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September 13, 2012

Original Recipe, or Extra Crispy?

that's that ish I don't like
This ish here? Bet you think it's wet... nope, not even. These crispy little curls are completely dry. Imagine opening up a pack of ramen noodles, and then placing it on your head. *sigh* And apparently there's not enough oil in the world to scrunch out this epic crunch. This, ladies and gentleman, is the result of one of my recent product binges. I was supposed to go to Sally's to replenish my As I Am Gel stash - in my mind. But in reality, somehow I ended up with a tub, no, a vat of EcoStyler gel and a cistern of Fantasia IC. Who needs gel in such massive quantities?


Anyway, I applied the Eco (the olive oil one) as I would the As I Am Smoothing Gel-- over Living Proof's Full Thickening Cream (which the verdict is still out on) and was amazed at the clumping.  Excited, I set up my hooded dryer to speed up the big reveal (Secret life of Nikki: I get about as anxious as a caffeine addicted child on Christmas Eve when I try new products), but was shocked and appalled that it looked exactly the same dry as it did wet.  It's like it froze in place... in that wet rat stage. My hair looked like Splinter soaked in the ooze and it never shrank.
#throwback #ICrackMyselfUp
 It. Never. Shrank.

What in the entire hell?!  I've never wished for shrinkage more in my life! I snapped a pic and jumped back in the shower.  And here I sit with a wet head, typing this article, 'cause sharing is caring :) 

I'd abandoned gels years ago for more voluminous pastures with conditioner and cream stylers- but my recent good experiences with As I Am souped my head up (along with your comments, 'Nik, try Fantasia', and '...but Nik, Eco is the best gel for the money hands down').  The result? Well, it put me in the mind of the Miss Jessie's scare of '08 (it wouldn't dry... it never dried!).  Where was I going with all of this? Let's see, I suppose, (1) stick with what works, (2) just because a product is beloved by the community doesn't mean it'll work for you, and (3) yeah, that's all I got.

Which #TeamNatural 'product must-have' failed you? 

275 Chime in!:

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Angela said...

#dead at the title and the first pic. Let me caption "just.got.tried." ......oh boy, so many have failed me and this hair. The most dreadful product (said like Dwight from Housewives of Atlanta) had to be SM's curl enhancing smoothie. Not only were there boogers, but my 7 year old flat out said "ma, that ain't it. Please don't do that again".

Jax said...

Too funny, but cheer up! My product fail...Eco Styler...I've tried to love it (I have a jar of EVERY formula they make, cos I figured I hadn't bought the right one....sign...Product Junkies of Antigua, contact me if you'd like to take them off my hands.

Jillian said...

LOL at the pic and the Miss Jessies Scare of '08! EcoStyler failed me too, along with the entire Miss Jessies line and Sheamoisture. Pretty much anything that other people like, I don't.

CurlyNikki said...

Why was I thinking I'd go back and buy a different one! We never learn ;) I'm done with Eco... sticking with As I Am for now!

DaiShanell said...

I could compile a pretty lengthy list of the natural must have products that have failed me. I'll mention a few like that awfully expensive (thirty-eight dollars) Miss Jessie's, KCKT is not my friend and most of the Curlz products did my hair no justice.

Jada said...

dead at this whole post! You look so downtrodden in that first picture, but I think I would've worked with that hair! I hate shrinkage!

Natural83 said...

LMAO!!! The title and picture, Hilar!!! But Nikki, I totally feel you girl! I cannot, and I repeat cannot use gels on my hair. I tried the Eco-Styler gel about a year and half ago, and I did not like it at all. Like you, I tried it because it seemed to work for everybody else, but for my hair, it was an epic fail! Haven't touched it since. I just have this big jug of gel sitting in my product stash. SMH! Lesson for me- stay away from gels! So that's definitely been one of my hair product failures. Another product line that didn't do so well for me was the Jane Carter line. Didn't really care for it! The shampoo is pretty good, but everything else, no m'am!

Sherrie said...

The title is too funny.I actually have the opposite experience.As I Am leaves my hair hella crispy and the olive oil Eco leaves my curls defined and soft.

Carla said...

Oh poor Nikki! It happens to us all however....never again will I use Herbal Essences product. It just doesn't work for my hair and I ended up all crunchy-fied if that's even a word.
Thank you for sharing the good, the bad, the ugly and the in between. I appreciate you for that! :)

Lillian said...

Girl, I saw this on FB and thought to myself, "Self, why is she looking like that?!?" I had to click the link to see what the problem was. OMG!!! I have not tried Eco yet and I have wanted to, but this is scary. I hope you were able to get back to normal after you washed it ou.

LynSara said...

Giovanni Triple Tea Treat shampoo or something like that... it sucks for me...makes my hair feel worst then when i started washing it...SMH

Ann said...

Eco Styler, Olive oil and some random leave in whose name I can't remember right now but yep. What's good for the goose might just cook the gander lol

Elizabeth Gonzalez said...

I love EcoStyler! I agree that it gives you crunchy hair, but I'm OK with a little crunch here and there, because to get rid of the crunch I just scrunch my hair after it's dry. I think you used too much product, though. I don't know if you want to give it another try, but why don't you use a 1/3 of what you used this time and see what happens?

LadyDreadHead said...

I combine Ecostyler gel with a shea butter/oil mix, 50/50 if I want more hold. I would never use it alone. It works very well for me that way.

