I Quit Shampoo for a Week – Devacurl – How to Quit Shampoo for Effortless Waves Review

April 4, 2018

As someone who showers every day {yes, I know this isn’t good for your skin or hair. Yes, I’m a germaphobe and the thought of going to bed with outside germs and bacteria from public places grosses me out}, the thought of not using shampoo is horrifying. What do you expect me to do, just walk around with dirty, greasy hair? That sounds like my face’s worst nightmare.  When I heard about Devacurl’s product to “Quit Shampoo,” I was intrigued. A hair care brand actively supporting no shampoo?

 

Naturally, I tried it.

 

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The Devacurl system I tried is their “How to Quit Shampoo for Effortless Waves.” My hair has always been wavy-straight, never really wavy or really curly. The “Effortless Waves” products I tried were the “Low-Poo Delight,” the “One Condition Delight,” and the “Wave Maker,” which is a texture whip. I also have the “Buildup Buster,” but I have yet to have the time to try it. That’s more of a hair masque that needs time to sit on your hair.

 

The Low-Poo Delight

Devacurl’s campaign may be #IQuitShampoo, but the Low-Poo Delight Cleanser is essentially a low impact shampoo. It’s really light, and you’re not supposed to use it like a normal shampoo either. Instead of lathering it all over your hair, the instructions say to take a small amount and massage it into your roots only, then wash it out, letting the cleanser run through the rest of your hair. Honestly, I don’t mind this cleanser. It works well, after I worked out the kinks with it. For example, use a generous amount of it. I noticed by day three of the week that my hair was feeling just slightly greasy, enough for me to not like it. I fixed this problem relatively quickly by using more of the shampoo, and less of the Wave Maker.

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The One Condition Delight

As a conditioner, I like this, but I don’t think it’s the best conditioner out there at it’s price point. Does it work? Yes. Does it leave my hair feeling as soft and silky as my $6.99 for a giant 28 ounce bottle favorite conditioner? No. I think what really saves this conditioner for me is remembering that the point of it isn’t to detangle my hair, so much as it is to make my waves look better when my hair is dry. While using this conditioner, I can say that my waves were definitely more defined and that I was MUCH more comfortable going out in public with my hair looking natural vs. being heat styled like it normally is, however the One Condition Delight didn’t defrizz my hair as much as I thought it would. To solve that problem, I used my favorite hair serum. The combination of the two products kept my waves looking perfectly defined and sleek enough for me to feel more confident running errands with my natural hair.

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The Wave Maker

Okay so I THOUGHT that I really didn’t like this product. For the first few days of the week, I used this nightly, and I just really didn’t feel like my hair looked any better for it. As a matter of fact, I thought my hair looked worse, because it was getting a little greasy. As it so happens, I used this incorrectly the entire week. I applied the Wave Maker to my damp hair, however I didn’t realize that Devacurl  actually insists that you scrunch your hair while using this product, instead of running your fingers through your hair. To be fair, the bottle says to scrunch, than to tousle, and I think I just got confused all around, especially when so many similar products are applied by just run your fingers through your hair. I didn’t find out this information until just now when I needed to get the link to The Wave Maker, and saw this key piece of information on the Devacurl website. Seeing as how I completely messed this one up for a week, I’ll be giving this product another shot.

 

UPDATE: Tried using this again, scrunching my hair this time. Definitely did work a lot better, but I felt a little ridiculous trying to figure out how to properly “scrunch” my hair.

 

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The Bottom Line

I quit shampoo for a week, and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. As a matter of fact, I’ll probably continue using both the cleanser and the conditioner even though this little experiment is over {and the Wave Maker, because you know, I messed that one up}. I won’t be using the Effortless Waves system exactly how Devacurl recommends it. Instead, I found a way of using these products after the week ended that works much better for me. Here’s what I do:

-I don’t use both the cleanser and the conditioner on the same day.

-To both define my waves, and keep the frizz at bay, I’ll use my favorite shampoo that I know makes my hair smooth and silky, and the Devacurl Effortless Waves conditioner. Then, the next day I’ll switch, and use the Devacurl cleanser with my favorite conditioner. This way, I have the perfect balance between silky smooth hair, and natural waves.

The Wave Maker is applied on my hair at night, while it’s damp, then in the morning, I use this hair serum to polish everything off.

 

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This is what my natural hair looks like with my combination routine! This time I used my usual shampoo with the Devacurl conditioner, and the Wave Maker right after. Soak it all in, because I don’t know if I’ll ever be exposing my natural hair on here again. 😂

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I DO think that anyone with wavy or curl hair should definitely give Devacurl products a shot! They’re available here, as well as on the official Devacurl website. For $42, you can try the cleanser, conditioner, Wave Maker, and the Buildup Buster, which is perfect if you want to go for the full effect. Keep in mind that my hair is in some sort of strange in-between level, in the middle of straight and wavy. I think for someone with hair wavier or curlier than mine, the Devacurl system would definitely be a lot more effective. Regardless, all this year I’ve been straightening or curling my hair every day because I’m just not happy with how it looks naturally. Devacurl gave me an extra push to wear it naturally, and for that I’m so grateful {it’s also why these products will be staying in my life}!

 

xx,

E

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One response to “I Quit Shampoo for a Week – Devacurl – How to Quit Shampoo for Effortless Waves Review”

  1. Chloe says:

    Ooo! I am going to need to try this out! I usually only wash it two times a week. I’m always looking for different things to try and not wash it as much, haha! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    xo, Chloe // https://funinthecloset.com/style-brocade/

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