In this post, I want to be candid, clear, and leave no stone unturned in regards to exactly what I use in my hair. My current product "stash" listed below is exactly what I reach for when stepping into the shower to do my hair. These ingredients are the foundation for what I consider to be "healthy, happy coils". They work well for my coils, and receive great feedback via reviews from other curly heads. These are what I refer to as the "TOP 10 SUPER COILY HAIR PRODUCTS". Never mind that some of them are basic ingredients. I've been using them for over 1 year with great success.
Primary (Exfoliates): Amla Powder. Great for getting butters and other thick products that sit on the hair shaft. They can eventually cause product build-up. This indian gooseberry comes in powder form, and can be mixed with water to form a paste for cleansing hair. If you're interested to hear more, check out this review that I did after using this cleanser for over a year!
Clarifying: Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Mix. Great for getting synthetics off of my hair strands (silicones, etc). In a spray bottle, I mix approximately 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 ounce of water. I spray my hair with this and leave it on for about 10 minutes before rinsing. Trust me, ACV works! I sprayed some that I had left over into my sink (which had dried toothpaste and probably soap scum)---long story short--it broke up the dirt and grime. Pretty amazing.
Conditioner Wash: Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner . I love to do this when my hair has recently been cleansed with any of the above, and I just need to rinse off sweat or other natural products that I may have used. This helps me to keep moisture, and ensures easy styling (wash n go, braidouts, etc). Minimized frizzing thanks to conditioner washing! Minimized split ends, single strand knots, matting, and other curly hair nightmares thanks to conditioner washing. PLEASE NOTE: Conditioner washing is not effective in cleansing off butters, silicones, or other clingy ingredients/products.
Primary: Giovanni Tea Tree Conditioner or Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner. I use these conditioners to enable me to finger detangle, and then eventually properly detangle with my paddle brush. I use these conditioners for "slip", to slide all of the knots out. Sometimes I add an oil for added slip. Maybe an avocado oil or olive oil.
Treseme Naturals Conditioner. I know it's not all natural, but it doesn't cause me any problems (that I note). I love this for the detangling properties. The price is right too!
*From time to time, I will experiment with a conditioner (all natural) that I find at Ross or Marshalls. Nothing has compared to those products that I've mentioned above (so far).
Primary: Olive Oil. What can I say about the wonders of olive oil? I use it on my skin, on my hair, to cook with. I Love Me Some Olive Oil. Makes me wonder about the creators of Popeye the Sailor Man (those of you too young to know about this..please bear with me). I mean, they spoke about spinach being the power food for Popeye's muscles and vitality, and the name of his girlfriend was Olive oil. They knew SOMETHING!
Avocado Oil. Great for the face and hair. Fatty. I love to add it to my hair after washing and conditioning. You can't really go wrong with having it in your stash of oils. I use it in my favorite deep conditioning mix.
*I play around with Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil and Hemp Seed Oil. They are a bit lighter than the two mentioned above. They work well, I just haven't used them as consistently as I use the amla and olive oils.
Primary: Mayonnaise, Olive Oil, Honey, Avocado Slice. That is a home-made mix of moisture/protein/oil infusion. I like to leave it on for about 1 hour underneath a plastic cap to secure the heat from my head. If I only have 15 minutes to leave it on--it still works! This takes me through my week. Minimizes tangles, dry hair, single strand knotting, need for lots of other products. Mostly, I can re-activate this moisturizer by simply adding water. LOVE THIS! Check out my review on this concoction! PLEASE NOTE: This is not a de-tangling concoction. You will need to de-tangle either before or after using this deep conditioner. I usually use my old trusty conditioners listed above (under "Conditioner").
Based on how well the mixture listed above works---If I use something else, it's only because I'm being lazy. Truthfully, I haven't found a commercial product that works as well as the mayonnaise mix. If you haven't already, check it out!
LEAVE IN CONDITIONER:
PLEASE NOTE: Because of all of the ingredients/products mentioned in this post, I have no real reason to use a leave in conditioner. And you will find that once coily hair has avoided drying situations (like shampoos that strip, and other drying products), then the moisture level will be high. How do I know when moisture levels are high? I can part my hair (down to the ends), without ripping and tearing. My hair does not look or feel dry. My hair is styled easily (braidouts/twistouts/roller sets/flat irons) hold definition. Frizz is minimized. The perfect storm is created for that perfect coil.
Primary: Aloe Vera Gel & Castor oil. Great coil definition without the crunch that a normal gel will give. Great moisture infusion and seal. If I want to use a lighter oil, I will use olive oil with my aloe vera gel.
|Aloe Vera Gel & Castor Oil Braidout: Shine/Sheen, Definition & Moisture|
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to using an all natural product like Carol's Daughter or many of those other products on the shelves. I'm just a 4 years natural, and I've identified exactly what has worked for my hair. I love Jane Carter Solutions products (specifically the Nourish & Shine), but the cost is pretty "up there". My husband bought it for me the other day, and I even forgot to use it for this most recent braidout! I love the smell. But guess what, I don't NEED an "off the shelf" product. It's a luxury. It's pretty fun to play with purchased products. It's also fun to know that when you've run out of them, that you can go into your fridge--or to the supermarket, and pick up ingredients that will help (not hurt) your hair.
What's on your Top 10 Super Coily Hair Products List?