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5 Hair Products I Can Do Without

hair products I can do without

You’ll find articles all over the net of women sharing their favorite hair products. In general, us women love to share the things that just make us it hair products or something else.

Conversely, we also share things that we can definitely pass on. Well, that’s what I’m about to do. Share! This here is a quickie post (sorta) to share the 5 hair products I can absolutely do without. They aren’t all bad. I just don’t find them necessary or beneficial.

Shea Butter

Shea Butter is a great sealant. Many naturals use it as the based for a whipped hair butter.  Me? I can’t stand the smell of shea butter. I find it very hard to scent shea butter with essential oils that I like because that nutty “earthen” scent tends to take over. I prefer Mango Butter which performs very much in the same manner with no scent.

Shampoo bars

I know a lot of naturals swear by their shampoo bars but I do not care for rubbing my hair on a bar of “soap.” I know it’s not soap in the traditional sense (since there’s no sulfates) but I just don’t like the rubbing action that takes place. I’ll save cleansing bars for my body. I even liquefied the bar to make it easier to apply. It’s just a little drying in my opinion.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

I never thought I’d see the day I’d put this product down but after some research, I discovered it was the culprit of my itchy scalp. I’m not sure why. I stopped massaging my scalp with JBCO and then only used it to seal my ends. The itches persisted. I’ve since replaced it with Apricot Castor Oil. Not only does it smell much more pleasant, it’s better for my scalp. Additionally, Jamaican Black Castor is just too heavy for fine hair.

Hot Oil Treatments

I don’t find hot oil treatments beneficial to my hair whatsoever. It’s oily and messy. Oils help seal in moisture and provide the hair with slip for lubrication but I can do an oil rinse and get a similar benefit. I also don’t tend to struggle with dry hair so I omit hot oil treatments from my hair care regimen.

Hair Brushes

A hair brush isn’t actually a product…well yeah it is. It’s a “product” created by someone for the caring of the hair. OK it’s a tool but you get what I’m about to say LOL. Brushes wreak havoc on fine strands like mine so I have no need for them. I’ve used the Denman (very carefully) on occasion but I honestly don’t need that either. My 10 digits work just fine and guess what? They’re free!

Are there any hair products you can absolutely do without?

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Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

6 Comment

  1. Wow, I think you and I may be the only naturals in the world who don’t care for shea butter. It’s always been to heavy for me, even when I was loose.

    I’m not here for shampoo bars, either. I think they’re too cumbersome and hard to use.

    And I an absolutely do without gels and holding products. I’m sure part of this has to do with me being a freeformer but I couldn’t care less about having a smooth hairline or “nice” kitchen.

    1. How cray is it that I KNOW I replied to you and the comment all of a sudden went missing! I don’t gt what’s going on with this blog sometimes.

      I like a smooth hairline sometimes. It depends on the style but most of the time I like the “messy” look

  2. Hi Michelle,
    I am with you in the Shea Butter. I cannot use it just by itself. It has to be whipped and mixed with other things and not the first ingredient. Boar Bristle brushes are a no go for me.

    1. funny you should mention those boars brushes. i remember growing up, that was THE thing to use. You heard everywhere that it was healthy for your hair etc etc.

      In actuality, it could be detrimental to curly hair.

      thanks for commenting 🙂

  3. Michelle, here are few items I can do without-

    I can do without a brush- because I use castor oil on my edges my hairline can be smoothed down with my hands. NO bristle brush needed.

    I don’t use satin scarves or doo rags on my hair; I can do without those. I am ‘ole school and use a stocking cap. Yeah, the trust worthy stocking cap from ruined leggings. It stays in place and no hair pulling whatsoever.

    Coconut oil isn’t liked one bit by my hair. No matter the season, my hair feels dry and brittle with coconut oil. EVOO and castor oil are my faves.

    When drying my washed hair, I still use a towel. I gently ‘blot’ my hair, not rough housing with the towel. I don’t need specialty towels or tee shirts, the shower towel is used from top to bottom lol.

    Omitting or altering how I use items is working well for me.

    1. I’m not a fan of coconut oil for sealing but it’s good in a pre-poo. As for that stocking cap lol I will reserve it to do ponytails but otherwise, it rips my hair if used as a cap

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