Thursday, August 5, 2010

My Long List of Staple Hair Products!!


With all of the product raves, reviews, and recommendations out there, it can be hard for a newbie to secure a roster of staple hair products. When I first started my hair journey, I bought every product mentioned on almost every hair board, and most of them went straight to the trash. It took a while for me to get a steady rotation of tried-and true products, so hopefully this list helps some of you out!

The products with the asterisks are my favorite, and also receive high marks across most hair boards/review forums. If you are a newbie, or simply rebuilding your hair regimen; do yourself a favor and keep it simple, pick one product from each section [with the exception of the recommended tools section], and build your regimen from there.

Recommended Tools:
Soft Bonnet Hair Dryer - For Deep Conditioning
Blow Dryer w/Diffuser Attachment - For Blowing Out Your Hair
Jilbere Shower Comb - For Detangling
Silk Bonnet - For Preserving Your Hair-Styles
Steamer [I just did a review on the Huetiful Steamer, check it out] - For Hydrating Thirsty Hair
Denman Brush - For "Smoothing" Out Sections of Hair Prior to Styling [detangle the hair with a detangling comb first]

Shampoo's:
Online: 
In-Store: 
Keracare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo **
Goldwell Kerasilk Ultra Rich Care


Conditioner's:
Online:
Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment **
In-Store: 
Herbal Essence Hello Hydration **
VO5 Strawberries & Creme  **
Dudley's Hair Mask
Pantene Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Mask
Deva Curl One C
Kearacare Humecto **

Leave-In Conditioner's
Online:
In Store:
Giovanni Direct **
Sebastian Potion #9 

Moisturizer's:
Online:
Qhemet Amla Olive & Heavy Cream **
Qhemet Burdock Root
Oyin Whipped Pudding
Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Milk **
Oyin's Juices & Berrie's **
In-Store:
Deva Curl Set it Free
Jane Carter Nourish & Shine **

Protein Treatments
Online:
In Store:
Dudley's Hair Rebuilder
Sebastian 2+1

Product's to help twist/braid:
Online:
Komaza Care Coconut Curl Pudding **
Donna Marie Lock & Twist Gel 
In Store:
Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding
Miss Jessie's Curly Buttercreme

Oils:
Online:
In Store: 
Coconut Oil ** - Most Grocery Stores
Vatika Oil ** - Indian Grocery Stores
Monoi De Tahiti Oil ** - Trader Joe's
Brahmi Oil - Indian Grocery Stores

Extras:
Apple Cider Vinegar - For Closing Cuticles/Correcting PH Balance

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21 comments:

  1. Thank you for the list! Can you add this to "Going Natural" tab for quick reference. To control my PJism, I'm only buying products when I need to add them to my regimen or switch them up. This will be a great reference!

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  2. I love qhemet's amla/olive cream as well as the denman brush. The deep conditioning soft bonnet is a MUST :) Great recs

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  3. What about Paul Mitchell's The Conditioner?

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  4. Could you post something about the steps you use for these products? My routine is to co-wash (with Hello Hydration), spray my leave-in (carols daughter black vanilla, seal with olive oil, then use a Carols Daughter black vanilla conditioner to moisturize. But I think my routines a bit off? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)

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  5. Thanks for the recommendations! I'm natural but am thinking of starting to straigten occasionally. Do you have any staple products that you use specifically for your straightened hair e.g. heat protectant and moisturisers that will minimise heat reversion? I noticed that you said you used Aveda brilliant damage control earlier - is that still working for you?

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  6. I have used up everything in my current product stash...I am seeking to rebuild my regimine, and add a few new items, I really need a great deep condish/treatment. I really, realy appreciate your list of products, and where I can purchase them. Questions: Do you ever use henna? If so, which brand do you use? And how do you use the oils you've listed. I know certain oils are better for different things.... I love your blog by the way....Thank You!

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  7. I have been wanting to try that Sebastian 2+1...I think I may get it this weekend and see how I like it

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  8. In what store can I find Miss Jessie's puddings?

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  9. I love the hair, it looks fabulous

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  10. Have you found a bonnet dryer that you like? I'm shopping for my first.

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  11. Wow, I think your hair journey is amazing. You have been through alot with your hair. Your hair steps are very inspirational and I have taken some tips and can not wait to try them with my own hair. Thanks and keep up the good work with your hair.

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  12. I am looking forward to trying your products. I've been searching forever to find products I love! GREAT POST!!!

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  13. Hi Nikole

    I am just at the beginning of transitioning (4 months). Are the product also good for doing twist out for my natural/relaxed hair

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  14. Whenever I see pictures as fly as these, I'm again so thankful for my curly hair.

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  15. Where can I find henna?

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  16. I like thai list it will help me and ny young daughter we are just starting out.

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  17. I for one cannot imagine my hair without Apple Cider Vinegar and Keracare Humecto. Those two products have done wonders. :D

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