How long do you try products and combos?

I have read so many product suggestions here, I get impatient to try different ones. What would be a fair test of products and combinations? Doyou try the same combo and technique a few times before switching, or try something new every time you do your hair?
It depends. I can usually figure out why something may not have worked. If I think it may work with something else, I'll try a product another time or two. If it was really lousy, once and it's gone.

With a technique, it's may be the same. I kept trying the Denman brush despite the fact that it made my curls fall out more quickly. I'd hide it and bring it out again. Finally got rid of it so I stopped using it. Other things, I knew right away they weren't for me.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix and CCCC
I usually give products 1 to 3 test drives before I rule it out. I hated Biotera products enough that I returned them after one use. I will usually try something at least twice before giving up.
Loose botticelli curls and waves
No silicones/no sulfates since March 2008
Well it depends... If I try it 2 or 3 times and it's not working, then I usually get rid of it... but if I can see it's helping, then I'll give it a few weeks and see what happens.
I will try for about a week, which is 2-3 uses normally. But I've found that sometimes the time of year has a lot to do with whether something will work for me or not, so I hang onto for a retry period a few months later. After that, it gets swapped if I'm still not feeling the love for it.
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
The only time I will rule out a product entirely is if it attacks me. Like I was allergic to Confident Coils - that went buh bye in a hurry. Other things - I'll try them alone first usually to see what they do. Then I'll pair it with something that will enhance it (for example, when I first tried FSG, I got great curls but they fell by the end of the day. So the second time I used it I paired it with a hard-hold gel). If it seems to do nothing for me, then I'll just keep it and wait until another weather condition comes up. Most of the times, the dews here are in the 40s-50s. I found a lot of cremes that work well under those conditions in the summer. But with winter coming, and dews in the upper 70s lately, I've been experimenting with a few things that didn't seem to do much at lower dew points. I figure I already have the product, might as well keep playing with it until it's used up! The worst that can happen is I have a mediocre hair day.

Stacy
3a/some b, med/high porosity, med texture

My current HGs:
Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut, VO5 Strawberries & Cream
Conditioner: Darcy Botanicals pumpkin, LVPNG, Deva OneC
Leave-in: KCKT, Deva B'Leave In
Cremes: CIAB, pink Boots, Komaza coconut, FSG, CJ CCCC
Gels: BRHG, AO B5, LALSG
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Thanks for all the replies. LoloDSM I felt the same way about Bioterra products. Didn't like the gel or the curl cream. I did try them several times, with different combinations.
I feel like I'm not very scientific trying things out, and I only like to do my hair a couple times a week,
Currently trying Living Proof Shampoo and Conditioner (they sent me full size bottles of each, for free, who knows why?) and Living Proof wave making styling cream.
First time I washed and conditioned, rinsed well and used a lot of the cream, air dried and my hair was a bit stiff but not very defined. Second time (3 days later) coated the ends with conditioner, shampooed just my scalp, rinsed and added a little conditioner as a leave in, and used much less styling cream.I loved how my hair looked wet this time. Diffused to dry and my hair is softer, and feels smooth.but still not very defined. Less frizz this time.
As far as I can tell, my hair is 2c, I would love to find a routine that is not too exotic.

Last edited by crwritt; 10-11-2009 at 06:20 PM.

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