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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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Product Review: Curls Like Us Curl Cloths

Posted by pittsburghcurly on January 30, 2009

Curls Like Us Curl Cloth - photo from Curls Like Us site

Curls Like Us Curl Cloth - photo from Curls Like Us site

Lately, I have been playing more with air-drying my hair to cut down on split ends from diffuser drying. While I love the volume I get from diffuser drying, and the much quicker drying time, I really wanted to work with air drying to see if it would be a viable option. Previous attempts at this resulted in horrid pyramid hair. I also think I’m a little nuts for trying this out during a colder than normal January.

I had read about the Curls Like Us Curl Cloths  some months earlier over at naturallycurly.com. While I liked the idea, and was happy to see a curly woman making a curl-friendly product, I just figured that it was like any old T-shirt, and why should I have to pay for some T-shirt material? I can just use a T-shirt.

Well, fast-forward a few months. Although I have a Curlease towel that I love to use for plopping,  the material was a bit thin for scrunching moisture out of my hair, and I was in no mood to have wet hair for five hours on a cold day. My regular T-shirts were also a bit thin, and it did look ugly having wet T-shirts lying around (no snickering! 😛 ).

I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a set. Each set comes with two towels. There was an instruction sheet included, and I also checked out the FAQ and video on the Curls Like Us site – much of the video is pretty old hat to experienced curlies, but it did help to see how to hold and rotate the towel! I figured it couldn’t be that hard. The shape reminds me of a pillowcase that is open at both ends.

You put one hand in each end, and scrunch. Pretty simple.

I must say that I was quite surprised at how much extra water came out onto the cloth. The cloth feels thicker than all of my T-shirts, so perhaps the weight of the cloth has something to do with how well it worked. My hair is between waist and hip length when wet, and I needed about a towel and a half to do the trick. The cloth is a dark brown, and I didn’t see any hair product residue on it. I also admit that I think they’re cute.  The borders have cute curly trim in various colors. They also look better hanging on the bathroom door than a wet T-shirt does! I do love how cute they are!

Best of all, I went from shower to almost dry in one hour, and totally dry in about 90 minutes! Insane! I have had times where it took me all day to air dry, so this was a great surprise. My curl pattern and formation are about what they have been lately, and the towel didn’t make me frizz. I didn’t need to plop after I used the Cloth. I just scrunched and went on about my day.

I did balk at the price at first – I paid $24 for a set of two. But, since these should last ages (I’ve had the same Curlease for about two years) the price is negligible in the long run. I actually want the other color scheme set!

So, if any of you curlies out there are curious, I’d say it’s worth a go!

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The Overnight Deep Treatment

Posted by pittsburghcurly on January 26, 2009





I had been doing a couple of 15 minute deep treatments here and here this winter, but I hadn’t done an overnight one for some reason, which seems silly.

While I’ve read that overnight deep treatments are a waste of time because hair quits absorbing after 30 minutes, I do find that overnight works well for me if I really need it. Logic be damned for once, OK?

So, Saturday night, I slathered on my Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner, and wondered what more I could use since my ends were really dry. I remembered that I had an oil blend sitting around from last winter. Luckily, it still smelled fine – not rancid at all. While, for the most part, I detest straight oil on my hair, (it sort of just lies there and feels hard and crunchy) I do like this blend, especially if used on wet or conditioner laden hair. I used it on the last 6 inches or so of hair, where I’m the driest.


Greenride Herbals Hot Oil Treatment

Greenride Herbals Hot Oil Treatment

The blend? Greenridge Herbals Hot Oil Hair Treatment. Here’s and ingredient list.

Ingredients: Organic Golden Jojoba, Meadowfoam Oil, Wildcrafted Neem Oil, Organic Saw Palmetto Berry Extract, Organic Sage Extract, Organic Burdock Root Extract, Rosemary Extract, Certified Organic Horsetail Extract, and Essential Oil of Wildcrafted Rosemary.


I’m no fan of jojoba oil when used alone. But, this blend does work some magic on me.  After my overnight deep treatment, my ends have gone from hard and brittle to soft an supple. As long as this weather keeps up, I’ll probably need to do this weekly.


My only downside to this item is the price. It’s $16.00 for one 2oz bottle. It seems excessive! But, it does work far better than any straight oil I can get  from my pantry has ever worked on me. I also love the rosemary scent it has. So, pricey as it is, I will still keep it around for the winter.

I had gotten so used to my basic routine that I forgot about adding the helpful overnight deep treatment. I need to continuously remind myself that I need to reassess my routine with weather and seasonal changes.

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