Hi there curlies,
Today I co-washed for the last time with my GVP Tea Tree Oil Condish (something just isn’t right about this stuff). Then I did my version of a plop to dry my hair some with hopes of bigger hair (my wash and go’s tend to have less volume). Instead on a leave in a used Hollywood Beauty Olive Creme just to see if there was any difference. I applied the Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel (which I can’t stand the smell). I used a shingling method on medium sized sections then proceeded with a banana clip style that I have rocked almost all weekend. I’m really loving this clip works great for work or partying and doesn’t take long to do.
Well here go the results and please ignore my cheap foundation:
This gel is definately a keeper almost a HG. I just can’t let go of my KCCC. Eco Styler is consistant and doesn’t flake or leave build up. My hair is also moisturized and soft when it gets old and after rinsing it out. Feel free to share your eco styling stories and cocktails.
So it official… I lovvvvvvvvvvvvve Eco Styler gels. I used the clear one all weekend. Even used it on hair I had plopped dry and my curls were still popping. I even found a few new styles I have to share with you guys this week. I think its finally time to do some vids and tuts.
BTW the Krystal Eco Styler gets 4.5 out of 5 diamonds. It smells a lot better than the Olive Oil one and its clear so it doesn’t have blue #40 and what not.
I even made my first official pineapple and that made for 3rd day hair. I will also share a tut on that this week for all hair lengths.
This week should be fun guys I will be purchasing so trader Joe’s and Oyin products maybe some Qhemet too. So stay tuned I plan to do some vids or pictorials on how to sleep with KCCC or curls period, my bantu knot outs, flat twists, and some wash and go styles. I might do an amla vid too depending on how everything goes.
What’s in it:
Water, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydrxymethyglycinate, Polysorbate 20, Terasodium EDTA, Olive oil, Fragrance, Blue #1, Yellow #1, LOVE AND PRIDE (stuff in bold is what my hair likes and italics is what might cause problems)
What the bottle says:
- Alcohol free
- for all hair types
- Used by professionals
- Adds volume and sheen to gray, blonde or lighter colored hair
- Ideal for use with curling irons
- Perfect hold for natural or synthetic hair
- No flakes, no tack, anti-itch
- contains uv protection
- Salon tested
- made with 100% pure olive oil
- Maximum hold
- helps scalp regulate its natural moisturizing systems
- Not animal tested
- Made in USA
Price: $3-5 depending on size
Availability: Online, Drugstores, BSS, Sally’s
What I think: This gel gets 2 thumbs and a curl up. I’m currently rocking second day hair which looks even better. I have less shrinkage than KCCC and because it was only $3.50 I wasn’t afraid to use the correct amount of product on my hair. I was a little less crunch than KCCC but the results are very similar. I won’t be getting rid of my Kinky Curly products but when my money is low Eco Styler will be my back up. I have two 32 0z jars so it might be a while before I go back to KCCC. I used the Knot Today as my leave in but I do plan to see how it works with other conditioners. This product is wayyyyyyyy better than IC Fantastia gels as well. I don’t have build up and my hair feels so light like its nothing even there. I was able to soften my hair up when I refreshed it with water and smooth coconut oil all over. Its something about PVP and glycerin my hair loves when it comes to gels. I will definately re-purchase.
Rating: 4 diamonds
1 diamond for price (any cheaper just ain’t right)
1/2 diamond for smell (I don’t care for the smell but it goes away once its dry.)
1/2 diamond for ingredients (there is a lot of good stuff in it but also some things I can’t pronounce)
1 diamond for performance (hence 2nd day happy hair)
1 diamond for moisture (it feels soft and moist but not sure until I wash it out)
For More Info: www.ecocoinc.com
So I was a bit worried but my KCCC’d hair help up. Now last week I was in love with KCCC after I was able to keep up 5 day hair. Earlier this week I wasn’t too happy because after KCCC’ing my hair looked a complete fool by day one. Well I wasn’t that bad it was partially my fault.
I think the key to getting a KCCC style down is a bonnet over night. Also using the prefect amount of product and not over manipulating it. I had the best results with using my deman d3 to smooth the Knot Today to my sectioned hair the finger styling with the KCCC then using the denman on my less curly spots for extra definition.
Now I ran out of the KCCC so I didn’t have a choice this morning I just took my bonnet off, misted my hair with distilled water and pulled, fluffed, and scruched my curls with the Spiral Spritz and surprisingly it worked out. I was off to work with extra time on my hands. What a great start to my day.
Well I still haven’t hit up the worlds largest Kinky Curly display at my local Whole Food so I have to try and make it to day 4.
One thing about natural hair is not knowing what to expect but that’s always more fun than being a chameleon…..
Ok so my HG KCCC had been acting up lately and i don’t know why. Sometimes I feel Jerri curlish other days like a raman noodle head…..other days absolutely great. I’m starting to think KCCC is a HM product hit or miss. I don’t want to give up but a little birdie mention the eco styler gel which is $2 and has the same effect and Uncle Funky’s Daughter Curly Magic which has the same ingredients just a bit cheaper since Kinky Curly up’ed the price to $30 (what the heck). Well today I ran out of the KCCC and had to make my 2nd day hair work. I even got the Spiral Spritz which did help (I plan to see if it can stand alone one day this week)…
Well I went out tonight and curly fro-hawks remain my HG style and i was able to work it out with the spiral spritz and water (oh and clear gel one the edges). I have to work tomorrow morning so I will have to force 3rd day hair so keep your curls clumped (u know like fingers crossed…. I know I’m cheesy) that it works out.
In the mean time what’s your HM (hit or miss) product???
Nite Nite Curlies,
My love has returned….my Kinky Curly Knot Today is back and better than before. The have a new bottle but the recipe is still the same.
Like always and out of curiosity I decided to see if it could stand alone….. I did a little experimenting a tired it as a wash n go, a bantu knot-out Tnc combo, and with my Ampro gel for my donut bun……The wash and go was not all that my hair was all puffed up but when in doubt I cover it up…. So I put on my hair net for the day and once it dried I played around and realized I had a few options as far as styling goes…..one thing a realized in this journey is that just playing around and not getting discouraged will land in success. That’s the whole fun part of being natural the results are endless.
Unfortunately after three uses my supply almost depleted. I plan to stock up soon because I miss my other love the Curling Custard….
Oh and sorry for taking so long to post I didn’t want to be a nerd my whole spring break.