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6 Products From My Relaxed Hair Days That Still Work on My Natural Hair

Avatar • Dec 3, 2014

I’m not sure about you guys, but when I returned to natural, I didn’t have a clue as to what I should or shouldn’t be putting in my hair. I researched and purchased a plethora of products that were specifically for curly or textured hair. I thought that because I was relaxer-free, that I should never use the products that I used during my relaxed days. This was only partly true. There are some products that work well on relaxed hair, but won’t do a thing for natural kinks and curls. However, there are still a few products that I used on my relaxed hair and found to be beneficial for my natural hair. These hair care products have been around for ages and have certainly stood the test of time.

Lottabody Setting Lotion

lottabody

For some reason, my hair has a very hard time holding curls. It can hold a twist out with no problem, but when it comes to roller sets, it refuses to cooperate. When I first ventured into roller sets, I followed the advice of natural hair gurus. After all, my hair was different from my relaxed days and I knew I couldn’t set my hair the same way that I used to. Before setting my hair, I made sure my hair was moisturized and followed step by step instructions. My results? Frizzy (not the good kind of frizzy) and undefined curls. Undefined curls are great if that’s the look you’re going for. However, when you aren’t, it’s disappointing. Not only were the curls unattractive in my eyes, they also didn’t last and disappeared after just 2 hours or so. I finally resorted to what my mother used to put in my hair to hold my curls as a teen. Lotta Body Setting Lotion mixed with water. It sounds old school, but this is the only thing that gives my roller set curls a great hold. It also smooths my hair gives me less frizz.

Cholesterol Conditioner

Cholesterol Conditoner

I used this conditioner during my relaxed days and it’s still a staple of mine today. I have extremely dry hair and Olive Oil Cholesterol Conditioner does wonders for it. Keep in mind, I have used other conditioners during my journey, but I will always have a jar of this in my bathroom. It leaves my hair feeling soft and manageable. It’s also heavy enough, which means that my hair doesn’t soak it all up.

Murray’s Beeswax

beeswax

Back in the day, my secret for a sleek pony tail was Murrays Beeswax. Yes, very old school, but I still use this to brush my hair up into a puff or bun. If you have creepy crawly hair that won’t stay in a bun or puff for anything, try this with a boar bristle brush. A little bit of Murray’s beeswax and a scarf truly keeps my hair in place. I’ve tried other products that claim to control your edges, but Murray’s beeswax always does the trick me. Relaxed or natural.

Hot Oil Treatments

vO5 hot oil treatment

Not sure about others, but after I received a relaxer, it was always recommended to follow up with a hot oil treatment because relaxers were quite drying. I know most naturals mix some type of oil in their deep conditioners and even shampoos. But I always give myself a weekly, old fashioned hot oil treatment in addition to my weekly deep conditioning treatments. I apply my conditioner, put my oil in a bowl of hot water and wait for it to heat up before I apply it. Sometimes, I will mix up my own oils for my treatment, but VO5’s Hot Oil Therapy or Kemi Oyl still works for my natural hair.

Mousse

Hair Mousse

Mousse is definitely something I thought I would leave in the past. Anyone remember trying to scrunch their relaxed hair with mousse while it was wet? We thought we were achieving great “curls”, but what we were really doing was damaging our hair. It wasn’t so much the mousse that was causing the damage for me, but the fact that I probably shouldn’t have been putting mousse on my relaxed hair. It left my hair crunchy and stiff. It hardly looked curled, it looked more like stringy waves. Now, if I do decide to wash and go, my last step to my wash and go process is a palm full of Curls Unleashed: Let it Flow Shine and Define Mousse. I don’t use a lot because too much of anything isn’t wise. However, I have noticed that the mousse works with my natural curls and helps to define them.

