Throughout Summer, I challenged myself to stretch my wash-days out for 1 & 1/2 week. Now, if you know me well, then you’ll know this must have been a big challenge for me, as I usually stick to a strict routine- I normally wash my hair once or twice for the week; but for the Summer, I couldn’t be bothered. I just wanted to be able to go about the summery days, without having to think about doing anything to my hair. Some of my friends who also have curly hair, have asked why I even wash my hair so often in the first place. I guess I just love the feeling of freshly washed hair, and I can’t stand to have my hair feeling dry, so I usually wash it before it gets dry and tangled. Sure, I could re-moisturize without washing, but it just doesn’t feel or look even nearly as good as a fresh wash does. I’m sure many of you can relate .
So, back to this 1 & 1/2 week challenge I did. The first few weeks were a struggle, as I’d itch to wash my hair when my usual routine days came around; but I stuck it out. I tried out a few different products to find what would work best for this temporary routine of mine. I found two new products, and some oldies from my stash, which worked extremely well in intensely moisturizing my hair, that I’d barely even have to think about refreshing my curls.
Disclaimer: No products in my posts are sponsored. If I find things that work well for me, I share them in hopes that they might also work well for someone else 🙂
I was on the hunt for new products to add to by favourites collection over the summer, and I bumped into these in a Beauty Supply store. I’d seen a few reviews on products from the Mielle brand, and most persons who’ve used them said they worked very well for their hair; so, I decided to give the leave-in conditioner and curl smoothie a try. First off, the slip from the leave-in conditioner alone, had me already liking the product on the first try. I hate using products that offer little to no slip, or ones that don’t get my curls popping as soon as I apply them to my hair…it’s usually a big indicator that my hair hates those products, and the results won’t look good. This leave-in has a lightweight consistency, which I found very favourable, as I don’t like using too many thick products to weigh my hair down (especially in the Summer time). So, I was all hyped when I saw how well the leave-in worked on it’s own. Then, I went and added the smoothie. Do you know those moments when you taste or smell something super nice, that you instinctively release a moan or “OMG”. Well that’s what happened when I felt and saw the product soaking up immediately into my strands. Its consistency is more on the thicker side, so I thought I’d probably have to scrunch it into my hair…but nope, it melted right in.
As if the results alone weren’t satisfying enough, they both smell super amazing- not a strong overbearing scent (hate that), but more of a subtle, fruity one. I topped it off with one of my favourite gels, and then came another OMG moment (slip!slip!slip!). As I predicted after seeing how well these products soaked up into my strands, I had a full week of complete moisture. After that, I just spayed my hair with a bit of water and added some castor oil, which had my hair looking and feeling good up to my next wash-day.
I used them a second time, trying not to get my hopes up, as I’ve found that sometimes I use a product that initially gives me great results, then when I use it another time, it just doesn’t work the same at all. Thankfully that wasn’t the case with these, and the results were just as good as the first time. These two products were my go-to throughout most of the Summer. Safe to say they’ve now joined the Favourites family, as I’ll definitely be repurchasing them in the future (I’m almost out!). Based on the results, and fact that a little off each of these go a long way, I found them to be reasonably priced (I paid roughly $17 for each). I think I’ll keep using these sometimes throughout Autumn and Winter, as I feel they’ll also offer great moisture in the cold weather.
This Eden BodyWorks Curl Defining Creme has been in my stash for almost a year now. It was one of my favourite products for the past Winter, as it kept my hair super moisturized; I especially like it for doing braids or twists. That’s☝ still my first purchased bottle, and that’s not to say I haven’t used it a lot. It lasts long (coming from a very heavy handed gal). It has a thick consistency, which I prefer for my styling products during the Winter time, and a very small scoop of this product is able to satisfyingly style half my hair…and that’s saying something. I used it a few weeks in Summer, as it’s supper hydrating, but decided I’d leave it for the colder weather, as it weighed my hair down in the heat. But, if you’re looking for a styling creme that will give you lots of moisture, I’d definitely recommend trying this, as it’s on my list of favourites for that. Plus it’s very affordable (I can’t remember how much I paid, but it’s much cheaper than the Mielle products).
These two gels have been at the top of my list, ever since I discovered them over two years ago. As you can see, the Kinky Curly Curling Custard has been wiped empty (must restock ASAP). I’m not big on gels, and have only ever tried 4 different brands. After discovering these two, I was like “yep, these are my Holy Grail gels” (Bye Eco, never liked yah anyway:). Slip? These two gels are the ultimate MVPs (most valuable products;) for that. I find it pretty hard to choose my favourite between the two, but if I had to, I’d choose the Kinky Curly. Although I prefer to add the Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker to my Wash-n-Go routines, I find that the Kinky Curly Custard is the perfect gel for laying my hair and giving it that super sleek look. While that’s achievable with the Curl Maker, I’ve found that I’d have to add more of that to get similar results to what I get with a little over a dime size of the Kinky Curly Custard. To top it all off, they both smell super amazing- not having that strong chemical scent like most gels do; but a natural (which they are), subtle scent… plus, they’re two of the safest gels on the market. They’re a bit on the pricier side, but I think they’re both worth it, as a little of each will go a long way.
Now that the cold weather is rolling in, that little challenge of mine is going on the backseat, but these products aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
I’d like to hear from you! Leave a comment with some of the products you’ve been loving for moisture and slip 🙂 Thanks for reading❤