My favourite products and what I’ve learned over the years…

If you’ve read my blog regularly, you would know that I was a bit of a product junkie at the beginning of my natural hair journey. Some of it was necessary – how am I going to know what I like and don’t like if I don’t try products?

But then it turned into a bit of an addiction. Really, no one person needs a full bin of products that she’s not sure if she likes or not.

So, over the course of two plus years of being natural, I think that I’ve finally hit a stride. Yes, I still like to play around with new products – I just bought Morrocco Method shampoos – I know what works on my hair and I am committed to using those products and not playing around as much. I find that natural ladies can sometimes do the most with their hair. I remember when I was first thinking about using henna, some people were talking about henna’ing their hair every week.

Every week? Who has that kind of time? Simple is best, that’s what I’ve learned. I like the idea of Ayurvedic hair care, but I just don’t see me having the time to make teas, pastes and source a lot of these products. I will continue henna’ing my hair — I like that a lot (not just for covering up my grey), but the rest of it is just too time-consuming for my liking.

Meh. Maybe I’m just too dang lazy 😉

Back to the subject at hand: what are these favourite products? Well, let me share with you!

Shampoo: Henna Sooq’s Berhempsu shampoo bar – it’s great! I’m playing around with Morrocco Method because I wanted something that would help me deal with dandruff (possibly – I’m still not 100% sure why my scalp has been acting crazy the last few weeks). Anyhow, I’ve only used it once so I’ll hold back on comments until I use it a couple more times.

Conditioner: Aussie Moist – it’s a staple. It’s not all natural, but it does what I need it to do AND it’s cheap. Score on both counts.

Deep conditioner: I am still looking for a good deep conditioner. So far, my favourites were Elasta QP’s DPR-11 and Miss Key 10 en 1 and I think that I’m going to have to go back to them because what I’ve been using isn’t really saying much.

Leave-in: A variation of Kimmytube’s leave-in using Giovanni Direct Leave-in conditioner. Yes, at first I didn’t understand the hype, but over the last few months I understand why people are crazy about it. Love it.

Styler: After playing around with different products, my favourite is Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Treatment. Again, not all natural, but it works. It works so well.

Moisturizer: I’ve played around with so many moisturizers and I’ve liked a number of them, but my hands down favourite, the one that will always leave my hair moist and looking right is aloe vera juice and rosewater.

Who knew!

For real. I used this just because I had the aloe vera juice in the fridge and I saw some rosewater at the grocery store. My hair looks and feels awesome with this and it’s dang near free… well, it’s ridiculously cheap compared to a lot of the stuff that I’ve bought in the past.

Sealer: While I like Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey, my favourite sealer is a combo of olive oil and castor oil. Easy and cheap.

The biggest thing that I’ve learned is that spending a wash of money on products isn’t necessary going to give me the results I want. While it’s fun to test products, if I really want to achieve my hair goals – a healthy, flake-free scalp as well as full APL hair in 2011 – I need to buckle down and use what my hair and scalp like. It’s not like I’ll never do another product review – it’s just that they’ll probably come more infrequently.

As I’ve learned about my hair and what it’s really like (for example, it’s not as coarse as I thought – it was just thirsty for moisture), I’ve figured out some things for the better such as: I have to use shea butter sparingly because it can be too heavy for my hair (but my skin LOVES it!).

I’m still trying to figure out my scalp – that’s the biggest thing. This flakiness is getting to be just stupid and I need to figure it out. I’m thinking it’s a combination of a couple of things: having allergies and sensitive skin PLUS dandruff.


Alas, I’ll fooling around with these Morrocco Method shampoos and using a Head & Shoulders dandruff conditioner after I wash with my Henna Sooq shampoo bar (of course, I use a real conditioner to detangle, the Head & Shoulders is solely for my scalp).

This natural hair thing, it really is a journey.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Shan says:

    Tea Tree Oil is awesome for flaky scalp. Both my husband and I use JASON Tea Tree Shampoo and it works very well on both of our hair types. My daughter has been having problem with flakes lately so I’m thinking of using some pure tea tree oil on her.

    1. urbansista says:

      I used to use Tea Tree oil about 10 years ago when my scalp was going through this. I should get some and keep it in my stash. I shampooed earlier this week with the Morrocco Method Sea Essence shampoo that’s supposed to combat dandruff. Two days later, I co-washed with Head & Shoulders. My scalp is in pretty decent shape — but it can’t be trusted.

      1. Shan says:

        I don’t know if this would apply to you but my hair dresser said that Head and Shoulders only works on the wet, stinky flakes. But if your dandruff is the dry flakes, then it won’t work.

  2. urbansista says:

    “Wet, stinky flakes” LOL! Thankfully, mine aren’t like that. They are dry. So far, it’s looking pretty good in there. We’ll see if I can get through the weekend flake-free.

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