Review: Giovanni's new 2chic Frizz Be Gone Collection

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

FroBunni | Giovanni Cosmetics 2chic Frizz Be Gone Collection review

I'm always reluctant to try anti-frizz products. My hair just gets frizzy and that's how it will always be. So, when Giovanni sent me their new line, 2chic Frizz Be Gone, I was a little skeptical. I  wasn't sure if it would work, or conversely, if it would weigh my hair down making it feel greasy and oily. But, I was left pleasantly surprised, and one product really stood out.

I was sent four products: Frizz Be Gone shampoo and conditioner, Frizz Be Gone Anti-Frizz Hair Balm, and the Frizz Be Gone Anti-Frizz Polishing Serum. I'll just come out and say that the balm really didn't work the way I thought. I was expecting it to help keep my hair from frizzing during the day. It didn't. Whether I used it at night to set my hair, or in the morning for a sleek bun. It really didn't seem to help much. It doesn't have PVP, so for me, that's good, but it might be why it just didn't have much hold. It also doesn't really play well with other products...even water. It just flaked up on my hair making it feel tacky and dry.

The shampoo and conditioner worked really well, and I did notice that it made my hair feel smoother and very moisturized. This makes sense; good anti-frizz products contain more moisturizing ingredients that help reduce and prevent damage, which can cause frizz. The Frizz Be Gone collection contains shea butter and almond oil, two ingredients that are great for moisture retention and smoothing the cuticle of the hair. The conditioner is super creamy and has slip, making it easy to detangle. I normally detangle before washing my hair, but for the sake of the review, I detangled during the conditioning process and my denman brush went through my hair like butter with no breakage.

So, let's talk about the star in this line: the Frizz Be Gone Anti-Frizz Polishing Serum. I expected the least out of this product, so I actually tested it weeks after testing the other products. Yeah, that was a mistake. If you've used other Giovanni serums, this one feels similar to the Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek Hair & Body Super Potion; it's very light and silky. But despite its light feel, it's really great at helping the hair retain moisture. The first time I used this product, I wet my hair with water, applied the serum, and twisted my hair. I was so busy that week that I didn't have time to take down my hair until wash day, five days later. I expected the worst; breakage and dry, brittle hair, which is what usually happens when I go that long without moisturizing my hair. But when I took my hair down, it was still moisturized, soft, smooth, and absolutely no breakage. The serum helped keep my hair moisturized longer than usual. So, if you have difficulty retaining moisture or your hair is high porosity, get the serum. Seriously, it's amazing and works like promised.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

So, would I buy the products from this line? Outside of the balm, most definitely! I'll be restocking the serum when it runs out; that will be a permanent staple in my regimen. I would also buy the shampoo and conditioner again, but I haven't seen this line in stores yet, and with the ultra-Moist more readily available, you probably won't see it return in my regimen any time soon.

Also, it's important to note that this line currently has a total of eight products, and I've only used four. I have plans to purchase and review the Frizz Be Gone Smoothing Hair Mask and Frizz Be Gone Taming Cream. So look for those reviews in future!

Have you tried the new Frizz Be Gone Collection? What are you thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Don't Shave Your Edges in Hopes it Will Regrow Hair

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

FroBunnni | Regrowing edges, natural hair

You may have seen the video about the vlogger shaving her edges to regrow them...don't do this. Well, I can't tell you what to do, but let me explain why this won't work.

First, let's discuss why edges can disappear. For black women, the two most common reasons are chemically, like chemical burns from relaxers or perms, or manually, like braids being installed too tight and pulling the hair from the follicle. In both cases, consistent and regular use, especially regular damage, is going to thin out the hair, eventually causing baldness, and in some cases, depending on the duration and severity of damage, it may be permanent.

If you happen to have thin or nonexistent edges because of this, and you want to regrow them, it can take a long time, like months to upwards of a year or more. Why? Because the amount of damage done to the scalp is such that it will take awhile for it to get back to where it was before the damage. And even if visually it looks like it has healed, the layers of skin under the surface may still need time to fully heal.

Okay, so let's discuss this video. I watched it from beginning to end, and the biggest thing that stuck out was that she admitted she wasn't consistent and expected results rather quickly.

First, if you have thin and nonexistent edges, whatever you're doing, you need to be consistent with it. And the most important thing you should be doing is stopping whatever caused your edges to thin. So, if it's braids, relaxers, really tight buns, weaves, etc. Just stop doing them. Your scalp needs time to heal, and if you're just going to keep damaging hair, you're not going to see any progress. Second, while stopping whatever you were doing, you need to start implementing a good hair care regimen. Making sure to moisturize your edges is going to be huge. The hairline tends to be finer and weaker than the rest of the hair, so keeping it moisturized is key.

The second thing she said in the video was that she was expecting results quickly. Remember when I said it can take over a year to regrow your edges...yeah. Depending on the duration and severity of the damage, it may take over a year for your scalp to heal and for your hair to grow again. Be patient, very patient. It's also important to note that if the damage is really bad, you may never grow hair there again, without medical intervention (i.e. hair implants).

In regards to applying castor oil or using onion juice, they're not necessary. They may help speed up the healing process, but if the hair can grow, it will grow eventually.

Also, just really quickly, cutting your hair doesn't make it grow faster. This is a myth. When you compare no hair to, even marginally, more hair, it's going to seem like a lot and it's growing fast. When really, it's a normal amount that would be missed if your hair was longer. This is why I only do length checks, at the soonest, every three months, preferably every six months. 1/4 inch of hair when you're waist length isn't going to be noticeable, but 1/4 inch of hair when you're bald is shocking.

To close, if you want to regrow your edges, you don't need to shave your head. You can if you want; it will give you a fresh start, but it's not necessary. Just, like with everything I say, focus on good hair care.

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