Skip to main content

Bandwagons that you’ve ditched…

Avatar • Jul 26, 2011

Melissa says;

We all get excited when we first go natural and try a bunch of different things. But some of those things turn out to be not so great for our hair. For me it was wash and go’s, the ‘no poo’ method and deep conditioning for hours on end. I just thought it would be fun to hear;

What are some bandwagons that you’ve tried and ditched?

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
166 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Lissie
Lissie
9 years ago

Henna, no poo, and the curly girl method for me! I tried the henna thing for one year and my hair just hated it! I neither felt the thickening effect nor conditioning effect. Just the super drying effect. My hair also likes conditioners with cones so I peaced out of the no ‘cone bandwagon as well. <3

Anna Renee
9 years ago

I dropped the variety of conditioners, which was just breaking out my face rather than moisterizing my hair.

I did have to ditch the Cantu stuff that seemed to moisterize at first but after a month my hair dried so bad it nearly shriveled! Ha!

I never jumped on the no poo bandwagon, nor the wash and go because both would have been disasterous for my 4zzz hair! Im just sayin.

Adrii
Adrii
9 years ago
Reply to  Anna Renee

Cantu pulled the same trick on me!

Crissie
Crissie
9 years ago

no poo, no dry combing, no cones, anything that says “no…” except or relaxers and texturizers lol. i need to be able to try things and identify products and/or regimes that work for me.

Yvie
9 years ago

Henna. I didn’t see the benefits balancing out the insane amount of time and clean-up that I had to do everytime I henna. I may revisit it later, but now my hair likes it when I keep it simple.

Lisa
Lisa
9 years ago

I ditched those castor oil challenges. I didnt see any difference in my hair.

BigSyd
BigSyd
9 years ago

Ok, so here are my bandwagons, consider them ditched: -Finger combing ‑Gel ‑Letting hair air dry without being in twists ‑Blow drying ‑Denman brush ‑Peanut butter conditioner ‑Flatironing ‑Wearing cotton scarves to bed ‑Dying my hair ‑Being a product junky, simplicity is best for me ‑Being a Natural Nazi The last one took me a long time to realize. When you first go natural you feel so liberated, but sometimes you judge others who have not yet decided to go natural, forgetting that you were once in their place. I looked down on “permies” for a while, trying to force my views down… Read more »

Jasmine
Jasmine
9 years ago
Reply to  BigSyd

+1 on the last paragraph!

I was about to judge some permed chicks when I thought, “Hey. That LITERALLY was me just a couple years ago!” When I used to perm I just honestly felt that it was my only option. It wasn’t until I discovered the internet that I even REALIZED that I had a choice. So why should I turn around and judge women who might be in the same place I was at! Because I certainly didn’t feel ‘self hating’ when I was relaxed.

Things
Things
9 years ago
Reply to  Jasmine

+1

Niko
Niko
9 years ago
Reply to  BigSyd

Peanut butter conditioner? That sounds just plan messy lol

WinnieMae
WinnieMae
9 years ago
Reply to  Niko

Haha I was thinking the same thing. I read that I was like, “Peanut Butter?”. I’ve never heard of that before. That bandwagon must’ve came and went cause that’s the first time I’ve heard of it.

BigSyd
BigSyd
9 years ago
Reply to  WinnieMae

Lol, yea, peanut butter.….Where I went to school it was really popular among the natural ladies. Peanutbutter has protein so you would think it would work right?? So girls raved about it, but it was really messy and hard to get out of my hair. I ditched it as soon as I started, lol

St. Mary
9 years ago

I’ve had to return the tangle teezer. It broke too much of my hair off.

LaToya
LaToya
9 years ago
Reply to  St. Mary

The Tangle Teezer bandwagon was the most terrible one I’ve gotten on!
Seeing all these bloggers/Tubers talk it up, I couldn’t help but cave!
It slipped out of my hand too many times and the teeth bent the first time I used it.

I should have know better. I’ve been natural 12 years and should have learned my lesson 11 years ago when I jumped on the cowrie shell, ankh wearing, mother earth type bandwagon!

Lesson learned: When too many people have nothing but good things to say about a product, just run the other daggone way!!!!

At_Ease
At_Ease
9 years ago
Reply to  LaToya

LOL! But what happens when something truly is a great product/technique? Doesn’t avoiding something JUST because it got good reviews lead to another problem?

Andie
Andie
9 years ago

Definitely had to ditch the “no poo” method. My scalp needs a good scrubbing or it’s not happy. lol. And also the “no sulfates” and “no cones” rules are out the door for me as well. I like all natural shampoos but the ones I’ve tried don’t seem to get my hair clean enough. So I’ll alternate from time to time.

Jade
9 years ago

No gels, No denman, No products more than $3 per ounce (I’m poor and I can make it better with my own mixes), no blowdrying, no deep conditioning, no detangling in the shower.

I finger comb with oil and put hair into braids or twists.
Shampoo with castile soap or ACV if there is build-up.
Make smaller braids/twists adding leave in condish and allow to air dry.
Keep stretched using buns/frohawks/roll-n-tuck styles

Repeat as necessary.

WinnieMae
WinnieMae
9 years ago
Reply to  Jade

Oh my gosh! That detangling in the shower thing always makes me cringe when I see people doing that. I’m not a hippie or anything but I just can’t help but think about how much water people are wasting trying to detangle their hair in the shower. It ridiculous! Idk After reading up about it and knowing that some people in other countries don’t have clean running water you can’t help but change your habits. That’s one bandwagon I’d like to see go away.

Lauren
Lauren
9 years ago
Reply to  WinnieMae

I detangle in the shower and it takes me less than 30 secs after I have allowed the conditioner to sit on while I am washing my body. Detangling in the shower is super fast and causes less stress on my hair. If it took more than a minute I would probably reconsider but since right now at 10 inches its fast I love it. Especially if I have not detangled in a week.

NtrlGAGirl
NtrlGAGirl
9 years ago
Reply to  WinnieMae

I detangle in the shower, but my shower head has the lever on the side to slow the water flow to a little stream–can damn near cut it off–that I LOVE! Shaving, shampoo time, pumice stone foot scrubbing–other things are water wasters, but I’m with you in that it’s cringe-worthy.

