UPDATED March 2017 – When it comes to hair products, it’s easy to get bogged down with the many offerings on the market. Oh, but when you discover what works for your hair and more importantly WHY it works, then you can start working on your hair goals. That reminds me, I need to write an article sharing what my hair goals are!
Staple FINE hair care products…
What are they? Simply put, your staple hair care products are the products your hair can’t do without. It’s those hair product you would NEVER want to give up. Not ever. It’s your cleansers, conditioners, treatments, oils and stylers.
I’ve tried many hair products. Some were sold by mass manufacturers. Some were sold by small businesses. Then, there’s the DIY recipes I’ve found on the web using ingredients right in your kitchen or straight from nature.
Without a shadow of a doubt, I now KNOW what my fine natural hair likes, loves and hates. For the purpose of this article, I’m sharing those specific products that my hair loves. I’ve written (and am still writing) posts about each of them in depth so what you will find below is a link to those posts along with a summary about the product. Just click the individual links to read more. For the products that don’t have links, please bookmark this page. I’m updating regularly!
Camille Rose Naturals Ginger Cleansing Rinse– This product surprised me from the very beginning. It’s not a shampoo but it performs very much like one with a ton of sudsing but no stripping of the hair whatsoever. I’ve washed my hair with it up for a lengthy period of time and still my hair didn’t feel stripped. What’s best is you only need to use a very small amount to generate a lot of cleansing action.
Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Co-wash – This is my number favorite co-wash. I’ve tried the As I Am Coconut Co-Wash and a couple of the Shea Moisture Co-washes (one of them used to be a staple). None of the co-washes I’ve tried can rival the slip and cleansing action of this one.
The Mane Choice Silk and Shine Shampoo – This shampoo is very good at cleansing the hair and scalp. It doesn’t leave your hair feeling stripped afterward, even though it lathers up really well. I think this has been re-branded because on their website, it’s called “Easy on the Curls” shampoo.
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Conditioning Sulfate-Free Shampoo – This shampoo performs exactly like the Mane Choice shampoo. So, why am I using it also? Simple. I like to use products within the same line on wash day. They are typically formulated to keep your hair pH balanced.
Camille Rose Naturals Fresh Curl – This product has been in my staple stash for over 3 years. It is not the only moisturizer that I use but it’s the one I buy over and over again.
The Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Oil & Honey Daily Moisturizer & Sealing Cream & Daily Restorative Spray – Can I just say YES MAM YES!? This duo is the ultimate of moisturizers. I may even put down my Fresh Curl one day and just use this solo. Yes, it’s that good. It has all the features needed to properly moisturize fine hair and keep it that way for days.
Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Penetrating Conditioner – This is an amazing deep conditioner. With the added benefits of coconut, my hair is always left feeling strong and hydrated. I basically love most things from Camille Rose Naturals. I’ve been using this for over 2 years.
Protein & Strengthening Treatments
DIY Goat’s Milk Treatment Conditioner – Smooth cuticles, stronger hair, poppin’ curls. This DIY recipe delivers a serious dose of strength and moisture. I use it every 2-3 weeks on the week that I’m not doing a henna.
Henna – Full strength, gloss and Henna tea spray. I do it all! All natural organic henna is all I will ever use. Monthly treatments work in conjunction with my DIY goat’s milk treatment to keep my fine hair nice and strong. I attribute a lot of my length retention to henna.
The Mane Choice Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Hair Mask – Protein and moisture in one shot. My hair always feels very strong and moisturized after just one treatment. It’s a balanced product that requires no follow up.
Leave in Conditioners
Kinky Curly Knot Today – Always my favorite leave in from the time I first tried it. It’s lightweight and smells amazing but more importantly, it helps keep my hair hydrated for a very long time.
Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Leave in Conditioner – I use this whenever I use CRN products on wash day. It has great slip, is very moisturizing and it will forever be in my rotation.
The Mane Choice 3-in-1 Conditioner – One of the best leave in conditioners I’ve ever tried, I rotate this on wash day and use when I use the other Mane Choice suite of products. It’s an amazing leave in and can also be used solo as a styler, and even a co-wash.
Mielle Organics White Peony Leave in Conditioner – This leave in is a staple because it pairs best with the other products in the Mielle line of products. I wouldn’t normally make this a staple because I feel like I have to use a lot of it. It’s very lightweight though and that’s a good thing for fine hair.
TRESEmme Botanique Nourish and Repair Conditioner – A new conditioner from TRESemme that has basically blown Perfectly (un) Done out of the water! I give a short review of this product as well as a quick demo here at this link.