Kris said...

Sorry about the hair:/ I guess different stokes for different folks. Some poeple may like that look but anyway It actually looks like yo use to much, maybe. For me the product the fail was Givanni Tea tree triple treat and Herbal Essence totally twisted.

TiAnna Mae said...

LOL! Girl you can tell a story. Nikki, make sure to take it back and get something else or get your money back. You probably already know, but I just learned that Sally's will take used products back if it didn't work out for you.

Nyjae said...

Aussie Moist definitely failed me. I can say that the conditioner and the three minute miracles are okay at best but I DISLIKE the shampoo and probably wont use the line again because of it.

Annette said...

You just helped somebody out because they have been trying to get this look! LOL

Leisa Monique said...

Damn Nik!!

mzcnnd said...

LMAO! OMG, the unfunny thing about this is there is someone looking at that picture thinking "Bingo" that's the look I want! No, but really Miss Jessie's curl cream was a complete and utter disappointment for me. Thankfully it was given to me or I woulda been real pissed. It just goes to show that everything doesn't work for everybody. As much as I love Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie, I'm surprised to see negative comments about it. Still, their hair is not my hair. Different strokes for different folks!

mzcnnd said...

LOL, IKR!

Georgi said...

Nah Son! you need to be doing comedy NikKi!
I HATE ecostyler, SheaMoisture, Devacurl, Mixed CHicks, Miss Jessies, Aubrey Organics, Oyin! Anything other naturals like. My hair aint wanna hear about it. I've gotten the ramen noodles hair from the olive oil ecostyler but the blue is okay. My hair is obsessed with KCCC, I mean she just dont wanna mess with no one else.Been using it for years and my ish is always fly.
Oh and I tried using your method (minus that nasty yogurt) and it worked. Cut down drying time significantly. I was scared as hell since KCCC allegedly should be applied to sogging wet hair. rme

CurlyNikki said...

you could HEAR my hair. It was terrible.

Ashley Nichole Watkins said...

I tried EcoStyler Gel and it left my hair with a white residue. My hair shrunk and curl definition was so-so, but once taking 2 days to dry, left it so crunchy. With the crunchiness, I also got white dandruff-like flakes. It took me 2 co-washes to get it out. My stray hairs in the front were not even laying down... No bueno, but different strokes for different folks! I am 4a/4b about collar bone length hair.

Nic said...

To play devil's advocate, could these extreme results have somewhat to do with the fact you dried under a dryer? Instead of letting it air dry? I always get poofier/bigger hair when I air dry than I do under the dryer? Just thinking...

Latoya Williams said...

Well so far ecostyler gel and miss jessies sweatback treatment both were hit and misses for me, seriously they both made my hair dry and brittle especially the ecostyler gel I tried it with a wash and go it made my hair so dry and crunchy it felt like a snap, crackle, and pop convention was going on.

Djuanna said...

lmao! OMG, I'm so glad I'm the only one that can't do those gels.

Jasmine Shelby said...

All I can do is LOL!!!!

CurlyNikki said...

I wish! I always get fluffier results when I dry 60% of the way under the hood. I've done it with the As I Am gel plenty of times with the same soft results :-/

Tamika J said...

You are hilarious, and thanks for the heads up. I wasn't planning on buying EcoStyler, but just in case I ever get the itch...now I know.

CurlyNikki said...

Damn Georgi!!! What *can* you use?! I never tried the KCCC but I tried the Knot Today with sticky ass results. Maybe I should revisit... thanks lady!

CurlyNikki said...

lol, no prob girl and thanks!!! Cute profile pic!

Mama Naturalista said...

:MAP You are too funny.... :-)

CurlyNikki said...

'different strokes' indeed! Thanks chica!

Tash said...

LOL! Absolutely hilarious! I'm sorry...... I'm laughing because I can relate. Same hair. Same issues.

CurlyNikki said...

:)

Tania said...

Your hair strands are fine though. Why would you ever use that much gel??? It's fine if you don't like it, but that's way too much gel!

CurlyNikki said...

if they're cool with audible hair... you could hear my hair! It was unbelievably crispy! lol!

CurlyNikki said...

cause sometimes I have a lapse, lol. Damn silly.

CurlyNikki said...

#teamFINE cute pic!

niki said...

I"m yet to find something that doesn't work. I'm not a product junkie and i mostly stick to the evil that i know

DetroitDelta said...

My hair does not like get at all...relaxed or natural gel is the devil for my hair!

CurlyNikki said...

hey boo! hope all is well!!!

CurlyNikki said...

lol @ the evil that I know :)

CurlyNikki said...

LOL @ your caption!!!!

CurlyNikki said...

trust me, there was NO working this hair!

niki said...

Jax if i lived in Antigua i would take them off ur hand, they don't bother me

CurlyNikki said...

hey girl! thanks :) Jane Carter was aiight for me... I like the Nourish and Shine but mostly use it on my skin, lol

CurlyNikki said...

really?! I LOVE that gel! It dries crispy but it immediately scrunches out!

CurlyNikki said...

lol! dont' let me scare you, it may be your holy grail!!! For me... a bust. Thanks chica :)

CurlyNikki said...

thanks Carla!!!

Sharon Tillman said...

