* Just so you all know, this post was ready to go up this morning. But when I woke up, I had no cable, no internet, and because we have Vonage, no phone. Now that my situation is rectified, back to your regularly scheduled afrobella post.
You’ll hear many an afrobella talk about abandoning shampoo, or adopting the “no poo” method. But you’ll never hear a woman with natural curls say “I’m going to give up using conditioner.” Unless said woman has lost her damn mind.
Conditioner is a vital supply for women with curly locks, and for most afrobellas it’s a daily necessity. I go through conditioner the way Shaquille O’Neal might go through a gallon of milk. My hair absolutely guzzles the stuff. Because of the sheer amount of conditioner that my hair demands, I’ve become rather picky about what I’m buying.
Many afrobellas over at Nappturality.com swear by Suave’s super-affordable line o’ condishes, but the last one I bought, green apple, made my hair feel clumpy and frizzy. I won’t be making that mistake twice!
And just so you know, price has nothing to do with it. Damage Remedy by Aveda is a big Ave-don’t for my hair. I’ve never been so disappointed by a beauty product. Honestly, I can’t but into the hype on Aveda.
Yes they do great things for the environment, their stores are eco-friendly and attractive, they serve you fabulous tea while you wait, and because of the company’s philosophy on saving the world, I’m pre-disposed to love them. But their hair products don’t work for me. Also, I’ve had two of my most expensively disappointing hairstyling incidents at Aveda salons.
One’s a famous SoBe establishment, and I walked out of there with my head looking like Buckwheat didn’t sleep right, with a brown paper bag containing $100 in products that I really didn’t mean to buy.
The stylist insisted that I had to mix (the apparently now discontinued) Elixir and Confixor together to style my do. Um, WRONG. Gel doesn’t work for me as a general rule. And Elixir was not the best leave-in conditioner on the market. Not by a long shot. I’m glad to see it gone. Having said that, I would gladly try the new Be Curly Conditioner, but once bitten, twice shy. If any of you have tried it, please let me know your results.
The second time I visited a different Aveda salon, off the beaten path and near my neck of the woods. I had a hairdresser who was one of those Jamaicans who hate reggae music. What is with that? “Bob Marley is alright, but not me and that Buju Banton rah-rah nonsense,” she said with a screw-face. I should have known right then that there’d be a problem.
I begged her to keep the cost to under $200. She assured me that the bill would be fine. I got lowlights and a deep conditioning treatment, then the mofo at the cash register rang me up at $250 and change. Needless to say, my hairdresser was hiding in the back room when it came time to pay. My hair didn’t even look that special, and I vowed never to return. So cosmetics aside (still loving the eyeliner), I think I’m through with purchasing Aveda products.
One of my new favorite conditioners is Matrix Biolage Hydratherapie Conditioning Balm.
I like the Matrix Biolage line so far — I’ve tried two of their conditioners and I give them two thumbs up without reservation. I just ran out of conditioning balm and I need to get to the store today to restock! I think I might go for this AWESOME colorful train bag that comes with the purchase of any three products!
Tres chic, and I’d get the Curl Defining Creme and the Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo.
The Conditioning Balm slicks on effortlessly, softens my naps to the point where I can actually pass a wide tooth comb through my knotty ends, and makes detangling easy. It’s $15.99, but salon quality and a pretty good purchase.
A while ago, I was lucky enough be sent some little samples of Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner. I really love the concept of these products, but it didn’t work on me. I put on about half of the cute little container that I received, and my hair just sat there like “ok, so when are you putting on the product?” Heartbreaking, because I wanted to fall in love.
The slogan on the sample says, “are you tired of defining your race and not your curls?” My answer is yes, but sadly this isn’t for me.
I gave samples to my friends Shanique and Jessica, both of whom are stunning cafe au lait Jamaican bellas with diverse heritages.
Jessica is actually more of a prototypical mixed chick, she’s got light skin, green eyes, and a long mop of loose curls. But despite her 3B/3C appearance, she assures me that her hair actually feels coarser than mine. Still, she LOVED Mixed Chicks. She took it home to Jamaica with her (the small sample size made it ideal for traveling), and she raved about the smell, she said it made her hair look shiny and feel soft, and in the photos she showed me her curls were defined and gorgeous.
But instead of relying on our divergent experiences, fellow afrobellas, you can find out for yourself! I present to you, the first Afrobella giveaway!
I have three mini-samples of Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner, and if you live in the continental USA I will gladly send one of them your way.
Leave a comment and let me know what products you’ve been using, and why you want to try Mixed Chicks. By Tuesday March 20, I will put the comment numbers in a hat and decide. Then I’ll contact you personally for your mailing address information. These are teeny samples, so I don’t think postage will be a problem. When I start doing big giveaways like Andrea the Organic Beauty Expert, I might need some shipping assistance. But for this first little one, it’s on me!
What’s your favorite daily conditioner? I’m always looking for a new one to try!