This is in response to quite a few of my emails, I had a youtube post on this, but it’s outdated (12/2009) so here goes:
These are the products and tools I used daily for hair care. I love my staples, but I also like to experiment with new products.
Wide Tooth Comb:
I use this comb most often.
Gotta have wide-spaced teeth for detangling these curls and this one is the mack daddy for me.
Shampoo & Conditioner:
Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Shampoo – $7.67 on amazon (the huge one is $12 at TJMaxx!)
Giovanni 50:50 Hydrating Calming Conditioner – $9.24 (for a 3 pack!) on amazon
I’m currently trying to use up what I have so I can move on to purchasing only more natural products, but these listed are the ones I use often and am currently using up. Also:
- Garnier Fructis Moisturizing Conditioner
- Herbal Essences Hello Hydration – this one has a special place in my heart, so slippy!
- Neutragena Triple Moisture
I just realized I don’t have any staple shampoo other than Giovanni. I used to use Cream of Nature’s shampoo but I think the formula changed or something because it stopped being as moisturizing(ish) than before.
I am almost out! I’m going to have to purchase new products that are more natural. This is my fave for now though.
Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner Repair Cream – $5.39 on amazon (also at target!)
I can’t say enough about this product. (Tho I fear they’ve changed their formula. A friend of mine bought it, hated it and gave it to me…but the one she bought was so wierd! Wrong consistency, and did nothing for my hair.:( ::shrug::)
C’mon…you know I love my coconut oil. I’ve used several brands and like them all, but I find myself purchasing this one most often.
This one is $12.76 on amazon, but there are so many brands you can find tons for cheaper.
I use it for hair and skin. I use a different brand for eating.
Leave-in Conditioners / Styling Products:
I am the most nervous to try new leave-in products now that I’ve found my staples that work so well, but I do want to adopt more natural products so eventually I’m going to have to let go of some of these.
Gotta love em! Makes your ponys updos and buns easy and doesn’t yank your hair out when you’re taking the band off.
Goody Ouchless Bands – $1.99!
I like the goody ouchless but I also love the scuunci brand elastics too. They’re “ouchless” but just not branded that way. They’re called “No Damage” 🙂 Be sure to buy the thick ones if your hair is thick, because the “light and soft” ones don’t hold up. The thick scuuncis hold up better than goody.
Other items I used regularly are:
Plastic Caps:I need these in my life for DCing and protecting a wash n go from the day 2 shower. I think they’re called processing caps…they use them in salons. I buy them in bulk like this box.
Grabbers:My mom and I call them grabbers (and we call hair elastics hair kabobs…not sure why…) I’m sure normal people have a better name for them…butterfly clips? clamps? claws? ah who cares. They’re the best for sectioning off hair in the shower, or for styling.
Bobby pins: for holding updos in place
Scarf: I tie my hair up almost every night. It makes a big difference in retention. I use a satin scarf (or bonnet) Similar to this one.
Satin Pillowcases: For when I’m sleeping like a wild woman and my scarf comes off, or on those rare days when I forget to put on my scarf I’ve got my pillowcase for backup. John calls it the panty pillow cuz of the material haha
So these are my staples, I hope this was helpful. What are your staples?! Any natural conditioners/moisturizers/leave-ins to share? Please give me some suggestions girls!!