LOL!!!! This just made my morning... and it's quite a lesson :)

CurlyNikki said...

the thing is, I wasn't even that heavy handed... no more so than I am with the As I Am and other stuff I use, lol, but yeah, you're right, less is probably more :)

CurlyNikki said...

hmmmm..... thanks for the tip! I remember back in the day I'd mix shea or coconut oil into my Fantasia... seems like forever ago.

Stephanie Jones said...

Do you think you maybe used too much? My avi is with eco styler gel

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks TiAnna Mae!

CurlyNikki said...

thanks Kris :)

CurlyNikki said...

oh no! Not THE MOIST!

Stephanie Jones said...

Do you think maybe you used too much? My avi is with eco styler gel, just about a handful for my whole head works on wet hair for me

CurlyNikki said...

:) thanks lady, love the shape of your hair!

Rethea said...

Thanks for the truth. I thought I was the only one. Spent my money on Miss Jessie. What a horrible mistake. My hair was U.G.L.Y. Made me want to cry. Too much money spent to have ugly hair. I love you ladies for telling the truth. I am slowly ending my product junkie ways. Too many ugly mistakes!

3rdXsthecharm said...

Coconut oil (gives me squeaky crunchy hair) and KCCC. I sweat a lot especially when I exercise and the KCCC leaves my hair smelling like stinky socks after 2 days!

Cass said...




Oh dear Nikki, I never comment, but I’ve got a secret that I
must share (maybe others know). I struggled with Eco Styler for years. The
shine and hold are unmatched, but the lack of movement, volume, and softness --no
thanks. My tighter coils do well with light hold gels, but my looser waves are
the definition of frizz, eco is the only gel that can control that situation.
So, during this summer’s wash and go season I decided to dilute the eco a bit.
To my surprise, that ish is ridiculously concentrated. I’m talking one table
spoon mixed with water can give you a full jar of gel. I dilute it until it has a liquid consistency
and it works like a charm. I apply full strength gel to the frizzy sections.
DILUTE, DILUTE, DILUTE boo!

kwnatural said...

Great post, Nik!

The SM smoothie didn't work for me, but someone suggested mixing it with the source to see if it works.

CurlyNikki said...

oooh! Dilute boo! Check. :) thanks Cass!

Michelle said...

Aww that's too funny. I tried the pre-poo regiment of egg,evoo,and raw honey. While trying to let it sat on my hair for at least an hour,got restless. I picked up my hand dryer to speed up the process. While it was halfway dry, kept wandering what is this white gunk. OMG, it was the egg being fried on my hair, although I thought it was mixed well enough. Had to lol @ myself. Thanks for sharing w/us today...

kake said...

how do yal feel about curls unleashed? I've been using kinky curly..haven't tried the as i am yet...bt yes eco olive oil failed me too! super crispy and flaky!

kwnatural said...

I hate the auto-correct.. it should say mix the smoothie with the souffle.

Cassandra St. Surin said...

Oh and my hair is super fine as well, dense, but fine.

Anastasia said...

I think maybe you put too much of the gel. A little bit of eco styler can go a long way to get volumous hair as well as soft hair when scrunched out. But besides that your other hairstyles are beautiful :)

Suzette Spencer said...

Just.....wow. I echo the same sentiments regarding Eco Styler. I.do.not.like.it. I used some just last night over my shea butter for a twist out. Epic fail. So, I too have a big silo of the gel in my closet patiently awaiting for the next product swap. Yes, stick with what you know. My gel staple is my homemade flax seed gel. No flaking and maximum hold. The ONLY reason why I bought the Eco Styler was because of the rave reviews and I need something that I could travel with. Flax seed gel has to be refrigerated :( So, I'm back to square one I guess.

Rela said...

How much gel did you use?? A little? A lot? In between?

Sher said...

Eco gel does my hair the same way.. So many people swear by this product, but it makes my twa straight and hard as if I had a perm. smh

CurlyNikki said...

In between... used it the same as I do with all my products... about a quarter-silver dollar sized amount of gel per section (5 sections give or take)

CurlyNikki said...

so hard!

CurlyNikki said...

haha, thanks chica :)

Sweetdrk1 said...

Lmaooooo

CurlyNikki said...

haven't tried that one yet, but it's on the list!

CurlyNikki said...

what did the smoothie do to you? I notice that a little goes a long way so I must be extra light-handed.

Alexandria Miller said...

@CurlyNikki:disqus I definitely know how you feel. I remember when the kinky curly styling gel and spritz was all rave, and I forked out the $30 plus from whole foods and that stuff was total boo boo for my hair, I'm talkin old lady jehri curl looking shrunk hair (side eye) But I love the conditioner, need less to say I stick with what I know my flat twist n curl a la nikki b/c wng are not for me. lol

Dee W said...

lol at this post. Too funny. I love Eco. It never leaves my hair like that. Sorry it didn't work for you. The Miss Jessies Baby Buttercream was an epic fail. My hair was so damn sticky and tacky. #Neveragain

CurlyNikki said...

lol @ boo boo !!!! hahahahahah!!!!! Thanks chica :)

Sweetdrk1 said...

You are an undercover comedian! That look on your face is priceless. That is why I don't do gels..right there!

CurlyNikki said...

yes Gaye, stay away from Eco... you and Shelbey both, y'all don't want none of this!

Kim Chong said...

