I love a deep conditioner*. I love to slather my damp (not wet) hair in rich, creamy conditioners, and then put on a shower cap*, and relax with a cup of tea (or glass of wine) and read a book or tie my leopard print scarf around my shower cap* and run errands.
So when I was in Sally’s Beauty Supply with a 5 dollar gift card (also armed with my member discount card, whoot, whoot!), I was ecstatic to see the SE Mega Cholesterol was on SALE! Fun!
And then I read the ingredients. Water and mineral oil were the first two ingredient.
Water is great. The mineral oil, no bueno. Now before you go jumpin’ on my back and what not, allow me to explain. It’s not that I don’t like mineral oil. I have nothing against it. It seals very well.
For me, perhaps it seals in moisture too well. You see, whenever I use anything that has mineral oil it: lotions, makeup, hair products, I break out it that area (in the case of skin) or I get very itchy (in the case of scalp). The mineral oil* clogs me up or my body just doesn’t like it. Been that way for years.
And yet I bought it anyway.
Yes, I bought it anyway, figuring that if I didn’t twist my hair, and just put it on the hair shaft and ends, no scalp involved, I could manage. So that’s what I did. And I loved it.
I didn’t mean to! but my hair was so soft, and it detangled so well, and my twist out was fab, and, and-
Then Day 3 happened. And in my household, Day 3 will go down in Infamy.
I awakened that morning, and I just knew something was off. I just knew. I walked into the bathroom to take my shower, still groggy, started the shower, took off my scarf, and Boom. Flakes. BIG FLAKES. Tiny bumps around my hair line.
I freaked out, hopped in the shower, and used my Hubby’s clarifying anti danruff shampoo, all the while using the pads of my fingers on my scalp in a circular motion.
NO SCRATCHING. Got out of the shower, sectioned my hair, and rubbed scalp AND hair with my go-to oil mix: jojoba/olive/avocado.
Sealed the ends with my Shea Butter* whip, and allowed my hair to breathe in sections. It took a few days for the itching to go away, and my next wash day had to be a bit sooner than normal, but now, 3 weeks later, Claudette (my hair) and I are recovering nicely.
I know what some of you may be thinking. “But Ash,” you say. “How do you know it was the DC?”
Well beauties, my regimen is super simple. It is pretty consistent; the only change I have had in months was the DC. And I KNOW that Mineral oil* and I do not get along. The timetable was also about right. It takes about 2-3 days for me to react to mineral oil, and I did.
Sooooo, I would say that if you have an allergy to mineral oil, if you don’t like using mineral oil at all, or if you don’t like the idea of mineral oils being so prominent (#2) in the ingredients, skip this. If you don’t mind mineral oil and want a good, Creamy, Rich DC, I would definitely say give this a try. It’s great for the price.
Now, as for me, I am back to using my cheapie, 1-2 dollar bottle of regular conditioner with my jojoba/olive/avocado oil* mixed into it as a DC.
I also need to give this SE Mega Cholesterol Conditioner away to one of my friends. However, seeing how I called and freaked out to all of my friends, and that they too know all about the infamous Day 3, that may be easier said than done. Am I going to have to pitch this in the trash? *sigh*
Have you ever been excited to try a new product, only to be majorly (and in hindsight, hilariously) disappointed?