Sulfur8 Hair Grease

sulfer8 hair grease

I know what you’re thinking. Hair grease should be banned from all beauty supply stores, no one should ever use it! But I have noticed that a number of naturals still use grease on their scalps. Sometimes, my scalp gets very itchy and irritated. I’ve found that Sulfer8’s Medicated Anti-Dandruff Hair and Scalp Conditioner soothes my scalp in between washings. Certainly, this isn’t the only thing that I use to soothe my itchy scalp, but it does work when I need something to put on it quickly. I only use it lightly on my scalp, not my hair. It hasn’t kept my hair from growing and it isn’t something that I use every day.

These products may not still work for every natural, but they still work for me. I used all of these products before I went natural and have slowly brought them back into my hair regimen over the years.

 

Now that you’re natural, do you still use any of your staples from your relaxer days?

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Miss Elisa K.
5 years ago

I still use Aphogee Leave-in and I still use Bronner Brother’s Wrapping Lotion

Tiff Dizzle
Tiff Dizzle
5 years ago

I def still use Cholesterol Conditioner love it

dreya1
dreya1
5 years ago

Cholesterol is my #1 carry over from my texturizer days.

PinkyPie15
PinkyPie15
5 years ago

I went back to Queen Hellene’s cholesterol. Been using it for a while so you could say it’s getting pretty serious. That Sulfur8 though… never again!

Sara
5 years ago

I have bad memories from Mousse back in like 2006. I’m still shaking and twitchin just thinking about it lol.

LBell
LBell
5 years ago

I no longer use anything from my relaxer days but back when I was experimenting a lot more with my natural hair I did a number of rollersets and diluted Lottabody was by far the BEST setting lotion for my fine 4b hair.

Also, I used Paul Mitchell mousse on my relaxed hair wayyyy back in the day (I don’t remember it doing much for me) but recently I tried HE Totally Twisted mousse for a WNG and was very pleasantly surprised. Maybe one of these days I’ll try the Curls mousse…thanks for the recommendation!

reallythough
reallythough
5 years ago

After trying many “must have” conditioners for naturals that many swear by, I went back to my tried and true cholesterol conditioner as my deep conditioner and love it. Now if they would only bring back the old Cream of Nature shampoo in the big red and white bottle, I’d be set.

Chanda
Chanda
5 years ago

I just bought some Olive Cholesterol Conditioner tonight at Target. You have convinced me and it was only $2.99. Can’t wait to try it.

Oz Girl
Oz Girl
5 years ago
Reply to  Chanda

$2.99??? You Americans are sooooooooooo lucky!! That stuff costs me a minimum of AU$20 here in Sydney, Australia. And we can’t even buy hair products in Target, though totally understandable with the whole supply and demand/ economies of scale thing. But I am totally about to go back to the products that I used when I was relaxed, as at least I can purchase them here. I have done two online orders from the States for products and I am done. When you pay nearly the same for postage as what you paid for your products, something has got to give!!!… Read more »

Kim
Kim
5 years ago

Yes Ma’am! I still use 99% of the products I did before going natural and they still work. I have 4C hair and it’s really hard to find good products that will moisturize and hold a style without a bunch of steps.

Sulfur 8 will never, ever leave my staples list. I want to find their moisturizing lotion in a BSS near me so that I can try it out and see if it works as well as the grease.

Saniel
Saniel
5 years ago

Problem with mousse and setting lotion they contain alcohol and make hair stiff and then leads to flakes. Holds the curls in a roller set but I notice flakes if use too much p product.

JenniD
JenniD
5 years ago

only thing I still use from this list is lotta body. Good stuff. Cholesterol conditioner does nothing for my natural hair, so sad cause its super cheap. I didn’t really care for grease when I was relaxed but used it cause I thought I HAD to. That sulfur 8 stinks too bad for me. I’d be too self conscious thinking everyone and they mama can smell it miles away lol. Most of the stuff I used when I was relaxed simply isn’t moisturizing enough for my hair in its natural state. Beeswax was and still is a no for my… Read more »

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