It’s the start of another month, and time for a re-cap! What products did you try in August? And did they end up in your ‘love it’ or ‘leave it’ pile. Please share 😀
i tried the herbal essences tousle me softly…didn’t do much for moisture, but works as a great hair perfume 🙂
oh and i finally tried the cantu shea butter leave in..i like it..i’ll definitely purchase it again..
When I first went natural in 2006, I used Cantu Shea Butter Leave In and it was great. Then as time went on and my hair got longer, I noticed the build up of white balls of gunk in my hair. Needless to say…I don’t use it anymore
my 6 y/o daughter has 4a waist length hair ..the cantu leave in smells great..too bad it ALSO left those nasty white buildup balls in her hair…so now I just use The shea butter based leave in I concocted for BOTH our hair!
Wow this is a little weird….because I had the exact same problem. It worked great when my hair was shorter, but now it leaves tons of buildup and flakes.
The cantu always left a white film/residue in my hair. Tried it once in my 2nd year of being natural, and gave it away.
I tried the Cantu Shea butter in August too and love it however I’ve just started to notice a little build-up as well. I cut back on how much I use…it still makes my hair super soft.
I tried and LOVED Zero Frizz 100% Rescue Deep Conditioner. It provides the right amount of moisture, protein, and slip!
aaaaand the second ingredient is Coconut oil! I got it for $3.00 at Big Lots.
Hold up! Big Lots is my spot! $3?! How come I haven’t stumbled upon this? lol
I tried Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave in Conditioner.. love! I was looking for a new leave in for a while when I stumbled across this one in target. Leaves my hair nice and soft.
Hey I tried the Jane Carter leave in conditioner too and it was a little too thick for my hair. I only used it once and will probably post it on this product swap website: http://www.lolasgreenhair.com/ for about $5 bucks this weekend if you want to stock up.
ohh sorry it didn’t work out for ya but thanks good lookin out =)
I love her leave in!
I tried it and my hair is just crispy and weird. It does however make it shiny. I guess I’ll give it away..
I went to the hair show in Atlanta and brought a bunch of Jane Carter products since a lot of Natural Sisters rave about it and unfortunately they just didn’t work for my hair. Especially the Condition and Sculpt and the leave in conditioner.
I also tried Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk and it didn’t work for me either.
If you like these products I will be selling them on this cool hair product swap website I just found: http://www.lolasgreenhair.com/
On a good note I did finally try Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and I love it so far!
I do like the Hair Milk but the smell isn’t my favorite 🙁
I do like the smell of other CD products better like the Tui collection and the new Macadamian (sp?) collection.
I tried the Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioner. I love it. I’ve used it three times and have hardly put a ent in it. It’s so thick and it makes my thick, dry hair so soft. So soft and detangled that I haven’t used a leave-in after rinsing it out. I know its expensive, but its definitely a staple for me.
That’s one of my staples too. I actually have been using Darcy’s Botanical Pumpkin Seed and SM Raw Shea Deep Tx Masque as of late, but there are a couple jars of JessiCurl WDT in the fridge:)! I’m just a PJ and like to experiment. All three work well for me except that the SM Masque has no slip, so I have to make sure that my hair is really detangled before applying and applying a diluted conditioner over the masque before rinsing helps it slip when rinsed too.
I tried Castor Oil…that’s about it…I’m not in to commercial products that much….
My staple products are Castor Oil, Shea Butter, Vegetable Glycerine Jojoba Oil & Coconut Oil.
OMG, I tried WAY too many…Fermodyl 619, Aveda Brilliant Damage Control, Sebastian Potion 9, Chi Silk Infusion, Aveda Anti-Humectant Pomade, Frederick Fekkai Glossing Cream-all to straighten my hair. Then, while not straight, I tried…Vatika Egg Protein Hair Mask, Huetiful’s Hair Masque w/Moringa Oil and Dr. Miracle’s Follicle Healer. I’ve been very bad!
How was the Aveda Anti-humectant? I went into Ricky’s looking for one and I didn’t find any that I thought would work (either I didn’t know the brand or they were out of the one I wanted)
Whoah!!! And I thought I was a PJ! LOL!!! HOw did you like the Fermodyl and what would you say was the best heat protectant. I don’t straighten my hair regularly (it’ll be a year since it was straightened in October. But, I plan on doing a blow out at the end of January and in search of a great heat protectant now so that I’ll be ready. I’ve been thinking about using the Chi Silk Infusion, so especially interested in your review of that one.
