Mad about waves – perfect products for wavy curls

wavy hair products

wavy curls hair products

This year I’ve been really into treating my naturally curly/wavy hair. I’ve been both trying to learn as much about it as I can – but also just experiment with different products myself. In this earlier post I went through my routine and some products I started my curly hair journey with.

Since then I’ve switched my products and I haven’t been as strict about certain ingredients, as I was before. I guess I took a new approach: not to stare at the ingredients, but to just try some products and see for myself, if they work. I know I talked about avoiding silicones, but after now trying products that do contain them, I’m not so sure, if they are that bad after all. Because now that I’ve been using these new products, my wavy hair has looked better than ever before. My curls are more defined and altogether my hair looks more voluminous and healthy.

The products in this post are pr-samples.

wavy curls type 2B 2C
My curls (type 2B,2C) after using these wavy hair products.

Schwarzkopf Mad About Waves

Schwarzkopf has two lines: Mad about waves for wavy hair & Mad about curls for curly hair. I got some products from the Mad About Waves -line, since my hair leans more to the wavy – hairtype. If we’re talking about curl types, it goes to somewhere around 2B, 2C category. Here is a good photo showing the different curl types. Though it is important to note, that everyone’s curls are unique.

And because there are different types of curls and waves, it makes a difference of what products you use and for what curl type they are – wavy or curly – to begin with.

Wavy curls can be tricky, because heavy products can weigh them down. Actually now looking back at the products I started my routine with – I think the products were a bit heavy for me, for day-to-day use.

The two star products I’ve been using lately are the conditioner and curl cream from Mad about waves line.

wavy hair conditioner

Schwarzkopf Mad About Waves Windswept Conditioner

This conditioner comes in a very practical, cute bottle. It is indeed lightweight – and actually when I’m applying it, it doesn’t feel like it does much. But it does! It brings just enough moisture to my hair, without being heavy. It untangles my hair, and it’s lightweight enough, so that I don’t need to rinse it out properly. Usually I just lazily rinse it out, so that some of it is left in my hair (a good technique for all the curlies!).

I know I said not to stare at the ingredients, but I had to take a peek. And I was surprised, that there were no silicones in this! That might explain, why it doesn’t feel that silky when applying it, and how it lefts my hair quite airy and nice. I checked if it was CG-approved on this app, and it said that it is.

wavy hair curl cream

Schwarzkopf Mad About Waves Windy Texture Balm

This curl cream is awesome for wavy hair types, like mine. It’s very watery and thin, so that it doesn’t feel sticky or too heavy. It keeps my curls in place and gives them amazing hold and definition. I scrunch this in my hair, when it’s quite wet to get the best results. It’s so lightweight, that I can use it quite a bit, and it’s almost impossible to use too much of it.

Now this product is not CG-approved, since the second ingredient in it is Dimethicone (a silicone). Now as I said, I don’t know if silicones are that bad for your curls after all, or if it is water-soluble or not. But what I do know is that my curls look amazing with this, so I will definitely keep using it – at least for parties, or when I want my hair to look extra-good and keep the curls in place.

Those two products are my go- to, but there are also some other products I use every once in a while besides these, when I want to smooth out my hair or need some extra moisture. These are from Schwarzkopf’s Oil Ultime -line.

shwarzkopf oil ultime

oil ultime marula rose oil light spray

Schwarzkopf Oil Ultime Marula & Rose Light Oil-In-Spray Conditioner

How beautiful are these products? I can’t seem to get over them. Anyway, this light oil-in-spray is very nice as a leave-in-conditioner. It doesn’t weigh down my curls, so I can use it after shower to bring some extra moisture to my hair.

The only thing I don’t like about it, is it’s scent, which is nice, but quite heavy for  my taste.  I am quite sensitive to perfumes, even since I started using natural cosmetics.

oil ultime rose finishing oil

Schwarzkopf Oil Ultime Rose Finishing Oil

This oil is obviously heavier than the spray, but it’s still quite light. Schwarzkopf has other oils in the Oil Ultime -line, and this is the lightest of them. So if you need a lightweight oil for your hair, this might be the right choice. It leaves my hair silky, but even this doesn’t totally straigthen out my curls. I sound like a broken record, but with all these products, it’s all about being lightweight. Which, again, is crucial for fine wavy hairtypes, like mine.

