So when I left for my summer Internship in Colorado, I had box braids installed (video here). I did not know what kind of products I would find up here at 10,000 feet, and I did not know whether I would be sharing a bathroom. Turns out that I have my own room with an attached bathroom, so about 5 weeks in, I took out my braids. Before taking out my braids I went on the hunt for products. Now, I am in a seriously non-minority portion of Colorado, but when I went to Walmart, I expected to find some items to purchase. Much to my surprise, the Walmart near me did not even have an “Ethnic” hair section!!!
You may be thinking, just order something. Well, mail service up here is quite spotty, I had already had a package sent back without any attempt to deliver, so I continued my search. I found a Target 30 minutes away, and I went in the hope that Target would be its usual great self and come through for me. This Target had a Multi-Cultural hair section (which solidified my love for Target), so I was able to buy shampoo (Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla), deep conditioner (Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla), leave-in conditioner (Shea Moisture JBCO), and a styler (Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie). However, they had no gel!!!!
Ugh!! No gel! So, I looked for a nearby Walgreens, and there was one 5 minutes away. The ONLY gel I could find was ECO Styler!!! I liked my results with the ECO Styler Olive Oil Gel, so I was very very happy with that find, but it was recommended to me that I try the ECO Styler Krystal gel for a better hold, so I grabbed that one too.
Up here at 10,000 feet, my hair behaves so very well. I use either Shea-Moisture styler under the ECO Styler gel, and my hair comes out defined and hangs beautifully without much swelling in this dry, mild climate. I would have attempted twist-out’s had I not been able to find gel, but I am quite relieved that I was able to find a gel that I can trust to leave my hair looking great on a weekly basis. Next time I go away for months at a time, I will bring hair products no matter what :-)!!
When I get back to Florida I will do a video comparing the Olive Oil to the Krystal gel.