Review: Bumble & bumble Creme De Coco Conditioner

Well hello lovelies! Welcome to another Friday review. This week I’m reviewing Bumble & bumble’s Creme De Coco Conditioner. Years ago I used the masque in the line and loved it, so I decided to give the conditioner a go, seeing as it doesn’t contain any silicones or mineral oils.
This is a very thick rinse-out conditioner. I’d like to say that a little goes a long way (especially as it’s so pricey), but because it’s so thick, you actually need a bit more in order for it to spread across the hair and to penetrate enough to assist detangling.
Like all of the Bumble & bumble products that I’ve tried, the smell is mild – a little more sweet than fresh like most of their other products – and not unpleasant.
The weirdest thing about this product is the texture. It feels like it coats my hair rather than sinks in, and it doesn’t make it feel as soft as I’d expect given the product claims. I find this strange because there are no silicones in the ingredients list, and it is packed full of plant based ingredients. Products with ingredients lists similar to this normally work really well for my hair – maybe because B&b is not known for its ‘natural’ products, the ingredients are further processed? I’m no chemist, so I can’t say any more than that.

    The Breakdown

Where can you get it? Mecca Cosmetica/Maxima

How much is it? $$$$

Eco-friendly? 4/10

Animal testing? I believe so.

CG friendly? 3/3

Colour safe? Yes.

Available internationally? Yes.

I hope you find this review helpful; let me know in the comments if there are any products you would like me to review in the future – or just say hi :)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Love and waves,
Astrid

Review: Living proof. No frizz leave-in conditioner

G’day lovely readers! I hope your Friday is wonderful and that you have some relaxing and fun things planned this weekend. This afternoon I’m heading down to Canberra to visit some friends that I haven’t seen in way too long – I can’t wait to catch up. I’m not looking forward to the cold though! Brrr.

For the past few months, a staple in my shower and routine has been the frizz leave-in conditioner by Living proof. It is a beautifully textured, light leave in conditioner, and it smells faintly of grapefruit – I may not be a fan of citrus in perfume, but I looove it in hair products!  I apply this straight to my soaking wet hair after rinsing out my conditioner, and it provides good slip and a base for a sealing oil and/or gel.

The downside to this product is the price. It’s quite expensive and I have had leave-in conditioners that do the same thing for the same price or less. And with similar textures too. So, unless you’re after a light, grapefruity smell, I would say you could probably save your dollars, and support Australian owned businesses at the same time.

The Verdicts:

Where can you get it? Mecca Maxima

How much is it? $$$$

Eco-friendly? 4/10

Animal testing? None

CG friendly? 3/3!

Colour safe? Yes

Available Internationally? Yes

What do you think readers? Will you try this or have you tried this line? Let me know in the comment section, I’d love to hear from you!

Love and waves,

Astrid

Technological Difficulties.

Hi lovely readers,

I’m just touching base because I’d wanted to start posting more regularly. Unfortunately the post I’d planned today isn’t going to happen right now because my computer’s not playing nice. For some reason it isn’t recognising the account that I use to sign in, and I can’t access any of my old files. It’s making me clench my fists and grind my teeth. But not to worry! I’ll figure it out and it looks like there will be ways to access my files even if I don’t fix this issue with the software.

When was the last time you had a frustrating encounter with technology? I’d love to commiserate in the comments.

Love and waves,

Astrid

Review: SheaMoisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner

I got this conditioner when I was in the States over Christmas and New Year’s. At the time I was using it in conjunction with the matching shampoo, but since going back to conditioner washing, I’ve been using it as a co-wash.
This is a perfect conditioner for the co-washing (conditioner washing) technique. It’s light, completely silicone free, and contains soothing ingredients that help with my occasionally itchy, dry scalp – especially in the colder autumn months. The smell is slightly medicinal, but not so strong that it bothers me – I actually like it. If you’re not a fan of tea tree essential oil, or similar scents, I would probably steer clear of this though.
It’s a shame that sheamoisture hair products are not more readily available in Australia – I would repurchase this in a heartbeat. Granted, you can always purchase this from CurlMart, but the shipping to Australia does not make it worth it to me. There are other products just as good that are much more accessible (MooGoo!).

The Breakdown:

Where can you get it? CurlMart is the only place I would feel comfortable buying from, even though the shipping is darn steep.

How much is it? $$

Eco-friendly? 6/10

Animal testing? No

CG friendly? 3/3

Colour safe? Not explicitly, but I believe that conditioner, being acidic, is inherently colour safe.

Available internationaly? Yes, but with caveats. See the first question.

I hope this helps you some! If you have any thoughts on this product, or would like to recommend a product for me to review, let me know in the comments!

Love and waves,
Astrid

Asterisk That Thought

Years ago, while still in Uni, I started a general blog called Asterisk That Thought over on Blogger. Lately I’ve been thinking about it again because I’ve started to focus on my writing (well, think about really, I struggle to focus at the best of times). So I thought I would share in case you ever feel like reading about more non-hair related stuff :) For the time being it may be updated more frequently than this site, so maybe I’ll see you over there!

