Wednesday, March 18, 2009

And the product testing goes on..

I went to a Christening reception for my coworker's daughter's baby. It was at this Japanese Sushi Buffet that I've never been to. I definitely went over calories that time. (Remember I'm using my Iphone Lose It app to lose weight?) It was worth it though. I have a new ice cream love now - Red Bean aka Munngo bean aka Mung bean ice cream. For those that have tried halo-halo, it's the same red beans that are in that. I've seen Red Bean ice cream at the Asian stores before but, never found it appealing. Now that I'm on the hunt for it, I probably won't be able to find it anywhere.

I'm still experimenting with products that I already have. To get accurate results, I should actually be only changing one product at a time instead of using all different products everytime I do my hair.

I decided to use Suave Naturals for cowash, L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri-gloss for Medium to Long Curly/Wavy Hair for rinse-out conditioner, Garner Fructis Sleek & Shine leave-in, and L'oreal Vive Pro Glossy Curls spray gel. I didn't do the upside down rinse this time either.

For my rinse out conditioner I usually use the L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri-gloss mixed with Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner. This time I only used the L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri-gloss conditioner and didn't like the results. My hair didn't feel as moisturized so I ended up having to spray my hair with a spray bottle that contained a little less than 1/4 of Suave naturals conditioner and the rest water (well mixed together) before I applied my leave-in and gel.

If my hair doesn't make a squishy sound when I scrunch products in, my hair isn't conditioned/wet enough. My conditioner/water concoction comes in handy for times like that. This has only happened to me when I used L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri-gloss by itself and Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious conditioner.

I srunched Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine leave-in in my hair upside down. I scrunched in the L'oreal Glossy Curls spray gel upside down too but, instead of spraying it directly into my hair, I sprayed it into my hands then scrunched it in. I'm sure that defeats the purpose of a spray gel but, I wanted to make sure the gel was distributed evenly.

I plopped with my microfiber towel until I was done putting on lotion. I currently plop not to achieve better clumping or waves but, to get the hair off my back while I'm getting ready. All my life I've had my hair twisted up in a towel while I got ready and can't seem to break the habit. I figure plopping is better for my hair than just wrapping it up in a regular towel.

After I was done getting ready, I removed the microfiber towel and scrunched out excess water with the same towel. I don't plop for that long so there's still a lot of water in my hair. I diffused both upside down and right side up for about 5 minutes then got bored and just let it air dry. The spray gel dried a bit crunchy and you couldn't really scrunch out the crunch. I've had worse in the past, though, when it comes to some crunchy hair.
Once again ignore the expression. Once I get a semi-okay picture I'm like OK that's it...tired of picture taking..this will work.

If you plan on using Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine leave-in, keep in mind it has Amodimethicone. It's one of those silicones that people are iffy about when they are CG. Some say it washes out with a cowash or low/no poo and some won't touch it with a 10 foot pole. My own personal experience? I haven't had a problem with it and will continue using slightly soluble silicones.

The L'oreal Glossy Curls spray gel does NOT have silicones.


Helloitsio said...

Mmmmm....halo-halo. I haven't had that in ages! Have you tried red bean milk boba or taro milk boba? Those two are almost as yummy as halo-halo...and more accessible for me!

MakeupByRenRen said...

mmm love red beans and halo halo!

Jen said...

OoOH! How do you like Bumble and Bumble products?

CIBU is supposedly coming out with a line specifically for curls!!

Have you ever tried Halo? That's next on my hit list. I just need to finish one more bottle of s/c, then come April 7th, I'm going to buy some new crap! =)

A. Rose said...

Are you talking about Yukai?? I LOVE that place!! You should try their green tea ice cream too...! Hopefully I'll get to go this weekend :)

Pretty hair, as always!

Girl with Curl said...

Helloitsio: I haven't tried the red bean milk boba or taro milk boba but, I'm sure I'd like it too.

MakeupByRenRen: Me too. I always make halo-halo at home during the summer time.

Jen: The only Bumble & Bumble product I tried was the Curl Conscious one and I didn't like it. It felt like it left a film in my hair and didn't really do anything for it.

I haven't tried Halo yet. I'm still trying to work through the products I have now too.

A.Rose: Yup, Yukai. I didn't really like their green tea ice cream. They had switched the red bean ice cream for green tea and I kept on waiting for them to switch back to red bean and they never did.