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration – This is by no means a curly girl friendly product due to the silicones in it but I keep coming back to it and it has never left my hair feeling dry. There is no conditioner that I’ve ever tried that could detangle my hair on contact but this one. It’s cheap and my hair always feels butter soft after using it.
Gels & Stylers
Camille Rose Naturals Style Setter – This is a super multipurpose hair product! I use it for my braid outs and twist outs. This It’s really great although it’s a little pricey. Thankfully, a little goes a long way.
The Mane Choice Biotin Infused Crystal Styling Gel – This gel surprised me. It’s very lightweight and has a consistency similar to Shea Moisture’s Curling Gel Souffle. It defines my hair very well, wet or dry and works REALLY well with the Mane Choice 3 in 1 conditioner. Here’s a link sharing my wash day using this gel.
Mielle Organics Honey Ginger Styling Gel – When this gel first came out, it was easy to think it would be like Camille Rose Naturals CurlMaker. Oh but while the consistent may look the same, these gels are very different. This gel is much more affordable, defines my curls very easily and works like magic with Mielle’s mint almond oil and White Peony leave in.
Mielle Organics Honey & Ginger Edge Gel – This isn’t really the consistency of gel but it is a flexible butter consistency. It’s smell is so yummy and it holds my edges all day as long as I’m not working out. I don’t use any other edge tamer product.
EcoStyler Curl and Wave Gel – This is my favorite gel by EcoStyler. No flaking and no crunchy hold. I use it to lay my edges daily when I don’t use Mielle’s edge gel.
Shea Moisture Sacha Inchi OIl Omega 3, 6, 9 Curl Enhancing Smoothie + Twist & Lock Gel – the only product left that I’m using from Shea MOisture on a repeat basis. I use these stylers when I clarify my hair. They are very lightweight and pleasant to my fine tresses.
Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil – Almond is oil on its own is a great oil to promote moisture retention. Add in the mint and you have a super oil that helps stimulate growth! Mielle really did the darn thing on this one.
Coconut -This is a multipurpose oil and my hair loves it for everything but sealing. The link is to a specific brand I love but to nix the shipping costs, I use organic unrefined grocery store brands, including that from Trader Joe’s.
Jojoba – The lightest of all oils, I love using this when I want a lightweight sealing oil. While I’m not doing much in the way of DIY Recipes, it’s one of the staple oils used to create them.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil (aka JBCO) – I used JBCO for a while but then stopped due to the unbearable itching it caused my scalp. BUT, it’s back on the staples list because I haven’t found an oil thick enough to keep my ends sealed for an extended period so I use JBCO on my ends. The link is to the plain JBCO that I was using but I also use Lemongrass JBCO (photographed above).
Argan Oil – a very rich and expensive oil, it’s also very precious. I use this a lot on my face but started using it on my hair to smooth fly aways and add shine. It also helps add strength to the hair.
Essential oils – Lemongrass, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary and Tea Tree are my staple EOs. I use the first two to scent my products, the second two to stimulate my scalp and the tea tree as a natural preservative along with a little vitamin E.
Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice/Gel – The juice is great for sealing the cuticles after washing. I got this tip from Naptural85 on Youtube. I also purchase the Aloe Vera Gel by this brand. It’s more like a jelly but very soft and literally melts in your hands on contact. I also use pure aloe vera leaf for pre-pooing.
Mielle Organics Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Split-End Treatment Serum – When my ends really begin to show their age, they tend to split but not break off. I call them incomplete splits. This product helps to greatly protect my ends from splitting.
Old Staples I No Longer Use
Shea Moisture Strengthen Grow and Restore Leave in Conditioner – I really liked this leave in conditioner but it was just so like Shea Moisture to just change the formula. I don’t care for the change.
Mango Butter – With my lifestyle changes, I don’t much time for DIY projects. Mango butter will always be a love of mine but I need to use products that are already whipped up the way I need them. That’s not to say I’ll never use mango butter again. Life changes. When I have more time, this is my butter of choice.
Thirsty Roots Apricot Castor Oil – Love this oil. Always will but I’m cutting down on the number of products I use and I am no longer willing to pay shipping charges to obtain this. I use other oils that works just as well.
CurlPrep Sweet Butta – Rich in goat’s milk and protein, this butta is very moisturizing. The only reason it’s no longer a staple is I’m pairing down the number of products I use and am sticking with lines that can care for my hair from start to finish on wash day.
CurlPrep Around The Way Gel – This was my favorite gel of all time for a long time but things change and I have discovered better for my hair that’s actually cheaper.
Aubrey Organics GPB – a long time fave of mine, but it appears Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner has been discontinued. I’ve not been able to find it and it’s no longer on Aubrey’s website. Only the shampoos are available.