I think Eco works best with shorter hair.. I used very little when my hair was longer, now that i have cut my hair it's my best friend!!

Sweetdrk1 said...

Hmmm that's a great idea

Alex said...

Nikki, you're too funny! My hair likes the complete opposite product list that your hair likes. Anything that is a cream, lotion or a pudding, my hair rejects. It only seems to like products that are clear and gelatinous in texture. My hair ABSOLUTELY loves KCCC. That product has been with me since my big chop. If KCCC is ever discontinued, I don't even know what I would do. My hair also likes the pink Ecostyler gel and Fantasia IC Olive Oil Gel. It's definitely true though, what works for one natural head may not necessarily work for the other. My hair hates: Anything Miss Jessie's, entire DevaCurl line, entire Shea Moisture product line, and Jane Carter products.

April Amanda Caddell said...

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner failed me so hard. How is anyone with very coily strands supposed to work that ridiculously thick conditioner into their hair. The first ingredient wasn't even water. And I've vowed to not use conditioner that don't have water as the first ingredient ever since. My other community-loved personally failed product was Herbal Essences Hello Hydration/Totally Twisted/you name it. That stuff made my scalp itch so badly. That's what I get for using something bright purple/neon blue that smells like the perfume counter at Dillard's with my sensitive scalp self. To each curly her own

Suzette Spencer said...

Eco Styler is the Anti-Christ. I.do.not.like.it. I stick with my homemade flax seed gel, but the downside is that it has to be refrigerated. I tried Eco thinking I can use it when I travel. WRONG! Now I'm stuck with a silo of protein gel I'll never use. I feel your pain Nik. LOL! By the way, which As I Am gel are you using? I tried the smoothing gel and didn't really care for it.

MissIris2121 said...

That's hilarious!

My Baby Girls Curls said...

That first picture is too funny! BTW, I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award! Details here http://mybabygirlscurls.blogspot.com/2012/09/i-was-nominated-for-versatile-blogger.html ^_^

CurlyNikki said...

lol! polar opposites! What do you think of the As I Am gel?

CurlyNikki said...

lol at your entire commentary!

monniej said...

thank you for this, miss nikki, lest i forget! this is so funny because your blog is what made me ditch the gel head syndrome in the first place! your crazy mad curls and serious volume made me ease up on the "control" and give my hair full reign! i still don't have your volume, but i'm keeping hope alive. :) i'm never going back to the days when my hair didn't dry until 2pm, but i guess every now and then it's good to remind ourselves why we did what we did in the first place! <3

CurlyNikki said...

girl yes! I'm done.

Shak75 said...

When I saw that first picture, without even reading your post yet, I though "oh my damn, this ain't gon' be good." Well, I have Eco Styler gel that I haven't touched in I dont know how long. It just made my hair heavier, and I already have very very thick hair so I don't need nothing else on it to make it heavier. Also, coconut oil alone on my hair just don't work. It doesnt moisturize or do any of the millions of things it's supposed to do. I also can't mess with Miss Jessie's no more. The curly pudding was cool for me but that -ish cost too damn much, and the other products, especially the curly meringue, uhh, 'no ma'am.'

What is working for me, is the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and when I want to use any kind of gel like substance, I use Wondercurl's Hair Jelly - that stuff is GREAT! Or Aloe Gel. I'm just real simple with my stuff nowadays 'cause I cant with buying products that cost the equivalent of dinner for two and it don't work.

Tanika Wiggins said...

I cant fin olive oil gel or aloe vera gel to even try to experiment with it on my hair. *shrugs* But maybe I mnot missing out lol

Pecancurls said...

Nik, oooh girl the stringy look is not for you. :) LOL!!! I have tried, but my hair cannot get with the SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie or MJ's Butter Creme. I purchased during the end of year BOGO at Tar-jay and promptly took it back. Both left my hair greasy and lifeless. :(

Laurie Pierre said...

People swear by gel and on top of the list is Eco Styler. My hair hates gel of any sort especially Eco Styler. I haven't found a gel yet that'll work well with my hair. Maybe i'll try the As I am that gave you amnesia for a second.

Hilary B. said...

lmaooo, that caption is so apt. but wow, i'm glad to see that products sometimes just don't work out

living in. chicago.. said...

quoting chief keef...deep sigh

Ashley said...

You are totally right about products not working or treating someone the same. And I've also found out that the products and styles that worked for you while transitioning and after big chopping (cause I did so just a couple days ago) also don't treat you the same. While transitioning twist-outs were okay... but terrible on my curly chopped hair. But my Honey Be Deep Conditioner still does miracles ;)

Chris said...

I've been natural for 15 years and have sported every length from teeny-weeny TWA to APL. My "no-fly" list: Miss Jessie's, Jane Carter, Mixed Chicks, Carol's Daughter, Curls, Deva, Kinky Curly, and anybody's gel. All of them are either too damn expensive, drying, crunchy, or all of the above. Natural, light, and "less is more" is what works for me and my 3c/4a curls. I love SM (except the souffle) and recently did a throwback to Giovanni's Direct Leave-in for my WNGs with great results. I don't need to "tame" or "control" my natural hair. Shrinkage and a little bit of frizz don't phase me one bit. That's why I'll never jump on the gel bandwagon.

D.A. said...

