Month: June 2017

Using Gel in 2B Waves: Troubleshooting Hair Episode 1

Using Gel in 2B Waves: Troubleshooting Hair Episode 1

I called this page the “Natural Hair Journey” because, well, it’s a process and I haven’t quite figured out my struggles. I am trying something new today (that will be the next troubleshooting post) and it made me realize I should write about what I’ve […]

Multi-Store Grocery List 6/25/17

Multi-Store Grocery List 6/25/17

  Okay quick story about this multi-store grocery trip, my husband woke up and at 8am decided he was going to go grocery shopping. He was trying to get a jump start on our day. It helped some but he REALLY overspent on the food […]

DevaCurl Celebrate Wavy Kit Review

DevaCurl Celebrate Wavy Kit Review

Well, I’m almost three months into my natural hair journey (see my hair background here), and I’ve had to buy a new set of products since I used up the set I began with: the DevaCurl Celebrate Wavy kit. 

 

Honestly, I began my natural hair journey because of seeing the DevaCurl ads everywhere on social media. The marketing totally worked on me, and I was sick of heat styling my hair. So I saw the Final Sale on the Celebrate Wavy kit and jumped right in.

Price & Contents

The kit was $40 original price, but I paid $30 and the shipping was free. The kit is still available on final sale (link) and contains

  • Low Poo Delight (12oz)
  • One Condition Delight (12oz)
  • Wavemaker Styler (3oz size not full size)
  • Deva Scarf

So value wise, this is a VERY good deal. The full size of the low poo and conditioner are $22 each. The full size of the Wavewaker is only 5z and costs a crazy $26! The full value of the kit is around $70.  So at $30, you are really getting a great value with this kit on sale.

 

First Impressions/Scent

The DevaCurl kit seemed like a good value and an easy, non-intimidating way to begin the wavy/curly hair journey. Everything was in one place, even a satin scarf for at night. I got the box in the mail and was super excited. I immediately opened it up the Low Poo and took a sniff. Yuck! was my instant thought. The scent was heavily floral with some citrus. I do not like floral scents. I imagine some people would LOVE this fragrance, but I am not one of them. I opened the Conditioner, and it smelled similar. Wavemaker? Kind of smelled like a mix of bubble gum and jolly ranchers. I really dislike sweet scents, but I did actually enjoy this more than the shampoo or conditioner. That isn’t to say I liked the scent, but it just wasn’t as awful as the others. The Devascarf seemed like a simple piece of satin that was cheaply made, but I didn’t own anything satin to sleep on so it was still going to be useful. So overall, I wasn’t excited about the scents, but was definitely still excited to begin!

Review After Use

So it is time for me to actually review them now that I’ve gone through all of one product. The product I used up completely was the Low-Poo. The conditioner is now going into a travel container, and I’m continuing to use the Wakemaker. But I feel like using up one product completely justifies a full review of each product.

 

Deva Curl Low Poo Delight

 

I have never used a shampoo that felt like this. It was SO slippery. I knew instantly it had to be glycerin and I was correct. This poo is full of that ingredient. I didn’t mind. In fact, as I was about a third of the bottle I was LOVING this stuff. It felt like it got my hair pretty clean, had some lather, and I liked how it left my hair feeling slippery.

Where it changed with the low poo

On a forum, someone mentioned how much they hadn’t liked the low-poo delight because they had to use so much of it. I had definintely been thinking I had to use a lot, but it was like reading this had been an epiphany. I couldn’t get over it, and every shower since I’ve noticed just how much of this product I have to use to get my hair to the point of feeling all clean and slippery. Hint: it is a lot. Also, I find that this does not spread on my scalp well. If I put it in one section of my hair, that section will be clean, but the surrounding areas will still be dirty. That’s been the most frustrating part. It doesn’t spread and I use a LOT of product. I will say that the suggestions on that same thread were for much more expensive shampoos, so it seemed like the value was similar to what was being recommended. That said, I used this up with still over a third of the conditioner remaining. If you had asked me a month ago, I was planning to repurchase the jumbo size. Now I’m on the hunt for a budget friendly option and I’ve got my eyes on a few things. Would I Repurchase? Only if I can’t find anything better (which I doubt).

The One Condition Delight

My review of this can be summed up in one word: Meh.

That sums up everything from my first impression until today. There is nothing wrong with this conditioner (except the scent). It does a nice job of moisturizing without weighing my hair down. It’s good. But there is nothing earth shatteringly exceptional. Considering the full size is $22 I am 100% convinced that there is a budget friendly option that is better out there. It’s not good, and it’s not bad.

Would I repurchase: No.

 

DevaCurl Wave Maker Touchable Mousse

 

First impression: The texture was thick and sticky for a mousse, and thi is the first non-aerosol mousse I’d used. The first time, I used way too much. My hair looked very product-y and greasy by day two. I wasn’t a fan. I began to alternate this and the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Styling Milk (another review for another time) or some days combine them. Both of those methods seemed to help. The recommendations I’ve seen have said to use as a second or third day styler. I’m finding that this is a great way to use the product. My hair needed something stronger for the first day. This leaves no “cast” and my hair needed that to shape my waves. I still have about half of this 3oz bottle left and my hair is down to my chest. A little goes a long way, so I would consider the value to be okay.

Would I repurchase? Yes! but I do think I’m going to try a budget friendly option first since I’m still pretty new to the wavy hair journey. Really though, my hair LOVES this stuff on 2nd and 3rd day hair.

