The Cheap Stuff
A lesson that must continually be learned: just because a product is expensive doesn’t mean that its going to be better than something that costs half/a third/a quarter (!) of the price.
Enter Miss Ellepixie. This gal is a ride or die product junkie. And honestly, I get nervous reading her blog because she just makes me want to whip out a credit card and shop shop shop. It has proven problematic in the past, but recently I’ve miraculously been able to resist.
That is, until she started getting all “nom nom nom” about Tresemme Naturals Conditioner and Long Aid Activator Gel, both of which are under $5. Needless to say, both of these things were purchased within 6 days of my reading about them (ok, the conditioner was within the hour) and I was finally able to give them a whirl last night and this morning.
Welp. Gotta say that this cheapie conditioner works infinitely better than my $15 condish for detangling. In fact, it worked SO well THAT I COMBED MY HAIR FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JANUARY. If you have been reading this blog, then you know that this is a massive milestone. I never comb my hair! I have become the disciple of finger detangling only! But when that comb started slipping through my Tresemme’ed-up curls, I was sold. Plus this ish is $4 for a huge bottle and because I have hecka hair I can use it with reckless abandon and not try to conserve the stash. Can’t beat it.
And the fascinating thing about combing is that it left with me with super defined, stretched out, frizz-free and juicy curls. My Lolitas looked so fly that I was kinda [really] sad to be going to bed so that the only my mirror, and my pillow and I got to enjoy them. (But of course, I tried to take a pic).
Then this morning when my hair was still damp after sleeping in my Coolio stretching braids, I applied some of the Long Aid gel, which also did the trick quite well! As I write, my hair is still drying a little, but I am not seeing any fuzz and as I said we’re talking five-bones here, so I’m impressed.
So the long and short of it is, if you come at me with a hype product review I’ll probably buy it and be kind of salty that you talked me into yet another wallet drain. BUT if you come at me with a hype review of the CHEAP stuff, I’ll definitely buy it and sing your praises along with the product!
And now that I’m thinking I’m back on the occasional combing wagon, here’s to hoping I can resist the $28 comb….