Tangle Teaser = not good
EcoStyler = helmet head/ residue
HelloHydration! = left me unenthused
SheaMoisture = gel too viscous
Miss Jessie's = ugh
Mixed Chicks = build up


KKCC = great results, but only with 2nd day + hair

Naturally Naturals said...

V05 moisture milk conditioner. It jacked up my hair!

Stephanie said...

This has to be one of your funniest posts EVER! I am at work crying! I'm so sorry about your hair but this makes for a great lunch time laugh :)

Dannay McMillian said...

I will agree with the masses regarding ECO Styler gel for the very reason you mentioned in this hilarious post...you CAN NOT BEAT the clumping action! If I don't use a product that clumps, my curls look frizzy. That's a no go for me! But, like you also mentioned, the crunchiness that ECO Styler produces is SOOOOO NOT the business, especially for someone with your length.


I have 3c/4a hair so I'm always going to get a lot of shrinkage. So, my issue will always be to make sure that my curls are well-defined. My solution was to mix ECO styler gel with a good softening & curl-defining product. So now I still get my clumping action and my hold (of my clumped curls) without it being crunchy once it's dry.


I mix 2-parts ECO Styler gel, about 3 squirts of my leave-in (Paul Mitchell's Original Leave-In Conditioner...yeah, the blue stuff that smells like that Blue Magic grease your mom used back in the day... Seriously, do white people really use this product?!), a squirt of argan oil, and 1-part Sage Naturalceuticals Curling Jelly. My wash and goes look AWESOME! :-)

FabEllis said...

LOL! I loved this post actually. The Olive Oil gel makes my hair dry as well. I have better luck with the Argan Oil version over Paul Mitchell's, "The Conditioner."


I know people that swear by Kinky Curly and that mess NEVER worked for my hair...never.

Volare said...

My hair doesn't lke coconut oil or kinky curly curling custard. The oils makes my hair feel brittle and the custasrd makes my hair a tacky (sticky) mess of a bush.
Side note: Kimmaytube/LuvNuturals launched her haircare product line last week. Pruduct junkies, please review. I am sure it's cool but, I will save my money and stick with what I know.

Dilane Mitchell said...

SheaMoisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie was a major let-down for me. I love their hair milk though. I love EcoStyler but that may be becasue I like my hair to be like yours is in the picture. I despise shrinkage.

Davina916 said...

DevaCurl One Conditioner was a huge fail for me.

Tenika said...

Miss Jessie's line is a #FAIL for me!!! But you are right I have the eco styler gel and my first thought was who needs so much gel???

Brittanny Winters said...

That first pic said it all...po lil tink tink... I have yet to try a wash and go simply because I dont want that crispy feel or look.

Rhonda C said...

I have a laundry basket that now doubles as a graveyard for products that simply did not deliver...too many to name, but here's a start: coconut oil (nope, not even) dries my hair to a crisp; Miss Jessies - all flavors, varieties, colors; Shea butter - sits on top of my head, covers it like Linus' blanket; WC's whipped - tacky, tacky, tacky; alma - ITCH; the life size container of Eco gel dries hard as concrete......#epicfails

Miss Anne said...

Oh Em Gee - Splinter!!!! heroes in a half shell... Turtle Power!!! LOL... that photo gave some crazy nostalgic moments. I miss my childhood! it kicked serious awesome butt!!

Okay sorry back to hair :) Your ramen noodle hair though... that would have cracked my brothers and all the other Naruto fans out. I think yesterday was Ramen day...LOL! Sooorrryyy xxx

EVCO failed me as a sealer or when I use it to LOC... left my hair dry and crispy the next day. I can only use it to pre-poo with lots of Tresemme Naturals or Yes to Carrots added.

But Nikki, the look on your face in that first photo.... like 'told you there are consequences to being a PJ!' LOL!!!

LaToya Myers said...

LOL!! Nik that first picture is everything! I thought Gia was the only one with funny pictures. I was having a rough day at work. I was feelin' mighty bad (in my Sophia-Color Purple voice) but then I saw this post! Thank you girl. I'm still working on finding what's working for my hair.
I have S waves in the top of my hair too. Do you think you could do a picture or video tutorial on your WNG method? I tried wrapping my hair around my finger like you do, but when I let go it's a hot mess. Thanks for sharing your good, bad and in-between.

NeeC1 said...

KCCC is an absolute no-go. My hair is perpetually wet with that stuff ... and you know if something is wet for too long - it can begin to smell like "hell naw". So, yeah ... no, KCCC for moi!


Sidenote: How cool, Nik, you shouted out "Stebie J" with that Splinter pic. Sorry, couldn't help it ... I just came off the Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta thread! :p

Blair said...

LOL!!!! Nikki, your facial expressions are priceless!! I can relate to this....when I first went natural about a year ago, I had a twa and was trying to figure out what products worked for me. I washed my hair one day, then saturated it with Eco styler olive oil gel; granted I had never used the product before, I didn't know how much to use, in addition, I tend to be rather "heavy handed" with products. Needless to say, when my curls dried they were hard.AS.A. ROCK. My hair looked shiny and shellacked--- you could have literally thrown a boulder at my head and it would have probably bounced off. lol Whenever someone would try to touch my hair that day, I did the duck and weave dance. Fast forward to a year later, now I only use Eco styler to lay down my baby hairs, NEVER on my actual hair. Oh the adventures.....;)

Rhonda C said...