Since this is a rose oil, it has a rose scent.

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Are there other wavy curlies out there? What are the best products for your waves?

Ivalo, Lapland – What it’s really like being out in the wilderness

campfire

lapland ivalo

After 14 hours of driving we finally arrived in Ivalo – kind of smile.

Ah, Lapland. You already know how I feel about the place. It’s beautiful and unique. The cottage in Ivalo is a place to go to relax and forget all about the city life.

But being out in the wilderness is not at always as amazing as one would think. Here’s what annoyed me during our trip, that now makes me laugh a little bit though:

  • The weather conditions are extreme – and it’s not always comfortable. Did we pack only warm clothes to our trip and was it almost +30°C the first day? Yes. Warm weather is nice, but not in the forest, and here’s why:
  • Bugs.
    If the weather’s warm, it’s horseflies – and they are buzzing around you the second you step out of the cottage. Buzzing. All around. So many, you can’t count. There is just not a chance of being outside, unless you’re ready for a good amount of bites – which hurt, by the way. The horseflies come, when it’s warm – so you can’t even protect yourself with clothes, because you’re burning.
    If the weather is cool (in other words, comfortable), it’s mosquitos – and we all know how annoying they can be. Luckily you can protect yourself easily from them with bug sprays and machines, that can banish them for you, but there’s one downside to bug sprays. You can only imagine how fresh you will feel once your clothes and skin are full of some toxic spray. It’s sticky and gross. And hey – what about that one mosquito, that got into the cottage and wakes you up with it’s annoying little buzzing sound? Good morning to you too.
  • Sleeping in a tent is interesting, to say the least.  Especially when it’s almost +30°C. Ever tried to sleep in a sauna? Well, it’s not as much sleeping as it is just blacking out from the heat and suffering. Things are better, when it’s cool, but +6°C is pretty cold to be sleeping outside. I was freezing until we realized we needed to put a blanket under us, so that the cold didn’t come through the mattress. The good thing about tent is that there are no mosquitos inside. The bugs did, however, crawl around the tent, and cause some small heart attacks. I think it’s pretty safe to say, that I’m not that into tent life anymore. And yes, I did have the option of sleeping in the cottage, so this one is on me. The last night we slept in the cottage though, and that was better.
  • You can forget all about your sleeping rhytm. When the sun actually blinds you at nights, it’s pretty safe to say you won’t be going to bed in your regular time. It’s kinda awesome though too, but it does ruin your routine, when you sleep more like from 3am to 11 am.
    nigh in lapland
    Umm.. Good night, I guess?

    reindeer
    Wow, what a masterpiece of a reindeer photo.
  • This one is a totally dumb problem created by me: Reindeers and the impossibility of taking a good photo of them. You can see them countless of times, but why are there only reindeer butts on my camera roll? Okay, I might have just had bad luck and I also might suck at taking photos of animals.
  • This one is a totally self-inflicted blogger problem as well: thought of taking cute holiday photos of yourself? Forget about it. At least that is my case. My outfits were purely practical, and I packed only clothes, that I knew can get dirty and smoky, since I knew I would be spending some time around campfire as well. I could have packed some photoshoot outfit, like a dress, but then I would have gotten bitten, wearing that (remember the bugs?). Not to talk about not wearing makeup or doing anything to my hair. It was dirty most of the time anyway, since washing your hair there is not as simple. But hey, at least I got to focus on holidaying and you see how I anyway normally look – cozy.

All in all, I had a good trip and I got to relax as well. And in the end, what’s important is your own attitude. You need to have a relaxed attitude towards problems – as always with travelling. I hope no one takes these complaints too seriously. Because when the biggest problems you have are a few bad night’s sleeps, bugs or bad photos – you can say things are pretty well.

wood flume nellim
We visited this cool wood flume place in Nellim.

lapland wilderness

lapland selfie

uljua
We stopped on our fourteen hour drive to see this fake lake, Uljua. It was pretty cool.

Do you like camping or being on a cottage in the wilderness?