Jamila Henna! I had tried other hennas a handful of times before and even cassia before taking the henna plunge, so I was beyond skeptical about the raves I always read about this brand. I couldn’t believe Jamila could be worth paying more than twice as much as the kind I get at my local Indian grocery (Dulhan) or other less expensive brands– not to mention that I have to go through the hassle of ordering Jamila online, since I can’t get it locally. Well. Consider me convinced. I will definitely be using Jamila from here on out, because the… Read more »
Did you order from Mehandi.com? If so, you may want to check out what Catherine at Mehandi had to say about it on CurlyNikki’s site. She is now recommending Rajasthani (?) Twilight as the best. I am a Jamila girl, but I was running low, so I ordered the RT yesterday. I had great results with Jamila, but I ordered in 2010, so I think I have the 2009 crop which was good. Seems that the 2010 crop is the one with the deteriorating quality and pesticides concern.
I ordered mine from Ayurnatural Beauty. I have the April(?) 2010 crop, and I just stocked up because I loved it. I have heard good things about Rajasthani too, though. It’s definitely on my to-try list, when I run out of my Jamila (uhm, which probably won’t be until sometime in 2012…).
Hahaha!! I stock up like that too!! I have two boxes of Jamila Summer 2009 crop in my stash that I bought in Summer 2010!! I’ll use in the next few months. I stocked up last year, so I didn’t get any of the later 2010 crop that seems to be the problem. It’s good until May 2012, so I may have to try the Rajasthani in the mix just to see what kind of color I get on my grey in comparison to Jamila. That’s one of my favorite parts of using henna, fiery red grey:)!
I tried Wen by Chaz Dean Pommegranate Cleasning Condish….the longer you let it sit, the more you use, and the better your application, the results are soft and enhanced beauty, however beware of hair resudding if you leave to much behind!
I just ordered this yesterday.. I been natural all my life and my usual hair routine consists of going to the Dominicans to get a blow out.. Im starting to take control of my hair and keeping it healthy.. starting with Wen. After reading thought the forum I see that I also need to stock up on Oils since keeping my hair moist is important.
Currently my hair is dry, I have split ends and it breaks easily.. I cant wait to get it sorted out!
Qhemet biologics! I absolutely love the products and don’t want to try anything else lol
I’ve heard really great things about this line! Which products have you used specifically?
The burrock root butter cream, so far and they had a august sale and i odered more of that and the alma olive heavy cream.
I hated the Amla and Olive Heavy Cream – it just sat on my strands regardless of how little I used. I am glad I only got a sample. I got the full container of Burdock Root Butter Cream and it is okay, but I will not be repurchasing it. I use it for night time moisture because it just doesn’t do much otherwise. I can buy a pound of avocado butter for 9.99 that does a better job. Oh well. I have my products, my regimen and I have stocked up. With protective styling in the dead of the… Read more »
This month I tried the organix brazilian keratin conditioner and coconut milks oil and man! my hair is soooo soft afterwards!!
I the best things I tried this month were Original Moxie’s Intense Quench and Oasis Gel. Talk about soft hair!!! I also tried Shea Moisture’s Style Milk. It was good, a less expensive version of Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk, in my opinion.
So: Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue Styling Creme, Price: $7.99, Rickys NYC It worked pretty well for revitalizing a day 4 twist out when I was too lazy to wash and re-twist (I re-wet with conditioner and water, then scrunched in the creme) Downside: My hair was too stiff and there was enough build-up that I had to wash with Dr. Bronners Almond Soap before I co-washed. I tried if for my wet twist out, thinking the water would stretch it out some and eliminate the stiffness…it did-BUT..I have white flakes everywhere! The twist out itself IS well defined…but it I… Read more »
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Liquid Soap – Almond – Price: 15.75 32 oz., Dr. Bronners website I had this soap in the house already. I use the Peppermint soap daily (it is the only soap that I can use on my sensitive bits) and I use this when I want to switch things up. I had to rinse out the build-up from hair product (see Miss Jessie’s review) and I find the Peppermint soap strips my hair too clean. I used this VERY much diluted and it worked well. Next time I may mix it with the Peppermint because I missed… Read more »
That juicy peach oil sounds amazing!!! I love DB’s Pumpkin Seed conditioner … another delicious smelling product … and I don’t even like Pumpkin!!! Reading the comments on this post is going to get me in trouble!!
i tried Cush Cosmetics products. They were gifted to me by a friend. They are lovely products, but didn’t wow me, none of the items in the line became a staple. The price is kinda crazy high too for mostly 4oz jars and bottles (i even think the Huile Supreme moisturising cream is 2oz), and 1 bottle of conditioner that is 8oz.