@Angela ~ Me too, me too! SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie left me with Sahara dry hair, stiff w/snowflakes. I tried it with every product combo known and nothing. nada. zilch.....changed the end result. #pitcheditovertheshoulder

LaNeshe Miller said...

Awww, ur face looks so sad lol

Sydney Brown said...

Thanks for the chuckle Nik! I think we've all had something that not only didn't work in our hair but made our hair laugh with triumph. For me it was Davines Wellbeing destress spray as a leave in. I did my wash day routine and then sprayed my hair with Davines before I had planned on blow drying. I heard a giggle, then a chuckle and then my 4a tressess let out a hysterical rumble of laughter that shook my bathroom. "You call that a leave -in???" Ha!, said my hair. I immediately put Lacio Lacio all over my head and it calmed down and acted like itself again. Lesson learned. Thanks again for sharing your story!

Sydney Brown said...

I too can't do Carol's Daughter. It's just not thick or heavy enough to do anything to my hair. I will say though that it smells very nice.

Sydney Brown said...

Oh my goodness!! Kids say the darndest!

Sydney Brown said...

What is KCCC?

Kaye said...

wow!!!...and all this time I thought it was heroes in a hatch shell! lol

Kaysh Dee said...

LOL. I live for eco gel. And from looking at your hair all these years, I'm surprised it didn't work for you. But I do know with gel, less is more. I'll glob conditioner on my hair, but use a very small amount of gel. The trick is that gel does hold the hair as is, so when I apply it I do it on hair that's almost dry and has already shrunken up a bit.

ambrey watkins said...

You didn't have to write any words, Nikki cause Yo face said it all. This is on the top 10 post list that all newbs need to read because yo quote "
just because a product is beloved by the community doesn't mean it'll work for you" is da truffest!! yups, shool is.

Nikki Taylor said...

O.M.G. That first pic!!! ROFLMAO Girl that is not the business for real. LOL Fails for me are Shea Moisture Enhancing Smoothie and coconut oil. They leave my hair dull, brittle and just blah

Sharon Foster said...

hahahahahaha...i dont mean to laugh but girl your facial expression said it all....i am falling off my chair. oh dam...sorry it did'nt work for you Nikki, but thanks for the laugh I needed it.

CurvyCurly said...

Oh my! Nikki those pics are priceless! I don't know what the hell the hype is all about with Eco and IC Fantasia. This ish didn't do anything for me.

Sharon Foster said...

Kinky Curly Curling Custard. People love it I personally dont

Miss Anne said...

LOOL! Where did you get hatch from? Trust me I have a lot of songs, I'm still non the wiser to. But hey, now you can sing it right! xxx

CurvyCurly said...

@dfdeea3d08f49c4da9d0b9865088c0ff:disqus I've jumped on so many badwagons over the years from the same brands as you and eventually fell off with the exception of 1 or 2 products from two companies that I only use seasonally. Yes, less is more and a simple routine is what works for my 3c/4a curls as well. Whew, I've wasted so much money over the years to get to this point.

CurvyCurly said...

The only product I still like occasionally from CD is the TUI smoothie. Everything else is just *no* and when did corn oil become the carrier oil of choice......cheap.

CurvyCurly said...

Same here ya'll! SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie is no bueno! Funny how it feels good initially going on the hair and then WHAM! Betrayal, Disorder, Criminal Playa from the Himalaya!

LaTissa ChaNelle said...

I LOVE your "i am not about this life" face that you are giving us! Im so sorry for your hairtastrophe! I had that experience with every Miss Jessie's product ive tried, SM curling souflee, and the Mixed Chicks leave-in contitioner.

Rhonda C said...

Dead @ "Criminal Playa from the Himalaya!"

Sherronda Bohanon said...

One thing for certain going natural is not cheap ...and you are so right about finding what works for you, because I love me some Miss Jessies, I finally found a product that fought the frizz monster.. those curly creamy frou frou curling butters were doing nothing for me... my biggest disappointment product wise was the new hair milk pudding from Carols Daughter...wasted my $20 on that stuff

Jamie said...

I really shouldn't be laughing, but HAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHA. I died and resurrected myself to type this. Your facial expression didn't too help either. *gathers self* Ok, I'm sooorryy this happened to you. I have been there. Less so with products and more so on just a failed style as a result of my sucky technique. If I must name a product though, the Giovanni's Tea Tree Triple Threat shampoo and conditioner def failed me. Shampoo=drying, conditioner=build up. Never again. They smelled great though!

Curliana said...

I haven't commented in a while but i read this post and cracked up! My bestie and I have sent so many pics back and forth with similar wtf faces regarding new products or hair styles that turned out a whole hot mess. Sometimes it just doesn't work out the way you anticipated and it sucks when you actually put time and effort into it. We just laugh and move on.. sometimes your hair has other plans!

CurlyNikki said...

LOL! Well add mine to your cache :)

CurlyNikki said...

lol @ died and resurrected :) I almost bought some Giovanni products to re-visit but walked past them... maybe next time :) I remember that Direct Leave-in that everyone loved so much doing NOTHING for me.

CurlyNikki said...

ugh, sorry to hear that and as you know, I've been there. At least the gel was only a few bucks and you best believe I'm returning it... if not today, tomorrow and swapping out for the As I Am.

CurlyNikki said...

