My Staple Products (2011 - 2012)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Product list below last updated on : 7/2/2012. This is my old staple products list that is now in archives. Click to view my current staples.

This is labeled a "Post in Progress" because its likely to change frequently as I continue to learn about my hair and as I try out new products. It always seems like I have so many products lined up to try in my hair-care arsenal. Not all of them are listed below - these are just the products that I either really like at the moment or consider to be staples in my regimen - even if I don't use them every time I do my hair.Some of these products are not just staples, but have also become HOLY GRAILS for me....meaning they are not easily substituted and I can't live without them!! To see a list of my most reached for products in 2011, click here.When possible, I've also linked to more information on each product listed. CLEANSERS
Note: I have pretty much found my staple go-to cleansers for my hair's varying cleansing needs. Unless the formulations change, all 3 products listed below are staples that I will continue to re-buy.


Moisturizing Deep Conditioners
I usually aim to do a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment after every time I cleanse my hair. This is especially necessary as a part of my winter regimen.  

  • Butters N Bars Conditioning Hair Masque  - LOVE this, but I usually add cheap conditioner and oils to make it easier to apply and rinse out. (How I use it | Where I order it)
  • Honey/Olive Oil Homemade Deep Conditioner  - Agave Nectar is a great vegan substitute for the Honey used in this mix.
  • Curl Junkie Curl Rehab (Holy Grail) I love using this as my go-to overnight deep conditioner, especially when my hair is acting a fool! But I also love to use this as a leave-in conditioner. I love both the strawberry ice-cream and the coconut scents. Yum!

Protein Conditioners / Treatments
While my hair isn't protein sensitive per se, I don't usually need heavy doses of protein in my products. However, I do like to substitute a protein treatment for my regular moisturizing DCs every now and then - particularly if my hair starts acting a frizzy fool for longer than usual. 

  • Curl Junkie Repair Me! (Staple - used only when needed)
  • Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner (used mostly for pre-shampoo treatments)


Note:  Even though I do "co-wash" - I generally always feel the need to cleanse my scalp with one of my cleansers listed above when my hair needs it. When I do use conditioner wash, it is usually in between cleansing. In this category, I typically prefer conditioners that can also double as detangling aides or as my leave-in.




  • Good 'ole Water! (Holy Grail - I spritz my hair with water every single day and wash weekly)
  • Oyin Hair Dew (Holy Grail) - I use this to moisturize and seal in one step.
  • Qhement Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee - This product is technically not just a moisturizer, but I didn't think it fit in any of the other categories. This product is like magic to me - it detangles my wet and dry hair like a dream!


  • Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine -  I don't use many pomades, but when I do I usually reach for this. This is also a great sealant. A little bit goes a long way.
  • 100% Virgin Coconut Oil (Staple)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Staple) - I love to use this as a pre-poo or mix with other deep treatments
  • Sweet Almond oil
  • Avocado oil


  • Mason Pearson nylon detangling paddle brush (Lately, I really only use this for smoothing my edges)
  • Mason Pearson rake comb (Staple)
  • Tangle Teezer (At my current length I no longer use the tangle teezer, but see my thoughts on this detangling tool)
  • Large Denman Paddle Brush (I hardly use this anymore, but I do still like it)
  • Plastic Claw Clips - used for sectioning my hair
  • Black bobby pins - used for styling hair
  • Clear Processing Caps (For Deep Conditioning/Overnight Baggy treatments)
  • Mini-scrunciis - currently used for ponytails and previously used to multi-pineapple my TWA length hair at night. (TWA length pineapple routine)
  • Loc Soc head band - used mainly for pineappling at my current length (First impressions | How I use it | Where I get it
  • Satin Bonnet / satin scarf
  • Blow-dryer with Diffuser attachment
  • Huetiful Hair Steamer (see my post on steaming)

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