As promised, I have been trying a few different product lines. Here is my top three for the moment
On the ground favorite:
Shea Moisture’s Organic Coconut & Hibiscus line:
- Hair Milk
o My favorite product of the line. Kept my hair soft, moisturized, and rocked a hot twist out
o Has great slip and acted as a detangler. I still use this product on my son. He has thick hair and it works great
o Great for sealing hair
- Curling Souffle
o This one has a mixed review from me. On my hair it was not so hot. I thought it was greasy feeling and my hair just kinda hung down. On my son, I felt it really defined his curls and his wash and gos looked awesome. Maybe it’s just not the right formula for me or it could be user era since I used this when I was first learning about my hair.
This was my first love for the quality of the product, the ease of obtaining it and they are reasonably priced. I would say it is a great way to start your natural journey. The line can be purchased at Walgreen’s or Target stores.
Big online retailer favorite:
- Tui Smoothie
o I swear by this deep conditioner. I love it! I use it once a week on my son and me and I feel like our hair is definitely benefitting from it. Our hair is hydrated and shiny. This product has great slip as well. If it weren’t for this Owen would have had a buzz cut.
- Chocolat Shampoo and Conditioner
o I like this shampoo and conditioner. My hair feels clean but not a squeaky dry kinda way. When used in combination with the blow dry cream the results can be pretty awesome. I’m still in search for a “wow” shampoo but for now this one is working for me
- Black Vanilla Leave -In
o I like the way my hair feels after using this product. I often use it as a spray right after a wash. But more than anything I like the way it smells
Carol’s Daughter can be bought in Sephora but their online shop has everything. The shipping is pretty quick, at least for me it is. Everything has been shipped from NY, so maybe that will be a factor for you. The price is considerably higher than Shea Moisture. I never buy anything full price from Carol’s Daughter. They are constantly running promotions so get on their email list to get the deals and be on the lookout for free shipping. If you like their stuff become a member during the membership sale. I will say that I am not a fan of all of their products due to the amount of perfume in them (they are a little too strong for me) but I do like some of the body lotion lines. I may post on that at a later time
Mom and Pop online Favorite:
- Greg Juice
o Awesome leave in with a pleasant citrus scent. I use it everyday on Owen and as a leave in for twist outs
- Burnt Sugar Pomade
o Excellent sealant. Smells like crème brule.
- Hair Dew
o “Lotion” for the hair. Smells like the pomade but a little bit more like sugar cookies. Love this stuff! My hair is in love too
This is a classic case of you get what you pay for….. and I paid for awesomeness. I love the subtle scent of the products and the way they feels. Shipping can take a long time and it is expensive. I try to make a bulk purchase to try to cut down on overall cost. They say their products have a shelf life of 6 months to a year so keep that in mind when ordering. I have heard that they sometimes have a black Friday sale so keep a look out for that These three are my current 1-2-3 punch when doing a twist out. I haven’t complained yet. I get compliments on my hair (which could be due to my better technique) and even my hair dresser asked what I was doing cause my hair looks and feels so healthy. I would say wait to buy this when you are serious about being natural like I did. I don’t know maybe I would have been quicker to ditch the flat iron if I went right to this but the overhead cost can be a lot. I want to try more of their products soon
I’m planning on trying out some more products soon. I got a sample of Miss Jessie’s in my Birchbox and I just signed up for CurlBox to help broaden my horizons. I’m kinda a “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” kinda girl but I won’t know what else is out there if I don’t try.
Until next time!