Jade
9 years ago
Reply to  WinnieMae

Yeah. detangling in the shower frustrates me and I only take 4 min showers so I pick washing my body over detangling my hair. I try not to waste water.

JoJo
JoJo
9 years ago
Reply to  WinnieMae

I detangle in the shower after letting the conditioner soak into my hair while I wash/scrub/shave/whatever the rest of my body, but I definitely just turn the water off. It takes 5–10 minutes, and if I need to add water to the conditioner situation I’ll just get a few drips from the faucet.

mangomadness
mangomadness
9 years ago
Reply to  Jade

+1 We have the same regimen. 🙂

Whitney
Whitney
9 years ago

The only one that I jumped off of was using a denman brush. It took my hair out. I never followed the no poo method, henna, or trimmed my ends.

June
June
9 years ago

How is wash and go a bandwagon? Would protective styling be called a bandwagon? Weird.

I very simply wash and go so I haven’t had any bandwagons to jump on. I stopped using products with cones or sulfate based shampoos years ago, even when I had relaxed hair, so I have no plans of adopting them now.

Anna Renee
9 years ago
Reply to  June

It’s a bandwagon when one knows their 4b hairtype is not going to comply with just washing and going. But because one wanted to believe that their 4b COULD act like 3b, one jumped on the 3b/Wanna/b bandwagon! Haa! 😉

It’s a growing process for some of us.

Johnnie MD
Johnnie MD
9 years ago
Reply to  Anna Renee

Anna- I disagree with you on that one. My 4b hair does fine with a wash and go. It’s my favorite style.

Monica
Monica
9 years ago
Reply to  Johnnie MD

I agree Johnnie. You can certainly wash and go (or shake and go) any hair texture. The results won’t be the same as the 3as-3cs but who says that it has to be.

At_Ease
At_Ease
9 years ago
Reply to  Johnnie MD

So then maybe a bandwagon is simply any practice or product that is wholeheartedly adopted by someone without gathering information on why AND how it should work, without considering unique aspects of the individuals hair texture, length, porosity, damage, specific goals, etc AND afterwards without reflection on whether the practice or product ACTUALLY works for the individual needs. Lol, I personally don’t like all encompassing statements of any kind there are always too many variables. E.g. Everyone should co-wash/co-washing is bad ‑what is in the conditioner? — Is it too heavy? (and ‘too heavy’ depending on the person’s hair needs!) — does… Read more »

Monisola
Monisola
9 years ago
Reply to  Johnnie MD

I thought my 4b hair did fine with wash and goes, but a whole year went by without any growth. I stopped doing them, started protecting my hair and it grows like a weed.

Anna Renee
9 years ago
Reply to  Johnnie MD

Well that tells me that mine must really be 4zzz cause if I wash and go, it will shrink up and be a nightmare to untangle later on! I got to comb thru it and do sumptin to it! Not hatin tho!
It just shows the unlimited varieties of hair textures that we have and the many ways our hair responds to different treatments! It’s a beautiful thang!

sherry k
sherry k
9 years ago
Reply to  Anna Renee

1+

Chantel
Chantel
9 years ago
Reply to  Anna Renee

I totally disagree with that I have 4b/c hair and I have had some of the most beautiful wash n gos. Granted the technique I use may be different but I could hardly call it a bandwagon. Now if you feel wngs don’t work for your hair thats a completely different thing than saying a certain texture can’t recreate this style.
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/wash_go.jpg[/img]
[img]http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/wash_go1.jpg[/img]

Cherie
Cherie
9 years ago
Reply to  Chantel

Very beautiful! Do you mind sharing your technique?

Melissa
Melissa
9 years ago
Reply to  June

June, I didn’t mean to say that it’s a bandwagon for everyone. When I went natural I just fell into a crowd that assumed that ALL women could do wash & go’s. After horrific tangling and knotting, I realized that my hair has to remain stretched to retain length and ease handling.

But I definitely recognize that wash and go’s work for some naturals!

foxyr
foxyr
9 years ago

I’ve ditched the “Curly Girl” method! I still integrate some of the ideas into my hair regimen, but I have realized that I need to shampoo my hair from time to time. Also, my hair appreciates the frizz-control and smoothness that some silicone-based products provide. I’ve found products that work well for my hair and they have silicone in them. I will not stop using something that helps my hair to retain moisture, especially after battling major dryness since I’ve gone natural. Everyone should do what is best for their particular hair type.

Tarren
Tarren
9 years ago

I haven’t really been a bandwagon rider, mostly because I just responded to what I thought would be good for my hair. But if this is a bandwagon, I definitely got off of the biotin vitamin bandwagon. All it took was three really bad painful pimples on my usually clear skin in the most horrible places on my face (like my forehead!) and I was OVER IT! I still have a full bottle. I don’t wear makeup so biotin-induced pimples were NOT gonna work for me!

FlowerHead
9 years ago

Bandwagons I ditched:

1) ALL NATURAL hair products ONLY—-that notion killed my hair growth

2) Being afraid of heat—One of the Best things that ever happened to my hair was light blowdrying.

3) Stocking foot puffs—tore my hair out.

4) Listening to all the gurus to a T—they can be delusional.

5) Being afraid of appearing LESS natural—-its my hair, so I can do what I want without being afraid I’d be a “sell-out”

View My website to see more: http://myhairmyrules.blogspot.com/2011_05_01_archive.html

Curious girl
Curious girl
9 years ago
Reply to  FlowerHead

Can I ask why you gave up ALL NATURAL products? What negative effect were they having on your hair? What have you replaced them with? Cones, mineral oil? And what purposes do the non natural products serve in your routine? Do you find that you must clarify more or do anything special to avoid build up or detrimental effects of the non natural stuff? I am intrigued by people who dump the very expensive, shipping dependent and elusive all natural products and routine. TIA.

another non natural natural
another non natural natural
9 years ago
Reply to  Curious girl

I gave up all natural problems because I got the same amount of growth with regular “got this at target for 2 dollars” products like aussie moist deep condish and herbal essence products. I do enjoy some natural products like giovanni leave in but cutting out cones was a no-no for me it made my hair feel terrible and I love a sulfate shampoo once a week for my scalp.

Starla
Starla
9 years ago
Reply to  FlowerHead

I too gave up the all natural products only. I use whatever feels good and is readily available. Not to knock all natural products, but I prefer to eat all natural than to worry about it on my hair.

