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Hello everyone! I know that our favorite products may change depending on the season, the style we want to achieve, etc., but there are a few products we all have that are invaluable to us! No matter what the season, or what style I want, these products always hold me down!!
1.) Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration Conditioner
LOVE this stuff for my leave-in treatments!! It makes my hair feel like silk! It’s also great for setting twist-outs. This stuff works EVERY time!! And its super cheap! That’s a win-win!
2.) Coconut Oil
I use LouAna brand coconut oil because it’s cheaper. It is a processed oil, so if you’d like unrefined oil, you can find extra virgin coconut oil at a health food store, or Whole Foods, or in the natural/organic section of grocery stores. Coconut oil is great for sealing! It’s not quite as heavy as olive or castor oil, or shea butter, so it won’t leave hair feeling heavy if your hair tends to get weighed down by a lot of product. Coconut is also one of the natural oils that can penetrate the hair shaft! So it doesn’t only sit on top, some of the molecules can get inside the hair shaft.
3.) Eco Styler Gel
Now I don’t like my hair to be hard, but I love Eco Styler! I use it on my edges to smooth them out for buns and ponytails. It doesn’t dry my hair out, and it keeps my edges down for days, if I don’t wash it out! This is a cheaper product too, and they sell it in a 32 OZ TUB! Why would I ever need this much gel?! I paid about $4 for it, and I’ll probably have it for the next couple years. smh!
4.) Vatika Virgin Olive Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
This conditioner is great! I found it at an East Indian market, but you can buy it online too! For the price, this conditioner really handles business! It makes my hair very soft, and strong too! I attribute the strong feeling to the henna in it (just my speculation ).
5.) Giovanni 50/50 balancing Shampoo
I really don’t have a favorite shampoo yet, but the Giovanni products get the job done in an all-natural way! These products are sulfate free, and they produce the greatest lather! They do have the ability to get your hair ‘squeaky’ clean, but that’s easily fixed when conditioner is applied. I also used Giovanni Tee Tree Triple Treat Shampoo, and I liked that too! It made my scalp all tingly
6.) Biolage Matrix Ultra Hydrating Balm
BEST. DEEP. CONDITIONER. EVER. This was the best deep conditioning treatment I’ve ever used! I’ll be honest, it costs a pretty penny ($26!!). But the tub is large, and a little goes a long way! I used one container for 6 months before I ran out. It just leaves your hair SUPER soft and moisturized! I haven’t found a deep conditioner that is better, but then again, I didn’t look for one because it was doing such a great job!
7.) Vatika Hair Oil
This is basically coconut oil on steroids! LOL! It has all sorts of ayurvedic herbs in it that encourage growth, thickness, and scalp health. I generally use this to seal, or as a pre-poo treatment. The smell is herbal, but not bad in my opinion, and I bought it online for cheap!
I think that about covers the products I use regularly. These products always deliver consistent results, and that’s why they made the list! What about you all? What are some of your staple products that hold you down EVERY time?
Hello Everyone! When some people think about ‘going natural’, or ‘natural hair’ some take it to mean that no type of chemical should ever touch your head again, and for those people, that’s fine. As for me and my house (and my hair), we shall use a chemical now and then! The thing is, there are chemicals that are good for your hair, and then there are those that are bad for your hair. The trick is determining which chemicals your hair approves of! Remember, every head of hair is different. What my hair loves, yours may despise! It’s all about experimenting and trying new things with your hair. Now, let’s get down to it!
Dimethicone and Amodimethicone are silicones used very commonly in both shampoos and conditioners. It coats the hair shaft, sealing in moisture, while still allowing moisture and oxygen to pass. Silicones are attracted to the hair shaft, especially sections that are damaged, and forms a protective coating. This protective coating provides general conditioning, targeted conditioning to damaged areas, thermal protection, improves color retention, and resists build-up!
One thing to note about these silicones, they are not water soluble. So to remove them from the hair shaft, you will need to use shampoo. If you are a strictly ‘no-poo’ girl, you might not want to use these.
2. Behentrimonium Chloride (BC)
BC is a mild surfactant, and detangling agent. It is the ingredient in conditioners that cleans hair during a co-wash (it can’t remove silicones though). An even milder version of BC is Behentrimonium Methosulfate.
Now, one of these ingredients is good, but to have BOTH? That’s Staple Product material!! One of my favorite deep conditioners in the WORLD (Biolage Matix Ultra-hydrating Balm) has both of these ingredients. It is my go-to product whenever I want good deep conditioning with no experimentation. It works every time.
Knowing which products will work well on my hair has taken the guesswork out of choosing a new product. If I look at the ingredient list, and neither ingredient is there, back on the shelf it goes! Whenever I try to stop being so picky and get a product that doesn’t have either of these chemicals, I am always disappointed. Let me say again, that no head of hair is the same! Go see what’s out there, experiment, and see what works for you!
What about you all? Are there specific ingredients or combinations of ingredients your hair responds particularly well to?
Hello everyone!! I’ve been thinking about using honey on my hair as a conditioner for a while, but I was having trouble convincing myself to use groceries as a hair treatment (We dont waste food over here. Lol!!). However, I’ve heard so many good things about it, I decided I will try it!!
Honey is beneficial to hair because it is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and holds moisture. In addition to that, honey contains iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, zinc, and B vitamins!! PERFECT! Honey can be mixed with olive oil, and used as a conditioning treatment by itself, or mixed into your existing conditioner! I think I’ll try adding honey to a regular conditioner for my first try.
Honey Conditioning Treatment:
1/2 cup conditioner
1/4 cup honey
1 Tablespoon Almond oil (this will probably be grapeseed, since thats what I have.)
We’ll see how this works!! I’ll update you all with pictures soon!
Have you all ever used honey as a conditioner? Which recipes work best for you?