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
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.
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.
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
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 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
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?