June
June
9 years ago
Reply to  Starla

You can do both 🙂

carla
carla
9 years ago

Bandwagons that didn’t work for me:
Denman brush — ripped my hair out
No poo — I still cowash my hair for the most part, but I still have to shampoo about once a week
Being hung up on hair tying and curl size/pattern

Bandwagons that DO work for me:
Satin scarves
Finger detangling
Washing in sections
Prepoo
Henna
Protective styling
Sealing

The above works for me because my hair is almost bra strap length and I had to learn to adopt ways of caring for it that preserves it.

Johnnie MD
Johnnie MD
9 years ago

I had to drop the midweek co-washing because it was irritating my scalp. Wearing my hair in two strand twists or individual braids doesn’t work for me either.

Odi
Odi
9 years ago

Bandwagons I ditched
Tangle tezeer
All the natural stuff
No mineral oil (if the product works I use it)
Natural hair is protein sensitive ( not true)
No parabens
No cones
Deep conditioning for hours( 20 mins under my steamer is all I need)
Product junkism ( working on that)

Free Your Mind
Free Your Mind
9 years ago
Reply to  Odi

Have you read the Science of Black Hair Care? I’m just asking because I laughed when I saw “natural hair is protein sensitive” the author spends a considerable amount of time in her book talking about protein/moisture balance. She also consitently stressed the importance of knowing YOUR hair and understanding how YOUR hair reacts to products. While also understanding what is in those products and HOW they work. Very empowering. I feel like if more people were like this there would be less bandwagon’s of “all naturals must do this, all naturals must do that, blindly follow my advice, etc, etc”

BlackOnyx03
BlackOnyx03
9 years ago
Reply to  Free Your Mind

OMG! I just read this book over the past week. LOVE the moisture-protein balance info. So informative!

Happykinks
Happykinks
9 years ago

The no poo method did not work for me. I tend to get dandruff easily and I have an itchy scalp so I was just putting conditioner on my hair and not fully cleansing my scalp… no bueno at all!

Niko
Niko
9 years ago

I’ve ditched the no poo method, it worked terrible for me it began to look like it was snowing every time I touched my hair lol. I have also ditched the no mineral oil bandwagon as well. One of the products that works best for my hair contains mineral oil and I’m not planning on giving it up because it has mineral oil in it.

Monisola
Monisola
9 years ago

my hair used to love cones. it just felt smoother and did not tangle as easily…i might give them a try again. We shall see how that goes.

CandyceNoelle
CandyceNoelle
9 years ago

*DENMAN BRUSH
*Being afraid/against of products that weren’t 100% natural and trying all these new organic lines (I find going back to some of my childhood staples REALLY helped me lately…ie, Herbal Essences, Infusium 23 and Cream of Nature)
*GIOVANNI Leave-In
*NO SULFATE shampoo…left a nice lil halo of buildup around my edges…woulda thought i had on a cheap lace wig…nasty. I stick with Low-Sulfate or diluted shampoos. I keep styles up too long to not have a detergent in my shampoo when I finally do wash…no dice.

Sieta
9 years ago

Hairdrenalin potion and the baggying + GHE.

I’m sticking to just letting my hair be and do what it needs rather then overdoing just for wanting growth.

:)
:)
9 years ago
Reply to  Sieta

huh?

tbaby
tbaby
9 years ago

I’ve dropped the wash n go method! not even an option anymore. after one year i have blown out length to my shoulder blades and you can imagin the shrinkage on 4b hair! I rarely do twist outs anymore. I keep my hair two-strand twisted and i’ll pin it up in a nice up do! i rarely cowash daily its more biweekly now. im working to get back to the weekly cowash!

One thing i need to adapt is hot oil treatments weekly or biweekly!

tbaby
tbaby
9 years ago

I’ve dropped the wash n go method! not even an option anymore. after one year i have blown out length to my shoulder blades and you can imagin the shrinkage on 4b hair! I rarely do twist outs anymore. I keep my hair two-strand twisted and i’ll pin it up in a nice up do! i rarely cowash daily its more biweekly now. im working to get back to the weekly cowash! One thing i need to adapt is hot oil treatments weekly or biweekly! my recent pics Me with my TWA, the middle picture is my hair recently blown… Read more »

tbaby
tbaby
9 years ago
Reply to  tbaby

sorry the pics loaded out of order, but you can guess which pic is the TWA

Yvette
Yvette
9 years ago
Reply to  tbaby

Pretty!!

Lissie
Lissie
9 years ago
Reply to  tbaby

Very beautiful! <3

deena
deena
9 years ago
Reply to  tbaby

blk hair is such a wonder. ur hair is like double in length once u straightened it and looks good both ways. #soawesome

Eboni
Eboni
9 years ago
Reply to  tbaby

you’re stunning! 😀

WinnieMae
WinnieMae
9 years ago
Reply to  tbaby

I love the twist out look on you! So gorgeous!

JL
JL
9 years ago

This is what i ditched:
— co-washing (no poo)
— tangle teezer
— insane oils mixing
— vegie glycerin mixes
— blow drying/diffusing
— denman brush
— overnight DC
— homemade DCs (avocados, bananas, coconut milk, etc)

🙂

WinnieMae
WinnieMae
9 years ago
Reply to  JL

I’m just curious, how did that homemade DC work for you. I’ve been seeing that recipe for a while and I’ve been meaning to try it out. Yeah I know silly bandwagons. But there’s no harm in trying it once. 🙂

jahtik54
jahtik54
9 years ago
Reply to  WinnieMae

My hair LOOOOOVES homemade DCs!! I generally use the (greek) yogurt/honey/Olive Oil combo [3tsps yougurt, 2tsps honey, 1 tsp Olive Oil — UNLESS my hair is super duper dry for some random reason. Then I’ll flip the honey & EVOO amounts]. I spritz it a little w/ water first…Slather the goodness on…then throw on a shower cap OR wrap my head in Saran Wrap (I know! Just hear me out…). After an hour or two (I usually leave it on overnight, but that’s just sheer laziness talking). I rinse WELL in the shower and follow up w/ a lil Giovanni’s… Read more »

June
June
9 years ago
Reply to  WinnieMae

I only use homemade DCs and I love them. I have very thick hair and I just could not justify the cost of buying DC products. Homemade recipes allows me to saturate my hair with goodness and save money. If this is a bandwagon, I am pulling the cart. I have combined avocados, full fat greek yogurt, honey, coconut oil, and some shea butter. My hair was so soft and moisturized. I haven’t tried the banana recipe yet, but I will. I think of bandwagons as things that cost a lot of money and/or time and end up having a negative impact… Read more »

Neodaughter
9 years ago

I tried all these things and they either made my hair worst or didn’t make difference.

