The flowers, the birds, the HUMIDTTY...
Sigh yup folks, IT'S BAAAAACCKKKK.....
Why do I love Winter in the South so much- the lack of humidity, and being able to have NORMAL hair!
This full line of salon quality, professional products includes Argan Oil, know for restoring and repairing damage hair. It's one of the current wonder oils and I was quite happy to be able to check out 2 products from the line recently.
The first product we tried was the Arvazallia Ultra Curl Defining Cream with Argan Oil.
This new Curl Cream deeply penetrates and conditions wavy and curly hair to restore its definition and activate your curls. It also eliminates frizz and provides hold, smoothing, and shine to give you beautiful, healthy looking, bouncy curls. The Advanced Curl Activation Formula can be used without Heat or it can be Heat Activated, to provide Deeper Curl Definition. It is Infused with Cosmetic grade Argan Oil and Vitamin E, to nourish and enrich your hair with essential nutrients.
If you've been a reader of this blog for ANY length of time, you know getting rid of humidity and keeping my colored/straightened hair from damage, has been a running search of mine. The deep South humidity can make a mockery of any product's promotional definition of what it can do, but I had high hopes for this cream. Unfortunately for me, my hair is either just too thick, or it can''t deal with this much humidity! I used the cream on wet hair, right after washing and let my hair air dry. I had nice defined waves on the top 1/3 of my hair, my none under neath on the bottom layers. But it was soft, shiny, smelled great, and stayed tangle free. It just needed to be straightened the next day, as the 'fluff' quotient on the bottom 2 layers was way too much for me to be happy with the top curls.. Bummer.
But we are valiant in testing products for you, so I used it on Miss Grace. her hair is getting SO long now and it is starting to loose it's natural wave, due to it's weight. So I applied it to her hair right after her bath. Combing it out was a breeze, thanks to that detangling effect! She wasn't too sold on the smell, but kids shampoos can kill a kid's sense of smell, so I didn't credit that comment. The first time her hair air dried overnight and she woke up with gorgeous bouncy wavy beach styles curls, that stayed tha way ALL day. AHA, we had success. The second time I applied it on dry hair and then rolled her hair in curlers, and the applied heat. She slept with the rollers and in the morning, I applied a touch of the oil to my hands, and undid her rollers and pinned up her hair. As you can see from the Wordless Wednesday pictures from earlier, those curls were pretty well defined for most of the day, with a light spray of hair spray. Now here's the amazing part, I let her get away with not washing her hair until Sunday night. Guess what! Those curls were STILL going strong!
SO, our end result was on heavy coarser hair like mine, the cream can't deal with curl control AND the Louisiana humidity. BUT for Miss Grace, who has finer, more light weight hair, it did a brilliant job!
And speaking of the oil:
Arvazallia Premium Argan Oil Hair Treatment is a residue-free hair treatment that instantly transforms your hair by improving manageability, restoring health and strength, and giving it a brilliant silky finish and radiant shine. This versatile hair treatment can be used to restore over-processed hair damaged by chemicals and environmental conditions. It also revives, hydrates, and untangles hair, wigs, and hair extensions. When applied before coloring it even improves the absorption of the color, providing a more even application.
I found that the Oil Treatment actually worked better for my hair, so I was thrilled it was also included with the Hair Creme! it is recommend to apply it to clean hair, right after washing, but before applying any other product. All you need is 2-4 pumps of the oil, rubbed over your palm and fingers. You simple rub your fingers through your hair, working the oil through your hair, starting at the roots, and working out towards the ends (if you have an oily scalp or longer hair, you apply from mid-length downward and then work your way up towards the roots). You can then allow your hair to air dry, or you can blow dry your hair and style as usual. Combing out your hair is a breeze,due o the oil's natural detangling effect! Bonus!It also shortens your drying time (we can ALL love that, right?)/ I don't blow dry my hair, so instead, I air dried, and then used it again as a heat protectant on my dry hair, while straightening it. Success! The best word I can use if Fluffy. My hair is straightened, but has BODY am some volume (nut ultra flat and ;straight' looking, if you know what I mean), ie it looks more NATURAL. It also leaves it SUPER soft and touchable.