 

DevaScarf

 

This is a bonus item, but it’s one I’m glad to have! I use it to wrap up/plop my hair in the evenings when my hair is 100% dry. Or I can put it onto my pillow. If you already own a satin pillowcase or a satin scarf/wrap then you don’t need this. But it was nice to have included!

Would I repurchase? N/A – this is not available alone. But I would recommend purchasing a satin scarf {link!} pillowcase {link!}, or a bonnet {link!} if you don’t own one. 

 

The Entire Kit Overall

Even though I’ve said that I wouldn’t be jumping for joy to repurchase any of the items, I actually still recommend this kit if you are just starting out your natural (wavy) hair journey. I found it to be a nice way to jump into the world of sulfate/silicone/paraben free products. It has given me a good baseline for everything and wasn’t intimidating at all. The value, when compared to the full  DevaCurl line, is great (especially great when on Final Sale). If you have already dabbled with other lines of sulfate/silicone/paraben free products, then I wouldn’t recommend this. The main benefit of this kit is ease of use. I would not repurchase this kit because you would likely run out of a product at different times.

 

Would I recommend: Yes if you are just beginning and don’t know where to start; No if you have already been using sulfate/silicone/paraben free products.

 

Let me know what you’ve thought of the DevaCurl products for wavy hair. Worth it? Overpriced? Holy Grail? Tell me!

 

With Motivation,

 

Rachel

Sweet and Spicy Pico de Gallo (Whole 30)

Sweet and Spicy Pico de Gallo (Whole 30)

I love salsa. So much. In fact, one of my favorie things in life is chips & salsa. Unfortunately I cannot have corn (meaning no tortilla chips – though the expensive Siete ones are amazing!), so any excuse to eat salsa and I’m sold! This […]

My Grocery List 4th June 2017 + Meal Planning

My Grocery List 4th June 2017 + Meal Planning

Well, it’s been a while since I have posted a grocery list. The truthful reason is that we have been slacking on meal prepping! We went camping two weeks ago, and have people over through the holiday weekend. This meant that meal prepping got lowered […]

Budgeting Utilities + Tips to Lower Utility Bills

Budgeting Utilities + Tips to Lower Utility Bills

There are a few ways that might be helpful when budgeting for utilities. I can tell you upfront that when we began, we took a complete guess based on the square footage of our rental and hoped that it wouldn’t be over that amount. It was. Not by much, but it was enough to raise our budget a bit. This was in winter, and we live in a cold area. A few months later and our bill was half of what it had been. So how do you budget for utilities when the weather changes monthly?

 

Budgeting for Utilities

 

For us, we have a set budget amount that is the high end of costs for the year. This means that we account for the coldest days in winter and the hottest days of summer and set our budget according to those days. We don’t average. In the spring/fall months, when our bills are gloriously low, we apply any extra money towards our “Baby Steps.”  Previously, this meant putting them to debt. Now, this means transferring that money into our 3-6 month emergency fund. It all depends where you are with your personal financial journey.

 

We have our utilities set up to pay the bill in full each month. The money is taken directly out of the bank, and I get a confirmation email when this is done. Then, I put any extra money where it belongs.  For example: If we had $75 budgeted for our Natural Gas, and I received a bill for $50, I would immediately put that money elsewhere. When in Baby Step two, I would go and make a student loan payment for $25. Today, I would make a $25 transfer into our emergency fund.

 

This may seem small, but you want every penny working for you. Even the little payments add up, especially when you are paying off debt. Every payment causes less interest to accrue. This is why you want to make those payments immediately when budgeting utilities. The key is to put the money where it belongs immediately. If you don’t do this, it’s easy to end up with an “extra” $20 to spend on unnecessary things. You don’t want that. You want to tell your money where it belongs and make it work towards your goals.

 

Just to be clear, this isn’t the only way to budget utilities, just the way that we choose to and what has worked well for us. Some utility companies allow you to average out the costs, but I like being the one in control of what is budgeted. Learning to adjust can take some time.

Lowering Your Utility Bill

 

Also, some tips for lowering your utility bill (these might not be groundbreaking, but every little bit helps!)

 

These tips are excellent for the environment no matter where you stand financially!

  • Open your windows and turn off the lights
  • Remember to make sure your outdoor lights are off too!
  • Turn off your sink when you brush your teeth
  • Use the “Sleep Timer” on your TV – we always fall asleep to the tv, but this keeps the electricity waste to a much smaller amount!
  • Unplug things when you aren’t using them – I don’t do this with anything that has a clock on it because that’s a huge pain, but things like phone chargers, hair tools, electric tea kettles) are easy fixes.
  • Brush your teeth in the shower  – some people may not like the warm water fyi
  • Shower warm, not hot.
  • Wash laundry on cold water
  • Hang dry clothes.
  • Open windows on opposite sides of the house to create a crossbreeze. Opening one window might not do much, but once you get that breeze in, it’s great!
  • Go natural with your hair – no heat tools=no electricity used.

With Motivation,

Rachel

My Hair Background Story

My Hair Background Story

I figured it would be beneficial to talk about my hair background prior to my natural hair journey. I first straightened my hair in 7th grade and was hooked. Suddenly, my hair was smooth and not frizzy! I got hooked. Thankfully I was always great […]

We’re Debt Free Pt 2: Our Debt Numbers

We’re Debt Free Pt 2: Our Debt Numbers

Not long ago, I shared the emotional story of How We Got Out of Debt (and I wish We hadn’t)….Yes. It sounds crazy that I wouldn’t want to be out of debt, but you have to read the story here to understand.  But I decided […]