Purpose

Natural Hair

SEALANTS

I have used all of these oils & they all serve their purposes very well. My favorite oils are EVOO, Jojoba & Castor oil.

EVOO is my staple oil I use it for everything. Jojoba oil is a lighter oil that I also use on my face it’s a great sealant and it’s good for your skin. I use it to seal my hair when Im refreshing it with a liquid leave it.

Castor oil is a heavy oil I started using when I wore wigs because I needed something to help keep my hair moisturized longer in the colder months & something that would also prevent the combs in the wig from causing breakage due to dry hair. I do not use a lot of this oil because a little goes a long way. This oil protects my ends better than any other oil.

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Detangle

How long does it take you to detangle your hair ?

1. Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush- This is my staple detangling brush. This brush moves with your hair it doesn’t pull or tear your hair to get it detangled. This brush shows you exactly where a knot or tangle is in your hair by stopping before it gets to it or one of the teeth in the comb will separate showing you it’s caught on a tangle. It’s a signal letting you know if you pull or tug in an particular area you could possibly tangle your hair more or simply tear it out by continuously brushing. This is the best alternative to finger detangling because it similar to how you feel and detangle with your hands it even separates like your fingers. I love the design of this brush it really helps me to detangle and it prevents me from tearing my hair out due to frustration or exhaustion detangling can cause if not done properly.

2. Denman Detangling Brush– I used this brush when I went natural & I loved it because I had dandruff really bad and it had so many rows of teeth that it could get all of it out with out leaving anything behind. This brush can be customized to your liking it has removable rows. I tried the removable rows and it did not help me as much as I thought it would. I had to detangle in smaller sections which prolonged the process & on top of that it did not detangle that well after I removed a few rows.

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Starter Kit

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.

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Co-Wash

Co-wash means Conditioner Wash. I call co-washing a mini wash day because I do not do the “pre-pooing” process before it & my hair may need washing but I could go a couple more day with the style I have if I needed to. This process should not take the same amount of time your wash day routine takes. This is a hair refresher.

These are some of my favorite Co-washes:

1. Pantene Deep Hydrating Cowash. This product had good slip & it cleanses my scalp very well. It smells great and it melts my tangles away

2. Eden Body Works All Natural Cleansing Cowash Coconut Shea. The only thing I dislike about this product is the packaging. It’s a nightmare to use in the shower. This is by far the best cleansing cowash I’ve ever used. It definitely cleaned my hair & removed drandruff from my scalp better than any cowash I’ve ever used. I am also able to detangle with this product.

3. As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner. This product is very watery and it is difficult to use in the shower because of the packaging, I ended up putting this product in a squeeze bottle to use it. This shows you the lengths I was willing to go through for comfort & to use this product because it cleanses my hair very well & I can detangle with it. I do not care for the packaging at all but the product works & it actually does moisturize my hair and it doesn’t leave a “film” or “cast” of anything on my hair.

2. Pantene Truly Natural Hair Cleansing Cowash. This cowash was the best at detangling but not the best cleansing agent. I love the packaging and it is very inexpensive but it’s not very natural either. It’s not a bad cowash but there are indeed better ones.

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Deep Condition

Deep Conditioning is a process that should never be skipped especially after using a clarifying shampoo or cleansing agent. It’s the beginning of the moisturizing process. Deep conditioning puts the moisture & oils that the shampoo take out back into your hair.

Deep conditioning is the foundation of my moisturizing process, afterwards I am able to build a moisturizing routine for my hair so it stays hydrated.

These are some of my favorite Deep Conditioners

1. Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise. This is not the most “natural” product but it works & it has egg protein which helps strengthen your hair. This Deep Conditioner has bits of natural herbs in it that you can see it also has a creamy texture. A little goes a long way. I’ve used this deep conditioner even when I had permed hair its great & it doesn’t hurt your pockets.

2. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque. This is a very thick & moisturizing masque. It smells like play-doh to me but it is definitely a great deep conditioner. I love this entire line if you haven’t tried it, it’s definitely worth it.

3. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mufura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque. This is THE best moisturizing deep conditioner I have ever tried. It’s very think & it keeps my hair moisturized the longest. I believe it’s the honey. Honey is a natural humectant. Again, I love this Shea Moisture line. If you have not tried it please do.

4. Eden Body Works Natural Deep Conditioner Jojoba Monoi. This deep conditioner is not as thick or heavy as the others but it is very moisturizing and if you’re worried about natural ingredients you don’t have to worry about Eden Body Works products.

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Pre-Poo

What is a Pre-Poo? It’s a process done with an oil or conditioner before using a clarifying shampoo. Using an oil and conditioner together is also an option. This process puts moisture back into your hair. During this process shed hair is easier to get out. The oil and conditioner gives you the “slip” needed helping with detangling.

Doing this process before washing my hair has cut down my wash time tremendously. This is a process I do if I’ve had a style up longer than 1 week without  washing my hair or restyling it.

I get less breakage when I pre-poo because I am not manipulating my hair more than I should be while detangling. The conditioner and oil make it easier to get out the small knots that sometimes become “single strand knots” I get less of these when I pre-poo.

These are some of my favorite inexpensive conditioners to use as a pre-poo.

CONDITIONERS

1. Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner. This conditioner is thick and it has enough slip to get most shed hair out with out an oil. Adding an oil will help speed up the detangling process.

2. Tresemmé Moisture Rich Luxurious Moisture Conditioner. This is great for adding moisture back into your hair to help you manipulate and detangle I always add an oil to this conditioner it adds more “slip” for those smaller tangles

3. Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Conditioner this is similar to #2. It was a staple of mine years ago I actually bought a Gallon of this to pre-poo with. I was obsessed & my hair loved it. I always added an oil.

4. Aussie Mega Moist Conditioner. It’s not as thick as #1 but it’s not a thin conditioner. It has great “slip” you can use it without an oil.

OILS

1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) . There is not a particular brand I recommend. I have never bought a bad bottle of olive oil so I don’t have a preference. This is my staple. It’s what I started with.

2. Coconut Oil. I see people having a love/hate relationship with this oil & I love it although it is not what I started using when I went Natural.