-Finger combing, I need a comb
‑Denman brush, rips my hair out something fierce
‑Pre-Poo, too messy
‑No-Cones, my hair love silicone
‑No-Poo, since my hair loves cones I need a clarifying shampoo
‑Coconut Oil, dried my hair out
‑No Mineral Oil, my hair hated it at first and now it loves it

Patice
Patice
9 years ago

I no longer co-wash. I can wet my hair everyday but it HATES cheapie conditioner. My scalp goes crazy if I go near it with whatever chemicals are in that stuff And of course I can’t afford to waste my expensive condish when I good soak works just as well for wash and gos. I’ve really simplified. I no longer use gel, hardly ever use leave-ins. I’m basically down to homemade shampoo and deep conditioner, occasional acv rinses, and oil mixes. My only tools are my $2 detangler comb (works great) and a shoelace to tie my hair into wash and… Read more »

KP
KP
9 years ago

ditched: only all natural products, two-strand twists (tangles galore)

Kay
Kay
9 years ago

I ditched no poo method, tangle teezer, excessive oils and cowashing daily.

janelle
janelle
9 years ago

glycerin mixtures–in the wds of my favorite critics on In Living Color- HATED IT!

carlie
carlie
9 years ago

I think there needs to be more clarification over what is meant by a bandwagon because people seem to just be listing things that didn’t work for them that I wouldn’t necessarily see as a bandwagon. Like I don’t see popular hairstyles being bandwagons, thats like saying straight hair is a bandwagon :/

LadyV69
LadyV69
9 years ago

Things I’ve ditched: No poo‑I still co-wash the majority of the time but I need to at least low-poo every other week minimum for my scalp’s sake. The Denman brush-it ripped my hair out. Protective styling‑I know a lot of naturals swear by it, but I can’t do it anymore. My hair simply doesn’t look good in certain protective styles. My hair is very fine and thin and braids and twists look scalpy on me. Also, my hair tends to tangle more when I take them down. And I have to avoid buns because my edges are very delicate and my… Read more »

Risa
Risa
9 years ago

Things I ditched: * No mineral oil — My trusty Motions CPR contains mineral oil, it was my favorite DC treatment while relaxed and always stops breakage. I had stopped using it to avoid mineral oil and noticed some breakage from using all natural products, just used it this past weekend mixed with some extra virgin olive oil and my hair stopped shedding. Conclusion: I will use whatever workers for my hair even if it contains cones or mineral oil! * No Trims — I need to get a trim or have my ends dusted at least every 3 months… Read more »

WinnieMae
WinnieMae
9 years ago
Reply to  Risa

Yeah I quit with the hair typing too. For the longest I was confused at which one I was.

Risa
Risa
9 years ago
Reply to  Risa

*Oh I forgot to add, the Huetiful Hair Steamer.…I swear the steamer was to hot and sort of burned the middle of my hair. Almost like I have heat damage. The middle of my hair is now weak and frizzy.

???
???
9 years ago

EcoStyler gel.
Made my hair crunchy

NtrlGAGirl
NtrlGAGirl
9 years ago
Reply to  ???

ITA on the EcoStyler Gel. It was a “bandwagon” for me because I kept reading how many people absolutely love it and I tried it 3 x’s and STILL hated it! I felt like soooo many people like it that I must be doing something wrong.

I gave a way 2 jars and have one now that I just hate to give/throw away but won’t use. Womp! Womp!

carla
carla
9 years ago
Reply to  NtrlGAGirl

I could not understand why people liked EcoStyler Gel (especially the olive oil with the hold factor of #10). I did discover EcoStyler BLUE that has a much lighter hold (#5). No crunchy hair for me! I don’t use gel on the length of my BSL hair though. That’s way too much use of gels!

Savannah
9 years ago
Reply to  carla

EcoStyler did absolutely nothing for me. In general my hair doesn’t really need a lot of product to hold a style. My twists will stay for 2 weeks using just a moisturizer.

Joan B. in SC
Joan B. in SC
9 years ago
Reply to  ???

I have never been a gel user until a few months ago when I got a long, straight lacefront from the bbs around the corner. The girl slicked the front down with gel and I didn’t give it a second thought. I went back two days later and asked to buy the gel she used. Of course it turned out to be EcoStyler. I wore the lacefront for about six weeks using EcoStyler without any problems. Just wore a very light amount of it.

J
J
9 years ago

No poo, curly girl method, no heat, not pressing hair during the summer because of humidity, vitamin supplements, shea butter

iamqd
iamqd
9 years ago

No poo
Pre poo
Deep conditioning for hours
Henna (results were fine, just wasn’t worth the time)
No silicones
detangling w/ conditioner
co washing

I have made my routine so simple it’s not even funny. I’ve gone from needing a whole day to do my hair to needing about an hour (including shower time), hour and a half on a lazy day, and my hair has never been better.

deena
deena
9 years ago

shampooing every week. Ive learned that too much washing can weaken my hair. Now i just ‘listen’ to my hair. if it needs a rinse, cowash, or clarifier, i do it when needed. using wigs as a protective style (or hiding but thats another story for another day). wigs may work for others but my best growth comes when my hair is braided up or coiled. thinking only expensive, web based products automatically added any value to my hair. im realizing and getting reacquainted with products my mommy used to use on my then long natural hair before she sent… Read more »

deena
deena
9 years ago
Reply to  deena

oh and going to the beauty salon for anything other than weaves (great protective style but too much maintenance). the vast majority of black salons do not know the first thing about black hair and the natural salons be too damn expensive and snooty. saves me the hassle of coming out with headaches and ready to fight because trim and cut do not mean the same thing. I can damage my hair on my own.

Lili
Lili
9 years ago

I’m surprised a lot of people found sulfate/paraben free products didn’t work for them.
They basically saved my hair.

