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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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 theย frizz leave-in conditioner by Living proof.ย 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!ย ย 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?ย Mecca Maxima

How much is it? $$$$

Eco-friendly?ย 4/10

Animal testing? None

CG friendly? 3/3!

Colour safe?ย 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

How Do You Sleep?

For those of us with textured hair – from the slightly wavy to the tightly curly – maintaining our hair through the night is a big deal. I believe this comes down to the fact that we don’t like to brush or comb through our hair. Oftentimes, this can make things much worse. I showed you guys what it looks like when I brush my hair – but that’s nothing compared to curly-tops with tighter textures.

There are a few ways that curlies try to prevent the bedhead:

The Pineapple

This technique requires you to bend over so that all your hair is hanging towards the floor. Then, taking a scrunchy, gently gather all your hair into a loose ponytail right on top of your head. Some curlies like to make a loose bun, especially if they have particularly long and thick hair.
Pineapple-ing (yes, it’s a verb now) keeps your hair out of the way while you sleep, and hopefully only the underside of the hair will get smooshed.
The downside to this for some is that no matter how loose the scrunchy is, they get a dent in their hair when they take it down the next day. Luckily for me, that doesn’t happen – my only problem is that at the moment my hair is only long enough to keep half of it up.

The Satin/Silk Pillowcase

This isn’t a technique – just a product, really. The idea is that silk or satin is much smoother, and a lot less likely to suck moisture out of the hair than absorbent and snagging cotton. I’ve never ended up buying a special pillowcase, but I did buy a cheap silk scarf big enough to lay over my pillow – I really did notice a difference, although it’s tricky trying to get the scarf to stay all night.

The Satin/Silk Bonnet or Scarf

Satin and silk bonnets are very popular in the curly community, and a scarf is just another way to put the protective material around your hair while you sleep. With the scarf method, I find it hard to get the happy-medium between tight enough to stay on and loose enough to be comfortable. And with bonnets, if you buy a cheap one, the elastic gets loose quickly and I find that they also fall off by morning.
On the bright side, I recently bought a silk bonnet through a fellow member of the Aussie Curly Girl Facebook group* – her mother makes them – and it has been great so far – the elastic is firm but not uncomfortable, and there’s enough there that when my hair gets longer, it won’t make the bonnet fall off.
One thing I have heard is that it can cause breakage to the fine hairs at the hairline – I haven’t seen any evidence of this on my own hair (I’m convinced that the fine hairs at my hairline are never going to change).

Braids or Twists

Twisting or braiding the hair while you sleep is a good way of preventing tangles in the hair. It also preserves the ‘S’ curve in the hair. However, depending on how many braids or twists you do, it can alter your curl pattern. That’s what lots of curlies are going for, but if you don’t want looser or tighter curls overnight, maybe stay away from this option.

The Combo

Many curlies use two or three of the above methods, either for extra effectiveness or insurance against one failing (like the bonnet comeing off or braids coming undone).

My preferred way is: switch it up. When I first started learning about how to take care of my hair (and make it look good in the process), I used the pineapple method. Because it was the first thing I tried, I found it worked really well. But as I found out more and more, I experimented with different things. That’s what I love about hair in general: there are so many ways to style it and take care of it, no one way works for everyone and, if you’re like me, different things work depending on the results you want and the changes in seasons and hairstyles.

So, readers, what do you do to keep your hair from getting messed overnight? Let me know in the comments, and if you try any of these ideas, also let me know – I’d love to hear what works for you.

Love and waves,
Astrid

*If you’re in Australia and would like more information, go to my contacts page and let me know. I’ll see what I can do about getting you in touch ๐Ÿ™‚

Aussie Spotlight: MooGoo

Well, it’s been a shamefully* long time since I last posted, hasn’t it? I’d like to say that I’ve been busy (to an extent, I have been) but really, there has been time for me to post; I’m just really good at procrastinating.
How have you guys been while I’ve been away? I hope the world is treating you well, and if you’re into Halloween, I hope you’re having lots of fun gearing up for it. I spent yesterday afternoon talking to Mum about Jack O’Lanterns and decorations coming up to the 31st, and I’ve been on a massive horror film kick lately too. Do you love getting the bejeesus scared out of you too?

Aaanyway, I’m getting distracted (this is why I should post more often, I’d be able to spread my ramblings out a bit) – do you want to read my next review of an Australian hair care brand? Of course you do – so keep reading to find out my thoughts on MooGoo ๐Ÿ˜‰

Milk Shampoo
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This shampoo tricked me. At first, it felt kind of drying – my hair was squaky clean and I was worried. But after I applied conditioner and my hair dried, my hair felt very soft and less frizzy than usual.
By the third time I used it, my hair wasn’t feeling stripped and I wonder if my hair was simply adjusting to the particular combination of ingredients in the shampoo.
The best thing about this shampoo is what it did for my scalp; my scalp didn’t start to itch as soon and I managed to stretch my washes from every three to every four or five – pretty amazing to me!

Cream Conditioner
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MooGoo is one of my go to conditioners and my favourite all-rounder. I use it to co-wash, condition and as a moisturising and light leave in. And paired with the shampoo, it’s even better. I got multiple compliments on my hair while I was trying out the duo and my hair had less frizz than usual.
If I weren’t so keen to keep searching out and reviewing Australian brands, I’d want to keep going with these.
And, rumour has it, MooGoo is in the process of trialling an actual leave in conditioner! Exciting ๐Ÿ™‚

Where can you get MooGoo? They sell online, have a search feature for stockists on their website, and ship internationally.

