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Curlformers, Trial 1 September 19, 2010

Filed under: Hair,Products — trntm @ 12:03 am

Tried curlformers today. My mother-chemically processed hair-tried them and wasn’t a fan due to her hair tearing out.

To prepare, my hair was soaked in conditioner and I would coat the hook with excess conditioner as I put the curlformers in my head.

I used large sections-think 1″x1″ boxes, thus it took about 45 minutes.

Today was a cloudy, gloomy, rainy-like day.

I air dried for 6 hours.

My results, a nice still damp poof of hair. Think old school experiments when your mother would put rollers in your hair and at recess they would get frizzy. Yep, nice big poof.

Sigh, hubby said I should try again with a few changes: less conditioner and smaller sections. Since the ones that looked good were smaller sections. I might try again after putting the hair in a ponytail and having curly ends. Also, need to invest in more of the longest curlformers (extra long) since a lot of my ends were hanging out of the curlformers, or maybe just focus on curling the tips and doing a curly twistout.

Also, their website says that they can be used on wigs, so I might give one of my wigs a nice curly do.


LeKair Cholesterol September 10, 2010

Filed under: Hair,Products,Uncategorized — trntm @ 2:34 am

I tried a new product on my hair, LeKair’s Cholesterol. Note to self-do not buy again, your hair hates this stuff.

I tried it twice as a deep conditioner. The first time my hair felt drier afterwards and my single strand knots increased significantly. Since I did the deep conditioning after a protein treatment, I thought that maybe the protein treatment left my hair dry. The second trial confirmed my initial thoughts. My hair hates this. I think it’s the lack of any natural ingredients high on the list as well as the mineral oil.  Ah well, sometimes you learn just as much, if not more, from what doesn’t work than what does work.


Baking Soda Conditioner Results May 10, 2010

Filed under: Hair,Products,Routine — trntm @ 2:21 pm

Found out about a baking soda conditioner treatment. I was intrigued and decided to try the treatment before I put twists in my hair.

The results…

Not what I expected. Prior users stated softness and elongation of curls. My hair felt no different, but then again several people have said that my hair is soft product-less. Far as elongation, I couldn’t tell much of a difference. I also twisted my hair shortly after the treatment.

In conclusion, I might try it once more and leave my hair loose afterwards, but not sure if this made a difference to my hair.


Shampoo/Conditioner for Extreme Curly Hair November 20, 2009

Filed under: Hair,Products,Saving Money — trntm @ 11:59 pm
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Saw this article and decided to keep a file of the best shampoo/conditioner for curly hair.

Best Shampoo for Curly or Wavy Hair
Garnier Fructis Curl & Shine Fortifying Shampoo, $4
With a “luxurious texture” and “wonderful lather,” this left unruly curls looking smooth and well defined.

Best Conditioner for Curly or Wavy Hair
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Around Daily Conditioner, $6
“An amazing detangler,” this thick, silicone-based formula tamed curls and created frizz-free waves.

I have little reason to doubt the validity of the products since I use Frizz-Ease serum to calm frizzes and have tried the Fructis Conditioner before with great results. Not sure when I will try them since I plan on keeping the hair braided for the next 18 months, but it’s still worth remembering.