Jade
9 years ago
Reply to  Lili

Me too, but if the other products you put on your hair are heavy duty, you will need a heavy duty shampoo to get the gunk out (mineral oil, , etc). But some people don’t use certain ingredients for the wrong reason, like because someone else said not to. I don’t use mineral oil because I don’t want to put petroleum by-products on my hair and skin. I don’t use silicones because they cause build-up on my hair, but they are fine for me in other forms. And I don’t use parabens because I believe they are estrogen mimickers and are… Read more »

mangomadness
mangomadness
9 years ago
Reply to  Jade

+1

June
June
9 years ago
Reply to  Lili

I love them. I have been using them for years before I went natural. I have never struggled with dry hair.

zyaran
zyaran
9 years ago

Not using mineral oil products.. my hair needs this and is doing fine with products that contain it along with petroleaum.
Denman brush.… the tangle teezer is a little better on my hair though I only use the TT about once a month

*************************************

I came across this video was on YT today by “Tenitiya” called I’m Getting Off This Natural Hair Bandwagon

Here’s the video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM9io9y8Y‑k&NR=1

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM9io9y8Y‑k&NR=1

Jai
Jai
9 years ago

Protective Styling! My hair is perfectly fine when left to flow freely.

Washing in plaits or multiple sections. I wash in two sections — right and left.

HomeGrownHairGirl
9 years ago

Bandwagons I’ve ditched:

#4 Not using sulfates/cones (I love the Aussie Moist products: Shampoo, conditioner, and the 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner.)

#3 Constantly wearing hair in protective styles (Didn’t notice a difference in hair growth.)

#2 Buying pricey products from online stores (Shipping can be a deal-breaker)

#1 USING SHEA BUTTER! (I hate that stuff)

Cherie
Cherie
9 years ago

Measuring hair and co-washing!

Kayohko
9 years ago

ACV rise / Baking Soda Wash

Perhaps I was using too much apple cider vinegar in my mix, but if it got in my face it would burn/irritate my skin and also break me out. It was too time consuming as well. And the baking soda was just a mess. Me making the decision to stop relaxing my hair was meant to lessen the stress on my hair and myself… the AVC/ baking soda thing was just not helping with that, lol.

MissD
MissD
9 years ago
Reply to  Kayohko

The baking soda wash BURNED my scalp horribly.…it took a week for my scalp to stop tingling. It completely stripped my hair and made it very dry and wire‑y feeling. I only tried it once. I was following this Youtube-er and decided to try it. Never again!! But I did find the best conditioner from her: VO5 Conditioning Milks Conditioner. I was so pyched that it works so well on me and my daughters hair and it’s on $0.84 at the grocery store!!! I haven’t tried the shampoo’s from this line, but I will very soon.

Eboni
Eboni
9 years ago

*Shea Butter (all butters in general) — not a fan of how dull it makes my hair look. *Eco Styler Gel (all gels in general, lol) — if I can’t keep a product in my hair for a week then I don’t like it — hence the reason why I don’t like gels; plus they’re extremely drying. *CURL DEFINITION! I’m not saying it’s not possible, but I realize that I’m able to accomplish style definition (the shape/wavy results of twists), rather than actual curl definition. I know that my curls are there whether or not someone miles away can see it… Read more »

jahtik54
jahtik54
9 years ago
Reply to  Eboni

Carol’s Daughter was THE DEVIL to my hair! I don’t know what happened. Maybe I wasn’t using the right formula or whatever, but it did me wrong. A bit heartbreaking, especially after I spent a pretty penny on it.

Jasmyn
9 years ago

In terms of products, I’ve gotten off the Carol’s Daughter and Miss Jessie’s bandwagon. Once I saw those demonstrations where they used the blow dryer so close to the hair that STEAM was coming up, I was turned off. Also, going completely natural from my hair to my products is not for me either.

AfroKisses
AfroKisses
9 years ago

*Co-washing-hair felt good but my scalp felt awful *Plain shea butter-Just makes my hair too dull and is hard to wash out *Aloe Vera Gel-Love love love it on my skin not so much for my hair unless it’s for a little extra hold on twists *Only finger detangling-yeah that probably worked all of two weeks before my hair was one big knot… *No sulfates‑I still limit them, but if my hair has tons of buildup and sulfate free shampoos wont cut it then I pull out the sulfates.(rarely) *Acting like there was some natural code that I must not break 😛 *being a product… Read more »

Aiesha
Aiesha
9 years ago
Reply to  AfroKisses

How exactly do you use aloe vera gel on your skin? In place of lotion?

AfroKisses
AfroKisses
9 years ago
Reply to  Aiesha

I use it on my face after washing. If you use too much it can give you a slightly tight(but very smooth) look. I like it because I find that it keeps my shine down on oily patches and keeps my dry patches moisturized so that my skin looks nice and even. It also helps a little with acne. But I’ve found the key is not overdoing it. I only use an amount a little larger than a dime. I also read the label because some aloe vera gels have more additives than others. I usually rub the remainder on… Read more »

Aiesha
Aiesha
9 years ago
Reply to  AfroKisses

Awesome, I’ve been using coconut oil as a moisturizer but I hate that greasy feeling. I will definitely try this.Thanks!

Risa
Risa
9 years ago
Reply to  AfroKisses

Hmmm I have been using aloe vera gel for my twist and I notice that my hair feels dry and I also noticed some shedding…Was that why you stopped using it on your hair?

AfroKisses
AfroKisses
9 years ago
Reply to  Risa

@Risa-it did make my hair feel slightly crunchy and not moisturized…It didn’t really feel bad, just not like a moisturizer. @Aiesha‑I tried coconut oil on my skin as well because it doesn’t really work on my hair and didn’t like the oily feeling either. However, if I use too much aloe vera gel it might take longer to dry and feel odd, although not bad. But I really like the staying power it has on my face without drying it or making it feel oily. I actually decided not to buy face powder, because the gel keeps shine down just… Read more »

kamille
kamille
9 years ago

–finger combing
–baggying (I think that’s what it’s called)
–pre-po0
–trying EVERY product geared toward natural hair

kamille
kamille
9 years ago

Oh yea—I had to ditch twisting, twistouts, the Denman, and Coconut oil too…no bueno.

lee
lee
9 years ago

Jamaican Castor Oil
Using products specifically targeting natural/curly Black hair. (Love Aveda right now)
Carol’s Daughter

LushAfroBush
LushAfroBush
9 years ago

The hair steamer from salons-r-us.