How much is it? $$

Eco-friendly? 9/10

Animal testing? No.

Curly Girl friendly? Yes, 3/3

Colour safe? No; I couldn’t find anything on the label to say so.

Have you tried MooGoo? Let me know what you thought in the comments, and if you have any suggestions for an Aussie brand to try out, add that too! Also, I’d love any horror film recommendations coming up to Halloween ๐Ÿ˜›

Love and waves,
Astrid

*I use that word lightly. Shame is a pretty strong emotion to feel about something that’s a hobby. But you know what I mean; colloquialism etc.

As with all my posts, opinions are my own and I purchased these products myself. The images come from the MooGoo site.

First Aussie Spotlight: Sukin

Hello chickens! How are you today? What’s the weather like in your part of the world? Here in Sydney it’s the first day of Spring, and the blue skies really showed off for it.

Now that the chit-chat is out of the way, let me introduce my first product for my Aussie spotlight series: Sukin! For this review I bought the Moisture Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner and the Protein Hair Treatment.

Moisture Restoring Shampoo
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On first use I found this shampoo to be quite drying – straight after applying it, my hair felt stripped and squeaky. This happened less and less as I used it and by the last time I used it (last week) I felt like my hair was getting moisturised. Whether this was due to me using the combination of their other products, or I was getting used to it, or maybe it was actually doing its job over repeated uses, I’m not sure. Either way, if you prefer a more luxurious texture to your shampoo, you might want to stay away from this one.

Moisture Restoring Conditioner
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I loved this! Out of the three products I tried, I noticed the most immediate results from the conditioner – and it’s the one I’ll probably repurchase. After the way the shampoo felt like it was stripping my hair, the conditioner just melted into the strands and they felt softer straight away. The first day testing these products I kept touching my hair because it felt so silky.

Protein Hair Treatment
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This treatment comes in sachets and to me, one sachet didn’t feel like enough even though my hair is short. I know that protein treatments aren’t supposed to feel as moisturising as, well, moisture treatments, but because it didn’t spread very well I felt like I needed more than the single use sachet. I think I noticed the least difference from this product. However, I did not leave it on for the full fifteen minutes (I really don’t like getting my head wet twice on a wash day), so that probably affected my results.

Where can you get Sukin? From their online store, Priceline, other chemists and online retailers. They don’t ship internationally from their website, however some of the other online retailers they list are international sites.

How much is it? $*

Eco-friendly: 8/10 I couldn’t find anything saying that their packaging was recycled although it is recyclable and they are a carbon neutral business.

Animal testing? No

Curly Girl friendly? 3/3 No sulfates, silicones or drying alcohol.

Colour safe? No. I couldn’t find any mention of whether these products help with colour-fade and damage.

I hope you found this review helpful! Do you have any suggestions for what Australian brand I should try next? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚

Love and waves,
Astrid

*$: under $10
$$: under $20
$$$: under $30
$$$$: under $40
$$$$$: over $40

All pictures are from the Sukin website.

A Splash of Salt: Review

Hey chicas (and chicos)!
How has the first part of your week been? Mine’s been a little up and down with a returning bout of anxiety. But after class today, I’m feeling a little more back to normal – I passed my perming assessment and trimmed some mannequin hair – doing the things I love however small definitely does that.

Today I’m going to give you a review of a product I’ve been trying over the past few weeks: label.m Sea Salt Spray.
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It’s a lovely light sea salt spray – it doesn’t dry out the hair like some salt-based sprays can. And it has a very mild smell – a little synthetic, but it’s inoffensive and fades quickly.
My favourite way to use it is to spray it over my curling cream (currently using Styling Cream by DevaCurl) when I style my hair after washing. It just gives an extra oomph of hold without being.
I didn’t notice the Sea Salt Spray do much as a texturiser on dry hair – maybe I didn’t use enough? And I also didn’t notice much of a difference when I used it on its own or with a leave in conditioner. I think that may be down to me trying it out in winter when my hair tends to be dryer. I usually prefer using salt sprays in summer when my hair is naturally more springy due to the humidity.

Reading the ingredients, they’re almost all natural and there are no silicones so if you follow the Curly Girl method, this product is a-ok. However, there are a couple of parabens (methylparaben and propylparaben), so if you like to steer clear of those this product may not be for you. And for those who have protein sensitivities, there is wheat protein towards the end of the list.

Overall, I really like this spray – especially the non-drying factor – and I’m looking forward to trying it in the warmer months when my hair doesn’t need as much hold.

If you’ve tried this product, let me know what you think in the comments. Or if you have a favourite beachy texture spray, tell me what it is, product junkie to product junkie ๐Ÿ˜‰

Love and waves,
Astrid

Jittery Happy

Hi guys, how are you today? I’m doing well – I have some exciting news ๐Ÿ™‚
This morning I went in to talk to the boss at the salon where I trial led last Saturday. She wants me to come in on Saturdays as a trainee, and I have access to the salon on other days to practice my skills.
I’m jittery with the opportunity, not to mention the location of the salon – Bondi. It’s a great place because there are all different types of people who hang around there: backpackers, hipsters, beach bums, yuppies and yummy mummies just to name a few. Also, I may or may not be daydreaming of summer swimming after my shifts.

I hope your Tuesday is going well, readers.

Love and waves,
Astrid