Sunday, January 11, 2009

Baby come back..

ETA: Thank you to Patti, the webmistress for the band Player's website, for pointing out incorrect information I had posted. I had written that "Baby Come Back" was by Ambrosia but, it was actually by Player. My apologies about the mistake.

I'm sure you've seen the Swiffer commercial where the mop and broom want to be used again and the song "Baby Come Back" by PLAYER is playing in the background.

Video by TheMacaroniBand on YouTube

Well that's how it's been with me concerning silicones and sulfates. I tried my hardest to stick with the curly girl routine but for the following reasons I strayed:

1. I started getting too worried and paranoid about whether or not a product was CG approved. I'd read labels like a madwoman making sure I wasn't using any silicones. I even have a note in my phone listing all silicones for reference. All the worrying turned something fun, shopping for hair products, into a task.

2. I didn't like missing out on products that caught my eye while I was shopping. When I would be near hair products and I saw one that I really wanted to try I'd put it back because it wasn't CG approved. It almost felt like I was on a diet.

3. I prefer the fragrance of silicone products versus CG products. Most CG products are organic. I can't say 100% natural because a lot of them still include human-made chemicals. I still have not found a CG product whose fragrance I really liked. The call (or should I say smell) of most sulfate/silicone shampoos and conditioners, Herbal Essences Shampoos and Conditioners especially, is just too good. The first time I shampooed my hair with sulfates, after cowashing for a couple weeks, just felt so satisfying. Maybe that's why the girl in the Herbal Essences commercials really enjoyed her "organic" experience - she was stopping the CG method and reverting to her pre-CG ways.

Video by nastyplayboy69 on YouTube

4. The whole CG routine can be a lot of work. From picking the right products, plopping, diffusing and long drying time (during which you shouldn't touch your hair). I wanted a routine where I didn't have to apply products dripping wet and I didn't have to plop. I may do the CG routine every now and then but not all the time. Even though I use silicones, I still cowash. When I feel I may have buildup, then I use a shampoo with sulfates.

Soooo..lately I have been using both CG and non-CG approved products. Today I finally came across a pretty good combination.

Shampoo: Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Shampoo for fine to medium hair
Conditioner: Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Shampoo for fine to medium hair
Leave-in: Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious curl creme
Mousse: Nexxus Gorgeous Curls Curl Enhancing Styler
Gel: Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel

I washed my hair. Combed conditioner through my hair. Continued with my shower with conditioner still left in my hair. Rinsed my hair at the end of my shower. Squeezed the water out of my hair but not handling my hair roughly and wrapped it in a towel. After I was done with my after shower routine, I removed the towel. Added curl creme throughout my hair and combed to distribute the product. I added mousse to my hair scrunching the whole time. I even scrunched with my head upside down. I let my hair air dry for maybe 5 minutes while I did my makeup. Added a little bit more of mousse while scrunching. Continued finishing my makeup then added a little bit of gel while scrunching for more definition. I actually liked how it ended up and my hair was pretty much dry by the time I got to Church 30 minutes later. My waves aren't usually as defined as this unless I use a diffuser but, I let my hair air dry the entire time. The waves held up good too. This picture is from when I got home later that night.
The products I used:
The Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Products were part of a kit that I found at the Cosmetics Company Outlet in California. I was glad I found it because I wanted to try the Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious line without spending money on full sized bottles. The kit also comes with a shower cap and instructions on how to use the products which of course I didn't follow.

When I did my CG versus non CG product experiment, I should have done more experimenting before concluding that CG products were better than non-CG products. I just hadn't come across the right non-CG products.

There are still more products I would like to try both CG and non CG. They include coconut oil, Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner, Beyond the Zone Noodlehead Curl creme, Redken Ringlets or Fresh Curls line, Biolage daily leave-in tonic, Tigi Curls Rock creme, and Garnier Fructis Curl Scrunch gel.


MakeupByRenRen said...

i got one of my curly haired friends hooked on your blog...her hair is doing much better!

A. Rose said...

i gave up on the CG method. i was able to get some waves, but it was too much work. i like the CG products i've accumulated so far though, so i'll keep using them.

ps. got your message about the DS half-marathon. i'm THINKING about it...

Anonymous said...

"Baby Come Back" was not sung and recorded by Ambrosia. The band is PLAYER and the lead singer is Peter Beckett, the same guy that wrote the famous song. I work for Peter and Player. You can check them out at their Official websites (Peter being very HOT still!)


Girl with Curl said...

MakeupByRenRen: I'm glad your friend's hair is doing better and tell her thank you for stopping by my blog.

A.Rose: I think the whole routine is a lot of work but, I agree with liking CG products. I may just use CG products for now but not do the whole plopping, diffusing, etc.

And you should do the DS half marathon. You're a strong runner. I just want to finish. With it being April instead of the Shamrock in March that will give us more time to train.

Patti (Anonymous): Thank you for the correction. I had casually asked someone who sang the song while I was writing and didn't do the research. I apologize about the mistake.

Anonymous said...


I've been using Sebastian Laminates Crema Styler for three years with great results. My waves are defined without friz and they are not crunchy, orily or sticky. But now it seems that Sebastian has stopped making this product. I've been trying to find a replacement without much luck. I think that silicone and shea butter are the ingredients that make it work for me. I'm tired of trying things at Ulta only to return them. I have a few tubes of Sebastian that I've ordered online but my time is runnig out!

Help -- Vickie in Minnesota

Girl with Curl said...

Hi Vickie in Minnesota! Thanks for stopping by. I'm sorry that your favorite product was discontinued. Have you tried Bed Head Foxy Curl Contour Cream? I haven't personally tried this cream but, know others who have had success with it. It contains silicones (cyclotetrasiloxane and dimethiconol) and shea butter. Best of luck. I hope it works for you.