Product Junkie

So, I love how a few weeks ago I said that I wouldn’t be a product junkie after quitting CurlKit. Well, I lied! I decided to celebrate my new job this week by going out a splurging a bit on a few products that I’ve had my eyes on for a while now. I even got a gift from my favorite hair supply company in Pittsburgh (shout out to Hair Day in Wharton Square!).

Hair Haul

Hair Haul

I got a lot of accessories since the heat is turning up and my hair is not kind when it gets humid outside. I invested in a white knitted hat, a few decorative pins, scrunchies, a bun roller, and head bands. I’ve never tried a bun roller but I’ve heard that it’s the easiest way to get the perfect, flawless bun. I’ll be the judge of that.

I also invested in a newer(?) product by Eden BodyWorks called Coconut Shea All Natural Curl Defining Pudding, medium hold. It’s supposed to be humidity resistant and is able to define, hold, and separate curls and waves. It’s also made without mineral oils, parabens, dyes, and is cruelty free. Seems like a win-win situation to me so I will be trying this out later today and see the results tomorrow morning!

I also went ahead and finally purchased Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque. Sally’s was having a sale and it was $2 off so I couldn’t say no! This stuff usually runs about $13 for a 12 ounce bottle and I paid $10 so I think that it’s a fair deal. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this product and I’m excited to use it in my deep conditioning treatment today. It smells divine and I hope that it works that way too.

Last up in my haul is the Proclaim Natural 7 Oil, which was also on sale at Sally’s. I keep emphasizing the sale to make myself feel better about spending so much money today. I ran out of my mixed oil last week and this is good for detangling, when used with water and conditioner,  and hot oil treatments. I usually just add a bit of vitamin E and castor oil and I’m all set!

Finally is my gift from Hair Day! I’ve been shopping there for about four years now whenever I’ve needed hair for a protective style or raw shea butter. The staff is nice and knowledgeable about my needs and I wouldn’t go anywhere else in Pittsburgh for good, quality hair. Today when I got home from the shop I opened my bag and this little treat popped out.

Hair Day Gift

Hair Day Gift

At first I thought that maybe I had accidentally taken something or it was given by mistake. But something wrapped this nice isn’t usually a mistake – at least I would hope not. Inside I found a nice set of make up by Kiss New York including, one single eye shadow, one duo eye shadow, and a trio eyeshadow set. Not a bad day if I do say so myself.

Kiss Make Up

Kiss Make Up

So I’m going to go and play with these items, including the As I Am Cleansing Pudding that I bought last weekend, and come back with results tomorrow afternoon. Have a blessed weekend and enjoy the sun!

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Ori Essentials vs Shea Moisture

I spent the past week experimenting with Ori Essentials and Shea Moisture to see if there was a difference in my twist out results. For the first 5 days, starting on Thursday May 2nd, I used the Ori Essentials Leave In that I received in my CurlKit. For a quick over view of that product you can head of here to my review last week.

Ori Essentials launched their product line in 2012 with a large line of organic hair and body products. They teamed up with CurlKit this year and began selling their products in stores as well. To date, their website is not running yet, but an overview of some of their products can be found scattered throughout the internet.

Ori Essentials Leave In Conditioner

Ori Essentials Leave In Conditioner

The actual leave in conditioner is creamy with a light coconut scent. But once it touches water it becomes a bit runny and spreads easily throughout the hair. The instructions state that you should use a generous amount of product and I wound up using about a tablespoon amount on each half of my head. My hair was wet upon application which helped the product to spread evenly as I smoothed it in and finger detangled. I sealed with a mixture of vitamin E (yes that big bottle from the CurlKit ) and Castor Oil and put my hair into about 12 twists.

The next morning I undid my twists and my hair came out like this:

Ori Essentials Twist Out

Ori Essentials Twist Out

The curl definition is good but it’s not what I was really aiming for in my twist-out. Maybe I should have spent a bit more time fluffing but I have noticed issues with that as well. My hair refuses to stay fluffed at the crown! I get it nice and curly and in less than an hour it falls flat again. I know that there is no product that can fix this problem because my hair generally is thinner at the crown and curlier at the nape of my neck. The addition of a few hair curlers at night usually does the trick but that takes too much time and I’m just too lazy to do that every night.

My hair was relatively soft to the touch but not to the point that I’m used to feeling. Later at night when I would re-twist my hair, I had to go back and add more product because my ends felt dry again. I don’t have the time or patience to do that every night so I’m not sure if this is a product that I’ll use unless I run out of my staples.

On the night of Monday May 6th, I switched to Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, my general go to leave in conditioner. I finally finished off the first jar that I bought mid december and I use it at least 4 times a week, so this stuff goes a long way. It has a stronger coconut aroma and is creamy but it does not get runny when added to water.

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

This product is the reason why I decided to stop being a product junkie. I add this onto moist hair, seal with my oil mixture, and when I take down my hair the next morning the softness and curl definition is out of this world! On this occasion I left my twists in for 2 days and took my hair down today. I did not re-moisturize my hair last night with water or leave in and today, my hair is still soft. The curls are immaculate and my hair is actually holding a bit of a fluff at the crown.

If I had to compare the two products, I’d say that Ori Essentials is good but not perfect. I feel as though I have to use too much of the product to get the intended outcome and it doesn’t maintain the softness integrity of my hair. So, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie wins this round! It spreads easier, provides maximum moisture, and helps to hold the curls of a twist out. I know that this product is intended more for wash and go’s than twist outs but I think that it works both ways depending on your own hair type.

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie Twist Out

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie Twist Out