I tried Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and it actually “defined” my TWA curls more…I was shocked b/c nothing else has worked so far lol
yea..folks are up and down about CD…some people a tried and true and will never use anything else and some people don’t buy into the hype…
I LOVE hair milk I use it often, mostly for the rare wash and go, and it smells divine.
Aubrey organics gpb conditioner. Used it once so far but my hair reacted well. It felt stronger. Oyin Greg juice. nice refresher and sometimes i spray a bit before putting in a cream leave-in. Bringing me to my Bearfruit African Export leave-in, just started using it over the weekend. Still comparing it Giovanni’s direct. I like the smell and it seems more moisturizing to my desert hair. However, I am wondering if the coconut oil might be too much for my hair especially if applied 3X times or more weekly. Time will tell, i guess. Anyone else use this yet?… Read more »
+1 doe aubrey organics gpb, thats good stuff!
I got the Bear Fruit leave in as well for my desert hair…it is very oily I suppose, but not in a bad way…
I dont use it 3x a week though…
I revisited an oldie, Hair mayonnaise by ORS and it works well on my natural hair. I also tried neem oil but the smell is dreadful. I thought I was going to puke (sorry!) when I first applied it.
A homemade spritz that was suggested by Naptural85. It’s easy: 50% water mixed with 50% aloe vera juice. I add a few drops of lavendar oil to it for fragrance. I spritz my hair with it whenever it’s feeling dry and I’m really happy with the results! Note: I keep it refrigerated because of the aloe vera juice.
This summer I focused on finding products for my routine once I BC. I tried the Aussie Moist Conditioner and the Sofn’free GroHealthy Milk Protein & Olive Oil Daily Growth Lotion, both which I love. The Aussie Moist is thick, has nice detangling slip and my hair felt smooth after rinsing. The Daily Growth Lotion made my hair have shine, feel soft, and my hair didn’t feel greasy which is great for my fine strands (I applied a small amount). I think I found my staples 🙂
Going through Curl Junkie sample packs. Lots of misses, but the hits are holy grail hits – Daily Fix, Beauticurls Argan and Olive Daily conditioner, and Curl Rehab. The good thing is I found out I am protein sensitive and my hair does not react well to glycerin even with dewpoints in the 50s.
I don’t think I can ever be a product junkie as I have very few products (I need ones that are proteins/glycerin/paraben/silicone free) at my disposable.
The qhemet biologics products have a fair amount of glycerine…so maybe that was the problem? Some people just can’t deal with the glycerine while otehr can.
I didn’t even check those ingredients! I was so excited to get it because everyone liked it. Thanks for letting me know and reminding me to always do that.
Ok, first, I knew better than to try this, but I’m stubborn so I tried it anyway; Fructis Style Pure and Clean Gel…on my locs. Big mistake. Had ’em all flaky. I had to wash all that crap out and retwist my hair again. Do you know how long that took me? Never again!
Bought Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioner and Koils by Nature Shealoe Leave-in during the 15off sale. LOVE the Jessicurl. Hair was so easy to detangle and so soft and moist looking afterwords. Koils by Nature I am still trying out. Love the smell, but 1st time it seemed oily. Second time was much better, so waiting to see what happens the 3rd time around.
Aussie Moist makes my hair feel amazing! I use it to detangle, and boy does it have amazing slip. Don’t regret buying it at all this month. It always works great as a deep conditioner! What I don’t understand is why a product that has similar ingredients to several other drugstore products I’ve tried works so much better. I LOVE that it comes in a big pump bottle – I feel like I’ll never run out! I also bought 3 bottles of VO5 conditioner, not because I wanted to, but because I was having a hair emergency (lol) and could… Read more »
Timely topic. I am faithful to Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream for my fine 4b hair. Here’s my scant August buys: Aussie Moist – travel size. I decided to experiment with silicones but although this did seem moisturising to wet hair, when it dries it’s frizzy, coated a little and not moisturised well. May try water soluble cone con. Qhemet Biologics Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee. Prefer this to that other solid ghee they do. It isn’t a miracle product and smells herby and unpleasant but it does absorb well and left my hair reasonably soft. I am not in… Read more »
I was going to purchase the Aethiopika twist and hydrate butter, butr I wasn’t too sure about the waxy build up either. I love the burdock root butter cream, but have you tried the alma and olive heavy cream? I know some people use that for the winter and the burdock cream for the sumer months.
