This past Saturday I made (what I thought would be) a quick stop at Sally’s on my way home from the nail salon for a pack or two of deep conditioner–Check out my last post for tips for deep conditioning while on the go or while lazing around the house. I honestly don’t know how or why I thought that a trip to a hair supply store by myself would be quick….HA! or that it would be a simple in and out experience HA HA!!
Not only did an spend an unnecessary 45 minutes in the store looking at products, and smelling products like a kid in a candy shop, but I also ended up spending way more than $1.19 for a pack of deep conditioner. As I walked back to my car Snapping about the swag I’d just acquired it dawned at me that I am truly becoming a product junkie… I actually had the nerve to be surprised at myself for the realization Even though deep down I knew it was true (Gotta love being a Gemini, always contradicting yourself). Any who after my last post I was asked by a few people what products I use and what I use them for. Would it shock you if I said I couldn’t answer this right away? It shouldn’t
I can easily name my favorite product, Eden Body Work’s Peppermint/Tea Tree All Natural Hair milk Leave in conditioner, but every product I use and what for? Not off the top of my head I can’t. So I decided to assemble my products around me in a semi circle so that I can answer this question to the best of my ability.
Shampoo/ co wash
Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate- Free Shampoo- The name alone should be self explanatory. I LOVE this product. Why? Because I have tried so many different shampoos both sulfate free and alcohol free with alcohol and with sulfates and every single one dry’s my hair out. This one doesn’t at all. I don’t see myself switching to another shampoo any time soon even though I do have a few other brands tucked away somewhere. I use this product once a week to wash my hair.
Shea Moisture’s Zanzibar Marine Complex Age-Defy and Color Protect Shampoo: Try saying that 3 times fast. I purchased this product when I first colored my hair because I was advised by my stylist to get a shampoo that was designed for color treated hair. It smells so fresh and clean! I do use it every once in a while but honestly I used it more when I first lightened my hair. For now it’s sitting in the back of my bathroom cabinet until I recolor my hair.
Carols Daughters Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner: The name of this product should be very self explanatory as well. I use it 2-3 times a week as a co-wash
My DNA Hydrating CoWash: This was actually the first co-wash product I ever purchased, I used to use one of my favorite rinse out conditioners to co wash I love this product but when I ran out I was to lazy to go to the hair store to pick up another one so since target is right across the street from me I picked up Carols Daughters Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner. I use it the same way I do the Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner but at the moment I’m out of it.
Deep conditioning/ conditioning/ and leave in conditioner
Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner: I bet that every 9 out of 10 of you that reads this has this or had this product at some point in time. This is my go to conditioner when I run out of my other conditioners. It smells super yummy and it was one of the first natural hair care products I ever purchased.
Eden Body Works Peppermint/Tea Tree All Natural Hair Milk: Again this is my FAVORITE PRODUCT EVER. Why? I have a slight obsession with anything that has peppermint in it..candles, lotions, hair stuff etc. The first time I smelled this product I was hooked. It is my go to leave in conditoner. I use it ever time I wash my hair to make detangling easy and It is one of the many products I add to my water bottle spritz mixture.
Eden’s All Natural Deep Conditioner: Again self-explanatory. This product is my go to deep conditioner for whenever I deep condition for hours or over night. I use it maybe 2-3 times a month.
As I Am’s Leave-in Conditioner: My other go to leave in I use this one interchangeably with my Eden Leave in. Mostly when I misplace my peppermint treasure or if I’ve run out. It is an amazing product but like I said I’m addicted to peppermint.
Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Treatment Masque: This was the deep conditioning masque I used when I first lightened my hair. It is also a great product and I use it interchangeably with my Eden Deep Conditioner
I only use 2 gels, end of story.
Eco Styler Professional Styling gel with Olive Oil: I am very picky about putting gel on my hair. When I first transitioned I used a very tacky gel (I can’t remember the name right now) that used to flake up and annoyed me to wash out. I remember complaining about this to one of the RAs in my Freshman dorm that was natural and she suggested this product and I haven’t strayed yet. I use this for my twists, up dos, to smooth my edges to get my stray hairs to curl just right and as a sealant ( I mix it in my hand with coconut oil and just loosely rub it over my curls without disturbing their natural coil pattern)
Eden’s Control Glaze Edge Gel: GIRL YOU GOT TO LAY THOSE EDGES!!! Lol I use this product mostly when I wear protective styles for optimum edge laying.
