Shiny Beach Waves

So, if you follow my blog, you know that I’m experiencing postpartum shedding. I’m not letting it get me down, as dramatic as I sounded in the earlier post. It’s just a phase and I know it’ll pass. The past couple of days, I tried pulling out shed hairs every day. This has reduced tangling, matting and frizz.

Friday night I decided to give my hair a thorough cleanse. I was long overdue for a wash. I decided to do a semi-clarifying shampoo with Giovanni Triple Treat Shampoo. This time I tried something different and put conditioner on my soaking wet ends, then proceeded to shampoo my scalp. I gave my scalp a vigorous scrub with the pads of my fingers to break up dirt and build-up. Shampooing my conditioned hair made detangling easier and left my hair more moisturized– win-win situation! After this I put on Aussie Moist 3 Minute Repair (amazing deep conditioner, btw) and added coconut oil on top of this (see posts: 1, 2 ,3 on reverse oil rinsing). My shed hairs of course flowed down the drain like a stream of water, but better out of my hair than tangled in my hair. Note: since I’m experiencing extreme shedding, I’m back to washing my hair in 4 sections. It makes detangling more manageable.

For the styling phase, I simply applied a generous amount of KCKT leave-in and applied Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine. My sister forgot her bottle here on her last visit, so I just decided to give it a try. After this, I installed four chunky twists in each section. This is my lazy, wavy twist out method….fewer twists and less time (see post on Beach Waves). I then sat under my hooded dryer to let the leave-in penetrate and dry my hair half-way. The next day, I was left with a less frizzier look than usual and my hair was remarkably shinier. My hair has been quite dull the past couple of weeks. I credit the shiny results this week to: the clarifier, meticulously removing all my shed hairs, reverse oil rinsing and perhaps the Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine. I’ll give this method another try to see if I get the same results.

The weeks prior, because I was low on time, I tried co-washing for two weeks. I don’t know why I never learn my lesson, but co-washing just doesn’t yield good results for me. I guess I’m always revisiting past routines that failed in hopes that it suddenly will work again. Do you find yourself too trying things again that consistently yielded poor results in the past?




Let’s Make a List: Cheap Effective Drug Store Conditioners

Hi Everyone! Hope you are all having a lovely Sunday and wonderful Mother’s Day with your little ones or with your Mommies! I thought it would be fun to start a group list of wonderful drug store conditioners that work well on your low porosity hair. I’ll start by reviewing a couple and would love for you to shout out your suggestions in the comments section. Remember, I don’t live in the US, so to help your fellow readers, your comments would be greatly appreciated. The conditioners shouldn’t cost more than 8 dollars.

Suave Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner – less than $3

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I bought this on the spur of moment, on a trip back home. So happy with that choice. This conditioner has AMAZING slip. A little goes a long way and it actually works quite nicely as a co-wash, detangler and deep conditioner. Detangling is a breeze with this conditioner, I apply it to my hair in four sections and watch in amazement as my wide tooth comb glides through my hair. At less than three dollars a bottle, it’s worth a try! I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

Aussie Moist Conditioner – less than $5

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I’m never gonna quit you Aussie Moist. I’ve never tried their shampoos, but this conditioner is amazing! I use it for everything from detangling to deep conditioning and sometimes I use a little on my ends for moisture. I love this stuff, the smell, the consistency and the fact that it always yields remarkable results. Definitely a product that will stay in my rotation. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

Cantu Shea Butter Rinse Out Conditioner – less than $5

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I love this conditioner as a deep conditioner. It’s very moisturizing and smells great! It doesn’t have an insane amount of slip, so you might have to detangle with a conditioner that offers more slip. However, after sitting under the dryer with this in my hair, it feels soft and supple. I give it 4 out of 5 starts!

Tressemé Naturals with aloe and avocado – less than $6

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First of all, you get bang for your buck with this conditioner. It’s huge, 25 fl. oz and less than six dollars is a steal! This conditioner smells great. I think it is a perfect co-wash, detangler and styler in the summer. Sometimes I dilute it with a little water and use is as a leave-in (in the summer). I rarely use it as a deep conditioner, unless I doctor it up with olive oil and honey. I give this conditioner 4 out of 5 stars for its versatility!

Have you tried any of the above? Now on to you, please share your favorite cheap drug store conditioners that you can’t live without!