Hi-yah! This is simply a post on how important it is to check product ingredients, and to learn what your hair likes.
So, I’ve been using DevaCurl Original as you all might remember, and it’s ‘ok.’ It is not the most moisturizing, but I still love the Original scent. When I initially received my first Deva cut, I was really excited about the results, and I wanted to use the full DevaCurl line. The stylist used the Original line to no poo, and then condition my hair—after the cut of course. But when I arrived at the store, there were three different lines. I selected the super curly line (Decadence) thinking that it would be the best for my hair. It turned out that it was even more drying than the Original.
I think that in my last post I mentioned the Science-y Hair blog post on film forming humectants, this was a breakthrough of sorts for me—a revelation! I have a tough time keeping my hair moisturized. My hair strands are really fine, and they tend to get super frizzy, and not the nice frizz that comes with natural Black hair, but damage frizz. Also, when my hair is dry, I tend to get really bad tangles and single-strand knots.
In any case, my hair has been good, but I thought that it could stay moisturized a bit longer with less of the damaging frizz. I took a shot and started reading the ingredients list for the DevaCurl One Condition Delight . Now, I just want to say that as a super curly, I didn’t even want to look at this because they promote it to wavies, and most of the images communicate that the product is not for Black women or women with coarser textures. That said, I went to the ingredients list any way.
Of course, glycerine is at the top of the list. I don’t know what’s up with DevaCurl and their high price point when they use glycerine and propylene glycol—two of the cheapest humectants. These two humectants are sugar-based, which evaporate from the hair quickly; hence, curlies and wavies always complaining that DevaCurl is drying—it can be for many of us.
Anyway, I read the full ingredients list and two ingredients stuck out to me:
- Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract (flax seed)
- Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract (chia seed)
These two ingredients are film forming humectants! I decided to purchase a 12 ounce. I was so nervous about the purchase because I am simply tired of buying products. I’m tired of buying products, and then tossing them to the side. It’s wasteful, and I simply want products that work.
First impression: the Delight line has a really strong scent that is very different from Original and Decadence. It is a very strong citrus/perfume type of scent, and if you are sensitive to scent, I would suggest avoiding it (well, open the bottle to smell before purchase). That said, I tried the One Condition Delight (OCD), and the slip is amazing. There is no slip with the other two formulas unless you master that seaweed technique, but this one has tons. OCD is also very moisturizing. This seems to be the one to beat. I went ahead and committed to the liter sizes of the low poo Delight and the OCD—it seems to be working so far.
P.S. At the suggestion of Naptural85, I’ve been experimenting with aloe juice on my scalp for ph balance, and it is hit or miss (she’s started using aloe gel from the plant, which I may try eventually). It’s pretty acidic, too, so it makes the hair and hands kind of squeaky. I try to spray it directly onto my scalp in the shower before I apply styling products.
Aaah, another school year has begun! It’s going to be a busy one for me. What about you all?