I am constantly bombarded with questions of “What do you put in your hair? I’m going natural. Any suggestions? What do you think I should buy? How can I get my hair like that?” ::with a gun in my back:: “What’s your secret, trick?!?!” Ok. That last one was a little bit of a stretch. But have no fear, I will give you all my secrets for which you have been asking. They’re not really secrets because I tell anyone who asks, but since the questions have not yet ceased, here is the naked truth of what’s in my hair.
The one cleanser that works for me is Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. I’ve been using it for years and I absolutely love it. Cleanses my hair without it feeling stripped, made from organic coconut oil so it has enough slip for me to finger detangle, and it smells amazing!!! Bonus: It’s multipurpose. Clean your whole house, head, and body with this one product. Actually, I use it as my daily face wash also.
Second favorite is the Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Shampoo. When I need a bit more squeaky feeling, I will use this as a “real” shampoo. Removes all the build up from all those crazy gels and products that sometime I can’t get out with the Dr. Bronner’s.
Surprisingly, I don’t have a “Go To” conditioner. For my after shampoo deep conditioning, I use whatever is available in my home. Some of my favorites are Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner. Yea, that has to be my favorite. It provides AMAZING slip, moisturizes, isn’t too thick where I feel my hair is dirty again [have y’all felt that feeling before?], and of course smells so fresh and sweet.
Other mentionables is Suave Professionals Humectant. If my hair is feeling a little weak and I need a protein boost in my strands, I will make a little homemade protein treatment consiting of eggs, olive oil, and honey. Seriously, curls are BOMB afterwards.
I exercise the L.O.C. (liquid, oil, cream) method in order to keep my hair moisturized and my styles long lasting.
Giovanni’s Leave In is #bae. That’s all I have to say. It provides weightless moisture without making my hair limp and has a light and refreshing smell. (Can you tell I have a thing about smells?)
Olive oil is my favorite oil for my hair. Light enough to be asborbed and not greasy, heavy enough to lock in the moisture. Lighter oils like coconut oil doesn’t work as well as oilive oil – it is EXCELLENT on my face and skin though.
This is the last step before I set my hair in the style, so this is usually the styler. For lighter, carefree styles, like twist outs, my homemade flax seed gel is great! It provides moisture, leaves my hair soft and shiny, seals hair cuticle, and gives a light hold without flaking. Another great is aloe vera gel. It works for me the same way as the flax seed gel, but with a little bit lighter hold. If I want a strong hold for a bun, roller set, wash and go, or something that I know I don’t want to move, I grab that handy dandy Eco-Styler gel. Great for hold, and for me, I don’t have a problem with flaking. The only problem I have with this is build up after extended use. I HAVE to clarify after using this for a while. But it never fails me.
Henna, Protein Treatments, Clay masks. Those are done on an as-needed basis.
Those are the things that work for MY hair. Maybe you can use some of these in your hair care practice or you might have something that I need to try. Let me know!
Song Of The Post: “Whip My Hair” Willow Smith