As I mentioned yesterday, the beautician recommended two products for my daughters’ softly-curling hair. Both are made by Dudley Cosmetics.
Dudley’s PCA Moisture Retainer is a leave-in moisturizing hairdressing that can be used every day. The beautician called it ‘light-weight’ and said it would add shine. If put on loose hair just after washing, she said it would preserve that just-washed shiny ‘ringlets’ look all day.
The other product she recommended was Dudley’s Creme Press. The website describes it as a light, creamy oil blend designed to coat and protect the hair from the damaging effects of excessive blow dryer heat. The beautician said it would help braids not get ‘fuzzy’– keep them fresh-looking longer– and it could be used with a blow dryer to straighten the hair. (More on straightening tomorrow.)
I have been pretty happy with my Suave 2 minute conditioner. Its $1.50 price tag beats the $10 price tag of the PCA all to bits. But I always use it along with water because it is too heavy to just put on the hair alone. And after hearing what the beautician had to say about the drying effects of applying water every day, I was game to try something different.
The PCA feels oiler that the Suave to me– more similiar to “Motions” conditioner (the kind in the pink bottle). The smell is pleasant and rather mild. Like lots of products, it goes on the hair white, and has to be rubbed in well with the hands before it disappears. It gives the hair a really nice shine right away.
The bottle said to use a dime-sized amount. I could not easily comb her hair till I had put a half-dollar-sized amount in her hair. I was able to comb through her hair easily after that. It wasn’t quite as slick-feeling as my usual Suave/water combo. But it worked well.
The first time I tried the PCA, I simply combed my daughter’s hair out and let it dry. It dried very shiny and soft, with no white flakes at all. The slightly oily feeling remained all day, though it didn’t feel oily enough to actually get oil on things. When my daughter lay down on our leather couch, for example, she didn’t leave a mark.
The second time I used the PCA, I did her hair with a bunch of braids. I combed thru the hair with the PCA. Then before beginning each braid, I put a tiny dab of the Creme Press on my fingers and ran it down the section of hair that I was about to braid.
The Creme Press also has a pleasant, extremely mild smell. It is waxy. I actually had to scratch a little out of the container with my fingernails. But it softens quickly with heat. It did seem to make the braids look glossier and smoother– no fuzzies. Even at the end of the day the braids looked super crisp– not a speck of fuzz. I am hoping these braids will last my daughter a little longer than usual.
So far I am optimistic about both these products. I will let you know how my daughter’s braids look in a few days. I have the feeling that the Creme Press is going to be a great help.
Regarding the PCA, my only concern so far is build-up of product. If you are only washing the hair every week or two, and not even wetting it in between, will the oil and silicon in the PCA build up, attract dirt, and feel heavy? We’ll see.
I’ll try to give you all an update on these products after I have used them a week or two.