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the times, they are a-changin’…

About a month ago, I was lamenting the change of a longtime favourite brand with a fellow curly friend; Yes to Carrots, something I discovered at the beginning of my Curly Girl journey, had always been my go-to. Loaded with plenty of slip, affordable, great-smelling, and extra conditioning, I had fallen hard for this conditioner and, although I would experiment with others, I always came back to my first love. The ingredient list was awesome, and, being a vegan, cruelty-free company, I felt they could do no wrong!

Until recently, when my friend commented that up here in Canadaland, Shoppers Drug Mart was slowly changing out the ‘old’ Yes to Carrots Nourishing Conditioner for a new, white bottle version. With significant changes in the ingredient list. Oh, but wait – shortly after the change, the conditioner was nowhere to be found…is Shoppers Drug Mart removing the Yes to Carrots line from their shelves?!

As any curly-haired maven knows, a product can create a mass cult following. Changing that product can be bad. Like, very bad. Like, I-don’t-think-I’ll-buy-your-products-anymore-on-a-mass-scale bad. My theory is that curly-haired people have suffered enough mistakes throughout their life; taking yet another risk on a product that could amount to essentially throwing money away often isn’t worth it, especially given the risk it poses to your hair. Personally, I don’t think I’m going to invest in Yes to Carrots any longer; my theory is, if you’ve got a great thing going, why change it?

Have you had any products change formulas? Did it get better, or worse?


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