Winter Hair Products Used During MahoganyCurls Healthy Hair Challenge

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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).

winter hair products

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:

Pre-Poo

Cleanser

Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash

Deep Conditioner

  • Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Deep Conditioner (to follow mid-week rinses)
  • Mane Choice Ancient Egyptian Anti-breakage Repair Antidote Hair Mask

Growth Stimulator

  • 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

STYLER

Moisturizer

  • Camille Rose Naturals Honey (from the Leave in Collection)
  • Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Oil & Honey Daily Restorative Spray (used on dry hair)

Sealant

  • 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?

coconut water and coconut oil hair benefits

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:

  • Honey
  • Sunflower seed oil
  • Aloe
  • 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.

Fine Hair and Faith

Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area. She shares tips for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. Her writings are mainly centered around herbal hair care and sharing easy hairstyles. It's her joy to inspire others using faith for living while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Elmira

    Hello Michelle-
    I am a 60-something woman who had NO understanding of my hair all my life until about 24 months ago. I look forward to see how following the Healthy Hair Challenge will advance hair growth, retention, and thickness. I’m following an Ayurveda regimen – Brahmi, Amla, essential oil of rosemary, peppermint and lavender, DIY Safflower(infused oil) and Hempseed oil, henna gloss, and green tea DIY avocado-banana-honey hempseed oil conditioner. I started this challenge in early January and I can already see an improvement in regrowth (fuzz 🙂 and strength . But because my hair is Ziggy, coily, fine and DRY to the 100th power (mostly) it is a challenge to keep moisturized and strong. I spritz with filtered water and essential oil mix and use a lot of oil (infused mix of nettle, fenugreek horsetail, etc.) on my hair to seal in the liquid and Raw Shea butter leave in conditioner (old school type-because I use a lot of strengthening/protein type products intentionally and passively) hair is so o o o o soft/moist-feeling when I go to bed and dry dry dry the next morning. If you have some insight on how to manage the dryness/moisture issue I would appreciate your input. Did I mention my hair is dry?

    1. Hi Elmira-

      Have you discovered what your hair’s porosity is? Seems like it’s low porosity (very common). With that said, true moisturizing begins on wash day. That’s when you should impart all of the moisture to your hair and it should not dry out over night.

      I suggest you do the following:

      1- Clarify your hair for a fresh start
      2- Lay off on some of the protein. I use protein regularly too but it can throw off your hair’s moisture balance if you use too much.
      3- Don’t seal with an essential oil. They are great, don’t get me wrong. I just would leave it more for scent as some EOs can dry the skin out so it makes sense that the hair can be dried out as well (especially peppermint).
      4- Make sure you deep condition weekly with a plastic cap on with heat. If you can find a deep conditioner sans protein or with little protein that’s great. Look for one that focuses on moisturizing.
      5- Make sure you are sleeping on a satin/silk pillow case or cover your hair with a satin/silk bonnet
      6- If your room is dry, invest in a humidifier to add moisture to the air.

      These are some things you can try. I like that you are using ayurvedic products but sometimes it’s good to try products intended for certain hair conditions. Some brands I recommend are Camille Rose Naturals, Mane Choice and Mielle Organics. Of course, there’s also Shea Moisture as well.

  2. Joy

    This was great information. I’m looking forward to following your new hair challenge and you sharing the results!

    1. thanks Joy! It will be a big switch for me to do more wash and go’s in the winter but we’ll see. I’ll definitely tweak if I have to!

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