10-04-2008, 12:21 PM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Experiment - Success
I did these 2 experiments several times over about a 3 week period to see which curl was better and lasted longer. This post turned out to be long but hopefully not boring. I know you girls like to hear how things worked.
These steps were the same for each and then I will share which steps were different.
1. I washed hair with my fav conditioner Abba Pure Moisture Conditioner 2x, first to remove the products 2nd to actually condition (making sure I worked it into the scalp, a bit of water added at this point helps to distribute the product). I left it in my hair combing it through my hair with a wide tooth comb while I finished showering.
2. Rinsed conditioner out with cool water (I heard this helps close the cuticle shaft)
3. I wrung out as much water as I could, not using a towel of any sort
4. *This is where the changes are that I tested that I will list below
5. Added “LA Looks Curl” (8 holding power)
6. Then plopped for about ˝ hr
7. Then used my dryer/bowl diffuser to help remove some of the dampness and set more of the curl. (The best day was the one I could follow up and be out in the sun and let the sun and warmth finish the drying process.) Also after getting most of the top of my head somewhat dried I did clip in order to help it dry with some height added.
4. I added a small amount of my leave in conditioner. In this case it was Kinky Kurly Knot Today (because I have 2 bottles and wanted to use it up and it appears to work very well)
a. I then used my special cotton towel and wrapped my hair (just so I could get out of the shower and dry off without resoaking my back and the bathroom floor.
b. Generously applied KY (cheap Wal-Mart brand) and made sure hair was very slippery
c. Then applied FOTE (Fruit of the Spirit Aloe Vera Gel)
Then returned to steps 5-8
4. This time my leave in conditioner was Curl Keeper
a. I then used my special cotton towel and wrapped my hair (just so I could get out of the shower and dry off without resoaking my back and the bathroom floor
b. Then added Re:Coil (generously provided by a forum member for me to test before spending the big bucks on this product…THANK YOU! )
c. Then returned to steps 5-8
I believe the 1st test went much better for me. The curl was good on both but the staying power was better on the 1st test. By the 2nd day with 2nd test my curls were looking stringy. With the first test I was able to get 3-4 days. A tip I learned on this site that helps me to get multiple days is wet pineappling during sleeping with the softest or satin scrunchie I can find. I was always pinappling before I knew that was something special to do just because I couldn’t stand my hair in my face and getting pulled when I would roll over and then smashing the curl. But by wet pineappling I have seen a huge difference. I use my trusty spritz bottle that I always have handy I gave it a good spritz, even bending over and doing it up side down to make sure I got it all and then working it through the curls. Next morning, whala beautiful curls (works much like when women used to pin curl their hair to set a curl). I have to say I’m sure glad I saved my scrunchies from when I cut my long hair off. My hair is now almost bra strap in length and you can’t find a good scrunchie to save your life. It may be time to learn how to make them.
Hope this test and posting was of interest or helpful to some. For me, at least I’ve calmed down a bit and I’m not obsessing in finding my perfect products and can just enjoy my curls.
BTW, thanks to all on the forum as you will notice in my routine there are so many tips that I have picked up from various members and was able to tie them together for me and they were products that I didn’t have to shell out the big bucks for, a huge thank you to all of you.
3b? curls. Curly Girl since 10/05.
Love "abba Pure Moisture Conditioner" (feels so good on the scalp, super moisturizing...I believe it really aids in growing hair long)
Newbie here 8/08 and still trying to figure out all the abbreviations but love what you all have to share.