Guess I am not the Living Proof …

HA! Living Proof’s motto is “You are the Living Proof.” Well, I must not be because their products just aren’t working for my hair. This past Saturday, I did a roller set and used the Living Proof Prime Style Extender, Satin Serum and No Frizz nourishing cream as my leave-ins. Just like the week before, when I combed my hair out, the ends were crunchy, tangled and dry feeling. I am convinced that my hair just didn’t like their products, especially the Prime Style Extender, which has some alcohol in it. Their product concepts are great, but I am not used to having dry, crunchy ends when I shell out a lot of money for products; I ended up returning all three of them.

On a [very] positive note, something told me to check Amazon’s website to see if they had my Alterna Texture Cream, which has been my creamy leave-in for years. The last time I checked, the price was almost $40 for one bottle, which is why I have been running around trying to find something that works like it! Today, they had them for $17 with free shipping if you spent over $25, so I bought 2! Each bottle lasts me for about 9-12 months, so it should buy me some time before I need to look for a creamy leave-in again! I hate when they discontinue the products that I love, but hey … it happens!

As for my silicone-free serum, tomorrow I am going to get the Carol’s Daughter Minoi Oil Serum from Sephora and see how I like that. I will use it as my leave-ins for my roller set this weekend. Stay tuned! 🙂

Sample Alert and Product Review: Living Proof Restore Targeted Repair Cream

Today I was able to head to Sephora because we had a training in downtown Portland. I went in there and discussed what I was looking for in a creamy leave-in to replace my Alterna Caviar Texture cream. The guy who helped me was so helpful! I told him I am interested in knowing more about the Living Proof line and that I have a few of their products, including a moisturizer from frizz line. I told him that moisture retention is my biggest concern and he suggested that I try the restore line.

Living Proof said this about the restore line:

“Moisture flows in and out of our hair all day long. In healthy hair, the cuticles covering each strand automatically adjust to keep hair hydrated. But damage from heat styling, chemical treatments, coloring, sun exposure and even every day styling weakens cuticles so moisture levels go unregulated. Strands swell and contract until hair’s structure literally begins to break down. Brittleness, dullness and more damage—it’s not a pretty sight. Silicones and oils, the foundation of all conventional hair care products, don’t effectively block moisture flux. So our scientists decided to invent a hair care line that would.”

He suggested that I try the Targeted Repair Cream and gave me two vials to try. After reading the product description, I don’t know why I didn’t go to this product before the frizz cream, but I will definitely have a use for both of them if I like the sample he gave me!

Here’s the product description: A moisture-rich cream for use on wet and dry hair that instantly adds shine, smooths cuticles and repairs split ends. The Targeted Repair Cream replaces lost ceramides to restructure, strengthen and seal the protective outer layer of the hair. Prevents 93% of new split ends. Plus all day UV damage protection.

And here are the ingredients (notice how Living Proof lists the purpose of each ingredient!): Water/Eau/Aqua (Solvent), Cetyl Alcohol (Emulsion Stabilizer, Conditioning Agent), Glycerin (Conditioning Agent/Humectant), Isoamyl Laurate (Emollient, Conditioning Agent), Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate (OFPMA) (Moisture-Controlling Active), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Conditioning Agent), Oleyl Alcohol (Conditioning Agent), Butylene Glycol (Conditioning Agent), Glycol Stearate (Conditioning Agent/Opacifier), Astrocaryum Tucuma Seed Butter (Conditioning Agent), Behenyl/Stearyl Aminopropanediol Esters (Cuticle Repair Agent), Dimethylpabamidopropyl Laurdimonium Tosylate (UV Filter), Hydrolyzed Silk (Conditioning Agent), Fragrance/Parfum (Fragrance), Hydroxyethylcellulose (Thickening Agent), Steareth-10 (Emulsifier), Steareth-2 (Emulsifier), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Methylisothiazolinone (Preservative), Limonene (Fragrance Component), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Component), Linalool (Fragrance Component), Citronellol (Fragrance Component), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Component), Citral (Fragrance Component), Geraniol (Fragrance Component)

I will be using it as a leave-in for my roller set this weekend! Stay tuned for a review!

