March 15, 2011

So My New Product May Have Formaldehyde

Of course, a product or two I just started using has some known problems:

DIAZOLIDINYL UREA – Preservative

Immunology problems, may release FORMALDEHYDE. I just can’t win, can I. Apparently ShiKai uses this in some of their products. yet again, another natural, safe product may not be. And I was tolerating the fragrance so well. Just goes to show you. Well, at least it’s a natural form of the dangerous item, right?

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March 15, 2011

Survived the Micro

Well, we finally did it. Found a semi-perm color that doesn’t like turn my hair black. Love chemicals in the well water, don’t you????

Got my hair cut and the ends are not looking like lightening forks during a rain storm. I have been working with the ShiKai products for two weeks now, alternating with my regular standing products. So far so good. I am still waiting for my samples to come in to try them. Found out more products I look at have the Acacia products in them. I still don’t know about that. I know I have a heck of a time with root beers, one of my only soft drinks I will have a small amount of on occasion. The Acacia is really hard on my stomach. I know when they are in bloom, like right now, the trees really have pollen issues for me. Itching throat and all. But so far, I haven’t had a really bad reaction on my skin. Maybe there is hope.

I should beĀ  getting my non-fragrance samples from Jessicurl today. Imagine, a company that actually has fragrance free samples. Yeah.

March 11, 2011

Micro Chop Tomorrow

Stressing about it this week, but I really need a micro-chop. I know I will ask that only an inch be taken off, then Amy will wag a com or scissors at me with, no you need more. Then will begin the tug of war about how bad the ends really are.

Yeah, I have been experimenting with the ShiKai products this week. I know that most of the ingredients are really good for dry hair, but I still feel too much fluff happening. Maybe the micro-chop will help a bit, but it seems no matter what I do, I can’t get enough moisture in the hair. I am trying out some new products this week when the travel sizes show up.

I contacted Jessicurl and asked about their sample, travel sizes. I was able to order a non-fragrance selection so here’s crossing fingers. They also take PayPal, so that was good as I really am trying to be good about web buying. We’ll see, here’s crossing fingers. I have also contacted another company on Etsy and hope to try some of their product that is free of added fragrance. Here’s crossing fingers.

 

March 7, 2011

Das Frizzy??

Color Reflect Intense Conditioner

Yah, is frizzy.

Saturday was huge amounts of rain. I really needed to get the gunk out of my hair from combating the humidity of the previous days. I know, we always cringe when we think, hmmm, gotta get the gunk out, but it will just poof with the rain. So I thought well, I can also try a new product I had picked up in the product wanderings of the morning.

Early am, with coffee cup in hand, I was wandering about in the pharmacy looking at what was maybe new and affordable for hair care. Well, after smelling a few bottles of things that promised to help severe damage to hair, I noticed the triggers of a headache starting. With a sigh I left. I had to go to the Health Food store for food supplies anyway, and they do have a good selection of stuff. They are not as vast as Whole Foods Market, where I must admit the personal care section is enormous, but Harvest Market in Fort Bragg California does have a very good selection of healthy natural personal care items. Now, of course, this doesn’t mean that the products don’t smell. Why, yes, some natural scents can just give me a whopper headache, and I do wish more of them would just use a food grade vanilla oil if they had to, but here goes.

I had been looking at Giovani’s line but so far had not been able to buy a bottle. But next to that on the shelf was ShiKai’s Intensive Repair Treatment. I opened the cap and was not over powered by smell. Could it be that I found something in the natural isle? I looked at the ingredients and noted that the list did not fill up the back of the tube, always a good sign for sensitive curls girls. So I bought it.

I used it as a deep treatment following the directions, then added my regular conditioner of the moment as an after rinse. After playing with duck clips and trying to tame the curls into real curls I let it dry natural. I was pretty impressed and will try it a few more times over the weeks and see what can happen. It did look great for a few hours, but the humidity was insane and it is hard to get second day curl with this humidity.

March 4, 2011

This weeks adventure in curl experiments

I think I have over loaded myself with product trials, but I really need to find the right mix of products. My allergies are up, or I hope it’s that and not getting sick. This weekend I have planned to do more research, about my hair the sponge that it is this week.

I feel the need to wander the isles at the local pharmacy, see what’s out there again. I spent my brief trip last week looking in Ulta and Peninsula Beauty Supply at hair care. Pacing the isles, hoping for a miracle that I could be like normal hair people, well those that don’t have sensitivities to smell and chemicals. I kept coming back to L’Anza because I can tolerate some of their products. Sadly, with my hair aging and getting more moisture-less, sometimes the hair care you can tolerate really just doesn’t cut it after a month or two, you gotta find a different one.

So, looking at the isles in my weekly jaunt, we’ll see what happened.

March 4, 2011

The Day’s Musings

Okay, after months of trying to recover my natural curly hair from having all the build-up stripped out, chopped, and lightened a bit, I am ready to start getting my possitive on about growing the hair out. Well, actually, let’s say hopeful anyway.

I have started this blog to help get through the months of transitions I must go through to tame the mane.