Anyway, as stated before, I am letting my hair grow out. I went through a phase where I wanted straight, shorter hair: the Rihanna look. Well, I got a haircut and a relaxer. I have gotten relaxers, but Queen Fierce is the one who usually does the entire process. I have never had problems with relaxers, ever. I ignored my gut and went to a salon to pay a ton of money for a service that cost pennies at Queen Fierce's home. Well, long story short, I looked hot for about two weeks after the new 'do, and then my hair started to break off. I freaked out for about two days. After the panic, I went to the Queen Fierce with my tail in between my legs and said, "Let's just go back to basics. Cut it all off." I have kept it short for some time, and the next time I decided to tame my curl, I went to Queen Fierce. No problem. One thing, short hair takes a lot of maintenance, and for some reason, my hair grows really fast (or at least it feels that way). So, I would get a mild relaxer, hair would grow, hair got cut, and I would have the natural curl again (I was going for the Mia Farrow pixie). After several upkeeps, I said "Forget this, I am growing out my hair, au natural." Plus, times are tough, and I need to prioritize my disposable income, ya heard? (I'm stalking the makeup counters, I am thinking about buying a new foundation.)
So, it's back to playing with products that define curl; it's back to headbands, scarves, and barrettes; it's back to the BO-ING!
I'm bringing BO-ING back, Justin. Maybe you should follow me.
Anyway, I have never stopped using my staple everyday conditioner, Aussie Deeeep 3 minute miracle. However, I just leave it in for like 2880 minutes. Since my hair is one the dryer side, I don't have to wash it very as often; it soaks up everything. Aussie Deeep isn't heavy, sticky, filmy, or gross in my hair. In addition, the conditioner has wonderful slip, and it preserves my curl pretty well. I usually have to wear another product with the conditioner. I have so many hair products, I could open my own shop. I was trying t use up what I had, but I got bored. The other day when I was in the pharmacy to pick up prenatal vitamins (I have just graduated from my first trimester, and this is my first baby. Let's hope everything goes well.), I swung by the hair aisle. I found this John Frieda silicone/gel hair product called "Clearly Defined." I contemplated and say, "sure, why not." I used it yesterday, and I have to say that I do like it, overall. Here's a breakdown:
Consistency: More gel than silicone. It is very clear, has nice slip and feels light but substantial in my hand. There are little silicone beads that seam to evanesce. I have to use several pumps for my hair because I like to make sure everything is coated.
Hold: Firm. Does it feel touchable, kind of. I definitely feels like I have product in my hair. However, once the hair is dry, I can smooth out any sharp, crisp curls to make the hair look fluffier, but still defined. I don't like the "wet look," I like the "defined but approachable look."
I also did not notices any flakiness.
Smell: Pleasant, floral, fruity, clean
Frizz-control: Very nice!
Drawbacks: The bottle says that it imparts shine, but I didn't notice a ton of shine. Once the hair was dry I had to use a little coconut oil to add the crucial shine. Also, and I don't know if this is due to the hormones, but my hair feels a touch dry. To be fair, my hair has been feeling this way, though.
2nd day hair: Nice, very nice. I just had to rake my hand through my hair to fluff the flattened curls. I twisted some of the curls to refresh the definition, but I was impressed. I have a touch of frizz, but nothing that can't be twisted/patted down.
Overall: I am impressed with this product. To compensate for the lack of shine, I will use shea butter or coconut oil, but I feel like my hair needs that anyway. I will let you know if my opinion changes. Oh, and by the way, the bottle says that it can be used for straight hair too, like before a blow out. So, it's not strictly for the slinkies.
4.5 out of 5 happy wallets
Price: about $7, buy it on sale!
Here are pics of the growing hair and product