LOL! That was almost the caption LaTissa!!!

CurlyNikki said...

Agreed. :)

CurlyNikki said...

lol, happy Thursday :)

CurlyNikki said...

coconut oil and I have a sordid (sp?) relationship... right now, we're in love.

CurlyNikki said...

It started off as a short post... like a pic and a caption, but I just had to tell the story! Thanks chica :)

CurlyNikki said...

You're right, I'm sure less is more, lol, I need to give it a go again with far less product. But in my defense, I used no more product than I usually do!

CurlyNikki said...

LOL @ all of this-- " I heard a giggle, then a chuckle and then my 4a tressess let out a
hysterical rumble of laughter that shook my bathroom. "You call that a
leave -in???" hahahah!!!!! Lacio Lacio?! I forgot all about that one! Time to revisit!

CurlyNikki said...

oooh and Salerm!

CurlyNikki said...

i was :( lol!

CurlyNikki said...

'shellacked'. that's the word of the day. Thanks Blair and sorry (and glad, lol) to hear you've been down this road before...

CurlyNikki said...

OMG. Smell like, 'hell naw'?! Oh hell yes, I'm stealing that one!

CurlyNikki said...

and for the life of me, I was like, 'I did not share my sinful love of the ratchet Love & Hop Hop ATL, so how did a Stevie J shout-out slip in?' Then I remembered, 'rat face' and DIED. Had to tell hubby that one!

CurlyNikki said...

lol, well you were right :) Must try this Wondercurl Jelly! Thanks chica!

CurlyNikki said...

i don't think we're missing out on nothing ;)

CurlyNikki said...

lol, I know, right?! No go.

CurlyNikki said...

oooh! try and report back! I still like the feeling of my hair sans gel, but I'll take the moment of crispiness for the dope definition.

CurlyNikki said...

:)

CurlyNikki said...

I know. Damn. :)

CurlyNikki said...

What's funny is how styling techniques and products will fail you even after years of being fully natural. Sucks.

CurlyNikki said...

thanks for this!!!

CurlyNikki said...

vo5 has always been too... 'light' for my hair. That and the cheapie suaves... brands I never need to revisit...

CurlyNikki said...

lol, thanks Stephanie!

CurlyNikki said...

look at all that glorious definition. LOVE your curls! Is your color natural?

CurlyNikki said...

Thanks chica :) I'll probably be revisiting the Conditioner real soon... was a HG back in 07ish.

CurlyNikki said...

OOh! Review and report!

CurlyNikki said...

Dilane, you may like clumpy curls, but I'm pretty sure you wouldn't have liked my results... you could HEAR MY HAIR! Girl, it was so crispy I can't even describe it. It was like paper ribbons.

CurlyNikki said...

I hate the new formula :(

CurlyNikki said...

+1
and right?! Why the VATS O' GEL?!

CurlyNikki said...

girl, no, lol! Po lil tink tink! Hubby and I say that at least like once a day! I haven't seen the new Katt standup, have you?!

Nicole said...

Nik I know how you feel I have learned on this natural hair journey what works for one may not work for me and I can't use Eco Styler Gel or Fantasia IC on my hair as well because they are to drying.

CurlyNikki said...

lol @ all flavors and varieties! How u doing?!

CurlyNikki said...

#dead

CurlyNikki said...

YEAH splinter! Now I don't know much about Naruto, but I have been known to watch an episode or 10 of Inuyasha, lol. I be up late, and it'd come on after Family Guy/King of the Hill/American Dad. but for real, I think I like Inuyasha.

and yes @ your caption, that would've been perfect!

CurlyNikki said...

Nope, it ain't just Boog :) Happy we cheered you up :) And yes! I'm actually testing out a new W&G routine, lol, as I type this, I'll report back... it's for all the piece-y s curlies out there :)

Davina916 said...

I'm glad that Ulta has a good return policy.

Megan M. said...

My product must haves failed me so bad that it was like taking a kick to the stomach ouch! Eco-styler gel (olive oil one), Let's Jam custard gel, and As I am Leave-in. lets start with the baddest of the bad, first up Let's Jam Custard gel Epic Fail. I really wanted to love this product because Mahogany curls (Jess) raved about it on the Ytube. this was some s**** left white balls in my hair thw whole dang day and never dried people were staring at my hair all day saying you have white stuff in your hair even my mom said that i tried it again samething happened. The product left a fake greasy shine that was not pleasing to me. Next up Eco-styler gel crunchy stringy hard mess tried with several leave in's and shea moisture's curl enhancing smoothie and milk never maybe the wheat protein my hair hates it but what can I say I am a product junkie and a rookie still trying to find way with my hair lol! Finally As I am Leave-in not enough moisture for my hair dried it out even with sealing * FYI: I alway seal my hair after I apply my leave-in. Back to shea moisture's leave-in's Raw shea butter and curl enhancing smoothing or the milk. I used up the As I am Leave-in seeing if it was just my mind playing tricks but still was the same.

Ann said...

Oh wow. I'm sorry. I learned from hairlista is that you want to moisturize and then seal it in with coconut oil or something like that then I put the ecostyler on. When I do my hair like that then the ecostyler isn't crunchy. I know you didn't like the gel but if you ever try it again then maybe do it like that.