Joslyn
Joslyn
9 years ago

Bandwagons I Ditched: 1. No hair grease. I used Softee Indian Hemp Hair and Scalp Treatment in the light and natural formula when I was getting my relaxers and I still use it when I’m transitioning. I was about to throw it away because some YT guru said grease coats your hair, but I read the ingredients. It has so many oils in it many of them people buy to add to their hair products. Oils like jojoba oil, Indian hemp oil, rosemary oil, safflower oil, and wheat germ oil to name a few and it only costs 3 bucks!… Read more »

Erika
Erika
9 years ago
Reply to  Joslyn

Hi, I stopped when I read your black soap shampoo. How do you make it? Does it strip your hair? I find black soap strips my face of all oils and leave it kinda dry.

marie
marie
9 years ago

Using unrefined shea butter, the smell makes me dizzy.
Measuring (Bra-strap length, etc.)
Deep conditioning

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

The curlynikki bandwagon, no more product pushers for me

meekaboom
meekaboom
9 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

agreeded!

Starlite
Starlite
8 years ago
Reply to  meekaboom

YESSSS!!! I agree also, all the products that are pushed on that site is crazy…I used to jump on all the curlynikki bandwagons..I was ridiculous! I love this blog because I get so much more “Hair Intelligence” information, rather than “product” information. I only wish I would have found this site a year ago!

JJ
JJ
9 years ago

1. Tangle teezer — excitedly bought it and used it once — realised my old brush was better. This was before the negative reviews.
2. Shea butter — does wonders for my skin and lips, not so great on my hair.
3. Two strand twists — does not stretch my fine thin hair and looks scalpy/patchy on my sparse hair. Never turns out as nice as with thicker hair.
4. ACV — turned out nice the first time I used it. Afterwards did nothing for my hair.
5. Home-made protein DCs — My hair doesn’t like eggs, honey or mayo.

CandiceD
CandiceD
9 years ago

I will be 3 years natural on Aug 24th, and I just realized how much I truly need to wash my hair.
The regular no-poo is not for my hair type.
My hair loves two-strand twists.
My hair loves a think cream, butter, or pomade
Wash & Go’s are no longer an option at this length
Gels, are sadly out of the question (it use to be so simple)

Ms. Dre'
Ms. Dre'
9 years ago
Reply to  CandiceD

Amen to the Wash & Gos no longer being an option. My 3 yr is coming up in March. This year I think has been almost as tough as the first. Twist outs are my life right now (until I learn how to braid)
Kinky Curly products, although I love the way the Curly Buttercreme smells, I have had to let go. I have a budget now and no products over $10!

Cherie
Cherie
9 years ago

Moisturizing daily, washing hair every week, aloe vera gel (hair adores aloe vera juice though!), and possibly shea butter.

Yvette
Yvette
9 years ago

1. Tangle teezer — my hair broke off, & I’m still recovering
2. SheaMoisture — I’ve tried many times, but to no avail
3. Two strand twists — create more tangles and knots

Jp
Jp
9 years ago

Ditched-

No cones
No mineral oil
No heat
Gel
Detangling with combs
Washing hair every week
Co-washing
Kinky Curly Knot Today
“All Natural” Products
Giovanni products
Shea butter
Oil stash

I still use sulphate-free shampoos because I find them less drying and they seem to clean my hair just as well.

Brittney
Brittney
9 years ago
Reply to  Jp

I have been so tempted to ditch the all natural product thing. but when i’ve tried i noticed my skin get aggravated by the chemicals.. I tried a sulfate shampoo the last time I washed… i was itching soooo bad the rest of the night. I dont think I could ditch all the natural products I use.

Jp
Jp
9 years ago
Reply to  Brittney

You don’t have to ditch all of your natural products, but I find that all things are good in moderation. If one or two of your products contains mineral oil and/or silicones and it works there’s nothing wrong with them. Just don’t be too heavy handed, and be mindful of your washing schedule. Natural oils tend to dry my hair and rub off within a day. Hair is dead and can only be damaged or retained so I rather take advantage of the advances made in hair care so I can keep hair on my head. Silcones and mineral oil… Read more »

BigSyd
BigSyd
9 years ago

The perming bandwagon.
I have actually gone natural several times (this time with so much more knowledge, so I know I can do it right!!) i ALWAYS caved into peer pressure and permed again despite the damage it did to my hair. Ugh!!!

Mae
Mae
9 years ago

Washing your hair is a bandwagon? How did I miss all these bandwagons? Don’t people wash/rinse-out as needed? I rinse out 4 days a week and wash once a week because I want to. I work out and sweat from my hair, I don’t care what anyone says there is no way I am going days with sweat in my hair. One of the main reasons I went natural was to increase my wash/rinse-out schedule from 2x a week to whenever I wanted. My hair has been growing like weeds and some parts of my hair are highly textured. Some… Read more »

zyaran
zyaran
9 years ago
Reply to  Mae

Yeah but not everyone can or need to wash their hair every single week. Our hair can get overly dry if it’s contiously washed back to back, sometimes it’s better to do it every 2wks or just once a month. Their are some that do the dry shampoo, or you can also just put some witch hazel on a cotton ball and cleanse scalp in between wash sessions. But the no-poo and co-washing is not for everyone, but for does that do like it do you and let it work for you but again it is considered a bandwagon. But… Read more »

Chicana
Chicana
9 years ago
Reply to  zyaran

Hair washing is not a bandwagon so Mae is right there but cowashing and no poo are both from the curly girl routine and therefore a bandwagon practice.

