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Updated 9.14.10

I’m always getting asked what products I use on my hair and as a Product Junkie the list is constantly changing.  So I decided to create this page to share with you which products I currently have in FROtation.

I use all mostly natural products.  I never use products with silicones or sulfates (which I find to really dry my hair).  I always read the ingredient list before purchasing a product: water is usually at the top of the list and there are no ingredients that end with ‘cone or ‘xane (these are silicones).

Please keep in mind that I don’t use ALL of these products every single time I do my hair and that the less products I can get away with using at once, the better.

Cleanser: Chagrin Valley Coconut Milk Shampoo Bar

Co-Wash/Detangling Conditioners: Tresemme Naturals Conditioner,  Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle

Deep Conditioner: TJ’s TTT with some yogurt and olive oil mixed in

Leave In Conditioner: Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk

Moisturizer: Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream

Styler: Long Aid Gel Activator, Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter

Miracle in a Bottle: Water!

My Wash’n’Go Styling Guide: This is my go-to style.  It’s easy and quick.  Doesn’t need a lot of manipulation and can last for days.

1. Wash hair using the Chagrin Valley Poo Bar or co-wash with a Conditioner (I only use the Poo Bar 1x/week, so if this is the second wash I go for the conditionerl.  If it’s the first, I go for the Poo Bar)

2.  Put on conditioner and allow it to sit for a couple of minutes.

3. Thoroughly detangle, getting out any shed hairs and snarls.  (again, this is a 1x/week step).  Start with fingers, then my Ouidad Double Detangler Comb

4. Rinse!

5. Plop for 5-10 minutes.  What is plopping?  Wrapping your hair in a t-shirt (or in my case an oversized nightgown that was never worn) rather than a towel.  It’s an absorbent fabric, but since its smooth it doesn’t snag on your curls the way the naps on a towel would.

6. Work through my moisturizer or leave – in conditioner (depends on my mood, I guess, they both do pretty much the same thing.  No need to be overly diligent about this.  Save your precision for the styler.

7.  Grab a few duck bill clips section out a small piece of real estate next to your left ear.

8. Emulsify a bit of the product (about a nickel sized amount) and smooth onto the small section of hair.  Moderately finger comb if needed, but do not comb-comb.  The key is smoooooothing the product on.

9. Repeat the smooooothing until your entire head is done.  This whole thing takes me about 45 minutes.

10.  Shake your head VIGOROUSLY!

11.  Voila!

At night-time, sleep with a satin bonnet.  And in the morning, whip out your trusty spray bottle of water (add a little leave in conditioner if you’re feeling saucy) and thoroughly saturate your hair.  Shake-shake-shake it like KC and the Sunshine Band and Voila again!  Day 2 hair.  I can get 5-days and probably longer from this regimen!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2010 9:58 pm

    i’m reading your blog (and 10 others) from beginning to end!
    thanks so much for the great advice and product list.
    i co-washed my hair for the first time today and finger combed! no pain and i didnt lose half my hair 🙂

    • May 18, 2010 3:25 pm

      you’re so welcome! I’m so glad the no combing + cowash worked for you!

  2. June 6, 2010 7:40 am

    I’m so glad to have found your blog, I like your writing style and love your content! I found you by visiting @savvybrownblog and I’ll be sure to subscribe in my Reader so I can keep up with you. I’m natural for the second time in my life and I’m so encouraged by blogs like yours so keep up the great work!

    • June 7, 2010 9:34 am

      Thank you so much for reading! I’m glad you found Natural Selection too!

  3. Lakeisha permalink
    June 9, 2010 3:04 pm

    Your blog is really great! I came across it a few weeks ago after seeing some of your posts on naturallycurly…I’m looking forward to catching up on your old posts. I’m also going to try your method for a wash and go. Thanks for the inspiration!!!


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