Over the past 10+ years, my hair has undergone some changes and I’ve had many years of discovery. That’s why I’m scratching my entire list of staples out and revising the list.
My Staple Changes
I’ve found superior natural hair products (at least for my hair but I still highly recommend them) that perform well again and again. I can’t foresee changing them (unless they change them on me). These new staples come from the following lines:
- Mielle Organics
- The Mane Choice
- Camille Rose Naturals
- Shea Moisture Sacha Inchi Oil Omega 3, 6 ,9 Rescue + Repair
There’s still a few other natural hair products from other lines that I like and will use up but for laser focused hair care, my staple hair products will come from those four lines and a few single natural ingredients:
- Apricot and/or Lemongrass Black Castor Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Aloe Vera Gel (from a fresh leaf)
- Goat’s Milk (used in conjunction with the olive oil and honey for my DIY conditioning treatment)
- Henna (for my quarterly gray hair coverage)
Step by Step Wash Routine with My Staples
On wash day:
- I use a pre-poo made from all natural single ingredients: coconut/olive oil + fresh aloe vera. (thankful for Naptural85 on YouTube sharing this recipe that was tweaked from another YouTuber).
- Following my pre-poo I will use all products from within one of the four lines:
- Co-wash or shampoo
- Deep Conditioner/Treatment (if necessary)
For in between wash day moisturizing, I’ll use one of the following based on the brand I used on wash day:
- Camille Rose Naturals Fresh Curls
- The Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Oil & Honey Daily Moisturizer & Sealing Cream + Daily Restorative Spray
- Organic White Peony Ultra Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner + Mint Almond Oil
Staples are those products you use over and over and while I am sticking with the lines and single natural ingredients I just shared, there is just one product that stands out from the rest.
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner is the one cheapie conditioner I return to again and again for completing my final rinse on wash day. Yes, it contains silicones and yes my hair responds well to it. Build up of the silicones in my hair isn’t an issue of concern. That’s why clarifying is for.
A Word About Shea Moisture
For much of my natural hair journey, I’ve used Shea Moisture products. Over time, I feel like many of the products my hair liked have changed. Shea Moisture has become famous for modifying their formulations.
That’s why the only line within the Shea Moisture suite of products that I use is the Sacha Inchi Oil 3, 6, 9 Rescue and Repair line.. These products are very lightweight and the clarifying shampoo works well on my fine hair.
Yet, because I only clarify my hair once a month (or even less often), the Sacha Inchi Oil products only come up in my rotation when it’s time to clarify. This is the only reason I’m keeping these products as staples. So, you can say thy are my staple clarifying products. The shampoo works to strip my hair of any build up and the other products within the line work together to complete my styling process on that particular wash day.
What are some of your staple hair products?
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A Prayer for Our Hair:
Lord God, help us to tune out the “noise” in the natural hair community so that we don’t jump all over “bandwagons” to try every product under the sun. Thank you for helping us to slay the product junkie spirit and hone in on our staples! In Jesus Name, Amen.