Mae
Mae
9 years ago
Reply to  zyaran

Please spare me with your bogus science. Everyone should do what works for their hair and/or their lifestyle, but water on your hair is not in itself damaging to the hair. People should stop making up stuff to justify their actions. It is your hair, you don’t owe anyone an explanation for how you care for it. Stop making up stuff because there are people out there that would believe you.

zyaran
zyaran
9 years ago
Reply to  Mae

It’s not a bogus science, it’s my opinon and also you will find alot of other people who make their comments on other sites that voice what works or not for them. Some hair types cant have their hair washed every day or week, you’re stripping the necessary oils out of it. But to each their own in a person regime, because what ever process that keeps your hair growing and healthy do it. Because at the end of the day it’s your hair, and your money that pays for everything that goes into the upkeep of it all.

zyaran
zyaran
9 years ago
Reply to  Mae

How is it a bogus science hum side eye on that to you. Go look on other sites many women has voiced what works for them as well. Not every hair/types can’t deal with the constant washing of hair every day, because this will strip the hair of neccessary oils. At the end of the day it’s all about what works for that persons head, because they are flipping the bill for it and such. So this is my humble opinion, and my hair grows fine. I don’t wash my hair everyday, maybe every 2weeks or once a month is… Read more »

zyaran
zyaran
9 years ago
Reply to  zyaran

ETA well cancel out the last post, didn’t think it went through because of error message it sent to me on my side lol..

carla
carla
9 years ago
Reply to  Mae

That goes to show you that just because we all have natural hair, that doesn’t mean that everything works for everyone. Because I sweat a lot at the gym I have to cowash my hair at least twice a week and shampoo once weekly. Sometimes I use a shampoo with a sulfate, but I am careful with what I use though.

zoe
zoe
9 years ago
Reply to  Mae

Washing frequently (once a week) can be considered as jumping on the “ bandwagon” depending on how often a person washes their hair. If someone washes their hair once a month and lots of others wash their hair more often some would consider that a bandwagon or not. Everyone has there own opinions and experiences that may lead them to believe or define something according to what they have experienced. Because that works for them.

Ansley
Ansley
9 years ago

co washing. I think its kind of gross

Tovah
Tovah
9 years ago
Reply to  Ansley

me too!

Dionne
Dionne
9 years ago

I never jumped on the hair typing band wagon. And I jumped off the Kimmaytube leave-in conditioner. I didn’t see a difference in my hair and I much prefer just using the regular Knot Today as I did before.

Le Le
Le Le
9 years ago

The baggying. It was unnecessary. It is very humid where I live, so glycerin water works fine. When I spray it with glycerin-water, it feels slightly damp to the touch for two days.

Co-washing only. I still co-wash, but not every time. I use shampoo more often because co-washing was making a problem with build-up. Not cool. I use shea butter, olive oil, and sometimes Cantu Leave-in, so co-washing just doesn’t do the job.

Niecy
Niecy
9 years ago

1. Co-washing (daily)- I don’t feel like my hair gets clean with conditioner alone, and washing my hair daily was just tiring and unneccessary 2. Pre-poo/Dry Deep Conditioning — Waste of my conditioner and waste of my time. The softness doesn’t last after I shampoo. 3. Tangle Teezer- My ends are SHOT. I’m back to my good ol wide tooth comb 4. Shea Butter- This stuff just makes my hair extremely dull. No sheen, no moisture, no nothing 5. No cones, parabens, bla bla bla/ Going organic — I just use what works for me. 9 times out of 10, the… Read more »

Von
Von
9 years ago

1)Tangle teezer
2)Co washing
3)Sulfate free shampoos
4)Kimmaytubes leave-in
5)Ayurvedic powders

Ballerina Girl
Ballerina Girl
9 years ago
Reply to  Von

+1 on the Ayurvedic powders. They did nothing for my hair except create a lot of mess and hard work!

binks
binks
9 years ago

some of the oils…i.e coconut, sweet almond, jojoba oils just didn’t work for my hair the only oil that my hair seems to respond to the most is grapeseed oil all the rest is a waste of money for me

fingercombing- my hair is just to thick and tighly coil for fingercombing I NEED a comb

pre-poo- I just don’t see the difference if I do it before or after to be honest

binks
binks
9 years ago
Reply to  binks

Oh and youtube!

Rae
Rae
9 years ago

-Co-washing — a waste of time
‑Wash & Go’s — made my hair a tangled mess
‑Shea butter — does absolutely nothing for my hair
‑Eco styler gel — no matter how i use it my hair always gets crunchy
‑No-poo — i like my shampoos & so does my hair
‑Coconut oil
‑Hair typing
‑Length checks
‑Denman (or anything other kind of) brushes
‑Mini twists
‑Trying to be a “mixtress”
‑Not using heat
‑The tension method for blowdrying
‑Making natural hair more complicated than it needs to be

Ballerina Girl
Ballerina Girl
9 years ago

Things that I have ditched.. ‑no cones and no mineral oil…I need to silicone that ish up! It makes my hair smooth and tangle free (in moderation) ‑sulphate free shampoos…I got serious build up/flakes because my scalp was not clean. ‑homemade pre poo and DC…plain ol’ Vatika Oil to pre poo and ORS Condish to DC works fine. ‑obsessing over breakage and shedding… I just got a grip! Hair will break and it can’t stay on your head forever. You just have to do the best you can do with looking after your hair and not stress out about it. You have to… Read more »

nAKArallypretty
nAKArallypretty
9 years ago

I had to definitley stop co-washing with conditioner twice a week and the shampooin on weekends! My hair was soooooo dry and felt stripped. YES I know how can al that conditioner strip my hair. It was too much for my hair to handle. Built up a pretty steady regimen now.…. detangle,condition once a week wash with diluted shampoo every month or so. When my hair gets a little longer I might shampoo less! lol

Jay
Jay
9 years ago

Things I’ve ditched: ‑Cowashing every other day.. Girl bye. I am TOO lazy for that. It got old..SUPER FAST. — Pure Shea Butter.. It hasn’t hit my hair in FOREVER. I couldn’t get pass the grease ball feeling or the smell and my pillow case wasn’t happy either. ‑Moisturizing & Sealing Every Night.. Once again, GIRL BYE. My hair doesn’t need all that. — No heat.. HAVE YOU SEEN WHAT A BRAID OUT LOOKS LIKE ON BLOWN OUT HAIR?! ^_^ Although I don’t do it very often, the blowdryer didn’t kill me when I was younger and I surely don’t think… Read more »

MsOverproof
MsOverproof
9 years ago
Reply to  Jay

LOL…

Tovah
Tovah
9 years ago
Reply to  MsOverproof

Hahahahahaha!

Ky
Ky
8 years ago
Reply to  Jay

Lmao… YES!

aiych
aiych
9 years ago

1. Cowashing every few days.
2. Twist outs/braid outs. I’m not about to spend all that time twisting/braiding just to take it down.
3. deep conditioning for hours. Daily moisturizing is more important.
4. scalp massages. Pfft.
5. 100% certified organic products. However I am much more conscious about the chemicals in hair products. They just don’t need to be $50 hippie flower child products.

