When it comes to curly hair there are indeed three elements or products typically necessary to acheive any respective look.
1. A nourishing PH balanced conditioner
2. A moisturizing leave in conditioner
3. A versatile styling product.
All three are important, and for some curlyheads/naturals one more so than the other. I find that my emphasis lately has been primarily with finding a solid leave in conditioner to set up my styling process. Several folks on the haircare boards have suggested the uber popular (organic) Giovanni Direct Leave-in conditioner!
I have to admit though, I tried this on a reallllly lazy day of not really feeling what I refer to as ‘the process’. A couple weeks back I set aside an afternoon to style my hair for work the next morning and all I remember was bitching and moaning in front of my mirror. I was a bit out of sorts I guess you could say, even though I was trying a new product…something that usually leaves me excited with anticipation!
I ended up using the leave-in after a light conditioning and twisting it onto slightly damp hair. I made several medium-large size twists after detangling with a wide tooth comb. I pincurled the ends with bobby pins, let it air dry for a bit and went to bed peeved.
Unraveling my hair the next morning was….well it wasn’t altogether horrible. After unraveling the twists, I noticed most if not all were a bit frizzy and not relatively moisturized. I ended up pinning the hair up with half a dozen pins, smoothing the front with gel and utilizing one of my hair bands. This was pretty much the look for a good half week before I sucked it up and started ‘the process’ over again.
I say all that to say, I like the product…lol! Irony I know, but the error does fall on me this time. Going over my usual steps I could’ve predicted what the end result would be. First, I failed to condition properly (my minimum condi.time is 30min.), + my hair turns out best when I section it into into smaller twists while adding the right amount of product, and last but not least….I desperately needed a trim!! When my hair is in dire need of a trim it has a distinct way of letting me know….basically by not behaving.
This leave in is also quite light, letting me know that because of the density of my hair I should layer it with something else. Instincts tell me if I add more to compensate for the amount of hair I have, my hair will feel overly saturated. The ingredients are fabulous though!! It’s an organic product, a factor I’ve been trying to add into my decision making these days.
I guess the jury is still out on this one though. I clipped my ends last week so I’m pretty positive I could get different results the next go round. So it’s a keeper for now.