Alright! Let’s see if I can remember exactly what happened. 😀

January 28th I went with Kristin to a huge discount beauty supply! It was a lot of fun, but
some of the products were very…old. I found one that looked interesting: Excele’s 5-
Minute Reconstructor

It claimed a lot of things: Deep conditions, strengthens & silkens hair, reduces dryness and breakage, and adds a lustrous sheen. Big talk, right? I wanted to give it a shot. (I also bought some Hawaiian Silky 14 in 1)

The next day, I decided to dye my hair red first. I figured the Reconstructor would repair the damage from it being dyed. I sectioned off a couple locks that I wanted completely red (ish) in foil, and then put the rest in ponytail holders and kinda slathered it on the

To keep it from drying out in the 30 minute waiting period, I put an old shower cap on. When my time was up, I washed with my current favorite shampoo, and instead of applying the conditioner, I used the Reconstructor. It. Smelled. Awful. I was right about it being old, but I didn’t let the age and stink stop me, I faithfully put it throughout my hair just for you guys. 😀 No picture of that, but I have a few from right after I washed it out:

Interesting right? I don’t think my hair ever displayed a pattern like that before. (Kristin later informed me that it might have been the Kinky-Curly I used in my hair previously that made it act like that. Apparently Kinky-Curly takes a while to wash out.)

It was even more surprising when I dried it! I never get curls like this after washing out a conditioner. Always a wavy poof.

So, I styled it with a clip and bobby pins, and added a little Hawaiian Silky for moisture.

My hair got a lot of positive comments on my facebook, but because it was a little damp before I went to bed, the curls were basically ruined in the morning. 😦

Final Verdict?: I think this needs another attempt. I liked the result, but I’m not sure if it was the Kinky-Curly or the Reconstructor. So far, I can’t tell if my hair is stronger, silkier, less dry, or harder to break either. I’ll try again in a few weeks!


Product Review

The Queen Helene Cholesterol Hot Oil Treatment:



Ingredients : Water, Proplyene Glycol, PPG-12-PEG-65 Lanolin Oil, Coleth 2, Ceteth 24(cholesterol), Polyquatumium-10, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polysorbata 20, Disodium EDTA, Methlparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Caramel, Fragrance.

What I like: It comes in a convenient tube , that you just place in warm water. I also like the top if you have any left overs you can just turn over the top and store it for another use. It is also pretty cheap. I believe about three dollars per tube and you can get 3-6 treatments depending on how much you use it.

What I don’t like : The main ingredient is water.  I would expect an oil to be the main ingredient.   It is a hot oil treatment.

Does it work for my hair – Nope. I should have known from the first ingredient and how it just disappeared when I was rubbing it between my fingers that this would do nothing for my hair.  When I put it on it, it bubbled on my head. It kind of reminded me of soap.   When I was massaging my scalp afterwards,  it just felt like I just put water on my hair. Afterward, when I rinsed it out, my hair felt so dry and harsh, my scalp just felt the same. Usually, after a hot oil treatment I can feel a big improvement, my hair is softer and my scalp just feels moisturized.

Would I use it again? Nope.

New Product!

Jamaican Mango & Lime Resistant Forumla Locking Gel. A “natural” way to keep locs and twists up. I, of course, don’t have dreads, but when I twist my hair, I use this or shea butter. However, this gel creates less residue than shea butter, like they claim. It smells very strongly of mango, and has questionable ingredients (including parabens) but I haven’t had any problems so far. This brand has a lot of other cool products to prevent itching, grow locs, moisturize, and so on and the prices are fairly low.

Final Verdict?: PASS!

The effect it had on my hair is below.

New Products!

Almond + Shea Butter

Suave Professionals Moisturizing Almond + Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner. For dry, damaged hair. I’ve used Suave shampoos before, and I like them (however, I find that their lotions do not moisturize my skin well enough). I mostly use it because it’s fairly inexpensive. This line is supposed to compare to Aveda’s Dry Remedy shampoo and conditioner.

It smells great, which is important to me because I do not like my hair smelling odd. Some dollar store products I use work alright, but smell weird (I’m out of a job currently, so it’s high priority to find inexpensive hair care products). My hair felt soft and clean after the shampoo, and since I had the time, I let the conditioner sit in my hair under a shower cap for half an hour (I get this from my natural-haired momma!). Afterwards, it was still soft and it was much easier to detangle.

Suave'd up!

Overall, I like this shampoo and conditioner, and it won’t end up under my sink unused like some others. My hair came out soft and smelling good, and looked and felt healthy. Unfortunately, these products do include the dreaded sulfates (gasp!), but on the plus side, there are no parabens and plenty of natural ingredients like rosemary and chamomile.

Look at how great it looks!

Does it look healthy?

Final Verdict?: PASS!

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