Monday, September 17, 2012

III Sisters of Nature Gelo


This Gelo is being marketed as a hair gel.  Not only a hair gel but one comparable to the infamous Kinky Curly Curling Custard!  Now, that's saying a lot! 

I found this product on the shelf while I was perusing the aisle of my neighborhood Beauty Supply Store!  I did have a good reason to be in there.  I was waiting for the Chinese restuarant, a couple doors down, to cook my broccoli and garlic sauce!  Okay!?

Well, I read the label and saw that it claimed to be comparable to Kinky Curly Curling Custard boast, I just simply decided to try it.  What's another gel on the shelf going to harm?  The price seemed fixed at $9.99, this was clearly printed on the product's label!  Yea, for 3 Sisters of Nature!

Below is the description of their product by 3 Sisters of Nature:

III Sisters of Nature Curling Gelo Description -- 8 ounces

What is Curling Gelo?

III Sisters of Nature Gelo define and elongates curls while enhancing your natural wave pattern.  Curling Gelo is formulated using natural ingredients to condition, strengthen, nourish, soften, and give curls and waves a natural brilliant shine.

Why Does Curling Gelo Work?

Curling Gelo helps keeps you frizz-free, non-greasy, non-drying, and superior long-lasting curls, waves, and twists.  Compare to the more expensive brands and save.

Superior moisturizer -- Defines and elognates curls; -- Enhances waves; -- Superior soft hold; and Brilliant shine.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Vegetable Glycerin, Polyquaternium 37, Polyquaternium 10 and PEG 14m, Polyquaternium 7, Polysorbate 20, Sea Grape Extract (Vitis Vinefera), Argan Oil (Argan Spinosa), Avocado Extract (Persea Gratissma), Oat Extract (Avena Sativa), Sage (Salvia Officinalis), Chamomille Extract (Anthemis Noblis), Bay Laurel Extract (Lauris Noblis), Phenoxyethol (And) Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum)

picture by CoilyChi

How I used the product


I co-washed my3c hair with Pantene Naturals.  Rinsed out the conditioner with COLD water and then reapplied the conditioner as a leave-in.  Sectioned hair into eight large loose twists and covered with a clear treatment cap overnight.

In the morning, hair was damp and I shingled the III Sisters of Nature Gelo throughout each section.  Hair was visibly shiny and clumped well.  Hair was more elognated more than with applying EcoStyler over the leave-in conditioner.

Product dried quickly, THERE IS NO STRONG HOLD!

Pros

  • 8 ounces can be purchased from $9.59 to $9.99 -- Making Product Affordable
  • Product Was Easy to Apply
  • Dried in an 1-hour time span
  • Hair was Shiny and Bouncy
  • Hair was Very Soft
  • Most Beauty Supply Stores Carry Samples
  • Defines Curls and Waves
  • Product is Very Concentrated
  • A Little Goes a Long Way
  • Contains Polyquarternium 37
  • Played Well With My Leave-In Conditioner
Cons
  • Still had some frizz by midday
  • Can Become Tacky if you use too much
  • Product is High in Gylcerin
  • When Refreshing With Water, Gelo was very sticky but dried again soft
Polyquarternium 37 is a charged polymer used in hair care products.
Benefits:  They are positively charged, they neutralize the negative charges of most shampoos, relaxers, and hair proteins.  The positive charge bonds to your strands aiding in causes your hair to be easier to comb, elasticity, softer, and shiny.  It also acts as a conditioning agent for your hair.

Side Note:  Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Contains Poly-37

III Sisters of Nature Gelo is clear and filled with tiny bubbles like the bubbles in 7-Up soda or clear EcoStyler or IC Fantasia Gel.  Product  It smelled like a bucket full of crushed cherries.  Smell may be too loud for some.  

Final Thoughts About Product

This product, to me, acts more like a "curl activator" that you can find on shelves at most Beauty Supply Store.  My hair happens to love glycerin and was happy with this product.  If you are even looking for a "flexible hold," this is not the product to use.  If you are looking for a moisturizer and shine factor, this is a great product for that use.

By midday, I noticed some frizz, spritz with plain water and was back in business as I waited for hair to dry.

As far as being a competitor to Kinky Curly Curling Custard, the clear distinction is that this is Gelo and KCCC would be classified as a gel.

Would I repurchase?  Yes.

© 2012 Lady Summerset for Crowning Glory Curls and Kinks

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Crave What's Natural

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Saturday, September 15, 2012



 Cold Water Hair Rinses
Who doesn't like a hot bath?!  Feels good to the body; however, it can frizz out,the strands of hair on your head.  Hot water leaves the cuticles of your strands open, while cold water closes them. 
  
This allows the cuticle to close in the moisture that our hair so badly needs.  This also allows the hair to be more reflective and smooth to the touch.
 You should rinse out your conditioner with cold water and not hot.  However, if the cold water rinse doesn't given you warm thoughts, I suggest that when it is time to wash out your conditioner that you "cool" down the water to your best tolerance.  Now, I usually will gradually cool the water down until it gets "cold."  I continue to rinse out the conditioner and then quickly return the water to hot to warm up my body.
The benefits of doing a cold rinse:  stimulates your scalp, creating stronger roots, will cause less shedding, and retainage of moisture, and will close the opening of the sebaceous glands to moderate sebum production on scalp.  I've seen one YouTuber,who when she applies her products to her natural hair, fills her application spray bottle with ice filled water and sprays each section with the cold water and then applies her product.
Some have complained that their hair feels "rough" after a "cold rinse" and this has been attributed to using water that was "too hot" while shampooing and/or applying conditioner.  Another cause can be attributed to using protein-related shampoo and/or conditioner which will cause the hair to swell from an overload of protein.
If "hard" hair is still a problem, add some vinegar during your rinse or to your spray application water bottle.  Closing your cuticle will help your hair be less frizzy.
Finally, remember that products that are high in alkaline will cause the cuticles to OPEN and you'll end up with frizzy hair.  Acidic products, like vinegar and aloe vera juice, will CLOSE the cuticle for a smoother strand.
A cold rinse may not warm your shower but will do wonders for your tresses!