When I did go to Target last week for some household items, where I was sadly floored by the "natural section" I still managed to put a few hair care items in my cart. I got a bottle of Curls Cleansing Cream and a bottle of Yes to Cucumbers Daily conditioner.
So let's start with the surprise that crept up on me... the bad news.
That dog-gone cleansing "cream" is just some shampoo. I maybe didn't do my research, or maybe should have read the bottle more critically, or memorized the effects of more ingredients, but I saw cream and curls and assumed it'd be a particularly cleansing no-lather type of deal. Even out of the bottle and into my hand it was creamy and smelled delightful- like their leave in. I'd pre-conditioned with Suave Naturals Tangerine conditioner and rinsed it out, and had been using no styling cones for weeks - so my hair was already pretty clean... Thus I put some in my palm planning to only focus on the roots and back of my head by patting it on top of my head on on the base of my neck. That mess sudsed up IMMEDIATELY and rabidly, instantly making my hair crunchy and non-slippery. I panicked a little and began trying to use the foam to create some slip to prevent the matting from happening in front. Fail. I ended up kinda squeezing it the rest of the way through and rinsing- to the sound of that squeaky clean chirp I have not heard in a long time. I had not detangled my 5 day old shingle so I was dismayed to feel the hair in back particularly clinging to itself for dear life. :-(
So on to the product I've slept on. The good news!
I moved on to the Yes to Cucumbers Conditioner.
Background info- I loooove the C is for Conditioner Yes to Carrots one, so I had high hopes, but a skeptical mind because it says "daily" and "color care" on the Cucumbers bottle. I figured it was a lighter version of the Yes to Carrots I love. I have heard curlys rave about it (here and here) though so my PJ alter ego got it for me.
In the shower: I painstakingly sectioned my hair into 4 with my hands and squirted a huge glob in my palm. I put it in the front left section liberally and MY GOODNESS, it multiplied. It has a bit of a sudsing action, kinda like the Yes to Carrots but more like the old school cholesterol deep conditioners I used to use back in the day, but with more slip and better smell and ahhhh.... I was like what IS this. I picked up the bottle and read it again. "Conditioner." "daily care." I used my shower comb and got through the tangles with no trouble at all, even combining the two back sections into one. I was so very happy with it. So very happy.
My stream of consciousness was like:
it cost kinda a lot, but I don't need a lot, and I don't wash my hair often, but I do wash and goes often, I could use it for that OH I wonder about using as a leave in like they say, but the suds. oh the suds mmmmmm, it would work as poo though, the smell is good, fresh. yes. This is mine. how much did I use all super heavy handidly... oh not that much pheeww...maybe it will help with my highlights somehow too. sniff. yum. yeah this is good, very good. I. must. tell. people!"
I rinsed and my hair was light and fluffy and smelled fresh. I was sad to see it go down the drain :-(