Well I have fine hair so that’s a worry with waxes. I also only wash 1x a week and I think if you are one of those naturals who washes more frequently then it wont be a problem. I like to refresh my twists with spritzes during the week and am not sure if Aethiopika is conducive to that or if it blocks moisture. I only use it on damp hair 1x a week. It does make my hair very soft though. They should do samples of it so that people can try it out. I’d say the smell is… Read more »
they changed the scent of the aethiopika butter. it’s absolutely lovely now. the wax is listed as the very last ingredients so i don’t think it contains a lot. i love it. leaves my 4c hair very soft.
I got my hands on the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (they were BOGO at Walgreens), and my curls are sooo happy right now. The humidity was doing a number on my hair, and just adding this product has added softness, shine, and has reduced tangling tremendously. I’m in love. Can’t wait to try it on my daughter’s hair.
Love this product. I use it for twisting. And I love the smell!
I used the Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine Intensely Smooth leave-in conditioner for frizzy, dry and unmanageable hair. Loved it, smells great and comes in a cute little green bottle for a decent price found right at your grocer.
i tried a homemade dc of greek yogurt, honey and olive oil. my hair came out soft, etc,but now it has a lingering smell of sour milk.
i am swearing off of food as conditioner on my hair.
I tried BAKING SODA. Ha. But really I read the instruction on how to mix it with water for ingestion. My hair hasn’t felt this clean in months! I was doing the ACV rinse but I think I’ll be sticking with baking soda. I felt the squeaky clean from my hair but it didn’t clump up or dry out, which my hair does with any shampoo I have tried.
I tried Shea Moisture’s curl enhancing smoothie. LOVED IT. My hair has never felt so moisturized and soft. I also tried Elasta QP olive oil & mango butter moisturizer. Smelled great, but left my hair feeling a bit greasy.
Think I’ll stick to Shea Moisture and EVOO. 🙂
*Clenches fists in frustration* WHERE ARE PEOPLE GETTING THIS ELASTA QP OLIVE AND MANGO BUTTER?! I’VE LOOKED FOR IT EVERYWHERE, AND I CANNOT FIND IT ANYWHERE! *Takes several deep breaths, calms down* I’ve mostly heard good things about it, and I want to try it. I live in Raleigh, NC.
LOL! I actually found it at a local beauty supply store. In fact…beauty supply stores are the only places I’ve seen it. If you have any small businesses nearby, you could probably check there. Bigger businesses don’t seem to carry a lot of brands…not where I am, anyway.
I won the JessiCurl Confident Coils collection during the NC.com Grow Out Challenge and tried the collection last month. It included the Cleansing Cream, the Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner, the Weekly Deep Tx (which I already used and loved prior to August) and the Confident Coils Styling Solution. The cleansing cream and the regular conditioner were a pass. The Confident Coils Styling Solution may be a keeper though. I did a post with my video review of the collection:
Ok, I stumbled upon this website a few months ago and I have been a faithful reader ever since! I’ve enjoyed the comments and the articles but I’ve never commented UNTIL TODAY! So technically I tried this product in September (today) but I couldn’t wait till next month to post this because I didn’t want anyone else to make this mistake! LUSH: Curly Wurly shampoo DON’T DO IT! I recently moved to NYC and came across the store LUSH never heard of it before so I was intrigued. So I went in an about an hour later the lovely (non-black)… Read more »
I worked at Lush before…their face products are lovely to try, but their hair care products are not for us no matter how they try to spin the benefits of their ingredients.
Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade; makes my hair feel very soft and moisturized.
I tried carols daughter shampoo and conditioner and deep conditioner and I dont know if it was one or the other or the combination of all three but it left my hair like straw. My hair has never felt like that! and A few days later i grab a section of my hair and the ends? OMG I had split ends out this world! I dont know what they put in that stuff but my hair felt terrible afterwards.
