long story short, it's actually slightly cheaper to get Jessicurl! The reason is because the exchange rate is favourable and American stuff always seems to be cheaper than over here!

So, which do I get? I'm also not 100% sure whether to go for Aloeba or Too Shea, if I go the Jessicurl route. I have very thick, coarse, curly wavy hair.

Thanks a ton.

:D Naturally, I will post reviews of whatever I try.

laurabeth33 02-09-2005 12:00 PM

Mip, it's really a question of seasons.

In summer, the weather is very extreme (hot, humid, salty air), so I used Jessicurl HCC and Too Shea. My hair can't handle sulfates at all when the humidity is that high.

In winter, I use KMS Curl Up Hydrator. I love that it seems to encourage my wavier sections to curl more and maintains the curls I have so everything looks more uniform.

I wasn't thrilled by Aveda Sap Moss poo. I'd suggest Dove Moisture Rich poo (if you can get it). Also, it should be far cheaper, even in the UK. The Aveda stuff is expensive--even for a salon brand, and the Dove stuff is far better. What brands do you have available to you? Maybe I can make another suggestion.

Since the UK never gets into the 90s (I remember taking the Tube in June and it being 75 degrees F and there being signs warning people to get off every few stops and get a breather.), I'd say the KMS conditioner is a better choice, especially if you get the more economical liter size.

Amneris 02-09-2005 12:01 PM

KMS
 
I love the KMS conditioner - the one in the orange tube, right? Amazing in my thick coarse hair - it gets so soft.

Mip 02-09-2005 12:23 PM

Thanks. Laurabeth. :) Have you had your hair cut yet? How did it go?

Does Dove have sulphates in it? I tried a Dove shampoo a while back and wasn't particularly impressed.

The UK does reach the 90s! It usually doesn't happen for many days in the summer, but I think parts of the country have reached 100F! Funnily enough though, summer isn't too much of a problem for me. It seems to be winter, and the 'transitioning' period from summer to winter and back again that's the problem.

The KMS conditioner, for 250ml, is 10.25. That is expensive for a conditioner, but if things work, I'm there.

We really don't have that many options in the UK. We have Frizz-ease, Pantene, Dove, Fructis, etc....and not necessarily the selection within those brands that you have in the USA. Seriously, from what I've read, the choice over there is fantastic. There is a site though, that has some interesting names.
http://www.hqhair.com/code/section_hp.asp?PageID=56
This is the site I'd get the KMS from, if I got it.

As I say, price-wise, there's very little difference between purchasing Jessicurl from Curlmart, and buying from the above site. Aveda Sap Moss would cost 8.50. That works out at approx $19 for the KMS and $15 for the Aveda. The only disadvantage with ordering from abroad is the length of time it would take to arrive.

Thanks for the recommendation, Amneris. It is the orange one. I'm always interested in getting softer hair. :)


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