Hair Retrospectives: The Products

The first few months with my new natural hair was a natural disaster. My hair was dry, frizzy and unmanageable, refusing to submit to any concoction of conditioners and creams. The harder I tried (to tame), the worse it acted. Fortunately, things improved with time. Below is a list of my non-negotiable-must-haves. Without these, my natural hair is a natural no-no. May these product recommendations lead you into greater hair joy and peace, reducing your desire to reach for the creamy crack!

  1. Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner- I’ve used many great conditioners for my naturally dry hair, but this one takes the cake. It’s vegan (no animal products) and contains organic Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and Honeysuckle oil. This conditioner makes detangling a breeze, and keeps your hair soft all day (that’s why it made my list). This product is worth every penny!
  2. Smooth ‘n Shine Hair Polisher- After conditioning, I use this serum to smooth down the hair cuticle and continue detangling. It adds shine and makes even the thickest hair easy to comb. Purchased at Sally’s Beauty Supply
  3. Shea Butter- Kinky curly hair requires more than casual conditioning to remain tame. When my hair’s natural I wet it daily. Because of this, it’s easier to dry it out. Shea butter is rich and penetrates deep into the hair shaft to provide moisture balance throughout the week. A little everyday goes a long way.
  4. Kinky-Curly Curling Custard- As a final step, I use Kinky-Curly to seal in moisture and give me some curl definition. Now, using this product won’t give a 4a/b person 3a/b hair. But, what it will do is lock moisture (the Aubrey Organics and Shea) in your hair, prevent frizz, and help your hair to dry smoothly with a “wet look”. Without this stuff, my hair is a fuzz ball by noon. Can be purchased at Target  

Hair Tools for Kinky Curly Hair

Wide tooth comb• Kinky hair + skinny-tooth combs don’t mix • Tangle Teezer• I thought the wide tooth comb was all I needed, but this tool took detangling to a whole new level. Allows you to remove much smaller tangles with all the small, soft teeth •Soft Bristle Brush• Smoothes hair without pulling •Goody’s Hair Bands•  When double banded, keeps hair under control and away from face •Silk Hair Scarf • When placed on wet hair, allows hair to dry smooth and shiny! (not pictured)

Nov 2009- This first picture represents my hair when it was still relaxed, highlighted, and very damaged. I’d been growing out my relaxer for 9 months by this point. My ends are split and my hair was totally unmanageable. It was a nightmare trying to wash and straighten my hair because my roots were very curly while the rest of my hair was straight. A month after this photo was taken, I cut all my hair off and started over!

Sept 2010- Almost a year since the big chop, I’ve grown about 6’’ of virgin, non-relaxed hair. I’m really excited here because I actually have enough hair to put in a pony tail!

Dec 2010- Just got a trim! Still inching along with the growth.

Feb 2012- Now I’m officially on that pony tail swag! I actually have a little hang time.

In future posts, I’ll go into more detail on how I maintained my hair post big chop, what products I used, how I prevented heat damage, etc. I hope this encourages anyone that wants to cut their hair off and start over (for whatever reason). Figuring out this hair thing has been quite an experience, and I’m glad to be in a place where I’m satisfied, looking back at all my progress. Stay encouraged!