2011 Staple Products

Hi there!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and new year. I’ve been preparing for this year the past few weeks setting goals in all areas of my life and making my plans for the year but most importantly for this blog. It’s time to take it to the next level and I just want to give thanks for those that continue to stay on this journey with me. I can’t believe I am over 7 years natural. I have learned so much on my journey and stalking others. I have also tried almost every product under the sun. I have complied a list of my staple products of 2011. One thing I have noticed is that I have learned to keep it simple and have also learned what products work amazingly on my hair. Now what works for me may not work for you but this basic lineup should help you to create a healthy regimen and stash. Here is my list:

My 2011 Staple Products:  

Pre-Poo:

Extra Virgin Olive or Coconut Oil

(I simple just apply a gennerous amount of oil to my hair and scalp for 15-20 minutes before shampooing. Sometimes I use a heat cap but most of the time I just left it sit before hitting the shower)

Shampoo:

Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo

(I use this before protein treatments and this year will start using it monthly since I use a lot of heavy oils, butters, and gels)

Jane Carter Moisture Nourishing Shampoo

(I use this to remove silcones from my hair after straightening and occasionally for my weekly shampoo)

Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo

(This is my all time favorite. It’s sulfate free and great for weekly shampooing. It’s were gentle and leaves hair squeaky clean.)

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse

(I use this as needed sometimes after a deep treatment or when my hair’s pH balence is off. It’s also great for cleaning the scalp with braids or weave, even takes the fake shine off of synthetic extensions and wigs)

Co-wash:

Trader Joe’s  Nourish Spa or Tea Tree Tingle

Suave Juicy Green Apple or any silicone free scent

Aussie Moist

Herbal Essence Hello Hydration

Leave In Conditioners/Moisturizers:

Kinky Curly Knot Today

Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream

Deep Conditioners:

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose

(This is the ultimate moisturizing deep treatment. I use it weekly alternating with the GBP.)

Aubrey Organics GBP Lavender Ylang Ylang or Rosemary Mint

(I use this after straightening and alternating weekly AOHR.)

KeraCare Humecto Creme Conditioner

(I use this after protein treatments to bring the moisture balence back.)

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

(I use this weekly if I want a little variation from the AOHR.)

Stylers:

Eco Styler Gel

Kinky Curly Curling Custard

Organic Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Creme Gel

Oil and Butters:

Avocado, Coconut, Grape seed, and Castor oils

Lavender,Rosemary, and Peppermint essential oils

Shea Butter

Other:

ApHogee 2 Step Protein Treatment

( I use this before straightening. It is also good to use before and after braids and weaves)

ApHogee Balancing Moisturizer

Chi Silk Infusion

(I use this for heat protection, frizz, and to avoid curl reversion when my hair is straight.)

Biotin

Iron

TJs B Complex

TJ’s Pre-natal

Tools:

Jilbere Shower Comb

Denman Brush

Fine Tooth Comb

Chi Turbo Flat Iron

Shower caps, Satin Bonnets, Silk Scraves

Bobby Pins, Hair Combs, Clips, etc

Roots Only applicator bottle

 What products are you loving? Feel free to comment and share!!!!!!!

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Curly Kitchen: Recession Proof Curls

For this edition of Curly Kitchen I will be sharing a few tips of how to stretch your co-wash or poo, making your own no-poo or rinse and deep conditioners.

Last week I was almost on E in the co-wash department…..I just added honey and I was back to a half tank.

For you lo-poo and poo’ers you can just add a little distilled water(about1/3 h2o 2/3 poo)…then BAM…you have a gentle cleansing poo….if you have a lot of build up don’t use more poo just add a scoop of baking soda to the amount you usually use.

If you are a no-poo’er like moi then just try a ACV rinse (recipe posted before) or a Baking soda rinse (8oz of H2o and 1 tbs. of BS) . Ayurvedic herbs do the trick is well my favorite is Amla which has natural astringent and contioning properties.

I have several DC recipes but today I will only share ones I used. One really simple honey is adding honey and evoo to your favorite condish. You can also use honey and evoo alone and from my own experiences the results were amazing my hair was always super shiny, moisturized, and easily detangeled.

Another good DC is the Avocado-Coconut Milk Condish. I posted the recipe for this as well before. One tip I should have done was mixing it in a blender so you won’t be left with banana chucks in your hair or use baby food bananas.

This week I ran out of almost all of my products last night I DC’d with my last little drop of Aubrey’s GBP Rosemary Peppermint and added honey and coconut only. The results were wonderful my hair was so soft, shiny, and moisturized. I might mixed in oil everytime I DC because the results were better than when I used it alone.