Saturday, October 11, 2008


Do you remember Ramona the Pest? Remember how she was curiously committed to the idea of pulling on one of the her classmate's curly tendrils?  BO-ING, BO-INGG.  Ok, ok, one more time, BO-ING.  It is just so amusing to pull on curls.  I like to call curls "Nature's slinky."  Why buy the mad-made slinky when you can just befriend a curly-haired person, right?  Plus, nature's slinkies are easier to detangle: man-made ones, no so much.

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
First day

Second day (and Hand model audition)


Elvira said...

OMGOMGOMG! Forget the damn hair gel! Congratulations! Yea a baby! How wonderful for you! Your hair will grow a lot. mine grew like crazy during my pregnancy. Plus my nails never looked better too! Oh I am so happy for you! When are you due? Do you know the gender yet? Have you picked names? I luv babies! Oh and your hair? It is awesome! I love it. Have fun playing w/ it and growing it out!

T said...

Thanks, Elvira. We are all very excited on this front. I am due in mid April, so I am still in the beginning stages. I don't know the sex of the baby, but I do want to find out. I think we might be able to know in two months. We can't wait.
Don't worry, I will keep you posted.

I am loving my nails and my hair is crazy thick right now, lol yay!