My journey to find the right products for my hair has been super tough. A lot of products that worked for most people with natural hair did not work for me because: one, my hair was super damaged from years of using Target box relaxers or two, not everything works for everyone. It is mostly the first one though.
When I say it was mostly the first one, I mean my hair was so damaged that loading my hair up with oils and hydrating serums was NOT going to help. A little background about my hair: I have very tightly curled hair (as shown in the cover photo). My mom, does not. She did not know how to manage my hair when I was little and I had very little patience to sit and have her brush through my tangles. I would scream and cry and someone had suggested to her that she should start relaxing my hair. It helped with the screaming, but it did not make my hair straight. It relaxed my curls to the point where they were just dead and frizzy. It was gross and made me hate my hair. I would see these girls/women with beautiful tight curls and I wanted that, not my frizzy, oddly textured mess. I did not know it was because of the relaxer. We finally stopped the relaxer treatments when I was eleven. Long story short, we had my godmother do the treatment and it ended up burning my scalp because it was not done right. No hate to her or my mother, it was just bound to happen, and I am happy it did.
I started letting my hair grow out and every couple months I would have my godmother cut an inch off till it was fully grown out and I had no more relaxer in my hair. My hair was not healthy still, but the curls were somewhat cute. My mother heard about Shea Moisture and that was a game changer. Once I started using that, my hair started feeling softer and was starting to look healthier. It was not until cosmetology school where I learned more about not only all hair, but also my hair and what I needed to do. Since I have graduated, my hair has never felt softer and I am going to share with all of you naturally curly haired folk what helped me and may help you!
Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo
This was the first Shea Moisture shampoo I had used and I have tried others, but I always find myself running back to this one. I love how my hair feels after using it and it smells absolutely amazing. Seriously, just go to your local Ulta, Target, or Walmart and find the Coconut and Hibiscus line and smell it. It is so sweet and tropical smelling. They also have this in body wash and it is amazing as well. Get it from Ulta (because Ulta reward points!) here.
Verb Hydrating Conditioner
Okay, I know this one is pretty pricey, but if you are a cosmetologist or have a friend that is a cosmetologist, have them go get this for you (and obviously pay them back!). Curly hair is bound to end up dryer than any other hair type, so keep it moisturized! I have tried their Ghost Oil Conditioner (because I love their Ghost Oil by itself), but I just did not feel like it did it for me. This conditioner feels absolutely amazing and it is worth the money. It is also color safe, so if you color your hair, this is totally safe to use! I say try buying one of their smaller bottles first and give it a try! If you like it, buy the bigger bottles! If not, try another small bottle of a different line they have or go try one of Shea Moisture's conditioners! Those are nice too, I just love how soft and healthy my hair feels with this conditioner. You can get it here from their website!
Shea Moisture Silicone Free Miracle Styler Leave-In Treatment
As I said before, curly hair needs a lot of moisture, and the curlier, the more moisture. I use quite a few leave-in treatments just to keep my hair from getting tangled throughout the day and to keep it soft. I use few small amounts of the products so I do not end up weighing my hair down, so a small amount goes a long way. This Miracle Styler seriously is a miracle. It smells amazing and I have used it in my friend's hair before and it made her curls softer too! I highly recommend it and again, get it here at Ulta for those points!
Verb Leave-In Mist
The Verb Leave-In Mist smells great and does basically the same as the Miracle Styler, but I have noticed that if I use one and not the other, my hair does not feel as soft and healthy, but maybe just using this or the Miracle Styler will be just enough for you? Give it a try here.
Moroccan Oil Treatment and Redken Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate Oil in Serum
I mix these two together; just two pumps of the Frizz Dismiss and a tiny pour of the Moroccan Oil Treatment. I mix them together in my hands and start applying them from my ends up. Any residue left on my hands gets massaged into my scalp because not only does it feel good, but it helps with any frizz at your roots. You can get the Redken Frizz Dismiss here and the Moroccan Oil from here.
Verb Ghost Oil and Verb Curl Cream
Next I finish up with the Verb Ghost Oil and Curl Cream. I swear I am not sponsored by Verb, but by this point, I should be! I use a lot of their products, as you can see. Anyways, the Ghost Oil feels great in almost all hair types. My godmother, who has wavy hair, uses this and she loves it. She also uses it in her daughter's hair, and she has super curly hair as well! It just leaves your hair feeling brand new and so freaking soft. This was the first Verb product I had ever used and honestly, just using this in my hair by itself left it feeling so different. Once I am finished applying one pump of this to my mid shaft and ends of my hair, I apply the smallest amount of the Curl Cream to my hair. It does not feel like a gel or mouse. It feels weightless and my curls are so defined without being hard and crunchy. You can get the Ghost Oil here and you can get the Curl Cream here.
Fatboy Tacky Oil
I like using this one only a daily basis because of how it holds my curl without being too strong feeling, like the Verb Curl Cream. The instructions for this one states to apply it to your hair and blow dry smooth for a long lasting straight hair look, or to just diffuse your hair so it dries your curls in the state you want them in. I do not like putting heat on my hair everyday, so I rub it between my palms and then scrunch it into my hair and let it air dry. I like how my curls look when they air dry anyways, but use it whatever way you want to! It is totally up to you. You can get it here.
Bonus: Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Styling Gel
I only use this if its raining or if I braid my hair. It helps smooth down and tame any frizzies or baby hairs that I may get while my hair is up in a braid. If it is raining, I will lightly run this through my curls so they do not get blown out and frizzy from the rain (because it really sucks when your hair looks great and nicly curled inside and the minute water touches your hair. . . poof!) You can get this Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Styling Gel here.
I know some of the things I included in here are pretty costly, but I use a small amount and it lasts me a while. Also since I am a hair stylist, I do get some of these things discounted (sadly not any of the Shea Moisture things) so that helps. If you have naturally curly hair, please comment below what if you have any questions or what works for you!
Also, if you want me to do a Natural Hair article again but on a budget, I will gladly do it, because I do know of some great products that work amazing, but are still decently priced!
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