Decisions, Decisions …

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At the end of last month, I renewed my Sally’s card and got a freebie. I could choose any ion product and I didn’t have a clue what to get. I use their curl shampoo (heavily diluted with water as it does contain sulfates) to clarify when my hair feels especially weighed down and my DevaCare doesn’t seem to be doing the job. But that’s it and I haven’t used the shampoo in several months and the container is nearly full.

So, I was eyeing the Silk Drops because I’d read good reviews of it somewhere and I was thinking about how Nikki indicated she was using a shine pomade on her twists once she released them. I also remember a post on her site about silicones blocking out unwanted moisture in humid conditions, thereby preventing frizz head (but, of course I can’t find it!!). Or, maybe I’m thinking of this post on the Top 10 Humidty Fighters or this one on Silicones and Other Sealants for Natural Hair? (Hmmm, some good information there … PJs beware.)

As I stood in the aisle eyeing the Silk Drops, I couldn’t bring myself to buy it. You see, I still fear the cones in shine enhancers that cause moisture-blocking build-up. As far as I can figure, my DevaCare No Poo is not going to do the job to remove non-water soluble cones. And, the Silk Drops contained dimethicone high on the ingredient list. Shoot, I just looked at the ingredients again:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citronellol, Ethyl Ester of Hydrolyzed Silk, Benzyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Panthenol.

That’s TWO cones in the first and second positions!! Anywho, I ultimately got this ion Inspired by Nature Intense Hydrating Masque.

It seemed pretty safe, okay ingredients (though the list was a little long) and it’s a conditioner. I don’t tend to have problems experimenting with those. But, I’m still thinking about those Silk Drops!!

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Have any of you tried either of these? What do you think? Do you avoid cones too? Should I go exchange the safe conditioner for the dangerous serum?!?! Is there a product in the ion line that you would recommend I try instead?!? The choice will be taken out of my hands soon as I think I only have 30 days to exchange. So, help a sista out!! 

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  1. I’ve been avoiding ‘cones too. You’re right about the No Poo not washing them out. You’ll end up using a harsh shampoo to get rid of it… and who wants to do that?!

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  2. I stay away from cones all together! I can’t pronounce half the ingredients in some products let alone understand what they are and whether or not they are good or bad. I remember Nikki creating a list before of good and bad cones. I can see me now in the store pulling out my list going through the ingredients. Lol! Mono, glyco, ethyl, alpha, cone???? Stay with the safer conditioner.

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  3. Yeah, I think you guys are right! When I was contemplating going for the exchange, I didn’t remember that the cones were the first two ingredients! Also, that article indicates that Set It Free is good for blocking humidity and I already have that. Thing is, I haven’t had a problem with humidity, so I don’t know why I’m even contemplating the Silk Drops!! I think I was also thinking about the usage of cones to protect against heat damage when I eventually do a blow out. But, that’s several months away (unless I get the twists), so I don’t know why I’m even thinking about it! Probably just my PJ ways!! Thanks for talking me off of the ledge! LOL!!

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    • …and you’re always talking about how fine your hair is (I still don’t believe that by the way. LOL), the cones will only weigh it down and make it look finer.

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      • LOL. I know, right? But, I actually never had a problem with cones … not the ones in conditioners anyway (I was a big time Pantene chick back in the day). However, I’ve never been a fan of shine serums or oil sheen sprays as they did tend to make my hair greasy looking or weigh it down. This one said only to use a tiny, tiny bit. I really think that I would only use it if I straightened my hair as cones are said to work as heat protectants. However, seeing as how I have no plans to straighten my hair in the immediate or near future, no need for me to get this … for now;-). I’ll stick with the DC. In fact, I may try it today as I’m sitting with a pre-poo in right now (we rescheduled our WWR trip due to predictions of potential thunderstorms).

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