Love and waves,
Astrid

Review: L’Oreal Elvive Total Repair 5 Masque

When I decided to go overhaul my routine by weeding out the silicones and sulfates, I realised that none of the deep treatment conditioners in my stash were silicone free. So off I went in search of a new deep treatment. My first stop was Mecca Maxima (mainly because I’ll take any excuse to enter that store), but they did not have any silicone free treatments in stock that day.
Next up was Priceline – the place I’m sure many Australian women would not be able to live without when it comes to budget beauty and personal products. While there, I glanced at some of the more natural brands, but many of the so-called ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ brands often contain silicones (this is why it’s so important to become educated in ingredient labels, that’s where the truth of a product lies), or they have intense smells that that give me nausea.
Moving on to the more synthetic brands, I stumbled upon the L’Oreal Elvive Total Repair 5 Masque. If you decide to give this product  go, make sure it’s the one with the red label – the other masques contain silicones.
I’ve been using this masque one to two times a week for the past couple of weeks and so far I quite like it. It has a bit of protein which is perfect for my colour treated hair. In actual fact, the first time I used it, I noticed that my hair had more body, shine, curl and less frizz. I went out dancing that night and enjoyed my big hair – I love big hair!
It’s not the thickest treatment I’ve ever used; it’s more like a thick conditioner. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m not one for spending hours on deep treating my hair. The only difference between my regular routine and this one is that I’ll scrunch out as much water as possible before applying the treatment to two sections of hair. I really coat the hair with the product then finger detangle before going through thoroughly with my Denman brush. It provides a lot of slip for a product that’s marketed as a ‘masque’.
My only bone to pick with the treatment, is the synthetic floral fragrance – not my favourite. But it doesn’t linger, so it’s not a deal breaker.

The Breakdown:

Where can you get it? I picked mine up from Priceline, but it’s also available at Coles, Woollies and a few chemists.

How much is it? $$ (currently on sale for less ;)

Eco-friendly? 4/10

Animal testing? Yes; no indication otherwise.

CG friendly? 2/3 – it does have one water-soluble silicone right at the bottom of the list.

Colour safe? It makes no claims to be, but since it’s a treatment which is meant to strengthen structurally damaged hair, I’m going to say yes.

Available internationally? Yes.

Let me know if you give this treatment a go. I’d also like to know if there are any products (preferably silicone and sulfate free) you’d like me to try and review, and I’m happy to answer any and all questions!

Love and waves,
Astrid

My Routine March ’15

One thing that changes constantly is my hair washing and styling routine. Not only am I a product junkie, but I’m also intrigued by new techniques (and if you’re familiar with the curly care world, there are tons of different ways to wash, rinse, detangle, apply products and dry the hair).
Pretty much all of last year (the year I took to try my hand at professional hairdressing), I was shampooing and conditioning my hair the way you’re instructed on the bottle: lather, rinse, repeat if necessary, rinse and apply conditioner, rinse. I even started using sulfate and silicone laden products.
I did this because I was a hairdresser in training and thought I should be taking care of my own hair the way I was being taught to take care of the clients’ hair. Despite knowing that the CG method worked for me – I’ve been using the CG method in some shape or form for seven years now. And every time I stop following the CG method of hair care, eventually my hair gets cranky; it gets frizzy, dry, stops curling as much and causes general frustration (despite any claims otherwise on product labels).
When I returned from Europe, my hair was just doing some weird frizzy-straight kind of thing and I just wanted to get some semblance of a defined wave back into my hair. So I did what I’ve known to work before: I hid away all my products with sulfates, non-water-soluble silicones and drying alcohols and made sure to only detangle my hair when it was soaked in conditioner.
And so, from beginning to end, this is my current routine. This has been working for me for the past few weeks.

Method (to the madness):

1. Co-wash with Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner (I picked this up on my recent trip to the States). I scrub at my scalp with the pads of my fingers, nice and thoroughly.

2. Condition with Sukin Moisture Restoring Conditioner. I split my hair into two sections; I put quite a bit of conditioner on each section, until I can easily slide my fingers through the strands without catching on snarls.

3. De-tangle with my new Denman brush – I picked this up in the UK recently and I love it! You can find these brushes at Hairhouse Warehouse or Price Attack in Australia but there are also cheap dupes that work just as well. I use this brush to gently get through any of the smaller knots I may not have got through when I was using my fingers. Remember: gentle is the key.

4. Leave the conditioner in my hair while I go about my other shower routines (wash face etc).

5. Rinse. Some curly gurus suggest leaving in a bit of conditioner, but I try to rinse as much out as possible. When I’m rinsing I say to myself: ‘soft, not slimy’.

6. So now the water is off and my hair is rinsed out, but I don’t step out of the shower yet, and I don’t even squeeze the water out of my hair! This is where I begin my styling routine. First product: leave in conditioner! Splitting my hair into two sections again, I apply a small amount of the Living Proof No Frizz Leave In Conditioner to both sections – just over the surface of the section. My hair doesn’t like raking and combing in the styling stage.

7. Next comes a serum or oil. At the moment I’m using the DevaCurl MirrorCurls (I don’t remember it being quite so expensive when I bought it). I apply just a pea sized amount to both sections.

8. Last comes the gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel (another goody from the US). Again, I apply a blob to each section and work it through. Now that all my styling products are applied, I flip my head over, take another, smaller blob of gel and begin scrunching – I scrunch upside down, then tilt my head to either side and scrunch again.

9. Now, drying! Using a microfibre towel (you can go fancy or plain), I scrunch my hair again – upside down and each side.

10. My hair scrunched and no longer dripping, I put it into a plop while I do everything else I need to do to look presentable for the day.

11. Air dry. This leaves me looking a little straggly until my hair fully dries (watch it expand!), but it’s worth it to keep it healthy.

And there you have it! My full hair-wash routine. It doesn’t take as long as it seems to when it all happens fluidly. But this is also one of my more complex routines. I fluctuate between full routines like this and way more pared back routines. I’ll keep you guys updated now and then when my routine changes.

So I hope this gave you some ideas for caring for your own hair. Wavy and curly hair can be frustrating at times, but it’s also fun to play around with new products and techniques. Let me know if you have any questions, or leave a comment if you just want to say hi! I’ll say hi back :)

Love and waves,

Astrid