Our 2017 staple products
We have had a few people ask about the staple products we use on our hair so I figured an update was in order. Ever since I started this blog, my motto has been “Keep it Simple”. Here is a running list of the products Z and I use on our hair 95% of the time since the beginning of the year.
- Shampoo: Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Peppermint Pure Castile Soap (sometimes I use Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Shampoo)
- I add 1 tablespoon of soap per cup of water in a squirt bottle and focus on cleansing her scalp. I like this product because it really has a lot of uses.
- Pre-poo/Conditioner/Co-wash: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Conditioner
- $4 for an organic conditioner that has great slip is a winner in my book!
- Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture’s High Porosity Moisture Correct Masque
- We have used many of the Shea Moisture’s line of treatments and masques over the years. I like several of them but this High Porosity masque is amazing especially on Z’s hair.
- Heat Cap: Hot Head Microwavable Deep Conditioning Cap by Thermal Hair Care
- This cap contains several pockets of whole flaxseeds that retain heat once microwaved for up to 30 minutes. We have been using this same cap for a few years now and it still does the trick during our deep conditioning sessions.
- Moisturizer: Mainly Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie (my hair) and Cantu’s Coconut Curling Cream (Z’s and A’s hair)
- I feel like I have been cheating on Shea Moisture but I do like the Cantu line of styling products especially this curling cream. It really defines the curls while being lightweight at the same time. Plus it is cheaper than Shea Moisture.
- Detangler: Cantu’s Coil Calm Detangler
- This product is very useful for the times I do not get to detangle Z’s hair during the conditioning part of the process. I simply spray section with water, spritz some of this detangler on the ends of a section, and the tangles come out.
- Coconut Oil
- This is my sealing oil of choice when I style Z’s hair. In the winter, I switch over to olive oil.
- Setting Gel: Trader Joe’s Aloe Vera Gel or Cantu’s Define and Shine Custard
- I love the Aloe Vera Gel on twist styles and the Cantu for braiding styles.
- I like to work with slightly damp hair so a spray bottle of water is handy while styling to keep sections moist
- Styling Tools
- The Knot Genie brush is like a tangle teezer that I use the most to detangle our hair. I occasionally use the wide tooth comb to come through large sections of hair. The rattail comb is solely for parting purpose. Lastly, the toothbrush is used to slick down those edges.
I hope this helps give you an idea of what we consistently use on our hair. I may add an apple cider vinegar rinse as needed but what you see is what we use. For more information about why we use these products, check out our Covering the Basics Series.