Xanthan Gum, Giovanni Ultra-Moist Line, and Back to Shampoo

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FroBunni | Natural Hair Puff on Wash Day
My puff after I washed and conditioned with Giovanni Ultra-Moist

Yesterday, I decided to see if xantham gum could be as a great as guar gum. I originally was going to wait until the weekend to try it, but per usual, I couldn't hold on that long (I missed my curls). I mixed the xanthan gum like I do guar gum - 4 oz of water and a tsp of xanthan gum. It thickened just like my guar gum, but it didn't dissolve. I strained the gel through some cheesecloth to remove any lumps.

In the shower, I cowashed with Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Moist conditioner, left a tad bit on my hair, then started applying the xanthan gum. It felt similar to my guar gum gel, and it did clump my curls, so I considered it a win. I pineappled my hair and went to bed.

This morning, I woke up, undid my pineapple and...my hair looked dry. It felt unusually dry too. Nothing like my guar gum gel. I figured I would try to work with it for a few days. Well, after a couple of hours, I decided to wash my hair when I got home. My hair just didn't feel right.

Now, before all of this happened, I already decided to go back to shampoo. While I still haven't made the post, my hair color has changed a bit. I'm still not sure if it was because of the maple syrup or the baking soda. I looked back through my pictures and realized that I wasn't as active in taking pictures of my hair before I switched to baking soda. I wanted to know if my hair was really better with baking soda or without, and I knew I had to go back to shampoo to see. Since I love, love, love the Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Moisture Mask, I decided to test other products in that line, and bought the shampoo and conditioner. I also picked up Herbal Essence Cleansing Conditioner.

Back to today, since I had already washed with baking soda a few days ago, I decided that I would test out the Herbal Essence Cleansing Conditioner. I began my wash as usual, rinsing my hair and then applying the conditioner...my hair felt super tacky. I looked at it and omg, xanthan gum is not water soluble. These small balls of hardened xanthan gum began forming in my hair. I started freaking out and realized that I needed to wash with shampoo. I hopped out of the shower, grabbed the shampoo and conditioner, and started washing. It felt oddly nice to shampoo again. I did miss the suds and the Ultra-Moist shampoo was moisturizing and didn't tangle my hair. I liked it, a lot. I rinsed my hair and applied the conditioner (by the way, the Ultra-Moist is my new favorite line). My hair was clean, really clean. There was no build up on my scalp or xanthan gum left in my hair. I applied aloe vera juice to my scalp and hair, sealed with olive oil and put my hair in a puff.

So, for the next two months, I'm going to see if shampoo is really the way to go. Will my hair tangle less? Will it be more moisturized? Will I retain more length? It will be interesting to see exactly how this plays out.

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