I use what works not necessarily the products with the cleanest ingredients. Purist you can pray for me. I also don’t use a whole bunch of products. I’m no product junkie. I save my lavish spending for natural, wholesome, and organic food. These are the products that remain in rotation on every natural hair journey I have taken. I think I am on number 249.
Suave Almond/Shea Butter
I use the shampoo and conditioner. The conditioner has great slip for detangling. The shampoo has a great lather. I still believe you need lather to really get hair clean. The product is inexpensive and you can find it most places.
For my twist outs and bantu knots I use:
Fantasia IC styling gel and Cantu Shea Butter leave-in conditioner
I am not a big fan of gel because most of them flake and turn white in my hair. IC Fantasia is the only gel that doesn’t flake after one day. It does nothing for my pretend baby hairs though. Cantu leave-in is cheap and leaves your hair moisturized and soft.
Wash & Go
I use Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner. If I want a more defined curl I add Proclaim foaming wrap lotion. I do not why or how it works, I simply know that it does.
Struggle Ponytail or Faux Bun
I use Gorilla Gel-Sport:
I found this product, no thanks to the natural hair community, who think this product is icky and beneath them. The latin boys I counsel, who wear their hair spiked while playing a rigorous game of soccer without a hair getting out-of-place, put me on. Gracias, amigos! This gel gets my in between stage hair into a slick ponytail or bun and disciplines my resistant baby hairs.
When I want to wash all that crap out of my hair I use:
Giovanni 50/50 Hydrating and Clarifying Shampoo.
If you are not using a clarifying shampoo every now and then you are never really getting your hair clean. This is especially true for my natural hair sisters that use a ton of products and oil on their hair. You need to shampoo weekly especially if you have dry and itchy scalp. I don’t care what the video tutorials are telling you. Do they tell you how to treat fungus of the scalp?
Occasionally I lubricate my edges with castor oil. I have no idea if it works or not but it makes me feel better. I have a little traction alopecia on one side of my head because of the disrespect of african hair braiders and hood installations of weaves. I also use Aussie Mega Moist if I’m not detangling and Aveda Anti-Humectant Pomade on my scalp.
What are you using? If it has more than 4 steps, I’m not interested in trying but I’m always fascinated by how much work you put into perfecting those styles.