Starting the curly hair routine series has made me so much more mindful of the products and the routine! Plus I can truly track the difference now, which is great. I’m assuming you’ve seen the other two posts in the series so you know the layout already. If not, do check them out too! 🙂
In today’s routine, I have used two brands only to wash and style my hair. They’re both CG Friendly, inexpensive & available in India. Well one of them is still going to be easily available after today morning. The two brands are Suchi Soaps and Arata Zero Chemicals.
It’s so sad Suchi is closing down though! I just found out today. They have cited problems in sourcing pure ingredients. I was encouraged to try this line by my readers who have loved their products and the company was sweet enough to send the rose shampoo and conditioner to try.
Anyway, on to today’s routine!
Now, in my personal experience – I loved how gentle the shampoo was! It did not leave my scalp feeling dry at all and still felt clean. My hair too was soft even before the conditioner. What I did not like at all was scent once it was applied to the hair and left for a few seconds. Fragrance preferences are personal and this scent was not to my taste, unfortunately.
The conditioner is lightly creamy & runny and has an earthy scent, along with the rose. After trying it for the last month, I saw it has decent slip – If I wash my hair every 3 days and my hair isn’t tangled too much, this conditioner works out well. The times I go without washing my hair for 5-6 days (yeah I get super lazy lol), I’ve found I need a product with more slip than this to detangle without breakage.
I got these products last evening only 🤣! My excited ass couldn’t wait – I tried them out today morning. I was also about to skip wash day again because I was feeling lazy. I washed my curls only to start testing these two products out.
Now the hair cream – it’s soft and creamy. (ps- Note, these are first impressions. My full review will come out only after trying them out for a few weeks/month) It moisturized my hair strands well and got soaked in pretty quickly. It is sliiiightly greasy like Cantu Curl Activator but doesn’t quite give the hold like the latter does. I think this would work for someone looking for a light hair cream. Full detailed review to follow soon, so stay tuned!
The hair gel was so light! My curls feel so much lighter today too as a result. I’ve gotten used to the heavy look that cantu sometimes gives (if not used smartly) and this is a nice change. It did not leave a significant gel cast for me – I think I need to use more next time to see the difference.
Steps in my Curly Hair Routine
- I had oiled my hair last night so I used a big amount of Suchi shampoo to apply on my scalp and on the length of my hair.
- Rinsed it out and separated my hair into 2 sections.
- Applied a generous pump of Suchi conditioner to each section.
- Finger detangled and used a wide toothed comb and narrow comb to remove tiny knots.
- Rinsed it out and squeezed out excess water.
- Smoothed on Arata Hair Cream to 2 sections of hair and finger combed.
- Similarly, smoothed on Arata hair gel and then used my Denman brush to define my curls.
Note- Try plain Scrunching if you don’t wan’t to break the curl clumps with the brush. If you want to watch how I style my curls, watch my video tutorial here.
- Diffused my curls to get mega volume! Watch the video below to see how you should diffuse curly hair.
- I SOTC’d (Scrunch out the crunch) with Innis Free Camellia Head Massage Oil
So I hope you can see that the hair cream and gel did moisturize my hair and gave them light definition. I usually prefer more hold but I have a feeling it will suit me more when I do Squish to Condish + Super Soaker method, which I will try next. I will also next time, use more hair gel and I will NOT comb after that step unlike today. Just to see the difference.
This brings me to an important point – before you complain about a product or write it off- are you changing the amount each time you try? Do you try different styling techniques? Have you tried changing the product cocktail? Everyone’s hair is different. Hence it’s important to try small tweaks and learn how to best use it instead of feeling discouraged in one go. 🙂
So, now it’s YOUR turn. Have you tried any of these products before? Is there any product you want me to remember to review? Let me know in the comments below! Join me on Instagram for more tips and to stay updated for the next post!