Pittsburgh Curly

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My Cheap Cure for the Winter Hair Blahs

Posted by pittsburghcurly on February 23, 2009

Lustrasilk Shea Butter

Lustrasilk Shea Butter

In an earlier post, I described how low winter dew points  can affect curl pattern. I then followed it up with pictures to show what I meant.

Last month, I was reading Colorado Curly’s blog and saw that she was liking Lustrasilk. I had also seen mention of it over on Curl Talk (the naturallycurly.com message boards) but things were scattered a bit. I started a thread  asking how people used it and got a wide variety of replies from a rinse out conditioner, a deep treatment alone, a base for a homemade deep treatment, to a leave-in conditioner. I liked seeing how versatile this product could be when other curlies put their minds to it.

I had been hoping to use it as sort of a curl cream, so that’s what I did. After my usual detangling and conditioning routine, I used some Lustrasilk Shea Butter Cholesterol Plus that I picked up at Sally’s for a mere $2.49. I combed some in as a leave-in and then scrunched some in the way I would a gel or a curl cream. This gave me back curl and volume that I never, ever, expected to see in this cold, dry winter. For some reason, I tested this product on a night where I was supposed to go out and meet some new people. Luckily it did work well. :) Could you imagine meeting 15-20 new people with product failure hair?!

The product feels like a light face cream, and smells sort of like mango. It emulsified easily in my hands and was easy to apply to my hair. Later washing was no problem, and it caused no residual buildup that would require the use of a sulfate.

Anyway, here’s a pic of my hair on Lustrasilk.

My winter hair on Lustrasilk

My winter hair on Lustrasilk

I’ve been playing with it for the last month to see how I can tweak it. I am finding that it plays well with Curl Junkie’s Curl Rehab Curl Moisturizing Deep Treatment. I use the Curl Junkie as a leave-in and the Lustrasilk as a curl cream. The Lustrasilk works well alone, but my hair isn’t a touchable as it is when layered with the Curl Junkie. The Lustrasilk can build up and feel producty on me if I overdo it, and the Curl Junkie holds this back for me.

We did have a warm couple of days here and there, and the Lustrasilk did not perform so well for me once the dew points got into the mid 30s. This product is definitely limited to very low dew points for me. On the upside, Lustrasilk is cheap, and I don’t have to order it online. If I don’t use it all up this winter, I can recycle it by using it as shaving lotion so it won’t go to waste.

If you’re having some dry weather blahs, this product is worth a shot, especially at this price. One word of caution. Not all Sally’s carry this, although they can order it in for you. If you read the Curl Talk thread I linked, you’ll see all about that. Also, there is an Olive Oil version that seems to work well for some. Both version are appropriate for those who avoid silicones and sulfates, and they are also protein free for those who avoid protein.

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10 Responses to “My Cheap Cure for the Winter Hair Blahs”

  1. I’m trying not to buy any new products until I’m at least halfway through most of my current bottles but, how do you resist buy a product that’s cheaper than a McDonalds value meal.

  2. pittsburghcurly said

    Lol, you don’t resist. The price, along with compatible-to-me ingredients was why I bought it.

  3. maturenatural said

    Lustrasilk can also be purchased at Walgreen’s, CVS, Rite-Aid, and KMart.

  4. pittsburghcurly said

    Thank you! I’m sure that helps for those who don’t have a Sally’s, or just have one that isn’t well-stocked.

  5. Strawberry said

    Well, this looks interesting! Certainly the results in that picture are deeply deeply enviable. But… protein? cholesterol? Oh, I tell you, it’s hard work navigating this strange world of curliness! I feel like I need a crash course to get up to speed, or a “Curls for Dummies” book (or would that be “Curls for Clueless Straight Mums”?!?!?). But I’m going to have to come grips with it, because poor E1 has started to look like a scarecrow of late!

  6. pittsburghcurly said

    I know! I need to work on “curl basics” posts before I wander off into hair science geekiness! Lots of curlies have gone scarecrow this winter. It’s been so dry.

  7. Sarah said

    Thanks for the suggestion. I will definitely try this (walgreens and two bucks?!). Anyways, I just wanted to say that your hair and skin in this pic immediately made me thing of Queen Elizabeth I. Oh and your curls are awesome btw. :)

  8. pittsburghcurly said

    Thank you. :) I’ve always wanted to dress as QEI for Halloween!

  9. Julie said

    I just went to Walmart and got several protein-rich things (gotta love the “ethnic hair care” section, even if you’re caucasian :p). One looks almost exactly like this, LeKair Cholesterol Plus (it looks like this: http://s7d3.scene7.com/is/image/SallyBeauty/SBS-248116?wid=225&hei=225&fmt=jpeg,rgb&qlt=85,1&op_sharpen=1&resMode=bicub&op_usm=0.9,1.0,4,0&iccEmbed=0). It looks like the same stuff minus the Shea Butter (they didn’t have any other “flavors” :) ) It was only 1.93, in case anyone is looking to save 50c. ;) I’m assuming LeKair is the offbrand of Lustrasilk? Can’t wait to try this out tonight!

  10. Julie said

    Oops, bad link, here’s it on the Sally’s website: http://www.sallybeauty.com/Cholesterol-Cream/SBS-248116,default,pd.html

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