Thursday, August 9, 2012

Jessicurl: You Have The Right To Remain Curly

 Oh the fun of being blessed with curly hair.  Yes, I love it and now appreciate it, though you all know we want what we don't have and I spent most of my life wishing it was thick or straight or both.  Now I enjoy my curls and feel that they suit me best.  My new to go natural with curly hair products.  Many curl products are way too heavy for my hair so I can't use them.  Other products are so light that as soon as my hair sees daylight or an ounce of humidity, it goes *poof* and suddenly my hair feels like dandelion fluffs of baby hair, driving me crazy as it lightly wafts in any passing breeze.

I tried a handful of natural or low-chemical products and finally fell in love with Jessicurl.  Aveda & Deva Curl skip some bad stuff but were not natural enough for me.  Jessicurl seemed a lot better, full of good for your hair ingredients and missing icky things like silicone, alcohols, sulfates, parabens, etc.  You can even order them fragrance free which is what I do.  My hair still smells great, if not better than those other products I used to use.

To test out Jessicurl, I ordered the Light & Luminous Collection in 2oz size.  It is a sample kit of 6 products to try that are great for fine curly or wavy hair.It is $36 which comes out to about $6 per 2 oz bottle of product which is not too bad if you have bought travel size salon hair products.  They tend to be in that price range if not a lot more.  It was a great way to test out this line.  I got a shampoo, 2 conditioners, and 3 styling products.

The first day I didn't follow one of the instructions which turned out to be super important.  Do not use a towel on your hair!  Out of habit, I did it and then my hair was not as happy.  The 2nd day,  I made sure not to use a towel on my hair and also made sure to use plenty of the styling products.  Tadah, my curls looked awesome! I decided to keep trying out the product and kept loving it. These styling products work best on wet hair that has not been touched by a towel.  I love to let my hair air dry so once I got rid of the towel habit, I was used to this routine.

My hair was driving my crazy in other respects though.  I had been growing it out.  It was pretty long and I have to say, I could not stand it.  It was pretty but I didn't find it flattering to my face and it felt like a pain in the rear to manage.  I remember long ago at the age of 6 or 7 when my hair was past my waist and I felt the same way.  This must just be my personal preference.  I went to the salon at that age and told them to cut it all off.  They gasped in horror and turned to my mom who said, do what she wants.  So, I knew it was time to cut some of this long hair off.  Nothing too short or drastic like when I was 6 or 7 and chopped it all off.  This time I just wanted to cut off a few inches and go back to having it just past my shoulders.  I got it cut and felt so much happier and lighter.  I felt more like myself again.  Yay!  Now this combined with my new Jessicurl was an amazing combination.  So far I am extremely happy with the Jessicurl line.  Here are some comments on the specific products I am using.  I just got my full size products to replace the travel size collection and plan to keep using these great gentle products.

These products are not 100% natural but most of them are very close.  They are gentle and contain a lot less of the harsh chemicals found in most hair products.  

Gentle Lather Shampoo- A nice light lathering shampoo that is free of harsh cleansers.  I do wash my hair daily so it is great to have something gentle that doesn't strip my hair or weight it down.  Dermatologist's orders on the hair washing to all those who say, but no no no, washing daily is bad. 

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Decyl Polyglucose, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, PEG 150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, DL Panthanol, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Aloeba Daily Conditioner-  The best conditioner ever for my hair! It is moisturizing but not heavy so my hair has great bounce and shine and my ringlets look so pretty. Oh how I love thee aloeba! This one is very close to all natural and good for you too.  Check out this list of ingredients.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua) infused with Equisetum Maximum Lam (Horsetail), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Laurus Nobilis (Bay Leaf), Ocimum Basilicum (Basil), Arctium Lappa (Burdock Root), Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow Root), Origanum Vulgare (Oregano), Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass), Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) and Urtica Dioica (Nettle); Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Awe Inspiraling Spray- Curly hair often needs a little pick me up during the day.  Either from the weather, a long day, maybe putting your hair up to go to the can lose some curl.  This product brings it back! I have a travel size bottle in my gym bag now so I don't have messy hair after the gym anymore.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Confident Coils Styling Solution-  This is a great one for curl defintion and helping to prevent frizz.  I especially need this during the summer so hooray that I found it this summer!

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, VP/VA Copolymer, Polyimide-1, C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Polysorbate 60; Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Gelebration Spray-  My hair is in love with this.  I almost ran out of my travel size bottle before the full size order arrived.  It is really good for my fine curly hair.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Organic Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seeds, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

BEFORE: Curls seeming kind of flat, especially towards the top
BEFORE: How I kept ending up wearing my hair because it drove me nuts
AFTER: Long Hair after using Jessicurl, look at the difference!
AFTER: The other side after Jessicurl
AFTER: Finally, a great haircut + Jessicurl = Great Happy Hair! I had her cut off about 4 inches.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow! I really need to try this stuff. Your hair looks great!


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