A while back — probably late last year — I was fretting about finding a new leave-in conditioner. I found Giovanni Direct Leave-in and I loved it. LOVED IT! I had no trouble with it at all. A couple of months of ago, I saw a recipe for a leave-in mix from YouTuber Kimmaytube.
I decided to try it out because Kimmaytube is about the science of hair. I enjoy playing around with my hair and reviewing products, but this chick? She’s got pH strips and is testing ingredients and combinations to ensure she gets the right mix for her hair type and texture. I like mixing ingredients — some shea butter whipped up with cocoa butter and some oils — I am certainly not on the same level as the folks online who come correct with their scientific knowledge. I found her YouTube site was very informative and Kimmaytube’s hair is beautiful, no word of a lie, so the proof is in the pudding.
Anyhow, here are the ingredients:
- 1 oz Knot Today Leave-In (or 2 tablespoons of YOUR preferred leave-in)
- 2 tablespoons of (Whole leaf version) Aloe Vera Juice with a pH 4.0 or 4.5
- 2 teaspoons of Castor Oil
- 2 teaspoons of Jojoba Oil
You can find the video about how much product to use and how to mix it here.
In the video, Kimmay uses Kinky Curly Knot Today conditioner. Now, I don’t need to spend $26 CDN on conditioner (see last week’s post about my disgust with hair care product prices), so I used my trusty Giovanni leave-in ($10 a pop). As directed, I mixed all the ingredients together and applied it to my fresh washed hair.
Results? It was OK. My hair felt good, but no better than when I just used the Giovanni Direct Leave-in. So, I mixed it up a couple more times and I got the same results: good, but no more spectacular than just my GDLI. I thought it could be because I didn’t use the Knot Today — maybe, but the directions did say I could use any creamy leave-in.
I don’t know — I guess it’s the natural hair mantra: what works for one person may not work for someone else. I wouldn’t say this didn’t work, but for the work and expense of buying extra ingredients, I don’t know if it’s fully worth it.
So, I will continue with my Giovanni and continue looking for new online mixtures to test. Has anyone else tried it out? What do you think?