My Current Natural Hair Staples (2013 Update)

Monday, February 18, 2013


Pictured above are my tried & true staple hair products to date (product names & details listed below). I've been keeping a running list of products that my hair loves since I first started blogging back in January 2011. And last year in February, I made this youtube video sharing my favorite products up to that point in time. But I'm always on a quest to scale down and simplify my product stash, kick that on-the-verge-of-being-a-product-junkie habit once and for all, and really get to root of what my "holy grail" staples are.  (Check out this post to see how I store and organize all my hair products!)

Honorable Mention Disclaimer: Here's the thing though. There are other products I still love to use that did not quite make my staple product cut and are not pictured. I give those an honorable mention below within each category.  Products listed as "honorable mention" are those products that I do not consider to be "staples" per se, but I still love and will continue to use them from time to time as long as I have them on hand. I consider these honorable mentions as "nice to have" products that I technically could do without.

CLEANSERS


Honorable Mentions:
  • Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Hair Conditioner
  • Kinky Curly Come Clean Natural Moisturizing Shampoo 

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONERS / MOISTURIZERS

  • Good 'ole Water! Water is the perfect moisturizer - I spritz my hair with water every single day and wash regularly. Many of my favorite products have water listed as the very first ingredient. 
  • Paul Mitchell "The Conditioner"
  • Oyin Hair Dew (Holy Grail used year-round but awesome during winter months) 
  • Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee- This product is like magic to me - Not only is it a great leave-in, it also detangles my wet and dry hair like a dream!

Honorable Mention:

RINSE-OUT CONDITIONERS, CO-WASHES, DEEP CONDITIONERS

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 aide and as a deep conditioner.

  • TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner (with aloe vera and avocado) - This condish is now my go-to "co-wash" conditioner when doing wash and gos following a modified curly girl method. I can leave it in but I prefer to rinse most of it out.
  • Curl Junkie Curl Rehab - I love using this to detangle in the shower following my cleanse or co-wash. I also love it as my go-to overnight deep conditioner, especially when my hair is acting a fool!  I love both the strawberry ice-cream and the coconut scents. Yum!

Honorable Mentions:
  • 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)  
  • Curl Junkie Repair Me!  - used only when I feel my hair needs a shot of protein conditioning. 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 Daily Fix Cleansing Hair Conditioner

STYLERS / GELS


Honorable Mentions:

OILS & POMADES

  • 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
  • Sweet Almond oil
  • My oil mix

Honorable Mentions:
  • Avocado oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil - I love to use this as a pre-poo or mix with other deep treatments

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21 comments

  1. I've heard lots of good things about the mud wash but haven't tried it yet. I LOVEEEEEEEE your hair

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    1. Thank you so much THEBANTUGIRL! I absolutely love the mud wash! I have a couple of posts on this blog and a video on my youtube channel about it :) I hope you give it a go! :)

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  2. What about your Rhassoul conditioning treatments? Where do you get these? Anita Grant?

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    1. Hey girlie! I love my Rhassoul treatment but I consider it more of a "nice to have" and technically I can live without it, so its definitely not a staple. But it may show up on an honorable mention though :) I get the Rhassoul Clay from Butters-N-Bars! The Anita Grant stuff looks great but I get sticker shock with the prices lol :) xoxo ♥

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  3. So you don't follow the whole--I don't use this or that while using Terressentials? Most people say they limit products that may use synthetics ingredients while using the mud wash.

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    1. Nope! I dont follow all those rules, lol. I have continued to use what my hair loves, along with the Terressentials mud wash...which my hair also loves :) I think following the rules matters more if you are strictly following the Terressentials "detox period" but....I didn't do the "detox period" either, lol. Didn't think it was necessary for me. I've written a couple of blog posts on my thoughts on this if you're interested :) xoxo ♥

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  4. Thank you so much for this information.

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  5. I love your hair. Your website is very professional and informational. What deep conditioner do you use?

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    1. Thank you so much! At the moment my favorite deep conditioner is the curl junkie curl rehab :) I just use it will heat (like under a hooded dryer or with a steamer). :)

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  6. Ive been noticing my scalp to be dry lately and itchy. Any ideas please?

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    1. Well there could be a number of factors at play - and I usually suggest to start from the inside out. Sometimes dry scalp is an indication of a lack of enough moisture - especially if you aren't drinking enough water (I'm so guilty of that). But topically, you could try to incorporate regular hot oil treatments and scalp massages into your regimen. Check out my scalp massage video for oils I like to mix up!

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  7. I love your hair.. I was wandering what hair type you would classify your hair?

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    1. Well, I definitely have a few different textures in my hair, but I think I am mostly type 4a by the Andre Walker hair typing system. However, some of my viewers/readers have told me they think I have 3c hair. So i'm not really sure lol.

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  8. Dry itchy scalp? I use to have that problem really badly. Google ACV for dry scalp. I started using ACV with water on my scalp once a week before I washed and conditioned my hair. After 2 or 3 weeks I no longer have that problem. Try it and see. I hope it helps.

    Naturally I love your videos and your blogs. Your hair is supper cute. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much for the tips, Barbara! I definitely want to try an ACV rinse in the future. I've heard its great :)

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  9. Hi naturally curious I am going broke over here lol. Would you mind telling me where you by your curl junkie products in bulk I just can't anymore with the regular size products.

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    1. Hey Jessica! I am soooooo late with responding to your question (sorry!) but I get the large size curl junkie bottles directly from the Curl Junkie website. They are pricey but more cost effective if you use it alot in your regimen, and I usually wait until Curl Junkie's Black friday or easter sales to stock up! :)

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  10. Hi,

    I just started my natural hair journey, (4 months in) and I must say your website as a whole has given me a lot of inspiration. I've been relaxing my whole life, and honestly quite scared of the my "natural" hair, but all the information and tips on your website are helping me to find even more motivation to continue this natural journey. Not only that, but you've also introduced me to some new fantastic products. I've just tried the shampoo bars from Chagrin Valley and my hair is in love, next up is the hair dew and I figured I'll try mud wash as a reward for when I'm completely natural.

    Anyway, keep doing what you're doing and help inspire us other naturally curious girls! I'm so thankful I found your website during my transition!

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    1. Thank you so much Briana! I'm so sorry for such a late response. I'm glad that my blog could help out even a little as you get to know your hair on your journey. I hope your transition is going well! Do you plan to big chop? Or be a long transitioner?

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