These are some of the things I used when I went natural. I knew I had to cleanse my hair and keep it moisturized. I didn’t know about actual leave ins during this time so I used water as my L for the LOC Method.
1. I loved the Denman Detangling Brush it is all I used before I switched to the Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush. The Denman Brush can be customized to your liking by removing some of the rows. I did try the brush with some of the rows removed I did not see a big difference in my curls, they did not clump together and sometimes it was harder to detangle with less rows.
2./3. Clips were necessary for me even when my hair was short. I had the hardest time keeping hair detangled and out of the way styling with out clips. Ouchless Rubber Bands are a must have, the rubber bands with the metal on them always got caught in my hair & it could have possibly caused extreme breakage overtime if I did not switch to ouchless.
4./5. EVOO is my staple oil, It’s not too thick or too thin of an oil. Its an oil I use for sealing my hair or for the pre-poo process. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie is another staple because it’s a great moisturizer. I’d always see mixed reviews about it but I gave it a try and it’s been holding me down for more than 4 years. I think people wanted to make this work for everyone’s wash & go but depending on how it’s used the product may sit on top of your hair or not dry completely.
6./7. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Conditioner was not the best deep conditioner but it has improved since the first time I used it. This product was not as moisturizing as I would have liked it to be so I used it with other things such as: honey, olive oil, mayo, and eggs. With those additional products It made the deep conditioner moisturizing + egg protein was added. This is as far as I’ve gone with the DIY products. I recently bout this deep conditioner and I did not need to add anything to it. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner cleaned and conditioned my hair very well, I don’t have any complaints. I still use these.
8. Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner. It cleaned & moisturized my hair good. This is my go to if I have nothing else & I don’t want to try anything new. This gives me good consistent results.