Here’s some pics:

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UPDATE ON 8/24: It seems that my hair does not really like this stuff. I applied it to both wet and dry hair (as it can be used) and it just didn’t seem to do anything for my hair, so I will not be buying this stuff. How I knew my hair didn’t like it was when I applied it to my freshly blow-dried hair that was properly M&Sed and within a few minutes of putting this product on, my hair looked very dry and wiry. I promptly put my Amla Legends 1001 Oils Night Wrap Cream on and it helped. NAWL … I can’t have that expensive product messing up my hair!

That’s sad, because the premise of the product was damn good!!!! Oh well … if it doesn’t work on my hair, it doesn’t work! NEXT!!!!!!!!!!

Why I Like an Consistent Regimen (and 2 new products!!!)

As I posted a few days ago, I thwarted a potential setback by eliminating silicone-heavy products out of my regimen. In addition to returning the Alterna Bamboo Dry Kendi Oil Mist, I decided to get rid of the GVP Smoothing Serum and the Alterna Bamboo Plumping Strand Expand. The latter product had dimethicone way down the list, but I wanted it gone as well, just for good measure!

For the past 18 months, I have had relative success with my regimen by keeping it consistent and using products that I have determined worked well for my hair. At the beginning of my HHJ, I was jumping on all sorts of bandwagons because of how people raved about them, but after 4 or so months, I hit my stride and had an all-star line up and regimen that allowed my hair to thrive.

Since I was having relative success on my HHJ, I thought it would be OK to allow some new products to come into my life, hence my shopping spree of new products containing less than ideal ingredients. If I was not in tune with my hair and monitoring breakage on a daily basis, these new products would have caused me a setback over the course of the upcoming months.

The old adage is true cor me: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” However, there are caveats to that. Sometimes, there is this thrill in trying a new product! I get excited to see if it delivers on its promise and if I can see my hair positively impacted. Also, how do you know it won’t work if you never try it (which is why going to Sephora for samples is a must!!)? Also, sometimes our favorite products become discontinued. One of my staple products for the past 4 years is the Alterna Caviar Texture cream, which I found out is no longer in their lineup. This forced me to look to the Alterna Bamboo line for a creamy leave-in, which is more focused on smooth and shiny hair (hence why the line has products loaded with silicones) rather than retaining moisture and boosting hair’s health.

A month or so ago, I took the True Color’s personality test. I was determined to be a gold, which has the following personality traits:

TRADITIONAL GOLD

  • Respects Authority Rules, Routines, Policies., Faithful, Dependable, Prepared, Efficient.
  • Remembers The Traditions That Work. Values Family.
  • Work Comes Before Play. Practical. Systematic. Orderly.
  • Identifies With Groups. Strives For A Sense Of Security.
  • Thorough, Sensible, Proper.
  • A Right Way To Do Everything. Stick-To-Itivness.
  • Evaluates Actions As Right Or Wrong.
  • Stable. Organized. Punctual. Helpful

Source: http://winning-solutions.com/Trainings/True_Colors/gold.html

My personality craves routine, sticking to things that work, etc! This is exactly why I like to have a set regimen and stick to products I know work for me!

Due to necessity, I have added two new products to my regimen. The first is a replacement to the Alterna Caviar Texture cream. I am going to try the Living Proof frizz nourishing styling cream. The second product I needed was a silicone free serum. I discovered that Living Proof has this silicone-free serum called Satin Hair Serum, available exclusively through Living Proof’s website or at Sephora, where I bought mine today. They also gave me some samples of the Satin Hair Serum and the Living Proof Prime Style Extender, which I plan to try this Wash Day. Stay tuned!! 🙂

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