Essential Oils (honestly this isn’t every single oil that I use just what I currently have on hand)
I add all of my essential oils to my water bottle spray spritz mixture, to my shea butter crack mixture I make for myself, as body oils, massage oils and every once in a while to rub them on my hair after styling for a little extra umpff
- Rose Hip Oil
- Peppermint Oil (you should have already known)
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil (infused with peppermint oil)
- Jojoba Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Lemongrass Oil
- Vitamin E Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Olive Oil
- Shea Oil
- Carrot Oil
I use all of the following interchangeably based on how I want my hair to smell, and how I want my curls to look. I apply moisturizer to my hair after detangling with leave-in conditioner and daily to wake my coils up after I spritz with my water bottle mixture.
Palmer’s Shea Formula Curl Repair Whipped Cream:I would eat this stuff if it was okay. Although the label says it is good for elongating curls I find that my curls are always a little tighter when I use this product, which I don’t mind from time to time.
Curls & Naturals Dream Curl Creme: I don’t use this one very often mostly when I travel because Its not something I would be hurt over if I lost it. It does smell great and it does keep my hair moisturized but it doesn’t do much to define my curls. I always end up with more of a fluffy look which isn’t bad. Sometimes when I twist my hair, and I’m lazy I’ll mix a little of this with my eco styler to twist my hair.
Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier: This product also gives me more of a fluffy curl and smells like heaven. It’s light and airy and doesn’t weight down my hair.
ORS Curls Unleashed Shea Butter & Honey Curl Defining Creme: This one is new to my collection. Actually it is one of the products I purchased this past Saturday so I’ve only been using it for 4 days now. So far I love it. It states that it provides “less shrinkage” and so far It seems to be true. I’m still playing around with this one, but so far so good.
My DNA Moisturizing Hair Butter: I don’t like this product as a moisturizer however I love it as a curl definer. I use it with other moisturizers every once in a while (when I have hours to style my hair and not less than 20 minutes) and also interchangeably with the My DNA Defining custard for twist and braid outs
These are products that I wasn’t sure which category to put them under.
My DNA Defining Custard: I use this interchangeably with AS I Am’s Curling Jelly for my twist outs and braid outs. Usually I’ll use them with my eco styler.
Biotin: This little pill is good for skin, hair and nail support HOWEVER (at least for me) it causes hair to grow super fast which is great for the hair on top of my head but annoying everywhere else. I take a biotin pill maybe 2 times a week because when I was taking it everyday I looked like a hairy person.
Shea Buttah: This is a product I can ONLY find at my favorite hair salon Nubian Designs in North Charleston, SC. I use this to keep my scalp happy when I wear protective styles, as a body oil and whenever I want some extra Umpff.
Coconut oil: I use this for a lot of things not just for hair but also for shaving, in place of shaving gels, for oil pulling (look it up I’m not sure how to describe this) and as my main sealant when I moisturize. I use it almost everyday
My Water Bottle Hair Spritz: I make this myself its 80% water some leave in conditioner, essential oils and a few other I shall not names. I use this to wake my curls up in the morning because even though I stay hydrated and moisturize daily I have a bad habit of forgetting to put a bonnet on at night and wake up with bed head and thirsty curls.
Eden’s Peppermint/tea tree All Natural Hair oil: I use this as a sealant from time to time in place of my coconut oil.
Shea Butter: Just like coconut oil I use this for a LOT of things. Lotion, massaging, and I used to use it as a sunscreen when I went to the beach. My favorite use for it is mixed with a few essential oils as a sealant and moisturizer.
I think that is everything….for now Don’t be surprised if I edit this later and more stuff gets added. Don’t forget to Subscribe, comment, re post and just simply show love. I appreciate all of the feed back because it gives me ideas for the next one. Actually I would love to learn about your favorite products so please tell me what they are so I can maybe add them to my collection. If you really want to keep up with my daily natural struggles/adventures follow me on SnapChat: aceface1904 I’m always talking about natural hair in some way shape or fun plus I’d like to think I’m slightly entertaining.
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