Beezyology said...

yikes. I know that "just bought a ridiculous amount of a product that doesn't work" feeling *looks at big tub of Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream*. Only it didn't leave me crispy...didn't leave me anything, really. I may still be a little bitter :/

Niko said...

It’s amazing how different products work on different hair even if its the same texture or similar. I personally love ECO Styler Gel. It’s one of my staples for sure. I use Cantu Shea Leave In underneath it and the two products work well together. I never have flakes, build up, etc. I have shrinkage, but that’s fine for me. It may be a little crunchy day one, but by day 3 my WNG is soft and fuller. I can only get 3 Day hair based on my preference. My hair doesn’t like all the cream curl definers. I say give it another try Nikki with less and a good leave in. Then if it still doesn’t work you can toss it.......

Shayjsongbird said...

I dont think the eco styler gel is supposed to be used in that way. it suppose to give your hair a hold without the stiffness and crunchiness of regular gel. I use it when i do up do's and want a sleeker look. sorry no one mentioned it in advance. :/

April Amanda Caddell said...

Thank you! I always thought using corn oil as the main ingredient was just trifling of CD, especially for the price.

Stace said...

This same ish happened to me last weekend as I was experimenting with wash and go's. I was just TIGHT!! and my hair was CRUNCH and TIGHT.... Unlike you I did not hop back in the shower (was too tired) but rode out on crunchy gel'd up hair that week and be glad you washed it out cause right around day three it was snowing in the summer time in my wig, I will Never ever ever ever EVER, do that again. COLOSSALLY EPIC fail!

Tami said...

As I Am must be a light gel. Eco is a 10 out of 10 on the hold factor. You never need that much! You'd be alright with just a couple dollops of it.

Leimom said...

"Audible hair", girl you had me laughing so hard that I almost peed myself. Between your face and the words, you are too funny.
Yes girl that is an epic fail for you. It's like where is all your hair.
Quick question, I am thinking about getting a "deva cut here in Raleigh, NC and the person seems adamant about having to use the products to maintain it. Can you enlighten???

Tia Garrett said...

Whenever I see a post about some product that claims to make your hair thicker, I say to myself, "Nikki is nuts! Her hair looks sooooo thick and big! I want that hair!" After seeing those "Ramen Noodles" I get it...but I still want your hair:)

CurlyNikki said...

As I Am Smoothing Gel is thick wit it though! The consistency is nearly the same, it's just a bit cloudy in color.

ss said...

Holy Cow! Nikki always stated she had fine hair. I could never understand or see it. Until now. Wow!
The AS I AM was an epic fail for my twist out - I used their leave in with it and was still left with frosted crunch.

ss said...

@ CurvyCurly - Hahah! Too funny. I wasted 10 bucks on the SM souffle - still waiting for someone to come up with a recipe to cocktail it with.

wathair said...

Epic fails for me were Deva Curl One Conditioner, SM Hair Smoothie, CD Hair Butter (that scent was a killer), ECO Styler Gels (don't get the hype), every single product from Miss Jessie's (what a rip!), Giovanni direct leave in (my hair said "I spit at you"), DAX, and a host of other products I wasted money on in my 22 months so far journey, ugh!!!!

ss said...

@NeeC1 - I agree with you about the "perpetually wet" KCCC, but that only begins on day 3 or 4 with my hair. When the KCCC starts to become "deliquiscent" on my hair, I know it's time for me to wash it out and start over! LOL!

ss said...

@twitter-17537413:disqus - did you get frosted white coils too? I brought that stuff rat back to Sally Beauty for a refund. I kept the leave in however - should've brought that back too! LOL!

Bridget said...

Hilarious! My hair looked just like this one evening after applying KCCC to my hair. My husband looked at me crazy and asked what the heck did I do to my hair. Like you, I quickly jumped in the shower to wash away all evidence and memories of this experience. I think you just re-traumatized me. LOL!

Mel said...

For me KCCC and EcoStyler gel are definite failures. I am still trying to find the right product combo for my hair.

ss said...

For my 4c hair - I will NOT put the following on my WNG at all.
1. Ecostyler: clear, olive, pink - harsh dry effect, stiff; scared I damage my hair by using this
2. SM Soufle - total waste of money - light sticky filmy half-set Jello left me damp and gummy
3. As I Am Curling Jelly - Left my twistout frosty white - have not used on WNG - returned it for a refund
4. Curls Unleashed Curl Boosting Jelly - has 'cones, left hair feeling weirdlly coated, ummm no
5. IC fantasia sparkle lites - good for 1 day emergency WNG only (see #1, Ecostyler comment)
6. Kiss My Face Upper management - kick myself for buying 2 of these online (see #3 As I AM comment)
7. Any gel from Garnier or Herbal essence - dry as the sahara
This is the opinion of a 4c curly only - these products may work for you.
KCCC/KCKT is the only one I have come back to again and again because it is only dry on my day 1 hair. By day 2 and 3 it starts to feel softer. I like the moisture it keeps in my strands

seriouslyaisha said...

"Just let your soooooul glow" Is all I see. The face is priceless. I was juuuuust talking about CD with my sister. Hair Milk was not for us. Thanks CN for always coming strong with the funny!!

DiscoveringNatural said...

So many people rave about Vatika Hair Oil, for my transitioning hair.. it just tangled it up.

CurlyNikki said...

lol!!!!! Thanks girl! Hair Milk was a no-go for me too :-/

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