When I took on the responsibility of combing and styling my hair at a young age, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Over the years, my hair has transformed many times. In high school, I wore it straight or in prison braids. During my first year of college, I cut and highlighted it; college helped me gain the confidence to let my hair loose – literally. However, I wasn’t educated on which products would help my curly hair retain moisture and create curl definition. I remember being loyal to the Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioner I got from Rite Aid across the street from campus thinking that it made a difference when in reality all it did was dry out my hair.
Finding great products for your hair is never easy and it takes a while to build brand loyalty; you can’t tell how well a product works in two weeks. (I’m guilty of feening for quick results as much as you are.) Also, it’s good to be honest with yourself – does the product do what it promised to do? The hair products I use come from trustworthy recommendations, trial and error and a lot of patience.
The inspiration for this post came from Dove recently launching their #LoveYourHair campaign “designed to celebrate all the wonderful, real-life stories of women who choose to quiet these outside pressures and wear their hair the way they themselves feel most beautiful and confident.” (Adweek) After you, as Drake puts it, “own that shit”, the next step is figuring out which products help maintain what you own. The below products help me love my hair. You’ll see that I use conditioners for days – my dry hair needs every last bit!
Cowash: As I Am Coconut Cowash
Conditioner (Wash Out): Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Hair Masque
Conditioner (Leave In): Kinky Curly Leave In
Conditioner (All Day/Overnight Before Wash): Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Serum (Whenever, Whatever): OGX Coconut Milk
Style: Kinky Curly Custard
Gel: As I Am Smoothing Gel (Work in progress. Still figuring out if I’m committed, but so far it does the job.)
I’m curious to know which products help you #LoveYourHair. 🙂