I tried Oyin’s Whipped Pudding. I love the smell, a light honey, kinda cocoa smell, very nice. The consistency is thick, way too thick and heavy for my fine hair. I didn’t want to give it away so I had to figure out how to make it work. I had been using Suave’s Shea and Almond conditioner as a leave in and a little S-Curl for added moisture, so I decided to try all three together. It’s PERFECTION!! All the products mixed together yielded a very rich yet light very moisturizing leave-in . I use this combo after I cleanse… Read more »
This past weekend I tried the Olive Oil Cholesterol Deep Conditioner that I won from a YT contest. I did not like it at all, It left my hair with a waxy feeling. It felt like I was trying to wash out Murray’s grease. I hate to throw products away so I’ll most likely be giving it to my mom (she doesnt care what she puts in her hair).
I’ve been looking for a way to replace henna as a coloring agent because I want to back off on the intensity of the color. I saw a link to a YTer who used a temporary/semi-permanent color rinse by Clairol called Jazzings. After checking the web site clairolpro.com, and after checking for local availability, I went to my local Sally’s and bought one bottle each of the Creme Soda color and the spiced Cognac. To apply, I tried to squirt equal amounts of both into a ceramic cup, put on disposable gloves, and applied it to the roots of freshly… Read more »
I tried the Afroveda Ends Hydration leave-in, but the first few ingredients are oils and shea butter, so I’m currently testing it out as a sealant. Still on the search for the perfect moisturizer…
I tried Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Smoothing Cream and I loved it. Here’s my review of it with more details about the product: http://www.georgiamae.com/2011/08/product-review-garnier-fructis-pure.html
I tried Oyin’s Juices and Berries as a moisturizer and it has been fantastic so far. It smells DIVINE, too! My favorite thing about it is that my hair welcomes it. I’ve been trying to find a moisturizer to introduce into my regimen for years, and I may have struck gold…without the build-up.
The products I tried for the month of August include Garnier Frutis fortifying shampoo and cream conditioner which I liked but I think I need something more creamier as far as the shampoo goes, Mane and Tail detangler I mixed it with some other things and I really like it, I may keep it, and my suave conditioners for my co washes which I have been using for the past 5 years and do not plan on changing. The products I normally use I was out, I have ordered most of them and now I am waiting for their arrival.… Read more »
I recently tried the Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner and it was “heaven” to my hair. It made my hair so soft and the detangling was easy. I love it!
I tried vatika oil and my hair loves it but my skin not so much. I’m having break outs when my hair touches my face. I also tried rose water and it started out ok but the longer it stays in my hair it feels crunchy.
* I revisited henna and I finally got good results
I am one month and a half into a TWA w/type 4C hair so experimenting is a large part of my regimen. I started w/Cantu but it did not moisturize my hair and esp. my ends well enough. Went to “As I Am” products which were good the curl solution alittle stiff and sticky but too expensive for me as well. I just tried the “Shea Moisture” line was I LOVE. the leave-in was moisturizing by itself,my ends look and feel like my 3 yr old neice’s hair. Since I am thin on the top and sides I was looking… Read more »
I tried Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue Styling Creme. And it didnt do anything but set there. Then I used Kinky kurly custard and knot today leave in. I had been avoiding it because of what i had heard about but it has worked pretty well. i had to learn to use the custard sparingly.
I also used Carol’s daughters black Vanilla Creme conditioner(not the spray) and it was fantastic. I also used the monoi conditioner it was okay but I really liked the shampoo.
I HAVE A SHORT NATURAL CUT I USE CONDITON TO CURL IT WITH IT LOOK NICE FOR ABOUT 4 5 HR THEN IT BECOMES DRY WHAT SHOULD I USE TO KEEP IT FROM GETTING DRY I ALSO WANT MORE SHINE
I USE CAROL BUTTER BUT GETS DRY ALSO
I’ve tried two products from the brand Aphogee:Two-Step Protein Treatment and Balancing Moisturizer.
The second one is my favorite,it’s a conditioner that you put on my hair for 5 to 10 minutes then rinse with warm water,leaves your hair soft and silky,better if you have soft curly hair like me.
My Walgreens haul revealed that my hair welcomes quality bargain products. I tried the TRESEmee Naturals Vibrantly Smooth and the TRESEmee Moisture Rich conditioners. I LOVE both of these conditioners. The Vibrantly Smooth conditioner has coconut and jojoba oils in it. The Moisture Rich conditioner has Almond and Hazlenut oils. The GIGANTIC bottle is a great buy at the Walgreens–so economical! My hair just curls right up and it feel so incredibly soft after I rinse. Another great buy is Africa’s Best Oil. I heart this stuff!! It is loaded with great oils mixed together. I use it as a… Read more »
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