I buy them again and again. The same products by the same brands. My hair likes them so why not?[tweetthis]When you have fine hair, it can be very fickle when it comes to using a variety of products.[/tweetthis]
Throughout the upcoming winter while participating in the MahoganyCurls Healthy Hair Growth Challenge, I’m going to do things differently. I’ll be using only a fraction of the hair products I normally use while sticking very closely to the same product type (example: cleanser) versus rotating among my favorites.
I’ve also acquired a few new products from Shea Moisture, Mane Choice and Camille Rose Naturals that I am incorporating into my new routine. They will simultaneously replace some of my old faithfuls (at least for the winter season).
The change in the number and type of hair products I’ll be using ties closely to what I shared in the initial post (linked above) announcing that I joined the MahoganyCurls hair challenge. That is the old adage about change: “doing the same thing but expecting different results”
It’s my goal to “wake” up my fine strands by continuing to handle them with care but also giving them a dose of the best nature has to offer with consistency.
Below are the hair products I’ll be routinely using (grouped by type) throughout the hair challenge:
- St Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask
- Vatika Coconut Oil + Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner
Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash
- Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Deep Conditioner (to follow mid-week rinses)
- Mane Choice Ancient Egyptian Anti-breakage Repair Antidote Hair Mask
- Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil (for scalp massages before washing)
- Shea Moisture Resilient Growth Root Stimulator (after washing)
Protein Treatment (every 2-3 weeks)
Shea Moisture Bamboo Extract & Maca Root Resilient Growth Protein Masque (review coming soon)
Leave In Conditioner
Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Leave In Conditioner
- Camille Rose Naturals Latte (from the Leave in Collection)
- Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Style Setter
- Camille Rose Naturals Honey (from the Leave in Collection)
- Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Oil & Honey Daily Restorative Spray (used on dry hair)
- Camille Rose Naturals Herbal Tea (from the Leave in Collection)
- Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Oil & Honey Daily Moisturizer/Sealing Cream (only used with the restorative spray)
Too much coconut Oil?
You may be looking at this list and thinking, “She’s using way too much coconut oil.”
While coconut oil can be problematic for some (especially when used as a regular sealant or lubricant), coconut oil isn’t the only way to reap the benefits of the coconut for your hair.
Coconut water has a different effect on the hair. It’s the actual “juice” of the coconut while coconut oil is extracted from the “meat” of mature coconuts. Both are very nourishing to the hair. Coconut water hydrates the hair, helps reduce hair fall and tames the frizzies. Coconut oil adds shine and protects the hair from hygral fatigue.
While it’s true that more than 1/2 of the products I’ll be using contain coconut, it’s not coconut oil that dominates. It’s coconut water. I’ll be washing out direct coconut oil from my hair and leaving in the products containing coconut water (or a small amount of oil). This way, I reap the benefits of both coconut water and coconut oil without the common complications of dry “feeling” strands.
And, because I will be using products from within the same line throughout most of my new hair regimen, it will help the hair to remain pH balanced.
Common Ingredients In the Products
Nature truly offers your hair the best of the best. No chemically infused hair product can be as kind and nourishing to your strands as a natural hair product. The hair products that I’ll be using throughout the hair challenge are each rich in one or more of the following natural gifts:
- Sunflower seed oil
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Water
- Rare healing oils (ex: Kalahari oil, Mongongo oil)
What’s Changed from My Regular Regimen
Notice there are no gels, single natural oils or butters on the list. That’s because my choice of hair care products contain all that my hair will need to keep it defined, moisturized and with movement this winter.
While gel is great at blocking humidity from destroying a style in the summer, it’s not required in the winter. When your hair is fine, you’ll get better styling results when gel is omitted. That’s because the hair is less likely to be weighed down.
The only oil I’ll be using will be to stimulate blood flow in my scalp. Normally, I use a natural oil as a lubricant throughout my hair and also as part of the LCO method on wash day. With the products I’ll be using, there’s no need for an additional oil to seal in the moisture. The stylers and moisturizers I’ll be using are already rich in healing natural oils.
Butters are great at providing extra protection to strands during the winter months but can also weigh the hair down. This isn’t an issue if you are protective styling. I’ll be engaging in some short term protective styling throughout the winter but for the most part I’ll be doing wash and go’s (which I will protect from the elements when commuting outdoors) and twist outs. One of the rules for MahoganyCurls Healthy Hair Growth Challenge is to keep styling to low manipulation.
That’s what I plan to do all winter.