Bandwagons that have worked: protective styling, ACV/bentonite for cleansing, Henna. A strict vitamin regimine too (my own variation of the Bargello regimine).

aiych
aiych
9 years ago
Reply to  aiych

another one I ditched- doing the most all the time. Some people just do so dang much, I can’t…

I mean, I see no reason why I need to have 29 different bottles of oil in my cabinet and 3443 different product recipes for one head of hair.

Joan B. in SC
Joan B. in SC
9 years ago
Reply to  aiych

aiych, I love the numbers you came up with for products. You must have seen my Mom’s and sister’s bathroom!

Alicia
Alicia
9 years ago

1. Sleeping on silk pillows, my silk headscarf works just fine 2. Co washing…does not make a difference for me 3. Spraying my hair with oil and water everyday…it makes my hair way to oily. 4. Twisting my hair every night. Def considering putting away the tangle teaser, my Goody wide tooth comb seemed to do the trick before. Love Vatika coconut hair oil, Jane Carter nourish and shine, and the Shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner. I also try to stay away from any products that have ingredients which will dry out my hair. Howerver my hair seems to love the Miss Jessies buttercreme… Read more »

BlackOnyx03
BlackOnyx03
9 years ago

Hmmmm, I didn’t really consider myself a “bandwagon”-type person, but I guess I ditched the following wagons –

1. Jamaican Mango and Lime products (really big in the early 2000s)
2. Carol’s Daughter products
3. Olive oil (just doesn’t cut it for me, not sure why not!)

Starlite
Starlite
8 years ago
Reply to  BlackOnyx03

I thought I was the only girl in the world who cannot use olive oil on my natural hair! my hair hates it, it seems to dry my hair out more than anything!

Princess
Princess
9 years ago

Ayurvedic powders — way to messy! Co — washing — im just a shampoo kinda girl Baggying — no need now, Ive got moisturisng down. Tangle Teezer — This was the biggest bandwaggon I jumped on and I landed hard on my arse when the thing just ripped out my hair. Just stick to my wide tooth comb Coconut oil — dries out my hair Brown sugar scrubs every week! — .… . Im keep it simple now 🙂 I just shampoo and condition and leave it alone in twists till next wash most times. Im glad I tried out all the extra things though. By doing the… Read more »

coconutandcream
9 years ago

Bandwagons I’ve ditched -

1.Cowashing — worked when my hair was short, not anymore.
2.Scalp massages — hmph
3.Denman brush
4.Finger detangling — my wide tooth comb does an excellent job
5.Ayurvedic regimens (I still use Henna though, love that stuff)
6.Baggying — NEVER again
7.Spritsing my hair every day and night
8.Pre pooing — does nothing for me
9.Hot oil treatments — dries my hair out
10.No Pooing
11.Hair measuring goals etc.
12.Hair typing

.The biggest bandwagon I’ve ditched is owning One Kazillion bottles of oils and products!

lfields
lfields
9 years ago

I just had to keep it simple. Once I felt I reached my limit and had what I needed I stop adding / buying more products and I stop going on youtube. I just keep working with the supplies I already have and stop trying to find something else that might work better. As long as I see my hair growing, what I’m currently using is working.

Mimi
Mimi
9 years ago

Ditched
(1) Carol’s Daughter products; a waste of money! It only smells good.
(2) Pre-pooing; I tried to convince myself otherwise for a while, but it does nothing for me
(3) Spritzing my hair everyday; this only made my hairy frizzy quicker than usual
(4) Shea butter as a sealant; my body likes it more than my scalp

Staples

(1) Essential oils
(2) Coconut oil
(3) Giovanni’s product line
(4) Satin/silk pillowcases

Klaw
Klaw
9 years ago

Thank you ladies! Although I got my last perm in February, it wasn’t until last month that I decided not to relax my hair. Your comments have been extremely helpful. The few products that I have are working!

Vinnie-Eve
Vinnie-Eve
8 years ago

Gel- such as eco styler gel. Made my hair dry and hard, hated it. My hair hated it Wash n gos- More like wash, deep condition, rince, condition, air dry then go oil + water spritz- Left so much build up on my hair in a short amount of time, my hair still felt dry but then when I touched my hair it was just YUCK Shea butter- works like a charm! so that worked Satin pillow cases- I move around a lot when I sleep, so the oils in my hair somehow end up on my face Baggying- HUGE no. Hair typing- I have… Read more »

Nicky
Nicky
8 years ago

relaxers-done
sticking to one way of dealing with my hair-done
craving hair that bounces in the wind-done. my hair bounces, it just does the black girl heavy booty kinda drop it like its hot bounce lolol. No Germack bounce back hair here. My hair is the natural curly diva bounce 😉 btw, i co wash faithfully my hair LOVES daily moisture and conditioning and plenty of natural oils.

Harmony
Harmony
8 years ago

Trimming my ends.

Harmony
Harmony
8 years ago

Sorry, hit submit too fast.

I gave up on triming my ends every few months. Once maybe twice a year is fine for me.
The no heat rule. I blow out my hair once a week now. I use med-low heat and a heat protectant. It makes styling soooo much easier. No heat damamge and my hair reverts back to its nrmal kinky state. My thick, coarse 4abc hair needs to be shampoo’d. I do it once a week followed by deep conditioning.

Jess
Jess
8 years ago

Ditched: 1. Shea butter. It just sits on my hair like crisco, I get no moisture from it. 2. Coconut oil. It makes my hair crispy. Plus the smell as it goes rancid on your scalp… ewww 3. Not using heat, like ever. I’m not willing to be that patient anymore. 4. The mindset that permanent hair colour is a sin. I went without for 3 years, but the grey hairs are creeping in. Can’t do it anymore. 5. Not shampooing. In my ignorance I didn’t realize that some people don’t wash their hair for long periods of time. I need… Read more »

Cheryl
Cheryl
8 years ago

Amen on the hair color. Lol

TWA4now
TWA4now
3 years ago

I stopped doing Wash and Gos!

TWA4now
TWA4now
3 years ago

I stopped wash and go’s and hours of deep conditioning…

166
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x

Shopping Cart